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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    Old and Blue 18 min 33 sec ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 29 min 34 sec ago view
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    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 30 min 45 sec ago view
  • So, playing .500 for the rest of the year puts them at 91 wins. You would think there is enough talent to do a little better than that, right?

    The E-Man 49 min 31 sec ago view
  • First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!

    billybucks 9 hours 19 min ago view
  • I. Hate. The. Mets.

    billybucks 9 hours 47 min ago view
  • OK Marlins -- take 'em down. Fernandez, at home, tomorrow for the Fish.

    Gotta say, though -- as much as I can't stand them, the Cardinals have had some very impressive late-inning wins against premier closers.

    billybucks 9 hours 48 min ago view
  • Very impressive that he hit a 3-2 curve ball. Such a dynamic ballplayer. If he ever learns the strike zone....

    billybucks 9 hours 54 min ago view
  • If Jason Hammel doesn't get a potato chip sponsorship deal, somebody messed up. Attaboy, Jason!

    billybucks 9 hours 57 min ago view
  • I am looking forward to AChap facing the Cardinals.

    The E-Man 10 hours 5 min ago view
  • Sure is fun to watch them score finally. To think they were no-hit until the 7th...

    The E-Man 10 hours 17 min ago view
  • Got to admit it - it was comforting seeing Rondon come out for the eighth after just taking a two run lead ... And put the hammer down with a 7 pitch inning. Good stuff

    Eric S 10 hours 22 min ago view
  • GRAND SLAM RUSSELL

    blown the hell open...7 run lead

    crunch 10 hours 23 min ago view
  • 11 hits off Wainwright tonight. Everything going right for the Cards right now. Motherfucking motherfuckers.

    The E-Man 10 hours 33 min ago view
  • it was more no-doubt than bryant's HR. it wont make any end-of-season highlight reels, but that one was booked to leave on contact.

    crunch 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • Javy! Javy! Javy!

    How sweet was that - Cranked it!

    393 happy feet

    Eric S 10 hours 49 min ago view