Kris Bryant Destroys Dinger Number Two (VIDEO)

Bryant Dinger

Second home run in as many games, thanks again to Keating for the video.

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Addison Russell Rips First AAA Dinger (VIDEO)

Thanks to Keating Elrod on twitter for grabbing this video, that ball jumped out of there, looked like a line drive.

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Cubs GameDay – April 12, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info)

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First Pitch: 3:10 PM CST
TV:  WGN-TV (Local 9)
Radio:  WBBM Newsradio 780

Cubs Lineup

1. Fowler – CF
2. Rizzo – 1B
3. Soler – RF
4. Coghlan – LF
5. Castro – SS
6. Montero – C
7. Alacantara – 2B
8. Hendricks – SP
9. Herrera – 3B

 

Rockies Lineup:

1. Blackmon – CF
2. Gonzalez – RF
3. Arenado – 3B
4. Morneau – 1B
5. Dickerson – LF
6. McKenry – C
7. Descalso – SS
8. Lyles – SP
9. LeMahieu – 2B

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Let’s Watch Addison Russell Play Defense (VIDEO)

Wow…  wow.

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Riding the Bus: April 11, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015

South Bend 4-11 Final

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So close, the South Bend Cubs made things very interesting tonight as they scored in the 8th and 9th to push the game to extra’s.  Unfortunately they couldn’t come up with anything else, and Bowling Green tallied twice in the 12th to win 7-5, South Bend’s fist loss of 2015.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks was great out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-6 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez is doing great things at the plate, he was 2-for-4 with two doubles in the loss.  He also had an outfield assist, threw a runner out at the plate.
  • Gleyber Torres broke out tonight, he’s 18.  He went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start tonight, and was knocked around a bit, didn’t get much help behind him, though.  He worked five innings, giving up four runs, two earned on eight hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Jordan Minch worked a scoreless inning in relief, he did walk two, but escaped the trouble.
  • Ryan McNeil was brilliant tonight, he worked three innings, giving up one run, unearned on one hit while striking out five.
  • Francisco Carrillo got the loss, and only gave up one hit, he worked three innings, giving up two runs on one hit while striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 4-11 Final

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What a thrilling walk-off win for the Pelicans!  All hope looked lost when Wilmington scored twice in the top of the tenth, but the Pelicans surged back to score three times in their half of the tenth to win it.  Some really good performances from Pelican pitching today, kept them in it all night long.

At the Plate:

  • Jeimer Candelario had the big day for the Pelicans, he was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Victor Caratini had a huge hit as well, he finished the night 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, and a walk.
  • Shawon Dunston Jr. continued his hot start, he went 2-for-4 in the win, he’s now hitting .400 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn made his 2015 debut, and was very good.  He worked five innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Juan Paniagua was even better, he worked a perfect three innings, no hits, runs, or walks while striking out six.
  • Starling Peralta picked up the win, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking one, and striking out five.  That’s right, the Pelicans struck out 17 guys, wow.

Tennessee Smokies 4-11 Final

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Sloppy one tonight as the Smokies committed five errors in a 6-2 loss to the Braves.  Kyle Schwarber launched his first home run of the season, an absolute blast, and things were looking good early.  But a six run seventh for the Braves sealed the Smokie’s fate as they fall to 1-2 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Pin-Chieh Chen knocked in one of the runs tonight, he finished 1-for-4 with said RBI in the loss.
  • Kyle Schwarber was 2-for-4 with a dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.  Schwarber also gunned down a runner trying to steal second, good stuff.
  • Ryan Dent had a solid game, he went 1-for-2 with a walk, and was one of the few players without an error.
  • Christian Villanueva, and Dan Vogelbach each had one hit tonight.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start for the Smokies and was outstanding, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Zach Cates wasn’t as good, he didn’t register an out, he gave up five runs, two earned, on one hit while walking three.
  • P.J. Francescon was solid at the end of this one, he worked two innings, giving up one run, unearned, no hits while walking one, and striking out two.

Iowa Cubs 4-11 Final

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So the Iowa Cubs struggled in the first two games of the season, note to self, don’t anger the Iowa Cubs.  Thirteen runs, and sixteen hits later the Iowa Cubs put their offensive struggles in the rear view mirror.  All eight position players that started had at least one hit, six players had at least two RBI’s, tasty.

At the Plate:  (Take a seat, just going to list them)

  • Adron Chambers was 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, two RBI’s, and three runs scored.
  • Addison Russell was 1-for-5 with a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Kris Bryant was 3-for-4 with a dinger, a walk, three RBI’s, a double, and three runs scored.
  • Chris Valaika was 3-for-5 with a walk, a home run, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Junior Lake was 1-for-5 with  two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Rubi Silva was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, a run scored, and a stolen base.
  • Rafael Lopez was 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, a double, and a stolen base.
  • Mike Baxter was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

I’m tired.

On the Mound:

  • Eric Jokisch got the start but couldn’t work deep enough for the win, he worked 4.2 scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking three.
  • Blake Cooper was really good out of the pen to get the win, he worked 2.1 scoreless innings, surrendering no hits while striking out four.
  • Gonzalez Germen, and Joe Ortiz each worked a scoreless inning  in relief.

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Kris Bryant Launches Homer Number One (VIDEO)

Bryant Dinger

I think Kris Bryant redefined towering shot, that was really high, and really gone.  Bryant had a huge game, the dinger was the exclamation point.

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Kyle Schwarber Does Bad Things to Baseball (VIDEO)

Ahhhhh!!  Kyle Schwarber‘s first double-A dinger, holy crap that ball was absolutely destroyed, loud noises!!

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Cubs GameDay – April 11, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info)

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First pitch:  7:10 PM CST
TV:  CSN+ (Channel Finder)
Radio:  WBBM-780 AM

Cubs Lineup:

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

 

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Minor League Highlights – April 10, 2015 (VIDEO)

Milb.com has done a pretty great job of getting highlights up to their website, it’s my goal to share as many possible here from the night before, so here goes.

Bijan Rademacher drives in two!

Addison Russell just misses a dinger.

Jesse Hodges with a double.

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Wanna See Kyle Schwarber Hit a Triple? Okay. (VIDEO)

Kyle Schwarber came off the bench tonight, but last night he started behind the plate, and drilled a triple, enjoy.

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