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6/30: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leagues on Saturday, June 30.

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Another game for the AZL Cubs and more runs scored as the Cubs won 12-8.  Some of the highlights at the plate were Daniel Vogelbach going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Carlos Penalver also went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  Isaac Garesz and Neftali Rosario had two hits a piece.  Rosario had two RBI’s as did Garrett Schlect.  Justin Berg got the start, but did not factor in the win.  David Henrie did get the win pitching four innings giving up three runs, one earned on five hits.

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Boise got the bats going on Saturday beating Spokane 12-6.  Stephen Bruno went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with a double, run scored, and two RBI’s.  Bijan Rademacher had three hits and Chadd Krist also added two hits of his own.  Xavier Batista and Shawon Dunston Jr. each added an RBI on the night.  Jose Arias was not real sharp, but got his first win of the year.  Pete Levitt recorded his first save of the year and Michael Hamann pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

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Peoria took the loss on Saturday losing to Wisconsin 9-5.  Zach Cates struggled only lasting four innings givine up five runs, four earned on six hits, while striking out five.  Zachary Rosscup pitched well in relief striking out five and only giving up one hit in two innings.  Offensively Oliver Zapata was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  The Chiefs also got RBI’s from Pin-Chieh Chen, Dustin Geiger, Paul Hoilman, and Yasiel BalaguertJavier Baez was 1-for-4 with a run scored as well.

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Kyler Burke took the loss as Daytona fell to Dunedin 5-2.  Burke only lasted four innings giving up two runs, one earned on three hits in four innings.  He struggled with his control walking four, but he also struck out six.  Matthew Spencer and Eduardo Figueroa each pitched two innings and each gave up runs.  Brian Schlitter pitched well in his one inning out of the bullpen.  There wasn’t much excitement at the plate either as the Cubs could only muster five hits.  Two of those hits came off the bat of John AndreoliArismendy Alcantara, Rebel Ridling, and Rubi Silva had the other Daytona hits and Elieser Bonne had contributed with an RBI.

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Logan Watkins hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eight which proved to be the game winner as Tennessee won 3-2.  Michael Burgess also connected hitting his ninth homer of the year.  James Adduci drove in the other Smokies run and Jae-Hoon Ha contributed with two hits including a double.  Erik Jokish was pretty good, but did not factor in the decision.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out five in seven innings.  Kevin Rhoderick who had been struggling of late got the win in relief striking out one in two perfect innings of relief.

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Despite a late rally Iowa fell short losing to Nashville 4-3.  Down 4-0 entering the top of the ninth Iowa scored three runs including a solo home run off the bat of Brett Jackson.  Jackson added a double earlier ending the night with two hits and a stolen base.  Blake Lalli connected on a two-run homer in the ninth, his sixth of the season.  Dave Sappelt had two hits and a run scored.  Brooks Raley took the loss giving up one run on four hits in five innings.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Mike MacDougal each gave up runs in relief, but Jeff Beliveau pitched well striking out four in 1.2 innings pitched.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

6/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A closer look at very busy Monday for the Cubs minor leagues.


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Down 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, The AZL Cubs scored four and added another in the eighth to win 6-4.  After going 6-for-6 on Saturday Timothy Saunders stayed hot as he had two more hits bringing his average to .526.  Trey Martin had two doubles with a run scored and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers also went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI’s.  Daniel Vogelbach hit his fourth double on the young season and he also scored a run.  Eduardo Orozco got the win in relief striking out two batters and Jin-Young Kim pitched two perfect innings to record his first save of the season.

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 Boise just couldn’t get the bats going as they lost 4-1 to Spokane on Monday.  On the bright side Gioskar Amaya went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored raising his average to .386.  Marco Hernandez had a double and had the only RBI of the night.  Jeimer Candelario, Wilson Contreras, and Rock Shoulders all had one hit on the night.  Jose Arias pitched well again as he gave up one run on three hits in five innings of work.  Amaury Paulino took the loss giving up three runs on two hits in two innings.

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Peoria scored a run in the eighth to win a nail biter 2-1.  Anthony Giansanti was the hero delivering the game winning RBI.  He entered the game after Javier Baez left with an injury.  It sounds like everything will be fine with Baez and he is day-to-day.  Wes Darvill had two hits and Yasiel Balaguert had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3.  Dustin Geiger had the other Chiefs RBI in the third inning.  Zachary Rosscup got the win in relief pitching 2.1 innings while only giving up a hit and striking out two.  Luis Liria recorded his third save as he pitched the last two innings giving up one hit and striking one batter out.  Zach Cates got the start and allowed one run on five hits in 4.2 innings.

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Daytona won both games of the double header on Monday.  The Cubs won the first game 7-3 highlighted by a five run second.  Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s in the winning effort.  He also stole his 22nd bag of the year.  Micah Gibbs and John Andreoli each had two hits and a run scored.  Matt Szczur had a hit and stole his 21st base of the season.  Taylor Davis had a double and drove in two runs, Rebel Ridling and Rubi Silva each had RBIs as well.  Matt Loosen got his sixth win of the year, giving up three runs on two hits in six innings while striking out seven.


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Game two was not so easy, as Daytona tied the game with three runs in the sixth and won it in the 12th.  Dustin Harrington was the hero as he drove in Ronald Torreyes, who represented the game winning run.  Matt Szczur went 2-for-4 with a double, run, RBI, two walks, and his 22 stolen base.  Chad Noble had two doubles and a run scored and Harrington had two hits as well.  Alantara and Silva had the other two RBI’s for the Cubs.  Kyler Burke, who had been pitching for Peoria got the start for Daytona.  In his first outing he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out two.  The Cubs bullpen was outstanding as they pitched seven scoreless innings.  They gave up only one hit and struck out nine.  Scott Weismann got the win as he struck out four in three innings of work.  Eduardo Figuerora closed the game out recording his first save of the season.

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 Tennessee had two games on Monday as well, but they did not go as well as Daytona.  The Smokies lost the first game 11-3.  This game was lost on the mound as Eric Jokisch really, really struggled as he gave up 10 runs nine earned on nine hits in 5.2 innings.  Unbelievably his ERA jumped all the way to 3.38.  That is how good he has been so far.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Junior Lake each had two hits.  Lake had a double and drove in two.  Michael Burgess had a double and drove in the other Smokies run in game one.


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 Game one was bad, but game two was not much better as Jacksonville beat Tennessee 10-3.  Dallas Beeler got the start giving up one run in 3.1 innings, but did not factor in the decision.  Keven Rhoderick got the loss as he gave up five runs in .2 innings of work.  Marcus Hatley and Casey Harman didn’t have much better luck as each gave up two runs.  Justin Bour, Nelson Perez, and Nate Samson drove in the three Smokies runs in game two.  Junior Lake also had another hit and his average now sits at .315.

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On a day that will be remembered as Anthony Rizzo‘s last game at Iowa, the Cubs played quite a good game winning 2-1.  Brooks Raley got the start and pitched beautifully throwing seven great innings.  He gave up one run on only five hits as he struck out five and got the win.  Jay Jackson pitched another good inning in relief striking out three.  Rafael Dolis took another step in the right direction recording his third save since going to Iowa.  Offensively Josh Vitters has been on an absolute tear as he was all the offense the Cubs would need.  He had an RBI hit in the first inning and hit his 12th home run of the year in the third.  It proved to be the game winner and Vitters is now hitting .292.

Thanks for reading,
Mark
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6/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Still not a full slate of Minor League action because of all-star breaks, here is a recap from last night, June 20th.

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The home opener for Boise didn’t go as planned as the Eugene Emeralds spoiled the fun with a late rally to beat the Hawks 7-4.  The Boise pitching, especially out of the bullpen as been ugly, last night was no different.  Jose Arias made his second start of the season as was good again going three innings giving up two runs, one earned on six hits while walking none and striking out one.  Amaury Paulino and Pete Levitt really struggled out of the pen, giving up a combined five runs on ten hits.  Boise had one of it’s better offensive games of the early season, pounding out ten hits but only scoring four runs.  Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.  Jeimer Candelario continued his strong start to the season going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s and two runs scored.

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From the looks of the line score the D-Cubs probably should have been blown out, but that’s not what happened as D-Cubs pitchers pitched in and out of trouble en route to a 3-2 victory over Tampa.  P.J. Francescon was terrific again for the D-Cubs.  PJ went six strong innings giving up two runs, one earned on nine hits while walking two and striking out five.  Both runs were given up in the first inning, PJ settled down after that.  Brian Schlitter and A.J. Morris shut to door the rest of the way for the D-Cubs.  Daytona only managed four hits, but made them count.  Arismendy Alcantara hasn’t slowed down all year, he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, he is now hitting .299 on the season.  The hero was Rubi Silva, not only did Rubi hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth he also threw out Tampa’s Kyle Roller at the plate. 

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Brooks Raley had his best outing of the year for the I-Cubs as he went seven excellent innings giving up one unearned run on two hits while walking one and striking out seven.  The outcome was very much in doubt until the I-Cubs put up a three spot in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead and that is how it would end.  Raley ended up getting his third win of the season and Rafael Dolis earned his second save for Iowa.  It was the bottom of the order getting the job done for Iowa as Ty Wright was 1-for-3 with a walk, and his 5th home run of the season.  Blake Lalli had the big hit for the I-Cubs, a two run single in the seventh inning, Lalli finished 2-for-4 with two RBI’s.  Anthony Rizzo finished 0-for-3 in what might be one of his last games at Iowa, stay tuned. 

Thanks for reading,
– George

6/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues on Thursday, June 14.

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After falling behind early Peoria came back in the fourth to tie the game at three.  The bullpen, however couldn’t hold the lead as Lui Liria took the loss giving up two runs in the eighth.  Kyler Burke got the start and was pretty good once again.  He gave up three runs in the first, but didn’t give up much more after that, notching another quality start.  Javier Baez hit his fourth homerun of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.  Wes Darvill had a hit and an RBI on the day.  Dustin Geiger and Yasiel Balaguert each had a hit for the Chiefs.

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Daytona was trailing 3-1 when action resumed again on Thursday.  After five innings Daytona had tied the game, but the bullpen and defense let the Cubs down as they allowed four runs, only one of which was earned in the next two innings.  Rubi Silva and Richard Jones had an RBI each for the Cubs.  Nelson Perez raised his average to .302 as he went 1-for-2 with two walks.

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Daytona had a 1-0 lead into the sixth, but they gave up two runs, one in the sixth and one in the eighth.   P.J. Francescon started and pitched well giving up two hits in 5 innings, however he did not factor in the decision.  Micah Gibbs accounted for the Cubs lone run as he hit his fourth home run of the year.  He also had a double in the game.  Ronald Torreyes also had a double for Daytona.

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Birmingham fought back, but Tennessee was able to hold on winning the game 3-2.  Nicholas Stuck got his seventh win of the year giving up no runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Alberto Cabrera had two good innings of work and Jeffry Antigua earned his first save of the season.  Kevin Rhoderick also pitched, but struggled giving up two runs, he did manage to get his seventh hold of the season as he got through his inning of work with the lead.  Justin Bour had two more RBI’s, which brings his total to 52 on the season.  He along with Logan Watkins had two hits on Thursday.  Matthew Cerda collected three hits on the day, including his second home run of the season.  The win brought the Smokies one win away from the .500 mark.  There record now stands 33-34.

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Iowa scored a lot of runs, but gave up even more losing 10-8 on Thursday.  Brooks Raley didn’t have his good stuff giving up eight runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.  Esmalin Caridad and Scott Maine each gave up a run in relief.  The good news came on the offensive side of things on Thursday.  Brett Jackson went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI’s.  He also scored two runs and stole his 13th base of the season.  Blake Lalli went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double and also drove in three on the day.  Ty Wright also drove in two runs on Thursday.  Anthony Rizzo sat out his second straight game and remains day-to-day.

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Not a very good day for the Cubs minor league system as they went 1-4 on Thursday.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

6/9: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Another busy day around the Cubs minor league system as Iowa played their second straight double-header.  Regardless of how busy they might be, a couple of teams are red-hot, let’s see if they continue their torrid pace, here is the recap for June 9th…

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 Five in a row for the red-hot Peoria Chiefs as they knocked off the Kane County Cougars 4-1 in Peoria.  Kyler Burke was outstanding as he tossed seven almost un-hittable innings giving up no runs on two hits while striking out nine, doesn’t get much better than that.  Burke got just enough offense as the Chiefs put up a four spot in the first inning, it was enough but it was all they would get.  Anthony Giansanti back from a scary injury went 3-for-5 at the plate, he’s now hitting .333 on the season.  Paul Bunyan, I mean Paul Hoilman and Wes Darvill each had two hits in the victory, each guy had a double as well.    Zeke DeVoss, somewhat overshadowed but a great prospect in his own right, was 1-for-2 in the lead off spot with three walks, and a stolen base, doing his job right.

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Daytona had a rough go of it tonight as they were blanked by Tampa 7-0.  Not much went right at all as the D-Cubs only managed three hits while making two errors.  Frank Del Valle started for Daytona and didn’t pitch too poorly but he didn’t get any help from his defense.  Del Valle lasted five innings giving up three runs, two earned on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  The loss drops Del Valle to 4-2 on the season while his ERA sits at 4.28.  As I mentioned not much going on for the D-Cubs at the plate, only Arismendy Alcantara, Ronald Torreyes, and Rubi Silva had hits, all singles.

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 The Smokies are on fire as they beat Mississippi tonight 6-4 for their sixth straight victory.  Dallas Beeler started for the Smokies are had a decent outing but did not figure in the decision as he gave up three runs on five hits in five innings of work.  Frank Batista worked the final two innings of the game to earn his first win of the season as he gave up one run on three hits, his ERA is now 1.96 on the season.  Nate Samson had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Rebel Ridling gave the Smokies the lead in the 3rd inning with his seventh home run of the season, a two run shot on his way to a 1-for-4 day.

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Pitching stole the show in game one as the I-Cubs scratched out a 1-o win over Nashville.  Brooks Raley was outstanding as he went the distance (7 innings in a DH) to earn his second victory of the season for Iowa.  Raley held Nashville scoreless while giving up six hits, walking no one, and striking out six.  Matt Tolbert was 2-for-3 at the plate with the big blow, a solo shot in the first inning providing the only run of the game.  Dave Sappelt also had a good game at the plate as he went 2-for-2 and had a big outfield assist gunning down a runner at second.

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Much of the same in game two as offense was at a premium, this time Nashville came out on top 3-2 scoring the game winning run in the top of the 6th inning after the I-Cubs rallied from two down to tie it in the 5th.  Esmailin Caridad got the start for the I-Cubs, tends to happen when you play four games in two days.  Caridad was good, and provided the innings the Cubs needed, he last four innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out three.  The I-Cubs couldn’t get much going offensively, Ty Wright was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.  Josh Vitters drove in one of the I-Cubs runs and was 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk, he’s now hitting .271 on the season.

Thanks for reading,
– George

6/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is Sunday’ Minor League recap, it’s not pretty as the whole organization took an o’fer.

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We were in Kane County for this game, you can check out our recap here.  Kyler Burke didn’t get any help from his defense on Sunday as he went five innings giving up five runs but only two of them were earned.  Javier Baez didn’t start the game, but stole the show over the final four innings.  In his first plate appearance he took the first pitch he saw and deposited it roughly 430 feet away over the center field wall to tie the game at five.  Baez was also tremendous with the glove making three or four great plays, including two web gem efforts, just awesome.  Taiwan Easterling was 2-for-5 at the plate with a double, and Oliver Zapata was 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

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PJ Francescon didn’t have his best stuff, but it really didn’t matter as Daytona only managed one hit on the afternoon.  Francescon went five innings allowing four runs on five hits, he suffered his second defeat of the season.  Congratulations to Greg Rohan for getting the only hit for the D-Cubs in the loss.  What hurts the most is coming into the game Boer had an ERA that was over 10, was expecting Daytona to tee off on him, but it wasn’t meant to be I guess.  Matt Szczur didn’t play again, trying to get some updated information on him, hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

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Nicholas Struck and company held Montgomery to two measly hits, but that was enough as they knocked off the Smokies 3-2.  Struck tossed five and two-thirds of pretty good baseball only allowing three runs on two hits while walking two and striking out seven.  The loss drops Struck to 5-6 on the season with a 4.41 ERA.  The Smokies offense wasn’t much better than their opponent on Sunday.  They only managed to plate two runs on five hits, with both runs coming in the 6th inning.  Rebel Ridling was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Michael Burgess was 1-for-4 with a double and the other RBI for the Smokies.

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It was a weekend to forget for the I-Cubs as they dropped games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It was an on and off day for Brooks Raley as he worked five innings and allowed five runs on nine hits, but he only walked one guy and struck out nine, he must have had too much of the zone too often.  The I-Cubs bats got Raley off the loss, but unfortunately they couldn’t completely rescue the team as the I-Cubs fell 6-5 to Oklahoma City.  Ty Wright was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI.  Anthony Rizzo, who has proven healthy that last couple days was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. 

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/28/12, enjoy.

Daytona was off

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Jose Rosario was outstanding Monday, unfortunately the Chiefs offense couldn’t provide any offense for him as the Chiefs fell 3-1 to Wisconsin.  Rosario was lights out going seven strong innings allowing one run on three hits, while walking no one and striking out seven.  2011 first round pick Javy Baez made his Peoria debut and he didn’t disappoint.  Baez was 2-for-4 in his first Peoria game, both hits were singles.  Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-4 on the day with a double, and he stole his 12th bag of the season.

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The Smokies fell behind early, and by a lot as Huntsville built up a 7-1 lead by the third inning which was too much for Tennessee as they fell 8-4.  Dae-Eun Rhee was knocked around quite a bit, he only lasted two and one-third giving up seven runs, all earned, on nine hits, while walking two.  Rhee’s record falls to 3-2 on the season while his ERA sky-rockets to 5.50.  Rebel Ridling continued his power surge as he went 1-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season.  Luis Flores was 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks and two RBI’s.

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 Brooks Raley rebounded from his last outing to pitch very well to earn his first AAA win and extend the I-Cubs winning streak to four.  Raley went five innings only giving up two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two.  The I-Cubs offense didn’t miss a beat with Rizzo sidelined.  They pounded out 15 hits and 8 runs en route to the 8-2 victory.  Five different Cubs had multi-hit games.  Josh Vitters was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI’s.  Brett Jackson was also 2-for-5 at the plate with his 7th triple of the season.  Dave Sappelt continues his resurgence at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/23: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/23/12, enjoy.

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Nothing went right for Peoria on Wednesday as they were pounded by Clinton 11-0.  The Chiefs only managed five hits on the day, two of which from Yaniel Cabezas.  It got worse on the mound as Jose Rosario was not very good in 3 and 2/3rds of an inning, he gave up nine runs, all earned, on nine hits.  The bright spot was Jeffery Lorick tossing two more spotless innings while striking out three, his ERA is now 0.52.

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The D-Cubs staged a comeback and looked like they were on their way to a victory Wednesday, but that was before St. Lucie had a rally of their own en route to an 8-7 victory.  Ronald Torreyes looking to get his season back on track went 3-for-3 with a double, and two RBI’s.  Greg Rohan launched his seventh home run of the season in the loss.  Frank Del Valle struggled on the mound for Daytona as he gave up five runs in five innings, he didn’t get any help from his defense as only two of those runs were earned.

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A wild first four innings yielded 13 total runs, unfortunately the Smokies were on the short end of that total and couldn’t muster much after that as they fell 8-6 to Mobile.  Junior Lake is raking right now as he went 2-for-5 with a double and a run, he is now hitting .317 on the season.  James Adduci, Justin Bour, and Rebel Ridling all had two hits in the loss with Ridling hitting another home run.  Nicholas Struck had a rare poor outing as he surrendered six runs, all earned in three innings of work.

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Anthony Rizzo just won’t stop, the phenom was 2-for-4 with his 16th home run of the season in an 8-3 loss to Tacoma.  Brooks Raley made his Iowa debut and had a rough go of it.  Raley gave up five runs, only three earned as he suffered his first loss.  Josh Vitters continues to hit as he went 3-for-4 in the loss, he also had a double and an RBI, he is now hitting .267 on the season. 

 

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/17: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/17/12, enjoy.

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 One day after seeing their five game winning streak end the Peoria Chiefs got right back into the win column beating Clinton 4-3.  Patrick Francescon was tremendous once again for Peoria going six innings and only allowing one unearned run on two hits.  Francescon improves to 5-1 on the season while lowering his ERA to a sparkling 1.86.  Pin-Chieh Chen went 2-for-5 at the plate, while Marco Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and two runs scored.

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Palm Beach jumped on Daytona early and often en route to an 8-2 victory.  Zach Cates struggled yet again as he surrendered four runs, three earned in 2 and 2/3rds innings.  Cates falls to 0-6 on the season with his ERA sitting at a robust 10.50.  Cates didn’t really get much help from his offense either as the D-Cubs only put up two runs on four hits.  Greg Rohan was 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk, a triple and a run scored.  Nelson Perez added his 6th home run of the season.

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 Brooks Raley was really good again for the Smokies as he went five strong innings to pick up his second win of the season in a 3-2 victory over Mississippi.  The Smokies didn’t have a lot of offense but three runs on five hits was just enough.  James Adduci was 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored as he raised his average to .306 on the season.  Logan Watkins provided the big hit for the Smokies, a two-run single in the 5th inning to put Tennessee up for good.

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It was a prospect showcase tonight in Iowa as the I-Cubs beat Salt Lake 7-5.  Anthony Rizzo, Brett Jackson, and Josh Vitters all went deep in the victory.  I should probably stop writing about Rizzo hitting home runs every night, it should just be assumed.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs scored.  Back to Jackson, he finished the night a double short of the cycle going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Travis Wood was really good, and might have earned a call up to the Cubs rotation after his effort and Volstad’s horrid start.  Wood went seven strong innings only allowing two runs on five hits while walking just one.

Minor League Picture of the Night (much better than last night in Daytona)

Thanks for reading,
– George

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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

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The bottom of the order came through in a big way for the Chiefs as the knocked off Beloit 6-2.  Marco Hernandez, and Yaniel Cabezas each went 3-for-4, Hernandez had one RBI, while Cabezas had two.  Michael Jensen was good one again for Peoria going a strong 5 and 2/3rds.  Jensen only allowed one run on five hits to improve to 4-2 on the season.  Jeffery Lorick shut the door once again as he earned his 5th save of the season and lowered his ERA to 0.64.

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The Smokies faced the Generals tonight and I will give you one guess as to what happened.  You’re right, the Smokies were shut down completely, except for a run in the ninth inning on their way to a 2-1 loss.  Brooks Raley did everything he could to get a win for the Smokies, but he ended up getting the loss.  Raley went 7 strong innings, only allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven.  He falls to 1-2 and improves his ERA to 3.50 on the season.  Nate Samson had another big night going 3-for-4, unfortunately he couldn’t get any at bats with guys on base.

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Anthony Rizzo continued his unreal 2012 with his 11th home run of the season in a 6-5 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies.  Josh Vitters and Ty Wright also went deep for Iowa as the Cubs pounded out 11 hits and six runs.  Travis Wood was pretty good on the mound going six strong innings to earn his second win of the season.  Blake Parker did some tight rope walking in the 9th inning, but earned his 4th save of the year after giving up two runs to make it close.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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