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Minor Matters – May 8, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – A roller coaster game for the Cubs in this one as they held a 4-0 lead only to lose it, then an 8-4 lead only to see the Sky Sox get within two, luckily Iowa hung on for the victory.  Alberto Gonzalez had a huge day at the plate going 4-for-5 with a walk, a double, and an RBI.  Brian Bogusevic was 2-for-5 with a walk, his second home run of the season, one RBI, and two runs scored.  Brad Nelson was 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Darnell McDonald was 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, a stolen base, and a run scored.  J.C. Boscan is having a great season so far, he was 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, he’s now hitting .344 on the year.  Iowa probably could have scored more than eight runs as they pounded out sixteen hits but were 4-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound – A mixed bag for the Iowa pitching on this night, but they did just enough.  Barret Loux got the start and didn’t have it as he went four innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out four.  Esmailin Caridad was really good out of the pen and earned the win, he went two scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one.  Hisanori Takahashi was roughed up, he went 1.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out three.  Blake Parker was solid again as he earned his fourth save, he went 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Another wild one in Tennessee as the Smokies trailed 6-0 after one inning, then 9-6 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  The Smokies tied it in the ninth with three runs, then they trailed 11-9 heading to the bottom of the tenth, they tied it again with two in the tenth.  Unfortunately they couldn’t come back to tie it a fourth time and lost 12-11 in fourteen innings.  The Smokies pounded out fifteen hits in this one, drew seven walks, and made four costly errors.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with two walks, a double, one RBI, and two runs scored.  Ty Wright was 1-for-3 with two walks, a double, and three RBI’s.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-7 with his fifth home run of the season, three RBI’s and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez was 3-for-5 with two walks, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Tim Torres was 2-for-7 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.

On The Mound –  I wouldn’t say that the Smokies pitchers were bad, they just didn’t get a lot of help from their defense.  Dallas Beeler got the start and struggled a bit with his command.  Beeler went 4.2 innings giving up seven runs, four earned, on four hits while walking three and striking out four.  Brian Schlitter was first out of the pen and worked 1.1 innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits.  Kyuji Fujikawa was excellent in what was probably his last rehab outing, he went two scoreless innings giving up a single base hit.  Frank Batista was touched up, which is rare, he worked two innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one.  Zach Rosscup was brilliant late in this one, he tossed three scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out three.  Marcus Hatley took the loss in this one, he worked one inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate - Daytona put up plenty of fight in this one, they just can’t figure out a way to beat St. Lucie.  The D-Cubs trailed 5-3 in the eight and managed to tie things up with two in the eighth only to lose 6-5 in the ten innings.  Tim Saunders was 2-for-5 with a triple, and two runs scored.  Jorge Soler has responded from his benching in a big way, he was 3-for-4 with two doubles, his fifth home run of the season, a walk, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Dustin Geiger was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two RBI’s in the loss.

On The Mound  –  Austin Kirk has struggled his last couple times out, he worked five innings giving up nine hits while walking one and striking out four.  Eduardo Figueroa worked two scoreless innings out of the pen while striking out three.  Luis Liria took the loss as he went 2.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out three.

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At The Plate – The Cougars couldn’t get anything going at the plate in this one, and they were undone by one bad inning as Burlington scored four times in the fourth en route to a 4-0 victory.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .297 on the season.  Bijan Rademacher has been red-hot and it continued in this one as he was 2-for-2 with a walk, he’s now hitting .371 on the season and .412 in his last ten games.

On The MoundPierce Johnson only had one bad inning but it was enough for  his second loss of the season.  Johnson worked four innings giving up four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five.  Justin Amlung was really good out of the pen going two scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two.  Matt Iannazzo was solid as well going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – May 5, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate - The Cubs came awfully close to sweeping this double after two comebacks but in the end had to settle for a split.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Josh Vitters had a solid first game and a big second game going 3-for-5, he might be making the case to move ahead of Stewart on the organizational depth chart.  Brian Bogusevic just hits, he was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, that raises his average to .418 on the season.

On The Mound –  Brooks Raley was really good for Iowa going five innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four.  Casey Coleman worked a scoreless inning out of the pen giving up one hit while striking out one.  Yoanner Negrin was also solid, he went 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out three.  Hisanori Takahashi went 1.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while striking out one.  Cory Wade suffered the loss in this one as he went one inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out two.

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At The Plate - The Cubs were locked in a battle into the fourth inning, that’s when they broke it open with three runs en route to a 5-2 win.  Josh Vitters, who just returned to the team a couple of days ago was 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Brian Bogusevic continues to hit, he was 2-for-2 with two double, a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .414 on the season.  J.C. Boscan was 1-for-2 with two RBI’s, and a run scored in the win.

On The Mound -  Guillermo Moscoso got the start in game one and was solid, but couldn’t make it to the fifth inning to get a win.  Moscoso went four innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Esmailin Caridad, Kyuji Fujikawa, and Blake Parker all worked scoreless innings out of the pen.  Fujikawa made his first game appearance since being put on the DL with a forearm issue.  Blake Parker earned his third save of the year.

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At The Plate - For the second straight game the Smokies had no answer for Braves pitching as they were shut out again in a 6-0 loss.  The Smokies aren’t just having trouble scoring, they aren’t getting any hits either.  The Smokies only had five hits in this one, all singles.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, his ninth of the season.

On The Mound -  Kyle Hendricks didn’t get any help from his defense, as he worked five innings giving up five runs, two earned, on nine hits while striking out five.  Marcus Hatley, and Zach Rosscup each worked scoreless innings out of the bullpen, both guys have been outstanding all year long.  Trey McNutt worked an inning giving up one runs on three hits.

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At The Plate – Pitching at it’s finest in this one as the D-Cubs and Mets remained scoreless into the bottom of the ninth, that’s when the Mets pushed across a run for a 1-0 win.  The D-Cubs could only manage three hits all day in this one, they did draw four walks but were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.  John Andreoli, Dustin Geiger, and Ben Carhart were the only D-Cubs to record a hit, all singles.

On The MoundYeiper Castillo was brilliant once again, but unfortunately didn’t factor into the decision.  Castillo went six scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Hunter Cervenka was just as good out of the pen as he worked two scoreless innings.  Luis Liria took the loss in this one, he was very Marmol like, he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on one hit while walking three.

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At The Plate - The Cougars are on a roll, today’s win marks the sixth straight victory for Kane County and brought their record back above .500 on the season.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored in the win.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-2 with two walks, a double and an RBI.  Oliver Zapata was 2-for-3 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .280 on the season.  Seven different players had at least one hit for the Cougars, and they were 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound –  Michael Heesch was outstanding going 7.1 scoreless innings giving up four hits while striking out five to earn his second win of the season.  Nathan Dorris has been great all year, and was again today, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit to earn his second save of the season.

Thanks for reading,
– George


 

Minor Matters – May 3, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Smokies had a rough go of it last night as they were only able to record eight hits and two runs in eleven innings, they also struck out seventeen times, yikes.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-5 with a double, his third of the season.  Ty Wright was 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .280 on the season.

On The Mound – The Smokies were much better on the mound than they were at the plate.  Alberto Cabrera was outstanding as he went six scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking two and striking out eight, he did not factor in the decision.  A.J. Morris had a rough go of it out of the pen, he was only able to retire one hitter while giving up two runs on two hits while walking two.  Trey McNutt was solid going 1.2 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.  Marcus Hatley also had a scoreless appearance, he worked one inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out three.  Frank Batista took the loss in this one as he went 1.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Cougars started this double-header off right, it took a little longer than usual, but they got the win.  A big reason why it took eleven innings was the Cougars inability to hit with runners in scoring position, they were a mind numbing 1-for15.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-5 with a double, and a walk.  Rock Shoulders, the newly crowned minor league player of the month kept things rolling, he was 2-for-6 with his sixth home run of the season, this one was a walk-off in the bottom of the eleventh.  Chadd Krist was 1-for-2 with three walks, and a run scored in the win.

On The Mound -  Solid work top to bottom on the mound in this one for the Cougars.  Tayler Scott got the start and was solid, he went 5.2 innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out one.  Steve Perakslis was awfully good out of the pen going 2.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Matt Iannazzo had his best outing of the season going three scoreless innings to get the win, he gave up one hit while walking two and striking out four.

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At The Plate – Outstanding day for the Cougars as they swept the double-header against a very good Bowling Green team.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-2 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored.  Rock Shoulders was at it again in game two, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, a double, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .366 on the season.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the victory.  The Cougars were much better in game two with RISP, they were 2-for-7 compared to the 1-for-15 disaster in game one.

On The Mound – Another solid job by the Cougars pitching in game two.  Ian Dickson got the start, unfortunately he settled for a no decision, he went 4.2 innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while walking two and striking out four.  Brian Smith was stellar out of the pen and earned the win going 2.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out five.

NOTES:  Iowa and Daytona were both postponed.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – May 2, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate - The Smokies swarmed the Braves in this one as the pounded out fourteen hits and scored seven runs to beat the Braves 7-0.  Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and en error.  Christian Villanueva had a solid game going 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva continued his superb 2013 going 3-for-4 with a walk, a triple, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .318 on the season.  Rafael Lopez was 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season, he also walked twice, had an RBI, and scored two runs.  Jonathan Mota was 2-for-3 with a walk, and two RBI’s in the victory.

On The Mound –  Dallas Beeler was outstanding once again for the Smokies.  Beeler went 6.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking three and striking out five to earn his third win of the season.  Zach Rosscup earned his sixth hold of the season as he worked 1.1 scoreless innings out of the pen while walking one and striking out two.  Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits and walking one.

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At The Plate - After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning the D-Cubs offense went tow work scoring six times over the next four innings to put this one away.  John Andreoli was 2-for-5 with a run scored, and his ninth stolen base of the season.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with a double, and RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .362 on the season.  Dustin Geiger also had a solid night going 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.

On The MoundAustin Kirk had a weird night, but because he didn’t walk anyone he was able to survive giving up ten hits.  Kirk went six innings giving up two runs on ten hits while striking out four to improve his record to 4-1 on the season.  Austin Reed had was great out of the bullpen, and finally might be finding some confidence, he worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one.  David Cales took care of the rest as he worked a scoreless ninth innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.

NOTES:  Kane County and Iowa were both rained out because the weather hates us all.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – May 1, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate –   The Cubs couldn’t scratch out a run in this one as they could only manage four hits in a 1-0 loss.  Logan Watkins did nearly all the work today for Iowa as he was 3-for-3 with a walk, Ryan Sweeney was the only other Iowa player with a hit.  The Cubs were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position but that one hit did not result in a run.

On The MoundChris Rusin was outstanding in this one, but saw his record fall to 1-3 with the loss.  Rusin went seven innings giving up one run on six hits while striking out five.  Hisanori Takahashi, and Zach Putnam each tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen to keep things close.

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At The Plate – Yeah, only five innings as this one was shortened by rain.  In those five innings the Smokies did nothing, well almost nothing, they did get singles, yep that’s it.  The Smokies didn’t even have a chance to hit with anyone in scoring position in this one.  Rubi Silva and Rafael Lopez were each 1-for-2 in the loss.

On The Mound – Much more important things taking place on the mound in this one as Matt Garza made his first rehab start.  That’s the other part of minor league baseball, sometimes it’s not for development, it’s for getting healthy, and Garza took his first step towards that today.  Garza went 2.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two, but more importantly made it out of today seemingly healthy, so that’s good news.  Kevin Rhoderick tossed 1.1 scoreless innings while walking two and striking out one.  Matt Loosen couldn’t keep things close “late” as he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking one.

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At The Plate – Really solid game all around from the D-Cubs in this one as they found just enough offense to knock off the Cardinals.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with a double, and a stolen base, nice to see Soler starting to get a few hits here and there after slumping, his average is back up to .275 on the season.  Ben Carhart is on fire of late, that continued tonight as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .312 on the season.  Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win.

On The MoundBen Wells was outstanding today, and really has been good all year.  Wells went seven innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out three.  Eduardo Figueroa took it from there as he worked two scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out three to earn his first save of the season.

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At The Plate – Looked like the Cougars were going to cruise to a victory, but as we have learned so far this season, nothing is easy for the Cougars and they needed ten innings to get the win.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.  Daniel Vogelbach played the hero tonight as he was 1-for-5 with two RBI’s, that one was a huge one, a walk-off single in the tenth inning.

On The MoundPierce Johnson has been disgusting (in a good way) as of late, and tonight was no different.  Johnson went 6.2 innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out four.  Eddie Orozco did a solid job out of the pen tossing a scoreless inning while giving up one hit while walking two and striking out two. Jeffry Antigua had a rough go of it as he blew the save, but also got the win, he went 2.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out four.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 30, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Iowa jumped on Round Rock early in this one taking a 6-0 lead by the fourth inning en route to cruising to a 7-2 victory.  Brent Lillibridge was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Brian Bogusevic continues to have a great 2013 as he went 3-for-4 with two double, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .420 on the season.  Brad Nelson had another big day going 2-for-2 with two walks, a home run, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Edwin Maysonet was 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.

On The MoundGuillermo Moscoso made his first start for Iowa this season and it was successful.  Moscoso went five innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out six.  Yoanner Negrin was solid out of the pen going two innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out three.  Casey Coleman, and Rafael Dolis each had a scoreless appearance out of the pen to shut the door on this one.

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At The Plate – Monster effort from the Cougars at the plate tonight and they needed every bit of it.  The Cougars pounded out nineteen hits, and thirteen runs, including nine over the final three innings en route to a 13-9 win.  Pin-Chieh Chen got things started out of the lead-off spot going 4-for-6 with a double, three RBI’s and one run scored.  Daniel Vogelbach continues to mash the ball of late as he homered for the third straight game and finished the night 4-for-6 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  Rock Shoulders continues to hit as well going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, am RBI, and three runs scored, he’s hitting .370 on the season.  Willson Contreras was 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Yaniel Cabezas was 3-for-6 with two RBI’s in the win, the Cougars were an amazing 8-for-22 with RISP, they could have scored even more runs in this one.

On The MoundLendy Castillo got the start and was beat up right out of the gate as he was only able to go four innings giving up seven runs on ten hits while walking one and striking out one.  The bullpen did a tremendous job in this one given how it started.  Justin Amlung went three innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Nathan Dorris was fantastic going two innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while striking out four to earn his first save of the season.

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At The Plate – Busy night for the Cubs on offense as they pounded out nine hits and scored eleven runs to rout Palm Beach.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored out of the lead-off spot.  Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-5 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he also made his twelfth error of the season.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .300 on the season.

On The MoundZach Cates was about as good as you can get, he went six scoreless and hit-less innings while walking three and striking out seven to earn his third win of the season.  David Cales worked a scoreless inning in relief giving up two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Starling Peralta struggles going 1.2 innings giving up four runs on two hits while walking two and striking out two.  Frank Del Valle closed the door getting the final out of the game but did give up a hit and a walk before doing so.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 29, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Wild game in Iowa today that saw a total of twenty-four hits and nineteen runs between the two teams, unfortunately Iowa came up one run short.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with a walk, and RBI, and a run scored.  Ryan Sweeney just doesn’t stop hitting, he was 2-for-4 with a walk, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .377 on the season.  Brad Nelson is a huge man, he had a huge day going 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Brett Jackson seems to be settling in at the plate, he went 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two RBI’s and a run scored.

On The Mound – Rough go of it for the Iowa pitchers in this one.  Nick Struck got the start and worked three innings giving up five runs on four hits while walking four, and striking out one.  Esmailin Caridad didn’t fare much better out of the pen going three innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking three and striking out five.  Cory Wade worked two innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out one.  Blake Parker was the only Iowa pitcher to escape unscathed in this one as he worked as scoreless inning while walking one and striking out two.

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At The Plate – Not a lot of offense in this one, but just enough for Daytona as they squeaked by the Cardinals 2-1.  Daytona just couldn’t get the big hit in this one to open the game up, they were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.  Dustin Geiger had a solid game and a huge hit, he was 1-for-2 with a home run, a walk, and a run scored.  Javier Baez continues to hit, and make errors, he was 1-for-3 with his eleventh error of the season, it will happen, and he will improve.  Chad Noble and Ben Carhart each had a double in the win.

On The MoundYeiper Castillo was disgusting good in this one, unfortunately he didn’t factor in the decision.  Castillo went four scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out eight.  Luis Liria was solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out one.  Hunter Cervenka blew the save, not really his fault, but also got the win.  Cervenka went two innings giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one and striking out four.

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At The Plate - Game one was as good as it gets when it comes to pitching as the game was scoreless into the last of the seventh.  That’s when Jae-Hoon Ha came off the bench and walked off with a three run shot to give the Smokies a 3-0 victory.  That was really the only offense for the Smokies in game one as they managed seven hits, with only one extra base hit, the Ha home run.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-3 with a stolen base, and a run scored in the win.

On The MoundKyle Hendricks was brilliant in this one but did not factor into the decision.  Hendricks went six scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out eight.  Marcus Hatley came on in relief and earned the win after working one scoreless inning, striking out two in the frame.

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At The Plate – Game two had the same final score, unfortunately the opposite result as the Smokies could only manage two hits all game in the defeat.  Matt Szczur and Ronald Torreyes were each 1-for-3, and that was it.

On The MoundEric Jokisch had a rough go of it early, but then settled in to have a decent outing, but took his first loss of the season.  Jokisch went five innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one.  Frank Batista and Tony Zych kept things close as they both worked a scoreless inning out of the pen, unfortunately the Smokies couldn’t get anything done offensively.

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At The Plate – What a crushing loss for the Cougars in game one, I guess the good news is that there is another game right away so they can forget this one.  The Cougars led 6-2 heading to the last of the 7th (7th inning is the last inning in DH games) and they gave up five runs to lose 7-6.  The Cougars only managed six hits but they were awfully productive in scoring six runs.  Daniel Vogelbach blasted his third home run of the season, he ended game one going 1-for-4 with said home run, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Rock Shoulders joined the fun as well as he launched his fifth home run of the season, he finished game one 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  Willson Contreras was 2-for-3 with a stolen base, and two runs scored.

On The Mound –  Felix Pena did everything possible to earn the win as he went six inning giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three.  Then things went south, and quickly.  Ian Dickson was the first out of the pen, he was only able to get through two-thirds of an inning giving up four runs on two hits while walking two and striking out one.  Matt Iannazzo added fuel to the fire in relief of Dickson, as he didn’t retire a hitter and gave up one run on two hits while walking two to get the loss.

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At The Plate – Game one’s disaster just zapped any energy that the Cougars might have had, and they still could have won this one.  For the second time today the Cougars blew a late inning lead, this one wasn’t as bad as the first game though.  The Cougars could only manage two hits in game two, I know, not very exciting.  Daniel Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with another home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Oliver Zapata had the only other hit, a single, he also walked.

On The MoundMichael Heesch pitched well early, then struggled late.  Heesch worked five innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Steve Perakslis worked a scoreless inning out of the pen, but it was too little too late.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 27, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – The Cubs had no chance in this one as the Storm Chasers scored more runs (6) in the first than the Cubs had hits (5) for the entire game.  The Cubs could only manage two runs on those five hits in the 13-2 defeat.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored from the lead-off spot.  Brett Jackson returned to the lineup and was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Ian Stewart continues to struggle in what looks more like a permenant home than a rehab assignment, he was 0-for-3 with a walk, he’s hitting .100 on the season.

On The Mound – Cubs pitching was atrocious in this one, and it started with Drew Carpenter.  Carpenter went three innings giving up eight runs, seven earned on nine hits while walking two and striking out two.  Cory Wade wasn’t much better out of the pen going two innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out one.  Casey Coleman was decent going two innings giving up one run on three hits.  Yoanner Negrin worked one inning giving up one run on four hits while walking one.

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At The Plate – Daytona couldn’t muster enough offense in this one as they could only manage seven hits and where 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  John Andreoli was 2-for-4 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .329 on the season.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a double, and walk, he also made his eighth error of the season.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double in the loss.

On The Mound - Austin Kirk didn’t have his best stuff and that results in his first loss of the season.  Kirk went five innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two.  Luis Liria continued to struggle out of the pen giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out one in an inning of work.  Sheldon McDonald and Eduardo Figueroa each had a scoreless appearance, with McDonald going two innings and Figueroa going one.

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At The Plate – Finally some payback for Kane County as they blew  a few games earlier this week, they came back to return the favor last night.  The majority of the damage was done by the bottom of the order in this one as the four, five, six, and seven hitters were a combined 0-for-13 with three walks.  Wes Darvill was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, and an RBI.  Oliver Zapata was 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple, and two runs scored.  The Cougars walked five times and stole four bases in the victory.

On The Mound -  The Cougars were able to get through this one using just two pitchers.  Tayler Scott went six innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.  Brian Smith took it from there as he worked the final three innings and ended up getting the win, he gave up one run on three hits while striking out three.

NOTES:  The Smokies were rained out last night.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 25, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – A huge first inning from Iowa was all they needed as they scored six times en route to a 9-3 victory over Omaha.  Brent Lillibridge had an outstanding game going 4-for-5 with a walk, and two RBI’s.  Ryan Sweeney was also 4-for-5, he was a lot more productive though.  Sweeney had a walk, a home run, a triple, four RBI’s, and two runs scored in the win.  Darnell McDonald was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Edwin Maysonet was 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, and an RBI.

On The MoundBarret Loux got the start and struggled with command, and was wild in the strike zone but managed to pitch around trouble.  He was able to go 4.2 innings giving up three runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out three.  Esmailin Caridad did a fine job out of the bullpen and earned the win going 2.1 scoreless innings while walking two and striking out three.  Cory Wade and Rafael Dolis struggled but managed to each have a scoreless appearance.  Dolis worked 1.1 innings to earn his first save of the season while walking two and striking out two.

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At The Plate – The Smokies are playing good baseball, and if not for a few blown saves recently could be on a real impressive winning streak.  It was the Ronald Torreyes show for the Smokies, he was 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a triple, and a run scored from the lead-off spot.  Only three other Smokies registered hits in this one, but it was enough.  Rafael Lopez and Jae-Hoon Ha recorded the RBI’s with Ha going 1-for-4, and Lopez going 1-for-3 with a double.

On The MoundDallas Beeler is dealing right now, and last night was no exception.  Beeler went seven scoreless innings giving up seven hits while walking one and striking out two.  Zach Rosscup found some trouble out of the pen but was able to hold the lead, he gave up one run on one hit while walking one in one inning of work.  Brian Schlitter worked a stress free ninth inning for his first save of the season, he has yet to give up an earned run this year.

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At The Plate – Daytona jumped out early in this one and never looked back as they pounded out twelve hits and scored five runs to beat the Flying Tigers…Flying Tigers!  5-3.  Every player in the Daytona starting lineup had at least one hit.  Javier Baez is slowly but surely turning around his slow start, he was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season with an RBI, and a run scored.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-4 with a big triple, and two RBI’s in the win.  Chad Noble was 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Anthony Giansanti stayed hot since his return going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

On The MoundZach Cates got the start and the win as he pitched a solid game.  Cates worked five scoreless innings giving up four hits while walking one and striking out four.  Yeiper Castillo did a solid job out of the pen tossing a scoreless inning.  Austin Reed continues to get beat up, he gave up three runs on three hits while walking three in one inning of work.  David Cales was outstanding to earn his first save of the year, he went two scoreless innings while walking two and striking out four.

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At The Plate - A late rally wasn’t enough for the Cougars as they fell to the Tin Caps 6-4 after trailing 6-1 in the third inning.  The Cougars approach was fantastic in this one, they just couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it.  They had eight hits, walked five times, and only struck out four times, unfortunately they came up just short.  Rock Shoulders continues to hit, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .406 on the season.  Marco Hernandez was also 1-for-3 with a walk in the loss.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.

On The MoundLendy Castillo ran into trouble in one inning and that was enough for him to suffer his first loss of the season.  Castillo worked six innings giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits while walking none and striking out three.  Both Justin Amlung and Steve Perakslis worked scoreless innings out of the pen to keep the Cougars in this one.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 24, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Another tough loss for the Smokies as they gave up a 3-2 lead in the 6th, then gave up two in the top of the ninth with the game tied at three.  The Smokies were able to pull within one in the bottom of the ninth but that is as close as they would get.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-4 with a walk, his eighth stolen base of the season, and two runs scored.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 at the plate with a walk, his twelfth stolen base of the season, and a double.  Ty Wrightwas 2-for-5 with a double, and two RBI’s in the loss.

On The MoundMatt Loosen struggled with command but was able to pitch around some trouble.  Loosen went 4.2 innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking four and striking out three.  Marcus Hatley worked 1.1 innings out of the pen giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Tony Zych got the loss in this one, he went 2.1 innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking two.  Frank Batista was good again as he kept the damage to a minimum in the ninth as he worked two-thirds scoreless.

That’s it, only one game today, not weather related either.  How stupid is that?

Thanks for reading,
– George

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