8/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our daily look at the Cubs minor leaguers.  Tennessee was off and the AZL Cubs regular season has come to an end.  They wound up winning the wild card.

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Boise got the bats going once again beating Everett 9-5.  Stephen Bruno was back at it going 2-for-3 with an RBI, he is now hitting .354.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with a home run, his 10th of the season.  Rock Shoulders had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Darien Martin and Marco Hernandez each had a hit and an RBI.  Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Tayler Scott started, but did not factor in the decision pitching only four innings and allowing three runs, two earned.  Michael Heesch did get the win pitching the next two innings not allowing a run.  Nathan Dorris pitched two scoreless innings and Eduardo Orozco pitched the final frame, giving up two runs.

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Cedar Rapids jumped on Peoria early and held on to beat Peoria 9-5.  Jorge Soler was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Chadd Krist and Jacob Rogers each had one hit and one RBI, with Krist having a triple.  Zeke DeVoss and Dustin Geiger each had a hit and a hit and combined to score three runs.  Yao-Lin Wang started and struggled, giving up nine runs, seven earned on eight hits in getting the loss.  Bryce Shafer and Pete Levitt combined to pitch the last five scoreless innings.

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Christian Villanueva had a good first game as Daytona won 4-1.  Villanueva was 2-for-3 with a home run, RBI, and two runs scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI, and run scored.  Taylor Davis, Elieser Bonne, and John Andreoli all had a hit a piece in the win.  PJ Francescon started and was really good pitching six innings allowing one run on three hits, while striking out three.  AJ Morris got the call in the seventh and recorded his sixth save of the season.

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It took extra innings in game two as Daytona ended up on the losing end of the second one 3-1.  Frank Del Valle started and pitched five innings allowing one run and striking out six.  Ryan Searle pitched a scoreless sixth, but Jeffrey Lorick struggled giving up two runs in the eighth inning as he took the loss.  Rebel Ridling accounted for the only run for the Cubs as he hit a home run in the fourth inning.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a stolen base in game two.  John Andreoli, Elieser Bonne, and Rafael Lopez all had a hit in the loss.

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Iowa got shut out on Wednesday losing 3-0 to Nashville.  Ryan Rowland-Smith started and took the loss giving up one run, two earned in five innings.  Jay Jackson threw one perfect inning in relief striking out one and Jeff Beliveau gave up one run in two innings of work.  There was nothing too exciting on the offensive end.  Diory Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two doubles.  New Cub Anthony Recker was 1-for-3 with a double and Adrian Cardenas also had a double in the loss.  Greg Rohan, Dave Sappelt, and Jeff Frazier all had one hit a piece in the shutout loss.

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-Mark

 

8/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Saturday’s minor league recap.

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It was a game of big innings early, until the ninth when the AZL Cubs walked off with another win, this time 8-7.  Paul Blackburn started, but wasn’t at his best giving up three runs on four hits in three innings of work.  Rafael Dolis and Jasvir Rakkar each pitched an inning allowing two runs a piece.  Ethan Elias did a great job keeping the Giants at seven runs as pitched the next three innings allowing no runs on no hits, while walking two and striking out four.  The good luck charm Steve Perakslis improved his record to 4-0 as he got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth.  The Cubs had a lot of nice days offensively.  Carlos Penalver and Yasiel Balaguert each had two hits and drove in two a piece.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-6 with a walk off single and Shawon Dunston had one hit, a double and three RBIs.  Trevor Gretzky and David Bote both contributed with two hits and combined two score three runs for the Cubs.  Daniel Lockhart and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit and an RBI in the Cubs victory.  The victory clinched a spot in the playoffs for the Cubs.

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Boise got out to a quick start and held on to beat Vancouver 8-6.  After a recent struggle Jeimer Candelario appears to have broken out as he went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.  Stephen Bruno stayed red-hot going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Dan Vogelbach also had two hits, including a double and an RBI.  Wilson Contreras and Gioskar Amaya each had a hit with Contreras knocking in two and Amaya one.  Albert Almora left the game early with an apparent injury, but I have no word yet as to what the problem was.  Ian Dickson started, but did not factor in the decision as was only able to last 4.1 innings as he allowed four runs on seven hits.  Hunter Ackerman did get the victory as he threw the next 2.2 innings giving up one run and striking out five.  Eduardo Orozco got the ball to Nathan Dorris and Dorris closed out the win and the second half for Boise.  With the victory Boise is the second half winners and are headed to the playoffs.

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A three run fourth was enough for Joseph Zeller and the Cubs bullpen as they beat Wisconsin 3-2.  Zeller pitched quite well giving up one run on seven hits in six innings.  Sheldon McDonald pitched the next two innings allowing one run, but got the ball to Larry Suarez who notched his fifth save of the season striking out two in a scoreless ninth.  Timothy Saunders had another nice night going 2-for-4 with a homer and a double.  Chadd Krist also hit a home run, a two run shot in the fourth inning.  Oliver Zapata had a hit, two walks, and two stolen bases and Zeke DeVoss also added a hit in the Chiefs win.

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Daytona lost game one to Tampa 3-2.  Although they only had three hits, they threatened late, but couldn’t finish.  Ronald Torreyes, Elieser Bonne, and Vladimir Frias were the only Cubs to have hits on Saturday.  Nelson Perez drove in the two Cubs runs in game one without the benefit of a hit.  Eduardo Figueroa started, but took a no decision as didn’t give up a run in four inning, while striking out six.  Matt Spencer took the loss as he really struggled with his command walking five and allowing all three of the Yankees runs to score in just 0.2 innings.  Matt Iannazzo finished game one out throwing a scoreless 1.1 innings.

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Daytona returned the favor in game two as Ryan Searle and staff only allowed three hits in a 4-1 win.  Searle started and pitched pretty good going five innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out five.  From there Jeff Lorick pitched a scoreless sixth and Scott Weismann notched his fourth save of the season throwing a perfect seventh.  John Andreoli and Ronald Torreyes hit one-two in the order and set the table of the Cubs in this one.  Torreyes was 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored, and an RBI.  John Andreoli was also 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored.  Rebel Ridling had two hits of his own and drove in one run and Nelson Perez drove in another run, again not having a hit.  Javier Baez broke through with a double in the victory.

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Mobile scored one in the ninth to tie it and got one in the 10th to beat Tennessee 4-3.  Nicholas Struck was in line for the win pitching seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned on six hits, while striking out six.  Zach Rosscup did his job getting the ball to Frank Batista, but Batista couldn’t get the save in this one allowing the ninth inning run.  Casey Harman took the loss allowing an unearned run in the 10th.  Rubi Silva had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits and Junior Lake had two hits and a run scored.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-5 with a home run for the Smokies in the tough loss on Saturday.

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Things have been better for Iowa as of late and Saturday was no different as they beat Oklahoma City 4-1.  Ty’Relle Harris started and got the win pitching six strong innings.  He allowed one run on four hits while striking out six.  Miguel Socolovich and Jeff Beliveau each pitched a perfect frame to get the ball to Jairo Asencio who struck out two and pitched a scoreless ninth to record his fifth save of the season.  The Cubs had a few nice nights offensively on Saturday starting with Diory Hernandez who had a home run and three RBIs.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Matt Tolbert also had two hits with a run scored.  Greg Rohan and Jeff Frazier each had two hits a piece with Frazier having two doubles and Rohan having one.  It is good to see Iowa finishing the season strong.

It was an exciting night, Congrats to Boise Hawks and the AZL Cubs in clinching a playoff birth.

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-Mark

Cubs Shuffle Roster for Rusin’s Debut

With Chris Rusin being called up to make his major league debut, and Alex Hinshaw (claimed off waivers from the Padres) being added to the bullpen the Cubs needed to make a couple of moves.  It looks like Jeff Beliveau and Adrian Cardenas will be sent back down to Iowa to make room.  I really liked what Beliveau was able to do, he should only get better, and Cardenas belongs in Iowa if he isn’t going to play every day or at least a couple of times a week with the Cubs.

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Cubs Bats Stay Quiet in Loss to Dodgers

Chad Billingsley had his way with the Cubs lineup, as he usually does, and the Dodgers knocked around Jeff Samardzija en route to a 6-1 victory in Los Angeles.  Samardzija was repeatedly beat tonight ahead in the count, which is rare for him.  Shark just couldn’t put any one away, he lasted 5.1 innings giving up five runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out three on the way to his ninth loss of the season.  As I mentioned the Cubs offense was nothing to write home about as they seemed to sleep walk their way through this one.  They only managed four hits on the night, and finished 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.  Luis Valbuena was the only Cubs player to register an RBI as he knocked in Darwin Barney with an RBI double in the 5th to tie the game at one.  Unfortunately the Dodgers poured it on from there, scoring twice in the 5th and 6th to make it 5-1 on their way to the victory.  There was a bright side tonight, I promise.  Scott Maine, Alberto Cabrera, and Jeff Beliveau all had scoreless outings, nice to see some success out of the bullpen by guys not named Russell and Camp.  Small change to the rotation as Chris Volstad will get the start against Clayton Kershaw tomorrow night instead of Justin Germano.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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7/18: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor league recap for July 18th, 2012.

Tennessee Smokies were off.

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For most of the year the hitting in Arizona has been the highlight on Wednesday the pitching took center stage defeating the AZL Dodgers 4-0.  The Cubs used four pitchers to complete the three hit shutout.  Anthony Prieto started and pitched two innings striking out two while not allowing a baserunner.  Arutro Maltos-Garcia pitched two scorelss innings and Loiger Padron struck out three in his three innings of work.  Padron was awarded the win, his second of the season.  Alvido Jimenez pitched the last two innings preserving the shutout for the Cubs.  Offensively the Cubs did not do as much as we have come to expect, but there were still some highlights.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Daniel Lockhart had a hit and drove in two runs.  Neftali Rosario was 2-for-3 and scored two runs on Wednesday night.  A great performance by the staff on Wednesday led to this win.

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Boise’s two game winning streak came to an end dropping Wednesday’s game to Yakima 8-4.  Tayler Scott got the start giving up four runs in 4.2 innings.  He did not factor in the decision though as he left with the game tied.  Hayden Simpson took the loss giving up four runs in 2.1 innings.  The Cubs offense came off the bats of only a few players.  Five different players had two hits, but every other player was hitless.  Gioskar Amaya hit his fourth home run of the season and Trey Martin drove in a run with his two hits.  Jeimer Candelario had two hits and drove in two runs on Wednesday.  Stephen Bruno and Xavier Batista also had two hits a piece and scored a run.  Let’s see if the Hawks can get back on track on Thursday.

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It was an exciting game between Peoria and West Michigan, but the Chiefs did not come out on top.  Losing by two entering the eighth, Peoria tied the game and sent it to extra innings.  Peoria scored one in the tenth, but then gave up two in the bottom half to lose 9-8.  On the offensive side of things every Chiefs player had a hit.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Zeke DeVoss also had two hits and drove in two on the night.  Javier Baez continued his hot stretch adding two more hits, bringing his average to .333.  Bijan Rademacher and Oliver Zapata each drove in a run for Peoria.  The pitching was up and down on Wednesday Jose Rosario and Sheldon McDonald were not very good responsible for the first seven runs West Michigan gave up on Wednesday.  Luis Liria and Austin Reed each pitched two scoreless innings to put Peoria in line for the win.  Larry Suarez gave up two unearned runs in the tenth to take the loss.  This is a tough one to swallow as Peoria came back, took the lead, and then blew it in the end.

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Two first inning runs turned out to be all Charlotte would need beating Daytona 3-1 on Wednesday.  PJ Francescon got the start and took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits and walking four in 5.1 innings.  The bullpen did all they could to keep the game close as Eduardo Figueroa, Ryan Searle, and Brian Schlitter combined to pitch 3.2 innings allowing no runs on only two hits.  The Daytona bats never really got going, only having five hits.  Taylor Davis was 1-for-2 including his second home run of the season.  The Cubs also got single hits from Matt Szczur, Matt Cerda, John Andreoli, and Elliot Soto.

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Iowa took advantage of a lot of New Orleans mistakes to win 2-1 in 11 innings.  The Cubs won when James Adduci scored on a throwing error by New Orleans pitcher Gary Glover.  Brooks Raley pitched seven good innings allowing no runs on five hits.  he also walked four and struck four out, leaving with a chance to get the win.  Jay Jackson, however gave up a run in his one inning of work.  Michael Bowden pitched two scoreless innings and Jeff Beliveau struck out the side in his one inning of work earning his fourth win of the season.  Dave Sappelt was the only Cubs player to have more than one hit, he had two, including a double.  Brett Jackson hit his 20th double of the season and Welington Castillo also had a hit.  A nice win for Iowa on Wednesday night.

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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

7/7: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leagues on Saturday, July 7.

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Another day and another nice day for the AZL Cubs beating AZL Giants 11-1.  Timothy Saunders was at again going 3-for-4 with a home run, double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Rafael Lopez also had three hits including a double and a triple.  He also drove in two runs and scored two as well.  Jacob Rogers drove in two runs as well and added two doubles.  Dan Vogelbach only was 1-for-5, but he also drove in two.  Daniel Lockhart had two hits and scored two runs.  All in all the Cubs pounded out 13 hits, eight of which were extra base hits.  The pitching was just as impressive as the hitting allowing only one run on two hits.  Hunter Ackerman started and pitched three innings not allowing a hit and striking out four.  Loiger Padron struck out three in two scoreless innings to record his first win.  Jin-Young Kim closed the game out also throwing two scoreless innings.

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Behind Tayler Scott and Hayden Simpson Boise shut out Yakima winning 4-0.  Scott got the start and pitched six beautiful innings allowing only three hits and striking out four in route to his first win of the season.  Hayden Simpson allowed baserunners giving up three hits and walking two in three innings.  He also struck out three and recorded his first save of the season.  Boise also had a few nice nights at the plate.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with a double, a runs scored, and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Wilson Contreras all had two hits including a double and a runs scored.  Contreras also added two RBIs on the evening.  Xavier Batista had a double and drove in the other Cubs run.

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Peoria scored three in the eighth to take a 5-2 lead.  Cedar Rapids got one in the ninth, but that was all as Peoria won 5-3.  Top prospect Javier Baez had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a solo home run.  Dustin Geiger did it again hitting his eighth home run of the season.  The big blow, however came off the bat of Yasiel Balaguert who connected on three-run homer in the eighth which proved to be the game winner.  The pitching did a nice job with starter Jose Rosario giving up two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Hunter Cervenka entered the game and shut down Cedar Rapids pitching two perfect innings of relief and striking out three.  His ERA now stands at 1.46.  Yao-Lin Wang gave up a run, but was able to close out the game recording his 11th save of the season.

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Daytona scored two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough losing to Lakeland 6-5.  Offensively Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run in the third, his seventh of the year.  Cubs also got RBIs from Matt Cerda and John Andreoli.  Taylor Davis also connected on his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the top of the ninth.  Rubi Silva scored a run and was the only Cub to record two hits on the night.  Starter PJ Francescon took the loss allowing five runs, four earned on nine hits in five innings.  Eduardo Figueroa threw a scoreless 1.1 innings and Jeffrey Lorick gave up a run in his 1.2 innings pitched.

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Chattanooga scored three in the top of the ninth to beat Tennessee 6-3.  At the plate the Smokies had some nice performances.  Juan Apodaca was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Junior Lake and Michael Burgess each had two hits on Saturday as well.  Elliot Soto drove in the other Smokies run.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the start and pitched six solid innings allowing only two runs and striking out four.  He was in line for the win, but Kevin Rhoderick gave up a run in his two innings of work.  Casey Harman took the loss giving up three runs in the ninth.  It was a rough one to lose as Tennessee had the lead late, but gave up four in the last three innings.

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Iowa scored two in the eighth and held on to beat Omaha 5-4.  Alfredo Amezaga had a really nice night going 3-for-5 with two double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Dave Sappelt continues to stay hot adding two hits and driving in a pair.  Josh Vitters added an RBI and hit his 24th double of the season.  In his first game with Iowa James Adduci was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Esmailin Caridad got the start and gave up one run, none earned in three innings.  Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched four solid innings in relief only giving up one run and striking out three.  Jeff Beliveau blew a save opportunity giving up a run in the eighth, but he ended up getting his third win of the season.  Brett Jackson missed his third game in a row on Saturday.

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