Born on Third: Minor Matters – July 9, 2013

SPOTLIGHT GAME

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At The Plate – Daytona looked like they had this one wrapped up but a four run seventh inning brought Lakeland all the way back for a 4-3 win.  Zeke DeVoss was solid out of the lead-off spot going 1-for-3 with two walks, his nineteenth stolen base of the year, and an RBI.  Pin-Chieh Chen had another solid game going 2-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases, and an RBI.

On The Mound –  Ben Wells was tremendous, unfortunately he couldn’t hang on to get a win.  Wells worked six innings giving up two runs on one hit (yeah, one) while walking one and striking out four.  Frank Del Valle rarely ever gets touched up, this was one of those rare occurences.  Del Valle struggled with command as he worked one inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking two.  Eduardo Figueroa gave Daytona a chance to come back late as he worked one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one.

SCORES

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Iowa 7-9 line

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TOP PERFORMERS

  • Iowa CubsMarcus Hatley worked 1.1 scoreless innings out of the pen while striking out one.
  • AZL CubsErick Leal worked 3.2 innings giving up one run on five hits while walking one and striking out four.

Notes: The Tennessee Smokies game was suspended after one inning and will be finished today.  Kane County, and Boise were off.

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Soriano, Wood lead Cubs to fourth straight win

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There’s hot, and then there is what Alfonso Soriano is doing.  Soriano is unconscious at the plate right now, his latest reminder to the rest of baseball that he can play was a two home run performance last night as the Cubs pounded the Angels 7-2 for their fourth straight win.  In his last eleven games Soriano is hitting .400 with eight home runs, and seventeen RBI’s, wow.  Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and Darwin Barney also got in on the long ball fun to pace the Cubs attack.  On a night where every fly ball was dangerous Travis Wood carved up a dangerous Angels lineup.  Wood worked 6.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five to pick up his sixth win of the season.  The Cubs are now eight games under .500 and nine games out of a wild card spot, just pointing that out, not insinuating anything, yet.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

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Game Highlights:

All five Cubs home runs
Wood’s strong outing
Travis Wood postgame

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Matt Garza rumors; July 9, 2013

Matt Garza was dominant again last night, with every start his value goes up, not just in regards to what the Cubs want for him, but what Garza might be looking for in regards to a contract extension with the Cubs.  That’s right, the news before yesterday’s start was that the Cubs have kicked the tires once again on bringing Garza back with a Matt Garza Shockedlong-term extension.

David Kaplan weighed in on this yesterday:

  “Theo [Epstein] and Jed [Hoyer] know that they have a great asset. They will not cave on what they want in return,” said the AL exec.  “They will play this thing out until they get what they want. He’s too valuable to not trade.  When you are in a rebuild you need to move assets to fuel the plan. Garza should help to do that. I’d be stunned if he is a Cub Aug. 1.”

I agree with the thought process of Kaplan in regards to the extension talk, I think it’s just that, talk.  The Cubs aren’t going to let Garza go for less than their asking price unless they absolutely have to.

Gordon Wittenmeyer had more on the Garza extension talk after last nights game:

 “Team sources, however, characterize the recent, brief talks as confirmation that the sides aren’t much, if any, closer than they were more than a year ago when they first engaged in talks with little progress.”  

Garza also told reporters after the game yesterday that an extension is “50/50” right now, and winning in Chicago would be “one hell of a party” so there is some interest to return obviously.Garza 5-26

Now on to the newest information on Garza…

Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports has information on what teams are interested in Garza.  Last nights start was scouted by the Rangers, Indians, Blue Jays, Pirates, and Padres.  For the most part it seems as though the Rangers and Indians have strong interest, and the Red Sox, Nationals, and Dodgers are also keeping an eye on Garza.  Morosi also touches on what Garza might be looking for in an extension and the numbers would rival what Anibal Sanchez got from the Tigers in the off-season, so a five-year, $80MM deal.

Stay tuned as the trade talk and Garza talk will pick up considerably as we get closer to the deadline and Garza continues to pitch well and prove his health.

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Born on Third: Minor Matters – July 8, 2013

SPOTLIGHT GAME

Daytona 7-8 line

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At The Plate – I know this is the “at the plate” section, but I have to talk about what you have already noticed, that big fat ZERO in the hit column for Dunedin.  That’s right, Daytona started Matt Loosen tossed a no-hitter today, more on that below.  The D-Cubs offense gave Loosen plenty of support early on as they scored seven times in the first three innings.  Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.  Dustin Geiger continued his solid season going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .282 on the season.  Bijan Rademacher was productive today as he went 1-for-2 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, two walks (Cubs Way!), and two runs scored.

On The Mound – Two words, Matt, Loosen.  Loosen was brilliant (understatement, I know) as he was almost perfect going nine no hit innings while walking two and striking out nine.  Shortest “on the mound” recap in the History of ever.

The final out of Matt Loosen’s no-hitter!

SCORES

Boise 7-8 line

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Smokies 7-8 lines

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Iowa 7-8 line

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TOP PERFORMERS

  • Boise HawksShawon Dunston was 2-for-4 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Boise HawksJacob Rogers was 2-for-3 with an RBI, three walks (Cubs Way!), and three runs scored.
  • Boise HawksDaniel Lockhart was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Boise HawksDae-Eun Rhee was solid going three scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out three.
  • Tennessee SmokiesA.J. Morris was good in game two, he went five innings giving up one run on six hits while striking out three.
  • Iowa CubsLogan Watkins was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Iowa CubsBrad Nelson was 3-for-4 with a double, and two RBI’s.
  • Iowa CubsLuis Flores was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Iowa Cubs Chris Rusin got the win for Iowa, he worked six innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking four and striking out two.

Notes: AZL Cubs had the day off, and Kane County was rained out.

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Cubs “sweep” White Sox, finally

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This should have happened a month ago, but because of rain Cubs fans had to wait another month for full bragging rights.  The Cubs pounded the White Sox for the fourth straight game the result was a four game season sweep.  The Cubs offense had it going late as they pounded out thirteen hits and scored eight runs, six of those runs coming in the eighth and ninth inning to break it open.  Alfonso Soriano is putting on a show for the rest of baseball, he was 3-for-4 with his thirteenth home run of the season, a walk, two stolen bases, a double, and three runs scored.  Soriano’s trade value is climbing with each passing day, and a game like last night shows teams that are interested that this guy isn’t done.  Speaking of trade value, Matt Garza got the start and was brilliant once again going seven innings giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out six to pick up his fifth win of the season.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

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Game Highlights:

Valbuena’s huge go ahead double
Garza strong all night
Soriano goes way back
Ransom with a big two-out hit
Sappelt’s second RBI single

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Born on Third: Minor Matters – July 7, 2013

Hello reader, wanted to give you a quick update on a change we are making to the minor league reports.  Today we debut our new layout which will include one “spotlight game” this game will be much like the reports you are use to.  We will break the game down by hitters and pitchers, a full recap so to speak.  For the remainder of the minor league games we will provide a line score, and a box score that you can click a link to view.  Instead of recapping all six games every night we will detail the top performers at each level.  The goal here is to limit the amount of time it takes to recap everything given how many games there are now, but also provide information that you want.  Thanks everyone.

SPOTLIGHT GAME

Iowa 7-7 line

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At The Plate – This one was a pitchers duel for the majority of the game then things got crazy in the seventh.  Iowa scored seven times to take an 8-2 lead, then Albuguerque bounced back with three in the eighth to make it a came before the Cubs shut the door on an 8-5 win.  Seven of the nine guys in the starting lineup had hits for Iowa, and as a team the Cubs walked seven times (Cubs way!).  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and his eighth stolen base of the season.  Donnie Murphy only had one at bat but made the most of it as he was 1-for-1 with his tenth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Anthony Giansanti was 1-for-3 with his third double of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The MoundGuillermo Moscoso got the start for Iowa and struggled with his command but was able to pitch in and out of trouble to pick up his sixth win of the season.  Moscoso worked six innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking five (command, see?) and striking out five.  Michael Bowden worked a scoreless inning out of the pen, he gave up one hit while striking out two.  Casey Coleman struggled in this one as he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one.  Brian Schlitter was solid in picking up his ninth save of the year, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.

SCORES

AZL Cubs 7-7 line

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Kane County 7-7 line

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Daytona 7-7 line

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Smokies 7-7 line

TOP PERFORMERS

  • AZL Cubs:  Jeffrey Baez went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Boise Hawks: Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2-for-4 with a triple, and a run scored
  • Boise Hawks: 2013 2nd round pick Rob Zastrynzy made his Cubs debut going one scoreless inning while walking one and striking out two.
  • Kane County Cougars: Albert Almora was 3-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Kane County Cougars: Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Daytona Cubs: Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-2 with a double, and a walk.

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Cubs trade Scott Hairston to the Nationals

Late last night the news started coming out that Scott Hairston was traded to the Nationals, this morning that news was confirmed.  The Cubs have traded Scott Hairston to the Nationals for minor league righty Ivan Pineyro, there was also a mention of a PTBNL but I’m not sure if that has been confirmed, if true it would most likely be going from the Cubs to the Nats.  MLB: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White SoxHairston has struggled this year with the Cubs, but has provided some power off the bench as he has eight home runs in just 99 at bats.  The Nationals are also paying the majority of Hairston’s salary as he was signed with the Cubs through next year.  The player the Cubs got in return might end up being a steal.  Pineyro is a 21 year-old right-handed pitcher that has seen success so far this year at class A, and high A ball with the Nats.  The Cubs have reported that Pineyro will report to Daytona and assume a spot in the rotation there, for the year Pineyro is 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 77 innings.

For the time being the Cubs have called up Brooks Raley to help out in the bullpen tonight against the White Sox.  There is some discussion in the organization that Junior Lake might make sense as a call up, currently the ultra talented outfielder is tearing up Iowa, hitting .315 with all sorts of slugging numbers.  Odds are the Cubs aren’t going to speed up his development, and Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs would like to use Lake as their righty platoon in RF next year.

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