Minor Matters – April 11, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

Iowa 4-11 lineFull Box Score

At The Plate – The I-Cubs were shut down tonight as they could only manage three hits in the 2-0 loss.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.  Ryan Sweeney (1-for-4), and Ty Wright (1-for-3) were the only Cubs to get hits.  The Cubs did walk three times, but struck out nine times and were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.

On The MoundBrooks Raley was outstanding, unfortunately the result was his second loss of the season.  Raley went seven strong innings giving up two runs on eight hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven.  Jensen Lewis tossed a scoreless frame out of the bullpen surrendering only one hit.

Smokies 4-11 lineFull Box Score

At The Plate – Not much offense at all for the Smokies as they could only manage three runs on five hits, and only had two runners in scoring position all night.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 with a double, and RBI, and a run scored.  Jair Fernandez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, both hits were singles.

On The MoundAlberto Cabrera got the start for the Smokies and got touched up a bit.  He worked six innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five and was hung with the loss.  Marcus Hatley struggled out of the pen as he went two innings giving up two run on three hits while walking one and striking out three.  Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless inning giving up one hit and striking out one.

Daytona 4-11Full Box Score

At The Plate – The D-Cubs were able to pound out nine hits in this one, unfortunately they could only push across two runs and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  Taiwan Easterling continued his hot start going 2-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .333 on the season.  Stephen Bruno is also on fire, he went 2-for-4 as well with a double, a stolen base, and a run scored, he’s hitting .370 on the season.  Dustin Geiger has been on fire the last three games, he went 2-for-4 tonight with a double and an RBI.

On The Mound – Not a lot of good for the D-Cubs tonight, but they only used two pitchers.  Starling Peralta got the start and got knocked around, but he didn’t walk anyone, so there’s that.  Peralta went six innings giving up six runs on eight hits with seven strike outs, he did however give up four home runs, ouch.  Yeiper Castillo followed Peralta and had the same success, or lack thereof.  Castillo worked three innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out one.

NOTES:  Kane County was rained out, and Jorge Soler served game one of his five game suspension tonight.

Thanks for reading,
– George


Jorge Soler Ejected Tonight, Early Reports are, um, Troubling (UPDATE) (Suspended 5 Games)

9-17 SolerIt’s twitter, and the news is vague and probably third hand at best, but Jorge Soler was ejected from the game tonight after a bench clearing “incident.”  From various reports I’m hearing that it involved Soler running at the opposing team’s dugout and swinging a bat at the dugout wall.  He wasn’t hit by a pitch or anything like that, speculation is that it stemmed from something the opposing teams second baseman said.  Obviously I will keep you posted with details as they emerge, but from all accounts there is a lengthy suspension coming for Soler, again, just speculation at this point..  Stay tuned, and I feel sorry for that dugout wall because Soler is a beast, and I can only imagine what he looks like pissed off.

Josh Timmers of Bleed Cubbie Blue has a solid description of what took place, but details are still sketchy..

“The incident occurred with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning and Daytona leading 9-7. Soler was on first base when Stephen Bruno hit a ground ball to shortstop. Soler went into second base and got tangled up with Clearwater second baseman Carlos Alonso, who completed the throw to first base for the inning-ending double play. Soler was apparently stepped on by Alonso and words were exchanged. Both benches cleared. No punches were thrown, however.

When everyone returned to the dugout, Soler grabbed a bat and charged the Clearwater dugout and went after Clearwater with the bat. He had to be pulled away and back into the dugout by Javier Baez and Daytona hitting coach Mariano Duncan. I initially reported that he had hit the walls of the dugout with the bat. That’s unclear at this time. He was apparently swinging it in that direction.”

Sounds like Soler didn’t hit anything with the bat, and it was more of a warning, but still not good, thanks to Josh for relaying the info, stay tuned for more details.

Here’s a link to the Daytona Recap after the game that sheds a bit more light on what happened. Doesn’t sound as serious or bad as originally thought. Soler Story

(UPDATE) Theo addressed the media before the game and said that Soler was extremely remorseful about what happened.  Apparently opposing player said something about Soler’s family and that set him off.  The Florida State League president issued a statement that because of Soler’s actions, being the instigator with the bat, he will be suspended five games.  Deserved, and could have been much worse.  Epstein said Soler will accept his punishment and regrets what happened.

Thanks for reading,
– George