5/10 Minor League report – Sunday’s games

Bryan LaHair hit his second two-homer game of the season but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 11-8, to New Orleans on Sunday. LaHair’s blasts were two of five by the I-Cubs on Sunday, including Fernando Perez’s first. Welington Castillo and Brad Snyder also homered. J.R. Mathes started and gave up eight runs on seven hits and five walks over five innings.

* Pierre LePage had two hits and an RBI in Peoria’s 4-1 win over Kane County. Su-Min Jung gave up one run on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings for the Chiefs.

* Tennessee and Daytona had Sunday off.

* Mick Gillispie, the radio voice of the Smokies, who also did Spring Training broadcasts with Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper, chipped in to help people in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., which was destroyed by a tornado on April 27. Gillispie and his wife live about a mile from the tornado’s path, but were safe. He joined a relief effort run by the Alabama football training department to clear debris and salvage what they could.

“There are a lot of things bigger than sports,” Gillespie told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “When you see something like this, the reality of it hits you square in the face. The good thing is that sports are there to take your mind off stuff like this. For the people in our listening area, you hope those three hours are something that helps them.”

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

I wonder if the Ricketts truly understand the MILLIONS and MILLIONS of their dollars that could be saved by having a GM that understands you can play promising rookies (LaHair vs. Pena, Castillo vs. Hill, Snyder vs. Byrd etc, etc.) and still aceive a .500 or worse record at the major league level but at least have a better chance of seeing what the young guys can ACTUALLY do in the big leagues (I know, some props to Hendry for Castro and Barney) especially in a “rebuilding” year. Yes, it’s rebuilding no matter what Hendry spews to the papers yet he’s rebuilding with wasted millions on veterans he falls in love with as if the mark of a good GM is trolling the waters for expensive veterans that all the other GM’s miss…duh. How long does a team have to play at or below .500 or just breifly come close to playoff victory for fans and owners alike to come to terms with IT’S NOT WORKING?

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