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7/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Saturday.

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The AZL Cubs did it again on Saturday beating the AZL Padres 13-3.  After a couple rough nights, Timothy Saunders got back on track going 4-for-6 with a double, home run, three runs scored, and five RBIs.  He raised his average back up to .493.  Equally as impressive has been Dan Vogelbach, and he didn’t disappoint on Saturday.  He had two hits, including a double and drove in four.  The Cubs got three hits out of Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers and they combined to score five runs on the night.  Shawon Dunston Jr. and Garrett Schlect each added two hits a piece and Carlos Penalver hit a triple and drove in two.  One of this year’s supplemental picks Paul Blackburn got his first start of the year.  He pitched one inning and allowed a run, but it was good to see him pitch.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino recorded his third win of the season striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings.  The Cubs have been really impressive so far.

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Two four run innings was plenty for Boise beating Vancouver 9-3.  The Hawks were led offensively by Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez.  Martin was 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run.  He also scored two runs and knocked in four.  Hernandez also had two, including two doubles and driving in three.  Lead-off hitter Gioskar Amaya did his job well on Saturday going 2-for-3 with a walk.  One of his hits was a triple and he scored three runs.  Hawks got an RBI a piece from Stephen Bruno and Bijan Rademacher.  Ian Dickson got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only pitched 4.1 innings.  Pete Levitt picked up his first win in relief pitching 1.2 scoreless innings.  Michael Hamann and Rafael Diplan combined to pitch the last three innings of the game securing the Boise win.

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In a back and forth game Peoria was able to come out on top 9-8 in ten innings.  Chadd Krist played the role of hero winning the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth.  He ended the night 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Javier Baez had his best night as a professional going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple.  He also scored a run, drove in four and stole his 16th base.  He now has a ten game hitting streak and his batting average now stands at .319.  Taiwan Easterling and Paul Hoilman each had two hits and Easterling drove in two.  Michael Jensen got the start giving up six runs in 5.1 innings of work.  Yao-Lin Wang got the win pitching a scoreless tenth inning.

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Daytona watched a six two lead slip away late when Palm Beach scored seven times in the last two innings to win 9-6.  Despite walking five and allowing six hits starter Austin Kirk was in line for the win, but was let down by his bullpen.  Kirk left only allowing two run, one earned in six inning of work lowering his ERA to 2.59.  After a dominate one inning of work by Eduardo Figueroa, Jeffrey Lorick and Brian Schlitter really struggled combining to give up seven runs, five earned over the next 1.1 innings.  There were a few bright spots from the offense on Saturday for the Cubs.  Ronald Torreyes was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  John Andreoli, Rafael Lopez, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits with Bonne driving one in.  Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had an RBI a piece and Taylor Davis drove in two.  Another tough loss for Daytona on Saturday.

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Michael Burgess and Juan Apodaca‘s power was on display Saturday leading Tennessee to a 4-2 win on Saturday.  Apodaca hit a three-run homer and Michael Burgess hit a solo shot, his tenth of the season.  That was all the offense the Smokies would need as Dae-Eun Rhee and the bullpen would do all the rest.  Rhee gave up two runs on five hits in five innings.  He struck out six in route to his sixth win of the year.  Tony Zych pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three and Marcus Hatley came in to shut it down.  That he did striking out three in two innings of work recording his fourth save of the season.  It is nice to see Tennessee come out on top of a well-played game from both teams.

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A seven run second from Omaha was all they needed beating Iowa 7-1.  Randy Wells got the start and was terrible allowing seven runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings pitched.  As bad as Randy Wells was the offense couldn’t get much going either.  James Adduci had two hits and scored a run, the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game.  Dave Sappelt drove in the Cubs lone run.  Josh Vitters had his 27th double of the season and Brett Jackson also added a hit.  Other than that there wasn’t much to the game at the plate.  Casey Coleman pitched 5.1 good innings in relief not allowing a run and striking out three.  Alberto Cabrera had another nice outing out of the pen striking out one in one inning of work.

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7/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Your daily trip through the minor leagues.

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A six run fourth was too much for the AZL Cubs to overcome on Thursday losing 7-2.  Even though the Cubs only had two runs on five hits there were a few offensive bright spots.  Dan Vogelbach did it again belting a two-run home run, his fifth of the young season.  Ben Carhart also had a nice day going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.  Ethan Elias started and pitched three innings giving up one unearned run.  Ryan Hartman struggled and took the loss in relief.  Matt Iannazzo struck out six in 3.1 innings pitched.  The Cubs have been really good so hope to see them bounce back after this one.

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Boise lost a wild one to Vancouver 12-11.  It was a tough loss as it seemed Boise was in complete control of this one, but an eight run seventh for Vancouver was all they would need to hold on.  Offensively Boise had 16 hits to go along with those 11 runs so a lot of good came out of that.  Three Hawks hit home runs, including Gioskar Amaya, Marco Hernandez, and Rock Shoulders.  Amaya and Hernandez each drove in two and Shoulders drove in three on the night.  Bijan Rademacher also drove in two runs as he went 3-for-4 with a double at the plate.  Stephen Brruno and Jeimer Candelario each had two hits and Trey Martin had three.  The good on the mound turned to ugly pretty quickly on Thursday.  James Pugliese and Michael Heesch combined to get the Hawks into the sixth with a 10-4 lead.  The lead was soon erased as Rafael Diplan struggled giving up five in .1 innings.  He was followed by Roderik Pichardo who gave up three more in the seventh and he took the loss.  Another tough loss for Boise on Thursday.

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Dayton pounded out 16 hits and scored eight runs to beat Peoria 8-5.  There was some good that happened offensively in this one though.  Taiwan Easterling was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs.  Paul Hoilman and Chadd Krist who was recently promoted from Boise each had two hits.  Krist also drove in a run as did Wes Darvill and Pin-Chieh Chen.  Jose Rosario was pretty good on the mound giving up one run on seven hits in six innings of work.  Justin Berg and the defense let Rosario down giving up five runs, one earned on three hits in .2 innings.  Hunter Cervenka struggled as well giving up two runs on six hits in 2.1 innings.  After a five run seventh and a two run ninth Peoria just didn’t have enough left to come back.

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Palm Beach scored four times in the lst four innings to beat Daytona 5-4.  Matt Loosen got the start pitching 6.2 innings.  He gave up four runs, three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out six.  Eduardo Figueroa took the loss in relief.  He gave up the go ahead run in .2 innings.  At the plate Rubi Silva had a nice night going 2-for-4 with a triple and a runs scored.  John Andreoli, Rebel Ridling, Rafael Lopez, and Dustin Harrington each had a hit and Ridling drove one in.  Matt Szczur and Taylor Davis each had an RBI for the Cubs on Thursday as well.  Another game on Thursday where it looked like the Cubs affiliate was in command, but ended up losing.

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Tennessee was postponed on Wednesday so they played two on Thursday.  All the scoring for game one came in the first inning when Tennessee scored one, but Birmingham scored four.  The score would stand and Tennessee lost 4-1.  Staring pitcher Zach Rosscup didn’t last long allowing four runs on four hits and walking two and only recording one out.  In relif Ty’Relle Harris and Kevin Rhoderick held the Baron scoreless the rest of the way to give the Smokies a chance.  Philip Humber started his rehab assignmnet and held the Smokies to only two hits and one run.  Junior Lake led the game off with a double and scored the Smokies lone run when he was driven in by Jae-Hoon HaJustin Bour had the other Smokies hit in game one.

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Three Tennessee runs in the second inning was plenty for Nicholas Struck as Smokies won game two 3-0.  Struck wsa outstanding allowing no runs on only three hits while walking none and striking out seven in six innings.  Frank Batista came on to pitch a scoreless seventh to recrord his 17th save.  The Smokies RBIs came from the bottom of the order with Nelson Perez driving in two with a triple and Chad Noble then driving him in.  Jae-Hoon Ha was the only Smokie player with a multi hit game as he went 2-for-4.  After dropping the first one it was nice to see them come back and get game two.

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Iowa wins a crazy one in Omaha on Thursday.  Trailing 7-2 after three innings Iowa started there come back with a four run fourth.  After adding on in the sixth, they scored five more and eventually won 12-11.  They had 15 hits to go along with those 12 runs so there was a lot of good offensively.  Adrian Cardenas and Diory Hernandez each had three hits.  Hernandez hit a home run, scored two runs, and drove in two.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.  Welington Castillo also had two hits, including a hom run.  He also scored two runs and drove in three.  Brett Jackson was back in the lineup delivering a hit and walking three times.  He drove in on run, scored two, and stole his 21st base of the season.  Josh Vitters had two more hits, including his 26th double, he also scored a run and drove one in.  Chris Volstad got the start and was not very good allowing seven runs, five earned in just two innings.  The Cubs would use five arms out of the pen to finish this one Alberto Cabrera earning his second win of the season.  Jay Jackson pitched a scoreless eighth and Michael Bowden recorded his second save of the season striking out two in a scoreless ninth.  It’s nice to come out on top of a crazy one like that.

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What a crazy night throughout the Cubs system.

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Mark

7/8: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A trip through the minors on July 8, 2012.

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The AZL Brewers jumped on the AZL Cubs and took a commanding 4-0 lead.  The Cubs scored one run in ninth to tie it and then another in the 11th to win.  Offensively Timothy Saunders did it again, this time going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Daniel Lockhart and David Bote each added two hits with Lockhart scoring two and driving in one.  Ben Carhart, Daniel Vogelbach, and Rafael Lopez each drove in a run with the winner coming off the bat of Lockhart.  Alvido Jimenez got the win in relief striking out four in 3.1 innings and giving up two hits and zero runs.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino also pitched well in relief striking out four and only giving up one hit in 3.2 innings of work.  It was a nice win for the Cubs and their record now stands at 12-4.

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Starting pitcher Ian Dickson struggled giving up seven runs on seven hits in just 2.2 innings.  He took the loss as Boise dropped the game to Yakima 10-1 in only five and a half innings played.  At the plate the Hawks got two hits from Xavier Batista including a double.  Wilson Contreras and Stephen Bruno each had one hit and Bruno scored a run.  Chadd Krist did not record a hit, but drove in the lone run for Boise.  It was really tough loss for the Hawks in shortened game.

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After hitting four home runs yesterday Peoria did not score a run today losing to 3-0 to Cedar Rapids.  Joseph Zeller got the start and took the loss giving up three runs, one earned on five hits in five innings pitched.  Jeffry Antigua was really good striking out three in three perfect innings of relief.  His ERA remains at 0.00.  Nothing to exciting happened on the offensive side of things.  Zeke DeVoss and Wes Darvill each had one hit, that being a double.  Javier Baez, Pin-Chieh Chen, Yasiel Balaguert, and Sergio Burruel all had a hit as well.  Baez stole his 14th base of the season.  Peoria will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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Lakeland had a two run lead into the eighth, but Daytona scored four in top half and would one in the ninth to win 5-2.  Austin Kirk got the start, but did not factor in the decision.  He threw six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out two.  AJ Morris got the win in relief giving up no runs on one hit and striking out two in two innings.  Brian Schlitter picked up his first save of the season pitching a perfect ninth.  Rebel Ridling was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes and Elieser Bonne each added hits, Bonne’s being a double.  Chad Noble was 2-for-3 with a runs scored and an RBI.  Arismendy Alcantara and Rubi Silva each drove in a run, and Alcantara scored a run and stole his 25th base of the season.  Matt Szczur did not have a hit, but walked three times, scored a run, and stole his 27th and 28th bag of the season.  A nice comeback win for Daytona on Sunday.

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Trey McNutt got his fifth win of the year as Tennessee beat Chattanooga 5-3.  McNutt pitched five innings giving up two runs, one earned on four hits while walking two and striking out two.  Ty’relle Harris and Casey Weathers each recorded holds with Harris pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings and striking out two.  Frank Batista pitched another scoreless ninth to record his 15th save of the season.  Justin Bour was 1-for-2 with a homer, his eighth, and two walks.  Greg Rohan was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Junior Lake and Logan Watkins each had a hit and drove in a run for the Cubs.  Michael Brenly, Nate Samson, and Micahel Burgess all added a hit with Samson hitting his 11th double of the year.  Daytona will look to make it two in a row on Monday.

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Adrian Cardenas played the role of the hero on Sunday, delivering a game-winning RBI single to win the game 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth.  Alfredo Amezaga was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Dave Sappelt and Josh Vitters each stayed hot as they delivered two hits a piece.  They each scored a run and drove one in, with Vitters connecting on his 25th double of the season.  James Adduci was 1-for-3 in his second game with, he also scored a run.  Welington Castillo and Matt Tolbert each had hit with Castillo driving one in.  Randy Wells got the start, but did not factor in the decision.  He gave up five runs, four earned on seven hits in 6.1 innings.  Alberto Cabrera got the win in relief pitching the final 2.2 innings.  He allowed no runs on two hits and struck out four, lowering his ERA to 1.86.  This was a nice way for Iowa to go into the All Star Break.  Iowa ended the first half 38-53.

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All in all it was a good day for the Cubs minor leaguers with a lot of thrilling victories.

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Mark

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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7/5: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 5 Cubs minor league recap.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mark

5/20: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/20/12, enjoy.

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The Chiefs needed extra innings to beat Cedar Rapids 9-6 on Sunday after they blew leads of 4-0 and 6-4 in the ninth.  Gerardo Concepcion had his second decent outing in a row and was in line for his second win before Cedar Rapids tied it in the ninth.  Concepcion went five innings while allowing four runs on six hits.  The Chiefs offense was in high gear as they pounded out 15 hits and 9 runs in the win.  Taylor Davis was 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Rafael Lopez, Paul Hoilman, Anthony Giansanti, and Oliver Zapata all had two hits.

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Austin Kirk finally had a poor outing, probably my fault because I wrote about him last week.  Kirk had his shortest outing of the season going two and 1/3rd of an inning while allowing six runs to suffer his first loss of the season.  Kirk’s ERA still sits at a sparkling 2.68 after giving up six runs.  The D-Cubs couldn’t string together much at the plate as the top of the order had trouble getting on base.  Nelson Perez, and Elieser Bonne each had two hits in the losing effort. 

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Trey McNutt continued his solid season on Sunday as he went five innings to earn his second victory of the season.  McNutt gave up three runs, however only one was earned as he lowered his ERA to 2.67.  The middle of the order was once again productive for the Smokies.  Jae-Hoon Ha collected two more hits in the victory as he raised his average to .265 on the season.  Rebel Ridling had a huge day at the plate going 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI’s.

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For the second straight day the Iowa Cubs couldn’t find any offense as they lost to Salt Lake 2-1.  Rodrigo Lopez was nearly un-hittable as he only allowed one hit over six innings or work, unfortunately he was tagged with a no decision.  Jeff Beliveau had a solid day out of the bullpen going two innings and striking out three.  The I-Cubs were only able to scratch out five hits and one run.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-5 with a double, and Josh Vitters was 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  

 

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5/18: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/18/12, enjoy.

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A late explosion of runs from Clinton was too much for the Chiefs to handle as they fell 8-2, with Clinton scoring six of their runs in the 7th and 8th inning.  Rafael Lopez was 2-for-4 at the plate in the losing effort as the Chiefs only had five hits total in the game.  Jose Rosario pitched well enough but couldn’t avoid being tagged with his 4th loss of the season.  Rosario only allowed two runs of 5 and 1/3rd and had nine strikeouts.

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Daytona used some big time hitting to not only get back in a game they trailed early in but to win it, beating Palm Beach 8-4.  Matt Szczur was 2-for-5 at the plate, and had two stolen bases, which gives him a total of 18 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara, Greg Rohan, and Richard Jones all had three hits to pace the D-Cubs attack with Jones driving in three runs.  Frank Del Valle was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst has he worked six solid innings for his third win of the season.

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The Smokies couldn’t solve the Braves pitching as they fell 4-2 in Mississippi.  Jae-Hoon ha was 2-for-4 in the losing effort.  The only offense came from Luis Flores who was 1-for-2 with both Smokies RBI’s.  Nicholas Struck made it into the 7th inning but couldn’t make it out as he was handed his 4th loss of the season, he gave up four runs to elevate his ERA to 4.09 on the campaign.

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The Iowa Cubs couldn’t hang on to an early 3-0 lead as the ended up falling to Salt Lake 5-4 in 10 innings.  The I-Cubs made it interesting in the bottom of the 10th as they has 1st and 3rd with two outs with Rizzo up but he flew out to end the game.  Rizzo finished the game going 1-for-5 with a double, Alfredo Amezaga chipped in with his 3rd home run of the season.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched well enough to win but didn’t get any help from his pen as he walked away with a no decision.

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5/10: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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

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After falling behind 4-0 early, Peoria staged a comeback that ended up falling just short in a 6-5 loss to Beloit.  Rafael Lopez, and Marco Hernandez each had two hits in the losing effort for Peoria.  Gerardo Concepcion had probably his best start as a professional on Thursday.  Concepcion still struggled in the first inning, but settled down making it through four innings to earn a no decision.

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An early hole was too much for Daytona to climb out of as they fell to the Stone Crabs 8-3.  The D-Cubs pounded out 9 hits, but were only able to tally runs in the 2nd and 8th innings respectively.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-3 at the plate as he continues his surge with his average now sitting at .250.  Frank Del Valle started for the D-Cubs and took the loss giving up five runs in five innings, he’s now 2-1 on the season.

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Dae-Eun Rhee was outstanding Thursday Night for the Smokies, going 7 and 2/3rd’s of an inning while only giving up one earned, which was unearned.  Rhee only allowed four hits, and walked only one guy en route to his 3rd win of the season.  Nate Samson had the big hit for the Smokies with a two run double in the second inning which was all the Smokies needed in a 4-1 win over Birmingham.

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One of the few nights that Anthony Rizzo didn’t run the I-Cubs offense, but that was alright as the rest of the team really picked up the slack in a 10-1 win against Fresno.  Luis Valbuena, Josh Vitters, and Dave Sappelt all had big days at the plate.  Vitters was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s as he tries to get back on track after slumping a bit.  Lost in an offensive firestorm was the solid start of Randy Wells.  Wells was solid, going six innings and allowing only one run for his second win of the season.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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

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Peoria’s pitching had a rough weekend.  One night after giving up 20 runs to Quad Cities they gave up 9 in a 9-2 defeat.  Wes Darvill and Rafael Lopez each had two hits in the losing effort.  Brad Zapenas was 1-for-1 with a double and three walks.  Michael Jensen was beat up on the mound for Peoria as he took the loss, dropping his record to 3-2 on the season.

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Austin Kirk was outstanding once again, however he had to settle for a no decision as the bullpen couldn’t hold a late 3-2 lead.  Jupiter tied the game in the 8th and 9th innings, only to have Daytona walk off in the ninth for a 5-4 victory.  Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with two triples and two RBI’s.  Matt Szczur continues to turn his season around slowly but surely going 1-for-4 and stealing his 16th base of the season.

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Junior Lake made his Smokies debut on Sunday and he didn’t disappoint.  One of the Cubs top infield prospected went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.  Elliot Soto also had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort.  Brooks Raley had a solid day on the mound going a strong six innings for a no decision as the Smokies couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead and ended up losing 4-2. 

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Brett Jackson had a big day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Unfortunately that wasn’t enough as Iowa fell to New Orleans 12-4.  Luis Valbuena and Alfredo Amezaga each had two hits as well.  Iowa pitching got beat up top to bottom, Jay Jackson took the loss after surrendering five runs in four innings of work.

 

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

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

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The Chiefs used a three run outburst in the 7th inning to come from behind and beat Kane County 4-3.  Rafael Lopez and Oliver Zapata each had two hits on the night, both scoring runs as well.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 3-for-3 at the plate with a double.  Both teams benefited from shaky defense as each team committed two errors, subsequently both teams gave up two unearned runs.  Jose Rosario settled for a no decision after scattering 10 hits in 5 and 2/3rds of an inning.  Austin Reed and Jeffery Lorick were stellar out of the pen and a big reason the Chiefs won the game.

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Rubi Silva continues to tear the cover off the ball as he went 2-for-4, with a walk, a home run, and an RBI, he is now hitting .330 on the season.  Nelson Perez, and Arismendy Alcantara each had two hits on the night, Perez had a home run and two RBI’s, while Alcantara had a home run and three RBI’s.  Hayden Simpson was outstanding out of the bullpen going four scoreless innings to earn the victory as Daytona fought back from an early 3-0 hole to beat Clearwater 6-5.

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Justin Bour had a solid night at the plate going 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run, and three RBI’s.  Most of the Smokies had hits, unfortunately not enough of them were strung together and they fell 7-4 to Montgomery.  The Smokies fell behind 6-0 early as Trey McNutt didn’t get any help from his defense.  It’s really the first game where McNutt has struggled, he last 2 and 2/3rds of an inning, giving up 5 runs, however only two were earned.  Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a double and an RBI.

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Really tough loss for Iowa as they watched a 6-2 lead evaporate in a 7-6 loss to Memphis.  Dave Sappelt had a solid night at the plate going 2-for-3 with two walks, a double and an RBI.  Josh Vitters and Blake Lalli both went deep in the losing effort for Iowa.  Chris Rusin seemed to right the ship after a tough start, but was beat up in the 7th where Memphis plated three runs to tie the game at 6.  Anthony Rizzo made his 6th error of the season which led to one unearned run for Rusin.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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