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8/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Tuesday’s minor league report.  As you may have guessed Daytona was postponed yet again.

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The AZL Cubs lost to the Mariners 4-1 in one of their two games on Tuesday.  Duane Underwood got the start and pitched pretty good going three innings and allowing no runs on no hits, while walking one and striking out three.  Anthony Prieto pitched the next 2.1 innnings and took the loss giving up four runs.  At the plate Justin Marra had himself a nice day going 2-for-2 with a double and a triple.  He also scored the Cubs lone run when he was driven in by Trevor Gretzky who also had two hits.  Shawon Dunston also had a hit in the loss.

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The AZL Cubs scored four times in the seventh to beat the Mariners 7-6.  The offense did a nice job in not giving up in this one.  Shawon Dunston was 2-for-3 with a two runs scored and an RBI.  Anthony Giansanti who is working his way back from injury also had two hits and drove in three.  Justin Marra, Ben Carhart, and Garrett Schlecht all had a hit and an RBI in the game.  Carlos Penalver and Jeffrey Baez each had a hit in the win.  Carl Lang got the start only pitching one inning and allowing no runs.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino continued to struggle as he gave up five runs, four earned on six hits in only three innings.  After Steve Perakslis gave up one run in two innings Chad Martin pitched a scoreless seventh and earned his third win of the season.

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After a rough loss on Monday night Boise came out swinging beating Yakima 7-4.  Pierce Johnson started, but struggled a bit giving up three runs in two innings.  Felix Pena came in relief and pitched five wonderful innings allowing only one unearned run and striking out three.  Eduardo Orozco pitched the final two innings notching his sixth save of the season.  Offensively Gioskar Amaya had himself a nice night going 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Albert Almora had a hit and an RBI and Marco Hernandez also drove one in.  Stephen Bruno and Xavier Batista each had a hit and combined to score three runs.  It was good to get back in the win column after last nights debacle.

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Peoria came back strong on Tuesday beating Wisconsin 4-2.  Jeff Antigua was good enough to win this one, but got a no decision.  He last 5.2 innings allowing two runs, one earned on five hits, while striking out five.  Austin Reed threw 2.1 scoreless innings in getting the win.  Larry Suarez pitched the ninth and recorded his fourth save.  After a couple rough games for Jorge Soler he got back on track going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Sergio Burruel also had a nice night at the plate adding three hits and driving in one run as well.  Pin-Chieh Chen contributed with a hit and an RBI.  Timothy Saunders, Dustin Geiger, and Wes Darvill all had a hit a piece with Darvill also scoring a run and stealing a base.  It was good to see the Chiefs and Soler get back on track in this one.

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Tennessee lost a pitcher’s duel 3-1 in 11 innings.  Eric Jokisch started for the Smokies giving up no runs in five innings of work.  He left in line for the win and Trey McNutt and Tony Zych got it to the ninth inning scoreless, but Frank Batista gave up a run in the ninth.  Kevin Rhoderick took the loss as Casey Harman couldn’t get the final out of the 11th before the two runs scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Matt Cerda were the only Tennessee players to have multi hit games.  Justin Bour had a hit and drove in the only Smokies run.  Rubi Silva and Matt Szczur each had a hit in the loss.

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Iowa scored two in the seventh to beat Memphis 2-0 on Tuesday.  Seth McClung started for the Cubs and was brilliant pitching seven strong innings allowing no runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out six.  Scott Maine pitched a scoreless eighth and turned the ball over to Blake Parker who struck out two in recording his sixth save of the season.  The Cubs didn’t do much offensively, but a two-run homer by Jeff Frazier proved to be more than enough.  Blake Lalli also had a hit and scored on the Frazier home run.  Diory Hernandez and Matt Tolbert each had doubles  in the Cubs victory.

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-Mark

8/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Looking at the Cubs system on Monday, August 8.  Daytona had the day off.

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The AZL Cubs were able to tie the game at eight in the bottom of the ninth, but gave up two in the 10th to lose 10-8.  Pierce Johnson took the mound for the second time and thew two scoreless innings, striking out two.  As good as Carlos Martinez-Pumarino was in his first 29 innings pitched Monday was a real struggle.  He gave up seven runs, six earned on seven hits in just 1.1 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar struck out two in two scoreless innings.  Alvido Jimenez took the loss, his third of the season giving up two runs in the tenth.  Justin Marra had really nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Garrett Schlecht also had three hits on the night and drove one in.  David Bote had two RBIs and Ben Carhart added one.  Albert Almora had one hit and Jorge Soler was back in the lineup going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

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Wow, Boise did it again beating Everett 11-7.  The story in this one was the offense as they pounded out 14 hits to go along with the 11 runs they scored.  After a rough game yesterday Gioskar Amaya got back on track, going 3-for-5 with a home run.  Rock Shoulders got the start at first tonight and delivered going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Carlos Escobar had two hits including a home run and two RBIs.  Stephen Bruno also hit a homer and ended with two RBIs as well.  Trey Martin ended the night with two RBIs and Wilson Contreras added a double and an RBI as well.  The staff struggled on Monday.  Justin Amlung started, but only lasted two innings giving up two runs.  Felix Pena did not pitch well in four innings, but did get his first win of the year.  He gave up four runs in four innings, however he did strike out five.  Nathan Dorris secured the win notching his first save of the season, striking out three in 1.1 innings.  The Hawks continue to roll and look to keep it going.

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Peoria dropped their fifth in a row losing to Clinton 8-6.  Leading 4-1 after the first, this was not the outcome Peoria had in mind.  The Chiefs did a few good things at the plate on Monday.  Bijan Rademacher, Wes Darvill, and Sergio Burruel all had two hits, Darvill and Burruel driving in a run a piece.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-5 with a double, but drove in three runs and scored one.  Zeke DeVoss added a hit out of the leadoff spot and also stole his 30th base of the season.  Zach Cates got the start, but did not factor in the decision tossing 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Pete Levitt pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and was in line for the win.  Justin Berg struggled and took the loss allowing three runs, two earned in two innings.  Jeffry Antigua couldn’t keep it close enough for the Chiefs as he gave up two runs in only one inning.  This was another tough loss for Peoria on Monday.

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Tennessee score two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies lost to Jackson 7-6.  Tennessee did have 10 hits and seven runs, so the offense did a pretty nice job.  What else can you say about Justin Bour.  He hit another home run today, his 15th of the season and ended the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  Junior Lake continued his solid season going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Matt Szczur, who has been struggling since moving to Tennessee went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Lendy Castillo started and pitched only two innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.  Dae-Eun Rhee just didn’t have it tonight, allowing six runs in five innings and taking the loss.  The story in this one was Justin Bour who is just tearing it up right now.

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Iowa gave up a run in the top of the ninth losing to Reno 2-1.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched five innings allowing only one run, while striking out four and walking three.  Blake Parker and Michael Bowden combined to throw three scoreless innings, but Jairo Asencio took the loss allowing one run in the ninth.  Greg Rohan had nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Blake Lalli also added to hits, including a double.  Alfredo Amezaga also had a double and Dave Sappelt contributed with a base hit of his own.  Unfortunately I have feeling this is how most games are going to go offensively for Iowa the rest of the way.  Let’s hope I am wrong and they can do something positive going forward.

8/5: Around the Minor League System

Here is the minor league recap for August 5, 2012.

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In an up and down game the AZL Cubs wound up on the losing end dropping Sunday’s game 8-6.  In his first start Duane Underwood struggled big time giving up four runs, three earned in just .1 innings and just like that the Cubs were down 4-0.  Over the next three innings the Cubs offense would come to life scoring six runs.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers and David Bote had a hit and each drove two runs as well.  Top prospect Albert Almora was 1-for-5 and Carlos Penalver drove a run home.  Leading 6-4 the Cubs turned it over the bullpen and after Brian Smith calmed things down, Ethan Elias really struggled giving up four runs over three innings.  Steve Perakslis and Chad Martin combined to pitch the last three innings holding the Giants scorelss.  After being down early and then taking the lead it is definitely tough to not come out on top of this one.

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Just when it looked like Boise was going to cruise to an easy win a five run seventh happened to tie the game at nine.  Luckily for Boise Daniel Vogelbach wasn’t going to let this one slip away as he connected for a game winning home run in the top of the 11th.  Lance Rymel had qutie the night on Sunday going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.  Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez each had three hits with Martin driving in two runs.  Izaac Garsez had his best game yet, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wilson Contreras had two hits and scored three runs and Stephen Bruno added a hit and two RBIs.  Ian Dickson started and took a no decision as he gave up three runs on three hits in five innings.  Hunter Ackerman and Rafael Diplan did not have there best days combining to giving up six runs, five earned in just two innings.  Su-Min Jung recorded his first win of the season and Eduardo Orozco closed it out earning his second save.  Wow, was it a crazy game on Sunday, luckily for us the Hawks took the W.

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Clinton scored two in the eighth to defeat Peoria 3-2.  Michael Jensen started and pitched well allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four in five innings pitched.  Sheldon McDonald pick up right were he left off striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Austin Reed, however was not very good on Sunday giving up two runs in two innings and taking the loss.  Not much happening on the offensive side as the Chiefs only had five hits.  With the promotion of Javier Baez, Timothy Saunders was sent to Peoria and he ended the game 1-for-4 with a double.  Yanel Cabezas had a double as well as an RBI.  Wes Darvill, Sergio Burruel, and Oliver Zapata all had one hit a piece in the loss.

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Daytona dropped another one Dunedin on Sunday losing 4-2.  Christian Villanueva was the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 in the loss.  Rubi Silva had a hit and drove in John Andreoli who also had a run scored.  Rebel Ridling, Rafael Lopez, and Micah Gibbs all had one hit, with Ridling scoring a run.  PJ Francescon started and gave up two runs in two innings, striking out four.  Frank Del Valle also gave up two runs, but did strike out five in his four innings of relief.  Ryan Searl thew the last two innings not allowing a run and striking one out.  Javier Baez struggled again in his second game with Daytona going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.  It is not the way wanted to start and it is not the way Daytona wanted things to go this weekend.

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After being up early, Tennessee tied it in the seventh, only to lose it in the bottom of the ninth 5-4.  Jutin Bour had a nice game going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, bringing his season total to 92.  Nelson Perez added two hits including his fifth home run of the season and Matt Cerda also had two hits on the evening.  Logan Watkins and Nate Samson each had a hit and Watkins scored a run and stole his 21st base of the season.  Eric Jokisch started, but did not factor in the decision pitching five innings and giving up three runs, while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter took the loss giving up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

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Iowa gave up one in each the eighth and the ninth to lose to Reno 2-1.  The bright spot on Sunday was Casey Coleman.  He pitched outstanding going six innings allowing no runs on two hits and striking out eight.  Jay Jackson pitched a scoreless seventh striking out one batter.  Marcus Hatley and Esmailin Caridad each gave up a run and Caridad took the loss.  Well it happened to Iowa again on Sunday, this time losing Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters to the big club.  Diory Hernandez was 1-for-3 with the Cubs only RBI.  Greg Rohan stayed hot going 1-for-4 in the loss.  There isn’t much exciting happening in Iowa right now and with the departures of Jackson, Vitters, Welington Castillo, and Adrian Cardenas thing probably will continue to be a struggle.

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8/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor league recap for August 3, 2012.

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The AZL Cubs continued their tear beating the AZL D-Backs for their fifth straight victory.  It wasn’t as easy as it should have been however as the D-Backs scored five times in the ninth, but the Cubs hang on to win 7-5.  Dillon Maples made his second start on his road to recovery and turned in some solid work going 1.2 innings only allowing one hit while walking two and striking out one.  Paul Blackburn, one of two 2012 supplemental draft picks continued his strong season.  Blackburn worked 3.1 innings allowing only one hit while walking one and striking out two to earn his second victory of the season and lower his ERA to 1.86.  2012 draft picks Corbin Hoffner and Jasvir Rakkar also worked scoreless innings.  It was another night of fireworks from the AZL Cubs offense.  Albert Almora, who is on fire right now, went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.  Shawon Dunston, and Ben Carhart each had two hits on the night with Carhart recording his 8th double of the season.  Jacob Rogers had a big night at the plate as well going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and three runs scored.

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The Boise Hawks raced out to a 4-0 lead, and held a 5-2 lead by the 5th inning but couldn’t hang on as Spokane plated three runs in the 8th on their way to a 6-5 win.  Jose Arias didn’t get very deep into this one for the Hawks as he tossed 2.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Arias left with the lead, but Hayden Simpson couldn’t hang onto it.  Simpson worked 4.1 innings giving up three runs on six hits while striking out six.  Eduardo Orozco only gave up only one run in his inning of work, but that was the deciding run as Orozco was hung with his first loss of the season.  Gioskar Amaya had another solid night at the plate, what else is new?  Amaya was 2-for-4 with his ninth triple of the season, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored, he is now hitting .315.  Daniel Vogelbach continued to be a doubles machine as he was 1-for-3 at the plate with his 5th double while with Boise.  Rock Shoulders had a productive night as well going 1-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season, a two run shot.

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The Chiefs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against Quad Cities but couldn’t hang as they fell 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang continued his transition to the starting rotation as he went 5.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out six.  Wang left with the game tied at two, and unfortunately Jeffry Antigua could keep the River Bandits off the board.  Antigua went 1.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out two earning his first loss of the season.  Javier Baez continued his assault on Single-A pitching in the loss as he was 2-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season, he also stole his 20th base.  Baez is now hitting .336 on the season, and there are whispers that he is close to earning a promotion.  Zeke DeVoss had a solid night at the top of the Chiefs order going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

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The D-Cubs fell behind early, and couldn’t dig out of that hole as they dropped this one to Dunedin 6-2.  Kyler Burke started for the D-Cubs, and was responsible for that hole I was talking about.  Burke gave up three runs in the first and then settled down after that.  He went five innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  Hunter Cervenka had a rare awful outing as he struggled with his command in two innings of work, walking four and giving up three runs, two earned.  Rubi Silva continued his strong 2012 season at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, he is now hitting .302 on the campaign.   Christian Villanueva followed up his stellar Cubs debut by going 1-for-4 with a double and a spectacular catch in the field that I’m hoping to get video of shortly.

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Things seem to go from bad to worse for Iowa each night.  Tonight was no different as the I-Cubs battled Colorado Springs all game before surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth to lose 4-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start tonight and was outstanding as he went six strong innings giving up one run on two hits while walking three and striking out six.  Jaye Chapman, who was acquired from the Braves a couple of days ago took the loss as he was knocked around in the ninth.  Chapman worked one inning giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, he fell to 0-1 on the season.  The I-Cubs were dreadful with runners in scoring position, and they had plenty of chances too, when it was all said and done they were 0-for-10 in the loss.  Josh Vitters had a big night once again for Iowa, he went 3-for-4 with his 32nd double of the season.  Vitters is now hitting .304 on the season as he continues to try to force the Cubs hand and give them no choice but to award him the promotion he deserves.  Dylan Heuer has some great photo’s from the game, head on over to his website to check them out!

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- George

8/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

August 1, nightly recap of the minor leagues.

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The AZL Cubs had a double header on Wednesday, with each game being seven innings a piece.  The pitching did a great job in the first one winning 4-0.  The 43rd overall pick in this past years draft Pierce Johnson made his first appearance of the season.  He started and pitched one scoreless inning.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino improved to 4-0 pitching four scoreless innings in relief.  He gave up three hits, one walk, and struck out three, his ERA on the season is 0.93.  Steve Perakslis secured the shutout by striking out five in two scoreless innings.  Albert Almora was back in the lineup and leading off on Wednesday.  He delivered going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Jorge Soler was 2-for-4 with a run scored and three stolen bases.  Ben Carhart had a double and an RBI.

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The AZL Cubs had a good time of it in game two as well defeating the AZL Indians 7-2.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with twor runs scored and Yasiel Balaguert also had two runs with a run scored.  Trevor Gretzky had one hit and an RBI and Neftali Rosario collected two RBIs without getting a basehit.  Albert Almora didn’t have a hit, but collected his sixth RBI of the season and Jorge Soler was 0-2, but walked twice and scored two runs.  Brian Smith started for the Cubs and thew two perfect innings while striking out two.  Loiger Padron improved his record to 3-0 with his win in relief.  he gave up two runs, but struck out six in three innings of work.  Alvido Jimenez closed out the game striking out three in two scoreless innings.

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Boise was back at it and won again on Wednesday.  After getting a big lead early, they gave up nine runs in the last four innings, but held on to win 14-10.  There were a lot of good things happening offensively in this one.  Xavier Batista was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs.  Jeimer Candelario and Dong-Yub Kim each had two hits and drove in three as well.  Stephen Bruno hit his first home run of the season, a two run shot in the third inning.  Daniel Vogelbach and Trey Martin each two hits with Martin scoring three runs.  Lance Rymel had quite a nice night going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  It was a tale of two games on the mound.  Su-Min Jung started and pitched well allowing one run on three hits in three innings, while striking out three.  Nathan Dorris got his first win of the season as he pitched the next two scoreless innings.  Unfortunately Tyler Bremer and Willengton Cruz both struggled, but a win is a win.

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Peoria won a crazy one on Wednesday scoring three in the top of the ninth to win 11-10.  The day belonged to Dustin Geiger.  Geiger was 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and eight RBIs, yes eight RBIs.  He stole the show early and finished it late with a two run bomb that turned out to be the game winner.  Javier Baez had two more hits, including a double.  He also scored two runs and drove one in.  Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits, with Chen scoring three.  Zach Cates started and didn’t have his best stuff, but came away with a no decision.  Bryce Shafer got the win striking out four of the five outs he recorded.  Austin Reed picked up his first save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth.  Congrats to Geiger on just an ubelievable game.

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Daytona scored one in the fifth and one in the seventh to win a pitchers dual 2-1.  Lendy Castillo continued his comeback throwing four innings, giving up three hits and allowing an unearned run.  He had four strikeouts in the start.  Eduardo Figueroa got the win, his third of the season pitching three scoreless innings.  Scott Weismann and Jeffrey Lorick combined to pitch the last two innings, with Lorick earning his second save of the season.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-4, but drove in the two Cubs runs on Wednesday.  Ronald Torreyes continued hitting the ball going 2-for-3.  John  Andreoli and Taylor Davis each had two hits in the contest.  It was a good win for Daytona.

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Because of rain Tennessee had another double header on Wednesday.  The first one was a continuation of the night before.  The Smokies got two in the fifth, winning 4-2.  There were a couple bright spots on the mound.  Dae-Eun Rhee started and took a no-decision pitching four solid innings only allowing one run on three hits.  Trey McNutt got the win in relief pitching three innings allowing one run on two hits and Kevin Rhoderick recorded his eighth save of the season striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Justin Bour was 1-for-4 with another RBI.  Greg Rohan went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Nate Samson was 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.

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One was all Tennessee needed as  Justin Bour was the hero hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh.  He now has 12 home runs and 86 RBIs on the season.  Dallas Beeler started and was tremendous allowing only one hit in five scoreless innings of work.  Brian Schlitter picked up his second win in relief pitching the final two frames.  Junior Lake, Nelson Perez, and Matt Cerda all had one hit a piece in the victory.  Two wins to start the month is the right way to start it.

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Iowa was able to score six, but an eight run inning was way too much to come back from losing 11-6.  We’ll start with the offense in this one.  Brett Jackson was 3-for-5 with a double, triple, and a run scored.  Josh Vitters hit his 16th home run of the season and had two RBIs.  Greg Rohan, who was just promoted from AA was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.  James Adduci collected two more hits including a triple and an RBI.  Ty’Relle Harris got the start and took the loss as he was not very sharp.  Michael Bowden did a very nice job striking out six in three innings and recently acquired Jaye Chapman threw a scoreless inning in relief.

All around it was a nice night for the Cubs minor leaguers with the only loss coming in Iowa.

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-Mark

Minor League Monthly: July 2012

Here is a recap for the month of July for the Cubs minor league system.  There are a lot of players who had a good July, but I limited it to a player of the month/pitcher of the month at each level.

AZL Cubs:  21-10 (1st place)
July Record:  14-8
The Cubs had a pretty good month of July to go along with a great start to the season and they are in first place as of today.  There were a lot of exciting things happening in Mesa, mainly the debut’s of both Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.  There were other exciting debut’s as pitchers Dillon Maples and 2012 draftees Paul Blackburn (56 overall) and Ryan McNeil (3rd round) started there professional careers.  Finally Daniel Vogelbach just crushed the ball before being promoted to Boise.  He left the Cubs hitting .324 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, and 31 RBIs.

Player of the Month:  Ben Carhart
The 22-year old third baseman was drafted in the 35th round of this years draft out of Stetson University.  This month he hit a robust .400.  with one home run, six doubles, 14 runs scored, and 12 RBIs.  He slugged .550 and had an OBP of .486 bringing his OPS to 1.036.

Pitcher of the Month:  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino
In his first year in the organization, the 21 year-old pitcher has been very good.  This month Martinez-Pulmarino was 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA.  He pitched 15.2 innings in six games, all but one out of the bullpen.  He struck out 14, allowed only five hits and walked four in July.

Boise Hawks:  5-2 (1st place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Boise was off to a really rough start, but have been hot of late winning six out of their last eight and four in a row.  Luckily for them the second half has just started, so as far as the second half goes they are off to a nice start.

Player of the Month:  Gioskar Amaya
At only 19-years old the infielder has impressed with the bat thus far at Boise and July was no different.  He hit .330 with four home runs, four triples, and three doubles.  Amaya knocked in 13 and scored an impressive 24 runs while stealing six bags.  He had an OBP of .407 and slugged .567 brining his OPS to .974.

Pitcher of the Month:  Tayler Scott
The 20-year old starting pitcher had quite a nice July.  He started six games and went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA.  In his 30 innings pitched he gave up 21 hits, walked 14, and struck out 20.  Scott was drafted last year in the fifth round out of Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale, AR.

Peoria Chiefs:  15-22 (7th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
July was not the best of months for the Chiefs and they will have some work to do to get back in the playoff picture.  Catcher Chadd Krist came up from Boise and has continued to hit and Pin-Chieh Chen has been on quite a tear over the last couple weeks.  Peoria will look to have a good August and make up a lot of ground in hopes to get back in the race.

Player of the Month:  Javier Baez
Wow did the 2011 first round pick have a great month.  The 19-year old shortstop hit .368 with with seven home runs, three triples, and six doubles.  Baez drove in 20 runs, scored 21, and stole eight bags.  His OPS for the month was 1.076 as he slugged an impressive .679 and had an OBP of .397.  It was quite the month for the highly touted Cubs prospect.

Pitcher of the Month:  Joseph Zeller
Zeller, 24 pitched well in July going 2-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six appearances, five starts.  He pitched 32.2 innings giving up 32 hits, walking seven, and striking out 14.  He isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher and he gave up a hit an inning, but it is impressive to see the ERA as low as it was in the month.

Daytona Cubs:  18-21 (5th place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Daytona didn’t have their best month, but there were some highlights to go along with the disappointing record.  Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee after Jae-Hoon Ha was injured.  Szczur had been one of Daytona’s most consistent performers throughout the year and it will take some adjustments for them to get back on track without him.  The Cubs will have to make up a lot of ground in August as they sit six games back going into today.

Player of the Month:  Ronald Torreyes
At only 19-years old the second baseman is starting to really hit.  After a disappointing first couple months Torreyes had a very good June and followed it with a nice July.  He hit .333 with one home run, two triples, and seven doubles.  He also drove in 18, scored 16, and stole seven bases.  Torreyes was brought over in the Sean Marshall deal.

Pitcher of the Month:  Matt Loosen
Loosen went 4-1 in six starts in July.  He had an ERA of 3.08 throwing 38 innings, giving up 26 hits, walking 13, and striking out 35.

Tennessee Smokies:  17-20 (4th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
A sub .500 record in July wasn’t what the Smokies were looking for as they currently are 5.5 games behind the division leader.  The month was highlighted when Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee.  The reason he was promoted was because of an unfortunate accident when Jae-Hoon Ha got a concussion.  The Smokies need to got hot in order to make a run at the division.

Player of the Month:  Justin Bour
The 24-year old first baseman has had a good season and July was no different.  He hit .337 with four home run and eight double.  Bour drove in an impressive 25 runs which brings him to 84 on the season.  He slugged .529 and had an OBP of .381 with an OBP of .909.  It will be fun to watch Bour’s pursuit of 100 RBIs.

Pitcher of the Month:  Eric Jokisch
Jokisch, 23 was 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in five July starts.  In 28 innings pitched he struck out 2o, walked eight, and surrendered 21 hits.  We all know the Cubs system is light on arms, but Jokisch has had a pretty good season up to this point.

Iowa Cubs:  42-69 (Last place)
July Record:  8-20
Things don’t get much worse than an 8-20 month, but maybe it is when August is starting and you are 24 games back.  It was going to be tough when Rizzo was brought up, but I don’t think anyone was expecting a month like this.  There weren’t too many bright spots, but there were some.  Josh Vitters had a good month, not great, but good.  James Adduci came up from Tennessee and did well in the 18 games he played in compiling and OPS of .999.  All Iowa can hope for now is to end the season on a high note.

Player of the Month:  Dave Sappelt
The 25-year old outfielder had his best month since coming over from Reds.  Sappelt hit .317 in July hitting one home run, one triple, and eight doubles.  He scored 16 runs and drove in 12 while stealing eight bases.  He got on base at a .368 clip and slugged .442.  It was nice to see Sappelt have a good month and my guess is we will see him in Chicago at some point this season.

Pitcher of the Month:  Esmailin Caridad
I bet you didn’t expect to hear that name again, but he had quite an impressive month.  In 18.2 innings Caridad gave up 14 hits, walked 7, and struck out 22 as his ERA stands at 0.92 for the month of July.  if Caridad can continue we might see him again in big leagues.

It wasn’t the best month for the Cubs farm system, but there were some good things as well as some really exciting things.  There were a lot of hitters and pitchers who could have been included and narrowing it down to only one per level was tough.  Hope you like it.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

7/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

After a busy trade deadline here is what the Cubs minor league affiliates did on July 31.

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The AZL Cubs got back on track after a day off beating the AZL Royals 8-2.  Ben Carhart and Daniel Lockhart each had two, a run scored, and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Albert Almora was leading off tonight, but left after his first at-bat.  He was replaced by Yasiel Balaguert who had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.  Jorge Soler did not have a hit, but he did drive in his seventh run of the season and he stole his third base.  Carl Lang got the start and pitched an impressive four innings allowing no runs on four hits and struck out four.  Jasvis Rakkar pitched one scoreless inning striking out one.  Ethan Elias got the win, but did not have a great night giving up two runs on five hits in two innings.  Daniel Adrian finished the game off striking out two in the last two frames.  Obviously we are a bit concerned as to why Almora left the game.  When we have an update we will let you know, but it was a nice night for the Cubs.

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After winning a few 1-0 games the Boise Chiefs held on to win a shootout 10-9.  It was a wild game as Boise had a big lead, but gave it up and had to win in walk-off fashion.  The Cubs had a few nice nights at the plate highlighted by Daniel Vogelbach‘s first home run at Boise, a three run shot with two outs in the third.  Stephen Bruno had three hits and two RBIs, raising his average to .324.  Jeimer Candelario was the hero going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs including a walk-off double.  Dong-Yub Kim and Trey Martin each had two hits on the night and Marco Hernandez connected for his third home run of the season.  The Hawks pitching struggled most of the night, but the offense did the the job.  Eduardo Orozco blew a save, but ended up getting his second win of the season.  it is nice to see Boise maybe turning things around.

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Peoria never got things going against Quad Cities losing 5-1.  Michael Jensen got the start and pitched pretty good, although he took the loss.  He pitched five innings surrendering two runs on three hits, while striking out six.  Jeffry Antigua continued to impress pitching two more scoreless innings.  Pete Levitt struggled in his one inning of work.  There wasn’t much excitement at the plate for the Chiefs on Tuesday.  Javier Baez was one of the few bright spots going 2-for-4 with the Peoria’s lone run scored.  Bijan Rademacher also had two hits including his third double of the season.  Nothing too exciting happening for Boise tonight.

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Daytona won a close one on Tuesday beating Fort Myers 5-4.  Daytona pounded out 14 hits so there were a lot of nice nights at the plate.  It was good to see Timothy Saunders get back on track going 3-for-4 with double, runs scored, and an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes continued his hot stretch of late adding two more hits, including his 19th double of the season and two RBIs.  Matt Cerda, Rubi Silva,  and John Andreoli each had two hits with Andreoli driving one run in.  Austin Kirk started and got the win allowing four runs in five innings.  Kirk was not as sharp as he has been in the past walking five batters, but he did strike out five.  The relief was outstanding on Tuesday.  Hunter Cervenka and Jeffrey Lorick combined to pitch three scoreless innings, striking out a batter each.  AJ Morris closed the deal striking out two in one scoreless inning, notching his fourth save of the season.

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Tennessee’s game was suspended because of rain.  The Smokies were winning 2-1 in the fourth and will be continued tomorrow as part of a double header.

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Iowa dropped another to New Orleans losing Tuesday 5-3.  Frankie De La Cruz started and took the loss giving up three runs in four innings.  Jairo Asencio and Marcus Hatley did a nice job in relief both throwing a scoress inning.  Dave Sappelt was the main bright spot for the Cubs offense going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Brett Jackson hit his 21st double of the season and drove in his 46th run as well.  James Adduci had another hit and is hitting .375 since his promotion to Triple-A.  As I have said recently Iowa just can’t seem to get things going in the right direction.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

7/24: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Tuesday July 24 minor league recap.

Peoria was off.

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The AZL Cubs were at it again on Tuesday beating the AZL Indians 9-2.  Jorge Soler did it again, hitting his second home run in four games.  This one off the scoreboard in left.  Soler would add another hit  ending the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.  Ben Carhart continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He also drove in three and scored a run.  Speaking of hot, Shawon Dunston Jr. had two more hits, a double and a triple plus he scored three runs from the lead off spot.  Albert Alomora did not have a hit, but did drive two runs in and scored two.  2012 Comp. pick Paul Blackburn recorded his first win of the season, pitching two scoreless innings in relief.  Another good win for the Cubs in the AZL.

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Boise got another great pitching peformance out of their staff on Tuesday beating the Yakima Bears 2-1.  Ian Dickson was tremendous thowing six no-hit innings before being removed in the seventh.  Dickson struck out four en route to his second win of the season.  Hunter Ackerman gave up a run, but struck out three in 2.1 innings and Michael Hamann closed it out recording his first save of the season.  Jeimer Candelario had a nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  In his first game as a Hawk, Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a double.  Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Trey Martin each added a hit and Bruno scored a run.  It is nice to see the Hawks pitching have a nice couple days here.

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Daytona held on to beat Brevard County 4-3 on Tuesday night.  Matt Loosen started and got the win pitching six innings while allowing two runs on only three hits.  He also walked three and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 2.81.  Ryan Searle struck out two in the seventh and AJ Morris pitched the last two recording his first save of the season.  Rubi Silva went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes, Matt Szczur, Rebel Ridling, and Micah Gibbs all had a hit.  Daytona will play two on Wednesday.

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Tennessee was back in action Tuesday pounding Jacksonville 9-2.  The Smokies showed some power hitting three home runs on the evening.  Junior Lake was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs.  Greg Rohan added two hits of his own including a home run and Michael Brenly connected on his fifth homer of the year.  Nelson Perez had his best day since going to Double-A as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Michael Burgess also added two hits and scored two runs.  Eric Jokisch got the start and the win for the Smokies giving up one run on four hits in five innings pitched while striking out eight.  Brian Schlitter, Kevin Rhoderick, and Casey Weathers combined to pitch the last four innings allowing one run and striking out five.  This is the way to come back after a day off.

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Another day another bad loss for Iowa, losing 15-9 on Tuesday.  Offensively Iowa couldn’t have done much more on Tuesday scoring nine runs on twelve hits.  Welington Castillo was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.  Brett Jackson hit his 14th home run of the season and drove in two.  Josh Vitters had one hit and also drove in two as did Alfredo Amezaga.  Dave Sappelt and Diory Hernandez each had two hits as well.  The pitching was terrible yet again on Tuesday.  Rogrio Lopez got the start and promtly gave up eight runs in 3.2 innings pitched.  Ryan Rowland-Smith took the loss as he gave up three more runs in just 1.2 innings.  Iowa continues to struggle.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

7/23: Around the Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the minors on July 23, 2012.  Tennessee had the night off and Daytona was postponed.

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AZL Cubs got back on track beating AZL Brewers 7-3.  First rund draft pick Albert Almora stole the show hitting his first professional home run.  A two-run bomb to left.  Ben Carhart had another nice night at the dish going 4-for-5 with a run scored.  Shawon Dunston Jr. and Trevor Gretzky, who replaced Almora each had two hits.  Dunston scored two runs and Gretzky drove one in.  Neftali Rosario added a hit and an RBI and Dan Vogelbach hit his 12th double of the season.  After the game Vogelbach tweeted that he was headed to Boise, so best of luck to him.  Arturo Maltos-Garcia  gave up two runs, but got the win in relief.  Steve Perakslis recorded his first save, striking out three in 2.2 innings.  Jorge Soler was hitless on Monday, going 0-for-5.  It was nice to see the Cubs get back on track Monday.

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Boise won 3-0 behind the arm of Tayler Scott.  Scott earned his second win of the season, pitching six scoreless innings.  He surrendered only three hits, walked a batter and struck out four, his ERA now stands at 1.95.  Hayden Simpson pitched two scoreless innings and Matt Iannazzo pitched a scoreless ninth to record his first save.  The offense had a few bright spots.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a run scored, and a run batted in.  Marco Hernandez and Trey Martin each scored a run for Boise as well.  The Hawks haven’t enough nights like this, but maybe things will be turning around for them.

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It was a great pitchers dual until Peoria gave up two runs in the eighth, eventually losing to South Bend 2-0.   Yao-Lin Wang started and struck out five in only 3.2 innings of work.  Jeffry Antigua pitched well again, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings while striking out three.  He dropped his ERA to 0.87.  Luis Liria took the loss, his fourth on the year.  Offensively there wasn’t too much happening as the Chiefs only were able to muster up two hits.  Chadd Krist and Yaniel Cabezas each had a double on Monday night.  Krist is now hitting .424 since his promotion from the Boise.  A nice pitched game, but a tough loss nonetheless.

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Daytona’s game on Monday was postponed.

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The Iowa staff pitched pretty good on Monday, but it wasn’t good enough dropping the game to Albuquerque 3-1.  Brooks Raley got the start and took the loss.  He pitched five innings surrendering three runs, two earned on eight hits.  He also had an impressive eight strikeouts to go along with zero walks.  Esmailin Caridad and Michael Bowden combined to pitch the last three scoreless innings with Caridad striking out two.  At the dish Brian Esposito was the only Cub to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 and was the only Cub to drive in a run.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each added a hit with Vitters hitting his 30th double of the season.  Iowa’s record now stands at 41-62.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

 

7/22: Around the Minor League System

A Sunday down in the minors.

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We didn’t have to wait long as Jorge Soler launched a two-run homer in the fourth, he would add another hit and scored two runs.  Despite this excitement the AZL Cubs lost 6-4.  Shawon Dunston Jr. had another good game going 3-for-4 and scoring a run.  Ben Carhart added two hits, including a double and Dan Vogelbach drove in his 31st run of the season.  Lendy Castillo continued his rehab assignment pitching four scoreless innings.  He gave up two hits and struck out five.  David Henrie took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned in two innings of work.  It was more than exciting to see Soler hit his first home run.  We have been anticipated it for quite a while and to do so in only his second game was great to see.

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There is not much good that came out of Sunday’s game against Eugene, as Boise lost 8-1.  James Pugliese gave up seven runs on eight hits in four innings and took the loss.  The bullpen did a pretty nice job the next four innings.  Michael Heesch pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three as well.  Eduardo Orozco gave up one run, but struck out three in his two innings of work.  Offensively not much happened at all.  All but one player recoreded a hit for Boise, with the only extra base hit coming off the bat of Xavier Batista, who hit a double.  Wilson Contreras scored the only Hawks run of the game.  It was a not very fun game for Boise dropping another in a bad loss.

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Peoria couldn’t pull off the win, losing to South Bend 3-2.  All good things must come to an end and that was the case with Javier Baez’s hitting streak as he went 0-for-4 on Sunday.  Dustin Geiger connected on his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth.  Sergio Burruel had two hits and Chadd Krist just keeps on hitting as he had another hit on Sunday.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Oliver Zapata each recorded a hit and Chen scored a run as he was on base when Geiger hit his homer.  Starling Peralta pitched well, but took the loss.  He threw six innings giving up three runs, two earned on six hits.  Sheldon McDonald relieved him and pitched two perfect innings, striking out three.  Looking forward to Baez starting another streak and the Chiefs winning a few more games.

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Daytona was postponed on Sunday.

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Tennessee finished Saturday nights game and lost a tough one in 11 innings.  Twice in extra’s the Smokies took the lead, but couldn’t hold it in either, ultimately losing 12-11.  There was a lot of offense, here are some of the highlights.  Justin Bour was 2-for-6 with a homer, two RBIs, and three runs scored.  Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Greg Rohan all contributed with two hits with Rohan adding an RBI.  Logan Watkins went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Michael Burgess and Chad Noble each had RBIs and Nelson Perez connected on his third home run since being at Tennessee.  The pitching was not very good at all.  Dallas Beeler got the start, but obviously didn’t factor in the decision.  Casey Harman took the loss giving up the two runs in the 11th.  Frank Batista was the lone bright spot out of the bullpen, pitching two scoreless innings, bringing his ERA down to 1.06.  It was a very tough loss, because of all the leads the Smokies had.

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Game two was a little different, as a six run sixth led Tennessee to a 8-4 win.  Nicholas Struck got his 11th win of the season pitching five innings, giving up only one run on four hits.  Zach Rosscup did a great job in relief, striking out five in three scoreless innings of work.  Junior Lake, Logan Watkins, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Dustin Harrington all had two hits, scored a run, and all but Ha drove one in.  Nelson Perez and Michael Burgess drove in two runs and Chad Noble added an RBI as well.  It was a nice bounce back in game two ending the week with a win.

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A late rally fell short, as Iowa lost to Aburquerque 9-5.  Chris Volstad was bad yet again giving up six runs, five earned on nine hits in five innings.  He took the loss, he is now 2-5 with 5.83 ERA.  Ty’Relle Harris did a fine job in relief striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Offensively there were only a couple of highlights.  Josh Vitters and Welington Castillo each hit a homer.  For Vitters it was a three-run shot and Castillo was a solo.  Brett Jackson, Adrian Cardenas, and Dave Sappelt all had a hit a piece as well.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

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