Minor Matters – May 17, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – After battling back from an early 4-0 hole the Iowa Cubs found themselves leading heading into the late innings, that’s when things fell apart in 9-8 loss to Tucson.  Hits were all over the place in this one as the Cubs pounded out eighteen hits, and scored eight runs, they left 11 men on base as well.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a walk, his third home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Brett Jackson had a breakout game going 4-for-5 with a double, and a run, he’s now hitting .265 on the season. Josh Vitters had a solid game as well going 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  Darnell McDonald, Brent Lillibridge, and J.C. Boscan each had two hits in the loss.

On The MoundGuillermo Moscoso got the start for the Cubs, and pitched in and out of trouble having one costly inning.  Moscoso went five innings giving up four runs, two earned, on nine hits while striking out eight.  Esmailin Caridad was sub par to say the least, he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up three runs on four hits to take the loss.  Casey Coleman was roughed up a bit as well, he worked 2.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking one.  Hisanori Takahashi worked a scoreless ninth inning to give the Cubs a shot to no avail.

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At The Plate – The Smokies jumped on top of the Lookouts with four runs in the second and couldn’t add on the rest of the way, even still they were able to hang on for a 4-3 win.  Matt Szczur continues to find ways get on base for the Smokies as their lead-off man, he was 2-for-5 in this one, and he is now hitting .294 on the season.  Ronald Torreyes provided the production for the Smokies, he was 1-for-5 with two RBI’s in the win.  Christian Villanueva  had a huge game, he was 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The MoundKyle Hendricks has been so very good this year, and he was again in this one, he worked seven innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out three to earn his third win of the season.  Tony Zych did a solid job out of the pen going one scoreless inning while striking out one.  Zach Rosscup was good as usual working a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season, he walked one and struck out the side.

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At The Plate – Daytona owned game one, and it was nice to see them put together a team game and get a win given their recent struggles.  As you will read, this day was owned by Jorge Soler and Dustin Geiger, maybe May 17 shall be known as Soler Geiger day moving forward.  Soler was a monster in game one, he was 4-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season, and three runs scored.  He scored three times because Dustin Geiger was hitting behind him, and he didn’t want Soler to have all the glory.  Geiger was outstanding, he was also 4-for-4 with three doubles, a triple (slugging madness!), and four RBI’s.  That was it, those two guys won the game for the D-Cubs.

On The Mound Yeiper Castillo was all Daytona needed on the mound.  He spun a gem, going the distance (7 innings for DH’s), he worked seven innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out two.  He improved his record to 1-0 on the season, and lowered his ERA to 2.33, very impressive.

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At The Plate –  Daytona owned game one, and battled for a character win in game two to sweep the double-header.  Javier Baez was 2-for-5 with a walk, a triple, and three runs scored, he also had three errors, bring his 2013 total to seventeen.  Jorge Soler was a beast in game two as well, he went 3-for-6 with a double, and a run scored, he was 7-for-10 in the double-header and is now hitting .297 on the season.  Back to the other hero of the day Dustin Geiger, he was 3-for-4 in game two with a double, two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored.  He was 7-for-8 in the double-header with four doubles, and a triple, he is hitting .331 on the season.  Taiwan Easterling was 2-for-6 with a triple, a double, and two RBI’s in the win.

On The Mound –  Tough to have a second game of a double header go twelve innings, if not for the bullpen in game two the D-Cubs would have been in trouble, they came through big time.  Eduardo Figueroa got the start and was roughed up, he worked three innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one.  The bullpen took over and worked a combined nine scoreless innings giving up four hits while walking two and striking out six.  Austin Reed worked two of those innings, walking one and striking out two.  Sheldon McDonlad was outstanding working four innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Frank Del Valle worked the final three innings to earn his first win of the season, he gave up two hits while striking out three.

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At The Plate –  The Cougars fought hard in this one against the best team in the league only to fall short in twelve innings.  Bijan Rademacher continues to hit, he was 3-for-5 with a double, and two runs scored, he is now hitting .350 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-5 with a double, and a run scored, he also made his twelfth error of the season.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-5 with two singles in the loss.

On The Mound –  Dillon Maples had a solid outing, and again, finished the day healthy, which is the most important thing right now.  Maples worked five innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out five.  Lendy Castillo took over and was solid as well, he worked five innings giving up on run on five hits while walking three and striking out four.  Nathan Dorris struggled with his command, which is rare, he suffered the loss as a result.  Dorris worked 1.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out two.

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Minor Matters – May 12, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Tough one to swallow for the Cubs in this one as they blew a 6-1 lead that they had in the third, and an 8-6 lead in the ninth by giving up three runs in the bottom half to lose 9-8.  Brett Jackson seems to be finding a groove ever since coming off the DL, he was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored.  Josh Vitters was 1-for-3 with two walks, and a run scored.  Dave Sappelt was 1-for-5 with a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored in the loss.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Ian Stewart made a rare appearance in this one and it was a productive one, he was 1-for-1 with a triple, and two RBI’s in a pinch-hitting role.

On The Mound –  Chris Rusin didn’t have his best stuff in this one, going five innings giving up five runs on nine hits while striking out one.  Casey Coleman was outstanding out of the pen going two scoreless innings while striking out one.  Hisanori Takahashi worked just one-third of an inning giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out one.  Rafael Dolis worked one inning and it wasn’t good, he gave up two runs on one hit while walking one and striking out one.  Blake Parker also struggled in a third of an inning, giving up one run on one hit, he was hung with his first loss of the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies had plenty of opportunities in this one, but were only 4-17 with runners in scoring position.  Even so, the Smokies scored five times, and that was plenty in this one, winning 5-0.  Matt Szczur has been on a roll of late, and today as well, he was 3-for-5 with a double, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .287 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 with a double, he also made his eleventh error on the season in the victory.  Christian Villanueva was 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  Tim Torres was 1-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored.

On The Mound –  Kyle Hendricks was outstanding once again in this one, going 6.2 scoreless innings giving up four hits while walking one and striking out four to earn his second win of the season.  A.J. Morris pitched out of trouble in his inning of work, he worked a scoreless inning giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.  Zach Rosscup worked 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out three to close this one out.

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At The Plate – Kane County seems to find ways to lose games in the worst ways, tonight was one of them as the Cougars led 6-3 in the sixth inning only to fall 7-6.  Bijan Rademacher was 0-for-2 with three walks, a run scored, and a caught stealing.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Rock Shoulders was 1-for-5 with a grand slam, his eighth home run of the season, four RBI’s, and a run scored.  Carlos Escobar, and Oliver Zapata each had two hits in the loss.

On The Mound –  Dillon Maples was promoted from extended spring training to Kane County today as got the start.  First things first that is very important as Maples is one of the better pitching prospects in the system, and it’s good to see him back healthy.  Maples went five innings giving up three runs on six hits while striking out two.  Lendy Castillo took over and ended up taking the loss going 4.1 innings giving up four runs on two hits while walking four and striking out four.

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Minor Matters – May 11, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Cubs left some runs out on the bases in this one but they found just enough offense to come away with a win.  Brett Jackson was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI’s, and  his fourth stolen base of the season.  Dave Sappelt had a good day going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  J.C. Boscan was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the win.  I mentioned that Iowa left some runs out there, they were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, and left nine guys on base.

On The MoundGuillermo Moscoso was brilliant in this one for the Cubs as he improved his record to 2-0 on the season.  Moscoso went seven innings giving up one run, unearned, on six hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Zach Putnam worked a scoreless inning out of the pen giving up one hit while walking one.  Blake Parker was solid again for his fifth save of the season, he worked a scoreless ninth while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Smokies finally found a way to beat the Barons, and almost blew the lead late before hanging on to a 5-4 victory.  Matt Szczur was good again at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, two runs scored, and two stolen bases, he now has twelve stolen bases on the season.  Ty Wright was 2-for-3 with a walk, and a double in the win.  Christian Villanueva had another solid day going 3-for-4 with two doubles, and an RBI, he’s hitting .294 over his last ten games.

On The MoundMatt Garza had a solid outing for the Smokies, and more importantly came out of it healthy again.  Garza went 3.1 scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Matt Loosen struggled with his command out of the pen but managed to get the win.  Loosen went four innings giving up three runs on two hits while walking four and striking out six.  Marcus Hatley struggled a little bit but earned his first save of the season going 1.2 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out one.

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At The Plate – After falling behind 3-1 early the Cougars went to work at the plate scoring six times over the final six innings en route to a 7-4 victory.  Pin-Chieh Chen was solid at the top of the order going 2-for-5 with a double.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .292 on the season.  Willson Contreras had a huge day going 3-for-5 with a double, his fourth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Gioskar Amaya only had one hit in this one (1-for-5) but he had two huge RBI’s.

On The MoundMichael Heesch flirted with disaster all day long but pitched out of trouble for the most part.  Heesch worked six innings giving up four runs on twelve hits while walking one to earn his second win of the season.  Brian Smith was outstanding out of the pen, he worked three scoreless inning giving up two hits while striking out three to earn his first save of the season.

NOTES:  Daytona had a double-header scheduled, and both games were postponed.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there, including mine, the best one there is!

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Minor Matters – May 9, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate –  Not a lot went right for Iowa in this one as they only managed one run on seven hits en route to a 5-1 loss.  Brett Jackson had a successful return to the lineup going 2-for-4 with two singles.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .270 on the season.  Alberto Gonzalez had a his second solid game in a row going 2-for-3 with a walk.  The Cubs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base, and they lost to Chris Volstad, so there’s that too.

On The Mound Drew Carpenter got the start and was decent going five innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six.  Casey Coleman wasn’t much better out of the bullpen working one inning giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Zach Putnam was solid going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Smokies did plenty offensively but could hold down the Barons in a wild 9-7 loss.  The Smokies entered the ninth tied at seven and the Barons managed to push two runs across the plate to take the lead and get the win.  The Smokies missed a bunch of opportunities as they were 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez was 1-for-4 with a walk, his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Jonathan Mota was 1-for-3 with a walk, his second home run of the season, and a run scored.  Tim Torres had his second straight solid game going 3-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored.

On The Mound Alberto Cabrera was roughed up, that usually doesn’t happen, especially like this.  Cabrera worked 4.1 innings giving up six runs on thirteen(!) hits while walking three and striking out five.  Kevin Rhoderick was decent out of the pen but struggled with his command again, he worked three innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out two.  Trey McNutt took the loss, working 1.2 inning giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit while walking two and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Solid win for Daytona against a very good opponent.  Daytona pounded out ten hits in the victory, after letting a 3-1 lead get away the D-Cubs jumped back on top for good in the sixth inning.  Javier Baez padded his slugging stats in this one going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored, he also made his fourteenth error of the season.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, he is now hitting .290 on the season after struggling and seeing his average drop into the .260’s.  John Andreoli continues to hit, he was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .333 on the season.  Dustin Geiger had another solid game going 2-for-3 with an RBI in the victory.

On The MoundP.J. Francescon was pretty good in this one going five innings giving up three runs, two earned, on eight hits while striking out four.  Jeffrey Lorick worked a scoreless out of the pen to earn the victory.  Austin Reed, and Hunter Cervenka each had scoreless appearances out of the pen to close this one out.  Cervenka worked two innings giving up one hit while striking out one to earn his third save of the season.

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– George

Minor Matters – April 29, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Wild game in Iowa today that saw a total of twenty-four hits and nineteen runs between the two teams, unfortunately Iowa came up one run short.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with a walk, and RBI, and a run scored.  Ryan Sweeney just doesn’t stop hitting, he was 2-for-4 with a walk, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .377 on the season.  Brad Nelson is a huge man, he had a huge day going 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Brett Jackson seems to be settling in at the plate, he went 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two RBI’s and a run scored.

On The Mound – Rough go of it for the Iowa pitchers in this one.  Nick Struck got the start and worked three innings giving up five runs on four hits while walking four, and striking out one.  Esmailin Caridad didn’t fare much better out of the pen going three innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking three and striking out five.  Cory Wade worked two innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out one.  Blake Parker was the only Iowa pitcher to escape unscathed in this one as he worked as scoreless inning while walking one and striking out two.

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At The Plate – Not a lot of offense in this one, but just enough for Daytona as they squeaked by the Cardinals 2-1.  Daytona just couldn’t get the big hit in this one to open the game up, they were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.  Dustin Geiger had a solid game and a huge hit, he was 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk, and a run scored.  Javier Baez continues to hit, and make errors, he was 1-for-3 with his eleventh error of the season, it will happen, and he will improve.  Chad Noble and Ben Carhart each had a double in the win.

On The MoundYeiper Castillo was disgusting good in this one, unfortunately he didn’t factor in the decision.  Castillo went four scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out eight.  Luis Liria was solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out one.  Hunter Cervenka blew the save, not really his fault, but also got the win.  Cervenka went two innings giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one and striking out four.

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At The Plate – Game one was as good as it gets when it comes to pitching as the game was scoreless into the last of the seventh.  That’s when Jae-Hoon Ha came off the bench and walked off with a three run shot to give the Smokies a 3-0 victory.  That was really the only offense for the Smokies in game one as they managed seven hits, with only one extra base hit, the Ha home run.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-3 with a stolen base, and a run scored in the win.

On The MoundKyle Hendricks was brilliant in this one but did not factor into the decision.  Hendricks went six scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out eight.  Marcus Hatley came on in relief and earned the win after working one scoreless inning, striking out two in the frame.

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At The Plate – Game two had the same final score, unfortunately the opposite result as the Smokies could only manage two hits all game in the defeat.  Matt Szczur and Ronald Torreyes were each 1-for-3, and that was it.

On The MoundEric Jokisch had a rough go of it early, but then settled in to have a decent outing, but took his first loss of the season.  Jokisch went five innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one.  Frank Batista and Tony Zych kept things close as they both worked a scoreless inning out of the pen, unfortunately the Smokies couldn’t get anything done offensively.

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At The Plate – What a crushing loss for the Cougars in game one, I guess the good news is that there is another game right away so they can forget this one.  The Cougars led 6-2 heading to the last of the 7th (7th inning is the last inning in DH games) and they gave up five runs to lose 7-6.  The Cougars only managed six hits but they were awfully productive in scoring six runs.  Daniel Vogelbach blasted his third home run of the season, he ended game one going 1-for-4 with said home run, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Rock Shoulders joined the fun as well as he launched his fifth home run of the season, he finished game one 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  Willson Contreras was 2-for-3 with a stolen base, and two runs scored.

On The Mound –  Felix Pena did everything possible to earn the win as he went six inning giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three.  Then things went south, and quickly.  Ian Dickson was the first out of the pen, he was only able to get through two-thirds of an inning giving up four runs on two hits while walking two and striking out one.  Matt Iannazzo added fuel to the fire in relief of Dickson, as he didn’t retire a hitter and gave up one run on two hits while walking two to get the loss.

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At The Plate – Game one’s disaster just zapped any energy that the Cougars might have had, and they still could have won this one.  For the second time today the Cougars blew a late inning lead, this one wasn’t as bad as the first game though.  The Cougars could only manage two hits in game two, I know, not very exciting.  Daniel Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with another home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Oliver Zapata had the only other hit, a single, he also walked.

On The MoundMichael Heesch pitched well early, then struggled late.  Heesch worked five innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Steve Perakslis worked a scoreless inning out of the pen, but it was too little too late.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 28, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Offensive explosion from the Cubs in this one as they pounded out thirteen hits, four of those being home runs, and scored ten runs in defeating Omaha 10-6.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-6 with a triple, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-3 but blasted his first home run of the season, he also walked, had three RBI’s and a run scored.  Brent Lillibridge continues to be king of AAA, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Brian Bogusevic was just as good as he went 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Ryan Sweeney hit his sixth home run of the season, he ended the day 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s and a run scored.

On The Mound – Some good, some okay from the Cubs on this day, but they didn’t need much with that kind of offense backing them.  Brooks Raley got the start and his third win of the season going six innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out one.  Hisanori Takahashi, and Zach Putnam each worked a scoreless inning in relief. Rafael Dolis worked one inning giving up two runs on two hits while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Plenty of offense to go around in this one for Daytona as they scored seven times on eleven hits to down the Cardinals 7-4.  Timothy Saunders was 2-for-5 with an RBI, two stolen bases, and two runs scored.  Javier Baez is locked in right now, he went 2-for-4 with a home runs, two RBI’s and a run scored, he’s now hitting .263 on the season.  Dustin Geiger had a rather patient day at the plate going 1-for-1 with three walks.  Ben Carhart has been on fire of late, he went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s in the victory.

On The Mound –  P.J. Francescon had a solid outing on Sunday and earned his second win of the season.  Francescon worked six innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five.  Austin Reed finally had a scoreless outing, he working one inning giving up on hit while walking one and striking out two.  Frank Del Valle was finally touched up a bit, he worked two innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three, his ERA now sits at 2.53 on the season.

NOTES:  The weather continues to suck, both Kane County and Tennessee were postponed due to inclement weather.  On the bright side that means there are SIX games scheduled today, hopefully they all get in.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 27, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – The Cubs had no chance in this one as the Storm Chasers scored more runs (6) in the first than the Cubs had hits (5) for the entire game.  The Cubs could only manage two runs on those five hits in the 13-2 defeat.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored from the lead-off spot.  Brett Jackson returned to the lineup and was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Ian Stewart continues to struggle in what looks more like a permenant home than a rehab assignment, he was 0-for-3 with a walk, he’s hitting .100 on the season.

On The Mound – Cubs pitching was atrocious in this one, and it started with Drew Carpenter.  Carpenter went three innings giving up eight runs, seven earned on nine hits while walking two and striking out two.  Cory Wade wasn’t much better out of the pen going two innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out one.  Casey Coleman was decent going two innings giving up one run on three hits.  Yoanner Negrin worked one inning giving up one run on four hits while walking one.

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At The Plate – Daytona couldn’t muster enough offense in this one as they could only manage seven hits and where 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  John Andreoli was 2-for-4 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .329 on the season.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a double, and walk, he also made his eighth error of the season.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double in the loss.

On The Mound Austin Kirk didn’t have his best stuff and that results in his first loss of the season.  Kirk went five innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two.  Luis Liria continued to struggle out of the pen giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out one in an inning of work.  Sheldon McDonald and Eduardo Figueroa each had a scoreless appearance, with McDonald going two innings and Figueroa going one.

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At The Plate – Finally some payback for Kane County as they blew  a few games earlier this week, they came back to return the favor last night.  The majority of the damage was done by the bottom of the order in this one as the four, five, six, and seven hitters were a combined 0-for-13 with three walks.  Wes Darvill was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, and an RBI.  Oliver Zapata was 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple, and two runs scored.  The Cougars walked five times and stole four bases in the victory.

On The Mound –  The Cougars were able to get through this one using just two pitchers.  Tayler Scott went six innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.  Brian Smith took it from there as he worked the final three innings and ended up getting the win, he gave up one run on three hits while striking out three.

NOTES:  The Smokies were rained out last night.

Thanks for reading,
– George