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Cubs Rally Falls Just Short as Red Sox Even Series

Sure both of these teams aren’t near the top of the Major League’s but the last two days have been electric at the ballpark and hopefully a sign of things to come at Wrigley.  I mentioned it in the game preview, if Samardzija could throw strikes he should be alright tonight because the wind would be howling out and you can’t afford to put guys on via walks.  Unfortunately that’s exactly what happened, Samardzija struggled with his command and labored through 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on only four hits, but he issued three walks en route to his fifth loss of the season.  The Red Sox managed to score twice in the fourth and push across single runs in the sixth and seventh to take a 4-0 lead.  The Cubs rallied in the bottom half of the seventh as Luis Valbuena launched a deep three-run homer to the opposite field off of Jon Lester to cut the Red Sox lead to 4-3.  That was as close as the Cubs would get as the Red Sox bullpen came in to shut the door over the final two innings to even the series.  Jeff Baker who has had success off Lester in the past was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a run scored.  Welington Castillo had a solid night in his return to the Cubs lineup, he was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, plus he threw out Mike Aviles trying to steal.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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6/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the minor league system on Wednesday June 13.

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Peoria scored early and often, scoring six runs in the first four innings.  That would prove to be plenty for starter Jose Rosario as the Chiefs won 7-1.  The offense pounded out 12 hits, including two-hit games by Zeke DeVoss, Dustin Geiger, Javier Baez, and Yasiel Balaguert.  Baez and Geiger each hit a homer and each added two RBI’s.  DeVoss, Balaguert, and Oliver Zapata also had RBI’s on the day.  Not to be overlooked was the great pitching performance by Rosario who gave up one run on three hits in 6.1 innings of work.  Hunter Cervenka through another scoreless inning while striking out two.  He has not allowed a hit in 10.1 innings or a base runner in 8.2, his ERA is now down to 0.63.

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Daytona was trailing 3-1 in the the third when the game was suspended due to weather.  The game will pick up in the fourth inning tomorrow and will then play a seven inning game after the conclusion of the first game.

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 Tennessee fell behind early, but came back to score six straight to win 6-3.  Dae-Eun Rhee gave up three early runs, but stayed around long enough to get his fourth win of the season.  Justin Bour had two hits including his 16th double and he also drove his 50th run of the season.  Junior Lake added two hits as well including a triple.  James Adduci hit his fifth homer of the season and also had two RBI’s on the day.  Jae-Hoon Ha, Wellington Castillo, and Michael Burgess all contributed with RBI’s as well.  Frank Batista closed the game out pitching two scoreless innings, and notching his ninth save of the season.

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Not much excitement at Iowa today as the Cubs lost 5-2.  Not only did Iowa lose, but there was no Anthony Rizzo as he is day-to-day with a right knee contusion and there was no Brett Jackson in the lineup as well.  Rodrigo Lopez pitched six innings allowing three runs on eight hits.  Continuing his rehab Geovany Soto caught some today and also hit a double.  Luis Valbuena had two hits including a double and an RBI.  Blake Lalli had the only other RBI on the day.

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Mark

 

6/12: Around The Minor League System

A look around the minor leagues on Tuesday.

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Peoria took a tough loss on Tuesday losing 5-4.  After Peoria took a 3-1 lead, Beloit came back in the fourth and scored four of there own.  Michael Jensen took the lossfor the Chiefs, but was not helped out by his defense who committed five errors, three coming from Javier Baez and two coming from Dustin Geiger.  Baez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Zeke DeVoss had a double and also drove in a run.  Pin-Chieh ChenYasiel Balaguert, and Yaniel Cabezas all added RBI’s on Tuesday.  The loss dropped Peoria to 32-33 on the season.

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Daytona got seven early runs, which proved to be plenty as they beat Brevard County 8-3.  Nelson Perez led the attack with three hits including his eleventh homerun of the season.  Greg Rohan and John Andreoli each had two hits on the night as well.  Arismendy Alcantara and Richard Jones each added a hit and two RBI’s a piece.  Eduardo Figueroa only could last three innings, but Ryan Searle came in relief to get his fourth win of the season.  Joseph Zeller and Jeffrey Lorick also pitched two innings a piece on Tuesday.  Daytona improved their record to 29-34.

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A five run first for Omaha proved to be too much for Iowa to overcome.  Chris Volstad gave up six runs in five innings of work, including four walks and six hits.  Offensively Ty Wright had two hits including a double and a run scored.  Blake Lalli, Alfredo Amezaga each had an RBI and Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the ninth.  Geovany Soto was the DH in the game and delivered a double in four AB’s.  The Cubs got quite a scare as Anthony Rizzo left early with a leg injury when he crashed into a fence in front of the dugout.  Thankfully xrays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a right knee contusion.

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Mark

6/5: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A productive day for the most part, but a crushing loss for Iowa, here’s is your Minor League recap for June 5th, 2012.

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In a game that looked like it was lost in the late innings the D-Cubs stormed back to take the lead and eventually beat Bradenton 6-5.  Austin Kirk was outstanding once again for the D-Cubs.  Kirk tossed six strong innings giving up one run on four hits, he walked three and struck out seven as he lowered his ERA to 2.72 in the no decision.  The middle of the Daytona order continues to mash the ball on a nightly basis.  Nelson Perez is usually leading that charge, on this night he was 2-for-3 with his 10th home run of the season, he also knocked in his 41st RBI, and had two runs scored, he is now hitting .307 on the season.  Greg Rohan and Rubi Silva also chipped in, Rohan with one hit, Silva with two as they both hover around the .300 mark. 

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The Smokies showed no mercy Tuesday night as they blitzed Montgomery 12-3.  Erik Jokisch was the beneficiary of the offense but he didn’t need it.  Jokisch was awesome once again as he went seven scoreless innings only giving up five hits while walking one and striking out one.  He improved to 2-0 on the season for the Smokies and his ERA now sits at 1.47.  There were a lot of big days at the plate for the Smokies, Justin Bour‘s day might have been the biggest.  Bour was 4-for-6 at the plate with a double, and two RBI’s.  Not to be outdone Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBI’s and two walks in the victory.  What’s impressive about the Smokies effort is they did all of this without hitting a home run, doubles and triples work just fine too.

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A loss can’t be harder than the one the I-Cubs suffered last night.  Leading 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning Brad Snyder, now on Oklahoma City, launched a 1-2 pitch over the wall for a walk-off three run homer.  Jay Jackson was outstanding in relief as he gave up one run over five innings of work on four hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.  Rafael Dolis continued to struggle as he gave up the three run homer in the ninth inning, Dolis’ ERA is now 9.00 since his demotion to Iowa.  The I-Cubs only managed three hits in the loss, and two of their runs scored were un-earned.  Brett Jackson, Diory Hernandez, and Luis Valbuena were the only I-Cubs with hits. 

Thanks for reading,
– George

6/2: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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 Javier Baez hit his first home run of his proessional career on Saturday night helping the Chiefs destroy Kane County 15-3.  Baez ended the game going 3-for-5 with three RBI’s and two runs scored.  Yasiel Balaguert and Taiwan Easterling also delivered three RBIS’s and Anthony Giansanti had two.  Also contributing offensively was Wes Darvill who went 4-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored.  One of the more unusual stats came from Pin-Chieh Chen who went 1-for-1 with five walks and four runs scored.As good as the bats were on Saturday, starting pitcher Jose Rosario was just as good.  He pitched seven scoreless innings giving up three hits and striking out ten.  He improved his record to 4-5.  The game got interesting late when up 13-0 Baez swung at a 3-0 pitch.  Kane County’s manager visited the mound and Baez got hit in the ribs on the next pitch.  Things stayed calm and Baez will learn from the experience.

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After scoring 16 on Friday night, Daytona answered by scoring 10 more Saturday beating Fort Myers 10-5.  Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit as Daytona pounded out 16 hits.  John Andreoli scored three time and he Rubi Silva both had three hits for the Cubs.  Arismendy Alcantara and Nelson Perez added two hits a piece with each driving in three runs.  The Cubs used four pitchers to take care of the win.  Ryan Searle eventually got his second win of the year as he went three strong innings in relief only giving up two hits and striking out three.  The Cubs bats look stay hot as we move into Sunday.

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Montgomery outlasts Tennessee winning 4-3 in 10 innings.  The Smokies got the scoring started in the second inning and scored another in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.  Montgomery would put up a three spot starter Dae-Eun Rhee in the sixth and the score would stay tied until the bottom of the tenth when the Biscuits walked off with a win.  Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits and a run scored on the day.  RBI’s came from Justin Bour, Nate Samson, and Elliot SotoJunior Lake had rough day as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.  It is always tough to lose games when you are up by three or more runs late in the game, we will see how Tennessee responds.

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Iowa scored enough to win most nights, but giving up seven runs in the seventh proved to be too much.  It looked good for Iowa early as they scored the first five runs of the game.  Oklahoma City would get right back in the game when they scored four in the third.  Iowa would score the next three runs of the game, however the bullpen could not hold the lead giving up seven in the seventh.  Offensively there were a lot of good things as Brett Jackson stayed red hot going 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple.  Anthony Rizzo was back on Saturday, he went 2-for-4 with a double.  Former first rounder Josh Vitters continues to swing a good bat as he had two hits including his ninth home run of the year.  Luis Valbuena, Ty Wright, and Blake Lalli all had multi-hit games.  Unfortunately for Cubs this game was pitched by are all designated team, as Rodrigo Lopez, Ryan Rowland-Smith, and Mike MacDougal were are all terrible.  Hopefully Iowa can respond tomorrow with a victory.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/31: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor League recap for May 31, 2012

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Gerardo Concpecion pitched well on Thursday pitching six innings while only giving up two runs on four hits and striking out four.  He departed with the game tied, however Austin Reed gave up a run the seventh and Peoria fell to Burlington 3-2.  Offensive highlights from the Chiefs came from Yasiel Balaguert delivered a two out two RBI base hit to the tie the game at two in the sixth.  Center fielder Yaniel Cabezas also added two hits on the day.  Javier Baez continued to struggle as he went 0-for-4 dropping his average to .125

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Tennessee had a great pitching performance by Eric Jokisch and company on Thursday as they defeated Huntsville 4-1.  The Smokies got the scoring started in the third when Micahel Burgess connected on his fifth home run of the year.  Huntsville tied the game in the fifth at one.  The Smokies broke the tie in the seventh when James Adduci doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.  Junior Lake would have an RBI double and later score on a sacrifice fly by Rebel Ridling in the eighth to give Tennessee a 4-1 lead.  Jokisch, who did not factor in the decision pitched 6.1 innings allowing one run on only one hit, but he did walk six.  Brian Schlitter got the last two outs of the seventh and got his first win of the year.  Keven Rhoderick pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Frank Batista struck out the side to record his seventh save of the year.

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 Nothing is more exciting than a walk-off win, and that is exactly what Ronald Torreyes did connecting on his first home run of the season and giving Daytona a 7-6 victory.  Including Torreyes, Chad Noble, Rubi Silva, Greg Rohan, and Arismendy Alcantara all had two hits on the day.  Brevard County got the scoring started in the first scoring three runs.  Daytona would put up six spot in the third highlighted by a Nelson Perez grandslam.  For Perez it was his eight home run and he now has 34 RBI’s.  Austin Kirk was not at his best on Thursday, but after allowing two more runs in the fifth left in line for the win, however Brevard County tied the game in the eighth.  Jeffrey Lorick pitched a scoreless ninth and when Torreyes connected on his shot in the bottom half he received his first win of the season.

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GAME 1 (7 innings)

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In Game 1 of the split double-header on Thursday Iowas won 4-1.  Iowas got the scoring in the third when Brett Jackson delivered a two out RBI single to drive in Juan Apodaca who had two hits on the day.  After Omaha tied it in the third Brett Jackson would drive in his second of the night with a sacrifice fly to drive in Dave Sappelt.  The Cubs would add two in the seventh with two outs when Luis Valbuena and Ty Wright both walked to drive in runs three and four.  Frankie De La Cruz got the start and 4.1 allowing one run on four hits while striking out four.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the win going 1.1 innings and Rafael Dolis got the save.  Good news for Cub fans he struck out two and did not walk anybody.

GAME 2 (7 innings)

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Omaha jumped on Jay Jackson and the Cubs early and Iowa was never able to rebound.  The lone offensive highlight came from Brett Jackson who hit his sixth home run of the season in the sixth.  Ty Wright was the only other Cub to record a hit in game two.  The same could not be said for Omaha who had eleven hits and ten runs in seven innings.  Jay Jackson gave up the firs six runs and Shane Lindsay had a very rough outing walking four of the five batters he faced.  All four runs in the sixth were charged to him and the Cubs lost 10-1 in game 2.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

 

5/27: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.

Daytona – rained out
Tennessee – day off


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The Chiefs did everything but win against Wisconsin as they surrendered two runs in the top of the ninth to lose 3-2.  Michael Jensen was outstanding on the mound for the Chiefs as he went six strong innings only allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out eight.  Jensen’s ERA drops to 2.77 on the season, but he settled for a no decision.  Taiwan Easterling was responsible for the majority of the Chiefs offense as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI in the losing effort.

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The biggest news out of the Iowa game was of course about Anthony Rizzo, but not for what he did with his bat.  Rizzo was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning leading many to speculate that he was on his way to Chicago.  The news was much worse however as Rizzo actually exited the game because of a sore right wrist, hopefully that is nothing serious.  The I-Cubs keep on winning though as they beat Memphis 5-1 behind a strong effort from Chris Volstad.  Volstad improved to 2-0 with the win as he went seven strong innings.  Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, Luis Valbuena, and Josh Vitters all had two hits in the victory.  Carlos Marmol had an encouraging outing as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out the side.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.


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Peoria jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and that was all they needed as they knocked off Clinton 3-1.  Starling Peralta was very good for the Chiefs as he worked four innings only allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out two.  Zeke DeVoss got things started at the top as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored.  Paul Hoilman continues to hit the ball hard as he went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, he is now hitting .298 on the season.

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Heartbreaking, that’s the only way you can describe the D-Cubs loss to Clearwater as they fell 2-1, giving up both runs in the top of the ninth.  The blown save spoiled Austin Kirk’s outstanding performance on the mound.  Kirk, who has been one of the best pitchers in the Cubs organization this year went 8 scoreless innings, only allowing seven hits, walking none, and striking out four, his ERA is now at 2.34 on the season.  Micah Gibbs, Rubi Silva, and Dustin Harrington all had three hits at the plate as Daytona finished with one run on nine hits.

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The Smokies held Mobile in check all night, but that was almost not good enough as Mobile’s comeback came up short giving the Smokies a 4-3 win.  Mobile only had two hits on the night, but managed to plate three runs, timely hitting I guess.  Eric Jokisch was really good for the Smokies tossing five innings of one hit baseball, he only allowed two runs, walked one, and struck out three.  Kevin Rhoderick came on in relief and was lights out, what else is new, his ERA drops to 0.90 on the season.  Luis Flores was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and an RBI.  Jae-Hoon Ha popped his second home run of the season, and James Adduci finished his day 2-for-2, he’s now hitting .312 on the year.

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Anthony Rizzo did not start so might as well skip this game, I’m kidding of course.  Rodrigo Lopez started this game and left after one pitch with a sore groin.  Jay Jackson jumped into duty and was terrific going five innings allowing one run on three hits, he walked two, and struck out five.  Carlos Marmol got some work in on his way back to the Cubs, he worked one inning, giving up a hit and a walk with a strike out.  The I-Cubs only managed five hits, but had just enough to pull out a 2-1 win.  Luis Valbuena was 1-for-4 at the plates with a game winning solo home run in the ninth inning.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/9: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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Peoria dropped a nail biter to Belot on Wednesday night but that’s not the story.  The story is Paul Hoilman going 2-for-4 and extending his hit streak to 22 games which is a franchise record, Hoilman is now hitting .310 on the season.  Taiwan Easterling and Oliver Zapata each had two hits in the losing effort.  Kyler Burke was outstanding on the mound for Peoria going 6 and 1/3rd of an inning while only allowing two runs, it wasn’t enough however as Burke dropped to 0-2 on the season.

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 Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 at the plate, and that was it as Daytona could only muster two hits the whole night in a 5-1 loss to Charlotte.  Zach Cates was tagged for the loss as he went five innings while allowing four runs on 8 hits, he falls to 0-5 on the season.

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 The Smokies were also shut down on Wednesday night as they could only manage one run on four hits in a 4-1 loss to Birmingham.  Logan Watkins was the only threat in the Smokies lineup going 3-for-4 with a double.  Dallas Beeler took the loss after giving up three runs across 3 and 1/3rds of an inning.  Beeler falls to 0-2 despite a respectable ERA of 3.89.

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 That one hurts, the I-Cubs rallied for six runs in the 8th inning to take a 7-2 lead only to watch that lead disappear in the final two innings ending in an 8-7 loss to Fresno.  Luis Valbuena and Alfredo Amezaga each had two hits in the losing effort.  Anthony Rizzo had the big hit of the game, at least at that point as he drove his PCL leading 10th home run over the wall for a 3-2 Iowa lead.  Fresno rallied for three in the 8th and three in the 9th to steal victory away from Iowa.  Frankie De La Cruz was outstanding out of the pen going three scoreless innings in relief of Rodrigo Lopez.  Frank Batista and Scott Maine couldn’t slam the door on the victory and they each gave up three runs in relief.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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