Wood to Face the Sky Sox….Plus A Marathon and A Comeback in the Minors

Minor League Report – 05/10/06

Minor League Baseball is garnering a lot of attention right now with all of the injuries around the Major Leagues and to the Chicago Cubs. For those of you that missed the news, Delmon Young, a prospect for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and one of the top prospects in the game, was suspended on Tuesday by league president Randy Mobley for 50 games for the bat-throwing incident last month. This is the longest suspension ever issued in the International League and the suspension is without pay. Young will be able to return to the Durham Bulls on June 19th.

The Cubs announced on Tuesday that Kerry Wood will start for the Iowa Cubs on Friday at 7:05pm C.T. against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies) in Iowa at Principal Park. Wood’s start on Friday will be the third rehab start Wood has made for the I-Cubs in the last 3 seasons. According to several reports out of Chicago, the Cubs are looking for Kerry Wood to make his return on Wednesday, May 17th against the Washington Nationals under the lights at Wrigley….7:05pm C.T. scheduled start.

The Iowa Cubs lost to the Colorado Sky Sox 2-1 in 15 innings and the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx came from behind to defeat the Mississippi Braves 6-4 on Tuesday.

Kerry Wood – MILB.com carries most of the radio broadcasts without a charge and the CCO will do a special edition of Talkin’ Cubs Live on Friday with a link to the radio broadcast.

Iowa Cubs – It took 15 innings for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to beat the I-Cubs 2-1. Federico Baez took the loss after pitching 3 innings of relief. Jae Kuk Ryu started the game and gave up 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings. David Aardsma continued his dominance of the Minor Leagues and Kerry Ligtenberg pitched another scoreless inning. Felix Pie went 1 for 6 and both Casey McGehee and Mike Fontenot added 3 hits, including a home run for Fontenot. Juan Melo scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Ryan Spilborghs to give the Sky Sox the win.

Iowa Cubs stat watch: (with the addition of Buck Coats and Federico Baez)

Felix Pie (4/6 – 5/8) – 29 games – .278 (32-115)/.341/.426/1 HR/20 RBI’s
Ryan Theriot – Called up to the Chicago Cubs on May 8th
Brandon Sing (4/6 – 5/8) – 27 games – .188 (16-85)/.303/.376/4 HR/10 RBI’s
Jeff Deardorff (4/6 – 5/8) – 20 games – .241 (14-58)/.30/.431/2 HR/7 RBI’s
Michael Restovich (4/6 – 5/8) – 13 games – .333 (16-48)/.407/.604/2 HR/10 RBI’s
– Restovich was out righted to Iowa on May 8th
Buck Coats (4/6 – 5/8) – 26 games – .353 (36-102)/.400/.480/3 HR/12 RBI’s

Jae Kuk Ryu – 1-3/3.60, 34 hits, 15 runs – 14 earned, 30 strikeouts
Raul Valdes – 1-2/6.75, 39 hits, 21 runs, 18 strikeouts
Michael Wuertz – 1-0/1.86, 10 hits, 4 runs – 2 earned, 10 strikeouts
Jerome Williams – 0-2/5.00, 19 hits, 10 runs, 5 strikeouts
Les Walrond – 4-1/2.12, 29 hits, 18 runs – 8 earned, 23 strikeouts
Federico Baez – 0-0/0.00, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 strikeouts (2 games)

West Tenn Diamond Jaxx – The Diamond Jaxx came back on Tuesday to beat the Mississippi Braves 6-4. The Diamond Jaxx were down 3-2 going into the top of the 8th and they scored 4 and held off the Braves for the victory. Rocky Cherry got the win and Scott Moore hit his 3rd home run of the season. Chris Walker extended his hit streak to 11 games and Luis Montanez went 3 for 5 on the night.

West Tenn Diamond Jaxx stat watch:

Eric Patterson – (4/6 – 5/8) – 32 games – .268 (34-127)/.314/.425/3 HR/14 RBI’s
Luis Montanez – (4/6 – 5/8) – 30 games – .318 (34-107)/.408/.383/0 HR/10 RBI’s
Scott Moore – (4/6 – 5/8) – 31 games – .264 (28-106)/.344/.434/2 HR/18 RBI’s
Micah Hoffpauir – (4/6 – 5/8) – 32 games – .292 (31-106)/.394/.651/8 HR/24 RBI’s

The future is looking bright….

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