Half the teams in the Cubs organization had yesterday off, but those same three teams all have interesting promotions running when they resume play today.
Beginning with Iowa Cubs, tonight is an Iowa Cubs Unplugged night. Starting an hour and a half before game time there will be live music and drink specials somewhere on the concourse behind home plate. This likely means there will be fewer fans lining field railing calling for autographs, so be sure to get to the park early to take advantage of the musical distraction. Wells Fargo customers can double their fun by bringing a friend with them for free. If you bring a collectors mug to the game with you, the Iowa Cubs will even spot you a free beverage. After an hour and a half of trying to shout over a live band to your non-paying friend, you’ll likely need it.
The Tennessee Smokies not only want you to bring food to the ballpark, they’ll give you a free ticket if you do so… provided the food is Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn. Any kids at the game, in addition to presumably eating all your popcorn, can pick up a free meal with ticket purchase. And on top of that, just showing up the game is for a good cause as tonight is Pack the Park to End Polio Night. Free tickets, free food, a great cause, and great baseball. This would be a good day to live in Eastern Tennessee.
And then we have Boise. The Hawks are hosting something called Women, Wine, and Baseball. Rather than try to summarize this, I’ll just quote the PR blurb directly (without the all caps style of the original).
Dress up night, pink out the park! Come to the game dressed in as much pink as you possibly can! There will be barefoot wine tasting on the concourse.
So, yeah. There’s that. Barefoot wine. Hopefully the promotion is referring to the winery of that name. If you go, be sure to lift a glass to the former Hawk that apparently just won the Bachelorette. If you can survive all that excitement you will get to watch Paul Blackburn, one of the best young pitching prospects in the organization, take the mound.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa - Iowa had the day off as they finally return home.
Tennessee - Tennessee also had the day off as they travel home.
Daytona - It took ten innings before they lost, but Daytona did lose 6-5.
Kane County - Kane County used a three run eighth to pull away for an 8-3 win.
Boise - This was the last day of the Northwest League All-Star break. Boise resumes play today.
Arizona - Arizona scored seven times in the fifth on their way to an 11-4 win.
Performances of Note
- [Daytona] Zeke DeVoss doubled again as he finished 3 for 4 with a pair of walks.
- [Daytona] Anthony Giansanti and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits for the Cubs. Giansanti stole his first Daytona base, and was also caught stealing at home.
- [Daytona] Due to a rain delay (I think that’s the only reason), C.J. Edwards tossed a single inning for the Cubs. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
- [Kane County] Gioskar Amaya walked 3 times and finished 1 for 2 with his 13th stolen base.
- [Kane County] Jeimer Candelario hit his first triple of the season as part his 2 hit game. Carlos Escobar (with a double) and Jose Dore each had a pair of hits as well.
- [Arizona] Trey McNutt began working his way back to Tennessee with an inning in the desert. He struck out 2 and allowed nothing.
- [Arizona] Erick Leal gave up 4 hits and a walk while striking out five in his 4.1 innings of work.
- [Arizona] The AZL Cubs won despite having a single extra base hit. That hit was a double off the bat of shortstop Francisco Sanchez.
- Now that Iowa is returning home, keep any eye on their roster today. Thanks to the injuries on the Chicago Cubs yesterday I would not be surprised to see Iowa lose a player to the major league roster. That said, this Iowa team was already depleted and had two very young prospects on loan from Boise. Suddenly the team that was log-jamming the farm system with major league depth type signings at the beginning of the year could be the driving force behind some unexpected promotions.