A look at the Cubs minor league system on Saturday, June 23.
Down 3-0 Boise got four runs in the fifth to take the lead, but surrendered it to lose 5-4 on Saturday night. Ian Dickson got the start for the Hawks and gave up three runs on four hits in just 3.2 innings. Roderik Pichardo got the loss in relief as he gave up two runs in 3.1 innings of work. Joseph Zeller pitched two innings giving up only one hit. Gioskar Amaya went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Marco Hernandez had a double and two RBI’s, and Chadd Krist had the other RBI for Boise. Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, Eduardo Gonzalez, and Shawon Dunston Jr. all had one hit on the night.
Gerardo Concepcion took the loss as he could only get through 4.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits dropping his record to 2-5. In the 4-2 Peoria loss Zeke DeVoss had two hits and a run scored. Paul Hoilman had a nice night at the plate as well as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Dustin Geiger, Yasiel Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata all had contributed with a hit a piece on Saturday. Sheldon McDonald pitched beautifully throwing 2.2 perfect innings in relief, he also struck out two. Austin Reed gave up a run in relief, but also struck out three batters in his two innings of work.
Everything looked great for Daytona until they gave up seven runs in the bottom of the eighth as they took the Clearwater won the game 7-2. Robert Whitenack was brilliant in five innings as he gave up no runs on only three hits while striking out three. Brian Schlitter continued to impress as he pitched two perfect innings in relief striking out one batter. As good as Whitenack and Schlitter were A.J. Morris and Jeffrey Lorick were not very good at all. Morris was tagged with the loss as he gave up four runs while not recording an out and Lorick gave up three more in an inning of work. The offense had nine hits including two from catcher Chad Noble who had a double and a run scored. Everyone else in the Cubs starting lineup had one hit except John Andreoli. Greg Rohan drove in his 61st run of the year and Matt Szczur scored a run and stole his 20th base of the season.
Tennessee scored six in the third, but had to hold on as they won 7-6 on Saturday. Jeffry Antigua got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only was able to pitch three innings. Casey Weathers got the win pitching two good innings in relief giving up one hit and wallking one while striking out four. Frank Batista recorded one out to pick up his 11th save of the season. Logan Watkins had a nice night out of the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with a double and triple. He also walked once and scored two runs. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and two RBI’s and Justin Bour added two hits of his own as he drove in a run as well. Nelson Perez hit his first home run in Double-A and Michael Burgess also hit a homer, each driving in two runs. Kevin Rhoderick struggled giving up three runs in 1.2 innings, he did however strike out three.
A three run fourth was too much for Chris Volstand and the Cubs to recover from. Volstad gave up four runs, three of which were earned on six hits in six innings of work. Brett Jackson led things for Iowa with his 10th home run of the season. He added another hit later in the game bringing his average to .259. Ty Wright had two doubles and Juan Apodaca had went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. The hot hitting Josh Vitters only had one hit today and Anthony Rizzo is human as he went 0-for-4. Rafael Dolis pitched two good innings in reflief giving up only hit and striking a batter out.
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