8/19: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Sorry for the dealy, better late than never I guess, right??

The AZL Cubs were off on Sunday, Daytona was suspended after one inning of play.  I wonder if the D-Cubs still remember how to play baseball.

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Top performer:  Taylor Scott – 5.o IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K  (ND)

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Top performer:  Dustin Geiger – 1-for-4, HR(16), 2 RBI’s (46)

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Top performer:  Matt Cerda – 2-for-4, RBI (10), 2 runs scored

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Top performer:  Greg Rohan – 2-for-3, 2B (3), HR (3), 3 RBI’s (22), run scored

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August 19,2012 Minor League Record: 2-2

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– George

8/18: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Saturday’s trip through the minors.  The AZL Cubs and Daytona were both postponed on Saturday, August 18.

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It was a nice night all around for Boise as they beat Tri-City 8-2.  Boise’s pitchers only gave up two hits and one earned in the win.  Jose Arias got the start and was brilliant pitching five strong innings not giving up a run and allowing only one hit.  He also struck out five and walked one in getting the win.  Hayden Simpson had been struggling, but pitched better tonight giving up two runs, one earned on one hit in four innings.  He also struck out five on the night and got the save.  Not only did the pitchers do their job, but the offense did as well.  Stephen Bruno was great once again ending the night 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  He is now hitting .332 with Boise this year.  Rock Shoulders had only one hit, but it was a big one, a grand slam in the third inning.  Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a run and Gioskar Amaya had one hit, two walks, and scored three runs.  Dan Vogelbach only had one hit in this one, but did have an RBI.  Albert Almora was 0-for-5 in this one, hitting into some tough luck.  Boise continues to roll and this team is getting more fun by the day.

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Peoria got back on track Saturday beating Wisconsin 9-2.  The offense pounded out 14 hits to go along with those nine runs to back Michael Jensen.  Jensen pitched well going five innings allowing two runs, one earned one three hits, while striking out seven.  Pete Levitt pitched well in relief pitching three shutout innings before giving the ball to Sheldon McDonald who recorded the last three outs of the game.  Jorge Soler was outstanding in this one going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs.  Timothy Saunders and Jacob Rogers also had good games as each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  Yaniel Cabezas had a nice game of his own going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  Zeke DeVoss didn’t have a hit, but he walked four times, scored a run, drove one in, and stole his 35th base of the season.  It was good to see the Chiefs come back after a rough stretch.

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Tennessee won 2-1 in a rain shortened game.  Austin Kirk pitched a five inning complete game giving up one run on three hits.  In his first start with Tennessee he got his first win.  The offense did just enough for the win in this one led by Junior Lake.  Lake was 2-for-3 at the dish with two doubles and a run scored.  Michael Burgess and Justin Bour each had a hit and drove in a run a piece.  Matt Szczur also contributed to the victory with a double and a run scored.  A win is a win anyway you can get it, even if it only lasts five innings.

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Iowa made it two in a row beating Memphis 3-2 on Saturday.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start and the win giving up one run on five hits in five innings.  Blake Parker continued his rehab assignment pitching 1.2 innings and allowing one run.  After a scoreless 1.1 innings Marcus Hatley turned things over to Jairo Asencio who notched his third save of the year.  After a big day yesterday, Dave Sappelt did it again as went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.  Alfredo Amezaga, Jeff Frazier, and Brian Esposito all had two hits a piece.  Tony Campana also had a hit and scored a run in the Cubs win.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/17: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our daily trip through the Cubs system.

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The AZL Cubs out hit the A’s, but also made five errors and lost 4-3.  Ryan McNeil got the start going three innings allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out two.  Rafael Dolis pitched another scoreless innings in relief.  The fourth inning is really where the defense cost the Cubs as Corbin Hoffner gave up three runs, only one earned in two innings.  Alvido Jimenez took the loss allowing one run on two hits in two inning of work.  Yasiel Balaguert had another nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 including a triple and an RBI.  Carlos Penalver and David Bote also had two hits, Bote had a triple and scored a run.  Alberto Mineo was 1-for-4 and drove in a run of his own.  Daniel Lockhart, Shawon Dunston, and Trevor Gretzky all had one hit in the loss.

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Boise put seven early, but had to hold on to beat Tri-City 7-6.  The Hawks put up thirteen hits and had several players have a multi hit game.  Dan Vogelbach was 3-for-5 including a triple and an RBI.  Stephen Bruno had only one hit, but made it count hitting a three-run homer in the fourth.  Albert Almora continued his hot stretch going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  Izaac Garsez and Lance Rymel each had a two hits and they both drove in one.  Jeimer Candelario only had one hit, but drove in another run.  Rock Shoulders and Marco Hernandez each had a hit in the victory as well.  Justin Amlung started, but did not factor in the decision as he only lasted two innings allowing one run on three hits.  Michael Heesch pitched the next two innings and got the win for Boise.  James Pugliese and Su-Min Jung each struggled over the next three innings, but got the game to Eduardo Orozco with the lead.  Orozco closed out the game recording his fifth save as he pitched two scoreless innings striking out three.  Although they allowed Tri-City to mount a comeback it was good to see Boise hold on.

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Peoria lost to Burlington on Friday 5-4.  Starling Peralta got the start and pitched pretty good giving up three runs, two earned on five hits in six innings.  He also struck out eight in the no decision.  Austin Reed took the loss in relief giving up two runs in his one inning of work.  Bryce Schafer struck out three in two scoreless innings.  Chadd Krist got back on track going 2-for-3 with a home run and a double.  Wes Darvill and Dustin Geiger each contributed offensively with a solo home run a piece.  Timothy Saunders added a triple and Sergio Burruel also had a hit.  Jorge Soler was back in the lineup, but really struggled going 0-for-4 with three strike outs.  It has been a tough stretch for Peoria as of late.

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Going into the eighth Daytona was tied at two, but gave up three runs in the inning and lost 5-2.  Kyle Hendricks started and went four innings allowing two runs on three hits in a no decision.  Kyler Burke continued his struggles since going to Daytona as he gave up three runs in five innings taking his seventh loss at Daytona.  Christian Villanueva had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  John Andreoli and Nelson Perez each added two hits as well, both having a double.  Javier Baez had another hit and stole two bases, his first two since moving up.  Rafael Lopez added a hit in the losing effort on Friday.

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Tennessee scored two in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 5-4 to Birmingham on Friday.  Starting pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee took the loss giving up four runs on nine hits in just 4.2 innings.  Trey McNutt gave up a run, but struck out two in his 1.1 inning of work.  Casey Weathers and Brian Schlitter combined to pitch the last two innings of scoreless baseball.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Justin Bour, and Chad Noble all drove in a run without getting a base hit on Friday.  Junior Lake was 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.  Logan Watkins had a double and scored a run on the night as well.

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Tied going to the eighth, Iowa put up four in the eighth and three in the ninth to beat Tucson 8-1.  Dave Sappelt had a big night going 3-for-5 with a home run and a double.  He also drove in four on the night.  Alfredo Amezaga also had three hits and scored two runs.  Diory Hernandez had a double and drove in two.  Greg Rohan and Jeff Frazier each had a hit and had an RBI a piece.  Nate Samson contributed to the victory with two hits of his own.  In his first start with the Cubs Horacio Ramirez went six strong giving up only one run on six hits.  Scott Maine got the win striking out three in his two innings and Jairo Asencio pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the game.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/16: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A quick recap of the Cubs minor league system on August 16.

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The AZL Cubs only gave up three hits on Thursday beating the Reds 9-1.  Anthony Prieto started and pitched three quality innings allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino got his fifth win of the year pitching five nice innings in relief.  He gave up one run on two hits while striking out seven in five innings.  Jin-Young Kim threw a scoreless ninth striking out one.  The pitching wasn’t the only highlight of the night as the Cubs scored nine on 11 hits.  Shawon Dunston was really good going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.  Yasiel Balaguert had a nice offensive night as he had two hits, a homer and a double.  Trevor Gretzky continued his great run going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Garrett Schlecht, Carlos Penalver, and Alberto Mineo all drove in one run.  It was good to see the offense get going again on Thursday night.

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Boise put up five runs through the first four innings of this one and that was more than enough as they beat Tri-City 7-2.  We will start with our Albert Almora watch.  Almora went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Carlos Escobar had two hits, including a double and three RBIs.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Dan Vogelbach and Wilson Contreras each drove in a run with Contreras going 3-for-5 with a double.  Giosakar Amaya added a triple and walked three times.  The other story of the night was Pierce Johnson who was just great striking out five of the six outs he recorded.  Felix Pena got the win as he went the next five innings allowing two run on five hits.  Nathan Dorris picked up his third save of the year striking out three batters in two innings.  Boise had a very nice night all around.

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Peoria only gave up three hits, but couldn’t plate a run as they lost to Burlington 4-0.  Willengton Cruz got the start for Chiefs and took the loss giving up two runs in two innings of work.  Luis Liria and Sheldon McDonald each gave up an unearned run as they combined to pitch the next five innings.  Larry Suarez struck out four and pitched the final to innings for Peoria.  Dustin Geiger and Timothy Saunders each had a really nice game at the plate recording two hits a piece.  Oliver Zapata, Zeke DeVoss, and Pin-Chieh Chen all had a hit to round out the offense for the Chiefs.  Once again the defense was an issue as Peoria committed three errors, and allowed two unearned runs to score.

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It started out as a good night, but turned into a tough one as they gave up four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to lose 7-6.  Javier Baez had his best night since moving to Daytona going 3-for-4 with a home run and a double.  He ended the night with three RBIs and two runs scored as well.  Rebel Ridling was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Taylor Davis also had a double and drove in two for the Cubs.  Christian Villanueva had been quiet for a while, but he added a hit and an RBI of his own.  Robert Whitenack pitched the first four innings allowing one run on four hits.  Matt Spencer threw two really nice innings in relief and was in line to get the win, but the Cubs bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.  First Scott Weismann recorded just two outs and gave up four runs and then after the Cubs took the lead again Jeff Lorick gave up two more runs and took the loss.  On a positive it was nice to see Baez have a nice night, hope that is the beginning of a tear.

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Tennessee only go four hits in this one, but made them count beating Birmingham 4-3.  What else is there to say about Justin Bour.  He hit his 16th home run of the season, a three run shot in the third bringing his RBI total to 105.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Elliot Soto drove in a run.  Michael Burgess and Dustin Harrington each had a hit as well, with Burgess having a double.  Eric Jokisch started, but only lasted 4.2 innings allowing two runs on six hits.  Tony Zych came in in relief and got the win pitching a scoreless two innings.  After Kevin Rhoderick allowed an unearned run Frank Batista closed the door pitching the final 1.2 innings in recording his 22nd save.

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Iowa lost to Tucson 7-6.  Seth McClung‘s first start with Iowa didn’t go as planned allowing seven runs, four earned on seven hits in 3.1 innings.  Ryan Searle threw 2.2 scoreless innings and Jay Jackson pitched two scoreless.  After getting down by six early Iowa’s offense got to work, but it just wasn’t enough.  Alfredo Amezaga was 4-for-5 witha double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Tony Campana had two hits and stole a base.  Blake Lalli also had two hits driving in one run and Greg Rohan was 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Diory Hernandez and Matt Tolbert each had two hits and Jeff Frazier drove in a run.  After two wins in a row it’s back to the “L” column for Iowa.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/15: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at Wednesday’s Cubs minor leagues.

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The AZL Cubs dropped Wednesday’s game to the Angels 3-1.  The Cubs got some good pitching, but it wasn’t good enough.  Duane Underwood started, but took the loss giving up two runs in two innings striking out two batters.  Rafael Dolis and Ethan Elias combined to throw four innings of no-hit scoreless baseball.  Brian Smith gave a run in his one inning of work.  The Cubs offense struggled as they only recorded two hits.  Shawon Dunston and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit a piece.  Daniel Lockhart drove in Schlecht for the Cubs lone run in this one.  It was a good pitchers duel that went in the favor of the Angels in this one.

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Boise gave up a bunch of runs losing to Salem Keizer 13-5.  Everyone was looking forward to the debut of Albert Almora and he didn’t disappoint.  In his second at bat Almora hit a solo home run, he ended the evening 2-for-5.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, a three run shot in the third innings as well.  Marco Hernandez had a hit and an RBI and Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4.  Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario each had a hit in the loss.  All the Hawks pitchers struggled in this one all giving up multiple runs.  Ian Dickson started giving up four runs on six hits in five innings, but left in line for the win.  Hunter Ackerman took the loss giving up six runs in 2.2 innings and Rafael Diplan gave up three in his 1.1 innings.

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Peoria gave up four runs in the third and could never recover losing to Burlington 5-1.  Jeffry Antigua took the loss on Wednesday, but didn’t get much help from his defense as he gave up all five runs, none earned.  The Chiefs bullpen pitched really well as Justin Berg, Bryce Shafer, and Pete Levitt went the rest of the way striking out nine and only giving up three hits.  Bijan Rademacher was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Wes Darvill had a double of his own and Zeke DeVoss had a triple.  You might be asking why we haven’t heard Jorge Soler‘s name?  Well, he sat this one out tonight, but the Peoria is hoping he will be back in the lineup tomorrow.

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Believe it or not Daytona actually played on Wednesday, a double-header against Lakeland.  PJ Francescon started, but lasted only three innings allowing two runs on three hits.  Hunter Cervenka followed and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two batters.  AJ Morris got the win pitching the final two innings.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-4, including a double and an RBI.  Elieser Bonne and Taylor Davis each drove in a run in this one.  Nelson Perez had a double in the win.  Javier Baez continued to struggle going 0-for-4 in game one.

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Daytona only gave up two hits over nine innings in game two, but lost 1-0.  Frank Del Valle started and went six strong innings giving up only one hit, while walking three and striking out four.  Eduardo Figueroa pitched well in relief, but took the loss giving up a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.  There wasn’t much happening offensively as the Cubs only had five hits in this one.  On a positive Javier Baez had one of those hits as did Christian VillanuevaJohn Andreoli, Elieser Bonne, and Vladimir Frias each had as well in the game two loss.

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Winning 2-0 going to the seventh, Tennessee gave up one in the bottom half and then three in the eighth as they lost 4-2.  Nicholas Struck started and pitched really well going six inning allowing one unearned run on five hits while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter struggled taking the loss as he gave up all the runs in the eighth.  Matt Szczur continued making adjustments as he was 1-for-4 with a double.  Justin Bour and Chad Noble each had a hit and drove in the Smokies two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Michael Burgess each had doubles of their own and Matt Cerda also got in the hit column.  Wednesday’s started off pretty good, but didn’t end the way the Smokies had hoped.

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Iowa got a great start from Chris Rusin as the Cubs won 4-0.  In getting his eighth win Rusin pitched six strong innings giving up only four hits and struck out four.  Blake Parker continues to impress in his rehab striking out three in two innings and Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless ninth.  Jeff Frazier had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double.  Nate Samson and Alfredo Amezaga each had a hit and drove a run in.  Chris Rusin not only pitched well, but he also contributed offensively going 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Two wins in a row hasn’t happened much lately for Iowa, it would be nice to see if they can have a good run here to end the season.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

 

8/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

It was not a very busy day for the minor leagues on Tuesday as the AZL Cubs and Peoria were both off and Daytona was cancelled once again.

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Boise got a great outing from Tayler Scott and the rest of the staff as they defeated Salem-Keizer 5-0.  Scott was great once again pitching five scoreless innings giving up four hits and striking out one.  He got the win and is now 5-1 on the season with a 1.88 ERA.  Tyler Bremer and Eduardo Orozco completed the shutout combing to not allow a run over the final four innings.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Xavier Batista hit his fourth home run of the season.  Daniel Vogelbach got back on track knocking in his 22nd run since going to Boise.  Trey Martin and Gioskar Amaya each had two hits, with Martin driving one run in.  After a couple of losses it was nice to see Boise get back in the win column.

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In a scoreless game until the sixth, Tennessee’s offense came to life beating Birmingham 8-2.  Jae-Hoon Ha hit his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth to get the scoring started.  Junior Lake went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Logan Watkins had two hits and an RBI as did Rubi Silva who played his first game since being promoted from Daytona.  Matt Szczur had another hit, this one a double and Elliot Soto knocked in a run of his own.  The Smokies used five pitchers to get this win.  Dallas Beeler started, but only lasted three innings.  Austin Kirk threw one scoreless inning and Casey Harman gave up two runs in 2.2 innings.  Trey McNutt got the win and Kevin Rhoderick closed things out tossing the ninth.

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Iowa exploded for 12 runs on Tuesday defeating Tucson 12-7.  This game was all about the offense as every starting position player had at least one hit, including the first six who had two a piece.  Greg Rohan had two more hits and two more RBIs, he is now hitting .346 with 17 RBIs while in Iowa.  Blake Lalli, James Adduci, and Dave Sappelt all had two hits and drove in one run.  Tony Campana led things off and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base.  Juan Apodaca had an RBI and Nate Samson went 3-for-5 with an RBI of his own.  Marcus Hatley got the win in relief pitching two scoreless innings.  Scott Maine and Jairo Asencio combined to toss the last three scoreless innings.  Ty’Relle Harris started and struggled giving up seven runs on nine hits in four innings.  Iowa hasn’t had one like this in a while, it was nice to see the offense come around.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The Cubs minor’s report for Sunday, August 12.

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The AZL Cubs took a 6-1 lead early, but lost a heartbreaker 10-8, giving up five in the seventh.  Albert Almora continued to impress going 2-for-3 with a double, one RBIs, and two runs scored.  Carlos Penalver and Alberto Mineo each had two hits with Penalver hitting a double and driving a run in.  Garrett Schlect and Trevor Gretzky each had a hit with Schlect knocking one in.  Jacob Rogers and Yasiel Balaguert also drove in a run.  Ryan McNeil started, giving up one run on two hits, while striking out two in two innings.  Jin-Young Kim struck out two and gave up two unearned runs.  After Arturo Maltos-Garcia gave up a run in his one inning the game really took a turn.  Corbin Hoffner took the loss, but didn’t get any help giving up six unearned runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar recorded the last four outs not allowing a baserunner and striking one out.  The Cubs need to be better defensively as they gave up eight unearned runs on Sunday.

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Salem Keizer scored five in the seventh and held on to beat Boise 10-9.  Justin Amlung started for the Hawks pitching the first two innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out one.  Michael Heesch gave up two runs in his two innings of work.  James Pugliese was not very good on Sunday giving up seven runs, five earned on eight hits in just 2.2 innings.  Matt Iannazzo gave the Hawks a chance getting the final seven outs not allowing a run and striking out two.  Boise had a few nice nights at the plate on Sunday.  Xavier Batista was 2-for-4 with a two home runs and five RBIs.  Wilson Contreras also got into the fun going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Marco Hernandez also had two hits and Stephen Bruno went 3-for-5.  We have come to expect great things from Dan Vogelbach, but tonight was not his night as he went 0-for-5.  Boise will look to get back on track in their next one.

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After beating Beloit yesterday Peoria dropped one today losing 6-5.  Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored, and a stolen base, his 34th of the season.  Wes Darvill had his second nice game in a row going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Dustin Geiger each had a hit and drove in a run a piece.  Our nightly Jorge Soler watch was back in effect as he went 1-for-3 with a walk.  After his outstanding outing earlier in the week Starling Peralta was back on the mound on Sunday.  He pitched six innings allowing six runs, three earned on five hits and five walks.  Pete Levitt pitched the final two innings, striking out two and not allowing a run.  Soler and the Chiefs will be back in action against the Snappers tomorrow.

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The Tennessee Smokies pitching staff was the story in this one beating Huntsville 4-0.  In his first start Yoannis Negrin pitched great throwing five innings giving up no runs on one hit and striking out four.  Zach Rosscup and Casey Weathers combined to pitch the next 2.2 innings and Frank Batista recorded his 21st save striking out two in 1.1 innings.  A big congrats to Justin Bour as he drove in two runs on one hit bring his RBI total to 100.  Junior Lake went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Logan Watkins had a nice night going 1-for-2 with three walks, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.  Matt Szczur and Jae-Hoon Ha each had a hit of their own.  We’ll see if the Smokies can keep it going.

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In a continuation from Saturday Iowa hung on to beat Las Vegas 10-8 in game one.  Greg Rohan was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.  Dave Sappelt added three hits of his own, including two doubles and a triple.  He also scored two runs and drove two in.  Blake Lalli has been getting some more playing time and has been doing quite well as he added two hits of his own, including a home run and two RBIs.  Jeff Frazier and Brian Esposito each had two hits with Frazier knocking in three.  The Cubs had to use a lot of pitchers in this one as Casey Coleman had to leave early and the game was called when winning pitcher Esmailin Caridad was on the mound when the game was called Saturday.  Blake Parker, Marcus Hatley and Jay Jackson combined to pitch the next 3.2 innings before giving the ball to Jairo Asencio.  Asencio closed out game one recording his second save.

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Iowa dropped game two to Las Vegas losing 3-2 in a seven inning game.  Frankie De La Cruz started and took the loss giving up all three runs on five hits in five innings.  He also struck out seven and walked four.  In his return to Iowa Scott Maine pitched the final inning of this one.  Alfredo Amezaga was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Blake Lalli and Diory Hernandez each had two hits of their own in game two.  Greg Rohan added a hit and knocked in a run, his 13th since being in Iowa.  It’s good to see Iowa get the split in this one.

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-Mark