7/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Saturday.

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The AZL Cubs did it again on Saturday beating the AZL Padres 13-3.  After a couple rough nights, Timothy Saunders got back on track going 4-for-6 with a double, home run, three runs scored, and five RBIs.  He raised his average back up to .493.  Equally as impressive has been Dan Vogelbach, and he didn’t disappoint on Saturday.  He had two hits, including a double and drove in four.  The Cubs got three hits out of Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers and they combined to score five runs on the night.  Shawon Dunston Jr. and Garrett Schlect each added two hits a piece and Carlos Penalver hit a triple and drove in two.  One of this year’s supplemental picks Paul Blackburn got his first start of the year.  He pitched one inning and allowed a run, but it was good to see him pitch.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino recorded his third win of the season striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings.  The Cubs have been really impressive so far.

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Two four run innings was plenty for Boise beating Vancouver 9-3.  The Hawks were led offensively by Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez.  Martin was 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run.  He also scored two runs and knocked in four.  Hernandez also had two, including two doubles and driving in three.  Lead-off hitter Gioskar Amaya did his job well on Saturday going 2-for-3 with a walk.  One of his hits was a triple and he scored three runs.  Hawks got an RBI a piece from Stephen Bruno and Bijan Rademacher.  Ian Dickson got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only pitched 4.1 innings.  Pete Levitt picked up his first win in relief pitching 1.2 scoreless innings.  Michael Hamann and Rafael Diplan combined to pitch the last three innings of the game securing the Boise win.

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In a back and forth game Peoria was able to come out on top 9-8 in ten innings.  Chadd Krist played the role of hero winning the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth.  He ended the night 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Javier Baez had his best night as a professional going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple.  He also scored a run, drove in four and stole his 16th base.  He now has a ten game hitting streak and his batting average now stands at .319.  Taiwan Easterling and Paul Hoilman each had two hits and Easterling drove in two.  Michael Jensen got the start giving up six runs in 5.1 innings of work.  Yao-Lin Wang got the win pitching a scoreless tenth inning.

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Daytona watched a six two lead slip away late when Palm Beach scored seven times in the last two innings to win 9-6.  Despite walking five and allowing six hits starter Austin Kirk was in line for the win, but was let down by his bullpen.  Kirk left only allowing two run, one earned in six inning of work lowering his ERA to 2.59.  After a dominate one inning of work by Eduardo Figueroa, Jeffrey Lorick and Brian Schlitter really struggled combining to give up seven runs, five earned over the next 1.1 innings.  There were a few bright spots from the offense on Saturday for the Cubs.  Ronald Torreyes was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  John Andreoli, Rafael Lopez, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits with Bonne driving one in.  Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had an RBI a piece and Taylor Davis drove in two.  Another tough loss for Daytona on Saturday.

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Michael Burgess and Juan Apodaca‘s power was on display Saturday leading Tennessee to a 4-2 win on Saturday.  Apodaca hit a three-run homer and Michael Burgess hit a solo shot, his tenth of the season.  That was all the offense the Smokies would need as Dae-Eun Rhee and the bullpen would do all the rest.  Rhee gave up two runs on five hits in five innings.  He struck out six in route to his sixth win of the year.  Tony Zych pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three and Marcus Hatley came in to shut it down.  That he did striking out three in two innings of work recording his fourth save of the season.  It is nice to see Tennessee come out on top of a well-played game from both teams.

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A seven run second from Omaha was all they needed beating Iowa 7-1.  Randy Wells got the start and was terrible allowing seven runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings pitched.  As bad as Randy Wells was the offense couldn’t get much going either.  James Adduci had two hits and scored a run, the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game.  Dave Sappelt drove in the Cubs lone run.  Josh Vitters had his 27th double of the season and Brett Jackson also added a hit.  Other than that there wasn’t much to the game at the plate.  Casey Coleman pitched 5.1 good innings in relief not allowing a run and striking out three.  Alberto Cabrera had another nice outing out of the pen striking out one in one inning of work.

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Mark

7/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recaps for Friday July 6.

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The AZL Cubs scored two runs in each of the first three innings and they continued to add beating the AZL Giants 10-3.  Daniel Vogelbach only had one hit today, but made it count connecting on his third home run of the season.  He was also the only Cub to drive in more than one run on the day.  Timothy Saunders was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Carlos Escobar had two doubles and drove in a run.  Cubs also got RBI’s from Justin Marra, Carlos Penalver, and Izaac GarsezRyan Hartman got his first win of the season in relief.  He gave up two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work.  Matt Ianazzo was outstanding in his two innings of relief as he struck out four in two scoreless innings.

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Boise lost a tough one on Friday night falling to Tri-City 5-4.  James Pugliese got the start and gave up three runs, two earned on six hits in five innins.  Pete Levitt couldn’t hold the lead giving up a run in the seventh.  Michael Heesch then came on to strike out four in two scoreless innings.  Bryce Shafer who has been really good for Boise gave up a run in the eleventh which proved to be the game winner.  At the plate Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-5 with double and an RBI.  Wilson Contreras also had two hits and drove in two.  It was a tough loss for the Hawks as they had a lead for most of the game.

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Burlington scored two in an inning four different times to beat Peoria 8-3.  Offensively Dustin Geiger stayed hot hitting his fourth home run in three days, he drove in two on the night.  Taiwan Easterling had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI and Javier Baez was 2-for-4.  Starling Peralta got the start and took the loss, but was let down by his defense giving up six runs, only two earned on four hits in five innings.  Sheldon McDonald pitched well in relief striking out four in 2.1 innings of work.

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Daytona had a nice win on Friday beating Dunedin 5-1.  Matt Loosen got the start and very impressive improving his record to 7-3.  He struck out 10 while only giving up three hits and allowing no runs in seven innings of work.  Matt Spencer and Scott Weismann each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the win.  At the plate the Cubs had some really special nights.  Arismendy Alcantara was a single a way from the cycle.  He ended the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Rubi Silva also was impressive going 4-for-5 with an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes and Taylor Davis each drove in a run and John Andreoli had a triple and also scored a run.

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Game one of the double header belonged to Eric Jokisch and the Smokies beating Jacksonville 5-1.  Jokisch pitched six inning allowing one run on five hits while striking out two and walking one.  Marcus Hatley threw a scoreless seventh to close the game out.  Offensively Justin Bour and Michael Burgess each recorded a hit and two RBI’s.  Greg Rohan also drove in a run and scored one ending the game 1-for-3 with a double.  Nelson Perez and Michael Brenly each had a hit and Brenley scored a run.

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Game two was a different story as Jacksonville came out on top beating Tennessee 3-1.  Nicholas Struck took the loss, but didn’t pitch that bad as his defense let him down.  He struck out six in five innings pitched and gave up three runs, only one earned in five innings.  Tony Zych who struck out three and Frank Batista each pitched a scoreless frame.  Offensively there wasn’t too much to talk about Logan Watkins, James Adduci, Juan Apodaca, and Nate Samson were the only Smokies to recored hits.  Apodaca drove in Adduci for the only Smokies run in game two.

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Alfredo Amezaga played the part of the hero on Friday delilvering a base hit in the 11th inning to give Iowa a 5-4 win.  The unsung hero’s in this game were the bullpen.  Casey Coleman got the start, but only lasted three innings and gave up three runs.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched four solid innings of relief allowing no runs on three hits.  Jay Jackson followed suit pitching a scoreless inning.  Michael Bowden did blow the save, but was able to pitch a scoreless tenth and eleventh inning in route to his second win.  Offensively Dave Sappelt was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.  Blake Lalli also had two hits including a double.  Welington Castillo hit his third home run of the season and had two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Josh Vitters kept his average at the .300 mark going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Adrian Cardenas also added a hit and an RBI on Friday.  Brett Jackson missed his second game in row.

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Mark

6/29: Around the Cubs Minor Leagues

A trip around the minor leagues on Friday, June 29.

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Boise dropped the game on Friday 4-1.  Wellington Cruz pitched well for the Hawks, but took the loss.  He gave up one run on three hits while striking out five in five innings of work.  Felix Pena struggled in relief and Bryce Shafer pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings.  Stephen Bruno was the only Hawks player to have multiple hits going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.  He also scored the lone run when Jeimer Candelario drove him in in the ninth.

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Peoria took a tough loss as they lost 8-7 to Wisconsin.  Things started out greatas Peoria took a 6-1 lead, but Micahel Jensen and the defense would give up the lead in the fourth.  Jensen gave up six runs, three earned on six hits in five innings pitched.  Luis Liria took the loss in relief giving up the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.  The Cheifs got two hits a piece from Javier Baez, Anthony Giansanti, and Yasiel Balaguert.  The RBI’s for Peoria came from Taiwan Easterling, Paul Hoilman, Pin-Chieh Chen, and Giansanti.  This was a tough loss for Peoria, but hopefully they can come back strong in the next one.

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It was a crazy one in Daytona tonight, as Dunedin scored eight times in the last four innings, including three in the ninth to beat the Cubs 11-10.  Scott Weismann blew his second save of the season and took his third loss giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Frank Del Valle got the start and he gave up five runs in 5.2 innings.  As bad as the pitching was on Friday, the offense was good.  Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara, Rubi Silva, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, two runs scored, and an RBI on the night.  Szczur and Alcantara each drove in two runs and Greg Rohan drove in two bringing his season total to 65.

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A lot of runs were scored, but Tennessee hung on to beat Birmingham 10-8.  Dallas Beeler got his third win of the season giving up two runs and striking out four in five innings of work.  Marcus Hatley had a rough night in relief, but Frank Batista was good once again recording his 13th save.  Justin Bour was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, Jae-Hoon Ha, Juan Apodaca, Matt Cerda, and Michael Burgess all had two hit games as well.   Apodaca, and Burgess also had three RBI’s.  On a day where Junior Lake went 0-for-4 it was nice to see the Tennessee offense put up 10 runs.

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 Iowa had a good night from the pitching to the hitting as they won 7-0.  Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s.  Brett Jackson and Alfredo Amezaga also added two hits and an RBI a piece.  Adrian Cardenas went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Rodrigo Lopez pitched great giving no runs on three hits in six innings.  Esmailin Caridad and Alberto Cabrera pitched well in relief.

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It was an entertaining night throughout the Cubs minor leagues with a lot of runs scored.

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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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6/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Around the minor leagues on Thursday, June 21.

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Boise won  a thriller walking off in the bottom of the ninth.  The game was tied 3-3 going to the ninth when Eugene score one, but Boise came back and scored two to win the game 5-4.  With one out Gioskar Amaya tripled.  Jeimer Candelario tied the game with a single to right field.  After moving to third on a basehit by Wilson Contreras  up stepped Rock Shoulders.  Shoulders delivered a game winning single to left field and Boised got their second win of the season.  The Hawks belted out 13 hits on Thursday.  Amaya, Contreras, Xavier Batista all had two hits on the night.  Candelario had the best night offensively as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI’s.  The Hawks also got a great pitching performance from Hayden Simpson who pitched four innings and giving up one unearned run on only one hit.  He also struck out seven in his first win at Boise this year.

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Daytona got a great pitching performance from Austin Kirk as the Cubs won 3-0.  Kirk pitched seven spectacular innings allowing zero runs and yielding only four hits.  He also struck out three and walked two.  Rebel Ridling had three hits including a double and a run scored.  Ronald Torreyes had an outstanding day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He also scored two runs and drove in one.  Greg Rohan and Rubi Silva also drove in a run a piece.  Ryan Searle and Jeffrey Lorick each pitched a scoreless inning as well as striking out two each.

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Nicholas Struck pitched brilliantly on Thursday helping Tennessee win 3-1.  Struck gave up one run on two hits in six innings.  He also struck out seven batters as he improved his recored to 8-6.  Ty’relle Harris and Marcus Hatley each pitched well in relief.  Junior Lake was the offensive star on Thursday going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  His average now stands at .318.  Justin Bour went 3-for-5 with an RBI.  Logan Watkins and Matthew Cerda added two hits and scored a run each.  Nelson Perez who was promoted had the other RBI on Thursday.

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Not much good happened for Iowa today as they lost 6-2.  Brett Jackson, Ty Wright, and Josh Vitters had the only hits for the Cubs.  Vitters hit his 11th home run of the year.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched only 4.2 innings giving up five runs, only two of which were earned on eight hits.  Mike MacDougal gave up another run and three hits in his one inning of work.  Jeff Beliveau pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  Iowa’s record now stands at 31-43.

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Mark

6/16: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look around the Cubs minor leagues system on Saturday June, 16.

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Boise got the scoring early, but saw the lead slip away in the middle innings.  Catcher Wilson Contreras and first baseman Rock Shoulders each hit their first home run of the year on Saturday.  Gioskar Amaya had a triple and Dong-Yub Kim added a double.  Marco Hernandez and Eduardo Gonzalez each had RBI’s for the Hawks.  Starting pitcher James Pugliese took the loss as he gave up three runs on six hits in five innings of work.  Amaury Paulino struggled in his two innings giving up four runs on five hits.  Roderik Pichardo pitched a scoreless inning for Boise.

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Peoria was trailing 5-2 when play was suspended by rain.  The game will pick up where it left off in the bottom of the fourth.  Peoria went down by five early, but will have the bases loaded and one out with Yaniel Cabezas coming to the plate looking to continue their comeback against Clinton.  The game will be followed by a seven inning game on Sunday.

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The struggling Rebel Ridling launched his eighth homer of the year to give Tennessee a 2-1 win on Saturday.  The story of the game was the pitching performance of the Smokies.  Eric Jokisch was outstanding once again as he pitched six strong innings giving up one run on four hits.  His ERA now stands at 1.42.  Not to be outdone Marcus Hatley pitched two scoreless innings as he earned his third win of the year.  Frank Batista closed the game in the ninth recording his 10th save of the season.  The only other run the Smokies scored was driven in by James Adduci.  Michael Burgess and Logan Watkins also had hits on the night.

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Iowa got down early and never could rebound as they lost 9-1.  Chris Rusin was not good on Saturday as he gave up eight runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings.  The bright spot for the Cubs tonight was Josh Vitters as he went 4-for-4 including a double and a run scored.  Brett Jackson also had a double and drove in the Cubs only run of the day.  Anthony Rizzo played again on Saturday also adding a double.  In relief Jay Jackson struck out five in 3.2 innings and Jeff Beliveau threw a scoreless inning.

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Mark

6/4: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Yes there were actual games played yesterday, not just the draft.  Here is the Minor League recap from June 4th.

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The Chiefs got an outstanding performance by almost their entire pitching staff on Monday Night en route to a 2-0 win over Kane County in the rubber game of the series.  Five Peoria pitchers combined to throw the shutout with Ben Wells, Luis Lira, Larry Suarez, Sheldon McDonald all pitching two scoreless innings.  Yao-Lin Wang pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 5th save of the season.  The Chiefs only managed to scratch out two runs on five hits but it was good enough for the win.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 at the plate with a double, a walk, and a stolen base.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored out of the ninth spot in the order. 

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The D-Cubs had plenty of hits saved up a night after being one hits and they put them to good use.  Daytona pounded out 8 runs on 15 hits on their way to a 8-3 victory over Fort Myers.  Frank Del Valle was really good for Daytona as he tossed six strong innings only giving up one run on four hits to earn his fourth victory of the season.  The top of the D-Cubs order has hit all year and last night was no different.  The top 6 in the D-Cubs lineup went 13-for-28 with three doubles, a triple, and six RBI’s.  Arismendy Alcantara and Greg Rohan were each 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI’s in the win.

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The Smokies got back in the win column thanks to a huge 7th inning where they scored six runs en route to a 7-4 victory over Montgomery.  Dallas Beeler started and pitched well as gave up two runs on seven hits in five and one-third of an inning.  Justin Bour was 2-for-5 at the plate with a double and three RBI’s in the win.  James Adduci also had a big night at the plate as he was 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Marcus Hately pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless baseball out of the pen to get his second win of the season.  

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The I-Cubs just can’t snap out of it as they dropped yet another game to Oklahoma City Monday night.  Iowa was leading 5-3 in the 6th inning, but OKC rallied for two in the 6th and one in the 7th to take the lead and eventually win 6-5.  Chris Rusin didn’t have his best stuff but he battled through five innings allowing five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three.  The long ball did him in as two of the eight hits left the yard.  Anthony Rizzo continues to assault triple-A pitching going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the loss, he is now hitting .363 on the season.  Ty Wright also had a big day at the plate going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, and RBI, and two runs scored.

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