Minor Matters – May 15, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)
At The Plate – It was smooth sailing for the Smokies until the eighth inning when they saw their 4-2 lead turn into an 8-4 deficit that the Smokies couldn’t overcome. In an odd stat, the Smokies were caught stealing four times in this game, that’s usually doesn’t bode well when you make that many outs on the bases. Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-3 with a run scored in the loss. Rubi Silva was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two caught stealings. Jair Fernandez had a big day going 2-for-3 with a walk, his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
On The Mound - Eric Jokisch was solid in this one, but did not factor into the decision. He went 6.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five. Trey McNutt was roughed up out of the pen going two-thirds of an inning giving up two runs on two hits. Brian Schlitter wasn’t much better as he took the loss, he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out one.
At The Plate – Another day, and another disaster turned in by Daytona, at this rate they probably wish the weather turned crappy again. They were thoroughly dominated by the 15-23 Stone Crabs as Daytona still can’t find their offense that has been MIA since all the rain outs. The D-Cubs could only manage one run on five hits in this one, all five hits were singles, they only walked once, and struck out ten times. John Andreoli, Javier Baez, Dustin Geiger, Ben Carhart, and Chadd Krist all recorded one base hit each in the loss.
On The Mound – Austin Kirk wants April back as he has been atrocious in May. Kirk got the start today and was handed his second loss as he went four innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out four. Luis Liria did a solid job out of the pen as he worked two scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out one. Sheldon McDonald was good as well going two scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out one, no that’s not a typo they had the exact same numbers. Frank Del Valle struggled a bit going one inning giving up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out two.
At The Plate – Solid win for the Cougars as they brought their record back up to .500 at 18-18, and it’s a win over the Cardinals system so that’s always fun. The Cougars pounded out eleven hits while scoring four runs and were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Bijan Rademacher likes to hit baseballs, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored in this one, he is now hitting .360 on the season. Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts, I only mention that because it’s rare, he usually puts the bat on the ball. Willson Contreras is putting a nice little season together right now, he was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .294 on the season. Marco Hernandez was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and a caught stealing, one of two by the Cougars in the game.
On The Mound – Tayler Scott is having himself quite a season so far, and he was dominant today. Scott went 7.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking two and striking out two to get his second win of the season. Nathan Dorris has been even better this year, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his third save of the year, he gave up one hit in doing so.
The Venezuelan Summer League Cubs were back in action today, and things went much better as they didn’t give up twenty-two runs again, but they still lost 8-7 to the VSL Phillies, full box score is here.