Another busy day around the Cubs minor league system as Iowa played their second straight double-header. Regardless of how busy they might be, a couple of teams are red-hot, let’s see if they continue their torrid pace, here is the recap for June 9th…
Five in a row for the red-hot Peoria Chiefs as they knocked off the Kane County Cougars 4-1 in Peoria. Kyler Burke was outstanding as he tossed seven almost un-hittable innings giving up no runs on two hits while striking out nine, doesn’t get much better than that. Burke got just enough offense as the Chiefs put up a four spot in the first inning, it was enough but it was all they would get. Anthony Giansanti back from a scary injury went 3-for-5 at the plate, he’s now hitting .333 on the season. Paul Bunyan, I mean Paul Hoilman and Wes Darvill each had two hits in the victory, each guy had a double as well. Zeke DeVoss, somewhat overshadowed but a great prospect in his own right, was 1-for-2 in the lead off spot with three walks, and a stolen base, doing his job right.
Daytona had a rough go of it tonight as they were blanked by Tampa 7-0. Not much went right at all as the D-Cubs only managed three hits while making two errors. Frank Del Valle started for Daytona and didn’t pitch too poorly but he didn’t get any help from his defense. Del Valle lasted five innings giving up three runs, two earned on four hits while walking two and striking out four. The loss drops Del Valle to 4-2 on the season while his ERA sits at 4.28. As I mentioned not much going on for the D-Cubs at the plate, only Arismendy Alcantara, Ronald Torreyes, and Rubi Silva had hits, all singles.
The Smokies are on fire as they beat Mississippi tonight 6-4 for their sixth straight victory. Dallas Beeler started for the Smokies are had a decent outing but did not figure in the decision as he gave up three runs on five hits in five innings of work. Frank Batista worked the final two innings of the game to earn his first win of the season as he gave up one run on three hits, his ERA is now 1.96 on the season. Nate Samson had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Rebel Ridling gave the Smokies the lead in the 3rd inning with his seventh home run of the season, a two run shot on his way to a 1-for-4 day.
Pitching stole the show in game one as the I-Cubs scratched out a 1-o win over Nashville. Brooks Raley was outstanding as he went the distance (7 innings in a DH) to earn his second victory of the season for Iowa. Raley held Nashville scoreless while giving up six hits, walking no one, and striking out six. Matt Tolbert was 2-for-3 at the plate with the big blow, a solo shot in the first inning providing the only run of the game. Dave Sappelt also had a good game at the plate as he went 2-for-2 and had a big outfield assist gunning down a runner at second.
Much of the same in game two as offense was at a premium, this time Nashville came out on top 3-2 scoring the game winning run in the top of the 6th inning after the I-Cubs rallied from two down to tie it in the 5th. Esmailin Caridad got the start for the I-Cubs, tends to happen when you play four games in two days. Caridad was good, and provided the innings the Cubs needed, he last four innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out three. The I-Cubs couldn’t get much going offensively, Ty Wright was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double. Josh Vitters drove in one of the I-Cubs runs and was 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk, he’s now hitting .271 on the season.
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