Riding the Bus: May 2, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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SATURDAY • MAY 2, 2015

Iowa Cubs 5-2 Final

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A number of teams are having trouble beating Oklahoma City this year, you can add Iowa to said list as they lost yet again to the Dodger, 4-1.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada got the start and was the hard luck loser as he was brilliant.  Wada worked seven innings, giving up two run, both unearned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Yoanner Negrin couldn’t keep things close late in this one, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking three, and striking out one.

Tennessee Smokies 5-2 Final

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After losing both an early and late lead, Tennessee somehow found a way to pull this one out with a run in the tenth.  Of course that run came from a Kyle Schwarber dinger, hero.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber only had one hit but it was a big one, he finished the night 1-for-5 with said dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach got back on track, he was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Stephen Bruno has been good all year, he was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.
  • Bijan Rademacher provided the early fireworks, he was 1-for-4 with a dinger, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start and was missing bats left and right, he tossed 5.2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits while walking two, and striking out ten(!).
  • Starling Peralta has been good all year, he was again last night, he worked two scoreless innings while surrendering three hits.
  • P.J. Francescon picked up a blown save, and a win, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 5-2 Final

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Things got a little dicey for the Pelicans late in this one, but they were able to weather the storm and hang on for a 5-4 win over Lynchburg.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis flashed some rare power, he was 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Trey Martin was productive in the win, he was 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Carlos Penalver had a great game from the bottom of the order, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn got the start, and picked up his second win of the season, he worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Gerardo Concepcion had an off and on appearance, he worked two innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Tayler Scott, and Jasvir Rakkar both worked a scoreless inning late with Rakkar picking up his second save of the season.

South Bend 5-2 Final

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It’s nice to be on this side of things, after blowing a number of saves early this year the South Bend Cubs finally registered a come back win of their own.  Trailing 4-2 in the eighth the Cubs pushed three runs across to the delight of the sellout crowd in South Bend.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres is terrorizing Midwest League pitching, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored.
  • Chesny Young had a great game, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer has been outstanding, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win, and is hitting .356 on the season.
  • Yasiel Balaguert made his one hit count, he went 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  •  Trevor Clifton started this one, and didn’t get much help behind him.  Clisfton worked five innings, giving up three runs, on earned, on three hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Tyler Ihrig was great out of the pen, and earned his first win of the season.  Ihrig worked three innings, giving up one run on four hits in the process.
  • James Farris was perfect in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season, he struck out the side as well.

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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.

At the Plate:

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 27, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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MONDAY • APRIL 27, 2015

Note:  Iowa game two was postponed.  South Bend, and Myrtle Beach were off tonight.

Iowa Cubs 4-27 Final

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Not a whole lot of punch from Iowa tonight as they were smoked by the Sky Sox 7-0.  Game two of the series was postponed, not a very productive night.

At the Plate:

  • Mike Baxter continued his solid 2015, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, he’s now hitting .350 on the season.
  • Chris Valaika was one of the few Cubs to find success at the plate, he was 2-for-2 with a walk, he was also caught stealing.
  • Christian Villanueva was the only other Cubs player to register a hit, he was 1-for-2 with a double, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada didn’t have much of anything tonight, he worked five innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on twelve hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero was solid, he worked a scoreless inning, surrendering no hits while striking out two.

Tennessee Smokies 4-27 Final

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Tennessee didnt really put muich together in this one as they lost to Chattanooga 5-3.  It was a 4-1 game in the bottom of the seventh were the Smokies were able to push two runs across to cut the deficit to one, that was  as close as they could get in this one.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was outstanding again, he wen 2-for-3 with a walk, a dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ryan Dent had a solid game, he went 1-for-4 with a dinger, two RBI’s, and a run scored,

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start and struggled just a bit, he worked five innings, giving up four runs on four hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • Jeffry Antigua was outstanding, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out three.
  • Michael Jensen struggled, he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while walking three.

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Riding the Bus: April 23, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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THURSDAY • APRIL 23, 2015

Iowa Cubs 4-23 Final

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This one was over before the fans could even get into their seats as New Orleans scored six times in the first en route to a 9-2 victory.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-4 with a run scored, that is his first AAA hit this year, hopefully that gets him going.
  • Chris Valaika supplied the only offense, he was 1-for-3 with a diner, two RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Christian Villanueva made a couple of costly mistakes in the field (2 errors), and was 1-for-4.
  • Taylor Teagarden, and Taylor Davis each had one walk, and one hit in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Jeffry Antigua got the start, and wasn’t so great, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up nine runs, four earned, on seven hits while walking four, and striking out two.
  • Andres Santiago did a solid job in relief, he worked 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Michael Wagner, and Armando Rivero each worked a scoreless inning in garbage time.

Myrtle Beach 4-23 Final

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It was all Daury Torrez in this one as the Pelicans starter was outstanding in shutting down Winston-Salem.  The Pelicans built a 6-0 lead by the fourth inning, and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way as Myrtle Beach improved to 9-4 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann had quite the day from the lead-off spot, he was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Billy McKinney has been on a roll of late, he was 2-for-4 tonight, and is now hitting .325 on the season.
  • Jeimer Candelario had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Ben Carhart provided some production, he was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got the start and the win tonight, he was outstanding.  Torrez worked seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits while striking out one.
  • Both Michael Heesch, and Jasvir Rakkar tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

South Bend 4-23 Final

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 The South Bend Cubs have had issues with blowing leads early in the season, but they figured out a way to resolve that, slaughter their opponent.  After scoring sixteen times last night, the Cubs tallied ten times tonight and only allowed Great Lakes to record four hits in the win.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin was in the middle of things again, he was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
  • Chesny Young continued his hot start, he was 2-for-5 with a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya has a solid night, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer provided some production, he was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Gleyber Torres had another impressive game, he was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Yasiel Balaguert is getting back into games, and was solid tonight, he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start, and was stellar, he worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Tyler Ihrig might have been better, he tossed four scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the year.  Ihrig only surrendered one hit, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out five.

Tennessee Smokies 4-23 Final

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After falling behind early 1-o, the Smokies outscored Jackson 9-1 the rest of the way en route to a 9-2 victory.  A much needed victory for the Smokies as the last two nights they watch late inning leads disappear in horrible fashion.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber had a monster game, he went 3-for-6 with his second dinger of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with a double, three walks(!), and two runs scored.
  • Willson Contreras had a solid game, he was 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI, two walks, and two runs scored.
  • Ryan Dent was great, he went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start and picked up his second win of the season, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out eight.
  • Matt Brazis was solid, he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out one.
  • P.J. Francescon, and Michael Jensen each had a scoreless appearance out of the pen.

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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 13, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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MONDAY • APRIL 13, 2015

Iowa Cubs 4-13 Final

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The Iowa Cubs struggled with runners in scoring position tonight (0-for-10), but were able to scratch across four runs to take the series opener against New Orleans.  A big reason for the victory was the Iowa pitching, only one unearned run tonight on six hits.

At the Plate:

  • Kris Bryant continued his hot start to the season, he was 3-for-5 with three singles (weird), and a stolen base, but did make two errors.
  • Junior Lake had a solid game, he was 2-for-5 with a run scored in the win.
  • Rafael Lopez is on fire, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .364 on the season.
  • Mike Baxter is unconscious right now, not literally, he was 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Yoanner Negrin started this one, and was solid, he worked 4.2 innings, giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while striking out five.
  • Gonzalez Germen got the win in this one, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out two.
  • James Russell, yes ‘that’ James Russell, worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.
  • Joe Ortiz picked up the save tonight, he worked a scoreless ninth inning allowing one hit.

Tennessee Smokies 4-13 Final

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The Smokies have a knack for the big inning, today it was in the third as they scored six times and batted around, again.  That was more than enough for Frank Batista and company as the Smokies won the series (3-2) with a 10-4 victory.  An alarming stat, in a good way, the Smokies walked eight times today, EIGHT, you should probably score a lot of runs when that happens.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora had another solid game, he was 2-for-6 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  He also had an outfield assist, he does it all.
  • Christian Villanueva was the hero today, he went crazy, he was 2-for-3 with two dingers, two walks, two RBI’s, and three runs scored, yikes.
  • Dan Vogelbach continued his torrid start, he was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .444 on the season.
  • Pin-Chieh Chen had a big hit in this one, he finished the day 1-for-5 with a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Frank Batista got the start in this one, his first at the MiLB level since 2013, and was dominant.  He worked six innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out three to pick up the win.
  • Fernando Cruz struggled mightily today, he worked two innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking three, and striking out one.
  • Andres Santiago made this one official by working a scoreless ninth inning, he walked one.

South Bend 4-13 Final

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Tough one for South Bend tonight as they just couldn’t get much going offensively in a 6-1 loss to Dayton.  Although the Cubs had eight hits, they only had two opportunities with runners in scoring position, station to station baseball.  Trevor Clifton had all sorts of issues finding the plate which led to an early deficit that South Bend could not recover from.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start and struggled, he worked just two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits while walking four, and striking out one.
  • Jordan Minch was brilliant in relief, he worked 3.1 innings, giving up one run, unearned, on three hits while striking out two.
  • James Farris found some trouble but put in solid work, he tossed four innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out four.

** Myrtle Beach was postponed, because rain is stupid.

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About Last Night: Cubs Minor League Highlights (VIDEO)

Bryant Dinger

Enjoy.

Kris Bryant with a laser to right center, dinger.

Christian Villanueva lines a base hit scoring two.

Chris Denorfia with a rehab double.

David Bote with a slick play.

Addison Russell shows off his power.

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