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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    crunch 21 hours 39 min ago view
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    Eric S 21 hours 40 min ago view
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    The E-Man 21 hours 51 min ago view
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    jacos 21 hours 53 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 21 hours 53 min ago view
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    The E-Man 22 hours 56 sec ago view
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    JoePepitone 22 hours 14 min ago view
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    crunch 22 hours 47 min ago view
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    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

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    jacos 23 hours 42 min ago view
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