My Kingdom for a Tater!

Granted, any lineup that undergoes a triple crown-ectomy is gonna be sore. But Jake Fox's promotion to Chicago leaves the Iowa Cubs really hurting.

The team hadn't even homered in Fox's last six games on the roster. After yesterday's doubleheader split and today's 9-1 matinee loss to the Sacramento River Cats on getaway day the dubious streak is at nine and counting as the team heads south for a road trip versus its divisional rivals in Memphis and Nashville.

Fox left town with 17 homers.

Today's lineup had 10 [14 if you count the four hit on behalf of the Tennessee Smokies]. And that included a DH!

A pitcher with 10 strikeouts in 22 innings+ fanned nine I-Cubs this afternoon in seven frames. At one point Dana Eveland whiffed five straight.

The defensive effort was lowlighted by Jason Dubois in left field. In the top of the 3rd he camped under a fly ball off the bat of Eric Patterson, straddling the foul line. It appeared that the ball bounced off of his noggin into the seats behind the Iowa bullpen for a ground rule two-base error! Scowling and scuffing at the chalk like a golfer tapping an imaginary spike mark after missing a gimme, Dubois returned to his post. Patterson stole 3rd on the first pitch before scoring on a sacrifice fly to, you guessed it, Dubois, who made the play of the game with a leaping catch while banging against the wall.

You just never know what you're gonna see at the old ballpark.

GOTTA HAVE HART DEPT. - Kevin Hart continued to rebound from a poor start to his season with four more scoreless innings in yesterday's nightcap. It was his second straight impressive start after 16 appearances out of the bullpen. For the year Hart has now fanned 33 in 28 innings while walking only nine...MW

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Is there a pic out there of Dubois taking that ball in the head?

Yes, you're right, and the entire world is wrong.

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I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH NEAL.

IT'S KIND OF LIKE A HEADER, YOU KNOW? NOT FOR EMPHASIS OR ANYTHING; MORE OF A SHIFT OF GEARS...

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY......

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  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 2 hours 27 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 2 hours 36 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 3 hours 26 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 3 hours 38 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 4 hours 17 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 4 hours 18 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 7 hours 18 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • Eh, I read it as tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek. VEB seems to have good heads on their shoulders.

    Brick 8 hours 39 min ago view