Minor Matters – May 9, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate –  Not a lot went right for Iowa in this one as they only managed one run on seven hits en route to a 5-1 loss.  Brett Jackson had a successful return to the lineup going 2-for-4 with two singles.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .270 on the season.  Alberto Gonzalez had a his second solid game in a row going 2-for-3 with a walk.  The Cubs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base, and they lost to Chris Volstad, so there’s that too.

On The Mound Drew Carpenter got the start and was decent going five innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six.  Casey Coleman wasn’t much better out of the bullpen working one inning giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Zach Putnam was solid going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Smokies did plenty offensively but could hold down the Barons in a wild 9-7 loss.  The Smokies entered the ninth tied at seven and the Barons managed to push two runs across the plate to take the lead and get the win.  The Smokies missed a bunch of opportunities as they were 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez was 1-for-4 with a walk, his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Jonathan Mota was 1-for-3 with a walk, his second home run of the season, and a run scored.  Tim Torres had his second straight solid game going 3-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored.

On The Mound Alberto Cabrera was roughed up, that usually doesn’t happen, especially like this.  Cabrera worked 4.1 innings giving up six runs on thirteen(!) hits while walking three and striking out five.  Kevin Rhoderick was decent out of the pen but struggled with his command again, he worked three innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out two.  Trey McNutt took the loss, working 1.2 inning giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit while walking two and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Solid win for Daytona against a very good opponent.  Daytona pounded out ten hits in the victory, after letting a 3-1 lead get away the D-Cubs jumped back on top for good in the sixth inning.  Javier Baez padded his slugging stats in this one going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored, he also made his fourteenth error of the season.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, he is now hitting .290 on the season after struggling and seeing his average drop into the .260’s.  John Andreoli continues to hit, he was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .333 on the season.  Dustin Geiger had another solid game going 2-for-3 with an RBI in the victory.

On The MoundP.J. Francescon was pretty good in this one going five innings giving up three runs, two earned, on eight hits while striking out four.  Jeffrey Lorick worked a scoreless out of the pen to earn the victory.  Austin Reed, and Hunter Cervenka each had scoreless appearances out of the pen to close this one out.  Cervenka worked two innings giving up one hit while striking out one to earn his third save of the season.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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 – May 1, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate –   The Cubs couldn’t scratch out a run in this one as they could only manage four hits in a 1-0 loss.  Logan Watkins did nearly all the work today for Iowa as he was 3-for-3 with a walk, Ryan Sweeney was the only other Iowa player with a hit.  The Cubs were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position but that one hit did not result in a run.

On The MoundChris Rusin was outstanding in this one, but saw his record fall to 1-3 with the loss.  Rusin went seven innings giving up one run on six hits while striking out five.  Hisanori Takahashi, and Zach Putnam each tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen to keep things close.

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At The Plate – Yeah, only five innings as this one was shortened by rain.  In those five innings the Smokies did nothing, well almost nothing, they did get singles, yep that’s it.  The Smokies didn’t even have a chance to hit with anyone in scoring position in this one.  Rubi Silva and Rafael Lopez were each 1-for-2 in the loss.

On The Mound – Much more important things taking place on the mound in this one as Matt Garza made his first rehab start.  That’s the other part of minor league baseball, sometimes it’s not for development, it’s for getting healthy, and Garza took his first step towards that today.  Garza went 2.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two, but more importantly made it out of today seemingly healthy, so that’s good news.  Kevin Rhoderick tossed 1.1 scoreless innings while walking two and striking out one.  Matt Loosen couldn’t keep things close “late” as he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking one.

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At The Plate – Really solid game all around from the D-Cubs in this one as they found just enough offense to knock off the Cardinals.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with a double, and a stolen base, nice to see Soler starting to get a few hits here and there after slumping, his average is back up to .275 on the season.  Ben Carhart is on fire of late, that continued tonight as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .312 on the season.  Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win.

On The MoundBen Wells was outstanding today, and really has been good all year.  Wells went seven innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out three.  Eduardo Figueroa took it from there as he worked two scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out three to earn his first save of the season.

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At The Plate – Looked like the Cougars were going to cruise to a victory, but as we have learned so far this season, nothing is easy for the Cougars and they needed ten innings to get the win.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.  Daniel Vogelbach played the hero tonight as he was 1-for-5 with two RBI’s, that one was a huge one, a walk-off single in the tenth inning.

On The MoundPierce Johnson has been disgusting (in a good way) as of late, and tonight was no different.  Johnson went 6.2 innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out four.  Eddie Orozco did a solid job out of the pen tossing a scoreless inning while giving up one hit while walking two and striking out two. Jeffry Antigua had a rough go of it as he blew the save, but also got the win, he went 2.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out four.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 26, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Iowa fought back in this one scoring twice in the ninth inning to tie the game at four, only to lose it in the bottom of the tenth.    Ryan Sweeney continues to pound the ball as he went 2-for-5 with his fifth home run, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s hitting .404 this season.  Brian Bogusevic is just as hot as he went 3-for-4 in the loss, he’s hitting .394 on the season.  Brad Nelson extended the game in the ninth inning with a pinch hit two run homer, his fourth of the season to tie it at four.

On The MoundChris Rusin was really good just didn’t get any help from his offense is this one.  Rusin went six innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one.  Hisanori Takahashi couldn’t keep things tied during his outing, he went one inning giving up one run on one hit while striking out one.  Blake Parker was decent out of the pen going two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out three.  Zach Putnam took the loss in this one, he worked a third of an inning giving up one run on three hits.

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At The Plate – The Smokies just continue to roll on as they walked away with another win Friday Night.  Jae-Hoon Ha filled up the score book going 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored.  Rubi Silva had a big night as well going 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez knocked in the other run for the Smokies and that’s all they would need, Lopez finished the night 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

On The MoundAlberto Cabrera was outstanding for the Smokies going six innings giving up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out six to earn the win.  Kevin Rhoderick was touched up a little bit again, he went two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one.  A.J. Morris also allowed Clearwater to get closer in his one inning of work, he gave up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out one.  Trey McNutt got the train back on the tracks in this one to earn his second save of the year.  McNutt went 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Daytona jumped all over the Flying Tigers early and often en route to a 7-3 victory Friday Night.  Javier Baez is rounding into form right now, he went 2-for-4 in this one with a double, two RBI’s and a run scored, he’s now hitting .253 on the year and .341 in his last ten games.  Dustin Geiger was also productive going 2-for-4 with three RBI’s, he’s an RBI machine, he now has twenty-one on the season.  Chad Noble was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Taiwan Easterling was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and a stolen base.

On The MoundBen Wells battled command issues but was able to work effectively enough to earn the win.  Wells went 5.2 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on one hit while walking five and striking out one.  Eduardo Figueroa found some trouble out of the pen going two-thirds of an inning giving up two hits while walking one and striking out one, and would have given up a couple runs if not for the work of Hunter Cervenka.  Cervenka bailed out Figueroa while working 2.2 scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season, he didn’t give up any hits while walking three and striking out four.

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At The Plate – Kane County might not have another loss all year that stings as much as this one, and they really only have themselves to blame.  The cougars lead 5-1 in the ninth inning but gave up four in the ninth and lost in the tenth, they made five errors in the process.  Rock Shoulders continues to hit, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, he’s hitting .403 on the season.  The bulk of the damage was done by the bottom of the Cougars order.  Eight hitter Oliver Zapata was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Nine hitter Yaniel Cabezas was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.

On The MoundPierce Johnson continues to dominate as of late, he went 5.2 innings giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking two and striking out seven.  Jeffry Antigua was great out of the pen going 2.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out three.  Then things went bad, Nathan Dorris was roughed up in one-third of an inning, he gave up four runs, two earned (sending a theme?), on three hits while walking one.  Eddie Orozco was officially charge with the blown save and the loss, he worked 1.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while walking two.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 21, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Not much happening for the Cubs offense in this one as they lost a 1-0 heart breaker to the Redbirds.  The Cubs could only manage six hits, all singles in the loss.  Brent Lillibridge was 1-for-4, as was Ryan Sweeney, and Donnie Murphy.  Darnell McDonald, Brian Bogusevic, and J.C. Boscan were each 1-for-3 in the loss.

On The Mound – The Cubs pitching did all they could and then some in this one, but still couldn’t get a victory.  Drew Carpenter got the start and was solid despite having some command issues.  Carpenter worked 5.2 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking five and striking out six.  Hisanori Takahashi worked 1.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout.  Yoanner Negrin finally gave up a run, unfortunately that’s all it took to lose this one.  Negrin went 1.2 innings, he gave up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out two, his ERA “sky-rocketed” to 0.79 on the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies looked to be well on their way to another win after a four run second inning, then they weren’t.  Matt Szczur had another solid day going 1-for-4 with two walks, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a run scored, a caught stealing, and an outfield assist, busy day.  Anthony Giansanti finally has returned to action and had a solid day going 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.

On The Mound – A mixed bag from the Smokies pitchers, and a very costly error by Ronald Torreyes didn’t help.  Alberto Cabrera got the start and was average going 5.1 innings giving up four runs on five hits while walking four and striking out one.  Marcus Hatley was solid out of the pen going 1.2 scoreless innings while giving up one hit and striking out one.  Kevin Rhoderick continues to struggle, he worked an inning giving up two runs on four hits whiles striking out one.  Trey McNutt was outstanding, going two scoreless innings while striking out one.  Tony Zych was the hard luck loser, he worked an inning and gave up three runs, all unearned, on one hit while walking one.

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At The Plate – Not a lot to cheer about in this one as the D-Cubs did their best Major League Cubs impersonation in this one.  Daytona could only manage two hits in this one, singles by Timothy Saunders and Jorge Soler.  They did manage to earn three walks, but were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound – Not much better here for the D-Cubs.  Ryan Searle got the start and got roughed up again.  Searle went four innings giving up five runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four.  Austin Reed wasn’t much better out of the pen going two innings giving up four runs, two unearned, on six hits while striking out two.  David Cales worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out three, the lone bright spot of the day.

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At The Plate – Crazy ballgame yesterday as the Cougars built a 4-0 lead going into the 6th inning, then things got weird.  The Chiefs scored six times in the top of the 6th to take a 6-4 lead, then the Cougars scored three times in the bottom half to go back in front and that’s how it ended.  Pin-Chieh Chen got a chance to lead-off in this one and delivered going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rock Shoulders, or the guy who rarely makes an out, was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, he’s hitting .424 on the season, yikes.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.  Trey Martin finally busted out with the bat, and made a tremendous catch in CF as well, he was 3-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI, a double, and two runs scored.  Fun fact, Daniel Vogelbach had a stolen base today, the guy is rather athletic for his size.

On The Mound –  Kane County only used two pitchers in this one, rather rare given the fact that six runs were given up, but I guess that’s what happens when it’s all in one inning.  Felix Pena got the start at went 5.2 innings giving up five runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two.  Ian Dickson got the win coming out of the pen going 3.1 innings giving up on run on four hits while striking out three.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 14, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Two wins in a row for Iowa, that says a lot considering they only have three total this year.  Brian Bogusevic was 2-for-4 from the lead-off spot with a caught stealing and a run scored.  Darwin Barney showed great patience in his second rehab start, he was 0-for-1 with three walks, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Luis Flores was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Brad Nelson had the big hit in this one, a two run single that gave the Cubs some breathing room, he was 1-for-4 with two RBI’s on the day.

On The Mound – After some rocky starts to start the season, Chris Rusin bounced back with a stellar performance.  Rusin went seven innings giving up one run on four hits while walking none and striking out four to earn the win.  Zach Putnam worked two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the year, he walked one and struck out three.

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At The Plate – The Smokies busted this one open in the seventh inning scoring four times to take a 7-1 lead on their way to a 7-3 win.  Ronald Torreyes had his second straight solid game going 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha was outstanding going 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva (2-for-4) and Jonathan Mota (2-for-4) each had two hits in the victory, and Matt Szczur recorded his 5th stolen base of the season.

On The Mound –  Couldn’t get much better than Dae-Eun Rhee as he went six scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three to earn his first win of the season.  Zach Rosscup and Kevin Rhoderick each had a rough go out of it in the seventh and eighth inning with Rosscup giving up one run and Rhoderick giving up two.  Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless ninth inning to secure the victory.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs were able to get back to .500 with a solid victory of the Tampa Yankees.  Javier Baez seems to be coming around at the plate, he was 1-for-4 with a double, he has hits in his last three games.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with a run scored, he is now hitting .385 on the season.  Dustin Geiger was 2-for-4 with a run scored, after his slow start he is now hitting .286 on the season.  Micah Gibbs was 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI in the victory.

On The MoundZach Cates was outstanding in this one going six innings giving up one run on four hits while walking thee and striking out four.  Austin Reed was just as good out of the bullpen going two innings giving up no runs on three hits while striking out two.  Frank Del Valle continues his awesome start to the season as he worked a scoreless ninth for his second save.  He didn’t give up any hits or walks, and struck out the side.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 10, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Hey! A Win!  The I-Cubs got their first win of the 2013 season on Wednesday night.  Ryan Sweeney was 2-for-5, the Cubs newcomer is now hitting .438 on the season.  Edwin Maysonet was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.  Luis Flores was 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season.

On The Mound – Really nice night from a staff that has been beaten up in the early going.  Drew Carpenter got the start and also walked away with the win going five innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out four.  Yoanner Negrin was great out of the pen going 2.2 innings giving up no runs on two hits while walking one and striking out two.  Blake Parker was stout as well in earning his first save of the season going 1.1 innings giving up only one hit while walking none and striking out two.

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At The Plate – Not a whole lot of offense in this one for the Smokies as they could only manage two runs on six hits.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with a double.  Justin Bour was solid tonight going 1-f0r-2 with two walks, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-4 with a double and three strike outs in the loss.

On The MoundDallas Beeler had a really good outing, unfortunately he was still hung with the loss.  Beeler went six innings giving up two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out three.  The normally reliable Kevin Rhoderick had a rough go of it as he gave up four runs on two hits in 1.1 innings of work, he also walked two.  Frank Batista was solid out of the pen going 1.2 innings giving up no runs on two hits while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Well, this one will be talked about for one thing, the incident involving Soler, I wrote about it earlier, you can read about it here, just going to recap the game now.  Crazy game not counting fights as Daytona blew a two-run lead in the ninth and ended up losing by 5 in eleven.  Zeke DeVoss had another solid night at the top of the lineup going 2-for-6 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  John Andreoli stayed red-hot going 3-for-6 with a double, he’s now hitting .478 on the season.  Jorge Soler did some good work with the bat…at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.  Stephen Bruno, Ben Carhart, and Taiwan Easterling all had two hits in this one.  Dustin Geiger and Easterling both went deep for their first home run of the season.

On The Mound – Some good, some really bad for the D-Cubs.  Ben Wells got the start and struggled with his command which cut his outing short.  Wells went four innings giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking four and not striking out anyone.  Austin Reed didn’t fare much better as he could only go one-third of an inning giving up three runs on two hits while walking two.  Ryan Searle was outstanding again going 3.2 innings giving up no runs on one hit while walking one and striking out four.  Luis Liria not only got the blown save but the loss as well as he went 2.2 innings giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three.

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At The Plate – The Cougars had an awesome approach at the plate today as they walked eight times, unfortunately they were only 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.  Jeimer Candelario didn’t have a hit in this one but he was able to walk three times.  Daniel Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI.  Another day, another two hits for Rock Shoulders, he went 2-for-5 and is now hitting .467 on the season.  Bijan Rademacher was 1-for-2 with two walks, and two runs scored in the loss.  Trey Martin found some production today going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.

On The Mound – Remember how I mentioned how great the Cougars approach was because of the eight walks?  Well Cougars pitching issued ten free passes, not good.  Tayler Scott got the start and went two innings giving up four runs on three hits while walking five, he was slapped with the loss.  Nathan Dorris was outstanding in this one going four scoreless innings giving up only one hit and striking out five.  Steve Perakslis couldn’t keep things close as he went two innings giving up five runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three.  I mentioned Bijan Rademacher already, well he got to pitch as well, he worked one inning giving up one run, unearned, on no hits while walking three, it was that kind of day.

What a weird day, thanks for reading,
– George