Minor Matters – May 23, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)
At The Plate – The Cubs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and that’s all they would need in this one, they tacked on two more to take a 4-0 and that’s how it ended. Logan Watkins had a good day from the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and one run scored. Dave Sappelt was 2-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI, he also had a caught stealing, he’s now hitting .308 since his demotion to Iowa. Josh Vitters had a solid day as it was good to see him back in the lineup, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored.
On The Mound – Chris Rusin was outstanding in this one to earn his third win of the season against four losses, despite a solid 3.88 ERA. Rusin went six scoreless innings giving up six hits while walking two and striking out four. Yoanner Negrin was solid per usual going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out two. Eduardo Sanchez made his organizational debut and was good going one scoreless inning while walking one and striking out two.
At The Plate – The Smokies couldn’t get much going offensively but they didn’t need to in order to get the win, they only managed four hits and two runs in the 2-0 victory. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-2 with two walks (Cubs Way!), sixth home run, an RBI, and a run scored. Rafael Lopez, Tim Torres, and Jonathan Mota were the other Smokies to record hits and with Torres’ being an RBI double.
On The Mound – Kyle Hendricks was outstanding, and really has been all year, quite an impressive start. Hendricks worked seven scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out seven to earn his fourth win of the season and lower his ERA to 2.44, wow. Brian Schlitter doesn’t give up runs, ever, or at least it seems that way. Schlitter worked a scoreless inning in relief giving up two hits; his ERA is now 0.90 on the season. Marcus Hatley worked a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the season giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.
At The Plate – Daytona pounded out twelve hits but could only manage to score four times as they lost 8-4 to Jupiter, the Cubs were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Wes Darvill was 1-for-3 with two walks, a double, and a run scored, he’s having a rough go of it, only hitting .167 on the season. John Andreoli continues to have a solid season, he was 3-for-5 with his sixth (!) triple of the season, and two runs scored. Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with a walk, his tenth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored. Dustin Geiger is making a case for a promotion with his play, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI, his 40th of the season, he’s played in 44 games. Tim Saunders was 2-for-4 with his thirteenth stolen base of the season in the loss.
On The Mound – Zach Cates didn’t have his best stuff in this one, he worked five innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out four. Jeffrey Lorick, who very rarely gives up anything, worked one inning giving up one run on one hit while walking three. Sheldon McDonald was also touched up; he worked two innings giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits while walking one.
At The Plate – Long, odd night in Peoria that resulted in the Cougars losing 9-8 in fourteen innings. Here’s the odd part, the score was 8-8 after four, the Cougars couldn’t score over the next ten innings and the Chiefs only scored once for the win. Pin-Chieh Chen had a solid night at the top of the lineup going 1-for-5 with two walks, two RBI’s, and three runs scored. Albert Almora has returned to Kane County swinging the bat, he was 4-for-7 in this one with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s 7-for-11 since returning from injury. Jeimer Candelario had a productive night going 2-for-7 with his sixteenth double of the season, and four RBI’s, he’s got his average on the rise, it’s now at .267 on the season and he is hitting .333 over his last ten games. Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-6 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored in the loss.
On The Mound – Rough start for Dillon Maples, his worst one since returning to the Kane County rotation, his offense bailed him out so he did not factor in the decision. Maples worked 3.2 innings giving up eight runs, five earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out four. Lendy Castillo was about as good as you could be, he worked 5.1 scoreless innings out of the pen giving up five hits while walking two and striking out nine. Jeffry Antigua was also solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings while striking out four. Justin Amlung did everything he could to keep this one going but ended up suffering his second loss of the season. Amlung worked 2.1 innings giving up one run on one hit while striking out three.