Results tagged ‘ Billy McKinney ’

Cubs Falter Late (Twice) but Dingers Everywhere!

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The young Cubs provided the fireworks early against the Giants before the bullpen couldn’t find away to get outs, and blew a 5-0 lead en route to an 8-6 loss.  It was a lineup that had Cubs fans buzzing, Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Kyle Schwarber, oh my.  It was Schwarber who did the heavy lifting as he jacked a grand slam in his first at bat, giving the Cubs an early 4-0 lead.  The Cubs pitching made that hold up early on as Jacob Turner, and Pierce Johnson were on top of their game, Johnson was particularly impressive.

At the plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was the star at the plate going 1-for-3 with said grand slam.
  • Jorge Soler hit a number of balls hard, he finished the day 1-for-3 with a run scored.
  • Billy McKinney came on late and went deep, he finished the day 1-for-1 with an RBI.
  • Kris Bryant went 0-for-2 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Addison Russell was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
  • Albert Almora didn’t start but finished the day 2-for-2, good to see.

On the mound:

  • Jacob Turner got the start, and battled command early, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Pierce Johnson was outstanding, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up no hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Corey Black struggled, he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while walking two, and hitting Hunter Pence, breaking his forearm, ouch.
  • Hunter Cervenka was worse, he was only able to register one out, he gave up five runs, four earned, on four hits while walking two.

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A tie.  The Cubs and A’s tied today.  Mike Olt got the offense off and running early as he blasted a two-out, two-run bomb.  Unfortunately that was all the Cubs could muster as they went scoreless the rest of the way while scratching out only five hits.  The pitching was outstanding as Travis Wood, Neil Ramirez, and Drake Britton, among others, shut down the Athletics offense.

At the plate:

  • MIKE OLT!  Olt finished theday 1-for-2 with a home run, and two RBI.
  • Chris Coghlan was 1-for-1 with a run scored.
  • Newcomer Miguel Montero was 1-for-2 in the tie.

On the mound:

  • Travis Wood got the start, and was flawless.  Wood worked two scoreless innings giving up no hits, walking none while striking out two.
  • Neil Ramirez was stupid good per usual.  Ramirez worked one scoreless inning while striking out two.
  • Drake Britton was pretty good in his first audition for a bullpen spot.  Britton worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.
  • Gonzalez Germen had the plate jump around a bit, but he was fairly effective.  Germen worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out two.


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Daytona Throttles Dunedin in Game One

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The task facing the Daytona Cubs offense was a tall one coming into game one, Matt Boyd had been lights out for Dunedin in 90 innings of work this year.  Not tonight.  The D-Cubs torched Boyd for seven runs over the first 3.1 innings en route to an 11-1 laugher.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was 1-for-5, but it was a big one, a two-0ut grand slam in the fourth inning.  He finished with four RBI’s, and one run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach had a huge game, he went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Billy McKinney hasn’t slowed down all year, he went 2-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Willson Contreras was solid behind the plate, and at the plate, he went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and three runs scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher was also productive from the bottom of the order, he went 3-for-3 with three RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastrynzy got the start, and was brilliant in picking up the victory.  Zastrynzy worked six innings, giving up one run on five hits, while walking one, and striking out four.
  • The D-Cubs pen worked three scoreless innings, but struggled with their command.  Starling Peralta worked an inning while walking two, and striking out one.  Gerardo Concepcion worked an inning while walking three (See?), and Jose Rosario mopped things up, working an inning while giving up two hits.

Game two is tomorrow night, the D-Cubs have a chance to make quick work of the best of three series.

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Playoff Primer; Daytona Cubs [vs] Dunedin Blue Jays



If I would have told you that the Daytona Cubs would be participating in the FSL Playoffs this year you would have called me crazy, and probably kicked me a couple times.  But here we are, after a horrendous start to the season, the D-Cubs torched the FSL North in the second half of the season, going 41-27 thanks to some key additions to their lineup.  The two additions I’m thinking of are Kyle Schwarber (2014 1st round pick), and Billy McKinney who was acquired from Oakland in the Samardzija/Hammel deal in July.

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Schwarber played in 44 games for Daytona this year, he hit .302 with ten homers, and twenty-eight RBI’s while OPS’ing at a .952 clip.  Schwarber also knows how to get on base, he walked twenty-six times against only thirty-eight strikeouts.

McKinney had a similar season with Daytona, minus the power.  McKinney played in 51 games with Daytona, he hit .301 with twelve doubles, four triples, one homer, and thirty-six RBI’s.  Much like Schwarber, McKinney gets on base with the best of them, he walked twenty-five times against forty-two strikeouts, eerily similar to Schwarber.

Game one is tomorrow night in Daytona, and the Cubs need to take game one before the best of three series shifts to Dunedin.  Daytona sends Rob Zastrynzy to the mound in game one, Z was 4-6 with a 4.66 ERA with Daytona this year.  A stiff test awaits the D-Cubs lineup as Dunedin will go to Matt Boyd who has been lights out this year, he went 5-3 with a 1.39 ERA this season.

Check back for game updates, recaps, etc.  Please don’t rain.


FSL North Championship Series Schedule

Game 1 – Tuesday, September 2, 7:05 p.m. – Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark

Game 2 – Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 p.m. – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium

Game 3 – Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m. – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium (If Necessary)


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Riding the Bus; Cubs Minor League Reports (7/28/2014)

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It’s back!  Hopefully for good, technology can be a real…. you know what..

Smokies 7-28


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  A huge night for the Smokies hitters in this one, as eight of the nine starters had at least one hit, and seven of the nine starters had at least one RBI.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora finally had his break out game for the Smokies.  Almora was 4-for-6 with a double, two RBI’s, and three runs scored.
  • Addison Russell continued his torrid pace of late, he went 4-for-6 as well, with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Lars Anderson showed off his power in this one, he was 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI’s, two walks, and two runs scored.
  • Dustin Geiger had himself a game, he was 2-for-2 with a double, three RBI’s, three walks (CUBS WAY!), two runs scored, and a stolen base.

On the Mound:

  • Eduardo Figueroa did just enough to walk away with the win, he worked six innings, giving up five runs on four hits, while walking three, and striking out four.
  • Zach Cates also had to battle while not having his best stuff, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up two runs, on three hits, while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Frank Batista shut the door on this one, picking up his eighth save, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out one.

Daytona 7-28

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It was the Juan Paniagua show in Daytona last night, as the recently promoted right hander twirled a gem as he picked up his first High A victory.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann has really performed well since being promoted to Daytona, he was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Willson Contreras had a big night, he was 3-for-5 with a double, and two RBI’s.
  • Billy McKinney just hits, that is all he has done since being acquired in the Hammel/Samardzija trade with Oakland.  He was 2-for-5 with a double, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .312 on the season.
  • Gioskar Amaya had another solid night out of the nine hole, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Juan Paniagua was dominant in this one, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Tyler Bremer was brilliant out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, while striking out two.
  • Austin Kirk mopped things up in the ninth, he worked a scoreless frame, while giving up one hit, and striking out one.

Cougars 7-28

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The Cougars lost…… at…..home…..  I know, it totally doesn’t feel natural, like the Universe is out of tilt, I think we’ll survive.  The two best teams in the Midwest League went toe-to-toe, and the Whitecaps came out on top.

At the Plate:

  • Shawon Dunston is heating up, he went 2-for-5 with two doubles (12 on the year), and an RBI.
  • Will Remillard was one of the few Cougars to get on base multiple times, he went 1-for-3 with a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Duary Torrez did everything he could to keep his team in the game, he finished his night with a no decision.  Torrez worked six innings, giving up one run on five hits, while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Michael Heesch struggled with his command in this one, he worked three innings, giving up one run on two hits, while walking three (see?), and striking out three.

Hawks 7-28

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The Boise Hawks just couldn’t get the bats going in this one, as they could only manage one run on five hits in a 6-1 loss to the Hops.

At the Plate:

  • Danny Canela was one of the few Hawks to find some success, he was 1-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .281 on the season.
  • Danny Lockhart, David Bote, Jesse Hodges, and Bryant Flete all had one hit in the loss, all singles.

On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start for the Hawks, and struggled throughout as he suffered his second loss of the season.  Clifton worked 3.2 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits, while walking four, and striking out three.
  • Yomar Morel didn’t have much luck either out of the pen, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits, while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Tommy Thorpe was brilliant, he worked three perfect innings, registering two strikeouts.

AZL Cubs 7-28

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Plenty of offense for the Cubs in this one, unfortunately the pitching was lacking.  The D-backs pounded out twelve hits en route to a 12-6 victory over the Cubs Arizona League squad.

At the Plate:

  • Kevonte Mitchell can swing it, he was 3-for-5 with a stolen base, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .317 on the season.
  • Gleyber Torres  is someone you will be hearing a lot about moving forward, he was 3-for-4 with a triple (2nd of the season), a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Roney Alcala had a solid game near the bottom of the order, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • C.J. Edwards was back on the mound as he continues his rehab, and he was pretty good.  Edwards worked 3.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit, while walking three, and striking out six.
  • Adbert Alzolay struggled out of the pen, he worked one inning, giving up four runs on three hits, while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Alberto Diaz couldn’t find the plate, and he paid for it.  Diaz worked only a third of an inning, giving up three runs, two earned, on one hit, while walking four (see?), and striking out one.
  • Tanner Griggs was also beat up, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits, while walking two.
  • Andin Diaz was solid, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit, and striking out two.

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2013 MLB Draft; Day One Recap


I will provide some analysis, but post all picks as well.  Obviously I will have much more on the Cubs picks tonight and in the coming days, but it’s time for the draft.  Just keep refreshing the page for updates!


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6. Miami Marlins – Colin Moran; 3B; University of North Carolina

7. Boston Red Sox – Trey Ball; LHP; New Castle HS (Ind.)

8. Kansas City Royals – Hunter Dozier; SS; Stephen F. Austin

9. Pittsburgh Pirates – Austin Meadows; OF; Grayson HS (GA)

10. Toronto Blue Jays – Phil Bickford; RHP; Oaks Christian HS (CA)

11. New York Mets – Dominic Smith; 1B; Serra HS (CA)

12. Seattle Mariners – D.J. Peterson; 3B; New Mexico University

13. San Diego Padres – Hunter Renfroe; OF; Mississippi State

14. Pittsburgh Pirates – Reese McGuire; C; Kentwood HS (WA)

15. Arizona Diamondbacks – Braden Shipley; RHP; University of Nevada

16. Philadelphia Phillies – J.P. Crawford; SS; Lakewood HS (CA)

17. Chicago White Sox – Tim Anderson; SS; East Central CC

18 – Los Angeles Dodgers – Chris Anderson; RHP; Jacksonville University

19. St. Louis Cardinals – Marco Gonzales; LHP; Gonzaga

20. Detroit Tigers – Jonathan Crawford; RHP; Florida

21. Tampa Bay Rays – Nick Ciuffo; C; Lexington HS (SC)

22. Baltimore Orioles – Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (NC)

23. Texas Rangers – Alex Gonzalez; RHP; Oral Roberts

24. Oakland Athletics – Billy McKinney; CF; Plano West Sr. HS (TX)

25. San Francisco Giants – Christian Arroyo; C; Hernando HS (FL)

26. New York Yankees – Eric Jagielo; 3B; Notre Dame

27. Cincinnati Reds – Phillip Ervin; OF; Samford University

28. St. Louis Cardinals – Rob Kaminsky; LHP; St. Joseph Regional

29. Tampa Bay Rays – Ryne Stanek; RHP; Arkansas

30. Texas Rangers – Travis Demeritte; SS; Winder-Barrow HS (GA)

31. Atlanta Braves – Jason Hursh; RHP; Oklahoma State

32. New York Yankees – Aaron Judge; OF; Fresno State

33. New York Yankees – Ian Clarkin; LHP; Madison HS (CA)


34. Kansas City Royals – Sean Manaea; LHP; Indiana State

35. Miami Marlins – Matt Krook; LHP; St. Ignatius Prep (CA)

36. Arizona Diamondbacks – Aaron Blair; RHP; Marshall

37. Baltimore Orioles – Josh Hart; OF; Parkview HS (GA)

38. Cincinnati Reds – Michael Lorenzen; RHP; Cal State Fullerton

39. Detroit Tigers – Corey Knebel; RHP; Texas


40. Houston Astros – Andrew Thurman; RHP; University of California

41. Chicago Cubs – Rob Zastrynzy; LHP; Missouri

42. Colorado Rockies – Ryan McMahon; 3B; Mater Dei HS (CA)

43. Minnesota Twins – Ryan Eades; RHP; LSU

44. Miami Marlins – Trevor Williams; RHP; Arizona State

45. Boston Red Sox – Teddy Stankiewicz; RHP; Seminole State

46. Kansas City Royals – Cody Reed; LHP; Northwest Mississippi CC (MS)

47. Toronto Blue Jays – Clinton Hollon; RHP; Woodford County HS (KY)

48. New York Mets – Andrew Church; RHP; Basic HS (NV)

49. Seattle Mariners – Austin Wilson; OF; Stanford

50. San Diego Padres – Dustin Peterson; SS; Gilbert HS (AZ)

51. Pittsburgh Pirates – Blake Taylor; LHP; Dana Hills HS (CA)

52. Arizona Diamondbacks – Justin Williams; SS; Terrebonne HS (LA)

53. Philadelphia Phillies – Andrew Knapp; C; California

54. Milwaukee Brewers – Devin Williams; RHP; Hazelwood West HS (MO)

55. Chicago White Sox – Tyler Danish; RHP; Durant HS (FL)

56. Los Angeles Dodgers – Tom Windle; LHP; Minnesota

57. St. Louis Cardinals – Oscar Mercado; SS; Gaither HS (FL)

58. Detroit Tigers – Kevin Ziomek; LHP; Vanderbilt

59. Anaheim Angels – Hunter Green; LHP; Warren East HS (KY)

60. Tampa Bay Rays – Riley Unroe; SS; Desert Ridge HS (AZ)

61. Baltimore Orioles – Chance Sisco; C; Santiago HS (CA)

62. Texas Rangers – Akeem Bostick; RHP; West Florence HS (SC)

63. Oakland Athletics – Dillon Overton; LHP; Oklahoma

64. San Francisco Giants – Ryder Jones; 3B; Watauga HS (NC)

65. Atlanta Braves – Victor Caratini; C; Miami Dade CC South (FL)

66. New York Yankees – Gosuke, Katoh; 2B; Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)

67. Cincinnati Reds – Kevin Franklin; 3B; Gahr HS (CA)

68. Washington Nationals – Jake Johansen; RHP; Dallas Baptist


69. San Diego Padres – Jordan Paroubeck; OF; Serra HS (CA)

70. Colorado Rockies – Alex Balog; RHP; University of San Francisco

71. Oakland Athletics – Chad Pinder; SS; Virginia Tech

72. Milwaukee Brewers – Tucker Neuhaus; SS; Wharton HA (FL)

73. Miami Marlins – Colby Suggs; RHP; Arkansas

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