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

8/2: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Nightly minor league recap for August 2, 2012.

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The AZL Cubs let things get interesting in the ninth, but they held on to win 6-5.  It was a good night for the highly touted prospects of the Cubs.  Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Jorge Soler also had a double and drove in two runs on Thursday.  Shawon Dunston and Jacob Rogers each had two hits with Dunston driving one run in.  Anthony Prieto started and pitched two scoreless innings.  He was relieved by 2012 3rd round pick Ryan McNeil who got his first professional win.  McNeil struck out two in two innings of work.  Jin-Young Kim came in to close things down recording the final two outs of the game and earning his second save.  As much as it got close it was still good to see the Cubs get the win.

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As good as Boise has been lately Thursday was not there night losing 15-1.  In a game like that there just aren’t too many highlights, but we will try to find a couple.  Marco Hernandez and Daniel Vogelbach each had two hits, which those four were the only hits the Hawks had all night.  Vogelbach drove in his sixth run since being landing in Boise.  James Pugliese got the start and took the loss, but all five runs he gave up were unearned in his five innings of work.  Michael Heesch, Rafael Diplan, and Lance Rymel all struggled  in relief.  hopefully the Hawks can forget about this one and get back on track tomorrow.

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Peoria just didn’t have enough to get the win tonight dropping Thursday’s game to Quad Cities 6-4.  Starling Peralta started and took the loss in this one going five innings giving up three runs on three hits, while walking three and striking out six.  The game took a turn for the worse when Justin Berg entered and he gave up three runs, unfortunately for him all were unearned in his two innings of work.  Sheldon McDonald threw a scoreless ninth striking out one.  After an eight RBI two home run performance how could Dustin Geiger do anything close.  Well, he went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run staying red-hot.  Bijan Rademacher and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits, with Chen driving in two.  Oliver Zapata had a hit and an RBI and Wes Darvill hit a triple.  Javier Baez had a rare rough day going 0-for-4.  Peoria will look back to getting on track tomorrow.

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Daytona stayed hot and won another one Thursday defeating Fort Myers 8-2.  The story of the night came from newly acquired Christian Villanueva who came over in the Ryan Dempster deal.  In his first two at bats in the Cubs organization he hit two home runs.  He ended the night going 2-for-3 with two home runs, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes continues to just hit going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.  John Andreoli, Rafael Lopez, and Timothy Saunders all had two hits a piece with Lopez driving in one.  Robert Whitenack started, but didn’t last long enough to get the win, as he only allowed one run, but struggled with his control walking four.  Ryan Searle got the win in relief, his fifth of the season.  He struck out five in 3.1 innings allowing only one run on two hits.  AJ Morris threw the last two inning allowing no runs and striking out one.  Daytona is trying to make a push here as they are really playing well as of late.

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Not much good came out of this one as Tennessee lost to Pensacola 6-1.  Tennessee was only able to muster up two hits, both coming off the bat of Logan Watkins.  Watkins ended the game 2-for-4 with a home run.  In his first appearance in the Cubs organization Jacob Brigham only lasted three innings allowing three runs, two earned on five hits.  He also walked three and struck out two.  Zach Rosscup pitched five innings in relief allowing one run and striking out four and Tony Zych struggled in his one inning of relief.  Tomorrow is a new day.

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Iowa lost another losing to Colorodo Springs 7-4 on Thursday.  Brooks Raley took the loss giving up six runs on 10 hits in six innings.  Marcus Hatley pitched two really nice innings striking out three and not allowing a base runner.  Josh Vitters and Dave Sappelt each got back on track as they both went 3-for-5.  Greg Rohan followed his big day yesterday with another two hit, two RBI performance tonight.  James Adduci had two more hits and drove in one run.  Brett Jackson had one hit and stole his 26th base of the season.  There isn’t much more that can be said for Iowa that hasn’t been said already.

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-Mark

8/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

August 1, nightly recap of the minor leagues.

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The AZL Cubs had a double header on Wednesday, with each game being seven innings a piece.  The pitching did a great job in the first one winning 4-0.  The 43rd overall pick in this past years draft Pierce Johnson made his first appearance of the season.  He started and pitched one scoreless inning.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino improved to 4-0 pitching four scoreless innings in relief.  He gave up three hits, one walk, and struck out three, his ERA on the season is 0.93.  Steve Perakslis secured the shutout by striking out five in two scoreless innings.  Albert Almora was back in the lineup and leading off on Wednesday.  He delivered going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Jorge Soler was 2-for-4 with a run scored and three stolen bases.  Ben Carhart had a double and an RBI.

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The AZL Cubs had a good time of it in game two as well defeating the AZL Indians 7-2.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with twor runs scored and Yasiel Balaguert also had two runs with a run scored.  Trevor Gretzky had one hit and an RBI and Neftali Rosario collected two RBIs without getting a basehit.  Albert Almora didn’t have a hit, but collected his sixth RBI of the season and Jorge Soler was 0-2, but walked twice and scored two runs.  Brian Smith started for the Cubs and thew two perfect innings while striking out two.  Loiger Padron improved his record to 3-0 with his win in relief.  he gave up two runs, but struck out six in three innings of work.  Alvido Jimenez closed out the game striking out three in two scoreless innings.

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Boise was back at it and won again on Wednesday.  After getting a big lead early, they gave up nine runs in the last four innings, but held on to win 14-10.  There were a lot of good things happening offensively in this one.  Xavier Batista was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs.  Jeimer Candelario and Dong-Yub Kim each had two hits and drove in three as well.  Stephen Bruno hit his first home run of the season, a two run shot in the third inning.  Daniel Vogelbach and Trey Martin each two hits with Martin scoring three runs.  Lance Rymel had quite a nice night going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  It was a tale of two games on the mound.  Su-Min Jung started and pitched well allowing one run on three hits in three innings, while striking out three.  Nathan Dorris got his first win of the season as he pitched the next two scoreless innings.  Unfortunately Tyler Bremer and Willengton Cruz both struggled, but a win is a win.

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Peoria won a crazy one on Wednesday scoring three in the top of the ninth to win 11-10.  The day belonged to Dustin Geiger.  Geiger was 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and eight RBIs, yes eight RBIs.  He stole the show early and finished it late with a two run bomb that turned out to be the game winner.  Javier Baez had two more hits, including a double.  He also scored two runs and drove one in.  Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits, with Chen scoring three.  Zach Cates started and didn’t have his best stuff, but came away with a no decision.  Bryce Shafer got the win striking out four of the five outs he recorded.  Austin Reed picked up his first save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth.  Congrats to Geiger on just an ubelievable game.

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Daytona scored one in the fifth and one in the seventh to win a pitchers dual 2-1.  Lendy Castillo continued his comeback throwing four innings, giving up three hits and allowing an unearned run.  He had four strikeouts in the start.  Eduardo Figueroa got the win, his third of the season pitching three scoreless innings.  Scott Weismann and Jeffrey Lorick combined to pitch the last two innings, with Lorick earning his second save of the season.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-4, but drove in the two Cubs runs on Wednesday.  Ronald Torreyes continued hitting the ball going 2-for-3.  John  Andreoli and Taylor Davis each had two hits in the contest.  It was a good win for Daytona.

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Because of rain Tennessee had another double header on Wednesday.  The first one was a continuation of the night before.  The Smokies got two in the fifth, winning 4-2.  There were a couple bright spots on the mound.  Dae-Eun Rhee started and took a no-decision pitching four solid innings only allowing one run on three hits.  Trey McNutt got the win in relief pitching three innings allowing one run on two hits and Kevin Rhoderick recorded his eighth save of the season striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Justin Bour was 1-for-4 with another RBI.  Greg Rohan went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Nate Samson was 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.

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One was all Tennessee needed as  Justin Bour was the hero hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh.  He now has 12 home runs and 86 RBIs on the season.  Dallas Beeler started and was tremendous allowing only one hit in five scoreless innings of work.  Brian Schlitter picked up his second win in relief pitching the final two frames.  Junior Lake, Nelson Perez, and Matt Cerda all had one hit a piece in the victory.  Two wins to start the month is the right way to start it.

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Iowa was able to score six, but an eight run inning was way too much to come back from losing 11-6.  We’ll start with the offense in this one.  Brett Jackson was 3-for-5 with a double, triple, and a run scored.  Josh Vitters hit his 16th home run of the season and had two RBIs.  Greg Rohan, who was just promoted from AA was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.  James Adduci collected two more hits including a triple and an RBI.  Ty’Relle Harris got the start and took the loss as he was not very sharp.  Michael Bowden did a very nice job striking out six in three innings and recently acquired Jaye Chapman threw a scoreless inning in relief.

All around it was a nice night for the Cubs minor leaguers with the only loss coming in Iowa.

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-Mark

7/27: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A quick look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Friday, July 27.

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The AZL Cubs dropped a low scoring game to the AZL Athletics 3-1.  Lendy Castillo got the start as he continues to work his way back allowing one run on two hits in four innings.  He struck out six and took a no decision in this one.  Tyler Bremer gave up two runs and took the loss.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino and Jin-Young Kim combined to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings, but the Cubs offense couldn’t come back.  The Cubs got their run in the first when Albert Almora hit a two-run double and then scored on a Jorge Soler RBI single.  Soler would add another hit on the night and stole a base.  Carlos Penalver was the only other Cubs player to record a hit on Friday.  This is not what we have come to expect from the Cubs, but they will get back on track soon.

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Boise exploded to beat Tri-City 8-3.  The Hawks had five players with multi-hit games.  Daniel Vogelbach was one of those going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez each had two hits, wtih Amaya driving in two.  Trey Martin and Xavier Batista also added two hits a piece.  Wilson Contreras connected on his second home run of the season, a three run shot in the second inning.  Willengton Cruz got his second win of the season out of the bullpen.  He pitched two strong innings striking out four.  James Pugliese started and gave up three runs in four innings of work.  Michael Heesch and Su-Min Jung each pitched well in relief.  After a tough 1-0 loss last night, it was nice to see Boise come back strong tonight.

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Javier Baez gave Peoria a lead with a two-run shot in the eighth and the Chiefs held beating Cedar Rapids 3-2.  Baez’s 11th homer of the season turned out to be one of his biggest of his young career.  He finished the game 2-for-3 and is now hit a robust .341.  Wes Darvill also had two hits, including a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Austin Reed recorded the win in relief, his fourth of the season.  Zach Cates got the start, pitching 5.1 innings allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out seven.  Sheldon McDonald pitched two scoress inning in relief dropping his ERA to 1.91 on the season.  It has been exciting following Baez this year and he continues to impress.

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Robert Whitenack and the staff were outstanding for the Daytona Cubs beating Bradenton 2-0.  Robert Whitenack got his first win since coming back from Tommy-John surgery.  He pitched five innings allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out four.  Eduardo Figuerora struck out four in three scoreless innings in relief.  AJ Morris closed the game out recording his second save of the season.  The offense lost Matt Szczur who was promoted to Tennessee was able to get enough to win.  Rebel Ridling hit his second home run of the season and had two hits.  Timothy Saunders also had two hits including a double and a run scored.  A big congrats to Robert and here’s to many more in the near future.

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Jacksonville was able to score two runs in three different innings defeating Tennessee 6-4.  Junior Lake continued his hot stretch in this one going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.  Greg Rohan had two hits and connected on his fourth home run with the Smokies.  Juan Apodaca also had two hits and an RBI.  In his first game with Tennessee Matt Szczur went 0-for-4 with two strike outs.  Ty’relle Harris started and took the loss going 2.2 innings allowing four runs on six hits.  Zach Rosscup gave up two runs in 3.2 innings, but struck out an impressive six batters.  Casey Harman and Kevin Rhoderick also pitched in the loss.

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Iowa wins, Iowa wins, Iowa wins.  It has been a rough go as of late so to beat Okalahoma City 5-0 is great to see.  Chris Volstad had his best start pitching eight scorelss innings.  He only surrendered four hits, walking three, and striking out five.  Alberto Cabrerea finished the game off throwing a scoreless ninth striking out two.  Alfredo Amezaga led off going 3-for-5 and scored a run.  Adrian Cardenas and Brian Esposito each had two hits with Cardenas hitting a double and scoring a run.  Dave Sappelt had a triple and drove in two on Friday.  Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson each recorded one hit and scored a run, Jackson also drove one in.  Hope this is signs to come for Chris Volstad and the Cubs.

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-Mark

7/26: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Taking you through the Cubs minor leagues on Thursday, July 26.

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The AZL Cubs lost a rough one on Thursday to the Ranger 5-4.  Leading most of the night, the Cubs gave up two in the eight, one in the ninth, and one in the tenth to blow what appeared to be a win.  Those relievers who struggled were Ryan Hartman, Nathan Dorris, and losing pitcher Daniel Adrian.  It wasn’t all bad on the mound as Carl Lang and Ethan Elias each pitched three solid innings combing to strike out seven and surrender only one run on four hits.  Every night we look forward to seeing how Albert Almora and Jorge Soler and tonight was no different.  Almora started strong with hit first double, but ended the night 1-for-5.  Soler ended the night 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.  Garrett Schlecht had a night he won’t forget as he hit his first home run of his professional career, a two-run shot in the fourth.  Shawon Dunston Jr. stayed hot adding two more hits, raising his average to .296.  Carlos Penalver also had two hits and Jacob Rogers added a double.  The AZL Cubs havn’t had too many disappointments, but tonight was one of them.

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Boise lost a low scoring game to Yakima 1-0.  Although there was only one run scored there was plenty of excitement in this one as there were ejections and the benches almost cleared.  It all started a few nights ago when Wilson Contreras was bowled over twice and then was hit by a pitch in this game.  Starting pitcher Jose Arias took exception and retaliated hitting a Bears player in the seventh.  Arias and manager Mark Johnson were promtly ejected.  Things didn’t end there though.  Contreras found his way on and bowled over the Yakima catcher and on his way back to the dugout had words for the Bears dugout.  Benches almost cleared and Contreras was ejected from the game.  Back to the baseball part of it.  Jose Arias pitched quite well taking the tough loss on Thursday.  He gave up one run on three hits in six innings, he also walked two and struck out three.  Michael Hamann and Eduardo Orozco combined to pitch three innings of scoreless baseball in relief.  Offensively there wasn’t much to talk about.  The highlights were Marco Hernandez having two hits and Daniel Vogelbach getting another hit.

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Peoria scored early and it held up as they beat Cedar Rapids 7-2.  The Chiefs got two in the first, one in the third, and three more in the fourth to get an early lead.  Javier Baez had a nice night once again going 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Zeke DeVoss and Yaniel Cabezas also had twho hits with DeVoss driving a run and scoring two.  Chadd Krist continued his great performance at the plate adding another hit, his sixth double and driving in two runs.  On the mound Michael Jensen was at it again winning his ninth game of the year.  He pitched six solid innings, surrendering two runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking zero.  Larry Suarez and Bryce Shafer finished this one off pitched three scoreless innings to end the game.

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Daytona outlasted Bradenton beating them 9-7 in a high scoring battle.  The Cubs offense had a few big innings, scoring three in the second, the fourth, and two in the seventh.  Offensively they were led by Rafael Lopez who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.  Lopez was not the only Cubs player to have a big night as John Andreioli was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs, four runs scored, and his 36th steal of the year.  Matt Szczur added two hits and he also drove in a pair, raising his average to .295.  Rubi Silva and Elieser Bonne each had two hits as well and Bonne drove in two on the evening.  Austin Kirk started and got the win, his fifth of the year.  He allowed four runs on six hits in six innings, walking five and striking out three.  Ryan Searle pitched the last three holding on the record his first save of the season.

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Despite scoring four Tennessee dropped the game to Jacksonville losing 6-4.  Dallas Beeler started, but did not factor in the decision allowing four runs, three earned and striking out eight in five innings pitched.  Tony Zych took the loss as he allowed two runs in his two innings of work.  On the bright side, there were some nice things that happened at the plate.  Junior Lake stayed hot going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Justin Bour and Greg Rohan each connected for a home run on Thursday.  Nate Samson added three hits of his own.  In an unfortunate accident Jae-Hoon Ha had to leave the game early on a stretcher after he hit his head on a cement wall wall that had no padding.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jae-Hoon and hope to have good news on this soon.  We will keep you updated as we know more.

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How many different ways can Iowa find to lose, because it seems like they find a new one every night.  After having a lead most of the night they gave up a single run in the fifth and six to tie the game.  After scoring two in the tenth, they gave up three to lose 6-5.  Michael Bowden to the loss allowing all three runs in the tenth.  Casey Coleman was solid pitching 5.2 innings giving up three runs on seven hits.  Jay Jackson pitched well in relief allowing no runs in his two innings of work.  The Cubs were led by James Adduci at the plate having his best game in Iowa.  He went 4-for-5 with a home run, double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Josh Vitters was the other bright spot from the offense going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and a run batted in.  Nothing is going right for Iowa at this time, hope they can turn it around and end the year on a high note, but only time will tell.

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-Mark

7/24: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Tuesday July 24 minor league recap.

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The AZL Cubs were at it again on Tuesday beating the AZL Indians 9-2.  Jorge Soler did it again, hitting his second home run in four games.  This one off the scoreboard in left.  Soler would add another hit  ending the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.  Ben Carhart continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He also drove in three and scored a run.  Speaking of hot, Shawon Dunston Jr. had two more hits, a double and a triple plus he scored three runs from the lead off spot.  Albert Alomora did not have a hit, but did drive two runs in and scored two.  2012 Comp. pick Paul Blackburn recorded his first win of the season, pitching two scoreless innings in relief.  Another good win for the Cubs in the AZL.

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Boise got another great pitching peformance out of their staff on Tuesday beating the Yakima Bears 2-1.  Ian Dickson was tremendous thowing six no-hit innings before being removed in the seventh.  Dickson struck out four en route to his second win of the season.  Hunter Ackerman gave up a run, but struck out three in 2.1 innings and Michael Hamann closed it out recording his first save of the season.  Jeimer Candelario had a nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  In his first game as a Hawk, Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a double.  Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Trey Martin each added a hit and Bruno scored a run.  It is nice to see the Hawks pitching have a nice couple days here.

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Daytona held on to beat Brevard County 4-3 on Tuesday night.  Matt Loosen started and got the win pitching six innings while allowing two runs on only three hits.  He also walked three and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 2.81.  Ryan Searle struck out two in the seventh and AJ Morris pitched the last two recording his first save of the season.  Rubi Silva went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes, Matt Szczur, Rebel Ridling, and Micah Gibbs all had a hit.  Daytona will play two on Wednesday.

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Tennessee was back in action Tuesday pounding Jacksonville 9-2.  The Smokies showed some power hitting three home runs on the evening.  Junior Lake was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs.  Greg Rohan added two hits of his own including a home run and Michael Brenly connected on his fifth homer of the year.  Nelson Perez had his best day since going to Double-A as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Michael Burgess also added two hits and scored two runs.  Eric Jokisch got the start and the win for the Smokies giving up one run on four hits in five innings pitched while striking out eight.  Brian Schlitter, Kevin Rhoderick, and Casey Weathers combined to pitch the last four innings allowing one run and striking out five.  This is the way to come back after a day off.

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Another day another bad loss for Iowa, losing 15-9 on Tuesday.  Offensively Iowa couldn’t have done much more on Tuesday scoring nine runs on twelve hits.  Welington Castillo was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.  Brett Jackson hit his 14th home run of the season and drove in two.  Josh Vitters had one hit and also drove in two as did Alfredo Amezaga.  Dave Sappelt and Diory Hernandez each had two hits as well.  The pitching was terrible yet again on Tuesday.  Rogrio Lopez got the start and promtly gave up eight runs in 3.2 innings pitched.  Ryan Rowland-Smith took the loss as he gave up three more runs in just 1.2 innings.  Iowa continues to struggle.

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-Mark

7/22: Around the Minor League System

A Sunday down in the minors.

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We didn’t have to wait long as Jorge Soler launched a two-run homer in the fourth, he would add another hit and scored two runs.  Despite this excitement the AZL Cubs lost 6-4.  Shawon Dunston Jr. had another good game going 3-for-4 and scoring a run.  Ben Carhart added two hits, including a double and Dan Vogelbach drove in his 31st run of the season.  Lendy Castillo continued his rehab assignment pitching four scoreless innings.  He gave up two hits and struck out five.  David Henrie took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned in two innings of work.  It was more than exciting to see Soler hit his first home run.  We have been anticipated it for quite a while and to do so in only his second game was great to see.

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There is not much good that came out of Sunday’s game against Eugene, as Boise lost 8-1.  James Pugliese gave up seven runs on eight hits in four innings and took the loss.  The bullpen did a pretty nice job the next four innings.  Michael Heesch pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three as well.  Eduardo Orozco gave up one run, but struck out three in his two innings of work.  Offensively not much happened at all.  All but one player recoreded a hit for Boise, with the only extra base hit coming off the bat of Xavier Batista, who hit a double.  Wilson Contreras scored the only Hawks run of the game.  It was a not very fun game for Boise dropping another in a bad loss.

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Peoria couldn’t pull off the win, losing to South Bend 3-2.  All good things must come to an end and that was the case with Javier Baez’s hitting streak as he went 0-for-4 on Sunday.  Dustin Geiger connected on his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth.  Sergio Burruel had two hits and Chadd Krist just keeps on hitting as he had another hit on Sunday.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Oliver Zapata each recorded a hit and Chen scored a run as he was on base when Geiger hit his homer.  Starling Peralta pitched well, but took the loss.  He threw six innings giving up three runs, two earned on six hits.  Sheldon McDonald relieved him and pitched two perfect innings, striking out three.  Looking forward to Baez starting another streak and the Chiefs winning a few more games.

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Daytona was postponed on Sunday.

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Tennessee finished Saturday nights game and lost a tough one in 11 innings.  Twice in extra’s the Smokies took the lead, but couldn’t hold it in either, ultimately losing 12-11.  There was a lot of offense, here are some of the highlights.  Justin Bour was 2-for-6 with a homer, two RBIs, and three runs scored.  Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Greg Rohan all contributed with two hits with Rohan adding an RBI.  Logan Watkins went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Michael Burgess and Chad Noble each had RBIs and Nelson Perez connected on his third home run since being at Tennessee.  The pitching was not very good at all.  Dallas Beeler got the start, but obviously didn’t factor in the decision.  Casey Harman took the loss giving up the two runs in the 11th.  Frank Batista was the lone bright spot out of the bullpen, pitching two scoreless innings, bringing his ERA down to 1.06.  It was a very tough loss, because of all the leads the Smokies had.

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Game two was a little different, as a six run sixth led Tennessee to a 8-4 win.  Nicholas Struck got his 11th win of the season pitching five innings, giving up only one run on four hits.  Zach Rosscup did a great job in relief, striking out five in three scoreless innings of work.  Junior Lake, Logan Watkins, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Dustin Harrington all had two hits, scored a run, and all but Ha drove one in.  Nelson Perez and Michael Burgess drove in two runs and Chad Noble added an RBI as well.  It was a nice bounce back in game two ending the week with a win.

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A late rally fell short, as Iowa lost to Aburquerque 9-5.  Chris Volstad was bad yet again giving up six runs, five earned on nine hits in five innings.  He took the loss, he is now 2-5 with 5.83 ERA.  Ty’Relle Harris did a fine job in relief striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Offensively there were only a couple of highlights.  Josh Vitters and Welington Castillo each hit a homer.  For Vitters it was a three-run shot and Castillo was a solo.  Brett Jackson, Adrian Cardenas, and Dave Sappelt all had a hit a piece as well.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark