A True Angel Now

I was going to do a write up about the Cubs game from last night, but there are more important event that everyone should know about. 

Just after 6 AM (PT) this morning, Nick Adenhart, 22, the top pitching prospect of the Los Angeles Angels was killed in an automobile accident. Nick made his season debut against Oakland last night, shutting out the A’s for six innings with 5 strikeouts in a game the Angels eventually lost, 6-3.
In a time like this, nothing else matters. The Angels and the A’s are rivals. That doesn’t matter. The entire Major League Baseball is one big family, and we all are heartbroken when a death occurs. It just reminds me of what happened with my cousin a little over a year ago. She was just 21 where she died in a car accident, just like Nick.
In conclusion, I want to send a message to everyone who reads this blog and “live your life to the fullest,” and “stay out of trouble.”
My entire family’s thoughts and prayers go out to his family. 
Nick Adenhart is a true Angel right now, and may he rest in peace.

Iowa Cubs roster

The Iowa Cubs has announced their opening day roster. Their first game will be against Round Rock on the road. Mitch Atkins will be the opening day starter for the Iowa Cubs. 


38 Jose Ascanio

39 Mitch Atkins

46 Justin Berg

43 Esmailin Cairdad

45 Jesse Estrada

22 Kevin Hart

33 J.R. Mathes*

17 Greg Reinhard

29 Jeff Samaradzija

37 Jeff Stevens

21 Jason Waddell*

36 Randy Wells



15 Mark Johnson*

16 Chris Robinson



## Erick Almonte

13 Anders Blanco&

8 Matt Matulia^

1 Luis Rivas

11 Bobby Scales^

3 Nate Spears*



9 Doug Deeds*

41 Jason Dubois

50 Jake Fox

7 Sam Fuld*

25 Brad Snyder*

6 So Taguchi


* – left-handed batter/pitcher

^ – switch-hitter

Catching a Cold?

Geovany Soto had to leave the game in the second game against the Astros due to soreness in his right shoulder. I would expect Koyie Hill to start the series’ finale against Houston, when Ted Lilly take the mound for them.

I also noticed something funny when I was watching the Cubs game yesterday in the late innings.
Ryan Theriot was behind the plate warming up Aaron Heilman in the ninth.
Could Ryan Theriot be our emergency catcher? Could be. 
But let’s just pray that Soto’s back for the Milwaukee series…

Soriano’s blast wasn’t enough

The game went into extra innings, helped by Alfonso Soriano’s 8th inning home run to tie the game at 2 runs apiece.

However, that wasn’t enough for the Cubs, as the Astros won the game in the 10th inning off Jeff Keppinger’s walk-off broken bat single to win the game 3 to 2. 
Overall, I would have to say this was a great game for the Cubs, with the exception of the late innings. Ryan Dempster was the same Ryan that we saw last season, going 6 innings while giving up only two runs. Aaron Heilman had an awesome outing today, getting another sweet double play in the 7th inning. Neal Cotts came in the 9th inning and got out of the inning with a slick force out at third base, thrown by Cotts himself. He struck out Darin Estard and got Kazuo Matsui to line out to Fontenot to end the 9th inning.
Now, one of the things that I’m not too happy about is that Lou Piniella left Cotts in for the 10th inning. There, Cotts gave up two hits, and forced Lou to bring in Kevin Gregg to relieve Cotts. He intenationally walked Miguel Tejada to load up the bases, and that’s where Keppinger had his walk-off broken bat single to win the game for the Astros. 
Like I said, I’m not too happy with Lou’s decision of leaving Cotts in for the 10th inning, but that’s just one game. We got 160 games to go. Plenty of time. 
Dempster 040709.png
Ryan Dempster struck out 5 batters and walked 3 batters (Pat Sullivan/AP)


Cajun Connection
Ryan Theriot: 2 for 3, Run, Walk, Double (.600 AVG on season)
Mike Fontenot: 0 for 4, Strikeout (.375 AVG on season)

Tonight’s Lineup, Behind the Name of Heuer’s Highlights

Here’s the lineup for tonight’s game:

LF Soriano
SS Theriot (Where he belongs)
1B Lee
RF Bradley
3B Ramirez
CF Johnson
C Soto
2B Fontenot
P Dempster
Now, I’ve noticed that some of the people has been checking out my blog, so I thought I’d explain why I’ve chosen the name, Heuer’s Highlights, for the name of my blog. My last name is Heuer, which sounds like HIGH-er, therefore, making it sound like HIGHlights. Pretty straightforward here. Nothing too complicated.
Let’s have a good game tonight!!

Picking off where I left…

I left the Cubs game (on TV) to go to the staff meeting. I was constantly checking my phone to keep track of the score, and I have to say one thing:

The Cubs did not disappoint me today.

Big Z went 6 innings today with 6 strikeouts while giving up only one run, giving him his first Opening Day win by defeating the Houston Astros 4 to 2.

Alfonso Soriano led off the game with his 50th career leadoff home run, which ranks third all time. In the top of second, Aramis Ramirez blasted his 250th career home run to push the score up to 2-0. In the top of the fourth inning, Mike Fontenot scored on a sacifire fly from Ryan Theriot, and they added another run in the top of ninth off Micah Hoffpauir’s RBI single.

A total of four pitchers came in to relieve the game for the Cubs: Aaron Heilman, Neal Cotts, Carlos Marmol, and Kevin Gregg. Gregg closed notched his first save with the Cubs.

Personally, I don’t have much to say about the Cubs today. It was just their first game, and I missed the last 2/3 of the game. However, I know if the team just stay healthy, I think we should just be fine and win the NL Central. Soriano looks good so far to me. A-Ram will be our big man in the middle of the lineup. If Z stays consistent, he’ll be a beast for us this yaer.

Tomorrow, the Cubs will face lefty Wandy Rodriguez. I would expect both Reed Johnson and Aaron Miles in the lineup in centerfield and second base respecitvely tomorrow. Ryan Dempster, who finished 6th in Cy Young voting last season, will take the hill for the Cubbies.



Aramis Ramirez rounds the bases after his solo homer in the second. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Cajun Connection Update:
Ryan Theriot: .500 AVG, RBI
Mike Fontenot: .750 AVG, 2 Runs, Double

Cajun Connection.png

Opening Day

Today has to be one of the best and worst day of my life.

My afternoon class got canceled, so I had all afternoon to watch as many games as I can. I was watching the O’s-Yankees mostly, and the O’s are looking pretty solid this year. I think Jeremy Guthrie and Adam Jones each will have a breakout year.

Now, the reason why it’s one of the worst: I have to miss the middle innings of the Cubs-Astros game because of the stupid staff meeting that I have to go. I wish I could call in sick, but my boss saw me walking back from my morning class all healthy, so that’s out of the picture. Oh well.

Here’s the starting lineup for the Cubs: LF Alfonso Soriano, CF Kosuke Fukudome, 1B Derrek Lee, RF Milton Bradley, 3B Aramis Ramirez, 2B Mike FonteYes, C Geovany Soto, SS Ryan TheRiot, P Carlos Zambrano.

As far I know, the Cubs are off to a strong start. Alfonso Soriano hit his 50th career leadoff homerun off Roy Oswalt to put the Cubs on top 1-0. Carlos Zambrano had a shaky start, walking the Kazuo Matsui on four pitches and giving up a hit to Lance Berkman, but he got out of the inning. Then in the top of the second, Aramis Ramirez led off the inning with a bomb to left field to push the Cubs to 2-0.

I’ll post something later tonight after the game, recapping my thoughts about the game. Check in later!