Minor Matters – May 29, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)
At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs fell behind quickly in this one, trailing 4-0 after two innings; they were able to cut the deficit to one by the fifth but couldn’t get any closer losing 4-3. The Cubs left too many opportunities slip away as they were only 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Brian Bogusevic was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored, his 2013 has been spectacular, he’s now hitting .358 on the season. Dave Sappelt was one of the few productive Cubs in this one, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Brad Nelson and Logan Watkins were the only other Cubs to records RBI’s in the loss.
On The Mound – After a bumpy first two innings Nick Struck was able to settle down, he worked five innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three. Struck has struggled this year, his record fell to 3-4 on the season, while his 6.07 ERA is also underwhelming. Casey Coleman took over and was brilliant, he worked three scoreless, hit-less, innings while walking two and striking out two, he definitely kept the Cubs in this one and gave them a chance to come back.
At The Plate – The Annual Rickwood Classic didn’t go the way the Smokies were hoping as they fell to Birmingham 6-3. Arismendy Alcantara had a solid game going 3-for-4 with his first triple of the year, but also made a costly error, his eighteenth of the season. Christian Villanueva has been on a steady upswing as of late, and it continued today as he was 1-for-4 with his seventeenth double of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored. Lance Rymel made a successful double A debut going 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI in the loss.
On The Mound – Yeiper Castillo is still adjusting to the jump in levels as he struggled again in his second start with Tennessee. Castillo worked 3.2 innings giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out four. A.J. Morris was solid in relief; he worked 3.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out five. Trey McNutt had a solid performance as he continues to lower his ERA; he worked one scoreless inning while striking out one, lowering his ERA to 4.98 on the season.
At The Plate – The Daytona Cubs couldn’t get much offense going in this one but they didn’t need it as pitching carried them to a 3-0 victory. Zeke DeVoss had a solid day from the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with two singles, and a run scored. John Andreoli continues to hit, he was 2-for-3 with his sixth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .317 on the season. Dustin Geiger was 1-for-3 with an RBI, his forty-third of the season, and he is hitting .311 as well, quite the year so far.
On The Mound –Daytona won this game on the mound, and they only needed two arms to do it. Zach Cates got the start and was outstanding for his fifth win of the season, he worked six scoreless innings giving up five hits while walking one and striking out five. Yao-Lin Wang was brilliant out of the pen, he worked three scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season giving up one hit while walking one and striking out five.
At The Plate – Kane County continues to struggle without Albert Almora as they could only generate one run on five hits in a 2-1 defeat. Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two singles, and a run scored in the loss. Carlos Escobar was 2-for-4, both singles, and an RBI, and that was it for the Cougars as the only other hit came from Oliver Zapata, also a single.
On The Mound – Pierce Johnson might be filing a complaint for lack of run support soon; he was tagged with the loss in this one making his record 3-4 on the season despite a sparkling 2.89 ERA. Johnson was solid going 5.2 innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven. Justin Amlung got into trouble, but was able to pitch out of it for the most part; he worked 2.1 innings giving up one run on four hits while striking out two.