At The Plate – It was smooth sailing for the Smokies until the eighth inning when they saw their 4-2 lead turn into an 8-4 deficit that the Smokies couldn’t overcome. In an odd stat, the Smokies were caught stealing four times in this game, that’s usually doesn’t bode well when you make that many outs on the bases. Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-3 with a run scored in the loss. Rubi Silva was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two caught stealings. Jair Fernandez had a big day going 2-for-3 with a walk, his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
On The Mound – Eric Jokisch was solid in this one, but did not factor into the decision. He went 6.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five. Trey McNutt was roughed up out of the pen going two-thirds of an inning giving up two runs on two hits. Brian Schlitter wasn’t much better as he took the loss, he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out one.
At The Plate – Another day, and another disaster turned in by Daytona, at this rate they probably wish the weather turned crappy again. They were thoroughly dominated by the 15-23 Stone Crabs as Daytona still can’t find their offense that has been MIA since all the rain outs. The D-Cubs could only manage one run on five hits in this one, all five hits were singles, they only walked once, and struck out ten times. John Andreoli, Javier Baez, Dustin Geiger, Ben Carhart, and Chadd Krist all recorded one base hit each in the loss.
On The Mound – Austin Kirk wants April back as he has been atrocious in May. Kirk got the start today and was handed his second loss as he went four innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out four. Luis Liria did a solid job out of the pen as he worked two scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out one. Sheldon McDonald was good as well going two scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out one, no that’s not a typo they had the exact same numbers. Frank Del Valle struggled a bit going one inning giving up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out two.
At The Plate – Solid win for the Cougars as they brought their record back up to .500 at 18-18, and it’s a win over the Cardinals system so that’s always fun. The Cougars pounded out eleven hits while scoring four runs and were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Bijan Rademacher likes to hit baseballs, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored in this one, he is now hitting .360 on the season. Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts, I only mention that because it’s rare, he usually puts the bat on the ball. Willson Contreras is putting a nice little season together right now, he was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .294 on the season. Marco Hernandez was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and a caught stealing, one of two by the Cougars in the game.
On The Mound – Tayler Scott is having himself quite a season so far, and he was dominant today. Scott went 7.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking two and striking out two to get his second win of the season. Nathan Dorris has been even better this year, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his third save of the year, he gave up one hit in doing so.
The Venezuelan Summer League Cubs were back in action today, and things went much better as they didn’t give up twenty-two runs again, but they still lost 8-7 to the VSL Phillies, full box score is here.
At The Plate – The I-Cubs were shut down tonight as they could only manage three hits in the 2-0 loss. Brett Jackson was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Ryan Sweeney (1-for-4), and Ty Wright (1-for-3) were the only Cubs to get hits. The Cubs did walk three times, but struck out nine times and were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.
On The Mound – Brooks Raley was outstanding, unfortunately the result was his second loss of the season. Raley went seven strong innings giving up two runs on eight hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven. Jensen Lewis tossed a scoreless frame out of the bullpen surrendering only one hit.
At The Plate – Not much offense at all for the Smokies as they could only manage three runs on five hits, and only had two runners in scoring position all night. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 with a double, and RBI, and a run scored. Jair Fernandez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, both hits were singles.
On The Mound – Alberto Cabrera got the start for the Smokies and got touched up a bit. He worked six innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five and was hung with the loss. Marcus Hatley struggled out of the pen as he went two innings giving up two run on three hits while walking one and striking out three. Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless inning giving up one hit and striking out one.
At The Plate – The D-Cubs were able to pound out nine hits in this one, unfortunately they could only push across two runs and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Taiwan Easterling continued his hot start going 2-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .333 on the season. Stephen Bruno is also on fire, he went 2-for-4 as well with a double, a stolen base, and a run scored, he’s hitting .370 on the season. Dustin Geiger has been on fire the last three games, he went 2-for-4 tonight with a double and an RBI.
On The Mound – Not a lot of good for the D-Cubs tonight, but they only used two pitchers. Starling Peralta got the start and got knocked around, but he didn’t walk anyone, so there’s that. Peralta went six innings giving up six runs on eight hits with seven strike outs, he did however give up four home runs, ouch. Yeiper Castillo followed Peralta and had the same success, or lack thereof. Castillo worked three innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out one.
NOTES: Kane County was rained out, and Jorge Soler served game one of his five game suspension tonight.
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