7/20: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the minor leagues.

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Boise dropped another losing 7-2 to Eugene.  Rock Shoulders was outstanding at the plate on Friday going 4-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs.  Besides Shoulders the Hawks only had two other hits, one coming off the bat of Gioskar Amaya and another off the bat of Jeimer CandelarioFelix Pena started and pitched four innings surrendering two runs, he did not factor in the decision.  After Michael Hamann pitched two scorelss innings, Rafael Diplan came in and struggled.  He gave up three runs, one earned in one inning and took his second loss of the season.  Another rough night for Boise as there record now stands at 12-23.

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After tying the game in the eighth Peoria scored four in the eleventh to beat West Michigan 9-6.  There were some nice highlights from Chiefs.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 3-for-6 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Taiwan Easterling and Dustin Geiger each had two hits and hit a home run on Friday night.  Bijan Rademacher and Yaniel Cabezas also had two hits a piece and Cabezas had two RBIs.  Javier Baez extended his hitting streak going 1-for-6.  Jeffry Antigua struck out three in 1.2 innings and recorded his first win of the season.  His ERA now sits at 1.13.  Michael Jensen got the start and pitched pretty good going six innings allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out five.  Pete Levitt closed out the game striking out two in his one inning of work.

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Robert Whitenack really struggled not recording an out and giving up six runs.  The six run first proved to be too much losing 12-8 to Jupiter.  Now to some of the highlights.  Rubi Silva was 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Elieser Bonne had three hits and also drove in three.  Ronald Torreyes and Rebel Ridling each had two hits, with Torreyes driving in one along with Matt Szczur.  Timothy Saunders got his first hit in seven ABs since being promoted to Daytona.  Frank Del Valle pitched four scoreless innings in relief and Brian Schlitter also pitched a scoreless frame bring his ERA down to 1.73.  Daytona has given up way too many runs to be successful lately and Friday was no different.

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Tennessee fell to Chattanooga 4-1 in eight innings.  Dae-Eun Rhee started and took the loss allowing three runs, two earned on two hits in six innings.  Trey McNutt gave up one in 1.1 innings of relief.  Justin Bour had two hits and drove in Logan Watkins, the lone Cubs run.    Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Michael Brenly all had a hit on Friday.  The Smokies have been really struggling as of late and that continued on Friday.

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Iowa and Alburquerque were tied going into the ninth, but Michael Bowden gave up a three run walk off homer to the Isotopes.  The offense got going early for Iowa scoring six runs in the first three innings.  Brett Jackson led the game off with his 13th home run of the season.  He ended the day with two hits and two RBIs.  Adrian Cardenas continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Josh Vitters also had two hits, one of which was his 29th double.  He also scored a run and drove in his 53 run of the year.  Brian Esposito had a nice night going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Blake Lalli also drove in two and had two hits.  Chris Rusin got the start, but didn’t pitched too well, allowing six runs on eight hits in five innings of work.  Yet another bad loss for Iowa on Friday.

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7/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Saturday.

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The AZL Cubs did it again on Saturday beating the AZL Padres 13-3.  After a couple rough nights, Timothy Saunders got back on track going 4-for-6 with a double, home run, three runs scored, and five RBIs.  He raised his average back up to .493.  Equally as impressive has been Dan Vogelbach, and he didn’t disappoint on Saturday.  He had two hits, including a double and drove in four.  The Cubs got three hits out of Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers and they combined to score five runs on the night.  Shawon Dunston Jr. and Garrett Schlect each added two hits a piece and Carlos Penalver hit a triple and drove in two.  One of this year’s supplemental picks Paul Blackburn got his first start of the year.  He pitched one inning and allowed a run, but it was good to see him pitch.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino recorded his third win of the season striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings.  The Cubs have been really impressive so far.

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Two four run innings was plenty for Boise beating Vancouver 9-3.  The Hawks were led offensively by Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez.  Martin was 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run.  He also scored two runs and knocked in four.  Hernandez also had two, including two doubles and driving in three.  Lead-off hitter Gioskar Amaya did his job well on Saturday going 2-for-3 with a walk.  One of his hits was a triple and he scored three runs.  Hawks got an RBI a piece from Stephen Bruno and Bijan Rademacher.  Ian Dickson got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only pitched 4.1 innings.  Pete Levitt picked up his first win in relief pitching 1.2 scoreless innings.  Michael Hamann and Rafael Diplan combined to pitch the last three innings of the game securing the Boise win.

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In a back and forth game Peoria was able to come out on top 9-8 in ten innings.  Chadd Krist played the role of hero winning the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth.  He ended the night 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Javier Baez had his best night as a professional going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple.  He also scored a run, drove in four and stole his 16th base.  He now has a ten game hitting streak and his batting average now stands at .319.  Taiwan Easterling and Paul Hoilman each had two hits and Easterling drove in two.  Michael Jensen got the start giving up six runs in 5.1 innings of work.  Yao-Lin Wang got the win pitching a scoreless tenth inning.

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Daytona watched a six two lead slip away late when Palm Beach scored seven times in the last two innings to win 9-6.  Despite walking five and allowing six hits starter Austin Kirk was in line for the win, but was let down by his bullpen.  Kirk left only allowing two run, one earned in six inning of work lowering his ERA to 2.59.  After a dominate one inning of work by Eduardo Figueroa, Jeffrey Lorick and Brian Schlitter really struggled combining to give up seven runs, five earned over the next 1.1 innings.  There were a few bright spots from the offense on Saturday for the Cubs.  Ronald Torreyes was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  John Andreoli, Rafael Lopez, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits with Bonne driving one in.  Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had an RBI a piece and Taylor Davis drove in two.  Another tough loss for Daytona on Saturday.

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Michael Burgess and Juan Apodaca‘s power was on display Saturday leading Tennessee to a 4-2 win on Saturday.  Apodaca hit a three-run homer and Michael Burgess hit a solo shot, his tenth of the season.  That was all the offense the Smokies would need as Dae-Eun Rhee and the bullpen would do all the rest.  Rhee gave up two runs on five hits in five innings.  He struck out six in route to his sixth win of the year.  Tony Zych pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three and Marcus Hatley came in to shut it down.  That he did striking out three in two innings of work recording his fourth save of the season.  It is nice to see Tennessee come out on top of a well-played game from both teams.

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A seven run second from Omaha was all they needed beating Iowa 7-1.  Randy Wells got the start and was terrible allowing seven runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings pitched.  As bad as Randy Wells was the offense couldn’t get much going either.  James Adduci had two hits and scored a run, the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game.  Dave Sappelt drove in the Cubs lone run.  Josh Vitters had his 27th double of the season and Brett Jackson also added a hit.  Other than that there wasn’t much to the game at the plate.  Casey Coleman pitched 5.1 good innings in relief not allowing a run and striking out three.  Alberto Cabrera had another nice outing out of the pen striking out one in one inning of work.

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Mark

7/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Your daily trip through the minor leagues.

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A six run fourth was too much for the AZL Cubs to overcome on Thursday losing 7-2.  Even though the Cubs only had two runs on five hits there were a few offensive bright spots.  Dan Vogelbach did it again belting a two-run home run, his fifth of the young season.  Ben Carhart also had a nice day going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.  Ethan Elias started and pitched three innings giving up one unearned run.  Ryan Hartman struggled and took the loss in relief.  Matt Iannazzo struck out six in 3.1 innings pitched.  The Cubs have been really good so hope to see them bounce back after this one.

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Boise lost a wild one to Vancouver 12-11.  It was a tough loss as it seemed Boise was in complete control of this one, but an eight run seventh for Vancouver was all they would need to hold on.  Offensively Boise had 16 hits to go along with those 11 runs so a lot of good came out of that.  Three Hawks hit home runs, including Gioskar Amaya, Marco Hernandez, and Rock Shoulders.  Amaya and Hernandez each drove in two and Shoulders drove in three on the night.  Bijan Rademacher also drove in two runs as he went 3-for-4 with a double at the plate.  Stephen Brruno and Jeimer Candelario each had two hits and Trey Martin had three.  The good on the mound turned to ugly pretty quickly on Thursday.  James Pugliese and Michael Heesch combined to get the Hawks into the sixth with a 10-4 lead.  The lead was soon erased as Rafael Diplan struggled giving up five in .1 innings.  He was followed by Roderik Pichardo who gave up three more in the seventh and he took the loss.  Another tough loss for Boise on Thursday.

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Dayton pounded out 16 hits and scored eight runs to beat Peoria 8-5.  There was some good that happened offensively in this one though.  Taiwan Easterling was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs.  Paul Hoilman and Chadd Krist who was recently promoted from Boise each had two hits.  Krist also drove in a run as did Wes Darvill and Pin-Chieh Chen.  Jose Rosario was pretty good on the mound giving up one run on seven hits in six innings of work.  Justin Berg and the defense let Rosario down giving up five runs, one earned on three hits in .2 innings.  Hunter Cervenka struggled as well giving up two runs on six hits in 2.1 innings.  After a five run seventh and a two run ninth Peoria just didn’t have enough left to come back.

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Palm Beach scored four times in the lst four innings to beat Daytona 5-4.  Matt Loosen got the start pitching 6.2 innings.  He gave up four runs, three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out six.  Eduardo Figueroa took the loss in relief.  He gave up the go ahead run in .2 innings.  At the plate Rubi Silva had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a triple and a runs scored.  John Andreoli, Rebel Ridling, Rafael Lopez, and Dustin Harrington each had a hit and Ridling drove one in.  Matt Szczur and Taylor Davis each had an RBI for the Cubs on Thursday as well.  Another game on Thursday where it looked like the Cubs affiliate was in command, but ended up losing.

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Tennessee was postponed on Wednesday so they played two on Thursday.  All the scoring for game one came in the first inning when Tennessee scored one, but Birmingham scored four.  The score would stand and Tennessee lost 4-1.  Staring pitcher Zach Rosscup didn’t last long allowing four runs on four hits and walking two and only recording one out.  In relif Ty’Relle Harris and Kevin Rhoderick held the Baron scoreless the rest of the way to give the Smokies a chance.  Philip Humber started his rehab assignmnet and held the Smokies to only two hits and one run.  Junior Lake led the game off with a double and scored the Smokies lone run when he was driven in by Jae-Hoon HaJustin Bour had the other Smokies hit in game one.

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Three Tennessee runs in the second inning was plenty for Nicholas Struck as Smokies won game two 3-0.  Struck wsa outstanding allowing no runs on only three hits while walking none and striking out seven in six innings.  Frank Batista came on to pitch a scoreless seventh to recrord his 17th save.  The Smokies RBIs came from the bottom of the order with Nelson Perez driving in two with a triple and Chad Noble then driving him in.  Jae-Hoon Ha was the only Smokie player with a multi hit game as he went 2-for-4.  After dropping the first one it was nice to see them come back and get game two.

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Iowa wins a crazy one in Omaha on Thursday.  Trailing 7-2 after three innings Iowa started there come back with a four run fourth.  After adding on in the sixth, they scored five more and eventually won 12-11.  They had 15 hits to go along with those 12 runs so there was a lot of good offensively.  Adrian Cardenas and Diory Hernandez each had three hits.  Hernandez hit a home run, scored two runs, and drove in two.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.  Welington Castillo also had two hits, including a hom run.  He also scored two runs and drove in three.  Brett Jackson was back in the lineup delivering a hit and walking three times.  He drove in on run, scored two, and stole his 21st base of the season.  Josh Vitters had two more hits, including his 26th double, he also scored a run and drove one in.  Chris Volstad got the start and was not very good allowing seven runs, five earned in just two innings.  The Cubs would use five arms out of the pen to finish this one Alberto Cabrera earning his second win of the season.  Jay Jackson pitched a scoreless eighth and Michael Bowden recorded his second save of the season striking out two in a scoreless ninth.  It’s nice to come out on top of a crazy one like that.

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What a crazy night throughout the Cubs system.

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Mark

7/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recaps for July 3.

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Trailing after the first by four the AZL Cubs came all the way back to tie the game at seven, but gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose 8-7.  Isaac Garsez had a great day at the plate going 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI’s.  The Cubs also had two hits a piece from Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers.  Lockhart added two RBI’s and Garrett Schlect also drove in one on the day.  Not much good came from the pitching staff with Carlos Martinez-Pumarino getting the start, but only lasting .1 innings.  Matt Iannazzo took the loss in relief giving up the game winner in the bottom of the ninth.  The lone bright spot out of the bullpen on Tuesday was Alvido Jimenez who struck out three and only gave up one hit in 3.2 innings.

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A late rally wasn’t enough on Tuesday as Boise lost to Tri-City 6-4.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders had a double and drove in two runs on the night.  Losing pitcher Ian Dickson got the start, but could only last one inning as he gave up three runs, two earned on three hits.  Rafael Diplan pitched well in relief throwing three solid innings.  He lowered his ERA to .61.

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The offense for Peoria struggled once again on Tuesday losing to Kane County 4-1.  Starting pitcher Joseph Zeller took the loss pitching five innings giving up two runs on six hits.  Hunter Cervenka was really good out of the bullpen allowing only one hit and striking out four in three innings of work.  Dustin Geiger, Wes Darvill, and Yasiel Balaguert were the only Chiefs players who recorded hits on Tuesday.

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Daytona was trailing seven headed to the eighth before putting up six to trail by one, but that was where the comeback stopped as Daytona fell to Lakeland 9-8.  A lot of good things happened offensively on Tuesday.  Rubi Silva was 3-for-5 including a triple with a run scored and two RBI’s.  John Andreoli, Rebel Ridling, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits on the night with Bonne adding two RBI’s and Ridling and Andreoli had one a piece.  Austin Kirk got the start and took the loss on Tuesday.  He gave up five runs on six hits in four innings of work.  The bullpen didn’t fair much better with Matthew Spencer and Scott Weismann each gave up two runs in their relief outings.

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Tennessee gave up four in the seventh and five in the eighth to drop the game 11-6.  Michael Burgess had two hits, including a triple.  He also drove in four runs and scored one.  Junior Lake and Nelson Perez each a hit on the day and drove in a run.  Logan Watkins also had two hits including a triple and he also scored a run.  The pitching staff didn’t fair too well.  Trey McNutt got the start, but didn’t factor in the decision.  He gave up two runs on seven hits in four innings of work.  Jeffry Antigua, Keven Rhoderick, and Casey Weathers all struggled in their relief appearances, with Rhoderick taking the loss.

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Recently demoted Randy Wells  pitched good on Tuesday getting win as Iowa won 3-2.  Wells gave up one run on three hits in five innings.  He also struck out four and walked two.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Jay Jackson each recorded a hold and Michael Bowden earned his first save of the season.  Offensively Josh Vitters was the star once again going 1-for-3 with two RBI’s.  Blake DeWitt drove in the other Cubs run on the day.  Brett Jackson had one hit, stole his 18th base and scored a run.

Another rough day for the Cubs minor leaguers.

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Mark