7/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The nightly minor league recaps.

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Boise won in a pitchers dual 1-0.  Taylor Scott got the start and got the win pitching five innings allowing four hits, three walks, and striking out four.  Hayden Simpson threw an impressive three innings and Eduardo Orozco closed out the game earning his first save of the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 driving in the only Hawks run of the game.  Carlos Escobar had two hits, including a double and a run scored.  Boise has won two games in a row and look to keep that going.

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Beloit took care of Peoria quite easily win 10-4.  Starling Peralta started and took the loss giving up five runs, four earned in five innings.  Jeffry Antigua pitched very good in relief striking out two in two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 0.73.  Offensively there wasn’t much exciting to report.  Sergio Burruel was the only Chief player with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Paul Hoilman, Bijan Rademacher, and Yaniel Cabezas all had one hit.  Hoilman had an RBI as did Pin-Chieh Chen.  Peoria looks to get back on track.

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A for run sixth wasn’t enough losing to Bradenton 9-7.  Kyler Burke struggled giving up seven runs, five earned on eight hits in five innings.  Burke struck out six in the loss.  Hunter Cervenka threw two scoreless innings in relief striking out three.  Ronald Torreyes had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-5 with home run, a double, and three RBIs.  Timothy Saunders added two hits and drove one in.  The Cubs got single RBIs from Taylor Davis, Matt Cerda, and Rubi Silva as well.  John Andreoli led off and had a hit and a walk and scored two runs.  Rebel Ridling and Rafael Lopez each contributed a hit to the effort and Lopez scored two runs.

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Tennessee couldn’t hold Jacksonville down losing 8-5.  Nicholas Struck struggled in a losing effort giving up four runs in four innings pitched.  In a tough sign for Cub fans, Trey McNutt struggled in relief again and his ERA is now at 4.91.  Frank Batista continued his strong season pitching a scoreless eighth and striking out two lowering his ERA to 1.22.  Justin Bour had a night to remember at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs.  Matt Szczur led off in his second game with the Smokis, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a run scored as was Chad NobleMichael Burgess had a double and Dustin Harrington added a hit and a run scored as well.

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Iowa gave up one in the fifth to give them the lead.  The 2-1 lead held up and Iowa lost another one run game.  Brooks Raley was the hard luck loser pitching six innings allowing tow runs on six hits and striking out eight.  Marcus Hatley pitched well in relief striking out four in two innings.  The offense didn’t do much, Brett Jackson connected on his 15th home run of the season, ending the game 1-for-3 with a walk.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each added ahit as did Blake Lalli.  After a nice win yesterday, the Cubs weren’t able to keep it going losing a close, low scoring game.

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7/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recap for July 21, 2012

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Boise jumped out on top of Eugene early scoring twice in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead.  Unfortunately that didn’t last for the Hawks as the Emeralds scored twice in the second and third to take a 4-2 lead.  Eugene broke it open in the fifth inning scoring three times to make it 7-2 and put this one away.  Boise tried to put together a rally in the 8th but they could only manage to plate two runs to make it 7-4 and that’s how it would end.  Jose Arias got the start for Boise and struggled, he went 2.1 innings giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits while walking three and striking out two.  The loss was the first of the season for Arias who fell to 2-1.  Boise had their chances to say the least, they pounded out ten hits but could only score four times.  They were 4-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base, that usually ends up in a loss.  Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, Willson Contreras, and Xavier Batista all had two hits in the loss, Amaya collected his 8th triple of the season.

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It was an eventful first three innings Saturday Night as Peoria and South Bend combined for 10 runs.  Unfortunately, Peoria came out of the first three innings trailing 6-4 on their way to losing to South Bend 6-5.  Zach Cates got the start for the Chiefs and didn’t have his best stuff as he lost his third game of the season.  Cates worked three innings giving up six runs, four earned on eight hits while walking none and striking out three.  It was the Javier Baez show at the plate once again as the young star was 3-for-4 with his 10th home run of the season, his 5th triple of the season and two RBI’s, he added his 19th stolen base for good measure.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Bijan Rademacher each had two hits for Peoria in the loss, Chen had a triple and Rademacher had a double.

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Kyler Burke was the hard luck loser for Daytona on Saturday night as he pitched well enough to win but couldn’t get any help from his offense.  Burke went six strong innings giving up three runs, one earned on six hits while walking none and striking out two.  With Daytona leading 2-1 in the six Jupiter pushed across two runs to take a 3-2 lead.  Daytona couldn’t get any closer and Jupiter tacked on an insurance run in the 8th to take this one 4-2.   Matt Szczur had a great night at the plate as he pushed his average to .290 on the season.  He was 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored.  Rubi Silva went 2-for-3 with an RBI, he is now hitting .309 on the season.

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Things started off well enough as the I-Cubs scored twice in the top of the 1st inning to take a 2-0 lead over the Isotopes.  That lead didn’t stand for long as Albuquerque scored eight runs in the bottom of the first and the rout was on.  The Isotopes added one in the second, five more in the 5th and single runs in the 7th and 8th to win this one going away 16-3.  Casey Coleman was awful, no other way to describe it.  Coleman’s night mercifully came to an end after 2.2 innings, he gave up nine runs all earned on ten hits while walking four and striking out three.  Alberto Cabrera came in to stop the bleeding, but he reopened the wound in the 5th.  Cabrera tossed two innings in relief giving up five runs, two earned on six hits while walking one and striking out five.  On the bright side, Josh Vitters had a solid night at the plate going 2-for-4 with his 14th home run of the season and three RBI’s.  Adrian Cardenas and Dave Sappelt each chipped in with a double but it obviously wasn’t enough.

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– George

7/16: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A trip through the Cubs minor league system.

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Wow AZL just continue to score this time beating the AZL Athletics 11-8.  The Cubs had some new heroes on Monday.  Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits, hit a his first home run and knocked in four.  Daniel Lockhart, Timothy Saunders, and Jacob Rogers all had two hits and Rogers added to RBIs.  Ben Carhart also had two RBIs and Dan Vogelbach drove in his 27th run of the season.  Lendy Castillo continued his rehab assignment pitching three innings allowing no runs on only two hits.  He also struck out four.  The rest of the pitchers on Monday struggled, but David Henrie was able to pick up his fourth win of the season.

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Tied at five in the bottom of the ninth, up stepped Jeimer Candelario.  He promptly ended the game hitting a walk-off home run giving Boise the win 6-5.  Bijan Rademacher and Stephen Bruno each had three hits in the win, with Rademacher scoring three runs.  Marco Hernandez added two hits including a triple and drove in one.  Rock Shoulders and Carlos Escobar each contributed with an RBI each and Xavier Batista had two RBIs.  Eduardo Orozco pitched well again pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win.  He has not allowed a run in eight innings pitched this season in Boise.  Starting pitcher Jose Arias pitched five innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits and striking out four.

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Peoria scored seven times in from the fifth inning on and beat Bowling Green 8-3.  Paul Hoilman was outstanding at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.  Pin-Chieh Chen also collected three hits.  He also scored three and drove in one.  Chadd Krist continued his impressive streak adding two hits and driving one in.  Javier Baez had yet another hit and had two RBIs.  Starling Peralta earned his third win of the season pitching five scoreless innings.  He struck out five, walked three, gave up five hits.  His ERA now stands at 2.81.  It was a good win for Peoria on Monday and will look to build on that.

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Four early runs proved to be all Charlotte would need beating Daytona 5-3.  Kyler Burke struggled early, but settled down allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings.  He took the loss on Monday and his record at Daytona stands at 1-3.  Offensively, Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had two hits.  They both scored a run and they each had a double.  Szczur stole two bases bring his total to 32 and Ridling added an RBI.  Elieser Bonne had a double and an RBI and Matthew Cerda drove in a run as well.

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Tennessee was able to score eight runs, but it was not enough losing to Jackson 10-8.  The 2-3-4 hitters for the Smokies did an unbelievable job as each of those hitters had three hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 3-for-5 with triple, home run, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Logan Watkins and Justin Bour each had three hits, with Bour driving one in.  Greg Rohan and Nate Samson had two hits a piece, with Rohan adding an RBI.  Junior Lake and Michael Brenly only had one hit, but each drove in two and Brenly hit his fourth home run of the season.  The pitching was not so good on Monday.  Starter Ty’relle Harris only was able to last 2.2 innings as he gave up six runs.  Zach Rosscup and Trey McNutt each surrendered two runs in their two innings of work.  McNutt took the loss, his eighth of the season.  It’s always tough to lose, but when you score eight and lose it is really tough.

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Iowa had one of the those games again where they aren’t good in any aspect.  They were outhit 16-4, made two errors, and lost 6-1 where it really counts.  I guess I will start with the offense on this one.  Brett Jackson hit his league leading 11th triple and scored the Cubs lone run when he was driven in by Adrian CardenasJosh Vitters had another hit, as did Blake Lalli and James AdduciRodrigo Lopez took the loss in this one allowing 12 hits and four runs in just five innings.  After Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up two more, Alberto Cabrera and Michael Bowden didn’t allow another run in the last 1.1 innings.  Not a good one for Iowa on Monday.

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Mark

7/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

After every level getting the day off on Tuesday, here is a look at Wednesday’s minor league games.

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The AZL Cubs were back to playing on Wednesday after a few day off.  They started right were they left off beating the AZL Padres 4-2.  Offensively Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a home run, double, and three RBIs.  Dan Lockhart was 3-for-3 with a double and a runs scored.  Ben Carhart and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit and Carhart scored a run.  Izaac Garsez drove in the other run for Cubs on the night.  David Henrie recorded his third win of the season pitching four perfect innings in relief while striking out three.  Lendy Castillo started his rehab assignment pitching two scoreless innings.

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Tied at one after four innings, Boise was able to score two in the fifth and two in the sixth.  They would hold on to win the game beating Vancouver 5-1.  Jose Arias pitched good in getting his second win of the season.  He gave up one run on six hits in five innings.  Eduardo Orozco, Pete Levitt, and Bryce Shafer all pitched well in relief not allowing a run.  Offensively there were some good things that came out of Wednesday night as well.  Trey Martin was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Wilson Contreras was also 2-for-3 including a triple, a runs scored, and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, his third of the season.  Stephen Bruno and Marco Hernandez each added a hit and a runs scored.  It was a nice win for Boise after a day off.

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Javier Baez and the pitching staff was all Peoria needed on Wednesday.  Javier Baez connected on his seventh home run of the season in the second inning.  It proved to be the game winner as Peoria beat the Dragons 1-0.  Starting pitcher Starling Peralta pitched seven innings striking out four and only giving up two hits.  Larry Suarez struck out two in a scoreless inning of work and Yao-Lin Wang pitched a scoreless ninth to recored his 12th save of the season.  Oliver Zapata, Sergio Burruel, and Pin-Chieh Chen accounted for the other Chiefs hits, with Zapata hitting a double and Chen stole his 19th base on the season.  It was a great pitching performance by the Peoria pitching staff on Wednesday.

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Daytona scored seven runs from the fourth inning as they went on to beat Palm Beach 7-2.  Kyler Burke got his first win since being promoted to Daytona.  He pitched six innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four and not walking anyone.  Jeffrey Lorick came in relief and pitched an unbelievable 1.2 innings not allowing a hit and striking out five.  Brian Schlitter was able to close the game out recording his second save of the season.  Matt Sczcur, who had been struggling was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI.  He also stole his 29th base of the season.  Ronald Torreyes was also 2-for-4 including a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.  Elieser Bonne had a hit and drove in two runs.  John Andreoli and Matt Cerda each had a hit and drove in a run, Andreoli also stole his 31st base of the season.  It was nice to see Burke get his first win since moving to Daytona and it was also nice to see Sczcur hopefully get back on track.

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Wednesday’s game between Tennessee and Birmingham was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up as a double header on Thursday.

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Mark

7/5: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 5 Cubs minor league recap.

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 AZL Cubs played a very entertaining game on Thursday winning 12-11 in ten innings.  After giving up ten runs in the first three innings and being down by five the Cubs came storming back to tie the game and eventually win.  There were a lot of good things that happened on the offensive side of things.  Leading off Timothy Saunders was 5-for-6 with a home run, double, three RBI’s and four runs scored.  Rafael Lopez was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and one batted in.  Izaac Garsez also had three hits including a double, a run scored, and one batted in.  Garrett Schlecht and Daniel Lockhart each had two hits and Lockhart had two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Justin Berg got the start and wasn’t very good pitching only one inning and giving up six runs, three earned on four hits.  Nathan Dorris pitched three scoreless innings and Steve Perakslis recorded the win pitching two innings.  It was a wild game and it is nice to see the the Cubs come out on top.

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Boise scored two in the ninth to win 7-6.  Down by one going to the bottom of the ninth The Hawks were trailing 6-5.  After a Dong-Yub Kim and Xavier Batista walk Darien Martin bunted them to second and third.  Gioskar Amaya delivered a single to tie the game.  After a fielders choice up stepped Stephen Bruno who came through with a single to win the game.  Amaya also had three hits and scored two runs and drove in one.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-3 including his first home run of his professional career.  Marco Hernandez and Kim each had two hits and Hernandez had two RBI’s.  Bryce Shafer got the win in relief, despite giving up an unearned run in the top of the ninth.  Starter Jose Arias pitched quite well, giving up one run on seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched.  He was in line to get the win, but Michael Hamann struggled in relief.  All in all it was a nice win for Boise on Friday.

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Peoria scored two runs in the second and the pitching staff was able to make it stand winning 2-1.  Zach Cates got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he was only able to pitch 4.2 innings.  Zachary Rosscup came in relief and pitched three great innings striking out five and only allowing a hit.  Luis Lira came in to close the game and recorded his fourth save of the season.  Dustin Geiger started off where he left off hitting a solo home run in the second.  After the homer, Javier Baez stepped to the plate and delivered a single.  He then stole his 12 base of the season and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher.  Wes Darvill drove him in on a ground out.  Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had a hit and DeVoss stole his 21st base of the year.

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Kyler Burke pitched ok on Thursday, but took the loss nonetheless.  He gave up three runs, two earned on seven hits in five innings of work.  Offensively John Andreoli had a really nice day.  He was 3-for-4 and stole his 29th base of the season.  Matt Cerda also reached base three times with a double and two walks.  He also drove in two runs and scored one.  Arismendy Alcantara led off and was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Brian Schlitter pitched an effective two innings in relief not allowing a run and giving up two hits while striking out one.  His ERA is now down to 1.33.

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The Tennessee Smokies game was postponed on Friday.  It will be made up as a doubleheader tomorrow.  Each game will be seven innings.

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Iowa was shutout on Thursday 3-0.  Brooks Raley got the start and took the loss pitching 6.2 innings and allowing three runs, one earned on five hits.  Offensively there isn’t much to talk about.  Diory Hernandez was the only Cubs player to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3.  Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, and Josh Vitters, and Brian Esposito all had one hit a piece on Friday.  Alberto Cabrera and Ryan Rowland-Smith each pitched well in relief.  Nothing too exciting about this one.

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Mark

6/30: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leagues on Saturday, June 30.

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Another game for the AZL Cubs and more runs scored as the Cubs won 12-8.  Some of the highlights at the plate were Daniel Vogelbach going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Carlos Penalver also went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  Isaac Garesz and Neftali Rosario had two hits a piece.  Rosario had two RBI’s as did Garrett Schlect.  Justin Berg got the start, but did not factor in the win.  David Henrie did get the win pitching four innings giving up three runs, one earned on five hits.

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Boise got the bats going on Saturday beating Spokane 12-6.  Stephen Bruno went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with a double, run scored, and two RBI’s.  Bijan Rademacher had three hits and Chadd Krist also added two hits of his own.  Xavier Batista and Shawon Dunston Jr. each added an RBI on the night.  Jose Arias was not real sharp, but got his first win of the year.  Pete Levitt recorded his first save of the year and Michael Hamann pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

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Peoria took the loss on Saturday losing to Wisconsin 9-5.  Zach Cates struggled only lasting four innings givine up five runs, four earned on six hits, while striking out five.  Zachary Rosscup pitched well in relief striking out five and only giving up one hit in two innings.  Offensively Oliver Zapata was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  The Chiefs also got RBI’s from Pin-Chieh Chen, Dustin Geiger, Paul Hoilman, and Yasiel BalaguertJavier Baez was 1-for-4 with a run scored as well.

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Kyler Burke took the loss as Daytona fell to Dunedin 5-2.  Burke only lasted four innings giving up two runs, one earned on three hits in four innings.  He struggled with his control walking four, but he also struck out six.  Matthew Spencer and Eduardo Figueroa each pitched two innings and each gave up runs.  Brian Schlitter pitched well in his one inning out of the bullpen.  There wasn’t much excitement at the plate either as the Cubs could only muster five hits.  Two of those hits came off the bat of John AndreoliArismendy Alcantara, Rebel Ridling, and Rubi Silva had the other Daytona hits and Elieser Bonne had contributed with an RBI.

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Logan Watkins hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eight which proved to be the game winner as Tennessee won 3-2.  Michael Burgess also connected hitting his ninth homer of the year.  James Adduci drove in the other Smokies run and Jae-Hoon Ha contributed with two hits including a double.  Erik Jokish was pretty good, but did not factor in the decision.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out five in seven innings.  Kevin Rhoderick who had been struggling of late got the win in relief striking out one in two perfect innings of relief.

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Despite a late rally Iowa fell short losing to Nashville 4-3.  Down 4-0 entering the top of the ninth Iowa scored three runs including a solo home run off the bat of Brett Jackson.  Jackson added a double earlier ending the night with two hits and a stolen base.  Blake Lalli connected on a two-run homer in the ninth, his sixth of the season.  Dave Sappelt had two hits and a run scored.  Brooks Raley took the loss giving up one run on four hits in five innings.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Mike MacDougal each gave up runs in relief, but Jeff Beliveau pitched well striking out four in 1.2 innings pitched.

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Mark

6/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A closer look at very busy Monday for the Cubs minor leagues.


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Down 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, The AZL Cubs scored four and added another in the eighth to win 6-4.  After going 6-for-6 on Saturday Timothy Saunders stayed hot as he had two more hits bringing his average to .526.  Trey Martin had two doubles with a run scored and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers also went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI’s.  Daniel Vogelbach hit his fourth double on the young season and he also scored a run.  Eduardo Orozco got the win in relief striking out two batters and Jin-Young Kim pitched two perfect innings to record his first save of the season.

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 Boise just couldn’t get the bats going as they lost 4-1 to Spokane on Monday.  On the bright side Gioskar Amaya went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored raising his average to .386.  Marco Hernandez had a double and had the only RBI of the night.  Jeimer Candelario, Wilson Contreras, and Rock Shoulders all had one hit on the night.  Jose Arias pitched well again as he gave up one run on three hits in five innings of work.  Amaury Paulino took the loss giving up three runs on two hits in two innings.

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Peoria scored a run in the eighth to win a nail biter 2-1.  Anthony Giansanti was the hero delivering the game winning RBI.  He entered the game after Javier Baez left with an injury.  It sounds like everything will be fine with Baez and he is day-to-day.  Wes Darvill had two hits and Yasiel Balaguert had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3.  Dustin Geiger had the other Chiefs RBI in the third inning.  Zachary Rosscup got the win in relief pitching 2.1 innings while only giving up a hit and striking out two.  Luis Liria recorded his third save as he pitched the last two innings giving up one hit and striking one batter out.  Zach Cates got the start and allowed one run on five hits in 4.2 innings.

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Daytona won both games of the double header on Monday.  The Cubs won the first game 7-3 highlighted by a five run second.  Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s in the winning effort.  He also stole his 22nd bag of the year.  Micah Gibbs and John Andreoli each had two hits and a run scored.  Matt Szczur had a hit and stole his 21st base of the season.  Taylor Davis had a double and drove in two runs, Rebel Ridling and Rubi Silva each had RBIs as well.  Matt Loosen got his sixth win of the year, giving up three runs on two hits in six innings while striking out seven.


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Game two was not so easy, as Daytona tied the game with three runs in the sixth and won it in the 12th.  Dustin Harrington was the hero as he drove in Ronald Torreyes, who represented the game winning run.  Matt Szczur went 2-for-4 with a double, run, RBI, two walks, and his 22 stolen base.  Chad Noble had two doubles and a run scored and Harrington had two hits as well.  Alantara and Silva had the other two RBI’s for the Cubs.  Kyler Burke, who had been pitching for Peoria got the start for Daytona.  In his first outing he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out two.  The Cubs bullpen was outstanding as they pitched seven scoreless innings.  They gave up only one hit and struck out nine.  Scott Weismann got the win as he struck out four in three innings of work.  Eduardo Figuerora closed the game out recording his first save of the season.

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 Tennessee had two games on Monday as well, but they did not go as well as Daytona.  The Smokies lost the first game 11-3.  This game was lost on the mound as Eric Jokisch really, really struggled as he gave up 10 runs nine earned on nine hits in 5.2 innings.  Unbelievably his ERA jumped all the way to 3.38.  That is how good he has been so far.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Junior Lake each had two hits.  Lake had a double and drove in two.  Michael Burgess had a double and drove in the other Smokies run in game one.


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 Game one was bad, but game two was not much better as Jacksonville beat Tennessee 10-3.  Dallas Beeler got the start giving up one run in 3.1 innings, but did not factor in the decision.  Keven Rhoderick got the loss as he gave up five runs in .2 innings of work.  Marcus Hatley and Casey Harman didn’t have much better luck as each gave up two runs.  Justin Bour, Nelson Perez, and Nate Samson drove in the three Smokies runs in game two.  Junior Lake also had another hit and his average now sits at .315.

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On a day that will be remembered as Anthony Rizzo‘s last game at Iowa, the Cubs played quite a good game winning 2-1.  Brooks Raley got the start and pitched beautifully throwing seven great innings.  He gave up one run on only five hits as he struck out five and got the win.  Jay Jackson pitched another good inning in relief striking out three.  Rafael Dolis took another step in the right direction recording his third save since going to Iowa.  Offensively Josh Vitters has been on an absolute tear as he was all the offense the Cubs would need.  He had an RBI hit in the first inning and hit his 12th home run of the year in the third.  It proved to be the game winner and Vitters is now hitting .292.

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Mark
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