Of Frenchmen and Fireworks

An in-game thunderstorm preempted the traditional Friday night fireworks show and Jason Dubois [pronounced Doo-Bwah' in this organization] launched the finale with a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Iowa Cubs dropped the curtain on their first homestand of the season by stealing one from Albuquerque.

Jake Fox clubbed his league-leading eighth homer of the year and added two singles to again pace the I-Cub attack. Bobby Scales tripled,singled and scored twice to boost his average to .370. Both Scales and SS Andres Blanco are switch-hitting infielders batting over .300, but Scales has played some 3B and even a bit of 1B besides his usual post at 2B while Blanco has been strictly a shortstop early on. If an infielder is to be recalled today, Scales may have an edge based on versatility.

Chad Fox got the win last night despite yielding his first run of the year in half a dozen appearances. A quietly emerging story in the team's bullpen is RH Greg Reinhard. He's now thrown 11 scoreless innings while walking only three to go with 17 strikeouts. Jason Waddell remains unscored upon as the team's bullpen southpaw.

The team was to leave early this morning for Nashville where they start a four-game set tonight. Still unknown is whether or not they'd be dropping anyone off in St. Louis.

Comments

I hope Bobby Scales gets the call soon. We need a switch hitting utility infielder with some extra base power off the bench right now...especially if ARam is out for any time.

and Jason Waddell vs Neil Cotts. What are we waiting for?

Mike-- thanks for these recaps!

Also-- the stats tell us that Scales might be a good hitter (his AAA numbers the past three years are solid), do you get a sense for what he's like with the glove?

Mike -- do they travel by bus? I know most teams in the AAA Mexican League do, but I wonder about the PCL.

yes...and surprisingly (or not) they're not those "rock star" tour busses.

I believe for the most part the I-Cubs travel by plane...Omaha would be an exception; remember, they're in the Pacific Coast League which is rather far-flung; all the way from Tacoma to Memphis...no way they bus to Albuquerque, Sacramento, etc.

Romero - Scales is adequate defensively; neither his calling card nor a liability...

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    John Beasley 23 min 10 sec ago view
  • "Like the Chapman deal for Cubs from on-field POV, wish I didn't now have to feel lousy following an otherwise likable Cubs team." @jonahkeri

    pretty much sums up my feelings

    Rob G. 6 hours 32 min ago view
  • You mean Yankees?

    QuietMan 6 hours 36 min ago view
  • Cards lose!

    billybucks 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • You do have a point. The TheoJed certainly would need to address this in a transparent way. Milton Bradley was no help to the team.

    The E-Man 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • FWIW, the Cubs would get a compensation draft pick between the 1st & 2nd rounds (around #35) if they extend a Qualifying Offer to Chapman post-2016 (probably about $17M), Chapman declines, and then he signs with another MLB club before next year's draft. 

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 1 min ago view
  • This all assumes Chapman doesn't want to be a free agent and possibly sign a $20MM+/year deal. We all know free agents get overpaid, sometimes dramatically (Hello, JayHey!). Not sure why Chapman would agree to the extension. If i'm is agent, I would tell him I could get I'm a $100M deal as a FA.

    billybucks 7 hours 9 min ago view
  • I'll root for the uniform and imagine it's left-handed Rod Beck or Randy Myers out there I suppose.

    Rob G. 7 hours 32 min ago view
  • Amen to this. I guess it's gonna happen and I'm gonna have to suck it up but I really despise domestic abusers with every bone in my body and cannot stand them on any team I root for.

    johann 7 hours 41 min ago view
  • I just prefer they don't  acquire players that choke their wives/girlfriends.

    Rob G. 7 hours 44 min ago view
  • So you'd rather go with Blown Save guy, when you can trade a prospect who is blocked for one piece that could get you over the top to the Big Dance? That is pretty old thinking. This is not a move that they cannot recover from if it goes south. But the upside is potentially historic.

    The E-Man 7 hours 54 min ago view
  • I'd prefer it not happen too.

    Rob G. 8 hours 21 min ago view
  • it's a hell of a blockbuster, but it's for a guy who pitches 1/3rd of a season at an extreme premium considering the guy being traded and if the early extension $$$ rumors are true.

    it's one of those things that is bringing a guy at the top his game, but something is nagging me that this trade piece could have been put to better use.

    a huge part of me is all "hell yeah, top of the line producer"...another part of me is "hmm, that for that?"

    crunch 8 hours 24 min ago view
  • Still don't want. Kinda hope they can't work out the extension.

    Charlie 8 hours 36 min ago view
  • obviously not, and I'm sure they did their homework...just hope they have some better answers than the Yankees

    Rob G. 8 hours 36 min ago view
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    Its gonna suck if he gets injured, and it appears he's not the greatest of characters.

    But, he'll have another Cuban to hang out with on the team.

    The E-Man 8 hours 58 min ago view