Minor Matters – June 4, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)
At The Plate – After four innings the Cubs didn’t have much going, then they erupted for ten runs over the final four innings en route to a 10-2 victory. Logan Watkins had an outstanding game at the top of the order going 3-for-5 with three singles and two runs scored. Brian Bogusevic continues to pad his stats as he was 2-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season, a walk, three RBI’s, and two runs scored. Steve Clevenger is on the comeback trail, he was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, he’s hitting .429 since returning from that horrible oblique injury. Brad Nelson had a productive day going 2-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored. Ian Stewart is still alive, and was decent in this one going 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
On The Mound – Brooks Raley got the start, and I’m not 100% certain but I think Raley had to leave early in this one as he only threw fifty-one pitches. Raley worked 3.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out two. Casey Coleman continues to do tremendous work out of the pen; he worked 3.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out two to earn his first win of the season. Marcus Hatley scuffled a bit, and has since his promotion to Iowa; he worked one inning giving up one run on two hits. Alex Burnett, who cleared waivers and was optioned to Iowa got some work in today, he went one scoreless inning giving up one hit.
At the Plate – Not a lot of offense in this one from the D-Cubs but it was enough as they squeaked out a 1-0 victory over Bradenton. John Andreoli was 2-for-4 with two singles, and his sixteenth stolen base of the season. Tim Saunders was 2-for-4; he also had two singles, but had a caught stealing in this one. The only RBI of the game came from Jorge Soler; he finished the day 0-for-2 with said RBI on a sacrifice fly.
On The Mound – Ben Wells was outstanding to start things off for Daytona; he improved his record to 4-4 on the season with the win. Wells worked five scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking three and striking out four. Frank Del Valle was just as good out of the pen and earned the rare four inning save in a one run game. Del Valle worked four scoreless innings giving up four hits while striking out four.
At The Plate – The Smokies looked like they had control of this one with an early 4-1 lead but had to battle back from a 6-4 deficit which they did; as they scored four runs unanswered to beat Jackson 8-6. The Smokies were dangerous all night as they pounded out fifteen hits while scoring eight runs; they were 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Matt Szczur is red hot, he was 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI’s, a stolen base, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .292 on the season. Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored. Arismendy Alcantara was 3-for-5 with two doubles, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .290 on the season. Ty Wright also had a solid game going 2-for-5 with his third home run of the season, an RBI, and two runs scored. Chad Noble had a monster game going 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.
On The Mound – Yeiper Castillo was roughed up in this one but was still able to give the Smokies some valuable innings. Castillo worked six innings giving up six runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four. Hunter Cervenka was outstanding out of the pen, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out two, he picked up his first AA win of the season. Frank Batista was solid as usual in picking up his eighth save of the season. Batista worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit; he lowered his ERA to 1.78 on the season.