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kane county cougarsThere were just two games in the farm system yesterday. Hopefully these few-game days are few and far between in the coming days. I suspect I might be watching a bit more baseball than I really plan on soon.

Over the past week roughly half the people in my department at work have gotten sick, and yesterday my wife came down with something. I suspect I’m doomed.

Keep in mind that we had a very long, very cold, very snowy winter here in Baltimore (just like the entire Midwest did) and I did not get anything more than a mild cold. Now that the weather warms up a bit and spring looks like it might be here to stay, on come the diseases.

At least it waited until baseball season was underway. If I’m going to be sick, I’d rather be sick when I can enjoy a half a dozen ball games a day than when there is no baseball. Hacking up a lung is never fun, but it’s less un-fun when you’re doing it between innings.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa lost at home 4-1.
Tennessee – The Smokies were traveling yesterday, or rather were recovering from traveling from Pensacola to Kodak by bus. That’s ten hours, by the way. That’s the minors.
Daytona – Daytona was postponed due to inclement weather.
Kane County – The Cougars took advantage of 5 Fort Wayne errors on their way to a 4-3 win in twelve innings.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] The Marcos Mateo recovery tour continues. Mateo struck out one in a hitless inning of relief as he looks to rebound from injuries and get back to the Chicago bullpen.

  • [Iowa] Chris Rusin had a decent start. Through 6 innings he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while striking out five. On the less good side of things, four of those seven hits went for extra bases.
  • [Iowa] Christian Villanueva doubled and scored the Cubs only run in this game.
  • [Kane County] Jacob Hannemann picked up two more hits and his fourth steal on his way to a 2 for 5 night. Trey Martin doubled and swiped his second base of the year.
  • [Kane County] Jen-Ho Tseng had some great stuff according to the observers; his stat line reads 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K. The best part? Only one of those hits went for extra bases. A guy who doesn’t walk anyone and gives up just singles is going to keep his team in the game nearly every night.
  • [Kane County] Gerardo Concepcion pitched three good innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Tyler Bremer fanned two in his two hitless innings of relief, and Zack Godley got the win with two innings of one hit ball.

Other News

  • Other Iowa players you are probably interested in: Javier Baez finished 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts and a throwing error, Brett Jackson finished 1 for 3 with a strikeout, and Josh Vitters did not play even though the manager indicated pre-game that he could be available for pinch hitting duty if necessary.
  • It is way too early for stats to mean anything, but let’s take a look at them anyway. The farm system leader in batting average right now is Daytona second baseman Gioskar Amaya with an even .500. Ben Carhart, the converted catcher playing for the Cougars, comes in second at .375. Kris Bryant (.692) leads the system in slugging over Vitters (.647) and Jeimer Candelario (.643). Meanwhile, on the mound, Tayler Scott (0.430), C.J. Edwards (0.500) and Tyler Skulina (0.500) lead the pack in WHIP. Again, these numbers are basically meaningless right now, but fun to look at all the same. [Brett: Agreed. Fun is fun, damn it.]

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