6/23: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor league system on Saturday, June 23.

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Down 3-0 Boise got four runs in the fifth to take the lead, but surrendered it to lose 5-4 on Saturday night.  Ian Dickson got the start for the Hawks and gave up three runs on four hits in just 3.2 innings.  Roderik Pichardo got the loss in relief as he gave up two runs in 3.1 innings of work.  Joseph Zeller pitched two innings giving up only one hit.  Gioskar Amaya went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Marco Hernandez had a double and two RBI’s, and Chadd Krist had the other RBI for Boise.  Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, Eduardo Gonzalez, and Shawon Dunston Jr. all had one hit on the night.

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Gerardo Concepcion took the loss as he could only get through 4.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits dropping his record to 2-5.  In the 4-2 Peoria loss Zeke DeVoss had two hits and a run scored.  Paul Hoilman had a nice night at the plate as well as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Dustin Geiger, Yasiel Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata all had contributed with a hit a piece on Saturday.  Sheldon McDonald pitched beautifully throwing 2.2 perfect innings in relief, he also struck out two.  Austin Reed gave up a run in relief, but also struck out three batters in his two innings of work.

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Everything looked great for Daytona until they gave up seven runs in the bottom of the eighth as they took the Clearwater won the game 7-2.  Robert Whitenack was brilliant in five innings as he gave up no runs on only three hits while striking out three.  Brian Schlitter continued to impress as he pitched two perfect innings in relief striking out one batter.  As good as Whitenack and Schlitter were A.J. Morris and Jeffrey Lorick were not very good at all.  Morris was tagged with the loss as he gave up four runs while not recording an out and Lorick gave up three more in an inning of work.  The offense had nine hits including two from catcher Chad Noble who had a double and a run scored.  Everyone else in the Cubs starting lineup had one hit except John AndreoliGreg Rohan drove in his 61st run of the year and Matt Szczur scored a run and stole his 20th base of the season.

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Tennessee scored six in the third, but had to hold on as they won 7-6 on Saturday.  Jeffry Antigua got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only was able to pitch three innings.  Casey Weathers got the win pitching two good innings in relief giving up one hit and wallking one while striking out four.  Frank Batista recorded one out to pick up his 11th save of the season.  Logan Watkins had a nice night out of the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with a double and triple.  He also walked once and scored two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and two RBI’s and Justin Bour added two hits of his own as he drove in a run as well.  Nelson Perez hit his first home run in Double-A and Michael Burgess also hit a homer, each driving in two runs.  Kevin Rhoderick struggled giving up three runs in 1.2 innings, he did however strike out three.

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A three run fourth was too much for Chris Volstand and the Cubs to recover from.  Volstad gave up four runs, three of which were earned on six hits in six innings of work.  Brett Jackson led things for Iowa with his 10th home run of the season.  He added another hit later in the game bringing his average to .259.  Ty Wright had two doubles and Juan Apodaca had went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  The hot hitting Josh Vitters only had one hit today and Anthony Rizzo is human as he went 0-for-4.  Rafael Dolis pitched two good innings in reflief giving up only hit and striking a batter out.

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Mark

6/22: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recap for 6-22

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Boise got their second win in as many nights winning 6-4 on Friday.  Lead off hitter Gioskar Amaya went 4-for-4 with two RBI’s and run scored on the night.  Jeimer Candelario hit his third home run of the season, a three run bomb in the first.  Eduardo Gonzalez had the other RBI on the night as he went 2-for-4 at the plate.  Matthew Spencer got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings in relief.  Rafael Diplan pitched a good 2.1 innings and Bryce Shafer recorded his second save of the season.

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Peoria was back in action on Friday dropping the game to Quad Cities 5-3.  Jose Rosario pitched well early, but took the loss as he pitched 7.1 innings and gave up four runs on six hits while striking out three.  The Chiefs got all their scoring in the fourth when Paul Hoilman hit a two-run homer and Yasiel Balaguert had an RBI double.  Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base and Dustin Geiger had double and run scored in the loss.  Peoria will be back in action tomorrow looking to get their first win of the second half.

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 Daytona got another well pitched game as they won 3-1.  Winning pitcher Frankie Del Valle was unhittable as he pitched six perfect innings and struck out 11 Clearwater batters on Friday night.  Tony Zych recorded his sixth save of the season pitching a perfect ninth.  The Cubs got the scoring started in the first on a Greg Rohan two-run homer.  He now has 12 home runs and 60 RBI’s on the season.  Rebel Ridling and Arismendy Alcantara each had two hits and Alcantara had an RBI in the win.  Another positive note on the evening was that Matt Szczur played in his first game since coming of the DL and got on base three times as he had one hit and drew two walks.

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Tennessee just could not get the bats going on Friday as they lost to Jacksonville 2-0.  James Adduci and Junior Lake were the only two Smokies to record hits on the evening.  On a positive Dae-Eun Rhee pitched well in a loss.  He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings of work.  Casey Harman threw a nice inning as he struck out two batters in a perfect eighth.

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Iowa blitzed Round Rock on Friday scoring three runs in the first and seven more in the fourth as they won 12-2.  The Cubs offense was the story as Alfredo Amezaga, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Vitters, and Juan Apodaca all had three hits a piece.  Rizzo must missed hitting for the cycle as he did not hit a homer tonight, he also had three RBI’s.  With Vitter’s three hits he raised his average to .287.  Brett Jackson hit his ninth home run of the season, he also walked twice and score two runs on the evening.  The offense was very good, but the pitching was pretty good as well as Chris Rusin got his sixth win of the season.  He gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings.  Jay Jackson threw well out of the pen striking out three in three innings of work.

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It was a good night for the Cubs minor league system going 4-1 on Friday.

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Mark

6/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Around the minor leagues on Thursday, June 21.

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Boise won  a thriller walking off in the bottom of the ninth.  The game was tied 3-3 going to the ninth when Eugene score one, but Boise came back and scored two to win the game 5-4.  With one out Gioskar Amaya tripled.  Jeimer Candelario tied the game with a single to right field.  After moving to third on a basehit by Wilson Contreras  up stepped Rock Shoulders.  Shoulders delivered a game winning single to left field and Boised got their second win of the season.  The Hawks belted out 13 hits on Thursday.  Amaya, Contreras, Xavier Batista all had two hits on the night.  Candelario had the best night offensively as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI’s.  The Hawks also got a great pitching performance from Hayden Simpson who pitched four innings and giving up one unearned run on only one hit.  He also struck out seven in his first win at Boise this year.

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Daytona got a great pitching performance from Austin Kirk as the Cubs won 3-0.  Kirk pitched seven spectacular innings allowing zero runs and yielding only four hits.  He also struck out three and walked two.  Rebel Ridling had three hits including a double and a run scored.  Ronald Torreyes had an outstanding day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He also scored two runs and drove in one.  Greg Rohan and Rubi Silva also drove in a run a piece.  Ryan Searle and Jeffrey Lorick each pitched a scoreless inning as well as striking out two each.

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Nicholas Struck pitched brilliantly on Thursday helping Tennessee win 3-1.  Struck gave up one run on two hits in six innings.  He also struck out seven batters as he improved his recored to 8-6.  Ty’relle Harris and Marcus Hatley each pitched well in relief.  Junior Lake was the offensive star on Thursday going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  His average now stands at .318.  Justin Bour went 3-for-5 with an RBI.  Logan Watkins and Matthew Cerda added two hits and scored a run each.  Nelson Perez who was promoted had the other RBI on Thursday.

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Not much good happened for Iowa today as they lost 6-2.  Brett Jackson, Ty Wright, and Josh Vitters had the only hits for the Cubs.  Vitters hit his 11th home run of the year.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched only 4.2 innings giving up five runs, only two of which were earned on eight hits.  Mike MacDougal gave up another run and three hits in his one inning of work.  Jeff Beliveau pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  Iowa’s record now stands at 31-43.

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Mark

6/18: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues on Monday.

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 Boise got their first win of the season on Monday winning 6-4 in 11 innings.  Rafael Diplin got the win as he pitched 3.1 innings scoreless innings in relief.  Bryce Shafer closed out the game striking one batter in perfect inning of work.  The offense was powered by the bottom of the order as Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-5 and catcher Justin Marra went 3-for-5.  Dong-Yub Kim launched his first home run of the year as well.  The Hawks got a bunch of help from the Volcanos defense as Boise got both there runs on errors in the 11th inning.  Rock Shoulders scored the winning run after he walked for the third time.

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Daytona was back in action on Monday losing 6-3.  Robert Whitenack to the loss pitching three innings and giving up four runs.  Eduardo Figuerora, Ryan Searle, and AJ Morris all threw well out of the bullpen.  From an offense standpoint Greg Rohan had a hit and two RBI’s bringing his season total to 57.  Ronald Torreyes had one hit, scored two runs, and drove one in.  John Andreoli and Taylor Davis each had two hits on the day.  This was not the way the Cubs wanted to start the second half, but they will be back at it tomorrow.

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 Tennessee and Peoria are at there All Star break while Iowa had the day off.

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Mark

 

Daytona Cubs First Half Recap

 

The Daytona Cubs resume play tonight after four days off for the all-star break.  The D-Cubs had an up and down first half, let’s take a look at what transpired over the first two and half months of the season.

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The D-Cubs swung the bats very well during the first half of the season.  Leading the way was 24 year-old right fielder Nelson Perez.  Perez played 60 games in the first half, he hit .298 with 11 home runs, and 42 RBI’s, and he finished with an impressive .927 OPS.  Perez wasn’t the only one hitting for the D-Cubs as four different guys had a .288 average or higher.  Greg Rohan was one of those guys as he hit .295 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI’s, finishing the first half with .883 OPS.  Arismendy Alcantara, John Andreoli, and Rubi Silva all had above average first half performances. 

A bright spot for the D-Cubs and the Chicago Cubs was the performance of Matthew Szczur.  Szczur started the season in an awful slump, but over the last month or so he has really turned it on.  He finished the first half hitting .267 with 1 home run, and 13 RBI’s out of the lead-off spot for Daytona.  Szczur only struck out 32 times while drawing 24 walks, he added 19 stolen bases for good measure.  Szczur is currently on the DL with a knee issue, hopefully that isn’t serious and he will be back out there soon. 

Austin Kirk led the Daytona pitching attack, in doing so he earned himself a spot on the All-Star team, and was named the starting pitcher for the FSL North team.  Kirk was outstanding during the first half, he finished 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts).  Eric Jokisch was another bright spot on the mound for Daytona.  Jokisch finished the fist half 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA while averaging almost one strikeout per inning.

2012 All-Stars!
LHP – Austin Kirk (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO)
INF – Arismendy Alcantara (0-for-1)
OF – Nelson Perez (1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB)
OF – Matt Szczur (DNP – Injured)
DH – Greg Rohan (0-for-4)

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– George

6/12: Around The Minor League System

A look around the minor leagues on Tuesday.

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Peoria took a tough loss on Tuesday losing 5-4.  After Peoria took a 3-1 lead, Beloit came back in the fourth and scored four of there own.  Michael Jensen took the lossfor the Chiefs, but was not helped out by his defense who committed five errors, three coming from Javier Baez and two coming from Dustin Geiger.  Baez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Zeke DeVoss had a double and also drove in a run.  Pin-Chieh ChenYasiel Balaguert, and Yaniel Cabezas all added RBI’s on Tuesday.  The loss dropped Peoria to 32-33 on the season.

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Daytona got seven early runs, which proved to be plenty as they beat Brevard County 8-3.  Nelson Perez led the attack with three hits including his eleventh homerun of the season.  Greg Rohan and John Andreoli each had two hits on the night as well.  Arismendy Alcantara and Richard Jones each added a hit and two RBI’s a piece.  Eduardo Figueroa only could last three innings, but Ryan Searle came in relief to get his fourth win of the season.  Joseph Zeller and Jeffrey Lorick also pitched two innings a piece on Tuesday.  Daytona improved their record to 29-34.

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A five run first for Omaha proved to be too much for Iowa to overcome.  Chris Volstad gave up six runs in five innings of work, including four walks and six hits.  Offensively Ty Wright had two hits including a double and a run scored.  Blake Lalli, Alfredo Amezaga each had an RBI and Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the ninth.  Geovany Soto was the DH in the game and delivered a double in four AB’s.  The Cubs got quite a scare as Anthony Rizzo left early with a leg injury when he crashed into a fence in front of the dugout.  Thankfully xrays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a right knee contusion.

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Mark

6/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your minor league recap from June 11, 2012.

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Games don’t get much more wild than this one last night.  The Peoria Chiefs trailed 6-0 in the second inning only to come all the way back for a walk-off 10-9 victory, their seventh in a row.  Gerardo Concepcion struggled again as he was beat up early and often.  Concepcion lasted four innings, giving up nine runs on 11 hits while walking three and striking out one.  His offense came to the rescue however as the Chiefs pounded out 15 hits resulting in 10 runs.  Dustin Geiger, just back from injury was the hero for the Chiefs.  Geiger was 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run, three RBI’s, and three runs scored, he also had the game winning single in the 9th.  Paul Hoilman also had a big day going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s in the win.  With the win the Chiefs are now the only team in the Cubs organization to be at .500 or better, they are on a roll. 

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 Matt Loosen was at his best Monday Night as he shut down the Tampa Yankees en route to a 5-0 win.  Loosen was outstanding tossing six shut-out innings while walking three and striking out seven.  Loosen has quietly had a great year for the D-Cubs as he is now 5-1 on the season with a 2.63 ERA.  Arismendy Alcantara was a force again at the top of the lineup as he was 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and two stolen bases, he now has 18 on the season.  Greg Rohan continued his strong 2012 campaign as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with his 20th double of the season, he also had two RBI’s which bring his season total to 54.

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 Trey McNutt finally had a bad outing on Monday as he allowed nine runs, eight earned in just three and a-third en route to a 14-7 loss to Mississippi.  McNutt had been pretty good all year-long, the loss drops him to 4-5 and his ERA climbs to 3.65, still very respectable despite giving up eight earned runs.  Junior Lake was 1-for-5 at the plate with his 4th home run of the season, a solo shot.  Welington Castillo, still rehabbing from a sore knee was tremendous once again as he nears a return to the Cubs.  Castillo was 1-for-2 with another home run, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .429 with two home runs and five RBI’s during his rehab stint.   

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 It was the Anthony Rizzo show once again in Iowa.  Rizzo was 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs (21, 22) and a double, he drove in four runs and scored two more.  Rizzo is now hitting .370 on the season with 22 home runs and 57 RBI’s, wow.  Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to lift Iowa to a win as they fell to Omaha 9-7 in a wild one.  Jay Jackson started for Iowa and was roughed up.  Jackson allowed seven runs on 11 hits in just three and two-thirds innings of work.  Jeff Beliveau was hung with the loss as he gave up two runs on four hits as he only lasted one inning.  Geovany Soto made his first rehab start and was 0-for-2 with a run scored after being hit by a pitch.  Soto is expecting to be at Iowa for a week as he recovers from minor knee surgery.  Josh Vitters, Dave Sappelt, and Blake Lalli all had two hits in a losing effort. 

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– George