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6/15: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Exciting day for the Cubs system as the Boise Hawks opened their season.  Here is June 15th recap of the Cubs system.

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Opening day for the Boise Hawks didn’t exactly end how they would have liked as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes spoiled it with a 3-2 win in 12 innings.  Jose Arias was outstanding in his first start of the season going five strong innings allowing no runs, on three hits while walking none and striking out two.  Marco Hernandez really had a tough night, and was a big reason that the Hawks came up short.  Hernandez made three errors, the final one allowed the winning run to score in the 12th, it’s too bad as he was 2-for-5 at the plate.  Xavier Batista had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with two doubles in the losing effort.  Shawon Dunston Jr. was 0-for-3 in the lead-off spot but did manage two walks.

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The Peoria Chiefs wasted no time in getting back to .500 as they came from behind to beat Clinton 6-4.  The Chiefs fell behind early 3-0 but struck for five runs in the 5th inning to take the lead for good.  Starling Peralta started for the Chiefs and struggled giving up four runs in 5.1 innings on five hits, but earned his first win of the season.  The bullpen did a great job for the Chiefs as they went the final 3.2 innings without giving up a run.  The Chiefs really knocked the ball around the park, pounding out 13 hits.  Dustin Geiger stayed hot going 3-for-5 with an RBI, he is now hitting .324 on the season.  Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits while Javy Baez was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.

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The Tennessee Smokies continued their unreal stretch winning their 10th game in their last 11 tries.  The torrid run has brought the Smokies all the way back to the .500 mark on the season.  Dallas Beeler started for the Smokies and pitched well, and out of a few jams.  Beeler allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings of work to get his second win of the season.  Logan Watkins had a great day in the lead-off spot as he went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Junior Lake was 2-for-5 at the plate with two stolen bases, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .294 on the season.  Rebel Ridling had the big hit for the Smokies, a three run double in the first inning, he was 1-for-4 on the night.

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It looked like the I-Cubs were well on their way to a victory then Mike MacDougal came into the game and did his best Mike MacDougal impression giving up three runs in the top of the 8th to lose 4-3.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched very well for the I-Cubs, he went five strong innings giving up one run on five hits while walking two and striking out three.  Alfredo Amezaga was 3-for-5 with an RBI out of the lead-off spot for the I-Cubs.  Ty Wright and Juan Apodaca each had two hits in the losing effort.  Anthony Rizzo made his return to the lineup and was 1-for-3 with a walk, but more importantly he was healthy enough to play.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor League recap for May 31, 2012

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Gerardo Concpecion pitched well on Thursday pitching six innings while only giving up two runs on four hits and striking out four.  He departed with the game tied, however Austin Reed gave up a run the seventh and Peoria fell to Burlington 3-2.  Offensive highlights from the Chiefs came from Yasiel Balaguert delivered a two out two RBI base hit to the tie the game at two in the sixth.  Center fielder Yaniel Cabezas also added two hits on the day.  Javier Baez continued to struggle as he went 0-for-4 dropping his average to .125

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Tennessee had a great pitching performance by Eric Jokisch and company on Thursday as they defeated Huntsville 4-1.  The Smokies got the scoring started in the third when Micahel Burgess connected on his fifth home run of the year.  Huntsville tied the game in the fifth at one.  The Smokies broke the tie in the seventh when James Adduci doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.  Junior Lake would have an RBI double and later score on a sacrifice fly by Rebel Ridling in the eighth to give Tennessee a 4-1 lead.  Jokisch, who did not factor in the decision pitched 6.1 innings allowing one run on only one hit, but he did walk six.  Brian Schlitter got the last two outs of the seventh and got his first win of the year.  Keven Rhoderick pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Frank Batista struck out the side to record his seventh save of the year.

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 Nothing is more exciting than a walk-off win, and that is exactly what Ronald Torreyes did connecting on his first home run of the season and giving Daytona a 7-6 victory.  Including Torreyes, Chad Noble, Rubi Silva, Greg Rohan, and Arismendy Alcantara all had two hits on the day.  Brevard County got the scoring started in the first scoring three runs.  Daytona would put up six spot in the third highlighted by a Nelson Perez grandslam.  For Perez it was his eight home run and he now has 34 RBI’s.  Austin Kirk was not at his best on Thursday, but after allowing two more runs in the fifth left in line for the win, however Brevard County tied the game in the eighth.  Jeffrey Lorick pitched a scoreless ninth and when Torreyes connected on his shot in the bottom half he received his first win of the season.

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In Game 1 of the split double-header on Thursday Iowas won 4-1.  Iowas got the scoring in the third when Brett Jackson delivered a two out RBI single to drive in Juan Apodaca who had two hits on the day.  After Omaha tied it in the third Brett Jackson would drive in his second of the night with a sacrifice fly to drive in Dave Sappelt.  The Cubs would add two in the seventh with two outs when Luis Valbuena and Ty Wright both walked to drive in runs three and four.  Frankie De La Cruz got the start and 4.1 allowing one run on four hits while striking out four.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the win going 1.1 innings and Rafael Dolis got the save.  Good news for Cub fans he struck out two and did not walk anybody.

GAME 2 (7 innings)

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Omaha jumped on Jay Jackson and the Cubs early and Iowa was never able to rebound.  The lone offensive highlight came from Brett Jackson who hit his sixth home run of the season in the sixth.  Ty Wright was the only other Cub to record a hit in game two.  The same could not be said for Omaha who had eleven hits and ten runs in seven innings.  Jay Jackson gave up the firs six runs and Shane Lindsay had a very rough outing walking four of the five batters he faced.  All four runs in the sixth were charged to him and the Cubs lost 10-1 in game 2.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

 

5/18: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/18/12, enjoy.

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A late explosion of runs from Clinton was too much for the Chiefs to handle as they fell 8-2, with Clinton scoring six of their runs in the 7th and 8th inning.  Rafael Lopez was 2-for-4 at the plate in the losing effort as the Chiefs only had five hits total in the game.  Jose Rosario pitched well enough but couldn’t avoid being tagged with his 4th loss of the season.  Rosario only allowed two runs of 5 and 1/3rd and had nine strikeouts.

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Daytona used some big time hitting to not only get back in a game they trailed early in but to win it, beating Palm Beach 8-4.  Matt Szczur was 2-for-5 at the plate, and had two stolen bases, which gives him a total of 18 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara, Greg Rohan, and Richard Jones all had three hits to pace the D-Cubs attack with Jones driving in three runs.  Frank Del Valle was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst has he worked six solid innings for his third win of the season.

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The Smokies couldn’t solve the Braves pitching as they fell 4-2 in Mississippi.  Jae-Hoon ha was 2-for-4 in the losing effort.  The only offense came from Luis Flores who was 1-for-2 with both Smokies RBI’s.  Nicholas Struck made it into the 7th inning but couldn’t make it out as he was handed his 4th loss of the season, he gave up four runs to elevate his ERA to 4.09 on the campaign.

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The Iowa Cubs couldn’t hang on to an early 3-0 lead as the ended up falling to Salt Lake 5-4 in 10 innings.  The I-Cubs made it interesting in the bottom of the 10th as they has 1st and 3rd with two outs with Rizzo up but he flew out to end the game.  Rizzo finished the game going 1-for-5 with a double, Alfredo Amezaga chipped in with his 3rd home run of the season.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched well enough to win but didn’t get any help from his pen as he walked away with a no decision.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/9: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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Peoria dropped a nail biter to Belot on Wednesday night but that’s not the story.  The story is Paul Hoilman going 2-for-4 and extending his hit streak to 22 games which is a franchise record, Hoilman is now hitting .310 on the season.  Taiwan Easterling and Oliver Zapata each had two hits in the losing effort.  Kyler Burke was outstanding on the mound for Peoria going 6 and 1/3rd of an inning while only allowing two runs, it wasn’t enough however as Burke dropped to 0-2 on the season.

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 Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 at the plate, and that was it as Daytona could only muster two hits the whole night in a 5-1 loss to Charlotte.  Zach Cates was tagged for the loss as he went five innings while allowing four runs on 8 hits, he falls to 0-5 on the season.

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 The Smokies were also shut down on Wednesday night as they could only manage one run on four hits in a 4-1 loss to Birmingham.  Logan Watkins was the only threat in the Smokies lineup going 3-for-4 with a double.  Dallas Beeler took the loss after giving up three runs across 3 and 1/3rds of an inning.  Beeler falls to 0-2 despite a respectable ERA of 3.89.

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 That one hurts, the I-Cubs rallied for six runs in the 8th inning to take a 7-2 lead only to watch that lead disappear in the final two innings ending in an 8-7 loss to Fresno.  Luis Valbuena and Alfredo Amezaga each had two hits in the losing effort.  Anthony Rizzo had the big hit of the game, at least at that point as he drove his PCL leading 10th home run over the wall for a 3-2 Iowa lead.  Fresno rallied for three in the 8th and three in the 9th to steal victory away from Iowa.  Frankie De La Cruz was outstanding out of the pen going three scoreless innings in relief of Rodrigo Lopez.  Frank Batista and Scott Maine couldn’t slam the door on the victory and they each gave up three runs in relief.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/4: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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The Peoria Chiefs made thing interesting by tying the game in the top of the 9th, unfortunately they lost the game in the bottom half.  Marco Hernandez, and Taiwan Easterling each had two hits in the losing effort.  Kyler Burke was very good for Peoria on the mound going 6 and 1/3rds of an inning, only allowing three runs on five hits, he settled for a no decision.

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 All of the action took place early and often in this one as all 11 runs were scored in the first four innings, unfortunately Daytona came out on the short end of this one 6-5.  Rubi Silva, Greg Rohan and Nelson Perez did most of the damage for the D-Cubs.  They finished a combined 4-for-11 with three doubles, four RBI’s and four runs scored.  Zach Cates was beat up a bit in his three innings of work as he gave up five runs, four earned as he took a no decision.

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 A wild one in Tennessee saw the Smokies build a 5-1 lead early in the game only to fall 8-7 to Montgomery.  The Smokies pounded out 12 hits, with all but one starter joining the party.  Logan Watkins, Michael Brenly, Matthew Cerda, and Nate Samson all had two hits in the losing effort.  Matthew Cerda and Justin Bour contributed with home runs as well.  Dallas Beeler scattered 11 hits through 5 and 1/3rds of an inning giving up six runs but only three were earned as he walked away with a no decision.

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 Now that’s the definition of a good old fashion pitchers duel right there.  In a game that featured only one run, and nine hits, the Iowa Cubs walked off on a wild pitch.  Luis Valbuena had 3 of the I-Cubs’ six hits with Anthony Rizzo adding two more.  Rizzo scored the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth on said wild pitch.  The I-Cubs staff was stellar, Rodrigo Lopez, Frankie De La Cruz, and Blake Parker held New Orleans to three hits on the night with Parker getting the victory.

Thanks for reading,
– George

4/26: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, full recaps/box scores after the jump, enjoy.

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4/20: I-Cubs Rally Falls Short

Frankie De La Cruz didn’t have it against the Isotopes, giving up three runs in the first inning that the I-Cubs couldn’t come all the way back from.  The  I-Cubs did make a game of it as they scored runs in both the 8th and 9th inning, but couldn’t get that tying marker.  Alfredo Amezaga had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.  Full box score after the jump.

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