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  On the surface it looks as though the Cubs staff struggled as a whole today, but that really wasn’t the case.  Jeff Samardzija got the start and turned in the longest outing of any Cubs pitcher so far, tossing three innings giving up one run on one hit, while walking three and striking out one.  It could have been much worse but Shark wiggled off the hook in the second after loading the bases with no outs.  MLB: Spring Training-Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago CubsObviously he didn’t have his best command as illustrated by the three walks, but he battled, and he wasn’t the only one that struggled with command today.  Michael Bowden walked two in his inning of work, and Rafael Dolis imploded, walking three in a third of an inning while giving up four runs, three earned, on just one hit.  Cory Wade, Blake Parker, James Russell, Casey Coleman, and Shawn Camp all had scoreless appearances.

  The Cubs were able to plate two runs in the first inning off of Trevor Cahill, but that is all they would get in this one.  Anthony Rizzo continued his strong spring going 2-for-3 with a double, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .364 (4-for-11) in the Cactus League.  Luis Valbuena continues to make a strong case to be the starting third baseman going 1-for-2 with a run scored, he’s hitting a robust .571 (4-for-7) this Spring.  Jorge Soler had a solid day at the plate going 1-for-2 with a triple, it’s impressive to see a guy that big run that well.

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– George

8/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The Cubs minor’s report for Sunday, August 12.

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The AZL Cubs took a 6-1 lead early, but lost a heartbreaker 10-8, giving up five in the seventh.  Albert Almora continued to impress going 2-for-3 with a double, one RBIs, and two runs scored.  Carlos Penalver and Alberto Mineo each had two hits with Penalver hitting a double and driving a run in.  Garrett Schlect and Trevor Gretzky each had a hit with Schlect knocking one in.  Jacob Rogers and Yasiel Balaguert also drove in a run.  Ryan McNeil started, giving up one run on two hits, while striking out two in two innings.  Jin-Young Kim struck out two and gave up two unearned runs.  After Arturo Maltos-Garcia gave up a run in his one inning the game really took a turn.  Corbin Hoffner took the loss, but didn’t get any help giving up six unearned runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar recorded the last four outs not allowing a baserunner and striking one out.  The Cubs need to be better defensively as they gave up eight unearned runs on Sunday.

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Salem Keizer scored five in the seventh and held on to beat Boise 10-9.  Justin Amlung started for the Hawks pitching the first two innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out one.  Michael Heesch gave up two runs in his two innings of work.  James Pugliese was not very good on Sunday giving up seven runs, five earned on eight hits in just 2.2 innings.  Matt Iannazzo gave the Hawks a chance getting the final seven outs not allowing a run and striking out two.  Boise had a few nice nights at the plate on Sunday.  Xavier Batista was 2-for-4 with a two home runs and five RBIs.  Wilson Contreras also got into the fun going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Marco Hernandez also had two hits and Stephen Bruno went 3-for-5.  We have come to expect great things from Dan Vogelbach, but tonight was not his night as he went 0-for-5.  Boise will look to get back on track in their next one.

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After beating Beloit yesterday Peoria dropped one today losing 6-5.  Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored, and a stolen base, his 34th of the season.  Wes Darvill had his second nice game in a row going 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Dustin Geiger each had a hit and drove in a run a piece.  Our nightly Jorge Soler watch was back in effect as he went 1-for-3 with a walk.  After his outstanding outing earlier in the week Starling Peralta was back on the mound on Sunday.  He pitched six innings allowing six runs, three earned on five hits and five walks.  Pete Levitt pitched the final two innings, striking out two and not allowing a run.  Soler and the Chiefs will be back in action against the Snappers tomorrow.

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Daytona was cancelled once again on Sunday.

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The Tennessee Smokies pitching staff was the story in this one beating Huntsville 4-0.  In his first start Yoannis Negrin pitched great throwing five innings giving up no runs on one hit and striking out four.  Zach Rosscup and Casey Weathers combined to pitch the next 2.2 innings and Frank Batista recorded his 21st save striking out two in 1.1 innings.  A big congrats to Justin Bour as he drove in two runs on one hit bring his RBI total to 100.  Junior Lake went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Logan Watkins had a nice night going 1-for-2 with three walks, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.  Matt Szczur and Jae-Hoon Ha each had a hit of their own.  We’ll see if the Smokies can keep it going.

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In a continuation from Saturday Iowa hung on to beat Las Vegas 10-8 in game one.  Greg Rohan was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.  Dave Sappelt added three hits of his own, including two doubles and a triple.  He also scored two runs and drove two in.  Blake Lalli has been getting some more playing time and has been doing quite well as he added two hits of his own, including a home run and two RBIs.  Jeff Frazier and Brian Esposito each had two hits with Frazier knocking in three.  The Cubs had to use a lot of pitchers in this one as Casey Coleman had to leave early and the game was called when winning pitcher Esmailin Caridad was on the mound when the game was called Saturday.  Blake Parker, Marcus Hatley and Jay Jackson combined to pitch the next 3.2 innings before giving the ball to Jairo Asencio.  Asencio closed out game one recording his second save.

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Iowa dropped game two to Las Vegas losing 3-2 in a seven inning game.  Frankie De La Cruz started and took the loss giving up all three runs on five hits in five innings.  He also struck out seven and walked four.  In his return to Iowa Scott Maine pitched the final inning of this one.  Alfredo Amezaga was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Blake Lalli and Diory Hernandez each had two hits of their own in game two.  Greg Rohan added a hit and knocked in a run, his 13th since being in Iowa.  It’s good to see Iowa get the split in this one.

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-Mark

 

8/5: Around the Minor League System

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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-Mark

August 3 – August 5, 2012; @ Dodgers – Series Preview

On paper this matchup looks, well, horrible for the Cubs.  Luckily for the Cubs they don’t play these games on paper, that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.  Given the matchups this weekend the Cubs are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to pitching.  This could be said for the whole season, but it hasn’t ever been as bad as this, with Dempster gone, and Garza shelved it could be a long series for Samardzija, Germano, and Coleman.  If the Cubs want any shot at winning this series they are going to need to get outstanding performances from said starters as the offense will be hard pressed to put up very many runs.  The Dodgers rank third in the National League with a 3.38 ERA, compared to the Cubs who have a 4.31 ERA good for 14th in the NL.  The only good news for the Cubs right now is that the Dodgers come into this series reeling despite acquiring Shane Victorino and Hanley Ramirez before the trade deadline.  They were just swept by the Diamondbacks and currently sit .5 game out of first with the D-Backs hot on their tail for second.  It will be interesting to see which Cubs team finishes this series as Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson have both been rumored to be getting the call very soon.

 

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Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

 

July 31, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Pirates

After a couple crazy days we can finally get back to baseball.  Casey Coleman will get the start against the Pirates now that Ryan Dempster was traded.  Here is how the lineup will look tonight against AJ Burnett.  The game can be seen on WGN at 7:05 CT.

DeJesus – CF
Castro – SS
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
LaHair – RF
Clevenger – C
Barney – 2B
Valbuena – 3B
Coleman – P

Go Cubs!!
– Mark

Castillo and Coleman Headed to Chicago… and now Cardenas

Welington Castillo and Casey Coleman will be on their way to Chicago to replace Geovany Soto and Paul Maholm on the roster.  The interesting part is we don’t know who is going to take the spot of Reed Johnson.  According to many sources it is not Brett Jackson and per Dave Sappelt’s twitter it won’t be him.  So who will it be?  More to come I’m sure.

UPDATE:  Adrian Cardenas will be the third player coming up for the Cubs.  Hope he gets some more AB’s wherever that may be.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

7/26: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Taking you through the Cubs minor leagues on Thursday, July 26.

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The AZL Cubs lost a rough one on Thursday to the Ranger 5-4.  Leading most of the night, the Cubs gave up two in the eight, one in the ninth, and one in the tenth to blow what appeared to be a win.  Those relievers who struggled were Ryan Hartman, Nathan Dorris, and losing pitcher Daniel Adrian.  It wasn’t all bad on the mound as Carl Lang and Ethan Elias each pitched three solid innings combing to strike out seven and surrender only one run on four hits.  Every night we look forward to seeing how Albert Almora and Jorge Soler and tonight was no different.  Almora started strong with hit first double, but ended the night 1-for-5.  Soler ended the night 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.  Garrett Schlecht had a night he won’t forget as he hit his first home run of his professional career, a two-run shot in the fourth.  Shawon Dunston Jr. stayed hot adding two more hits, raising his average to .296.  Carlos Penalver also had two hits and Jacob Rogers added a double.  The AZL Cubs havn’t had too many disappointments, but tonight was one of them.

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Boise lost a low scoring game to Yakima 1-0.  Although there was only one run scored there was plenty of excitement in this one as there were ejections and the benches almost cleared.  It all started a few nights ago when Wilson Contreras was bowled over twice and then was hit by a pitch in this game.  Starting pitcher Jose Arias took exception and retaliated hitting a Bears player in the seventh.  Arias and manager Mark Johnson were promtly ejected.  Things didn’t end there though.  Contreras found his way on and bowled over the Yakima catcher and on his way back to the dugout had words for the Bears dugout.  Benches almost cleared and Contreras was ejected from the game.  Back to the baseball part of it.  Jose Arias pitched quite well taking the tough loss on Thursday.  He gave up one run on three hits in six innings, he also walked two and struck out three.  Michael Hamann and Eduardo Orozco combined to pitch three innings of scoreless baseball in relief.  Offensively there wasn’t much to talk about.  The highlights were Marco Hernandez having two hits and Daniel Vogelbach getting another hit.

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Peoria scored early and it held up as they beat Cedar Rapids 7-2.  The Chiefs got two in the first, one in the third, and three more in the fourth to get an early lead.  Javier Baez had a nice night once again going 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Zeke DeVoss and Yaniel Cabezas also had twho hits with DeVoss driving a run and scoring two.  Chadd Krist continued his great performance at the plate adding another hit, his sixth double and driving in two runs.  On the mound Michael Jensen was at it again winning his ninth game of the year.  He pitched six solid innings, surrendering two runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking zero.  Larry Suarez and Bryce Shafer finished this one off pitched three scoreless innings to end the game.

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Daytona outlasted Bradenton beating them 9-7 in a high scoring battle.  The Cubs offense had a few big innings, scoring three in the second, the fourth, and two in the seventh.  Offensively they were led by Rafael Lopez who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.  Lopez was not the only Cubs player to have a big night as John Andreioli was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs, four runs scored, and his 36th steal of the year.  Matt Szczur added two hits and he also drove in a pair, raising his average to .295.  Rubi Silva and Elieser Bonne each had two hits as well and Bonne drove in two on the evening.  Austin Kirk started and got the win, his fifth of the year.  He allowed four runs on six hits in six innings, walking five and striking out three.  Ryan Searle pitched the last three holding on the record his first save of the season.

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Despite scoring four Tennessee dropped the game to Jacksonville losing 6-4.  Dallas Beeler started, but did not factor in the decision allowing four runs, three earned and striking out eight in five innings pitched.  Tony Zych took the loss as he allowed two runs in his two innings of work.  On the bright side, there were some nice things that happened at the plate.  Junior Lake stayed hot going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Justin Bour and Greg Rohan each connected for a home run on Thursday.  Nate Samson added three hits of his own.  In an unfortunate accident Jae-Hoon Ha had to leave the game early on a stretcher after he hit his head on a cement wall wall that had no padding.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jae-Hoon and hope to have good news on this soon.  We will keep you updated as we know more.

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How many different ways can Iowa find to lose, because it seems like they find a new one every night.  After having a lead most of the night they gave up a single run in the fifth and six to tie the game.  After scoring two in the tenth, they gave up three to lose 6-5.  Michael Bowden to the loss allowing all three runs in the tenth.  Casey Coleman was solid pitching 5.2 innings giving up three runs on seven hits.  Jay Jackson pitched well in relief allowing no runs in his two innings of work.  The Cubs were led by James Adduci at the plate having his best game in Iowa.  He went 4-for-5 with a home run, double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Josh Vitters was the other bright spot from the offense going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and a run batted in.  Nothing is going right for Iowa at this time, hope they can turn it around and end the year on a high note, but only time will tell.

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-Mark

7/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recap for July 21, 2012

The AZL Cubs were postponed.

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Boise jumped out on top of Eugene early scoring twice in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead.  Unfortunately that didn’t last for the Hawks as the Emeralds scored twice in the second and third to take a 4-2 lead.  Eugene broke it open in the fifth inning scoring three times to make it 7-2 and put this one away.  Boise tried to put together a rally in the 8th but they could only manage to plate two runs to make it 7-4 and that’s how it would end.  Jose Arias got the start for Boise and struggled, he went 2.1 innings giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits while walking three and striking out two.  The loss was the first of the season for Arias who fell to 2-1.  Boise had their chances to say the least, they pounded out ten hits but could only score four times.  They were 4-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base, that usually ends up in a loss.  Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, Willson Contreras, and Xavier Batista all had two hits in the loss, Amaya collected his 8th triple of the season.

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It was an eventful first three innings Saturday Night as Peoria and South Bend combined for 10 runs.  Unfortunately, Peoria came out of the first three innings trailing 6-4 on their way to losing to South Bend 6-5.  Zach Cates got the start for the Chiefs and didn’t have his best stuff as he lost his third game of the season.  Cates worked three innings giving up six runs, four earned on eight hits while walking none and striking out three.  It was the Javier Baez show at the plate once again as the young star was 3-for-4 with his 10th home run of the season, his 5th triple of the season and two RBI’s, he added his 19th stolen base for good measure.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Bijan Rademacher each had two hits for Peoria in the loss, Chen had a triple and Rademacher had a double.

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Kyler Burke was the hard luck loser for Daytona on Saturday night as he pitched well enough to win but couldn’t get any help from his offense.  Burke went six strong innings giving up three runs, one earned on six hits while walking none and striking out two.  With Daytona leading 2-1 in the six Jupiter pushed across two runs to take a 3-2 lead.  Daytona couldn’t get any closer and Jupiter tacked on an insurance run in the 8th to take this one 4-2.   Matt Szczur had a great night at the plate as he pushed his average to .290 on the season.  He was 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored.  Rubi Silva went 2-for-3 with an RBI, he is now hitting .309 on the season.

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Things started off well enough as the I-Cubs scored twice in the top of the 1st inning to take a 2-0 lead over the Isotopes.  That lead didn’t stand for long as Albuquerque scored eight runs in the bottom of the first and the rout was on.  The Isotopes added one in the second, five more in the 5th and single runs in the 7th and 8th to win this one going away 16-3.  Casey Coleman was awful, no other way to describe it.  Coleman’s night mercifully came to an end after 2.2 innings, he gave up nine runs all earned on ten hits while walking four and striking out three.  Alberto Cabrera came in to stop the bleeding, but he reopened the wound in the 5th.  Cabrera tossed two innings in relief giving up five runs, two earned on six hits while walking one and striking out five.  On the bright side, Josh Vitters had a solid night at the plate going 2-for-4 with his 14th home run of the season and three RBI’s.  Adrian Cardenas and Dave Sappelt each chipped in with a double but it obviously wasn’t enough.

Thanks for reading,
– George

7/19: Around the Cubs Minor League System

All teams back in action on Thursday July 19.

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Jorge Soler made his much anticipated debut on Thursday night, but the AZL Cubs fell to the AZL Mariners 4-3 in 12 innings.  It was not quite the debut we were looking for from Soler as he went 0-3, grounding out twice and lining into a double play.  The Cubs got RBIs from David Bote, Daniel Lockhart, and Justin Marra.  Marra also had two hits on the evening.  Paul Blackburn got the start on Thursday and pitched three innings allowing one runs on three hits.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino struck out five in four innings out of the pen and Daniel Adrian struck out four in three scoreless innings.  Chad Martin took the loss giving up the winning run in the 12th inning.  Not the type of game we become accustomed to from the Cubs in Arizona.

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The pitching for Boise did their job on Thursday, but the Hawks still lost to Eugene 2-1.  Ian Dickson got the start and took the tough loss.  He gave up two runs, one earned in five innings.  He also struck out five, his record now stands at 1-3.  Hunter Ackerman was outstanding in relief striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings pitched.  All of the Hawks offense came off the bat of Stephen Bruno who had the only two hits for Boise.  He also drove in Gioskar Amaya who reached on a walk.  This is a tough one to swallow as the pitching did so well, unfortunately the hitting did not.

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Peoria dropped another to West Michigan losing 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang started and took the loss allowing three runs in the second inning, one earned in just 1.2 innings pitched.  Josheph Zeller pitched well in relief allowing one unearned run on seven hits in 5.1 innings.  He struck out three and lowered his ERA to 1.69.  Javier Baez did it again going 2-for-4 hitting his ninth home run of the season and stealing his 17th base.  Chadd Krist only was able to muster up one hit tonight as his average dropped to .462.  Dustin Geiger added a hit and scored the only other Chiefs run of the day.  Peoria will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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It is tough to win when you allow four runs in one inning and then a single run four innings in a row.  Daytona didn’t disprove this losing 8-3 to Jupiter.  Austin Kirk took the loss allowing five runs in five innings pitched.  His ERA stands at an impressive 2.88.  Hunter Cervenka, Scott Weismann, and AJ Morris all gave up a run in their inning of work out of the bullpen.  The good news came from one of the Cubs top prospects Matt Szczur.  He was 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored, RBI and his 33rd stolen base of the year.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Elliot Soto added two hits driving in one run and Rubi Silva also had an RBI.  Not a good loss all the way around for the Cubs.

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After giving up three in the first Tennessee tried to mount a comeback, but it ultimately came up short losing 4-3 to Chattanooga.  Eric Jokisch took the loss allowing three runs on six hits in five innings.  Kevin Rhoderick hopefully got back on track Thursday striking out all four of the outs he recorded.  Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless inning giving up three hits, but striking out one.  Juan Apodaca hit a double and drove in two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Logan Watkins drove stole his 19th base of the season and drove in his 36th run of the season.  It was a good comeback attempt, but turned out to be another disappointing loss.

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Casey Coleman got scratched from his start so Ryan Rowland-Smith took his place and struggled giving up five runs, three earned in just four innings pitched.  All of those runs came in the second and Iowa could never rebound losing 9-1.  Offensively Brett Jackson was 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Dave Sappelt and Blake Lalli each had two hits and both had a double.  Adrian Cardenas and Welington Castillo had doubles as well.  Other than that not much excitement coming from Iowa on Thursday night.

Thanks for reading,
Mark

July 20 – 22, 2012; @ Cardinals – Series Preview

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The Cubs try to keep it rolling in St. Louis this weekend amid reports that Ryan Dempster is on the verge of being traded.  Because of the trade being imminent, at least per reports, Ryan Dempster has been pulled from his start tomorrow.  From the sound of it Casey Coleman will take Dempster’s start tomorrow as he was scratched from his Iowa Cubs start tonight.  The report of Dempster being pulled is coming from MLB Network, but has not been confirmed by any of the local media or the Cubs themselves at the time of this preview.  So, aside from all of that, the Cubs continue to be the hottest team in baseball since late June.  They come into this series with the Cardinals on the heels of a 5-1 home stand, and a series win over the Marlins.  Conversely the Cardinals come into this series limping as they are 4-6 in their last 10 games and have fallen into third place in the Central division, five full games out of first.  The Cardinals have led the NL in runs scored for quite some time, but they are struggling as of late, only scoring 51 runs in July (14 games), which is good for 12th in the NL over that time.  By comparison the Cubs have scored 63 runs in July, good for 6th in the NL.  The only reason the Cardinals have kept their head above water this month has been their pitching, they boast a staff ERA of 2.65 in July, the best in the National League.  The Cubs have been really good as well with a 3.19 ERA in July, good for 4th in the National League.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

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