Minor Matters – May 20, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)
At The Plate – The Smokies used a huge fourth inning to secure game one, with the game tied at one the Smokies exploded for seven runs in the fourth en route to a 9-2 victory. The Smokies pounded out twelve hits and scored nine times in just seven innings, and were 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Matt Szczur was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .302 on the season. Arismendy Alcantara had a huge game going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI’s, and two runs scored. Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored. Rafael Lopez, and Rubi Silva each had two hits in the victory, Silva added a double, and an RBI. Jonathan Mota was 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
On The Mound – The Smokies only needed Alberto Cabrera in this one as he went the distance for his fourth win of the season. Cabrera went seven innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out six. He improved his record to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 3.69 on the season.
At The Plate – The Smokies used all their bullets in game one as they could only manage five hits in a 1-0 loss to Chattanooga. Ronald Torreyes, Ty Wright, and Eric Jokisch all had one hit a piece; Jokisch had the only extra base hit for the Smokies. Christian Villanueva had a solid game going 2-for-3 in the loss.
On The Mound – Eric Jokisch got the start in game two and was even better than Cabrera in game one; unfortunately he couldn’t get the win. Jokisch worked six scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out five. Marcus Hatley took over and also took the loss, he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out one.
At The Plate – Daytona couldn’t get much going in this one as they could only manage six hits and one run in a 4-1 loss to Jupiter. The D-Cubs were in it until the end but Jupiter was able to plate three runs in the eighth to break this one open. Zeke DeVoss had another strong game, that’s two in a row for the struggling center fielder; he was 2-for-3 with two singles. Javier Baez seems to be heating up at the plate and making much more contact, he was 2-fo-4 with two doubles, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .262 on the season.
On The Mound – Kyler Burke is probably a name you have known has been missing this year; he has been working at extended spring training and made his 2013 debut tonight. Burke was solid going five innings giving up one run on four hits while walking two and striking out five. Eduardo Figueroa, who seems to pitch every day, was hung with the loss in this one after being roughed up. Figueroa worked 2.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out one. Sheldon McDonald was his usual solid self, tossing two-thirds of an inning giving up one hit while striking out one.
At The Plate – Another very tough loss for the Cougars against the best team in the league, the Cougars lost three out of four, all three by one run, quite the fight in these games. Gioskar Amaya went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, and two runs scored. Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s; he’s now hitting .286 on the season, and has twenty-five RBI’s. Jeimer Candelario is heating up, he was 4-for-5 with two RBI’s, shocked he didn’t double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .267 on the season. Rock Shoulder wasn’t able to register a hit in this one, but he did walk three times, he was 0-for-2 with a run scored.
On The Mound – Tayler Scott got the start for the Cougars, and did his best to hold off the Kernels but they eventually got to him. Scott worked 5.1 innings giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits while walking two and striking out four. Nathan Dorris was roughed up which is a rare occurrence, he worked 1.2 innings giving up three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out two. Steve Perakslis worked a scoreless inning out of the pen while walking one.
NOTES: Iowa was rained out. On a more serious note, there has been some terrible weather ripping through the midwest, I just want to take this opportunity to say that my thoughts and prayers are with those of Moore, Oklahoma, terribly sad.