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6/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Your nightly trip around the bases for June 28th, 2012.

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AZL Cubs had a nice night winning 11-2.  Jacob Rogers had a great night at the plate going 4-for-4 with two home runs, four runs scored, and four RBI’s.  Trey Martin had three hits and three RBI’s on Thursday.  Ben Carhart and Carlos Penalver each had two hits.  Dan Vogelbach and Justin Marra each had a double and drove in a run.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino got the win pitching five innings in relief giving no runs on three hits while striking out five.  Nathan Dorris and Ryan Hartman each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  Hope to see more nights like this from the Cubs as the summer goes forward.

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We have been waiting, and Boise finally delivered beating Spokane 12-2.  Chadd Krist was 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored, and one driven in.  Wilson Contreras also was 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three driven in.  Stephen Bruno had two hits with a run scored and an RBI.  Dong-Yub Kim hit his second home run of the season, a grand slam.  Ian Dickson was the beneficiary of all those runs earning his first win of the season pitching five innings, giving up two runs, one earned on four hits, while striking out six.  Eduardo Orozco, Rafael Diplan, and Su-Min Jung all pitched well in relief.  All in all it was a very good night for the Hawks.

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Gerardo Concepcion was roughed up early, giving up four runs in the first, but settled down as he pitched six inning giving up five runs on six hits.  He took the loss and is now 2-6 with a 7.39 ERA.  Javier Baez had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and three stolen bases.  Dustin Geiger, Taiwan Easterling, and Oliver Zapata all had RBI’s on the night and Paul Hoilman had two hits.  Larry Suarez also struggled in relief giving up two runs on four hits in two innings of work.

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It was a great night for the Daytona offense beating Dunedin 14-4.  Cubs got home runs from Ronald Torreyes, Arismendy Alcantara, and Rebel Ridling.  Arismendy went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI’s.  Rubi Silva was also 3-for-5 including two doubles and drove in two.  Lead-off hitter Matt Szczur was on base five times.  He was 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBI’s, three stolen bases, and three runs scored.    Robert Whitenack got the start but didn’t get the win pitching only four innings while giving up three runs, only one earned on six hits while striking out four.  A.J. Morris got the win in relief pitching two scoreless innings while striking out one.  Brian Schlitter threw another good outing in relief pitching a scoreless ninth.

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Trey McNutt was not able to get out of the first inning on Friday pitching only .2 inning and giving up eight runs, four earned on six hits.  Ty’relle Harris threw four quality innings of relief giving up two runs, one earned on five hits, while striking out two.  The Smokies were pretty good at the plate scoring six runs on twelve hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, Michael Brenly, and Elliot Soto all had two hits on the night.  Nelson Perez and Brenly each hit a home run.  The Smokies also had RBI’s from Ha, Lake, Justin Bour, and James Adduci.

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Chris Volstad pitched pretty good on Friday, but it wasn’t enough for Iowa losing 3-1.  Volstad gave up three runs, two earned on six hits in seven innings.  He also struck out seven and walked zero.  Matt Tolbert was great at the plate going 4-for-5 with a double, triple, and a run scored.  Adrian Cardenas, Ty Wright, and Blake Lalli each had two hits.  Josh Vitters was finally held hitless and Brett Jackson went 1-for-5.  Jay Jackson struck out two and didn’t allow a baserunner in one inning of work out of the bullpen.

 

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– Mark, and George 

6/27: Around the Cubs Minor Leagues

The Cubs minor leagues on Wednesday, June 27.

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 The Cubs scored three in the fourth and two more in the fifth to beat the Angels 5-4 on Wednesday.  Trey Martin went 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored.  Bijan Rademacher had two hits and a run scored.  David Bote hit his first home run of the season and had three RBI’s.  Dan Vogelbach had another hit and also had a walk.  Brian Smith got the start pitching four innings and giving up one run.  Arturo Maltos-Garcia was not that good, but got the win in relief.  Michael Heesch recorded his first save of the season striking out two batters in one inning of work.

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 Spokane scored five unearned runs in the second which proved to be more than enough as they beat Boise 6-2 on Wednesday.  Taylor Scott gave up give runs, all of which were unearned on six hits in 3.1 innings.  Joseph Zeller pitched 3.2 innings in relief giving up one run and striking out two.  Marco Hernandez and Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits a piece and Hernandez had an RBI.  Lance Rymel had the other Boise RBI on the night.  The Hawks record now stands at 4-9.

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Jose Rosario and the Peoria Chiefs to the loss on Wednesday.  Rosario gave up three runs in five innings of work.  At the plate Dustin Geiger went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Paul Hoilman had a double and RBI.  Zeke DeVoss, Anthony Giansanti, Yasiel Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata all had hits and Giansanti drove in a run.  Although they lost the Chiefs got some good news as Javier Baez played in his first game since having to leave early on Sunday.

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Daytona pounded out 17 hits as they beat St. Lucie 12-1.  The Cubs got a huge night from Greg Rohan who went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.  He now has 63.  The Cubs also had a nice day from Matt Szczur who was 3-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and a grand slam.  Ronald Torreyes and Arismendy Alcantara each had two hits and each drove in a run.  Rubi Silva, Rebel Ridling, and John Andreoli all had RBI’s.  Daytona’s pitching was also very good on Wednesday.  Austin Kirk earned his fourth win of the season pitching six scoreless innings while striking out six.  Eduardo Figueroa pitched three innings in relief to record his second save of the season.

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Not much good came out of Wednesday for Tennessee.  They lost 11-0 giving up 21 hits while only recording three hits.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the loss tossing four innings giving up six runs on seven hits.  Casey Harman was not much better in relief giving up four runs on an unbelievable ten hits in only 2.2 innings.  Logan Watkins, James Adduci, and Michael Burgess had the only three hits the Smokies would have on Wednesday.  Not much more to say about this one, it was just a bad game.

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 Iowa gave up at least one run in each of the first six innings played.  Josh Vtters had another good day going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, triple, two runs score, and one RBI.  Matt Tolbert, Dave Sappelt, and Diory Hernandez all had two hits a piece.  Ty Wright had three RBI’s and Adrian Cardenas added an RBI of his own on Wednesday.  Chris Rusin gave up eight runs on eight hits in four innings to drop his record to 6-6.  Alberto Cabrera did not fair much better giving up two runs in two innings.  Mike MacDougal, Jeff Beliveau, and Esmailin Caridad all pitched scoreless innings for Iowa in the game.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

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

6/17: 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

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

 

6/10: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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Paul Hoilman hit a three-run home run to give the Peoria Chiefs their sixth straight win.  The Chiefs won the game 4-1.  Oliver Zapata had three hits, stole a base and scored a run.  Taiwan Easterling went 2-for-2 and walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run.  Javier Baez also had a hit, stole a base, and scored a run.  Austin Reed pitched out of the bullpen and got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings while only allowing two hits.  Yao-Lin Wang recorded his eighth save of the season striking out one batter.  Peoria’s record improved to 31-32 on the season.

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Daytona dropped a tough one on Sunday, losing the game 5-4.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with a run scored.  John Andreoli, Taylor Davis, Rubi Silva, and Elieser Boone all scored a run, And Davis and Silva both had RBI’s as well.  The Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning, but Scott Weismann could not hold the lead giving up a two-run homer to Ramon Flores in the bottom of the seventh.  Austin Kirk received a no decision as he pitched six innings allowing three runs, only one of which was earned.  A tough loss no doubt, but they will look to rebound.

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Eric Jokisch was stellar once again allowing only one run on three hits in 7.1 innings of work.  Jokisch ERA is now down to 1.40 and he improved his record to 3-0 as Tennessee won 4-2.  Offensively Nate Samson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Elliot Soto and Jokisch also contributed with RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, James Adduci, and Michael Brenly all had hits in the win on Sunday as well.  Alberto Cabrera closed out the game pitching 1.2 innings allowing one run and striking out four.

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Iowa exploded for 14 runs on Sunday, putting up a five-spot in the third and adding six more in the fourth.  It was a great day for most of the Cubs, especially for the top prospects in Iowa.  Brett Jackson 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI’s, and a stolen base.  Not to be outdone, Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 hitting two bombs and driving in four.  Rizzo is now hitting .363 with 20 homers, and 53 RBI’s.  Ty Wright also had three hits, two of which were doubles, and he scored three runs on the day.  Juan Apodaca went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI’s.  Josh Vitters and Dave Sappelt also had a hit and an RBI on  Sunday.  All that offense was plenty for Chris Rusin who went 7 innings giving up two runs on six hits and striking out two.  It was a great day for Iowa as every starter had at least one hit.

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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