8/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The Cubs minor’s report for Sunday, August 12.

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The AZL Cubs took a 6-1 lead early, but lost a heartbreaker 10-8, giving up five in the seventh.  Albert Almora continued to impress going 2-for-3 with a double, one RBIs, and two runs scored.  Carlos Penalver and Alberto Mineo each had two hits with Penalver hitting a double and driving a run in.  Garrett Schlect and Trevor Gretzky each had a hit with Schlect knocking one in.  Jacob Rogers and Yasiel Balaguert also drove in a run.  Ryan McNeil started, giving up one run on two hits, while striking out two in two innings.  Jin-Young Kim struck out two and gave up two unearned runs.  After Arturo Maltos-Garcia gave up a run in his one inning the game really took a turn.  Corbin Hoffner took the loss, but didn’t get any help giving up six unearned runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar recorded the last four outs not allowing a baserunner and striking one out.  The Cubs need to be better defensively as they gave up eight unearned runs on Sunday.

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Salem Keizer scored five in the seventh and held on to beat Boise 10-9.  Justin Amlung started for the Hawks pitching the first two innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out one.  Michael Heesch gave up two runs in his two innings of work.  James Pugliese was not very good on Sunday giving up seven runs, five earned on eight hits in just 2.2 innings.  Matt Iannazzo gave the Hawks a chance getting the final seven outs not allowing a run and striking out two.  Boise had a few nice nights at the plate on Sunday.  Xavier Batista was 2-for-4 with a two home runs and five RBIs.  Wilson Contreras also got into the fun going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Marco Hernandez also had two hits and Stephen Bruno went 3-for-5.  We have come to expect great things from Dan Vogelbach, but tonight was not his night as he went 0-for-5.  Boise will look to get back on track in their next one.

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After beating Beloit yesterday Peoria dropped one today losing 6-5.  Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored, and a stolen base, his 34th of the season.  Wes Darvill had his second nice game in a row going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Dustin Geiger each had a hit and drove in a run a piece.  Our nightly Jorge Soler watch was back in effect as he went 1-for-3 with a walk.  After his outstanding outing earlier in the week Starling Peralta was back on the mound on Sunday.  He pitched six innings allowing six runs, three earned on five hits and five walks.  Pete Levitt pitched the final two innings, striking out two and not allowing a run.  Soler and the Chiefs will be back in action against the Snappers tomorrow.

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Daytona was cancelled once again on Sunday.

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The Tennessee Smokies pitching staff was the story in this one beating Huntsville 4-0.  In his first start Yoannis Negrin pitched great throwing five innings giving up no runs on one hit and striking out four.  Zach Rosscup and Casey Weathers combined to pitch the next 2.2 innings and Frank Batista recorded his 21st save striking out two in 1.1 innings.  A big congrats to Justin Bour as he drove in two runs on one hit bring his RBI total to 100.  Junior Lake went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Logan Watkins had a nice night going 1-for-2 with three walks, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.  Matt Szczur and Jae-Hoon Ha each had a hit of their own.  We’ll see if the Smokies can keep it going.

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In a continuation from Saturday Iowa hung on to beat Las Vegas 10-8 in game one.  Greg Rohan was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.  Dave Sappelt added three hits of his own, including two doubles and a triple.  He also scored two runs and drove two in.  Blake Lalli has been getting some more playing time and has been doing quite well as he added two hits of his own, including a home run and two RBIs.  Jeff Frazier and Brian Esposito each had two hits with Frazier knocking in three.  The Cubs had to use a lot of pitchers in this one as Casey Coleman had to leave early and the game was called when winning pitcher Esmailin Caridad was on the mound when the game was called Saturday.  Blake Parker, Marcus Hatley and Jay Jackson combined to pitch the next 3.2 innings before giving the ball to Jairo Asencio.  Asencio closed out game one recording his second save.

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Iowa dropped game two to Las Vegas losing 3-2 in a seven inning game.  Frankie De La Cruz started and took the loss giving up all three runs on five hits in five innings.  He also struck out seven and walked four.  In his return to Iowa Scott Maine pitched the final inning of this one.  Alfredo Amezaga was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Blake Lalli and Diory Hernandez each had two hits of their own in game two.  Greg Rohan added a hit and knocked in a run, his 13th since being in Iowa.  It’s good to see Iowa get the split in this one.

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-Mark

 

8/7: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here’s what happened in the Cubs minor league system on Tuesday night.

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The AZL Cubs got back on track beating the Angels 6-1.  The Cubs used four pitchers, all doing a nice job.  Ryan McNeil struggled with his control, but struck out four and allowed no runs in 2.1 innings.  Anthony Prieto thew two scoreless innings and Loiger Padron got his fourth win of the season striking out three in three scoreless innings.  He is now 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA.  Shawon Dunston had only one hit, but drove in an impressive three runs.  Jorge Soler went for with an RBI and Albert Almora added a hit of his own.  Both top prospects stole two bases and scored a run.  Dan Lockhart had a hit and Carlos Penalver knocked in one in the victory.  After a couple tough days for the Cubs it was back to business as usual on Tuesday night.

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Tuesday didn’t go to plan for Boise as they lost to Everett 6-3.  Dan Vogelbach hit his third home run since going to Boise and ended the night 1-for-3.  Gioskar Amaya had two more hits, including a triple and an RBI.  Izaac Garsez went 2-for-2 with a run scored and Wilson Contreras had a hit and an RBI.  Jeimer Candelario and Marco Hernandez each had a hit on Tuesday night as well.  James Pugliese pitched four innings allowing one run on six hits, while striking out six in a ND.  Michael Heesch allowed three runs in two innings and took the loss.  Boise has had a nice run as of late, so they will get back at it tomorrow.

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Starling Peralta was the story in this one as the Peoria won 5-3.  Peralta thew seven innings allowing one run on two hits and struck out 14.  Yes you read that right, he struck out 14.  Bryce Shafer struggled, but Larry Suarez came in to pitch a scoreless 1.1 innings and record his first save of the season.  Offensively had one of his best, if not his best game of his young career.  He went 4-for-4 with two doubles, one triple, four runs scored, and a stolen base.  Chadd Krist and Wes Darvill each had two hits, and Krist drove in two runs.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Yaniel Cabezas each added a hit and an RBI.  Peralta really just put the Chiefs on his back in this one and had night to remember.

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Daytona picked up the win beating Lakeland 6-1.  Austin Kirk was good giving up one run on four hits in 5.2 innings.  He got the win and improved his record to 7-3.  Jeffrey Lorick and AJ Morris combined to pitch the last 3.3 innings allowing no runs.  It took a couple of games, but Javier Baez finally had his coming out party in Daytona.  He went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Christian Villanueva was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.  Rubi Silva added an RBI and John Andreoli went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three stolen bases, he now has 47 on the year.  Everyone else in the lineup contributed with a hit on Tuesday as it was one of those rare games where everyone ends with a hit.

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A six run first was way too much to come back from for Tennessee as they lost to Jackson 10-4.  In his second start with the Smokies Jacob Brigham really struggled giving up six runs on six hits in just 0.2 innings.  The Smokies would use five more pitchers on the evening.  Kevin Rhoderick pitched better than he has been pitching 1.1 scoreless ball.  Brian Schlitter and Dustin Harrington combined to pitch the last 2.1 innings not allowing a run.  Need I say it, Justin Bour was 2-for-3 with yet another RBI and Nelson Perez had two hits of his own.  Matt Szczur, Logan Watkins, and Matt Cerda all had triples on Tuesday.  Junior Lake, Nate Samson, and Chad Noble all contributed with an RBI a piece.  It was definitely a tough start for Brigham, but the Smokies will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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Iowa put up seven on Tuesday and that was enough as the beat Reno 7-4.  Ty’Relle Harris was quite impressive pitching six innings allowing only two runs and striking out five.  Jaye Chapman pitched a scoreless 0.2 innings, striking out both outs he recorded.  Jairo Asencio earned his first save by striking out one in one inning.  Dave Sappelt had a nice night going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  James Adduci hit a double and knocked in three and Alfredo Amezaga added two hits and scored two runs.  Matt Tolbert added a double and drove in one run .  It is nice to see Iowa get a win, hope they can keep it going.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Looking at the Cubs system on Monday, August 8.  Daytona had the day off.

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The AZL Cubs were able to tie the game at eight in the bottom of the ninth, but gave up two in the 10th to lose 10-8.  Pierce Johnson took the mound for the second time and thew two scoreless innings, striking out two.  As good as Carlos Martinez-Pumarino was in his first 29 innings pitched Monday was a real struggle.  He gave up seven runs, six earned on seven hits in just 1.1 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar struck out two in two scoreless innings.  Alvido Jimenez took the loss, his third of the season giving up two runs in the tenth.  Justin Marra had really nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Garrett Schlecht also had three hits on the night and drove one in.  David Bote had two RBIs and Ben Carhart added one.  Albert Almora had one hit and Jorge Soler was back in the lineup going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

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Wow, Boise did it again beating Everett 11-7.  The story in this one was the offense as they pounded out 14 hits to go along with the 11 runs they scored.  After a rough game yesterday Gioskar Amaya got back on track, going 3-for-5 with a home run.  Rock Shoulders got the start at first tonight and delivered going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Carlos Escobar had two hits including a home run and two RBIs.  Stephen Bruno also hit a homer and ended with two RBIs as well.  Trey Martin ended the night with two RBIs and Wilson Contreras added a double and an RBI as well.  The staff struggled on Monday.  Justin Amlung started, but only lasted two innings giving up two runs.  Felix Pena did not pitch well in four innings, but did get his first win of the year.  He gave up four runs in four innings, however he did strike out five.  Nathan Dorris secured the win notching his first save of the season, striking out three in 1.1 innings.  The Hawks continue to roll and look to keep it going.

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Peoria dropped their fifth in a row losing to Clinton 8-6.  Leading 4-1 after the first, this was not the outcome Peoria had in mind.  The Chiefs did a few good things at the plate on Monday.  Bijan Rademacher, Wes Darvill, and Sergio Burruel all had two hits, Darvill and Burruel driving in a run a piece.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-5 with a double, but drove in three runs and scored one.  Zeke DeVoss added a hit out of the leadoff spot and also stole his 30th base of the season.  Zach Cates got the start, but did not factor in the decision tossing 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Pete Levitt pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and was in line for the win.  Justin Berg struggled and took the loss allowing three runs, two earned in two innings.  Jeffry Antigua couldn’t keep it close enough for the Chiefs as he gave up two runs in only one inning.  This was another tough loss for Peoria on Monday.

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Tennessee score two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies lost to Jackson 7-6.  Tennessee did have 10 hits and seven runs, so the offense did a pretty nice job.  What else can you say about Justin Bour.  He hit another home run today, his 15th of the season and ended the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  Junior Lake continued his solid season going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Matt Szczur, who has been struggling since moving to Tennessee went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Lendy Castillo started and pitched only two innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.  Dae-Eun Rhee just didn’t have it tonight, allowing six runs in five innings and taking the loss.  The story in this one was Justin Bour who is just tearing it up right now.

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Iowa gave up a run in the top of the ninth losing to Reno 2-1.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched five innings allowing only one run, while striking out four and walking three.  Blake Parker and Michael Bowden combined to throw three scoreless innings, but Jairo Asencio took the loss allowing one run in the ninth.  Greg Rohan had nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Blake Lalli also added to hits, including a double.  Alfredo Amezaga also had a double and Dave Sappelt contributed with a base hit of his own.  Unfortunately I have feeling this is how most games are going to go offensively for Iowa the rest of the way.  Let’s hope I am wrong and they can do something positive going forward.

8/4: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here’s a look at the Cubs minor league affiliates on Saturday, August 4.  The AZL Cubs were off tonight.

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After a couple of losses Boise got back on track beating Spokane 6-2 of Saturday.  Tayler Scott got his fourth win of the season allowing two runs, one earned in 5.1 innings pitched.  Matt Iannazzo and Nathan Dorris were able to finish the game off, not allowing a run in the last 3.2 innings.  Daniel Vogelbach had a great game going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  Stephen Bruno also had two hits and scored three runs.  Jeimer Candelario had a double and also drove in a run.  It was nice to see Boise bounce back and hopefully will have continue to have a good second half.

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Peoria’s first game in a long time without Javier Baez didn’t turn out too good losing to Clinton 8-1.  Joseph Zeller started and struggled taking the loss.  He gave up six runs, five earned on eight hits in just 3.2 innings.  Just like that the Chiefs were down 6-1 and they never recovered.  Chadd Krist had a really nice game at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.  Pin-Chieh Chen was the only other Chief to record a hit on Saturday.  Larry Suarez and Bryce Shafer both pitched well, while Luis Liria got roughed up a bit.  That’s now three losses in a row for Peoria, let’s see if they can end that skid tomorrow.

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A six run second was way too much for Daytona losing to Dunedin 12-5.  Matt Loosen started and took the loss, giving up seven runs, four earned in two innings.  He wasn’t the only Cubs pitcher who struggled as Scott Weismann and Eduardo Figueroa didn’t have their best stuff either combining to give up five runs over five innings.  The Cubs did have some good things happen at the plate as they scored five runs on nine hits.  Rebel Ridling was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.  Rubi Silva and Elieser Bonne each had two hits, with a run scored and an RBI.  John Andreoli and Ronald Torreyes each had an RBI in the defeat.  In his first game in Daytona Javier Baez went hitless.  Daytona’s trying to make a push at the playoffs so they need to get back on track tomorrow.

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Tennessee took the first game of Saturday’s double-header beating Jackson 6-5.  The middle of the Smokies order was the key to game one’s victory as Junior Lake, Justin Bour, and Michael Burgess all had two hits and two RBIs.  They combined to go 6-for-11 with six RBIs and Justin Bour hit his 13th homer of the season.  The two guys at the top Matt Szczur and Logan Watkins each had a hit and a run scored as well.  Nicholas Struck got the win, his 12th of the season pitching five innings allowing three runs on six hits.  Frank Batista struggled a bit, but picked up his 20th save of the season.

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A late rally wasn’t enough for Tennessee to pull out game 2 of the double-header.  The Smokies scored four in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough losing 8-7.  Casey Harman started, but only gave up one run, but lasted only three innings.  Casey Weather took the loss, giving up three runs in one inning.  Kevin Rhoderick continued his struggles giving up another four runs in only 1.2 innings.  Justin Bour hit his second home run of the night ending game two 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBIs, he now has 91 on the season.  Michael Brenly and Nelson Perez each added two RBIs and Brenly had two hits.  Logan Watkins had one hit, walked twice, and scored three runs.  All in all Tennessee ended up splitting.

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Tied at one going to the bottom of the eighth, Josh Vitters and the Cubs decided they had enough of the losing.  After taking the lead by 2-1, Vitters stepped to the plate and put the game out of reach launching his 17th home run of the season.  Jairo Asencio would close it out as Iowa beat Colorodo Springs 5-1.  Chris Rusin started and pitched well giving up only one run in on four hits in seven innings.  He also struck out eight in a no decision.  Michael Bowden got the win pitching a scoreless eighth.  There wasn’t a ton of offense outside of Vitter home run, but there was a little bit.  James Adduci went 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Brett Jackson and Dave Sappelt each had a hit and a run scored.

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-Mark

7/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

After a busy trade deadline here is what the Cubs minor league affiliates did on July 31.

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The AZL Cubs got back on track after a day off beating the AZL Royals 8-2.  Ben Carhart and Daniel Lockhart each had two, a run scored, and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Albert Almora was leading off tonight, but left after his first at-bat.  He was replaced by Yasiel Balaguert who had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.  Jorge Soler did not have a hit, but he did drive in his seventh run of the season and he stole his third base.  Carl Lang got the start and pitched an impressive four innings allowing no runs on four hits and struck out four.  Jasvis Rakkar pitched one scoreless inning striking out one.  Ethan Elias got the win, but did not have a great night giving up two runs on five hits in two innings.  Daniel Adrian finished the game off striking out two in the last two frames.  Obviously we are a bit concerned as to why Almora left the game.  When we have an update we will let you know, but it was a nice night for the Cubs.

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After winning a few 1-0 games the Boise Chiefs held on to win a shootout 10-9.  It was a wild game as Boise had a big lead, but gave it up and had to win in walk-off fashion.  The Cubs had a few nice nights at the plate highlighted by Daniel Vogelbach‘s first home run at Boise, a three run shot with two outs in the third.  Stephen Bruno had three hits and two RBIs, raising his average to .324.  Jeimer Candelario was the hero going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs including a walk-off double.  Dong-Yub Kim and Trey Martin each had two hits on the night and Marco Hernandez connected for his third home run of the season.  The Hawks pitching struggled most of the night, but the offense did the the job.  Eduardo Orozco blew a save, but ended up getting his second win of the season.  it is nice to see Boise maybe turning things around.

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Peoria never got things going against Quad Cities losing 5-1.  Michael Jensen got the start and pitched pretty good, although he took the loss.  He pitched five innings surrendering two runs on three hits, while striking out six.  Jeffry Antigua continued to impress pitching two more scoreless innings.  Pete Levitt struggled in his one inning of work.  There wasn’t much excitement at the plate for the Chiefs on Tuesday.  Javier Baez was one of the few bright spots going 2-for-4 with the Peoria’s lone run scored.  Bijan Rademacher also had two hits including his third double of the season.  Nothing too exciting happening for Boise tonight.

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Daytona won a close one on Tuesday beating Fort Myers 5-4.  Daytona pounded out 14 hits so there were a lot of nice nights at the plate.  It was good to see Timothy Saunders get back on track going 3-for-4 with double, runs scored, and an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes continued his hot stretch of late adding two more hits, including his 19th double of the season and two RBIs.  Matt Cerda, Rubi Silva,  and John Andreoli each had two hits with Andreoli driving one run in.  Austin Kirk started and got the win allowing four runs in five innings.  Kirk was not as sharp as he has been in the past walking five batters, but he did strike out five.  The relief was outstanding on Tuesday.  Hunter Cervenka and Jeffrey Lorick combined to pitch three scoreless innings, striking out a batter each.  AJ Morris closed the deal striking out two in one scoreless inning, notching his fourth save of the season.

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Tennessee’s game was suspended because of rain.  The Smokies were winning 2-1 in the fourth and will be continued tomorrow as part of a double header.

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Iowa dropped another to New Orleans losing Tuesday 5-3.  Frankie De La Cruz started and took the loss giving up three runs in four innings.  Jairo Asencio and Marcus Hatley did a nice job in relief both throwing a scoress inning.  Dave Sappelt was the main bright spot for the Cubs offense going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Brett Jackson hit his 21st double of the season and drove in his 46th run as well.  James Adduci had another hit and is hitting .375 since his promotion to Triple-A.  As I have said recently Iowa just can’t seem to get things going in the right direction.

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-Mark

Cubs Acquire Germano

The Chicago Cubs have made a trade and it might open the door for the biggest domino to fall, Dempster.  The Cubs acquired Justin Germano from the Red Sox for Cash considerations, its fine, Cash considerations can’t play defense at all.  Germano is a 29 year old right handed relief pitcher with a 4.91 career ERA, and is expected to be in St. Louis tomorrow.  In a corresponding move Jairo Asencio was designated for assignment.