Minor Matters – May 4, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)
At The Plate - Oops, the Smokies probably want a do over after this one as they were manhandled all night. The Smokies only managed four hits all night in the 8-0 loss. Arismendy Alcantara, Rafael Lopez, Joanthan Mota, and Eric Jokisch were the only Smokies to record hits in this one, all singles. Blah.
On The Mound – Not much better on the mound for the Smokies in this one. Minor league pitcher of the month Eric Jokisch struggled for really the first time all year. Jokisch went three innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three, his record falls to 3-2 on the season. Tony Zych was solid out of the pen goin two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two. Kevin Rhoderick struggled with command but fought through it as he worked two innings giving up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out two. Brian Schlitter did some mop up work in this one going one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one.
At The Plate – Daytona came to hit tonight, one night after they were postponed, maybe that day off did them some good. John Andreoli was a force from the lead-off spot going 3-for-4 with two triples, a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored, he’s now hitting .340 on the season. Zeke DeVoss and Javier Baez were both 0-for-3, but both guys scored and run and had two RBI’s. Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, two walks, and one run scored. Ben Carhart continues to rake, he was 2-for-5 in this one with a stolen base, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.
On The Mound - P.J. Francescon got the start, and the win as he had one of his best outings of the season. Francescon went six scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out five. Starling Peralta really struggled out of the pen going 1.2 innings giving up five runs on six hits while striking out two. Sheldon McDonald was solid to close things out as he worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one.
At The Plate – The Cougars were locked in a battle with the Dragons until the seventh inning when the Cougars struck for four runs en route to a 6-1 win, their fifth straight victory. Gioskar Amaya was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a double in the win. Rock Shoulders continues to hit, he was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, of course a 1-for-3 night actually drops his average. Willson Contreras was 1-for-4 with a double and a huge three RBI’s in this one. Bijan Rademacher was 3-for-4 with two doubles, and an RBI, he is now hitting .322 on the season.
On The Mound – Felix Pena was outstanding for the Cougars tonight, and really has been all year long. Pena went seven innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven to earn his first win of the year. Justin Amlung shut the door the rest of the way as he worked two scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out one.
NOTES: Iowa was postponed….again.
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