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Minor Matters – April 20, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

Iowa 4-20 lineFull Box Score

At The Plate – The Cubs tried to stage a late rally but it wasn’t enough after they fell behind Memphis 8-2 in the fifth inning.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a caught stealing.  Ty Wright was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Brian Bogusevic (2-for-4) and Luis Flores (2-for-4) each had two hits in the loss with Bigusevic scoring a run and Flores knocking one in.

On The MoundChris Rusin got the start, and got lit up by the Redbirds.  Rusin went 4.1 inning giving up seven runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three, he took the loss, his second of the year.  Esmailin Caridad was decent out of the pen going 2.2 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking one ans striking out two.  Cory Wade worked a scoreless inning of relief surrendering one hit.

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At The Plate – The Smokies are red hot as they easily dispatched the Biscuits, the Biscuits!  To win their fifth straight game, and this one was never in doubt.  Eight out of the nine Smokies players in the lineup last night had at least one hit.  Matt Szczur is out to prove himself this year, and he’s doing it so far, he went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBI’s, and two runs scored from the lead-off spot, he’s now hitting .302 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI’s and a run scored, he also made his 8th error.  Johermyn Chavez was 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI’s and a run scored.  Christian Villanueva (2-for-5), Rubi Silva (2-for-4), and Rafael Lopez (2-for-3) all had two hits games in the victory.

On The Mound - Dallas Beeler was outstanding in this one to earn his first victory of the season.  Beeler went seven innings giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits while walking one and striking out three.  Both Zach Rosscup and Frank Batista worked scoreless inning out of the pen with Rosscup striking out two and Batista striking out one.

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At The Plate – The top of the order did all the damage in this one, unfortunately that wasn’t enough to knock off the Yankees.  Timothy Saunders was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, and a two runs scored from the lead-off spot.  John Andreoli, who is red-hot, went 4-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .356 on the season.  Javier Baez was 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Jorge Soler went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.  The bottom five guys in the D-Cubs order went a combined 1-for-18 and Daytona as a team was 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

On The MoundBen Wells was okay in this one, but still took the loss, he went six innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out six.  Yeiper Castillo was dominant out of the pen working two scoreless, hit-less innings while striking out one.  Sheldon McDonald didn’t fare as well in his inning of work, he gave up two runs on two hits while walking two and striking out two.

Kane County 4-20 line game 1

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At The Plate – The Cougars put this one to rest rather early as they jumped all over the River Bandits building a 6-1 lead in the fourth and cruised to a 7-3 win.  Five different Cougars had multi-hit games in this one.  Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and two runs scored.  Daniel Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .309 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rock Shoulders continued to pound the ball, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, his third, an RBI, and two runs scored.  The Cougars were an impressive 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound –  Pierce Johnson had himself another strong outing and earned his first win of the season.  Johnson went five innings giving up one run, unearned, on three hits while walking one and striking out six.  Nathan Dorris was solid out of the pen tossing one scoreless inning while giving up one hit and striking out one.  Eddie Orozco had some trouble closing things down, but he did, he worked one inning giving up two runs on three hits while striking out one.

Kane County 4-20 line game 2Full Box Score

At The Plate – Game two was much closer, but ended the same way, with a Cougars win as they swept the double-header.  Daniel Vogelbach was 2-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored.  But game two, and really the whole day belonged to Rock Shoulders, he was 3-for-3 in game two with his fourth home run of the season, three RBI’s and a run scored, his average now sits at .418 on the season after going 5-for-6 in the double-header.  Marco Hernandez was 1-for-4 with a triple, and a run scored in the victory.

On The MoundTayler Scott did most of the work, double-header games are only seven innings in Minor League ball, Scott went six giving up three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out four to get the win.  Jeffry Antigua worked a scoreless final inning to earn his first save of the season, quite the day for the Cougars.

Thanks for reading,
- George

Minor Matters – April 9, 2013

Iowa 4-9 line

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At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs are scuffling, with the latest loss they fall to 0-6 on the season.  Brett Jackson had a solid game going 2-for-4 with a triple, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .280 on the season.  Darnell McDonald was 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Ty Wright was 2-for-4 with two singles in the loss.

On The MoundChris Rusin was roughed up early then settled in but couldn’t escape the loss.  Rusin went six innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out two.  Zach Putnam and Rafael Dolis both tossed scoreless innings out of the bullpen in the loss.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs spent the whole night fighting back, but in the end couldn’t catch the Threshers.  Zeke DeVoss showed some power from the lead-off spot going 1-for-5 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-5 with a triple, and a run scored.  Jorge Soler continues his torrid start to the season going 2-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI.  The D-Cubs made four errors, that most definitely cost them in this one.

On The MoundZach Cates made the start and as I just mentioned didn’t get much help from the guys behind him.  Cates went 3.2 innings giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits while walking none and striking out seven.  Eduardo Figueroa went 2.2 innings out of the pen giving up two runs on one hits while walking two and striking out three.  Sheldon McDonald was solid going 2.2 innings giving up no runs on two hits while walking two and striking out one.

Kane County 4-9 line

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At The Plate – The Cougars smacked the ball all over the place in this one as  six different guys had multi-hit games.  Daniel Vogelbach was 3-for-5 bring his season average up to .310, all three hits were singles.  Rock Shoulders might be the hottest hitter in the Cubs system, he went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .480 (12-for-25) on the season.  Gioskar Amaya, Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, and Bijan Rademacher all had two hits.

On The MoundPierce Johnson had a rough start to this one as he gave up two runs in the first as he struggled with command, but he found it quickly.  Johnson went five innings giving up two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four.  Jeffry Antigua was solid out of the pen going three innings giving up one run on four hits while walking none and striking out one.  Eduardo Orozco had some tough luck in blowing the save, but ended up getting the win.  Orozco gave up two runs, both unearned on NO hits, and one walk in one inning.

Thanks for reading,
- George

Minor Matters – April 4, 2013

Welcome to Minor Matters, here’s a quick introduction…  You want to know how the Cubs’ minor league teams did?  Then this is the post you want to read, it will be a daily post and will recap EVERY minor league game that day.  Usually this post will be published the night of the games, sometimes, especially once Boise starts, the post might not appear until the next morning.  Enjoy!.

Iowa 4-4 line

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At The Plate - Iowa pounded out eleven hits on the night, but could only push across three runs in the defeat.  Brian Bogusevic led the way going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, all three hits were singles.  Ty Wright went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and J.C. Boscan also went 2-for-4.  All eleven Cubs hits were singles.

On The Mound - It was a rough start for Chris Rusin as he gave up three in the first but he settled down to make it through five innings.  Rusin gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  Jensen Lewis got lit up and was slapped with the loss as he gave up five runs, three earned (defense was an issue) on four hits in a third of an inning.  Zach Putnam didn’t fair much better has he gave up two runs all earned on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.  Both Casey Coleman and Rafael Dolis had scoreless appearances.

Tennessee Smokies 4-4 Line

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At The Plate – The top of the order for the Smokies was outstanding, unfortunately there wasn’t much after that.  Matt Szczur was tremendous in the lead-off spot going 3-for-4 with a run scored, all three hits were singles.  Number two hitter Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a home run, and three RBI’s.  Johermyn Chavez was the only other Smokies player to record a hit, a single.

On The MoundDallas Beeler got knocked around in his first start of 2013, but had decent command.  Beeler worked 5.1 innings, he gave up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five.  A.J. Morris tossed 1.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two.  Tony Zych couldn’t keep it close late as he gave up two runs (both unearned) in his one inning of work while walking one and striking out one.

Kane County 4-4 Line

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At The Plate – Kane County couldn’t really get anything going at the plate as they were only able to register five hits in the loss.  Dan Vogelbach has a solid night going 2-for-4 with two singles.  Jemier Candelario and Willson Contreras each had one hit, and Rock Shoulders was 1-for-4 with a run scored, a home run, and two RBI’s.

On The MoundPierce Johnson got the start and got beat up.  Johnson gave up five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five in 2.1 innings.  Justin Amlung worked 2.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking two and striking out two.  Brian Smith tossed two innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out four.  Steve Perakslis and Eduardo Orozco each had a scoreless appearance.

Daytona 4-4 Line

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At The Plate – A quiet night at the plate for the D-Cubs as they could only manage three runs on six hits, but they did walk five times which is a plus.  Jorge Soler got his first full professional season off to a great start going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.  Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored out of the lead-off spot.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-4 with a run scored, and an RBI double.  Stephen Bruno was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI double.  Javier Baez rounded out the scoring with a sac-fly, he finished the night 0-for-3.

On The MoundBen Wells was knocked around early but managed to battle his way through four innings.  Wells gave up two runs on seven hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out four to earn a no decision.  Sheldon McDonald was hung with the loss as he went 2.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three.  Eduardo Figueroa was solid out of the pen giving up no runs on two hits while striking out two in 2.1 innings of work.

Thanks for reading,
- George

Kane County Cougars Opening Day Lineup

Here is the lineup for tonight, plenty of guys to keep an eye on.  Vogelbach anchors the lineup in the three hole, Shoulders can mash the ball, Amaya is a solid 2B prospect, Trey Martin is a wonder to watch play defense in CF.  Also, 2013 first round draft pick Pierce Johnson gets the start.  Go Cougars!

LF – Chen
2B – Amaya
1B – Vogelbach
3B – Candelario
DH – Shoulders
SS – Hernandez
C – Contreras
RF – Zapata
CF – Martin

Starting pitcher – Pierce Johnson

Thanks for reading,
- George

We Are Ready For Minor League Opening Day, Are You?

April 1st marks the beginning of the Major League season, that’s wonderful and great, but for me April 4th is just as exciting as the minor league teams open their campaigns.  If you followed us last year you know what we are all about, we bring you a lot of information pertaining to prospects, and the lower level teams, that includes recaps.  We recap every game from the minor league system every night, so please follow along as it is shaping up to be a very exciting season in the Cubs system.  Here is the schedule for tomorrow.

AAA

Iowa 4-4

It hasn’t officially been announced by I would expect Chris Rusin to get the start, if not then it will be Brooks Raley.

AA

Smokies 4-4

Dallas Beeler gets the start for the Smokies.

High – A

Daytona 4-4

Ben Wells gets the start for the Daytona Cubs

A

Cougars 4-4

Pierce Johnson gets the start for the Cougars

Check back tomorrow for recaps of all of these games, thanks for reading!
- George

Kane County Cougars Release Tentative Roster, Vogelbach Included

Finally a Cubs farm team is close to Chicago!  It will be a fun Spring and Summer getting to go see this team play in person so often.  A guy you don’t see on this list is Albert Almora, odds are once he is healthy he will be patrolling CF for the Cougars and Martin will move to one of the corner spots, making up a very talented defensive outfield.  In the meantime, Daniel Vogelbach probably headlines this roster, but there are some quality prospects on this team for Cubs fans to go see.  Right handed pitcher, and 2012 first round draft pick Pierce Johnson will be in the rotation, Rock Shoulders, and Gioskar Amaya will also be guys to watch.  Another thing I like is that a lot of these guys played together last year in Boise, so there is a lot of familiarity there.

Kane County RosterThanks for reading,
- George

Cubs Instructs 2012: Soler Goes Boom

Jorge Soler connected on his first home run of the Instructional League as the Cubs beat up the Giants 8-3 yesterday afternoon.  Pierce Johnson was outstanding on the mound for the Cubs going 2.2 innings allowing no runs on only one hit, he walked two and struck out one in his instructs debut.  Ryan McNeil also got a chance to pitch yesterday afternoon, he struggled with command but had a decent outing.  McNeil went 1.1 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out one.

As I mentioned already, Jorge Soler launched a solo shot in the victory, he finished the day 1-for-2 with a walk, RBI, and two runs scored.  Chadd Krist also got a hold of one in the victory, he was 1-for-2 with a home run, and an RBI.  Trevor Gretzky also had a big day at the plate going 2-for-2 with two singles, and two RBI’s.  The instructional league is just that, a league for instruction and it’s pretty clear that the Cubs are buying what the Cubs brass is trying to teach.  Over the first three games in Arizona the Cubs have drawn 20 walks, 20!  That is outstanding, and something worth noting as that is exactly what the Cubs front office wants to see, young prospects working counts and taking their walks.

Notables:
Marco Hernandez; 2-for-2, double, RBI, SB
Shawon Dunston Jr.; 1-for-2, RBI, SB
Ben Carhart; 1-for-2, double, RBI

Please visit The Cub Reporter for a full box score and recap of Monday’s game.

Thanks for reading,
- George

Big Time Prospects Ready For Instructional League

As we heads towards the end of the season it starts to become a reality, there’s only a handful of Cubs games left this year.  For most, this is a blessing as some fans can’t “bear”…. (get it?) to watch anymore given how bad the team has been and other sports have started.  For this Cubs fan it’s not so great as I enjoy watching this team play, no matter how infuriating it is at times.  With that said it’s time to start focusing on the off-season baseball that will take place, first up is the Cubs instructional league that starts today.  This is an important step for many of these players as they are going to get more game experience, and another opportunity to impress the front office heading into next season.  Below is a breakdown of everyone that will participate this year, the games begin on September 21.  We will give you much more information on these players as our player cards come out, we will also do our best to give you results and box scores of these games, so stay tuned!

 

Thanks for reading,
- George

Updated: Cubs Top 20 Prospects

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has done an updated top 100 prospects lists as well as each organizations top 20.  Mayo will probably come out with a list prior to the 2013 season, but here is where Cubs prospects stand as of now according to Mayo.  To check out the entire top 100 list and to read a little more on these Cubs prospects.

1. Javier Baez – SS (#24)
When the Cubs picked Almora they new his bat was going to play and that is exactly what happened.  The Cubs top pick from 2011 was outstanding in his time with Peoria this year hitting .333/.383/.596 with 12 home runs, 33 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  He struggled a bit when moving to Daytona, but overall it was very successful season for the young shortstop.
2. Albert Almora – OF (#52)
The Cubs top pick in this years draft didn’t sign right away, but when he did he didn’t disappoint.  He started with the AZL Cubs and moved to Boise shortly after.  Combined he played in 33 games hitting .321/.331/.464 with two home runs and 19 RBIs.  He also hit 12 doubles.
3. Brett Jackson – OF (#74)
It has been an interesting year for Brett Jackson who has dropped a bit in the prospect watch.  The good news first he has made it to the show and when he makes contact does some damage as he left Iowa with 22 doubles, 12 triples, and 15 home runs, to go along with 27 stolen bases.  He also plays great defense, the bad news is he has really struggled making contact striking out over 200 times between his two stops.
4. Arodys Vizcaino - RHP (#76)
Vizcaino was considered one the Braves best young pitchers and was deemed untouchable last year.  Things changed a bit this year as he missed the entire season after elbow surgery in March.  The Cubs are very pleased to have acquired Vizcaino, but it remains to be seen how he will recover from surgery.  Lets hope it is as a starter, but at the least he is a power arm out of the pen which the Cubs need badly as well.
5. Jorge Soler – OF (#77)
Jorge Soler did quite well in getting accustomed to baseball in America.  He is still very raw, but at 20 the Cubs feel very strongly he will be a big contributor to the big club in the future.  He spent time with the AZL Cubs and moved to Peoria where he finished the year.  He combined to hit .299/.398/.463 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in just 34 games.
6. Matt Szczur – OF
The speedy outfielder had a nice season in Daytona hitting .295/.394/.407 with 38 stolen bases, but struggled a bit in 35 games with Tennessee.
7. Trey McNutt - RHP
McNutt did not have the year he was looking to have going 9-8 with 4.26 ERA.  He struggled a bit and was moved to the bullpen, but maybe it will be better for him and the Cubs.
8. Junior Lake -SS
Lake played the entire year in Tennessee and did a pretty good job going .279/.341/.432 with 10 home runs, 50 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases.  He is still very raw and will continue to work on his game.
9. Pierce Johnson – RHP
The Cubs took Johnson with the 43rd overall pick in this years draft and he did quite well making six starts, two with the AZL Cubs and four with Boise.
10. Josh Vitters - 3B
The former first round pick, number 3 overall finally put it all together this year in Iowa hitting .304/.356/.513 with 17 home runs and 68 RBIs.  The PCL All Star got the call up, but has struggled so far with the Cubs, but at only 23 the future is still very bright for Vitters.
11. Dillon Maples – RHP
It took a while for Maples to make his first appearance, but when he did he showed signs of what he could be.  He was a bit inconsistent in his six appearances, but he will have more opportunities next season to show what he has.  He has tremendous upside.
12. Robert Whitenack - RHP
Coming off of Tommy John surgery Whitenack struggled pitching for Daytona going 1-6 with a 5.96 ERA.  Although the numbers don’t look good, remember he is coming off of major surgery and has good upside.
13. Dan Vogelbach - 1B
Not many Cubs prospects did as much damage as Vogelbach did this year.  The big first baseman played in 61 games this season between the AZL Cubs and Boise Hawks.  He hit .322/.410/.641 with 17 home runs and 62 RBIs.
14. Ben Wells – RHP
A 2010 draft pick the 19-year-old Wells missed most of the season with a right elbow strain.  He made a few appearances at the end of the year, but will look to stay healthy in 2013.
 15. Paul Blackburn – RHP
Another 2012 draft pick Paul Blackburn was chosen 56th overall out of high school.  He made nine appearances for the AZL Cubs going 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA.
16. Jeimer Candelario - 3B
Candelario played the entire season at Boise and at only 18 the corner infielder showed he can hit a little bit.  The switch hitting Candelario hit .281/.345/.396 with six home runs and 47 RBIs.
17. Gioskar Amaya – 2B/SS
Amaya played his season in Boise and put up some good numbers.  He his .298/.381/.496.  The 19-year old filled up the stat sheet with six doubles, 12 triples, and eight home runs.  He also drove in 33 and stole 15 bases.
18. Tony Zych - RHP
Zych shared time between Daytona and Tennessee out of the bullpen.  He combined to going 5-4 with a 3.67 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 61.1 innings.
19. Alberto Cabrera – RHP
Cabrera, who moved to the bullpen this year started in Double-A, but quickly moved to Triple-A before finally ending up with the big club.  His minor league numbers were really good going 4-1 with 3.11 ERA with 74 strikeouts to only 14 walks.  He has struggled since coming to the Cubs, but we’ll see where he factors in going forward.
20. Marcus Hatley – RHP
Hatley pitched well in Tennessee out of the bullpen going 3-1 with a 3.40 with 46 strikeouts in 45 innings.  He then got the call to Iowa where he struggled in his time there.

It is good to see the Cubs have five players who are inside the top 80 in MLB.  You can also see the emphasis the Cubs placed on pitching, drafting Pierce Johnson and Paul Blackburn in this years draft as well as bringing in Arodys Vizcaino in the Paul Maholm deal.  Looking a little further into things is the talent Theo Epstein and company brought in this year.  They obviously brought in the three pitchers above as well as Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.  three of those five are inside the Cubs top five and Pierce Johnson makes it four in the top 10.  The exciting thing is there are more who they brought in who I would guess are close to cracking this top 20 and who may even show up in the top 20 before the 2013 season gets underway.  Keep checking back this offseason as we will talk more in-depth about these prospects as well as many more.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Hawks Make Four Errors, Drop Game One

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Boise dropped a tough one in the first game of the series losing to the Yakima Bears 5-4.  Yakima got the scoring started in the first scoring an unearned run off of Hawks starter Pierce Johnson.  Johnson pitched three strong innings allowing one unearned run on two hits, while walking one and striking out three.  He left the game in line for the loss, but Boise rallied in the bottom of the fourth.  Marco Hernadez who had a nice night offensively (2-for-4) led the inning off with a triple, but was followed by a Stephen Bruno strikeout.  The next two hitters for the Hawks were Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario, who both walked to load the bases for Albert Almora who was ultra aggressive and struck out swinging.  Up stepped Rock Shoulders who worked a full count and then unloaded on the 3-2 breaking ball hitting a grand slam and giving Boise a 4-1 lead after four.  Jose Arias, who relieved Johnson was still on the hill in the sixth when Yakima tied things up.  A lead off single was followed by a run scoring double for the Bears.  After recording two outs Arias struggled with his command walking the next two, hitting a batter to force in a run, and throwing a passed ball, which appeared to be a cross up, and just like that the game was knotted at four.  The final line for Arias was three innings pitched giving up three runs, two earned on four hits.  Yakima would continue getting the leadoff hitter on and it wound up costing the Hawks in the ninth.  With Nathan Dorris pitching, Daniel Poma led off with a very controversial infield single.  After a sac bunt, Kevin Medrano doubled to drive in what proved to be the game-winning run.  Boise threatened in the bottom half as Albert Almora started things off with an infield hit.  Rock Shoulders struck out swinging, but Almora stole second.  Almora took third on a wild pitch, but was stranded there when Wilson Contreras and Darien Martin each struck out swinging to end the game.  Nathan Dorris took the loss giving up one run on two hits in his three innings of work.

Boise will have to be a lot better from here on out as offensively they only had five hits and struck out 15 times and defensively they committed four errors.  With those numbers it is hard to believe the Hawks even had a chance to win the game, let alone be in control of the game as they were into the sixth.  Boise will now travel to Yakima tomorrow and will have to win in order to keep the season alive.

Props to George who did an awesome job with the graphics and thanks for reading,
-Mark

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