7/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Saturday.

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The AZL Cubs did it again on Saturday beating the AZL Padres 13-3.  After a couple rough nights, Timothy Saunders got back on track going 4-for-6 with a double, home run, three runs scored, and five RBIs.  He raised his average back up to .493.  Equally as impressive has been Dan Vogelbach, and he didn’t disappoint on Saturday.  He had two hits, including a double and drove in four.  The Cubs got three hits out of Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers and they combined to score five runs on the night.  Shawon Dunston Jr. and Garrett Schlect each added two hits a piece and Carlos Penalver hit a triple and drove in two.  One of this year’s supplemental picks Paul Blackburn got his first start of the year.  He pitched one inning and allowed a run, but it was good to see him pitch.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino recorded his third win of the season striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings.  The Cubs have been really impressive so far.

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Two four run innings was plenty for Boise beating Vancouver 9-3.  The Hawks were led offensively by Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez.  Martin was 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run.  He also scored two runs and knocked in four.  Hernandez also had two, including two doubles and driving in three.  Lead-off hitter Gioskar Amaya did his job well on Saturday going 2-for-3 with a walk.  One of his hits was a triple and he scored three runs.  Hawks got an RBI a piece from Stephen Bruno and Bijan Rademacher.  Ian Dickson got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only pitched 4.1 innings.  Pete Levitt picked up his first win in relief pitching 1.2 scoreless innings.  Michael Hamann and Rafael Diplan combined to pitch the last three innings of the game securing the Boise win.

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In a back and forth game Peoria was able to come out on top 9-8 in ten innings.  Chadd Krist played the role of hero winning the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth.  He ended the night 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Javier Baez had his best night as a professional going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple.  He also scored a run, drove in four and stole his 16th base.  He now has a ten game hitting streak and his batting average now stands at .319.  Taiwan Easterling and Paul Hoilman each had two hits and Easterling drove in two.  Michael Jensen got the start giving up six runs in 5.1 innings of work.  Yao-Lin Wang got the win pitching a scoreless tenth inning.

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Daytona watched a six two lead slip away late when Palm Beach scored seven times in the last two innings to win 9-6.  Despite walking five and allowing six hits starter Austin Kirk was in line for the win, but was let down by his bullpen.  Kirk left only allowing two run, one earned in six inning of work lowering his ERA to 2.59.  After a dominate one inning of work by Eduardo Figueroa, Jeffrey Lorick and Brian Schlitter really struggled combining to give up seven runs, five earned over the next 1.1 innings.  There were a few bright spots from the offense on Saturday for the Cubs.  Ronald Torreyes was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  John Andreoli, Rafael Lopez, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits with Bonne driving one in.  Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had an RBI a piece and Taylor Davis drove in two.  Another tough loss for Daytona on Saturday.

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Michael Burgess and Juan Apodaca‘s power was on display Saturday leading Tennessee to a 4-2 win on Saturday.  Apodaca hit a three-run homer and Michael Burgess hit a solo shot, his tenth of the season.  That was all the offense the Smokies would need as Dae-Eun Rhee and the bullpen would do all the rest.  Rhee gave up two runs on five hits in five innings.  He struck out six in route to his sixth win of the year.  Tony Zych pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three and Marcus Hatley came in to shut it down.  That he did striking out three in two innings of work recording his fourth save of the season.  It is nice to see Tennessee come out on top of a well-played game from both teams.

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A seven run second from Omaha was all they needed beating Iowa 7-1.  Randy Wells got the start and was terrible allowing seven runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings pitched.  As bad as Randy Wells was the offense couldn’t get much going either.  James Adduci had two hits and scored a run, the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game.  Dave Sappelt drove in the Cubs lone run.  Josh Vitters had his 27th double of the season and Brett Jackson also added a hit.  Other than that there wasn’t much to the game at the plate.  Casey Coleman pitched 5.1 good innings in relief not allowing a run and striking out three.  Alberto Cabrera had another nice outing out of the pen striking out one in one inning of work.

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Mark

7/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

After every level getting the day off on Tuesday, here is a look at Wednesday’s minor league games.

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The AZL Cubs were back to playing on Wednesday after a few day off.  They started right were they left off beating the AZL Padres 4-2.  Offensively Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a home run, double, and three RBIs.  Dan Lockhart was 3-for-3 with a double and a runs scored.  Ben Carhart and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit and Carhart scored a run.  Izaac Garsez drove in the other run for Cubs on the night.  David Henrie recorded his third win of the season pitching four perfect innings in relief while striking out three.  Lendy Castillo started his rehab assignment pitching two scoreless innings.

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Tied at one after four innings, Boise was able to score two in the fifth and two in the sixth.  They would hold on to win the game beating Vancouver 5-1.  Jose Arias pitched good in getting his second win of the season.  He gave up one run on six hits in five innings.  Eduardo Orozco, Pete Levitt, and Bryce Shafer all pitched well in relief not allowing a run.  Offensively there were some good things that came out of Wednesday night as well.  Trey Martin was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Wilson Contreras was also 2-for-3 including a triple, a runs scored, and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, his third of the season.  Stephen Bruno and Marco Hernandez each added a hit and a runs scored.  It was a nice win for Boise after a day off.

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Javier Baez and the pitching staff was all Peoria needed on Wednesday.  Javier Baez connected on his seventh home run of the season in the second inning.  It proved to be the game winner as Peoria beat the Dragons 1-0.  Starting pitcher Starling Peralta pitched seven innings striking out four and only giving up two hits.  Larry Suarez struck out two in a scoreless inning of work and Yao-Lin Wang pitched a scoreless ninth to recored his 12th save of the season.  Oliver Zapata, Sergio Burruel, and Pin-Chieh Chen accounted for the other Chiefs hits, with Zapata hitting a double and Chen stole his 19th base on the season.  It was a great pitching performance by the Peoria pitching staff on Wednesday.

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Daytona scored seven runs from the fourth inning as they went on to beat Palm Beach 7-2.  Kyler Burke got his first win since being promoted to Daytona.  He pitched six innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four and not walking anyone.  Jeffrey Lorick came in relief and pitched an unbelievable 1.2 innings not allowing a hit and striking out five.  Brian Schlitter was able to close the game out recording his second save of the season.  Matt Sczcur, who had been struggling was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI.  He also stole his 29th base of the season.  Ronald Torreyes was also 2-for-4 including a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.  Elieser Bonne had a hit and drove in two runs.  John Andreoli and Matt Cerda each had a hit and drove in a run, Andreoli also stole his 31st base of the season.  It was nice to see Burke get his first win since moving to Daytona and it was also nice to see Sczcur hopefully get back on track.

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Wednesday’s game between Tennessee and Birmingham was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up as a double header on Thursday.

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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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7/4: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Happy 4th of July from the Cubs minor leagues.

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Boise lost to Tri-City on Wednesday 5-3.  Despite the loss there were a couple bright spots for the Hawks.  Chadd Krist was 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  Rock Shoulders also went 3-for-4 with a double and had two RBI’s.  Dong-Yub Kim had a double and an RBI.  Stephen Bruno and Bijan Rademacher each added a hit and Rademacher also scored a run.  Wellington Cruz got the start and took the loss.  His record now stands at 1-2.  Felix Pena was really good out of the bullpen striking out two and allowing only a hit in four innings pitched.

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Peoria had a nice win topping Burlington 8-2.  There was a lot of good things happening at the plate Wednesday for the Chiefs.  Dustin Geiger was 2-for-3 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBI’s.  Oliver Zapata was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s and Taiwan Easterling was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and one RBI.  Javier Baez had one hit, drove in a run, and scored one and Zeke DeVoss added a triple.  Benefiting from the eight runs Michael Jensen earned his eighth win.  he pitched six innings giving up two runs, one earned on six hits while striking out five.  Austin Reed struck out three in two innings of relief and Yao-Lin Wang pitched a scoreless ninth to secure Peoria’s victory.

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Daytona got the scoring started in the first, but failed to score after that losing to Dunedin 5-2.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  Rebel Ridling also had two hits including a two-run double in the first.  Ronald Torreyes and Elieser Bonne each recorded two hits of their own.  Robert Whitenack only lasted 3.1 innings giving up five runs, four earned on four hits, while striking out five and walking two.  Edwardo Figueroa and Jeffrey Lorick did a great job in relief, only allowing one hit and one walk while striking out five in the final 4.2 innings.

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Tennessee lost a close one on Wednesday 4-3.  Greg Rohan hit his first home run since moving to Double-A, and he also drove in two runs.  Justin Bour was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Elliot Soto also had two hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha and James Adduci each had a hit and scored a run on Wednesday.  Dallas Beeler took the loss giving up four runs, three earned on nine hits in 4.1 innings.  Casey Harman and Ty’relle Harris pitched well in relief.  Each gave up a hit, but did not give up a run in the next 4.2 innings of the game.

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Iowa got the crap beat out of them on Wednesday losing to Omaha 11-2.  Rodrigo Lopez was aweful allowing eight runs, six earned on 11 hits in just 4.1 innings pitched.  Mike MacDougal was terrible once again giving up two runs in one inning pitched.  One has to wonder how much longer MacDougal will be pitching for this organization as his ERA now stands at 7.85.  Esmailin Caridad struck out four in 2.2 innings, but he also gave up one run and Jeff Beliveau pitched a scoreless ninth.  There weren’t too many bright spots, but Brett Jackson was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s hitting out of the five spot tonight.  Adrian Cardenas was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Matt Tolbert also added two hits.  Josh Vitters and Dave Sappelt each added a hit and Sappelt scored a run.

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6/10: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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Paul Hoilman hit a three-run home run to give the Peoria Chiefs their sixth straight win.  The Chiefs won the game 4-1.  Oliver Zapata had three hits, stole a base and scored a run.  Taiwan Easterling went 2-for-2 and walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run.  Javier Baez also had a hit, stole a base, and scored a run.  Austin Reed pitched out of the bullpen and got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings while only allowing two hits.  Yao-Lin Wang recorded his eighth save of the season striking out one batter.  Peoria’s record improved to 31-32 on the season.

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Daytona dropped a tough one on Sunday, losing the game 5-4.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with a run scored.  John Andreoli, Taylor Davis, Rubi Silva, and Elieser Boone all scored a run, And Davis and Silva both had RBI’s as well.  The Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning, but Scott Weismann could not hold the lead giving up a two-run homer to Ramon Flores in the bottom of the seventh.  Austin Kirk received a no decision as he pitched six innings allowing three runs, only one of which was earned.  A tough loss no doubt, but they will look to rebound.

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Eric Jokisch was stellar once again allowing only one run on three hits in 7.1 innings of work.  Jokisch ERA is now down to 1.40 and he improved his record to 3-0 as Tennessee won 4-2.  Offensively Nate Samson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Elliot Soto and Jokisch also contributed with RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, James Adduci, and Michael Brenly all had hits in the win on Sunday as well.  Alberto Cabrera closed out the game pitching 1.2 innings allowing one run and striking out four.

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Iowa exploded for 14 runs on Sunday, putting up a five-spot in the third and adding six more in the fourth.  It was a great day for most of the Cubs, especially for the top prospects in Iowa.  Brett Jackson 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI’s, and a stolen base.  Not to be outdone, Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 hitting two bombs and driving in four.  Rizzo is now hitting .363 with 20 homers, and 53 RBI’s.  Ty Wright also had three hits, two of which were doubles, and he scored three runs on the day.  Juan Apodaca went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI’s.  Josh Vitters and Dave Sappelt also had a hit and an RBI on  Sunday.  All that offense was plenty for Chris Rusin who went 7 innings giving up two runs on six hits and striking out two.  It was a great day for Iowa as every starter had at least one hit.

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6/6: Around the Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues on June 6.

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The Chiefs got a good performance out of Gerardo Concpecion as well as the rest of the staff as they blanked Cedar Rapids 4-0.  Concepcion recorded his second win of the season as he went 5.2 innings only giving up two hits and striking out four.  Starling Peralta, Austin Reed each pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Yao-Lin Wang notched his sixth save of the season.  Taiwan Easterling had three hits including his second home run of the season and two RBI’s.  Javier Baez continued his hot hitting as he also had three hits including a triple raising his average to .343.  Zeke DeVoss and Paul Hoilman each had a double and DeVoss scored two runs.

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Matt Loosen recorded his fourth win of the season going 5.2 innings while striking out six and giving up only three hits.  Eduardo Figueroa and Scott Weismann also pitched well as the Cubs blanked the Bradenton Marauders on Wednesday.  John Andreoli had three hits including a triple and also drove a run in.  Taylor Davis, Micah Gibbs, and Chad Noble all added an RBI a piece.

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Tennessee scored a run in both the second and the third inning and added one in the seventh.  Montgomery’s comeback came up short as Tennessee won 3-2.  Trey McNutt had a strong outing winning his fourth game of the season.  He lowered his ERA to 2.35 as he went 5.2 innings giving up three hits and allowing no runs and striking out three.  Kevin Rhoderick threw another scoreless inning lowering his ERA to 0.76.  Frank Batista closed the game out recording his eighth save of the season.  Offensively Justin Bour went 2-for-3 and had a double.  He also drove in two runs bringing his season total to 45.  Luis Flores also added an RBI.

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Pitching was the story throughout the Cubs system on Wednesday as they only gave up two runs in the three games combined.  It would be nice to see that become the trend as the season continues.

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Mark

6/4: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Yes there were actual games played yesterday, not just the draft.  Here is the Minor League recap from June 4th.

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The Chiefs got an outstanding performance by almost their entire pitching staff on Monday Night en route to a 2-0 win over Kane County in the rubber game of the series.  Five Peoria pitchers combined to throw the shutout with Ben Wells, Luis Lira, Larry Suarez, Sheldon McDonald all pitching two scoreless innings.  Yao-Lin Wang pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 5th save of the season.  The Chiefs only managed to scratch out two runs on five hits but it was good enough for the win.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 at the plate with a double, a walk, and a stolen base.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored out of the ninth spot in the order. 

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The D-Cubs had plenty of hits saved up a night after being one hits and they put them to good use.  Daytona pounded out 8 runs on 15 hits on their way to a 8-3 victory over Fort Myers.  Frank Del Valle was really good for Daytona as he tossed six strong innings only giving up one run on four hits to earn his fourth victory of the season.  The top of the D-Cubs order has hit all year and last night was no different.  The top 6 in the D-Cubs lineup went 13-for-28 with three doubles, a triple, and six RBI’s.  Arismendy Alcantara and Greg Rohan were each 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI’s in the win.

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The Smokies got back in the win column thanks to a huge 7th inning where they scored six runs en route to a 7-4 victory over Montgomery.  Dallas Beeler started and pitched well as gave up two runs on seven hits in five and one-third of an inning.  Justin Bour was 2-for-5 at the plate with a double and three RBI’s in the win.  James Adduci also had a big night at the plate as he was 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Marcus Hately pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless baseball out of the pen to get his second win of the season.  

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The I-Cubs just can’t snap out of it as they dropped yet another game to Oklahoma City Monday night.  Iowa was leading 5-3 in the 6th inning, but OKC rallied for two in the 6th and one in the 7th to take the lead and eventually win 6-5.  Chris Rusin didn’t have his best stuff but he battled through five innings allowing five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three.  The long ball did him in as two of the eight hits left the yard.  Anthony Rizzo continues to assault triple-A pitching going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the loss, he is now hitting .363 on the season.  Ty Wright also had a big day at the plate going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, and RBI, and two runs scored.

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