6/24 Minor matters – Tuesday’s game

Iowa beat Albuquerque, 6-2, on Tuesday. Kris Bryant hit his fifth home run, a three-run shot in the first, and Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Josh Vitters each drove in a run. Tsuyoshi Wada picked up the win, giving up one run on four hits over six innings. Bryant now is 5-for-21 at Iowa, and all five hits have been home runs.

* Bryant and Baez were named to the All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 6-2 win over Jackson. Christian Villanueva had three doubles and two RBIs, and Stephen Bruno had two hits and scored three runs.

Albert Almora hit a solo home run in the eighth to lift Daytona to a 6-5 win over Dunedin. It was Almora’s third homer, and third hit of the game. He’s batting .254. Apparently, the home plate umpire wasn’t feeling well, and asked Almora to just swing. Almora obliged, and connected on his home run.

Kane County scored six runs in the first three innings to beat Wisconsin, 9-3. Paul Blackburn picked up the win, giving up three runs over five innings. Jacob Hannemann had three hits and two RBIs. Trey Martin set a team record with five stolen bases.

Boise lost its seventh straight game on the road, a 7-3 decision to Spokane. The Hawks have been outscored 50-27 in their seven game skid. Jesse Hodges had two hits, including his first home run, a two-run shot in the seventh.

Luis Hernandez threw five shutout innings in Mesa’s 4-2 win over the Angels. Gleyber Torres and Tyler Alamo each had two hits.


Cubs should get a great first or second pick in 2015 player draft, unless Scott Boras gets to them first.

Bryant has six hits at Iowa….all HR’s……10 k’s in 21 AB……….Yes, I like to se Bryant get singles and doubles…….and cut down on his K rate……..am I the only one who sees this?

Just because he doesn’t hit for the cycle every game doesn’t mean he’s going to be a bust. And the whole point of moving him up to AAA is so he can work on his game at the next level. And Cubs Win is right, it’s only been 6 games so far. Give him at least one full month before you start to evaluate anything he does at Iowa. Right now he’s just getting used to the new level of competition.

Actually, Bryant is 5-for-21 at Iowa, and does not have six hits.

yes 5 hits….all 5 are HR…..with 9 k’s in 21 AB………..all or nothing as they would say………maybe Bryant will get #6 (HR) on Wednesday

Cubs Talk – it is a very small sample size. But he only struck out once today and not all yesterday. So he’s already cut down his strike outs. And he walked twice yesterday and once today. I suspect Bryant will start to walk even more once those “crafty” AAA pitchers realize that if they make a mistake he’s going to crush their off-speed pitches. I love his home runs. They literally were game winning hits the past three games. By the end of July, Petrey will be telling is that “he has a lot to work on” when it will be clear that he doesn’t. Just sit back and enjoy it.

I’m hoping Rizzo is right…”I think he’s going to really dominate Triple-A more than Double-A,” Rizzo said. “I thought Double-A was the hardest level for myself personally, and he’s way more polished than I was in the Minor Leagues. He’ll see more advanced pitching now. With the bases loaded, guys would rather walk him and give up one run than four. He’ll put the finishing touches on his approach and hopefully takes off.”

Bryant won’t homer Wednesday. it’s an off day for Iowa Cubs.

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