8/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the Cubs system.  Daytona was postponed and Iowa suspended in the top of the fifth.

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The AZL Cubs got things going early taking a 6-1 lead after three innings and they never looked back winning 8-3.   Albert Almora had one of his best games as a Cubs going 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.  Dan Lockhart, Alberto Mineo, and Trevor Gretzky all had two hits of their own.  Gretzy drove in two and scored a run on the night as well.  Garrett Schlect and Shawon Dunston each had a hit and an RBI and Schlect stole three bags.  The Cubs used three pitchers to get this win with Anthony Prieo pitching the first three, striking out three and allowing one run.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino threw the next three allowing two runs and striking out four.  Finally Steve Perakslis pitched the last three striking out two allowing no runs on one hit in getting his third win of the season.

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Boise stayed hot beating Salem-Keizer 4-1.  The first question on everyone’s mind will be, did Dan Vogelbach hit another home run?  No he did not, but he did go 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Izaac Garsez did hit a home run and drove in two runs.  Trey Martin went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Wilson Contreras had three hits of his own, scoring two runs as well.  Pierce Johnson got his first start in Boise pitching two innings allowing one run on four hits, while striking out two.  Felix Pena pitched great out of the bullpen in getting his second win of the season.  He gave up no runs on two hits, striking out four in five innings.  Eduardo Orozco earned his fourth save pitching the final two innings allowing one hit and striking one out.  If Boise can keep this up it looks like they will be well on their way to a winning the second half.

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Powered by a Jorge Soler grandslam Peoria beat Beloit 5-3.  We were at the game so will do a more in depth recap with a bunch of pictures and stuff Sunday.

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Daytona was postponed and will play a double header tomorrow.

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Dae-Eun Rhee pitched great leading Tennessee to a 2-0 win.  Rhee pitched six strong innings allowing no runs on six hits, while striking out three.  Tony Zych pitched the next two scoreless innings striking out three batters and Brian Schlitter recorded his fourth save pitching a scoreless ninth.  Matt Szczur continued his strong week going 2-for-3 with a walk and an outfield assist.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Matt Cerda, and Michael Brenly each had a hit, with Brenly and Ha driving in the lone Smokies runs.

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Iowa scored five in the first, but gave up two in the third before the rain came.  The game will be continued tomorrow with Iowa leading 5-2 in the top of the fifth.

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-Mark

8/10: Around the Cubs Minor League System

All teams were back at it on Friday.  Here is a quick recap of each game.

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The AZL Cubs lost to the Rangers 7-3 on Friday.  Duane Underwood got the start not allowing a run, but walking two in his one inning of work.  Brian Smith then came in to pitch two scoreless innings.  The next three innings decided the game as the Cubs defense let down Ethan Elias and Daniel Adrian who combined to give up all seven runs, but only two earned.  Elias took the loss.  Alvido Jimenez pitched the last three innings striking out three and not allowing a baserunner.  Shawon Dunston had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Albert Almora had a hit and drove in one on the evening.  Daniel Lockhart, Justin Marra, and David Bote all had a hit a piece, but it wasn’t enough for the Cubs tonight.

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Boise scored a bunch early and held on to win 11-8.  Daniel Vogelbach was once again the story in this one hitting two more home runs.  He now has seven in the last five games and has hit at least one in those five games.  He ended the night 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs.  Jeimer Candelario also had a really nice night going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored.  Stephen Bruno and Marco Hernandez each added two hits with Bruno knocking in one and Hernandez two.  Ian Dickson started and gave up six runs in only three innings.  He also walked four, but struck out five.  Hunter Ackerman and Rafael Diplan combined to throw the next four innings allowing one run each.  Nathan Dorris closed out the game recording his second save giving Diplan his second win of the season.

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Peoria lost to Burlington in Jorge Soler’s first game with the Chiefs.  The story that everyone wants to know is how did Soler do?  He went 1-for-4 with two RBIs hitting in fifth spot in the order.  Chad Krist had quite a night going 2-for-4, including two doubles and three RBIs.  Yaniel Cabezas also had two hits to go along with a run scored.  Dustin Geiger, Wes Darvill, and Pin-Chieh Chen each had a hit a piece with Chen scoring two runs.  Michael Jensen who has been good most of the year struggled giving up six runs on eight hits in five innings pitched.  Justin Berg struggled giving up four runs, one earned in two innings and Bryce Shafer pitched a scoreless ninth.  This was not quite the way Peoria planned things to go with Soler in the lineup, but tomorrow is a new day.

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Daytona took a 5-1 lead after three, but saw the lead slip away losing to Dunedin 8-5.  Just like with Jensen, Matt Loosen had pitched well most of the season, but did not have his best stuff on Friday allowing five runs on seven hits in just 4.1 innings.  Eduardo Figueroa pitched well in 2.2 relief innings, but Scott Weismann took the loss allowing the last three runs in his two innings of work.  Micah Gibbs and Rafael Lopez each had two hits, with Gibbs driving in two and Lopez one.  Elieser Bonne also drove in two runs for Daytona.  John Andreoli had a hit and stole a base, bringing his total on the season to an impressive 50.  Javier Baez continues to struggle going 0-for-5 and Christian Villanueva contributed with a hit and scored a run.  Really looking to see Baez get going here, he is obviously going to have to adjust and I think he will sooner than later.

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Tied at two going to the ninth Huntsville scored two off of Kevin Rhoderick and held on to beat the Smokies 4-3.  Erick Jokisch got the start and pitched well pitching six strong innings allowing one run on five hits and striking out six.  Trey McNutt gave up one unearned run in two innings of relief.  Matt Szczur is starting to figure things out at the next level going 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.  Logan Watkins and Nelson Perez each added two hits of their own with Watkins scoring and driving in a run.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Justin Bour each contributed with a hit and Matt Cerda drove in a run.

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Greg Rohan delivered a big two run single in the ninth to tie the game, but Jaye Chapman gave up a run in the bottom half as Iowa dropped a tough one to Las Vegas 4-3.  Chris Rusin got the start pitching 5.2 innings allowing three runs on eight hits in a no decision.  Michael Bowden pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Chapman took the loss allowing the winning run.  Blake Lalli drove in the other Cubs run ending the night 1-for-4 with a double.  Tony Campana had two hits, including a double and Matt Tolbert had a hit of his own.  Both Campana and Tolbert scored a run as did James Adduci.  It was a nice comeback for Iowa, but still took the loss on Friday night in Vegas.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/9: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here’s a look around the Cubs system on Thursday, August 9th.  The AZL Cubs and Iowa were both off on Thursday.

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Welcome to the Daniel Vogelbach Show as Boise beat Everett in a close one winning 3-2.  The aforementioned Vogelbach ended the night 2-for-4 with two home runs, he now has five in his last four games.  The Hawks had only two more hits on the evening one belonging to Marco Hernandez and the other a triple off the bat of Izaac Garsez.  Garsez would score what would be the winning run when Gioskar Amaya drove him in with a sacrifice fly.  Matt Iannazzo got the win in relief pitching two scoreless inning and striking out two.  Tayler Scott started giving up two runs on eight hits in five innings pitched.  He also struck out six and walked zero.  Tyler Bremer recorded his first save pitching two scoreless innings, while striking out three.  The Hawks stayed hot on Thursday and are 11-5 in the second half 3.5 games up.

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Peoria scored one in the top of the ninth to beat Burlington 5-4.  Although Jorge Soler was promoted to Peoria today, he was not in the lineup, but that didn’t stop the Chiefs.  Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs, and a stolen base.  Pin-Chieh Chen only had one hit, but drove in two, including the game winner.  Dustin Geiger had two doubles and Bijan Rademacher drove in a run.  Joseph Zeller got the start for the Chiefs pitching five innings and allowing four runs, three earned on four hits.  Jeffry Antigua pitched well out of relief striking out three in 2.1 scoreless innings.  Larry Suarez got his third win of the season striking out one over the final 1.2 innings.  It was a good win for Peoria and let the excitement begin as Jorge Soler should be in the lineup tomorrow.

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Daytona got down early in game one, but came storming back winning 5-4 in walk-off fashion.  The walk-off wasn’t quite as exciting as some as it ended on a wild pitch.  Ronald Torreyes was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.  Javier Baez did not have a hit, but drove in his third run in two days and he stole his first base since being promoted.  John Andreoli was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases.  Christian Villanueva had a nice night as well going 1-for-1 with two walks, a hit by pitch, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Rubi Silva and Rafael Lopez each had a hit and scored a run.  Robert Whitenack started and struggled early, but really settled down.  He gave up four runs all in the first in four innings.  Ryan Searle and Jeffrey Lorick combined to pitch an excellent four innings striking out five and allowing only one hit.  Lorick picked up the win his second of the season.

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Not much good came out of game two as Daytona lost 7-1.  Kyle Hendricks started for the Cubs pitching three innings allowing one run on two hits, while striking out three.  Kyler Burke and Hunter Cervenka pitched the final four innings in relief and really struggled combining to give up six runs.  Not much happening for the offense in this one.  Taylor Davis had a double and drove in the lone Cubs run.  Elieser Bonne was 2-for-3 with a double and scored the only Cubs run of the evening.  John Andreoli and Rubi Silva recorded the only other Cubs hits of the contest.  As bad as game two was it was nice to get game one and at least get a split in the double-header on Thursday.

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Behind Nicholas Struck Tennessee beat Huntsville 5-3.  Lendy Castillo continued his rehab pitching the first inning of this one allowing no runs on two hits.  Struck came in relief to get his 13th win.  He pitched seven strong innings allowing one run on only two hit and striking out seven.  Frank Batista who has been so good recorded two outs, but need help from Brian Schlitter to close out the game.  Schlitter recorded the last out and notched his third save of the season.  A congratulations goes out to Matt Szczur who hit his first home run since moving to Tennessee.  He ended the night 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and stole his third base.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-2 with an RBI and his 23rd stolen base.  Justin Bour is now two RBIs away from 100 as he drove in two more bringing his total to 98.  Junior lake and Jae-Hoon both had a double, with Ha also walking four times on the evening.  It was a nice win for the Smokies on Thursday.

Thanks for Reading,
-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

Minor League Monthly: July 2012

Here is a recap for the month of July for the Cubs minor league system.  There are a lot of players who had a good July, but I limited it to a player of the month/pitcher of the month at each level.

AZL Cubs:  21-10 (1st place)
July Record:  14-8
The Cubs had a pretty good month of July to go along with a great start to the season and they are in first place as of today.  There were a lot of exciting things happening in Mesa, mainly the debut’s of both Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.  There were other exciting debut’s as pitchers Dillon Maples and 2012 draftees Paul Blackburn (56 overall) and Ryan McNeil (3rd round) started there professional careers.  Finally Daniel Vogelbach just crushed the ball before being promoted to Boise.  He left the Cubs hitting .324 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, and 31 RBIs.

Player of the Month:  Ben Carhart
The 22-year old third baseman was drafted in the 35th round of this years draft out of Stetson University.  This month he hit a robust .400.  with one home run, six doubles, 14 runs scored, and 12 RBIs.  He slugged .550 and had an OBP of .486 bringing his OPS to 1.036.

Pitcher of the Month:  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino
In his first year in the organization, the 21 year-old pitcher has been very good.  This month Martinez-Pulmarino was 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA.  He pitched 15.2 innings in six games, all but one out of the bullpen.  He struck out 14, allowed only five hits and walked four in July.

Boise Hawks:  5-2 (1st place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Boise was off to a really rough start, but have been hot of late winning six out of their last eight and four in a row.  Luckily for them the second half has just started, so as far as the second half goes they are off to a nice start.

Player of the Month:  Gioskar Amaya
At only 19-years old the infielder has impressed with the bat thus far at Boise and July was no different.  He hit .330 with four home runs, four triples, and three doubles.  Amaya knocked in 13 and scored an impressive 24 runs while stealing six bags.  He had an OBP of .407 and slugged .567 brining his OPS to .974.

Pitcher of the Month:  Tayler Scott
The 20-year old starting pitcher had quite a nice July.  He started six games and went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA.  In his 30 innings pitched he gave up 21 hits, walked 14, and struck out 20.  Scott was drafted last year in the fifth round out of Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale, AR.

Peoria Chiefs:  15-22 (7th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
July was not the best of months for the Chiefs and they will have some work to do to get back in the playoff picture.  Catcher Chadd Krist came up from Boise and has continued to hit and Pin-Chieh Chen has been on quite a tear over the last couple weeks.  Peoria will look to have a good August and make up a lot of ground in hopes to get back in the race.

Player of the Month:  Javier Baez
Wow did the 2011 first round pick have a great month.  The 19-year old shortstop hit .368 with with seven home runs, three triples, and six doubles.  Baez drove in 20 runs, scored 21, and stole eight bags.  His OPS for the month was 1.076 as he slugged an impressive .679 and had an OBP of .397.  It was quite the month for the highly touted Cubs prospect.

Pitcher of the Month:  Joseph Zeller
Zeller, 24 pitched well in July going 2-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six appearances, five starts.  He pitched 32.2 innings giving up 32 hits, walking seven, and striking out 14.  He isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher and he gave up a hit an inning, but it is impressive to see the ERA as low as it was in the month.

Daytona Cubs:  18-21 (5th place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Daytona didn’t have their best month, but there were some highlights to go along with the disappointing record.  Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee after Jae-Hoon Ha was injured.  Szczur had been one of Daytona’s most consistent performers throughout the year and it will take some adjustments for them to get back on track without him.  The Cubs will have to make up a lot of ground in August as they sit six games back going into today.

Player of the Month:  Ronald Torreyes
At only 19-years old the second baseman is starting to really hit.  After a disappointing first couple months Torreyes had a very good June and followed it with a nice July.  He hit .333 with one home run, two triples, and seven doubles.  He also drove in 18, scored 16, and stole seven bases.  Torreyes was brought over in the Sean Marshall deal.

Pitcher of the Month:  Matt Loosen
Loosen went 4-1 in six starts in July.  He had an ERA of 3.08 throwing 38 innings, giving up 26 hits, walking 13, and striking out 35.

Tennessee Smokies:  17-20 (4th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
A sub .500 record in July wasn’t what the Smokies were looking for as they currently are 5.5 games behind the division leader.  The month was highlighted when Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee.  The reason he was promoted was because of an unfortunate accident when Jae-Hoon Ha got a concussion.  The Smokies need to got hot in order to make a run at the division.

Player of the Month:  Justin Bour
The 24-year old first baseman has had a good season and July was no different.  He hit .337 with four home run and eight double.  Bour drove in an impressive 25 runs which brings him to 84 on the season.  He slugged .529 and had an OBP of .381 with an OBP of .909.  It will be fun to watch Bour’s pursuit of 100 RBIs.

Pitcher of the Month:  Eric Jokisch
Jokisch, 23 was 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in five July starts.  In 28 innings pitched he struck out 2o, walked eight, and surrendered 21 hits.  We all know the Cubs system is light on arms, but Jokisch has had a pretty good season up to this point.

Iowa Cubs:  42-69 (Last place)
July Record:  8-20
Things don’t get much worse than an 8-20 month, but maybe it is when August is starting and you are 24 games back.  It was going to be tough when Rizzo was brought up, but I don’t think anyone was expecting a month like this.  There weren’t too many bright spots, but there were some.  Josh Vitters had a good month, not great, but good.  James Adduci came up from Tennessee and did well in the 18 games he played in compiling and OPS of .999.  All Iowa can hope for now is to end the season on a high note.

Player of the Month:  Dave Sappelt
The 25-year old outfielder had his best month since coming over from Reds.  Sappelt hit .317 in July hitting one home run, one triple, and eight doubles.  He scored 16 runs and drove in 12 while stealing eight bases.  He got on base at a .368 clip and slugged .442.  It was nice to see Sappelt have a good month and my guess is we will see him in Chicago at some point this season.

Pitcher of the Month:  Esmailin Caridad
I bet you didn’t expect to hear that name again, but he had quite an impressive month.  In 18.2 innings Caridad gave up 14 hits, walked 7, and struck out 22 as his ERA stands at 0.92 for the month of July.  if Caridad can continue we might see him again in big leagues.

It wasn’t the best month for the Cubs farm system, but there were some good things as well as some really exciting things.  There were a lot of hitters and pitchers who could have been included and narrowing it down to only one per level was tough.  Hope you like it.

Thanks for Reading,
-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

7/22: 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