Watch Ian Happ Hit a Triple (VIDEO)

Finally some minor league video, here is the triple that Ian Happ hit yesterday.  That was an absolute laser into the gap, excited to watch Happ all year.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 10, 2016

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016

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A rough opening week for the Iowa Cubs didn’t get any easier yesterday as they lost their fourth straight game to Round Rock, 10-4.  Round Rock is stacked, and they are going to win a lot of games this year, unfortunately Iowa had to be their first victim.

At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli went 1-for-4 with a walk, and two RBI’s in the loss.
  • Dan Vogelbach continued his sold start; he was 1-for-4 with two RBI’s.
  • Kristopher Negron finished the day 2-for-4 with a run scored, he is now hitting .333 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Drew Rucinski battled in this one; he registered a quality start, but also the loss. He worked six innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Brandon Gomes kept the Cubs close as he worked a scoreless inning in relief; he gave up one hit while walking one.
  • C.J. Riefenhauser was massacred in this one, he worked just 1/3rd of an inning, giving up six runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Jean Machi was also roughed up; he worked 2/3rd of an inning, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Spencer Patton was a bright spot as he worked a scoreless inning, striking out the side while doing so.

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Another rough go of it for the Smokies’ offense in this one, unfortunately their pitching couldn’t completely shut down Mobile like they did the night before.  Tennessee had to settle for a four game split after falling 4-1.

At the Plate:

  • Chesny Young had one of the four hits by the Smokies on Sunday; he finished the day 1-for-4 and is now hitting .417 on the season.
  • Taylor Davis was 1-for-3 in the loss.
  • David Freitas has had a great start to the season; he finished yesterday 1-for-2 with a walk, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Skulina got the start and was fantastic; unfortunately he picked up the hard luck loss. He worked six innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Starling Peralta couldn’t keep things close as he worked two innings, giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • David Garner was solid out of the pen, he worked a scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out three.

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Myrtle Beach evened their 2016 record at two on Sunday as they outlasted the Frederick Keys in a 7-5 victory.  A big three run seventh inning put the game out of reach despite a late push by Frederick to make things close.

At the Plate:

  • Ian Happ went 1-for-4 with his first triple of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Yasiel Balaguert had a huge day; he went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Jason Volser was 1-for-3 with his first double of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Shawon Dunston Jr. came up with a huge hit in this one; he finished the day 2-for-4 with his first triple of the year, and three RBI’s.

 On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal wasn’t so sharp, but was able to pitch well enough to pick up the win. Leal worked five innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch was stellar out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Daury Torrez was roughed up a bit; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Jose Rosario picked up his first save of the season by recording just one out.

South Bend was snowed out.

 

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Arrieta Powers Cubs to a 5-1 Start

 

Jake Arrieta does plenty to help the Cubs win every day that he takes the ball, now he’s helping them win by launching 440’ bombs with his bat.  It seems that the reigning CY Young award winner can do no wrong as he tossed seven strong innings in Arizona, and smacked a two-run dinger to propel the Cubs to a 7-3 victory on Sunday.  Thanks in part to the Arrieta bomb the Cubs built an early 3-0 lead before seeing the Diamondbacks square up a few balls, something that is definitely rare against Jake.  A home run from Paul Goldschmidt started a two run third inning, and a solo shot from Socrates Brito evened things at three.

Jorge Soler owns Shelby Miller, and he got him again yesterday as hit a sky scraping solo shot to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead in the sixth en route to a 7-3 win.  Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez were fantastic out of the pen to allow the Cubs to push their record to a sterling 5-1 on the young season as they head back to Chicago for the home opener tonight.

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Jake Arrieta Destroys a Baseball (VIDEO)

Giggle.

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Hendricks Betters Greinke as Cubs Beat D-Backs 4-2

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This one had a familiar feel to it, it felt a lot like the game last night, you know, the one that ended poorly.  The result was different tonight, mainly because of the job Adam Warren, and Hector Rondon did out of the bullpen.  Kyle Hendricks was so very good tonight, and he was one out away from getting his team into the eighth inning.  The final line on Hendricks; 6.2 innings worked, giving up two runs on four hits while walking one, and striking out five,

His counterpart Zack Greinke didn’t fare so well as the Cubs jumped on him early, scoring three times in the first, and never looking back.  Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant each had an RBI in the first, a single for Rizzo and a double for Bryant.  Miguel Montero pushed the Cubs lead to three with a sacrifice fly, and Zobrist smacked an RBI double in the fourth to close out the scoring.

Great chance for the Cubs to move to 5-1 on the season, and this road trip tomorrow as Jake Arrieta gets the ball.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 9, 2016

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SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016

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Another rough one for Iowa as they fall to Round Rock for the third straight time to start the season.  The Cubs were down 8-0 after the fifth inning, and never really stood a chance tonight.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Eric Jokisch was torched tonight, he worked 4.1 innings, giving up right runs on eleven hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Armando Rivero worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.
  • Scott Barnes, Carl Edwards Jr., and Miguel Mejia all worked a scoreless inning in relief.

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Pitching dominated the evening, and the Smokies came out on the right side of a 1-0 thriller.

At the Plate:

  • Chesny Young continued his hot start to 2016, he went 2-for-3 in the win.
  • Jeimer Candelario knocked in the only run of the night, he went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
  • David Freitas was 2-for-3, the Smokies only had six hits, all singles, but it was enough.

On the Mound:

  • Brad Markey got the start tonight, and was brilliant. Markey worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Gerardo Concepcion (!) picked up the win out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, he didn’t walk anyone, and struck out three.
  • Josh Conway picked up a hold, he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking one.
  • Juan Paniagua shut the door for his first save of the year by working a scoreless ninth, he struck out two.

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A late offensive explosion propelled the South Bend Cubs to a 5-3 win over West Michigan, their first of the season.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees was 2-for-4 with a triple, and RBI, and a run scored.
  • J. Higgins has been very good so far this year, he went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and an RBI in the win.
  • Eddy Martinez was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, he’s hitting .333 on the season.
  • Daniel Spingola chipped in, he went 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Kellogg was brilliant in picking up his first win of the season. He worked five innings, giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while striking out three.
  • Greyfer Eregua was just as good out of the pen, he worked 2.2 scoreless innings while striking out two.
  • Scott Effross made things interesting as he worked 2/3 of an inning, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Michael Wagner picked up his first save of the year, he worked the final 2/3 of an inning to do so.

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Not much going right for the Pelicans in this one as they fell behind 4-0 after one en route to falling to Frederick, 6-0.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres was 1-for-4 in the loss, nice to see him get into the hit column.
  • Ian Happ was the only Pelican to find some success tonight, he went 2-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a double.
  • Jeffrey Baez went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start, and picked up the loss. He worked three innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits while walking four, and striking out four.
  • James Farris was pretty solid out of the pen, he worked three innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out four.
  • James Pugliese was solid once again, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out four.
  • David Berg worked a scoreless ninth.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 8, 2016

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016

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After falling behind 4-0 early the Iowa Cubs fell just short in their comeback attempt as they dropped a nail biter to Round Rock, 4-3.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Stephen Fife was roughed up in this one, he worked three innings, giving up four runs on five hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • Jean Machi was brilliant, he worked two scoreless innings while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Felix Pena was just as good, he worked two scoreless innings, walking one, and striking out two.
  • J. Riefenhauser, and Miguel Mejia each worked a scoreless inning to keep things close.

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The Smokies couldn’t muster much offense in their quest to move to 2-0 on the season as they could only scratch across one run in a 2-1 loss to Mobile.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn struggled early, giving up five hits over the first two innings, but that was it for the night. Blackburn worked five innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out two.
  • Michael Jensen was solid out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Corey Black picked up the loss in this one, he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Andury Acevedo worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.

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The Pelicans came up just short in their attempt at coming back from a 5-1 deficit in the sixth inning.  Myrtle Beach pulled to within one before falling to Frederick 7-5.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford had another good night, he was 2-for-4 with a walk, but was also picked off twice, oops.
  • David Bote was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored in the loss.
  • Cael Brockmeyer showed off his power, he was 1-for-4 with his first homer of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Charcer Burks had a huge night, he was 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges got the start tonight, and picked up the loss. He worked 5.1 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Dillon Maples struggled, he worked just 1/3 of an inning, he gave up an unearned run on one hit while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Ryan McNeil was decent out of the pen, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out three.
  • Jordan Minch worked one innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one.

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A messy game for the South Bend Cubs as they made six (SIX) errors on their way to a snow shortened 6-3 loss to West Michigan.

At the Plate:

  • Matt Rose went 1-for-2 with a walk, one of four for the Cubs in this one.
  • Ian Rice was 1-for-2 with a run scored, and a walk in the loss.
  • Bryant Flete was the offensive star tonight, he went 2-for-3 with a triple, and two RBI’s.

 

On the Mound:

  • A weird night for the Cubs start Justin Steele. Steele worked 3.2 innings, giving up four runs, all unearned, he made three (!) errors while walking three, and striking out three.
  • Casey Bloomquist worked two innings out of the pen, giving up two runs, both unearned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • James Norwood was tremendous, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, he walked one, and struck out three.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports); April 7, 2016

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The Iowa Cubs kicked off the 2016 minor league season for the Cubs organization today, and they walked way too many guys en route to a 7-3 loss.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Williams got the start and was knocked around, he worked three innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on six hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Scott Barnes (2 IP), Brandon Gomes (2 IP), Carl Edwards Jr. (1 IP), and Spencer Patton (1 IP) combined to work six scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking five, and striking out six.

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A quick start for the Smokies tonight as they put up three runs in the first on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Mobile Bay Bears.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann was productive out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.
  • Chesny Young had a huge game, he went 2-for-2 with a home run, RBI, two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario went 1-for-3 with a walk, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Victor Caratini, and Bijan Rademacher each registered their first homers of the year.
  • Mark Zagunis was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny had some early trouble, but settled in to pick up his first win of the season. Z worked six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out five.
  • Starling Peralta was solid out of the pen, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out one.
  • David Garner worked 1.1 innings to shut the door, he gave up one unearned run while walking one, and striking out one.

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Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite rosters right now in the Cubs system, and they got things off to a good start tonight by dispatching Frederick 5-2.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez was outstanding tonight in picking up his first win of the season. Martinez worked five innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Duary Torrez was lights out coming out of the pen, he worked two innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit while striking out one.
  • James Pugliese worked a scoreless inning to pick up his first hold of the season.
  • David Berg shut down things tonight, he worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

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This was on was basically over before it started as West Michigan spread right runs across the first three innings en route to a 9-4 victory over the South Bend Cubs

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees 2-for-5 out of the lead-off spot, both hits were singles.
  • Eloy Jimenez was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Eddy Martinez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Preston Morrison got beat up pretty bad as he took his first loss of the season. Morrison worked four innings, giving up eight runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Kyle Twomey was great out of the pen, he worked four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out seven.
  • Scott Frazier put this one to bed by working a scoreless inning.

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Kyle Schwarber Injured in Bad Collision (VIDEO)

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Thanks to Aldo Soto for grabbing a gif of the play…  That looked horrible.  No point in speculating, so we will all await word on Schwarber.(/big>

 

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A Trio of Long Balls Power Cubs to 2-0 on the Season (VIDEOS)

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The Cubs flashed some power last night to go along with yet another solid performance from one of their starters.  This time it was Jon Lester benefiting from three Cubs dingers as he breezed through the Angels lineup en route to picking up his first win of the season.  Dexter Fowler, Matt Szczur, and Anthony Rizzo all found the seats as the Cubs torched the Angels 6-1 to move their record to 2-0 for the first time since 1995.

 

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