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9/11 Smokies take 2-1 lead with win

Double-A Tennessee took a 2-1 lead in the best of five series against West Tenn with a 9-2 win Saturday night in the Southern League playoffs. Tony Campana got things started with an inside the park leadoff home run. Blake Lalli hit a two-run single in the fourth and Russ Canzler belted a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth. Matthew Spencer followed Canzler with a solo shot to open a 9-1 lead. Starter Trey McNutt struck out six and gave up one run on four hits over five innings.

— Carrie Muskat

9/10 Tennessee wins, 11-1

Tony Thomas and Matthew Spencer each drove in three runs to power Tennessee to an 11-1 victory Friday night over West Tenn and even the Southern League playoffs at one win apiece. Robinson Chirinos hit a leadoff homer in the sixth and Thomas added a two-run blast that inning. Thomas also hit a RBI single in the seventh. Spencer hit a three-run homer in the eighth and Brett Jackson added a solo shot. Chris Carpenter picked up the win, striking out eight and giving up one run (unearned) on four hits over six innings.

— Carrie Muskat

12/4 Scouting reports

Here’s more info from’s Jonathan Mayo on the two Minor Leaguers the Cubs got from Oakland in Thursday’s deal.

Ronny Morla

Morla is a solid mid-range kind of prospect. His numbers in the Northwest League don’t look all that exciting, but what probably interested the Cubs is that he was throwing 93-94 mph with his fastball and maintaining it in his starts. He complements the fastball with a good slider. It’s the breaking ball that largely was the swing-and-miss pitch that allowed him to rack up over a strikeout per inning with Vancouver. At 21, he’s got a good pitcher’s body and is projectable. If a team put him in the bullpen exclusively, he could increase the fastball into the mid-90s.

Matt Spencer

Spencer is big and athletic, capable of playing the outfield as well as first base. He’s got an above-average arm. In fact, there was some talk about drafting him as a pitcher because he was 90+ in brief mound stints at Arizona State. He’s got plus raw power and became a much better overall hitter in 2009 by shortening his swing after getting promoted to Double-A. He can hit the ball out of any park and the OF-1B mix gives him a little versatility defensively. He drew a comparison to current Cub Micah Hoffpauir at similar stages of their careers. 

— Carrie Muskat