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A Tale Of Two Blakes

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

A couple of guys named Blake started the season on fire for Double-A Tennessee. First baseman Blake Lalli and righthander Blake Parker got off to hot starts and impressed the Kodak crowd during the first home series on April 16 when Lalli doubled home a pair of runs and Parker closed the game in a come-from-behind, 4-2 victory against Birmingham.

Majors | #2009#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Irish Relief

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

In his major league debut, righthander Jeff Samardzija threw a 99 mph fastball, a wild pitch on a pitchout, gave up a game-tying run and struck out two batters in a pair of innings. The former Notre Dame wide receiver called the July 25 effort against the Marlins "bittersweet."

Majors | #2008#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports