7/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recaps for July 3.

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Trailing after the first by four the AZL Cubs came all the way back to tie the game at seven, but gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose 8-7.  Isaac Garsez had a great day at the plate going 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI’s.  The Cubs also had two hits a piece from Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers.  Lockhart added two RBI’s and Garrett Schlect also drove in one on the day.  Not much good came from the pitching staff with Carlos Martinez-Pumarino getting the start, but only lasting .1 innings.  Matt Iannazzo took the loss in relief giving up the game winner in the bottom of the ninth.  The lone bright spot out of the bullpen on Tuesday was Alvido Jimenez who struck out three and only gave up one hit in 3.2 innings.

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A late rally wasn’t enough on Tuesday as Boise lost to Tri-City 6-4.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders had a double and drove in two runs on the night.  Losing pitcher Ian Dickson got the start, but could only last one inning as he gave up three runs, two earned on three hits.  Rafael Diplan pitched well in relief throwing three solid innings.  He lowered his ERA to .61.

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The offense for Peoria struggled once again on Tuesday losing to Kane County 4-1.  Starting pitcher Joseph Zeller took the loss pitching five innings giving up two runs on six hits.  Hunter Cervenka was really good out of the bullpen allowing only one hit and striking out four in three innings of work.  Dustin Geiger, Wes Darvill, and Yasiel Balaguert were the only Chiefs players who recorded hits on Tuesday.

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Daytona was trailing seven headed to the eighth before putting up six to trail by one, but that was where the comeback stopped as Daytona fell to Lakeland 9-8.  A lot of good things happened offensively on Tuesday.  Rubi Silva was 3-for-5 including a triple with a run scored and two RBI’s.  John Andreoli, Rebel Ridling, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits on the night with Bonne adding two RBI’s and Ridling and Andreoli had one a piece.  Austin Kirk got the start and took the loss on Tuesday.  He gave up five runs on six hits in four innings of work.  The bullpen didn’t fair much better with Matthew Spencer and Scott Weismann each gave up two runs in their relief outings.

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Tennessee gave up four in the seventh and five in the eighth to drop the game 11-6.  Michael Burgess had two hits, including a triple.  He also drove in four runs and scored one.  Junior Lake and Nelson Perez each a hit on the day and drove in a run.  Logan Watkins also had two hits including a triple and he also scored a run.  The pitching staff didn’t fair too well.  Trey McNutt got the start, but didn’t factor in the decision.  He gave up two runs on seven hits in four innings of work.  Jeffry Antigua, Keven Rhoderick, and Casey Weathers all struggled in their relief appearances, with Rhoderick taking the loss.

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Recently demoted Randy Wells  pitched good on Tuesday getting win as Iowa won 3-2.  Wells gave up one run on three hits in five innings.  He also struck out four and walked two.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Jay Jackson each recorded a hold and Michael Bowden earned his first save of the season.  Offensively Josh Vitters was the star once again going 1-for-3 with two RBI’s.  Blake DeWitt drove in the other Cubs run on the day.  Brett Jackson had one hit, stole his 18th base and scored a run.

Another rough day for the Cubs minor leaguers.

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Mark

7/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Sunday, July 1.

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The AZL Cubs held on to beat the AZL Athletics 9-7 on Sunday.  Dan Vogelbach kept up his torrid pace going 4-for-5 with a triple, homer, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  He is now hitting .471.  Timothy Saunders had two more hits and and also drove in one run.  His average now stands at .483.  Carlos Escobar and Izaac Garsez each had two hits and a run scored on Sunday.  Ben Carhart and Carlos Penalver each had an RBI in the victory.  Nathan Dorris got the win pitching a scoreless inning in relief and Alvido Jimenez recorded his first save of the young season.

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In a well pitched game Boise came up short losing 2-1 to Tri-City in ten innings.  Rafael Diplan struggled with his comand walking three in .2 of an inning to take the loss.  James Pugliese got the start and struck out five in four scoreless innings.  Eduardo Orozco and Michael Heesch each pitched two scoreless inning on Sunday.  Not much to talk about offensively in this one as Boise could only plate one.  The lone RBI came off the bat of Dong-Yub Kim who was 2-for-4 with game-tying solo homer in the seventh.  Jeimer Candelario and Chadd Krist continued their hot hitting as Candelario had two hits and Krist had three.

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Starling Peralta pitched eight solid innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits, but took the loss as Peoria lost to Kane County 7-2.  As good as Peralta was Larry Suarez was not so good in relief giving up four runs in one inning of work.  The offense didn’t do much damage, but Taiwan Easterling was 3-for-3 and Dustin Geiger had two hits of his own.  Chiefs got RBI’s from Zeke DeVoss and Wes Darvill.  Top prospect Javier Baez collected a hit and scored a run.

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Matt Loosen and Daytona fell to Lakeland 5-3 on Sunday.  Loosen started and gave up four runs, three earned in six innings pitched.  A.J. Morris pitched well in relief striking out two in two innings of work.  From an offensive standpoint Daytona couldn’t get much done recording only four hits.  Rebel Ridling was 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.  Matt Szczur also had a double, scored a run, and drove one in.  The other Cubs hit came from Elieser Bonne and the other RBI came off the bat of John Andreoli.

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Tennessee couldn’t get much going at the plate and fell to Chattanooga 3-0.  Nicholas Struck pitched well enough to win, but took the loss, giving up two runs, one earned in five innings pitched.  Casey Harman and Casey Weathers each pitched in relief.  Not too much excitement from the offense, but Justin Bour was 3-for-4 with two doubles.  Nate Samson had two hits of his own and Jae-Hoon Ha and Juan Apodaca each had a hit on the night.

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 Iowa’s frantic rally comes up short on Sunday dropping a high scoring game to Nashville 13-12.  At one point the Cubs were down by nine runs headed to the sixth, but after scoring eight runs in three innings, they failed to score in the ninth.  Offensively Iowa pounded out 16 hits and 12 runs.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each had three hits, including two doubles a piece, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Blake Lalli also had three hits including a double, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  Dave Sappelt hit his fourth home run of the year and Matt Tolbert drove in two runs and also two hits.  Brett Jackson raised his average to .261 going 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Frankie De La Cruz got the start and, but didn’t last long giving up nine runs, seven earned in just 4.1 innings pitched.  Jay Jackson threw another scoreless inning out of the bullpen and also struck two out.  Michael Bowden struck out three in a scoreless inning.

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A rough day for the Cubs minor leaguers dropping every game except the AZL.

Thanks for reading,
Mark

6/17: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues.

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 Boise had a 3-0 lead headed to the bottom of the eighth, however the bullpen could not hold it as they lost 4-3.  Taylor Scott pitched well pitching five scoreless innings and striking out four.  Hayden Simpson continued his struggles as he gave up two runs in two innings of work.  Pete Levitt took his second loss of the season in only three games as he gave up two runs in an 1.1 innings.  Shawon Dunston Jr., Gioskar Amaya, and Jeimer Candelario all had two hits on the day.  Candelario added two RBI’s as well.  Rock Shoulders and Brian Inoa each hit doubles and had a run scored a piece.

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 The offense got things going early scoring all ten runs in the first five innings of the game.  That was easily all they needed winning 10-5 on Sunday.  There was a lot of great offense performances as Pin Chieh Chen, Dustin Geiger, Paul Hoilman, Wes Darvill, Sergio Burruel, and Oliver Zapata all had two hit games.  Hoilman also drove in four runs and hit a home run and a double.  Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a run scored as he raised his average to .317.  On the mound Michael Jensen earned his seventh win of the season as he pitched six strong innings giving up two runs on six hits as he struck out three LumberKings.  Jensen is now 7-3 on the year with a 2.58 ERA.  Peoria ends the first half 35-34.

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Trey McNutt took the loss on Sunday as Tennessee lost to Birmingham 5-3.  McNutt pitched 5.2 innings giving up nine hits and allowing five runs.  Junior Lake raised his average to .301 as he went 3-for-4 on the day.  Elliot Soto also had three hits as he drove in a run and scored a run as well.  Logan Watkins had a two hit day including a triple and two RBI’s.  Alberto Cabrera pitched in relief striking out two batters in an inning of work.  The Smokies go into the All Star Break 35-35.

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Iowa was trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh when Anthony Rizzo came to the plate and he delivered driving a two-run game winning home run.  Michael Bowden relieved Chris Volstad got the win striking out four in 1.2 innings.  Volstad had a solid outing for Iowa pitching six innings giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking two.  Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, and Josh Vitters all had two hits on Sunday.  Amezaga connected on his fourth homer of the year and Vitters raised his average to .282.  Scott Maine recorded a four out save, his fifth of the season.  Iowa has the day off on Monday and there record now stands at 30-41.

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Mark

Déjà Vu All Over Again; Cubs Walk Off

Full box score, recap, and highlights after the jump.

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Bye, Bye, Byrdie

It’s official, Marlon Byrd has been traded to the Boston Red Sox.  In return the Chicago Cubs will receive 25 year old right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and the ever famous, player to be named later.  The Cubs will pay most of Byrd’s remaining salary, which is $6.5MM.  Bowden, who played High School baseball at Waubonsie Valley in Aurora was drafted 47th overall in 2005.  We don’t yet know what this means for the Cubs going forward.  Is it Brett Jackson time right now, or will we have to wait for him to patrol CF in Wrigley a little bit longer.  As more becomes known we will let you know.

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Mark