6/29: Around the Cubs Minor Leagues

A trip around the minor leagues on Friday, June 29.

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Boise dropped the game on Friday 4-1.  Wellington Cruz pitched well for the Hawks, but took the loss.  He gave up one run on three hits while striking out five in five innings of work.  Felix Pena struggled in relief and Bryce Shafer pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings.  Stephen Bruno was the only Hawks player to have multiple hits going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.  He also scored the lone run when Jeimer Candelario drove him in in the ninth.

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Peoria took a tough loss as they lost 8-7 to Wisconsin.  Things started out greatas Peoria took a 6-1 lead, but Micahel Jensen and the defense would give up the lead in the fourth.  Jensen gave up six runs, three earned on six hits in five innings pitched.  Luis Liria took the loss in relief giving up the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.  The Cheifs got two hits a piece from Javier Baez, Anthony Giansanti, and Yasiel Balaguert.  The RBI’s for Peoria came from Taiwan Easterling, Paul Hoilman, Pin-Chieh Chen, and Giansanti.  This was a tough loss for Peoria, but hopefully they can come back strong in the next one.

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It was a crazy one in Daytona tonight, as Dunedin scored eight times in the last four innings, including three in the ninth to beat the Cubs 11-10.  Scott Weismann blew his second save of the season and took his third loss giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Frank Del Valle got the start and he gave up five runs in 5.2 innings.  As bad as the pitching was on Friday, the offense was good.  Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara, Rubi Silva, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, two runs scored, and an RBI on the night.  Szczur and Alcantara each drove in two runs and Greg Rohan drove in two bringing his season total to 65.

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A lot of runs were scored, but Tennessee hung on to beat Birmingham 10-8.  Dallas Beeler got his third win of the season giving up two runs and striking out four in five innings of work.  Marcus Hatley had a rough night in relief, but Frank Batista was good once again recording his 13th save.  Justin Bour was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, Jae-Hoon Ha, Juan Apodaca, Matt Cerda, and Michael Burgess all had two hit games as well.   Apodaca, and Burgess also had three RBI’s.  On a day where Junior Lake went 0-for-4 it was nice to see the Tennessee offense put up 10 runs.

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 Iowa had a good night from the pitching to the hitting as they won 7-0.  Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s.  Brett Jackson and Alfredo Amezaga also added two hits and an RBI a piece.  Adrian Cardenas went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Rodrigo Lopez pitched great giving no runs on three hits in six innings.  Esmailin Caridad and Alberto Cabrera pitched well in relief.

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It was an entertaining night throughout the Cubs minor leagues with a lot of runs scored.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

6/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Your nightly trip around the bases for June 28th, 2012.

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AZL Cubs had a nice night winning 11-2.  Jacob Rogers had a great night at the plate going 4-for-4 with two home runs, four runs scored, and four RBI’s.  Trey Martin had three hits and three RBI’s on Thursday.  Ben Carhart and Carlos Penalver each had two hits.  Dan Vogelbach and Justin Marra each had a double and drove in a run.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino got the win pitching five innings in relief giving no runs on three hits while striking out five.  Nathan Dorris and Ryan Hartman each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  Hope to see more nights like this from the Cubs as the summer goes forward.

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We have been waiting, and Boise finally delivered beating Spokane 12-2.  Chadd Krist was 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored, and one driven in.  Wilson Contreras also was 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three driven in.  Stephen Bruno had two hits with a run scored and an RBI.  Dong-Yub Kim hit his second home run of the season, a grand slam.  Ian Dickson was the beneficiary of all those runs earning his first win of the season pitching five innings, giving up two runs, one earned on four hits, while striking out six.  Eduardo Orozco, Rafael Diplan, and Su-Min Jung all pitched well in relief.  All in all it was a very good night for the Hawks.

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Gerardo Concepcion was roughed up early, giving up four runs in the first, but settled down as he pitched six inning giving up five runs on six hits.  He took the loss and is now 2-6 with a 7.39 ERA.  Javier Baez had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and three stolen bases.  Dustin Geiger, Taiwan Easterling, and Oliver Zapata all had RBI’s on the night and Paul Hoilman had two hits.  Larry Suarez also struggled in relief giving up two runs on four hits in two innings of work.

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It was a great night for the Daytona offense beating Dunedin 14-4.  Cubs got home runs from Ronald Torreyes, Arismendy Alcantara, and Rebel Ridling.  Arismendy went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI’s.  Rubi Silva was also 3-for-5 including two doubles and drove in two.  Lead-off hitter Matt Szczur was on base five times.  He was 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBI’s, three stolen bases, and three runs scored.    Robert Whitenack got the start but didn’t get the win pitching only four innings while giving up three runs, only one earned on six hits while striking out four.  A.J. Morris got the win in relief pitching two scoreless innings while striking out one.  Brian Schlitter threw another good outing in relief pitching a scoreless ninth.

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Trey McNutt was not able to get out of the first inning on Friday pitching only .2 inning and giving up eight runs, four earned on six hits.  Ty’relle Harris threw four quality innings of relief giving up two runs, one earned on five hits, while striking out two.  The Smokies were pretty good at the plate scoring six runs on twelve hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, Michael Brenly, and Elliot Soto all had two hits on the night.  Nelson Perez and Brenly each hit a home run.  The Smokies also had RBI’s from Ha, Lake, Justin Bour, and James Adduci.

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Chris Volstad pitched pretty good on Friday, but it wasn’t enough for Iowa losing 3-1.  Volstad gave up three runs, two earned on six hits in seven innings.  He also struck out seven and walked zero.  Matt Tolbert was great at the plate going 4-for-5 with a double, triple, and a run scored.  Adrian Cardenas, Ty Wright, and Blake Lalli each had two hits.  Josh Vitters was finally held hitless and Brett Jackson went 1-for-5.  Jay Jackson struck out two and didn’t allow a baserunner in one inning of work out of the bullpen.

 

Thanks for reading,
– Mark, and George 

6/27: Around the Cubs Minor Leagues

The Cubs minor leagues on Wednesday, June 27.

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 The Cubs scored three in the fourth and two more in the fifth to beat the Angels 5-4 on Wednesday.  Trey Martin went 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored.  Bijan Rademacher had two hits and a run scored.  David Bote hit his first home run of the season and had three RBI’s.  Dan Vogelbach had another hit and also had a walk.  Brian Smith got the start pitching four innings and giving up one run.  Arturo Maltos-Garcia was not that good, but got the win in relief.  Michael Heesch recorded his first save of the season striking out two batters in one inning of work.

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 Spokane scored five unearned runs in the second which proved to be more than enough as they beat Boise 6-2 on Wednesday.  Taylor Scott gave up give runs, all of which were unearned on six hits in 3.1 innings.  Joseph Zeller pitched 3.2 innings in relief giving up one run and striking out two.  Marco Hernandez and Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits a piece and Hernandez had an RBI.  Lance Rymel had the other Boise RBI on the night.  The Hawks record now stands at 4-9.

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Jose Rosario and the Peoria Chiefs to the loss on Wednesday.  Rosario gave up three runs in five innings of work.  At the plate Dustin Geiger went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Paul Hoilman had a double and RBI.  Zeke DeVoss, Anthony Giansanti, Yasiel Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata all had hits and Giansanti drove in a run.  Although they lost the Chiefs got some good news as Javier Baez played in his first game since having to leave early on Sunday.

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Daytona pounded out 17 hits as they beat St. Lucie 12-1.  The Cubs got a huge night from Greg Rohan who went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.  He now has 63.  The Cubs also had a nice day from Matt Szczur who was 3-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and a grand slam.  Ronald Torreyes and Arismendy Alcantara each had two hits and each drove in a run.  Rubi Silva, Rebel Ridling, and John Andreoli all had RBI’s.  Daytona’s pitching was also very good on Wednesday.  Austin Kirk earned his fourth win of the season pitching six scoreless innings while striking out six.  Eduardo Figueroa pitched three innings in relief to record his second save of the season.

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Not much good came out of Wednesday for Tennessee.  They lost 11-0 giving up 21 hits while only recording three hits.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the loss tossing four innings giving up six runs on seven hits.  Casey Harman was not much better in relief giving up four runs on an unbelievable ten hits in only 2.2 innings.  Logan Watkins, James Adduci, and Michael Burgess had the only three hits the Smokies would have on Wednesday.  Not much more to say about this one, it was just a bad game.

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 Iowa gave up at least one run in each of the first six innings played.  Josh Vtters had another good day going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, triple, two runs score, and one RBI.  Matt Tolbert, Dave Sappelt, and Diory Hernandez all had two hits a piece.  Ty Wright had three RBI’s and Adrian Cardenas added an RBI of his own on Wednesday.  Chris Rusin gave up eight runs on eight hits in four innings to drop his record to 6-6.  Alberto Cabrera did not fair much better giving up two runs in two innings.  Mike MacDougal, Jeff Beliveau, and Esmailin Caridad all pitched scoreless innings for Iowa in the game.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

May 9, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Braves

The Cubs go for another series win today behind Paul Maholm.  Maholm is coming off 3 spectacular starts and has always had success against the Braves.  Alfonso Soriano will not be in the starting lineup today because of a sore knee so rookie Adrian Cardenas makes his first big league start in left field.  1:20 PM first pitch, go Cubs!

 

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– George

May 7 – 9; vs. Braves – Series Preview

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The Cubs look to keep things rolling as they welcome the Atlanta Braves to Wrigley Field for a three game set.  This will be the second series in a row where the Cubs will be facing one of the best teams in baseball.  The Cubs first test was over the weekend against the Dodgers, and they passed with flying colors taking 2 out of 3.  If the Cubs are going to do the same thing in this series they are going to need an outstanding pitching effort.  They have been getting that lately, but they will be really tested in this series against the top run scoring team in the National League. 

The Braves are led by the usual suspects in Chipper Jones, and Brian McCann, but are also getting solid production from Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward.  The Cubs should be able to take advantage of a Braves pitching staff that has been knocked around a bit this season.  The Braves come into the series with a 4.41 ERA which ranks 14th in the National League.  The Cubs haven’t lost a series since the April 20-22 series to the Reds, let’s keep that going, go Cubs!

Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

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Blake DeWitt Designated For Assignment

Blake DeWitt was once again designated for assignment.  The Cubs will now have ten days to release, waive, or trade DeWitt.  As you recall the Cubs did the same thing with DeWitt a couple months ago, he cleared waivers then and accepted a minor league assignment, but it is unknown if he will do the same should he clear waivers this time through.  Taking his place today is going to be Travis Wood who will get his first major league start with the Cubs.  However, what will happen after today is anyones guess as I don’t think the Cubs will carry 13 pitchers.  My thinking is it will be Adrian Cardenas who is off to a good start in Iowa, but maybe the organization has something else planned.  We will let you know as soon as we find out.

Thanks for reading,

Mark