Minor Matters – April 16, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – You wouldn’t know it by the hit totals, but the I-Cubs won this one rather handily 4-3.  Iowa only had three hits, and gave up ten, but that’s not what decides games.  Ty Wright was 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Ryan Sweeney had one of the other hits and it was a big one, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple, and an RBI.  J.C. Boscan had the biggest hit of the day as he was 1-for-3 with a double, and two RBI’s, definitely an odd game at the plate, but drawing four walks definitely helped.

On The Mound –  Plenty of hits given up by the Cubs staff, but they didn’t walk anyone, and that was a huge reason they pulled this one out.  Brooks Raley had a tremendous outing getting his first win of the season going six scoreless innings giving up six hits, and striking out seven.  Yoanner Negrin continues to be untouchable out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings only giving up two hits.  Cory Wade worked the ninth and gave up one run on two hits while striking out two.

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At The Plate – A back and forth game in Huntsville ended with the Smokies hanging on to win 4-3 over the Stars.  Matt Szczur continues to be productive out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-3 with a home run, a stolen base, a caught stealing, an RBI, and a run scored.  Justin Bour also joined in on the fun going 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva has been scorching hot all year and it was no different last night, he was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .405 on the season now.

On The MoundAlberto Cabrera got the start and his second win of the season as he went six innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five.  A.J. Morris was solid out of the pen going two scoreless, and hitless innings while striking out three.  Frank Batista worked the ninth for his second save, although he made it exciting, he worked one inning giving up one run on one hit while walking one.

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At The Plate – All sorts of offense from Daytona but it wasn’t nearly enough in this one.  Seven out of the nine players in the lineup had at least one hit.  John Andreoli was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, two stolen bases, and one run scored.  Javy Baez connected on his second homer of the season, he finished the day 1-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-2 with two walks with a double, and a run scored.  Dustin Geiger continues to stay hot going 2-for-3 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .310 on the season.

On The Mound – I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen anything like this in just nine innings.  The D-Cubs staff gave up fifteen runs, that was low in my opinion seeing that they gave up twenty-seven hits, twenty-seven!  Ryan Searle has been great this year, not last night, he went 4.2 innings giving up seven runs on fifteen(!) hits while striking out five, his ERA sits at 4.85 right now, a small miracle given how many runs he gave up.  Hunter Cervenka and Luis Liria gave up a combined seven runs in 2.1 innings.  Taylor Davis, a catcher, worked one inning giving up one run on four hits.

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At The Plate – The Cougars had a thrilling comeback win in game one as they scored twice in the last two innings to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.  Daniel Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, with that two hit game his average climbed to .302 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 with a big two run double to help the Cougars come all the way back.

On The Mound –  Errors got the best of the Cougars early on and it showed in the pitching staff”s numbers.  Jose Arias got the start and went four innings giving up three runs, all unearned, on four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Jeffry Antigua was great out of the pen and was rewarded with his first win of the season.  Antigue went three scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out three.

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At The Plate – No such comeback luck in this one from the Cougars as they were done in by a seven run second inning.  Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, an error, and two runs scored.  Wes Darvill was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-2 with a walk.  The top three guys in the Cougars order went 0-for-10 in game two, and the Cougars went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

On The MoundMichael Heesch got the start and didn’t get much help from his defense.  Heesch went 1.2 innings giving up six runs, two earned, on five hits while walking one and striking out two.  Brian Smith got beat up a little bit as he went 2.1 innins giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Steve Perakslis and Nathan Dorris each tossed a scoreless inning in the loss.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 13, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate Logan Watkins showed off his tremendous skill set once again last night.  Watkins was 1-for-3 with two walks, a home runs, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Watkins now had ten walks in ten games so far this season.  Darwin Barney made his first rehab start and looked decent at the plate going 1-for-4 with a run scored, and two strikeouts.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with an RBI, J.C. Boscan also went 2-for-4 in the loss, he had an RBI and a run scored as well.

On The MoundBarret Loux got the start and was much better this time out.  Loux went five innings giving up one run on six hits while walking two and striking out five to earn his first win of the season.  Yoanner Negrin has been outstanding once again as he went three innings only allowing two hits while striking out eight, eight!  Blake Parker tossed a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Smokies jumped out to an 8-1 lead and just barely held on for an 8-6 victory.  Ronald Torreyes made his return to the lineup, his first appearance of 2013 and was solid going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored from the lead-off spot.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI’s and two runs scored.  Rubi Silva also had a breakout game going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .320 on the year.  Justin Bour only had one hit, but was productive, he finished the day 1-for-4 with three RBI’s.

On The Mound – The Smokies were good, and not so good late.  Kyle Hendricks got the start and the win, he went six innings giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking three and striking out one.  A.J. Morris struggled out of the pen going 1.1 innings giving up five runs on three hits while walking two hits while striking out one.  Frank Batista settled things down to earn the save, he went 1.2 innings giving up no runs on one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs fell behind early and just couldn’t generate enough offense to get back into this one.  Javier Baez is starting to show signs of breaking out as he was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored.  John Andreoli was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, he’s now hitting .364 on the season.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  Dustin Geiger was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s in the loss.

On The Mound – A rare bad outing from P.J. Francescon, he got the loss going five innings giving up six runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out five.  Eduardo  Figueroa didn’t get much help from his defense as he worked three innings giving up three runs, all unearned, on two hits while walking four and striking out none.

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At The Plate – The Cougars built a 4-0 lead by the top of the third, by the bottom of the fourth it was gone.  The Cougars mounted a late comeback, but they ran out of time in game one.  Daniel Vogelbach continued his hot start to the season going 1-for-2 with two walks, his first home run, an RBI and two runs scored.  Rock Shoulders is even hotter at the plate right now going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .455 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario finally had a solid game going 1-for-2 with two walks, a double, and a run scored.

On The MoundIan Dickson hasn’t had the best start to the 2013 season, that continued in this one.  Dickson went five innings giving up seven runs on eights hits while walking none and striking out three.  Brian Smith tossed a scoreless inning in relief only giving up one hit.

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At The Plate – It took eleven innings but the Cougars were able to split the double-header with the Timer Rattlers.  Jeimer Candelario had a solid second game as well going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.  Willson Contreras was great coming off the bench and ended up with the game winning home run, he was 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Wes Darvill was 2-for-4 with a caught stealing, and an error, so a good and bad day for him.

On The MoundFelix Pena was outstanding in this one going six innings giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking one and striking out three.  Justin Amlung, who has been roughed up in the early going had an outstanding outing yesterday.  Amlung went four scoreless innings out of the pen giving up only two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Eduardo Orozco earned his first save of the season tossing a scoreless inning giving up one hit and striking out one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 12, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

 

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At The Plate – The I-Cubs were looking pretty good through four innings, then the bottom fell out, and that’s putting it nicely.  Logan Watkins continues to embody everything that Theo Epstein wants, as he was 0-for-2 from the lead-off spot but had three walks.  Ryan Sweeney was 1-for-4 with his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Brian Bogusevic, and J.C. Boscan each had two hits in the loss.  Edwin Maysonet only had one hit on the night, but he was productive as he had three RBI’s.

On The MoundNick Struck did just fine tonight, I know the final score doesn’t indicate that but he was solid.  Struck went four innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three.  That was the end of the good news for the Iowa pitching.  Esmailin Caridad was hung with the loss, he worked one inning giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits while walking three and striking out one.  Jaye Chapman was even worse as he gave up five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one in just two-thirds of an inning.  Cory Wade had an odd stat line, he went three innings giving up two runs on NO hits while walking three and striking out five.  The I-Cubs are now 1-8 on the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies could only manage four hits and two runs but that was just enough for the victory.  Matt Szczur continued his strong start to the season from the lead-off spot going 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-for-3 with the only other RBI for the Smokies.  Rubi Silva, and Jonathan Mota tallied the only other hits for the Smokies in the win.

On The Mound – Outstanding work all night for the Smokies pitchers.  Eric Jokisch got the start and also the victory as he went six strong innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out three.  Tony Zych, Zach Rosscup, and Trey McNutt all tossed scoreless innings to shut the door on the Lookouts.  Trey McNutt earned his first save of the season and has yet to give up a run in 2013.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs didn’t need much in this one, but they were able to score five times on just six hits.  Taiwan Easterling had another solid game going 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI’s and a run scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI, much better approach from Baez in this one.  Stephen Bruno was 1-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.

On The Mound Austin Kirk was outstanding despite fighting his command early.  Kirk went five scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking four and striking out two, he improves to 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.  Yao-Lin Wang was just as good out of the pen going four scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out five to earn the rare four inning save.

NOTES:  Kane County was scheduled to play a double header in Wisconsin today but for the second straight day they were snowed out.  They are planning on playing a double header tomorrow and Saturday to make up for the last two days.  Ronald Torreyes is back!  He was a week late in arriving to camp and stayed about a week late to make up for it.  He has now been assigned to AA Tennessee.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 4, 2013

Welcome to Minor Matters, here’s a quick introduction…  You want to know how the Cubs’ minor league teams did?  Then this is the post you want to read, it will be a daily post and will recap EVERY minor league game that day.  Usually this post will be published the night of the games, sometimes, especially once Boise starts, the post might not appear until the next morning.  Enjoy!.

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At The Plate – Iowa pounded out eleven hits on the night, but could only push across three runs in the defeat.  Brian Bogusevic led the way going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, all three hits were singles.  Ty Wright went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and J.C. Boscan also went 2-for-4.  All eleven Cubs hits were singles.

On The Mound – It was a rough start for Chris Rusin as he gave up three in the first but he settled down to make it through five innings.  Rusin gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  Jensen Lewis got lit up and was slapped with the loss as he gave up five runs, three earned (defense was an issue) on four hits in a third of an inning.  Zach Putnam didn’t fair much better has he gave up two runs all earned on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.  Both Casey Coleman and Rafael Dolis had scoreless appearances.

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At The Plate – The top of the order for the Smokies was outstanding, unfortunately there wasn’t much after that.  Matt Szczur was tremendous in the lead-off spot going 3-for-4 with a run scored, all three hits were singles.  Number two hitter Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a home run, and three RBI’s.  Johermyn Chavez was the only other Smokies player to record a hit, a single.

On The MoundDallas Beeler got knocked around in his first start of 2013, but had decent command.  Beeler worked 5.1 innings, he gave up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five.  A.J. Morris tossed 1.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Tony Zych couldn’t keep it close late as he gave up two runs (both unearned) in his one inning of work while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Kane County couldn’t really get anything going at the plate as they were only able to register five hits in the loss.  Dan Vogelbach has a solid night going 2-for-4 with two singles.  Jemier Candelario and Willson Contreras each had one hit, and Rock Shoulders was 1-for-4 with a run scored, a home run, and two RBI’s.

On The MoundPierce Johnson got the start and got beat up.  Johnson gave up five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five in 2.1 innings.  Justin Amlung worked 2.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out two.  Brian Smith tossed two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out four.  Steve Perakslis and Eduardo Orozco each had a scoreless appearance.

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At The Plate – A quiet night at the plate for the D-Cubs as they could only manage three runs on six hits, but they did walk five times which is a plus.  Jorge Soler got his first full professional season off to a great start going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.  Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored out of the lead-off spot.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-4 with a run scored, and an RBI double.  Stephen Bruno was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI double.  Javier Baez rounded out the scoring with a sac-fly, he finished the night 0-for-3.

On The MoundBen Wells was knocked around early but managed to battle his way through four innings.  Wells gave up two runs on seven hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out four to earn a no decision.  Sheldon McDonald was hung with the loss as he went 2.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three.  Eduardo Figueroa was solid out of the pen giving up no runs on two hits while striking out two in 2.1 innings of work.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Sign a Number of Players Including Brian Bogusevic

Per Matt Eddy of Baseball America the Cubs have signed four players to minor league deals today, most notably Brian Bogusevic.  The Cubs also signed infielder Alberto Gonzalez who appeared in 24 games with the Rangers last season playing all over the infield.  Right fielder Johermyn Chavez was also signed, he spent the majority of 2012 in the Mariners organization at the Double-A level.  Catcher J.C. Boscan was also given a minor league contract today, Boscan appeared in six games with the Braves this past season.

Bogusevic is the only name you might actually know out of all these guys.  A 2005 first round pick, Bogusevic spent last season with the Houston Astros and appeared in 146 games.  His numbers weren’t really much to write home about but he will be in the competition to earn a spot coming off the bench next year for the Cubs.

Thanks for reading,
– George