Minor Matters – April 13, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate Logan Watkins showed off his tremendous skill set once again last night.  Watkins was 1-for-3 with two walks, a home runs, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Watkins now had ten walks in ten games so far this season.  Darwin Barney made his first rehab start and looked decent at the plate going 1-for-4 with a run scored, and two strikeouts.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with an RBI, J.C. Boscan also went 2-for-4 in the loss, he had an RBI and a run scored as well.

On The MoundBarret Loux got the start and was much better this time out.  Loux went five innings giving up one run on six hits while walking two and striking out five to earn his first win of the season.  Yoanner Negrin has been outstanding once again as he went three innings only allowing two hits while striking out eight, eight!  Blake Parker tossed a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Smokies jumped out to an 8-1 lead and just barely held on for an 8-6 victory.  Ronald Torreyes made his return to the lineup, his first appearance of 2013 and was solid going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored from the lead-off spot.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI’s and two runs scored.  Rubi Silva also had a breakout game going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .320 on the year.  Justin Bour only had one hit, but was productive, he finished the day 1-for-4 with three RBI’s.

On The Mound – The Smokies were good, and not so good late.  Kyle Hendricks got the start and the win, he went six innings giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking three and striking out one.  A.J. Morris struggled out of the pen going 1.1 innings giving up five runs on three hits while walking two hits while striking out one.  Frank Batista settled things down to earn the save, he went 1.2 innings giving up no runs on one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs fell behind early and just couldn’t generate enough offense to get back into this one.  Javier Baez is starting to show signs of breaking out as he was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored.  John Andreoli was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, he’s now hitting .364 on the season.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  Dustin Geiger was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s in the loss.

On The Mound – A rare bad outing from P.J. Francescon, he got the loss going five innings giving up six runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out five.  Eduardo  Figueroa didn’t get much help from his defense as he worked three innings giving up three runs, all unearned, on two hits while walking four and striking out none.

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At The Plate – The Cougars built a 4-0 lead by the top of the third, by the bottom of the fourth it was gone.  The Cougars mounted a late comeback, but they ran out of time in game one.  Daniel Vogelbach continued his hot start to the season going 1-for-2 with two walks, his first home run, an RBI and two runs scored.  Rock Shoulders is even hotter at the plate right now going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .455 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario finally had a solid game going 1-for-2 with two walks, a double, and a run scored.

On The MoundIan Dickson hasn’t had the best start to the 2013 season, that continued in this one.  Dickson went five innings giving up seven runs on eights hits while walking none and striking out three.  Brian Smith tossed a scoreless inning in relief only giving up one hit.

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At The Plate – It took eleven innings but the Cougars were able to split the double-header with the Timer Rattlers.  Jeimer Candelario had a solid second game as well going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.  Willson Contreras was great coming off the bench and ended up with the game winning home run, he was 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Wes Darvill was 2-for-4 with a caught stealing, and an error, so a good and bad day for him.

On The MoundFelix Pena was outstanding in this one going six innings giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking one and striking out three.  Justin Amlung, who has been roughed up in the early going had an outstanding outing yesterday.  Amlung went four scoreless innings out of the pen giving up only two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Eduardo Orozco earned his first save of the season tossing a scoreless inning giving up one hit and striking out one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 9, 2013

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At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs are scuffling, with the latest loss they fall to 0-6 on the season.  Brett Jackson had a solid game going 2-for-4 with a triple, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .280 on the season.  Darnell McDonald was 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Ty Wright was 2-for-4 with two singles in the loss.

On The MoundChris Rusin was roughed up early then settled in but couldn’t escape the loss.  Rusin went six innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out two.  Zach Putnam and Rafael Dolis both tossed scoreless innings out of the bullpen in the loss.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs spent the whole night fighting back, but in the end couldn’t catch the Threshers.  Zeke DeVoss showed some power from the lead-off spot going 1-for-5 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-5 with a triple, and a run scored.  Jorge Soler continues his torrid start to the season going 2-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI.  The D-Cubs made four errors, that most definitely cost them in this one.

On The MoundZach Cates made the start and as I just mentioned didn’t get much help from the guys behind him.  Cates went 3.2 innings giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits while walking none and striking out seven.  Eduardo Figueroa went 2.2 innings out of the pen giving up two runs on one hits while walking two and striking out three.  Sheldon McDonald was solid going 2.2 innings giving up no runs on two hits while walking two and striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Cougars smacked the ball all over the place in this one as  six different guys had multi-hit games.  Daniel Vogelbach was 3-for-5 bring his season average up to .310, all three hits were singles.  Rock Shoulders might be the hottest hitter in the Cubs system, he went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .480 (12-for-25) on the season.  Gioskar Amaya, Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, and Bijan Rademacher all had two hits.

On The MoundPierce Johnson had a rough start to this one as he gave up two runs in the first as he struggled with command, but he found it quickly.  Johnson went five innings giving up two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four.  Jeffry Antigua was solid out of the pen going three innings giving up one run on four hits while walking none and striking out one.  Eduardo Orozco had some tough luck in blowing the save, but ended up getting the win.  Orozco gave up two runs, both unearned on NO hits, and one walk in one inning.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 7, 2013

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At The Plate – Not a whole lot going on for the Iowa Cubs in their fourth straight loss to start the season.  They could only manage three runs on four hits as they were swept by the Isotopes.  Ryan Sweeney had his second straight solid game going 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and RBI, and a run scored.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-4 with a runs scored, the I-Cubs were o-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound – 2012 minor league pitcher of the year Nick Struck got the start, and also the loss in this one.  Struck went five innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out one.  Casey Coleman worked two innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Jensen Lewis also gave up a run in an inning of work on two hits.

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At The Plate – The Smokies staged a late comeback that came up one run short.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-4 from the lead-off spot with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .368 on the season.  Justin Bour was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored, he is now hitting .389 on the season.

On The Mound Kyle Hendricks got the start, and had a rough go of it.  Hendrick went five innings giving up five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five, he took the loss.  Tony Zych (1.2 innings) and A.J. Morris (1.1 innings) each had scoreless appearances out of the bullpen.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs are finding a grove right now, they are winning convincingly, and now have won three straight.  It was the Jorge Soler show again as he went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two RBI’s, and two runs scored, he is now hitting .438 on the season.  Stephen Bruno continued his hot start to the season going 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .385 on the season.  John Andreoli tops them all however as he went 2-for-3 with two walks, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting a robust .467 on the season.

On The MoundP.J. Francescon was outstanding this afternoon, he went five scoreless innings, he gave up only one hit while walking one and striking out six.  Yeiper Castillo (2.0 innings), Luis Liria (1.0 inning), and Austin Reed (1.0 inning) all had scoreless appearances to close this one out.

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At The Plate – Pitchers duel in this one, only thirteen combined hits in thirteen innings as Kane County dropped their fourth straight.  Oliver Zapata had another solid game going 2-for-5 with a walk and a caught stealing, he’s now hitting .357 on the season.  Rock Shoulders continues his torrid start going 2-for-3, he’s now hitting .471 on the season.  Willson Contreras was 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI in the loss.

On The MoundMichael Heesch was outstanding this afternoon, he went 6.1 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out five.  Felix Pena was just as solid out of the pen going 5.2 scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out five.  Eduardo Orozco got the loss as he gave up two runs in his inning of work on two hits while walking one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 4, 2013

Welcome to Minor Matters, here’s a quick introduction…  You want to know how the Cubs’ minor league teams did?  Then this is the post you want to read, it will be a daily post and will recap EVERY minor league game that day.  Usually this post will be published the night of the games, sometimes, especially once Boise starts, the post might not appear until the next morning.  Enjoy!.

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At The Plate – Iowa pounded out eleven hits on the night, but could only push across three runs in the defeat.  Brian Bogusevic led the way going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, all three hits were singles.  Ty Wright went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and J.C. Boscan also went 2-for-4.  All eleven Cubs hits were singles.

On The Mound – It was a rough start for Chris Rusin as he gave up three in the first but he settled down to make it through five innings.  Rusin gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  Jensen Lewis got lit up and was slapped with the loss as he gave up five runs, three earned (defense was an issue) on four hits in a third of an inning.  Zach Putnam didn’t fair much better has he gave up two runs all earned on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.  Both Casey Coleman and Rafael Dolis had scoreless appearances.

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At The Plate – The top of the order for the Smokies was outstanding, unfortunately there wasn’t much after that.  Matt Szczur was tremendous in the lead-off spot going 3-for-4 with a run scored, all three hits were singles.  Number two hitter Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a home run, and three RBI’s.  Johermyn Chavez was the only other Smokies player to record a hit, a single.

On The MoundDallas Beeler got knocked around in his first start of 2013, but had decent command.  Beeler worked 5.1 innings, he gave up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five.  A.J. Morris tossed 1.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Tony Zych couldn’t keep it close late as he gave up two runs (both unearned) in his one inning of work while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Kane County couldn’t really get anything going at the plate as they were only able to register five hits in the loss.  Dan Vogelbach has a solid night going 2-for-4 with two singles.  Jemier Candelario and Willson Contreras each had one hit, and Rock Shoulders was 1-for-4 with a run scored, a home run, and two RBI’s.

On The MoundPierce Johnson got the start and got beat up.  Johnson gave up five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five in 2.1 innings.  Justin Amlung worked 2.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out two.  Brian Smith tossed two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out four.  Steve Perakslis and Eduardo Orozco each had a scoreless appearance.

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At The Plate – A quiet night at the plate for the D-Cubs as they could only manage three runs on six hits, but they did walk five times which is a plus.  Jorge Soler got his first full professional season off to a great start going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.  Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored out of the lead-off spot.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-4 with a run scored, and an RBI double.  Stephen Bruno was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI double.  Javier Baez rounded out the scoring with a sac-fly, he finished the night 0-for-3.

On The MoundBen Wells was knocked around early but managed to battle his way through four innings.  Wells gave up two runs on seven hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out four to earn a no decision.  Sheldon McDonald was hung with the loss as he went 2.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three.  Eduardo Figueroa was solid out of the pen giving up no runs on two hits while striking out two in 2.1 innings of work.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Felix Pena Pitches Boise Into The Championship Series!

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Boise beat Yakima on Wednesday night 3-2 in a thrilling winner take all game three.  Felix Pena was the story in this one pitching seven scoreless innings allowing five hits and striking out two.  The Hawks got the scoring started as they scored three in the third inning.  Wilson Contreras started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Trey Martin followed with a single and runners were on at the corners with Gioskar Amaya at the plate.  Contreras scored the first Boise run on a wild pitch and after an Amaya walk, Stephen Bruno flew out for the first out of the inning.  Jeimer Candelario walked to load the bases for Dan Vogelbach who hit a towering fly ball to left.  It appeared the left fielder Michael Lang was under it, but he lost it in the lights and the ball fell for a single driving in two more runs.  Marco Hernandez grounded into a double play and the third inning ended with Boise up 3-0.  Felix Pena continued throwing up zeros and the game went to the bottom of the eighth with the Hawks leading 3-0.  Brian Smith relieved Pena and got in trouble right away giving up a single to the first batter and walking the second.  The next batter hit a slow ground ball to Gioskar Amaya who attempted to get the force out at second base, but threw it away and the Bears now had one run in and runners on second and third.  Yakima added a run and moved the tying run to third base after a ground out to Amaya.  Eduardo Orozco relieved Smith and got a big strike out for the second out of the inning.  With the tying run on third base Jacob House hit a ball up the middle that Gioskar Amaya made a diving stop on and threw House out from his knees for the third out of the eighth.  Boise threatened in the ninth, but came up empty and it was onto the bottom half with Boise up 3-2.  Orozco stayed in the game and quickly got the first out via the strikeout.  The next batter grounded out to Amaya and Boise was now one out away from the series.  The last chance for Yakima, the speedy Michael Lang hit a slow roller to shortstop Marco Hernandez who came up with a great play to give Boise the win and NWL East Division Championship.  Orozco was great in relief recording the last five outs, notching his first save of the postseason and giving Felix Pena the win.  Albert Almora had another hit on Wednesday, bringing his average to .417 in the three game series.  Boise will travel to Vancouver to play game one on Thursday night, with game two and game three if necessary to be held in Boise on Saturday and Sunday.

Graphics by George and thanks for reading,
-Mark

8/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A quick recap of the Cubs minor leagues on Friday, August 31.  Peoria was cancelled due to rain and both Iowa and the AZL Cubs seasons are in the books.

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The Boise Hawks had a few rough innings and lost this one 6-4.  Felix Pena pitched five really good innings giving up no runs on four hits with three strikeouts.  Hayden Simpson struggled and took the loss giving up six runs on six hits in two innings.  Eduardo Orozco pitched well in his two innings allowing no runs on one hit and striking out four.  Jeimer Candelario had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.  Stephen Bruno and Gioskar Amaya each had two hits, with Amaya scoring two runs.  Dan Vogelbach and Wilson Contreras each a had a hit in the loss and Rock Shoulders was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Marco Hernandez delivered a pinch-hit RBI single.

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Daytona got down early, but Rebel Ridling and the bullpen sparked a 4-3 win.  Ridling was awesome on Friday tying the game in the seventh and winning it with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.  He ended the night 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two RBIs.  Vladimir Frias also had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Nelson Perez had two hits, including a double and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez and Christian Villanueva each had a hit in the win.  Kyler Burke got the start for the Cubs, he lasted four innings giving up three runs on six hits.  Matt Iannazzo pitched the next three innings allowing only one hit and striking out two.  Scott Weismann got the win as he threw the final two scoreless innings.  It was a nice win for the Cubs as the season is coming to a close.

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Tennessee continued to roll on Friday beating Pensacola 5-0.  Chris Rusin started, but only lasted three innings not allowing a hit and striking out one.  Nicholas Struck pitched the next 5.2 and got the win as he gave up only one hit and struck out six.  Rubi Silva had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Matt Szczur had two hits in the win and scored a run.  Junior Lake and Justin Bour each had a hit and combined to score three runs.  Anthony Recker and Matt Cerda each had a hit and Jae-Hoon Ha had an RBI in the win.  It has been fun following Tennessee the past few weeks as they have been playing some really good baseball, unfortunately it was a little late as they have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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The Iowa Cubs were supposed to play a series against New Orleans, but because of Hurricane Isaac the series has been cancelled and their season has come to an end.

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.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark