Minor Matters – April 18, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)
At The Plate – The Smokies trailed 3-0 early but fought their way all the way back to win this one 5-3. Arismendy Alcantara continues to be a threat in the Smokies lineup, he was 3-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base (his 5th in the last two games), and a run scored. Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-for-4 with a two walks, and two runs scored. Justin Bour had the biggest hit of the day, and he was the most productive, he was 1-for-3 with three walks, and three RBI’s.
On The Mound – The Smokies nearly exhausted all their options on the mound as they used six pitchers in the victory. Kyle Hendricks got the start, he only made it through two innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking one. The next five Smokies pitchers went nine scoreless innings combined, giving up just two hits, they did walk six guys, and struck out four. Trey McNutt got the win out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit and walking one.
At The Plate – Another high scoring wild game for the Daytona Cubs, unfortunately the D-Cubs came out on the short end last night. Zeke DeVoss had another solid game from the lead-off spot going 2-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI. Javier Baez is starting to get locked in at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .226 on the season (six hits in the last three games). Jorge Soler made his return to the D-Cubs lineup after serving his five game suspension, he went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Stephen Bruno continues his hot start going 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s hitting .407 on the season.
On The Mound – P.J. Francescon got beat up again but didn’t get the loss, he worked three innings giving up seven runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out two. Eduardo Figueroa took the loss in this one, as he worked three innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking four and striking out two. Austin Reed was beat up as well, he worked 1.2 innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking four as well, and striking out two. Sheldon McDonald worked 1.1 scoreless innings, he walked two and struck out one.
At The Plate – Kane County trailed 5-0 early but came right back to take a 8-5 lead by the 4th inning but stumbled late in losing 9-8 to the River Bandits. Five different players had at least two hits for the Cougars. Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-5 with two doubles, and two runs scored from the lead-off spot. Marco Hernandez was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, with a caught stealing. Willson Contreras was 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored. Daniel Vogelbach was 2-for-5 with an RBI, and a run scored in the loss.
On The Mound – Lendy Castillo was roughed up in this one, as he worked four innings with five runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out six. Justin Amlung didn’t fare much better out of the bullpen going 3.2 innings giving up three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one. Steve Perakslis took the loss going 2.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out one.
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