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Here is a recap for the month of July for the Cubs minor league system. There are a lot of players who had a good July, but I limited it to a player of the month/pitcher of the month at each level.
AZL Cubs: 21-10 (1st place)
July Record: 14-8
The Cubs had a pretty good month of July to go along with a great start to the season and they are in first place as of today. There were a lot of exciting things happening in Mesa, mainly the debut’s of both Albert Almora and Jorge Soler. There were other exciting debut’s as pitchers Dillon Maples and 2012 draftees Paul Blackburn (56 overall) and Ryan McNeil (3rd round) started there professional careers. Finally Daniel Vogelbach just crushed the ball before being promoted to Boise. He left the Cubs hitting .324 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, and 31 RBIs.
Player of the Month: Ben Carhart
The 22-year old third baseman was drafted in the 35th round of this years draft out of Stetson University. This month he hit a robust .400. with one home run, six doubles, 14 runs scored, and 12 RBIs. He slugged .550 and had an OBP of .486 bringing his OPS to 1.036.
Pitcher of the Month: Carlos Martinez-Pumarino
In his first year in the organization, the 21 year-old pitcher has been very good. This month Martinez-Pulmarino was 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA. He pitched 15.2 innings in six games, all but one out of the bullpen. He struck out 14, allowed only five hits and walked four in July.
Boise Hawks: 5-2 (1st place second half)
July Record: 12-17
Boise was off to a really rough start, but have been hot of late winning six out of their last eight and four in a row. Luckily for them the second half has just started, so as far as the second half goes they are off to a nice start.
Player of the Month: Gioskar Amaya
At only 19-years old the infielder has impressed with the bat thus far at Boise and July was no different. He hit .330 with four home runs, four triples, and three doubles. Amaya knocked in 13 and scored an impressive 24 runs while stealing six bags. He had an OBP of .407 and slugged .567 brining his OPS to .974.
Pitcher of the Month: Tayler Scott
The 20-year old starting pitcher had quite a nice July. He started six games and went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA. In his 30 innings pitched he gave up 21 hits, walked 14, and struck out 20. Scott was drafted last year in the fifth round out of Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale, AR.
Peoria Chiefs: 15-22 (7th place second half)
July Record: 12-16
July was not the best of months for the Chiefs and they will have some work to do to get back in the playoff picture. Catcher Chadd Krist came up from Boise and has continued to hit and Pin-Chieh Chen has been on quite a tear over the last couple weeks. Peoria will look to have a good August and make up a lot of ground in hopes to get back in the race.
Player of the Month: Javier Baez
Wow did the 2011 first round pick have a great month. The 19-year old shortstop hit .368 with with seven home runs, three triples, and six doubles. Baez drove in 20 runs, scored 21, and stole eight bags. His OPS for the month was 1.076 as he slugged an impressive .679 and had an OBP of .397. It was quite the month for the highly touted Cubs prospect.
Pitcher of the Month: Joseph Zeller
Zeller, 24 pitched well in July going 2-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six appearances, five starts. He pitched 32.2 innings giving up 32 hits, walking seven, and striking out 14. He isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher and he gave up a hit an inning, but it is impressive to see the ERA as low as it was in the month.
Daytona Cubs: 18-21 (5th place second half)
July Record: 12-17
Daytona didn’t have their best month, but there were some highlights to go along with the disappointing record. Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee after Jae-Hoon Ha was injured. Szczur had been one of Daytona’s most consistent performers throughout the year and it will take some adjustments for them to get back on track without him. The Cubs will have to make up a lot of ground in August as they sit six games back going into today.
Player of the Month: Ronald Torreyes
At only 19-years old the second baseman is starting to really hit. After a disappointing first couple months Torreyes had a very good June and followed it with a nice July. He hit .333 with one home run, two triples, and seven doubles. He also drove in 18, scored 16, and stole seven bases. Torreyes was brought over in the Sean Marshall deal.
Pitcher of the Month: Matt Loosen
Loosen went 4-1 in six starts in July. He had an ERA of 3.08 throwing 38 innings, giving up 26 hits, walking 13, and striking out 35.
Tennessee Smokies: 17-20 (4th place second half)
July Record: 12-16
A sub .500 record in July wasn’t what the Smokies were looking for as they currently are 5.5 games behind the division leader. The month was highlighted when Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee. The reason he was promoted was because of an unfortunate accident when Jae-Hoon Ha got a concussion. The Smokies need to got hot in order to make a run at the division.
Player of the Month: Justin Bour
The 24-year old first baseman has had a good season and July was no different. He hit .337 with four home run and eight double. Bour drove in an impressive 25 runs which brings him to 84 on the season. He slugged .529 and had an OBP of .381 with an OBP of .909. It will be fun to watch Bour’s pursuit of 100 RBIs.
Pitcher of the Month: Eric Jokisch
Jokisch, 23 was 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in five July starts. In 28 innings pitched he struck out 2o, walked eight, and surrendered 21 hits. We all know the Cubs system is light on arms, but Jokisch has had a pretty good season up to this point.
Iowa Cubs: 42-69 (Last place)
July Record: 8-20
Things don’t get much worse than an 8-20 month, but maybe it is when August is starting and you are 24 games back. It was going to be tough when Rizzo was brought up, but I don’t think anyone was expecting a month like this. There weren’t too many bright spots, but there were some. Josh Vitters had a good month, not great, but good. James Adduci came up from Tennessee and did well in the 18 games he played in compiling and OPS of .999. All Iowa can hope for now is to end the season on a high note.
Player of the Month: Dave Sappelt
The 25-year old outfielder had his best month since coming over from Reds. Sappelt hit .317 in July hitting one home run, one triple, and eight doubles. He scored 16 runs and drove in 12 while stealing eight bases. He got on base at a .368 clip and slugged .442. It was nice to see Sappelt have a good month and my guess is we will see him in Chicago at some point this season.
Pitcher of the Month: Esmailin Caridad
I bet you didn’t expect to hear that name again, but he had quite an impressive month. In 18.2 innings Caridad gave up 14 hits, walked 7, and struck out 22 as his ERA stands at 0.92 for the month of July. if Caridad can continue we might see him again in big leagues.
It wasn’t the best month for the Cubs farm system, but there were some good things as well as some really exciting things. There were a lot of hitters and pitchers who could have been included and narrowing it down to only one per level was tough. Hope you like it.
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July 30th Cubs minor league report.
The AZL Cubs and the Boise Hawks were off on Monday.
Beloit scored three in the eighth and held on to beat Peoria 5-3. Pin-Chieh Chen had a great game going 4-for-5 with an RBI. Zeke DeVoss led the game off in style with a home run, he added another hit and ended the game with two runs scored, two RBIs, and his 29th stolen base. Javier Baez and Dustin Geiger each added a double and Bijan Rademacher had a triple on the night. Chadd Krist also had a hit and he is now hitting .340. Joseph Zeller got the start, but did not factor in the decision giving up two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Sheldon McDonald got the loss and Austin Reed pitched two scoreless innings in relief. The Chiefs record now stands at 50-55.
Daytona got a little scare in the ninth, but still won pretty easily 8-4. The Cubs pounded out 14 hits including three from Rubi Silva. Ronald Torreyes continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs. John Andreoli also had two hits and reached base four times from the leadoff spot. he also scored a run and stole his 41st base of the season. Rafael Lopez, Elieser Bonne, and Matt Cerda all had two hits and an RBI. PJ Francescon got his second win of the season pitching six shutout innings. He only gave up three hits and struck out six. Frank Del Valle was very good in relief striking out four in just two innings.
Tennessee got off to a good start in game one scoring five runs and holding on to win 6-3. Matt Szczur had his best game since moving to Double-A going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Junior Lake stayed hot at the plate going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Logan Watkins and Michael Burgess each had two hits and Justin Bour drove one in. Greg Rohan connected on his fifth home run, a three run shot in the first inning. Eric Jokisch pitched all seven innings gving up three runs on five hits and striking out two.
Tennessee won the second game of the double header beating Pensacola 3-2. Nate Samson was the only Smokies player to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Juan Apodaca and Michael Burgess each had a hit as did Dustin Harrington and Nelson Perez. Matt Szczur drove in a run in game two. Casey Harman got the start and pitched well allowing no runs on four hits in four innings pitched. Casey Weathers got the win pitching a scoreless fifth innings striking out two. Frank Batista recored his 19th save of the season as he closed out game two on Monday.
The Iowa Cubs lost another one on Monday losing to New Orleans 5-3. James Adduci had another great game, going 2-for-5 with a home run, double, run scored, and three RBIs. Dave Sappelt also had two hits and scored a run. Chris Rusin took the loss pitching 5.2 innings surrendering five runs, only one earned and struck out six. Alberto Cabrera had a nice night in relief striking out four in 2.1 innings. Iowa just can’t seem to get it together.
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Tuesday July 24 minor league recap.
Peoria was off.
The AZL Cubs were at it again on Tuesday beating the AZL Indians 9-2. Jorge Soler did it again, hitting his second home run in four games. This one off the scoreboard in left. Soler would add another hit ending the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Ben Carhart continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. He also drove in three and scored a run. Speaking of hot, Shawon Dunston Jr. had two more hits, a double and a triple plus he scored three runs from the lead off spot. Albert Alomora did not have a hit, but did drive two runs in and scored two. 2012 Comp. pick Paul Blackburn recorded his first win of the season, pitching two scoreless innings in relief. Another good win for the Cubs in the AZL.
Boise got another great pitching peformance out of their staff on Tuesday beating the Yakima Bears 2-1. Ian Dickson was tremendous thowing six no-hit innings before being removed in the seventh. Dickson struck out four en route to his second win of the season. Hunter Ackerman gave up a run, but struck out three in 2.1 innings and Michael Hamann closed it out recording his first save of the season. Jeimer Candelario had a nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. In his first game as a Hawk, Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a double. Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Trey Martin each added a hit and Bruno scored a run. It is nice to see the Hawks pitching have a nice couple days here.
Daytona held on to beat Brevard County 4-3 on Tuesday night. Matt Loosen started and got the win pitching six innings while allowing two runs on only three hits. He also walked three and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 2.81. Ryan Searle struck out two in the seventh and AJ Morris pitched the last two recording his first save of the season. Rubi Silva went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Ronald Torreyes, Matt Szczur, Rebel Ridling, and Micah Gibbs all had a hit. Daytona will play two on Wednesday.
Tennessee was back in action Tuesday pounding Jacksonville 9-2. The Smokies showed some power hitting three home runs on the evening. Junior Lake was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs. Greg Rohan added two hits of his own including a home run and Michael Brenly connected on his fifth homer of the year. Nelson Perez had his best day since going to Double-A as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Michael Burgess also added two hits and scored two runs. Eric Jokisch got the start and the win for the Smokies giving up one run on four hits in five innings pitched while striking out eight. Brian Schlitter, Kevin Rhoderick, and Casey Weathers combined to pitch the last four innings allowing one run and striking out five. This is the way to come back after a day off.
Another day another bad loss for Iowa, losing 15-9 on Tuesday. Offensively Iowa couldn’t have done much more on Tuesday scoring nine runs on twelve hits. Welington Castillo was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Brett Jackson hit his 14th home run of the season and drove in two. Josh Vitters had one hit and also drove in two as did Alfredo Amezaga. Dave Sappelt and Diory Hernandez each had two hits as well. The pitching was terrible yet again on Tuesday. Rogrio Lopez got the start and promtly gave up eight runs in 3.2 innings pitched. Ryan Rowland-Smith took the loss as he gave up three more runs in just 1.2 innings. Iowa continues to struggle.
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All teams back in action on Thursday July 19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Cubs minor league recaps for Friday July 6.
The AZL Cubs scored two runs in each of the first three innings and they continued to add beating the AZL Giants 10-3. Daniel Vogelbach only had one hit today, but made it count connecting on his third home run of the season. He was also the only Cub to drive in more than one run on the day. Timothy Saunders was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. Carlos Escobar had two doubles and drove in a run. Cubs also got RBI’s from Justin Marra, Carlos Penalver, and Izaac Garsez. Ryan Hartman got his first win of the season in relief. He gave up two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work. Matt Ianazzo was outstanding in his two innings of relief as he struck out four in two scoreless innings.
Boise lost a tough one on Friday night falling to Tri-City 5-4. James Pugliese got the start and gave up three runs, two earned on six hits in five innins. Pete Levitt couldn’t hold the lead giving up a run in the seventh. Michael Heesch then came on to strike out four in two scoreless innings. Bryce Shafer who has been really good for Boise gave up a run in the eleventh which proved to be the game winner. At the plate Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-5 with double and an RBI. Wilson Contreras also had two hits and drove in two. It was a tough loss for the Hawks as they had a lead for most of the game.
Burlington scored two in an inning four different times to beat Peoria 8-3. Offensively Dustin Geiger stayed hot hitting his fourth home run in three days, he drove in two on the night. Taiwan Easterling had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI and Javier Baez was 2-for-4. Starling Peralta got the start and took the loss, but was let down by his defense giving up six runs, only two earned on four hits in five innings. Sheldon McDonald pitched well in relief striking out four in 2.1 innings of work.
Daytona had a nice win on Friday beating Dunedin 5-1. Matt Loosen got the start and very impressive improving his record to 7-3. He struck out 10 while only giving up three hits and allowing no runs in seven innings of work. Matt Spencer and Scott Weismann each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the win. At the plate the Cubs had some really special nights. Arismendy Alcantara was a single a way from the cycle. He ended the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Rubi Silva also was impressive going 4-for-5 with an RBI. Ronald Torreyes and Taylor Davis each drove in a run and John Andreoli had a triple and also scored a run.
Game one of the double header belonged to Eric Jokisch and the Smokies beating Jacksonville 5-1. Jokisch pitched six inning allowing one run on five hits while striking out two and walking one. Marcus Hatley threw a scoreless seventh to close the game out. Offensively Justin Bour and Michael Burgess each recorded a hit and two RBI’s. Greg Rohan also drove in a run and scored one ending the game 1-for-3 with a double. Nelson Perez and Michael Brenly each had a hit and Brenley scored a run.
Game two was a different story as Jacksonville came out on top beating Tennessee 3-1. Nicholas Struck took the loss, but didn’t pitch that bad as his defense let him down. He struck out six in five innings pitched and gave up three runs, only one earned in five innings. Tony Zych who struck out three and Frank Batista each pitched a scoreless frame. Offensively there wasn’t too much to talk about Logan Watkins, James Adduci, Juan Apodaca, and Nate Samson were the only Smokies to recored hits. Apodaca drove in Adduci for the only Smokies run in game two.
Alfredo Amezaga played the part of the hero on Friday delilvering a base hit in the 11th inning to give Iowa a 5-4 win. The unsung hero’s in this game were the bullpen. Casey Coleman got the start, but only lasted three innings and gave up three runs. Frankie De La Cruz pitched four solid innings of relief allowing no runs on three hits. Jay Jackson followed suit pitching a scoreless inning. Michael Bowden did blow the save, but was able to pitch a scoreless tenth and eleventh inning in route to his second win. Offensively Dave Sappelt was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Blake Lalli also had two hits including a double. Welington Castillo hit his third home run of the season and had two runs scored and two RBI’s. Josh Vitters kept his average at the .300 mark going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Adrian Cardenas also added a hit and an RBI on Friday. Brett Jackson missed his second game in row.
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A closer look at very busy Monday for the Cubs minor leagues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Daytona Cubs resume play tonight after four days off for the all-star break. The D-Cubs had an up and down first half, let’s take a look at what transpired over the first two and half months of the season.
First Half Stats:
The D-Cubs swung the bats very well during the first half of the season. Leading the way was 24 year-old right fielder Nelson Perez. Perez played 60 games in the first half, he hit .298 with 11 home runs, and 42 RBI’s, and he finished with an impressive .927 OPS. Perez wasn’t the only one hitting for the D-Cubs as four different guys had a .288 average or higher. Greg Rohan was one of those guys as he hit .295 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI’s, finishing the first half with .883 OPS. Arismendy Alcantara, John Andreoli, and Rubi Silva all had above average first half performances.
A bright spot for the D-Cubs and the Chicago Cubs was the performance of Matthew Szczur. Szczur started the season in an awful slump, but over the last month or so he has really turned it on. He finished the first half hitting .267 with 1 home run, and 13 RBI’s out of the lead-off spot for Daytona. Szczur only struck out 32 times while drawing 24 walks, he added 19 stolen bases for good measure. Szczur is currently on the DL with a knee issue, hopefully that isn’t serious and he will be back out there soon.
Austin Kirk led the Daytona pitching attack, in doing so he earned himself a spot on the All-Star team, and was named the starting pitcher for the FSL North team. Kirk was outstanding during the first half, he finished 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts). Eric Jokisch was another bright spot on the mound for Daytona. Jokisch finished the fist half 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA while averaging almost one strikeout per inning.
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A look around the Cubs minor leagues system on Saturday June, 16.
Boise got the scoring early, but saw the lead slip away in the middle innings. Catcher Wilson Contreras and first baseman Rock Shoulders each hit their first home run of the year on Saturday. Gioskar Amaya had a triple and Dong-Yub Kim added a double. Marco Hernandez and Eduardo Gonzalez each had RBI’s for the Hawks. Starting pitcher James Pugliese took the loss as he gave up three runs on six hits in five innings of work. Amaury Paulino struggled in his two innings giving up four runs on five hits. Roderik Pichardo pitched a scoreless inning for Boise.
Peoria was trailing 5-2 when play was suspended by rain. The game will pick up where it left off in the bottom of the fourth. Peoria went down by five early, but will have the bases loaded and one out with Yaniel Cabezas coming to the plate looking to continue their comeback against Clinton. The game will be followed by a seven inning game on Sunday.
The struggling Rebel Ridling launched his eighth homer of the year to give Tennessee a 2-1 win on Saturday. The story of the game was the pitching performance of the Smokies. Eric Jokisch was outstanding once again as he pitched six strong innings giving up one run on four hits. His ERA now stands at 1.42. Not to be outdone Marcus Hatley pitched two scoreless innings as he earned his third win of the year. Frank Batista closed the game in the ninth recording his 10th save of the season. The only other run the Smokies scored was driven in by James Adduci. Michael Burgess and Logan Watkins also had hits on the night.
Iowa got down early and never could rebound as they lost 9-1. Chris Rusin was not good on Saturday as he gave up eight runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings. The bright spot for the Cubs tonight was Josh Vitters as he went 4-for-4 including a double and a run scored. Brett Jackson also had a double and drove in the Cubs only run of the day. Anthony Rizzo played again on Saturday also adding a double. In relief Jay Jackson struck out five in 3.2 innings and Jeff Beliveau threw a scoreless inning.
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Paul Hoilman hit a three-run home run to give the Peoria Chiefs their sixth straight win. The Chiefs won the game 4-1. Oliver Zapata had three hits, stole a base and scored a run. Taiwan Easterling went 2-for-2 and walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run. Javier Baez also had a hit, stole a base, and scored a run. Austin Reed pitched out of the bullpen and got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings while only allowing two hits. Yao-Lin Wang recorded his eighth save of the season striking out one batter. Peoria’s record improved to 31-32 on the season.
Daytona dropped a tough one on Sunday, losing the game 5-4. Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with a run scored. John Andreoli, Taylor Davis, Rubi Silva, and Elieser Boone all scored a run, And Davis and Silva both had RBI’s as well. The Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning, but Scott Weismann could not hold the lead giving up a two-run homer to Ramon Flores in the bottom of the seventh. Austin Kirk received a no decision as he pitched six innings allowing three runs, only one of which was earned. A tough loss no doubt, but they will look to rebound.
Eric Jokisch was stellar once again allowing only one run on three hits in 7.1 innings of work. Jokisch ERA is now down to 1.40 and he improved his record to 3-0 as Tennessee won 4-2. Offensively Nate Samson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Elliot Soto and Jokisch also contributed with RBI’s. Logan Watkins, James Adduci, and Michael Brenly all had hits in the win on Sunday as well. Alberto Cabrera closed out the game pitching 1.2 innings allowing one run and striking out four.
Iowa exploded for 14 runs on Sunday, putting up a five-spot in the third and adding six more in the fourth. It was a great day for most of the Cubs, especially for the top prospects in Iowa. Brett Jackson 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI’s, and a stolen base. Not to be outdone, Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 hitting two bombs and driving in four. Rizzo is now hitting .363 with 20 homers, and 53 RBI’s. Ty Wright also had three hits, two of which were doubles, and he scored three runs on the day. Juan Apodaca went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI’s. Josh Vitters and Dave Sappelt also had a hit and an RBI on Sunday. All that offense was plenty for Chris Rusin who went 7 innings giving up two runs on six hits and striking out two. It was a great day for Iowa as every starter had at least one hit.
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Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.
Peoria jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and that was all they needed as they knocked off Clinton 3-1. Starling Peralta was very good for the Chiefs as he worked four innings only allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out two. Zeke DeVoss got things started at the top as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Paul Hoilman continues to hit the ball hard as he went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, he is now hitting .298 on the season.
Heartbreaking, that’s the only way you can describe the D-Cubs loss to Clearwater as they fell 2-1, giving up both runs in the top of the ninth. The blown save spoiled Austin Kirk’s outstanding performance on the mound. Kirk, who has been one of the best pitchers in the Cubs organization this year went 8 scoreless innings, only allowing seven hits, walking none, and striking out four, his ERA is now at 2.34 on the season. Micah Gibbs, Rubi Silva, and Dustin Harrington all had three hits at the plate as Daytona finished with one run on nine hits.
The Smokies held Mobile in check all night, but that was almost not good enough as Mobile’s comeback came up short giving the Smokies a 4-3 win. Mobile only had two hits on the night, but managed to plate three runs, timely hitting I guess. Eric Jokisch was really good for the Smokies tossing five innings of one hit baseball, he only allowed two runs, walked one, and struck out three. Kevin Rhoderick came on in relief and was lights out, what else is new, his ERA drops to 0.90 on the season. Luis Flores was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and an RBI. Jae-Hoon Ha popped his second home run of the season, and James Adduci finished his day 2-for-2, he’s now hitting .312 on the year.
Anthony Rizzo did not start so might as well skip this game, I’m kidding of course. Rodrigo Lopez started this game and left after one pitch with a sore groin. Jay Jackson jumped into duty and was terrific going five innings allowing one run on three hits, he walked two, and struck out five. Carlos Marmol got some work in on his way back to the Cubs, he worked one inning, giving up a hit and a walk with a strike out. The I-Cubs only managed five hits, but had just enough to pull out a 2-1 win. Luis Valbuena was 1-for-4 at the plates with a game winning solo home run in the ninth inning.
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