Riding the Bus: May 6, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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WEDNESDAY • MAY 6, 2015

South Bend 5-7 Final

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South Bend really couldn’t get much going earlier this afternoon as they dropped a 4-3 decision to Great Lakes.  Leading 2-1 after five, the Cubs gave up single runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks is having a great 2015, he was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .341 on the season.
  • Jesse Hodges was solid, he went 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.
  • David Bote was good again today, he went 1-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer, and Giokar Amaya each had one hit in the loss, Amaya added an RBI, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start, and was solid, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • David Garner doesn’t usually give up anything, he did today, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Tommy Thorpe was hung with the loss, he tossed two innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out two.

 

Myrtle Beach 5-6 Final

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A rough start to the double header last night as the Pelicans saw an early 4-1 lead turn into a 5-4 loss at the hands of Salem.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis did his job by getting on base in this one, he was 0-for-2 with two walks, and a run scored.
  • Wes Darvill had a similar night, he was 0-for-1 with two walks, and a run scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario was solid, he went 2-for-3 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Victor Caratini was most of the offense, he went 2-for-3 with his third double of the year, and two RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got the start and worked deep into this one before picking up the loss.  Torrez worked 6.1 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • James Pugliese was stuck with a blown save as he could not get out of Torrez’s trouble, he tossed two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit while walking one.

Myrtle Beach 5-6 Final (2)

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The Pelicans got back on track in game two as the bullpen shut the door on Salem late in a 4-2 victory.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis had another solid game, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Wes Darvill came up big in game two, he was 2-for-4 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Billy McKinney was locked in, he went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers, and Carlos Penalver each had one hit in the game two victory.

On the Mound:

  • Tayler Scott got the start and was solid, he worked three innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Zach Cates was awesome out of the pen, and picked up his first win of the season.  He tossed two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Jasvir Rakkar continued his domination at the end of games, he worked two scoreless/hitless innings to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Tennessee Smokies 5-6 Final

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The Smokies needed late magic in this one as they lost a 1-0 lead in the 6th but struck for one in the seventh to take game one, 2-1.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Frank Batista got the start, and was stellar, he worked six innings, giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • P.J. Francescon has been awesome all year, he worked a scoreless inning to pick up his third save.

Tennessee Smokies 5-6 Final (2)

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 Sweep!  It took the whole game, but it was worth it as the Smokies scored four times in the seventh (last) inning to sweep the double header with a 4-1 game two victory.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Andres Santiago got the start, and was good.  He worked 4.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Gerardo Concepcion was solid in is AA debut, he worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing nothing.
  • C.J. Edwards was outstanding, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out the side to pick up his first win of the season.
  • Michael Jensen tossed a scoreless inning to pick up his first save of the season.

Iowa Cubs 5-6 Final

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Tough matchup for the Cubs in this one as they were completely shutdown by Kendall Graveman of Nashville.  The Cubs were only able to scratch out five hits in the shutout loss.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Dallas Beeler got the start, and was roughed up, he worked four innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, while walking two.
  • Michael Wagner was pretty good out of the pen, he worked three innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out one.
  • Joe Ortiz worked a scoreless inning late to keep the Cubs in it, sort of.

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Cubs GameDay! May 7. 2015 (Lineup, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  12:45 PM CST
Television:  CSN Chicago
Radio:  WBBM Newsradio 780
Weather:  83 degrees, isolated t-storms

Cubs Lineup:

1.  Coghlan – LF
2.  Bryant – 3B
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Montero – C
5.  Soler – RF
6.  Castro – SS
7.  Szczur – CF
8.  Arrieta – SP
9.  Russell – 2B

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Jacob Hannemann With a Tasty Catch (VIDEO)

That ball was probably gone, but Jacob Hannemann had other thoughts.  He made that play look as routine as possible.

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Lester Plays Stopper as Cubs Hang On

Cubs 5-6

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It’s only May 6th, feeling okay?  This series has been a roller coaster of emotions, and tonight we can all breathe a little easier as the Cubs just barely hung on to beat the Cardinals 6-5.  Both teams scored in alternating innings until the eighth when they both pushed across a run.  Jon Lester didn’t do himself any favors as he made an error which led to an unearned run, which was not the only unearned run of the night.  The Cardinals got two more after a two out error by Addison Russell, but Lester battled all night.  The newest ace of the Cubs was able to work through seven strong innings before watching the bullpen shut the door, I wouldn’t say they slammed it, they shut it quietly.  Nice to be out from under that losing streak, and the Cubs can now go for the split tomorrow afternoon.

At the Plate:

  • Chris Coghlan was plugged into the two hole tonight, he did his job by getting on base, he didn’t have any hits but he walked twice.
  • Anthony Rizzo is hunting down the MVP, he was 2-for-4 with his fifth dinger of the year, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Kris Bryant continues to produce, he was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Jorge Soler seems to be coming out of his slump, he was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the win.
  • Dexter Fowler, Starlin Castro, David Ross, and Addison Russell all chipped in with a hit.

On the Mound:

  • Jon Lester was gritty tonight, he worked seven innings, giving up four runs, one earned, on seven hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Pedro Strop had another shaky outing, he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while walking one.
  • Hector Rondon walked the tightrope as well, he worked a scoreless ninth for his sixth save of the year.  He surrendered one hit while walking one, and getting one huge strikeout.

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The Cubs, and Starlin Castro Have Fun, How Dare They! (VIDEO)

Starlin Castro could save all the puppies in the World, and someone would still find a problem with it.  Here he is mimicking Kris Bryant tonight against the Cardinals, I laughed, you should too, you know why?  IT’S A GAME.

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Cubs GameDay! May 6, 2015 (Lineup, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  7:15 PM CST
Television:  CSN Chicago
Radio:  WBBM Newsradio 780
Weather:  Sunny, 81 degrees

Cubs Lineup:

1.  Fowler – CF
2.  Coghlan – LF
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Bryant – 3B
5.  Soler – RF
6.  Castro – SS
7.  Ross – C
8.  Lester – SP
9.  Russell – 2B

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Matt Szczur Cracks Second Dinger of the Year Before Departing (VIDEO)

Odds are that Matt Szczur will be summoned back to the major league team after Chris Denorfia pulled up lame last night.  Szczur was pulled after the eighth inning, but before that he crushed his second dinger of the year, got all of it.

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Riding the Bus: May 4, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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MONDAY • MAY 4, 2015

Iowa Cubs 5-4 Final

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Not much offense in this one as the Cubs and Sounds combined for three runs on just thirteen hits.  The right team had more as the Cubs were able to tightrope their way to a 2-1 victory on the road.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara is heating up, he was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Matt Szczur showed off his power, he was 1-for-2 with two walks, a dinger, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Javier Baez had another good night, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, and stolen base.
  • Taylor Davis was solid, he went 2-for-4, he’s now hitting .333 on the season.
  • Mike Baxter and John Andreoli each had one hit in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Eric Jokisch got the start and was outstanding, he worked six innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Brian Schlitter was good out of the pen tonight, he worked a scoreless inning while giving up one hit, and striking out one.
  • Justin Grimm is working his way back, hooray.  He worked a scoreless inning, surrendering one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • James Russell is also doing some good things, he worked a scoreless inning as well to pick up his third save of the season.

Tennessee Smokies 5-4 Final

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 A long one early this afternoon saw the Smokies comeback then blow a lead late in a tough loss.  The Smokies only gave up six hits in thirteen innings, unfortunately that was just enough for Birmingham.

At the Plate:

  • Pin-Chieh Chen was seeing the ball well today, and that’s an understatement.  Chen was 2-for-2 with FIVE walks, a dinger, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.  That’s right, he reached base SEVEN times.
  • Willson Contreras was solid, he went 3-for-5 with a walk, and two doubles.
  • Stephen Bruno has been really good, he was 2-for-6, he’s now hitting .293 on the season.
  • Ryan Dent had a good game from the nine spot, he was 1-for-5 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start and struggled with his command, he tossed 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on just two hits while walking five, and striking out four.
  • Fernando Cruz bounced back today, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, surrendering just one base hit.
  • Michael Jensen was also really good, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three.
  • Stephen Perakslis was brilliant, and I thought he was going to get the win, he worked three scoreless innings, surrendering zero hits while striking out three.
  • Zach Cates picked up the blown save, and loss, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit while walking one, and striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 5-4 Final

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Things got a little out of hand in this one as Myrtle Beach fell behind early before racing in front late.  Trailing 2-0, the Pelicans charged ahead with six runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-6 lead.  The Pelicans didn’t stop there as they finished the night with fourteen runs, and seventeen hits.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis was 2-for-6 with two doubles, and two runs scored.
  • Wes Darvill was 1-for-3 with two walks, a triple, three RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Billy Mckinney was 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers was 3-for-5 with a dinger, four RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-6 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Kevin Brown was 3-for-5 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Daniel Lockhart was 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Carlos Penalver was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Alberto Mineo was 0-for-3 but walked twice, and scored three runs.

On the Mound:

  • Jen-Ho Tseng got the start was oddly erratic, he worked three innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while walking two.
  • Josh Conway was touched up as well, he worked one inning, giving up three runs on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Michael Heesch was outstanding, and he picked up the win.  Heesch worked three scoreless innings, surrendering two hits while striking out three.
  • Jasvir Rakkar was solid once again, he worked two scoreless innings to notch his third save of the year.

South Bend 5-4 Final

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 Two quick runs from Great Lakes was the extent of the scoring in this one as South Bend could not get anything going in a 2-0 loss.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks continued his hot 2015, he was 1-for-4 with a stolen base, he’s now hitting .313 on the season.
  • Chesny Young is also swinging it, he went 1-for-4 in the loss.
  • Jason Volser, Justin Marra, and Rashad Crawford all finished the day with one hit.

On the Mound:

  •  Jake Stinnett wasn’t too bad, he worked five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Francisco Carrillo was dominant, he worked three scoreless innings, surrendering one hit while striking out one.
  • Tyler Ihrig was also good, he worked a scoreless inning to keep the Cubs in it late.

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Rizzo Cracks His Fourth Dinger of the Year (VIDEO)

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I have no idea how this ball gets out, oh yeah I do, Rizzo is strong.  Rizzo went down to get this one, and blasted it out to center to give the Cubs a 6-4 lead in the second inning, here’s hoping they can hang on tonight.

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Cubs @ Cardinals – Series Preview (May 4 – May 7, 2015)

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Despite losing Adam Wainwright for the season, the Cardinals are off to their best start in basically forever.  They are 18-6 on the season, and sit at the top of the NL Central with a 4.5 game lead on the second place Cubs.  The Cardinals have won six straight games, and are 11-2 at home, which means they are bound to lose some games!  The Cubs come into this series limping on the offensive side of things, not a whole lot is going right at the plate.  Despite recent struggles, the Cubs are off to a pretty solid start of their own, and this series is probably the first “big” one of the year as the Cubs would love to split, and hold steady in second place.

Broadcast Information:

  • Monday, May 4, 2015 – 7:10 PM CST – CSN Chicago / ESPN
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – 7:15 PM CST – WGN TV / MLB Network
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 7:15 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 12:45 PM CST – CSN Chicago

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Cardinals:  Of course Matt Carpenter is taking it to another level this year, he’s been fantastic.  Over his last seven games he’s hitting .360 (9-for-25) with four doubles, a triple, a dinger, five RBI’s, and five walks.  Go away.
  • Cubs:  After a slow start to the year, Miguel Montero is turning it on.  Miggy is hitting .467 (7-for-15) over his last four starts with an RBI, and a walk.  Would like to see some extra base hits, but he’s squaring it up.

Who is Not:

  • Cardinals:  Well, it’s only a matter of time before Yadier Molina starts coming up with big hits, it’s usually against the Cubs.  Hopefully that doesn’t happen, the aging backstop is struggling, he’s hitting .111 (3-for-27) in his last seven with only two strikeouts, the BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is getting him.
  • Cubs:  It was probably a matter of time before Kris Bryant cooled down, he wasn’t going to hit .400 this year contrary to many reports from fans.  Bryant is hitting .190 (4-for-21) over his last six with four walks, and ten strikeouts.

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