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Minor Matters – April 12, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)


Iowa 4-12 lineFull Box Score

At The Plate – The I-Cubs were looking pretty good through four innings, then the bottom fell out, and that’s putting it nicely.  Logan Watkins continues to embody everything that Theo Epstein wants, as he was 0-for-2 from the lead-off spot but had three walks.  Ryan Sweeney was 1-for-4 with his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Brian Bogusevic, and J.C. Boscan each had two hits in the loss.  Edwin Maysonet only had one hit on the night, but he was productive as he had three RBI’s.

On The MoundNick Struck did just fine tonight, I know the final score doesn’t indicate that but he was solid.  Struck went four innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three.  That was the end of the good news for the Iowa pitching.  Esmailin Caridad was hung with the loss, he worked one inning giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits while walking three and striking out one.  Jaye Chapman was even worse as he gave up five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one in just two-thirds of an inning.  Cory Wade had an odd stat line, he went three innings giving up two runs on NO hits while walking three and striking out five.  The I-Cubs are now 1-8 on the season.

Smokies 4-12 lineFull Box Score

At The Plate – The Smokies could only manage four hits and two runs but that was just enough for the victory.  Matt Szczur continued his strong start to the season from the lead-off spot going 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-for-3 with the only other RBI for the Smokies.  Rubi Silva, and Jonathan Mota tallied the only other hits for the Smokies in the win.

On The Mound – Outstanding work all night for the Smokies pitchers.  Eric Jokisch got the start and also the victory as he went six strong innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out three.  Tony Zych, Zach Rosscup, and Trey McNutt all tossed scoreless innings to shut the door on the Lookouts.  Trey McNutt earned his first save of the season and has yet to give up a run in 2013.

Daytona 4-12 lineFull Box Score

At The Plate - The D-Cubs didn’t need much in this one, but they were able to score five times on just six hits.  Taiwan Easterling had another solid game going 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI’s and a run scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI, much better approach from Baez in this one.  Stephen Bruno was 1-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.

On The Mound - Austin Kirk was outstanding despite fighting his command early.  Kirk went five scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking four and striking out two, he improves to 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.  Yao-Lin Wang was just as good out of the pen going four scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out five to earn the rare four inning save.

NOTES:  Kane County was scheduled to play a double header in Wisconsin today but for the second straight day they were snowed out.  They are planning on playing a double header tomorrow and Saturday to make up for the last two days.  Ronald Torreyes is back!  He was a week late in arriving to camp and stayed about a week late to make up for it.  He has now been assigned to AA Tennessee.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Tennessee Smokies First Half Recap

The only team that might be hotter than the Peoria Chiefs is the Tennessee Smokies.  The Smokies won 10 of their last 11 leading up to the all-star break.  The torrid stretch was good enough to bring the Smokies all the way back to .500 after a very slow start to the season.  Let’s take a look at how the first half played out.

First Half Standings:

First Half Stats:

Much like the Chiefs, the Smokies took off once they got a highly touted prospect back in the lineup.  Junior Lake‘s return sparked the Smokies and it’s easy to see why.  The all world talent hit .301 in 35 games for the Smokies adding four home runs and 10 RBI’s.  Lake might have re-energized the Smokies ballclub but James Aducci kept them above water before Lake could get back.  Aducci was outstanding, he hit .314 in the first half for the Smokies with five home runs and 25 RBI’s.  Aducci puts the bat on the ball, and has a good eye at the plate, he only struck out 38 times while walking 27 times.  Jonathan Mota, Nate Samson, and Justin Bour all had a productive first half with the bat.

The Smokies pitching staff has really kicked it into high gear lately.  Eric Jokisch is leading the way as he finished the first half 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in five starts.  Kevin Rhoderick has been out of this world good out of the bullpen for the Smokies.  Rhoderick, who we featured here, finished the first half with a 1-2 record and a 1.35 ERA with seven saves.  Frank Batista, TyRelle Harris, Alberto Cabrera, and Marcus Hatley were all outstanding on the mound for the Smokies in the first half.  The numbers might not be eye-popping but Dallas Beeler and Trey McNutt, two excellent Cubs pitching prospects, had steady first half performances.  I expect both these guys to turn it up a notch in the second half.

2012 All-Stars!
OF – James Aducci (2-for-2, 2B, RBI)
DH – Justin Bour (1-for-3, BB)
RHP – Frank Batista (0.2 IP, scoreless)
RHP – Kevin Rhoderick ((1.0 IP, scoreless)

Not a bad showing from the Smokies all-stars at all.

Thanks for reading, go Smokies!
– George

5/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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


Patrick Francescon has been lights out for a while now, he continued that trend tonight as he improved to 4-1 after tossing 7 and 1/3rds of an inning while only allowing one unearned run.  Francescon had to be every bit of good too, because the Chiefs couldn’t get much going offensively.  They only managed to record two runs on six hits, but it was good enough for the win.  Marco Hernandez had two hits on the night, and Wes Darvill had the only RBI for the Chiefs.



Erik Jokisch was outstanding for the D-Cubs going 6 strong innings en route to his third victory of the season while improving his ERA to 2.90.  Jokisch didn’t have too many difficult spots at all as he only allowed four hits, and no walks while striking out five.  The D-Cubs put up just enough offense for Jokisch as they plated four runs on ten hits.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with an RBI, his average now sits at .306 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara, Richard Jones, Elieser Bonne each had two hits in the victory.



Nothing new in Tennessee as the Smokies fall to the Generals yet again, just something about those Generals.  Nicholas Struck kept the Smokies in the game for as long as he could, but his luck ran out in the 6th as he gave up three runs to end his night.  Struck was hung with the loss, his 3rd of the season, he now sits at 4-3.  Not much offense for the Smokies yet again, Junior Lake was 1-for-3, and Michael Burgess, and Justin Bour each had two hits in the loss.



Iowa battled back from an early 3-0 hole to tie the game in the 5th, but ended up losing in the bottom of the ninth 4-3.  Esmailin Caridad did his best Carlos Marmol impression in the 9th inning as he was only able to retire one batter and walked three guys en route to the loss.  Alfredo Amezaga had a big day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s in the loss.  Luis Valbuena and newly promoted Jonathan Mota also had two hits for the I-Cubs.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/2: Smokies Pound Montgomery into Submission


Thanks for reading,
– George

4/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, full recaps/box scores after the jump, enjoy.


Smokies Undone by Huge Inning

Odds are if you give up nine runs in one inning you probably won’t win the game, that’s exactly what happened to the Smokies tonight.  A disasterous 9 run sixth inning did the Smokies in after they entered the inning with a 2-1 lead, and ended up losing 10-2.


Cubs Assign More Players

The Cubs made some minor moves yesterday before the game against the Dodgers.   Right-hander Dae-Eun Rhee and catcher Micah Gibbs were sent back to the club’s minor-league facility at Fitch Park.  Making those moves brings the Cubs roster down to 57 players in major league camp, and brings the total number of players assigned to minor league camp to six.

Players assigned:

  • RHP – Marco Carillo
  • RHP – Trey McNutt
  • INF – Jonathan Mota
  • OF – Jae-Hoon Ha
  • RHP – Dae-Eun Rhee
  • C  – Micah Gibbs

Cubs Trim Camp Roster

Cubs made a few moves before facing off with the White Sox today.  RHP Marco Carillo, RHP Trey McNutt, INF Jonathan Mota, and OF Jae-Hoon Ha have been reassigned to minor league camp.  The big league camp roster now stands at 59.  First pitch in a little less than half an hour.


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