Minor Matters – May 3, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Smokies had a rough go of it last night as they were only able to record eight hits and two runs in eleven innings, they also struck out seventeen times, yikes.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-5 with a double, his third of the season.  Ty Wright was 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .280 on the season.

On The Mound – The Smokies were much better on the mound than they were at the plate.  Alberto Cabrera was outstanding as he went six scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking two and striking out eight, he did not factor in the decision.  A.J. Morris had a rough go of it out of the pen, he was only able to retire one hitter while giving up two runs on two hits while walking two.  Trey McNutt was solid going 1.2 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.  Marcus Hatley also had a scoreless appearance, he worked one inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out three.  Frank Batista took the loss in this one as he went 1.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Cougars started this double-header off right, it took a little longer than usual, but they got the win.  A big reason why it took eleven innings was the Cougars inability to hit with runners in scoring position, they were a mind numbing 1-for15.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-5 with a double, and a walk.  Rock Shoulders, the newly crowned minor league player of the month kept things rolling, he was 2-for-6 with his sixth home run of the season, this one was a walk-off in the bottom of the eleventh.  Chadd Krist was 1-for-2 with three walks, and a run scored in the win.

On The Mound –  Solid work top to bottom on the mound in this one for the Cougars.  Tayler Scott got the start and was solid, he went 5.2 innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out one.  Steve Perakslis was awfully good out of the pen going 2.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Matt Iannazzo had his best outing of the season going three scoreless innings to get the win, he gave up one hit while walking two and striking out four.

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At The Plate – Outstanding day for the Cougars as they swept the double-header against a very good Bowling Green team.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-2 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored.  Rock Shoulders was at it again in game two, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, a double, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .366 on the season.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the victory.  The Cougars were much better in game two with RISP, they were 2-for-7 compared to the 1-for-15 disaster in game one.

On The Mound – Another solid job by the Cougars pitching in game two.  Ian Dickson got the start, unfortunately he settled for a no decision, he went 4.2 innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while walking two and striking out four.  Brian Smith was stellar out of the pen and earned the win going 2.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out five.

NOTES:  Iowa and Daytona were both postponed.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 21, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Not much happening for the Cubs offense in this one as they lost a 1-0 heart breaker to the Redbirds.  The Cubs could only manage six hits, all singles in the loss.  Brent Lillibridge was 1-for-4, as was Ryan Sweeney, and Donnie Murphy.  Darnell McDonald, Brian Bogusevic, and J.C. Boscan were each 1-for-3 in the loss.

On The Mound – The Cubs pitching did all they could and then some in this one, but still couldn’t get a victory.  Drew Carpenter got the start and was solid despite having some command issues.  Carpenter worked 5.2 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking five and striking out six.  Hisanori Takahashi worked 1.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout.  Yoanner Negrin finally gave up a run, unfortunately that’s all it took to lose this one.  Negrin went 1.2 innings, he gave up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out two, his ERA “sky-rocketed” to 0.79 on the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies looked to be well on their way to another win after a four run second inning, then they weren’t.  Matt Szczur had another solid day going 1-for-4 with two walks, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a run scored, a caught stealing, and an outfield assist, busy day.  Anthony Giansanti finally has returned to action and had a solid day going 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.

On The Mound – A mixed bag from the Smokies pitchers, and a very costly error by Ronald Torreyes didn’t help.  Alberto Cabrera got the start and was average going 5.1 innings giving up four runs on five hits while walking four and striking out one.  Marcus Hatley was solid out of the pen going 1.2 scoreless innings while giving up one hit and striking out one.  Kevin Rhoderick continues to struggle, he worked an inning giving up two runs on four hits whiles striking out one.  Trey McNutt was outstanding, going two scoreless innings while striking out one.  Tony Zych was the hard luck loser, he worked an inning and gave up three runs, all unearned, on one hit while walking one.

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At The Plate – Not a lot to cheer about in this one as the D-Cubs did their best Major League Cubs impersonation in this one.  Daytona could only manage two hits in this one, singles by Timothy Saunders and Jorge Soler.  They did manage to earn three walks, but were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound – Not much better here for the D-Cubs.  Ryan Searle got the start and got roughed up again.  Searle went four innings giving up five runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four.  Austin Reed wasn’t much better out of the pen going two innings giving up four runs, two unearned, on six hits while striking out two.  David Cales worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out three, the lone bright spot of the day.

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At The Plate – Crazy ballgame yesterday as the Cougars built a 4-0 lead going into the 6th inning, then things got weird.  The Chiefs scored six times in the top of the 6th to take a 6-4 lead, then the Cougars scored three times in the bottom half to go back in front and that’s how it ended.  Pin-Chieh Chen got a chance to lead-off in this one and delivered going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rock Shoulders, or the guy who rarely makes an out, was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, he’s hitting .424 on the season, yikes.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.  Trey Martin finally busted out with the bat, and made a tremendous catch in CF as well, he was 3-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI, a double, and two runs scored.  Fun fact, Daniel Vogelbach had a stolen base today, the guy is rather athletic for his size.

On The Mound –  Kane County only used two pitchers in this one, rather rare given the fact that six runs were given up, but I guess that’s what happens when it’s all in one inning.  Felix Pena got the start at went 5.2 innings giving up five runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two.  Ian Dickson got the win coming out of the pen going 3.1 innings giving up on run on four hits while striking out three.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 8, 2013

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At The Plate – Things have not gone well for the Iowa Cubs, that is reflected in their now 0-5 record.  Logan Watkins led off today as was great going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .368 on the season.  Brett Jackson had a solid game going 2-for-4 with a double, and two RBI’s.  Newcomer Donnie Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss.

On The Mound – Really rough go of it for the I-Cubs pitchers.  Barret Loux got the start and was beat up giving up six runs on three hits while walking three walks and striking out two in only one inning of work.  Jaye Chapman worked 2.2 innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking three without a strike out.  Cory Wade got roughed up giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out one in three innings of work.  Blake Parker worked 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two.

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At The PlateMatt Szczur continued his solid work out of the lead-off spot going 2-for-3 with a run scored, and a stolen base.  Arismendy Alcantara who was hitting in the two hole was 2-for-4, but also made two errors.  The rest of the Smokies lineup could only manage one hit in the 2-1 loss.

On The Mound – Really solid effort from the Smokies pitchers in this one.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the start and was decent, he struggled a bit with his command in 4.1 innings of work giving up one run on two hits while walking three and striking out one.  Brian Schlitter was the tough luck loser in this one, he worked 1.2 innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while walking one.  Zach Rosscup and Trey McNutt each worked a scoreless inning to keep things close.

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At The Plate – Finally a win for the Cougars, they did plenty offensively but had to work overtime after a blown save, more on that in a bit.  Gioskar Amaya broke out today after a slow start to the season, he was 3-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Chadd Krist was 3-for-5 with two doubles, ans two runs scored.   Bijan Rademacher did most of the damage today going 3-for-5 with three RBI’s.  Rock Shoulders stayed red hot at the plate going 2-for-5 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .455 on the season.

On The MoundLendy Castillo who is transitioning to a starting role was fantastic in his 2013 debut.  Castillo went five strong innings giving up one run on three hits while walking two and striking out four, unfortunately he had a win snatched from him.  Brian Smith was solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.  Justin Amlung blew the save but also got the win, he worked three innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 5, 2013

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At The PlateLogan Watkins had an excellent day at the top of the order, he was 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored, and two walks.  Four different Cubs had two hits in the loss, Brian Bogusevic, Brad Nelson, Luis Flores, and Edwin Maysonet.  Brad Nelson supplied the power today, both of his hits left the yard, he added a walk, and had three RBI’s.

On The Mound – Nothing good at all from the Iowa Cubs pitching today.  Drew Carpenter got the start and was lit up, giving up five runs on six hits while walking three and striking out one in four innings of work.  Jaye Chapman worked one inning giving up two runs on three hits while walking none and striking out one.  Cory Wade worked 1.2 innings, he gave up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out one.  Blake Parker gave up two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out three in 1.1 innings.

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At The Plate – The Smokies did some major work at the plate in this one as eight of the nine starters had at least one hit.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored.  Christian Villanueva was awfully productive going 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI’s.  Justin Bour was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.  The Smokies had six doubles in the victory.

On The MoundAlberto Cabrera was outstanding tonight, he went six strong innings giving up two runs on four hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out nine. Zach Rosscup was inspired by Cabrera and tried to one up him, Rosscup went two innings and only gave up one hit and struck out five.  Trey McNutt tossed a scoreless frame to close things out.

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At The Plate –  The D-Cubs mashed the ball all over the place tonight, something this team most definitely can do.  Zeke DeVoss had a big night at the top of the order going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a walk, two RBI’s, a stolen base and a run scored.  Javier Baez was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI’s and a run scored.  John Andreoli, and Ben Carhart each had three hits, and Jorge Soler was 1-for-5 in the victory.

On The Mound – Quite the combo on the mound for the D-Cubs tonight.  Starling Peralta got the start and went 4.1 scoreless innings, he gave up only one hit while walking three and striking out five.  Ryan Searle followed that up with 4.2 scoreless innings, he gave up two hits, walked no one, and struck out six.  The final line for D-Cubs pitching, nine innings, three hits, no runs, three walks, and eleven strikeouts.

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At The Plate – The Cougars pounded out ten hits, unfortunately they were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  Rock Shoulders was 1-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-3 with a walk, and Wes Darvill was 3-for-4 with a double.  The Cougars made three errors on the night, and all were costly.

On The Mound – I mentioned the costly errors, here’s the proof.  Tayler Scott got the start and was really good going six innings giving up one run, unearned on four hits while striking out six.  Jeffry Antigua was solid out of the pen in three innings of work, he gave up three runs, all unearned, on three hits while walking two and striking out two.

Thanks for reading,
– George

9/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Peoria and Tennessee were the only Cubs minor league teams with regular season games today.  Boise played game one, which we will have a separate post on.

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Peoria finished the season strong beating Kane County 6-2.  Ben Wells got the start pitching two scoreless innings allowing no runs on three hits.  Willengton Cruz got the win pitching 4.2 innings allowing two runs on just one hit.  Luis Liria struggled with his command, walking four in just 0.2 innings, but got the ball to Pete Levitt who recorded his first save of the season throwing the final 1.2 innings.  Yaniel Cabezas had the big blow going 2-for-4 with a three run home run in the fifth.  Pin-Chieh Chen also had two hits and a scored a run.  Dustin Geiger was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Timothy Saunders had a hit and a run scored.  Jorge Soler and Chadd Krist each had a hit in the win.

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Tennessee ended the season on a high note as well beating Pensacola 8-1.  Austin Kirk was good getting a win in his final start giving up one run on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Frank Batista, Jaye Chapman, Rafael Dolis, and Trey McNutt combined to pitch the final 3.1 innings striking out three, giving up two hits, and allowing no runs.  Newly acquired Anthony Recker was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs.  He his a three run shot in the seventh.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Matt Cerda also had two hits a piece with Cerda driving in one run.  Rubi Silva had a hit and drove in two in the Smokies win.  Junior Lake, Logan Watkins, and Matt Szczur all had a hit and a run scored on the day.

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-Mark

9/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our daily minor league recap.

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Boise closed out the regular season by winning a wild one Saturday night 12-11.  Boise took an early lead, but gave up six in the fourth and five in the fifth and were quickly down by six runs.  They came storming back scoring four in the sixth, one in the seventh, and two in the ninth to get the victory. Marco Hernadez was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBIs, including the game tying RBI and the winning run scored.  Dan Vogelbach had three hits and three RBIs.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored, and two RBIs.  Albert Almora and Rock Shoulders each had two hits, with Almora knocking one in and Wilson Contreras had two RBIs including the game winner.  Stephen Bruno kept the hitting streak alive as he went 1-for-1, with an RBI, but was ejected shortly after that.  Ian Dickson got the start, giving up six runs, four earned in just 3.1 innings.  Hunter Ackerman followed and gave up five runs, two earned over the next 1.2 innings.  Brian Smith was tremendous pitching three perfect innings with four strikeouts.  Rafael Diplan got his third win of the season pitching a scoreless ninth.  Boise starts their playoffs on Monday.

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Peoria gave up three in the sixth and took the loss 6-5.  Jeff Antigua got the start, but struggled a bit giving up six runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.  Justin Berg came on and pitched the final 2.1 innings not allowing a run.  Bijan Rademacher had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Oliver Zapata also had a double and rove in two.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Jorge Soler, Zeke DeVoss and Jacob Rogers each had a hit a piece, with Rogers scoring two runs.  Peoria has two more games against Kane County as the season will come to a close on Monday.

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Daytona beat Brevard County on Saturday 4-2.  Matt Loosen got the start and pitched quite well in his five innings.  He allowed one run on two hits and struck out six, in earning his 11th win of the season.  Jeff Lorick gave up a run, but pitched the next two innings before getting the ball to AJ Morris threw the final two innings and earned his seventh save of the season.  John Andreoli, who has had a really nice season waited until tonight to hit his first home run of the season.  He ended the night 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases bringing his total to 55.  Nelson Perez was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI and Rafael Lopez had a hit and knocked one in as well.  Javier Baez and Christian Villanueva each had a hit, with Villanueva stealing two bases and scoring a run as well.  Daytona’s season will come to a close on Sunday.

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Tennessee scored two in the fifth, but gave up one in the ninth to lose 3-2.  Eric Jokisch started, but did not factor in the decision going five innings and allowing one run on six hits, while striking out five.  After Zach Rosscup gave up a run in his inning of work, both Jaye Chapman and Rafael Dolis pitched a scoreless inning each.  Kevin Rhoderick took the loss giving up a run in the ninth inning.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, he also walked twice.  Matt Szczur had two hits, including a double and he scored a run.  The pitcher Eric Jokisch and pinch hitter Dustin Harrington were the only other Smokies to record a hit in the loss.  Tennessee has two games left and will end their season on Monday.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our daily look at the Cubs minor leaguers.  Tennessee was off and the AZL Cubs regular season has come to an end.  They wound up winning the wild card.

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Boise got the bats going once again beating Everett 9-5.  Stephen Bruno was back at it going 2-for-3 with an RBI, he is now hitting .354.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with a home run, his 10th of the season.  Rock Shoulders had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Darien Martin and Marco Hernandez each had a hit and an RBI.  Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Tayler Scott started, but did not factor in the decision pitching only four innings and allowing three runs, two earned.  Michael Heesch did get the win pitching the next two innings not allowing a run.  Nathan Dorris pitched two scoreless innings and Eduardo Orozco pitched the final frame, giving up two runs.

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Cedar Rapids jumped on Peoria early and held on to beat Peoria 9-5.  Jorge Soler was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Chadd Krist and Jacob Rogers each had one hit and one RBI, with Krist having a triple.  Zeke DeVoss and Dustin Geiger each had a hit and a hit and combined to score three runs.  Yao-Lin Wang started and struggled, giving up nine runs, seven earned on eight hits in getting the loss.  Bryce Shafer and Pete Levitt combined to pitch the last five scoreless innings.

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Christian Villanueva had a good first game as Daytona won 4-1.  Villanueva was 2-for-3 with a home run, RBI, and two runs scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI, and run scored.  Taylor Davis, Elieser Bonne, and John Andreoli all had a hit a piece in the win.  PJ Francescon started and was really good pitching six innings allowing one run on three hits, while striking out three.  AJ Morris got the call in the seventh and recorded his sixth save of the season.

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It took extra innings in game two as Daytona ended up on the losing end of the second one 3-1.  Frank Del Valle started and pitched five innings allowing one run and striking out six.  Ryan Searle pitched a scoreless sixth, but Jeffrey Lorick struggled giving up two runs in the eighth inning as he took the loss.  Rebel Ridling accounted for the only run for the Cubs as he hit a home run in the fourth inning.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a stolen base in game two.  John Andreoli, Elieser Bonne, and Rafael Lopez all had a hit in the loss.

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Iowa got shut out on Wednesday losing 3-0 to Nashville.  Ryan Rowland-Smith started and took the loss giving up one run, two earned in five innings.  Jay Jackson threw one perfect inning in relief striking out one and Jeff Beliveau gave up one run in two innings of work.  There was nothing too exciting on the offensive end.  Diory Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two doubles.  New Cub Anthony Recker was 1-for-3 with a double and Adrian Cardenas also had a double in the loss.  Greg Rohan, Dave Sappelt, and Jeff Frazier all had one hit a piece in the shutout loss.

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-Mark