Minor Matters – May 19, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)
At The Plate – The Cubs did most of their damage in just two innings and that was enough to win as they scored three times in the fourth and four times in the fifth en route to a 7-3 victory. Dave Sappelt had a solid day going 2-for-4 with two runs scored; he’s hitting .225 since his demotion. Brad Nelson is on a roll, he was 2-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, a double, five RBI’s, and two runs scored. Donnie Murphy was 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
On The Mound – Nick Struck got the start and picked up his second win of the season as he battled some command issues and worked out of a few tough spots. Struck went six innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out four. Yoanner Negrin was solid out of the pen, he worked the final three innings to pick up his first save of the season, he gave up one run on four hits while striking out four.
At The Plate – The Daytona Cubs continue to show some fight which they seemed to discover just about four days ago as they battled back in this one to steal a win. Wes Darvill was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored in the win. Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and he made two errors bringing his 2013 total to nineteen. Dustin Geiger came through big time once again, he was 1-for-3 with his fifth home run of the season which came in the eighth inning to give the D-Cubs a 5-4 lead, he had one RBI, a walk, and a run scored as well. Tim Saunders was a threat on the bases yesterday, he was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two stolen bases, he now has twelve on the season, he also scored a run.
On The Mound – Ben Wells couldn’t keep the ball down in this one but still kept his team in it long enough for them to get the win. Wells didn’t factor in the decision as he worked five innings giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out three. Jeffrey Lorick was outstanding out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out one to earn his second win of the season. Luis Liria was also solid as he worked two scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the season.
At The Plate – Really impressed with the way Kane County battled Cedar Rapids this weekend, each game could have went either way but Cedar Rapids has been winning all year, that likely helped them to two victories this weekend as great times know how to win close games, Kane County will get there eventually. Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-4 with his fifteenth double of the season, which leads the MWL; he also had a run scored. Rock Shoulders was 1-for-4 with his tenth home run of the season, which also leads the MWL, he also had two RBI’s, and a run scored. Bijan Rademacher continues to rake, he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, he’s now hitting .343 on the season. David Bote was 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, and it was a big one, a two run shot with two outs in the ninth to tie the game.
On The Mound – Jose Rosario got the start for the Cougars, it was his first appearance of the year, and he was solid. Rosario went four innings giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits while walking one. Ian Dickson took over and was roughed up as he took the loss, he worked four innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. Eddie Orozco couldn’t get out of Dickson’s trouble in the ninth as he worked two-third of an inning while walking two, including walking the game winning run in.