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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.

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-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.

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-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.

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-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.

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Mark

7/18: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor league recap for July 18th, 2012.

Tennessee Smokies were off.

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For most of the year the hitting in Arizona has been the highlight on Wednesday the pitching took center stage defeating the AZL Dodgers 4-0.  The Cubs used four pitchers to complete the three hit shutout.  Anthony Prieto started and pitched two innings striking out two while not allowing a baserunner.  Arutro Maltos-Garcia pitched two scorelss innings and Loiger Padron struck out three in his three innings of work.  Padron was awarded the win, his second of the season.  Alvido Jimenez pitched the last two innings preserving the shutout for the Cubs.  Offensively the Cubs did not do as much as we have come to expect, but there were still some highlights.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Daniel Lockhart had a hit and drove in two runs.  Neftali Rosario was 2-for-3 and scored two runs on Wednesday night.  A great performance by the staff on Wednesday led to this win.

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Boise’s two game winning streak came to an end dropping Wednesday’s game to Yakima 8-4.  Tayler Scott got the start giving up four runs in 4.2 innings.  He did not factor in the decision though as he left with the game tied.  Hayden Simpson took the loss giving up four runs in 2.1 innings.  The Cubs offense came off the bats of only a few players.  Five different players had two hits, but every other player was hitless.  Gioskar Amaya hit his fourth home run of the season and Trey Martin drove in a run with his two hits.  Jeimer Candelario had two hits and drove in two runs on Wednesday.  Stephen Bruno and Xavier Batista also had two hits a piece and scored a run.  Let’s see if the Hawks can get back on track on Thursday.

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It was an exciting game between Peoria and West Michigan, but the Chiefs did not come out on top.  Losing by two entering the eighth, Peoria tied the game and sent it to extra innings.  Peoria scored one in the tenth, but then gave up two in the bottom half to lose 9-8.  On the offensive side of things every Chiefs player had a hit.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Zeke DeVoss also had two hits and drove in two on the night.  Javier Baez continued his hot stretch adding two more hits, bringing his average to .333.  Bijan Rademacher and Oliver Zapata each drove in a run for Peoria.  The pitching was up and down on Wednesday Jose Rosario and Sheldon McDonald were not very good responsible for the first seven runs West Michigan gave up on Wednesday.  Luis Liria and Austin Reed each pitched two scoreless innings to put Peoria in line for the win.  Larry Suarez gave up two unearned runs in the tenth to take the loss.  This is a tough one to swallow as Peoria came back, took the lead, and then blew it in the end.

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Two first inning runs turned out to be all Charlotte would need beating Daytona 3-1 on Wednesday.  PJ Francescon got the start and took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits and walking four in 5.1 innings.  The bullpen did all they could to keep the game close as Eduardo Figueroa, Ryan Searle, and Brian Schlitter combined to pitch 3.2 innings allowing no runs on only two hits.  The Daytona bats never really got going, only having five hits.  Taylor Davis was 1-for-2 including his second home run of the season.  The Cubs also got single hits from Matt Szczur, Matt Cerda, John Andreoli, and Elliot Soto.

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Iowa took advantage of a lot of New Orleans mistakes to win 2-1 in 11 innings.  The Cubs won when James Adduci scored on a throwing error by New Orleans pitcher Gary Glover.  Brooks Raley pitched seven good innings allowing no runs on five hits.  he also walked four and struck four out, leaving with a chance to get the win.  Jay Jackson, however gave up a run in his one inning of work.  Michael Bowden pitched two scoreless innings and Jeff Beliveau struck out the side in his one inning of work earning his fourth win of the season.  Dave Sappelt was the only Cubs player to have more than one hit, he had two, including a double.  Brett Jackson hit his 20th double of the season and Welington Castillo also had a hit.  A nice win for Iowa on Wednesday night.

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7/17: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 17, 2012 – Ready, go!

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The AZL Cubs scored three in the top of the ninth to beat the AZL Mariners 6-5.  Dan Vogelbach continued crushing the ball going 2-for-5 with a home run, triple and three RBIs.  He is now hitting .360 with 7 HR 30RBI, and an OPS of 1.202.  The Cubs also got RBIs from Dan Lockhart, Ben Carhart, and Carlos PenalverShawon Dunston Jr. had another solid day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored.  David Bote and Penalver each had two hits on the day as well.  Steve Perakslis gave up two runs on three hits in relief, but managed to get the win.  Chad Martin picked up his first save of the season striking out three in a scoreless ninth.

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Boise made it two in a row on Tuesday defeating Yakima 5-0.  The Hawks pitching was the story as James Pugliese, Michael Heesch, and Pet Levitt combined for the three hit shut out.  Pugliese got his first win of the season striking out five and allowing only one hit in five innings.  Heesch and Levitt each pitched two scoreless innings to close ou the game and secure a Boise win.  Lead-off hitter Trey Martin did his job reaching base five times.  He was 3-for-3 with two walks including his third home run of the season.  Marco Hernandez had a nice night as well going 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Wilson Contreras and Rock Shoulders each had two hits as well.  Contreras and Carlos Escobar were responsible for driving in a run a piece for the Hawks.  Boise hasn’t won two in a row too often so hope more is to come.

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Behind a tremendous effort from Matt Loosen the Cubs beat Charlotte 6-1.  Loosen started and recorded his eight win of the season.  He pitched into the eighth inning allowing only one run on five hits, while striking out six.  Jeffrey Lorick came on to record the last five outs and close the game out for Daytona.  Matt Szczur was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes and Elieser Bonne each had two hits with Torreyes driving in a run.  Rubi Silva added a hit and Micah Gibbs and Elliot Soto each had a hit and scored two runs on Tuesday.

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It was a rough one for Tennessee losing the Jackson 9-2.  Nicholas Struck got the start and took the loss giving up six runs in just five innings of work.  Casey Harman pitched an inning in relief and was not any better giving up another three runs.  The good news from the staff came from Frank Batista and Tony Zych who combined to pitch the last three scorelss innings of the game.  Not much happened on the offensive side of things either.  Logan Watkins had two hits including a triple.  Justin Bour and Greg Rohan were the only Smokies to record RBIs, they also had a hit each.  Junior Lake and Jae-Hoon Ha were the only other Smokies to have a hit in the game.  Not a very good night for Tennessee on Tuesday.

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Iowa scored two in the first, but that was all they could push across losing to New Orleans 7-2.  Chris Volstad was bad again giving up seven runs, six earned on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched.  Brett Jackson was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored, he also stole his 22nd base of the season.  Josh Vitters also had two hits and drove in his 52nd run of the season.  Alfredo Amezaga and Dave Sappelt each had two hits and Sappelt drove in a run.

Thanks for reading,

– Mark

7/16: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A trip through the Cubs minor league system.

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Wow AZL just continue to score this time beating the AZL Athletics 11-8.  The Cubs had some new heroes on Monday.  Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits, hit a his first home run and knocked in four.  Daniel Lockhart, Timothy Saunders, and Jacob Rogers all had two hits and Rogers added to RBIs.  Ben Carhart also had two RBIs and Dan Vogelbach drove in his 27th run of the season.  Lendy Castillo continued his rehab assignment pitching three innings allowing no runs on only two hits.  He also struck out four.  The rest of the pitchers on Monday struggled, but David Henrie was able to pick up his fourth win of the season.

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Tied at five in the bottom of the ninth, up stepped Jeimer Candelario.  He promptly ended the game hitting a walk-off home run giving Boise the win 6-5.  Bijan Rademacher and Stephen Bruno each had three hits in the win, with Rademacher scoring three runs.  Marco Hernandez added two hits including a triple and drove in one.  Rock Shoulders and Carlos Escobar each contributed with an RBI each and Xavier Batista had two RBIs.  Eduardo Orozco pitched well again pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win.  He has not allowed a run in eight innings pitched this season in Boise.  Starting pitcher Jose Arias pitched five innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits and striking out four.

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Peoria scored seven times in from the fifth inning on and beat Bowling Green 8-3.  Paul Hoilman was outstanding at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.  Pin-Chieh Chen also collected three hits.  He also scored three and drove in one.  Chadd Krist continued his impressive streak adding two hits and driving one in.  Javier Baez had yet another hit and had two RBIs.  Starling Peralta earned his third win of the season pitching five scoreless innings.  He struck out five, walked three, gave up five hits.  His ERA now stands at 2.81.  It was a good win for Peoria on Monday and will look to build on that.

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Four early runs proved to be all Charlotte would need beating Daytona 5-3.  Kyler Burke struggled early, but settled down allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings.  He took the loss on Monday and his record at Daytona stands at 1-3.  Offensively, Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had two hits.  They both scored a run and they each had a double.  Szczur stole two bases bring his total to 32 and Ridling added an RBI.  Elieser Bonne had a double and an RBI and Matthew Cerda drove in a run as well.

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Tennessee was able to score eight runs, but it was not enough losing to Jackson 10-8.  The 2-3-4 hitters for the Smokies did an unbelievable job as each of those hitters had three hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 3-for-5 with triple, home run, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Logan Watkins and Justin Bour each had three hits, with Bour driving one in.  Greg Rohan and Nate Samson had two hits a piece, with Rohan adding an RBI.  Junior Lake and Michael Brenly only had one hit, but each drove in two and Brenly hit his fourth home run of the season.  The pitching was not so good on Monday.  Starter Ty’relle Harris only was able to last 2.2 innings as he gave up six runs.  Zach Rosscup and Trey McNutt each surrendered two runs in their two innings of work.  McNutt took the loss, his eighth of the season.  It’s always tough to lose, but when you score eight and lose it is really tough.

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Iowa had one of the those games again where they aren’t good in any aspect.  They were outhit 16-4, made two errors, and lost 6-1 where it really counts.  I guess I will start with the offense on this one.  Brett Jackson hit his league leading 11th triple and scored the Cubs lone run when he was driven in by Adrian CardenasJosh Vitters had another hit, as did Blake Lalli and James AdduciRodrigo Lopez took the loss in this one allowing 12 hits and four runs in just five innings.  After Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up two more, Alberto Cabrera and Michael Bowden didn’t allow another run in the last 1.1 innings.  Not a good one for Iowa on Monday.

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Thanks for Reading,
Mark

7/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Recapping July 13th, 2012 in the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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The AZL Cubs have a way of punishing their opponents, and more often than not Daniel Vogelbach is leading that charge, tonight was more of the same as the Cubs beat the Rangers 7-3.  Vogelbach was a man possessed tonight as he went 3-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season, two doubles, an RBI, a walk, and two runs scored.  Vogelbach now has 10 doubles on the season, the man doesn’t now how to hit singles, he’s a slugging machine right now.  Ben Carhart and Jacob Rogers made sure Vogelbach had plenty of help as each guy had two hits, Carhart is now hitting .340 while Rogers is now hitting .429 on the season.  Timothy Saunders had a shocking 0-for-4 dropping his average all the way down to .475 on the season, please catch that sarcasm, I’m laying it on pretty thick.  Anthony Prieto started for the Cubs and only went one inning, he didn’t give up any runs but gave up one hit and issued three walks before departing.  Hunter Ackerman came on in relief and earned the win after going three innings giving up one run on two hits, while walking two and striking out two.  Nathan Dorris came on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

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A late inning collapse can be blamed for Boise’s loss as they seemingly had this one wrapped up leading 4-2 heading to the 8th.  Vancouver scored four in the 8th and one more time for good measure in the 9th to take beat Boise 7-4.  Tayler Scott started for Boise and was his typical solid self going four strong innings allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out one.  Hayden Simpson chipped in 3.2 innings of relief but was on the mound for Vancouver’s comeback.  The defense behind Simpson didn’t help as he allowed three runs on six hits but only one was earned.  Gioskar Amaya continued his solid season at the plate going 2-for-5 with his 3rd home run of the season, he his now hitting .298 on the campaign.  Dong-Yub Kim also had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a run scored and Rock Shoulders continued showing patience at the plate as he was 0-for-1 with three walks.

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For all the press the Chiefs offense gets, and well deserved, the pitching has shown flashes of brilliance as well, tonight Joseph Zeller dazzled.  Zeller was perfect in his six innings of work, that’s right, no hits or walks in six innings while striking out four en route to his first win of the season.  The Chiefs couldn’t finish off the perfect game eventually allowing one run on two hits in an 8-1 victory over Dayton.  Chadd Krist is becoming a story, the 2012 draft pick has already been promoted to Peoria and he is swinging the bat well.  Krist was 2-for-4 again tonight with his first home run as a Chief, he also had a double, two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Paul Hoilman and Wes Darvill each chipped in with two RBI’s a piece.

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Losses can’t get much harder to take than this one.  The Daytona Cubs were well on their way to a victory behind P.J. Francescon leading 7-0 heading to the 6th inning, then the wheels fell off.  Palm Beach blitzed the D-Cubs for seven runs in the sixth inning, and three in the seventh to take a 10-7 lead, eventually winning 11-8.  Francescon was brilliant for the D-Cubs, he went five innings allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out three, but had to settle for a no decision.  Matthew Spencer, Ryan Searle, Scott Weismann, and Frank Del Valle were really bad, no other way to put it as they tossed a combined four innings giving up 11 runs, all earned, on 11 hits while walking three and striking out three.  Rubi Silva had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-6 with a triple, his ninth, yes ninth of the season, and an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes and Rebel Ridling each had two hits in the loss, as six different D-Cubs had RBI’s.

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The Smokies never really allowed Birmingham into this one as they jumped all over the Barons with four in the first, then tacked on three in the fifth and sixth to take a 10-0 lead.  The Barons tried to save face by pushing across three runs in the final two innings but it didn’t help as the Smokies rolled to a 12-3 victory.  Erik Jokisch was nearly perfect going five innings allowing no runs on one hit while walking four and striking out six.  Jokisch struggled with his command, see the six walks, but was untouchable otherwise in earning his 5th win of the season against one loss.  Trey McNutt made his debut as a reliever, after officially being moved to the pen yesterday.  He was solid going two innings in relief giving up no run on one hit and striking out two.  Justin Bour had a stellar game at the plate going 2-for-6 with a double, four RBI’s and a run scored.  Logan Watkins wasn’t going to let Bour have all the fun as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, two walks, and three runs scored.  Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Michael Burgess all had two hits in the blow out win.  The Smokies managed to pound out 14 hits and 12 runs and did it all without a home run.

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A late rally from Iowa fell just short as they dropped a close one to Omaha 4-3, the I-Cubs scratched across two runs in the ninth unfortunately it was too little too late.  Brooks Raley was really good for the I-Cubs going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four.  Unfortunately that wasn’t good enough to avoid a loss as Raley fell to 4-5 on the season with a 3.57 ERA.  Adrian Cardenas continued his recent stretch of outstanding play, proving that he is a play every day kind of guy, he won’t reach that max potential by coming off the bench.  Cardenas was 2-for-3 with a double, triple, a walk, and a run scored in the loss.  Welington Castillo was 3-for-4 with a run scored, but that was the extent of the I-Cubs offense as they were a horrendous 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left eight guys on base.

Thanks for reading,
– George

7/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Your daily trip through the minor leagues.

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A six run fourth was too much for the AZL Cubs to overcome on Thursday losing 7-2.  Even though the Cubs only had two runs on five hits there were a few offensive bright spots.  Dan Vogelbach did it again belting a two-run home run, his fifth of the young season.  Ben Carhart also had a nice day going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.  Ethan Elias started and pitched three innings giving up one unearned run.  Ryan Hartman struggled and took the loss in relief.  Matt Iannazzo struck out six in 3.1 innings pitched.  The Cubs have been really good so hope to see them bounce back after this one.

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Boise lost a wild one to Vancouver 12-11.  It was a tough loss as it seemed Boise was in complete control of this one, but an eight run seventh for Vancouver was all they would need to hold on.  Offensively Boise had 16 hits to go along with those 11 runs so a lot of good came out of that.  Three Hawks hit home runs, including Gioskar Amaya, Marco Hernandez, and Rock Shoulders.  Amaya and Hernandez each drove in two and Shoulders drove in three on the night.  Bijan Rademacher also drove in two runs as he went 3-for-4 with a double at the plate.  Stephen Brruno and Jeimer Candelario each had two hits and Trey Martin had three.  The good on the mound turned to ugly pretty quickly on Thursday.  James Pugliese and Michael Heesch combined to get the Hawks into the sixth with a 10-4 lead.  The lead was soon erased as Rafael Diplan struggled giving up five in .1 innings.  He was followed by Roderik Pichardo who gave up three more in the seventh and he took the loss.  Another tough loss for Boise on Thursday.

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Dayton pounded out 16 hits and scored eight runs to beat Peoria 8-5.  There was some good that happened offensively in this one though.  Taiwan Easterling was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs.  Paul Hoilman and Chadd Krist who was recently promoted from Boise each had two hits.  Krist also drove in a run as did Wes Darvill and Pin-Chieh Chen.  Jose Rosario was pretty good on the mound giving up one run on seven hits in six innings of work.  Justin Berg and the defense let Rosario down giving up five runs, one earned on three hits in .2 innings.  Hunter Cervenka struggled as well giving up two runs on six hits in 2.1 innings.  After a five run seventh and a two run ninth Peoria just didn’t have enough left to come back.

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Palm Beach scored four times in the lst four innings to beat Daytona 5-4.  Matt Loosen got the start pitching 6.2 innings.  He gave up four runs, three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out six.  Eduardo Figueroa took the loss in relief.  He gave up the go ahead run in .2 innings.  At the plate Rubi Silva had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a triple and a runs scored.  John Andreoli, Rebel Ridling, Rafael Lopez, and Dustin Harrington each had a hit and Ridling drove one in.  Matt Szczur and Taylor Davis each had an RBI for the Cubs on Thursday as well.  Another game on Thursday where it looked like the Cubs affiliate was in command, but ended up losing.

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Tennessee was postponed on Wednesday so they played two on Thursday.  All the scoring for game one came in the first inning when Tennessee scored one, but Birmingham scored four.  The score would stand and Tennessee lost 4-1.  Staring pitcher Zach Rosscup didn’t last long allowing four runs on four hits and walking two and only recording one out.  In relif Ty’Relle Harris and Kevin Rhoderick held the Baron scoreless the rest of the way to give the Smokies a chance.  Philip Humber started his rehab assignmnet and held the Smokies to only two hits and one run.  Junior Lake led the game off with a double and scored the Smokies lone run when he was driven in by Jae-Hoon HaJustin Bour had the other Smokies hit in game one.

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Three Tennessee runs in the second inning was plenty for Nicholas Struck as Smokies won game two 3-0.  Struck wsa outstanding allowing no runs on only three hits while walking none and striking out seven in six innings.  Frank Batista came on to pitch a scoreless seventh to recrord his 17th save.  The Smokies RBIs came from the bottom of the order with Nelson Perez driving in two with a triple and Chad Noble then driving him in.  Jae-Hoon Ha was the only Smokie player with a multi hit game as he went 2-for-4.  After dropping the first one it was nice to see them come back and get game two.

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Iowa wins a crazy one in Omaha on Thursday.  Trailing 7-2 after three innings Iowa started there come back with a four run fourth.  After adding on in the sixth, they scored five more and eventually won 12-11.  They had 15 hits to go along with those 12 runs so there was a lot of good offensively.  Adrian Cardenas and Diory Hernandez each had three hits.  Hernandez hit a home run, scored two runs, and drove in two.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.  Welington Castillo also had two hits, including a hom run.  He also scored two runs and drove in three.  Brett Jackson was back in the lineup delivering a hit and walking three times.  He drove in on run, scored two, and stole his 21st base of the season.  Josh Vitters had two more hits, including his 26th double, he also scored a run and drove one in.  Chris Volstad got the start and was not very good allowing seven runs, five earned in just two innings.  The Cubs would use five arms out of the pen to finish this one Alberto Cabrera earning his second win of the season.  Jay Jackson pitched a scoreless eighth and Michael Bowden recorded his second save of the season striking out two in a scoreless ninth.  It’s nice to come out on top of a crazy one like that.

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What a crazy night throughout the Cubs system.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

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