Kane County Cougars Opening Day Lineup

Here is the lineup for tonight, plenty of guys to keep an eye on.  Vogelbach anchors the lineup in the three hole, Shoulders can mash the ball, Amaya is a solid 2B prospect, Trey Martin is a wonder to watch play defense in CF.  Also, 2013 first round draft pick Pierce Johnson gets the start.  Go Cougars!

LF – Chen
2B – Amaya
1B – Vogelbach
3B – Candelario
DH – Shoulders
SS – Hernandez
C – Contreras
RF – Zapata
CF – Martin

Starting pitcher – Pierce Johnson

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– George

Kane County Cougars Release Tentative Roster, Vogelbach Included

Finally a Cubs farm team is close to Chicago!  It will be a fun Spring and Summer getting to go see this team play in person so often.  A guy you don’t see on this list is Albert Almora, odds are once he is healthy he will be patrolling CF for the Cougars and Martin will move to one of the corner spots, making up a very talented defensive outfield.  In the meantime, Daniel Vogelbach probably headlines this roster, but there are some quality prospects on this team for Cubs fans to go see.  Right handed pitcher, and 2012 first round draft pick Pierce Johnson will be in the rotation, Rock Shoulders, and Gioskar Amaya will also be guys to watch.  Another thing I like is that a lot of these guys played together last year in Boise, so there is a lot of familiarity there.

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– George

Felix Pena Pitches Boise Into The Championship Series!

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Boise beat Yakima on Wednesday night 3-2 in a thrilling winner take all game three.  Felix Pena was the story in this one pitching seven scoreless innings allowing five hits and striking out two.  The Hawks got the scoring started as they scored three in the third inning.  Wilson Contreras started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Trey Martin followed with a single and runners were on at the corners with Gioskar Amaya at the plate.  Contreras scored the first Boise run on a wild pitch and after an Amaya walk, Stephen Bruno flew out for the first out of the inning.  Jeimer Candelario walked to load the bases for Dan Vogelbach who hit a towering fly ball to left.  It appeared the left fielder Michael Lang was under it, but he lost it in the lights and the ball fell for a single driving in two more runs.  Marco Hernandez grounded into a double play and the third inning ended with Boise up 3-0.  Felix Pena continued throwing up zeros and the game went to the bottom of the eighth with the Hawks leading 3-0.  Brian Smith relieved Pena and got in trouble right away giving up a single to the first batter and walking the second.  The next batter hit a slow ground ball to Gioskar Amaya who attempted to get the force out at second base, but threw it away and the Bears now had one run in and runners on second and third.  Yakima added a run and moved the tying run to third base after a ground out to Amaya.  Eduardo Orozco relieved Smith and got a big strike out for the second out of the inning.  With the tying run on third base Jacob House hit a ball up the middle that Gioskar Amaya made a diving stop on and threw House out from his knees for the third out of the eighth.  Boise threatened in the ninth, but came up empty and it was onto the bottom half with Boise up 3-2.  Orozco stayed in the game and quickly got the first out via the strikeout.  The next batter grounded out to Amaya and Boise was now one out away from the series.  The last chance for Yakima, the speedy Michael Lang hit a slow roller to shortstop Marco Hernandez who came up with a great play to give Boise the win and NWL East Division Championship.  Orozco was great in relief recording the last five outs, notching his first save of the postseason and giving Felix Pena the win.  Albert Almora had another hit on Wednesday, bringing his average to .417 in the three game series.  Boise will travel to Vancouver to play game one on Thursday night, with game two and game three if necessary to be held in Boise on Saturday and Sunday.

Graphics by George and thanks for reading,
-Mark

8/20: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Monday, August 20 Cubs minor league report.  After a couple days of being rained out Daytona had a scheduled off day on Monday.

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The AZL Cubs dropped Monday night’s game to the Padres 5-1.  The good new first, Paul Blackburn started and pitched well.  He pitched four innings allowing no runs on two hits and four strike outs.  The bad news now, Rafael Dolis gave up three runs, two earned in 1.1 innings in taking the loss.  Arturo Maltos-Garcia couldn’t keep the game close allowing two runs in just .2 innings and Daniel Adrian pitched the final two innings on Monday.  The Cubs didn’t do much offensively, but there were a few bright spots.  Carlos Penalver and Yasiel Balaguert were each 2-for-4 and Penalver scored a run.  Danie Lockhart and Justin Marra each had a hit with Marra driving in the only Cubs run in the game.  David Bote and Trevor Gretzky each had a hit in the loss.  The Cubs will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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Boise got off to a great start on Monday, but gave up six runs in the last three innings to lose 8-7.  Ian Dickson started and pitched five innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits, while striking out four.  Hunter Ackerman had a tough night, giving up four runs on three hits in 2.2 innings.  Tyler Bremer was the losing pitcher in this one as he gave up two runs.  Dan Vogelbach had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a home run.  Marco Hernandez hit a home run hit his fifth home run of the season and drove in two RBIs.  Trey Martin also drove in two runs and Xavier Batista had an RBI as well.  Stephen Bruno continued his hot stretch at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Albert Almora ended the night with one hit and Wilson Contreras had a hit and an RBI.  It was not a good loss for the Hawks, but tomorrow is a new day.

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Wisconsin ambushed Joseph Zeller and the Chiefs beating Peoria 8-1.  Zeller struggled giving up seven runs, five earned on 10 hits in six innings.  Willengton Cruz and Luis Liria pitched the final two innings combining to give up one unearned run.  On the offensive side Timothy Saunders continued to rake going 2-for-4 and he is now hitting .371 since going to Peoria.  Zeke DeVoss was also had two hits, one being a double.  Bijan Rademacher was 1-for-3 driving in the lone Chiefs run of the night.  Jacob Rogers and Pin-Chieh Chen each had a hit in the loss on Monday.

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With the game tied at one, Tennessee put up four in the eighth and defeated Chattanooga 5-1.  Nicholas Struck got the start and did a real nice job pitching six strong innings.  He gave up one run on six hits, walking two, and striking out three.  After Trey McNutt pitched a scoreless seventh, Brian Schlitter cam in and got the win, pitching the final two innings of this one.  Junior Lake had a nice night offensively going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Michael Brenly also had a double and he drove in two runs of his own.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Rubi Silva each had two hits and Ha scored a run.  Logan Watkins and Justin Bour each had a hit and scored a run in the win.

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After a nice stretch for Iowa they lost to Memphis on Monday 11-3.  Ty’Relle Harris got the start, but didn’t last long giving up three runs, two earned in just four innings.  Jay Jackson gave up a run in his two innings of work before giving the ball to Michael Hatley who really struggled.  Hatley didn’t record an out, but gave up six runs on three hits and four walks.  Esmailin Caridad and Brian Esposito finished off the game for Iowa combining to pitch the last three innings.  Offensively the Cubs had a few nice performances.  Greg Rohan and James Adduci each had two hits and each had an RBI in the loss.  Alfredo Amezaga and Blake Lalli also had two hits a piece and each also scored a run.  Tony Campana and Dave Sappelt both had a hit and Matt Tolbert had an RBI in the loss.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

It was not a very busy day for the minor leagues on Tuesday as the AZL Cubs and Peoria were both off and Daytona was cancelled once again.

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Boise got a great outing from Tayler Scott and the rest of the staff as they defeated Salem-Keizer 5-0.  Scott was great once again pitching five scoreless innings giving up four hits and striking out one.  He got the win and is now 5-1 on the season with a 1.88 ERA.  Tyler Bremer and Eduardo Orozco completed the shutout combing to not allow a run over the final four innings.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Xavier Batista hit his fourth home run of the season.  Daniel Vogelbach got back on track knocking in his 22nd run since going to Boise.  Trey Martin and Gioskar Amaya each had two hits, with Martin driving one run in.  After a couple of losses it was nice to see Boise get back in the win column.

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In a scoreless game until the sixth, Tennessee’s offense came to life beating Birmingham 8-2.  Jae-Hoon Ha hit his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth to get the scoring started.  Junior Lake went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Logan Watkins had two hits and an RBI as did Rubi Silva who played his first game since being promoted from Daytona.  Matt Szczur had another hit, this one a double and Elliot Soto knocked in a run of his own.  The Smokies used five pitchers to get this win.  Dallas Beeler started, but only lasted three innings.  Austin Kirk threw one scoreless inning and Casey Harman gave up two runs in 2.2 innings.  Trey McNutt got the win and Kevin Rhoderick closed things out tossing the ninth.

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Iowa exploded for 12 runs on Tuesday defeating Tucson 12-7.  This game was all about the offense as every starting position player had at least one hit, including the first six who had two a piece.  Greg Rohan had two more hits and two more RBIs, he is now hitting .346 with 17 RBIs while in Iowa.  Blake Lalli, James Adduci, and Dave Sappelt all had two hits and drove in one run.  Tony Campana led things off and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base.  Juan Apodaca had an RBI and Nate Samson went 3-for-5 with an RBI of his own.  Marcus Hatley got the win in relief pitching two scoreless innings.  Scott Maine and Jairo Asencio combined to toss the last three scoreless innings.  Ty’Relle Harris started and struggled giving up seven runs on nine hits in four innings.  Iowa hasn’t had one like this in a while, it was nice to see the offense come around.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the Cubs system.  Daytona was postponed and Iowa suspended in the top of the fifth.

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The AZL Cubs got things going early taking a 6-1 lead after three innings and they never looked back winning 8-3.   Albert Almora had one of his best games as a Cubs going 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.  Dan Lockhart, Alberto Mineo, and Trevor Gretzky all had two hits of their own.  Gretzy drove in two and scored a run on the night as well.  Garrett Schlect and Shawon Dunston each had a hit and an RBI and Schlect stole three bags.  The Cubs used three pitchers to get this win with Anthony Prieo pitching the first three, striking out three and allowing one run.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino threw the next three allowing two runs and striking out four.  Finally Steve Perakslis pitched the last three striking out two allowing no runs on one hit in getting his third win of the season.

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Boise stayed hot beating Salem-Keizer 4-1.  The first question on everyone’s mind will be, did Dan Vogelbach hit another home run?  No he did not, but he did go 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Izaac Garsez did hit a home run and drove in two runs.  Trey Martin went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Wilson Contreras had three hits of his own, scoring two runs as well.  Pierce Johnson got his first start in Boise pitching two innings allowing one run on four hits, while striking out two.  Felix Pena pitched great out of the bullpen in getting his second win of the season.  He gave up no runs on two hits, striking out four in five innings.  Eduardo Orozco earned his fourth save pitching the final two innings allowing one hit and striking one out.  If Boise can keep this up it looks like they will be well on their way to a winning the second half.

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Powered by a Jorge Soler grandslam Peoria beat Beloit 5-3.  We were at the game so will do a more in depth recap with a bunch of pictures and stuff Sunday.

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Daytona was postponed and will play a double header tomorrow.

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Dae-Eun Rhee pitched great leading Tennessee to a 2-0 win.  Rhee pitched six strong innings allowing no runs on six hits, while striking out three.  Tony Zych pitched the next two scoreless innings striking out three batters and Brian Schlitter recorded his fourth save pitching a scoreless ninth.  Matt Szczur continued his strong week going 2-for-3 with a walk and an outfield assist.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Matt Cerda, and Michael Brenly each had a hit, with Brenly and Ha driving in the lone Smokies runs.

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Iowa scored five in the first, but gave up two in the third before the rain came.  The game will be continued tomorrow with Iowa leading 5-2 in the top of the fifth.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Looking at the Cubs system on Monday, August 8.  Daytona had the day off.

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The AZL Cubs were able to tie the game at eight in the bottom of the ninth, but gave up two in the 10th to lose 10-8.  Pierce Johnson took the mound for the second time and thew two scoreless innings, striking out two.  As good as Carlos Martinez-Pumarino was in his first 29 innings pitched Monday was a real struggle.  He gave up seven runs, six earned on seven hits in just 1.1 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar struck out two in two scoreless innings.  Alvido Jimenez took the loss, his third of the season giving up two runs in the tenth.  Justin Marra had really nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Garrett Schlecht also had three hits on the night and drove one in.  David Bote had two RBIs and Ben Carhart added one.  Albert Almora had one hit and Jorge Soler was back in the lineup going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

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Wow, Boise did it again beating Everett 11-7.  The story in this one was the offense as they pounded out 14 hits to go along with the 11 runs they scored.  After a rough game yesterday Gioskar Amaya got back on track, going 3-for-5 with a home run.  Rock Shoulders got the start at first tonight and delivered going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Carlos Escobar had two hits including a home run and two RBIs.  Stephen Bruno also hit a homer and ended with two RBIs as well.  Trey Martin ended the night with two RBIs and Wilson Contreras added a double and an RBI as well.  The staff struggled on Monday.  Justin Amlung started, but only lasted two innings giving up two runs.  Felix Pena did not pitch well in four innings, but did get his first win of the year.  He gave up four runs in four innings, however he did strike out five.  Nathan Dorris secured the win notching his first save of the season, striking out three in 1.1 innings.  The Hawks continue to roll and look to keep it going.

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Peoria dropped their fifth in a row losing to Clinton 8-6.  Leading 4-1 after the first, this was not the outcome Peoria had in mind.  The Chiefs did a few good things at the plate on Monday.  Bijan Rademacher, Wes Darvill, and Sergio Burruel all had two hits, Darvill and Burruel driving in a run a piece.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-5 with a double, but drove in three runs and scored one.  Zeke DeVoss added a hit out of the leadoff spot and also stole his 30th base of the season.  Zach Cates got the start, but did not factor in the decision tossing 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Pete Levitt pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and was in line for the win.  Justin Berg struggled and took the loss allowing three runs, two earned in two innings.  Jeffry Antigua couldn’t keep it close enough for the Chiefs as he gave up two runs in only one inning.  This was another tough loss for Peoria on Monday.

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Tennessee score two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies lost to Jackson 7-6.  Tennessee did have 10 hits and seven runs, so the offense did a pretty nice job.  What else can you say about Justin Bour.  He hit another home run today, his 15th of the season and ended the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  Junior Lake continued his solid season going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Matt Szczur, who has been struggling since moving to Tennessee went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Lendy Castillo started and pitched only two innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.  Dae-Eun Rhee just didn’t have it tonight, allowing six runs in five innings and taking the loss.  The story in this one was Justin Bour who is just tearing it up right now.

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Iowa gave up a run in the top of the ninth losing to Reno 2-1.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched five innings allowing only one run, while striking out four and walking three.  Blake Parker and Michael Bowden combined to throw three scoreless innings, but Jairo Asencio took the loss allowing one run in the ninth.  Greg Rohan had nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Blake Lalli also added to hits, including a double.  Alfredo Amezaga also had a double and Dave Sappelt contributed with a base hit of his own.  Unfortunately I have feeling this is how most games are going to go offensively for Iowa the rest of the way.  Let’s hope I am wrong and they can do something positive going forward.