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Nightmare Inning Dooms Boise

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For six innings it looked like the Boise Hawks were on their way to a dominating game one victory which would have put them one win from a league championship.  Two innings later the Hawks found themselves not only trailing in the game, but trailing in the series, and one game away from being eliminated.

The Hawks were clicking on all cylinders early, as Ian Dickson was dealing on the mound, and the Hawks brought their bats to Vancouver.  Albert Almora got things started in the second inning with a one out single and advanced to second on a Rock Shoulders ground out.  Wilson Contreras followed with a clutch two out single to drive in Almora and give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.  The Canadians wasted no time getting back into this one as they plated the tying run in the bottom half of the second on a Carlos Ramirez RBI double.  It looked like the Canadians took the lead on the play but Matt Newman was called out at the plate when it looks like he might have been safe.  Boise jumped back in front in the third behind a Daniel Vogelbach one out run scoring double that also put men at second and third.  The opportunity was wasted as both Jeimer Candelario and Almora struck out swinging, and Boise had to settle for one run and a 2-1 lead.  Ian Dickson ended his night after the third inning, and it was a terrific outing for Ian, he went three innings giving up one run on two hits while walking three and striking out three.

Justin Amlung took over for Dickson in the fourth with Boise hanging on to a precarious one run lead.  Right of the bat Amlung was in trouble and it looked like Vancouver was ready to finally break through.  The Canadians loaded the bases with nobody out, that’s when Amlung took it to another level by striking out the next three Canadian hitters to get out of the jam with the lead in tact.  The Hawks were clearly inspired by Amlung’s performance as they answered the Vancouver 4th in their half of the 5th by loading the bases with nobody out.  Unlike Vancouver, the Hawks took advantage of their opportunity as Vogelbach walked with the bases loaded, Candelario singled, and Almora grounded out.  The result was three more runs for Boise and a commanding 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th.  The Hawks weren’t done there as they tacked on two more runs in the top of the 6th as Marco Hernandez laced a two-run single to give the Hawks a 7-1 lead, nothing could go wrong now.

Oh, how I wish that was true, as everyone should know by now, when the Boise Hawks are in Vancouver no lead is safe.  The Canadians have come back two different times against Boise this year, they began their third comeback of the season in the bottom of the 6th.  Jorge Flores greeted Jame Pugliese rather rudely as he ripped a two run double to bring the Canadians a little closer making the score 7-3.  No big deal, a four run lead in the 7th inning should be easy enough to hang on to.  The key word being should, as the Canadians made a huge statement, with some help from the Hawks in the 7th.  Art Charles started the madness with a two-run homer to make it 7-5, and that was just the beginning.  Hayden Simpson replaced Pugliese and made things worse as he walked the next guy then watched as Gioskar Amaya threw an inning ending ground out into left field to open the flood gates.  When it was all said and done the Canadians scored seven times on four hits, two walks, two errors, and one wild pitch.  A tired Hawks bunch was ambushed and had nothing left in them to make a comeback in this one, as they fell to the Canadians 10-7.  The Hawks have to win the final two games of the series, and season or their 2012 will be over, the same situation they were in after game one of the East Division series against Yakima.  Game two is tomorrow night in Boise, the Hawks have to forget this one and move on, I think they will.

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– George

8/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A quick recap of the Cubs minor leagues on Friday, August 31.  Peoria was cancelled due to rain and both Iowa and the AZL Cubs seasons are in the books.

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The Boise Hawks had a few rough innings and lost this one 6-4.  Felix Pena pitched five really good innings giving up no runs on four hits with three strikeouts.  Hayden Simpson struggled and took the loss giving up six runs on six hits in two innings.  Eduardo Orozco pitched well in his two innings allowing no runs on one hit and striking out four.  Jeimer Candelario had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.  Stephen Bruno and Gioskar Amaya each had two hits, with Amaya scoring two runs.  Dan Vogelbach and Wilson Contreras each a had a hit in the loss and Rock Shoulders was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Marco Hernandez delivered a pinch-hit RBI single.

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Daytona got down early, but Rebel Ridling and the bullpen sparked a 4-3 win.  Ridling was awesome on Friday tying the game in the seventh and winning it with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.  He ended the night 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two RBIs.  Vladimir Frias also had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Nelson Perez had two hits, including a double and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez and Christian Villanueva each had a hit in the win.  Kyler Burke got the start for the Cubs, he lasted four innings giving up three runs on six hits.  Matt Iannazzo pitched the next three innings allowing only one hit and striking out two.  Scott Weismann got the win as he threw the final two scoreless innings.  It was a nice win for the Cubs as the season is coming to a close.

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Tennessee continued to roll on Friday beating Pensacola 5-0.  Chris Rusin started, but only lasted three innings not allowing a hit and striking out one.  Nicholas Struck pitched the next 5.2 and got the win as he gave up only one hit and struck out six.  Rubi Silva had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Matt Szczur had two hits in the win and scored a run.  Junior Lake and Justin Bour each had a hit and combined to score three runs.  Anthony Recker and Matt Cerda each had a hit and Jae-Hoon Ha had an RBI in the win.  It has been fun following Tennessee the past few weeks as they have been playing some really good baseball, unfortunately it was a little late as they have been eliminated from the playoffs.

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The Iowa Cubs were supposed to play a series against New Orleans, but because of Hurricane Isaac the series has been cancelled and their season has come to an end.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/23: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at August 23 minor league recap.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/18: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Saturday’s trip through the minors.  The AZL Cubs and Daytona were both postponed on Saturday, August 18.

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It was a nice night all around for Boise as they beat Tri-City 8-2.  Boise’s pitchers only gave up two hits and one earned in the win.  Jose Arias got the start and was brilliant pitching five strong innings not giving up a run and allowing only one hit.  He also struck out five and walked one in getting the win.  Hayden Simpson had been struggling, but pitched better tonight giving up two runs, one earned on one hit in four innings.  He also struck out five on the night and got the save.  Not only did the pitchers do their job, but the offense did as well.  Stephen Bruno was great once again ending the night 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  He is now hitting .332 with Boise this year.  Rock Shoulders had only one hit, but it was a big one, a grand slam in the third inning.  Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a run and Gioskar Amaya had one hit, two walks, and scored three runs.  Dan Vogelbach only had one hit in this one, but did have an RBI.  Albert Almora was 0-for-5 in this one, hitting into some tough luck.  Boise continues to roll and this team is getting more fun by the day.

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Peoria got back on track Saturday beating Wisconsin 9-2.  The offense pounded out 14 hits to go along with those nine runs to back Michael Jensen.  Jensen pitched well going five innings allowing two runs, one earned one three hits, while striking out seven.  Pete Levitt pitched well in relief pitching three shutout innings before giving the ball to Sheldon McDonald who recorded the last three outs of the game.  Jorge Soler was outstanding in this one going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs.  Timothy Saunders and Jacob Rogers also had good games as each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  Yaniel Cabezas had a nice game of his own going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  Zeke DeVoss didn’t have a hit, but he walked four times, scored a run, drove one in, and stole his 35th base of the season.  It was good to see the Chiefs come back after a rough stretch.

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Tennessee won 2-1 in a rain shortened game.  Austin Kirk pitched a five inning complete game giving up one run on three hits.  In his first start with Tennessee he got his first win.  The offense did just enough for the win in this one led by Junior Lake.  Lake was 2-for-3 at the dish with two doubles and a run scored.  Michael Burgess and Justin Bour each had a hit and drove in a run a piece.  Matt Szczur also contributed to the victory with a double and a run scored.  A win is a win anyway you can get it, even if it only lasts five innings.

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Iowa made it two in a row beating Memphis 3-2 on Saturday.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start and the win giving up one run on five hits in five innings.  Blake Parker continued his rehab assignment pitching 1.2 innings and allowing one run.  After a scoreless 1.1 innings Marcus Hatley turned things over to Jairo Asencio who notched his third save of the year.  After a big day yesterday, Dave Sappelt did it again as went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.  Alfredo Amezaga, Jeff Frazier, and Brian Esposito all had two hits a piece.  Tony Campana also had a hit and scored a run in the Cubs win.

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-Mark

8/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a look at the Cubs minor league affiliates on Monday, August 13.  Daytona and Tennessee each had the night off.

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The AZL Cubs just exploded pounding out 25 hits and scoring 17 runs beating Reds 17-7.  I don’t even know where to start with this one, except make sure to look at the full box score because I won’t be able to mention all the awesome things that happened in this one.  Albert Almora led the way going 5-for-6 with a triple, three runs scored, and three RBIs.  Garrett Schlect had two doubles and drove in three and Daniel Lockhart hit his first home run and drove in three as well.  Carlos Penalver was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and Yasiel Balaguert was the only Cub to not have a multi-hit game, but he did knock in three of his own.  Trevor Gretzky, Shawon Dunston, and Justin Marra all had three hits a piece, with Dunston adding two RBIs and Marra driving in one.  David Bote also had two hits.  There I think I got through all of the offensive numbers.  Paul Blackburn started, but did not have his best outing allowing four runs, three earned in two innings.  On a positive Dillon Maples was spectacular pitching three scoreless innings allowing only two hits while striking out five.  Chad Martin and Ryan Hartman also pitched in this landslide victory.

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A nine run eighth was way too much for Boise to overcome losing 11-4 on Monday night.  Jose Arias pitched six innings allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out four.  He left in line for the win and after Willengton Cruz pitched a scoreless seventh things were looking good.  Good turned to really bad when Hayden Simpson came on in relief.  He had a terrible outing giving up eight run, six earned on six hits all the while only recording one out.  He obviously took the loss as there was no way the Hawks were going to come back from that.  Offensively speaking there were some good things to come out of the Monday nights loss.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-4, raising his average to .294.  Marco Hernandez had two hits of his own, including a triple and an RBI.  Stephen Bruno and Wilson Contreras had a hit and an RBI a piece while Gioskar Amaya added two hits from the leadoff spot.

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Peoria tied the game at two in the top of eighth, but gave one up in the bottom half and lost 3-2 to Beloit.  Yao-Lin Wang started and pitched pretty good going six innings allowing two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out four.  Austin Reed took the loss allowing one unearned run in his two innings of work.  Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Oliver Zapata added a double and an RBI on the evening.  Zeke DeVoss, Chadd Krist, and Bijan Rademacher all had one hit a piece in the Chiefs loss on Monday.

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Iowa’s pitchers struggled big time in this one as the Cubs lost 14-7.  Ryan Rowland-Smith started and took the loss giving up five runs in four inning.  Jaye Chapman, Seth McClung and Brian Esposito all pitched and gave up multiple runs each.  Jay Jackson was the only Cubs pitcher to come out unscathed recording two outs.  Offensively speaking Tony Campana had a nice night going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases.  Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt each had a hit and two RBIs in the loss to Las Vegas on Monday night.

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-Mark

8/8: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Sorry this is getting up later than normal, but here is Wednesday’s minor league recap.

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The AZL Cubs pick up where they left off beating the Dodgers 5-2.  Paul Blackburn started and pitched two innings giving up two unearned runs on four hits, while striking out two.  Chad Martin got his first win of the season pitching two scoreless innings.  Dillon Maples then went to the mound and struck out three in his two innings of scoreless baseball.  Corbin Hoffner then pitched two scoreless followed by Ryan Hartman notching his second save of the season.  Offensively Davie Bote had a really nice game going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.  Treveor Gretzky was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Shawon Dunston also added two hit, including a triple and he drove in a run.  Albert Almora had a hit and an RBI, his seventh of the season.

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Another night and another win for Boise beating Everett 8-6.  Dan Vogelbach hit another home run, this one a two-run shot.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, his was a grand slam.  Jeimer Candelario had a hit and an RBI of his own.  Wilson Contreras was the only Hawks player to have a multi-hit game ending the night 2-for-4.  Gioskar Amaya only had one hit, but did score three runs.  Jose Arias pitched good enough to get the win, but did allow three runs on four hits while striking out six.  Hayden Simpson pitched three innings allowing three runs, but struck out four and Eduardo Orozco preserved the lead notching his third save pitching a scoreless ninth.

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Peoria gave up four in the eighth and one in the ninth to put the game into extra innings.  It took until the 14th when the Chiefs put up two, Burlington came right back and scored three and won the game 9-8.  Timothy Saunders went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and two stolen bases.  Paul Hoilman also had two hits, including a home run and two RBIs.  Dustin Geiger added two hits and three RBIs and Zeke DeVoss went 3-for-7 with two runs scored and a stolen base.  Yao-Lin Wang got the start and pitched outstanding going six strong innings.  he allowed only one run on three hits and struck out 10 without walking a batter.  Luis Liria and Austin Reed both struggled combining to allow five runs in three innings.  Sheldon McDonald pitched three nice innings, but Pete Levitt took the loss allowing all three runs in the 14th.  It really should have never gotten to extra innings, but then to take a lead there and still lose is a tough pill to swallow.

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Huntsville scored three in the first and three more in the third and never looked back beating Tennessee 7-2.  Junior Lake was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, he is now hitting .288.  Matt Szczur went 1-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.  In really good new Jae-Hoon Ha was back on the field for the first time since his scary collision with an unpadded wall that led to a concussion.  He ended the night 1-for-4.  Dallas Beeler started and took the loss giving up six runs, five earned in the just three innings pitched.  Casey Harman pitched three nice innings allowing only one run on three hits and striking out two.  Casey Weathers, Tony Zych, and Frank Batista combined to pitch the last three scoreless innings.  It was really nice to see Ha back on the field, hope he can stay there the rest of the way.

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The game was tied at one going to the extra innings, but Reno scored four in the 10th and beat Iowa 5-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start and pitched beautifully allowing one run on only two hits in six innings of work.  Blake Parker continues hit rehab pitching one scoreless inning.  Jay Jackson pitched two good innings, but struggled in the 10th allowing four runs in taking the loss.  Greg Rohan did not have a hit, but drove in the lone Cubs run.  Dave Sappelt was 1-for-4 with a double and Matt Tolbert was the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game going 2-for-2 with a double of his own.

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-Mark

8/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor league recap for August 3, 2012.

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The AZL Cubs continued their tear beating the AZL D-Backs for their fifth straight victory.  It wasn’t as easy as it should have been however as the D-Backs scored five times in the ninth, but the Cubs hang on to win 7-5.  Dillon Maples made his second start on his road to recovery and turned in some solid work going 1.2 innings only allowing one hit while walking two and striking out one.  Paul Blackburn, one of two 2012 supplemental draft picks continued his strong season.  Blackburn worked 3.1 innings allowing only one hit while walking one and striking out two to earn his second victory of the season and lower his ERA to 1.86.  2012 draft picks Corbin Hoffner and Jasvir Rakkar also worked scoreless innings.  It was another night of fireworks from the AZL Cubs offense.  Albert Almora, who is on fire right now, went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.  Shawon Dunston, and Ben Carhart each had two hits on the night with Carhart recording his 8th double of the season.  Jacob Rogers had a big night at the plate as well going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and three runs scored.

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The Boise Hawks raced out to a 4-0 lead, and held a 5-2 lead by the 5th inning but couldn’t hang on as Spokane plated three runs in the 8th on their way to a 6-5 win.  Jose Arias didn’t get very deep into this one for the Hawks as he tossed 2.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Arias left with the lead, but Hayden Simpson couldn’t hang onto it.  Simpson worked 4.1 innings giving up three runs on six hits while striking out six.  Eduardo Orozco only gave up only one run in his inning of work, but that was the deciding run as Orozco was hung with his first loss of the season.  Gioskar Amaya had another solid night at the plate, what else is new?  Amaya was 2-for-4 with his ninth triple of the season, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored, he is now hitting .315.  Daniel Vogelbach continued to be a doubles machine as he was 1-for-3 at the plate with his 5th double while with Boise.  Rock Shoulders had a productive night as well going 1-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season, a two run shot.

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The Chiefs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against Quad Cities but couldn’t hang as they fell 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang continued his transition to the starting rotation as he went 5.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out six.  Wang left with the game tied at two, and unfortunately Jeffry Antigua could keep the River Bandits off the board.  Antigua went 1.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out two earning his first loss of the season.  Javier Baez continued his assault on Single-A pitching in the loss as he was 2-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season, he also stole his 20th base.  Baez is now hitting .336 on the season, and there are whispers that he is close to earning a promotion.  Zeke DeVoss had a solid night at the top of the Chiefs order going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

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The D-Cubs fell behind early, and couldn’t dig out of that hole as they dropped this one to Dunedin 6-2.  Kyler Burke started for the D-Cubs, and was responsible for that hole I was talking about.  Burke gave up three runs in the first and then settled down after that.  He went five innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  Hunter Cervenka had a rare awful outing as he struggled with his command in two innings of work, walking four and giving up three runs, two earned.  Rubi Silva continued his strong 2012 season at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, he is now hitting .302 on the campaign.   Christian Villanueva followed up his stellar Cubs debut by going 1-for-4 with a double and a spectacular catch in the field that I’m hoping to get video of shortly.

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Things seem to go from bad to worse for Iowa each night.  Tonight was no different as the I-Cubs battled Colorado Springs all game before surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth to lose 4-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start tonight and was outstanding as he went six strong innings giving up one run on two hits while walking three and striking out six.  Jaye Chapman, who was acquired from the Braves a couple of days ago took the loss as he was knocked around in the ninth.  Chapman worked one inning giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, he fell to 0-1 on the season.  The I-Cubs were dreadful with runners in scoring position, and they had plenty of chances too, when it was all said and done they were 0-for-10 in the loss.  Josh Vitters had a big night once again for Iowa, he went 3-for-4 with his 32nd double of the season.  Vitters is now hitting .304 on the season as he continues to try to force the Cubs hand and give them no choice but to award him the promotion he deserves.  Dylan Heuer has some great photo’s from the game, head on over to his website to check them out!

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– George