8/27: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the start of the last week of the regular season in the minor leagues.  The Boise Hawks were off and Daytona was postponed.

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The Cubs scored three in the second and that was enough as they beat the Giants 3-1.  Ryan McNeil was outstanding pitching four scoreless, hitless innings.  he did however walk three and struck out two, his ERA now sits at 1.35.  Corbin Hoffner was equally as impressive striking out five in two scoreless innings.  After Chad Marin gave up a run, Alvido Jimenez came in and struck out two, pitching 1.1 perfect innings and getting the win.  Steve Perakslis pitched the ninth and notched his second save of the season.  Yasiel Balaguert was all the offense the Cubs needed hitting a three-run home run in the second.  Carlos Penalver, David Bote, and Dan Lockhart all had a hits a piece in the Cub win.

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Peoria beat Wisconsin again on Monday, beating them 7-3.  Starling Peralta was good on Monday starting and getting his fifth win of the year.  He pitched six innings allowing two runs on three hits, while walking two and striking out eight.  Luis Liria struck out two in two innings and Bryce Shafer pitched the final frame giving up a run and striking one out.  Jacob Rogers had another nice night at plate going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.  Bijan Rademacher had two hits of his own knocking in two on the night and Chadd Krist had a hit and an RBI as well.  Timothy Saunders and Dustin Geiger each had a hit and scored a run, with Saunders stealing his seventh base of the season. Jorge Soler had a double and scored two runs in the win.

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Tennessee scored five in the first two innings and held on to beat Mobile 5-3.  Dae-Eun Rhee started and got the win going five innings, allowing two runs, one earned on eight hits.  Zach Rosscup, Casey Weathers, and Tony Zych combined to pitch the next three innings and got the ball to Brian Schlitter who notched his fifth save of the season pitching a perfect ninth.  Jae-Hoon Ha had nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.  Junior Lake and Logan Watkins each had two hits, with Watkins scoring a run and Lake having a double.  Matt Szczur and Rubi Silva each had a hit in the Smokies win.

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Iowa scored two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough losing to Nashville 4-3.  Seth McClung started and took the loss allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings.  Esmailin Caridad, Jaye Chapman, and Marcus Hatley all pitched a hitless and scoreless inning each of baseball.  Greg Rohan ended the night 2-for-4 with a home run, his fourth since moving to Iowa.  Dave Sappelt hit his seventh homer of the season, a two run shot in the ninth.  James Adduci, Tony Campana, and Alfredo Amezaga all had a hit in the Cubs loss on Monday night.

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-Mark

 

8/23: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at August 23 minor league recap.

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Down 8-2 the AZL Cubs came storming back to not only tie the game in the ninth, but score five in the 10th to win it.  Dillon Maples started, but struggled with his control walking four and giving up four runs in just 1.2 innings.  After Loiger Padron gave up four runs over 2.1 innings the rest of the pen did a pretty good job only allowing one more run to score.  Chad Martin ended up getting the win as he struck out four in just one inning.  Justin Marra had a good night at the plate going 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs.  David Bote and Trevor Gretzky each had two hits and two RBIs a piece in the win.  Shawon Dunston had two hits and an RBI and Yasiel Balaguert drove in two runs of his own.  Ben Carhart ended the night 1-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored and Anthony Giansanti scored two and knocked on in as well.  This was a great comeback win for the Cubs.

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Boise has been scoring a lot of runs lately and Thursday was no different beating Vancouver 11-5.  Boise once again pounded out 17 hits to go along with their 11 runs.  Albert Almora was back in the lineup and he went 4-for-5, including two doubles, three runs scored, and two RBIs.  Wilson Contreras and Darien Martin each had three hits with Martin knocking in three runs and Contreras scoring three and driving in one as well.  Dan Vogelbach and Stephen Bruno each had two hits, both collecting doubles.  Rock Shoulders and Izaac Garsez both had a hit and RBI in the Hawks victory.  Hayden Simpson started and got the win as he allowed three runs on six hits in five innings, while striking out seven.  Brian Smith pitched two nice innings in relief not giving up a run and striking out two.  Tyler Bremer finished this one off for the Hawks striking out two over the last 1.1 innings.  Boise’s magic number is now at two.

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Behind Michael Jensen Peoria beat Beloit 6-1.  Jensen was stellar pitching six innings allowing only one run on two hits, while striking out four.  He is now 11-5 with a 3.47 ERA.  Justin Berg and Larry Suarez combined to pitch the final three innings, not giving up a run and striking out three.  Leadoff hitter Zeke DeVoss had a really nice game going 3-for-4 with a home run.  Pin-Chieh Chen continued to impress as he had two hits, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Jorge Soler and Chadd Krist each had a double and Soler had an RBI.  Timothy Saunders is human as he didn’t have a hit in this, but he did drive in a run and Jacob Rogers contributed to the win with a hit and a run scored.

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Robert Whitenack gave up three in the first and that was all Clearwater would need beating Daytona 3-0.  On a positive note Kyler Burke pitched three scoreless innings in relief striking out three.  Matt Iannazzo, Scott Weismann, and Jeff Lorick combined to throw the final two innings of the game.  Offensively there really is nothing to report as Daytona only had three hits.  John Andreoli, Ronald Torreyes, and Rebel Ridling were the only Cubs to have hits in the shutout loss.

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After scoring five runs over the first two innings Tennessee had to hold on in this one beating Chattanooga 5-4.  Austin Kirk started, but got a no decision as he wasn’t able to finish five innings giving up four runs in 4.2 innings.  He gave up four hits, walked five, and struck out six.  Trey McNutt pitched a perfect innings and recorded his eighth win of the season.  Brian Schlitter struck out three in two innings and Frank Batista earned his 24th save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.  At the plate Justin Bour was 2-for-4 including his 35th double and an RBIs bringing his season total to 109.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Junior Lake each had a double and drove in two runs of their own.  Rubi Silva and Michael Brenly each had a hit and a run scored in the Smokies victory.

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A two run second was enough for Oklahoma City as they hung on to beat Iowa 2-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith started and took the loss giving up two runs in five innings.  Marcus Hatley, Jeff Beliveau, and Esmailin Caridad combined to pitch the final four innings allowing only one hit and striking out five.  Offensively speaking the Cubs had only six hits and one run, but there were a couple of good performances.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 including a double and an RBI.  James Adduci also had a double in the this one and he stole his sixth base of the season.  Tony Campana, Alfredo Amezaga, and Matt Tolbert all had a hit a piece with Amezaga scoring the Cubs only run in the 2-1 loss.

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-Mark

8/20: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Monday, August 20 Cubs minor league report.  After a couple days of being rained out Daytona had a scheduled off day on Monday.

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The AZL Cubs dropped Monday night’s game to the Padres 5-1.  The good new first, Paul Blackburn started and pitched well.  He pitched four innings allowing no runs on two hits and four strike outs.  The bad news now, Rafael Dolis gave up three runs, two earned in 1.1 innings in taking the loss.  Arturo Maltos-Garcia couldn’t keep the game close allowing two runs in just .2 innings and Daniel Adrian pitched the final two innings on Monday.  The Cubs didn’t do much offensively, but there were a few bright spots.  Carlos Penalver and Yasiel Balaguert were each 2-for-4 and Penalver scored a run.  Danie Lockhart and Justin Marra each had a hit with Marra driving in the only Cubs run in the game.  David Bote and Trevor Gretzky each had a hit in the loss.  The Cubs will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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Boise got off to a great start on Monday, but gave up six runs in the last three innings to lose 8-7.  Ian Dickson started and pitched five innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits, while striking out four.  Hunter Ackerman had a tough night, giving up four runs on three hits in 2.2 innings.  Tyler Bremer was the losing pitcher in this one as he gave up two runs.  Dan Vogelbach had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a home run.  Marco Hernandez hit a home run hit his fifth home run of the season and drove in two RBIs.  Trey Martin also drove in two runs and Xavier Batista had an RBI as well.  Stephen Bruno continued his hot stretch at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Albert Almora ended the night with one hit and Wilson Contreras had a hit and an RBI.  It was not a good loss for the Hawks, but tomorrow is a new day.

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Wisconsin ambushed Joseph Zeller and the Chiefs beating Peoria 8-1.  Zeller struggled giving up seven runs, five earned on 10 hits in six innings.  Willengton Cruz and Luis Liria pitched the final two innings combining to give up one unearned run.  On the offensive side Timothy Saunders continued to rake going 2-for-4 and he is now hitting .371 since going to Peoria.  Zeke DeVoss was also had two hits, one being a double.  Bijan Rademacher was 1-for-3 driving in the lone Chiefs run of the night.  Jacob Rogers and Pin-Chieh Chen each had a hit in the loss on Monday.

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With the game tied at one, Tennessee put up four in the eighth and defeated Chattanooga 5-1.  Nicholas Struck got the start and did a real nice job pitching six strong innings.  He gave up one run on six hits, walking two, and striking out three.  After Trey McNutt pitched a scoreless seventh, Brian Schlitter cam in and got the win, pitching the final two innings of this one.  Junior Lake had a nice night offensively going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Michael Brenly also had a double and he drove in two runs of his own.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Rubi Silva each had two hits and Ha scored a run.  Logan Watkins and Justin Bour each had a hit and scored a run in the win.

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After a nice stretch for Iowa they lost to Memphis on Monday 11-3.  Ty’Relle Harris got the start, but didn’t last long giving up three runs, two earned in just four innings.  Jay Jackson gave up a run in his two innings of work before giving the ball to Michael Hatley who really struggled.  Hatley didn’t record an out, but gave up six runs on three hits and four walks.  Esmailin Caridad and Brian Esposito finished off the game for Iowa combining to pitch the last three innings.  Offensively the Cubs had a few nice performances.  Greg Rohan and James Adduci each had two hits and each had an RBI in the loss.  Alfredo Amezaga and Blake Lalli also had two hits a piece and each also scored a run.  Tony Campana and Dave Sappelt both had a hit and Matt Tolbert had an RBI in the loss.

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-Mark

8/15: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at Wednesday’s Cubs minor leagues.

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The AZL Cubs dropped Wednesday’s game to the Angels 3-1.  The Cubs got some good pitching, but it wasn’t good enough.  Duane Underwood started, but took the loss giving up two runs in two innings striking out two batters.  Rafael Dolis and Ethan Elias combined to throw four innings of no-hit scoreless baseball.  Brian Smith gave a run in his one inning of work.  The Cubs offense struggled as they only recorded two hits.  Shawon Dunston and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit a piece.  Daniel Lockhart drove in Schlecht for the Cubs lone run in this one.  It was a good pitchers duel that went in the favor of the Angels in this one.

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Boise gave up a bunch of runs losing to Salem Keizer 13-5.  Everyone was looking forward to the debut of Albert Almora and he didn’t disappoint.  In his second at bat Almora hit a solo home run, he ended the evening 2-for-5.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, a three run shot in the third innings as well.  Marco Hernandez had a hit and an RBI and Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4.  Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario each had a hit in the loss.  All the Hawks pitchers struggled in this one all giving up multiple runs.  Ian Dickson started giving up four runs on six hits in five innings, but left in line for the win.  Hunter Ackerman took the loss giving up six runs in 2.2 innings and Rafael Diplan gave up three in his 1.1 innings.

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Peoria gave up four runs in the third and could never recover losing to Burlington 5-1.  Jeffry Antigua took the loss on Wednesday, but didn’t get much help from his defense as he gave up all five runs, none earned.  The Chiefs bullpen pitched really well as Justin Berg, Bryce Shafer, and Pete Levitt went the rest of the way striking out nine and only giving up three hits.  Bijan Rademacher was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Wes Darvill had a double of his own and Zeke DeVoss had a triple.  You might be asking why we haven’t heard Jorge Soler‘s name?  Well, he sat this one out tonight, but the Peoria is hoping he will be back in the lineup tomorrow.

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Believe it or not Daytona actually played on Wednesday, a double-header against Lakeland.  PJ Francescon started, but lasted only three innings allowing two runs on three hits.  Hunter Cervenka followed and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two batters.  AJ Morris got the win pitching the final two innings.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-4, including a double and an RBI.  Elieser Bonne and Taylor Davis each drove in a run in this one.  Nelson Perez had a double in the win.  Javier Baez continued to struggle going 0-for-4 in game one.

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Daytona only gave up two hits over nine innings in game two, but lost 1-0.  Frank Del Valle started and went six strong innings giving up only one hit, while walking three and striking out four.  Eduardo Figueroa pitched well in relief, but took the loss giving up a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.  There wasn’t much happening offensively as the Cubs only had five hits in this one.  On a positive Javier Baez had one of those hits as did Christian VillanuevaJohn Andreoli, Elieser Bonne, and Vladimir Frias each had as well in the game two loss.

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Winning 2-0 going to the seventh, Tennessee gave up one in the bottom half and then three in the eighth as they lost 4-2.  Nicholas Struck started and pitched really well going six inning allowing one unearned run on five hits while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter struggled taking the loss as he gave up all the runs in the eighth.  Matt Szczur continued making adjustments as he was 1-for-4 with a double.  Justin Bour and Chad Noble each had a hit and drove in the Smokies two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Michael Burgess each had doubles of their own and Matt Cerda also got in the hit column.  Wednesday’s started off pretty good, but didn’t end the way the Smokies had hoped.

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Iowa got a great start from Chris Rusin as the Cubs won 4-0.  In getting his eighth win Rusin pitched six strong innings giving up only four hits and struck out four.  Blake Parker continues to impress in his rehab striking out three in two innings and Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless ninth.  Jeff Frazier had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double.  Nate Samson and Alfredo Amezaga each had a hit and drove a run in.  Chris Rusin not only pitched well, but he also contributed offensively going 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Two wins in a row hasn’t happened much lately for Iowa, it would be nice to see if they can have a good run here to end the season.

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-Mark

 

8/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The Cubs minor’s report for Sunday, August 12.

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The AZL Cubs took a 6-1 lead early, but lost a heartbreaker 10-8, giving up five in the seventh.  Albert Almora continued to impress going 2-for-3 with a double, one RBIs, and two runs scored.  Carlos Penalver and Alberto Mineo each had two hits with Penalver hitting a double and driving a run in.  Garrett Schlect and Trevor Gretzky each had a hit with Schlect knocking one in.  Jacob Rogers and Yasiel Balaguert also drove in a run.  Ryan McNeil started, giving up one run on two hits, while striking out two in two innings.  Jin-Young Kim struck out two and gave up two unearned runs.  After Arturo Maltos-Garcia gave up a run in his one inning the game really took a turn.  Corbin Hoffner took the loss, but didn’t get any help giving up six unearned runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar recorded the last four outs not allowing a baserunner and striking one out.  The Cubs need to be better defensively as they gave up eight unearned runs on Sunday.

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Salem Keizer scored five in the seventh and held on to beat Boise 10-9.  Justin Amlung started for the Hawks pitching the first two innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out one.  Michael Heesch gave up two runs in his two innings of work.  James Pugliese was not very good on Sunday giving up seven runs, five earned on eight hits in just 2.2 innings.  Matt Iannazzo gave the Hawks a chance getting the final seven outs not allowing a run and striking out two.  Boise had a few nice nights at the plate on Sunday.  Xavier Batista was 2-for-4 with a two home runs and five RBIs.  Wilson Contreras also got into the fun going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Marco Hernandez also had two hits and Stephen Bruno went 3-for-5.  We have come to expect great things from Dan Vogelbach, but tonight was not his night as he went 0-for-5.  Boise will look to get back on track in their next one.

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After beating Beloit yesterday Peoria dropped one today losing 6-5.  Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored, and a stolen base, his 34th of the season.  Wes Darvill had his second nice game in a row going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Dustin Geiger each had a hit and drove in a run a piece.  Our nightly Jorge Soler watch was back in effect as he went 1-for-3 with a walk.  After his outstanding outing earlier in the week Starling Peralta was back on the mound on Sunday.  He pitched six innings allowing six runs, three earned on five hits and five walks.  Pete Levitt pitched the final two innings, striking out two and not allowing a run.  Soler and the Chiefs will be back in action against the Snappers tomorrow.

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The Tennessee Smokies pitching staff was the story in this one beating Huntsville 4-0.  In his first start Yoannis Negrin pitched great throwing five innings giving up no runs on one hit and striking out four.  Zach Rosscup and Casey Weathers combined to pitch the next 2.2 innings and Frank Batista recorded his 21st save striking out two in 1.1 innings.  A big congrats to Justin Bour as he drove in two runs on one hit bring his RBI total to 100.  Junior Lake went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Logan Watkins had a nice night going 1-for-2 with three walks, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.  Matt Szczur and Jae-Hoon Ha each had a hit of their own.  We’ll see if the Smokies can keep it going.

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In a continuation from Saturday Iowa hung on to beat Las Vegas 10-8 in game one.  Greg Rohan was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.  Dave Sappelt added three hits of his own, including two doubles and a triple.  He also scored two runs and drove two in.  Blake Lalli has been getting some more playing time and has been doing quite well as he added two hits of his own, including a home run and two RBIs.  Jeff Frazier and Brian Esposito each had two hits with Frazier knocking in three.  The Cubs had to use a lot of pitchers in this one as Casey Coleman had to leave early and the game was called when winning pitcher Esmailin Caridad was on the mound when the game was called Saturday.  Blake Parker, Marcus Hatley and Jay Jackson combined to pitch the next 3.2 innings before giving the ball to Jairo Asencio.  Asencio closed out game one recording his second save.

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Iowa dropped game two to Las Vegas losing 3-2 in a seven inning game.  Frankie De La Cruz started and took the loss giving up all three runs on five hits in five innings.  He also struck out seven and walked four.  In his return to Iowa Scott Maine pitched the final inning of this one.  Alfredo Amezaga was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Blake Lalli and Diory Hernandez each had two hits of their own in game two.  Greg Rohan added a hit and knocked in a run, his 13th since being in Iowa.  It’s good to see Iowa get the split in this one.

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-Mark

 

8/5: Around the Minor League System

Here is the minor league recap for August 5, 2012.

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In an up and down game the AZL Cubs wound up on the losing end dropping Sunday’s game 8-6.  In his first start Duane Underwood struggled big time giving up four runs, three earned in just .1 innings and just like that the Cubs were down 4-0.  Over the next three innings the Cubs offense would come to life scoring six runs.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers and David Bote had a hit and each drove two runs as well.  Top prospect Albert Almora was 1-for-5 and Carlos Penalver drove a run home.  Leading 6-4 the Cubs turned it over the bullpen and after Brian Smith calmed things down, Ethan Elias really struggled giving up four runs over three innings.  Steve Perakslis and Chad Martin combined to pitch the last three innings holding the Giants scorelss.  After being down early and then taking the lead it is definitely tough to not come out on top of this one.

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Just when it looked like Boise was going to cruise to an easy win a five run seventh happened to tie the game at nine.  Luckily for Boise Daniel Vogelbach wasn’t going to let this one slip away as he connected for a game winning home run in the top of the 11th.  Lance Rymel had qutie the night on Sunday going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.  Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez each had three hits with Martin driving in two runs.  Izaac Garsez had his best game yet, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wilson Contreras had two hits and scored three runs and Stephen Bruno added a hit and two RBIs.  Ian Dickson started and took a no decision as he gave up three runs on three hits in five innings.  Hunter Ackerman and Rafael Diplan did not have there best days combining to giving up six runs, five earned in just two innings.  Su-Min Jung recorded his first win of the season and Eduardo Orozco closed it out earning his second save.  Wow, was it a crazy game on Sunday, luckily for us the Hawks took the W.

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Clinton scored two in the eighth to defeat Peoria 3-2.  Michael Jensen started and pitched well allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four in five innings pitched.  Sheldon McDonald pick up right were he left off striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Austin Reed, however was not very good on Sunday giving up two runs in two innings and taking the loss.  Not much happening on the offensive side as the Chiefs only had five hits.  With the promotion of Javier Baez, Timothy Saunders was sent to Peoria and he ended the game 1-for-4 with a double.  Yanel Cabezas had a double as well as an RBI.  Wes Darvill, Sergio Burruel, and Oliver Zapata all had one hit a piece in the loss.

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Daytona dropped another one Dunedin on Sunday losing 4-2.  Christian Villanueva was the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 in the loss.  Rubi Silva had a hit and drove in John Andreoli who also had a run scored.  Rebel Ridling, Rafael Lopez, and Micah Gibbs all had one hit, with Ridling scoring a run.  PJ Francescon started and gave up two runs in two innings, striking out four.  Frank Del Valle also gave up two runs, but did strike out five in his four innings of relief.  Ryan Searl thew the last two innings not allowing a run and striking one out.  Javier Baez struggled again in his second game with Daytona going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.  It is not the way wanted to start and it is not the way Daytona wanted things to go this weekend.

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After being up early, Tennessee tied it in the seventh, only to lose it in the bottom of the ninth 5-4.  Jutin Bour had a nice game going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, bringing his season total to 92.  Nelson Perez added two hits including his fifth home run of the season and Matt Cerda also had two hits on the evening.  Logan Watkins and Nate Samson each had a hit and Watkins scored a run and stole his 21st base of the season.  Eric Jokisch started, but did not factor in the decision pitching five innings and giving up three runs, while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter took the loss giving up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

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Iowa gave up one in each the eighth and the ninth to lose to Reno 2-1.  The bright spot on Sunday was Casey Coleman.  He pitched outstanding going six innings allowing no runs on two hits and striking out eight.  Jay Jackson pitched a scoreless seventh striking out one batter.  Marcus Hatley and Esmailin Caridad each gave up a run and Caridad took the loss.  Well it happened to Iowa again on Sunday, this time losing Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters to the big club.  Diory Hernandez was 1-for-3 with the Cubs only RBI.  Greg Rohan stayed hot going 1-for-4 in the loss.  There isn’t much exciting happening in Iowa right now and with the departures of Jackson, Vitters, Welington Castillo, and Adrian Cardenas thing probably will continue to be a struggle.

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-Mark

Minor League Monthly: July 2012

Here is a recap for the month of July for the Cubs minor league system.  There are a lot of players who had a good July, but I limited it to a player of the month/pitcher of the month at each level.

AZL Cubs:  21-10 (1st place)
July Record:  14-8
The Cubs had a pretty good month of July to go along with a great start to the season and they are in first place as of today.  There were a lot of exciting things happening in Mesa, mainly the debut’s of both Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.  There were other exciting debut’s as pitchers Dillon Maples and 2012 draftees Paul Blackburn (56 overall) and Ryan McNeil (3rd round) started there professional careers.  Finally Daniel Vogelbach just crushed the ball before being promoted to Boise.  He left the Cubs hitting .324 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, and 31 RBIs.

Player of the Month:  Ben Carhart
The 22-year old third baseman was drafted in the 35th round of this years draft out of Stetson University.  This month he hit a robust .400.  with one home run, six doubles, 14 runs scored, and 12 RBIs.  He slugged .550 and had an OBP of .486 bringing his OPS to 1.036.

Pitcher of the Month:  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino
In his first year in the organization, the 21 year-old pitcher has been very good.  This month Martinez-Pulmarino was 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA.  He pitched 15.2 innings in six games, all but one out of the bullpen.  He struck out 14, allowed only five hits and walked four in July.

Boise Hawks:  5-2 (1st place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Boise was off to a really rough start, but have been hot of late winning six out of their last eight and four in a row.  Luckily for them the second half has just started, so as far as the second half goes they are off to a nice start.

Player of the Month:  Gioskar Amaya
At only 19-years old the infielder has impressed with the bat thus far at Boise and July was no different.  He hit .330 with four home runs, four triples, and three doubles.  Amaya knocked in 13 and scored an impressive 24 runs while stealing six bags.  He had an OBP of .407 and slugged .567 brining his OPS to .974.

Pitcher of the Month:  Tayler Scott
The 20-year old starting pitcher had quite a nice July.  He started six games and went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA.  In his 30 innings pitched he gave up 21 hits, walked 14, and struck out 20.  Scott was drafted last year in the fifth round out of Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale, AR.

Peoria Chiefs:  15-22 (7th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
July was not the best of months for the Chiefs and they will have some work to do to get back in the playoff picture.  Catcher Chadd Krist came up from Boise and has continued to hit and Pin-Chieh Chen has been on quite a tear over the last couple weeks.  Peoria will look to have a good August and make up a lot of ground in hopes to get back in the race.

Player of the Month:  Javier Baez
Wow did the 2011 first round pick have a great month.  The 19-year old shortstop hit .368 with with seven home runs, three triples, and six doubles.  Baez drove in 20 runs, scored 21, and stole eight bags.  His OPS for the month was 1.076 as he slugged an impressive .679 and had an OBP of .397.  It was quite the month for the highly touted Cubs prospect.

Pitcher of the Month:  Joseph Zeller
Zeller, 24 pitched well in July going 2-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six appearances, five starts.  He pitched 32.2 innings giving up 32 hits, walking seven, and striking out 14.  He isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher and he gave up a hit an inning, but it is impressive to see the ERA as low as it was in the month.

Daytona Cubs:  18-21 (5th place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Daytona didn’t have their best month, but there were some highlights to go along with the disappointing record.  Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee after Jae-Hoon Ha was injured.  Szczur had been one of Daytona’s most consistent performers throughout the year and it will take some adjustments for them to get back on track without him.  The Cubs will have to make up a lot of ground in August as they sit six games back going into today.

Player of the Month:  Ronald Torreyes
At only 19-years old the second baseman is starting to really hit.  After a disappointing first couple months Torreyes had a very good June and followed it with a nice July.  He hit .333 with one home run, two triples, and seven doubles.  He also drove in 18, scored 16, and stole seven bases.  Torreyes was brought over in the Sean Marshall deal.

Pitcher of the Month:  Matt Loosen
Loosen went 4-1 in six starts in July.  He had an ERA of 3.08 throwing 38 innings, giving up 26 hits, walking 13, and striking out 35.

Tennessee Smokies:  17-20 (4th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
A sub .500 record in July wasn’t what the Smokies were looking for as they currently are 5.5 games behind the division leader.  The month was highlighted when Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee.  The reason he was promoted was because of an unfortunate accident when Jae-Hoon Ha got a concussion.  The Smokies need to got hot in order to make a run at the division.

Player of the Month:  Justin Bour
The 24-year old first baseman has had a good season and July was no different.  He hit .337 with four home run and eight double.  Bour drove in an impressive 25 runs which brings him to 84 on the season.  He slugged .529 and had an OBP of .381 with an OBP of .909.  It will be fun to watch Bour’s pursuit of 100 RBIs.

Pitcher of the Month:  Eric Jokisch
Jokisch, 23 was 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in five July starts.  In 28 innings pitched he struck out 2o, walked eight, and surrendered 21 hits.  We all know the Cubs system is light on arms, but Jokisch has had a pretty good season up to this point.

Iowa Cubs:  42-69 (Last place)
July Record:  8-20
Things don’t get much worse than an 8-20 month, but maybe it is when August is starting and you are 24 games back.  It was going to be tough when Rizzo was brought up, but I don’t think anyone was expecting a month like this.  There weren’t too many bright spots, but there were some.  Josh Vitters had a good month, not great, but good.  James Adduci came up from Tennessee and did well in the 18 games he played in compiling and OPS of .999.  All Iowa can hope for now is to end the season on a high note.

Player of the Month:  Dave Sappelt
The 25-year old outfielder had his best month since coming over from Reds.  Sappelt hit .317 in July hitting one home run, one triple, and eight doubles.  He scored 16 runs and drove in 12 while stealing eight bases.  He got on base at a .368 clip and slugged .442.  It was nice to see Sappelt have a good month and my guess is we will see him in Chicago at some point this season.

Pitcher of the Month:  Esmailin Caridad
I bet you didn’t expect to hear that name again, but he had quite an impressive month.  In 18.2 innings Caridad gave up 14 hits, walked 7, and struck out 22 as his ERA stands at 0.92 for the month of July.  if Caridad can continue we might see him again in big leagues.

It wasn’t the best month for the Cubs farm system, but there were some good things as well as some really exciting things.  There were a lot of hitters and pitchers who could have been included and narrowing it down to only one per level was tough.  Hope you like it.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark