If you were planning to go see the Iowa Cubs play this year (and, seriously, why wouldn’t you want to go see the Iowa Cubs play this year?) and you haven’t yet made that trip, you might want to hurry up the planning. The Triple A affiliate for the Cubs has started their final homestand of the year.
Fortunately, there are still some very nice promotions to help lure you to the stadium. Today, tomorrow, and Sunday are all three Pancake Days. Samples of Pillsbury Pancakes will be available before the game. If you ask very nicely you might even talk them into making you a famous Iowa tenderloin sandwich with pancakes replacing the bun.
The highlight of the promotion calendar might just be coming up on Wednesday. On Autographed Baseball Night the first 2,000 will receive an autographed baseball. Whose autograph? Good question, but the candidate list apparently includes any “current or former Iowa Cubs player or coach, current or former major-league players or Hall of Fame members.” What could be more awesome than heading to an Iowa Cubs game and getting a ball autographed by a Hall of Famer?
Why, heading to an Iowa Cubs game and getting ball autographed by a Hall of Famer while wearing your new Bleacher Nation shirt, of course!.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa - The game was there for the winning, but Iowa gave up two runs in the ninth. They lost 4-3.
Tennessee - The Smokies did not have many chances in this game, and they lost it 4-2.
Daytona - Rain. At least this team will be well rested for a potential postseason run.
Kane County - Despite collecting nine hits and three walks the Cougars were shut out 4-0.
Boise - It took seven runs in the final two innings, but Boise walked away the 16-11 winners.
Arizona - Arizona fell behind early and stayed there the rest of the game. They lost 7-3.
Performances of Note
- [Iowa] Marcos Mateo is pitching well in the Iowa bullpen. He struck out 4 over 2 innings in this one, and his season ERA is just 1.59.
- [Tennessee] John Andreoli hit his second Double A triple in this one. A double from Arismendy Alcantara was the only other extra base hit.
- [Tennessee] Eric Jokisch took the loss, but he kept his team in the game. He allowed just 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 6 in 7.2 innings.
- [Kane County] Jeimer Candelario, Willson Contreras, and Jose Dore all doubled for the Cougars. Trevor Gretzky contributed a 4 for 4 game.
- [Kane County] Brian Smith (2 IP) and Al Yevoli (3 IP) put up zeroes in their time on the mound. Combined they allowed just 3 hits.
- [Boise] Jacob Rogers homered once (his 7th) and Justin Marra homered twice (and now has 4). Marra finished 4 for 5 with walk.
- [Boise] There were plenty of steals in this game as well. Shawon Dunston took his 9th base, Daniel Lockhart his 6th, and Kevin Encarnacion his 7th.
- [Arizona] A double by Rashad Crawford was the only extra base hit in this one. Garrett Schlecht kicked in a stolen base (his 3rd).
- [Arizona] Erick Leal pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in which he allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 2.
- Let’s put into perspective how unbelievably bad the Houston Astros are this year. The worst team in Triple A is the Nashville Sounds. The Sounds, who play in the same division as the Iowa Cubs, have just 51 wins and trail third place Iowa by a full eight games. Nashville is so bad that they are a candidate to lose 90 games despite playing the shorter minor league schedule. The Sounds, like all Triple A teams, play around 20 fewer games than major league teams do. And yet, despite that difference in games played, it looks like the Astros are on track to finish with fewer wins than the Sounds.
- With the loss to Birmingham, the Smokies’ magic number stays at four. Daytona’s number is down to nine.
- Boise has pulled into a tie with Salem-Keizer for second place in the division. They now trail Hillsboro by a game.