My wife and I took an impromptu day trip to Geneva, Ill., Friday to scout rehabbing Chicago Cubs players Aramis Ramirez and Reed Johnson, who played for the Class A Peoria Chiefs at the home of the Kane County Cougars, a Class A Oakland Athletics farm team. I tweeted updates about the rehabbing Cubs throughout the game, which the Chiefs won 7-1 in front of a sellout crowd at Elfstrom Stadium.
Both players looked good at the plate. Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and two runs scored; Johnson went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Johnson also was hit by a pitch. In the field, Johnson looked fine in center-field while Ramirez didn’t get many chances at third base. Ramirez declined to dive after one sharply hit ball, for obvious reasons. (Incidentally, Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Ramirez’s injured shoulder “is about 85 percent of normal.”)
Some other game notes:
There were 14,872 fans in attendance Friday — a single-game record for a Midwest League ballpark. The all-time largest crowd for a Midwest League game was last year’s “Road to Wrigley” game between the Chiefs and the Cougars at Wrigley Field, when there were 32,201 fans in attendance — including us.
Also, I nabbed a baseball thrown by Cougars LF Carlos Arrieche into the left-field lawn area. This is the third consecutive year I’ve come home from a game with a baseball. (I also have foul balls hit by major-leaguers Scott Rolen and Brandon Phillips.) I attend numerous baseball games every year and never snagged a ball before The Streak began. And now I’m hoping I didn’t jinx The Streak by writing about it.