Riding the Bus: May 7, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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THURSDAY • MAY 7, 2015

Myrtle Beach 5-7 Final

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Walk-off!  The Pelicans improved to a seasons best seven games over .500 with a 2-1 win over Salem thanks to a Billy McKinney walk-off dinger!  You can also thank Duane Underwood for dominating on the mound.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis is an on base machine, he was 0-for-2 with three walks in the win.
  • Billy McKinney is similar to Zagunis in regards to being one of those on base machines, he was 1-for-1 with FOUR walks, said walk-off dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers, and Trey Martin each had one hit, both singles.

On the Mound:

  • Duane Underwood Jr. got the start tonight, and was brilliant.  He worked seven innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Juan Paniagua was solid out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.
  • Michael Heesch picked up his second win of the season, he worked a scoreless inning in doing so.

Tennessee Smokies 5-7 Final

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A tough loss for the Smokies as they saw an early 4-0 lead slip away in a 5-4 loss.  The Smokies scored four times in the first inning and couldn’t find anymore offense the rest of the way.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora has picked up where he left off before the injury, he was 1-for-4 with a run scored, he’s hitting .310 on the season.
  • Kyle Schwarber was solid in this one, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher had the big hit for the Smokies, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.
  • Elliot Soto was the best of the bunch tonight, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start, and he struggled with his command, he worked five innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking four, and striking out seven.
  • Fernando Cruz was outstanding out of the pen, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis picked up the loss in this one, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on three hits.

South Bend 5-7 Final

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Things got a little close late in this one but the South Bend Cubs hung on to beat Bowling Green 3-2.  Not many teams can say that as Bowling Green boasts a 17-11 record on the year, tonight the Cubs had just enough.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks has been great this year, it continued tonight, he was 1-for-3 with two walks, and two RBI’s.
  • Justin Marra found some extra base magic, he was 1-for-3 with a double, and a walk.
  • Jesse Hodges was solid as well, he went 1-for-3 with his fifth double of the year, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez had a nice game, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, maybe that will get him going.
  • Gleyber Torres continues to get on base, he was 1-for-4 with a walk in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges got the start, and he does what he usually does, put up zeroes.  He worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Ryan McNeil was decent out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch was touched up, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • James Farris had his shortest outing of the year, but it was all he needed to pick up his third save of the year.  He worked a third of an inning to shut the door.

Iowa Cubs 5-7 Final

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The Iowa Cubs didn’t have much going in this one, but found a way to push four runs across the plate in the seventh for a 4-1 victory in Nashville.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara has been flashing the power in Iowa, he was 1-for-4 with a walk, his fourth dinger, two RBI’s, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Mike Baxter has been solid all year, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.
  • Jonathan Mota was right in the middle of the action, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.
  • John Andreoli, Chris Valaika, and Taylor Davis all had one hit tonight.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada got the start, and continues to make a push to be promoted, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Gonzalez Germen has been awesome in Iowa, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings to pick up his third win, he struck out two in the process.
  • Blake Cooper worked a scoreless inning to pick up his second hold of the year.
  • Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

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Riding the Bus: April 30, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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THURSDAY • APRIL 30, 2015

South Bend 4-30 Final

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South Bend closed out April this afternoon with a 6-3 victory over West Michigan, the win moved the Cubs to 11-10 on the season.  Erick Leal was solid on the mound, and the Cubs had the bats working just enough to take the matinee.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres is not performing like an 18 year old in single A, he went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Chesny Young was productive without a hit, he went 0-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Jason Volser had a solid day, he went 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, a double, and a run scored.
  • Justin Marra has struggled at the plate, but he was productive today, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya, and Rashad Crawford each had one hit in the win.

On the Mound:

  •  I mentioned Erick Leal was good, what else is new?  Leal worked five innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Ryan McNeil picked up a hold, he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits.
  • Francisco Carrillo was outstanding today, he worked three scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the year.  Carrillo surrendered only one hit, struck out three over said three innings.

Myrtle Beach 4-30 Final

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Myrtle Beach looked like they had this one wrapped up before Wilmington struck for four runs in the bottom of the 8th to take this one 6-4.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis had a decent night, he was 1-for-4 with a triple, and an RBI.
  • Jacob Rogers has slowed down, but had a good game, he was 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the season, and a run scored.
  • Trey Martin has had a good start to his high-A career, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and an RBI in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez is the definition of a pitcher that pitches to contact, he worked six innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking none, and striking out one.
  • Josh Conway got roughed up in this one, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits.
  • James Pugliese worked in and out of some trouble, he tossed two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run, unearned, on two hits.

 

Tennessee Smokies 4-30 Final

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The Smokies fell behind early in this one, and couldn’t fight all the way back as they fell to Birmingham 5-3.  Things got interesting late as Tennessee scored three times over the final four innings but their rally fell short.

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On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny got the start but didn’t last very long, he worked one inning, giving up three runs on two hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Jeffry Antigua took over and was decent, he worked four innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Michael Jensen was solid, he tossed two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.
  • Starling Peralta was good as well, he worked a scoreless inning to keep the Smokies alive.

Iowa Cubs 4-30 Final

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Giving this Oklahoma City team thirteen innings worth of at bats is probably going to end bad, and it did for Iowa tonight.  The Cubs didn’t have much working offensively as they only pushed across two runs in the loss.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez returned to the lineup tonight, that’s definitely a good thing.  Baez was 1-for-6 with a double.
  • Christian Villanueva had a good night, he was 2-for-4 with a dinger, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • John Andreoli was solid as well, he went 2-for-5, and is now hitting .261 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Carlos Pimentel got the start, and was outstanding.  He worked six innings, giving up one run on just one hit while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Yoanner Negrin picked up a blown save tonight, he worked an inning, giving up one run on one hit.
  • Joe Ortiz was solid, he worked two scoreless innings, he surrendered one hit while walking two.
  • Blake Cooper worked a scoreless inning, he has a 2.31 ERA on the season.
  • Andres Santiago has been so good this year, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking three, and striking out two.
  • Michael Wagner took the loss tonight, he worked one inning, giving up two runs on two hits while walking three, and striking out two.

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Riding the Bus: April 17, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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FRIDAY • APRIL 17, 2015

 Tennessee Smokies 4-17 Final

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The Pelicans didn’t get much in this one, but thanks to Daury Torrez it was enough for a win.   Trailing 1-0, the Pelicans scored three times in the second inning to take a 3-1 en route to a 3-2 victory.  There were chances all over the base paths in this one, but the Pelicans could only go 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position, hurts less when you win though.

At the Plate:

  • Billy McKinney is off to a slow start this year, but had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jeimer Candelario was a big factor in the win, he was 3-for-5 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers has been really good this year, he was again tonight, he went 2-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Daniel Lockhart continues his hot start, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .368 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got the start and was pretty good despite some command issues, he worked five innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking three, and striking out four.
  • James Pugliese turned in a solid relief effort, he tossed 2.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.
  • Matt Brazis worked the final inning and two-thirds to pick up his first save of the season, he walked two, and struck out one.

South Bend 4-17 Final

 

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Offensive explosion for South Bend in this one as they pounded out fourteen hits, and scored eleven run to take care of Fort Wayne 11-3.  Four different Cubs had multi-hit games, and they were 5-for-21 with runners in scoring position, if you get twenty one opportunities with runners in scoring position you should win.  It was 11-0 in the 5th inning so Cubs pitchers had an easy go of it, and cruised through the rest of this one.

At the Plate:

  • Chesny Young had an interesting night, he was 1-for-2 with FOUR walks, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer is on fire right now (not literally), he went 3-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .467 on the season.
  • Jason Volser had a productive day, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez and the bottom of the order did some work tonight, Baez was 3-for-5 with a run scored.
  • The eight hitter Charcer Burks finished the night 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • The ninth hitter Rashad Crawford was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, and two runs scored in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start, and was pretty solid.  Leal worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Jordan Minch was knocked around a bit out of the pen, he tossed two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Tyler Ihrig cleaned things up in this one, nicely.  He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.

Tennessee Smokies 4-17 Final Game One

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Pitching dominated game one in Tennessee as neither team could scratch across a run until the Smokies were able walk-off in the bottom of the 7th (Minor league DH’s are seven innings).  The Smokies only had one chance with runners in scoring position, and they capitalized.  The pitching was outstanding for Tennessee as they kept Pensacola off the board, and only allowed two hits in the win.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was back in the lineup tonight, he went 0-for-1 with two walks, he’s hitting .308 on the season.
  • Dan Vogelbach continues to be the story of the minor league season so far, he was 2-for-3 in this one, which raised his average to .500, that’s on the season.
  • The lone RBI came from Bijan Rademacher, who was 1-for-3 in game one.

On the Mound:

  • Ivan Pineyro got the start and was about as good as he could be, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits while walking none, and striking out three.
  • Hunter Cervenka earned his first save of the year, he worked a scoreless inning while walking one.

Tennessee Smokies 4-17 Final Game Two

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Much of the same for the Smokies in game two as they were only able to score once while registering six hits in a 4-1 loss.  The defense didn’t do much to help out the pitching staff in this one, they committed four errors rendering three of the four runs unearned.  Other than that the pitching was outstanding once again, just a sloppy defensive effort.

At the Plate:

  • Bijan Rademacher had another solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored in the night cap.
  • Dan Vogelbach is a man possessed right now, he was 3-for-3 in game two, he is now hitting .556 on the season.
  • Stephen Bruno, who did not start game two, went 2-for-2 but did make two costly errors.

On the Mound:

  • Jeffry Antigua got the game two start and was pretty good, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis was tremendous out of the pen, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, surrendering no hits, and striking out two.
  • Andres Santiago bounced back with a nice outing, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit.
  • Zach Cates was the hard luck loser in this one, he worked two innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.

Iowa Cubs 4-17 Final

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Rough night for the Iowa Cubs as they played their first game AB (After Bryant), and could only manage two runs on five hits in a 3-2 loss.  The Cubs really had no answer for Oklahoma City pitching all night, and were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  On the bright side, the Cubs pitching got a healthy Tsuyoshi Wada back tonight, and he threw the ball well.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada made his 2015 debut tonight after some lingering injuiries that lasted through camp.  Wada worked 4.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Yoanner Negrin was knocked around in this one, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Drake Britton was outstanding out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, surrendering no hits while striking out two.
  • Blake Cooper kept this close late, he worked a scoreless inning, giving only one hit in doing so.

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Riding the Bus: April 15, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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WEDNESDAY • APRIL 15, 2015

Iowa Cubs 4-15 Final

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It’s definitely hit or miss for the Iowa Cubs in the early going as they were only able to register eight hits, and two runs in a 3-2 loss this afternoon.  That would have been just fine if the Cubs bullpen could have closed the door late, but poor command did them in, as it usually does late in ballgames.  The Cubs got a great effort from starter Donn Roach, but couldn’t cash in when they needed to as they were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

 At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli had another nice game, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and a walk.
  • Chris Valaika snapped out of a funk today, he was 2-for-4 with a double, his second of the season.
  • Jonathan Mota has been red-hot as of late, he continued that today, he was 2-for-4 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .462 on the season.
  • Adron Chambers, and Addison Russell each had one hit in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Donn Roach deserved better today, he was brilliant.  Roach worked six scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out three.
  • Blake Cooper was just okay out of the pen, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits, but did pick up a hold.
  • Blake Parker had nothing today, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking three(!).
  • Drake Britton took the loss in this one, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on two hits while walking one.

South Bend 4-15 Final

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Well, that didn’t go so well.  The South Bend Cubs didn’t have much of an opportunity in this one as they trailed 9-0 by the third inning en route to a 10-7 loss.  It was nice to see the Cubs make a come back in this one, but there isn’t much you can do when you are chasing that many.  Jake Stinnett just didn’t have anything tonight, he couldn’t find the plate, and the Cubs made three errors behind him, that’s a recipe for disaster.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin has been doing a pretty solid job at the top of the South Bend lineup, he was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  He also had an outfield assist.
  • Gioskar Amaya went 2-for-3 with a double, and a run scored in the loss.
  • Cael Brockmeyer continued the doubles binge that he is one, he went 2-for-4 with a walk, his sixth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Chesny Young had a solid game, he was 2-for-5 with an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Jake Stinnett got the start and as I said, struggled with his command.  He worked 2.1 innings, giving up eight runs, five earned, on three hits while walking seven (see?), and striking out two.
  • Jasvir Rakkar came on in long relief and did a nice job, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out four.
  • David Bote, the infielder, saved the bullpen from further work in this one, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while striking out two, go figure.

Both Tennessee, and Myrtle Beach were postponed.

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Riding the Bus: April 11, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015

South Bend 4-11 Final

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So close, the South Bend Cubs made things very interesting tonight as they scored in the 8th and 9th to push the game to extra’s.  Unfortunately they couldn’t come up with anything else, and Bowling Green tallied twice in the 12th to win 7-5, South Bend’s fist loss of 2015.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks was great out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-6 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez is doing great things at the plate, he was 2-for-4 with two doubles in the loss.  He also had an outfield assist, threw a runner out at the plate.
  • Gleyber Torres broke out tonight, he’s 18.  He went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start tonight, and was knocked around a bit, didn’t get much help behind him, though.  He worked five innings, giving up four runs, two earned on eight hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Jordan Minch worked a scoreless inning in relief, he did walk two, but escaped the trouble.
  • Ryan McNeil was brilliant tonight, he worked three innings, giving up one run, unearned on one hit while striking out five.
  • Francisco Carrillo got the loss, and only gave up one hit, he worked three innings, giving up two runs on one hit while striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 4-11 Final

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What a thrilling walk-off win for the Pelicans!  All hope looked lost when Wilmington scored twice in the top of the tenth, but the Pelicans surged back to score three times in their half of the tenth to win it.  Some really good performances from Pelican pitching today, kept them in it all night long.

At the Plate:

  • Jeimer Candelario had the big day for the Pelicans, he was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Victor Caratini had a huge hit as well, he finished the night 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, and a walk.
  • Shawon Dunston Jr. continued his hot start, he went 2-for-4 in the win, he’s now hitting .400 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn made his 2015 debut, and was very good.  He worked five innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Juan Paniagua was even better, he worked a perfect three innings, no hits, runs, or walks while striking out six.
  • Starling Peralta picked up the win, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking one, and striking out five.  That’s right, the Pelicans struck out 17 guys, wow.

Tennessee Smokies 4-11 Final

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Sloppy one tonight as the Smokies committed five errors in a 6-2 loss to the Braves.  Kyle Schwarber launched his first home run of the season, an absolute blast, and things were looking good early.  But a six run seventh for the Braves sealed the Smokie’s fate as they fall to 1-2 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Pin-Chieh Chen knocked in one of the runs tonight, he finished 1-for-4 with said RBI in the loss.
  • Kyle Schwarber was 2-for-4 with a dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.  Schwarber also gunned down a runner trying to steal second, good stuff.
  • Ryan Dent had a solid game, he went 1-for-2 with a walk, and was one of the few players without an error.
  • Christian Villanueva, and Dan Vogelbach each had one hit tonight.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start for the Smokies and was outstanding, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Zach Cates wasn’t as good, he didn’t register an out, he gave up five runs, two earned, on one hit while walking three.
  • P.J. Francescon was solid at the end of this one, he worked two innings, giving up one run, unearned, no hits while walking one, and striking out two.

Iowa Cubs 4-11 Final

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So the Iowa Cubs struggled in the first two games of the season, note to self, don’t anger the Iowa Cubs.  Thirteen runs, and sixteen hits later the Iowa Cubs put their offensive struggles in the rear view mirror.  All eight position players that started had at least one hit, six players had at least two RBI’s, tasty.

At the Plate:  (Take a seat, just going to list them)

  • Adron Chambers was 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, two RBI’s, and three runs scored.
  • Addison Russell was 1-for-5 with a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Kris Bryant was 3-for-4 with a dinger, a walk, three RBI’s, a double, and three runs scored.
  • Chris Valaika was 3-for-5 with a walk, a home run, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Junior Lake was 1-for-5 with  two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Rubi Silva was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, a run scored, and a stolen base.
  • Rafael Lopez was 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, a double, and a stolen base.
  • Mike Baxter was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

I’m tired.

On the Mound:

  • Eric Jokisch got the start but couldn’t work deep enough for the win, he worked 4.2 scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking three.
  • Blake Cooper was really good out of the pen to get the win, he worked 2.1 scoreless innings, surrendering no hits while striking out four.
  • Gonzalez Germen, and Joe Ortiz each worked a scoreless inning  in relief.

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