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7/25: Around the Minor League System

The July 25th Chicago Cubs Minor League recap.

The most exciting team in the history of the Universe was off tonight, that’s right no Almora or Soler tonight.

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The Boise Hawks and Yakima Bears went toe-to-toe with each other and Yakima was the last one standing.  The Boise Hawks were in comeback mode all night as they trailed 6-3, and 8-6 before tying the game each time.  The Hawks scored twice in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at eight but gave both runs right back in the top of the ninth and fell to Yakima 10-8.  Felix Pena got the start for Boise and struggled.  He gave up six runs, four earned on seven hits while walking none and striking out two in four innings of work.  The loss however went to Matt Iannazzo who gave up four runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings of work.  Daniel Vogelbach is at a new, higher level in the Cubs system but continues to pound the baseball.  Vogelbach was 3-for-5 in the loss with a double and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders, Dong-Yub Kim, and Gioskar Amaya all had two hits for Boise in the loss, Kim hit is fourth home run of the season.

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Another game and another outstanding effort from Peoria Chiefs starter Joseph Zeller as he weathered a rough first inning to earn his second win of the season as the Chiefs hung on to beat Cedar Rapids 8-6.  The Chiefs used an enormous seven run third inning to break this one open, but had to fight to hang on as Cedar Rapids scored twice in the 8th and 9th to make it close.  Zeller went six strong innings giving up two runs, both unearned on seven hits while walking one and striking out two.  He lowered his ERA to 1.32 on the season.  Javier Baez was the only Chiefs player with multiple hits as he was 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen had the only extra base hit for the Chiefs as he was 1-for-3 on the night with a triple (8), two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.

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Busy day for the Daytona Cubs as they had a double-header against the Brevard County Manatees, and game one didn’t get the day off to a great start.  P.J. Francescon had a rough outing, and has been shaky since his promotion to Daytona which is to be expected.  It’s not like Francescon has been terrible, but today he just didn’t have it as he gave up six runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings while walking four without a strikeout.  The Daytona offense couldn’t keep up as Brevard County took game one 6-4.  It was the Elieser Bonne show in game one for Daytona as the right fielder was 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles (8,9), unfortunately no one was on base for him.  Rafael Lopez had a solid game going 1-for-2 with a home run (1), two walks and two RBI’s in the losing effort.

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Game two was a pitching duel right from the get go, unfortunately for Daytona the result was the same, as Brevard County won the second half of the double-header 3-0.  Frank Del Valle got the start for Daytona and was outstanding going five scoreless innings giving up only one hit while walking three and striking out four, but had to settle for a no decision.  Jeffrey Lorick pitched a scoreless inning of relief before Scott Weismann got lit up in the 7th to take the loss.  Matt Szczur had a solid game at the plate going 2-for-3 to raise his average to .292 on the season, he also stole his 38th base of the season.  That was it as Daytona couldn’t push across any runs and only managed three hits as this was a lost day all around.

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The Smokies came out swinging against the Suns in a wild one and broke through late to register a 7-5 victory.  Dae-Eun Rhee who has not been very good (understatement) all year, pitched well enough in this one to earn his seventh victory of the season against five losses.  Rhee was the beneficiary of an offensive explosion that was led by Junior Lake.  Lake was 2-for-5 with two home runs (6,7), a walk, and four RBI’s.  Lake wasn’t alone in the destruction of Suns pitching as Nelson Perez went 2-for-5 as well with his fourth home run of the season, and two RBI’s.  Justin Bour continued his solid 2012 season going 3-for-4 with a double (29!) and an RBI, Bour is now hitting .297 on the campaign.  Trey McNutt has had a down year, that includes his recent performances out of the pen, but he was excellent tonight going two strong innings giving up nothing and striking out three.

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The Iowa Cubs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Oklahoma City, but if we have learned anything we know that there is no lead too big for Iowa to blow.  It happened again tonight as OKC scored in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th to take a 7-4 lead on their way to a 10-8 victory.  The I-Cubs made things somewhat interesting in the ninth inning by scoring four times but it was way too late.  Chris Rusin got roughed up again as he gave up seven runs on ten hits in five innings of work to record his 7th loss of the season.  James Adduci, Dave Sappelt, and Adrian Cardenas all had two hits in the loss.  Adduci had a great game at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with a double (3), an RBI, a walk, and three runs scored.

Thanks for reading,
– George

7/19: Around the Cubs Minor League System

All teams back in action on Thursday July 19.

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Jorge Soler made his much anticipated debut on Thursday night, but the AZL Cubs fell to the AZL Mariners 4-3 in 12 innings.  It was not quite the debut we were looking for from Soler as he went 0-3, grounding out twice and lining into a double play.  The Cubs got RBIs from David Bote, Daniel Lockhart, and Justin Marra.  Marra also had two hits on the evening.  Paul Blackburn got the start on Thursday and pitched three innings allowing one runs on three hits.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino struck out five in four innings out of the pen and Daniel Adrian struck out four in three scoreless innings.  Chad Martin took the loss giving up the winning run in the 12th inning.  Not the type of game we become accustomed to from the Cubs in Arizona.

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The pitching for Boise did their job on Thursday, but the Hawks still lost to Eugene 2-1.  Ian Dickson got the start and took the tough loss.  He gave up two runs, one earned in five innings.  He also struck out five, his record now stands at 1-3.  Hunter Ackerman was outstanding in relief striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings pitched.  All of the Hawks offense came off the bat of Stephen Bruno who had the only two hits for Boise.  He also drove in Gioskar Amaya who reached on a walk.  This is a tough one to swallow as the pitching did so well, unfortunately the hitting did not.

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Peoria dropped another to West Michigan losing 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang started and took the loss allowing three runs in the second inning, one earned in just 1.2 innings pitched.  Josheph Zeller pitched well in relief allowing one unearned run on seven hits in 5.1 innings.  He struck out three and lowered his ERA to 1.69.  Javier Baez did it again going 2-for-4 hitting his ninth home run of the season and stealing his 17th base.  Chadd Krist only was able to muster up one hit tonight as his average dropped to .462.  Dustin Geiger added a hit and scored the only other Chiefs run of the day.  Peoria will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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It is tough to win when you allow four runs in one inning and then a single run four innings in a row.  Daytona didn’t disprove this losing 8-3 to Jupiter.  Austin Kirk took the loss allowing five runs in five innings pitched.  His ERA stands at an impressive 2.88.  Hunter Cervenka, Scott Weismann, and AJ Morris all gave up a run in their inning of work out of the bullpen.  The good news came from one of the Cubs top prospects Matt Szczur.  He was 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored, RBI and his 33rd stolen base of the year.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Elliot Soto added two hits driving in one run and Rubi Silva also had an RBI.  Not a good loss all the way around for the Cubs.

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After giving up three in the first Tennessee tried to mount a comeback, but it ultimately came up short losing 4-3 to Chattanooga.  Eric Jokisch took the loss allowing three runs on six hits in five innings.  Kevin Rhoderick hopefully got back on track Thursday striking out all four of the outs he recorded.  Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless inning giving up three hits, but striking out one.  Juan Apodaca hit a double and drove in two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Logan Watkins drove stole his 19th base of the season and drove in his 36th run of the season.  It was a good comeback attempt, but turned out to be another disappointing loss.

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Casey Coleman got scratched from his start so Ryan Rowland-Smith took his place and struggled giving up five runs, three earned in just four innings pitched.  All of those runs came in the second and Iowa could never rebound losing 9-1.  Offensively Brett Jackson was 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Dave Sappelt and Blake Lalli each had two hits and both had a double.  Adrian Cardenas and Welington Castillo had doubles as well.  Other than that not much excitement coming from Iowa on Thursday night.

Thanks for reading,
Mark

7/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Recapping July 13th, 2012 in the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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The AZL Cubs have a way of punishing their opponents, and more often than not Daniel Vogelbach is leading that charge, tonight was more of the same as the Cubs beat the Rangers 7-3.  Vogelbach was a man possessed tonight as he went 3-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season, two doubles, an RBI, a walk, and two runs scored.  Vogelbach now has 10 doubles on the season, the man doesn’t now how to hit singles, he’s a slugging machine right now.  Ben Carhart and Jacob Rogers made sure Vogelbach had plenty of help as each guy had two hits, Carhart is now hitting .340 while Rogers is now hitting .429 on the season.  Timothy Saunders had a shocking 0-for-4 dropping his average all the way down to .475 on the season, please catch that sarcasm, I’m laying it on pretty thick.  Anthony Prieto started for the Cubs and only went one inning, he didn’t give up any runs but gave up one hit and issued three walks before departing.  Hunter Ackerman came on in relief and earned the win after going three innings giving up one run on two hits, while walking two and striking out two.  Nathan Dorris came on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

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A late inning collapse can be blamed for Boise’s loss as they seemingly had this one wrapped up leading 4-2 heading to the 8th.  Vancouver scored four in the 8th and one more time for good measure in the 9th to take beat Boise 7-4.  Tayler Scott started for Boise and was his typical solid self going four strong innings allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out one.  Hayden Simpson chipped in 3.2 innings of relief but was on the mound for Vancouver’s comeback.  The defense behind Simpson didn’t help as he allowed three runs on six hits but only one was earned.  Gioskar Amaya continued his solid season at the plate going 2-for-5 with his 3rd home run of the season, he his now hitting .298 on the campaign.  Dong-Yub Kim also had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a run scored and Rock Shoulders continued showing patience at the plate as he was 0-for-1 with three walks.

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For all the press the Chiefs offense gets, and well deserved, the pitching has shown flashes of brilliance as well, tonight Joseph Zeller dazzled.  Zeller was perfect in his six innings of work, that’s right, no hits or walks in six innings while striking out four en route to his first win of the season.  The Chiefs couldn’t finish off the perfect game eventually allowing one run on two hits in an 8-1 victory over Dayton.  Chadd Krist is becoming a story, the 2012 draft pick has already been promoted to Peoria and he is swinging the bat well.  Krist was 2-for-4 again tonight with his first home run as a Chief, he also had a double, two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Paul Hoilman and Wes Darvill each chipped in with two RBI’s a piece.

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Losses can’t get much harder to take than this one.  The Daytona Cubs were well on their way to a victory behind P.J. Francescon leading 7-0 heading to the 6th inning, then the wheels fell off.  Palm Beach blitzed the D-Cubs for seven runs in the sixth inning, and three in the seventh to take a 10-7 lead, eventually winning 11-8.  Francescon was brilliant for the D-Cubs, he went five innings allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out three, but had to settle for a no decision.  Matthew Spencer, Ryan Searle, Scott Weismann, and Frank Del Valle were really bad, no other way to put it as they tossed a combined four innings giving up 11 runs, all earned, on 11 hits while walking three and striking out three.  Rubi Silva had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-6 with a triple, his ninth, yes ninth of the season, and an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes and Rebel Ridling each had two hits in the loss, as six different D-Cubs had RBI’s.

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The Smokies never really allowed Birmingham into this one as they jumped all over the Barons with four in the first, then tacked on three in the fifth and sixth to take a 10-0 lead.  The Barons tried to save face by pushing across three runs in the final two innings but it didn’t help as the Smokies rolled to a 12-3 victory.  Erik Jokisch was nearly perfect going five innings allowing no runs on one hit while walking four and striking out six.  Jokisch struggled with his command, see the six walks, but was untouchable otherwise in earning his 5th win of the season against one loss.  Trey McNutt made his debut as a reliever, after officially being moved to the pen yesterday.  He was solid going two innings in relief giving up no run on one hit and striking out two.  Justin Bour had a stellar game at the plate going 2-for-6 with a double, four RBI’s and a run scored.  Logan Watkins wasn’t going to let Bour have all the fun as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, two walks, and three runs scored.  Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Michael Burgess all had two hits in the blow out win.  The Smokies managed to pound out 14 hits and 12 runs and did it all without a home run.

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A late rally from Iowa fell just short as they dropped a close one to Omaha 4-3, the I-Cubs scratched across two runs in the ninth unfortunately it was too little too late.  Brooks Raley was really good for the I-Cubs going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four.  Unfortunately that wasn’t good enough to avoid a loss as Raley fell to 4-5 on the season with a 3.57 ERA.  Adrian Cardenas continued his recent stretch of outstanding play, proving that he is a play every day kind of guy, he won’t reach that max potential by coming off the bench.  Cardenas was 2-for-3 with a double, triple, a walk, and a run scored in the loss.  Welington Castillo was 3-for-4 with a run scored, but that was the extent of the I-Cubs offense as they were a horrendous 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left eight guys on base.

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– George

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