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 15, 2016

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016

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Round Rock doesn’t like losing to Iowa, they haven’t done yet in four games this year.  Tonight the Express jumped in front of Iowa 3-0 in the first, and 7-3 at the end of five before hanging on for an 8-6 win.

At the Plate:

  • Dan Vogelbach is swinging it; he went 1-for-4 with his first dinger of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Albert Almora is having a solid 2016 so far; he went 1-for-4 and is now hitting .280 on the season.
  • Ryan Kalish went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Drew Rucinski was torched tonight as he picked up his second loss of the season. Rucinski worked 4.1 innings, giving up seven runs on five hits while walking four, and striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis stopped the bleeding somewhat; he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • C.J. Reifenhauser worked just 1/3rd of an inning while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero kept things close by working a scoreless inning.

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An early explosion of runs by both teams made the final rather surprising; the Smokies led 3-2 after two innings and held on for a 4-2 win over Birmingham.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann snapped out of a slump tonight; he went 2-for-4 with his second double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher is reaching levels that not many have seen; he was 1-for-1 with an RBI, and three walks tonight; he is not hitting .524 on the season, crazy.
  • Mark Zagunis, Chesny Young, and Billy McKinney all finished 1-for-4.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Skulina got the start, and picked up his first win of the season; Skulina worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Juan Paniagua was outstanding in relief, he worked two scoreless/hitless innings while striking out one.
  • Starling Peralta was just as good; he also worked two scoreless/hitless innings while striking out two to pick up his second save of the season.

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Myrtle Beach was completely handcuffed tonight as they were shut out by Carolina 2-0.  The Pelicans could only manage two hits in the loss, definitely a great performance from Max Povse, the starter for the Mudcats.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres did a nice job of getting on base tonight, but that was about it for the Pelicans; Torres went 0-for-2 with two walks, and was caught stealing.
  • Jason Volser was 1-for-3 with his third double of the season in the loss.
  • Gioskar Amaya was the only other Pelican to register a hit; he finished the night 1-for-2 with a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start and saw his record fall to 0-2 on the season. Clifton worked 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking three, and striking out six.
  • Jordan Minch worked in and out of trouble tonight; he worked 2.1 scoreless innings giving up five hits.
  • James Farris worked a scoreless inning to keep things close.

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Some sloppy baseball from South Bend tonight as they made four errors en route to getting destroyed by Fort Wayne, 10-3.

At the Plate:

  • Sutton Whiting and Donnie Dewees each picked up an RBI in this one, Whiting added a base hit.
  • J. Higgins went 1-for-3 with his second double of the season, a walk, and a run scored in the loss.
  • Nice to see some production from Eddy Martinez; he went 1-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.
  • Daniel Spingola had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Ian Rice has been awesome so far this year; he went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .444 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Kellogg got the start tonight, and picked up his first loss of the season. Kellogg worked 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Casey Bloomquist wasn’t terribly effective out of the pen; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out two.
  • John Williamson was also touched up a bit; he worked an inning, giving up three runs, one earned, on one hit while walking two.
  • Greyfer Eregua worked a scoreless eighth inning to keep things from getting worse.

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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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