No words. Wow. Wait, that’s one word to describe it. Drops to a knee, what a beast.
At the plate – Arismendy Alcantara was a one man wrecking crew in this one as he went 3-for-4 with four RBI’s, and a walk. Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win. Villanueva was part of a group of hitters at the bottom of the lineup that got the job done in this one. The Smokies five through nine hitters were a combined 7-for-17 with two walks, three RBI’s, and eight runs scored. John Andreoli was 1-for-2 with a walk, his eighth stolen base of the year, an RBI, and three runs scored. Rafael Lopez was outstanding going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored.
On the mound – Dae-Eun Rhee was magnificent in picking up his third win of the season against no losses. Rhee worked 6.1 innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out five. Hunter Cervenka was touched up a bit as he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one. Frank Batista was great in closing this one out, he worked two innings giving up one run, unearned, on no hits (what?) while walking one and striking out one.
Notes: AZL Cubs were off, and Tyler Skulina was promoted to Kane County this morning (2013 – 4th round pick).
At the plate – Daytona couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it in this one, but still found enough offense to escape with a win. Ben Carhart was 2-for-5 in the win, he is now hitting .251 on the season. Dustin Geiger has put together a stellar 2013, he was 2-for-4 with a walk in this one and is now hitting .289 on the season. Both Taiwan Easterling and Brad Zapenas had two hits, and a run scored today. Daytona registered nine hits but they were only 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eleven men on base.
On the mound – I was really excited for C.J. Edwards Cubs debut today and he didn’t disappoint. Edwards was nasty going five scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out eight. The only hit Edwards gave up was of the infield variety, and not one ball made it out of the infield. That wasn’t the only impressive stat from this one as Edwards struck out the first seven hitters he faced, unfortunately he walked away with a no decision. Lendy Castillo took over and was solid going three scoreless innings giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking three, and striking out three to earn his first win of the year. Austin Reed worked the ninth for his third save of the year, he allowed one hit and that was it.
Javier Baez is hitting home runs at a frantic pace, he just hit his 9th home run of the season for the Smokies, that gives him 26 for 2013 (Daytona and Tennessee)… it’s July 28th. Enjoy the video below, thanks to the Smokies for sharing it.
At The Plate – Not much going for the Iowa offense, luckily they didn’t need much to walk away with a victory. Darnell McDonald was 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in the win. J.C. Boscan had the big hit for Iowa as he was 1-for-3 with a double, and two RBI’s. The Cubs could only manage five hits in this one but they were 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
On The Mound – It was the Guillermo Moscoso show as he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before allowing a double, and that was it. Moscoso worked eight scoreless innings giving up one hit, two walks, and five strikeouts. Brian Schlitter was solid as usual as he worked a scoreless inning while walking one and striking out one to earn his eleventh save of the season.
Notes: Daytona was rained out
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.
Notes: The Tennessee Smokies game was suspended after one inning and will be finished today. Kane County, and Boise were off.
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.
Notes: AZL Cubs had the day off, and Kane County was rained out.
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.
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 Mound – Guillermo 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.
At The Plate – Not much happening for the Cougars at the plate in this one as they were shut out and could only manage three hits the whole night. Albert Almora was 1-for-2 in the loss and also had to leave the game early with an apparent leg/hamstring injury, he briefly stayed in the game but came out the next inning. Marco Hernandez and Carlos Escobar each had one hit, all three Cougars hits were singles.
On The Mound – Jose Rosario got the start and also the loss, his fifth of the season as he was roughed up. Rosario worked five innings giving up five runs on six hits while walking four (not good) and striking out one. Sheldon McDonald was outstanding in relief going three scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three. Michael Hamann worked one inning out of the pen and got into some trouble before escaping unscathed, he worked one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.
At The Plate – Daytona was cruising in this one as they led 6-0 into the bottom of the eighth inning, that’s when thing got uncomfortable. Dunedin put five runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth to get within one, luckily the D-Cubs stopped the bleeding and held on to win 6-5. Zeke DeVoss was productive out of the lead off spot going 3-for-5 with three RBI’s. Ben Carhart continues his solid 2013 as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .277 on the season with 38 RBI’s. Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-4 with two doubles, and an RBI, those are his first two doubles since being called up to Daytona (17 AB). Pin-Chieh Chen was 1-for-2 with two walks (Cubs Way!), a triple, and two runs scored.
On The Mound – Pierce Johnson got the start in this one and picked up his first win with Daytona in his third start. Johnson worked five scoreless innings giving up five hits while walking one and striking out five. Austin Reed was solid out of the pen as he worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit and walking one. Jeffrey Lorick doesn’t have many bad games, this was one of them as he worked one inning giving up five runs on four hits while walking one and striking out two. Dayan Diaz took over for Lorick and was barely able to hang on for the save which was the his first of the season. Diaz worked one scoreless inning giving up three hits before escaping some big time trouble.
At The Plate – The Smokies fell behind quickly in this one and could never recover as they were trailing 7-1 by the bottom of the fourth en route to an 8-2 defeat. Not much going offensively but the big news from the day and the game was the debut of Javier Baez, he went 1-for-4 with his first AA home run on his first AA swing of that bat. Christian Villanueva has put together a pretty decent season so far, he was 1-for-4 with his eleventh home run of the year, and his forty-second RBI. Rubi Silva had a solid game going 2-for-4 with two singles, he’s now hitting .264 on the season.
On The Mound – Austin Kirk got the start for the Smokies and had a rough go of it as he suffered his third loss of the season. Kirk worked two innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out two. Yeiper Castillo was outstanding out of the pen going five innings giving up one run on four hits while walking three and striking out four. Kevin Rhoderick struggled with his command again in this one, he worked two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking three (the command thing).
At The Plate – Not a great day all around for Iowa as they lost both ends of the doubleheader to Albuquerque. Logan Watkins was solid in game one going 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a walk, he also made his ninth error of the season. Junior Lake continues his solid 2013 going 1-for-3 with two walks (Cubs Way!) in game one, he’s now hitting .319 on the season. The Cubs worked six walks in game one (good!) however they were 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position (bad!). Game two saw much of the same as the Cubs worked four walks, but could only manage five hits, and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
On The Mound – Jake Arrieta made his Cubs debut in game one and was only able to work one inning before the rains came. Arrieta struggled with his command as he gave up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out two in his inning of work. Esmailin Caridad took over and also took the loss as he went three innings giving up two runs, one earned, while walking one and striking out two. In game two Barret Loux was outstanding but still wound up on the losing end as the Cubs couldn’t muster any offense. Loux went six innings giving up one run on four hits while walking four and striking out six.
At The Plate – The Hawks were able to pound out ten hits in this one but couldn’t push across any runs except for in the third when they scored three times. Daniel Lockhart had a solid game, minus one error, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Yasiel Balaguert was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .272 on the season. Jacob Rogers was the offense in this one as he was 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored. The Hawks only had five chances with runners in scoring position despite having ten hits, they finished the game going 2-for-5.
On The Mound – James Pugliese was finally roughed up, he worked five innings giving up five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out six. Scott Frazier was solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one. Zack Godley, and Matt Iannazzo each worked a scoreless inning in relief to keep the Hawks in the game during the late innings.
Big day for Javier Baez and the Cubs organization as the superstar in the making was promoted from the Daytona Cubs (High A) to the Tennessee Smokies (AA). Not only was he promoted but he launched the first pitch he swung at tonight 415 feet over the centerfield wall for a two run homer. Get excited folks, the future is creeping closer to Chicago.
That bat speed, that sound..