Minor Matters – April 13, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)
At The Plate - Logan Watkins showed off his tremendous skill set once again last night. Watkins was 1-for-3 with two walks, a home runs, two RBI’s, and two runs scored. Watkins now had ten walks in ten games so far this season. Darwin Barney made his first rehab start and looked decent at the plate going 1-for-4 with a run scored, and two strikeouts. Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with an RBI, J.C. Boscan also went 2-for-4 in the loss, he had an RBI and a run scored as well.
On The Mound – Barret Loux got the start and was much better this time out. Loux went five innings giving up one run on six hits while walking two and striking out five to earn his first win of the season. Yoanner Negrin has been outstanding once again as he went three innings only allowing two hits while striking out eight, eight! Blake Parker tossed a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one.
At The Plate – The Smokies jumped out to an 8-1 lead and just barely held on for an 8-6 victory. Ronald Torreyes made his return to the lineup, his first appearance of 2013 and was solid going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored from the lead-off spot. Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI’s and two runs scored. Rubi Silva also had a breakout game going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .320 on the year. Justin Bour only had one hit, but was productive, he finished the day 1-for-4 with three RBI’s.
On The Mound – The Smokies were good, and not so good late. Kyle Hendricks got the start and the win, he went six innings giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking three and striking out one. A.J. Morris struggled out of the pen going 1.1 innings giving up five runs on three hits while walking two hits while striking out one. Frank Batista settled things down to earn the save, he went 1.2 innings giving up no runs on one hit while striking out one.
At The Plate – The D-Cubs fell behind early and just couldn’t generate enough offense to get back into this one. Javier Baez is starting to show signs of breaking out as he was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored. John Andreoli was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, he’s now hitting .364 on the season. Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored. Dustin Geiger was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s in the loss.
On The Mound – A rare bad outing from P.J. Francescon, he got the loss going five innings giving up six runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out five. Eduardo Figueroa didn’t get much help from his defense as he worked three innings giving up three runs, all unearned, on two hits while walking four and striking out none.
At The Plate – The Cougars built a 4-0 lead by the top of the third, by the bottom of the fourth it was gone. The Cougars mounted a late comeback, but they ran out of time in game one. Daniel Vogelbach continued his hot start to the season going 1-for-2 with two walks, his first home run, an RBI and two runs scored. Rock Shoulders is even hotter at the plate right now going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .455 on the season. Jeimer Candelario finally had a solid game going 1-for-2 with two walks, a double, and a run scored.
On The Mound – Ian Dickson hasn’t had the best start to the 2013 season, that continued in this one. Dickson went five innings giving up seven runs on eights hits while walking none and striking out three. Brian Smith tossed a scoreless inning in relief only giving up one hit.
At The Plate - It took eleven innings but the Cougars were able to split the double-header with the Timer Rattlers. Jeimer Candelario had a solid second game as well going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Willson Contreras was great coming off the bench and ended up with the game winning home run, he was 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI’s and a run scored. Wes Darvill was 2-for-4 with a caught stealing, and an error, so a good and bad day for him.
On The Mound – Felix Pena was outstanding in this one going six innings giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking one and striking out three. Justin Amlung, who has been roughed up in the early going had an outstanding outing yesterday. Amlung went four scoreless innings out of the pen giving up only two hits while walking one and striking out one. Eduardo Orozco earned his first save of the season tossing a scoreless inning giving up one hit and striking out one.
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