8/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our daily look at the Cubs minor leaguers.  Tennessee was off and the AZL Cubs regular season has come to an end.  They wound up winning the wild card.

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Boise got the bats going once again beating Everett 9-5.  Stephen Bruno was back at it going 2-for-3 with an RBI, he is now hitting .354.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with a home run, his 10th of the season.  Rock Shoulders had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Darien Martin and Marco Hernandez each had a hit and an RBI.  Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Tayler Scott started, but did not factor in the decision pitching only four innings and allowing three runs, two earned.  Michael Heesch did get the win pitching the next two innings not allowing a run.  Nathan Dorris pitched two scoreless innings and Eduardo Orozco pitched the final frame, giving up two runs.

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Cedar Rapids jumped on Peoria early and held on to beat Peoria 9-5.  Jorge Soler was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Chadd Krist and Jacob Rogers each had one hit and one RBI, with Krist having a triple.  Zeke DeVoss and Dustin Geiger each had a hit and a hit and combined to score three runs.  Yao-Lin Wang started and struggled, giving up nine runs, seven earned on eight hits in getting the loss.  Bryce Shafer and Pete Levitt combined to pitch the last five scoreless innings.

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Christian Villanueva had a good first game as Daytona won 4-1.  Villanueva was 2-for-3 with a home run, RBI, and two runs scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI, and run scored.  Taylor Davis, Elieser Bonne, and John Andreoli all had a hit a piece in the win.  PJ Francescon started and was really good pitching six innings allowing one run on three hits, while striking out three.  AJ Morris got the call in the seventh and recorded his sixth save of the season.

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It took extra innings in game two as Daytona ended up on the losing end of the second one 3-1.  Frank Del Valle started and pitched five innings allowing one run and striking out six.  Ryan Searle pitched a scoreless sixth, but Jeffrey Lorick struggled giving up two runs in the eighth inning as he took the loss.  Rebel Ridling accounted for the only run for the Cubs as he hit a home run in the fourth inning.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a stolen base in game two.  John Andreoli, Elieser Bonne, and Rafael Lopez all had a hit in the loss.

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Iowa got shut out on Wednesday losing 3-0 to Nashville.  Ryan Rowland-Smith started and took the loss giving up one run, two earned in five innings.  Jay Jackson threw one perfect inning in relief striking out one and Jeff Beliveau gave up one run in two innings of work.  There was nothing too exciting on the offensive end.  Diory Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two doubles.  New Cub Anthony Recker was 1-for-3 with a double and Adrian Cardenas also had a double in the loss.  Greg Rohan, Dave Sappelt, and Jeff Frazier all had one hit a piece in the shutout loss.

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-Mark

 

8/24: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the Cubs minor leagues.  The AZL Cubs were off on Friday night.

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Things were looking good for Boise after a six run second, but Vancouver quickly scored four in the bottom half and ended up beating the Hawks 7-6.  With Tayler Scott staked to a four run lead, it was easy to assume this one was over, but Scott was not at his best today, but left with a chance to win as he left with the lead.  He pitched five innings allowing five runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out three.  Rafael Diplan pitched the final three innings and took the loss as he gave up two runs, one of which was unearned.  At the plate Marco Hernandez had a good night going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Albert Almora and Jeimer Candelario also had good nights as each had two hits with Almora scoring a run.  Lance Rymel had one hit on the evening and also drove in two runs.  Darien Martin and Stephen Bruno each had a hit and an RBI in the loss.  Not a good loss for Boise, but they have come back strong all second half, I expect much of the same.

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Beloit took an early lead and never looked back beating Peoria 8-2 on Friday night.  Yao-Lin Wang started and took the loss pitching 4.1 innings and allowing six runs, four earned on 10 hits.  Willengton Cruz pitched two innings allowing two runs and Austin Reed pitched a scoreless frame.  There were only a couple bright spots on the offensive side of things for the Chiefs in this one.  Dustin Geiger was 2-for-3 with a home run, his 17th of the season and two RBIs.  Chadd Krist also had two hits and Zeke DeVoss added a hit and scored a run as well.  Jorge Soler got the night off for Peoria.

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Daytona won the first game of a double-header on Friday 4-3.  Kyle Hendricks started and got his first win with the Cubs as he went five innings allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out three.  AJ Morris recorded his fifth save of the season as he pitched the final two innings of game one.  Down 2-0 Elieser Bonne quickly gave the Cubs the lead connecting on a three run homer, his third of the season.  In the sixth inning Christian Villanueva gave Daytona a two run lead as he hit his third home run since coming to the Cubs.  John Andreoli had two hits in the win.

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Game two didn’t go as well as Daytona lost to Tampa 11-5.  Matt Loosen had a really rough outing as he gave up eight runs on five hits to go along with six walks and seven strikeouts.  Hunter Cervenka proved to not be much better allowing three more runs over the next 2.2 innings.  Offensively speaking Christian Villanueva started right where he left off going 2-for-3 witha double and two runs scored.  Elieser Bonne also had two hits including a double and John Andreoli had a hit and two RBIs.  Rebel Ridling and Nelson Perez each had a hit and an RBI a piece.  Javier Baez was held hitless in game one, but added a hit and an RBI in the game two loss.

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A seven run third inning helped Tennessee beat Mobile 11-5.  Dallas Beeler was the beneficiary of all those runs as he got the win despite giving up five runs in five innings.  Kevin Rhoderick and Tony Zych pitched two scoreless innings a piece to close out the game.  The Smokies a had few really nice nights at the plate starting with Matt Sczcur who was 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored.  Logan Watkins was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Rubi Silva each had two hits with Ha having two doubles and driving in three.  Silva hit his first home run and drove in two.  Junior Lake had a home run of his own and knocked in three.  Justin Bour had a double and walked three times, but unbelievably didn’t have an RBI in the Smokies 11 run win.

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Iowa scored two in the seventh and one in the eighth to defeat Oklahoma City 5-3.  Yoanner Negrin started, but did not factor in the decision as he gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings pitched.  Jay Jackson got the win in relief as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning.  After Scott Maine threw a scoreless eighth Jairo Asencio struck out two in the ninth and picked up his fourth save.  Tony Campana had a nice night at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.  Jeff Frazier and Diory Hernandez each had two hits with Hernandez driving in one run.  Adrian Cardenas had only one hit, but it was a home run as he knocked in two in the Cubs win.

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-Mark

8/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a look at the Cubs minor league affiliates on Monday, August 13.  Daytona and Tennessee each had the night off.

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The AZL Cubs just exploded pounding out 25 hits and scoring 17 runs beating Reds 17-7.  I don’t even know where to start with this one, except make sure to look at the full box score because I won’t be able to mention all the awesome things that happened in this one.  Albert Almora led the way going 5-for-6 with a triple, three runs scored, and three RBIs.  Garrett Schlect had two doubles and drove in three and Daniel Lockhart hit his first home run and drove in three as well.  Carlos Penalver was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and Yasiel Balaguert was the only Cub to not have a multi-hit game, but he did knock in three of his own.  Trevor Gretzky, Shawon Dunston, and Justin Marra all had three hits a piece, with Dunston adding two RBIs and Marra driving in one.  David Bote also had two hits.  There I think I got through all of the offensive numbers.  Paul Blackburn started, but did not have his best outing allowing four runs, three earned in two innings.  On a positive Dillon Maples was spectacular pitching three scoreless innings allowing only two hits while striking out five.  Chad Martin and Ryan Hartman also pitched in this landslide victory.

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A nine run eighth was way too much for Boise to overcome losing 11-4 on Monday night.  Jose Arias pitched six innings allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out four.  He left in line for the win and after Willengton Cruz pitched a scoreless seventh things were looking good.  Good turned to really bad when Hayden Simpson came on in relief.  He had a terrible outing giving up eight run, six earned on six hits all the while only recording one out.  He obviously took the loss as there was no way the Hawks were going to come back from that.  Offensively speaking there were some good things to come out of the Monday nights loss.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-4, raising his average to .294.  Marco Hernandez had two hits of his own, including a triple and an RBI.  Stephen Bruno and Wilson Contreras had a hit and an RBI a piece while Gioskar Amaya added two hits from the leadoff spot.

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Peoria tied the game at two in the top of eighth, but gave one up in the bottom half and lost 3-2 to Beloit.  Yao-Lin Wang started and pitched pretty good going six innings allowing two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out four.  Austin Reed took the loss allowing one unearned run in his two innings of work.  Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Oliver Zapata added a double and an RBI on the evening.  Zeke DeVoss, Chadd Krist, and Bijan Rademacher all had one hit a piece in the Chiefs loss on Monday.

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Iowa’s pitchers struggled big time in this one as the Cubs lost 14-7.  Ryan Rowland-Smith started and took the loss giving up five runs in four inning.  Jaye Chapman, Seth McClung and Brian Esposito all pitched and gave up multiple runs each.  Jay Jackson was the only Cubs pitcher to come out unscathed recording two outs.  Offensively speaking Tony Campana had a nice night going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases.  Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt each had a hit and two RBIs in the loss to Las Vegas on Monday night.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/8: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Sorry this is getting up later than normal, but here is Wednesday’s minor league recap.

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The AZL Cubs pick up where they left off beating the Dodgers 5-2.  Paul Blackburn started and pitched two innings giving up two unearned runs on four hits, while striking out two.  Chad Martin got his first win of the season pitching two scoreless innings.  Dillon Maples then went to the mound and struck out three in his two innings of scoreless baseball.  Corbin Hoffner then pitched two scoreless followed by Ryan Hartman notching his second save of the season.  Offensively Davie Bote had a really nice game going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.  Treveor Gretzky was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Shawon Dunston also added two hit, including a triple and he drove in a run.  Albert Almora had a hit and an RBI, his seventh of the season.

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Another night and another win for Boise beating Everett 8-6.  Dan Vogelbach hit another home run, this one a two-run shot.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, his was a grand slam.  Jeimer Candelario had a hit and an RBI of his own.  Wilson Contreras was the only Hawks player to have a multi-hit game ending the night 2-for-4.  Gioskar Amaya only had one hit, but did score three runs.  Jose Arias pitched good enough to get the win, but did allow three runs on four hits while striking out six.  Hayden Simpson pitched three innings allowing three runs, but struck out four and Eduardo Orozco preserved the lead notching his third save pitching a scoreless ninth.

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Peoria gave up four in the eighth and one in the ninth to put the game into extra innings.  It took until the 14th when the Chiefs put up two, Burlington came right back and scored three and won the game 9-8.  Timothy Saunders went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and two stolen bases.  Paul Hoilman also had two hits, including a home run and two RBIs.  Dustin Geiger added two hits and three RBIs and Zeke DeVoss went 3-for-7 with two runs scored and a stolen base.  Yao-Lin Wang got the start and pitched outstanding going six strong innings.  he allowed only one run on three hits and struck out 10 without walking a batter.  Luis Liria and Austin Reed both struggled combining to allow five runs in three innings.  Sheldon McDonald pitched three nice innings, but Pete Levitt took the loss allowing all three runs in the 14th.  It really should have never gotten to extra innings, but then to take a lead there and still lose is a tough pill to swallow.

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Huntsville scored three in the first and three more in the third and never looked back beating Tennessee 7-2.  Junior Lake was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, he is now hitting .288.  Matt Szczur went 1-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.  In really good new Jae-Hoon Ha was back on the field for the first time since his scary collision with an unpadded wall that led to a concussion.  He ended the night 1-for-4.  Dallas Beeler started and took the loss giving up six runs, five earned in the just three innings pitched.  Casey Harman pitched three nice innings allowing only one run on three hits and striking out two.  Casey Weathers, Tony Zych, and Frank Batista combined to pitch the last three scoreless innings.  It was really nice to see Ha back on the field, hope he can stay there the rest of the way.

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The game was tied at one going to the extra innings, but Reno scored four in the 10th and beat Iowa 5-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start and pitched beautifully allowing one run on only two hits in six innings of work.  Blake Parker continues hit rehab pitching one scoreless inning.  Jay Jackson pitched two good innings, but struggled in the 10th allowing four runs in taking the loss.  Greg Rohan did not have a hit, but drove in the lone Cubs run.  Dave Sappelt was 1-for-4 with a double and Matt Tolbert was the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game going 2-for-2 with a double of his own.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor league recap for August 3, 2012.

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The AZL Cubs continued their tear beating the AZL D-Backs for their fifth straight victory.  It wasn’t as easy as it should have been however as the D-Backs scored five times in the ninth, but the Cubs hang on to win 7-5.  Dillon Maples made his second start on his road to recovery and turned in some solid work going 1.2 innings only allowing one hit while walking two and striking out one.  Paul Blackburn, one of two 2012 supplemental draft picks continued his strong season.  Blackburn worked 3.1 innings allowing only one hit while walking one and striking out two to earn his second victory of the season and lower his ERA to 1.86.  2012 draft picks Corbin Hoffner and Jasvir Rakkar also worked scoreless innings.  It was another night of fireworks from the AZL Cubs offense.  Albert Almora, who is on fire right now, went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.  Shawon Dunston, and Ben Carhart each had two hits on the night with Carhart recording his 8th double of the season.  Jacob Rogers had a big night at the plate as well going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and three runs scored.

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The Boise Hawks raced out to a 4-0 lead, and held a 5-2 lead by the 5th inning but couldn’t hang on as Spokane plated three runs in the 8th on their way to a 6-5 win.  Jose Arias didn’t get very deep into this one for the Hawks as he tossed 2.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Arias left with the lead, but Hayden Simpson couldn’t hang onto it.  Simpson worked 4.1 innings giving up three runs on six hits while striking out six.  Eduardo Orozco only gave up only one run in his inning of work, but that was the deciding run as Orozco was hung with his first loss of the season.  Gioskar Amaya had another solid night at the plate, what else is new?  Amaya was 2-for-4 with his ninth triple of the season, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored, he is now hitting .315.  Daniel Vogelbach continued to be a doubles machine as he was 1-for-3 at the plate with his 5th double while with Boise.  Rock Shoulders had a productive night as well going 1-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season, a two run shot.

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The Chiefs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against Quad Cities but couldn’t hang as they fell 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang continued his transition to the starting rotation as he went 5.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out six.  Wang left with the game tied at two, and unfortunately Jeffry Antigua could keep the River Bandits off the board.  Antigua went 1.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out two earning his first loss of the season.  Javier Baez continued his assault on Single-A pitching in the loss as he was 2-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season, he also stole his 20th base.  Baez is now hitting .336 on the season, and there are whispers that he is close to earning a promotion.  Zeke DeVoss had a solid night at the top of the Chiefs order going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

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The D-Cubs fell behind early, and couldn’t dig out of that hole as they dropped this one to Dunedin 6-2.  Kyler Burke started for the D-Cubs, and was responsible for that hole I was talking about.  Burke gave up three runs in the first and then settled down after that.  He went five innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  Hunter Cervenka had a rare awful outing as he struggled with his command in two innings of work, walking four and giving up three runs, two earned.  Rubi Silva continued his strong 2012 season at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, he is now hitting .302 on the campaign.   Christian Villanueva followed up his stellar Cubs debut by going 1-for-4 with a double and a spectacular catch in the field that I’m hoping to get video of shortly.

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Things seem to go from bad to worse for Iowa each night.  Tonight was no different as the I-Cubs battled Colorado Springs all game before surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth to lose 4-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start tonight and was outstanding as he went six strong innings giving up one run on two hits while walking three and striking out six.  Jaye Chapman, who was acquired from the Braves a couple of days ago took the loss as he was knocked around in the ninth.  Chapman worked one inning giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, he fell to 0-1 on the season.  The I-Cubs were dreadful with runners in scoring position, and they had plenty of chances too, when it was all said and done they were 0-for-10 in the loss.  Josh Vitters had a big night once again for Iowa, he went 3-for-4 with his 32nd double of the season.  Vitters is now hitting .304 on the season as he continues to try to force the Cubs hand and give them no choice but to award him the promotion he deserves.  Dylan Heuer has some great photo’s from the game, head on over to his website to check them out!

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– George

7/23: Around the Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the minors on July 23, 2012.  Tennessee had the night off and Daytona was postponed.

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AZL Cubs got back on track beating AZL Brewers 7-3.  First rund draft pick Albert Almora stole the show hitting his first professional home run.  A two-run bomb to left.  Ben Carhart had another nice night at the dish going 4-for-5 with a run scored.  Shawon Dunston Jr. and Trevor Gretzky, who replaced Almora each had two hits.  Dunston scored two runs and Gretzky drove one in.  Neftali Rosario added a hit and an RBI and Dan Vogelbach hit his 12th double of the season.  After the game Vogelbach tweeted that he was headed to Boise, so best of luck to him.  Arturo Maltos-Garcia  gave up two runs, but got the win in relief.  Steve Perakslis recorded his first save, striking out three in 2.2 innings.  Jorge Soler was hitless on Monday, going 0-for-5.  It was nice to see the Cubs get back on track Monday.

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Boise won 3-0 behind the arm of Tayler Scott.  Scott earned his second win of the season, pitching six scoreless innings.  He surrendered only three hits, walked a batter and struck out four, his ERA now stands at 1.95.  Hayden Simpson pitched two scoreless innings and Matt Iannazzo pitched a scoreless ninth to record his first save.  The offense had a few bright spots.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a run scored, and a run batted in.  Marco Hernandez and Trey Martin each scored a run for Boise as well.  The Hawks haven’t enough nights like this, but maybe things will be turning around for them.

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It was a great pitchers dual until Peoria gave up two runs in the eighth, eventually losing to South Bend 2-0.   Yao-Lin Wang started and struck out five in only 3.2 innings of work.  Jeffry Antigua pitched well again, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out three.  He dropped his ERA to 0.87.  Luis Liria took the loss, his fourth on the year.  Offensively there wasn’t too much happening as the Chiefs only were able to muster up two hits.  Chadd Krist and Yaniel Cabezas each had a double on Monday night.  Krist is now hitting .424 since his promotion from the Boise.  A nice pitched game, but a tough loss nonetheless.

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The Iowa staff pitched pretty good on Monday, but it wasn’t good enough dropping the game to Albuquerque 3-1.  Brooks Raley got the start and took the loss.  He pitched five innings surrendering three runs, two earned on eight hits.  He also had an impressive eight strikeouts to go along with zero walks.  Esmailin Caridad and Michael Bowden combined to pitch the last three scoreless innings with Caridad striking out two.  At the dish Brian Esposito was the only Cub to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 and was the only Cub to drive in a run.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each added a hit with Vitters hitting his 30th double of the season.  Iowa’s record now stands at 41-62.

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-Mark

 

7/19: Around the Cubs Minor League System

All teams back in action on Thursday July 19.

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Jorge Soler made his much anticipated debut on Thursday night, but the AZL Cubs fell to the AZL Mariners 4-3 in 12 innings.  It was not quite the debut we were looking for from Soler as he went 0-3, grounding out twice and lining into a double play.  The Cubs got RBIs from David Bote, Daniel Lockhart, and Justin Marra.  Marra also had two hits on the evening.  Paul Blackburn got the start on Thursday and pitched three innings allowing one runs on three hits.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino struck out five in four innings out of the pen and Daniel Adrian struck out four in three scoreless innings.  Chad Martin took the loss giving up the winning run in the 12th inning.  Not the type of game we become accustomed to from the Cubs in Arizona.

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The pitching for Boise did their job on Thursday, but the Hawks still lost to Eugene 2-1.  Ian Dickson got the start and took the tough loss.  He gave up two runs, one earned in five innings.  He also struck out five, his record now stands at 1-3.  Hunter Ackerman was outstanding in relief striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings pitched.  All of the Hawks offense came off the bat of Stephen Bruno who had the only two hits for Boise.  He also drove in Gioskar Amaya who reached on a walk.  This is a tough one to swallow as the pitching did so well, unfortunately the hitting did not.

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Peoria dropped another to West Michigan losing 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang started and took the loss allowing three runs in the second inning, one earned in just 1.2 innings pitched.  Josheph Zeller pitched well in relief allowing one unearned run on seven hits in 5.1 innings.  He struck out three and lowered his ERA to 1.69.  Javier Baez did it again going 2-for-4 hitting his ninth home run of the season and stealing his 17th base.  Chadd Krist only was able to muster up one hit tonight as his average dropped to .462.  Dustin Geiger added a hit and scored the only other Chiefs run of the day.  Peoria will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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It is tough to win when you allow four runs in one inning and then a single run four innings in a row.  Daytona didn’t disprove this losing 8-3 to Jupiter.  Austin Kirk took the loss allowing five runs in five innings pitched.  His ERA stands at an impressive 2.88.  Hunter Cervenka, Scott Weismann, and AJ Morris all gave up a run in their inning of work out of the bullpen.  The good news came from one of the Cubs top prospects Matt Szczur.  He was 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored, RBI and his 33rd stolen base of the year.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Elliot Soto added two hits driving in one run and Rubi Silva also had an RBI.  Not a good loss all the way around for the Cubs.

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After giving up three in the first Tennessee tried to mount a comeback, but it ultimately came up short losing 4-3 to Chattanooga.  Eric Jokisch took the loss allowing three runs on six hits in five innings.  Kevin Rhoderick hopefully got back on track Thursday striking out all four of the outs he recorded.  Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless inning giving up three hits, but striking out one.  Juan Apodaca hit a double and drove in two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Logan Watkins drove stole his 19th base of the season and drove in his 36th run of the season.  It was a good comeback attempt, but turned out to be another disappointing loss.

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Casey Coleman got scratched from his start so Ryan Rowland-Smith took his place and struggled giving up five runs, three earned in just four innings pitched.  All of those runs came in the second and Iowa could never rebound losing 9-1.  Offensively Brett Jackson was 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Dave Sappelt and Blake Lalli each had two hits and both had a double.  Adrian Cardenas and Welington Castillo had doubles as well.  Other than that not much excitement coming from Iowa on Thursday night.

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Mark