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7/18: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor league recap for July 18th, 2012.

Tennessee Smokies were off.

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For most of the year the hitting in Arizona has been the highlight on Wednesday the pitching took center stage defeating the AZL Dodgers 4-0.  The Cubs used four pitchers to complete the three hit shutout.  Anthony Prieto started and pitched two innings striking out two while not allowing a baserunner.  Arutro Maltos-Garcia pitched two scorelss innings and Loiger Padron struck out three in his three innings of work.  Padron was awarded the win, his second of the season.  Alvido Jimenez pitched the last two innings preserving the shutout for the Cubs.  Offensively the Cubs did not do as much as we have come to expect, but there were still some highlights.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Daniel Lockhart had a hit and drove in two runs.  Neftali Rosario was 2-for-3 and scored two runs on Wednesday night.  A great performance by the staff on Wednesday led to this win.

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Boise’s two game winning streak came to an end dropping Wednesday’s game to Yakima 8-4.  Tayler Scott got the start giving up four runs in 4.2 innings.  He did not factor in the decision though as he left with the game tied.  Hayden Simpson took the loss giving up four runs in 2.1 innings.  The Cubs offense came off the bats of only a few players.  Five different players had two hits, but every other player was hitless.  Gioskar Amaya hit his fourth home run of the season and Trey Martin drove in a run with his two hits.  Jeimer Candelario had two hits and drove in two runs on Wednesday.  Stephen Bruno and Xavier Batista also had two hits a piece and scored a run.  Let’s see if the Hawks can get back on track on Thursday.

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It was an exciting game between Peoria and West Michigan, but the Chiefs did not come out on top.  Losing by two entering the eighth, Peoria tied the game and sent it to extra innings.  Peoria scored one in the tenth, but then gave up two in the bottom half to lose 9-8.  On the offensive side of things every Chiefs player had a hit.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Zeke DeVoss also had two hits and drove in two on the night.  Javier Baez continued his hot stretch adding two more hits, bringing his average to .333.  Bijan Rademacher and Oliver Zapata each drove in a run for Peoria.  The pitching was up and down on Wednesday Jose Rosario and Sheldon McDonald were not very good responsible for the first seven runs West Michigan gave up on Wednesday.  Luis Liria and Austin Reed each pitched two scoreless innings to put Peoria in line for the win.  Larry Suarez gave up two unearned runs in the tenth to take the loss.  This is a tough one to swallow as Peoria came back, took the lead, and then blew it in the end.

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Two first inning runs turned out to be all Charlotte would need beating Daytona 3-1 on Wednesday.  PJ Francescon got the start and took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits and walking four in 5.1 innings.  The bullpen did all they could to keep the game close as Eduardo Figueroa, Ryan Searle, and Brian Schlitter combined to pitch 3.2 innings allowing no runs on only two hits.  The Daytona bats never really got going, only having five hits.  Taylor Davis was 1-for-2 including his second home run of the season.  The Cubs also got single hits from Matt Szczur, Matt Cerda, John Andreoli, and Elliot Soto.

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Iowa took advantage of a lot of New Orleans mistakes to win 2-1 in 11 innings.  The Cubs won when James Adduci scored on a throwing error by New Orleans pitcher Gary Glover.  Brooks Raley pitched seven good innings allowing no runs on five hits.  he also walked four and struck four out, leaving with a chance to get the win.  Jay Jackson, however gave up a run in his one inning of work.  Michael Bowden pitched two scoreless innings and Jeff Beliveau struck out the side in his one inning of work earning his fourth win of the season.  Dave Sappelt was the only Cubs player to have more than one hit, he had two, including a double.  Brett Jackson hit his 20th double of the season and Welington Castillo also had a hit.  A nice win for Iowa on Wednesday night.

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7/16: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A trip through the Cubs minor league system.

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Wow AZL just continue to score this time beating the AZL Athletics 11-8.  The Cubs had some new heroes on Monday.  Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits, hit a his first home run and knocked in four.  Daniel Lockhart, Timothy Saunders, and Jacob Rogers all had two hits and Rogers added to RBIs.  Ben Carhart also had two RBIs and Dan Vogelbach drove in his 27th run of the season.  Lendy Castillo continued his rehab assignment pitching three innings allowing no runs on only two hits.  He also struck out four.  The rest of the pitchers on Monday struggled, but David Henrie was able to pick up his fourth win of the season.

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Tied at five in the bottom of the ninth, up stepped Jeimer Candelario.  He promptly ended the game hitting a walk-off home run giving Boise the win 6-5.  Bijan Rademacher and Stephen Bruno each had three hits in the win, with Rademacher scoring three runs.  Marco Hernandez added two hits including a triple and drove in one.  Rock Shoulders and Carlos Escobar each contributed with an RBI each and Xavier Batista had two RBIs.  Eduardo Orozco pitched well again pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win.  He has not allowed a run in eight innings pitched this season in Boise.  Starting pitcher Jose Arias pitched five innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits and striking out four.

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Peoria scored seven times in from the fifth inning on and beat Bowling Green 8-3.  Paul Hoilman was outstanding at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.  Pin-Chieh Chen also collected three hits.  He also scored three and drove in one.  Chadd Krist continued his impressive streak adding two hits and driving one in.  Javier Baez had yet another hit and had two RBIs.  Starling Peralta earned his third win of the season pitching five scoreless innings.  He struck out five, walked three, gave up five hits.  His ERA now stands at 2.81.  It was a good win for Peoria on Monday and will look to build on that.

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Four early runs proved to be all Charlotte would need beating Daytona 5-3.  Kyler Burke struggled early, but settled down allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings.  He took the loss on Monday and his record at Daytona stands at 1-3.  Offensively, Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had two hits.  They both scored a run and they each had a double.  Szczur stole two bases bring his total to 32 and Ridling added an RBI.  Elieser Bonne had a double and an RBI and Matthew Cerda drove in a run as well.

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Tennessee was able to score eight runs, but it was not enough losing to Jackson 10-8.  The 2-3-4 hitters for the Smokies did an unbelievable job as each of those hitters had three hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 3-for-5 with triple, home run, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Logan Watkins and Justin Bour each had three hits, with Bour driving one in.  Greg Rohan and Nate Samson had two hits a piece, with Rohan adding an RBI.  Junior Lake and Michael Brenly only had one hit, but each drove in two and Brenly hit his fourth home run of the season.  The pitching was not so good on Monday.  Starter Ty’relle Harris only was able to last 2.2 innings as he gave up six runs.  Zach Rosscup and Trey McNutt each surrendered two runs in their two innings of work.  McNutt took the loss, his eighth of the season.  It’s always tough to lose, but when you score eight and lose it is really tough.

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Iowa had one of the those games again where they aren’t good in any aspect.  They were outhit 16-4, made two errors, and lost 6-1 where it really counts.  I guess I will start with the offense on this one.  Brett Jackson hit his league leading 11th triple and scored the Cubs lone run when he was driven in by Adrian CardenasJosh Vitters had another hit, as did Blake Lalli and James AdduciRodrigo Lopez took the loss in this one allowing 12 hits and four runs in just five innings.  After Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up two more, Alberto Cabrera and Michael Bowden didn’t allow another run in the last 1.1 innings.  Not a good one for Iowa on Monday.

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7/8: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A trip through the minors on July 8, 2012.

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The AZL Brewers jumped on the AZL Cubs and took a commanding 4-0 lead.  The Cubs scored one run in ninth to tie it and then another in the 11th to win.  Offensively Timothy Saunders did it again, this time going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Daniel Lockhart and David Bote each added two hits with Lockhart scoring two and driving in one.  Ben Carhart, Daniel Vogelbach, and Rafael Lopez each drove in a run with the winner coming off the bat of Lockhart.  Alvido Jimenez got the win in relief striking out four in 3.1 innings and giving up two hits and zero runs.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino also pitched well in relief striking out four and only giving up one hit in 3.2 innings of work.  It was a nice win for the Cubs and their record now stands at 12-4.

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Starting pitcher Ian Dickson struggled giving up seven runs on seven hits in just 2.2 innings.  He took the loss as Boise dropped the game to Yakima 10-1 in only five and a half innings played.  At the plate the Hawks got two hits from Xavier Batista including a double.  Wilson Contreras and Stephen Bruno each had one hit and Bruno scored a run.  Chadd Krist did not record a hit, but drove in the lone run for Boise.  It was really tough loss for the Hawks in shortened game.

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After hitting four home runs yesterday Peoria did not score a run today losing to 3-0 to Cedar Rapids.  Joseph Zeller got the start and took the loss giving up three runs, one earned on five hits in five innings pitched.  Jeffry Antigua was really good striking out three in three perfect innings of relief.  His ERA remains at 0.00.  Nothing to exciting happened on the offensive side of things.  Zeke DeVoss and Wes Darvill each had one hit, that being a double.  Javier Baez, Pin-Chieh Chen, Yasiel Balaguert, and Sergio Burruel all had a hit as well.  Baez stole his 14th base of the season.  Peoria will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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Lakeland had a two run lead into the eighth, but Daytona scored four in top half and would one in the ninth to win 5-2.  Austin Kirk got the start, but did not factor in the decision.  He threw six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out two.  AJ Morris got the win in relief giving up no runs on one hit and striking out two in two innings.  Brian Schlitter picked up his first save of the season pitching a perfect ninth.  Rebel Ridling was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes and Elieser Bonne each added hits, Bonne’s being a double.  Chad Noble was 2-for-3 with a runs scored and an RBI.  Arismendy Alcantara and Rubi Silva each drove in a run, and Alcantara scored a run and stole his 25th base of the season.  Matt Szczur did not have a hit, but walked three times, scored a run, and stole his 27th and 28th bag of the season.  A nice comeback win for Daytona on Sunday.

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Trey McNutt got his fifth win of the year as Tennessee beat Chattanooga 5-3.  McNutt pitched five innings giving up two runs, one earned on four hits while walking two and striking out two.  Ty’relle Harris and Casey Weathers each recorded holds with Harris pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings and striking out two.  Frank Batista pitched another scoreless ninth to record his 15th save of the season.  Justin Bour was 1-for-2 with a homer, his eighth, and two walks.  Greg Rohan was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Junior Lake and Logan Watkins each had a hit and drove in a run for the Cubs.  Michael Brenly, Nate Samson, and Micahel Burgess all added a hit with Samson hitting his 11th double of the year.  Daytona will look to make it two in a row on Monday.

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Adrian Cardenas played the role of the hero on Sunday, delivering a game-winning RBI single to win the game 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth.  Alfredo Amezaga was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Dave Sappelt and Josh Vitters each stayed hot as they delivered two hits a piece.  They each scored a run and drove one in, with Vitters connecting on his 25th double of the season.  James Adduci was 1-for-3 in his second game with, he also scored a run.  Welington Castillo and Matt Tolbert each had hit with Castillo driving one in.  Randy Wells got the start, but did not factor in the decision.  He gave up five runs, four earned on seven hits in 6.1 innings.  Alberto Cabrera got the win in relief pitching the final 2.2 innings.  He allowed no runs on two hits and struck out four, lowering his ERA to 1.86.  This was a nice way for Iowa to go into the All Star Break.  Iowa ended the first half 38-53.

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All in all it was a good day for the Cubs minor leaguers with a lot of thrilling victories.

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Mark

7/7: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leagues on Saturday, July 7.

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Another day and another nice day for the AZL Cubs beating AZL Giants 11-1.  Timothy Saunders was at again going 3-for-4 with a home run, double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Rafael Lopez also had three hits including a double and a triple.  He also drove in two runs and scored two as well.  Jacob Rogers drove in two runs as well and added two doubles.  Dan Vogelbach only was 1-for-5, but he also drove in two.  Daniel Lockhart had two hits and scored two runs.  All in all the Cubs pounded out 13 hits, eight of which were extra base hits.  The pitching was just as impressive as the hitting allowing only one run on two hits.  Hunter Ackerman started and pitched three innings not allowing a hit and striking out four.  Loiger Padron struck out three in two scoreless innings to record his first win.  Jin-Young Kim closed the game out also throwing two scoreless innings.

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Behind Tayler Scott and Hayden Simpson Boise shut out Yakima winning 4-0.  Scott got the start and pitched six beautiful innings allowing only three hits and striking out four in route to his first win of the season.  Hayden Simpson allowed baserunners giving up three hits and walking two in three innings.  He also struck out three and recorded his first save of the season.  Boise also had a few nice nights at the plate.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with a double, a runs scored, and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Wilson Contreras all had two hits including a double and a runs scored.  Contreras also added two RBIs on the evening.  Xavier Batista had a double and drove in the other Cubs run.

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Peoria scored three in the eighth to take a 5-2 lead.  Cedar Rapids got one in the ninth, but that was all as Peoria won 5-3.  Top prospect Javier Baez had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a solo home run.  Dustin Geiger did it again hitting his eighth home run of the season.  The big blow, however came off the bat of Yasiel Balaguert who connected on three-run homer in the eighth which proved to be the game winner.  The pitching did a nice job with starter Jose Rosario giving up two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Hunter Cervenka entered the game and shut down Cedar Rapids pitching two perfect innings of relief and striking out three.  His ERA now stands at 1.46.  Yao-Lin Wang gave up a run, but was able to close out the game recording his 11th save of the season.

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Daytona scored two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough losing to Lakeland 6-5.  Offensively Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run in the third, his seventh of the year.  Cubs also got RBIs from Matt Cerda and John Andreoli.  Taylor Davis also connected on his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the top of the ninth.  Rubi Silva scored a run and was the only Cub to record two hits on the night.  Starter PJ Francescon took the loss allowing five runs, four earned on nine hits in five innings.  Eduardo Figueroa threw a scoreless 1.1 innings and Jeffrey Lorick gave up a run in his 1.2 innings pitched.

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Chattanooga scored three in the top of the ninth to beat Tennessee 6-3.  At the plate the Smokies had some nice performances.  Juan Apodaca was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Junior Lake and Michael Burgess each had two hits on Saturday as well.  Elliot Soto drove in the other Smokies run.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the start and pitched six solid innings allowing only two runs and striking out four.  He was in line for the win, but Kevin Rhoderick gave up a run in his two innings of work.  Casey Harman took the loss giving up three runs in the ninth.  It was a rough one to lose as Tennessee had the lead late, but gave up four in the last three innings.

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Iowa scored two in the eighth and held on to beat Omaha 5-4.  Alfredo Amezaga had a really nice night going 3-for-5 with two double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Dave Sappelt continues to stay hot adding two hits and driving in a pair.  Josh Vitters added an RBI and hit his 24th double of the season.  In his first game with Iowa James Adduci was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Esmailin Caridad got the start and gave up one run, none earned in three innings.  Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched four solid innings in relief only giving up one run and striking out three.  Jeff Beliveau blew a save opportunity giving up a run in the eighth, but he ended up getting his third win of the season.  Brett Jackson missed his third game in a row on Saturday.

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7/5: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 5 Cubs minor league recap.

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 AZL Cubs played a very entertaining game on Thursday winning 12-11 in ten innings.  After giving up ten runs in the first three innings and being down by five the Cubs came storming back to tie the game and eventually win.  There were a lot of good things that happened on the offensive side of things.  Leading off Timothy Saunders was 5-for-6 with a home run, double, three RBI’s and four runs scored.  Rafael Lopez was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and one batted in.  Izaac Garsez also had three hits including a double, a run scored, and one batted in.  Garrett Schlecht and Daniel Lockhart each had two hits and Lockhart had two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Justin Berg got the start and wasn’t very good pitching only one inning and giving up six runs, three earned on four hits.  Nathan Dorris pitched three scoreless innings and Steve Perakslis recorded the win pitching two innings.  It was a wild game and it is nice to see the the Cubs come out on top.

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Boise scored two in the ninth to win 7-6.  Down by one going to the bottom of the ninth The Hawks were trailing 6-5.  After a Dong-Yub Kim and Xavier Batista walk Darien Martin bunted them to second and third.  Gioskar Amaya delivered a single to tie the game.  After a fielders choice up stepped Stephen Bruno who came through with a single to win the game.  Amaya also had three hits and scored two runs and drove in one.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-3 including his first home run of his professional career.  Marco Hernandez and Kim each had two hits and Hernandez had two RBI’s.  Bryce Shafer got the win in relief, despite giving up an unearned run in the top of the ninth.  Starter Jose Arias pitched quite well, giving up one run on seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched.  He was in line to get the win, but Michael Hamann struggled in relief.  All in all it was a nice win for Boise on Friday.

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Peoria scored two runs in the second and the pitching staff was able to make it stand winning 2-1.  Zach Cates got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he was only able to pitch 4.2 innings.  Zachary Rosscup came in relief and pitched three great innings striking out five and only allowing a hit.  Luis Lira came in to close the game and recorded his fourth save of the season.  Dustin Geiger started off where he left off hitting a solo home run in the second.  After the homer, Javier Baez stepped to the plate and delivered a single.  He then stole his 12 base of the season and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher.  Wes Darvill drove him in on a ground out.  Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had a hit and DeVoss stole his 21st base of the year.

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Kyler Burke pitched ok on Thursday, but took the loss nonetheless.  He gave up three runs, two earned on seven hits in five innings of work.  Offensively John Andreoli had a really nice day.  He was 3-for-4 and stole his 29th base of the season.  Matt Cerda also reached base three times with a double and two walks.  He also drove in two runs and scored one.  Arismendy Alcantara led off and was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Brian Schlitter pitched an effective two innings in relief not allowing a run and giving up two hits while striking out one.  His ERA is now down to 1.33.

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The Tennessee Smokies game was postponed on Friday.  It will be made up as a doubleheader tomorrow.  Each game will be seven innings.

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Iowa was shutout on Thursday 3-0.  Brooks Raley got the start and took the loss pitching 6.2 innings and allowing three runs, one earned on five hits.  Offensively there isn’t much to talk about.  Diory Hernandez was the only Cubs player to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3.  Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, and Josh Vitters, and Brian Esposito all had one hit a piece on Friday.  Alberto Cabrera and Ryan Rowland-Smith each pitched well in relief.  Nothing too exciting about this one.

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Mark

6/30: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leagues on Saturday, June 30.

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Another game for the AZL Cubs and more runs scored as the Cubs won 12-8.  Some of the highlights at the plate were Daniel Vogelbach going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Carlos Penalver also went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  Isaac Garesz and Neftali Rosario had two hits a piece.  Rosario had two RBI’s as did Garrett Schlect.  Justin Berg got the start, but did not factor in the win.  David Henrie did get the win pitching four innings giving up three runs, one earned on five hits.

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Boise got the bats going on Saturday beating Spokane 12-6.  Stephen Bruno went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with a double, run scored, and two RBI’s.  Bijan Rademacher had three hits and Chadd Krist also added two hits of his own.  Xavier Batista and Shawon Dunston Jr. each added an RBI on the night.  Jose Arias was not real sharp, but got his first win of the year.  Pete Levitt recorded his first save of the year and Michael Hamann pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

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Peoria took the loss on Saturday losing to Wisconsin 9-5.  Zach Cates struggled only lasting four innings givine up five runs, four earned on six hits, while striking out five.  Zachary Rosscup pitched well in relief striking out five and only giving up one hit in two innings.  Offensively Oliver Zapata was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  The Chiefs also got RBI’s from Pin-Chieh Chen, Dustin Geiger, Paul Hoilman, and Yasiel BalaguertJavier Baez was 1-for-4 with a run scored as well.

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Kyler Burke took the loss as Daytona fell to Dunedin 5-2.  Burke only lasted four innings giving up two runs, one earned on three hits in four innings.  He struggled with his control walking four, but he also struck out six.  Matthew Spencer and Eduardo Figueroa each pitched two innings and each gave up runs.  Brian Schlitter pitched well in his one inning out of the bullpen.  There wasn’t much excitement at the plate either as the Cubs could only muster five hits.  Two of those hits came off the bat of John AndreoliArismendy Alcantara, Rebel Ridling, and Rubi Silva had the other Daytona hits and Elieser Bonne had contributed with an RBI.

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Logan Watkins hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eight which proved to be the game winner as Tennessee won 3-2.  Michael Burgess also connected hitting his ninth homer of the year.  James Adduci drove in the other Smokies run and Jae-Hoon Ha contributed with two hits including a double.  Erik Jokish was pretty good, but did not factor in the decision.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out five in seven innings.  Kevin Rhoderick who had been struggling of late got the win in relief striking out one in two perfect innings of relief.

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Despite a late rally Iowa fell short losing to Nashville 4-3.  Down 4-0 entering the top of the ninth Iowa scored three runs including a solo home run off the bat of Brett Jackson.  Jackson added a double earlier ending the night with two hits and a stolen base.  Blake Lalli connected on a two-run homer in the ninth, his sixth of the season.  Dave Sappelt had two hits and a run scored.  Brooks Raley took the loss giving up one run on four hits in five innings.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Mike MacDougal each gave up runs in relief, but Jeff Beliveau pitched well striking out four in 1.2 innings pitched.

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Mark

6/15: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Exciting day for the Cubs system as the Boise Hawks opened their season.  Here is June 15th recap of the Cubs system.

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Opening day for the Boise Hawks didn’t exactly end how they would have liked as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes spoiled it with a 3-2 win in 12 innings.  Jose Arias was outstanding in his first start of the season going five strong innings allowing no runs, on three hits while walking none and striking out two.  Marco Hernandez really had a tough night, and was a big reason that the Hawks came up short.  Hernandez made three errors, the final one allowed the winning run to score in the 12th, it’s too bad as he was 2-for-5 at the plate.  Xavier Batista had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with two doubles in the losing effort.  Shawon Dunston Jr. was 0-for-3 in the lead-off spot but did manage two walks.

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The Peoria Chiefs wasted no time in getting back to .500 as they came from behind to beat Clinton 6-4.  The Chiefs fell behind early 3-0 but struck for five runs in the 5th inning to take the lead for good.  Starling Peralta started for the Chiefs and struggled giving up four runs in 5.1 innings on five hits, but earned his first win of the season.  The bullpen did a great job for the Chiefs as they went the final 3.2 innings without giving up a run.  The Chiefs really knocked the ball around the park, pounding out 13 hits.  Dustin Geiger stayed hot going 3-for-5 with an RBI, he is now hitting .324 on the season.  Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits while Javy Baez was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.

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The Tennessee Smokies continued their unreal stretch winning their 10th game in their last 11 tries.  The torrid run has brought the Smokies all the way back to the .500 mark on the season.  Dallas Beeler started for the Smokies and pitched well, and out of a few jams.  Beeler allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings of work to get his second win of the season.  Logan Watkins had a great day in the lead-off spot as he went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Junior Lake was 2-for-5 at the plate with two stolen bases, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .294 on the season.  Rebel Ridling had the big hit for the Smokies, a three run double in the first inning, he was 1-for-4 on the night.

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It looked like the I-Cubs were well on their way to a victory then Mike MacDougal came into the game and did his best Mike MacDougal impression giving up three runs in the top of the 8th to lose 4-3.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched very well for the I-Cubs, he went five strong innings giving up one run on five hits while walking two and striking out three.  Alfredo Amezaga was 3-for-5 with an RBI out of the lead-off spot for the I-Cubs.  Ty Wright and Juan Apodaca each had two hits in the losing effort.  Anthony Rizzo made his return to the lineup and was 1-for-3 with a walk, but more importantly he was healthy enough to play.

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