Kyle Hendricks would be the ace of a good Iowa rotation were it not for the incredible numbers being posted by Tsuyoshi Wada. Even Wada, though, might envy the work turned in by Hendricks on Thursday. Not only did the Cubs right hander pitch eight shutout innings against a pretty good Round Rock team, he walked no one in the process and struck out eleven. Through eight games his Triple A strikeout to walk ratio now reads 54 to 11.
Meanwhile, if you are a fan of the minors, you are probably also a fan of the more interesting uniforms and hats that are frequently seen in the minors. If you would like to help pick the best of those hats, then head on over to Minor League Baseball’s Clash of the Caps and vote until your mouse finger just can’t vote any more.
Only three Cubs affiliates are in the Top 100 on the Caps leaderboard, and Boise is the highest of the three at just number 31. I think we can raise that up a few notches.
And even if not, there are some seriously cool looking hats on display. It is well worth checking out.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – Thanks to some great pitching Iowa scored twice as many runs as they needed to in this 2-0 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies tied it in the eighth, but lost in eleven innings by a final of 6-5.
Daytona – Daytona was rained out.
Kane County – Kane County was shut out 7-0.
Performances of Note
- [Iowa] Kyle Hendricks struck out 11 in 8 innings of 3 hit ball, and walked no one. All the hits he allowed were singles.
- [Iowa] Arismendy Alcantara walked, doubled, and tripled as he finished 2 for 3.
- [Iowa] Javier Baez, on the other hand, finished 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.
- [Tennessee] John Andreoli singled twice and stole 2 bases. He finished the game 2 for 4 and with 20 steals for the year.
- [Tennessee] A double by Kris Bryant and a homer by Rafael Lopez were the only extra base hits for the Smokies in this one.
- [Tennessee] Joel Pineiro made his Smokies debut. He lasted 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits.
- [Kane County] Jacob Rogers, with 2 hits, had the only multi-hit day for Kane County.
- [Kane County] Carlos Penalver singled and stole his 10th base.
- [Kane County] Jose Arias pitched the final 2 innings and allowed just one hit while striking out a pair.
- Hendricks needed just one hundred pitches to work his masterpiece on Thursday. Of those hitters who were retired on balls in play, the ratio of ground balls to fly balls was seven to two. That is a very nice ratio.
- Jorge Soler was 0 for 2 at the plate when he was replaced in the field by Jae-Hoon Ha. It was apparently “hamstring tightness.”
- Although Kane County was shut out, they only struck out four times while earning four free bases. The final outcome was still undesirable, but that aspect was nice to see.