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7/11: Around the Cubs Minor League System

After every level getting the day off on Tuesday, here is a look at Wednesday’s minor league games.

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The AZL Cubs were back to playing on Wednesday after a few day off.  They started right were they left off beating the AZL Padres 4-2.  Offensively Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a home run, double, and three RBIs.  Dan Lockhart was 3-for-3 with a double and a runs scored.  Ben Carhart and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit and Carhart scored a run.  Izaac Garsez drove in the other run for Cubs on the night.  David Henrie recorded his third win of the season pitching four perfect innings in relief while striking out three.  Lendy Castillo started his rehab assignment pitching two scoreless innings.

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Tied at one after four innings, Boise was able to score two in the fifth and two in the sixth.  They would hold on to win the game beating Vancouver 5-1.  Jose Arias pitched good in getting his second win of the season.  He gave up one run on six hits in five innings.  Eduardo Orozco, Pete Levitt, and Bryce Shafer all pitched well in relief not allowing a run.  Offensively there were some good things that came out of Wednesday night as well.  Trey Martin was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Wilson Contreras was also 2-for-3 including a triple, a runs scored, and an RBI.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, his third of the season.  Stephen Bruno and Marco Hernandez each added a hit and a runs scored.  It was a nice win for Boise after a day off.

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Javier Baez and the pitching staff was all Peoria needed on Wednesday.  Javier Baez connected on his seventh home run of the season in the second inning.  It proved to be the game winner as Peoria beat the Dragons 1-0.  Starting pitcher Starling Peralta pitched seven innings striking out four and only giving up two hits.  Larry Suarez struck out two in a scoreless inning of work and Yao-Lin Wang pitched a scoreless ninth to recored his 12th save of the season.  Oliver Zapata, Sergio Burruel, and Pin-Chieh Chen accounted for the other Chiefs hits, with Zapata hitting a double and Chen stole his 19th base on the season.  It was a great pitching performance by the Peoria pitching staff on Wednesday.

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Daytona scored seven runs from the fourth inning as they went on to beat Palm Beach 7-2.  Kyler Burke got his first win since being promoted to Daytona.  He pitched six innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four and not walking anyone.  Jeffrey Lorick came in relief and pitched an unbelievable 1.2 innings not allowing a hit and striking out five.  Brian Schlitter was able to close the game out recording his second save of the season.  Matt Sczcur, who had been struggling was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI.  He also stole his 29th base of the season.  Ronald Torreyes was also 2-for-4 including a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.  Elieser Bonne had a hit and drove in two runs.  John Andreoli and Matt Cerda each had a hit and drove in a run, Andreoli also stole his 31st base of the season.  It was nice to see Burke get his first win since moving to Daytona and it was also nice to see Sczcur hopefully get back on track.

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Wednesday’s game between Tennessee and Birmingham was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up as a double header on Thursday.

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Mark

7/5: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 5 Cubs minor league recap.

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 AZL Cubs played a very entertaining game on Thursday winning 12-11 in ten innings.  After giving up ten runs in the first three innings and being down by five the Cubs came storming back to tie the game and eventually win.  There were a lot of good things that happened on the offensive side of things.  Leading off Timothy Saunders was 5-for-6 with a home run, double, three RBI’s and four runs scored.  Rafael Lopez was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and one batted in.  Izaac Garsez also had three hits including a double, a run scored, and one batted in.  Garrett Schlecht and Daniel Lockhart each had two hits and Lockhart had two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Justin Berg got the start and wasn’t very good pitching only one inning and giving up six runs, three earned on four hits.  Nathan Dorris pitched three scoreless innings and Steve Perakslis recorded the win pitching two innings.  It was a wild game and it is nice to see the the Cubs come out on top.

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Boise scored two in the ninth to win 7-6.  Down by one going to the bottom of the ninth The Hawks were trailing 6-5.  After a Dong-Yub Kim and Xavier Batista walk Darien Martin bunted them to second and third.  Gioskar Amaya delivered a single to tie the game.  After a fielders choice up stepped Stephen Bruno who came through with a single to win the game.  Amaya also had three hits and scored two runs and drove in one.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-3 including his first home run of his professional career.  Marco Hernandez and Kim each had two hits and Hernandez had two RBI’s.  Bryce Shafer got the win in relief, despite giving up an unearned run in the top of the ninth.  Starter Jose Arias pitched quite well, giving up one run on seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched.  He was in line to get the win, but Michael Hamann struggled in relief.  All in all it was a nice win for Boise on Friday.

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Peoria scored two runs in the second and the pitching staff was able to make it stand winning 2-1.  Zach Cates got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he was only able to pitch 4.2 innings.  Zachary Rosscup came in relief and pitched three great innings striking out five and only allowing a hit.  Luis Lira came in to close the game and recorded his fourth save of the season.  Dustin Geiger started off where he left off hitting a solo home run in the second.  After the homer, Javier Baez stepped to the plate and delivered a single.  He then stole his 12 base of the season and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher.  Wes Darvill drove him in on a ground out.  Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had a hit and DeVoss stole his 21st base of the year.

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Kyler Burke pitched ok on Thursday, but took the loss nonetheless.  He gave up three runs, two earned on seven hits in five innings of work.  Offensively John Andreoli had a really nice day.  He was 3-for-4 and stole his 29th base of the season.  Matt Cerda also reached base three times with a double and two walks.  He also drove in two runs and scored one.  Arismendy Alcantara led off and was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Brian Schlitter pitched an effective two innings in relief not allowing a run and giving up two hits while striking out one.  His ERA is now down to 1.33.

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The Tennessee Smokies game was postponed on Friday.  It will be made up as a doubleheader tomorrow.  Each game will be seven innings.

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Iowa was shutout on Thursday 3-0.  Brooks Raley got the start and took the loss pitching 6.2 innings and allowing three runs, one earned on five hits.  Offensively there isn’t much to talk about.  Diory Hernandez was the only Cubs player to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3.  Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, and Josh Vitters, and Brian Esposito all had one hit a piece on Friday.  Alberto Cabrera and Ryan Rowland-Smith each pitched well in relief.  Nothing too exciting about this one.

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Mark

6/30: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leagues on Saturday, June 30.

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Another game for the AZL Cubs and more runs scored as the Cubs won 12-8.  Some of the highlights at the plate were Daniel Vogelbach going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Carlos Penalver also went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  Isaac Garesz and Neftali Rosario had two hits a piece.  Rosario had two RBI’s as did Garrett Schlect.  Justin Berg got the start, but did not factor in the win.  David Henrie did get the win pitching four innings giving up three runs, one earned on five hits.

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Boise got the bats going on Saturday beating Spokane 12-6.  Stephen Bruno went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with a double, run scored, and two RBI’s.  Bijan Rademacher had three hits and Chadd Krist also added two hits of his own.  Xavier Batista and Shawon Dunston Jr. each added an RBI on the night.  Jose Arias was not real sharp, but got his first win of the year.  Pete Levitt recorded his first save of the year and Michael Hamann pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

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Peoria took the loss on Saturday losing to Wisconsin 9-5.  Zach Cates struggled only lasting four innings givine up five runs, four earned on six hits, while striking out five.  Zachary Rosscup pitched well in relief striking out five and only giving up one hit in two innings.  Offensively Oliver Zapata was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  The Chiefs also got RBI’s from Pin-Chieh Chen, Dustin Geiger, Paul Hoilman, and Yasiel BalaguertJavier Baez was 1-for-4 with a run scored as well.

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Kyler Burke took the loss as Daytona fell to Dunedin 5-2.  Burke only lasted four innings giving up two runs, one earned on three hits in four innings.  He struggled with his control walking four, but he also struck out six.  Matthew Spencer and Eduardo Figueroa each pitched two innings and each gave up runs.  Brian Schlitter pitched well in his one inning out of the bullpen.  There wasn’t much excitement at the plate either as the Cubs could only muster five hits.  Two of those hits came off the bat of John AndreoliArismendy Alcantara, Rebel Ridling, and Rubi Silva had the other Daytona hits and Elieser Bonne had contributed with an RBI.

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Logan Watkins hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eight which proved to be the game winner as Tennessee won 3-2.  Michael Burgess also connected hitting his ninth homer of the year.  James Adduci drove in the other Smokies run and Jae-Hoon Ha contributed with two hits including a double.  Erik Jokish was pretty good, but did not factor in the decision.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out five in seven innings.  Kevin Rhoderick who had been struggling of late got the win in relief striking out one in two perfect innings of relief.

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Despite a late rally Iowa fell short losing to Nashville 4-3.  Down 4-0 entering the top of the ninth Iowa scored three runs including a solo home run off the bat of Brett Jackson.  Jackson added a double earlier ending the night with two hits and a stolen base.  Blake Lalli connected on a two-run homer in the ninth, his sixth of the season.  Dave Sappelt had two hits and a run scored.  Brooks Raley took the loss giving up one run on four hits in five innings.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Mike MacDougal each gave up runs in relief, but Jeff Beliveau pitched well striking out four in 1.2 innings pitched.

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Mark

6/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A closer look at very busy Monday for the Cubs minor leagues.


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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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 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.


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 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.

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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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Mark
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6/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor leagues on Thursday, June 14.

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After falling behind early Peoria came back in the fourth to tie the game at three.  The bullpen, however couldn’t hold the lead as Lui Liria took the loss giving up two runs in the eighth.  Kyler Burke got the start and was pretty good once again.  He gave up three runs in the first, but didn’t give up much more after that, notching another quality start.  Javier Baez hit his fourth homerun of the year, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.  Wes Darvill had a hit and an RBI on the day.  Dustin Geiger and Yasiel Balaguert each had a hit for the Chiefs.

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Daytona was trailing 3-1 when action resumed again on Thursday.  After five innings Daytona had tied the game, but the bullpen and defense let the Cubs down as they allowed four runs, only one of which was earned in the next two innings.  Rubi Silva and Richard Jones had an RBI each for the Cubs.  Nelson Perez raised his average to .302 as he went 1-for-2 with two walks.

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Daytona had a 1-0 lead into the sixth, but they gave up two runs, one in the sixth and one in the eighth.   P.J. Francescon started and pitched well giving up two hits in 5 innings, however he did not factor in the decision.  Micah Gibbs accounted for the Cubs lone run as he hit his fourth home run of the year.  He also had a double in the game.  Ronald Torreyes also had a double for Daytona.

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Birmingham fought back, but Tennessee was able to hold on winning the game 3-2.  Nicholas Stuck got his seventh win of the year giving up no runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Alberto Cabrera had two good innings of work and Jeffry Antigua earned his first save of the season.  Kevin Rhoderick also pitched, but struggled giving up two runs, he did manage to get his seventh hold of the season as he got through his inning of work with the lead.  Justin Bour had two more RBI’s, which brings his total to 52 on the season.  He along with Logan Watkins had two hits on Thursday.  Matthew Cerda collected three hits on the day, including his second home run of the season.  The win brought the Smokies one win away from the .500 mark.  There record now stands 33-34.

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Iowa scored a lot of runs, but gave up even more losing 10-8 on Thursday.  Brooks Raley didn’t have his good stuff giving up eight runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings.  Esmalin Caridad and Scott Maine each gave up a run in relief.  The good news came on the offensive side of things on Thursday.  Brett Jackson went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI’s.  He also scored two runs and stole his 13th base of the season.  Blake Lalli went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double and also drove in three on the day.  Ty Wright also drove in two runs on Thursday.  Anthony Rizzo sat out his second straight game and remains day-to-day.

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Not a very good day for the Cubs minor league system as they went 1-4 on Thursday.

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Mark

6/9: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Another busy day around the Cubs minor league system as Iowa played their second straight double-header.  Regardless of how busy they might be, a couple of teams are red-hot, let’s see if they continue their torrid pace, here is the recap for June 9th…

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 Five in a row for the red-hot Peoria Chiefs as they knocked off the Kane County Cougars 4-1 in Peoria.  Kyler Burke was outstanding as he tossed seven almost un-hittable innings giving up no runs on two hits while striking out nine, doesn’t get much better than that.  Burke got just enough offense as the Chiefs put up a four spot in the first inning, it was enough but it was all they would get.  Anthony Giansanti back from a scary injury went 3-for-5 at the plate, he’s now hitting .333 on the season.  Paul Bunyan, I mean Paul Hoilman and Wes Darvill each had two hits in the victory, each guy had a double as well.    Zeke DeVoss, somewhat overshadowed but a great prospect in his own right, was 1-for-2 in the lead off spot with three walks, and a stolen base, doing his job right.

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Daytona had a rough go of it tonight as they were blanked by Tampa 7-0.  Not much went right at all as the D-Cubs only managed three hits while making two errors.  Frank Del Valle started for Daytona and didn’t pitch too poorly but he didn’t get any help from his defense.  Del Valle lasted five innings giving up three runs, two earned on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  The loss drops Del Valle to 4-2 on the season while his ERA sits at 4.28.  As I mentioned not much going on for the D-Cubs at the plate, only Arismendy Alcantara, Ronald Torreyes, and Rubi Silva had hits, all singles.

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 The Smokies are on fire as they beat Mississippi tonight 6-4 for their sixth straight victory.  Dallas Beeler started for the Smokies are had a decent outing but did not figure in the decision as he gave up three runs on five hits in five innings of work.  Frank Batista worked the final two innings of the game to earn his first win of the season as he gave up one run on three hits, his ERA is now 1.96 on the season.  Nate Samson had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Rebel Ridling gave the Smokies the lead in the 3rd inning with his seventh home run of the season, a two run shot on his way to a 1-for-4 day.

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Pitching stole the show in game one as the I-Cubs scratched out a 1-o win over Nashville.  Brooks Raley was outstanding as he went the distance (7 innings in a DH) to earn his second victory of the season for Iowa.  Raley held Nashville scoreless while giving up six hits, walking no one, and striking out six.  Matt Tolbert was 2-for-3 at the plate with the big blow, a solo shot in the first inning providing the only run of the game.  Dave Sappelt also had a good game at the plate as he went 2-for-2 and had a big outfield assist gunning down a runner at second.

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Much of the same in game two as offense was at a premium, this time Nashville came out on top 3-2 scoring the game winning run in the top of the 6th inning after the I-Cubs rallied from two down to tie it in the 5th.  Esmailin Caridad got the start for the I-Cubs, tends to happen when you play four games in two days.  Caridad was good, and provided the innings the Cubs needed, he last four innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out three.  The I-Cubs couldn’t get much going offensively, Ty Wright was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double.  Josh Vitters drove in one of the I-Cubs runs and was 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk, he’s now hitting .271 on the season.

Thanks for reading,
– George

6/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is Sunday’ Minor League recap, it’s not pretty as the whole organization took an o’fer.

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We were in Kane County for this game, you can check out our recap here.  Kyler Burke didn’t get any help from his defense on Sunday as he went five innings giving up five runs but only two of them were earned.  Javier Baez didn’t start the game, but stole the show over the final four innings.  In his first plate appearance he took the first pitch he saw and deposited it roughly 430 feet away over the center field wall to tie the game at five.  Baez was also tremendous with the glove making three or four great plays, including two web gem efforts, just awesome.  Taiwan Easterling was 2-for-5 at the plate with a double, and Oliver Zapata was 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

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PJ Francescon didn’t have his best stuff, but it really didn’t matter as Daytona only managed one hit on the afternoon.  Francescon went five innings allowing four runs on five hits, he suffered his second defeat of the season.  Congratulations to Greg Rohan for getting the only hit for the D-Cubs in the loss.  What hurts the most is coming into the game Boer had an ERA that was over 10, was expecting Daytona to tee off on him, but it wasn’t meant to be I guess.  Matt Szczur didn’t play again, trying to get some updated information on him, hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

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Nicholas Struck and company held Montgomery to two measly hits, but that was enough as they knocked off the Smokies 3-2.  Struck tossed five and two-thirds of pretty good baseball only allowing three runs on two hits while walking two and striking out seven.  The loss drops Struck to 5-6 on the season with a 4.41 ERA.  The Smokies offense wasn’t much better than their opponent on Sunday.  They only managed to plate two runs on five hits, with both runs coming in the 6th inning.  Rebel Ridling was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Michael Burgess was 1-for-4 with a double and the other RBI for the Smokies.

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It was a weekend to forget for the I-Cubs as they dropped games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It was an on and off day for Brooks Raley as he worked five innings and allowed five runs on nine hits, but he only walked one guy and struck out nine, he must have had too much of the zone too often.  The I-Cubs bats got Raley off the loss, but unfortunately they couldn’t completely rescue the team as the I-Cubs fell 6-5 to Oklahoma City.  Ty Wright was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI.  Anthony Rizzo, who has proven healthy that last couple days was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. 

Thanks for reading,
– George

A Day With The Peoria Chiefs (Lots of Pics)

Born on Third traveled to Kane County today to take in the Peoria Chiefs game against the Cougars, here’s a recap, mostly pictures, from the day.

We actually bought the tickets before Javier Baez was assigned to Peoria, so it was a bonus that he was playing for the Chiefs and we couldn’t wait to see the 2011 first round draft pick of the Cubs.  Unfortunately, the Peoria Chiefs politely warned us of something on the way to the game..

Yes, that was the Peoria Chiefs twitter account letting us know that Javy Baez was not in the lineup today, oh well I guess, at least we still get to see the Chiefs and Kyler Burke pitch.  We got to the park around 11:30 because we were expecting the gates to open at 12 which is what the website said but they had the gates open already.

NOTE:  Click the picture for the full size, it’s worth it! (Please feel free to use my pictures, but please ask, I would like some credit, thanks!)

  5th/3rd Bank Field is easy to look at from the outside

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5/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/29/12, enjoy.

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It almost took all night, well it actually did, but the Chiefs walked off in the 14th inning to beat Wisconsin 4-3.  Kyler Burke started for the Chiefs and was good, but struggled with his command.  He went five innings and only allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit.  Burke walked five guys which is why he did not go deeper into the game.  Ryan Cuneo was 2-for-5 with his fourth home run of the season.  Javy Baez was 0-for-5 on the night but did have a walk, a stolen base and a run scored.

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Game 1:  Robert Whitenack made his 2012 debut with the D-Cubs after coming back from Tommy John Surgery, and it didn’t go so well.  Whitenack gave up ten hits over four and a-third while giving up three runs to take the loss.  The D-Cubs couldn’t get anything going offensively as they only scored one run on six hits.  Richard Jones was 2-for-3 with a double at the plate in a losing effort.

Game 2:  PJ Francescon went the distance (only 7 innings in double-headers) but ended up on the wrong end of the decision as Brevard County completed the double-header sweep with a 5-2 win over Daytona.  Francescon went six innings and gave up five runs all earned, on eight hits, he walked three and struck out five.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run.  Greg Rohan was 1-for-3 at the plate with his 9th home run on the season and two RBI’s.

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Nicholas Struck was outstanding as he shut down the Huntsville Stars over six innings to lead the Smokies to a 3-2 victory.  Struck didn’t give up any runs over six innings, he allowed only three hits, walked one, and struck out nine.  Junior Lake was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the lead-off spot.  Jae-Hoon Ha also had two hits in the victory, a victory that was closed out by Kevin Rhoderick.  Rhoderick has been lights out, he earned his 6th save of the season and lowered his ERA to 0.83.

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The I-Cubs have something going right now, they staged a furious rally to beat Omaha 5-4 for their 5th straight victory.  Trailing 4-1 in the 8th inning against the first place team was nothing for this group.  The I-Cubs scored two runs in the 7th and added two more in the 8th to cap the thrilling victory.  Josh Vitters is on a roll once again as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with his 7th home run of the season, he also had a walk and two runs scored.  Dave Sappelt continues to be a two-hit machine as he was 2-for-4 in the victory.  Chris Rusin started for the Cubs, and ended with a no decision as he gave up four runs in six innings of work.

Thanks for reading,
– George

The Kyler Burke Story

Peoria got another stellar outing from LHP Kyler Burke last night as he went 6 innings giving up 2 hits and allowing no earned runs.  He recorded his first win of the season dropping his ERA to 2.31.  The 25-year-old has enjoyed success thus far as a pitcher dating back to last year at Boise where he pitched out of the bullpen.  He ended the season with a 2.86 ERA in 44 innings pitched including one save while striking out just over one batter per inning.

So what makes Kyler Burke so interesting?  Well we need to get in the time machine and go back a few years to 2007 when Michael Barrett was on the wrong side of Carlos Zambrano’s fists.  Shortly after that memorable June day the Cubs traded Barrett to the Padres for two players.  Most of us remember or are trying to forget that we received catcher Rob Bowen, but many don’t recall the centerpiece in the deal was a 19-year-old OF who was drafted 35th overall in just the previous years draft.  That player was Kyler Burke and the Cubs were very happy to acquire the talented outfielder.  Burke’s next few seasons were plagued by drastic inconsistency with the highlight coming in 2009 when he was named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Year.  He hit .303 with 15 HR, and 89 RBI’s in Peoria.  The next year however was when things took a turn for the worse, while in Daytona Burke hit only .212 with 131 strikeouts in 135 games.  The following March the Cubs and Burke, who had pitched in high school, decided it was time for a change and with that Kyler Burke began his new career as a pitcher.

The Cubs have to be happy with his progress thus far, as he is doing quite well in only his second year as a pitcher.  Burke recently has moved from the pen to the starting rotation for Peoria with pretty good results.  Where will Kyler Burke go from here we don’t know, but with a premium on quality left-handed arms out of the bullpen it is hard to think he won’t make it to the show as a big league pitcher sometime down the road.  As long as it seems Kyler Burke’s story has been, it really has just begun.  The best of luck to him on his continued development and we hope to see him at Wrigley somtime in the future.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

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