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

6/14: 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.

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Mark

6-7: Around the Minor League System

Minor League recap for June 7.

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 Peoria’s pitching was magnificent once again as the Chiefs shutout Cedar Rapids on Thursday.  Michael Jensen got his sixth win of the season as he only gave up one hit and struck out seven in five innings.  Not to be outdone Felix Pena struck out five in two innings and Hunter Cervenka added two strikeouts in his two innings as he recorded his first save of the season.  Cervenka’s ERA now stands at 0.73.  Taiwan Easterling and Anthony Giansanti each had an RBI, which would prove to be all the Chiefs would need.

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Tennessee got the scoring started early, but Mississippi would score the next seven taking a commanding 7-1 through the top of five.  After Tennessee got a run back in the fifth, they would score four in the sixth with RBI’s from Nate Samson, Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, and Justin Bour.  After the Smokies tied the game in the eighth, Logan Watkins won the game with a walkoff single in the ninth to give Tennessee an 8-7 win.  The top of the order did a great job as Logan Watkins led off and had two hits, two walk, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha hit second and had three hits, an RBI, and two runs scored.  The number three hitter Junior Lake went 3-for-3 and had two RBI’s.  Cleanup hitter Justin Bour had two hits and three RBI’s as well.  Matthew Cerda also contributed three hits on the evening.  Dae-Eun Rhee struggled in his five innings of work, but the bullpen shut the Braves out for the last four innings and Alberto Cabrera got his second win of the year.  A great comback for the Smokies.

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 Iowa scored two runs in the eighth to get the win 5-4 on Thursday night.  After Nashville opened the scoring, Iowa came right back in the bottom of the second to tie the game on an RBI single by Dave Sappelt.  The Cubs would score two more in the third on an Anthony Rizzo groundout followed by an RBI double by Josh Vitters.  Nashville would get the next three runs off of Chris Volstad who pitched seven innings giving up four runs, three of which were earned.  Going into the bottom of the eighth Iowa trailed 4-3 until Ty Wright came up and connected on a two-run homer, his fourth of the year to give the Cubs the lead.  Scott Maine threw a scoreless ninth recording his fourth save of the season.  Jeff Beliveau got the win.

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Another good night for the Cubs system, this time two come from behind wins.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

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. 

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– 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.

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– George

Cubs Watch Five Run Lead Disappear in Loss

Cubs radio play-by-play voice Pat Hughes hit the nail on the head entering the sixth inning when he said it’s a completely different team out there.  Such is spring training, the longer the game goes the earlier in the Spring the more players are swapped in and out.  The Cubs dominated for the first six innings today, as they built up a 6-1 lead by the bottom of the 4th inning behind a three run shot by Blake Dewitt in the second, and run scoring singles by Clevenger and Barney in the fourth.  The Cubs were clicking on all cylinders as they were working counts where necessary and jumping on fastballs early in the count when the situation called for it.

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