Minor Matters – May 18, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The losing ways continue for the Iowa Cubs and they can blame themselves as they made four errors in the loss.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with his seventh double of the season, and a run scored, he also made his fourth error of the season.  Ian Stewart got a rare start and made it count going 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.  Donnie Murphy was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.

On The Mound –  Chris Rusin got the start and didn’t help himself as he made on of the errors, but he battled.  Rusin went 6.2 innings giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out three.  Zach Putnam worked out of Rusin’s trouble in the seventh getting the final out on strikeout.  Rafael Dolis worked a scoreless inning in relief giving up two hits while striking out one.  Blake Parker worked a scoreless inning as well giving up on hit while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate –  The Smokies are on a roll again, with the win they are now three game above .500 for the season.  Matt Szczur shows up in every recap, he was 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, he is now hitting .304 on the season.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  Arismendy Alcantara was all over the scoresheet in this one, he was 3-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season, two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he also made his fourteenth error of the season.  Anthony Giansanti also had a big day, and has been awesome since he was promoted to Tennessee, he was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .353 on the season.

On The Mound –  Dallas Beeler got the start and his fourth win of the season as he was solid.  Beeler went six innings giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out six.  Trey McNutt got back on track working one scoreless inning giving up one hit while striking out two.  Kevin Rhoderick continues to struggle, he worked one inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Brian Schlitter worked the ninth for his second save of the season, he went one inning giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Nice response the last few days from Daytona as the bats have woke up in a big way, fifteen more hits today in the victory.  The D-Cubs were only 5-for-20 with runners in scoring position in this one, but having twenty chances is rather impressive.  Zeke DeVoss has been struggling but had a solid game going 2-for-5 with two singles, he was picked off as well.  Javier Baez had another solid game going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  Jorge Soler picked up right where he left off from yesterday, he was 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Dustin Geiger also kept things rolling going 2-for-5 with yet another double, and a run scored.  Ben Carhart supplied the power in this one going 1-for-5 with his first home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The Mound Zach Cates got the start and picked up his fourth win of the season going 5.2 innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out one.  David Cales was solid out of the pen going 2.1 innings giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits while walking one and striking out four.  Hunter Cervenka was solid again working a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the season.

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At The Plate – Another solid game between the Cougars and the high-powered Kernels, this time Kane County got the best of them winning 4-0.  Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with his seventh double of the season, he’s now hitting .288 for the year.  Rock Shoulders has been coming back down to Earth as of late, can’t really blame him, but was solid in this one going 2-for-4 with his ninth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Oliver Zapata provided some surprising offense out of the nine spot going 3-for-4 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.

On The MoundPierce Johnson was brilliant in this one as he shut down the prospect laden Kernels.  Johnson went six scoreless innings giving up six hits while walking one and striking out nine to earn his second win of the season.  Justin Amlung was solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings while walking two and striking out three.  Jeffry Antigua closed the door in the ninth working a scoreless inning giving up on hit while striking out two.

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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 16, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Iowa didn’t really have a lot going offensively, but they didn’t need it as the one run they scored in the second inning was enough for the win.  Brent Lillibridge was 1-for-3 with a walk in the win.  Dave Sappelt, Brian Bogusevic, and Josh Vitters all had base hits in this one.  Donnie Muphy had the biggest one, a run scoring single in the second, he finished the night 1-for-2 with said RBI.

On The MoundMatt Garza is just about ready to return to the Cubs and he showed it tonight.  Garza was brilliant going six scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out six, he threw 75 pitches, 53 for strikes.  Brooks Raley took it from there as he worked three scoreless inning out of the pen for his first save of the year, he gave up two hits while walking one and striking out three.

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At The Plate – The Smokies broke through with two runs in the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie, and eventually win 6-4, the win pushes them one game over .500 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 with a double and a runs scored in the win.  Ty Wright had a huge night for the Smokies going 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI’s, and two runs scored, Wright came into this one with no home runs on the season.  Jonathan Mota was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Rafael Lopez was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

On The Mound –  Matt Loosen never really found his command in this one as he worked four innings giving up four runs on three hits while walking six(!), and striking out five.  Then the bullpen took over for the Smokies and won the game.  A.J. Morris was perfect going three scoreless innings while striking out three to get his second win of the season.  Marcus Hatley worked a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit.  Frank Batista worked a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save of the season while striking out one.

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At The Plate –  The Daytona bats finally woke up, unfortunately that wasn’t enough to win tonight as they drop another disappointing one to Charlotte.  Daytona scored seven times but left a lot out there as they were only 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.  Dustin Geiger is putting together a solid season and had another good night going 3-for-5 with his fourth home run of the season, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, he is now hitting .298 on the season.  Ben Carhart was 1-for-4 with a walk, and two runs scored in the loss.  Huge night for Chadd Krist, he went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, and five RBI’s, not bad for his second game with Daytona.

On The Mound – Probably the worst outing you will ever see P.J. Francescon have, he had nothing.  Francescon went five innings giving up ten runs, eight earned, on nine hits while walking five and striking out three, his record fell to 3-3 on the season.  Jeffrey Lorick was decent out of the pen going 1.2 innings giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one and striking out one.  David Cales was okay out of the pen going 1.1 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out one.  Hunter Cervenka worked a scoreless inning giving up one hit, he has a sparkling 1.62 ERA on the season.

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At The Plate – Game one was all Cougars, they didn’t break it open until late but they only needed one as they beat the Chiefs in game one 5-0.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored from the lead-off spot.  Gioskar Amaya had a big game going 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-4 with a double, and an RBI in the win.  Willson Contreras is locked in right now, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, he is now hitting .307 on the season.  Marco Hernandez was perfect in game one going 3-for-3 with a double, and two runs scored.

On The Mound –  Brian Smith was awesome for the Cougars, in fact he was almost perfect.  Smith worked four scoreless, and hit-less innings while walking two and striking out two.  Eddie Orozco took over and was very good, he worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one to earn his second win of the season.  Jeffry Antigua came on to close this one out, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Chiefs got payback in game two as they routed the Cougars 8-2, the Cougars could only manage three hits in this one.  What’s worse is they committed six errors in seven innings, that usually doesn’t end well.  Jeimer Candelario was one of the few Cougars who had a strong game two at the plate, he was 2-for-3 with two doubles, he also committed three errors.  Marco Hernandez proved to be the only offense for the Cougars going 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, a run scored, and you guessed it, an error.

On The Mound – As you could imagine the Cougars pitching didn’t get a lot of help from their defense.  Michael Heesch got the start and took the loss, he worked three innings giving up six runs, two earned, on four hits while walking two.  Steve Perakslis was solid out of the pen working three scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out two.  Bijan Rademacher, the Cougars starting right fielder, worked one inning giving up two runs, unearned, on two hits while walking one.

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Minor Matters – May 14, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – The Cubs had nothing going for them in this one as they could only manage to score once on seven hits while being routed by the Aces 11-1.  Brian Bogusevic continues to hit even if the rest of his team doesn’t, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .373 on the season.  Brad Nelson has been on fire as of late, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI, he has his average all the way up to .286 on the season.  Ian Stewart got a rare start and had a good day, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a double, much better approach.

On The Mound – Yuck.  Barret Loux got the start and was torn apart, he went 3.1 innings giving up seven runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out two, his record dropped to 2-2 with the loss.  Yoanner Negrin came on in relief and really didn’t help his cause as he made two errors.  Negrin worked 2.2 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while walking one and striking out three.  Hisanori Takahashi came on and stopped the bleeding as he worked a scoreless inning.  Casey Coleman was roughed up a bit as he worked an inning giving up one run on three hits while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Another thrilling win for the Smokies after it looked like to could be a crushing loss.  The Smokies gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game but recaptured the lead in the tenth and hung on to win 3-2.  Matt Szczur is rolling right now, and has been solid all year, he was 3-for-5 with three singles, he is now hitting .302 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-5 with two RBI’s, that one hit was a two out drag bunt base hit that scored the winning run in the tenth.  Christian Villanueva was 2-for-3 with his second home run of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s hitting .250 on the season and .303 over his last ten games.

On The  Mound – Unfortunately Alberto Cabrera did not factor in the decision as he deserved a win tonight, he was electric.  Cabrera went seven innings giving up one run on five hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Marcus Hatley worked a scoreless inning out of the pen giving up one hit while striking out one.  The usually reliable Zach Rosscup hit a speed bump in this one as he blew the save giving up on run on two hits while walking one in the ninth, but ended up getting the win.  Frank Batista was solid in the tenth inning to earn his fourth save of the season he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Once again the D-Cubs couldn’t do anything offensively and suffered another loss to a team that they probably should beat.  The D-Cubs could only manage four hits all night, and were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position, they scored twice.  Javier Baez, John Andreoli, Dustin Geiger, and Chad Noble had the hits in this one, all singles except for a Geiger double.  Jorge Soler, and Chad Noble recorded the RBI’s in the loss.

On The Mound –  Ben Wells rebounded from his last outing with a solid performance going 5.1 innings giving up two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four.  Jeffrey Lorick came on in relief and allowed an inherited runner to score working two-thirds of an inning giving up one hit.  Eduardo Figueroa took the loss in this one as he worked one inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking two.  Austin Reed did a great job out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one.

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At The Plate – The Cougars grabbed an early lead in this one, but it was all Chiefs from there on out as they easily dispatched Kane County 8-4.  Gioskar Amaya was 1-for-2 with two walks, and a run scored, he seems to be in the middle of everything lately.  Rock Shoulders, who has struggled a bit as of late, that’s going to happen when you hit .400 for a month, he was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Willson Contreras was 2-for-2 with his fifth home run of the season,  stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored.  The Cougars didn’t really help their own cause in the field as they made three errors in the loss.

On The Mound –  Ian Dickson got the start and didn’t last very long but wasn’t bad at all, he went four innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out four.  Justin Amlung took over and ended up taking the loss, his first of the season.  Amlung worked three innings giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits while walking one and striking out two.  Steve Perakslis tossed two innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking one.

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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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Minor Matters – May 8, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – A roller coaster game for the Cubs in this one as they held a 4-0 lead only to lose it, then an 8-4 lead only to see the Sky Sox get within two, luckily Iowa hung on for the victory.  Alberto Gonzalez had a huge day at the plate going 4-for-5 with a walk, a double, and an RBI.  Brian Bogusevic was 2-for-5 with a walk, his second home run of the season, one RBI, and two runs scored.  Brad Nelson was 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Darnell McDonald was 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, a stolen base, and a run scored.  J.C. Boscan is having a great season so far, he was 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, he’s now hitting .344 on the year.  Iowa probably could have scored more than eight runs as they pounded out sixteen hits but were 4-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound – A mixed bag for the Iowa pitching on this night, but they did just enough.  Barret Loux got the start and didn’t have it as he went four innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out four.  Esmailin Caridad was really good out of the pen and earned the win, he went two scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one.  Hisanori Takahashi was roughed up, he went 1.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out three.  Blake Parker was solid again as he earned his fourth save, he went 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Another wild one in Tennessee as the Smokies trailed 6-0 after one inning, then 9-6 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  The Smokies tied it in the ninth with three runs, then they trailed 11-9 heading to the bottom of the tenth, they tied it again with two in the tenth.  Unfortunately they couldn’t come back to tie it a fourth time and lost 12-11 in fourteen innings.  The Smokies pounded out fifteen hits in this one, drew seven walks, and made four costly errors.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with two walks, a double, one RBI, and two runs scored.  Ty Wright was 1-for-3 with two walks, a double, and three RBI’s.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-7 with his fifth home run of the season, three RBI’s and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez was 3-for-5 with two walks, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Tim Torres was 2-for-7 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.

On The Mound –  I wouldn’t say that the Smokies pitchers were bad, they just didn’t get a lot of help from their defense.  Dallas Beeler got the start and struggled a bit with his command.  Beeler went 4.2 innings giving up seven runs, four earned, on four hits while walking three and striking out four.  Brian Schlitter was first out of the pen and worked 1.1 innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits.  Kyuji Fujikawa was excellent in what was probably his last rehab outing, he went two scoreless innings giving up a single base hit.  Frank Batista was touched up, which is rare, he worked two innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one.  Zach Rosscup was brilliant late in this one, he tossed three scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out three.  Marcus Hatley took the loss in this one, he worked one inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Daytona put up plenty of fight in this one, they just can’t figure out a way to beat St. Lucie.  The D-Cubs trailed 5-3 in the eight and managed to tie things up with two in the eighth only to lose 6-5 in the ten innings.  Tim Saunders was 2-for-5 with a triple, and two runs scored.  Jorge Soler has responded from his benching in a big way, he was 3-for-4 with two doubles, his fifth home run of the season, a walk, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Dustin Geiger was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two RBI’s in the loss.

On The Mound  –  Austin Kirk has struggled his last couple times out, he worked five innings giving up nine hits while walking one and striking out four.  Eduardo Figueroa worked two scoreless innings out of the pen while striking out three.  Luis Liria took the loss as he went 2.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out three.

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At The Plate – The Cougars couldn’t get anything going at the plate in this one, and they were undone by one bad inning as Burlington scored four times in the fourth en route to a 4-0 victory.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .297 on the season.  Bijan Rademacher has been red-hot and it continued in this one as he was 2-for-2 with a walk, he’s now hitting .371 on the season and .412 in his last ten games.

On The MoundPierce Johnson only had one bad inning but it was enough for  his second loss of the season.  Johnson worked four innings giving up four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five.  Justin Amlung was really good out of the pen going two scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two.  Matt Iannazzo was solid as well going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – May 5, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

Iowa 5-5 lin game two

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At The Plate – The Cubs came awfully close to sweeping this double after two comebacks but in the end had to settle for a split.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Josh Vitters had a solid first game and a big second game going 3-for-5, he might be making the case to move ahead of Stewart on the organizational depth chart.  Brian Bogusevic just hits, he was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, that raises his average to .418 on the season.

On The Mound –  Brooks Raley was really good for Iowa going five innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four.  Casey Coleman worked a scoreless inning out of the pen giving up one hit while striking out one.  Yoanner Negrin was also solid, he went 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out three.  Hisanori Takahashi went 1.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while striking out one.  Cory Wade suffered the loss in this one as he went one inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out two.

Iowa 5-5 line

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At The Plate – The Cubs were locked in a battle into the fourth inning, that’s when they broke it open with three runs en route to a 5-2 win.  Josh Vitters, who just returned to the team a couple of days ago was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Brian Bogusevic continues to hit, he was 2-for-2 with two double, a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .414 on the season.  J.C. Boscan was 1-for-2 with two RBI’s, and a run scored in the win.

On The Mound –  Guillermo Moscoso got the start in game one and was solid, but couldn’t make it to the fifth inning to get a win.  Moscoso went four innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Esmailin Caridad, Kyuji Fujikawa, and Blake Parker all worked scoreless innings out of the pen.  Fujikawa made his first game appearance since being put on the DL with a forearm issue.  Blake Parker earned his third save of the year.

Smokies 5-5 line

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At The Plate – For the second straight game the Smokies had no answer for Braves pitching as they were shut out again in a 6-0 loss.  The Smokies aren’t just having trouble scoring, they aren’t getting any hits either.  The Smokies only had five hits in this one, all singles.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, his ninth of the season.

On The Mound –  Kyle Hendricks didn’t get any help from his defense, as he worked five innings giving up five runs, two earned, on nine hits while striking out five.  Marcus Hatley, and Zach Rosscup each worked scoreless innings out of the bullpen, both guys have been outstanding all year long.  Trey McNutt worked an inning giving up one runs on three hits.

Daytona 5-5 line

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At The Plate – Pitching at it’s finest in this one as the D-Cubs and Mets remained scoreless into the bottom of the ninth, that’s when the Mets pushed across a run for a 1-0 win.  The D-Cubs could only manage three hits all day in this one, they did draw four walks but were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.  John Andreoli, Dustin Geiger, and Ben Carhart were the only D-Cubs to record a hit, all singles.

On The MoundYeiper Castillo was brilliant once again, but unfortunately didn’t factor into the decision.  Castillo went six scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Hunter Cervenka was just as good out of the pen as he worked two scoreless innings.  Luis Liria took the loss in this one, he was very Marmol like, he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on one hit while walking three.

Kane County 5-5 line

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At The Plate – The Cougars are on a roll, today’s win marks the sixth straight victory for Kane County and brought their record back above .500 on the season.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored in the win.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-2 with two walks, a double and an RBI.  Oliver Zapata was 2-for-3 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .280 on the season.  Seven different players had at least one hit for the Cougars, and they were 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound –  Michael Heesch was outstanding going 7.1 scoreless innings giving up four hits while striking out five to earn his second win of the season.  Nathan Dorris has been great all year, and was again today, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit to earn his second save of the season.

Thanks for reading,
– George