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8/4: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here’s a look at the Cubs minor league affiliates on Saturday, August 4.  The AZL Cubs were off tonight.

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After a couple of losses Boise got back on track beating Spokane 6-2 of Saturday.  Tayler Scott got his fourth win of the season allowing two runs, one earned in 5.1 innings pitched.  Matt Iannazzo and Nathan Dorris were able to finish the game off, not allowing a run in the last 3.2 innings.  Daniel Vogelbach had a great game going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  Stephen Bruno also had two hits and scored three runs.  Jeimer Candelario had a double and also drove in a run.  It was nice to see Boise bounce back and hopefully will have continue to have a good second half.

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Peoria’s first game in a long time without Javier Baez didn’t turn out too good losing to Clinton 8-1.  Joseph Zeller started and struggled taking the loss.  He gave up six runs, five earned on eight hits in just 3.2 innings.  Just like that the Chiefs were down 6-1 and they never recovered.  Chadd Krist had a really nice game at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.  Pin-Chieh Chen was the only other Chief to record a hit on Saturday.  Larry Suarez and Bryce Shafer both pitched well, while Luis Liria got roughed up a bit.  That’s now three losses in a row for Peoria, let’s see if they can end that skid tomorrow.

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A six run second was way too much for Daytona losing to Dunedin 12-5.  Matt Loosen started and took the loss, giving up seven runs, four earned in two innings.  He wasn’t the only Cubs pitcher who struggled as Scott Weismann and Eduardo Figueroa didn’t have their best stuff either combining to give up five runs over five innings.  The Cubs did have some good things happen at the plate as they scored five runs on nine hits.  Rebel Ridling was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.  Rubi Silva and Elieser Bonne each had two hits, with a run scored and an RBI.  John Andreoli and Ronald Torreyes each had an RBI in the defeat.  In his first game in Daytona Javier Baez went hitless.  Daytona’s trying to make a push at the playoffs so they need to get back on track tomorrow.

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Tennessee took the first game of Saturday’s double-header beating Jackson 6-5.  The middle of the Smokies order was the key to game one’s victory as Junior Lake, Justin Bour, and Michael Burgess all had two hits and two RBIs.  They combined to go 6-for-11 with six RBIs and Justin Bour hit his 13th homer of the season.  The two guys at the top Matt Szczur and Logan Watkins each had a hit and a run scored as well.  Nicholas Struck got the win, his 12th of the season pitching five innings allowing three runs on six hits.  Frank Batista struggled a bit, but picked up his 20th save of the season.

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A late rally wasn’t enough for Tennessee to pull out game 2 of the double-header.  The Smokies scored four in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough losing 8-7.  Casey Harman started, but only gave up one run, but lasted only three innings.  Casey Weather took the loss, giving up three runs in one inning.  Kevin Rhoderick continued his struggles giving up another four runs in only 1.2 innings.  Justin Bour hit his second home run of the night ending game two 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBIs, he now has 91 on the season.  Michael Brenly and Nelson Perez each added two RBIs and Brenly had two hits.  Logan Watkins had one hit, walked twice, and scored three runs.  All in all Tennessee ended up splitting.

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Tied at one going to the bottom of the eighth, Josh Vitters and the Cubs decided they had enough of the losing.  After taking the lead by 2-1, Vitters stepped to the plate and put the game out of reach launching his 17th home run of the season.  Jairo Asencio would close it out as Iowa beat Colorodo Springs 5-1.  Chris Rusin started and pitched well giving up only one run in on four hits in seven innings.  He also struck out eight in a no decision.  Michael Bowden got the win pitching a scoreless eighth.  There wasn’t a ton of offense outside of Vitter home run, but there was a little bit.  James Adduci went 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Brett Jackson and Dave Sappelt each had a hit and a run scored.

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-Mark

8/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

August 1, nightly recap of the minor leagues.

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The AZL Cubs had a double header on Wednesday, with each game being seven innings a piece.  The pitching did a great job in the first one winning 4-0.  The 43rd overall pick in this past years draft Pierce Johnson made his first appearance of the season.  He started and pitched one scoreless inning.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino improved to 4-0 pitching four scoreless innings in relief.  He gave up three hits, one walk, and struck out three, his ERA on the season is 0.93.  Steve Perakslis secured the shutout by striking out five in two scoreless innings.  Albert Almora was back in the lineup and leading off on Wednesday.  He delivered going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Jorge Soler was 2-for-4 with a run scored and three stolen bases.  Ben Carhart had a double and an RBI.

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The AZL Cubs had a good time of it in game two as well defeating the AZL Indians 7-2.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with twor runs scored and Yasiel Balaguert also had two runs with a run scored.  Trevor Gretzky had one hit and an RBI and Neftali Rosario collected two RBIs without getting a basehit.  Albert Almora didn’t have a hit, but collected his sixth RBI of the season and Jorge Soler was 0-2, but walked twice and scored two runs.  Brian Smith started for the Cubs and thew two perfect innings while striking out two.  Loiger Padron improved his record to 3-0 with his win in relief.  he gave up two runs, but struck out six in three innings of work.  Alvido Jimenez closed out the game striking out three in two scoreless innings.

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Boise was back at it and won again on Wednesday.  After getting a big lead early, they gave up nine runs in the last four innings, but held on to win 14-10.  There were a lot of good things happening offensively in this one.  Xavier Batista was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs.  Jeimer Candelario and Dong-Yub Kim each had two hits and drove in three as well.  Stephen Bruno hit his first home run of the season, a two run shot in the third inning.  Daniel Vogelbach and Trey Martin each two hits with Martin scoring three runs.  Lance Rymel had quite a nice night going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  It was a tale of two games on the mound.  Su-Min Jung started and pitched well allowing one run on three hits in three innings, while striking out three.  Nathan Dorris got his first win of the season as he pitched the next two scoreless innings.  Unfortunately Tyler Bremer and Willengton Cruz both struggled, but a win is a win.

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Peoria won a crazy one on Wednesday scoring three in the top of the ninth to win 11-10.  The day belonged to Dustin Geiger.  Geiger was 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and eight RBIs, yes eight RBIs.  He stole the show early and finished it late with a two run bomb that turned out to be the game winner.  Javier Baez had two more hits, including a double.  He also scored two runs and drove one in.  Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits, with Chen scoring three.  Zach Cates started and didn’t have his best stuff, but came away with a no decision.  Bryce Shafer got the win striking out four of the five outs he recorded.  Austin Reed picked up his first save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth.  Congrats to Geiger on just an ubelievable game.

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Daytona scored one in the fifth and one in the seventh to win a pitchers dual 2-1.  Lendy Castillo continued his comeback throwing four innings, giving up three hits and allowing an unearned run.  He had four strikeouts in the start.  Eduardo Figueroa got the win, his third of the season pitching three scoreless innings.  Scott Weismann and Jeffrey Lorick combined to pitch the last two innings, with Lorick earning his second save of the season.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-4, but drove in the two Cubs runs on Wednesday.  Ronald Torreyes continued hitting the ball going 2-for-3.  John  Andreoli and Taylor Davis each had two hits in the contest.  It was a good win for Daytona.

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Because of rain Tennessee had another double header on Wednesday.  The first one was a continuation of the night before.  The Smokies got two in the fifth, winning 4-2.  There were a couple bright spots on the mound.  Dae-Eun Rhee started and took a no-decision pitching four solid innings only allowing one run on three hits.  Trey McNutt got the win in relief pitching three innings allowing one run on two hits and Kevin Rhoderick recorded his eighth save of the season striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Justin Bour was 1-for-4 with another RBI.  Greg Rohan went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Nate Samson was 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.

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One was all Tennessee needed as  Justin Bour was the hero hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh.  He now has 12 home runs and 86 RBIs on the season.  Dallas Beeler started and was tremendous allowing only one hit in five scoreless innings of work.  Brian Schlitter picked up his second win in relief pitching the final two frames.  Junior Lake, Nelson Perez, and Matt Cerda all had one hit a piece in the victory.  Two wins to start the month is the right way to start it.

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Iowa was able to score six, but an eight run inning was way too much to come back from losing 11-6.  We’ll start with the offense in this one.  Brett Jackson was 3-for-5 with a double, triple, and a run scored.  Josh Vitters hit his 16th home run of the season and had two RBIs.  Greg Rohan, who was just promoted from AA was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.  James Adduci collected two more hits including a triple and an RBI.  Ty’Relle Harris got the start and took the loss as he was not very sharp.  Michael Bowden did a very nice job striking out six in three innings and recently acquired Jaye Chapman threw a scoreless inning in relief.

All around it was a nice night for the Cubs minor leaguers with the only loss coming in Iowa.

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-Mark

7/30: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 30th Cubs minor league report.

The AZL Cubs and the Boise Hawks were off on Monday.

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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.

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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 SilvaRonald 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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7/27: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A quick look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Friday, July 27.

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The AZL Cubs dropped a low scoring game to the AZL Athletics 3-1.  Lendy Castillo got the start as he continues to work his way back allowing one run on two hits in four innings.  He struck out six and took a no decision in this one.  Tyler Bremer gave up two runs and took the loss.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino and Jin-Young Kim combined to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings, but the Cubs offense couldn’t come back.  The Cubs got their run in the first when Albert Almora hit a two-run double and then scored on a Jorge Soler RBI single.  Soler would add another hit on the night and stole a base.  Carlos Penalver was the only other Cubs player to record a hit on Friday.  This is not what we have come to expect from the Cubs, but they will get back on track soon.

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Boise exploded to beat Tri-City 8-3.  The Hawks had five players with multi-hit games.  Daniel Vogelbach was one of those going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez each had two hits, wtih Amaya driving in two.  Trey Martin and Xavier Batista also added two hits a piece.  Wilson Contreras connected on his second home run of the season, a three run shot in the second inning.  Willengton Cruz got his second win of the season out of the bullpen.  He pitched two strong innings striking out four.  James Pugliese started and gave up three runs in four innings of work.  Michael Heesch and Su-Min Jung each pitched well in relief.  After a tough 1-0 loss last night, it was nice to see Boise come back strong tonight.

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Javier Baez gave Peoria a lead with a two-run shot in the eighth and the Chiefs held beating Cedar Rapids 3-2.  Baez’s 11th homer of the season turned out to be one of his biggest of his young career.  He finished the game 2-for-3 and is now hit a robust .341.  Wes Darvill also had two hits, including a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Austin Reed recorded the win in relief, his fourth of the season.  Zach Cates got the start, pitching 5.1 innings allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out seven.  Sheldon McDonald pitched two scoress inning in relief dropping his ERA to 1.91 on the season.  It has been exciting following Baez this year and he continues to impress.

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Robert Whitenack and the staff were outstanding for the Daytona Cubs beating Bradenton 2-0.  Robert Whitenack got his first win since coming back from Tommy-John surgery.  He pitched five innings allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out four.  Eduardo Figuerora struck out four in three scoreless innings in relief.  AJ Morris closed the game out recording his second save of the season.  The offense lost Matt Szczur who was promoted to Tennessee was able to get enough to win.  Rebel Ridling hit his second home run of the season and had two hits.  Timothy Saunders also had two hits including a double and a run scored.  A big congrats to Robert and here’s to many more in the near future.

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Jacksonville was able to score two runs in three different innings defeating Tennessee 6-4.  Junior Lake continued his hot stretch in this one going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.  Greg Rohan had two hits and connected on his fourth home run with the Smokies.  Juan Apodaca also had two hits and an RBI.  In his first game with Tennessee Matt Szczur went 0-for-4 with two strike outs.  Ty’relle Harris started and took the loss going 2.2 innings allowing four runs on six hits.  Zach Rosscup gave up two runs in 3.2 innings, but struck out an impressive six batters.  Casey Harman and Kevin Rhoderick also pitched in the loss.

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Iowa wins, Iowa wins, Iowa wins.  It has been a rough go as of late so to beat Okalahoma City 5-0 is great to see.  Chris Volstad had his best start pitching eight scorelss innings.  He only surrendered four hits, walking three, and striking out five.  Alberto Cabrerea finished the game off throwing a scoreless ninth striking out two.  Alfredo Amezaga led off going 3-for-5 and scored a run.  Adrian Cardenas and Brian Esposito each had two hits with Cardenas hitting a double and scoring a run.  Dave Sappelt had a triple and drove in two on Friday.  Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson each recorded one hit and scored a run, Jackson also drove one in.  Hope this is signs to come for Chris Volstad and the Cubs.

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-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

7/25: Around the Minor League System

The July 25th Chicago Cubs Minor League recap.

The most exciting team in the history of the Universe was off tonight, that’s right no Almora or Soler tonight.

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The Boise Hawks and Yakima Bears went toe-to-toe with each other and Yakima was the last one standing.  The Boise Hawks were in comeback mode all night as they trailed 6-3, and 8-6 before tying the game each time.  The Hawks scored twice in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at eight but gave both runs right back in the top of the ninth and fell to Yakima 10-8.  Felix Pena got the start for Boise and struggled.  He gave up six runs, four earned on seven hits while walking none and striking out two in four innings of work.  The loss however went to Matt Iannazzo who gave up four runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings of work.  Daniel Vogelbach is at a new, higher level in the Cubs system but continues to pound the baseball.  Vogelbach was 3-for-5 in the loss with a double and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders, Dong-Yub Kim, and Gioskar Amaya all had two hits for Boise in the loss, Kim hit is fourth home run of the season.

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Another game and another outstanding effort from Peoria Chiefs starter Joseph Zeller as he weathered a rough first inning to earn his second win of the season as the Chiefs hung on to beat Cedar Rapids 8-6.  The Chiefs used an enormous seven run third inning to break this one open, but had to fight to hang on as Cedar Rapids scored twice in the 8th and 9th to make it close.  Zeller went six strong innings giving up two runs, both unearned on seven hits while walking one and striking out two.  He lowered his ERA to 1.32 on the season.  Javier Baez was the only Chiefs player with multiple hits as he was 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen had the only extra base hit for the Chiefs as he was 1-for-3 on the night with a triple (8), two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.

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Busy day for the Daytona Cubs as they had a double-header against the Brevard County Manatees, and game one didn’t get the day off to a great start.  P.J. Francescon had a rough outing, and has been shaky since his promotion to Daytona which is to be expected.  It’s not like Francescon has been terrible, but today he just didn’t have it as he gave up six runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings while walking four without a strikeout.  The Daytona offense couldn’t keep up as Brevard County took game one 6-4.  It was the Elieser Bonne show in game one for Daytona as the right fielder was 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles (8,9), unfortunately no one was on base for him.  Rafael Lopez had a solid game going 1-for-2 with a home run (1), two walks and two RBI’s in the losing effort.

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Game two was a pitching duel right from the get go, unfortunately for Daytona the result was the same, as Brevard County won the second half of the double-header 3-0.  Frank Del Valle got the start for Daytona and was outstanding going five scoreless innings giving up only one hit while walking three and striking out four, but had to settle for a no decision.  Jeffrey Lorick pitched a scoreless inning of relief before Scott Weismann got lit up in the 7th to take the loss.  Matt Szczur had a solid game at the plate going 2-for-3 to raise his average to .292 on the season, he also stole his 38th base of the season.  That was it as Daytona couldn’t push across any runs and only managed three hits as this was a lost day all around.

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The Smokies came out swinging against the Suns in a wild one and broke through late to register a 7-5 victory.  Dae-Eun Rhee who has not been very good (understatement) all year, pitched well enough in this one to earn his seventh victory of the season against five losses.  Rhee was the beneficiary of an offensive explosion that was led by Junior Lake.  Lake was 2-for-5 with two home runs (6,7), a walk, and four RBI’s.  Lake wasn’t alone in the destruction of Suns pitching as Nelson Perez went 2-for-5 as well with his fourth home run of the season, and two RBI’s.  Justin Bour continued his solid 2012 season going 3-for-4 with a double (29!) and an RBI, Bour is now hitting .297 on the campaign.  Trey McNutt has had a down year, that includes his recent performances out of the pen, but he was excellent tonight going two strong innings giving up nothing and striking out three.

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The Iowa Cubs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Oklahoma City, but if we have learned anything we know that there is no lead too big for Iowa to blow.  It happened again tonight as OKC scored in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th to take a 7-4 lead on their way to a 10-8 victory.  The I-Cubs made things somewhat interesting in the ninth inning by scoring four times but it was way too late.  Chris Rusin got roughed up again as he gave up seven runs on ten hits in five innings of work to record his 7th loss of the season.  James Adduci, Dave Sappelt, and Adrian Cardenas all had two hits in the loss.  Adduci had a great game at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with a double (3), an RBI, a walk, and three runs scored.

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7/24: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Tuesday July 24 minor league recap.

Peoria was off.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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-Mark

7/22: Around the Minor League System

A Sunday down in the minors.

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We didn’t have to wait long as Jorge Soler launched a two-run homer in the fourth, he would add another hit and scored two runs.  Despite this excitement the AZL Cubs lost 6-4.  Shawon Dunston Jr. had another good game going 3-for-4 and scoring a run.  Ben Carhart added two hits, including a double and Dan Vogelbach drove in his 31st run of the season.  Lendy Castillo continued his rehab assignment pitching four scoreless innings.  He gave up two hits and struck out five.  David Henrie took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned in two innings of work.  It was more than exciting to see Soler hit his first home run.  We have been anticipated it for quite a while and to do so in only his second game was great to see.

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There is not much good that came out of Sunday’s game against Eugene, as Boise lost 8-1.  James Pugliese gave up seven runs on eight hits in four innings and took the loss.  The bullpen did a pretty nice job the next four innings.  Michael Heesch pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three as well.  Eduardo Orozco gave up one run, but struck out three in his two innings of work.  Offensively not much happened at all.  All but one player recoreded a hit for Boise, with the only extra base hit coming off the bat of Xavier Batista, who hit a double.  Wilson Contreras scored the only Hawks run of the game.  It was a not very fun game for Boise dropping another in a bad loss.

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Peoria couldn’t pull off the win, losing to South Bend 3-2.  All good things must come to an end and that was the case with Javier Baez’s hitting streak as he went 0-for-4 on Sunday.  Dustin Geiger connected on his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth.  Sergio Burruel had two hits and Chadd Krist just keeps on hitting as he had another hit on Sunday.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Oliver Zapata each recorded a hit and Chen scored a run as he was on base when Geiger hit his homer.  Starling Peralta pitched well, but took the loss.  He threw six innings giving up three runs, two earned on six hits.  Sheldon McDonald relieved him and pitched two perfect innings, striking out three.  Looking forward to Baez starting another streak and the Chiefs winning a few more games.

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Tennessee finished Saturday nights game and lost a tough one in 11 innings.  Twice in extra’s the Smokies took the lead, but couldn’t hold it in either, ultimately losing 12-11.  There was a lot of offense, here are some of the highlights.  Justin Bour was 2-for-6 with a homer, two RBIs, and three runs scored.  Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Greg Rohan all contributed with two hits with Rohan adding an RBI.  Logan Watkins went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Michael Burgess and Chad Noble each had RBIs and Nelson Perez connected on his third home run since being at Tennessee.  The pitching was not very good at all.  Dallas Beeler got the start, but obviously didn’t factor in the decision.  Casey Harman took the loss giving up the two runs in the 11th.  Frank Batista was the lone bright spot out of the bullpen, pitching two scoreless innings, bringing his ERA down to 1.06.  It was a very tough loss, because of all the leads the Smokies had.

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Game two was a little different, as a six run sixth led Tennessee to a 8-4 win.  Nicholas Struck got his 11th win of the season pitching five innings, giving up only one run on four hits.  Zach Rosscup did a great job in relief, striking out five in three scoreless innings of work.  Junior Lake, Logan Watkins, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Dustin Harrington all had two hits, scored a run, and all but Ha drove one in.  Nelson Perez and Michael Burgess drove in two runs and Chad Noble added an RBI as well.  It was a nice bounce back in game two ending the week with a win.

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A late rally fell short, as Iowa lost to Aburquerque 9-5.  Chris Volstad was bad yet again giving up six runs, five earned on nine hits in five innings.  He took the loss, he is now 2-5 with 5.83 ERA.  Ty’Relle Harris did a fine job in relief striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Offensively there were only a couple of highlights.  Josh Vitters and Welington Castillo each hit a homer.  For Vitters it was a three-run shot and Castillo was a solo.  Brett Jackson, Adrian Cardenas, and Dave Sappelt all had a hit a piece as well.

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Mark

7/20: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the minor leagues.

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Boise dropped another losing 7-2 to Eugene.  Rock Shoulders was outstanding at the plate on Friday going 4-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs.  Besides Shoulders the Hawks only had two other hits, one coming off the bat of Gioskar Amaya and another off the bat of Jeimer CandelarioFelix Pena started and pitched four innings surrendering two runs, he did not factor in the decision.  After Michael Hamann pitched two scorelss innings, Rafael Diplan came in and struggled.  He gave up three runs, one earned in one inning and took his second loss of the season.  Another rough night for Boise as there record now stands at 12-23.

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After tying the game in the eighth Peoria scored four in the eleventh to beat West Michigan 9-6.  There were some nice highlights from Chiefs.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 3-for-6 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Taiwan Easterling and Dustin Geiger each had two hits and hit a home run on Friday night.  Bijan Rademacher and Yaniel Cabezas also had two hits a piece and Cabezas had two RBIs.  Javier Baez extended his hitting streak going 1-for-6.  Jeffry Antigua struck out three in 1.2 innings and recorded his first win of the season.  His ERA now sits at 1.13.  Michael Jensen got the start and pitched pretty good going six innings allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out five.  Pete Levitt closed out the game striking out two in his one inning of work.

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Robert Whitenack really struggled not recording an out and giving up six runs.  The six run first proved to be too much losing 12-8 to Jupiter.  Now to some of the highlights.  Rubi Silva was 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Elieser Bonne had three hits and also drove in three.  Ronald Torreyes and Rebel Ridling each had two hits, with Torreyes driving in one along with Matt Szczur.  Timothy Saunders got his first hit in seven ABs since being promoted to Daytona.  Frank Del Valle pitched four scoreless innings in relief and Brian Schlitter also pitched a scoreless frame bring his ERA down to 1.73.  Daytona has given up way too many runs to be successful lately and Friday was no different.

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Tennessee fell to Chattanooga 4-1 in eight innings.  Dae-Eun Rhee started and took the loss allowing three runs, two earned on two hits in six innings.  Trey McNutt gave up one in 1.1 innings of relief.  Justin Bour had two hits and drove in Logan Watkins, the lone Cubs run.    Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Michael Brenly all had a hit on Friday.  The Smokies have been really struggling as of late and that continued on Friday.

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Iowa and Alburquerque were tied going into the ninth, but Michael Bowden gave up a three run walk off homer to the Isotopes.  The offense got going early for Iowa scoring six runs in the first three innings.  Brett Jackson led the game off with his 13th home run of the season.  He ended the day with two hits and two RBIs.  Adrian Cardenas continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Josh Vitters also had two hits, one of which was his 29th double.  He also scored a run and drove in his 53 run of the year.  Brian Esposito had a nice night going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Blake Lalli also drove in two and had two hits.  Chris Rusin got the start, but didn’t pitched too well, allowing six runs on eight hits in five innings of work.  Yet another bad loss for Iowa on Friday.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

7/17: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 17, 2012 – Ready, go!

Peoria was off

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The AZL Cubs scored three in the top of the ninth to beat the AZL Mariners 6-5.  Dan Vogelbach continued crushing the ball going 2-for-5 with a home run, triple and three RBIs.  He is now hitting .360 with 7 HR 30RBI, and an OPS of 1.202.  The Cubs also got RBIs from Dan Lockhart, Ben Carhart, and Carlos PenalverShawon Dunston Jr. had another solid day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored.  David Bote and Penalver each had two hits on the day as well.  Steve Perakslis gave up two runs on three hits in relief, but managed to get the win.  Chad Martin picked up his first save of the season striking out three in a scoreless ninth.

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Boise made it two in a row on Tuesday defeating Yakima 5-0.  The Hawks pitching was the story as James Pugliese, Michael Heesch, and Pet Levitt combined for the three hit shut out.  Pugliese got his first win of the season striking out five and allowing only one hit in five innings.  Heesch and Levitt each pitched two scoreless innings to close ou the game and secure a Boise win.  Lead-off hitter Trey Martin did his job reaching base five times.  He was 3-for-3 with two walks including his third home run of the season.  Marco Hernandez had a nice night as well going 2-for-5 with two RBIs.  Wilson Contreras and Rock Shoulders each had two hits as well.  Contreras and Carlos Escobar were responsible for driving in a run a piece for the Hawks.  Boise hasn’t won two in a row too often so hope more is to come.

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Behind a tremendous effort from Matt Loosen the Cubs beat Charlotte 6-1.  Loosen started and recorded his eight win of the season.  He pitched into the eighth inning allowing only one run on five hits, while striking out six.  Jeffrey Lorick came on to record the last five outs and close the game out for Daytona.  Matt Szczur was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes and Elieser Bonne each had two hits with Torreyes driving in a run.  Rubi Silva added a hit and Micah Gibbs and Elliot Soto each had a hit and scored two runs on Tuesday.

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It was a rough one for Tennessee losing the Jackson 9-2.  Nicholas Struck got the start and took the loss giving up six runs in just five innings of work.  Casey Harman pitched an inning in relief and was not any better giving up another three runs.  The good news from the staff came from Frank Batista and Tony Zych who combined to pitch the last three scorelss innings of the game.  Not much happened on the offensive side of things either.  Logan Watkins had two hits including a triple.  Justin Bour and Greg Rohan were the only Smokies to record RBIs, they also had a hit each.  Junior Lake and Jae-Hoon Ha were the only other Smokies to have a hit in the game.  Not a very good night for Tennessee on Tuesday.

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Iowa scored two in the first, but that was all they could push across losing to New Orleans 7-2.  Chris Volstad was bad again giving up seven runs, six earned on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched.  Brett Jackson was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored, he also stole his 22nd base of the season.  Josh Vitters also had two hits and drove in his 52nd run of the season.  Alfredo Amezaga and Dave Sappelt each had two hits and Sappelt drove in a run.

Thanks for reading,

- Mark

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