Let's Play Two (Before Lunch)!

The I-Cubs have added some wrinkles to the traditional doubleheader format this year. Call it schedule change brought about by the rising tide of global warming. This IS the Pacific Coast League, remember, and Des Moines IS the city where a game was once played in front of an official attendance of zero due to floodwaters surrounding the ballpark.

Opening Day featured a twinbill in anticipation of inclement weather, not in consequence of it.

Yesterday was getaway day completing a homestand, and when Sunday’s scheduled matinee vs. the El Paso Chihuahuas was rained out, it was only postponed until Monday morning at 9:30 AM. You could almost consider the Plan B an extended rain delay of 20 hours. The makeup began with a preannounced curfew for the double dip of 3:45 PM in accommodation of both teams’ travel itineraries. It was over in plenty of time to shower and grab a sandwich before hitting the road.

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the 1st of Game One while still yawning and stretching, the I-Cubs rallied to win, 6-5. Dillon Maples saved it with a nearly immaculate 7th inning, fanning the side on 10 pitches. He is, as DP used to say, “en fuego” of late, fanning 11 while walking only one in five June appearances of one inning per. The slider is on the upslide, i.e., a real down-and-out pitch.

Also, Caratini is hitting well since arriving and played 3B in yesterday’s “daycap” after catching (and homering) in the opener.


Watched Maples on MILB TV, he threw 10 sliders, 9 for strikes, and none were even touched. Looks ready for Chicago to me.

Can't send Bass back to Des Moines.

he has one of the nastiest sliders i've ever seen...and an ability to lose command of it randomly for an extended period of time... the break on it is unreal.

Nico agreed to a contract at full slot value, That sucks,  Only got $12,600 left over from 10th rd Luke Reynolds,  I would assumed drafting a SS (not a position of need right now) at 24 they'd have worked some under slot, not sure where the money is going come from to sign 3 high school kids and the rest of the top 10, plus anybody later, why they didn't abuse some senior signing bonus like they did in the past like with Ryan Williams and his $1,000.

Thanks Mike. Nice to hear on Maples. I hope he can sustain this to the Big club. Also, nice to see the doubles and "warning track power" Caratini keep it going.

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  • crunch 1 hour 27 min ago (view)

    ...and strop gives up a hit then walks the bases loaded.

    ...and he closes it out with a K.  neat.

    this is the 1st cubs road series win since May 17-19 @WAS.


  • crunch 1 hour 35 min ago (view)

    strop comes in to get the last out, but it has to be some kinda slow-walk back in a game that wasn't a save situation.

    homer, hbp, k, k...looks healthy.


  • crunch 1 hour 43 min ago (view)

    welcome back kimbrel.

    1st pitch goes about 10 miles outside the park by marte.


  • crunch 2 hours 14 min ago (view)

    one takeaway from this game...a slew of cubs players were fans of Hey Arnold! when they were kids.


  • crunch 3 hours 9 min ago (view)

    woo, a good cubs away game.


  • crunch 5 hours 20 min ago (view)

    heyward / cast / bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarb / caratini / kemp(2nd) / Q


  • crunch 6 hours 41 min ago (view)

    so stoked for the williamsport game.

    the increasing amount of off-site games is a bit concerning (middle of nowhere Field of Dreams field, really?), but I love this one.  it's played out great so far and giving the kids playing in the LL series some primo seats (hope this continues) is a great touch.


  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Craig Kimbrel reinstated from IL, Duane Underwood Jr optioned to Iowa, Mark Zagunis recalled as the "26th man" for tonight's game (special travel required to get to Williamsport so MLB Comissioner permits 26th man for both clubs). 


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    at least...


  • Charlie 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Lester pitched 35 innings today.


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    2019...cubs fan...being thankful heyward and chatwood are around...wtf...


  • Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    Like having a 5-1 lead going into the ninth?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    With our vaunted late inning tandem of Tyler Chatwood and Rowan Wick!

    Who would have thought?


  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Cubs 1-10 with RISP in the series.  Left lots of ducks on the pond.  Could take some of the pressure off the pen.


  • Jackstraw 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    You could hit your thumb with a hammer.  Or take a big bite of wayyyy too hot pizza.  Just sayin.


  • Eric S 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    I’m a little surprised and confused that Bote wasn’t in the infield in the ninth? Wth - need that one out boot to complete my day