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
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.
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.
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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Minor League recap for May 31, 2012
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
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.
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.
GAME 1 (7 innings)
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)
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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No matter how the game is going right now, Cubs fans and players alike are just expecting the worst and once again the Cubs delivered. Rafael Dolis buried a 2-2 sinker into the ribs of the “dangerous” Matt Hague with the bases loaded to give the Pirates the win. Common theme during this streak and really the whole year, the Cubs never allow themselves to get beat, they beat themselves. Once again an opponent was trying to give up an out with a sac bunt in the ninth and Dolis couldn’t get a pitch close enough to the strike zone for the hitter to offer at it and he walked him. The inning would have been much different with McCutchen up with one out and a guy at second instead of 1st and 2nd and no outs. Anyway, Paul Maholm struggled with his command but battled his way through five innings in his return to Pittsburgh settling for a no decision. Alfonso Soriano was 1-for-4 at the plate with his 5th home run of the season, his solo shot brought the Cubs back to within one in the 4th inning. Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 at the plate as well with a big two-out RBI triple in the 5th inning to tie the game at two. Unfortunately for the Cubs they only managed six hits, and couldn’t string anything together, one thing they are good at stringing together is losses, the streak now sits at 11. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Per Dale Sveum Carlos Marmol is done closing games for the Cubs. While good news for most Cubs fans, there is still a problem. Marmol is still on the team and can’t throw strikes and has zero confidence. When can Sveum use him? Sveum said he would look to Rafael Dolis and James Russell to pick up the slack.
Jeff “Shark” Samardzija was outstanding once again tonight winning his third game of the year. He gave up one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking two. Helping Samardzija tonight was the Cubs defense as they made several good plays, including a great diving stop by Blake Dewitt to start a pretty inning ending double play. Offensively, The Cubs got the scoring started in the second when Bryan LaHair led the inning off with a solo home run, his sixth of the year. The Cubs then did something they have not done much this year when Ian Stewart hit his second home run of the year. Yes, you read that correctly the Cubs hit two home runs in the same night. The rare events would not end there as Geovany Soto extended the Cubs lead to 3-1 with a two out RBI single in the sixth, his first hit with runners in scoring position after previously going 0-10 this season. Just to prove it was the Cubs night, Carlos Marmol worked a perfect ninth to end the game with no drama. This was definitely a good win for the Cubs. They made some several good plays defensively throughout the game, hit some homers, had a clutch two out hit, and got some great pitching. Hopefully more good baseball to come as things have been a lot better as of late. Full Box Score after the jump.
Full recap, box score, and highlights after the jump.
The Cubs have decided to start the 2012 season with 14 position players, and 11 bullpen guys. Sveum and company feel that with early season day offs that they will be fine carrying 11 pitchers. The Cubs claimed infielder Luis Valbuena off of waivers, so he will be the 14th position player on the active roster.