7/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Sunday, July 1.

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The AZL Cubs held on to beat the AZL Athletics 9-7 on Sunday.  Dan Vogelbach kept up his torrid pace going 4-for-5 with a triple, homer, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  He is now hitting .471.  Timothy Saunders had two more hits and and also drove in one run.  His average now stands at .483.  Carlos Escobar and Izaac Garsez each had two hits and a run scored on Sunday.  Ben Carhart and Carlos Penalver each had an RBI in the victory.  Nathan Dorris got the win pitching a scoreless inning in relief and Alvido Jimenez recorded his first save of the young season.

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In a well pitched game Boise came up short losing 2-1 to Tri-City in ten innings.  Rafael Diplan struggled with his comand walking three in .2 of an inning to take the loss.  James Pugliese got the start and struck out five in four scoreless innings.  Eduardo Orozco and Michael Heesch each pitched two scoreless inning on Sunday.  Not much to talk about offensively in this one as Boise could only plate one.  The lone RBI came off the bat of Dong-Yub Kim who was 2-for-4 with game-tying solo homer in the seventh.  Jeimer Candelario and Chadd Krist continued their hot hitting as Candelario had two hits and Krist had three.

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Starling Peralta pitched eight solid innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits, but took the loss as Peoria lost to Kane County 7-2.  As good as Peralta was Larry Suarez was not so good in relief giving up four runs in one inning of work.  The offense didn’t do much damage, but Taiwan Easterling was 3-for-3 and Dustin Geiger had two hits of his own.  Chiefs got RBI’s from Zeke DeVoss and Wes Darvill.  Top prospect Javier Baez collected a hit and scored a run.

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Matt Loosen and Daytona fell to Lakeland 5-3 on Sunday.  Loosen started and gave up four runs, three earned in six innings pitched.  A.J. Morris pitched well in relief striking out two in two innings of work.  From an offensive standpoint Daytona couldn’t get much done recording only four hits.  Rebel Ridling was 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.  Matt Szczur also had a double, scored a run, and drove one in.  The other Cubs hit came from Elieser Bonne and the other RBI came off the bat of John Andreoli.

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Tennessee couldn’t get much going at the plate and fell to Chattanooga 3-0.  Nicholas Struck pitched well enough to win, but took the loss, giving up two runs, one earned in five innings pitched.  Casey Harman and Casey Weathers each pitched in relief.  Not too much excitement from the offense, but Justin Bour was 3-for-4 with two doubles.  Nate Samson had two hits of his own and Jae-Hoon Ha and Juan Apodaca each had a hit on the night.

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 Iowa’s frantic rally comes up short on Sunday dropping a high scoring game to Nashville 13-12.  At one point the Cubs were down by nine runs headed to the sixth, but after scoring eight runs in three innings, they failed to score in the ninth.  Offensively Iowa pounded out 16 hits and 12 runs.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each had three hits, including two doubles a piece, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Blake Lalli also had three hits including a double, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  Dave Sappelt hit his fourth home run of the year and Matt Tolbert drove in two runs and also two hits.  Brett Jackson raised his average to .261 going 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Frankie De La Cruz got the start and, but didn’t last long giving up nine runs, seven earned in just 4.1 innings pitched.  Jay Jackson threw another scoreless inning out of the bullpen and also struck two out.  Michael Bowden struck out three in a scoreless inning.

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A rough day for the Cubs minor leaguers dropping every game except the AZL.

Thanks for reading,
Mark

6/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Your nightly trip around the bases for June 28th, 2012.

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AZL Cubs had a nice night winning 11-2.  Jacob Rogers had a great night at the plate going 4-for-4 with two home runs, four runs scored, and four RBI’s.  Trey Martin had three hits and three RBI’s on Thursday.  Ben Carhart and Carlos Penalver each had two hits.  Dan Vogelbach and Justin Marra each had a double and drove in a run.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino got the win pitching five innings in relief giving no runs on three hits while striking out five.  Nathan Dorris and Ryan Hartman each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  Hope to see more nights like this from the Cubs as the summer goes forward.

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We have been waiting, and Boise finally delivered beating Spokane 12-2.  Chadd Krist was 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored, and one driven in.  Wilson Contreras also was 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three driven in.  Stephen Bruno had two hits with a run scored and an RBI.  Dong-Yub Kim hit his second home run of the season, a grand slam.  Ian Dickson was the beneficiary of all those runs earning his first win of the season pitching five innings, giving up two runs, one earned on four hits, while striking out six.  Eduardo Orozco, Rafael Diplan, and Su-Min Jung all pitched well in relief.  All in all it was a very good night for the Hawks.

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Gerardo Concepcion was roughed up early, giving up four runs in the first, but settled down as he pitched six inning giving up five runs on six hits.  He took the loss and is now 2-6 with a 7.39 ERA.  Javier Baez had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and three stolen bases.  Dustin Geiger, Taiwan Easterling, and Oliver Zapata all had RBI’s on the night and Paul Hoilman had two hits.  Larry Suarez also struggled in relief giving up two runs on four hits in two innings of work.

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It was a great night for the Daytona offense beating Dunedin 14-4.  Cubs got home runs from Ronald Torreyes, Arismendy Alcantara, and Rebel Ridling.  Arismendy went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI’s.  Rubi Silva was also 3-for-5 including two doubles and drove in two.  Lead-off hitter Matt Szczur was on base five times.  He was 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBI’s, three stolen bases, and three runs scored.    Robert Whitenack got the start but didn’t get the win pitching only four innings while giving up three runs, only one earned on six hits while striking out four.  A.J. Morris got the win in relief pitching two scoreless innings while striking out one.  Brian Schlitter threw another good outing in relief pitching a scoreless ninth.

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Trey McNutt was not able to get out of the first inning on Friday pitching only .2 inning and giving up eight runs, four earned on six hits.  Ty’relle Harris threw four quality innings of relief giving up two runs, one earned on five hits, while striking out two.  The Smokies were pretty good at the plate scoring six runs on twelve hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, Michael Brenly, and Elliot Soto all had two hits on the night.  Nelson Perez and Brenly each hit a home run.  The Smokies also had RBI’s from Ha, Lake, Justin Bour, and James Adduci.

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Chris Volstad pitched pretty good on Friday, but it wasn’t enough for Iowa losing 3-1.  Volstad gave up three runs, two earned on six hits in seven innings.  He also struck out seven and walked zero.  Matt Tolbert was great at the plate going 4-for-5 with a double, triple, and a run scored.  Adrian Cardenas, Ty Wright, and Blake Lalli each had two hits.  Josh Vitters was finally held hitless and Brett Jackson went 1-for-5.  Jay Jackson struck out two and didn’t allow a baserunner in one inning of work out of the bullpen.

 

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– Mark, and George 

6/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A closer look at very busy Monday for the Cubs minor leagues.


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Down 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, The AZL Cubs scored four and added another in the eighth to win 6-4.  After going 6-for-6 on Saturday Timothy Saunders stayed hot as he had two more hits bringing his average to .526.  Trey Martin had two doubles with a run scored and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers also went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI’s.  Daniel Vogelbach hit his fourth double on the young season and he also scored a run.  Eduardo Orozco got the win in relief striking out two batters and Jin-Young Kim pitched two perfect innings to record his first save of the season.

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 Boise just couldn’t get the bats going as they lost 4-1 to Spokane on Monday.  On the bright side Gioskar Amaya went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored raising his average to .386.  Marco Hernandez had a double and had the only RBI of the night.  Jeimer Candelario, Wilson Contreras, and Rock Shoulders all had one hit on the night.  Jose Arias pitched well again as he gave up one run on three hits in five innings of work.  Amaury Paulino took the loss giving up three runs on two hits in two innings.

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Peoria scored a run in the eighth to win a nail biter 2-1.  Anthony Giansanti was the hero delivering the game winning RBI.  He entered the game after Javier Baez left with an injury.  It sounds like everything will be fine with Baez and he is day-to-day.  Wes Darvill had two hits and Yasiel Balaguert had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3.  Dustin Geiger had the other Chiefs RBI in the third inning.  Zachary Rosscup got the win in relief pitching 2.1 innings while only giving up a hit and striking out two.  Luis Liria recorded his third save as he pitched the last two innings giving up one hit and striking one batter out.  Zach Cates got the start and allowed one run on five hits in 4.2 innings.

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Daytona won both games of the double header on Monday.  The Cubs won the first game 7-3 highlighted by a five run second.  Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s in the winning effort.  He also stole his 22nd bag of the year.  Micah Gibbs and John Andreoli each had two hits and a run scored.  Matt Szczur had a hit and stole his 21st base of the season.  Taylor Davis had a double and drove in two runs, Rebel Ridling and Rubi Silva each had RBIs as well.  Matt Loosen got his sixth win of the year, giving up three runs on two hits in six innings while striking out seven.


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Game two was not so easy, as Daytona tied the game with three runs in the sixth and won it in the 12th.  Dustin Harrington was the hero as he drove in Ronald Torreyes, who represented the game winning run.  Matt Szczur went 2-for-4 with a double, run, RBI, two walks, and his 22 stolen base.  Chad Noble had two doubles and a run scored and Harrington had two hits as well.  Alantara and Silva had the other two RBI’s for the Cubs.  Kyler Burke, who had been pitching for Peoria got the start for Daytona.  In his first outing he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out two.  The Cubs bullpen was outstanding as they pitched seven scoreless innings.  They gave up only one hit and struck out nine.  Scott Weismann got the win as he struck out four in three innings of work.  Eduardo Figuerora closed the game out recording his first save of the season.

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 Tennessee had two games on Monday as well, but they did not go as well as Daytona.  The Smokies lost the first game 11-3.  This game was lost on the mound as Eric Jokisch really, really struggled as he gave up 10 runs nine earned on nine hits in 5.2 innings.  Unbelievably his ERA jumped all the way to 3.38.  That is how good he has been so far.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Junior Lake each had two hits.  Lake had a double and drove in two.  Michael Burgess had a double and drove in the other Smokies run in game one.


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 Game one was bad, but game two was not much better as Jacksonville beat Tennessee 10-3.  Dallas Beeler got the start giving up one run in 3.1 innings, but did not factor in the decision.  Keven Rhoderick got the loss as he gave up five runs in .2 innings of work.  Marcus Hatley and Casey Harman didn’t have much better luck as each gave up two runs.  Justin Bour, Nelson Perez, and Nate Samson drove in the three Smokies runs in game two.  Junior Lake also had another hit and his average now sits at .315.

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On a day that will be remembered as Anthony Rizzo‘s last game at Iowa, the Cubs played quite a good game winning 2-1.  Brooks Raley got the start and pitched beautifully throwing seven great innings.  He gave up one run on only five hits as he struck out five and got the win.  Jay Jackson pitched another good inning in relief striking out three.  Rafael Dolis took another step in the right direction recording his third save since going to Iowa.  Offensively Josh Vitters has been on an absolute tear as he was all the offense the Cubs would need.  He had an RBI hit in the first inning and hit his 12th home run of the year in the third.  It proved to be the game winner and Vitters is now hitting .292.

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Mark
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6/22: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recap for 6-22

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Boise got their second win in as many nights winning 6-4 on Friday.  Lead off hitter Gioskar Amaya went 4-for-4 with two RBI’s and run scored on the night.  Jeimer Candelario hit his third home run of the season, a three run bomb in the first.  Eduardo Gonzalez had the other RBI on the night as he went 2-for-4 at the plate.  Matthew Spencer got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings in relief.  Rafael Diplan pitched a good 2.1 innings and Bryce Shafer recorded his second save of the season.

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Peoria was back in action on Friday dropping the game to Quad Cities 5-3.  Jose Rosario pitched well early, but took the loss as he pitched 7.1 innings and gave up four runs on six hits while striking out three.  The Chiefs got all their scoring in the fourth when Paul Hoilman hit a two-run homer and Yasiel Balaguert had an RBI double.  Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base and Dustin Geiger had double and run scored in the loss.  Peoria will be back in action tomorrow looking to get their first win of the second half.

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 Daytona got another well pitched game as they won 3-1.  Winning pitcher Frankie Del Valle was unhittable as he pitched six perfect innings and struck out 11 Clearwater batters on Friday night.  Tony Zych recorded his sixth save of the season pitching a perfect ninth.  The Cubs got the scoring started in the first on a Greg Rohan two-run homer.  He now has 12 home runs and 60 RBI’s on the season.  Rebel Ridling and Arismendy Alcantara each had two hits and Alcantara had an RBI in the win.  Another positive note on the evening was that Matt Szczur played in his first game since coming of the DL and got on base three times as he had one hit and drew two walks.

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Tennessee just could not get the bats going on Friday as they lost to Jacksonville 2-0.  James Adduci and Junior Lake were the only two Smokies to record hits on the evening.  On a positive Dae-Eun Rhee pitched well in a loss.  He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings of work.  Casey Harman threw a nice inning as he struck out two batters in a perfect eighth.

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Iowa blitzed Round Rock on Friday scoring three runs in the first and seven more in the fourth as they won 12-2.  The Cubs offense was the story as Alfredo Amezaga, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Vitters, and Juan Apodaca all had three hits a piece.  Rizzo must missed hitting for the cycle as he did not hit a homer tonight, he also had three RBI’s.  With Vitter’s three hits he raised his average to .287.  Brett Jackson hit his ninth home run of the season, he also walked twice and score two runs on the evening.  The offense was very good, but the pitching was pretty good as well as Chris Rusin got his sixth win of the season.  He gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings.  Jay Jackson threw well out of the pen striking out three in three innings of work.

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It was a good night for the Cubs minor league system going 4-1 on Friday.

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Mark

6/16: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look around the Cubs minor leagues system on Saturday June, 16.

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Boise got the scoring early, but saw the lead slip away in the middle innings.  Catcher Wilson Contreras and first baseman Rock Shoulders each hit their first home run of the year on Saturday.  Gioskar Amaya had a triple and Dong-Yub Kim added a double.  Marco Hernandez and Eduardo Gonzalez each had RBI’s for the Hawks.  Starting pitcher James Pugliese took the loss as he gave up three runs on six hits in five innings of work.  Amaury Paulino struggled in his two innings giving up four runs on five hits.  Roderik Pichardo pitched a scoreless inning for Boise.

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Peoria was trailing 5-2 when play was suspended by rain.  The game will pick up where it left off in the bottom of the fourth.  Peoria went down by five early, but will have the bases loaded and one out with Yaniel Cabezas coming to the plate looking to continue their comeback against Clinton.  The game will be followed by a seven inning game on Sunday.

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The struggling Rebel Ridling launched his eighth homer of the year to give Tennessee a 2-1 win on Saturday.  The story of the game was the pitching performance of the Smokies.  Eric Jokisch was outstanding once again as he pitched six strong innings giving up one run on four hits.  His ERA now stands at 1.42.  Not to be outdone Marcus Hatley pitched two scoreless innings as he earned his third win of the year.  Frank Batista closed the game in the ninth recording his 10th save of the season.  The only other run the Smokies scored was driven in by James Adduci.  Michael Burgess and Logan Watkins also had hits on the night.

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Iowa got down early and never could rebound as they lost 9-1.  Chris Rusin was not good on Saturday as he gave up eight runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings.  The bright spot for the Cubs tonight was Josh Vitters as he went 4-for-4 including a double and a run scored.  Brett Jackson also had a double and drove in the Cubs only run of the day.  Anthony Rizzo played again on Saturday also adding a double.  In relief Jay Jackson struck out five in 3.2 innings and Jeff Beliveau threw a scoreless inning.

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Mark

6/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your minor league recap from June 11, 2012.

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Games don’t get much more wild than this one last night.  The Peoria Chiefs trailed 6-0 in the second inning only to come all the way back for a walk-off 10-9 victory, their seventh in a row.  Gerardo Concepcion struggled again as he was beat up early and often.  Concepcion lasted four innings, giving up nine runs on 11 hits while walking three and striking out one.  His offense came to the rescue however as the Chiefs pounded out 15 hits resulting in 10 runs.  Dustin Geiger, just back from injury was the hero for the Chiefs.  Geiger was 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run, three RBI’s, and three runs scored, he also had the game winning single in the 9th.  Paul Hoilman also had a big day going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s in the win.  With the win the Chiefs are now the only team in the Cubs organization to be at .500 or better, they are on a roll. 

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 Matt Loosen was at his best Monday Night as he shut down the Tampa Yankees en route to a 5-0 win.  Loosen was outstanding tossing six shut-out innings while walking three and striking out seven.  Loosen has quietly had a great year for the D-Cubs as he is now 5-1 on the season with a 2.63 ERA.  Arismendy Alcantara was a force again at the top of the lineup as he was 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, and two stolen bases, he now has 18 on the season.  Greg Rohan continued his strong 2012 campaign as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with his 20th double of the season, he also had two RBI’s which bring his season total to 54.

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 Trey McNutt finally had a bad outing on Monday as he allowed nine runs, eight earned in just three and a-third en route to a 14-7 loss to Mississippi.  McNutt had been pretty good all year-long, the loss drops him to 4-5 and his ERA climbs to 3.65, still very respectable despite giving up eight earned runs.  Junior Lake was 1-for-5 at the plate with his 4th home run of the season, a solo shot.  Welington Castillo, still rehabbing from a sore knee was tremendous once again as he nears a return to the Cubs.  Castillo was 1-for-2 with another home run, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .429 with two home runs and five RBI’s during his rehab stint.   

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 It was the Anthony Rizzo show once again in Iowa.  Rizzo was 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs (21, 22) and a double, he drove in four runs and scored two more.  Rizzo is now hitting .370 on the season with 22 home runs and 57 RBI’s, wow.  Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to lift Iowa to a win as they fell to Omaha 9-7 in a wild one.  Jay Jackson started for Iowa and was roughed up.  Jackson allowed seven runs on 11 hits in just three and two-thirds innings of work.  Jeff Beliveau was hung with the loss as he gave up two runs on four hits as he only lasted one inning.  Geovany Soto made his first rehab start and was 0-for-2 with a run scored after being hit by a pitch.  Soto is expecting to be at Iowa for a week as he recovers from minor knee surgery.  Josh Vitters, Dave Sappelt, and Blake Lalli all had two hits in a losing effort. 

Thanks for reading,
– George

6/5: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A productive day for the most part, but a crushing loss for Iowa, here’s is your Minor League recap for June 5th, 2012.

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In a game that looked like it was lost in the late innings the D-Cubs stormed back to take the lead and eventually beat Bradenton 6-5.  Austin Kirk was outstanding once again for the D-Cubs.  Kirk tossed six strong innings giving up one run on four hits, he walked three and struck out seven as he lowered his ERA to 2.72 in the no decision.  The middle of the Daytona order continues to mash the ball on a nightly basis.  Nelson Perez is usually leading that charge, on this night he was 2-for-3 with his 10th home run of the season, he also knocked in his 41st RBI, and had two runs scored, he is now hitting .307 on the season.  Greg Rohan and Rubi Silva also chipped in, Rohan with one hit, Silva with two as they both hover around the .300 mark. 

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The Smokies showed no mercy Tuesday night as they blitzed Montgomery 12-3.  Erik Jokisch was the beneficiary of the offense but he didn’t need it.  Jokisch was awesome once again as he went seven scoreless innings only giving up five hits while walking one and striking out one.  He improved to 2-0 on the season for the Smokies and his ERA now sits at 1.47.  There were a lot of big days at the plate for the Smokies, Justin Bour‘s day might have been the biggest.  Bour was 4-for-6 at the plate with a double, and two RBI’s.  Not to be outdone Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBI’s and two walks in the victory.  What’s impressive about the Smokies effort is they did all of this without hitting a home run, doubles and triples work just fine too.

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A loss can’t be harder than the one the I-Cubs suffered last night.  Leading 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning Brad Snyder, now on Oklahoma City, launched a 1-2 pitch over the wall for a walk-off three run homer.  Jay Jackson was outstanding in relief as he gave up one run over five innings of work on four hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.  Rafael Dolis continued to struggle as he gave up the three run homer in the ninth inning, Dolis’ ERA is now 9.00 since his demotion to Iowa.  The I-Cubs only managed three hits in the loss, and two of their runs scored were un-earned.  Brett Jackson, Diory Hernandez, and Luis Valbuena were the only I-Cubs with hits. 

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– George