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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Thanks for Reading,
Mark

 

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.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.


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Peoria jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and that was all they needed as they knocked off Clinton 3-1.  Starling Peralta was very good for the Chiefs as he worked four innings only allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out two.  Zeke DeVoss got things started at the top as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored.  Paul Hoilman continues to hit the ball hard as he went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, he is now hitting .298 on the season.

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Heartbreaking, that’s the only way you can describe the D-Cubs loss to Clearwater as they fell 2-1, giving up both runs in the top of the ninth.  The blown save spoiled Austin Kirk’s outstanding performance on the mound.  Kirk, who has been one of the best pitchers in the Cubs organization this year went 8 scoreless innings, only allowing seven hits, walking none, and striking out four, his ERA is now at 2.34 on the season.  Micah Gibbs, Rubi Silva, and Dustin Harrington all had three hits at the plate as Daytona finished with one run on nine hits.

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The Smokies held Mobile in check all night, but that was almost not good enough as Mobile’s comeback came up short giving the Smokies a 4-3 win.  Mobile only had two hits on the night, but managed to plate three runs, timely hitting I guess.  Eric Jokisch was really good for the Smokies tossing five innings of one hit baseball, he only allowed two runs, walked one, and struck out three.  Kevin Rhoderick came on in relief and was lights out, what else is new, his ERA drops to 0.90 on the season.  Luis Flores was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and an RBI.  Jae-Hoon Ha popped his second home run of the season, and James Adduci finished his day 2-for-2, he’s now hitting .312 on the year.

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Anthony Rizzo did not start so might as well skip this game, I’m kidding of course.  Rodrigo Lopez started this game and left after one pitch with a sore groin.  Jay Jackson jumped into duty and was terrific going five innings allowing one run on three hits, he walked two, and struck out five.  Carlos Marmol got some work in on his way back to the Cubs, he worked one inning, giving up a hit and a walk with a strike out.  The I-Cubs only managed five hits, but had just enough to pull out a 2-1 win.  Luis Valbuena was 1-for-4 at the plates with a game winning solo home run in the ninth inning.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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.  

 

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/14/12, enjoy.

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Kyler Burke was good again on the mound for Peoria, unfortunately he left with a no decision after six strong innings of work.  Austin Kirk took over and was awesome, going two innings to come out with the win as Peoria knocked off Burlington for their fourth straight victory.  Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-4, which accounted for 1/3rd of Peoria’s hits in the victory.

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 All the scoring in this game took place in the first innings as Daytona scratched out a 2-1 victory over Brevard County.  Nelson Perez was the only offense for Daytona as he went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI’s.  Austin Kirk was stellar on the mound for Daytona, what else is new.  Kirk went seven strong innings only yielding one run on six hits.  Kirk improved to 2-0 and dropped his ERA to 1.75 on the season.  Tony Zych came on in the 9th and shut the door for his fourth save of the season.

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Game 1:  The Smokies made up for a season’s worth of frustration against Jackson by pounding out 13 hits and scoring 15 runs to beat the Generals.  Logan Watkins and Rebel Ridling each had 4 RBI’s, and Michael Burgess chipped in with 3 of his own.  Junior Lake hit his first home run of the season en route to a 2-for-2 day in which he scored four runs.  Lost in all of the offense was Trey McNutt’s longest outing of the season as he went 5 strong innings for the win.

Game 2:  This game resembled the typical Smokies-Generals matchup.  The Generals pitching was too much for the Smokies, especially after that outburst in the first game.  The Smokies only managed one run on seven hits in the defeat.  Dallas Beeler went complete, well 7 innings which is how long the game lasted, but ended up with the loss.     

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Another game, and another bomb from Anthony Rizzo, his 12th of the season already.  That was enough for Rodrigo Lopez as he was awesome going five strong innings to pick up his first win of the season.  Blake Lalli hit a solo home run in the 5th to extend the lead and give the I-Cubs just enough to come out on top 3-1.  Scott Maine came on in the 9th inning to close the door earning his 2nd save of the season. 

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/9: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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Peoria dropped a nail biter to Belot on Wednesday night but that’s not the story.  The story is Paul Hoilman going 2-for-4 and extending his hit streak to 22 games which is a franchise record, Hoilman is now hitting .310 on the season.  Taiwan Easterling and Oliver Zapata each had two hits in the losing effort.  Kyler Burke was outstanding on the mound for Peoria going 6 and 1/3rd of an inning while only allowing two runs, it wasn’t enough however as Burke dropped to 0-2 on the season.

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 Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 at the plate, and that was it as Daytona could only muster two hits the whole night in a 5-1 loss to Charlotte.  Zach Cates was tagged for the loss as he went five innings while allowing four runs on 8 hits, he falls to 0-5 on the season.

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 The Smokies were also shut down on Wednesday night as they could only manage one run on four hits in a 4-1 loss to Birmingham.  Logan Watkins was the only threat in the Smokies lineup going 3-for-4 with a double.  Dallas Beeler took the loss after giving up three runs across 3 and 1/3rds of an inning.  Beeler falls to 0-2 despite a respectable ERA of 3.89.

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 That one hurts, the I-Cubs rallied for six runs in the 8th inning to take a 7-2 lead only to watch that lead disappear in the final two innings ending in an 8-7 loss to Fresno.  Luis Valbuena and Alfredo Amezaga each had two hits in the losing effort.  Anthony Rizzo had the big hit of the game, at least at that point as he drove his PCL leading 10th home run over the wall for a 3-2 Iowa lead.  Fresno rallied for three in the 8th and three in the 9th to steal victory away from Iowa.  Frankie De La Cruz was outstanding out of the pen going three scoreless innings in relief of Rodrigo Lopez.  Frank Batista and Scott Maine couldn’t slam the door on the victory and they each gave up three runs in relief.

Thanks for reading,
– George