About Last Night: April 14, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Highlights)

Here are the minor league highlights from last night, enjoy.

Charcer Burks with an amazing catch!

RBI ground out for Billy McKinney.

Carlos Penalver knocks in two.

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Charcer Burks Makes an Unreal Catch (VIDEO)

Wow!  Charcer Burks, the Cubs 9th round pick in 2013, made an absolutely amazing catch last night, check it out.

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Riding the Bus: April 14, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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TUESDAY • APRIL 14, 2015

South Bend 4-14 Final

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Tough luck loss for the Cubs in this one as they held a late lead only to watch Dayton push across a run in the 8th, and 9th for a 3-2 victory.  Ryan Williams didn’t do much wrong in his first professional start for the Cubs, he was brilliant, unfortunately the result was a no decision.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin had a solid game at the top of the order, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and a triple.
  • Cael Brockmeyer is a doubles machine, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and his fifth double of the season.
  • Gleyber Torres is doing great things as an 18 year old, he went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Williams got the start and was dominant, he worked six innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out seven.
  • Ryan McNeil battles his command, but was able to pitch out of trouble.  He worked one scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Tommy Thorpe struggle, and was hung with the loss, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 4-14 - Game One Final

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The Pelicans jumped out in front early, scoring four times in the second to take a 4-0 lead.  Jen-Ho Tseng, who was making his 2015 debut made that hold up with a rather solid performance to earn the victory.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis had a solid game, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, and an RBI.
  • Victor Caratini continued his hot start to the season, he was 1-for-1 with a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Carlos Penalver came up big from the nine-hole, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Jen-Ho Tseng was solid in his 2015 debut, he worked five innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five.
  • Tayler Scott finished shut the door, earning his first save of the year.  Scott worked two innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out three.

Myrtle Beach 4-14 - Game Two Final

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The Pelicans couldn’t earn the double-header sweep as the bats went silent in a 3-1 loss in the nightcap.  The Pelicans could only manage four hits in this one, and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.  Starter Jonathan Martinez did everything he could to get his team a win, they just fell short.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann had a solid game from the lead-off spot, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Mark Zagunis was the only other Pelican to make noise in this one, he was 2-for-3 with a double, a solid day all around.

On the Mound:

  • I mentioned that Jonathan Martinez was brilliant, he was.  Martinez worked five innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Josh Conway struggled a bit with command, he worked one scoreless inning, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Gerardo Concepcion took the loss in this one, he worked one inning, giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit while walking two.

Iowa was postponed.

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Jorge Soler Powers Cubs Past Reds

Cubs Final 4-13 Full Box Score

How about those Cubs?  I’m not going to lie, I’m excited, sure it’s only April, I don’t care, first place.  Jon Lester was off again tonight, but the bullpen picked him up and gave the club a chance to comeback.  That’s exactly what the Cubs did, they came back from two separate three run deficits to win 7-6 thanks for a walk-off single by Arismendy Alcantara.  The game doesn’t get there without Jorge Soler who jacked a pair of two-run homers, what a thrilling night.

At the Plate:

  • Anthony Rizzo was locked in tonight, he was 2-for-3 with two walks, and two runs scored.
  • Jorge Soler was outstanding tonight, he went 3-for-5 with two dingers, four RBI’s, and three runs scored.  He also had a tasty outfield assist.
  • Chris Coghlan continued his torrid start to the season, he went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:

Alcantara wins it!

Soler with an unreal throw.

Soler ties it in the 8th with a bomb!

Soler’s first two-run shot.

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Riding the Bus: April 13, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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MONDAY • APRIL 13, 2015

Iowa Cubs 4-13 Final

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The Iowa Cubs struggled with runners in scoring position tonight (0-for-10), but were able to scratch across four runs to take the series opener against New Orleans.  A big reason for the victory was the Iowa pitching, only one unearned run tonight on six hits.

At the Plate:

  • Kris Bryant continued his hot start to the season, he was 3-for-5 with three singles (weird), and a stolen base, but did make two errors.
  • Junior Lake had a solid game, he was 2-for-5 with a run scored in the win.
  • Rafael Lopez is on fire, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .364 on the season.
  • Mike Baxter is unconscious right now, not literally, he was 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Yoanner Negrin started this one, and was solid, he worked 4.2 innings, giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while striking out five.
  • Gonzalez Germen got the win in this one, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out two.
  • James Russell, yes ‘that’ James Russell, worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.
  • Joe Ortiz picked up the save tonight, he worked a scoreless ninth inning allowing one hit.

Tennessee Smokies 4-13 Final

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The Smokies have a knack for the big inning, today it was in the third as they scored six times and batted around, again.  That was more than enough for Frank Batista and company as the Smokies won the series (3-2) with a 10-4 victory.  An alarming stat, in a good way, the Smokies walked eight times today, EIGHT, you should probably score a lot of runs when that happens.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora had another solid game, he was 2-for-6 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  He also had an outfield assist, he does it all.
  • Christian Villanueva was the hero today, he went crazy, he was 2-for-3 with two dingers, two walks, two RBI’s, and three runs scored, yikes.
  • Dan Vogelbach continued his torrid start, he was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .444 on the season.
  • Pin-Chieh Chen had a big hit in this one, he finished the day 1-for-5 with a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Frank Batista got the start in this one, his first at the MiLB level since 2013, and was dominant.  He worked six innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out three to pick up the win.
  • Fernando Cruz struggled mightily today, he worked two innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking three, and striking out one.
  • Andres Santiago made this one official by working a scoreless ninth inning, he walked one.

South Bend 4-13 Final

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Tough one for South Bend tonight as they just couldn’t get much going offensively in a 6-1 loss to Dayton.  Although the Cubs had eight hits, they only had two opportunities with runners in scoring position, station to station baseball.  Trevor Clifton had all sorts of issues finding the plate which led to an early deficit that South Bend could not recover from.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start and struggled, he worked just two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits while walking four, and striking out one.
  • Jordan Minch was brilliant in relief, he worked 3.1 innings, giving up one run, unearned, on three hits while striking out two.
  • James Farris found some trouble but put in solid work, he tossed four innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out four.

** Myrtle Beach was postponed, because rain is stupid.

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Jorge Soler’s Game Tying 8th Inning Dinger (VIDEO)

LOUD NOISES!!  Soler destroys his second home run of the game to tie things at six.  The Cubs have come back from two different three run deficits, and are about to walk off, I hope.

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Cubs GameDay – April 13, 2015 (Lineup, Broadcast Info)

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First Pitch:  7:05 PM CST
TV: CSN Plus
Radio: WBBM Newsradio 780 AM
Weather:  Clear, 62 degrees, winds WNW @ 9 MPH

Cubs Lineup:

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

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Reds @ Cubs – Series Preview (April 13 – April 15, 2015)

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The Cubs are flying high after a dramatic win yesterday in Colorado thanks to Dexter Fowler‘s two-out, two-strike bomb.  Waiting for the Cubs at Wrigley Field is a Reds team that was feeling the same way heading into this past weekend, not so much now.  The Reds beat the Cardinals on Friday to push their record to 4-0 on the season but lost the last two games of said series.  It’s still been a solid start for the Reds as they have thrown the ball well, and been able to get big hits when needed.  The Cubs have a great opportunity to get a bit of a winning streak going as they will turn to Lester and Arrieta in games one and two of the series.

Broadcast Information:

  • Monday, April 13, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN+ (Channel Finder)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – WPWR

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Reds:  It appears that Joey Votto has once again found his power stroke, the Reds’ first baseman has blasted three dingers so far this season.  He is hitting .333 (8-for-24) on the season with said three homers, eight RBI’s, four walks, and two stolen bases.
  • Cubs:  Dexter Fowler had a rough first few games in a Cubs uniform, but he put that well behind him over the last two games.  Fowler had a monster series in Colorado, registering two triples, and a monster home run to give the Cubs a comeback win yesterday.  On the season he’s hitting .238 (5-for-21) with a double, two triples, a home run, four RBI’s, two walks, and a stolen base.  He fills up the box score.

Who is Not:

  • Reds:  After a breakout year last year, Devin Mesoraco is having a rough start to the season.  Mesoraco is hitting just .095 (2-for-21) on the season, with five strikeouts, he can stay in that slump until about Friday of this week.
  • Cubs:  It’s been a rough go of it for Arismendy Alcantara as far as getting hits, he has none.  He has been having really good plate appearances though, he’s just struggling to find that first hit of the 2015 season (0-for-12).

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About Last Night: Cubs Minor League Highlights (VIDEO)

Bryant Dinger

Enjoy.

Kris Bryant with a laser to right center, dinger.

Christian Villanueva lines a base hit scoring two.

Chris Denorfia with a rehab double.

David Bote with a slick play.

Addison Russell shows off his power.

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Dexter Fowler’s Go Ahead BOMB!! (VIDEO)

What an amazing day in Denver.  The Cubs trailed all day, and couldn’t come up with a big hit all day until the 9th, then BOOOOOM!  Best win in a very long time, heading back home 3-2 on the season.

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