7/2: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 2nd Minor League recaps.

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The AZL Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth, but gave up two in the bottom half to lose 5-4.  In the defeat Dan Vogelbach had two hits including his second home run in as many days.  He drove in two on the day.  Cubs also had two hit performances out of Timothy Saunders, Daniel Lockhart, Ben Carhart, and Trevor Gretzky.  To go with his two hits Lockhart also drove in two and had a run scored.  Hunter Ackerman pitched three scoreless innings striking out three in the start.  Jin-Young Kim took the loss giving up two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth.  It was a tough loss for the Cubs, but hopefully they can come back strong in the next one.

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 Boise gave up two runs in the bottom of the eigth and lost to Tri-City 7-5.  Despite the loss Gioskar Amaya was 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Stephen Bruno also had two hits with a run scored and two RBI’s.  The Hawks also got hits from Jeimer Candelario, Chadd Kris, and Bijan Rademacher.  Starting pitcher Taylor Scott was pitching rather well until the fifth when he and Hayden Simpson combined to give up four runs and Simpson gave up one more in the sixth.  Tri-City completed the comeback in the eighth as Su-Min Jung gave up two runs and took the loss.

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Not a good night all around the Peoria losing to Kane County 6-0.  Starting pitcher Jose Rosario had a rough second inning giving up five runs, but really settled down and ended up pitching seven innings.  In those seven innings he gave up six runs, four earned on ten hits while striking out seven.  Sheldon McDonald threw two really nice innings out of the bullpen striking out three and allowing only a walk.  Offensively there wasn’t much to talk about.  The Chiefs were only able to muster up three hits.  Those getting hits on Monday were Zeke DeVoss, Paul Hoilman, and Pin-Chieh Chen.

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Daytona scored six runs in the sixth to win 7-3.  Elieser Bonne was 3-for-3 with a run scored and Matt Cerda was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Micah Gibbs also drove in two runs, and Rebel Ridling and John Andreoli each drove in one a piece.  P.J. Francescon to his first win of the season giving up three runs on five hits in six innings of work.  Ryan Searle and Brian Schlitter didn’t allow a run combining to strike out two in the last three innings of game.

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Tennessee scored a lot early and one late holding on to beat Chattanooga 6-4.  Recent call-up Greg Rohan was 4-for-4 with two double, two RBI’s and one run scored.  Smokies also had two hits from Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, and Michael Burgess.  To go with Rohan’s two RBI’s the Smokies also had an RBI a piece from Justin Bour, Lake, and Ha.  Dae-Eun Rhee wasn’t great but he was good enough to get his fifth win of the season.  Tony Zych and Ty’relle Harris combined to pitch three innings and striking out three.  Frank Batista came on in the ninth to close the game, striking out one to record his 14th save of the season.

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It was a scoreless game headed to the bottom of the seventh when Nashville scored four.  They ended up holding on to win 4-1 on Monday.  Chris Rusin got the start and was pretty good throwing six scoreless innings while striking out five.  Jeff Beliveau took the loss in relief giving up four runs in only .1 innings pitched.  Although the Cubs only were able to score one, there were some good things that happened.  Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in the only Cubs run of the day.  Matt Tolbert and Dave Sappelt each had two hits on Monday and Brian Esposito was the only other Cub to record a hit.

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Mark

6/26: Around the Cubs Minor Leagues

A look at the minor league system for Tuesday, June 26.

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 The Cubs lost 9-4 to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.  The Offense for the Cubs was pretty good as they had 10 hits and four runs.  Left fielder Trey Martin Led off on Tuesday and went 3-for-5 including a double and two runs scored.  Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk to raise his average to .412.  Bijan Rademacher hit his first home run of the season and Daniel Lockhart had a triple and had an RBI.  Alvido Jimenez struggled big time and took the loss on Tuesday.  Michael Hamann, Ethan Elias, and Daniel Adrian all pitched well in relief.

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 Boise dropped another on Tuesday losing to Spokane 3-1.  James Pugliese took the loss allowing two rus on three hits in 4.2 innings.  Hayden Simpson had another strong outing allowing one run on two hits while striking out four in 3.1 innings.  There was not much good happening from the offense  as Boise only had three hits on the day.  Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, and Stephen Bruno had the only hits for the Hawks and Shoulders drove in the only run of the game.

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Peoria was chasing two early, but tied it up in the sixth and then exploded in the tenth to win the game 7-2.  Paul Hoilman had a nice night going 2-for-5 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  The Chiefs got an RBI a piece from Taiwan Easterling, Dustin GeigerYasiel Balaguert, and Pin-Chieh Chen.  Chen also had two hits including a triple.  Oliver Zapata also had two hits and two runs scored on Tuesday.  The Chiefs got a nice start from Starling Peralta who pitched seven solid innings as he only gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out three.  Matthew Spencer got the win in relief, striking out three in two perfect innings of work.

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Daytona took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, but ended up losing a heartbreaker 4-3 in 12 innings.  The Cubs got a nice outing out of P.J. Francescon who gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings.  Ryan Searle took the loos out of the bullpen giving up one run in 2.2 innings.  The offense had 11 hits, three of which cam off the bat of Elieser Bonne, who also scored a run.  John Andreoli and Rebel Ridling each had two hits and Ridling added two RBI’s.  The other RBI came off the bat of Arismendy Alcantara.

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The bats came alive for Tennessee beating Birmingham 11-6 on Tuesday.  The Smokies pounded out 15 hits and hit four home runs.  Michael Burgess hit two of those four homers in a game where he went 3-for-3 with three RBI’s and four runs scored.  Michael Brenly also had a very nice night going 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, three runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits including his third homer of the season, he also had three RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, Justin Bour, and James Adduci all had two hits and Watkins added two RBI’s as well.  Nicholas Struck got his ninth win of the season.  He gave allowed four runs, only one of which was earned in six innings.  Frank Batista pitched two innings striking out two batters in route to his 12th save of the season.

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 In their first game with Anthony Rizzo in Chicago Iowa lost 3-1.  Frankie De La Cruz got the loss as he gave up three runs in five innings of work.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Michael Bowden pitched well out of the bullpen on Tuesday.  Offensively there wasn’t much happening for Iowa.  Juan Apodaca went 2-for-4 with two doubles raising his average to .330.  Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters each added a hit and Blake Lalli had the only Cubs RBI on the day.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

6/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Still not a full slate of Minor League action because of all-star breaks, here is a recap from last night, June 20th.

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The home opener for Boise didn’t go as planned as the Eugene Emeralds spoiled the fun with a late rally to beat the Hawks 7-4.  The Boise pitching, especially out of the bullpen as been ugly, last night was no different.  Jose Arias made his second start of the season as was good again going three innings giving up two runs, one earned on six hits while walking none and striking out one.  Amaury Paulino and Pete Levitt really struggled out of the pen, giving up a combined five runs on ten hits.  Boise had one of it’s better offensive games of the early season, pounding out ten hits but only scoring four runs.  Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.  Jeimer Candelario continued his strong start to the season going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s and two runs scored.

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From the looks of the line score the D-Cubs probably should have been blown out, but that’s not what happened as D-Cubs pitchers pitched in and out of trouble en route to a 3-2 victory over Tampa.  P.J. Francescon was terrific again for the D-Cubs.  PJ went six strong innings giving up two runs, one earned on nine hits while walking two and striking out five.  Both runs were given up in the first inning, PJ settled down after that.  Brian Schlitter and A.J. Morris shut to door the rest of the way for the D-Cubs.  Daytona only managed four hits, but made them count.  Arismendy Alcantara hasn’t slowed down all year, he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, he is now hitting .299 on the season.  The hero was Rubi Silva, not only did Rubi hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth he also threw out Tampa’s Kyle Roller at the plate. 

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Brooks Raley had his best outing of the year for the I-Cubs as he went seven excellent innings giving up one unearned run on two hits while walking one and striking out seven.  The outcome was very much in doubt until the I-Cubs put up a three spot in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead and that is how it would end.  Raley ended up getting his third win of the season and Rafael Dolis earned his second save for Iowa.  It was the bottom of the order getting the job done for Iowa as Ty Wright was 1-for-3 with a walk, and his 5th home run of the season.  Blake Lalli had the big hit for the I-Cubs, a two run single in the seventh inning, Lalli finished 2-for-4 with two RBI’s.  Anthony Rizzo finished 0-for-3 in what might be one of his last games at Iowa, stay tuned. 

Thanks for reading,
– 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.

Thanks for Reading,
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. 

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/29/12, enjoy.

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It almost took all night, well it actually did, but the Chiefs walked off in the 14th inning to beat Wisconsin 4-3.  Kyler Burke started for the Chiefs and was good, but struggled with his command.  He went five innings and only allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit.  Burke walked five guys which is why he did not go deeper into the game.  Ryan Cuneo was 2-for-5 with his fourth home run of the season.  Javy Baez was 0-for-5 on the night but did have a walk, a stolen base and a run scored.

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Game 1:  Robert Whitenack made his 2012 debut with the D-Cubs after coming back from Tommy John Surgery, and it didn’t go so well.  Whitenack gave up ten hits over four and a-third while giving up three runs to take the loss.  The D-Cubs couldn’t get anything going offensively as they only scored one run on six hits.  Richard Jones was 2-for-3 with a double at the plate in a losing effort.

Game 2:  PJ Francescon went the distance (only 7 innings in double-headers) but ended up on the wrong end of the decision as Brevard County completed the double-header sweep with a 5-2 win over Daytona.  Francescon went six innings and gave up five runs all earned, on eight hits, he walked three and struck out five.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run.  Greg Rohan was 1-for-3 at the plate with his 9th home run on the season and two RBI’s.

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Nicholas Struck was outstanding as he shut down the Huntsville Stars over six innings to lead the Smokies to a 3-2 victory.  Struck didn’t give up any runs over six innings, he allowed only three hits, walked one, and struck out nine.  Junior Lake was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the lead-off spot.  Jae-Hoon Ha also had two hits in the victory, a victory that was closed out by Kevin Rhoderick.  Rhoderick has been lights out, he earned his 6th save of the season and lowered his ERA to 0.83.

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The I-Cubs have something going right now, they staged a furious rally to beat Omaha 5-4 for their 5th straight victory.  Trailing 4-1 in the 8th inning against the first place team was nothing for this group.  The I-Cubs scored two runs in the 7th and added two more in the 8th to cap the thrilling victory.  Josh Vitters is on a roll once again as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with his 7th home run of the season, he also had a walk and two runs scored.  Dave Sappelt continues to be a two-hit machine as he was 2-for-4 in the victory.  Chris Rusin started for the Cubs, and ended with a no decision as he gave up four runs in six innings of work.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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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– George