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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  • Didn't they do this sort of thing with Sean Marshall years back? Sticking him in LF to save him to face others, but without a pitcher replacing him in LF.

    cubbies.4ever 9 sec ago view
  • This is the most beautiful thing ever.

    Transmission 4 min 13 sec ago view
  • all i wanna know is...when's d.ross gonna pitch?

    crunch 7 min 28 sec ago view
  • Maddon is over-managing the shit out of this game.

    Rob G. 9 min 29 sec ago view
  • yeah. ...or not...

    i was a bit more confused why the guy who gave up a HR to votto last night was facing him with 2 men on.

    ...now that wood is coming in to pitch the following inning, the whole thing gets weirder. so like, okay.

    crunch 9 min 39 sec ago view
  • Javy 0-6. At least he's consistent.

    The E-Man 18 min 36 sec ago view
  • Sweet play.

    What's with the Travis Wood stuff? Is it because he pitched the last 2 games?

    Rob G. 19 min 31 sec ago view
  • peralta (and maddon) owes zobrist a coke.

    crunch 21 min 54 sec ago view
  • #cantpredictball

    Rob G. 29 min 20 sec ago view
  • The Reds bullpen -- statistically one of the worst in the history of baseball -- has no-hit the Cubs for 7 innings. That just sucks.

    billybucks 30 min 59 sec ago view
  • Nice inning from Carl Edwards Jr - two straight quality appearances for a pen that could use it.

    Eric S 56 min 50 sec ago view
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Heyward; Baez, J 2; Bryant.

    The E-Man 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • Arrieta pitches like crap and gets a W, Lester pitches brilliantly and doesn't. Baseball!

    Man, have we been giving up a lot of 2-out runs lately. C'mon Hector -- Eugenio Suarez??? Sheesh.

    billybucks 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • 0-2 HBP = Cubbery

    Eric S 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • FFS!!!

    Shit throw by Szczur...

    Rob G. 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • Nice to have a ROB G. bustin' a move with the posts.

    The E-Man 1 hour 59 min ago view