5/13 Minor matters

Andrew Cashner gave up one run on five hits and struck out six over six innings in his first start for Triple-A Iowa. Cashner got the win as the Iowa Cubs beat Las Vegas, 6-1. Micah Hoffpauir hit a three-run homer, his fifth of the season and second in as many games.

Chris Carpenter gave up one run on five hits over six innings and did not get a decision in Tennessee’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to Carolina. Josh Vitters extended his hitting streak to four games since being called up to the Double-A team. He’s batting .462 in the streak.

Smaily Borges hit his first home run to help Daytona beat Bradenton, 10-6. Rafael Dolis gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits over four innings. Michael Brenly extended his hitting streak to seven games and is batting .407 in that stretch.

Peoria lost its fifth straight as Nick Struck served up five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in a 5-4 loss to Clinton. D.J. Fitzgerald homered, his first, and was 3-for-3.

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

There is much to be optimistic about our minor leaguers, in a few years when their path is no longer blocked by some bad contracts we should see a much improved major league team. Wouldn’t a prudent GM have kept Hoffpauir even though he was only servicable at best last year instead of wasting over 3 mil on Nady and his still recovering arm? Hendry could have put an extra 2.5 mil or so toward the bullpen and Hoffpauir plays outfield defense as good as Nady and is a better sub at 1B than Nady. The point is managing the payroll and addressing the pressing needs of the team not so much that Hoffpauir is the most deserving player. The only good thing about Nady is Hendry must have had a rare moment of sanity and ONLY offered a player with a bum arm and no positon a one year deal instead of a multi-year deal. For a player with limited action and no steady playing time Hoffpauir would have sufficed. Hendry doesn’t pick and choose his battles properly.

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