Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 20, 2016

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 20, 2016

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After trailing all night the Iowa Cubs were able to tie the game up at two in the eighth only to see New Orleans walk-off in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 win.

At the Plate:

  • Juan Perez got a chance out of the lead-off spot and came through; he went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Albert Almora is really swinging it right now; he went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored; he’s now hitting .368 on the season.
  • Matt Murton (!) got the start in left tonight; he went 2-for-4 in the loss.
  • Munenori Kawasaki was 1-for-2 with two walks; clearly he has taken the approach of the major league club down to Iowa with him.

On the Mound:

  • Drew Rucinski was brilliant last night, but had to settle for a no-decision. He worked six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking two, and striking out ten.
  • Carl Edwards Jr. had a nice bounce back effort last night; he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.
  • Spencer Patton struggled with command but battled through it; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Brandon Gomes took the loss in this one; he worked just 1/3rd of an inning, giving up one run on two hits.

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A tough loss for the Smokies as they rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth then watched as the Biscuits scored three times in the ninth en route to a 5-4 victory.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Skulina got the start and struggled with finding the plate; he worked 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on three hits while walking four, and striking out one.
  • Gerardo Concepcion might actually be figuring it out; he was good again last night. Concepcion worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.
  • Juan Paniagua was also solid in relief; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one.
  • David Garner had a rough go of it, and was hung with the loss. Garner worked one inning, giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out two.

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The Pelicans didn’t have much going offensively in this one, but they found just enough as they scored three times in the eighth to beat the Winston-Salem Dash 4-1.

At the Plate:

  • Ian Happ has had a really solid start to the year; he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and is now hitting .296 on the season.
  • Yasiel Balaguert was one of the offensive heroes last night; he went 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, and has now knocked in eight on the season.
  • Daniel Lockhart went 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored in the win.
  • David Bote provided the big blow in this one; he went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Brilliance from Zach Hedges; he worked seven innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • James Farris was just as good in relief, and picked up his second save of the season. Farris worked two scoreless/hitless innings while walking one, and striking out three.

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Eight runs over the first three innings put this one to bed early.  The South Bend Cubs pounded out thirteen hits and eight runs on their way to an 8-4 laugher last night.

At the Plate: (There’s a lot)

  • Eloy Jimenez had a solid game; he went 2-for-3 with a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Eddy Martinez broke out of a small slump; he was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, he now has seven RBI’s on the season.
  • Daniel Spingola has been red hot as of late; he went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, and a run scored; he’s now hitting .405 on the season.
  • Tyler Alamo has been great in the early going this year; he went 3-for-4 with a double, and an RBI; he’s now hitting .455 on the season.
  • Sutton Whiting, P.J. Higgins, Donnie Dewees, and Matt Rose all finished the night with one hit a piece.

On the Mound:

  • Justin Steele has had a rough start to 2016, but last night was a step in the right direction. Steele worked five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking one, and striking out six to pick up his first win of the year.
  • Craig Brooks was good once again in relief; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Scott Effross was also solid; he worked two innings, giving up one run, unearned, on three hits while striking out two.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 14, 2016

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016

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The Iowa Cubs got some solid pitching, and were able to push across a couple runs late to beat New Orleans 4-2, and move to 3-5 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez finished off his rehab with Iowa by going 2-for-4 with a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach has been red hot to start the year; he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .407 on the season.
  • Albert Almora is starting to heat up; he went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win.
  • Kristopher Negron is also swinging it well; he went 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Ihrig got the start and was solid; he worked four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Brandon Gomes was tremendous out of the pen, and picked up the win. Gomes worked two scoreless/hitless innings while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Jean Machi picked up a hold; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up two hits while walking one.
  • Felix Pena was roughed up a bit; he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while striking out two.
  • Spencer Patton picked up his first save of the season; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while striking out one.

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An early 3-0 faded away in this one as the Smokies watch the Barons score five unanswered runs en route to a 5-3 victory.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Brad Markey was pretty solid once again; he worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Corey Black pitched relatively well but gave up the lead late; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.
  • Josh Conway picked up the loss in relief; he worked one innings, giving up two runs on one hit while striking out three.

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The Pelican defense was not up to par in this one as they committed three errors which played a huge roll in a 3-2 loss to Carolina last night.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford has a relatively tame game by his standards; he went 1-for-5 with his third double of the season.
  • Gleyber Torres is starting to trend in the right direction; he went 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • Jason Volser had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez was hit and miss in this one; he made one of the costly errors, but finished the night going 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges was really good in this one; unfortunately he was still hung with the loss. Hedges worked 6.2 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on seven hits while walking three, and striking out one.
  • Daury Torrez kept things close out of the pen; he worked 1.1 scoreless/hitless innings while striking out two.

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Not a whole lot went right for South Bend last night as they were down 8-1 after two innings, and could only manage two runs on five hits in the 10-2 loss.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is Mr. Triples; he went 2-for-3 with a walk, two triples which brings his season total up to FOUR, and had two runs scored.
  • Tyler Alamo was 2-for-3 with a walk in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Justin Steele didn’t have it, which is probably an understatement. Steele worked just two innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Scott Effross was effective out of the pen; he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.
  • Craig Brooks also got some solid work in; he tossed two innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Scott Frazier worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 13, 2016

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016

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The Iowa Cubs finally found the offensive explosion that they have been searching for as they scored eight times over the first five innings en route to a 9-5 victory over New Orleans.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara ripped his first home run of the season; he went 1-for-4 with a walk, said homer, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach has had a great start; he went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, and is now hitting .391 on the season.
  • Albert Almora is getting on base quite a bit; he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and three runs scored.
  • Juan Perez had a huge day; he went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI’s, and one run scored.
  • Logan Watkins couldn’t make an out yesterday; he went 4-for-4 with a double, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Stephen Fife got the start and was brilliant; he worked 4.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Miguel Mejia was torched, but picked up the win (the win stat is horrible); he worked an inning, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero turned in another solid outing; he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.
  • Carl Edwards Jr. was roughed up a bit; he worked one inning, giving up two runs on two hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Spencer Patton finished this one off by working a scoreless ninth inning.

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All Smokies in this one, Tennessee jumped out to a 7-0 lead en route to a 7-3 victory over Birmingham.  The Smokies pounded out 13 hits, and walked six times, nice to see the “Cubs Way” permeating the organization.

At the Plate:

  • Big night for Jeimer Candelario; he went 3-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Taylor Davis has been solid this year; he went 2-for-4 with a walk, and two runs scored to bring his average to .333 on the season.
  • Bijan Rademacher doesn’t appear to be bothered by AA pitching; he went 3-for-5 with his second dinger of the year, four RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Anthony Giansanti went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.
  • Carlos Penalver also chipped in; he went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn got the start and was brilliant in picking up his first win of the season. Pauly worked six scoreless innings, giving up four hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • David Garner was solid in relief; he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Andury Acevedo had a weird, horrible outing; he worked 1.1 innings giving up three runs, on NO HITS while walking FIVE, and striking out two, okay then.
  • Starling Peralta closed the door on this one by recording the final out to get out of Acevedo’s trouble, Peralta picked up his first save of the year.

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Myrtle Beach came out on the wrong end of a pretty solid game between two teams.  After falling behind 2-0 early the Pelicans tied things up in the third and it stayed that way until Winston-Salem scored twice in the ninth.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford has been awesome so far this year; he went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. He is now hitting .381 on the season from the lead-off spot.
  • Shawon Dunston Jr. continues to produce; he went 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.
  • I love Ian Happ, deal with it. He went 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI in the loss.
  • Yasiel Balaguert, Jason Volser, and Jeffrey Baez each finished the night with one hit a piece.

On the Mound:

  • Great effort from Jonathan Martinez after a shaky first; he worked seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • James Pugliese picked up the loss in relief; he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out three.

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A huge fourth inning propelled South Bend to a 6-5 victory over Bowling Green.  Things got a little uneasy late in this one as the Hot Rods pulled to within one before their rally fizzled out.

At the Plate:

  • Remember how much I love Ian Happ? I love Donnie Dewees just as much; he went 3-for-4 with his second double of the year, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  He is now hitting .440 on the season, that’s basically unpossible.
  • Sutton Whiting had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Bryant Flete has been very good this year as well; he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .429 on the season.
  • Tyler Alamo chipped in from the nine spot in the order; he went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Preston Morrison struggled a bit with command but was good enough to pick up his first win of the season. Morrison worked six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking four, and striking out six.
  • James Norwood had a rough go of it out of the pen; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out three.
  • Greyfer Eregura was solid in picking up his first save of the year; he worked 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 10, 2016

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016

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A rough opening week for the Iowa Cubs didn’t get any easier yesterday as they lost their fourth straight game to Round Rock, 10-4.  Round Rock is stacked, and they are going to win a lot of games this year, unfortunately Iowa had to be their first victim.

At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli went 1-for-4 with a walk, and two RBI’s in the loss.
  • Dan Vogelbach continued his sold start; he was 1-for-4 with two RBI’s.
  • Kristopher Negron finished the day 2-for-4 with a run scored, he is now hitting .333 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Drew Rucinski battled in this one; he registered a quality start, but also the loss. He worked six innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Brandon Gomes kept the Cubs close as he worked a scoreless inning in relief; he gave up one hit while walking one.
  • C.J. Riefenhauser was massacred in this one, he worked just 1/3rd of an inning, giving up six runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Jean Machi was also roughed up; he worked 2/3rd of an inning, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Spencer Patton was a bright spot as he worked a scoreless inning, striking out the side while doing so.

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Another rough go of it for the Smokies’ offense in this one, unfortunately their pitching couldn’t completely shut down Mobile like they did the night before.  Tennessee had to settle for a four game split after falling 4-1.

At the Plate:

  • Chesny Young had one of the four hits by the Smokies on Sunday; he finished the day 1-for-4 and is now hitting .417 on the season.
  • Taylor Davis was 1-for-3 in the loss.
  • David Freitas has had a great start to the season; he finished yesterday 1-for-2 with a walk, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Skulina got the start and was fantastic; unfortunately he picked up the hard luck loss. He worked six innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Starling Peralta couldn’t keep things close as he worked two innings, giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • David Garner was solid out of the pen, he worked a scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out three.

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Myrtle Beach evened their 2016 record at two on Sunday as they outlasted the Frederick Keys in a 7-5 victory.  A big three run seventh inning put the game out of reach despite a late push by Frederick to make things close.

At the Plate:

  • Ian Happ went 1-for-4 with his first triple of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Yasiel Balaguert had a huge day; he went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Jason Volser was 1-for-3 with his first double of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Shawon Dunston Jr. came up with a huge hit in this one; he finished the day 2-for-4 with his first triple of the year, and three RBI’s.

 On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal wasn’t so sharp, but was able to pitch well enough to pick up the win. Leal worked five innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch was stellar out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Daury Torrez was roughed up a bit; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Jose Rosario picked up his first save of the season by recording just one out.

South Bend was snowed out.

 

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Spring Training 2016; Arms Impress in Opener

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It wasn’t the desired result for the Cubs but there were plenty of things to like in the Cubs spring training opener today against the Brewers.  Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers, C.J. Riefenhauser, and Spencer Patton combined to four hit the Brewers while walking one, and striking out thirteen.  The bats were slow to get going in this one as the Cubs group of hitters could only push across one run on seven hits.  Javier Baez got the start in center today, and struggled in the early going.  He played an out (maybe a double) into a triple right off the bat, then one hitter later he dropped a fly ball, it’ll get better.

Some of today’s standouts:

Kyle Schwarber:  1-for-3
Kris Bryant: 1-for-2
Miguel Montero: 2-for-2 with a double
Dan Vogelbach: 1-for-3 with a double, and an RBI

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