Minor Matters – June 7, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Iowa had plenty of opportunities in this one but finished the night 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and on the wrong end of a 3-1 final.  Brent Lillibridge was 3-for-5 out of the leadoff spot with three singles in the loss.  Welcome back Junior Lake, since returning from the injury Lake has been on fire, he was 2-for-3 in this one with a walk, a double, and an RBI, he’s hitting .429 on the season.

On The Mound Chris Rusin was brilliant in this one and still wound up with his sixth loss of the season, he has a 3.67 ERA, doesn’t seem right to be 4-6.  Rusin worked eight strong innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out seven.  Brian Schlitter worked one inning out of the pen giving up one run on two hits while striking out one, he now has a 1.35 ERA on the season.

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At The Plate – Tennessee was never really in this one as they fell behind 4-0 by the fourth inning and could only manage one run on eight hits in the loss.  Matt Szczur continued his solid season going 3-for-4 out of the leadoff spot, all three hits were singles, Szczur is now hitting .296 on the season.  Jonathan Mota was 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored in the loss.

On The MoundAustin Kirk, who has been pitching for Daytona all year was promoted to Tennessee and made his debut tonight, it was a rough one.  Kirk worked six innings giving up six runs on ten hits while walking two and striking out four, he took the loss.  Tony Zych was solid out of the pen working one scoreless inning giving up one hit while striking out one.  Hunter Cervenka is starting to settle down for Tennessee, he has struggled since his promotion but was solid in this one working one scoreless inning while striking out two.

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At The Plate – The Daytona Cubs fought back in the eighth and ninth but came up just one run short, losing 7-6 to Brevard County.  Tim Saunders who has struggled this year had a solid game going 2-for-4 with three RBI’s in the loss.  Javier Baez continues to improve at the plate; he was 2-for-5 with a run scored and is now hitting .281 on the season.  Zeke DeVoss had an outstanding game going 3-for-3 with three singles, three stolen bases, and three runs scored (THREE).  Wes Darvill was 2-for-4 out of the ninth spot with an RBI, and a run scored.

On The MoundMatt Loosen struggled at Tennessee so he was demoted to Daytona and made his 2013 debut tonight, it didn’t go so well.  Loosen struggled working five innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four, he took the loss.  Jeffrey Lorick worked two innings giving up one run on two hits out of the pen.  Austin Reed was solid going two scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Kane County was able to push across a run in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 deadlock and eventually beat Burlington 3-2.  Jeimer Candelario continues to have a strong 2013, he was 1-for-4 with his second home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Bijan Rademacher continues to hit, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .324 on the season.  Carlos Escobar had a solid night going 2-for-4 with his first triple of the season, and two huge RBI’s.

On The MoundTayler Scott, the newly named all-star showed why he belonged on that roster tonight as he was outstanding.  Scott worked seven innings giving up two runs, on earned, on eight hits while walking three, he didn’t strike out anybody, how odd is that?  Steve Perakslis was solid out of the pen as he worked two scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking two and striking out two.

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Minor Matters – June 5, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Cougars had the bats working in this one, and they needed them as the Bee’s put the pressure on all game but Kane County was able to hang on for an 8-6 victory.  Oliver Zapata did some damage from the lead-off spot going 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.  Dan Vogelbach had a huge game going 2-for-3 with his ninth home run of the season, two RBI’s, two walks (CUBS WAY!), a double, and three runs scored.  Jeimer Candelario, and Rock Shoulders each had two hits and an RBI in the win.  Reggie Golden is back, and healthy, that’s the most important thing, but he’s also hitting, he went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .368 on the season.

On The Mound Pierce Johnson got the start in this one and didn’t get much help from his defense, but was able to pick up his fourth win of the season.  Johnson worked five innings giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out five.  Eddie Orozco worked two innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out two.  Felix Pena was outstanding going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out three.

NOTES:  Smokies were rained out, Daytona was rained out, and Iowa was off.

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Minor Matters – June 1, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Rough one for the Iowa Cubs as they built a 6-1 lead by the third inning and ended up losing 7-6 in thirteen innings, what’s worse is they gave up two runs in the ninth to let a win get away.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-5 with a walk, third home run of the season, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Brent Lillibridge had a great game going 4-for-6 with his fourth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Ian Stewart played!  He also had a decent day going 1-for-3 with his fifth double of the season, and two RBI’s.

On The Mound – Weird night for the Iowa pitching as they missed a lot of bats, and found a lot of them too.  Guillermo Moscoso was beat up but did alright I guess, he worked 5.2 innings giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking two and striking out ten (see?).  Hisanori Takahashi worked two-thirds of an inning, he walking one and struck out one.  Casey Coleman is quietly settling in at Iowa, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out two.  Eduardo Sanchez is officially a Cub, he worked the ninth inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out one to register the blown save.  Marcus Hatley was recently promoted to Iowa from Tennessee and had his best outing tonight; he worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three.  Jeffry Antigua suffered the loss in this one but didn’t pitch poorly, he worked two innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out four.

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At The Plate – The Smokies got knocked around pretty good in this one as the Barons built a 5-0 lead en route to cruising to a 9-3 victory.  Matt Szczur did his thing at the top of the lineup going 1-for-2 with three walks (CUBS WAY!), and his fourteenth stolen base of the season.  Arismendy Alcantara, or as I like to call him “Scoresheet” was 1-for-3 with a walk, his ninth home run of the season, and two runs scored.  Christian Villanueva provided some pop in this one as well going 1-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The Mound – Aside from Matt Loosen the Smokies pitching wasn’t half bad, unfortunately Loosen started this one.  Loosen took his second loss of the season after going 5.1 innings giving up eight runs, four earned, on six hits while walking four and striking out three.  Frank Batista was solid out of the pen going 1.2 scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out one.  Trey McNutt worked an inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one, if McNutt can harness his stuff and cut down on the walks his ERA will dwindle as well.

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At The Plate – Offensive explosion time for Daytona as they pounded out twenty hits, and scored fourteen runs beating Brevard County 14-5.  This might be the longest “at the plate” recap that I write all year, and really, I’m okay with that.  Ben Carhart was fantastic today, going 3-for-6 with two doubles giving him fourteen on the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Javier Baez won the night, end of discussion, that’s it; he was 5-for-6 with three doubles, his ninth home run of the season, SIX RBI’s (ZOMG!), and three runs scored, wow.  Jorge Soler also had a solid night going 2-for-5 with his eighth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Dustin Geiger was slugging as well going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Chadd Krist was also productive in this one going 2-for-3 with his sixth double of the season, and three RBI’s.  Wes Darvill and Taylor Davis contributed as well, with Darvill having three hits, and Davis adding two.

On The MoundP.J. Francescon found some of his 2012 magic in this one, helps having a ginormous lead, but it was nice to see him have a nice outing.  He worked six innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out six, with no walks (that’s important).  Austin Reed was roughed up a bit out of the pen as he worked two innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three.  Sheldon McDonald closed the door in this one, he worked one inning giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Nightmarish night for the floundering Cougars as they were obliterated by the Kernels 15-2, yes, a team named after corn scored fifteen runs tonight (they are good, I know).  Nice to see Albert Almora in the lineup and healthy after a hamstring scare, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored; he’s now hitting .444 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-4 with two singles, kind of shocked that he didn’t hit any doubles in this one.  The Cougars could only manage seven hits and two runs tonight as their entire lineup is struggling at the same time, which usually results in losses.

On The Mound – Taylor Scott isn’t used to being roughed up, but he didn’t have it tonight.  Scott suffered his second loss of the season as he worked four innings giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.  Ian Dickson wasn’t much better, he worked three innings giving up five runs on four hits while walking five (NO!), and striking out two.  Nathan Dorris was solid in this one, working one scoreless inning giving up one hit; his ERA is now 2.78 on the season.  David Bote, the second baseman, worked the ninth inning and well, looked like a second baseman pitching.  Bote gave up three runs on three hits while walking two in his inning of work.

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Minor Matters – May 27, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The RedHawks scored in one inning in this one, unfortunately that was enough to defeat Iowa.  The RedHawks scored four times in the third inning, and the Cubs could never get even despite scoring one run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth inning.  Brian Bogusevic had another great day going 1-for-2 with two walks, his thirteenth double of the season, and two runs scored.  Brent Lillibridge was the only other offense in this one as he was 1-for-4 with his third home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The Mound – Walks were contagious in this one, and it started with Guillermo Moscoso who lost his command and was slapped with his second loss of the season.  Moscoso worked five innings giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits while walking four (see?), and striking out six.  Hisanori Takahashi also struggled with command but worked out of trouble, he worked two scoreless innings while walking three (see?), and striking out one.  Brian Schlitter, who has been outstanding for the Tennessee Smokies was promoted to Iowa earlier in the day, and had a tremendous debut.  Schlitter worked two scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out three.

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At The Plate – The Cougars had to battle back in this one as they trailed 4-3 in the eight, and battle they did, scoring five times in the bottom of the eight en route to an 8-4 victory.  The only bad news is that Albert Almora had to leave today’s game after it looked like he suffered a leg injury, hopefully it’s nothing serious.  Pin-Chieh Chen was solid again from the leadoff spot going 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Dan Vogelbach had a huge day going 3-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Jeimer Candelario resembles Garrett Anderson up there right now, we should start calling him doctor doubles, he was 1-for-4 with his seventeenth double of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The Mound Michael Heesch was solid in this one, but settled for a no decision.  Heesch worked six innings giving up three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four.  Steve Perakslis was outstanding in relief and was rewarded with his first win of the season.  Perakslis worked three innings giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one and striking out three.

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At The Plate – The Smokies had the bats working in this one as they pounded out eleven hits and scored eight times en route to an 8-6 victory.  Matt Szczur was solid at the top of the order going 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Ty Wright had a solid game going 2-for-4 with his seventh double of the season, and two runs scored.  Chad Noble was 2-for-3 with a walk, his first double of the season, and a run scored.

On The MoundMatt Loosen got the start and had one of his better outings but did not factor in the decision.  Loosen worked six innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out two.  Hunter Cervenka made his first appearance with Tennessee after being promoted from Daytona, and it didn’t go well, he worked one inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking one.  Tony Zych was solid out of the pen and was rewarded with his first win of the season; he worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one.

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Minor Matters – May 23, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Cubs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and that’s all they would need in this one, they tacked on two more to take a 4-0 and that’s how it ended.  Logan Watkins had a good day from the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and one run scored.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI, he also had a caught stealing, he’s now hitting .308 since his demotion to Iowa.  Josh Vitters had a solid day as it was good to see him back in the lineup, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored.

On The MoundChris Rusin was outstanding in this one to earn his third win of the season against four losses, despite a solid 3.88 ERA.  Rusin went six scoreless innings giving up six hits while walking two and striking out four.  Yoanner Negrin was solid per usual going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out two.  Eduardo Sanchez made his organizational debut and was good going one scoreless inning while walking one and striking out two.

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At The Plate – The Smokies couldn’t get much going offensively but they didn’t need to in order to get the win, they only managed four hits and two runs in the 2-0 victory.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-2 with two walks (Cubs Way!), sixth home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez, Tim Torres, and Jonathan Mota were the other Smokies to record hits and with Torres’ being an RBI double.

On The MoundKyle Hendricks was outstanding, and really has been all year, quite an impressive start.  Hendricks worked seven scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out seven to earn his fourth win of the season and lower his ERA to 2.44, wow.  Brian Schlitter doesn’t give up runs, ever, or at least it seems that way.  Schlitter worked a scoreless inning in relief giving up two hits; his ERA is now 0.90 on the season.  Marcus Hatley worked a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the season giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Daytona pounded out twelve hits but could only manage to score four times as they lost 8-4 to Jupiter, the Cubs were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.  Wes Darvill was 1-for-3 with two walks, a double, and a run scored, he’s having a rough go of it, only hitting .167 on the season.  John Andreoli continues to have a solid season, he was 3-for-5 with his sixth (!) triple of the season, and two runs scored.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with a walk, his tenth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Dustin Geiger is making a case for a promotion with his play, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI, his 40th of the season, he’s played in 44 games.  Tim Saunders was 2-for-4 with his thirteenth stolen base of the season in the loss.

On The MoundZach Cates didn’t have his best stuff in this one, he worked five innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out four.  Jeffrey Lorick, who very rarely gives up anything, worked one inning giving up one run on one hit while walking three.  Sheldon McDonald was also touched up; he worked two innings giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits while walking one.

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At The Plate – Long, odd night in Peoria that resulted in the Cougars losing 9-8 in fourteen innings.  Here’s the odd part, the score was 8-8 after four, the Cougars couldn’t score over the next ten innings and the Chiefs only scored once for the win.  Pin-Chieh Chen had a solid night at the top of the lineup going 1-for-5 with two walks, two RBI’s, and three runs scored.  Albert Almora has returned to Kane County swinging the bat, he was 4-for-7 in this one with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s 7-for-11 since returning from injury.  Jeimer Candelario had a productive night going 2-for-7 with his sixteenth double of the season, and four RBI’s, he’s got his average on the rise, it’s now at .267 on the season and he is hitting .333 over his last ten games.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-6 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored in the loss.

On The Mound – Rough start for Dillon Maples, his worst one since returning to the Kane County rotation, his offense bailed him out so he did not factor in the decision.  Maples worked 3.2 innings giving up eight runs, five earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out four.  Lendy Castillo was about as good as you could be, he worked 5.1 scoreless innings out of the pen giving up five hits while walking two and striking out nine.  Jeffry Antigua was also solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings while striking out four.  Justin Amlung did everything he could to keep this one going but ended up suffering his second loss of the season.  Amlung worked 2.1 innings giving up one run on one hit while striking out three.

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Minor Matters – May 20, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Smokies used a huge fourth inning to secure game one, with the game tied at one the Smokies exploded for seven runs in the fourth en route to a 9-2 victory.  The Smokies pounded out twelve hits and scored nine times in just seven innings, and were 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .302 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara had a huge game going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez, and Rubi Silva each had two hits in the victory, Silva added a double, and an RBI.  Jonathan Mota was 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.

On The Mound – The Smokies only needed Alberto Cabrera in this one as he went the distance for his fourth win of the season.  Cabrera went seven innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out six.  He improved his record to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 3.69 on the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies used all their bullets in game one as they could only manage five hits in a 1-0 loss to Chattanooga.  Ronald Torreyes, Ty Wright, and Eric Jokisch all had one hit a piece; Jokisch had the only extra base hit for the Smokies.  Christian Villanueva had a solid game going 2-for-3 in the loss.

On The Mound – Eric Jokisch got the start in game two and was even better than Cabrera in game one; unfortunately he couldn’t get the win.  Jokisch worked six scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out five.  Marcus Hatley took over and also took the loss, he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Daytona couldn’t get much going in this one as they could only manage six hits and one run in a 4-1 loss to Jupiter.  The D-Cubs were in it until the end but Jupiter was able to plate three runs in the eighth to break this one open.  Zeke DeVoss had another strong game, that’s two in a row for the struggling center fielder; he was 2-for-3 with two singles.  Javier Baez seems to be heating up at the plate and making much more contact, he was 2-fo-4 with two doubles, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .262 on the season.

On The Mound Kyler Burke is probably a name you have known has been missing this year; he has been working at extended spring training and made his 2013 debut tonight.  Burke was solid going five innings giving up one run on four hits while walking two and striking out five.  Eduardo Figueroa, who seems to pitch every day, was hung with the loss in this one after being roughed up.  Figueroa worked 2.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out one.  Sheldon McDonald was his usual solid self, tossing two-thirds of an inning giving up one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Another very tough loss for the Cougars against the best team in the league, the Cougars lost three out of four, all three by one run, quite the fight in these games.  Gioskar Amaya went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, and two runs scored.  Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s; he’s now hitting .286 on the season, and has twenty-five RBI’s.  Jeimer Candelario is heating up, he was 4-for-5 with two RBI’s, shocked he didn’t double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .267 on the season.  Rock Shoulder wasn’t able to register a hit in this one, but he did walk three times, he was 0-for-2 with a run scored.

On The MoundTayler Scott got the start for the Cougars, and did his best to hold off the Kernels but they eventually got to him.  Scott worked 5.1 innings giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits while walking two and striking out four.  Nathan Dorris was roughed up which is a rare occurrence, he worked 1.2 innings giving up three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out two.  Steve Perakslis worked a scoreless inning out of the pen while walking one.

NOTES:  Iowa was rained out.  On a more serious note, there has been some terrible weather ripping through the midwest, I just want to take this opportunity to say that my thoughts and prayers are with those of Moore, Oklahoma, terribly sad.

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Minor Matters – May 19, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Cubs did most of their damage in just two innings and that was enough to win as they scored three times in the fourth and four times in the fifth en route to a 7-3 victory.    Dave Sappelt had a solid day going 2-for-4 with two runs scored; he’s hitting .225 since his demotion.  Brad Nelson is on a roll, he was 2-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, a double, five RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Donnie Murphy was 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The MoundNick Struck got the start and picked up his second win of the season as he battled some command issues and worked out of a few tough spots.  Struck went six innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out four.  Yoanner Negrin was solid out of the pen, he worked the final three innings to pick up his first save of the season, he gave up one run on four hits while striking out four.

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At The Plate – The Daytona Cubs continue to show some fight which they seemed to discover just about four days ago as they battled back in this one to steal a win.  Wes Darvill was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored in the win.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and he made two errors bringing his 2013 total to nineteen.  Dustin Geiger came through big time once again, he was 1-for-3 with his fifth home run of the season which came in the eighth inning to give the D-Cubs a 5-4 lead, he had one RBI, a walk, and a run scored as well.  Tim Saunders was a threat on the bases yesterday, he was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two stolen bases, he now has twelve on the season, he also scored a run.

On The MoundBen Wells couldn’t keep the ball down in this one but still kept his team in it long enough for them to get the win.  Wells didn’t factor in the decision as he worked five innings giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out three.  Jeffrey Lorick was outstanding out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out one to earn his second win of the season.  Luis Liria was also solid as he worked two scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the season.

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At The Plate – Really impressed with the way Kane County battled Cedar Rapids this weekend, each game could have went either way but Cedar Rapids has been winning all year, that likely helped them to two victories this weekend as great times know how to win close games, Kane County will get there eventually.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-4 with his fifteenth double of the season, which leads the MWL; he also had a run scored.  Rock Shoulders was 1-for-4 with his tenth home run of the season, which also leads the MWL, he also had two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Bijan Rademacher continues to rake, he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, he’s now hitting .343 on the season.  David Bote was 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, and it was a big one, a two run shot with two outs in the ninth to tie the game.

On The MoundJose Rosario got the start for the Cougars, it was his first appearance of the year, and he was solid.  Rosario went four innings giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits while walking one.  Ian Dickson took over and was roughed up as he took the loss, he worked four innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four.  Eddie Orozco couldn’t get out of Dickson’s trouble in the ninth as he worked two-third of an inning while walking two, including walking the game winning run in.

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