6/23: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor league system on Saturday, June 23.

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Down 3-0 Boise got four runs in the fifth to take the lead, but surrendered it to lose 5-4 on Saturday night.  Ian Dickson got the start for the Hawks and gave up three runs on four hits in just 3.2 innings.  Roderik Pichardo got the loss in relief as he gave up two runs in 3.1 innings of work.  Joseph Zeller pitched two innings giving up only one hit.  Gioskar Amaya went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Marco Hernandez had a double and two RBI’s, and Chadd Krist had the other RBI for Boise.  Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, Eduardo Gonzalez, and Shawon Dunston Jr. all had one hit on the night.

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Gerardo Concepcion took the loss as he could only get through 4.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits dropping his record to 2-5.  In the 4-2 Peoria loss Zeke DeVoss had two hits and a run scored.  Paul Hoilman had a nice night at the plate as well as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Dustin Geiger, Yasiel Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata all had contributed with a hit a piece on Saturday.  Sheldon McDonald pitched beautifully throwing 2.2 perfect innings in relief, he also struck out two.  Austin Reed gave up a run in relief, but also struck out three batters in his two innings of work.

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Everything looked great for Daytona until they gave up seven runs in the bottom of the eighth as they took the Clearwater won the game 7-2.  Robert Whitenack was brilliant in five innings as he gave up no runs on only three hits while striking out three.  Brian Schlitter continued to impress as he pitched two perfect innings in relief striking out one batter.  As good as Whitenack and Schlitter were A.J. Morris and Jeffrey Lorick were not very good at all.  Morris was tagged with the loss as he gave up four runs while not recording an out and Lorick gave up three more in an inning of work.  The offense had nine hits including two from catcher Chad Noble who had a double and a run scored.  Everyone else in the Cubs starting lineup had one hit except John AndreoliGreg Rohan drove in his 61st run of the year and Matt Szczur scored a run and stole his 20th base of the season.

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Tennessee scored six in the third, but had to hold on as they won 7-6 on Saturday.  Jeffry Antigua got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only was able to pitch three innings.  Casey Weathers got the win pitching two good innings in relief giving up one hit and wallking one while striking out four.  Frank Batista recorded one out to pick up his 11th save of the season.  Logan Watkins had a nice night out of the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with a double and triple.  He also walked once and scored two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and two RBI’s and Justin Bour added two hits of his own as he drove in a run as well.  Nelson Perez hit his first home run in Double-A and Michael Burgess also hit a homer, each driving in two runs.  Kevin Rhoderick struggled giving up three runs in 1.2 innings, he did however strike out three.

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A three run fourth was too much for Chris Volstand and the Cubs to recover from.  Volstad gave up four runs, three of which were earned on six hits in six innings of work.  Brett Jackson led things for Iowa with his 10th home run of the season.  He added another hit later in the game bringing his average to .259.  Ty Wright had two doubles and Juan Apodaca had went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  The hot hitting Josh Vitters only had one hit today and Anthony Rizzo is human as he went 0-for-4.  Rafael Dolis pitched two good innings in reflief giving up only hit and striking a batter out.

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Mark

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

Daytona Cubs First Half Recap

 

The Daytona Cubs resume play tonight after four days off for the all-star break.  The D-Cubs had an up and down first half, let’s take a look at what transpired over the first two and half months of the season.

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First Half Stats:

The D-Cubs swung the bats very well during the first half of the season.  Leading the way was 24 year-old right fielder Nelson Perez.  Perez played 60 games in the first half, he hit .298 with 11 home runs, and 42 RBI’s, and he finished with an impressive .927 OPS.  Perez wasn’t the only one hitting for the D-Cubs as four different guys had a .288 average or higher.  Greg Rohan was one of those guys as he hit .295 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI’s, finishing the first half with .883 OPS.  Arismendy Alcantara, John Andreoli, and Rubi Silva all had above average first half performances. 

A bright spot for the D-Cubs and the Chicago Cubs was the performance of Matthew Szczur.  Szczur started the season in an awful slump, but over the last month or so he has really turned it on.  He finished the first half hitting .267 with 1 home run, and 13 RBI’s out of the lead-off spot for Daytona.  Szczur only struck out 32 times while drawing 24 walks, he added 19 stolen bases for good measure.  Szczur is currently on the DL with a knee issue, hopefully that isn’t serious and he will be back out there soon. 

Austin Kirk led the Daytona pitching attack, in doing so he earned himself a spot on the All-Star team, and was named the starting pitcher for the FSL North team.  Kirk was outstanding during the first half, he finished 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts).  Eric Jokisch was another bright spot on the mound for Daytona.  Jokisch finished the fist half 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA while averaging almost one strikeout per inning.

2012 All-Stars!
LHP – Austin Kirk (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO)
INF – Arismendy Alcantara (0-for-1)
OF – Nelson Perez (1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB)
OF – Matt Szczur (DNP – Injured)
DH – Greg Rohan (0-for-4)

Thanks for reading, go D-Cubs!
– George

6/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues on Thursday, June 14.

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After falling behind early Peoria came back in the fourth to tie the game at three.  The bullpen, however couldn’t hold the lead as Lui Liria took the loss giving up two runs in the eighth.  Kyler Burke got the start and was pretty good once again.  He gave up three runs in the first, but didn’t give up much more after that, notching another quality start.  Javier Baez hit his fourth homerun of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.  Wes Darvill had a hit and an RBI on the day.  Dustin Geiger and Yasiel Balaguert each had a hit for the Chiefs.

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Daytona was trailing 3-1 when action resumed again on Thursday.  After five innings Daytona had tied the game, but the bullpen and defense let the Cubs down as they allowed four runs, only one of which was earned in the next two innings.  Rubi Silva and Richard Jones had an RBI each for the Cubs.  Nelson Perez raised his average to .302 as he went 1-for-2 with two walks.

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Daytona had a 1-0 lead into the sixth, but they gave up two runs, one in the sixth and one in the eighth.   P.J. Francescon started and pitched well giving up two hits in 5 innings, however he did not factor in the decision.  Micah Gibbs accounted for the Cubs lone run as he hit his fourth home run of the year.  He also had a double in the game.  Ronald Torreyes also had a double for Daytona.

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Birmingham fought back, but Tennessee was able to hold on winning the game 3-2.  Nicholas Stuck got his seventh win of the year giving up no runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Alberto Cabrera had two good innings of work and Jeffry Antigua earned his first save of the season.  Kevin Rhoderick also pitched, but struggled giving up two runs, he did manage to get his seventh hold of the season as he got through his inning of work with the lead.  Justin Bour had two more RBI’s, which brings his total to 52 on the season.  He along with Logan Watkins had two hits on Thursday.  Matthew Cerda collected three hits on the day, including his second home run of the season.  The win brought the Smokies one win away from the .500 mark.  There record now stands 33-34.

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Iowa scored a lot of runs, but gave up even more losing 10-8 on Thursday.  Brooks Raley didn’t have his good stuff giving up eight runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.  Esmalin Caridad and Scott Maine each gave up a run in relief.  The good news came on the offensive side of things on Thursday.  Brett Jackson went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI’s.  He also scored two runs and stole his 13th base of the season.  Blake Lalli went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double and also drove in three on the day.  Ty Wright also drove in two runs on Thursday.  Anthony Rizzo sat out his second straight game and remains day-to-day.

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Not a very good day for the Cubs minor league system as they went 1-4 on Thursday.

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Mark

6/12: Around The Minor League System

A look around the minor leagues on Tuesday.

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Peoria took a tough loss on Tuesday losing 5-4.  After Peoria took a 3-1 lead, Beloit came back in the fourth and scored four of there own.  Michael Jensen took the lossfor the Chiefs, but was not helped out by his defense who committed five errors, three coming from Javier Baez and two coming from Dustin Geiger.  Baez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Zeke DeVoss had a double and also drove in a run.  Pin-Chieh ChenYasiel Balaguert, and Yaniel Cabezas all added RBI’s on Tuesday.  The loss dropped Peoria to 32-33 on the season.

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Daytona got seven early runs, which proved to be plenty as they beat Brevard County 8-3.  Nelson Perez led the attack with three hits including his eleventh homerun of the season.  Greg Rohan and John Andreoli each had two hits on the night as well.  Arismendy Alcantara and Richard Jones each added a hit and two RBI’s a piece.  Eduardo Figueroa only could last three innings, but Ryan Searle came in relief to get his fourth win of the season.  Joseph Zeller and Jeffrey Lorick also pitched two innings a piece on Tuesday.  Daytona improved their record to 29-34.

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A five run first for Omaha proved to be too much for Iowa to overcome.  Chris Volstad gave up six runs in five innings of work, including four walks and six hits.  Offensively Ty Wright had two hits including a double and a run scored.  Blake Lalli, Alfredo Amezaga each had an RBI and Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the ninth.  Geovany Soto was the DH in the game and delivered a double in four AB’s.  The Cubs got quite a scare as Anthony Rizzo left early with a leg injury when he crashed into a fence in front of the dugout.  Thankfully xrays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a right knee contusion.

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Mark

6/5: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A productive day for the most part, but a crushing loss for Iowa, here’s is your Minor League recap for June 5th, 2012.

Peoria was off

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In a game that looked like it was lost in the late innings the D-Cubs stormed back to take the lead and eventually beat Bradenton 6-5.  Austin Kirk was outstanding once again for the D-Cubs.  Kirk tossed six strong innings giving up one run on four hits, he walked three and struck out seven as he lowered his ERA to 2.72 in the no decision.  The middle of the Daytona order continues to mash the ball on a nightly basis.  Nelson Perez is usually leading that charge, on this night he was 2-for-3 with his 10th home run of the season, he also knocked in his 41st RBI, and had two runs scored, he is now hitting .307 on the season.  Greg Rohan and Rubi Silva also chipped in, Rohan with one hit, Silva with two as they both hover around the .300 mark. 

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The Smokies showed no mercy Tuesday night as they blitzed Montgomery 12-3.  Erik Jokisch was the beneficiary of the offense but he didn’t need it.  Jokisch was awesome once again as he went seven scoreless innings only giving up five hits while walking one and striking out one.  He improved to 2-0 on the season for the Smokies and his ERA now sits at 1.47.  There were a lot of big days at the plate for the Smokies, Justin Bour‘s day might have been the biggest.  Bour was 4-for-6 at the plate with a double, and two RBI’s.  Not to be outdone Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBI’s and two walks in the victory.  What’s impressive about the Smokies effort is they did all of this without hitting a home run, doubles and triples work just fine too.

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A loss can’t be harder than the one the I-Cubs suffered last night.  Leading 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning Brad Snyder, now on Oklahoma City, launched a 1-2 pitch over the wall for a walk-off three run homer.  Jay Jackson was outstanding in relief as he gave up one run over five innings of work on four hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.  Rafael Dolis continued to struggle as he gave up the three run homer in the ninth inning, Dolis’ ERA is now 9.00 since his demotion to Iowa.  The I-Cubs only managed three hits in the loss, and two of their runs scored were un-earned.  Brett Jackson, Diory Hernandez, and Luis Valbuena were the only I-Cubs with hits. 

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– George

Daytona Well Represented at FSL All-Star Game

Five D-Cubs are on their way to the Florida State League All-Star game, it helps that the Daytona staff will be coaching the North team, but it’s still a big honor.  Congrats to all that were selected.  The game will take place on June 16th at Charlotte Sports Park at 7:05 PM EST.

Starting Pitcher – Austin Kirk

Infielder – Arismendy Alcantara

Outfielder – Nelson Perez

Outfielder – Matt Szczur

Designated Hitter – Greg Rohan

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– George