Minor Matters – April 25, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)
At The Plate – A huge first inning from Iowa was all they needed as they scored six times en route to a 9-3 victory over Omaha. Brent Lillibridge had an outstanding game going 4-for-5 with a walk, and two RBI’s. Ryan Sweeney was also 4-for-5, he was a lot more productive though. Sweeney had a walk, a home run, a triple, four RBI’s, and two runs scored in the win. Darnell McDonald was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Edwin Maysonet was 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, and an RBI.
On The Mound – Barret Loux got the start and struggled with command, and was wild in the strike zone but managed to pitch around trouble. He was able to go 4.2 innings giving up three runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out three. Esmailin Caridad did a fine job out of the bullpen and earned the win going 2.1 scoreless innings while walking two and striking out three. Cory Wade and Rafael Dolis struggled but managed to each have a scoreless appearance. Dolis worked 1.1 innings to earn his first save of the season while walking two and striking out two.
At The Plate – The Smokies are playing good baseball, and if not for a few blown saves recently could be on a real impressive winning streak. It was the Ronald Torreyes show for the Smokies, he was 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a triple, and a run scored from the lead-off spot. Only three other Smokies registered hits in this one, but it was enough. Rafael Lopez and Jae-Hoon Ha recorded the RBI’s with Ha going 1-for-4, and Lopez going 1-for-3 with a double.
On The Mound – Dallas Beeler is dealing right now, and last night was no exception. Beeler went seven scoreless innings giving up seven hits while walking one and striking out two. Zach Rosscup found some trouble out of the pen but was able to hold the lead, he gave up one run on one hit while walking one in one inning of work. Brian Schlitter worked a stress free ninth inning for his first save of the season, he has yet to give up an earned run this year.
At The Plate – Daytona jumped out early in this one and never looked back as they pounded out twelve hits and scored five runs to beat the Flying Tigers…Flying Tigers! 5-3. Every player in the Daytona starting lineup had at least one hit. Javier Baez is slowly but surely turning around his slow start, he was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season with an RBI, and a run scored. Timothy Saunders was 1-for-4 with a big triple, and two RBI’s in the win. Chad Noble was 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. Anthony Giansanti stayed hot since his return going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
On The Mound – Zach Cates got the start and the win as he pitched a solid game. Cates worked five scoreless innings giving up four hits while walking one and striking out four. Yeiper Castillo did a solid job out of the pen tossing a scoreless inning. Austin Reed continues to get beat up, he gave up three runs on three hits while walking three in one inning of work. David Cales was outstanding to earn his first save of the year, he went two scoreless innings while walking two and striking out four.
At The Plate – A late rally wasn’t enough for the Cougars as they fell to the Tin Caps 6-4 after trailing 6-1 in the third inning. The Cougars approach was fantastic in this one, they just couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it. They had eight hits, walked five times, and only struck out four times, unfortunately they came up just short. Rock Shoulders continues to hit, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .406 on the season. Marco Hernandez was also 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss. Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.
On The Mound – Lendy Castillo ran into trouble in one inning and that was enough for him to suffer his first loss of the season. Castillo worked six innings giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits while walking none and striking out three. Both Justin Amlung and Steve Perakslis worked scoreless innings out of the pen to keep the Cougars in this one.
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