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A look around the minor leagues on Tuesday.
Peoria took a tough loss on Tuesday losing 5-4. After Peoria took a 3-1 lead, Beloit came back in the fourth and scored four of there own. Michael Jensen took the lossfor the Chiefs, but was not helped out by his defense who committed five errors, three coming from Javier Baez and two coming from Dustin Geiger. Baez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Zeke DeVoss had a double and also drove in a run. Pin-Chieh Chen, Yasiel Balaguert, and Yaniel Cabezas all added RBI’s on Tuesday. The loss dropped Peoria to 32-33 on the season.
Daytona got seven early runs, which proved to be plenty as they beat Brevard County 8-3. Nelson Perez led the attack with three hits including his eleventh homerun of the season. Greg Rohan and John Andreoli each had two hits on the night as well. Arismendy Alcantara and Richard Jones each added a hit and two RBI’s a piece. Eduardo Figueroa only could last three innings, but Ryan Searle came in relief to get his fourth win of the season. Joseph Zeller and Jeffrey Lorick also pitched two innings a piece on Tuesday. Daytona improved their record to 29-34.
A five run first for Omaha proved to be too much for Iowa to overcome. Chris Volstad gave up six runs in five innings of work, including four walks and six hits. Offensively Ty Wright had two hits including a double and a run scored. Blake Lalli, Alfredo Amezaga each had an RBI and Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the ninth. Geovany Soto was the DH in the game and delivered a double in four AB’s. The Cubs got quite a scare as Anthony Rizzo left early with a leg injury when he crashed into a fence in front of the dugout. Thankfully xrays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a right knee contusion.
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Minor League recap for June 7.
Peoria’s pitching was magnificent once again as the Chiefs shutout Cedar Rapids on Thursday. Michael Jensen got his sixth win of the season as he only gave up one hit and struck out seven in five innings. Not to be outdone Felix Pena struck out five in two innings and Hunter Cervenka added two strikeouts in his two innings as he recorded his first save of the season. Cervenka’s ERA now stands at 0.73. Taiwan Easterling and Anthony Giansanti each had an RBI, which would prove to be all the Chiefs would need.
Daytona was Postponed
Tennessee got the scoring started early, but Mississippi would score the next seven taking a commanding 7-1 through the top of five. After Tennessee got a run back in the fifth, they would score four in the sixth with RBI’s from Nate Samson, Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, and Justin Bour. After the Smokies tied the game in the eighth, Logan Watkins won the game with a walkoff single in the ninth to give Tennessee an 8-7 win. The top of the order did a great job as Logan Watkins led off and had two hits, two walk, an RBI, and three runs scored. Jae-Hoon Ha hit second and had three hits, an RBI, and two runs scored. The number three hitter Junior Lake went 3-for-3 and had two RBI’s. Cleanup hitter Justin Bour had two hits and three RBI’s as well. Matthew Cerda also contributed three hits on the evening. Dae-Eun Rhee struggled in his five innings of work, but the bullpen shut the Braves out for the last four innings and Alberto Cabrera got his second win of the year. A great comback for the Smokies.
Iowa scored two runs in the eighth to get the win 5-4 on Thursday night. After Nashville opened the scoring, Iowa came right back in the bottom of the second to tie the game on an RBI single by Dave Sappelt. The Cubs would score two more in the third on an Anthony Rizzo groundout followed by an RBI double by Josh Vitters. Nashville would get the next three runs off of Chris Volstad who pitched seven innings giving up four runs, three of which were earned. Going into the bottom of the eighth Iowa trailed 4-3 until Ty Wright came up and connected on a two-run homer, his fourth of the year to give the Cubs the lead. Scott Maine threw a scoreless ninth recording his fourth save of the season. Jeff Beliveau got the win.
Another good night for the Cubs system, this time two come from behind wins.
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Minor League report for Friday June 1. A good day for the system winning three out of four.
Peoria scored early and often taking a commanding 6-1 lead through four innings. Burlington rallied, but came short as Michael Jensen improved his record to 5-2 on the season. He went 5.2 innings giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two. Javier Baez had two hits today as did Paul Hoilman and Yasiel Balaguert. Hoilman hit his 17th double of the season and drove in three runs bringing his season total to 35. Pin Chieh Chen had two RBIs and hit his second home run of the season and Sergio Burruel also drove in two runs.
A six run second and an eight run fifth is all you need to know about this game as Daytona powered passed Fort Myers 16-7. Eight of the nine Daytona players recorded a hit and five of those eight recorded multiple hits. The hero on Thursday, Ronald Torreyes went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI’s and two runs scored on Friday. Rubi Silva and Greg Rohan each had three hits including two doubles from Rohan. Rohan also drove in one run bringing his season total to an impressive 46. Nelson Perez hit his ninth home run of the season and Micah Gibbs connected on his third. Benefiting from the 16 runs was Matt Loosen who improved his record to 3-1. Former first round pick Hayden Simpson continued to struggle giving up four runs over 1.2 innings.
Trey McNutt improved his recorded to 3-4 going six strong innings only giving up one run on four hits while striking out two and walking two. McNutt gave up his lone run in the top of the sixth, but Tennessee would answer in the bottom half. James Adduci, who had three hits on the day singled and would score on a wild pitch. Matthew Cerda then singled, stole second base, and scored on a two out double by Michael Burgess. Junior Lake also added two hits on the day raising his average to .306. That was all the Smokies bullpen would need as Alberto Cabrera struck out four in two scoreless innings and Marcus Hatley closed it out earning his second save of the season.
Cubs rally, but give it up late to lose 5-4. Brett Jackson got the scoring started in the first with a lead off home run. Omaha answered right back with two and would then add two more in the third off of starter Chris Volstad giving them a 4-1 lead. Volstad kept the Cubs in the game, not giving up another run as he departed with two outs in the seventh. The Cubs cut the deficit in half in the sixth on Ty Wright RBI single. Wright would lead off the eighth with another hit and up stepped Josh Vitters to the plate. Vitters connected for his eighth homer of the year tying the game at four. Unfortunately Jeff Beliveau could not keep the game tied as he gave up a run in the bottom half. Iowa did not have another rally in them and lost a tough one 5-4. Brett Jackson continued to stay hot at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with a walk and another home run. He is now hitting .378 in his last 10 games including three homers and nine RBI’s.
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Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.
Daytona – rained out
Tennessee – day off
The Chiefs did everything but win against Wisconsin as they surrendered two runs in the top of the ninth to lose 3-2. Michael Jensen was outstanding on the mound for the Chiefs as he went six strong innings only allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out eight. Jensen’s ERA drops to 2.77 on the season, but he settled for a no decision. Taiwan Easterling was responsible for the majority of the Chiefs offense as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI in the losing effort.
The biggest news out of the Iowa game was of course about Anthony Rizzo, but not for what he did with his bat. Rizzo was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning leading many to speculate that he was on his way to Chicago. The news was much worse however as Rizzo actually exited the game because of a sore right wrist, hopefully that is nothing serious. The I-Cubs keep on winning though as they beat Memphis 5-1 behind a strong effort from Chris Volstad. Volstad improved to 2-0 with the win as he went seven strong innings. Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, Luis Valbuena, and Josh Vitters all had two hits in the victory. Carlos Marmol had an encouraging outing as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out the side.
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Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/22/12, enjoy.
Peoria was off
Matt Szczur is playing his way towards a promotion right now. The D-Cubs outfielder is in a torrid stretch, he went 2-for-4 again last night with a double, a walk, and an RBI, oh, and his 19th stolen base of the season. Nelson Perez, and Greg Rohan each chipped in with a home run in the thrilling 6-5 victory over St. Lucie. PJ Francescon made his Daytona debut and he picked up where he left off in Peoria. Francescon went six innings, allowed two runs, one earned on three hits, unfortunately he settled for a no decision.
Junior Lake continues to hit as he went 3-for-5 in a 4-3 loss to Mobile last night. Lake belted his 2nd home run of the season, a solo shot to lead off the game, he has his average up to .310 on the year. Jeffery Antigua got the start for the Smokies and took his first loss of the season. Antigua went four innings, giving up two runs on six hits, not too bad at all, unfortunately the Smokies offense couldn’t get it going early for him.
Another day, another Anthony Rizzo show as the Iowa Cubs took out some frustration in an 18-8 beat down of Tacoma. Rizzo was 3-for-5 with his 15th home run of the season, he also scored five runs. Every I-Cubs player in the starting lineup had a hit as Iowa put 18 hits and 18 runs on the board, but they also got the help of seven errors, seven. Those seven errors led to seven unearned runs in an absolutely wild game. Chris Volstad made his first I-Cubs start and got the win, he struggled a little late but the most important thing is he got back in the win column, hopefully that gives him some confidence.
Sappelt’s RBI double
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There really is no denying it, the Cubs never give up no matter how dire the situation may seem. The aggravating part is how they get into those situations. It was another horrible outing by Chris Volstad who has now gone 19 straight starts without earning a victory. In what could be his last game in the Cubs rotation Volstad was only able to get through two innings, giving up four runs on six hits while walking three. Unacceptable, Volstad has been given every opportunity to succeed here, and it’s clear that will not happen in the immediate future as he falls to 0-6 on the season with a 7.46 ERA. Blake Parker made his major league debut tonight out of the pen and held his own. Parker went an inning and 2/3rds, surrendering three unearned runs on two hits, while striking out two. Those unearned runs were on Parker as he threw a ball down the right field line which would have ended his second inning of work with no runs scoring, little did we know how big of a play that would be.
With the Cubs trailing 8-3 heading to the ninth they stage a furious rally that ended up one run short, with said tying run on base. David DeJesus continued his torrid pace at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, he know has his average all the way up to .279 after a rough start to the season. Starlin Castro connected on his second home run of the season as he took Halladay deep in the seventh inning. The best day at the plate belonged to Welington Castillo who waited until the 8th inning to get going. Castillo lined a solo home run in the 8th inning of Halladay, then came through in the clutch with a bases clearing double in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Castillo finished 2-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBI’s, maybe that will get him going. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Another two game series for the Cubs as they welcome the Philadelphia Phillies to Wrigley Field today and tomorrow. The Cubs are coming off a good series of baseball against the Cardinals, one in which they probably should have swept. Stop me if you have heard that before, the Cubs once again let one slip away yesterday as the bullpen couldn’t hold a lead late. They try to bounce back against a Phillies team that is starting to play better baseball. The Phillies just swept two games from the Astros, and have won four out of their last five games. The Cubs get a break in game one as Vance Worley has been scratched with an elbow issue (uh oh), and will draw Kyle Kendrick instead. Unfortunately they can’t avoid Halladay as he will pitch game two, needless to say, winning game one would go along way towards making this home stand a successful one. What a home stand it is because after the Phillies we all know who descends upon Wrigley next….. go Cubs! Full preview/breakdown after the jump.
No matter how many times the Cubs face Capuano, they struggle, doesn’t matter who is wearing the uniform, as long as it says Cubs on it they will struggle. For whatever reason every Cubs team struggles against soft tossing left handers, and today was no different. The Cubs had a great opportunity in the first inning after DeJesus reached on a dropped pop up. But Alfsonso Soriano and Ian Stewart both struck out with the bases-loaded to end the Cubs threat. It was the only real threat the Cubs had all day and if they would have been able to scratch a run across it might have been a totally different day. Chris Volstad continued his mind numbing winless streak which now sits at 17 straight starts. What’s so perplexing is Volstad has good stuff, and for the majority of the game he displays that, it’s usually one bad inning that gets him. Case and point today as Volstad surrendered three runs in the second inning which was all the Dodgers needed en route to a 5-1 victory. Full box and highlights after the jump.
The weather is miserable in the Chicagoland area today, but it’s not as bad as the Cubs, they are ice-cold. Thanks to a rocky outing from Chris Volstad, and some bad defensive work, stop me if you’ve heard this before, the Cubs have dropped their sixth in a row. Right from the hop it was apparent that the Cubs probably didn’t have a chance today. Before the sparse crowd could even get settled the Reds were up 4-0 in the top of the first inning against Volstad. Things never really got better for the Cubs as every time they tried to mount a comeback the Reds were able to tack on to their lead. When it was all said and done, the Reds walk out with a 9-4 victory, in which the Cubs almost had more errors (3) than runs (4) and hits (5). Full Recap after the jump.
Here are how the Cubs and Reds line up today, full series preview coming up, delayed due to illness, my apologies. Go Cubs!
1. Zack Cozart, SS
2. Drew Stubbs, CF
3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Jay Bruce, RF
5. Scott Rolen, 3B
6. Chris Heisey, LF
7. Willie Harris, 2B
8. Devin Mesoraco, C
9. Homer Bailey, P
1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Darwin Barney, 2B
3. Starlin Castro, SS
4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
6. Ian Stewart, 3B
7. Geovany Soto, C
8. Marlon Byrd, CF
9. Chris Volstad, P
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