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

 

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At The Plate – The I-Cubs were looking pretty good through four innings, then the bottom fell out, and that’s putting it nicely.  Logan Watkins continues to embody everything that Theo Epstein wants, as he was 0-for-2 from the lead-off spot but had three walks.  Ryan Sweeney was 1-for-4 with his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Brian Bogusevic, and J.C. Boscan each had two hits in the loss.  Edwin Maysonet only had one hit on the night, but he was productive as he had three RBI’s.

On The MoundNick Struck did just fine tonight, I know the final score doesn’t indicate that but he was solid.  Struck went four innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three.  That was the end of the good news for the Iowa pitching.  Esmailin Caridad was hung with the loss, he worked one inning giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits while walking three and striking out one.  Jaye Chapman was even worse as he gave up five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one in just two-thirds of an inning.  Cory Wade had an odd stat line, he went three innings giving up two runs on NO hits while walking three and striking out five.  The I-Cubs are now 1-8 on the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies could only manage four hits and two runs but that was just enough for the victory.  Matt Szczur continued his strong start to the season from the lead-off spot going 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-for-3 with the only other RBI for the Smokies.  Rubi Silva, and Jonathan Mota tallied the only other hits for the Smokies in the win.

On The Mound – Outstanding work all night for the Smokies pitchers.  Eric Jokisch got the start and also the victory as he went six strong innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out three.  Tony Zych, Zach Rosscup, and Trey McNutt all tossed scoreless innings to shut the door on the Lookouts.  Trey McNutt earned his first save of the season and has yet to give up a run in 2013.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs didn’t need much in this one, but they were able to score five times on just six hits.  Taiwan Easterling had another solid game going 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI’s and a run scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI, much better approach from Baez in this one.  Stephen Bruno was 1-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.

On The Mound Austin Kirk was outstanding despite fighting his command early.  Kirk went five scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking four and striking out two, he improves to 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.  Yao-Lin Wang was just as good out of the pen going four scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out five to earn the rare four inning save.

NOTES:  Kane County was scheduled to play a double header in Wisconsin today but for the second straight day they were snowed out.  They are planning on playing a double header tomorrow and Saturday to make up for the last two days.  Ronald Torreyes is back!  He was a week late in arriving to camp and stayed about a week late to make up for it.  He has now been assigned to AA Tennessee.

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

Cubs Struggle to Find Runs In Castro’s Return

The Cubs lost to the Rockies 2-0 yesterday, that’s alright, because the bigger news was that Starlin Castro returned to the lineup and looked no worse for wear.

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At the plate:

Darwin Barney had a solid day going 2-for-3, Brett Jackson, Steve Clevenger, and Starlin Castro were all 1-for-1, and Scott Hariston tallied the only other hit for the Cubs.  They only managed six all day, and all of them were singles.

On the mound:

Edwin Jackson was stellar, going five innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out two.  Kyuji Fujikawa had a rare sub par outing as he struggled with command giving up one run in one inning of work on one hit, while walking two and striking out two.  Cory Wade, Carlos Marmol, and Jensen Lewis all tossed scoreless, uneventful innings in the loss.

Spring Record: (7-11)

Up Next:

Cubs face the Dodgers, and Chris Rusin gets the ball, Rusin has been pretty darn good so far this Spring, and is slated to join the Iowa rotation this year.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Walk This Way; Cubs Hand Game to D-Backs Behind Eight Walks

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  On the surface it looks as though the Cubs staff struggled as a whole today, but that really wasn’t the case.  Jeff Samardzija got the start and turned in the longest outing of any Cubs pitcher so far, tossing three innings giving up one run on one hit, while walking three and striking out one.  It could have been much worse but Shark wiggled off the hook in the second after loading the bases with no outs.  MLB: Spring Training-Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago CubsObviously he didn’t have his best command as illustrated by the three walks, but he battled, and he wasn’t the only one that struggled with command today.  Michael Bowden walked two in his inning of work, and Rafael Dolis imploded, walking three in a third of an inning while giving up four runs, three earned, on just one hit.  Cory Wade, Blake Parker, James Russell, Casey Coleman, and Shawn Camp all had scoreless appearances.

  The Cubs were able to plate two runs in the first inning off of Trevor Cahill, but that is all they would get in this one.  Anthony Rizzo continued his strong spring going 2-for-3 with a double, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .364 (4-for-11) in the Cactus League.  Luis Valbuena continues to make a strong case to be the starting third baseman going 1-for-2 with a run scored, he’s hitting a robust .571 (4-for-7) this Spring.  Jorge Soler had a solid day at the plate going 1-for-2 with a triple, it’s impressive to see a guy that big run that well.

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Thanks for reading,
– George