A look around the Cubs minor leagues system on Saturday June, 16.
Boise got the scoring early, but saw the lead slip away in the middle innings. Catcher Wilson Contreras and first baseman Rock Shoulders each hit their first home run of the year on Saturday. Gioskar Amaya had a triple and Dong-Yub Kim added a double. Marco Hernandez and Eduardo Gonzalez each had RBI’s for the Hawks. Starting pitcher James Pugliese took the loss as he gave up three runs on six hits in five innings of work. Amaury Paulino struggled in his two innings giving up four runs on five hits. Roderik Pichardo pitched a scoreless inning for Boise.
Peoria was trailing 5-2 when play was suspended by rain. The game will pick up where it left off in the bottom of the fourth. Peoria went down by five early, but will have the bases loaded and one out with Yaniel Cabezas coming to the plate looking to continue their comeback against Clinton. The game will be followed by a seven inning game on Sunday.
The struggling Rebel Ridling launched his eighth homer of the year to give Tennessee a 2-1 win on Saturday. The story of the game was the pitching performance of the Smokies. Eric Jokisch was outstanding once again as he pitched six strong innings giving up one run on four hits. His ERA now stands at 1.42. Not to be outdone Marcus Hatley pitched two scoreless innings as he earned his third win of the year. Frank Batista closed the game in the ninth recording his 10th save of the season. The only other run the Smokies scored was driven in by James Adduci. Michael Burgess and Logan Watkins also had hits on the night.
Iowa got down early and never could rebound as they lost 9-1. Chris Rusin was not good on Saturday as he gave up eight runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings. The bright spot for the Cubs tonight was Josh Vitters as he went 4-for-4 including a double and a run scored. Brett Jackson also had a double and drove in the Cubs only run of the day. Anthony Rizzo played again on Saturday also adding a double. In relief Jay Jackson struck out five in 3.2 innings and Jeff Beliveau threw a scoreless inning.
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