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.

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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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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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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

5/22: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/22/12, enjoy.

Peoria was off

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Matt Szczur is playing his way towards a promotion right now.  The D-Cubs outfielder is in a torrid stretch, he went 2-for-4 again last night with a double, a walk, and an RBI, oh, and his 19th stolen base of the season.  Nelson Perez, and Greg Rohan each chipped in with a home run in the thrilling 6-5 victory over St. Lucie.  PJ Francescon made his Daytona debut and he picked up where he left off in Peoria.  Francescon went six innings, allowed two runs, one earned on three hits, unfortunately he settled for a no decision.

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Junior Lake continues to hit as he went 3-for-5 in a 4-3 loss to Mobile last night.  Lake belted his 2nd home run of the season, a solo shot to lead off the game, he has his average up to .310 on the year.  Jeffery Antigua got the start for the Smokies and took his first loss of the season.  Antigua went four innings, giving up two runs on six hits, not too bad at all, unfortunately the Smokies offense couldn’t get it going early for him.

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Another day, another Anthony Rizzo show as the Iowa Cubs took out some frustration in an 18-8 beat down of Tacoma.  Rizzo was 3-for-5 with his 15th home run of the season, he also scored five runs.  Every I-Cubs player in the starting lineup had a hit as Iowa put 18 hits and 18 runs on the board, but they also got the help of seven errors, seven.  Those seven errors led to seven unearned runs in an absolutely wild game.  Chris Volstad made his first I-Cubs start and got the win, he struggled a little late but the most important thing is he got back in the win column, hopefully that gives him some confidence.

Sappelt’s RBI double

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5/20: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/20/12, enjoy.

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The Chiefs needed extra innings to beat Cedar Rapids 9-6 on Sunday after they blew leads of 4-0 and 6-4 in the ninth.  Gerardo Concepcion had his second decent outing in a row and was in line for his second win before Cedar Rapids tied it in the ninth.  Concepcion went five innings while allowing four runs on six hits.  The Chiefs offense was in high gear as they pounded out 15 hits and 9 runs in the win.  Taylor Davis was 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Rafael Lopez, Paul Hoilman, Anthony Giansanti, and Oliver Zapata all had two hits.

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Austin Kirk finally had a poor outing, probably my fault because I wrote about him last week.  Kirk had his shortest outing of the season going two and 1/3rd of an inning while allowing six runs to suffer his first loss of the season.  Kirk’s ERA still sits at a sparkling 2.68 after giving up six runs.  The D-Cubs couldn’t string together much at the plate as the top of the order had trouble getting on base.  Nelson Perez, and Elieser Bonne each had two hits in the losing effort. 

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Trey McNutt continued his solid season on Sunday as he went five innings to earn his second victory of the season.  McNutt gave up three runs, however only one was earned as he lowered his ERA to 2.67.  The middle of the order was once again productive for the Smokies.  Jae-Hoon Ha collected two more hits in the victory as he raised his average to .265 on the season.  Rebel Ridling had a huge day at the plate going 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI’s.

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For the second straight day the Iowa Cubs couldn’t find any offense as they lost to Salt Lake 2-1.  Rodrigo Lopez was nearly un-hittable as he only allowed one hit over six innings or work, unfortunately he was tagged with a no decision.  Jeff Beliveau had a solid day out of the bullpen going two innings and striking out three.  The I-Cubs were only able to scratch out five hits and one run.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-5 with a double, and Josh Vitters was 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  

 

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5/17: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/17/12, enjoy.

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 One day after seeing their five game winning streak end the Peoria Chiefs got right back into the win column beating Clinton 4-3.  Patrick Francescon was tremendous once again for Peoria going six innings and only allowing one unearned run on two hits.  Francescon improves to 5-1 on the season while lowering his ERA to a sparkling 1.86.  Pin-Chieh Chen went 2-for-5 at the plate, while Marco Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and two runs scored.

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Palm Beach jumped on Daytona early and often en route to an 8-2 victory.  Zach Cates struggled yet again as he surrendered four runs, three earned in 2 and 2/3rds innings.  Cates falls to 0-6 on the season with his ERA sitting at a robust 10.50.  Cates didn’t really get much help from his offense either as the D-Cubs only put up two runs on four hits.  Greg Rohan was 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk, a triple and a run scored.  Nelson Perez added his 6th home run of the season.

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 Brooks Raley was really good again for the Smokies as he went five strong innings to pick up his second win of the season in a 3-2 victory over Mississippi.  The Smokies didn’t have a lot of offense but three runs on five hits was just enough.  James Adduci was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored as he raised his average to .306 on the season.  Logan Watkins provided the big hit for the Smokies, a two-run single in the 5th inning to put Tennessee up for good.

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It was a prospect showcase tonight in Iowa as the I-Cubs beat Salt Lake 7-5.  Anthony Rizzo, Brett Jackson, and Josh Vitters all went deep in the victory.  I should probably stop writing about Rizzo hitting home runs every night, it should just be assumed.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs scored.  Back to Jackson, he finished the night a double short of the cycle going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Travis Wood was really good, and might have earned a call up to the Cubs rotation after his effort and Volstad’s horrid start.  Wood went seven strong innings only allowing two runs on five hits while walking just one.

Minor League Picture of the Night (much better than last night in Daytona)

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