7/8: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A trip through the minors on July 8, 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mark

7/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recaps for July 3.

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Trailing after the first by four the AZL Cubs came all the way back to tie the game at seven, but gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose 8-7.  Isaac Garsez had a great day at the plate going 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI’s.  The Cubs also had two hits a piece from Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers.  Lockhart added two RBI’s and Garrett Schlect also drove in one on the day.  Not much good came from the pitching staff with Carlos Martinez-Pumarino getting the start, but only lasting .1 innings.  Matt Iannazzo took the loss in relief giving up the game winner in the bottom of the ninth.  The lone bright spot out of the bullpen on Tuesday was Alvido Jimenez who struck out three and only gave up one hit in 3.2 innings.

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A late rally wasn’t enough on Tuesday as Boise lost to Tri-City 6-4.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders had a double and drove in two runs on the night.  Losing pitcher Ian Dickson got the start, but could only last one inning as he gave up three runs, two earned on three hits.  Rafael Diplan pitched well in relief throwing three solid innings.  He lowered his ERA to .61.

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The offense for Peoria struggled once again on Tuesday losing to Kane County 4-1.  Starting pitcher Joseph Zeller took the loss pitching five innings giving up two runs on six hits.  Hunter Cervenka was really good out of the bullpen allowing only one hit and striking out four in three innings of work.  Dustin Geiger, Wes Darvill, and Yasiel Balaguert were the only Chiefs players who recorded hits on Tuesday.

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Daytona was trailing seven headed to the eighth before putting up six to trail by one, but that was where the comeback stopped as Daytona fell to Lakeland 9-8.  A lot of good things happened offensively on Tuesday.  Rubi Silva was 3-for-5 including a triple with a run scored and two RBI’s.  John Andreoli, Rebel Ridling, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits on the night with Bonne adding two RBI’s and Ridling and Andreoli had one a piece.  Austin Kirk got the start and took the loss on Tuesday.  He gave up five runs on six hits in four innings of work.  The bullpen didn’t fair much better with Matthew Spencer and Scott Weismann each gave up two runs in their relief outings.

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Tennessee gave up four in the seventh and five in the eighth to drop the game 11-6.  Michael Burgess had two hits, including a triple.  He also drove in four runs and scored one.  Junior Lake and Nelson Perez each a hit on the day and drove in a run.  Logan Watkins also had two hits including a triple and he also scored a run.  The pitching staff didn’t fair too well.  Trey McNutt got the start, but didn’t factor in the decision.  He gave up two runs on seven hits in four innings of work.  Jeffry Antigua, Keven Rhoderick, and Casey Weathers all struggled in their relief appearances, with Rhoderick taking the loss.

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Recently demoted Randy Wells  pitched good on Tuesday getting win as Iowa won 3-2.  Wells gave up one run on three hits in five innings.  He also struck out four and walked two.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Jay Jackson each recorded a hold and Michael Bowden earned his first save of the season.  Offensively Josh Vitters was the star once again going 1-for-3 with two RBI’s.  Blake DeWitt drove in the other Cubs run on the day.  Brett Jackson had one hit, stole his 18th base and scored a run.

Another rough day for the Cubs minor leaguers.

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Mark

6/23: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor league system on Saturday, June 23.

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Down 3-0 Boise got four runs in the fifth to take the lead, but surrendered it to lose 5-4 on Saturday night.  Ian Dickson got the start for the Hawks and gave up three runs on four hits in just 3.2 innings.  Roderik Pichardo got the loss in relief as he gave up two runs in 3.1 innings of work.  Joseph Zeller pitched two innings giving up only one hit.  Gioskar Amaya went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Marco Hernandez had a double and two RBI’s, and Chadd Krist had the other RBI for Boise.  Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, Eduardo Gonzalez, and Shawon Dunston Jr. all had one hit on the night.

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Gerardo Concepcion took the loss as he could only get through 4.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits dropping his record to 2-5.  In the 4-2 Peoria loss Zeke DeVoss had two hits and a run scored.  Paul Hoilman had a nice night at the plate as well as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Dustin Geiger, Yasiel Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata all had contributed with a hit a piece on Saturday.  Sheldon McDonald pitched beautifully throwing 2.2 perfect innings in relief, he also struck out two.  Austin Reed gave up a run in relief, but also struck out three batters in his two innings of work.

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Everything looked great for Daytona until they gave up seven runs in the bottom of the eighth as they took the Clearwater won the game 7-2.  Robert Whitenack was brilliant in five innings as he gave up no runs on only three hits while striking out three.  Brian Schlitter continued to impress as he pitched two perfect innings in relief striking out one batter.  As good as Whitenack and Schlitter were A.J. Morris and Jeffrey Lorick were not very good at all.  Morris was tagged with the loss as he gave up four runs while not recording an out and Lorick gave up three more in an inning of work.  The offense had nine hits including two from catcher Chad Noble who had a double and a run scored.  Everyone else in the Cubs starting lineup had one hit except John AndreoliGreg Rohan drove in his 61st run of the year and Matt Szczur scored a run and stole his 20th base of the season.

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Tennessee scored six in the third, but had to hold on as they won 7-6 on Saturday.  Jeffry Antigua got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only was able to pitch three innings.  Casey Weathers got the win pitching two good innings in relief giving up one hit and wallking one while striking out four.  Frank Batista recorded one out to pick up his 11th save of the season.  Logan Watkins had a nice night out of the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with a double and triple.  He also walked once and scored two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and two RBI’s and Justin Bour added two hits of his own as he drove in a run as well.  Nelson Perez hit his first home run in Double-A and Michael Burgess also hit a homer, each driving in two runs.  Kevin Rhoderick struggled giving up three runs in 1.2 innings, he did however strike out three.

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A three run fourth was too much for Chris Volstand and the Cubs to recover from.  Volstad gave up four runs, three of which were earned on six hits in six innings of work.  Brett Jackson led things for Iowa with his 10th home run of the season.  He added another hit later in the game bringing his average to .259.  Ty Wright had two doubles and Juan Apodaca had went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  The hot hitting Josh Vitters only had one hit today and Anthony Rizzo is human as he went 0-for-4.  Rafael Dolis pitched two good innings in reflief giving up only hit and striking a batter out.

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Mark

6/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues on Thursday, June 14.

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After falling behind early Peoria came back in the fourth to tie the game at three.  The bullpen, however couldn’t hold the lead as Lui Liria took the loss giving up two runs in the eighth.  Kyler Burke got the start and was pretty good once again.  He gave up three runs in the first, but didn’t give up much more after that, notching another quality start.  Javier Baez hit his fourth homerun of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.  Wes Darvill had a hit and an RBI on the day.  Dustin Geiger and Yasiel Balaguert each had a hit for the Chiefs.

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Daytona was trailing 3-1 when action resumed again on Thursday.  After five innings Daytona had tied the game, but the bullpen and defense let the Cubs down as they allowed four runs, only one of which was earned in the next two innings.  Rubi Silva and Richard Jones had an RBI each for the Cubs.  Nelson Perez raised his average to .302 as he went 1-for-2 with two walks.

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Daytona had a 1-0 lead into the sixth, but they gave up two runs, one in the sixth and one in the eighth.   P.J. Francescon started and pitched well giving up two hits in 5 innings, however he did not factor in the decision.  Micah Gibbs accounted for the Cubs lone run as he hit his fourth home run of the year.  He also had a double in the game.  Ronald Torreyes also had a double for Daytona.

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Birmingham fought back, but Tennessee was able to hold on winning the game 3-2.  Nicholas Stuck got his seventh win of the year giving up no runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Alberto Cabrera had two good innings of work and Jeffry Antigua earned his first save of the season.  Kevin Rhoderick also pitched, but struggled giving up two runs, he did manage to get his seventh hold of the season as he got through his inning of work with the lead.  Justin Bour had two more RBI’s, which brings his total to 52 on the season.  He along with Logan Watkins had two hits on Thursday.  Matthew Cerda collected three hits on the day, including his second home run of the season.  The win brought the Smokies one win away from the .500 mark.  There record now stands 33-34.

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Iowa scored a lot of runs, but gave up even more losing 10-8 on Thursday.  Brooks Raley didn’t have his good stuff giving up eight runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.  Esmalin Caridad and Scott Maine each gave up a run in relief.  The good news came on the offensive side of things on Thursday.  Brett Jackson went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI’s.  He also scored two runs and stole his 13th base of the season.  Blake Lalli went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double and also drove in three on the day.  Ty Wright also drove in two runs on Thursday.  Anthony Rizzo sat out his second straight game and remains day-to-day.

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Not a very good day for the Cubs minor league system as they went 1-4 on Thursday.

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Mark