Minor Matters – May 25, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)
At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs are officially on a roll, with last night’s win they have won three in a row, and six of their last seven games. Brian Bogusevic probably belongs in the Majors at this point, but there is nowhere to put him, he went 3-for-5 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .364 on the season. Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with two singles in the victory. Edwin Maysonet had a huge game going 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored. Luis Flores came up with a rare huge offensive game going 2-for-2 with two walks, two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
On The Mound – Brooks Raley was solid on the mound for the Cubs, as he improved his record to 4-3 on the season. Raley worked 6.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out six. Casey Coleman was outstanding out of the pen going 2.2 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one to earn his first save of the season.
At The Plate – Nothing went right for the Smokies in this one as they could only manage three hits all night, and two runs in a 7-2 loss. Arismendy Alcantara was one of the few Smokies to come through last night, he was 1-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored. Rubi Silva, and Tim Torres were the only other Smokies to record hits in this one, both singles; they each had a stolen base as well.
On The Mound – Alberto Cabrera rarely gets beat up, last night was one of those rare times that he did. Cabrera worked six innings giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out seven. A.J. Morris wasn’t much better out of the pen going 1.1 innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking three. Brian Schlitter doesn’t allow runs, he just doesn’t, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.
At The Plate – Daytona only needed one inning to get the victory in this one; they scored five times in the second inning and held on for dear life in a 5-4 victory of the Flying Tigers, what a name, eh? Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with his eleventh double of the season, and a run scored in the victory. Daytona made their hits count as they could only manage six all game, and the two guys at the bottom of the order came up huge. Taiwan Easterling (8 hitter) was 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored, while Tim Saunders (9 hitter) was 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
On The Mound – Nice to have Kyler Burke back on the mound, he was brilliant in this one to earn his first victory of the season. Burke went five scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking two and striking out two, he lowered his ERA to 0.90 on the season. Eduardo Figueroa found some trouble, but kept the damage limited going 1.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one. Hunter Cervenka was touched up, gasp! That never happens! Cervenka worked 1.2 innings giving up three runs on two hits while walking two and striking out three. Luis Liria came on to save the day, and the game going one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one to earn his second save of the season.
At The Plate – Solid comeback win for Kane County in game one as they scored twice in the fifth to tie the game, then walked off in the seventh for the win. Oh hey look, Albert Almora shows up in the recap, what else is new? Almora was 3-for-4 with two doubles; he now has five doubles in four games for the Cougars, he added two RBI’s, two runs scored, and an outfield assist in the victory. Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-3 with his ninth double of the season, and a walk. Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with two singles; he’s now hitting .263 on the season, that average is on the rise.
On The Mound – Jose Arias pitched in and out of trouble, because of that he couldn’t make it five innings for the win. Arias worked 4.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking three and striking out one. Nathan Dorris got back on track in this one, and subsequently he earned his second win of the season. Dorris worked 2.2 scoreless innings out of the pen giving up two hits while striking out three.
At The Plate – The runs came early and often in game two as the Snapper and Cougars totaled nine runs in the first three innings; luckily the Cougars were on the right side of the score, leading 5-4. The Cougar pitching settled down after that, and the offense tacked on two runs in the fifth en route to a 7-4 victory. Oliver Zapata getting a chance to lead off was solid, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored. Albert Almora only had one hit in game two so there really isn’t much to say about him in game two…. Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the victory, he’s now hitting .291 on the season. Rock Shoulders was tired of slumping, so he busted out in game two, he was 2-for-3 with two home runs (11,12), three RBI’s, and two runs scored. Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .323 on the season.
On The Mound – Brian Smith was roughed up a bit in this one, and earned a no decision thanks to his red hot offense. Smith worked four innings giving up four runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two. Ian Dickson was awesome out of the pen and was rewarded with his second win of the season. Dickson worked three scoreless innings giving up on hit whiles walking one and striking out four.