Bijan Rademacher has not been significantly challenged by Double A pitching this season (.313/.395/.484), but for some reason the Cubs were content to leave him there. He already had 113 games in Tennessee last year. Add in 86 more this season and we’re looking at well over a season worth of Double A games. That is a long time to leave a guy who is doing well in Double A.
Finally, though, thanks to a Mark Zagunis broken toe that left Iowa in need of an outfielder (which, of course, is its own bummer), Rademacher got the call. Now we will see what he can do in the happy hitting ground that is the Pacific Coast League.
As a side benefit, we will also get to see him in action on the Iowa MiLB.tv video feed. That feed is higher quality than the Tennessee one, if not quite on par with the excellent streams that come from South Bend and Myrtle Beach.
- Pierce Johnson: 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K. He tossed 29 pitches in this relief appearance.
- John Andreoli: 2 for 4, BB
- Logan Watkins: 2 for 4, 3B, BB
- Albert Almora: 2 for 5, 2B
- Brad Markey: 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 K
- Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Jorge Soler: 2 for 3, BB. He was the DH in this one.
- Ian Happ: 1 for 4, HR, BB. His third Double A homer came in the tenth.
- Victor Caratini: 2 for 5, HR. Caratini also homered in the tenth.
- David Freitas: 2 for 5
- Carlos Penalver: 1 for 4, 2B
- Trevor Clifton: 7 IP, 1 H, 6 K. He needed 97 pitches for this gem.
- Ryan McNeil: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 4, 2B
- Jeffrey Baez: 2 for 4, 2 HR. Baez now has five homers.
- Andrew Ely: 2 for 4, 2B
- Ryan Kellogg: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
- Tanner Griggs: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K
- Carson Sands: 1 IP and a line of zeroes. This was his first relief appearance this season.
- Carlos Sepulveda: 2 for 3, SB
- P.J. Higgins: 2 for 4
- Vimael Machin: 2 for 4
Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene had the day off.
- Josh Conway: 1 IP, 1 K
- Javier Assad: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K
- Luis Ayala: 2 for 4, SB
- Michael Cruz: 2 for 4, 2 2B
- Rafael Mejia: 1 for 4, 2B
- Edgar Rondon: 2 for 3, 2 SB
- Sands was activated from the disabled list yesterday, and that trip to the DL may have something to do with why he was working out of the pen yesterday. He only has 66 innings on him, and based on his 2015 total he would probably be good for 85 or 90, so I doubt it is entirely due to work load (although that could play a role as well). I very much doubt, though, that the Cubs have decided to give up on Sands as a starter long term.
- We don’t have video of the Myrtle Beach shutout, but we do of the South Bend one. And it includes some very nice plays by the Cubs infield and some excellent baserunning by Sepulveda: