7/24: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Tuesday July 24 minor league recap.

Peoria was off.

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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

7/19: Around the Cubs Minor League System

All teams back in action on Thursday July 19.

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Jorge Soler made his much anticipated debut on Thursday night, but the AZL Cubs fell to the AZL Mariners 4-3 in 12 innings.  It was not quite the debut we were looking for from Soler as he went 0-3, grounding out twice and lining into a double play.  The Cubs got RBIs from David Bote, Daniel Lockhart, and Justin Marra.  Marra also had two hits on the evening.  Paul Blackburn got the start on Thursday and pitched three innings allowing one runs on three hits.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino struck out five in four innings out of the pen and Daniel Adrian struck out four in three scoreless innings.  Chad Martin took the loss giving up the winning run in the 12th inning.  Not the type of game we become accustomed to from the Cubs in Arizona.

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The pitching for Boise did their job on Thursday, but the Hawks still lost to Eugene 2-1.  Ian Dickson got the start and took the tough loss.  He gave up two runs, one earned in five innings.  He also struck out five, his record now stands at 1-3.  Hunter Ackerman was outstanding in relief striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings pitched.  All of the Hawks offense came off the bat of Stephen Bruno who had the only two hits for Boise.  He also drove in Gioskar Amaya who reached on a walk.  This is a tough one to swallow as the pitching did so well, unfortunately the hitting did not.

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Peoria dropped another to West Michigan losing 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang started and took the loss allowing three runs in the second inning, one earned in just 1.2 innings pitched.  Josheph Zeller pitched well in relief allowing one unearned run on seven hits in 5.1 innings.  He struck out three and lowered his ERA to 1.69.  Javier Baez did it again going 2-for-4 hitting his ninth home run of the season and stealing his 17th base.  Chadd Krist only was able to muster up one hit tonight as his average dropped to .462.  Dustin Geiger added a hit and scored the only other Chiefs run of the day.  Peoria will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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It is tough to win when you allow four runs in one inning and then a single run four innings in a row.  Daytona didn’t disprove this losing 8-3 to Jupiter.  Austin Kirk took the loss allowing five runs in five innings pitched.  His ERA stands at an impressive 2.88.  Hunter Cervenka, Scott Weismann, and AJ Morris all gave up a run in their inning of work out of the bullpen.  The good news came from one of the Cubs top prospects Matt Szczur.  He was 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored, RBI and his 33rd stolen base of the year.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Elliot Soto added two hits driving in one run and Rubi Silva also had an RBI.  Not a good loss all the way around for the Cubs.

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After giving up three in the first Tennessee tried to mount a comeback, but it ultimately came up short losing 4-3 to Chattanooga.  Eric Jokisch took the loss allowing three runs on six hits in five innings.  Kevin Rhoderick hopefully got back on track Thursday striking out all four of the outs he recorded.  Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless inning giving up three hits, but striking out one.  Juan Apodaca hit a double and drove in two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Logan Watkins drove stole his 19th base of the season and drove in his 36th run of the season.  It was a good comeback attempt, but turned out to be another disappointing loss.

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Casey Coleman got scratched from his start so Ryan Rowland-Smith took his place and struggled giving up five runs, three earned in just four innings pitched.  All of those runs came in the second and Iowa could never rebound losing 9-1.  Offensively Brett Jackson was 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Dave Sappelt and Blake Lalli each had two hits and both had a double.  Adrian Cardenas and Welington Castillo had doubles as well.  Other than that not much excitement coming from Iowa on Thursday night.

Thanks for reading,
Mark

7/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Recapping July 13th, 2012 in the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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The AZL Cubs have a way of punishing their opponents, and more often than not Daniel Vogelbach is leading that charge, tonight was more of the same as the Cubs beat the Rangers 7-3.  Vogelbach was a man possessed tonight as he went 3-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season, two doubles, an RBI, a walk, and two runs scored.  Vogelbach now has 10 doubles on the season, the man doesn’t now how to hit singles, he’s a slugging machine right now.  Ben Carhart and Jacob Rogers made sure Vogelbach had plenty of help as each guy had two hits, Carhart is now hitting .340 while Rogers is now hitting .429 on the season.  Timothy Saunders had a shocking 0-for-4 dropping his average all the way down to .475 on the season, please catch that sarcasm, I’m laying it on pretty thick.  Anthony Prieto started for the Cubs and only went one inning, he didn’t give up any runs but gave up one hit and issued three walks before departing.  Hunter Ackerman came on in relief and earned the win after going three innings giving up one run on two hits, while walking two and striking out two.  Nathan Dorris came on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

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A late inning collapse can be blamed for Boise’s loss as they seemingly had this one wrapped up leading 4-2 heading to the 8th.  Vancouver scored four in the 8th and one more time for good measure in the 9th to take beat Boise 7-4.  Tayler Scott started for Boise and was his typical solid self going four strong innings allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out one.  Hayden Simpson chipped in 3.2 innings of relief but was on the mound for Vancouver’s comeback.  The defense behind Simpson didn’t help as he allowed three runs on six hits but only one was earned.  Gioskar Amaya continued his solid season at the plate going 2-for-5 with his 3rd home run of the season, he his now hitting .298 on the campaign.  Dong-Yub Kim also had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a run scored and Rock Shoulders continued showing patience at the plate as he was 0-for-1 with three walks.

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For all the press the Chiefs offense gets, and well deserved, the pitching has shown flashes of brilliance as well, tonight Joseph Zeller dazzled.  Zeller was perfect in his six innings of work, that’s right, no hits or walks in six innings while striking out four en route to his first win of the season.  The Chiefs couldn’t finish off the perfect game eventually allowing one run on two hits in an 8-1 victory over Dayton.  Chadd Krist is becoming a story, the 2012 draft pick has already been promoted to Peoria and he is swinging the bat well.  Krist was 2-for-4 again tonight with his first home run as a Chief, he also had a double, two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Paul Hoilman and Wes Darvill each chipped in with two RBI’s a piece.

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Losses can’t get much harder to take than this one.  The Daytona Cubs were well on their way to a victory behind P.J. Francescon leading 7-0 heading to the 6th inning, then the wheels fell off.  Palm Beach blitzed the D-Cubs for seven runs in the sixth inning, and three in the seventh to take a 10-7 lead, eventually winning 11-8.  Francescon was brilliant for the D-Cubs, he went five innings allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out three, but had to settle for a no decision.  Matthew Spencer, Ryan Searle, Scott Weismann, and Frank Del Valle were really bad, no other way to put it as they tossed a combined four innings giving up 11 runs, all earned, on 11 hits while walking three and striking out three.  Rubi Silva had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-6 with a triple, his ninth, yes ninth of the season, and an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes and Rebel Ridling each had two hits in the loss, as six different D-Cubs had RBI’s.

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The Smokies never really allowed Birmingham into this one as they jumped all over the Barons with four in the first, then tacked on three in the fifth and sixth to take a 10-0 lead.  The Barons tried to save face by pushing across three runs in the final two innings but it didn’t help as the Smokies rolled to a 12-3 victory.  Erik Jokisch was nearly perfect going five innings allowing no runs on one hit while walking four and striking out six.  Jokisch struggled with his command, see the six walks, but was untouchable otherwise in earning his 5th win of the season against one loss.  Trey McNutt made his debut as a reliever, after officially being moved to the pen yesterday.  He was solid going two innings in relief giving up no run on one hit and striking out two.  Justin Bour had a stellar game at the plate going 2-for-6 with a double, four RBI’s and a run scored.  Logan Watkins wasn’t going to let Bour have all the fun as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, two walks, and three runs scored.  Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Michael Burgess all had two hits in the blow out win.  The Smokies managed to pound out 14 hits and 12 runs and did it all without a home run.

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A late rally from Iowa fell just short as they dropped a close one to Omaha 4-3, the I-Cubs scratched across two runs in the ninth unfortunately it was too little too late.  Brooks Raley was really good for the I-Cubs going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four.  Unfortunately that wasn’t good enough to avoid a loss as Raley fell to 4-5 on the season with a 3.57 ERA.  Adrian Cardenas continued his recent stretch of outstanding play, proving that he is a play every day kind of guy, he won’t reach that max potential by coming off the bench.  Cardenas was 2-for-3 with a double, triple, a walk, and a run scored in the loss.  Welington Castillo was 3-for-4 with a run scored, but that was the extent of the I-Cubs offense as they were a horrendous 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left eight guys on base.

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– George

7/7: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leagues on Saturday, July 7.

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Another day and another nice day for the AZL Cubs beating AZL Giants 11-1.  Timothy Saunders was at again going 3-for-4 with a home run, double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Rafael Lopez also had three hits including a double and a triple.  He also drove in two runs and scored two as well.  Jacob Rogers drove in two runs as well and added two doubles.  Dan Vogelbach only was 1-for-5, but he also drove in two.  Daniel Lockhart had two hits and scored two runs.  All in all the Cubs pounded out 13 hits, eight of which were extra base hits.  The pitching was just as impressive as the hitting allowing only one run on two hits.  Hunter Ackerman started and pitched three innings not allowing a hit and striking out four.  Loiger Padron struck out three in two scoreless innings to record his first win.  Jin-Young Kim closed the game out also throwing two scoreless innings.

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Behind Tayler Scott and Hayden Simpson Boise shut out Yakima winning 4-0.  Scott got the start and pitched six beautiful innings allowing only three hits and striking out four in route to his first win of the season.  Hayden Simpson allowed baserunners giving up three hits and walking two in three innings.  He also struck out three and recorded his first save of the season.  Boise also had a few nice nights at the plate.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with a double, a runs scored, and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Wilson Contreras all had two hits including a double and a runs scored.  Contreras also added two RBIs on the evening.  Xavier Batista had a double and drove in the other Cubs run.

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Peoria scored three in the eighth to take a 5-2 lead.  Cedar Rapids got one in the ninth, but that was all as Peoria won 5-3.  Top prospect Javier Baez had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a solo home run.  Dustin Geiger did it again hitting his eighth home run of the season.  The big blow, however came off the bat of Yasiel Balaguert who connected on three-run homer in the eighth which proved to be the game winner.  The pitching did a nice job with starter Jose Rosario giving up two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Hunter Cervenka entered the game and shut down Cedar Rapids pitching two perfect innings of relief and striking out three.  His ERA now stands at 1.46.  Yao-Lin Wang gave up a run, but was able to close out the game recording his 11th save of the season.

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Daytona scored two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough losing to Lakeland 6-5.  Offensively Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run in the third, his seventh of the year.  Cubs also got RBIs from Matt Cerda and John Andreoli.  Taylor Davis also connected on his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the top of the ninth.  Rubi Silva scored a run and was the only Cub to record two hits on the night.  Starter PJ Francescon took the loss allowing five runs, four earned on nine hits in five innings.  Eduardo Figueroa threw a scoreless 1.1 innings and Jeffrey Lorick gave up a run in his 1.2 innings pitched.

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Chattanooga scored three in the top of the ninth to beat Tennessee 6-3.  At the plate the Smokies had some nice performances.  Juan Apodaca was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Junior Lake and Michael Burgess each had two hits on Saturday as well.  Elliot Soto drove in the other Smokies run.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the start and pitched six solid innings allowing only two runs and striking out four.  He was in line for the win, but Kevin Rhoderick gave up a run in his two innings of work.  Casey Harman took the loss giving up three runs in the ninth.  It was a rough one to lose as Tennessee had the lead late, but gave up four in the last three innings.

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Iowa scored two in the eighth and held on to beat Omaha 5-4.  Alfredo Amezaga had a really nice night going 3-for-5 with two double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Dave Sappelt continues to stay hot adding two hits and driving in a pair.  Josh Vitters added an RBI and hit his 24th double of the season.  In his first game with Iowa James Adduci was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Esmailin Caridad got the start and gave up one run, none earned in three innings.  Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched four solid innings in relief only giving up one run and striking out three.  Jeff Beliveau blew a save opportunity giving up a run in the eighth, but he ended up getting his third win of the season.  Brett Jackson missed his third game in a row on Saturday.

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Mark

7/2: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 2nd Minor League recaps.

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The AZL Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth, but gave up two in the bottom half to lose 5-4.  In the defeat Dan Vogelbach had two hits including his second home run in as many days.  He drove in two on the day.  Cubs also had two hit performances out of Timothy Saunders, Daniel Lockhart, Ben Carhart, and Trevor Gretzky.  To go with his two hits Lockhart also drove in two and had a run scored.  Hunter Ackerman pitched three scoreless innings striking out three in the start.  Jin-Young Kim took the loss giving up two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth.  It was a tough loss for the Cubs, but hopefully they can come back strong in the next one.

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 Boise gave up two runs in the bottom of the eigth and lost to Tri-City 7-5.  Despite the loss Gioskar Amaya was 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Stephen Bruno also had two hits with a run scored and two RBI’s.  The Hawks also got hits from Jeimer Candelario, Chadd Kris, and Bijan Rademacher.  Starting pitcher Taylor Scott was pitching rather well until the fifth when he and Hayden Simpson combined to give up four runs and Simpson gave up one more in the sixth.  Tri-City completed the comeback in the eighth as Su-Min Jung gave up two runs and took the loss.

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Not a good night all around the Peoria losing to Kane County 6-0.  Starting pitcher Jose Rosario had a rough second inning giving up five runs, but really settled down and ended up pitching seven innings.  In those seven innings he gave up six runs, four earned on ten hits while striking out seven.  Sheldon McDonald threw two really nice innings out of the bullpen striking out three and allowing only a walk.  Offensively there wasn’t much to talk about.  The Chiefs were only able to muster up three hits.  Those getting hits on Monday were Zeke DeVoss, Paul Hoilman, and Pin-Chieh Chen.

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Daytona scored six runs in the sixth to win 7-3.  Elieser Bonne was 3-for-3 with a run scored and Matt Cerda was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Micah Gibbs also drove in two runs, and Rebel Ridling and John Andreoli each drove in one a piece.  P.J. Francescon to his first win of the season giving up three runs on five hits in six innings of work.  Ryan Searle and Brian Schlitter didn’t allow a run combining to strike out two in the last three innings of game.

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Tennessee scored a lot early and one late holding on to beat Chattanooga 6-4.  Recent call-up Greg Rohan was 4-for-4 with two double, two RBI’s and one run scored.  Smokies also had two hits from Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, and Michael Burgess.  To go with Rohan’s two RBI’s the Smokies also had an RBI a piece from Justin Bour, Lake, and Ha.  Dae-Eun Rhee wasn’t great but he was good enough to get his fifth win of the season.  Tony Zych and Ty’relle Harris combined to pitch three innings and striking out three.  Frank Batista came on in the ninth to close the game, striking out one to record his 14th save of the season.

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It was a scoreless game headed to the bottom of the seventh when Nashville scored four.  They ended up holding on to win 4-1 on Monday.  Chris Rusin got the start and was pretty good throwing six scoreless innings while striking out five.  Jeff Beliveau took the loss in relief giving up four runs in only .1 innings pitched.  Although the Cubs only were able to score one, there were some good things that happened.  Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in the only Cubs run of the day.  Matt Tolbert and Dave Sappelt each had two hits on Monday and Brian Esposito was the only other Cub to record a hit.

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Mark