Minor Matters – May 4, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Oops, the Smokies probably want a do over after this one as they were manhandled all night.  The Smokies only managed four hits all night in the 8-0 loss.  Arismendy Alcantara, Rafael Lopez, Joanthan Mota, and Eric Jokisch were the only Smokies to record hits in this one, all singles.  Blah.

On The Mound – Not much better on the mound for the Smokies in this one.  Minor league pitcher of the month Eric Jokisch struggled for really the first time all year.  Jokisch went three innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three, his record falls to 3-2 on the season.  Tony Zych was solid out of the pen goin two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Kevin Rhoderick struggled with command but fought through it as he worked two innings giving up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out two.  Brian Schlitter did some mop up work in this one going one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one.

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At The Plate – Daytona came to hit tonight, one night after they were postponed, maybe that day off did them some good.  John Andreoli was a force from the lead-off spot going 3-for-4 with two triples, a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored, he’s now hitting .340 on the season.  Zeke DeVoss and Javier Baez were both 0-for-3, but both guys scored and run and had two RBI’s.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, two walks, and one run scored.  Ben Carhart continues to rake, he was 2-for-5 in this one with a stolen base, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.

On The Mound P.J. Francescon got the start, and the win as he had one of his best outings of the season.  Francescon went six scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out five.  Starling Peralta really struggled out of the pen going 1.2 innings giving up five runs on six hits while striking out two.  Sheldon McDonald was solid to close things out as he worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Cougars were locked in a battle with the Dragons until the seventh inning when the Cougars struck for four runs en route to a 6-1 win, their fifth straight victory.  Gioskar Amaya was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a double in the win.  Rock Shoulders continues to hit, he was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, of course a 1-for-3 night actually drops his average.  Willson Contreras was 1-for-4 with a double and a huge three RBI’s in this one.  Bijan Rademacher was 3-for-4 with two doubles, and an RBI, he is now hitting .322 on the season.

On The MoundFelix Pena was outstanding for the Cougars tonight, and really has been all year long.  Pena went seven innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven to earn his first win of the year.  Justin Amlung shut the door the rest of the way as he worked two scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out one.

NOTES: Iowa was postponed….again.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 30, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Iowa jumped on Round Rock early in this one taking a 6-0 lead by the fourth inning en route to cruising to a 7-2 victory.  Brent Lillibridge was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Brian Bogusevic continues to have a great 2013 as he went 3-for-4 with two double, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .420 on the season.  Brad Nelson had another big day going 2-for-2 with two walks, a home run, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Edwin Maysonet was 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.

On The MoundGuillermo Moscoso made his first start for Iowa this season and it was successful.  Moscoso went five innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out six.  Yoanner Negrin was solid out of the pen going two innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out three.  Casey Coleman, and Rafael Dolis each had a scoreless appearance out of the pen to shut the door on this one.

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At The Plate – Monster effort from the Cougars at the plate tonight and they needed every bit of it.  The Cougars pounded out nineteen hits, and thirteen runs, including nine over the final three innings en route to a 13-9 win.  Pin-Chieh Chen got things started out of the lead-off spot going 4-for-6 with a double, three RBI’s and one run scored.  Daniel Vogelbach continues to mash the ball of late as he homered for the third straight game and finished the night 4-for-6 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  Rock Shoulders continues to hit as well going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, am RBI, and three runs scored, he’s hitting .370 on the season.  Willson Contreras was 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Yaniel Cabezas was 3-for-6 with two RBI’s in the win, the Cougars were an amazing 8-for-22 with RISP, they could have scored even more runs in this one.

On The MoundLendy Castillo got the start and was beat up right out of the gate as he was only able to go four innings giving up seven runs on ten hits while walking one and striking out one.  The bullpen did a tremendous job in this one given how it started.  Justin Amlung went three innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Nathan Dorris was fantastic going two innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while striking out four to earn his first save of the season.

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At The Plate – Busy night for the Cubs on offense as they pounded out nine hits and scored eleven runs to rout Palm Beach.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored out of the lead-off spot.  Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-5 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he also made his twelfth error of the season.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .300 on the season.

On The MoundZach Cates was about as good as you can get, he went six scoreless and hit-less innings while walking three and striking out seven to earn his third win of the season.  David Cales worked a scoreless inning in relief giving up two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Starling Peralta struggles going 1.2 innings giving up four runs on two hits while walking two and striking out two.  Frank Del Valle closed the door getting the final out of the game but did give up a hit and a walk before doing so.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 25, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – A huge first inning from Iowa was all they needed as they scored six times en route to a 9-3 victory over Omaha.  Brent Lillibridge had an outstanding game going 4-for-5 with a walk, and two RBI’s.  Ryan Sweeney was also 4-for-5, he was a lot more productive though.  Sweeney had a walk, a home run, a triple, four RBI’s, and two runs scored in the win.  Darnell McDonald was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Edwin Maysonet was 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, and an RBI.

On The MoundBarret Loux got the start and struggled with command, and was wild in the strike zone but managed to pitch around trouble.  He was able to go 4.2 innings giving up three runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out three.  Esmailin Caridad did a fine job out of the bullpen and earned the win going 2.1 scoreless innings while walking two and striking out three.  Cory Wade and Rafael Dolis struggled but managed to each have a scoreless appearance.  Dolis worked 1.1 innings to earn his first save of the season while walking two and striking out two.

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At The Plate – The Smokies are playing good baseball, and if not for a few blown saves recently could be on a real impressive winning streak.  It was the Ronald Torreyes show for the Smokies, he was 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a triple, and a run scored from the lead-off spot.  Only three other Smokies registered hits in this one, but it was enough.  Rafael Lopez and Jae-Hoon Ha recorded the RBI’s with Ha going 1-for-4, and Lopez going 1-for-3 with a double.

On The MoundDallas Beeler is dealing right now, and last night was no exception.  Beeler went seven scoreless innings giving up seven hits while walking one and striking out two.  Zach Rosscup found some trouble out of the pen but was able to hold the lead, he gave up one run on one hit while walking one in one inning of work.  Brian Schlitter worked a stress free ninth inning for his first save of the season, he has yet to give up an earned run this year.

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At The Plate – Daytona jumped out early in this one and never looked back as they pounded out twelve hits and scored five runs to beat the Flying Tigers…Flying Tigers!  5-3.  Every player in the Daytona starting lineup had at least one hit.  Javier Baez is slowly but surely turning around his slow start, he was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season with an RBI, and a run scored.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-4 with a big triple, and two RBI’s in the win.  Chad Noble was 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Anthony Giansanti stayed hot since his return going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

On The MoundZach Cates got the start and the win as he pitched a solid game.  Cates worked five scoreless innings giving up four hits while walking one and striking out four.  Yeiper Castillo did a solid job out of the pen tossing a scoreless inning.  Austin Reed continues to get beat up, he gave up three runs on three hits while walking three in one inning of work.  David Cales was outstanding to earn his first save of the year, he went two scoreless innings while walking two and striking out four.

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At The Plate – A late rally wasn’t enough for the Cougars as they fell to the Tin Caps 6-4 after trailing 6-1 in the third inning.  The Cougars approach was fantastic in this one, they just couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it.  They had eight hits, walked five times, and only struck out four times, unfortunately they came up just short.  Rock Shoulders continues to hit, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .406 on the season.  Marco Hernandez was also 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.

On The MoundLendy Castillo ran into trouble in one inning and that was enough for him to suffer his first loss of the season.  Castillo worked six innings giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits while walking none and striking out three.  Both Justin Amlung and Steve Perakslis worked scoreless innings out of the pen to keep the Cougars in this one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 18, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – The Smokies trailed 3-0 early but fought their way all the way back to win this one 5-3.  Arismendy Alcantara continues to be a threat in the Smokies lineup, he was 3-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base (his 5th in the last two games), and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-for-4 with a two walks, and two runs scored.  Justin Bour had the biggest hit of the day, and he was the most productive, he was 1-for-3 with three walks, and three RBI’s.

On The Mound – The Smokies nearly exhausted all their options on the mound as they used six pitchers in the victory.  Kyle Hendricks got the start, he only made it through two innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking one.  The next five Smokies pitchers went nine scoreless innings combined, giving up just two hits, they did walk six guys, and struck out four.  Trey McNutt got the win out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit and walking one.

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At The Plate – Another high scoring wild game for the Daytona Cubs, unfortunately the D-Cubs came out on the short end last night.  Zeke DeVoss had another solid game from the lead-off spot going 2-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI.  Javier Baez is starting to get locked in at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .226 on the season (six hits in the last three games).  Jorge Soler made his return to the D-Cubs lineup after serving his five game suspension, he went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.  Stephen Bruno continues his hot start going 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s hitting .407 on the season.

On The Mound –  P.J. Francescon got beat up again but didn’t get the loss, he worked three innings giving up seven runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out two.  Eduardo Figueroa took the loss in this one, as he worked three innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking four and striking out two.  Austin Reed was beat up as well, he worked 1.2 innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking four as well, and striking out two.  Sheldon McDonald worked 1.1 scoreless innings, he walked two and struck out one.

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At The Plate – Kane County trailed 5-0 early but came right back to take a 8-5 lead by the 4th inning but stumbled late in losing 9-8 to the River Bandits.  Five different players had at least two hits for the Cougars.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-5 with two doubles, and two runs scored from the lead-off spot.  Marco Hernandez was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, with a caught stealing.  Willson Contreras was 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.  Daniel Vogelbach was 2-for-5 with an RBI, and a run scored in the loss.

On The MoundLendy Castillo was roughed up in this one, as he worked four innings with five runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out six.  Justin Amlung didn’t fare much better out of the bullpen going 3.2 innings giving up three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one.  Steve Perakslis took the loss going 2.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 13, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate Logan Watkins showed off his tremendous skill set once again last night.  Watkins was 1-for-3 with two walks, a home runs, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Watkins now had ten walks in ten games so far this season.  Darwin Barney made his first rehab start and looked decent at the plate going 1-for-4 with a run scored, and two strikeouts.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with an RBI, J.C. Boscan also went 2-for-4 in the loss, he had an RBI and a run scored as well.

On The MoundBarret Loux got the start and was much better this time out.  Loux went five innings giving up one run on six hits while walking two and striking out five to earn his first win of the season.  Yoanner Negrin has been outstanding once again as he went three innings only allowing two hits while striking out eight, eight!  Blake Parker tossed a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Smokies jumped out to an 8-1 lead and just barely held on for an 8-6 victory.  Ronald Torreyes made his return to the lineup, his first appearance of 2013 and was solid going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored from the lead-off spot.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI’s and two runs scored.  Rubi Silva also had a breakout game going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .320 on the year.  Justin Bour only had one hit, but was productive, he finished the day 1-for-4 with three RBI’s.

On The Mound – The Smokies were good, and not so good late.  Kyle Hendricks got the start and the win, he went six innings giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking three and striking out one.  A.J. Morris struggled out of the pen going 1.1 innings giving up five runs on three hits while walking two hits while striking out one.  Frank Batista settled things down to earn the save, he went 1.2 innings giving up no runs on one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs fell behind early and just couldn’t generate enough offense to get back into this one.  Javier Baez is starting to show signs of breaking out as he was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored.  John Andreoli was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, he’s now hitting .364 on the season.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  Dustin Geiger was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s in the loss.

On The Mound – A rare bad outing from P.J. Francescon, he got the loss going five innings giving up six runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out five.  Eduardo  Figueroa didn’t get much help from his defense as he worked three innings giving up three runs, all unearned, on two hits while walking four and striking out none.

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At The Plate – The Cougars built a 4-0 lead by the top of the third, by the bottom of the fourth it was gone.  The Cougars mounted a late comeback, but they ran out of time in game one.  Daniel Vogelbach continued his hot start to the season going 1-for-2 with two walks, his first home run, an RBI and two runs scored.  Rock Shoulders is even hotter at the plate right now going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .455 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario finally had a solid game going 1-for-2 with two walks, a double, and a run scored.

On The MoundIan Dickson hasn’t had the best start to the 2013 season, that continued in this one.  Dickson went five innings giving up seven runs on eights hits while walking none and striking out three.  Brian Smith tossed a scoreless inning in relief only giving up one hit.

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At The Plate – It took eleven innings but the Cougars were able to split the double-header with the Timer Rattlers.  Jeimer Candelario had a solid second game as well going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.  Willson Contreras was great coming off the bench and ended up with the game winning home run, he was 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Wes Darvill was 2-for-4 with a caught stealing, and an error, so a good and bad day for him.

On The MoundFelix Pena was outstanding in this one going six innings giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking one and striking out three.  Justin Amlung, who has been roughed up in the early going had an outstanding outing yesterday.  Amlung went four scoreless innings out of the pen giving up only two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Eduardo Orozco earned his first save of the season tossing a scoreless inning giving up one hit and striking out one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 8, 2013

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At The Plate – Things have not gone well for the Iowa Cubs, that is reflected in their now 0-5 record.  Logan Watkins led off today as was great going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .368 on the season.  Brett Jackson had a solid game going 2-for-4 with a double, and two RBI’s.  Newcomer Donnie Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss.

On The Mound – Really rough go of it for the I-Cubs pitchers.  Barret Loux got the start and was beat up giving up six runs on three hits while walking three walks and striking out two in only one inning of work.  Jaye Chapman worked 2.2 innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking three without a strike out.  Cory Wade got roughed up giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out one in three innings of work.  Blake Parker worked 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two.

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At The PlateMatt Szczur continued his solid work out of the lead-off spot going 2-for-3 with a run scored, and a stolen base.  Arismendy Alcantara who was hitting in the two hole was 2-for-4, but also made two errors.  The rest of the Smokies lineup could only manage one hit in the 2-1 loss.

On The Mound – Really solid effort from the Smokies pitchers in this one.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the start and was decent, he struggled a bit with his command in 4.1 innings of work giving up one run on two hits while walking three and striking out one.  Brian Schlitter was the tough luck loser in this one, he worked 1.2 innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while walking one.  Zach Rosscup and Trey McNutt each worked a scoreless inning to keep things close.

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At The Plate – Finally a win for the Cougars, they did plenty offensively but had to work overtime after a blown save, more on that in a bit.  Gioskar Amaya broke out today after a slow start to the season, he was 3-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Chadd Krist was 3-for-5 with two doubles, ans two runs scored.   Bijan Rademacher did most of the damage today going 3-for-5 with three RBI’s.  Rock Shoulders stayed red hot at the plate going 2-for-5 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .455 on the season.

On The MoundLendy Castillo who is transitioning to a starting role was fantastic in his 2013 debut.  Castillo went five strong innings giving up one run on three hits while walking two and striking out four, unfortunately he had a win snatched from him.  Brian Smith was solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.  Justin Amlung blew the save but also got the win, he worked three innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 4, 2013

Welcome to Minor Matters, here’s a quick introduction…  You want to know how the Cubs’ minor league teams did?  Then this is the post you want to read, it will be a daily post and will recap EVERY minor league game that day.  Usually this post will be published the night of the games, sometimes, especially once Boise starts, the post might not appear until the next morning.  Enjoy!.

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At The Plate – Iowa pounded out eleven hits on the night, but could only push across three runs in the defeat.  Brian Bogusevic led the way going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, all three hits were singles.  Ty Wright went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and J.C. Boscan also went 2-for-4.  All eleven Cubs hits were singles.

On The Mound – It was a rough start for Chris Rusin as he gave up three in the first but he settled down to make it through five innings.  Rusin gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  Jensen Lewis got lit up and was slapped with the loss as he gave up five runs, three earned (defense was an issue) on four hits in a third of an inning.  Zach Putnam didn’t fair much better has he gave up two runs all earned on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.  Both Casey Coleman and Rafael Dolis had scoreless appearances.

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At The Plate – The top of the order for the Smokies was outstanding, unfortunately there wasn’t much after that.  Matt Szczur was tremendous in the lead-off spot going 3-for-4 with a run scored, all three hits were singles.  Number two hitter Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a home run, and three RBI’s.  Johermyn Chavez was the only other Smokies player to record a hit, a single.

On The MoundDallas Beeler got knocked around in his first start of 2013, but had decent command.  Beeler worked 5.1 innings, he gave up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five.  A.J. Morris tossed 1.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Tony Zych couldn’t keep it close late as he gave up two runs (both unearned) in his one inning of work while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Kane County couldn’t really get anything going at the plate as they were only able to register five hits in the loss.  Dan Vogelbach has a solid night going 2-for-4 with two singles.  Jemier Candelario and Willson Contreras each had one hit, and Rock Shoulders was 1-for-4 with a run scored, a home run, and two RBI’s.

On The MoundPierce Johnson got the start and got beat up.  Johnson gave up five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five in 2.1 innings.  Justin Amlung worked 2.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out two.  Brian Smith tossed two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out four.  Steve Perakslis and Eduardo Orozco each had a scoreless appearance.

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At The Plate – A quiet night at the plate for the D-Cubs as they could only manage three runs on six hits, but they did walk five times which is a plus.  Jorge Soler got his first full professional season off to a great start going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.  Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored out of the lead-off spot.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-4 with a run scored, and an RBI double.  Stephen Bruno was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI double.  Javier Baez rounded out the scoring with a sac-fly, he finished the night 0-for-3.

On The MoundBen Wells was knocked around early but managed to battle his way through four innings.  Wells gave up two runs on seven hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out four to earn a no decision.  Sheldon McDonald was hung with the loss as he went 2.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three.  Eduardo Figueroa was solid out of the pen giving up no runs on two hits while striking out two in 2.1 innings of work.

Thanks for reading,
– George