5/3 Minor League report

Luis Valbuena hit a solo homer but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 2-1, to Memphis on Wednesday night. Casey Coleman took the loss, and also a ball off his leg. He gave up two runs on two hits over 3 1/3 innings. Anthony Rizzo extended his hitting streak to nine games with a double. Chris Rusin, who has a 2.63 ERA, is scheduled to start Thursday.

Nick Struck gave up four runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 9-5 win over Montgomery. Jim Adduci and Jonathan Mota each homered. Logan Watkins, Jae-Hoon Ha and Mota each had three hits.

Eric Jokisch gave up three runs on six hits over six innings, striking out seven, in Daytona’s 6-4 loss to Clearwater. John Andreoli and Greg Rohan each had two hits.

P.J. Francescon gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings in Peoria’s 6-3 loss to Kane County. Paul Hoilman extended his hitting streak to 15 games with two hits.

— Carrie Muskat


Why can’t Rizzo be given reps in the outfield while he is in Iowa? I know LaHair has trade value to Milwaukee, but it sure would be nice to keep LaHair when Rizzo is ready. Let Rizzo raise the performance level in the outfield. We are covered at First Base. Not so much, it seems, in the outfield.

Good idea!

bad idea… rizzo would resemble Dunn in the OF. Rizzo has never played in the OF in professional baseball and possibly longer than that but I am not looking up his college career. Worst case scenario Soriano gets benched or released.

It would make more sense to bring Rizzo in at first and have LaHair play outfield. He has played it before.

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