6-7: Around the Minor League System

Minor League recap for June 7.

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 Peoria’s pitching was magnificent once again as the Chiefs shutout Cedar Rapids on Thursday.  Michael Jensen got his sixth win of the season as he only gave up one hit and struck out seven in five innings.  Not to be outdone Felix Pena struck out five in two innings and Hunter Cervenka added two strikeouts in his two innings as he recorded his first save of the season.  Cervenka’s ERA now stands at 0.73.  Taiwan Easterling and Anthony Giansanti each had an RBI, which would prove to be all the Chiefs would need.

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Daytona was Postponed

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Tennessee got the scoring started early, but Mississippi would score the next seven taking a commanding 7-1 through the top of five.  After Tennessee got a run back in the fifth, they would score four in the sixth with RBI’s from Nate Samson, Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, and Justin Bour.  After the Smokies tied the game in the eighth, Logan Watkins won the game with a walkoff single in the ninth to give Tennessee an 8-7 win.  The top of the order did a great job as Logan Watkins led off and had two hits, two walk, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha hit second and had three hits, an RBI, and two runs scored.  The number three hitter Junior Lake went 3-for-3 and had two RBI’s.  Cleanup hitter Justin Bour had two hits and three RBI’s as well.  Matthew Cerda also contributed three hits on the evening.  Dae-Eun Rhee struggled in his five innings of work, but the bullpen shut the Braves out for the last four innings and Alberto Cabrera got his second win of the year.  A great comback for the Smokies.

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 Iowa scored two runs in the eighth to get the win 5-4 on Thursday night.  After Nashville opened the scoring, Iowa came right back in the bottom of the second to tie the game on an RBI single by Dave Sappelt.  The Cubs would score two more in the third on an Anthony Rizzo groundout followed by an RBI double by Josh Vitters.  Nashville would get the next three runs off of Chris Volstad who pitched seven innings giving up four runs, three of which were earned.  Going into the bottom of the eighth Iowa trailed 4-3 until Ty Wright came up and connected on a two-run homer, his fourth of the year to give the Cubs the lead.  Scott Maine threw a scoreless ninth recording his fourth save of the season.  Jeff Beliveau got the win.

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Another good night for the Cubs system, this time two come from behind wins.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

6/2: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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 Javier Baez hit his first home run of his proessional career on Saturday night helping the Chiefs destroy Kane County 15-3.  Baez ended the game going 3-for-5 with three RBI’s and two runs scored.  Yasiel Balaguert and Taiwan Easterling also delivered three RBIS’s and Anthony Giansanti had two.  Also contributing offensively was Wes Darvill who went 4-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored.  One of the more unusual stats came from Pin-Chieh Chen who went 1-for-1 with five walks and four runs scored.As good as the bats were on Saturday, starting pitcher Jose Rosario was just as good.  He pitched seven scoreless innings giving up three hits and striking out ten.  He improved his record to 4-5.  The game got interesting late when up 13-0 Baez swung at a 3-0 pitch.  Kane County’s manager visited the mound and Baez got hit in the ribs on the next pitch.  Things stayed calm and Baez will learn from the experience.

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After scoring 16 on Friday night, Daytona answered by scoring 10 more Saturday beating Fort Myers 10-5.  Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit as Daytona pounded out 16 hits.  John Andreoli scored three time and he Rubi Silva both had three hits for the Cubs.  Arismendy Alcantara and Nelson Perez added two hits a piece with each driving in three runs.  The Cubs used four pitchers to take care of the win.  Ryan Searle eventually got his second win of the year as he went three strong innings in relief only giving up two hits and striking out three.  The Cubs bats look stay hot as we move into Sunday.

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Montgomery outlasts Tennessee winning 4-3 in 10 innings.  The Smokies got the scoring started in the second inning and scored another in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.  Montgomery would put up a three spot starter Dae-Eun Rhee in the sixth and the score would stay tied until the bottom of the tenth when the Biscuits walked off with a win.  Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits and a run scored on the day.  RBI’s came from Justin Bour, Nate Samson, and Elliot SotoJunior Lake had rough day as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.  It is always tough to lose games when you are up by three or more runs late in the game, we will see how Tennessee responds.

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Iowa scored enough to win most nights, but giving up seven runs in the seventh proved to be too much.  It looked good for Iowa early as they scored the first five runs of the game.  Oklahoma City would get right back in the game when they scored four in the third.  Iowa would score the next three runs of the game, however the bullpen could not hold the lead giving up seven in the seventh.  Offensively there were a lot of good things as Brett Jackson stayed red hot going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple.  Anthony Rizzo was back on Saturday, he went 2-for-4 with a double.  Former first rounder Josh Vitters continues to swing a good bat as he had two hits including his ninth home run of the year.  Luis Valbuena, Ty Wright, and Blake Lalli all had multi-hit games.  Unfortunately for Cubs this game was pitched by are all designated team, as Rodrigo Lopez, Ryan Rowland-Smith, and Mike MacDougal were are all terrible.  Hopefully Iowa can respond tomorrow with a victory.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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The bottom of the order came through in a big way for the Chiefs as the knocked off Beloit 6-2.  Marco Hernandez, and Yaniel Cabezas each went 3-for-4, Hernandez had one RBI, while Cabezas had two.  Michael Jensen was good one again for Peoria going a strong 5 and 2/3rds.  Jensen only allowed one run on five hits to improve to 4-2 on the season.  Jeffery Lorick shut the door once again as he earned his 5th save of the season and lowered his ERA to 0.64.

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Rain outs are dumb.

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The Smokies faced the Generals tonight and I will give you one guess as to what happened.  You’re right, the Smokies were shut down completely, except for a run in the ninth inning on their way to a 2-1 loss.  Brooks Raley did everything he could to get a win for the Smokies, but he ended up getting the loss.  Raley went 7 strong innings, only allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven.  He falls to 1-2 and improves his ERA to 3.50 on the season.  Nate Samson had another big night going 3-for-4, unfortunately he couldn’t get any at bats with guys on base.

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Anthony Rizzo continued his unreal 2012 with his 11th home run of the season in a 6-5 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies.  Josh Vitters and Ty Wright also went deep for Iowa as the Cubs pounded out 11 hits and six runs.  Travis Wood was pretty good on the mound going six strong innings to earn his second win of the season.  Blake Parker did some tight rope walking in the 9th inning, but earned his 4th save of the year after giving up two runs to make it close.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/10: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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After falling behind 4-0 early, Peoria staged a comeback that ended up falling just short in a 6-5 loss to Beloit.  Rafael Lopez, and Marco Hernandez each had two hits in the losing effort for Peoria.  Gerardo Concepcion had probably his best start as a professional on Thursday.  Concepcion still struggled in the first inning, but settled down making it through four innings to earn a no decision.

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An early hole was too much for Daytona to climb out of as they fell to the Stone Crabs 8-3.  The D-Cubs pounded out 9 hits, but were only able to tally runs in the 2nd and 8th innings respectively.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-3 at the plate as he continues his surge with his average now sitting at .250.  Frank Del Valle started for the D-Cubs and took the loss giving up five runs in five innings, he’s now 2-1 on the season.

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Dae-Eun Rhee was outstanding Thursday Night for the Smokies, going 7 and 2/3rd’s of an inning while only giving up one earned, which was unearned.  Rhee only allowed four hits, and walked only one guy en route to his 3rd win of the season.  Nate Samson had the big hit for the Smokies with a two run double in the second inning which was all the Smokies needed in a 4-1 win over Birmingham.

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One of the few nights that Anthony Rizzo didn’t run the I-Cubs offense, but that was alright as the rest of the team really picked up the slack in a 10-1 win against Fresno.  Luis Valbuena, Josh Vitters, and Dave Sappelt all had big days at the plate.  Vitters was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s as he tries to get back on track after slumping a bit.  Lost in an offensive firestorm was the solid start of Randy Wells.  Wells was solid, going six innings and allowing only one run for his second win of the season.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/4: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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The Peoria Chiefs made thing interesting by tying the game in the top of the 9th, unfortunately they lost the game in the bottom half.  Marco Hernandez, and Taiwan Easterling each had two hits in the losing effort.  Kyler Burke was very good for Peoria on the mound going 6 and 1/3rds of an inning, only allowing three runs on five hits, he settled for a no decision.

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 All of the action took place early and often in this one as all 11 runs were scored in the first four innings, unfortunately Daytona came out on the short end of this one 6-5.  Rubi Silva, Greg Rohan and Nelson Perez did most of the damage for the D-Cubs.  They finished a combined 4-for-11 with three doubles, four RBI’s and four runs scored.  Zach Cates was beat up a bit in his three innings of work as he gave up five runs, four earned as he took a no decision.

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 A wild one in Tennessee saw the Smokies build a 5-1 lead early in the game only to fall 8-7 to Montgomery.  The Smokies pounded out 12 hits, with all but one starter joining the party.  Logan Watkins, Michael Brenly, Matthew Cerda, and Nate Samson all had two hits in the losing effort.  Matthew Cerda and Justin Bour contributed with home runs as well.  Dallas Beeler scattered 11 hits through 5 and 1/3rds of an inning giving up six runs but only three were earned as he walked away with a no decision.

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 Now that’s the definition of a good old fashion pitchers duel right there.  In a game that featured only one run, and nine hits, the Iowa Cubs walked off on a wild pitch.  Luis Valbuena had 3 of the I-Cubs’ six hits with Anthony Rizzo adding two more.  Rizzo scored the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth on said wild pitch.  The I-Cubs staff was stellar, Rodrigo Lopez, Frankie De La Cruz, and Blake Parker held New Orleans to three hits on the night with Parker getting the victory.

Thanks for reading,
– George

4/27: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, full recaps/box scores after the jump, enjoy.

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4/25: Smokies Shut Down by Generals Again

It’s been tough sledding for the Smokies against the Generals this year, as they have been held to one run or less multiple times.  Wednesday night was no different as the Generals stymied the Smokies en route to a 5-1 victory.  James Adduci and Nate Samson were the only offense for the Smokies, Adduci going 3-for-4 and Samson going 2-for-3.  Full box score after the jump.

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