8/5 Minor matters

Sunday’s games

Jake Arrieta threw five scoreless innings to help Iowa snap a 12-game road losing streak with a 8-4 win over Tacoma. Arrieta struck out 11 and walked three, giving up two hits. Darnell McDonald had three hits, including a double, and scored three runs. Jae-Hoon Ha had three RBIs and three hits. Mike Olt had two hits, including a double and a triple, and two RBIs. In his first game with the Iowa Cubs, Daniel Lockhart had two hits, including a double.

A.J. Morris gave up seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 10-4 loss to Jacksonville. Javier Baez had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Brett Jackson had two hits and scored two runs.

Daytona’s doubleheader against Bradenton was postponed. The two teams will try to play a doubleheader Monday. Scott Baker was slated to start the second game, his fifth rehab outing. Daytona has lost eight games to weather this year.

Tyler Skulina gave up three runs over two innings in Kane County’s 11-1 loss to Clinton. Giuseppe Papaccio was 3-for-3.

Rob Zastryzny gave up four runs over 2 1/3 innings in Boise’s come from behind 10-5 win over Everett. The Hawks totaled 15 hits. Kris Bryant was 3-for-5 with two doubles, scored two runs and drove in two. Rony Rodriguez had three hits, including two home runs.

Ryan Searle gave up two runs — one earned — over one inning in Mesa’s 7-3 win over the Athletics. Jesse Hodges had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs.


Arrieta may have been another very nice pick up, looks like he has his confidence back after that start against Milwaukee. Hope he keeps it up and becomes part of the 2014 Rotation.

Carrie, do you anticipate Szczur being promoted to AAA or do you think the Cubs have given up on him?

I am not Carrie obviously, but why would the Cubs give up on him? Drafted in the 5th round in 2010, #160 overall, only 24 y/o and progressed to AA and doing very well there this year.
Sorry to butt in, just curious as to why you would think that??

I’ve spent a lot of time on fan blogs debating Szczur’s merits. Many of them & their commenters don’t think much of Szczur. I think he should have already been promoted to AAA & should be getting considered for a late season callup.

Just curious once again, but could Matt B, be, Matt Szczur? The only time you post is about Szczur. If so hang in there, your doing well.
276 BA at AA is not going to attract alot of attention. 20 SB with 11 times caught is not going to get a call up. 344 OBP is very good, but will he have that OBP from AA to the ML level?
Dont know where he hits in the line up, but not much power with 2 HR’s.
OF’s need power (OR) speed with OBP to be a good lead off hitter.
Maybe the Cubs see Szczur being ready, but I dont with the stats I see.

Nope. I’m 46 & losing my hair. When I first started commenting about a Szczur promotion, he was hitting .300. He’s slmped since then & quite a percentage of his caught stealing have been pickoffs. I want to see the kid succeed because of what he did for that little girl and generally what I hear about what kind of person he is.

Well I too wish him the best of luck, maybe a coach could help him with ways to read the Pitcher a little better. A nice OBP like he has is not going to help if he gets picked off alot.

I can see how excited fans can be about Szczur after he batted .337 in June but he followed that with a .220 July and is 4-for-17 so far in August. He batted .291 in the first half; and was batting .200 in the second. In 2012, he finished strong in the second half and was promoted to Double-A, where he batted .210. Part of the reason it’s taking longer is that he split time between baseball and football in college. He’s a great kid. Some just need a little more time to develop.

Agreed… time… why rush him and ruin him?

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