6/18 Minor matters

Chris Valaika and Javier Baez both homered but it wasn’t enough as El Paso beat Iowa, 8-5. Eric Jokisch took the loss, giving up five runs over 6 1/3 innings. Baez hit his 11th home run, a three-run blast with two outs in the eighth. Seven of his home runs have come with a man on base, and he leads the team with 38 RBIs. Jokisch did strike out 10, the most for the lefty since he fanned 11 on May 7, 2012, with Daytona.

Kris Bryant, Hunter Cervenka, P.J. Francescon and Armando Rivero all appeared for the North team in the Southern League All-Star Game. Bryant was 1-for-5. Tennessee will resume play on Thursday against Chattanooga.

Rob Zastryzny gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 1-0 loss to Tampa. Daytona totaled four hits, and went 0-for-10 with RISP.

Jordan Hankins and Paul Blackburn represented Kane County at the Midwest League All-Star Game. Hankins went 0-for-2. Kane County returns to action Thursday at home against Cedar Rapids. Expect Cubs first-round pick Kyle Schwarber to be there. He was promoted after batting .600 in five games with short-season Boise.

Schwarber hit a pair of home runs in his last game with Boise, a 12-3 win over Tri-City. His blasts were two of five by the Hawks in the game. Jeffrey Baez (no relation to Javier) led off the game with a home run, Justin Marra hit his second, and Daniel Canela hit his first. Schwarber had 12 hits in five games. Schwarber was on the Boise bus headed for Eugene, Ore., and an eight-game road trip when he got the news.


It is the day after the AA All Star game, and I have a feeling my Bryant to Iowa post-All Star game prediction is looking a little shaky. Oh well, fingers crossed…whatever happens, happens.

Or not. Bryant has just been promoted to Iowa. Looks like you were right on target after all!

This must all feel surreal to Schwarber. Everything is happening so fast. Was just a few short weeks ago he was participating in the NCAA Division I Regionals for Indiana University.

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