Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/01/09

Here is your end of the week update from the Cubs’ Minor League System. Josh Vitters continues to hit home runs and he is now up to 13 on the year for the Chiefs. If you check out the transaction log you will see that Tyler Colvin was called up to Tennessee from Daytona on Sunday.

Andrew Cashner started Sunday and went four innings without giving up a run…Cashner walked just one, so his control has been greatly improved over the past two starts.

The Smokies had the worst end of the week of the season; they are on an eight-game losing streak and had to play seven games in the span of four days with three double-headers. The worst part of this streak is that the losses have come at the hands of their division leader the Hunstville Stars, so the Smokies have lost eight games in the standings.

The Cubs also released Richie Robnett over the weekend. Robnett was put on waivers earlier in the spring and removed from the 40-man roster. Robnett was acquired in the deal with the Oakland A’s for Michael Wuertz and is no longer in the Cubs’ system.

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Here are the standings for the Cubs’ system only:

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  • Jeremy Papelbon activated from the 7-Day DL
  • Jayson Ruhlman sent down to Tennessee from Iowa
  • Marco Carrillo promoted from Daytona to Tennessee
  • Jesse Estrada released from Tennessee
  • David Cales sent down to Daytona from Tennessee
  • Tyler Colvin promoted from Daytona to Tennessee
  • James Russell promoted from Tennessee to Iowa
  • Richie Robnett released from Iowa
  • John-Ford Griffin signed as a free agent (outfielder) and placed on Iowa’s roster

Peoria Chiefs – Class A

Thursday 5/28Chiefs can’t keep up with the LumberKings, lose 3-8

Friday 5/29Chiefs drop one in extra-innings 7-8 to the Great Lakes Loons

Saturday 5/30Vitters hits GW HR in top of 14th inning; Chiefs win 7-5 over the Loons

Sunday 5/31Chiefs comeback comes up short, lost 2-4 to the Loons

Peoria’s Team Stats

Daytona Cubs – Class High A

Thursday 5/28Cubs come up short against the Cardinals, lose 2-3

Friday 5/29Daytona can’t keep up with the Cardinals, lose 4-7

Saturday 5/30Cubs take the lead with a 3-run 6th-hold on to win 3-2 over the Reds

Sunday 5/31Chirinos hits two grand slams and Daytona coasts-win 11-3 over the Reds

Daytona Cubs’ Team Stats

Tennessee Smokies – Class AA

Thursday 5/28 – Doubleheader Thursday

Game One: Casey Colman goes the distance, but the Smokies still lose 1-3 to Huntsville

Game Two: Huntsville scores 9 runs in the last 3 innings, Smokies lose 5-11

Friday 5/29 – Doubleheader Friday

Game One: Schlitter wastes a great start by Jay Jackson, gives up 3 runs in the last AB for the Stars, Smokies lose-2-4

Game Two: Smokies are shut out in game 2, lose 0-3 to the Stars

Saturday 5/30Smokies drop 7th straight to the Stars, lose 7-10

Sunday 5/31Smokies drop 8th in a row; lose 2-10 to Carolina

Tennessee Smokies’ Team Stats

Iowa Cubs – Class AAA

Thursday 5/28 – Iowa is missing Fox’s bat; can only muster up 3 hits, lose 1-9 to Sacramento

Friday 5/29Iowa wins with a 5-run 9th inning, make 8 shutout innings from Mathes stand up for his 7th “W”

Saturday 5/30 – Doubleheader Saturday

Game One: Samardzija does it all in 5-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds

Game Two: Iowa loses game two in extra-innings, 2-3

Sunday 5/31Iowa’s Berg gives up 3 in final inning and spoils great start by Kevin Hart-Cubs lose 3-4 against the Redbirds

Iowa Cubs’ Team Stats

Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver