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6/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Around the minor leagues on Thursday, June 21.

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Boise won  a thriller walking off in the bottom of the ninth.  The game was tied 3-3 going to the ninth when Eugene score one, but Boise came back and scored two to win the game 5-4.  With one out Gioskar Amaya tripled.  Jeimer Candelario tied the game with a single to right field.  After moving to third on a basehit by Wilson Contreras  up stepped Rock Shoulders.  Shoulders delivered a game winning single to left field and Boised got their second win of the season.  The Hawks belted out 13 hits on Thursday.  Amaya, Contreras, Xavier Batista all had two hits on the night.  Candelario had the best night offensively as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI’s.  The Hawks also got a great pitching performance from Hayden Simpson who pitched four innings and giving up one unearned run on only one hit.  He also struck out seven in his first win at Boise this year.

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Daytona got a great pitching performance from Austin Kirk as the Cubs won 3-0.  Kirk pitched seven spectacular innings allowing zero runs and yielding only four hits.  He also struck out three and walked two.  Rebel Ridling had three hits including a double and a run scored.  Ronald Torreyes had an outstanding day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He also scored two runs and drove in one.  Greg Rohan and Rubi Silva also drove in a run a piece.  Ryan Searle and Jeffrey Lorick each pitched a scoreless inning as well as striking out two each.

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Nicholas Struck pitched brilliantly on Thursday helping Tennessee win 3-1.  Struck gave up one run on two hits in six innings.  He also struck out seven batters as he improved his recored to 8-6.  Ty’relle Harris and Marcus Hatley each pitched well in relief.  Junior Lake was the offensive star on Thursday going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  His average now stands at .318.  Justin Bour went 3-for-5 with an RBI.  Logan Watkins and Matthew Cerda added two hits and scored a run each.  Nelson Perez who was promoted had the other RBI on Thursday.

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Not much good happened for Iowa today as they lost 6-2.  Brett Jackson, Ty Wright, and Josh Vitters had the only hits for the Cubs.  Vitters hit his 11th home run of the year.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched only 4.2 innings giving up five runs, only two of which were earned on eight hits.  Mike MacDougal gave up another run and three hits in his one inning of work.  Jeff Beliveau pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  Iowa’s record now stands at 31-43.

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Mark

Daytona Cubs First Half Recap

 

The Daytona Cubs resume play tonight after four days off for the all-star break.  The D-Cubs had an up and down first half, let’s take a look at what transpired over the first two and half months of the season.

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The D-Cubs swung the bats very well during the first half of the season.  Leading the way was 24 year-old right fielder Nelson Perez.  Perez played 60 games in the first half, he hit .298 with 11 home runs, and 42 RBI’s, and he finished with an impressive .927 OPS.  Perez wasn’t the only one hitting for the D-Cubs as four different guys had a .288 average or higher.  Greg Rohan was one of those guys as he hit .295 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI’s, finishing the first half with .883 OPS.  Arismendy Alcantara, John Andreoli, and Rubi Silva all had above average first half performances. 

A bright spot for the D-Cubs and the Chicago Cubs was the performance of Matthew Szczur.  Szczur started the season in an awful slump, but over the last month or so he has really turned it on.  He finished the first half hitting .267 with 1 home run, and 13 RBI’s out of the lead-off spot for Daytona.  Szczur only struck out 32 times while drawing 24 walks, he added 19 stolen bases for good measure.  Szczur is currently on the DL with a knee issue, hopefully that isn’t serious and he will be back out there soon. 

Austin Kirk led the Daytona pitching attack, in doing so he earned himself a spot on the All-Star team, and was named the starting pitcher for the FSL North team.  Kirk was outstanding during the first half, he finished 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts).  Eric Jokisch was another bright spot on the mound for Daytona.  Jokisch finished the fist half 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA while averaging almost one strikeout per inning.

2012 All-Stars!
LHP – Austin Kirk (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO)
INF – Arismendy Alcantara (0-for-1)
OF – Nelson Perez (1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB)
OF – Matt Szczur (DNP – Injured)
DH – Greg Rohan (0-for-4)

Thanks for reading, go D-Cubs!
- George

6/10: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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Paul Hoilman hit a three-run home run to give the Peoria Chiefs their sixth straight win.  The Chiefs won the game 4-1.  Oliver Zapata had three hits, stole a base and scored a run.  Taiwan Easterling went 2-for-2 and walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run.  Javier Baez also had a hit, stole a base, and scored a run.  Austin Reed pitched out of the bullpen and got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings while only allowing two hits.  Yao-Lin Wang recorded his eighth save of the season striking out one batter.  Peoria’s record improved to 31-32 on the season.

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Daytona dropped a tough one on Sunday, losing the game 5-4.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with a run scored.  John Andreoli, Taylor Davis, Rubi Silva, and Elieser Boone all scored a run, And Davis and Silva both had RBI’s as well.  The Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning, but Scott Weismann could not hold the lead giving up a two-run homer to Ramon Flores in the bottom of the seventh.  Austin Kirk received a no decision as he pitched six innings allowing three runs, only one of which was earned.  A tough loss no doubt, but they will look to rebound.

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Eric Jokisch was stellar once again allowing only one run on three hits in 7.1 innings of work.  Jokisch ERA is now down to 1.40 and he improved his record to 3-0 as Tennessee won 4-2.  Offensively Nate Samson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Elliot Soto and Jokisch also contributed with RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, James Adduci, and Michael Brenly all had hits in the win on Sunday as well.  Alberto Cabrera closed out the game pitching 1.2 innings allowing one run and striking out four.

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Iowa exploded for 14 runs on Sunday, putting up a five-spot in the third and adding six more in the fourth.  It was a great day for most of the Cubs, especially for the top prospects in Iowa.  Brett Jackson 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI’s, and a stolen base.  Not to be outdone, Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 hitting two bombs and driving in four.  Rizzo is now hitting .363 with 20 homers, and 53 RBI’s.  Ty Wright also had three hits, two of which were doubles, and he scored three runs on the day.  Juan Apodaca went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI’s.  Josh Vitters and Dave Sappelt also had a hit and an RBI on  Sunday.  All that offense was plenty for Chris Rusin who went 7 innings giving up two runs on six hits and striking out two.  It was a great day for Iowa as every starter had at least one hit.

Rizzo’s second homer of the game 

 Thanks for reading,
- Mark

6/5: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A productive day for the most part, but a crushing loss for Iowa, here’s is your Minor League recap for June 5th, 2012.

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In a game that looked like it was lost in the late innings the D-Cubs stormed back to take the lead and eventually beat Bradenton 6-5.  Austin Kirk was outstanding once again for the D-Cubs.  Kirk tossed six strong innings giving up one run on four hits, he walked three and struck out seven as he lowered his ERA to 2.72 in the no decision.  The middle of the Daytona order continues to mash the ball on a nightly basis.  Nelson Perez is usually leading that charge, on this night he was 2-for-3 with his 10th home run of the season, he also knocked in his 41st RBI, and had two runs scored, he is now hitting .307 on the season.  Greg Rohan and Rubi Silva also chipped in, Rohan with one hit, Silva with two as they both hover around the .300 mark. 

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The Smokies showed no mercy Tuesday night as they blitzed Montgomery 12-3.  Erik Jokisch was the beneficiary of the offense but he didn’t need it.  Jokisch was awesome once again as he went seven scoreless innings only giving up five hits while walking one and striking out one.  He improved to 2-0 on the season for the Smokies and his ERA now sits at 1.47.  There were a lot of big days at the plate for the Smokies, Justin Bour‘s day might have been the biggest.  Bour was 4-for-6 at the plate with a double, and two RBI’s.  Not to be outdone Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBI’s and two walks in the victory.  What’s impressive about the Smokies effort is they did all of this without hitting a home run, doubles and triples work just fine too.

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A loss can’t be harder than the one the I-Cubs suffered last night.  Leading 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning Brad Snyder, now on Oklahoma City, launched a 1-2 pitch over the wall for a walk-off three run homer.  Jay Jackson was outstanding in relief as he gave up one run over five innings of work on four hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.  Rafael Dolis continued to struggle as he gave up the three run homer in the ninth inning, Dolis’ ERA is now 9.00 since his demotion to Iowa.  The I-Cubs only managed three hits in the loss, and two of their runs scored were un-earned.  Brett Jackson, Diory Hernandez, and Luis Valbuena were the only I-Cubs with hits. 

Thanks for reading,
- George

Daytona Well Represented at FSL All-Star Game

Five D-Cubs are on their way to the Florida State League All-Star game, it helps that the Daytona staff will be coaching the North team, but it’s still a big honor.  Congrats to all that were selected.  The game will take place on June 16th at Charlotte Sports Park at 7:05 PM EST.

Starting Pitcher – Austin Kirk

Infielder – Arismendy Alcantara

Outfielder – Nelson Perez

Outfielder – Matt Szczur

Designated Hitter – Greg Rohan

Thanks for reading,
- George

 

5/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor League recap for May 31, 2012

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Gerardo Concpecion pitched well on Thursday pitching six innings while only giving up two runs on four hits and striking out four.  He departed with the game tied, however Austin Reed gave up a run the seventh and Peoria fell to Burlington 3-2.  Offensive highlights from the Chiefs came from Yasiel Balaguert delivered a two out two RBI base hit to the tie the game at two in the sixth.  Center fielder Yaniel Cabezas also added two hits on the day.  Javier Baez continued to struggle as he went 0-for-4 dropping his average to .125

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Tennessee had a great pitching performance by Eric Jokisch and company on Thursday as they defeated Huntsville 4-1.  The Smokies got the scoring started in the third when Micahel Burgess connected on his fifth home run of the year.  Huntsville tied the game in the fifth at one.  The Smokies broke the tie in the seventh when James Adduci doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.  Junior Lake would have an RBI double and later score on a sacrifice fly by Rebel Ridling in the eighth to give Tennessee a 4-1 lead.  Jokisch, who did not factor in the decision pitched 6.1 innings allowing one run on only one hit, but he did walk six.  Brian Schlitter got the last two outs of the seventh and got his first win of the year.  Keven Rhoderick pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Frank Batista struck out the side to record his seventh save of the year.

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 Nothing is more exciting than a walk-off win, and that is exactly what Ronald Torreyes did connecting on his first home run of the season and giving Daytona a 7-6 victory.  Including Torreyes, Chad Noble, Rubi Silva, Greg Rohan, and Arismendy Alcantara all had two hits on the day.  Brevard County got the scoring started in the first scoring three runs.  Daytona would put up six spot in the third highlighted by a Nelson Perez grandslam.  For Perez it was his eight home run and he now has 34 RBI’s.  Austin Kirk was not at his best on Thursday, but after allowing two more runs in the fifth left in line for the win, however Brevard County tied the game in the eighth.  Jeffrey Lorick pitched a scoreless ninth and when Torreyes connected on his shot in the bottom half he received his first win of the season.

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GAME 1 (7 innings)

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In Game 1 of the split double-header on Thursday Iowas won 4-1.  Iowas got the scoring in the third when Brett Jackson delivered a two out RBI single to drive in Juan Apodaca who had two hits on the day.  After Omaha tied it in the third Brett Jackson would drive in his second of the night with a sacrifice fly to drive in Dave Sappelt.  The Cubs would add two in the seventh with two outs when Luis Valbuena and Ty Wright both walked to drive in runs three and four.  Frankie De La Cruz got the start and 4.1 allowing one run on four hits while striking out four.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the win going 1.1 innings and Rafael Dolis got the save.  Good news for Cub fans he struck out two and did not walk anybody.

GAME 2 (7 innings)

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Omaha jumped on Jay Jackson and the Cubs early and Iowa was never able to rebound.  The lone offensive highlight came from Brett Jackson who hit his sixth home run of the season in the sixth.  Ty Wright was the only other Cub to record a hit in game two.  The same could not be said for Omaha who had eleven hits and ten runs in seven innings.  Jay Jackson gave up the firs six runs and Shane Lindsay had a very rough outing walking four of the five batters he faced.  All four runs in the sixth were charged to him and the Cubs lost 10-1 in game 2.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

 

5/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.


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Peoria jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and that was all they needed as they knocked off Clinton 3-1.  Starling Peralta was very good for the Chiefs as he worked four innings only allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out two.  Zeke DeVoss got things started at the top as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored.  Paul Hoilman continues to hit the ball hard as he went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, he is now hitting .298 on the season.

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Heartbreaking, that’s the only way you can describe the D-Cubs loss to Clearwater as they fell 2-1, giving up both runs in the top of the ninth.  The blown save spoiled Austin Kirk’s outstanding performance on the mound.  Kirk, who has been one of the best pitchers in the Cubs organization this year went 8 scoreless innings, only allowing seven hits, walking none, and striking out four, his ERA is now at 2.34 on the season.  Micah Gibbs, Rubi Silva, and Dustin Harrington all had three hits at the plate as Daytona finished with one run on nine hits.

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The Smokies held Mobile in check all night, but that was almost not good enough as Mobile’s comeback came up short giving the Smokies a 4-3 win.  Mobile only had two hits on the night, but managed to plate three runs, timely hitting I guess.  Eric Jokisch was really good for the Smokies tossing five innings of one hit baseball, he only allowed two runs, walked one, and struck out three.  Kevin Rhoderick came on in relief and was lights out, what else is new, his ERA drops to 0.90 on the season.  Luis Flores was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and an RBI.  Jae-Hoon Ha popped his second home run of the season, and James Adduci finished his day 2-for-2, he’s now hitting .312 on the year.

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Anthony Rizzo did not start so might as well skip this game, I’m kidding of course.  Rodrigo Lopez started this game and left after one pitch with a sore groin.  Jay Jackson jumped into duty and was terrific going five innings allowing one run on three hits, he walked two, and struck out five.  Carlos Marmol got some work in on his way back to the Cubs, he worked one inning, giving up a hit and a walk with a strike out.  The I-Cubs only managed five hits, but had just enough to pull out a 2-1 win.  Luis Valbuena was 1-for-4 at the plates with a game winning solo home run in the ninth inning.

Thanks for reading,
- George

5/20: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/20/12, enjoy.

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The Chiefs needed extra innings to beat Cedar Rapids 9-6 on Sunday after they blew leads of 4-0 and 6-4 in the ninth.  Gerardo Concepcion had his second decent outing in a row and was in line for his second win before Cedar Rapids tied it in the ninth.  Concepcion went five innings while allowing four runs on six hits.  The Chiefs offense was in high gear as they pounded out 15 hits and 9 runs in the win.  Taylor Davis was 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Rafael Lopez, Paul Hoilman, Anthony Giansanti, and Oliver Zapata all had two hits.

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Austin Kirk finally had a poor outing, probably my fault because I wrote about him last week.  Kirk had his shortest outing of the season going two and 1/3rd of an inning while allowing six runs to suffer his first loss of the season.  Kirk’s ERA still sits at a sparkling 2.68 after giving up six runs.  The D-Cubs couldn’t string together much at the plate as the top of the order had trouble getting on base.  Nelson Perez, and Elieser Bonne each had two hits in the losing effort. 

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Trey McNutt continued his solid season on Sunday as he went five innings to earn his second victory of the season.  McNutt gave up three runs, however only one was earned as he lowered his ERA to 2.67.  The middle of the order was once again productive for the Smokies.  Jae-Hoon Ha collected two more hits in the victory as he raised his average to .265 on the season.  Rebel Ridling had a huge day at the plate going 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI’s.

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For the second straight day the Iowa Cubs couldn’t find any offense as they lost to Salt Lake 2-1.  Rodrigo Lopez was nearly un-hittable as he only allowed one hit over six innings or work, unfortunately he was tagged with a no decision.  Jeff Beliveau had a solid day out of the bullpen going two innings and striking out three.  The I-Cubs were only able to scratch out five hits and one run.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-5 with a double, and Josh Vitters was 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  

 

Thanks for reading,
- George

5/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/14/12, enjoy.

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Kyler Burke was good again on the mound for Peoria, unfortunately he left with a no decision after six strong innings of work.  Austin Kirk took over and was awesome, going two innings to come out with the win as Peoria knocked off Burlington for their fourth straight victory.  Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-4, which accounted for 1/3rd of Peoria’s hits in the victory.

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 All the scoring in this game took place in the first innings as Daytona scratched out a 2-1 victory over Brevard County.  Nelson Perez was the only offense for Daytona as he went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI’s.  Austin Kirk was stellar on the mound for Daytona, what else is new.  Kirk went seven strong innings only yielding one run on six hits.  Kirk improved to 2-0 and dropped his ERA to 1.75 on the season.  Tony Zych came on in the 9th and shut the door for his fourth save of the season.

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Game 1:  The Smokies made up for a season’s worth of frustration against Jackson by pounding out 13 hits and scoring 15 runs to beat the Generals.  Logan Watkins and Rebel Ridling each had 4 RBI’s, and Michael Burgess chipped in with 3 of his own.  Junior Lake hit his first home run of the season en route to a 2-for-2 day in which he scored four runs.  Lost in all of the offense was Trey McNutt’s longest outing of the season as he went 5 strong innings for the win.

Game 2:  This game resembled the typical Smokies-Generals matchup.  The Generals pitching was too much for the Smokies, especially after that outburst in the first game.  The Smokies only managed one run on seven hits in the defeat.  Dallas Beeler went complete, well 7 innings which is how long the game lasted, but ended up with the loss.     

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Another game, and another bomb from Anthony Rizzo, his 12th of the season already.  That was enough for Rodrigo Lopez as he was awesome going five strong innings to pick up his first win of the season.  Blake Lalli hit a solo home run in the 5th to extend the lead and give the I-Cubs just enough to come out on top 3-1.  Scott Maine came on in the 9th inning to close the door earning his 2nd save of the season. 

Thanks for reading,
- George

5/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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Peoria’s pitching had a rough weekend.  One night after giving up 20 runs to Quad Cities they gave up 9 in a 9-2 defeat.  Wes Darvill and Rafael Lopez each had two hits in the losing effort.  Brad Zapenas was 1-for-1 with a double and three walks.  Michael Jensen was beat up on the mound for Peoria as he took the loss, dropping his record to 3-2 on the season.

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Austin Kirk was outstanding once again, however he had to settle for a no decision as the bullpen couldn’t hold a late 3-2 lead.  Jupiter tied the game in the 8th and 9th innings, only to have Daytona walk off in the ninth for a 5-4 victory.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with two triples and two RBI’s.  Matt Szczur continues to turn his season around slowly but surely going 1-for-4 and stealing his 16th base of the season.

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Junior Lake made his Smokies debut on Sunday and he didn’t disappoint.  One of the Cubs top infield prospected went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.  Elliot Soto also had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort.  Brooks Raley had a solid day on the mound going a strong six innings for a no decision as the Smokies couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead and ended up losing 4-2. 

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Brett Jackson had a big day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Unfortunately that wasn’t enough as Iowa fell to New Orleans 12-4.  Luis Valbuena and Alfredo Amezaga each had two hits as well.  Iowa pitching got beat up top to bottom, Jay Jackson took the loss after surrendering five runs in four innings of work.

 

Thanks for reading,
- George

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