Minor Matters – May 13, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Nice comeback win for the Cubs as they trailed for most of the game and really couldn’t generate any offense.  They only needed one inning to get the job done as they scored six times in the sixth en route to a 6-4 win.  One small note, that was big in this game was the Cubs turned five double plays, FIVE, that’s hard to do.  Josh Vitters was 1-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored in the victory.  Brad Nelson was 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .278 on the season.  Donnie Murphy had a big game going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, three RBI’s, a double, and a run scored.

On The Mound – The Cubs gave up twelve hits in this one but held the Aces (get it?) to only four runs thanks in large part to those five double plays I mentioned.  Nick Struck got the start and battled to earn his first win of the season while not having his best stuff.  Struck went six innings giving up four runs on eleven hits while walking one and striking out four.  Esmailin Caridad worked two scoreless innings out of the pen giving up one hit while walking one.  Zach Putnam was solid as well, he worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.

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At The Plate – What a thrilling win for the Smokies as they trailed 4-2 heading to the ninth where they scored four times to take a 6-4 lead, and get the victory.  Matt Szczur came into this year with a lot to prove, and so far he’s proving an awful lot.  He was 2-for-5 with a double, his thirteenth stolen base of the year, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .291 on the season.  Rafael Lopez has been on fire of late, he was 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Tim Torres was 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the victory.  Anthony Giansanti who was recently promoted from Daytona was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The MoundDallas Beeler got the start and had another solid outing, Beeler went six innings giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits while walking two and striking out three.  Tony Zych walked a fine line in his inning of work giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while walking two and striking out one.  Trey McNutt struggled a bit with command, but was also overpowering in his inning of work, he walked two and struck out three to earn his second win of the season.  Kevin Rhoderick had one of his best outings of the year to nail down his first save; he worked a scoreless ninth while striking out two.

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At The Plate – Daytona had nothing going in this one, and really I can’t blame them as they haven’t seen game action for five days.  The D-Cubs could only manage five hits in the shutout loss, the Stone Crabs tried to help them as much as possible with three errors but Daytona couldn’t take advantage as they were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.  Only three guys were able to record hits in this one, Zeke DeVoss went 2-for-4, Ben Carhart went 2-for-4, and Chadd Krist went 1-for-3, all singles.

On The Mound – The Daytona pitching was good enough to win in this one, but had to work around some trouble, they got a lot of help from their defense as the D-Cubs turned four double plays, and ahad two outfield assists.  Zach Cates got the start and took his fourth loss of the season, he worked six innings giving up three runs on eleven hits while walking one and striking out three.  Frank Del Valle was his usual solid self, tossing a scoreless inning while striking out two.  Luis Liria worked a scoreless inning as well, giving up one hit while walking one and striking out two.  David Cales worked a scoreless ninth inning to keep Daytona close.

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At The Plate – The Cougars couldn’t get anything going all day long, and when they did threaten they couldn’t come through as they were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4 with his fourth stolen base of the season.  Dan Vogelbach continues to hit as he was 2-for-4, he is now hitting .295 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-4 with his tenth double of the season in the loss.

On The Mound Pierce Johnson was solid once again in this one; unfortunately he was hung with the loss which drops his record to 1-3 on the season.  Johnson went six innings giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking one and striking out six.  Jeffry Antigua was just about perfect out of the pen as he worked two scoreless innings while striking out five.

The Cubs Venezuelan Summer League opened yesterday, things didn’t go so well.  The VSL Cubs lost 22-11 to the VSL Rays, you can view the box score here.

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Minor Matters – May 6, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs are playing much better baseball of late and they are being rewarded with wins.  Brian Bogusevic just hits, that’s all, he was 1-for-2 with two walks, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Josh Vitters was 1-for-4 with his second home run in as many days, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with two singles in the win.  Edwin Maysonet was 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, a double, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The MoundMatt Garza made his first appearance with Iowa in his rehab tour of the minor leagues tonight.  Garza was solid tonight, working 3.1 innings giving up four runs while striking out three, and emerging healthy.  Cory Wade worked two-thirds of an inning giving up a hit while striking out two.  Chris Rusin was tremendous out of the pen to get the win, he worked five scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out two.

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At The Plate –  Daytona seems to be in a funk at the plate as of late, they were only able to score twice on six hits tonight.  John Andreoli hasn’t missed a beat however as he was 2-for-4 with a double, and his tenth stolen base of the seaoson.  Jorge Soler had a big night going 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.

On The MoundZach Cates was knocked around quite a bit this one as he worked four innings giving up six runs on eleven hits while walking one and striking out two.  Frank Del Valle was great out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three.  Austin Reed was just as good going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Kane County’s six game winning streak came to an end tonight, but not without some fight from the Cougars.  After falling behind 11-1 the Cougars scored seven times over the final five innings to make it a game but fell just short.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.  Bijan Rademacher has been out of his mind lately, he was 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in the loss.

On The Mound – Some good and some bad for the Cougars in this one.  Lendy Castillo got the start and the loss as he went four innings giving up eight runs, six earned, on eight hits while walking one and striking out two.  Jeffry Antigua wasn’t much better as he worked an inning giving up three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out one.  Now the good, Eddie Orozco went two scoreless, hit-less innings while striking out two.  Brian Smith worked a scoreless inning as well giving up two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Bijan Rademacher not only had three hits in this one, he also pitched a scoreless inning, ah, minor league baseball with loads of double-headers.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 30, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Iowa jumped on Round Rock early in this one taking a 6-0 lead by the fourth inning en route to cruising to a 7-2 victory.  Brent Lillibridge was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Brian Bogusevic continues to have a great 2013 as he went 3-for-4 with two double, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .420 on the season.  Brad Nelson had another big day going 2-for-2 with two walks, a home run, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Edwin Maysonet was 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.

On The MoundGuillermo Moscoso made his first start for Iowa this season and it was successful.  Moscoso went five innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out six.  Yoanner Negrin was solid out of the pen going two innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out three.  Casey Coleman, and Rafael Dolis each had a scoreless appearance out of the pen to shut the door on this one.

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At The Plate – Monster effort from the Cougars at the plate tonight and they needed every bit of it.  The Cougars pounded out nineteen hits, and thirteen runs, including nine over the final three innings en route to a 13-9 win.  Pin-Chieh Chen got things started out of the lead-off spot going 4-for-6 with a double, three RBI’s and one run scored.  Daniel Vogelbach continues to mash the ball of late as he homered for the third straight game and finished the night 4-for-6 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  Rock Shoulders continues to hit as well going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, am RBI, and three runs scored, he’s hitting .370 on the season.  Willson Contreras was 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Yaniel Cabezas was 3-for-6 with two RBI’s in the win, the Cougars were an amazing 8-for-22 with RISP, they could have scored even more runs in this one.

On The MoundLendy Castillo got the start and was beat up right out of the gate as he was only able to go four innings giving up seven runs on ten hits while walking one and striking out one.  The bullpen did a tremendous job in this one given how it started.  Justin Amlung went three innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Nathan Dorris was fantastic going two innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while striking out four to earn his first save of the season.

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At The Plate – Busy night for the Cubs on offense as they pounded out nine hits and scored eleven runs to rout Palm Beach.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored out of the lead-off spot.  Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-5 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he also made his twelfth error of the season.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .300 on the season.

On The MoundZach Cates was about as good as you can get, he went six scoreless and hit-less innings while walking three and striking out seven to earn his third win of the season.  David Cales worked a scoreless inning in relief giving up two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Starling Peralta struggles going 1.2 innings giving up four runs on two hits while walking two and striking out two.  Frank Del Valle closed the door getting the final out of the game but did give up a hit and a walk before doing so.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 28, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Offensive explosion from the Cubs in this one as they pounded out thirteen hits, four of those being home runs, and scored ten runs in defeating Omaha 10-6.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-6 with a triple, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-3 but blasted his first home run of the season, he also walked, had three RBI’s and a run scored.  Brent Lillibridge continues to be king of AAA, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Brian Bogusevic was just as good as he went 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Ryan Sweeney hit his sixth home run of the season, he ended the day 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s and a run scored.

On The Mound – Some good, some okay from the Cubs on this day, but they didn’t need much with that kind of offense backing them.  Brooks Raley got the start and his third win of the season going six innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out one.  Hisanori Takahashi, and Zach Putnam each worked a scoreless inning in relief. Rafael Dolis worked one inning giving up two runs on two hits while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Plenty of offense to go around in this one for Daytona as they scored seven times on eleven hits to down the Cardinals 7-4.  Timothy Saunders was 2-for-5 with an RBI, two stolen bases, and two runs scored.  Javier Baez is locked in right now, he went 2-for-4 with a home runs, two RBI’s and a run scored, he’s now hitting .263 on the season.  Dustin Geiger had a rather patient day at the plate going 1-for-1 with three walks.  Ben Carhart has been on fire of late, he went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s in the victory.

On The Mound –  P.J. Francescon had a solid outing on Sunday and earned his second win of the season.  Francescon worked six innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five.  Austin Reed finally had a scoreless outing, he working one inning giving up on hit while walking one and striking out two.  Frank Del Valle was finally touched up a bit, he worked two innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three, his ERA now sits at 2.53 on the season.

NOTES:  The weather continues to suck, both Kane County and Tennessee were postponed due to inclement weather.  On the bright side that means there are SIX games scheduled today, hopefully they all get in.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 23, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Not a lot going on for the Cubs in this one as they could only manage one run on four hits in the loss.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-2 with, yes you guessed it, two walks, and a caught stealing.  Ryan Sweeney was 1-for-4, while Brian Bogusevic was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  Brad Nelson was 1-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.

On The MoundNick Struck was solid in this one, but was still hung with the loss as he fell to 0-2 on the season.  Struck went six innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking two.  Casey Coleman tossed a scoreless inning out of the pen and he also struck out the side.  Yoanner Negrin had his second straight rough outing as he gave up two runs on three hits in one inning of work.

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At The Plate – Really tough loss for the Smokies in this one as they let a 3-1 lead get away in the ninth.  Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.  Johermyn Chavez was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.  Jonathan Mota was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI’s, a double, and a run scored.  Matt Szczur and Arismendy Alcantara continue to tear up the base paths as Szcur stole base number seven,  and Alcantara registered his eleventh stolen base already.

On The MoundKyle Hendricks was down right nasty, unfortunately he had to settle for a no decision.  Hendricks went seven innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out nine.    Zach Rosscup had another solid outing out of the pen tossing a scoreless inning while giving up on hit and striking out three.  Trey McNutt didn’t have his command and it came back to haunt him in this one, he worked the ninth and gave up three runs on three hits while walking two to get a blown save and the loss.

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At The Plate – A powerless night for Daytona as they could only manage four hits while being shut out.  Ben Carhart had a solid game going 2-for-3 with a double.  Zeke DeVoss and John Andreoli added singles and that was it.  Daytona walked only once, and it was Javier Baez go figure, and struck out ten times.

On The MoundP.J. Francescon had an encouraging outing as he had been roughed up as of late.  He worked five inning giving up one run on five hits while walking two and striking out four, he got the loss.  Yao-Lin Wang struggled out of the pen as he went 1.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out one.  Frank Del Valle was outstanding again going 1.2 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out four.

Guess what?  Yep, you’re right, Kane County was rained out.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 19, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – The Cubs didn’t do much at the plate in this one, but didn’t need to, as the two runs they got in the first were plenty on their way to a 5-o victory.  Logan Watkins had a solid day at the top of the lineup going 2-for-5 with a run scored.  Ian Stewart, who is trying to make his way back to the big club was 0-for-2 but did draw two walks and scored a run.  Brian Bogusevic was 1-for-2 with two walks, a double and a run scored in the win.

On The Mound – Barret Loux was outstanding in this one as he earned his second win of the season.  Loux went five scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out six.  Casey Coleman, Zach Putnam, Rafael Dolis, and Blake Parker all worked scoreless innings to close the door on Nashville.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs never really had a chance in this one as they fell behind 6-0 in the first and could never catch up.  Jorge Soler had another solid game going 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .414 on the season.  Dustin Geiger continues to pad his stats going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, he now has fifteen RBI’s in just fourteen games.  Chad Noble was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss.

On The Mound – Zach Cates didn’t have it tonight, and that might be putting it nicely.  He could only last two-thirds of an inning giving up six runs on three hits while walking three and striking out one.  Hunter Cervenka did a solid job out of the pen going two scoreless innings, he did walk three and struck out one, and didn’t give up any hits.  Luis Liria was good as well going 3.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out five.  Frank Del Valle was effective as he usually is but didn’t have command at all, he worked 2.2 innings giving up one run on three hits while walking five(!) and striking out three.  In all D-Cubs pitchers walked twelve men in the loss.

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At The Plate – Matt Szczur has had a solid start to the 2013 season and it continues last night as he was 2-for-5 with a triple, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .288 and has a .348 on base percentage.  Ronald Torreyes as been a house on fire since his return, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .353 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara continues to impress everyone associated with the Cubs, even their fans, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a stolen base, his sixth in the last three games.  Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and two runs scored, his average is only at .204 on the season but he already has twelve RBI’s.

On The Mound – Matt Loosen got the start and didn’t get the win but did some solid work, he just couldn’t get through five innings.  He went four scoreless innings giving up four hits while walking two and striking out eight.  A.J. Morris came on in relief to record the win as he went three innings giving up one run on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Brian Schlitter shut things down over the last two innings, as he didn’t give up a run, he gave up three hits and struck out three.  I would also like to thank Born on Third friend Celeste Whiteside @aspenthisyear for sending along the following picture of Trey McNutt from last night, thanks so much Celeste!

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NOTES: Kane County doesn’t play games anymore, they were rained out, again.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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

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At The Plate – Two wins in a row for Iowa, that says a lot considering they only have three total this year.  Brian Bogusevic was 2-for-4 from the lead-off spot with a caught stealing and a run scored.  Darwin Barney showed great patience in his second rehab start, he was 0-for-1 with three walks, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Luis Flores was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Brad Nelson had the big hit in this one, a two run single that gave the Cubs some breathing room, he was 1-for-4 with two RBI’s on the day.

On The Mound – After some rocky starts to start the season, Chris Rusin bounced back with a stellar performance.  Rusin went seven innings giving up one run on four hits while walking none and striking out four to earn the win.  Zach Putnam worked two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the year, he walked one and struck out three.

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At The Plate – The Smokies busted this one open in the seventh inning scoring four times to take a 7-1 lead on their way to a 7-3 win.  Ronald Torreyes had his second straight solid game going 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha was outstanding going 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva (2-for-4) and Jonathan Mota (2-for-4) each had two hits in the victory, and Matt Szczur recorded his 5th stolen base of the season.

On The Mound –  Couldn’t get much better than Dae-Eun Rhee as he went six scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three to earn his first win of the season.  Zach Rosscup and Kevin Rhoderick each had a rough go out of it in the seventh and eighth inning with Rosscup giving up one run and Rhoderick giving up two.  Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless ninth inning to secure the victory.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs were able to get back to .500 with a solid victory of the Tampa Yankees.  Javier Baez seems to be coming around at the plate, he was 1-for-4 with a double, he has hits in his last three games.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with a run scored, he is now hitting .385 on the season.  Dustin Geiger was 2-for-4 with a run scored, after his slow start he is now hitting .286 on the season.  Micah Gibbs was 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI in the victory.

On The MoundZach Cates was outstanding in this one going six innings giving up one run on four hits while walking thee and striking out four.  Austin Reed was just as good out of the bullpen going two innings giving up no runs on three hits while striking out two.  Frank Del Valle continues his awesome start to the season as he worked a scoreless ninth for his second save.  He didn’t give up any hits or walks, and struck out the side.

Thanks for reading,
– George