Playoff Baseball

Two of our minor league affiliates were enjoying the thrills of post-season baseball, here's a quick update as the playoffs began this week. Our affiliate in Boise is in a best-of-5 series versus the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants affiliate) in the Northwest League. This is short-season ball with teams generally full of the two most recent draft classes and undrafted free-agent signings. In Game 1 on Thursday, 2005 first round pick Mark Pawelek threw six and two-thirds of shutout ball with three strikeouts to earn the 5-1 victory with 2006 draftee Jeremy Papelbon coming in for a two and a third inning save, giving one unearned run in his appearance. 2006 first round pick Tyler Colvin and 2004 30th round pick Russ Canzler provided the offense. Both went three for four, with Canzler providing a double and a home run. 2006 7th round pick Steve Clevenger also provided two hits and two RBI's in the win. Last night Jose Ceda took the mound, he was the bounty in the Todd Walker trade. He struggled through four and a third innings giving up five runs on one home run. Ceda needed to be perfect though because Volcanoes starter Adam Cowart, a 35th pick in this years draft pitched a complete game shutout giving up a mere 3 hits, two of them to Tyler Colvin. Game three is tonight at 9 pm CST with Billy Muldowney taking the mound for the Hawks. The Peoria Chiefs were in a best-of-three series versus the Beloit Snappers (Twins affiliate). Beloit struck first on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory, holding the Chiefs to four hits, all of them singles. Mitch Atkins was saddled with the loss. The two teams went at it again on Thursday with the Chiefs winning 6-1 behind the strong pitching of 2005 5th round pick Scott Taylor (7 IP, 4 H, 1 unearned run, 4 K, 2 BB). Second basemen Valerio Heredia and first basemen Ryan Norwood both contributed offensively with three hits apiece while Joe Carter's nephew Yusuf Carter pitched in with two more and an RBI. Ther rubber game of the series put 2004 31st round pick Jesse Estrada on the mound. Spotted a one run lead going into the fifth, Estrada gave up two runs in the top half of the fifth. Peoria struck back with a run of it's own in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff walk to Davy Gregg who eventually came around to score on a groundout by Robinson Chirinos. The score remained tied until the top of the eighth when righty Justin Rayborn replaced Estrada. Quickly retiring the first two batters, Rayborn hit the third batter of the inning and then gave up a two run blast to Eli Tintor before getting out of the inning. The Chiefs struck back in the eighth with a run on three singles to make the score 4-3. Matt Avery came in to pitch in the ninth and retired the Snappers with only a two-out walk to blemish his line. In the bottom of the ninth, Yusuf Carter lead-off but went down quickly on strikes. Catcher Mark Reed worked a walk to put the tying run on base. But Snappers pitcher Dan Leatherman (great baseball name) snuffed the rally by striking out the next hitter and getting Valerio Heredia to fly out to left to end the game. Playof baseball, catch the fever and go Hawks!

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J. Pierre cf
R. Theriot 2b
A. Ramirez 3b
D. Lee 1b
M. Murton lf
J. Jones rf
H. Blanco c
R. Cedeno ss
A. Dunn p

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  • The hot start was nice, but it won't always come easy. It's nice to see them have to work for it every once in a while.

    Ryno 15 min ago view
  • Hey, AZ, are you as high on DJ Wilson as your pal John Arguello is?

    Old and Blue 32 min 27 sec ago view
  • Phil, I just wanted to say thank you for diligently tracking the Cubs prospects in extended spring training and sharing your knowledge with us. It's remarkable how you're able to keep box scores for multiple games at once. I, and I'm sure others here, appreciate the data and insight you provide for us.

    K Dub 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • Thanks PHIL.

    Boy, that is a nifty K:BB ratio Hudson has going at almost 4:1!

    I hope he continues improving.

    The E-Man 9 hours 23 min ago view
  • And of course the Bucs won again playing AZ (not PHIL). They dont seem to have a problem yet with the bottom feeders.

    They picked up 3 games this last week.

    I'm looking forward to them coming to the Chi.

    The E-Man 9 hours 51 min ago view
  • Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.

    billybucks 10 hours 1 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH. 

    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 10 hours 22 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 10 hours 36 min ago view
  • I don't think the error call was completely out of the blue but the ball took a very bad hop and would have taken a very good play to get it. Same with one of the Stella throws where I think it could have easily been ruled a hit. Neither were cut and dry calls though imo.

    johann 11 hours 5 min ago view
  • chased a high fastball...

    I think his BABIP during his run has been around .950

    Rob G. 11 hours 21 min ago view
  • Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.

    Eric S 11 hours 24 min ago view
  • That's all fine and good, but I think it's short-changing the Arrieta-like affect of his beard

    Eric S 11 hours 28 min ago view
  • Was the error scored on Zobrist's third ab ruled correctly? Ron was saying that it was a pretty tough chance for the fielder

    Eric S 11 hours 37 min ago view
  • Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?

    That was extremely disappointing.

    Old and Blue 13 hours 14 min ago view
  • Strangest win of the year, and one of the sweetest. Twice I thought it was easily in the bag, then after the first 2 hitters in the 9th I thought all was lost. Big game for Grimm, Strop & Rondon. But, man, those Cards can hit for power.

    billybucks 13 hours 49 min ago view
  • Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.

    Eric S 14 hours 5 min ago view