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

7/25: Around the Minor League System

The July 25th Chicago Cubs Minor League recap.

The most exciting team in the history of the Universe was off tonight, that’s right no Almora or Soler tonight.

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The Boise Hawks and Yakima Bears went toe-to-toe with each other and Yakima was the last one standing.  The Boise Hawks were in comeback mode all night as they trailed 6-3, and 8-6 before tying the game each time.  The Hawks scored twice in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at eight but gave both runs right back in the top of the ninth and fell to Yakima 10-8.  Felix Pena got the start for Boise and struggled.  He gave up six runs, four earned on seven hits while walking none and striking out two in four innings of work.  The loss however went to Matt Iannazzo who gave up four runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings of work.  Daniel Vogelbach is at a new, higher level in the Cubs system but continues to pound the baseball.  Vogelbach was 3-for-5 in the loss with a double and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders, Dong-Yub Kim, and Gioskar Amaya all had two hits for Boise in the loss, Kim hit is fourth home run of the season.

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Another game and another outstanding effort from Peoria Chiefs starter Joseph Zeller as he weathered a rough first inning to earn his second win of the season as the Chiefs hung on to beat Cedar Rapids 8-6.  The Chiefs used an enormous seven run third inning to break this one open, but had to fight to hang on as Cedar Rapids scored twice in the 8th and 9th to make it close.  Zeller went six strong innings giving up two runs, both unearned on seven hits while walking one and striking out two.  He lowered his ERA to 1.32 on the season.  Javier Baez was the only Chiefs player with multiple hits as he was 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen had the only extra base hit for the Chiefs as he was 1-for-3 on the night with a triple (8), two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.

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Busy day for the Daytona Cubs as they had a double-header against the Brevard County Manatees, and game one didn’t get the day off to a great start.  P.J. Francescon had a rough outing, and has been shaky since his promotion to Daytona which is to be expected.  It’s not like Francescon has been terrible, but today he just didn’t have it as he gave up six runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings while walking four without a strikeout.  The Daytona offense couldn’t keep up as Brevard County took game one 6-4.  It was the Elieser Bonne show in game one for Daytona as the right fielder was 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles (8,9), unfortunately no one was on base for him.  Rafael Lopez had a solid game going 1-for-2 with a home run (1), two walks and two RBI’s in the losing effort.

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Game two was a pitching duel right from the get go, unfortunately for Daytona the result was the same, as Brevard County won the second half of the double-header 3-0.  Frank Del Valle got the start for Daytona and was outstanding going five scoreless innings giving up only one hit while walking three and striking out four, but had to settle for a no decision.  Jeffrey Lorick pitched a scoreless inning of relief before Scott Weismann got lit up in the 7th to take the loss.  Matt Szczur had a solid game at the plate going 2-for-3 to raise his average to .292 on the season, he also stole his 38th base of the season.  That was it as Daytona couldn’t push across any runs and only managed three hits as this was a lost day all around.

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The Smokies came out swinging against the Suns in a wild one and broke through late to register a 7-5 victory.  Dae-Eun Rhee who has not been very good (understatement) all year, pitched well enough in this one to earn his seventh victory of the season against five losses.  Rhee was the beneficiary of an offensive explosion that was led by Junior Lake.  Lake was 2-for-5 with two home runs (6,7), a walk, and four RBI’s.  Lake wasn’t alone in the destruction of Suns pitching as Nelson Perez went 2-for-5 as well with his fourth home run of the season, and two RBI’s.  Justin Bour continued his solid 2012 season going 3-for-4 with a double (29!) and an RBI, Bour is now hitting .297 on the campaign.  Trey McNutt has had a down year, that includes his recent performances out of the pen, but he was excellent tonight going two strong innings giving up nothing and striking out three.

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The Iowa Cubs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Oklahoma City, but if we have learned anything we know that there is no lead too big for Iowa to blow.  It happened again tonight as OKC scored in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th to take a 7-4 lead on their way to a 10-8 victory.  The I-Cubs made things somewhat interesting in the ninth inning by scoring four times but it was way too late.  Chris Rusin got roughed up again as he gave up seven runs on ten hits in five innings of work to record his 7th loss of the season.  James Adduci, Dave Sappelt, and Adrian Cardenas all had two hits in the loss.  Adduci had a great game at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with a double (3), an RBI, a walk, and three runs scored.

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– George

7/16: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A trip through the Cubs minor league system.

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Wow AZL just continue to score this time beating the AZL Athletics 11-8.  The Cubs had some new heroes on Monday.  Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits, hit a his first home run and knocked in four.  Daniel Lockhart, Timothy Saunders, and Jacob Rogers all had two hits and Rogers added to RBIs.  Ben Carhart also had two RBIs and Dan Vogelbach drove in his 27th run of the season.  Lendy Castillo continued his rehab assignment pitching three innings allowing no runs on only two hits.  He also struck out four.  The rest of the pitchers on Monday struggled, but David Henrie was able to pick up his fourth win of the season.

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Tied at five in the bottom of the ninth, up stepped Jeimer Candelario.  He promptly ended the game hitting a walk-off home run giving Boise the win 6-5.  Bijan Rademacher and Stephen Bruno each had three hits in the win, with Rademacher scoring three runs.  Marco Hernandez added two hits including a triple and drove in one.  Rock Shoulders and Carlos Escobar each contributed with an RBI each and Xavier Batista had two RBIs.  Eduardo Orozco pitched well again pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win.  He has not allowed a run in eight innings pitched this season in Boise.  Starting pitcher Jose Arias pitched five innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits and striking out four.

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Peoria scored seven times in from the fifth inning on and beat Bowling Green 8-3.  Paul Hoilman was outstanding at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.  Pin-Chieh Chen also collected three hits.  He also scored three and drove in one.  Chadd Krist continued his impressive streak adding two hits and driving one in.  Javier Baez had yet another hit and had two RBIs.  Starling Peralta earned his third win of the season pitching five scoreless innings.  He struck out five, walked three, gave up five hits.  His ERA now stands at 2.81.  It was a good win for Peoria on Monday and will look to build on that.

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Four early runs proved to be all Charlotte would need beating Daytona 5-3.  Kyler Burke struggled early, but settled down allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings.  He took the loss on Monday and his record at Daytona stands at 1-3.  Offensively, Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had two hits.  They both scored a run and they each had a double.  Szczur stole two bases bring his total to 32 and Ridling added an RBI.  Elieser Bonne had a double and an RBI and Matthew Cerda drove in a run as well.

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Tennessee was able to score eight runs, but it was not enough losing to Jackson 10-8.  The 2-3-4 hitters for the Smokies did an unbelievable job as each of those hitters had three hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 3-for-5 with triple, home run, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Logan Watkins and Justin Bour each had three hits, with Bour driving one in.  Greg Rohan and Nate Samson had two hits a piece, with Rohan adding an RBI.  Junior Lake and Michael Brenly only had one hit, but each drove in two and Brenly hit his fourth home run of the season.  The pitching was not so good on Monday.  Starter Ty’relle Harris only was able to last 2.2 innings as he gave up six runs.  Zach Rosscup and Trey McNutt each surrendered two runs in their two innings of work.  McNutt took the loss, his eighth of the season.  It’s always tough to lose, but when you score eight and lose it is really tough.

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Iowa had one of the those games again where they aren’t good in any aspect.  They were outhit 16-4, made two errors, and lost 6-1 where it really counts.  I guess I will start with the offense on this one.  Brett Jackson hit his league leading 11th triple and scored the Cubs lone run when he was driven in by Adrian CardenasJosh Vitters had another hit, as did Blake Lalli and James AdduciRodrigo Lopez took the loss in this one allowing 12 hits and four runs in just five innings.  After Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up two more, Alberto Cabrera and Michael Bowden didn’t allow another run in the last 1.1 innings.  Not a good one for Iowa on Monday.

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Mark

7/15: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The Cubs minor league report on Sunday July, 15.

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Boise gave up one run in the sixth and one in the seventh losing 5-4 to Vancouver.  Felix Pena left after the fifth in line for the win, but took a no decision.  He gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out five.  Willengton Cruz lost his fourth game of the season giving up a run in both the sixth and seventh inning.  The Hawks got a hit and an RBI a piece from Jeimer Candelario, Bijan Rademacher, and Rock Shoulders.  Stephen Bruno collected two hits and scored a run.  The 202 draft pick is now hitting .318 on the season.  The loss dropped the Hawks record to a 10-20.

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Peoria had nine hits, but could only plate two runs losing to Bowling Green 4-2.  Top prospect Javier Baez was at it again going 3-for-4 with a double and a triple.  The ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft is now hitting .331 with an OPS of .980.  Wes Darvill and Pin-Chieh Chen each drove in a run and Oliver Zapata scored a run and added two hits.  Losing pitcher Zach Cates was only able to last 4.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits while walking four.  Jeffry Antigua who had been very good, struggled a bit giving up two runs, one earned in 2.1 innings.  He also walked three, his ERA is now at 1.42 on the season.  Larry Suarez struck out two in two perfect innings.  The Chiefs record now stands at 44-48.

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After giving up the tying run in the ninth, the top of Peoria’s order took care of business walking off with a 4-3 win.  John Andreoli led the ninth off with a walk and later moved to third on a Ronald Torreyes double.  Rubi Silva then ended the game with a sacrifice fly.  Scott Weismann who blew the save ended up getting his second win of the season.  Elieser Bonne and Micah Gibbs each were 2-for-4 and Gibbs drove in a run.  The Cubs also had an RBI a piece from Andreoli and Torreyes.  Andreoli stole his league leading 33rd base of the season.  The Cubs started Robert Whitenack on the hill.  He pitched 4.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits and walking three.  Ryan Searle and AJ Morris did a tremendous job in relief combining to pitch a scoreless 3.1 innings.  The win brings Dayton’s record to 41-51.

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Tied at one into the seventh, Tennessee gave up five runs in the last three innings losing 6-1 to Jackson.  Kevein Rhoderick struck out four, but took the loss in relief giving up two runs in two innings.  Casey Harman wasn’t any better as he gave up three runs in his innings of work.  Starter Dallas Beeler pitched well surrendering only one run on six hits in six innings pitched.  Offensively, the Smokies had nine hits, but were only able to push one across the plate.  Michael Brenly and Logan Watkins each went 2-for-4 on Sunday.  Justin Bour drove in the lone Smokies run, he now has 70 on the season.  With the loss Tennessee’s record is evened up at 47-47.

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Iowa scored four in the third and five in the fourth in route to a 9-1 win.  Adrian Cardenas had a great day at the dish going 4-for-5 with a double.  He also scored a run and drove three.  Alfredo Amezaga had two his and also drove in three.  Welington Castillo and James Adduci each had two hits with Aducci driving one in.  Josh Vitters hit his 28th double and drove in one run.  Blake Lalli scored collected three hits and scored two runs.  Chris Rusin started and earned his seventh win of the season.  He pitched five innings allowing only one run on two hits.  Esmailin Caridaid, Jeff Beliveau, and Jay Jackson combined to pitch a scoreless last four innings on Sunday.  With the win the Cubs record is now 40-55.

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Mark

7/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Saturday.

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The AZL Cubs did it again on Saturday beating the AZL Padres 13-3.  After a couple rough nights, Timothy Saunders got back on track going 4-for-6 with a double, home run, three runs scored, and five RBIs.  He raised his average back up to .493.  Equally as impressive has been Dan Vogelbach, and he didn’t disappoint on Saturday.  He had two hits, including a double and drove in four.  The Cubs got three hits out of Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers and they combined to score five runs on the night.  Shawon Dunston Jr. and Garrett Schlect each added two hits a piece and Carlos Penalver hit a triple and drove in two.  One of this year’s supplemental picks Paul Blackburn got his first start of the year.  He pitched one inning and allowed a run, but it was good to see him pitch.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino recorded his third win of the season striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings.  The Cubs have been really impressive so far.

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Two four run innings was plenty for Boise beating Vancouver 9-3.  The Hawks were led offensively by Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez.  Martin was 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run.  He also scored two runs and knocked in four.  Hernandez also had two, including two doubles and driving in three.  Lead-off hitter Gioskar Amaya did his job well on Saturday going 2-for-3 with a walk.  One of his hits was a triple and he scored three runs.  Hawks got an RBI a piece from Stephen Bruno and Bijan Rademacher.  Ian Dickson got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only pitched 4.1 innings.  Pete Levitt picked up his first win in relief pitching 1.2 scoreless innings.  Michael Hamann and Rafael Diplan combined to pitch the last three innings of the game securing the Boise win.

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In a back and forth game Peoria was able to come out on top 9-8 in ten innings.  Chadd Krist played the role of hero winning the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth.  He ended the night 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Javier Baez had his best night as a professional going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple.  He also scored a run, drove in four and stole his 16th base.  He now has a ten game hitting streak and his batting average now stands at .319.  Taiwan Easterling and Paul Hoilman each had two hits and Easterling drove in two.  Michael Jensen got the start giving up six runs in 5.1 innings of work.  Yao-Lin Wang got the win pitching a scoreless tenth inning.

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Daytona watched a six two lead slip away late when Palm Beach scored seven times in the last two innings to win 9-6.  Despite walking five and allowing six hits starter Austin Kirk was in line for the win, but was let down by his bullpen.  Kirk left only allowing two run, one earned in six inning of work lowering his ERA to 2.59.  After a dominate one inning of work by Eduardo Figueroa, Jeffrey Lorick and Brian Schlitter really struggled combining to give up seven runs, five earned over the next 1.1 innings.  There were a few bright spots from the offense on Saturday for the Cubs.  Ronald Torreyes was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  John Andreoli, Rafael Lopez, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits with Bonne driving one in.  Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had an RBI a piece and Taylor Davis drove in two.  Another tough loss for Daytona on Saturday.

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Michael Burgess and Juan Apodaca‘s power was on display Saturday leading Tennessee to a 4-2 win on Saturday.  Apodaca hit a three-run homer and Michael Burgess hit a solo shot, his tenth of the season.  That was all the offense the Smokies would need as Dae-Eun Rhee and the bullpen would do all the rest.  Rhee gave up two runs on five hits in five innings.  He struck out six in route to his sixth win of the year.  Tony Zych pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three and Marcus Hatley came in to shut it down.  That he did striking out three in two innings of work recording his fourth save of the season.  It is nice to see Tennessee come out on top of a well-played game from both teams.

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A seven run second from Omaha was all they needed beating Iowa 7-1.  Randy Wells got the start and was terrible allowing seven runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings pitched.  As bad as Randy Wells was the offense couldn’t get much going either.  James Adduci had two hits and scored a run, the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game.  Dave Sappelt drove in the Cubs lone run.  Josh Vitters had his 27th double of the season and Brett Jackson also added a hit.  Other than that there wasn’t much to the game at the plate.  Casey Coleman pitched 5.1 good innings in relief not allowing a run and striking out three.  Alberto Cabrera had another nice outing out of the pen striking out one in one inning of work.

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Mark

7/8: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A trip through the minors on July 8, 2012.

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The AZL Brewers jumped on the AZL Cubs and took a commanding 4-0 lead.  The Cubs scored one run in ninth to tie it and then another in the 11th to win.  Offensively Timothy Saunders did it again, this time going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Daniel Lockhart and David Bote each added two hits with Lockhart scoring two and driving in one.  Ben Carhart, Daniel Vogelbach, and Rafael Lopez each drove in a run with the winner coming off the bat of Lockhart.  Alvido Jimenez got the win in relief striking out four in 3.1 innings and giving up two hits and zero runs.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino also pitched well in relief striking out four and only giving up one hit in 3.2 innings of work.  It was a nice win for the Cubs and their record now stands at 12-4.

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Starting pitcher Ian Dickson struggled giving up seven runs on seven hits in just 2.2 innings.  He took the loss as Boise dropped the game to Yakima 10-1 in only five and a half innings played.  At the plate the Hawks got two hits from Xavier Batista including a double.  Wilson Contreras and Stephen Bruno each had one hit and Bruno scored a run.  Chadd Krist did not record a hit, but drove in the lone run for Boise.  It was really tough loss for the Hawks in shortened game.

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After hitting four home runs yesterday Peoria did not score a run today losing to 3-0 to Cedar Rapids.  Joseph Zeller got the start and took the loss giving up three runs, one earned on five hits in five innings pitched.  Jeffry Antigua was really good striking out three in three perfect innings of relief.  His ERA remains at 0.00.  Nothing to exciting happened on the offensive side of things.  Zeke DeVoss and Wes Darvill each had one hit, that being a double.  Javier Baez, Pin-Chieh Chen, Yasiel Balaguert, and Sergio Burruel all had a hit as well.  Baez stole his 14th base of the season.  Peoria will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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Lakeland had a two run lead into the eighth, but Daytona scored four in top half and would one in the ninth to win 5-2.  Austin Kirk got the start, but did not factor in the decision.  He threw six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out two.  AJ Morris got the win in relief giving up no runs on one hit and striking out two in two innings.  Brian Schlitter picked up his first save of the season pitching a perfect ninth.  Rebel Ridling was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes and Elieser Bonne each added hits, Bonne’s being a double.  Chad Noble was 2-for-3 with a runs scored and an RBI.  Arismendy Alcantara and Rubi Silva each drove in a run, and Alcantara scored a run and stole his 25th base of the season.  Matt Szczur did not have a hit, but walked three times, scored a run, and stole his 27th and 28th bag of the season.  A nice comeback win for Daytona on Sunday.

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Trey McNutt got his fifth win of the year as Tennessee beat Chattanooga 5-3.  McNutt pitched five innings giving up two runs, one earned on four hits while walking two and striking out two.  Ty’relle Harris and Casey Weathers each recorded holds with Harris pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings and striking out two.  Frank Batista pitched another scoreless ninth to record his 15th save of the season.  Justin Bour was 1-for-2 with a homer, his eighth, and two walks.  Greg Rohan was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Junior Lake and Logan Watkins each had a hit and drove in a run for the Cubs.  Michael Brenly, Nate Samson, and Micahel Burgess all added a hit with Samson hitting his 11th double of the year.  Daytona will look to make it two in a row on Monday.

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Adrian Cardenas played the role of the hero on Sunday, delivering a game-winning RBI single to win the game 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth.  Alfredo Amezaga was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Dave Sappelt and Josh Vitters each stayed hot as they delivered two hits a piece.  They each scored a run and drove one in, with Vitters connecting on his 25th double of the season.  James Adduci was 1-for-3 in his second game with, he also scored a run.  Welington Castillo and Matt Tolbert each had hit with Castillo driving one in.  Randy Wells got the start, but did not factor in the decision.  He gave up five runs, four earned on seven hits in 6.1 innings.  Alberto Cabrera got the win in relief pitching the final 2.2 innings.  He allowed no runs on two hits and struck out four, lowering his ERA to 1.86.  This was a nice way for Iowa to go into the All Star Break.  Iowa ended the first half 38-53.

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All in all it was a good day for the Cubs minor leaguers with a lot of thrilling victories.

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Mark

7/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recaps for Friday July 6.

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The AZL Cubs scored two runs in each of the first three innings and they continued to add beating the AZL Giants 10-3.  Daniel Vogelbach only had one hit today, but made it count connecting on his third home run of the season.  He was also the only Cub to drive in more than one run on the day.  Timothy Saunders was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Carlos Escobar had two doubles and drove in a run.  Cubs also got RBI’s from Justin Marra, Carlos Penalver, and Izaac GarsezRyan Hartman got his first win of the season in relief.  He gave up two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work.  Matt Ianazzo was outstanding in his two innings of relief as he struck out four in two scoreless innings.

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Boise lost a tough one on Friday night falling to Tri-City 5-4.  James Pugliese got the start and gave up three runs, two earned on six hits in five innins.  Pete Levitt couldn’t hold the lead giving up a run in the seventh.  Michael Heesch then came on to strike out four in two scoreless innings.  Bryce Shafer who has been really good for Boise gave up a run in the eleventh which proved to be the game winner.  At the plate Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-5 with double and an RBI.  Wilson Contreras also had two hits and drove in two.  It was a tough loss for the Hawks as they had a lead for most of the game.

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Burlington scored two in an inning four different times to beat Peoria 8-3.  Offensively Dustin Geiger stayed hot hitting his fourth home run in three days, he drove in two on the night.  Taiwan Easterling had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI and Javier Baez was 2-for-4.  Starling Peralta got the start and took the loss, but was let down by his defense giving up six runs, only two earned on four hits in five innings.  Sheldon McDonald pitched well in relief striking out four in 2.1 innings of work.

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Daytona had a nice win on Friday beating Dunedin 5-1.  Matt Loosen got the start and very impressive improving his record to 7-3.  He struck out 10 while only giving up three hits and allowing no runs in seven innings of work.  Matt Spencer and Scott Weismann each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the win.  At the plate the Cubs had some really special nights.  Arismendy Alcantara was a single a way from the cycle.  He ended the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Rubi Silva also was impressive going 4-for-5 with an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes and Taylor Davis each drove in a run and John Andreoli had a triple and also scored a run.

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Game one of the double header belonged to Eric Jokisch and the Smokies beating Jacksonville 5-1.  Jokisch pitched six inning allowing one run on five hits while striking out two and walking one.  Marcus Hatley threw a scoreless seventh to close the game out.  Offensively Justin Bour and Michael Burgess each recorded a hit and two RBI’s.  Greg Rohan also drove in a run and scored one ending the game 1-for-3 with a double.  Nelson Perez and Michael Brenly each had a hit and Brenley scored a run.

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Game two was a different story as Jacksonville came out on top beating Tennessee 3-1.  Nicholas Struck took the loss, but didn’t pitch that bad as his defense let him down.  He struck out six in five innings pitched and gave up three runs, only one earned in five innings.  Tony Zych who struck out three and Frank Batista each pitched a scoreless frame.  Offensively there wasn’t too much to talk about Logan Watkins, James Adduci, Juan Apodaca, and Nate Samson were the only Smokies to recored hits.  Apodaca drove in Adduci for the only Smokies run in game two.

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Alfredo Amezaga played the part of the hero on Friday delilvering a base hit in the 11th inning to give Iowa a 5-4 win.  The unsung hero’s in this game were the bullpen.  Casey Coleman got the start, but only lasted three innings and gave up three runs.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched four solid innings of relief allowing no runs on three hits.  Jay Jackson followed suit pitching a scoreless inning.  Michael Bowden did blow the save, but was able to pitch a scoreless tenth and eleventh inning in route to his second win.  Offensively Dave Sappelt was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.  Blake Lalli also had two hits including a double.  Welington Castillo hit his third home run of the season and had two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Josh Vitters kept his average at the .300 mark going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Adrian Cardenas also added a hit and an RBI on Friday.  Brett Jackson missed his second game in row.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark