7/8: Around the Cubs Minor League System
A trip through the minors on July 8, 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All in all it was a good day for the Cubs minor leaguers with a lot of thrilling victories.
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