Minor Matters – May 7, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)
At The Plate – The Cubs really had nothing going all night against the Sky Sox as they were blanked 5-0. The Cubs could only manage four hits in the loss, and were o-for-1 with runners in scoring position, a rather uninspiring effort. Dave Sappelt owns triple A (tiny bit of sarcasm here), he was 1-for-3 in his debut with Iowa tonight. Luis Flores, Nick Struck, and Edwin Maysonet had the other hits for the Cubs, all singles, and Struck was the starting pitcher, like I said, not a good night.
On The Mound - 2012 minor league pitcher of the year Nick Struck, is finding 2013 not as comfortable as last year. Struck worked 5.2 innings giving up five runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out six, his record fell to 0-3 with the loss. Yoanner Negrin was solid out of the pen going 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two. Zach Putnam also had a scoreless appearance, he worked an inning and struck out one.
At The Plate – No that is not a typo, yes that was the final score, and yes they only played five innings. The official reason was wet grounds for the shortened game, but I think it might have also been a slaughter rule. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this was and will be the worst game by the Smokies all year. The Smokies couldn’t push across a single run, what’s worse is they only had four hits and made three errors, yikes. Ty Wright, Christian Villanueva, Rafael Lopez, and Elliot Soto were all 1-for-2 with a single in the shellacking.
On The Mound – Look away, or just avoid this part if you are squeamish. Matt Loosen got the start, and you guessed it, the loss as well, his first of the season. Loosen went 2.1 innings giving up seven runs on four hits while walking three and striking out two. A.J. Morris was beat up out of the pen, sort of, Morris went 1.1 innings giving up six runs, all unearned, on three hits while walking two and striking out one. Tony Zych wasn’t much better, he worked 1.1 innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out two. New game tomorrow, forget about this one.
At The Plate – Just an awful night all around the minor league system tonight as Daytona was crushed as well, at least they managed to score three times. Daytona could only manage six hits, and three runs in the loss, they also made two errors, seemed to be a theme for every team tonight. Javier Baez was 1-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored. Jorge Soler was 1-for-4, as was Ben Carhart, Carhart scored a run as well. Taiwan Easterling was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s in the loss. Javier Baez and Jorge Soler each made an error in this one, Baez his twelfth, and Soler his first.
On The Mound – Just a rough night from the D-Cubs pitching, Ben Wells got the start and saw his record fall to 3-2 with the loss. Wells went five innings giving up five runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two, what’s more disturbing is that Wells gave up three home runs, he’s now given up four all year. Sheldon McDonald was the lone bright spot for the D-Cubs as he worked a scoreless inning out of the pen. Starling Peralta continues to get hammered, he worked one-third of an inning giving up five runs on two hits while walking two. David Cales was also roughed up, that is a rarity for sure, he worked 1.2 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out two.
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