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.
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.
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 Mound – Lendy 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,
At The Plate – You wouldn’t know it by the hit totals, but the I-Cubs won this one rather handily 4-3. Iowa only had three hits, and gave up ten, but that’s not what decides games. Ty Wright was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Ryan Sweeney had one of the other hits and it was a big one, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple, and an RBI. J.C. Boscan had the biggest hit of the day as he was 1-for-3 with a double, and two RBI’s, definitely an odd game at the plate, but drawing four walks definitely helped.
On The Mound – Plenty of hits given up by the Cubs staff, but they didn’t walk anyone, and that was a huge reason they pulled this one out. Brooks Raley had a tremendous outing getting his first win of the season going six scoreless innings giving up six hits, and striking out seven. Yoanner Negrin continues to be untouchable out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings only giving up two hits. Cory Wade worked the ninth and gave up one run on two hits while striking out two.
At The Plate – A back and forth game in Huntsville ended with the Smokies hanging on to win 4-3 over the Stars. Matt Szczur continues to be productive out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-3 with a home run, a stolen base, a caught stealing, an RBI, and a run scored. Justin Bour also joined in on the fun going 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored. Rubi Silva has been scorching hot all year and it was no different last night, he was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .405 on the season now.
On The Mound – Alberto Cabrera got the start and his second win of the season as he went six innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five. A.J. Morris was solid out of the pen going two scoreless, and hitless innings while striking out three. Frank Batista worked the ninth for his second save, although he made it exciting, he worked one inning giving up one run on one hit while walking one.
At The Plate – All sorts of offense from Daytona but it wasn’t nearly enough in this one. Seven out of the nine players in the lineup had at least one hit. John Andreoli was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, two stolen bases, and one run scored. Javy Baez connected on his second homer of the season, he finished the day 1-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Stephen Bruno was 2-for-2 with two walks with a double, and a run scored. Dustin Geiger continues to stay hot going 2-for-3 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .310 on the season.
On The Mound – I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen anything like this in just nine innings. The D-Cubs staff gave up fifteen runs, that was low in my opinion seeing that they gave up twenty-seven hits, twenty-seven! Ryan Searle has been great this year, not last night, he went 4.2 innings giving up seven runs on fifteen(!) hits while striking out five, his ERA sits at 4.85 right now, a small miracle given how many runs he gave up. Hunter Cervenka and Luis Liria gave up a combined seven runs in 2.1 innings. Taylor Davis, a catcher, worked one inning giving up one run on four hits.
At The Plate – The Cougars had a thrilling comeback win in game one as they scored twice in the last two innings to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3. Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Daniel Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, with that two hit game his average climbed to .302 on the season. Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 with a big two run double to help the Cougars come all the way back.
On The Mound – Errors got the best of the Cougars early on and it showed in the pitching staff”s numbers. Jose Arias got the start and went four innings giving up three runs, all unearned, on four hits while walking three and striking out three. Jeffry Antigua was great out of the pen and was rewarded with his first win of the season. Antigue went three scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out three.
At The Plate – No such comeback luck in this one from the Cougars as they were done in by a seven run second inning. Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, an error, and two runs scored. Wes Darvill was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-2 with a walk. The top three guys in the Cougars order went 0-for-10 in game two, and the Cougars went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
On The Mound – Michael Heesch got the start and didn’t get much help from his defense. Heesch went 1.2 innings giving up six runs, two earned, on five hits while walking one and striking out two. Brian Smith got beat up a little bit as he went 2.1 innins giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two. Steve Perakslis and Nathan Dorris each tossed a scoreless inning in the loss.
Thanks for reading,
At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs are scuffling, with the latest loss they fall to 0-6 on the season. Brett Jackson had a solid game going 2-for-4 with a triple, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .280 on the season. Darnell McDonald was 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored. Ty Wright was 2-for-4 with two singles in the loss.
On The Mound – Chris Rusin was roughed up early then settled in but couldn’t escape the loss. Rusin went six innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out two. Zach Putnam and Rafael Dolis both tossed scoreless innings out of the bullpen in the loss.
At The Plate – The D-Cubs spent the whole night fighting back, but in the end couldn’t catch the Threshers. Zeke DeVoss showed some power from the lead-off spot going 1-for-5 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored. Javier Baez was 1-for-5 with a triple, and a run scored. Jorge Soler continues his torrid start to the season going 2-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI. The D-Cubs made four errors, that most definitely cost them in this one.
On The Mound – Zach Cates made the start and as I just mentioned didn’t get much help from the guys behind him. Cates went 3.2 innings giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits while walking none and striking out seven. Eduardo Figueroa went 2.2 innings out of the pen giving up two runs on one hits while walking two and striking out three. Sheldon McDonald was solid going 2.2 innings giving up no runs on two hits while walking two and striking out one.
At The Plate – The Cougars smacked the ball all over the place in this one as six different guys had multi-hit games. Daniel Vogelbach was 3-for-5 bring his season average up to .310, all three hits were singles. Rock Shoulders might be the hottest hitter in the Cubs system, he went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .480 (12-for-25) on the season. Gioskar Amaya, Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, and Bijan Rademacher all had two hits.
On The Mound – Pierce Johnson had a rough start to this one as he gave up two runs in the first as he struggled with command, but he found it quickly. Johnson went five innings giving up two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four. Jeffry Antigua was solid out of the pen going three innings giving up one run on four hits while walking none and striking out one. Eduardo Orozco had some tough luck in blowing the save, but ended up getting the win. Orozco gave up two runs, both unearned on NO hits, and one walk in one inning.
Thanks for reading,
Jorge Soler connected on his first home run of the Instructional League as the Cubs beat up the Giants 8-3 yesterday afternoon. Pierce Johnson was outstanding on the mound for the Cubs going 2.2 innings allowing no runs on only one hit, he walked two and struck out one in his instructs debut. Ryan McNeil also got a chance to pitch yesterday afternoon, he struggled with command but had a decent outing. McNeil went 1.1 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out one.
As I mentioned already, Jorge Soler launched a solo shot in the victory, he finished the day 1-for-2 with a walk, RBI, and two runs scored. Chadd Krist also got a hold of one in the victory, he was 1-for-2 with a home run, and an RBI. Trevor Gretzky also had a big day at the plate going 2-for-2 with two singles, and two RBI’s. The instructional league is just that, a league for instruction and it’s pretty clear that the Cubs are buying what the Cubs brass is trying to teach. Over the first three games in Arizona the Cubs have drawn 20 walks, 20! That is outstanding, and something worth noting as that is exactly what the Cubs front office wants to see, young prospects working counts and taking their walks.
Please visit The Cub Reporter for a full box score and recap of Monday’s game.
Thanks for reading,
Boise beat Yakima on Wednesday night 3-2 in a thrilling winner take all game three. Felix Pena was the story in this one pitching seven scoreless innings allowing five hits and striking out two. The Hawks got the scoring started as they scored three in the third inning. Wilson Contreras started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Trey Martin followed with a single and runners were on at the corners with Gioskar Amaya at the plate. Contreras scored the first Boise run on a wild pitch and after an Amaya walk, Stephen Bruno flew out for the first out of the inning. Jeimer Candelario walked to load the bases for Dan Vogelbach who hit a towering fly ball to left. It appeared the left fielder Michael Lang was under it, but he lost it in the lights and the ball fell for a single driving in two more runs. Marco Hernandez grounded into a double play and the third inning ended with Boise up 3-0. Felix Pena continued throwing up zeros and the game went to the bottom of the eighth with the Hawks leading 3-0. Brian Smith relieved Pena and got in trouble right away giving up a single to the first batter and walking the second. The next batter hit a slow ground ball to Gioskar Amaya who attempted to get the force out at second base, but threw it away and the Bears now had one run in and runners on second and third. Yakima added a run and moved the tying run to third base after a ground out to Amaya. Eduardo Orozco relieved Smith and got a big strike out for the second out of the inning. With the tying run on third base Jacob House hit a ball up the middle that Gioskar Amaya made a diving stop on and threw House out from his knees for the third out of the eighth. Boise threatened in the ninth, but came up empty and it was onto the bottom half with Boise up 3-2. Orozco stayed in the game and quickly got the first out via the strikeout. The next batter grounded out to Amaya and Boise was now one out away from the series. The last chance for Yakima, the speedy Michael Lang hit a slow roller to shortstop Marco Hernandez who came up with a great play to give Boise the win and NWL East Division Championship. Orozco was great in relief recording the last five outs, notching his first save of the postseason and giving Felix Pena the win. Albert Almora had another hit on Wednesday, bringing his average to .417 in the three game series. Boise will travel to Vancouver to play game one on Thursday night, with game two and game three if necessary to be held in Boise on Saturday and Sunday.
Graphics by George and thanks for reading,
Things were not looking good for Boise as they were down to their final four outs, but they tied it in the eighth, then exploded for seven beating Yakima 11-5 to force a winner take all game three. After a quick first two innings, Boise got the scoring started in the third. With one out Darien Martin singled and was followed by a two-run homer by Gioskar Amaya, and just like that the Hawks took a 2-0 lead. Yakima came right back to tie it in the bottom of the third on starter Tayler Scott, who ended the night giving up two runs on five hits in four innings. The game stayed tied into the fifth when Boise struck again. Darien Martin doubled to lead the inning off and moved to third on a Gioskar Amaya sacrifice bunt. Stephen Bruno quickly plated the run as he singled to center giving the Hawks a short-lived 3-2 lead. Michael Heesch took over for Scott in the fifth and was greeted quite rudely as the first two hitters singled. After a ground out that moved the runners to second and third Mark Ginther gave the Bears their first lead of the night as he singled to right. Boise squandered chances in both the sixth and the seventh, but couldn’t get that elusive big hit to tie it. Heesch and Tyler Bremer did a great job and were able to keep this a one run game into the eighth. In the eighth the Hawks quickly made two outs, and up stepped Albert Almora who hit the right-center gap and slid into third with a triple. The next batter Marco Hernandez swung and missed on a pitch, but the catcher couldn’t keep it front of him and Almora scampered home to tie the game at four. After Bremer pitched a scoreless bottom half, the Hawks came to the plate in the ninth. Once again Boise had two outs and nobody on when Gioskar Amaya came to the plate, the madness was about to begin. Amaya drew a walk and moved to third on a Stephen Bruno single. That would bring to the plate the team leader in RBIs, Jeimer Candelario, who didn’t disappoint as he tripled to center driving in two. After a Dan Vogelbach walk, with Wilson Contreras batting pitcher Cody Wheeler was called for a balk, brining in a run. Contreras walked and was followed by a two-run double by Almora, who ended the night 3-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs. Things didn’t end there as Rock Shoulders and Darien Martin each added RBI singles in the ninth. When it was all said and done Boise would score seven runs and bring 12 men to the plate in the ninth inning. Bremer went back out in the ninth and recorded the last three outs and got the win for the Hawks. He pitched the final three innings allowing one run on three hits, while striking out three. Some other offensive highlights on the night was Darien Martin and Stephen Bruno who each had three hits and combined to score three runs and knock in two.
What a way to end this one. It didn’t come easy, but Boise finally got things going and it just kep going, and going. Hopefully it continues into tomorrow night as this series has turned into a one game playoff where the winner will take all. Vancouver will be waiting for the winner as they beat Everett tonight and have advanced to the championship. Looking forward to reporting good news on Wednesday, Go Hawks!!
Another shout out to George for the graphics and thanks again for reading,
Boise dropped a tough one in the first game of the series losing to the Yakima Bears 5-4. Yakima got the scoring started in the first scoring an unearned run off of Hawks starter Pierce Johnson. Johnson pitched three strong innings allowing one unearned run on two hits, while walking one and striking out three. He left the game in line for the loss, but Boise rallied in the bottom of the fourth. Marco Hernadez who had a nice night offensively (2-for-4) led the inning off with a triple, but was followed by a Stephen Bruno strikeout. The next two hitters for the Hawks were Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario, who both walked to load the bases for Albert Almora who was ultra aggressive and struck out swinging. Up stepped Rock Shoulders who worked a full count and then unloaded on the 3-2 breaking ball hitting a grand slam and giving Boise a 4-1 lead after four. Jose Arias, who relieved Johnson was still on the hill in the sixth when Yakima tied things up. A lead off single was followed by a run scoring double for the Bears. After recording two outs Arias struggled with his command walking the next two, hitting a batter to force in a run, and throwing a passed ball, which appeared to be a cross up, and just like that the game was knotted at four. The final line for Arias was three innings pitched giving up three runs, two earned on four hits. Yakima would continue getting the leadoff hitter on and it wound up costing the Hawks in the ninth. With Nathan Dorris pitching, Daniel Poma led off with a very controversial infield single. After a sac bunt, Kevin Medrano doubled to drive in what proved to be the game-winning run. Boise threatened in the bottom half as Albert Almora started things off with an infield hit. Rock Shoulders struck out swinging, but Almora stole second. Almora took third on a wild pitch, but was stranded there when Wilson Contreras and Darien Martin each struck out swinging to end the game. Nathan Dorris took the loss giving up one run on two hits in his three innings of work.
Boise will have to be a lot better from here on out as offensively they only had five hits and struck out 15 times and defensively they committed four errors. With those numbers it is hard to believe the Hawks even had a chance to win the game, let alone be in control of the game as they were into the sixth. Boise will now travel to Yakima tomorrow and will have to win in order to keep the season alive.
Props to George who did an awesome job with the graphics and thanks for reading,