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Cubs Make Second Round of Cuts; McNutt Included

As we inch towards opening day we will be seeing more of these reports, these are both good and bad, good meaning we are finally getting an idea of what the roster might look like, bad because, well, being cut isn’t a bad thing, it’s a developmental step, yeah that’s it.  Today the Cubs announced they have sent six players back to various levels of their system, five pitchers and one position player.  We will start with the position player, Logan Watkins, a guy I really like, and I think the Cubs do as well as he is versatile in that he can play a number of infield spots.  It looks as though he will start the 2013 campaign in Iowa as the starting second baseman, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at Wrigley at some point this year.

Now let’s discuss the pitchers that were sent packing.  Brooks Raley, who started a few games for the Cubs at the end of last year will be headed to Iowa, and most likely be in the rotation there.  Raley had logan-watkins-nick-struckan opportunity to crack the roster coming out of camp but had a less than memorable Spring up to this point.  Alberto Cabrera, who the Cubs are trying to morph back into a starter will also take up residence in Iowa, like Raley, there was an outside shot of Cabrera making the team as he saw time with the Cubs last year, but a bad Spring  forced the Cubs hand.  The 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year in the Cubs organization,  Nick Struck, was also sent home from camp today.  Struck had a decent Spring and will look to build off an impressive 2012 this year, most likely in Iowa, yes that staff is pretty full already.  Robert Whitenack, who spent much of 2012 coming back from Tommy John surgery, was another one of the cuts.  Whitenack is intriguing, as many people in the organization like his arm, and ability, it’s now a matter of regaining confidence post surgery and I think that is what is holding him back.  Whitenack is someone to pay attention to as he is already on the Cubs 40-man roster, my guess is he starts a AA Tennessee, that might be a little advanced for him, but he has to show the Cubs organization that he belongs.

The final cut is probably the most notable, Trey McNutt, and his beard.  McNutt Trey  McNuttwas a pitching prospect for the Cubs before they restocked with other pitching prospects, if that makes sense.  McNutt, originally a starter has become seemingly more valuable out of the bullpen, that made it realistic for him to break camp with the Cubs and be another solid arm in the pen.  With him being cut from camp I would think the Cubs would like to see what he can do strictly as a reliever at AAA Iowa, I think that McNutt has a future with the Cubs, and I think it’s out of the pen, but time and performance will tell.  The Cubs roster now stands at 53, as I said, inching closer to that magical 25 number for April 1st.

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– George

Edwin Jackson Strong in Cubs Debut

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  If the Cubs can bottle this Spring pitching and take in North when they break camp they will be more than just an improved team in 2013.  The pitching this afternoon Villanueva HRwas fantastic, and it all started with Edwin Jackson making not only his Spring debut, but his Cubs debut.  Jackson was stellar, tossing two scoreless innings while pounding the strike zone.  He surrendered two hits, didn’t walk anyone and didn’t strike out anyone, you have a defense behind you, use it!  Drew Carpenter followed Jackson and was the eventual winning pitcher for the Cubs as he also went two innings giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Chris Rusin, Zach Putnam, and Nick Struck combined to closed out the final five innings for the victory.  Both Rusin and Struck went two innings, Struck picked up the save giving up one run on two hits, while striking out one.  The Cubs didn’t knock out too many hits on the day (6) but they made them count as they were able to push across four runs.  Christian Villanueva got the Cubs on the board in the third inning with a solo home run off of Jorge De  La Rosa.  Dave Sappelt had a strong day at the plate going 2-for-2 with a home run of his own, an RBI, and he scored two runs.  Starlin Castro doubled, Javier Baez and Logan Watkins rounded out the hits for the Cubs, and Baez recorded his first stolen base as well.

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– George

Cubs Fill Out 40 Man Roster / Sayonara LaHair

Today was the deadline to protect players from the MLB Rule 5 draft, players on a teams 40 man roster are protected, so it comes as no surprise that the Cubs filled out their 40 man roster today.  The Cubs purchased the contracts of right-handed pitcher Trey McNutt, infielder Christian Villanueva, minor league player of the year in the Cubs organization Logan Watkins, and right-handed pitcher Robert Whitenack.  The other minor league player of the year, Nick Struck was not added to the 40 man and thus left unprotected and available to any team that may want to add him in the Rule 5 Draft.  It’s not that much of a surprise that he wasn’t added because the guys that were added have a better shot at sticking with the Cubs, especially McNutt.  I think the move to the pen was the right one for McNutt last year and he could have pitched out of a Major League bullpen last year so it was wise for the Cubs to go in that direction.

In addition to filling out the roster the Cubs also designated Bryan LaHair for assignment.  The 2012 all-star is said to be looking into an opportunity to sign with a Japan team for next season, if that’s the case I hope he has a great year next year, he was a lot of fun to watch for 51 games last season.

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– George

Mesa Solar Sox Update/Stats

Not much has gone right for the Mesa Solar Sox as they currently sit at 6-16 which is good for dead last in the AFL East.  Wanted to bring you up to speed on how the Cubs prospects are doing, it’s been a rough go of it.

Matt Szczur 

I’m actually happy with what Szczur has done with the Solar Sox so far.  He’s not driving the ball much, but he is getting on base at a .353 clip, and is stealing bases, something a good lead off hitter does.

Javier Baez

What a weird season for Baez, his average was way down and so was his OBP.  His power numbers were through the roof however, as he blasted four home runs and drove in 16 during his injury shortened AFL season.  Not thrilled with the OBP, but it’s hard not to be impressed with his production.

Rubi Silva

It’s been a tough AFL season for Silva, but I expected that as he is not playing every day and is finding it hard to find a groove.  Silva is not making enough contact, but that’s why these players are here, to learn and develop.

Logan Watkins

Watkins was a late addition to the AFL roster, he was summoned after Javier Baez was injured.  Watkins is showing outstanding plate discipline early, something he has done all year, and what a year it was for the Cubs minor league player of the year.  It’s nice to see the patience, I know the organization is loving that too.

Dae-Eun Rhee

Really like the innings Rhee has been able to throw down in Arizona, the results, not so much.  Command has been spotty for Rhee, and it shows with the 6 walks and 22 hits in just under 17 innings.

Nick Struck

Struck has been able to wiggle off the hook many times already during the AFL season.  Command has gotten him in trouble as he as walked 8 guys in just 12 innings.  However, his ERA hasn’t really taken a hit as it sits at a respectable 3.75 for the season.

Tony Zych

Zych has been really good down in Arizona, he has given up more hits than innings pitched but he doesn’t walk guys.  Zych has only walked one guy in 10 innings of work, and sports a sparkling 2.70 ERA on the season.

Kevin Rhoderick

Rhoderick has been very good for the Solar Sox, his 4.82 ERA might suggest otherwise, but he’s been dominant at times.  In just over nine innings of work Rhoderick has stuck out 14 and only walked two, he’s only given up seven hits.  The long ball has hurt him as he has given up two home runs which have accounted for the majority of the runs he has given up.

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– George

Watkins and Struck Named Minor League Players of the Year

Congrats to both Logan Watkins and Nicholas Struck as they have been named Minor League Players of the Year for the Cubs organization.  Logan is the actual “player” of the year, and Struck is the pitcher of the year, both guys had great seasons, and did so rather quietly.  They should be known by now as they have some hardware backing their name now, he is more on their season via Carrie Muskat of Cubs.com.

Infielder Logan Watkins and right-handed pitcher Nick Struck were named the Cubs’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two will be honored Monday at Wrigley Field. Watkins, 23, hit .281 with 93 runs scored, 20 doubles, 11 triples, nine home runs and 52 RBIs in 133 games for Double-A Tennessee. He led the Southern League in runs scored, was second in triples and walks (76) and was fourth in on-base percentage (.383). Originally selected in the 21st round of the 2008 Draft, Watkins owns a .285 batting average in 475 career Minor League games.

Struck, 22, went 14-10 with a 3.18 ERA in 28 games (26 starts) for Tennessee. He led the Southern League in victories, ranked third with 155 2/3 innings pitched and fourth in ERA. He led the club with 123 strikeouts, walked 44, and limited opposing hitters to a .238 batting average. From May 29 through the end of the season, Struck went 10-5 with a 2.29 ERA in 18 games (16 starts). All told, Struck allowed three or fewer earned runs in 20 of his 26 starts while he issued two or fewer walks in 21 starts. Chicago’s 39th round selection in the 2009 Draft, Struck is 32-27 with a 3.50 ERA in 84 career Minor League games, including 73 starts. He has struck out 330 batters while walking 134, and has surrendered 28 home runs in 431 2/3 innings pitched

I just completed Logan Watkins’ player card, just after he won the award, so I guess I will have to edit that.  Nicholas Struck should be up soon, congrats to both guys, great season!

Thanks for reading,
– George

9/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Peoria and Tennessee were the only Cubs minor league teams with regular season games today.  Boise played game one, which we will have a separate post on.

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Peoria finished the season strong beating Kane County 6-2.  Ben Wells got the start pitching two scoreless innings allowing no runs on three hits.  Willengton Cruz got the win pitching 4.2 innings allowing two runs on just one hit.  Luis Liria struggled with his command, walking four in just 0.2 innings, but got the ball to Pete Levitt who recorded his first save of the season throwing the final 1.2 innings.  Yaniel Cabezas had the big blow going 2-for-4 with a three run home run in the fifth.  Pin-Chieh Chen also had two hits and a scored a run.  Dustin Geiger was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Timothy Saunders had a hit and a run scored.  Jorge Soler and Chadd Krist each had a hit in the win.

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Tennessee ended the season on a high note as well beating Pensacola 8-1.  Austin Kirk was good getting a win in his final start giving up one run on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Frank Batista, Jaye Chapman, Rafael Dolis, and Trey McNutt combined to pitch the final 3.1 innings striking out three, giving up two hits, and allowing no runs.  Newly acquired Anthony Recker was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs.  He his a three run shot in the seventh.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Matt Cerda also had two hits a piece with Cerda driving in one run.  Rubi Silva had a hit and drove in two in the Smokies win.  Junior Lake, Logan Watkins, and Matt Szczur all had a hit and a run scored on the day.

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-Mark

9/2: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Only three games on Sunday as the minor league season comes to a close.  Daytona’s season ended on Sunday, while Peoria and Tennessee will play their final game on Monday.

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Peoria led most of the way, but lost in extra innings 5-4.  Starling Peralta got the start and pitched pretty good, but had one tough inning in which he gave up three runs on three hits, walked three, and struck out eight in 5.1.  Sheldon McDonald and Steve Perakslis combined to pitch the next 2.2 innings allowing one run.  Austin Reed took the loss as he gave up a run in the 10th inning.  Jorge Soler was the story on the offensive side as he was 3-for-5 with a mammoth home run, his third with Peoria.  Jacob Rogers and Timothy Saunders each had two hits with Rogers knocking in one run.  Zeke DeVoss, Pin-Chieh Chen, and Sergio Burruel each had a hit with Burruel adding an RBI in the loss.

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Daytona ended the season on good note beating Brevard County in walk off fashion 3-2.  Also ending the season on a positive note was Javier Baez who was 2-for-3 with two home runs and two RBIs.  Taylor Davis was the hero though as he had two hits, including the walk off RBI.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the win.  Nelson Perez and Micah Gibbs each had a hit.  Ryan Searle got the start pitching six inning allowing two runs, one earned on four hits.  Matt Spencer and Hunter Cervenka combined to pitch 2.1 innings not allowing a hit and striking out four.  Eduardo Figueroa got the win getting the last two outs of the game.  It was a nice way for Javier Baez and the Daytona Cubs to end the season.

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Tennessee scored four in the 15th beating Pensacola 7-3.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the start pitching six innings allowing one run on five hits.  Tony Zych struggled giving up two runs in just 0.2 innings, but Frank Batista and Brian Schlitter did a really nice job pitching the next 4.1 scoreless innings.  Casey Harman was outstanding as well pitching four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, one walk, and one strike out notching his first win of the season.  Matt Cerda was 3-for-7 with an RBI and a run scored.  Logan Watkins had two hits, including a double and two RBIs.  Junior Lake had one hit, but he made it count hitting a three-run homer and ended with four RBIs on the night.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Rubi Silva, and Michael Brenly each had two hits in the win.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

9/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our daily minor league recap.

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Boise closed out the regular season by winning a wild one Saturday night 12-11.  Boise took an early lead, but gave up six in the fourth and five in the fifth and were quickly down by six runs.  They came storming back scoring four in the sixth, one in the seventh, and two in the ninth to get the victory. Marco Hernadez was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBIs, including the game tying RBI and the winning run scored.  Dan Vogelbach had three hits and three RBIs.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored, and two RBIs.  Albert Almora and Rock Shoulders each had two hits, with Almora knocking one in and Wilson Contreras had two RBIs including the game winner.  Stephen Bruno kept the hitting streak alive as he went 1-for-1, with an RBI, but was ejected shortly after that.  Ian Dickson got the start, giving up six runs, four earned in just 3.1 innings.  Hunter Ackerman followed and gave up five runs, two earned over the next 1.2 innings.  Brian Smith was tremendous pitching three perfect innings with four strikeouts.  Rafael Diplan got his third win of the season pitching a scoreless ninth.  Boise starts their playoffs on Monday.

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Peoria gave up three in the sixth and took the loss 6-5.  Jeff Antigua got the start, but struggled a bit giving up six runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.  Justin Berg came on and pitched the final 2.1 innings not allowing a run.  Bijan Rademacher had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Oliver Zapata also had a double and rove in two.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Jorge Soler, Zeke DeVoss and Jacob Rogers each had a hit a piece, with Rogers scoring two runs.  Peoria has two more games against Kane County as the season will come to a close on Monday.

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Daytona beat Brevard County on Saturday 4-2.  Matt Loosen got the start and pitched quite well in his five innings.  He allowed one run on two hits and struck out six, in earning his 11th win of the season.  Jeff Lorick gave up a run, but pitched the next two innings before getting the ball to AJ Morris threw the final two innings and earned his seventh save of the season.  John Andreoli, who has had a really nice season waited until tonight to hit his first home run of the season.  He ended the night 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases bringing his total to 55.  Nelson Perez was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI and Rafael Lopez had a hit and knocked one in as well.  Javier Baez and Christian Villanueva each had a hit, with Villanueva stealing two bases and scoring a run as well.  Daytona’s season will come to a close on Sunday.

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Tennessee scored two in the fifth, but gave up one in the ninth to lose 3-2.  Eric Jokisch started, but did not factor in the decision going five innings and allowing one run on six hits, while striking out five.  After Zach Rosscup gave up a run in his inning of work, both Jaye Chapman and Rafael Dolis pitched a scoreless inning each.  Kevin Rhoderick took the loss giving up a run in the ninth inning.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, he also walked twice.  Matt Szczur had two hits, including a double and he scored a run.  The pitcher Eric Jokisch and pinch hitter Dustin Harrington were the only other Smokies to record a hit in the loss.  Tennessee has two games left and will end their season on Monday.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/30: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a quick look at the Cubs minor league recap for Thursday, August 30th.  When the AZL Cubs playoff game ends we will have a full recap of that game.

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Boise scored two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as they lost to Everett 4-3.  What else is new Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  His hit streak now sits at 20.  Rock Shoulders hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the ninth.  Albert Almora was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Dan Vogelbach also had a hit in the loss.  Justin Amlung started and took the loss going two innings allowing one run on two hits.  James Pugliese pitched the next four innings allowing two runs and striking out four.  Su-Min Jung and Tyler Bremer combined to throw the last three innings, with Bremer giving up a run and striking out two.

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Cedar Rapids put up four big runs in the 10th inning to beat Peoria 11-7.  The Chiefs had a lot of nice nights on the offensively.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 3-for-4 with two walks, a triple, three runs scored, and a stolen base.  Wes Darvill also had three hits, including a double and an RBI.  Jorge Soler was 2-for-6 with an RBI and Sergio Burruel also had two hits including a double and two RBIs.  Zeke DeVoss had a hit and an RBI as did Jacob RogersTimothy Saunders, Oliver Zapata, and Bijan Rademacher all had a hit in the loss.  Joseph Zeller started and pitched 6.2 innings allowing five runs on eight hits.  Sheldon McDonald and Larry Suarez pitched the next 2.1 innings, but Luis Liria took the loss giving up the four runs in the 10th.

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Going into the ninth tied Brevard County scored two and Daytona one, so the final ended up 6-5 Brevard County.  Kyle Hendricks started and pitched four innings allowing three runs on seven hits.  Matthew Spencer and Hunter Cervenka combined to pitch the next 2.1 innings giving up one run and striking out four.  Eduardo Figueroa took the loss as he allowed the two runs in the ninth inning.  John Andreoli had a nice night going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-4 with a home run and Christian Villanueva had a hit and an RBI.  Rebel Ridling was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored and Elieser Bonne knocked in a run with a hit in the loss.

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Tennessee beat Pensacola on Thursday 4-2.  Dallas Beeler started and pitched five innings allowing two runs, one earned on four hits, while walking two and striking out four.  After Casey Harman pitched a scoreless sixth, Trey McNutt pitched an outstanding inning as he struck out the side and didn’t allow a base runner.  Brian Schlitter notched his six save as he struck out four over two innings.  The Cubs offense used the long ball as all four runs accounted for via the home run.  Logan Watkins, Justin Bour, and Matt Cerda all connected with Cerda hitting a two-run homer.  Jae-Hoon Ha was the only other Smokies player to have a hit in the win.

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Thursday was not a good night for Iowa losing to Nashville 6-1.  Yonner Negrin started and took the loss as he pitched five innings allowing three runs, two earned on six hits.  Jaye Chapman struck out two in a scoreless inning of work, but Miguel Socolovich gave up three runs in his inning.  Rafael Dolis pitched the final frame, not allowing a run and striking one out.  Adrian Cardenas was responsible for the only Cubs run as he was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Tony Campana also had one hit and he scored the Cubs lone run, he also stole his 18th base at Iowa.  The Cubs had five more hits in the loss, as Thursday was not a very good night.

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-Mark

8/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The Cubs minor league recap for Tuesday, August 28.  Daytona was again cancelled because of rain.

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The AZL Cubs tried to come back, but ended up losing to the Diamondbacks 6-4.  Dillon Maples started and got the loss allowing two unearned runs in one inning.  The Cubs used six more pitchers to get through the rest of the game.  Some of the good pitching performances were Loiger Padron who struck out three and allowed one hit in two innings.  Anthony York struggled giving up three runs in just 0.2 innings.  Daniel Adrian, Jin-Young Kim, and Arturo Maltos-Garcia all combined to strike out eight in just three innings.  Garrett Schlecht was really good night going 4-for-4 with a double, triple, and three runs scored.  Yasiel Balaguert was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.  Trevor Gretzky and Carlos Penalver each had a hit and an RBI.  Justin Marra had a double and Jeff Baez knocked in one run in the loss.

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Boise jumped on Everett early scoring seven runs in the first two innings and ended up winning 7-3.   Stephen Bruno has been outstanding and Tuesday was no different going 3-for-5 with a run scored.  Jeimer Candelario and Gioskar Amaya each hit a home run with Candelario driving in two and Amaya three.  Wilson Contreras and Marco Hernandez had two hits a piece with Contreras having two RBIs.  Carlos Escobar and Darien Martin each had a hit in the win.  Although he didn’t have a hit it was nice to see Albert Almora get back in the lineup.  Pierce Johnson got the start pitching two innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits while striking out three.  Jose Arias pitched the next three innings allowing one run on one hit, while walking four and striking out three.  Brian Smith pitched the next 2.2 innings and got the win not allowing a run and striking out three.  Rafael Diplan notched his first save of the season, striking out two of the four outs he recorded.

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Peoria gave up three runs in the ninth and lost to Wisconsin 4-1.  In some really good new Ben Wells got the start in his first game with Peoria since coming back from injury.  He pitched two innings allowing no runs on two hits, with one walk.  Willengton Cruz did a very nice job in relief pitching five innings allowing one run on three hits, while striking out four.  Justin Berg took the loss giving up three runs in the ninth inning.  The Chiefs only had four hits on Tuesday.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Dustin Geiger each had hits as did Timothy Saunders and Jacob Rogers.  Jorge Soler did not have a hit, but walked twice and scored the Chiefs lone run.

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Tennessee gave up one run in the ninth to tie the game, but walked-off in the 10th beating Mobile 6-5.  Logan Watkins was the hero hitting the walk off home run in the 10th, he ended the night 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  Michael Brenly had quite a nice night as well going 3-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored.  Matt Cerda was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Michael Burgess had a pinch hit RBI single.  Junior Lake and Rubi Silva each had a hit in the Smokies win.  Austin Kirk got the start going seven strong innings.  He gave up three runs, two earned on seven hits, while walking one and striking out one.  Kevin Rhoderick gave up a run in one inning, but got the ball to Frank Batista with the lead.  Batista blew the save, but got the win.  Tennessee is playing good ball lately and they are now 33-32, but it appears to be too late as they are five out and are one game away from being eliminated.

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Iowa lost to Nashville 7-3.  Horacio Ramirez wasn’t good giving up seven runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings.  Miguel Socolovich, Rafael Dolis, and Jairo Asencio combined to pitch 3.1 innings not allowing a run.  Alfredo Amezaga was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.  Tony Campana and Matt Tolbert each had two hits, with Tolbert scoring a run.  Greg Rohan, Dave Sappelt, and James Adduci each had a hit in the Cubs loss.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

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