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Minor Matters – May 12, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Tough one to swallow for the Cubs in this one as they blew a 6-1 lead that they had in the third, and an 8-6 lead in the ninth by giving up three runs in the bottom half to lose 9-8.  Brett Jackson seems to be finding a groove ever since coming off the DL, he was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored.  Josh Vitters was 1-for-3 with two walks, and a run scored.  Dave Sappelt was 1-for-5 with a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored in the loss.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Ian Stewart made a rare appearance in this one and it was a productive one, he was 1-for-1 with a triple, and two RBI’s in a pinch-hitting role.

On The Mound –  Chris Rusin didn’t have his best stuff in this one, going five innings giving up five runs on nine hits while striking out one.  Casey Coleman was outstanding out of the pen going two scoreless innings while striking out one.  Hisanori Takahashi worked just one-third of an inning giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out one.  Rafael Dolis worked one inning and it wasn’t good, he gave up two runs on one hit while walking one and striking out one.  Blake Parker also struggled in a third of an inning, giving up one run on one hit, he was hung with his first loss of the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies had plenty of opportunities in this one, but were only 4-17 with runners in scoring position.  Even so, the Smokies scored five times, and that was plenty in this one, winning 5-0.  Matt Szczur has been on a roll of late, and today as well, he was 3-for-5 with a double, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .287 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 with a double, he also made his eleventh error on the season in the victory.  Christian Villanueva was 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  Tim Torres was 1-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored.

On The Mound -  Kyle Hendricks was outstanding once again in this one, going 6.2 scoreless innings giving up four hits while walking one and striking out four to earn his second win of the season.  A.J. Morris pitched out of trouble in his inning of work, he worked a scoreless inning giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.  Zach Rosscup worked 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out three to close this one out.

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At The Plate – Kane County seems to find ways to lose games in the worst ways, tonight was one of them as the Cougars led 6-3 in the sixth inning only to fall 7-6.  Bijan Rademacher was 0-for-2 with three walks, a run scored, and a caught stealing.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Rock Shoulders was 1-for-5 with a grand slam, his eighth home run of the season, four RBI’s, and a run scored.  Carlos Escobar, and Oliver Zapata each had two hits in the loss.

On The Mound –  Dillon Maples was promoted from extended spring training to Kane County today as got the start.  First things first that is very important as Maples is one of the better pitching prospects in the system, and it’s good to see him back healthy.  Maples went five innings giving up three runs on six hits while striking out two.  Lendy Castillo took over and ended up taking the loss going 4.1 innings giving up four runs on two hits while walking four and striking out four.

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Minor Matters – May 11, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Cubs left some runs out on the bases in this one but they found just enough offense to come away with a win.  Brett Jackson was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI’s, and  his fourth stolen base of the season.  Dave Sappelt had a good day going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  J.C. Boscan was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the win.  I mentioned that Iowa left some runs out there, they were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, and left nine guys on base.

On The MoundGuillermo Moscoso was brilliant in this one for the Cubs as he improved his record to 2-0 on the season.  Moscoso went seven innings giving up one run, unearned, on six hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Zach Putnam worked a scoreless inning out of the pen giving up one hit while walking one.  Blake Parker was solid again for his fifth save of the season, he worked a scoreless ninth while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Smokies finally found a way to beat the Barons, and almost blew the lead late before hanging on to a 5-4 victory.  Matt Szczur was good again at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, two runs scored, and two stolen bases, he now has twelve stolen bases on the season.  Ty Wright was 2-for-3 with a walk, and a double in the win.  Christian Villanueva had another solid day going 3-for-4 with two doubles, and an RBI, he’s hitting .294 over his last ten games.

On The MoundMatt Garza had a solid outing for the Smokies, and more importantly came out of it healthy again.  Garza went 3.1 scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Matt Loosen struggled with his command out of the pen but managed to get the win.  Loosen went four innings giving up three runs on two hits while walking four and striking out six.  Marcus Hatley struggled a little bit but earned his first save of the season going 1.2 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out one.

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At The Plate – After falling behind 3-1 early the Cougars went to work at the plate scoring six times over the final six innings en route to a 7-4 victory.  Pin-Chieh Chen was solid at the top of the order going 2-for-5 with a double.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .292 on the season.  Willson Contreras had a huge day going 3-for-5 with a double, his fourth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Gioskar Amaya only had one hit in this one (1-for-5) but he had two huge RBI’s.

On The MoundMichael Heesch flirted with disaster all day long but pitched out of trouble for the most part.  Heesch worked six innings giving up four runs on twelve hits while walking one to earn his second win of the season.  Brian Smith was outstanding out of the pen, he worked three scoreless inning giving up two hits while striking out three to earn his first save of the season.

NOTES:  Daytona had a double-header scheduled, and both games were postponed.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there, including mine, the best one there is!

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Minor Matters – May 10, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Game one of the Cougars/Bees double-header needed three extra innings, but it paid of for the Cougars as they stung the Bees 2-1…stung, because they are Bees!  Oliver Zapata was 1-for-4 with an RBI, and a walk, Zapata had the game winning hit in the top of the tenth.  Bijan Rademacher continues to hit going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, he’s now hitting .378 on the season.  Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the victory.

On The Mound – The Cougars got back to dealing in this one as they were brilliant all game long.  Tayler Scott got the start and was really good going 5.1 innings giving up one run on four hits while walking three and striking out six.  Steve Perakslis worked 1.2 scoreless innings out of the pen while walking one.  Nathan Dorris was good per usual as he worked two scoreless inning while striking out two to earn his first win of the season.  Ian Dickson worked a scoreless inning to earn his first save of the season, he gave up one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Nothing happening for either team in the first five innings, then the Cougars broke out, scoring twice in the sixth and seventh to sweep the double-header 4-1.  The Cougars could only manage four hits in game two, but walked four times and were 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position.  Rock Shoulders was 1-for-3 with his seventh home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Bijan Rademacher has been out of his mind, he was 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  David Bote and Oliver Zapata were each 1-for-2 with a walk, and a run scored.

On The MoundFelix Pena was brilliant again for the Cougars going six innings giving up one run on two hits while walking five, and striking out six.  Eddie Orozco came on to finish things off by tossing a scoreless seventh, he gave up two hits while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Nothing good in this one as Iowa was destroyed by the Sky Sox, they were out of it right from the get go.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-2 with a double, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Donnie Murphy was 1-for-3 with a stolen base, and a walk in the loss.  Darnell McDonald was 1-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.  The Cubs were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound - Brooks Raley got the start and he was pounded, early and often.  Raley went four innings giving up eight runs on eleven hits while walking three and striking out four.  Yoanner Negrin settled things down out of the pen going three innings giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one and striking out five.  Rafael Dolis struggled in his return to Iowa going one inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking two and striking one.

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At The Plate - A back and forth game ended with the Smokies rally falling just short in the bottom of the ninth as the Barons escaped with a 5-4 win.  Matt Szczur was 2-for-3 with two walks, his tenth stolen base of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Ronald Torreyes was 1-for-3 with two walks in the loss.  Christian Villanueva was 2-for-3 with two singles as he looks to get it going, he’s now hitting .216 on the season.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season, an RBI, and two runs scored.

On The MoundEric Jokisch hasn’t been good since being named the minor league pitcher of the month in April.  Jokisch went 4.1 innings giving up five runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out four.  Brian Schlitter was outstanding out of the pen going 2.2 scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out two.  Frank Batista was good as well going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out two.

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Minor Matters – May 9, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate -  Not a lot went right for Iowa in this one as they only managed one run on seven hits en route to a 5-1 loss.  Brett Jackson had a successful return to the lineup going 2-for-4 with two singles.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .270 on the season.  Alberto Gonzalez had a his second solid game in a row going 2-for-3 with a walk.  The Cubs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base, and they lost to Chris Volstad, so there’s that too.

On The Mound - Drew Carpenter got the start and was decent going five innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six.  Casey Coleman wasn’t much better out of the bullpen working one inning giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Zach Putnam was solid going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Smokies did plenty offensively but could hold down the Barons in a wild 9-7 loss.  The Smokies entered the ninth tied at seven and the Barons managed to push two runs across the plate to take the lead and get the win.  The Smokies missed a bunch of opportunities as they were 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored.  Rafael Lopez was 1-for-4 with a walk, his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Jonathan Mota was 1-for-3 with a walk, his second home run of the season, and a run scored.  Tim Torres had his second straight solid game going 3-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored.

On The Mound - Alberto Cabrera was roughed up, that usually doesn’t happen, especially like this.  Cabrera worked 4.1 innings giving up six runs on thirteen(!) hits while walking three and striking out five.  Kevin Rhoderick was decent out of the pen but struggled with his command again, he worked three innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out two.  Trey McNutt took the loss, working 1.2 inning giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit while walking two and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Solid win for Daytona against a very good opponent.  Daytona pounded out ten hits in the victory, after letting a 3-1 lead get away the D-Cubs jumped back on top for good in the sixth inning.  Javier Baez padded his slugging stats in this one going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored, he also made his fourteenth error of the season.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored, he is now hitting .290 on the season after struggling and seeing his average drop into the .260’s.  John Andreoli continues to hit, he was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .333 on the season.  Dustin Geiger had another solid game going 2-for-3 with an RBI in the victory.

On The MoundP.J. Francescon was pretty good in this one going five innings giving up three runs, two earned, on eight hits while striking out four.  Jeffrey Lorick worked a scoreless out of the pen to earn the victory.  Austin Reed, and Hunter Cervenka each had scoreless appearances out of the pen to close this one out.  Cervenka worked two innings giving up one hit while striking out one to earn his third save of the season.

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– George

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

Cubs waive Ian Stewart, no one bites

The weird and not so wonderful saga of Ian Stewart continues.  In the off-season the Cubs decided to bring Ian Stewart back under the assumption, well not really an assumption, but the thought that he was 100% over the wrist issues that plagued him for two years.  Ian Stewart received a two million dollar contract from the Cubs, guaranteed money, meaning no matter where Stewart ended up he would get paid.  Stewart was excited to prove everyone Ian Stewart 5-8wrong, and give the Cubs a solid healthy season, or so it seemed, then came the spring training injury.  The injury lingered, then it lingered some more, just recently Stewart returned to Iowa to begin rehab.  After a week or so of mediocrity it was clear that Ian Stewart had fallen behind and his “rehab” assignment was really more of a destination than a stop over.  Dale Sveum was pretty blunt, “He’s a AAA player”… I suppose that was the writing on the wall for Stewart, or at least he was being served notice.  With Sveum’s comment one could now be confident in saying that Ian Stewart was behind Luis Valbuena, and Cody Ransom at the big league level, and wasn’t going to get back there until he deserved it.

Things got worse for Stewart, this past week Josh Vitters returned from his season long DL stint and extended spring training.  Vitters went right into the starting lineup at third base for Iowa, and produced immediately, that led to today where the Cubs announced that they removed Stewart from the 40-man roster, and waived him, but he went unclaimed.  Red flags everywhere, no team in the entire league wanted Ian Stewart for essentially free.  To me, that points to not just a health issue, but an attitude problem, and I wouldn’t be Junior Lake 5-8surprised if that’s it.  I hope you’re still following, Ian Stewart was waived, went unclaimed, then he was removed from the 40-man roster, and outrighted to Iowa (which he accepted, because he gets to keep his $2 million bucks) where he was already located… ahhhhh!  Stewart remains on the bench now behind Vitters, and things are just going to get tougher for him as Junior Lake is close to returning, and odds are he will be ahead of Stewart as well.  I don’t like to see players pushed out, what I really don’t like seeing is players given a third or fourth opportunity to prove themselves seemingly lack the effort to do so.  Again, no one is saying that his attitude is the issue, however it seems like that could be the case given how quickly all of this transpired.  So Ian Stewart is still Cubs property, but looks to have a long road ahead of him before he gets out of Iowa, or even back on the field at Iowa.

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– George

Minor Matters – May 7, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Cubs really had nothing going all night against the Sky Sox as they were blanked 5-0.  The Cubs could only manage four hits in the loss, and were o-for-1 with runners in scoring position, a rather uninspiring effort.  Dave Sappelt owns triple A (tiny bit of sarcasm here), he was 1-for-3 in his debut with Iowa tonight.  Luis Flores, Nick Struck, and Edwin Maysonet had the other hits for the Cubs, all singles, and Struck was the starting pitcher, like I said, not a good night.

On The Mound - 2012 minor league pitcher of the year Nick Struck, is finding 2013 not as comfortable as last year.  Struck worked 5.2 innings giving up five runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out six, his record fell to 0-3 with the loss.  Yoanner Negrin was solid out of the pen going 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two.  Zach Putnam also had a scoreless appearance, he worked an inning and struck out one.

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At The Plate – No that is not a typo, yes that was the final score, and yes they only played five innings.  The official reason was wet grounds for the shortened game, but I think it might have also been a slaughter rule.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say this was and will be the worst game by the Smokies all year.  The Smokies couldn’t push across a single run, what’s worse is they only had four hits and made three errors, yikes.  Ty Wright, Christian Villanueva, Rafael Lopez, and Elliot Soto were all 1-for-2 with a single in the shellacking.

On The Mound – Look away, or just avoid this part if you are squeamish.  Matt Loosen got the start, and you guessed it, the loss as well, his first of the season.  Loosen went 2.1 innings giving up seven runs on four hits while walking three and striking out two.  A.J. Morris was beat up out of the pen, sort of, Morris went 1.1 innings giving up six runs, all unearned, on three hits while walking two and striking out one.  Tony Zych wasn’t much better, he worked 1.1 innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out two.  New game tomorrow, forget about this one.

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At The Plate – Just an awful night all around the minor league system tonight as Daytona was crushed as well, at least they managed to score three times.  Daytona could only manage six hits, and three runs in the loss, they also made two errors, seemed to be a theme for every team tonight.  Javier Baez was 1-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-4, as was Ben Carhart, Carhart scored a run as well.  Taiwan Easterling was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s in the loss.  Javier Baez and Jorge Soler each made an error in this one, Baez his twelfth, and Soler his first.

On The Mound –  Just a rough night from the D-Cubs pitching, Ben Wells got the start and saw his record fall to 3-2 with the loss.  Wells went five innings giving up five runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two, what’s more disturbing is that Wells gave up three home runs, he’s now given up four all year.  Sheldon McDonald was the lone bright spot for the D-Cubs as he worked a scoreless inning out of the pen.  Starling Peralta continues to get hammered, he worked one-third of an inning giving up five runs on two hits while walking two.  David Cales was also roughed up, that is a rarity for sure, he worked 1.2 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out two.

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 4, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate - Oops, the Smokies probably want a do over after this one as they were manhandled all night.  The Smokies only managed four hits all night in the 8-0 loss.  Arismendy Alcantara, Rafael Lopez, Joanthan Mota, and Eric Jokisch were the only Smokies to record hits in this one, all singles.  Blah.

On The Mound – Not much better on the mound for the Smokies in this one.  Minor league pitcher of the month Eric Jokisch struggled for really the first time all year.  Jokisch went three innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three, his record falls to 3-2 on the season.  Tony Zych was solid out of the pen goin two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Kevin Rhoderick struggled with command but fought through it as he worked two innings giving up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out two.  Brian Schlitter did some mop up work in this one going one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one.

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At The Plate – Daytona came to hit tonight, one night after they were postponed, maybe that day off did them some good.  John Andreoli was a force from the lead-off spot going 3-for-4 with two triples, a walk, an RBI, and three runs scored, he’s now hitting .340 on the season.  Zeke DeVoss and Javier Baez were both 0-for-3, but both guys scored and run and had two RBI’s.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-3 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, two walks, and one run scored.  Ben Carhart continues to rake, he was 2-for-5 in this one with a stolen base, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.

On The Mound - P.J. Francescon got the start, and the win as he had one of his best outings of the season.  Francescon went six scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out five.  Starling Peralta really struggled out of the pen going 1.2 innings giving up five runs on six hits while striking out two.  Sheldon McDonald was solid to close things out as he worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one.

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At The Plate – The Cougars were locked in a battle with the Dragons until the seventh inning when the Cougars struck for four runs en route to a 6-1 win, their fifth straight victory.  Gioskar Amaya was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a double in the win.  Rock Shoulders continues to hit, he was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run, of course a 1-for-3 night actually drops his average.  Willson Contreras was 1-for-4 with a double and a huge three RBI’s in this one.  Bijan Rademacher was 3-for-4 with two doubles, and an RBI, he is now hitting .322 on the season.

On The MoundFelix Pena was outstanding for the Cougars tonight, and really has been all year long.  Pena went seven innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven to earn his first win of the year.  Justin Amlung shut the door the rest of the way as he worked two scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out one.

NOTES: Iowa was postponed….again.

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.

Kane County 5-3 ine game 2

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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

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