TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014
Looked like it was going to be a rough one right away tonight as the Zepghyrs put up five runs in the second inning, but Iowa bounced right back with four in their half of the second. Unfortunately that was all that Iowa could do with the bats as they dropped this one to New Orleans 8-4.
At the Plate:
- Chris Coghlan was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored.
- Chris Valaika continued his hot start, he was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and is now hitting .333 on the season.
- Logan Watkins had a big two run single tonight, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
On the Mound:
- Carlos Pimentel was beat up tonight, he took the loss as he worked five innings, giving up seven runs (oops) on six hits, while walking five (oops, again), and striking out five.
- Yoanner Negrin, a personal favorite, was solid out of the pen. Negrin worked 3.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits, while walking none, and striking out three.
- Marcus Hatley mopped things up as he worked two-thirds of an inning, striking out both guys he faced.
The Daytona Cubs can’t find any offense, and recently their pitching has faltered as well, that’s not a good mix. The trends continued tonight as the D-Cubs could only manage to score three runs on nine hits in a 10-3 loss to red hot Dunedin.
At the Plate:
- Pin-Chieh Chen had a solid game at the top of the order, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
- Tim Saunders is not having any trouble at the plate right now, he went 3-for-4 with two doubles, and two stolen bases tonight. He is eight for his last fourteen at the plate, yikes.
- Rock Shoulders had a big game tonight, he was 2-for-4 with a double, his first home run of the season, an RBI, and two runs scored.
- Bijan Rademacher has been outstanding this year, it continued in this one, as he went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .379 on the season.
On the Mound:
- Jose Rosario didn’t have much going for him in this one, he took the loss to drop to 0-2 on the season. He worked 4.1 innings, giving up eight runs, six earned, on seven hits, while walking six, and striking out two, yuck.
- Starling Peralta was really good out of the pen, he worked 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up no hits, he didn’t walk anyone, and he struck out three.
- Stephen Perakslis struggles in relief, he worked one inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while walking one, and he didn’t record a strikeout.
The Cougars could only manage two runs on two hits in game one, and that was enough for another win. 19 year-old Jen-Ho Tseng was brilliant in picking up his first win of 2014.
At the Plate:
- Ben Carhart is having a solid 2014 so far, and he was able to find some success in this one, he went 1-for-2 with a double, and a walk.
- Yasiel Balaguert is unconsious at the plate right now, he was 1-for-2 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .409 on the season.
On the Mound:
- All Jen-Ho Tseng, all the time. Tseng was stellar, he worked 5.1 scoreless innings, giving up six hits, while walking none, and striking out six.
- Zack Godley was just as good out of the pen to pick up his second save of the season. Godley worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit, while striking out four of the five guys he faced.
Another light hitting game for the Cougars, and another win, how about that? The Cougars are rolling and it’s because of their pitching, Blackburn followed Tseng with a “one up you” performance, and that was great to see tonight.
At the Plate:
- Jacob Hannemann was 1-for-4 out of the lead-off spot, with his fifth stolen base of the season.
- Carlos Penalver had the only run scoring hit of the game, for either team, he was 1-for-3 with a double, and an said RBI.
- Ben Carhart capped off a productive doubleheader going 1-for-3 in the win.
On the Mound:
- Paul Blackburn couldn’t have been much better tonight as he picked up his first win of 2014. He worked six scoreless innings, surrendering one lone hit, while walking one, and striking out six, hot fire!
- Jose Arias worked the final inning for the save, how’s this for a line? One scoreless inning pitched, no hits, walked one, and struck out FOUR, in one inning, yep.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
At The Plate:
The Iowa Cubs are having trouble consistently scoring runs, one night they explode, the next they can’t buy a hit, like tonight. The I-Cubs could only manage four hits, and one run in the loss tonight. Chris Valaika, and Chris Coghlan each finished the night going 1-for-4, and that was about it. Christian Villanueva continued his hot stretch, he went 1-for-3 with a double, and a run scored in the loss. The only RBI tonight belonged to Eli Whiteside, he was 1-for-3.
On The Mound:
Not a bad job at all from the Cubs staff, they are just in a position where they can’t afford to make any mistakes. Chris Rusin had a much better second start, but fell to 0-2 on the season. Rusin worked six innings, giving up three runs, two earned (Baez error), he didn’t walk anyone, and struck out five. Alberto Cabrera was decent out of the pen, he worked two innings, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out one. Marcos Mateo finished things up tonight by working one scoreless inning.
At The Plate:
An exciting home opener for the Cougars as they walk off in the 12th inning with a 4-3 victory. Jacob Hannemann has had a good start to 2014, he was 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored in the win. Yasiel Balaguert, Daniel Canela, Trey Martin, and Carlos Penalver all finished the night going 1-for-5 as the Cougars could only manage six hits in the twelve inning victory.
On The Mound:
It was an outstanding night for the Cougars pitching, not just the results but who was pitching, very exciting. Nineteen year old Jen-Ho Tseng got the start and was very good, he just had one rough inning. Tseng worked five innings, giving up three runs on eights hits, while walking none, and striking out five. Gerardo Concepcion was the next arm on for the Cougars, and he was brilliant, working three scoreless innings, while walking none, and striking out three. Both Tyler Bremer, and Zack Godley each worked two scoreless innings out of the pen with Godley picking up the win.
At The Plate – Not much happening for the Cougars at the plate in this one as they were shut out and could only manage three hits the whole night. Albert Almora was 1-for-2 in the loss and also had to leave the game early with an apparent leg/hamstring injury, he briefly stayed in the game but came out the next inning. Marco Hernandez and Carlos Escobar each had one hit, all three Cougars hits were singles.
On The Mound – Jose Rosario got the start and also the loss, his fifth of the season as he was roughed up. Rosario worked five innings giving up five runs on six hits while walking four (not good) and striking out one. Sheldon McDonald was outstanding in relief going three scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three. Michael Hamann worked one inning out of the pen and got into some trouble before escaping unscathed, he worked one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.
At The Plate – Daytona was cruising in this one as they led 6-0 into the bottom of the eighth inning, that’s when thing got uncomfortable. Dunedin put five runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth to get within one, luckily the D-Cubs stopped the bleeding and held on to win 6-5. Zeke DeVoss was productive out of the lead off spot going 3-for-5 with three RBI’s. Ben Carhart continues his solid 2013 as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .277 on the season with 38 RBI’s. Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-4 with two doubles, and an RBI, those are his first two doubles since being called up to Daytona (17 AB). Pin-Chieh Chen was 1-for-2 with two walks (Cubs Way!), a triple, and two runs scored.
On The Mound – Pierce Johnson got the start in this one and picked up his first win with Daytona in his third start. Johnson worked five scoreless innings giving up five hits while walking one and striking out five. Austin Reed was solid out of the pen as he worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit and walking one. Jeffrey Lorick doesn’t have many bad games, this was one of them as he worked one inning giving up five runs on four hits while walking one and striking out two. Dayan Diaz took over for Lorick and was barely able to hang on for the save which was the his first of the season. Diaz worked one scoreless inning giving up three hits before escaping some big time trouble.
At The Plate – The Smokies fell behind quickly in this one and could never recover as they were trailing 7-1 by the bottom of the fourth en route to an 8-2 defeat. Not much going offensively but the big news from the day and the game was the debut of Javier Baez, he went 1-for-4 with his first AA home run on his first AA swing of that bat. Christian Villanueva has put together a pretty decent season so far, he was 1-for-4 with his eleventh home run of the year, and his forty-second RBI. Rubi Silva had a solid game going 2-for-4 with two singles, he’s now hitting .264 on the season.
On The Mound – Austin Kirk got the start for the Smokies and had a rough go of it as he suffered his third loss of the season. Kirk worked two innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out two. Yeiper Castillo was outstanding out of the pen going five innings giving up one run on four hits while walking three and striking out four. Kevin Rhoderick struggled with his command again in this one, he worked two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking three (the command thing).
At The Plate – Not a great day all around for Iowa as they lost both ends of the doubleheader to Albuquerque. Logan Watkins was solid in game one going 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a walk, he also made his ninth error of the season. Junior Lake continues his solid 2013 going 1-for-3 with two walks (Cubs Way!) in game one, he’s now hitting .319 on the season. The Cubs worked six walks in game one (good!) however they were 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position (bad!). Game two saw much of the same as the Cubs worked four walks, but could only manage five hits, and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
On The Mound – Jake Arrieta made his Cubs debut in game one and was only able to work one inning before the rains came. Arrieta struggled with his command as he gave up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out two in his inning of work. Esmailin Caridad took over and also took the loss as he went three innings giving up two runs, one earned, while walking one and striking out two. In game two Barret Loux was outstanding but still wound up on the losing end as the Cubs couldn’t muster any offense. Loux went six innings giving up one run on four hits while walking four and striking out six.
At The Plate – The Hawks were able to pound out ten hits in this one but couldn’t push across any runs except for in the third when they scored three times. Daniel Lockhart had a solid game, minus one error, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Yasiel Balaguert was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .272 on the season. Jacob Rogers was the offense in this one as he was 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored. The Hawks only had five chances with runners in scoring position despite having ten hits, they finished the game going 2-for-5.
On The Mound – James Pugliese was finally roughed up, he worked five innings giving up five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out six. Scott Frazier was solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one. Zack Godley, and Matt Iannazzo each worked a scoreless inning in relief to keep the Hawks in the game during the late innings.