Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 20, 2016

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 20, 2016

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After trailing all night the Iowa Cubs were able to tie the game up at two in the eighth only to see New Orleans walk-off in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 win.

At the Plate:

  • Juan Perez got a chance out of the lead-off spot and came through; he went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Albert Almora is really swinging it right now; he went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored; he’s now hitting .368 on the season.
  • Matt Murton (!) got the start in left tonight; he went 2-for-4 in the loss.
  • Munenori Kawasaki was 1-for-2 with two walks; clearly he has taken the approach of the major league club down to Iowa with him.

On the Mound:

  • Drew Rucinski was brilliant last night, but had to settle for a no-decision. He worked six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking two, and striking out ten.
  • Carl Edwards Jr. had a nice bounce back effort last night; he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.
  • Spencer Patton struggled with command but battled through it; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Brandon Gomes took the loss in this one; he worked just 1/3rd of an inning, giving up one run on two hits.

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A tough loss for the Smokies as they rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth then watched as the Biscuits scored three times in the ninth en route to a 5-4 victory.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Skulina got the start and struggled with finding the plate; he worked 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on three hits while walking four, and striking out one.
  • Gerardo Concepcion might actually be figuring it out; he was good again last night. Concepcion worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.
  • Juan Paniagua was also solid in relief; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one.
  • David Garner had a rough go of it, and was hung with the loss. Garner worked one inning, giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out two.

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The Pelicans didn’t have much going offensively in this one, but they found just enough as they scored three times in the eighth to beat the Winston-Salem Dash 4-1.

At the Plate:

  • Ian Happ has had a really solid start to the year; he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and is now hitting .296 on the season.
  • Yasiel Balaguert was one of the offensive heroes last night; he went 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, and has now knocked in eight on the season.
  • Daniel Lockhart went 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored in the win.
  • David Bote provided the big blow in this one; he went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Brilliance from Zach Hedges; he worked seven innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • James Farris was just as good in relief, and picked up his second save of the season. Farris worked two scoreless/hitless innings while walking one, and striking out three.

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Eight runs over the first three innings put this one to bed early.  The South Bend Cubs pounded out thirteen hits and eight runs on their way to an 8-4 laugher last night.

At the Plate: (There’s a lot)

  • Eloy Jimenez had a solid game; he went 2-for-3 with a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Eddy Martinez broke out of a small slump; he was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, he now has seven RBI’s on the season.
  • Daniel Spingola has been red hot as of late; he went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, and a run scored; he’s now hitting .405 on the season.
  • Tyler Alamo has been great in the early going this year; he went 3-for-4 with a double, and an RBI; he’s now hitting .455 on the season.
  • Sutton Whiting, P.J. Higgins, Donnie Dewees, and Matt Rose all finished the night with one hit a piece.

On the Mound:

  • Justin Steele has had a rough start to 2016, but last night was a step in the right direction. Steele worked five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking one, and striking out six to pick up his first win of the year.
  • Craig Brooks was good once again in relief; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Scott Effross was also solid; he worked two innings, giving up one run, unearned, on three hits while striking out two.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 17, 2016

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SUNDAY APRIL 17, 2016

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A late rally was all for not as the Smokies fell to the Montgomery Biscuits 5-3.  Entering the eighth inning the Smokies were trailing 3-0 and were able to tie things up heading to the ninth, but they gave two runs back in the top half and fell to 4-7 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann smacked his fourth double of the season; he finished the day 1-for-5.
  • Billy McKinney has been struggling of late; he went 1-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Victor Caratini had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Carlos Penalver chipped in with some offense out of the ninth spot; he went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny got the start, and was pretty solid in picking up a no decision; he worked six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Gerardo Concepcion is having a renaissance; he worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.
  • Josh Conway was roughed up as he was hung with the loss in this one; he worked 1/3rd of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Juan Paniagua stopped the bleeding late; he worked the final 2/3rds of an inning while striking out one.

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A thrilling victory for the Pelicans on Sunday as they fell behind 3-0 in the third before scoring once in the fourth, and putting up three in the seventh en route to a 4-3 victory over the Mudcats.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford got things started from the top as he usually does; Crawford went 2-for-5 with his fourth double of the season, and a run scored.
  • Ian Happ had a solid game; he went 2-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Yasiel Balaguert went 2-for-5 with an RBI in the win, his fifth of the season.
  • Jason Volser has had a solid first two weeks; he went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s, and is now hitting .324 on the season.
  • Jeffrey Baez and Shawon Dunston Jr. each finished the day with one hit.

On the Mound:

  • Jake Stinnett had a really solid effort in picking up his first win of the season; he worked six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Jose Rosario was outstanding in relief; he worked two scoreless innings while striking out two.
  • James Farris was perfect in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

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A back and forth affair saw the South Bend Cubs blow a 3-0 lead in the seventh only to score twice in the eighth to beat Fort Wayne 5-4.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees for President! Dewees was 2-for-3 with two doubles (four on the year now), a walk, and a run scored, he’s not hitting .421 on the season.
  • Eloy Jimenez had a really nice game; he went 2-for-4 with his second double of the season, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Tyler Alamo and Bryant Flete each went 1-for-4 in the victory.

On the Mound:

  • Adbert Alzolay got the start, and was solid throughout; he worked 6.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Scott Effross was touched up a bit, but ended up getting the win; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Craig Brooks battled through some trouble to pick up his first save of the season; he worked one inning while walking two, and striking out one.

*** IOWA WAS POSTPONED

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 15, 2016

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016

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Round Rock doesn’t like losing to Iowa, they haven’t done yet in four games this year.  Tonight the Express jumped in front of Iowa 3-0 in the first, and 7-3 at the end of five before hanging on for an 8-6 win.

At the Plate:

  • Dan Vogelbach is swinging it; he went 1-for-4 with his first dinger of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Albert Almora is having a solid 2016 so far; he went 1-for-4 and is now hitting .280 on the season.
  • Ryan Kalish went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Drew Rucinski was torched tonight as he picked up his second loss of the season. Rucinski worked 4.1 innings, giving up seven runs on five hits while walking four, and striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis stopped the bleeding somewhat; he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • C.J. Reifenhauser worked just 1/3rd of an inning while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero kept things close by working a scoreless inning.

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An early explosion of runs by both teams made the final rather surprising; the Smokies led 3-2 after two innings and held on for a 4-2 win over Birmingham.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann snapped out of a slump tonight; he went 2-for-4 with his second double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher is reaching levels that not many have seen; he was 1-for-1 with an RBI, and three walks tonight; he is not hitting .524 on the season, crazy.
  • Mark Zagunis, Chesny Young, and Billy McKinney all finished 1-for-4.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Skulina got the start, and picked up his first win of the season; Skulina worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Juan Paniagua was outstanding in relief, he worked two scoreless/hitless innings while striking out one.
  • Starling Peralta was just as good; he also worked two scoreless/hitless innings while striking out two to pick up his second save of the season.

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Myrtle Beach was completely handcuffed tonight as they were shut out by Carolina 2-0.  The Pelicans could only manage two hits in the loss, definitely a great performance from Max Povse, the starter for the Mudcats.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres did a nice job of getting on base tonight, but that was about it for the Pelicans; Torres went 0-for-2 with two walks, and was caught stealing.
  • Jason Volser was 1-for-3 with his third double of the season in the loss.
  • Gioskar Amaya was the only other Pelican to register a hit; he finished the night 1-for-2 with a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start and saw his record fall to 0-2 on the season. Clifton worked 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking three, and striking out six.
  • Jordan Minch worked in and out of trouble tonight; he worked 2.1 scoreless innings giving up five hits.
  • James Farris worked a scoreless inning to keep things close.

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Some sloppy baseball from South Bend tonight as they made four errors en route to getting destroyed by Fort Wayne, 10-3.

At the Plate:

  • Sutton Whiting and Donnie Dewees each picked up an RBI in this one, Whiting added a base hit.
  • J. Higgins went 1-for-3 with his second double of the season, a walk, and a run scored in the loss.
  • Nice to see some production from Eddy Martinez; he went 1-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.
  • Daniel Spingola had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Ian Rice has been awesome so far this year; he went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .444 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Kellogg got the start tonight, and picked up his first loss of the season. Kellogg worked 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Casey Bloomquist wasn’t terribly effective out of the pen; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out two.
  • John Williamson was also touched up a bit; he worked an inning, giving up three runs, one earned, on one hit while walking two.
  • Greyfer Eregua worked a scoreless eighth inning to keep things from getting worse.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 12, 2016

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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

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Not enough offensive firepower for Iowa last night as they were only able to push across two runs on five hits in a 4-2 loss to New Orleans.  The loss drops the I-Cubs to a 1-5 record to start the season.

At the Plate:

  • Willson Contreras stayed hot last night; he went 2-for-4 with his third double of the season, and a run scored.
  • Albert Almora is struggling to find hits; he went 0-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.
  • Kristopher Negron went 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Williams was much better in his second start; he worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Scott Barnes picked up the loss in relief; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Jean Machi tossed 1.1 innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • C.J. Riefenhauser had his bet appearance of 2016, he worked a scoreless ninth inning.

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After trailing 4-0 early the Smokies came all the way back to tie it only to see Birmingham push across a run in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny had a rough go of it; he worked five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Gerardo Concepcion had another great outing; he worked three scoreless/hitless innings while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Juan Paniagua took the loss in this one; he worked just 1/3rd of an inning, giving up one run on two hits while walking two, and striking out one.

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A late Pelican comeback came up short as Myrtle Beach could not battle back from a 4-0 deficit and fell to Winston Salem, 4-3.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford continued his hot start to 2016; he went 3-for-5 with a double, his first homer of the year, and RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ian Happ is putting things together; he went 3-for-5 with his third double of the year, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .292 on the season.
  • Jason Volser, Shawon Dunston Jr., Cael Brockmeyer, and Charcer Burks all finished the night with one hit.

On the Mound:

  • Tommy Thorpe got the start, and picked up the loss in this one. Thorpe tossed five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • James Farris was brilliant out of the pen; he worked three scoreless/hitless innings while striking out four.
  • Jose Rosario worked a scoreless ninth to give the Pelicans a chance to tie it late.

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It took ten innings, but the South Bend Cubs took care of Bowling Green, 3-2.  A solid effort across the board as the Cubs trailed 2-0 after one half inning before shutting down the Hot Rods the rest of the way.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is a triples machine; he went 2-for-4 with his second triple of the year, a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Eloy Jimenez was the thunder for the Cubs; he went 4-for-5 with a double, and an RBI.
  • P.J. Higgins, and Daniel Spingola each picked up an RBI in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Carson Sands was pretty solid; he worked five innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Kyle Twomey was great out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.
  • Scott Frazier also chipped in with a scoreless inning.
  • Casey Bloomquist picked up the win in relief; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits while striking out one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 9, 2016

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SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016

Iowa 4-9-16

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Another rough one for Iowa as they fall to Round Rock for the third straight time to start the season.  The Cubs were down 8-0 after the fifth inning, and never really stood a chance tonight.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Eric Jokisch was torched tonight, he worked 4.1 innings, giving up right runs on eleven hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Armando Rivero worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.
  • Scott Barnes, Carl Edwards Jr., and Miguel Mejia all worked a scoreless inning in relief.

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Pitching dominated the evening, and the Smokies came out on the right side of a 1-0 thriller.

At the Plate:

  • Chesny Young continued his hot start to 2016, he went 2-for-3 in the win.
  • Jeimer Candelario knocked in the only run of the night, he went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
  • David Freitas was 2-for-3, the Smokies only had six hits, all singles, but it was enough.

On the Mound:

  • Brad Markey got the start tonight, and was brilliant. Markey worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Gerardo Concepcion (!) picked up the win out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, he didn’t walk anyone, and struck out three.
  • Josh Conway picked up a hold, he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking one.
  • Juan Paniagua shut the door for his first save of the year by working a scoreless ninth, he struck out two.

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A late offensive explosion propelled the South Bend Cubs to a 5-3 win over West Michigan, their first of the season.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees was 2-for-4 with a triple, and RBI, and a run scored.
  • J. Higgins has been very good so far this year, he went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and an RBI in the win.
  • Eddy Martinez was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, he’s hitting .333 on the season.
  • Daniel Spingola chipped in, he went 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Kellogg was brilliant in picking up his first win of the season. He worked five innings, giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while striking out three.
  • Greyfer Eregua was just as good out of the pen, he worked 2.2 scoreless innings while striking out two.
  • Scott Effross made things interesting as he worked 2/3 of an inning, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Michael Wagner picked up his first save of the year, he worked the final 2/3 of an inning to do so.

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Not much going right for the Pelicans in this one as they fell behind 4-0 after one en route to falling to Frederick, 6-0.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres was 1-for-4 in the loss, nice to see him get into the hit column.
  • Ian Happ was the only Pelican to find some success tonight, he went 2-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a double.
  • Jeffrey Baez went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start, and picked up the loss. He worked three innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits while walking four, and striking out four.
  • James Farris was pretty solid out of the pen, he worked three innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out four.
  • James Pugliese was solid once again, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out four.
  • David Berg worked a scoreless ninth.

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Riding the Bus: May 7, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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THURSDAY • MAY 7, 2015

Myrtle Beach 5-7 Final

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Walk-off!  The Pelicans improved to a seasons best seven games over .500 with a 2-1 win over Salem thanks to a Billy McKinney walk-off dinger!  You can also thank Duane Underwood for dominating on the mound.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis is an on base machine, he was 0-for-2 with three walks in the win.
  • Billy McKinney is similar to Zagunis in regards to being one of those on base machines, he was 1-for-1 with FOUR walks, said walk-off dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers, and Trey Martin each had one hit, both singles.

On the Mound:

  • Duane Underwood Jr. got the start tonight, and was brilliant.  He worked seven innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Juan Paniagua was solid out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.
  • Michael Heesch picked up his second win of the season, he worked a scoreless inning in doing so.

Tennessee Smokies 5-7 Final

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A tough loss for the Smokies as they saw an early 4-0 lead slip away in a 5-4 loss.  The Smokies scored four times in the first inning and couldn’t find anymore offense the rest of the way.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora has picked up where he left off before the injury, he was 1-for-4 with a run scored, he’s hitting .310 on the season.
  • Kyle Schwarber was solid in this one, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher had the big hit for the Smokies, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.
  • Elliot Soto was the best of the bunch tonight, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start, and he struggled with his command, he worked five innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking four, and striking out seven.
  • Fernando Cruz was outstanding out of the pen, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis picked up the loss in this one, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on three hits.

South Bend 5-7 Final

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Things got a little close late in this one but the South Bend Cubs hung on to beat Bowling Green 3-2.  Not many teams can say that as Bowling Green boasts a 17-11 record on the year, tonight the Cubs had just enough.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks has been great this year, it continued tonight, he was 1-for-3 with two walks, and two RBI’s.
  • Justin Marra found some extra base magic, he was 1-for-3 with a double, and a walk.
  • Jesse Hodges was solid as well, he went 1-for-3 with his fifth double of the year, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez had a nice game, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, maybe that will get him going.
  • Gleyber Torres continues to get on base, he was 1-for-4 with a walk in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges got the start, and he does what he usually does, put up zeroes.  He worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Ryan McNeil was decent out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch was touched up, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • James Farris had his shortest outing of the year, but it was all he needed to pick up his third save of the year.  He worked a third of an inning to shut the door.

Iowa Cubs 5-7 Final

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The Iowa Cubs didn’t have much going in this one, but found a way to push four runs across the plate in the seventh for a 4-1 victory in Nashville.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara has been flashing the power in Iowa, he was 1-for-4 with a walk, his fourth dinger, two RBI’s, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Mike Baxter has been solid all year, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.
  • Jonathan Mota was right in the middle of the action, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.
  • John Andreoli, Chris Valaika, and Taylor Davis all had one hit tonight.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada got the start, and continues to make a push to be promoted, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Gonzalez Germen has been awesome in Iowa, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings to pick up his third win, he struck out two in the process.
  • Blake Cooper worked a scoreless inning to pick up his second hold of the year.
  • Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

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Riding the Bus: May 2, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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SATURDAY • MAY 2, 2015

Iowa Cubs 5-2 Final

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A number of teams are having trouble beating Oklahoma City this year, you can add Iowa to said list as they lost yet again to the Dodger, 4-1.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada got the start and was the hard luck loser as he was brilliant.  Wada worked seven innings, giving up two run, both unearned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Yoanner Negrin couldn’t keep things close late in this one, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking three, and striking out one.

Tennessee Smokies 5-2 Final

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After losing both an early and late lead, Tennessee somehow found a way to pull this one out with a run in the tenth.  Of course that run came from a Kyle Schwarber dinger, hero.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber only had one hit but it was a big one, he finished the night 1-for-5 with said dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach got back on track, he was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Stephen Bruno has been good all year, he was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.
  • Bijan Rademacher provided the early fireworks, he was 1-for-4 with a dinger, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start and was missing bats left and right, he tossed 5.2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits while walking two, and striking out ten(!).
  • Starling Peralta has been good all year, he was again last night, he worked two scoreless innings while surrendering three hits.
  • P.J. Francescon picked up a blown save, and a win, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 5-2 Final

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Things got a little dicey for the Pelicans late in this one, but they were able to weather the storm and hang on for a 5-4 win over Lynchburg.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis flashed some rare power, he was 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Trey Martin was productive in the win, he was 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Carlos Penalver had a great game from the bottom of the order, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn got the start, and picked up his second win of the season, he worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Gerardo Concepcion had an off and on appearance, he worked two innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Tayler Scott, and Jasvir Rakkar both worked a scoreless inning late with Rakkar picking up his second save of the season.

South Bend 5-2 Final

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It’s nice to be on this side of things, after blowing a number of saves early this year the South Bend Cubs finally registered a come back win of their own.  Trailing 4-2 in the eighth the Cubs pushed three runs across to the delight of the sellout crowd in South Bend.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres is terrorizing Midwest League pitching, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored.
  • Chesny Young had a great game, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer has been outstanding, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win, and is hitting .356 on the season.
  • Yasiel Balaguert made his one hit count, he went 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  •  Trevor Clifton started this one, and didn’t get much help behind him.  Clisfton worked five innings, giving up three runs, on earned, on three hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Tyler Ihrig was great out of the pen, and earned his first win of the season.  Ihrig worked three innings, giving up one run on four hits in the process.
  • James Farris was perfect in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season, he struck out the side as well.

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Riding the Bus: April 29, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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WEDNESDAY • APRIL 29, 2015

South Bend 4-29 Final

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Jeremy Null was outstanding once again for the South Bend Cubs, unfortunately he didn’t factor in the decision, but his performance went a long way towards a 2-0 victory.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks continued his strong season, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, he is now hitting .328 on the season.
  • Gleyber Torres is awesome, he went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI’s, and a walk in the win.
  • Chesny Young was also a part of the attack, he went 1-for-4.
  • Jason Volser had a so-so kind of game, he was 2-for-4 but committed an error, and was caught stealing.

On the Mound:

  • Jeremy Null got the start, and was stellar.  He worked 5.2 scoreless innings, giving up six hits while walking no one, and striking out six.  On the season Null has not allowed any walks (!), and struck out twenty-three.
  • James Farris was solid out of the pen and picked up the win, his second of the year.  Farris worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season.

Tennessee Smokies 4-29 Final

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After a late run to tie things up, the Smokies couldn’t hold Chattanooga off the board the rest of the way, and fell 3-1 this afternoon.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber didn’t pound any baseballs into submission, but was 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Willson Contreras was the only offense in this one, he went 1-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Stephen Bruno continued his hot 2015, he was 2-for-4, he is now hitting .310 on the season.
  • Elliot Soto, and Ryan Dent each had one hit in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start and did everything but win, he worked seven innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out seven.
  • C.J. Edwards was hung with the loss, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 4-29 Final

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Pitching dominated this one, and the Pelicans were able to push across two runs in the 8th to steal it 2-1.  The Pelicans only had four opportunities with runners in scoring position, but they came through when it mattered most.

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On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez has been pretty darn good all year, tonight was no different, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.
  • Ben Well made an appearance out of the pen, and got the win.  He worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits.
  • Gerardo Concepcion was outstanding in picking up his first save of the year.  He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out one.

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Riding the Bus: April 18, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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SATURDAY • APRIL 18, 2015

Myrtle Beach 4-18-Game One Final

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Duane Underwood Jr. was brilliant in the first game of the double-header tonight, in fact, he was almost perfect.  Underwood Jr. took a no-hitter into the seventh (last inning of a DH) before giving up a couple hits, so very close.  The Pelicans had six hits in the victory, three of which were of the extra base variety.

At the Plate:

  • Shawon Dunston Jr. had a big game, he was 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Jacob Rogers continued his strong year at the plate, he was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Victor Caratini had a similar night, he was 1-for-3 with a double, and an RBI in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Duane Underwood Jr. got the start and the win in this one, he worked six innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Starling Peralta came on in relief of Underwood Jr. and shut the door, he worked a scoreless inning while walking one.

Myrtle Beach 4-18-Game One two

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The Pelicans came out swinging in game two as they scored four times in the top of the first en route to an 8-4 win, and a double-header sweep.  The seven inning game saw the Pelicans pound out twelve hits, once again they went heavy on the extra base hits with five.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann was solid at the top of the order, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored.
  • Mark Zagunis is a joy to watch at the plate, he was 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored, and two more walks.
  • Billy McKinney had a big game two, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario has been good so far this year, he was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Ben Carhart supplied the power, he was 1-for-2 with a dinger, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn didn’t have his best stuff, but he battled and got the win, he worked five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Josh Conway was brilliant in picking up the save, he worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.

Tennessee Smokies 4-18 Final

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The Smokies are rolling, they took care of Pensacola tonight to run their record to 6-3 on the season.  Everything was working in this one for the Smokies, they pounded out twelve hits, and scored seven times in the win.  The pitching was on point as well tonight giving up just one run on five hits while striking out ten.

At the Plate:

  • Elliot Soto got the job of leading off tonight, and he did it well.  Soto was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
  • Albert Almora have a game, he was 5-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Stephen Bruno came up big in this one, he was 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .385 on the season.
  • Willson Contreras with a huge contribution off the bench, he was 1-for-1 with a dinger, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start tonight, and was stellar, he worked six innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Fernando Cruz was outstanding out of the pen to pick up his first save of the year, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out four.

South Bend 4-18 Final

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The South Bend Cubs have a disturbing trend of blowing saves, today was their fourth one of the season already.  Things looked very much in hand late as the Cubs led Great Lakes 4-1 heading to the ninth, four runs later and the Cubs saw their record fall to 4-6 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin, and Chesny Young were a solid one-two punch at the top of the order in this won.  Martin went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Young went 1-f0r-4 with a triple  an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez had a solid game, he went 1-for-4 with a double, his third of the season.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges was brilliant tonight, he worked five scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three,
  • Tommy Thorpe did a fine job out of the pen, he worked tow innings, giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • James Farris took the brunt of it in this one, he worked two innings, giving up four runs, two earned, while striking out five.

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Riding the Bus: April 13, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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MONDAY • APRIL 13, 2015

Iowa Cubs 4-13 Final

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The Iowa Cubs struggled with runners in scoring position tonight (0-for-10), but were able to scratch across four runs to take the series opener against New Orleans.  A big reason for the victory was the Iowa pitching, only one unearned run tonight on six hits.

At the Plate:

  • Kris Bryant continued his hot start to the season, he was 3-for-5 with three singles (weird), and a stolen base, but did make two errors.
  • Junior Lake had a solid game, he was 2-for-5 with a run scored in the win.
  • Rafael Lopez is on fire, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .364 on the season.
  • Mike Baxter is unconscious right now, not literally, he was 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Yoanner Negrin started this one, and was solid, he worked 4.2 innings, giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while striking out five.
  • Gonzalez Germen got the win in this one, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out two.
  • James Russell, yes ‘that’ James Russell, worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.
  • Joe Ortiz picked up the save tonight, he worked a scoreless ninth inning allowing one hit.

Tennessee Smokies 4-13 Final

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The Smokies have a knack for the big inning, today it was in the third as they scored six times and batted around, again.  That was more than enough for Frank Batista and company as the Smokies won the series (3-2) with a 10-4 victory.  An alarming stat, in a good way, the Smokies walked eight times today, EIGHT, you should probably score a lot of runs when that happens.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora had another solid game, he was 2-for-6 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  He also had an outfield assist, he does it all.
  • Christian Villanueva was the hero today, he went crazy, he was 2-for-3 with two dingers, two walks, two RBI’s, and three runs scored, yikes.
  • Dan Vogelbach continued his torrid start, he was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .444 on the season.
  • Pin-Chieh Chen had a big hit in this one, he finished the day 1-for-5 with a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Frank Batista got the start in this one, his first at the MiLB level since 2013, and was dominant.  He worked six innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out three to pick up the win.
  • Fernando Cruz struggled mightily today, he worked two innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking three, and striking out one.
  • Andres Santiago made this one official by working a scoreless ninth inning, he walked one.

South Bend 4-13 Final

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Tough one for South Bend tonight as they just couldn’t get much going offensively in a 6-1 loss to Dayton.  Although the Cubs had eight hits, they only had two opportunities with runners in scoring position, station to station baseball.  Trevor Clifton had all sorts of issues finding the plate which led to an early deficit that South Bend could not recover from.

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On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start and struggled, he worked just two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits while walking four, and striking out one.
  • Jordan Minch was brilliant in relief, he worked 3.1 innings, giving up one run, unearned, on three hits while striking out two.
  • James Farris found some trouble but put in solid work, he tossed four innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out four.

** Myrtle Beach was postponed, because rain is stupid.

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