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

6/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor league system on Wednesday June 13.

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Peoria scored early and often, scoring six runs in the first four innings.  That would prove to be plenty for starter Jose Rosario as the Chiefs won 7-1.  The offense pounded out 12 hits, including two-hit games by Zeke DeVoss, Dustin Geiger, Javier Baez, and Yasiel Balaguert.  Baez and Geiger each hit a homer and each added two RBI’s.  DeVoss, Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata also had RBI’s on the day.  Not to be overlooked was the great pitching performance by Rosario who gave up one run on three hits in 6.1 innings of work.  Hunter Cervenka through another scoreless inning while striking out two.  He has not allowed a hit in 10.1 innings or a base runner in 8.2, his ERA is now down to 0.63.

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Daytona was trailing 3-1 in the the third when the game was suspended due to weather.  The game will pick up in the fourth inning tomorrow and will then play a seven inning game after the conclusion of the first game.

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 Tennessee fell behind early, but came back to score six straight to win 6-3.  Dae-Eun Rhee gave up three early runs, but stayed around long enough to get his fourth win of the season.  Justin Bour had two hits including his 16th double and he also drove his 50th run of the season.  Junior Lake added two hits as well including a triple.  James Adduci hit his fifth homer of the season and also had two RBI’s on the day.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Wellington Castillo, and Michael Burgess all contributed with RBI’s as well.  Frank Batista closed the game out pitching two scoreless innings, and notching his ninth save of the season.

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Not much excitement at Iowa today as the Cubs lost 5-2.  Not only did Iowa lose, but there was no Anthony Rizzo as he is day-to-day with a right knee contusion and there was no Brett Jackson in the lineup as well.  Rodrigo Lopez pitched six innings allowing three runs on eight hits.  Continuing his rehab Geovany Soto caught some today and also hit a double.  Luis Valbuena had two hits including a double and an RBI.  Blake Lalli had the only other RBI on the day.

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Mark

 

6/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is Sunday’ Minor League recap, it’s not pretty as the whole organization took an o’fer.

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We were in Kane County for this game, you can check out our recap here.  Kyler Burke didn’t get any help from his defense on Sunday as he went five innings giving up five runs but only two of them were earned.  Javier Baez didn’t start the game, but stole the show over the final four innings.  In his first plate appearance he took the first pitch he saw and deposited it roughly 430 feet away over the center field wall to tie the game at five.  Baez was also tremendous with the glove making three or four great plays, including two web gem efforts, just awesome.  Taiwan Easterling was 2-for-5 at the plate with a double, and Oliver Zapata was 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

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PJ Francescon didn’t have his best stuff, but it really didn’t matter as Daytona only managed one hit on the afternoon.  Francescon went five innings allowing four runs on five hits, he suffered his second defeat of the season.  Congratulations to Greg Rohan for getting the only hit for the D-Cubs in the loss.  What hurts the most is coming into the game Boer had an ERA that was over 10, was expecting Daytona to tee off on him, but it wasn’t meant to be I guess.  Matt Szczur didn’t play again, trying to get some updated information on him, hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

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Nicholas Struck and company held Montgomery to two measly hits, but that was enough as they knocked off the Smokies 3-2.  Struck tossed five and two-thirds of pretty good baseball only allowing three runs on two hits while walking two and striking out seven.  The loss drops Struck to 5-6 on the season with a 4.41 ERA.  The Smokies offense wasn’t much better than their opponent on Sunday.  They only managed to plate two runs on five hits, with both runs coming in the 6th inning.  Rebel Ridling was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Michael Burgess was 1-for-4 with a double and the other RBI for the Smokies.

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It was a weekend to forget for the I-Cubs as they dropped games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It was an on and off day for Brooks Raley as he worked five innings and allowed five runs on nine hits, but he only walked one guy and struck out nine, he must have had too much of the zone too often.  The I-Cubs bats got Raley off the loss, but unfortunately they couldn’t completely rescue the team as the I-Cubs fell 6-5 to Oklahoma City.  Ty Wright was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI.  Anthony Rizzo, who has proven healthy that last couple days was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. 

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– George

6/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor League report for Friday June 1.  A good day for the system winning three out of four.

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Peoria scored early and often taking a commanding 6-1 lead through four innings.  Burlington rallied, but came short as Michael Jensen improved his record to 5-2 on the season.  He went 5.2 innings giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two.  Javier Baez had two hits today as did Paul Hoilman and Yasiel Balaguert.  Hoilman hit his 17th double of the season and drove in three runs bringing his season total to 35.  Pin Chieh Chen had two RBIs and hit his second home run of the season and Sergio Burruel also drove in two runs.

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A six run second and an eight run fifth is all you need to know about this game as Daytona powered passed Fort Myers 16-7.  Eight of the nine Daytona players recorded a hit and five of those eight recorded multiple hits.  The hero on Thursday, Ronald Torreyes went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI’s and two runs scored on Friday.  Rubi Silva and Greg Rohan each had three hits including two doubles from Rohan.  Rohan also drove in one run bringing his season total to an impressive 46.  Nelson Perez hit his ninth home run of the season and Micah Gibbs connected on his third.  Benefiting from the 16 runs was  Matt Loosen who improved his record to 3-1.  Former first round pick Hayden Simpson continued to struggle giving up four runs over 1.2 innings.

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Trey McNutt improved his recorded to 3-4 going six strong innings only giving up one run on four hits while striking out two and walking two.  McNutt gave up his lone run in the top of the sixth, but Tennessee would answer in the bottom half.  James Adduci, who had three hits on the day singled and would score on a wild pitch.  Matthew Cerda then singled, stole second base, and scored on a two out double by Michael BurgessJunior Lake also added two hits on the day raising his average to .306.  That was all the Smokies bullpen would need as Alberto Cabrera struck out four in two scoreless innings and Marcus Hatley closed it out earning his second save of the season.

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Cubs rally, but give it up late to lose 5-4.  Brett Jackson got the scoring started in the first with a lead off home run.  Omaha answered right back with two and would then add two more in the third off of starter Chris Volstad giving them a 4-1 lead.  Volstad kept the Cubs in the game, not giving up another run as he departed with two outs in the seventh.  The Cubs cut the deficit in half in the sixth on Ty Wright RBI single.  Wright would lead off the eighth with another hit and up stepped Josh Vitters to the plate.  Vitters connected for his eighth homer of the year tying the game at four.  Unfortunately Jeff Beliveau could not keep the game tied as he gave up a run in the bottom half.  Iowa did not have another rally in them and lost a tough one 5-4.  Brett Jackson continued to stay hot at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with a walk and another home run.  He is now hitting .378 in his last 10 games including three homers and nine RBI’s.

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Mark

5/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor League recap for May 31, 2012

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Gerardo Concpecion pitched well on Thursday pitching six innings while only giving up two runs on four hits and striking out four.  He departed with the game tied, however Austin Reed gave up a run the seventh and Peoria fell to Burlington 3-2.  Offensive highlights from the Chiefs came from Yasiel Balaguert delivered a two out two RBI base hit to the tie the game at two in the sixth.  Center fielder Yaniel Cabezas also added two hits on the day.  Javier Baez continued to struggle as he went 0-for-4 dropping his average to .125

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Tennessee had a great pitching performance by Eric Jokisch and company on Thursday as they defeated Huntsville 4-1.  The Smokies got the scoring started in the third when Micahel Burgess connected on his fifth home run of the year.  Huntsville tied the game in the fifth at one.  The Smokies broke the tie in the seventh when James Adduci doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.  Junior Lake would have an RBI double and later score on a sacrifice fly by Rebel Ridling in the eighth to give Tennessee a 4-1 lead.  Jokisch, who did not factor in the decision pitched 6.1 innings allowing one run on only one hit, but he did walk six.  Brian Schlitter got the last two outs of the seventh and got his first win of the year.  Keven Rhoderick pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Frank Batista struck out the side to record his seventh save of the year.

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 Nothing is more exciting than a walk-off win, and that is exactly what Ronald Torreyes did connecting on his first home run of the season and giving Daytona a 7-6 victory.  Including Torreyes, Chad Noble, Rubi Silva, Greg Rohan, and Arismendy Alcantara all had two hits on the day.  Brevard County got the scoring started in the first scoring three runs.  Daytona would put up six spot in the third highlighted by a Nelson Perez grandslam.  For Perez it was his eight home run and he now has 34 RBI’s.  Austin Kirk was not at his best on Thursday, but after allowing two more runs in the fifth left in line for the win, however Brevard County tied the game in the eighth.  Jeffrey Lorick pitched a scoreless ninth and when Torreyes connected on his shot in the bottom half he received his first win of the season.

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GAME 1 (7 innings)

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In Game 1 of the split double-header on Thursday Iowas won 4-1.  Iowas got the scoring in the third when Brett Jackson delivered a two out RBI single to drive in Juan Apodaca who had two hits on the day.  After Omaha tied it in the third Brett Jackson would drive in his second of the night with a sacrifice fly to drive in Dave Sappelt.  The Cubs would add two in the seventh with two outs when Luis Valbuena and Ty Wright both walked to drive in runs three and four.  Frankie De La Cruz got the start and 4.1 allowing one run on four hits while striking out four.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the win going 1.1 innings and Rafael Dolis got the save.  Good news for Cub fans he struck out two and did not walk anybody.

GAME 2 (7 innings)

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Omaha jumped on Jay Jackson and the Cubs early and Iowa was never able to rebound.  The lone offensive highlight came from Brett Jackson who hit his sixth home run of the season in the sixth.  Ty Wright was the only other Cub to record a hit in game two.  The same could not be said for Omaha who had eleven hits and ten runs in seven innings.  Jay Jackson gave up the firs six runs and Shane Lindsay had a very rough outing walking four of the five batters he faced.  All four runs in the sixth were charged to him and the Cubs lost 10-1 in game 2.

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Mark

 

5/26: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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Gerardo Comcepcion record dropped to 1-4 as he struggled once again allowing 8 runs, 5 of which were earned on 12 hits in just 4.2 innings.  That was plenty for Wisconsin as they added more runs to beat the Peoria 11-3.  The Cubs lone bright spot came from SS Marco Hernandez who went 2-3 including a home run and a triple.  Jake Devoss also added two hits and an RBI in the game.

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Daytona got a great pitching performance from Matt Loosen as he improved his record to 2-1 on the season.  He gave up one run on four hits while striking out seven in six innings of work.  Daytona got the scroring started in the third with a two RBI single by Nelson Perez.  Rubi Silva who went 2-4 with a triple scored the second run on an RBI ground out by Elieser Boone.  After Clearwater cut the lead in half in the fifth with a solo homerun, Daytona scored in the seventh when Matt Szczur drove in John Andreoli who went 2-3 with two runs scored.  That was plenty for the Cubs as the newly promoted Jeff Lorick pitched two scoreless innings while only giving up one hit and striking one out.  Scott Weismann struck out two in the ninth to record his second save of the season.

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The Smokies got some pretty good pitching, but the offense never got going as Tennessee lost 3-0.  Trey McNutt’s record dropped to 2-4 when he took the tough luck loss on Saturday.  McNutt only went four innings giving up two earned runs on five hits.  Ty’Relle Harris pitched two scoreless innings while striking out two and walking one.  Mobile added a run in the eighth of of Marcus Hatley who also pitched two innings.  There really was not much excitement from the offense, but Michael Burgess had two hits.

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The Cubs hit four solo home runs  two power past Memphis 6-4.  Steve Clevenger, who ended the day 3-3 got the scoring started in the first with a home run.  After Memphis tied the game in the second Brett Jackson gave Iowa the lead back in the fourth when he hit his fifth home run of the season.  Memphis would score three in the fifth to take the lead 4-2.  Iowa tied the game in the sixth when Jackson stepped back to the plate and lined an RBI triple and would later score on a base hit by Ty Wright.  The Cubs took a lead in the eight when Anthony Rizzo connected on his league leading 17th home run of the season.  Josh Vitters hit a homer in the ninth to give the Cubs a little breathing room.  Mike MacDougal finished the game in the ninth recording his first save of the season.

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Mark

5/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/14/12, enjoy.

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Kyler Burke was good again on the mound for Peoria, unfortunately he left with a no decision after six strong innings of work.  Austin Kirk took over and was awesome, going two innings to come out with the win as Peoria knocked off Burlington for their fourth straight victory.  Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-4, which accounted for 1/3rd of Peoria’s hits in the victory.

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 All the scoring in this game took place in the first innings as Daytona scratched out a 2-1 victory over Brevard County.  Nelson Perez was the only offense for Daytona as he went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI’s.  Austin Kirk was stellar on the mound for Daytona, what else is new.  Kirk went seven strong innings only yielding one run on six hits.  Kirk improved to 2-0 and dropped his ERA to 1.75 on the season.  Tony Zych came on in the 9th and shut the door for his fourth save of the season.

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Game 1:  The Smokies made up for a season’s worth of frustration against Jackson by pounding out 13 hits and scoring 15 runs to beat the Generals.  Logan Watkins and Rebel Ridling each had 4 RBI’s, and Michael Burgess chipped in with 3 of his own.  Junior Lake hit his first home run of the season en route to a 2-for-2 day in which he scored four runs.  Lost in all of the offense was Trey McNutt’s longest outing of the season as he went 5 strong innings for the win.

Game 2:  This game resembled the typical Smokies-Generals matchup.  The Generals pitching was too much for the Smokies, especially after that outburst in the first game.  The Smokies only managed one run on seven hits in the defeat.  Dallas Beeler went complete, well 7 innings which is how long the game lasted, but ended up with the loss.     

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Another game, and another bomb from Anthony Rizzo, his 12th of the season already.  That was enough for Rodrigo Lopez as he was awesome going five strong innings to pick up his first win of the season.  Blake Lalli hit a solo home run in the 5th to extend the lead and give the I-Cubs just enough to come out on top 3-1.  Scott Maine came on in the 9th inning to close the door earning his 2nd save of the season. 

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– George