Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/18/09

Here is your end of the week update from the Cubs’ Minor League System. Josh Vitters is really heating up. Vitters hit two home runs over the weekend. Robinson Chirino’s strong start has been stopped by a broken wrist . The Smokies remain tied for first place and they are the only Cubs’ Minor League team to have at least a share of the top spot.

Carlos Zambrano made his rehab start for the Daytona Cubs on Sunday. Zambrano struggled through the first inning. He walked the first two batters he faced before settling down. The D-Cubs defense had two chances for inning ending double plays, but could not turn them and Zambrano ended up allowing two runs in the first inning.

Zambrano retired eight in a row before a giving up two more runs in the third with two outs. Zambrano said he felt fine after the outing and is expected to start on Friday in San Diego. Zambrano’s final line…four runs on five hits with a strikeout and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Big Z threw 67 pitches, 42 for strikes.

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Here are the standings for the Cubs’ system only:

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Peoria Chiefs – Class A

Thursday 5/14 – Chiefs Split a double header with the Quad Cities Bandits

Game One – Chiefs pull away with 4 run 6th inning, win 7-3

Game Two – Chiefs give up Three in the 8th and Lose Game Two, 1-4

Friday 5/15Game postponed due to rain

Saturday 5/16Chiefs come back from a 5-0 deficit to score 6 in the 7th and 8th and hold on to win 6-5

Sunday 5/17Chiefs give up 7 runs in the first 3 innings and lose 6-9 to the Beloit Snappers

Peoria’s Team Stats

Daytona Cubs – Class High A

Thursday 5/14Daytona scores early and often…Beat the Clearwater Threshers, 7-4

Friday 5/15Daytona scores 6 in the final 3 innings and win 7-2 over the Threshers

Saturday 5/16 Cubs give up one big inning and lose to the Threshers, 3-6

Sunday 5/17Cubs shutout by Dunedin Blue Jays in Zambrano’s rehab start, 0-6

Daytona Cubs’ Team Stats

Tennessee Smokies – Class AA

Thursday 5/14Smokies score all that they need vs. the Diamond Jaxx in the first inning, but continue to pile on and win 7-1

Friday 5/15Smokies can’t get their offense rolling and lose 2-9 against the Diamond Jaxx

Saturday 5/16 Game postponed due to rain

Sunday 5/17Smokies give up runs early and can’t come back; lose to Chattanooga 2-7

Tennessee Smokies’ Team Stats

Iowa Cubs – Class AAA

Thursday 5/14Iowa continues putting up football like scores wins 17-4 over the Sky Sox

Friday 5/15 Atkins can’t hold down the Sky Sox and Iowa doesn’t score more than 10 runs in a game, lose 4-8

Saturday 5/16Iowa scores 7 runs in the last 3 innings, but still loses 7-16 to the Salt Lake Bees

Sunday 5/17Cubs’ bats go cold again; as they lose 4-7 to the Salt Lake Bees

Iowa Cubs’ Team Stats

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon