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8/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our daily look at the Cubs minor leaguers.  Tennessee was off and the AZL Cubs regular season has come to an end.  They wound up winning the wild card.

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Boise got the bats going once again beating Everett 9-5.  Stephen Bruno was back at it going 2-for-3 with an RBI, he is now hitting .354.  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with a home run, his 10th of the season.  Rock Shoulders had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs.  Darien Martin and Marco Hernandez each had a hit and an RBI.  Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Tayler Scott started, but did not factor in the decision pitching only four innings and allowing three runs, two earned.  Michael Heesch did get the win pitching the next two innings not allowing a run.  Nathan Dorris pitched two scoreless innings and Eduardo Orozco pitched the final frame, giving up two runs.

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Cedar Rapids jumped on Peoria early and held on to beat Peoria 9-5.  Jorge Soler was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Chadd Krist and Jacob Rogers each had one hit and one RBI, with Krist having a triple.  Zeke DeVoss and Dustin Geiger each had a hit and a hit and combined to score three runs.  Yao-Lin Wang started and struggled, giving up nine runs, seven earned on eight hits in getting the loss.  Bryce Shafer and Pete Levitt combined to pitch the last five scoreless innings.

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Christian Villanueva had a good first game as Daytona won 4-1.  Villanueva was 2-for-3 with a home run, RBI, and two runs scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI, and run scored.  Taylor Davis, Elieser Bonne, and John Andreoli all had a hit a piece in the win.  PJ Francescon started and was really good pitching six innings allowing one run on three hits, while striking out three.  AJ Morris got the call in the seventh and recorded his sixth save of the season.

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It took extra innings in game two as Daytona ended up on the losing end of the second one 3-1.  Frank Del Valle started and pitched five innings allowing one run and striking out six.  Ryan Searle pitched a scoreless sixth, but Jeffrey Lorick struggled giving up two runs in the eighth inning as he took the loss.  Rebel Ridling accounted for the only run for the Cubs as he hit a home run in the fourth inning.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3 with a stolen base in game two.  John Andreoli, Elieser Bonne, and Rafael Lopez all had a hit in the loss.

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Iowa got shut out on Wednesday losing 3-0 to Nashville.  Ryan Rowland-Smith started and took the loss giving up one run, two earned in five innings.  Jay Jackson threw one perfect inning in relief striking out one and Jeff Beliveau gave up one run in two innings of work.  There was nothing too exciting on the offensive end.  Diory Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two doubles.  New Cub Anthony Recker was 1-for-3 with a double and Adrian Cardenas also had a double in the loss.  Greg Rohan, Dave Sappelt, and Jeff Frazier all had one hit a piece in the shutout loss.

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-Mark

 

8/22: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The Cubs minor leagues were in full effect on Wednesday with the AZL Cubs and Daytona each playing 7-inning double headers.

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The AZL Cubs scored three in the first inning of the first game and that was all Ryan McNeil and company would need beating the Diamondbacks 3-0.  McNeil was outstanding pitching four scoreless innings giving up five hits and striking out two.  Rafael Dolis continued his rebab pitching the next 1.1 innings and getting the win.  Jasvir Rakkar earned his first save of the year, striking out four of the five outs he recorded.  Anthony Giansanti also continued his rehab assignment going 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.  Justin Marra also had a hit and an RBI in the victory.  Shawon Dunston continued his impressive stretch at the plate going 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Ben Carhart and Yasiel Balauert also had a hit in the game.

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Game two was scoreless until Anthony Giansanti stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh.  Giansanti delivered hitting a walk off homer as the Cubs swept the double-header against the Diamondbacks.  The Cubs used three pitchers in this one as Corbin Hoffner got the start striking out two and allowing three hits in three innings.  Some more good news was the return of Ben Wells who began his rebab assignment in style striking out the side in his one inning.  Alvido Jimenez ended the scoreless day pitcing the final three innings and getting his second win of the season.  Carlos Penalver, David Bote, and Yasiel Balaguert all had a hit in game two of the double-header.  The Cubs remain three games behind the A’s for first place, but are leading the wild card by three games over the Giants.

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Boise just keeps rolling as they beat up Vancouver 11-6.  The offense was the story in this one as they pounded out 17 hits to go along with those 11 runs.  Stephen Bruno is just raking right now as he went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs.  He is now hitting .344 on the season and .439 in his last 10.  Izaac Garsez and Wilson Contreras each had really nice games both having three hits and driving in two runs a piece.  Garsez also scored three runs and stole his first base of the season.  Carlos Escobar and Darien Martin both had two hits with Escobar knocking in two.  Marco Hernandez also had two RBIs and Gioskar Amaya had one of his own.  Justin Amlung got the start, but only lasted two innings as he gave up three runs on six hits.  Michael Heesch then pitched two scoreless innings and got his second win of the season.  James Pugliese struck out six over the next three innings, but did give up three runs before getting the ball to Nathan Dorris.  Dorris closed this one out striking out two over the final two innings of the game.  Boise remains six games up on the Yakima Bears with their magic number down to four.

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Beloit got off to a great start, but Peoria came roaring back scoring four in the sixth and one in the eighth to tie it up before scoring three in the 13th and beating Beloit 9-6.  Timothy Saunders continues to impress at the plate going 4-for-6 with a stolen base, three runs scored and two RBIs.  He is now hitting .391 with Peoria in 11 games.  Jorge Soler was back at it going 2-for-6 with a stolen base, three runs scored and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers and Bijan Rademacher each had a hit and an RBI and Pin-Chieh Chen had two hits.  Starling Peralta started, but struggled with his command walking five in five innings.  He also gave up five hits and allowed four runs, three earned, and struck out four.  After Bryce Shafer gave up an unearned run the rest of the Chiefs staff threw up zeros.  First Pete Levitt struck out four in 2.2 innings, then Sheldon McDonald struck out four in his two innings.  Luis Liria came on to shut the door in the 13th and recorded his fifth save of the season.

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Game one of Daytona’s double-header was decided early as Clearwater scored two in the first and Daytona scored one in the second.  Nothing would change as the Cubs lost game one 2-1.  PJ Francescon started and took the loss striking out four and giving up two runs in three innings.  Eduardo Figueroa, Matt Spencer, and AJ Morris all did their job not allowing another hit and shutting Clearwater down over the next three innings.  The offense just couldn’t get it going, which is to be expected as they haven’t played in several days.  Taylor Davis was 2-for-2 and drove in the only Cubs run in this one.  Christian Villanueva hit a double and scored the Cubs lone run in the loss.  John Andreoli and Elieser Bonne also had hits and Javier Baez was 0-for-3.

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Game two didn’t go much better for Daytona as Clearwater jumped out early scoring three in the first and never looked back beating the Cubs 4-2.  Frank Del Valle was on the hook for all four runs, only three of which were earned in four innings of work.  Ryan Searle and Hunter Cervenka each pitched a scoreless inning a piece.  Offensively there were a couple bright spots, one of which was Ronald Torreyes who was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.  Vladimir Frias had two hits of his own and Nelson Perez added a hit and an RBI.  The offense is obviously having a hard time getting in any kind of rhythm as games have been few and far between.

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Tennessee was embarrassed on Wednesday losing to Chattanooga 11-1.  Dae-Eun Rhee started and took the loss giving up three runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings.  Things didn’t get any better as Casey Weathers gave up three runs after recording just one out.  After Zach Rosscup struck out the side in the seventh, Casey Harman gave up five runs, only one of which was earned in the eighth inning.  Dustin Harrington struck out two in the ninth, that’s right Dustin Harrington, the same guy who plays third base.  He was 2-for-2 at the plate as well, hitting a double and scoring a run.  Matt Szczur was the only other Smokie to have a hit as he had a triple and drove in the lone Cubs run.

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Iowa was winning 3-1 into the eighth, but gave up five over the next two innings and lost 6-3.  Horacio Ramirez was great on Wednesday giving up one run on seven hits in seven innings pitched.  Blake Parker struggled and took the loss giving up three runs in the eighth and Jairo Asencio allowed two unearned runs in the ninth.  Dave Sappelt had a nice day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Brian Esposito had a hit and an RBI and Blake Lalli had a hit and scored a run in the loss.  Adrian Cardenas finally got to play baseball again and was 1-for-4 with a run scored.  It is tough to see Parker give this one up, as his rehab has been going quite well thus far, but I am sure he will come back strong in his next outing.

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-Mark

8/15: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at Wednesday’s Cubs minor leagues.

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The AZL Cubs dropped Wednesday’s game to the Angels 3-1.  The Cubs got some good pitching, but it wasn’t good enough.  Duane Underwood started, but took the loss giving up two runs in two innings striking out two batters.  Rafael Dolis and Ethan Elias combined to throw four innings of no-hit scoreless baseball.  Brian Smith gave a run in his one inning of work.  The Cubs offense struggled as they only recorded two hits.  Shawon Dunston and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit a piece.  Daniel Lockhart drove in Schlecht for the Cubs lone run in this one.  It was a good pitchers duel that went in the favor of the Angels in this one.

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Boise gave up a bunch of runs losing to Salem Keizer 13-5.  Everyone was looking forward to the debut of Albert Almora and he didn’t disappoint.  In his second at bat Almora hit a solo home run, he ended the evening 2-for-5.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, a three run shot in the third innings as well.  Marco Hernandez had a hit and an RBI and Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4.  Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario each had a hit in the loss.  All the Hawks pitchers struggled in this one all giving up multiple runs.  Ian Dickson started giving up four runs on six hits in five innings, but left in line for the win.  Hunter Ackerman took the loss giving up six runs in 2.2 innings and Rafael Diplan gave up three in his 1.1 innings.

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Peoria gave up four runs in the third and could never recover losing to Burlington 5-1.  Jeffry Antigua took the loss on Wednesday, but didn’t get much help from his defense as he gave up all five runs, none earned.  The Chiefs bullpen pitched really well as Justin Berg, Bryce Shafer, and Pete Levitt went the rest of the way striking out nine and only giving up three hits.  Bijan Rademacher was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Wes Darvill had a double of his own and Zeke DeVoss had a triple.  You might be asking why we haven’t heard Jorge Soler‘s name?  Well, he sat this one out tonight, but the Peoria is hoping he will be back in the lineup tomorrow.

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Believe it or not Daytona actually played on Wednesday, a double-header against Lakeland.  PJ Francescon started, but lasted only three innings allowing two runs on three hits.  Hunter Cervenka followed and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two batters.  AJ Morris got the win pitching the final two innings.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-4, including a double and an RBI.  Elieser Bonne and Taylor Davis each drove in a run in this one.  Nelson Perez had a double in the win.  Javier Baez continued to struggle going 0-for-4 in game one.

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Daytona only gave up two hits over nine innings in game two, but lost 1-0.  Frank Del Valle started and went six strong innings giving up only one hit, while walking three and striking out four.  Eduardo Figueroa pitched well in relief, but took the loss giving up a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.  There wasn’t much happening offensively as the Cubs only had five hits in this one.  On a positive Javier Baez had one of those hits as did Christian VillanuevaJohn Andreoli, Elieser Bonne, and Vladimir Frias each had as well in the game two loss.

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Winning 2-0 going to the seventh, Tennessee gave up one in the bottom half and then three in the eighth as they lost 4-2.  Nicholas Struck started and pitched really well going six inning allowing one unearned run on five hits while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter struggled taking the loss as he gave up all the runs in the eighth.  Matt Szczur continued making adjustments as he was 1-for-4 with a double.  Justin Bour and Chad Noble each had a hit and drove in the Smokies two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Michael Burgess each had doubles of their own and Matt Cerda also got in the hit column.  Wednesday’s started off pretty good, but didn’t end the way the Smokies had hoped.

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Iowa got a great start from Chris Rusin as the Cubs won 4-0.  In getting his eighth win Rusin pitched six strong innings giving up only four hits and struck out four.  Blake Parker continues to impress in his rehab striking out three in two innings and Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless ninth.  Jeff Frazier had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double.  Nate Samson and Alfredo Amezaga each had a hit and drove a run in.  Chris Rusin not only pitched well, but he also contributed offensively going 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Two wins in a row hasn’t happened much lately for Iowa, it would be nice to see if they can have a good run here to end the season.

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-Mark

 

8/5: Around the Minor League System

Here is the minor league recap for August 5, 2012.

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In an up and down game the AZL Cubs wound up on the losing end dropping Sunday’s game 8-6.  In his first start Duane Underwood struggled big time giving up four runs, three earned in just .1 innings and just like that the Cubs were down 4-0.  Over the next three innings the Cubs offense would come to life scoring six runs.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers and David Bote had a hit and each drove two runs as well.  Top prospect Albert Almora was 1-for-5 and Carlos Penalver drove a run home.  Leading 6-4 the Cubs turned it over the bullpen and after Brian Smith calmed things down, Ethan Elias really struggled giving up four runs over three innings.  Steve Perakslis and Chad Martin combined to pitch the last three innings holding the Giants scorelss.  After being down early and then taking the lead it is definitely tough to not come out on top of this one.

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Just when it looked like Boise was going to cruise to an easy win a five run seventh happened to tie the game at nine.  Luckily for Boise Daniel Vogelbach wasn’t going to let this one slip away as he connected for a game winning home run in the top of the 11th.  Lance Rymel had qutie the night on Sunday going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.  Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez each had three hits with Martin driving in two runs.  Izaac Garsez had his best game yet, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wilson Contreras had two hits and scored three runs and Stephen Bruno added a hit and two RBIs.  Ian Dickson started and took a no decision as he gave up three runs on three hits in five innings.  Hunter Ackerman and Rafael Diplan did not have there best days combining to giving up six runs, five earned in just two innings.  Su-Min Jung recorded his first win of the season and Eduardo Orozco closed it out earning his second save.  Wow, was it a crazy game on Sunday, luckily for us the Hawks took the W.

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Clinton scored two in the eighth to defeat Peoria 3-2.  Michael Jensen started and pitched well allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four in five innings pitched.  Sheldon McDonald pick up right were he left off striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Austin Reed, however was not very good on Sunday giving up two runs in two innings and taking the loss.  Not much happening on the offensive side as the Chiefs only had five hits.  With the promotion of Javier Baez, Timothy Saunders was sent to Peoria and he ended the game 1-for-4 with a double.  Yanel Cabezas had a double as well as an RBI.  Wes Darvill, Sergio Burruel, and Oliver Zapata all had one hit a piece in the loss.

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Daytona dropped another one Dunedin on Sunday losing 4-2.  Christian Villanueva was the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 in the loss.  Rubi Silva had a hit and drove in John Andreoli who also had a run scored.  Rebel Ridling, Rafael Lopez, and Micah Gibbs all had one hit, with Ridling scoring a run.  PJ Francescon started and gave up two runs in two innings, striking out four.  Frank Del Valle also gave up two runs, but did strike out five in his four innings of relief.  Ryan Searl thew the last two innings not allowing a run and striking one out.  Javier Baez struggled again in his second game with Daytona going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.  It is not the way wanted to start and it is not the way Daytona wanted things to go this weekend.

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After being up early, Tennessee tied it in the seventh, only to lose it in the bottom of the ninth 5-4.  Jutin Bour had a nice game going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, bringing his season total to 92.  Nelson Perez added two hits including his fifth home run of the season and Matt Cerda also had two hits on the evening.  Logan Watkins and Nate Samson each had a hit and Watkins scored a run and stole his 21st base of the season.  Eric Jokisch started, but did not factor in the decision pitching five innings and giving up three runs, while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter took the loss giving up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

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Iowa gave up one in each the eighth and the ninth to lose to Reno 2-1.  The bright spot on Sunday was Casey Coleman.  He pitched outstanding going six innings allowing no runs on two hits and striking out eight.  Jay Jackson pitched a scoreless seventh striking out one batter.  Marcus Hatley and Esmailin Caridad each gave up a run and Caridad took the loss.  Well it happened to Iowa again on Sunday, this time losing Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters to the big club.  Diory Hernandez was 1-for-3 with the Cubs only RBI.  Greg Rohan stayed hot going 1-for-4 in the loss.  There isn’t much exciting happening in Iowa right now and with the departures of Jackson, Vitters, Welington Castillo, and Adrian Cardenas thing probably will continue to be a struggle.

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-Mark

7/18: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor league recap for July 18th, 2012.

Tennessee Smokies were off.

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For most of the year the hitting in Arizona has been the highlight on Wednesday the pitching took center stage defeating the AZL Dodgers 4-0.  The Cubs used four pitchers to complete the three hit shutout.  Anthony Prieto started and pitched two innings striking out two while not allowing a baserunner.  Arutro Maltos-Garcia pitched two scorelss innings and Loiger Padron struck out three in his three innings of work.  Padron was awarded the win, his second of the season.  Alvido Jimenez pitched the last two innings preserving the shutout for the Cubs.  Offensively the Cubs did not do as much as we have come to expect, but there were still some highlights.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Daniel Lockhart had a hit and drove in two runs.  Neftali Rosario was 2-for-3 and scored two runs on Wednesday night.  A great performance by the staff on Wednesday led to this win.

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Boise’s two game winning streak came to an end dropping Wednesday’s game to Yakima 8-4.  Tayler Scott got the start giving up four runs in 4.2 innings.  He did not factor in the decision though as he left with the game tied.  Hayden Simpson took the loss giving up four runs in 2.1 innings.  The Cubs offense came off the bats of only a few players.  Five different players had two hits, but every other player was hitless.  Gioskar Amaya hit his fourth home run of the season and Trey Martin drove in a run with his two hits.  Jeimer Candelario had two hits and drove in two runs on Wednesday.  Stephen Bruno and Xavier Batista also had two hits a piece and scored a run.  Let’s see if the Hawks can get back on track on Thursday.

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It was an exciting game between Peoria and West Michigan, but the Chiefs did not come out on top.  Losing by two entering the eighth, Peoria tied the game and sent it to extra innings.  Peoria scored one in the tenth, but then gave up two in the bottom half to lose 9-8.  On the offensive side of things every Chiefs player had a hit.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Zeke DeVoss also had two hits and drove in two on the night.  Javier Baez continued his hot stretch adding two more hits, bringing his average to .333.  Bijan Rademacher and Oliver Zapata each drove in a run for Peoria.  The pitching was up and down on Wednesday Jose Rosario and Sheldon McDonald were not very good responsible for the first seven runs West Michigan gave up on Wednesday.  Luis Liria and Austin Reed each pitched two scoreless innings to put Peoria in line for the win.  Larry Suarez gave up two unearned runs in the tenth to take the loss.  This is a tough one to swallow as Peoria came back, took the lead, and then blew it in the end.

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Two first inning runs turned out to be all Charlotte would need beating Daytona 3-1 on Wednesday.  PJ Francescon got the start and took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits and walking four in 5.1 innings.  The bullpen did all they could to keep the game close as Eduardo Figueroa, Ryan Searle, and Brian Schlitter combined to pitch 3.2 innings allowing no runs on only two hits.  The Daytona bats never really got going, only having five hits.  Taylor Davis was 1-for-2 including his second home run of the season.  The Cubs also got single hits from Matt Szczur, Matt Cerda, John Andreoli, and Elliot Soto.

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Iowa took advantage of a lot of New Orleans mistakes to win 2-1 in 11 innings.  The Cubs won when James Adduci scored on a throwing error by New Orleans pitcher Gary Glover.  Brooks Raley pitched seven good innings allowing no runs on five hits.  he also walked four and struck four out, leaving with a chance to get the win.  Jay Jackson, however gave up a run in his one inning of work.  Michael Bowden pitched two scoreless innings and Jeff Beliveau struck out the side in his one inning of work earning his fourth win of the season.  Dave Sappelt was the only Cubs player to have more than one hit, he had two, including a double.  Brett Jackson hit his 20th double of the season and Welington Castillo also had a hit.  A nice win for Iowa on Wednesday night.

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7/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Recapping July 13th, 2012 in the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.

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The AZL Cubs have a way of punishing their opponents, and more often than not Daniel Vogelbach is leading that charge, tonight was more of the same as the Cubs beat the Rangers 7-3.  Vogelbach was a man possessed tonight as he went 3-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season, two doubles, an RBI, a walk, and two runs scored.  Vogelbach now has 10 doubles on the season, the man doesn’t now how to hit singles, he’s a slugging machine right now.  Ben Carhart and Jacob Rogers made sure Vogelbach had plenty of help as each guy had two hits, Carhart is now hitting .340 while Rogers is now hitting .429 on the season.  Timothy Saunders had a shocking 0-for-4 dropping his average all the way down to .475 on the season, please catch that sarcasm, I’m laying it on pretty thick.  Anthony Prieto started for the Cubs and only went one inning, he didn’t give up any runs but gave up one hit and issued three walks before departing.  Hunter Ackerman came on in relief and earned the win after going three innings giving up one run on two hits, while walking two and striking out two.  Nathan Dorris came on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

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A late inning collapse can be blamed for Boise’s loss as they seemingly had this one wrapped up leading 4-2 heading to the 8th.  Vancouver scored four in the 8th and one more time for good measure in the 9th to take beat Boise 7-4.  Tayler Scott started for Boise and was his typical solid self going four strong innings allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out one.  Hayden Simpson chipped in 3.2 innings of relief but was on the mound for Vancouver’s comeback.  The defense behind Simpson didn’t help as he allowed three runs on six hits but only one was earned.  Gioskar Amaya continued his solid season at the plate going 2-for-5 with his 3rd home run of the season, he his now hitting .298 on the campaign.  Dong-Yub Kim also had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a run scored and Rock Shoulders continued showing patience at the plate as he was 0-for-1 with three walks.

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For all the press the Chiefs offense gets, and well deserved, the pitching has shown flashes of brilliance as well, tonight Joseph Zeller dazzled.  Zeller was perfect in his six innings of work, that’s right, no hits or walks in six innings while striking out four en route to his first win of the season.  The Chiefs couldn’t finish off the perfect game eventually allowing one run on two hits in an 8-1 victory over Dayton.  Chadd Krist is becoming a story, the 2012 draft pick has already been promoted to Peoria and he is swinging the bat well.  Krist was 2-for-4 again tonight with his first home run as a Chief, he also had a double, two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Paul Hoilman and Wes Darvill each chipped in with two RBI’s a piece.

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Losses can’t get much harder to take than this one.  The Daytona Cubs were well on their way to a victory behind P.J. Francescon leading 7-0 heading to the 6th inning, then the wheels fell off.  Palm Beach blitzed the D-Cubs for seven runs in the sixth inning, and three in the seventh to take a 10-7 lead, eventually winning 11-8.  Francescon was brilliant for the D-Cubs, he went five innings allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out three, but had to settle for a no decision.  Matthew Spencer, Ryan Searle, Scott Weismann, and Frank Del Valle were really bad, no other way to put it as they tossed a combined four innings giving up 11 runs, all earned, on 11 hits while walking three and striking out three.  Rubi Silva had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-6 with a triple, his ninth, yes ninth of the season, and an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes and Rebel Ridling each had two hits in the loss, as six different D-Cubs had RBI’s.

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The Smokies never really allowed Birmingham into this one as they jumped all over the Barons with four in the first, then tacked on three in the fifth and sixth to take a 10-0 lead.  The Barons tried to save face by pushing across three runs in the final two innings but it didn’t help as the Smokies rolled to a 12-3 victory.  Erik Jokisch was nearly perfect going five innings allowing no runs on one hit while walking four and striking out six.  Jokisch struggled with his command, see the six walks, but was untouchable otherwise in earning his 5th win of the season against one loss.  Trey McNutt made his debut as a reliever, after officially being moved to the pen yesterday.  He was solid going two innings in relief giving up no run on one hit and striking out two.  Justin Bour had a stellar game at the plate going 2-for-6 with a double, four RBI’s and a run scored.  Logan Watkins wasn’t going to let Bour have all the fun as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, two walks, and three runs scored.  Junior Lake, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Michael Burgess all had two hits in the blow out win.  The Smokies managed to pound out 14 hits and 12 runs and did it all without a home run.

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A late rally from Iowa fell just short as they dropped a close one to Omaha 4-3, the I-Cubs scratched across two runs in the ninth unfortunately it was too little too late.  Brooks Raley was really good for the I-Cubs going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four.  Unfortunately that wasn’t good enough to avoid a loss as Raley fell to 4-5 on the season with a 3.57 ERA.  Adrian Cardenas continued his recent stretch of outstanding play, proving that he is a play every day kind of guy, he won’t reach that max potential by coming off the bench.  Cardenas was 2-for-3 with a double, triple, a walk, and a run scored in the loss.  Welington Castillo was 3-for-4 with a run scored, but that was the extent of the I-Cubs offense as they were a horrendous 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left eight guys on base.

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7/7: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leagues on Saturday, July 7.

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Another day and another nice day for the AZL Cubs beating AZL Giants 11-1.  Timothy Saunders was at again going 3-for-4 with a home run, double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Rafael Lopez also had three hits including a double and a triple.  He also drove in two runs and scored two as well.  Jacob Rogers drove in two runs as well and added two doubles.  Dan Vogelbach only was 1-for-5, but he also drove in two.  Daniel Lockhart had two hits and scored two runs.  All in all the Cubs pounded out 13 hits, eight of which were extra base hits.  The pitching was just as impressive as the hitting allowing only one run on two hits.  Hunter Ackerman started and pitched three innings not allowing a hit and striking out four.  Loiger Padron struck out three in two scoreless innings to record his first win.  Jin-Young Kim closed the game out also throwing two scoreless innings.

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Behind Tayler Scott and Hayden Simpson Boise shut out Yakima winning 4-0.  Scott got the start and pitched six beautiful innings allowing only three hits and striking out four in route to his first win of the season.  Hayden Simpson allowed baserunners giving up three hits and walking two in three innings.  He also struck out three and recorded his first save of the season.  Boise also had a few nice nights at the plate.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-5 with a double, a runs scored, and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Wilson Contreras all had two hits including a double and a runs scored.  Contreras also added two RBIs on the evening.  Xavier Batista had a double and drove in the other Cubs run.

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Peoria scored three in the eighth to take a 5-2 lead.  Cedar Rapids got one in the ninth, but that was all as Peoria won 5-3.  Top prospect Javier Baez had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a solo home run.  Dustin Geiger did it again hitting his eighth home run of the season.  The big blow, however came off the bat of Yasiel Balaguert who connected on three-run homer in the eighth which proved to be the game winner.  The pitching did a nice job with starter Jose Rosario giving up two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.  Hunter Cervenka entered the game and shut down Cedar Rapids pitching two perfect innings of relief and striking out three.  His ERA now stands at 1.46.  Yao-Lin Wang gave up a run, but was able to close out the game recording his 11th save of the season.

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Daytona scored two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough losing to Lakeland 6-5.  Offensively Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run in the third, his seventh of the year.  Cubs also got RBIs from Matt Cerda and John Andreoli.  Taylor Davis also connected on his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the top of the ninth.  Rubi Silva scored a run and was the only Cub to record two hits on the night.  Starter PJ Francescon took the loss allowing five runs, four earned on nine hits in five innings.  Eduardo Figueroa threw a scoreless 1.1 innings and Jeffrey Lorick gave up a run in his 1.2 innings pitched.

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Chattanooga scored three in the top of the ninth to beat Tennessee 6-3.  At the plate the Smokies had some nice performances.  Juan Apodaca was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Junior Lake and Michael Burgess each had two hits on Saturday as well.  Elliot Soto drove in the other Smokies run.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the start and pitched six solid innings allowing only two runs and striking out four.  He was in line for the win, but Kevin Rhoderick gave up a run in his two innings of work.  Casey Harman took the loss giving up three runs in the ninth.  It was a rough one to lose as Tennessee had the lead late, but gave up four in the last three innings.

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Iowa scored two in the eighth and held on to beat Omaha 5-4.  Alfredo Amezaga had a really nice night going 3-for-5 with two double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Dave Sappelt continues to stay hot adding two hits and driving in a pair.  Josh Vitters added an RBI and hit his 24th double of the season.  In his first game with Iowa James Adduci was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Esmailin Caridad got the start and gave up one run, none earned in three innings.  Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched four solid innings in relief only giving up one run and striking out three.  Jeff Beliveau blew a save opportunity giving up a run in the eighth, but he ended up getting his third win of the season.  Brett Jackson missed his third game in a row on Saturday.

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Mark

7/2: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 2nd Minor League recaps.

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The AZL Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth, but gave up two in the bottom half to lose 5-4.  In the defeat Dan Vogelbach had two hits including his second home run in as many days.  He drove in two on the day.  Cubs also had two hit performances out of Timothy Saunders, Daniel Lockhart, Ben Carhart, and Trevor Gretzky.  To go with his two hits Lockhart also drove in two and had a run scored.  Hunter Ackerman pitched three scoreless innings striking out three in the start.  Jin-Young Kim took the loss giving up two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth.  It was a tough loss for the Cubs, but hopefully they can come back strong in the next one.

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 Boise gave up two runs in the bottom of the eigth and lost to Tri-City 7-5.  Despite the loss Gioskar Amaya was 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Stephen Bruno also had two hits with a run scored and two RBI’s.  The Hawks also got hits from Jeimer Candelario, Chadd Kris, and Bijan Rademacher.  Starting pitcher Taylor Scott was pitching rather well until the fifth when he and Hayden Simpson combined to give up four runs and Simpson gave up one more in the sixth.  Tri-City completed the comeback in the eighth as Su-Min Jung gave up two runs and took the loss.

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Not a good night all around the Peoria losing to Kane County 6-0.  Starting pitcher Jose Rosario had a rough second inning giving up five runs, but really settled down and ended up pitching seven innings.  In those seven innings he gave up six runs, four earned on ten hits while striking out seven.  Sheldon McDonald threw two really nice innings out of the bullpen striking out three and allowing only a walk.  Offensively there wasn’t much to talk about.  The Chiefs were only able to muster up three hits.  Those getting hits on Monday were Zeke DeVoss, Paul Hoilman, and Pin-Chieh Chen.

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Daytona scored six runs in the sixth to win 7-3.  Elieser Bonne was 3-for-3 with a run scored and Matt Cerda was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Micah Gibbs also drove in two runs, and Rebel Ridling and John Andreoli each drove in one a piece.  P.J. Francescon to his first win of the season giving up three runs on five hits in six innings of work.  Ryan Searle and Brian Schlitter didn’t allow a run combining to strike out two in the last three innings of game.

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Tennessee scored a lot early and one late holding on to beat Chattanooga 6-4.  Recent call-up Greg Rohan was 4-for-4 with two double, two RBI’s and one run scored.  Smokies also had two hits from Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake, and Michael Burgess.  To go with Rohan’s two RBI’s the Smokies also had an RBI a piece from Justin Bour, Lake, and Ha.  Dae-Eun Rhee wasn’t great but he was good enough to get his fifth win of the season.  Tony Zych and Ty’relle Harris combined to pitch three innings and striking out three.  Frank Batista came on in the ninth to close the game, striking out one to record his 14th save of the season.

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It was a scoreless game headed to the bottom of the seventh when Nashville scored four.  They ended up holding on to win 4-1 on Monday.  Chris Rusin got the start and was pretty good throwing six scoreless innings while striking out five.  Jeff Beliveau took the loss in relief giving up four runs in only .1 innings pitched.  Although the Cubs only were able to score one, there were some good things that happened.  Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 with a double and drove in the only Cubs run of the day.  Matt Tolbert and Dave Sappelt each had two hits on Monday and Brian Esposito was the only other Cub to record a hit.

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Mark

6/26: Around the Cubs Minor Leagues

A look at the minor league system for Tuesday, June 26.

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 The Cubs lost 9-4 to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.  The Offense for the Cubs was pretty good as they had 10 hits and four runs.  Left fielder Trey Martin Led off on Tuesday and went 3-for-5 including a double and two runs scored.  Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk to raise his average to .412.  Bijan Rademacher hit his first home run of the season and Daniel Lockhart had a triple and had an RBI.  Alvido Jimenez struggled big time and took the loss on Tuesday.  Michael Hamann, Ethan Elias, and Daniel Adrian all pitched well in relief.

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 Boise dropped another on Tuesday losing to Spokane 3-1.  James Pugliese took the loss allowing two rus on three hits in 4.2 innings.  Hayden Simpson had another strong outing allowing one run on two hits while striking out four in 3.1 innings.  There was not much good happening from the offense  as Boise only had three hits on the day.  Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, and Stephen Bruno had the only hits for the Hawks and Shoulders drove in the only run of the game.

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Peoria was chasing two early, but tied it up in the sixth and then exploded in the tenth to win the game 7-2.  Paul Hoilman had a nice night going 2-for-5 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  The Chiefs got an RBI a piece from Taiwan Easterling, Dustin GeigerYasiel Balaguert, and Pin-Chieh Chen.  Chen also had two hits including a triple.  Oliver Zapata also had two hits and two runs scored on Tuesday.  The Chiefs got a nice start from Starling Peralta who pitched seven solid innings as he only gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out three.  Matthew Spencer got the win in relief, striking out three in two perfect innings of work.

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Daytona took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, but ended up losing a heartbreaker 4-3 in 12 innings.  The Cubs got a nice outing out of P.J. Francescon who gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings.  Ryan Searle took the loos out of the bullpen giving up one run in 2.2 innings.  The offense had 11 hits, three of which cam off the bat of Elieser Bonne, who also scored a run.  John Andreoli and Rebel Ridling each had two hits and Ridling added two RBI’s.  The other RBI came off the bat of Arismendy Alcantara.

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The bats came alive for Tennessee beating Birmingham 11-6 on Tuesday.  The Smokies pounded out 15 hits and hit four home runs.  Michael Burgess hit two of those four homers in a game where he went 3-for-3 with three RBI’s and four runs scored.  Michael Brenly also had a very nice night going 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, three runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits including his third homer of the season, he also had three RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, Justin Bour, and James Adduci all had two hits and Watkins added two RBI’s as well.  Nicholas Struck got his ninth win of the season.  He gave allowed four runs, only one of which was earned in six innings.  Frank Batista pitched two innings striking out two batters in route to his 12th save of the season.

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 In their first game with Anthony Rizzo in Chicago Iowa lost 3-1.  Frankie De La Cruz got the loss as he gave up three runs in five innings of work.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Michael Bowden pitched well out of the bullpen on Tuesday.  Offensively there wasn’t much happening for Iowa.  Juan Apodaca went 2-for-4 with two doubles raising his average to .330.  Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters each added a hit and Blake Lalli had the only Cubs RBI on the day.

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Mark

6/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Still not a full slate of Minor League action because of all-star breaks, here is a recap from last night, June 20th.

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The home opener for Boise didn’t go as planned as the Eugene Emeralds spoiled the fun with a late rally to beat the Hawks 7-4.  The Boise pitching, especially out of the bullpen as been ugly, last night was no different.  Jose Arias made his second start of the season as was good again going three innings giving up two runs, one earned on six hits while walking none and striking out one.  Amaury Paulino and Pete Levitt really struggled out of the pen, giving up a combined five runs on ten hits.  Boise had one of it’s better offensive games of the early season, pounding out ten hits but only scoring four runs.  Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.  Jeimer Candelario continued his strong start to the season going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s and two runs scored.

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From the looks of the line score the D-Cubs probably should have been blown out, but that’s not what happened as D-Cubs pitchers pitched in and out of trouble en route to a 3-2 victory over Tampa.  P.J. Francescon was terrific again for the D-Cubs.  PJ went six strong innings giving up two runs, one earned on nine hits while walking two and striking out five.  Both runs were given up in the first inning, PJ settled down after that.  Brian Schlitter and A.J. Morris shut to door the rest of the way for the D-Cubs.  Daytona only managed four hits, but made them count.  Arismendy Alcantara hasn’t slowed down all year, he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, he is now hitting .299 on the season.  The hero was Rubi Silva, not only did Rubi hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth he also threw out Tampa’s Kyle Roller at the plate. 

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Brooks Raley had his best outing of the year for the I-Cubs as he went seven excellent innings giving up one unearned run on two hits while walking one and striking out seven.  The outcome was very much in doubt until the I-Cubs put up a three spot in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead and that is how it would end.  Raley ended up getting his third win of the season and Rafael Dolis earned his second save for Iowa.  It was the bottom of the order getting the job done for Iowa as Ty Wright was 1-for-3 with a walk, and his 5th home run of the season.  Blake Lalli had the big hit for the I-Cubs, a two run single in the seventh inning, Lalli finished 2-for-4 with two RBI’s.  Anthony Rizzo finished 0-for-3 in what might be one of his last games at Iowa, stay tuned. 

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– George

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