4/12 Minor League report

On Sunday, Max Ramirez contributed to a 15-hit attack with a home run to help Iowa beat Round Rock, 8-6. Starter J.R. Mathes gave up two runs on seven hits over four innings and did not get a decision. Tony Campana had four hits and Lou Montanez had four RBIs. Justin Berg picked up the win in relief and John Gaub got the save.

Brett Jackson smacked a grand slam to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 8-5. DJ LeMahieu hd three hits. Starter Trey McNutt had to leave the game after 2 2/3 innings because of a blister on his middle finger.

Daytona overcame a 5-0 first inning deficit to beat Brevard County, 11-7. Seven Cubs had at least two hits apiece. Welington Castillo, who is being used as the DH as he heals from a finger injury, hit his first home run.

Greg Rohan, Rubi Silva and Richard Jones each homered to help Peoria beat Cedar Rapids, 9-6.

* On Monday, Michael Burgess had three hits, including two homers, and five RBIs to help Daytona beat Clearwater, 6-5. He was acquired by the Cubs in January from the Nationals in the Tom Gorzelanny deal. Burgess was selected 49th overall in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Ramon Ortiz gave up two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings and struck out seven in Iowa’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to Albuquerque. Tony Campana had three hits and two RBIs for Iowa. Scott Maine took the loss.

Ryan Flaherty, Josh Vitters and Steve Clevenger each homered but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 6-5, to Chattanooga in a game shortened to six innings.

Matt Szczur hd two hits in Peoria’s 4-2 loss to Burlington.

* Minor League notes: Augie Ojeda has yet to play because of back spasms that bothered him in Spring Training. Todd Wellemeyer also has yet to pitch because of a sore right hip.

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

Baseball is all about momentum… but how can you keep momentum when you have two flat tires and your gearbox is stuck in reverse?

Despite a bigger cast at Spring Training than on the film Gandhi somehow Hapless Hendry has allowed a complete drubbing tonight by forcing Quade’s hand to use Russell as a starter and Samardzija as very long and painful relief.

Was it beyond the wit of this pathetic and muddled man to retain a veteran spot starter at AAA? Deal professionally with Braden Looper… if Looper was not willing to help out at AAA if not making the roster why let him use up valuable innings at Spring Training that could have been given to the Cub’s future talent? And please don’t say he would have blocked talent at AAA as this contradicts the presence of Scales, Snyder and Moore at AAA – most of our talent is at AA.

Ah yes, but in the last week he has inked 2 veterans to AAA contracts… as ever, Hendry cannot plan ahead – this should have been done during Spring Training, not when the fires had started burning.

Few were fans of Gorzellany, but at least he was a hometown boy and a clubman – turning up to open ice rinks and the Convention. And how was he treated by the buffoon of a GM…? Just fortunate the talent we traded hoim for is tearing up the farm… NOT. Gorzellany would have been the ideal solution to tonight’s problem.

HOW BAD HAS HENDRY GOT TO BE BEFORE HE GETS SACKED…? While you think of the answer to this question, think of Tommy Boy Ricketts in a sailing boat on a lake waiting for a gust of wind.


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