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Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/3/14

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Josh Vitters homered for the I-Cubs Thursday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Kane County’s offense was on full display early, capturing a win in the season opener. Iowa and Daytona both struggled to put some runs on the board while Tennessee let a five-run lead slip away in a loss. Here are some highlights from action around the minor leagues.

Iowa Cubs (0-1)
T-3rd Place (1 game back)

Iowa dropped its season opener vs. Memphis, 10-2. The Redbirds scored three first-inning runs off I-Cubs starter, Chris Rusin.

  • LHP Chris Rusin (0-1) gave up five earned over 3.2 innings, fanning two in the loss.
  • LF Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 and hit a third-inning solo home run.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva had two hits with a double and a run scored.
  • RHP Yoanner Negrin followed Rusin and spun 3.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit while striking out four.

Tennessee Smokies (0-1)
T-3rd Place (1 game back)

The Smokies had a 5-0 lead through three innings at Pensacola, but fell to the Blue Wahoos, 6-5, in their season opener.

  • RHP Dae-Eun Rhee pitched four innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out four in a no-decision.
  • 3B Kris Bryant clubbed a two-run homer in his first at-bat off RHP Mat Latos, who was on a rehab assignment. Bryant went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, the home run and one stolen base.
  • CF Zeke DeVoss went 2-for-5 with a triple and one RBI from the leadoff spot.
  • LF Rubi Silva and RF Jorge Soler each recorded a double. Soler left the game following his double due to hamstring tightness.
  • RHP Ryan Searle allowed just one run on one hit while fanning five in three innings of relief.

Daytona Cubs (0-1)
T-4th Place (1 game back)

Daytona opened its 2014 campaign with a 1-0 loss at Brevard County.

  • RHP Felix Pena had a solid outing, giving up one run on three hits while striking out three over six innings despite picking up the loss.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya recorded Daytona’s lone multi-hit effort, going 2-for-2 with a stolen base.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach and 3B Jeimer Candelario both went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • RHP’s Zach Cates and Arodys Vizcaino each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Kane County Cougars (1-0)
T-1st Place ( — games back)

Kane County kicked off its 2014 season with an 8-4 victory at Quad Cities.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn gave up four runs over four innings, striking out three.
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI.
  • SS Carlos Penalver was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, one RBI and two stolen bases.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann batted leadoff and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
  • LHP Nathan Dorris tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory.

 

Minor League recap: 9/8/13

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Daytona’s Dan Vogelbach drove in a run Sunday. (Photo by Aldrin Capulong)

Tennessee staved off elimination and will play Birmingham in a deciding Game 5 showdown, while neither Daytona nor Boise could wrap up their respective championship series Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee forced a fifth and deciding game in the Southern League North Division Championship Series with a 10-7 victory over visiting Birmingham.

  • RF Rubi Silva (.429) recorded a game-high four hits, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored.
  • 3B Jonathan Mota (.222) went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored, a triple (1) and three RBI (4).
  • C Taylor Davis (.222) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles (2) and two RBI (2).
  • CF Matt Szczur (.267) went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, a double (1), three RBI (4) and one stolen base (1).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.125) went 2-for-5 with two RBI (2) and one stolen base (1).
  • RHP A.J. Morris (1-0, 2.45) allowed one run on two hits in 2.2 innings of relief to earn the victory.
  • RHP Frank Batista (0.00) recorded the final out of the game to convert his first save of the postseason.

Daytona Cubs

Charlotte scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to avoid elimination, beating Daytona 3-2. Daytona leads 2-1 in the best-of-five Florida State League Championship Series.

  • RHP Corey Black gave up one hit over six innings and struck out two batters.
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.421) went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.167) was 1-for-4 with an RBI (3).
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.412) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • C Chadd Krist (.235) recorded Daytona’s lone extra-base hit, going 1-for-3 with a double (2) and one RBI (2).
  • Daytona allowed its first earned run of the postseason in the eighth inning, snapping a streak of 43.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run in the playoffs.

Boise Hawks

Vancouver avoided elimination with a 4-2 victory over visiting Boise in Game 2 of the Northwest League Finals. The best-of-three series is tied 1-1.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn gave up one earned run on three hits and struck out nine over five innings.
  • 2B Jordan Hankins (.500) went 2-for-4 with a double (1) and one RBI (1).
  • SS Dan Lockhart (.333) was 1-for-4 with an RBI (3).
  • 3B-CF David Bote (.286) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (0.00) struck out one in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Minor League recap: 9/5/13

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Dustin Geiger had a pair of hits in a Daytona victory. (Photos by Aldrin Capulong/Daytona Cubs)

Daytona’s pitching was on again as the D-Cubs shut out Charlotte in Game 1 of the best-of-five FSL Championship series. However, Tennessee couldn’t get the bats going and fell to Birmingham. Boise will play the first game of the Northwest League Championship Series tonight. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee mustered just four hits in Game 1 of the Southern League North Division Series, falling at Birmingham 3-1. The Smokies will try to even the series at one apiece tonight in Game 2.

  • RHP Nick Struck pitched five innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits and striking out three in the loss.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.333) provided all the offense for the Smokies, going 1-for-3 with a fifth-inning solo home run.
  • LF John Andreoli (.667) recorded two of Tennessee’s four hits, going 2-for-3.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.333) went 1-for-3 with a double (1).
  • RHP’s Yeiper Castillo (0.00), A.J. Morris (0.00) and Tony Zych (0.00) combined to toss 3.0 scoreless relief innings.
  • RHP Kyle Hendricks claimed the Southern League ERA title with a 1.85 ERA (26 ER/126.1 IP). He limited opposing hitters to a .227 batting average and allowed the fewest base runners per 9.0 innings pitched at 9.83.

Daytona Cubs

Daytona shut out Charlotte in Game 1 of the FSL Championship series, beating the Stone Crabs 5-0. The Cubs have not allowed an earned run in 27.0 postseason innings this season.

  • RHP Pierce Johnson pitched five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out six to pick up the win.
  • CF Zeke DeVoss (.375) reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a run scored, two doubles (2) and one stolen base (1).
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.273) batted leadoff and went 2-for-5 with a run scored, a double (2) and a team-high three RBI (3).
  • 1B Dustin Geiger (.250) was 2-for-4 with a double (1) and two RBI (2).
  • LF Anthony Giansanti (.364) posted his second straight multihit game of the postseason, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double (1).
  • Daytona starting pitchers Corey Black, C.J. Edwards and Johnson have combined to throw 15.0 shutout innings this postseason. They’ve allowed just nine hits, walking two and fanning 19.
  • LHP Jeffrey Lorick (0.00) scattered four hits while striking out one in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.
  • The Cubs came into the game having gone 0-6 against the Stone Crabs this season.

Minor League recap: 9/4/13

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C.J. Edwards picked up his first win in a Daytona uniform Wednesday. (Photo by Aldrin Capulong/Daytona Cubs)

Daytona and Boise both snagged postseason wins Wednesday to secure a spot in their respective championship series. Tennessee begins its playoff series with Birmingham today. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Daytona Cubs

Daytona allowed just two hits in a 4-0 victory at Dunedin in Game 2 of the Florida State League North Division Championship series. The Cubs will take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the best-of-five FSL Championship Series beginning tonight at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.833) posted his second straight multihit effort, going 3-for-3 with a run scored, a double (1) and a game-high two RBI (4). He finished the series 5-for-6 with four RBI.
  • 2B Wes Darvill (.333) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (1) and one RBI (1).
  • LF Anthony Giansanti (.286) was 2-for-4.
  • RHP C.J. Edwards tossed 5.0 no-hit innings and struck out eight to earn his first-ever Cubs victory. Since being acquired by the Cubs, Edwards has struck out 41 hitters while allowing just seven walks in 28.0 innings.
  • RHP Ryan Searle (0.00) struck out five in 4.0 scoreless innings of work to convert the save.
  • The game featured a 29-minute rain delay after the first inning.

Boise Hawks

Boise won the South Division Pennant with an 11-7 victory at Salem-Keizer. The Hawks will host Vancouver in the best-of-three League Championship Series beginning Friday.

  • CF Kevin Encarnacion (.667) batted leadoff and went 3-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored, a double (1) and one RBI (1).
  • DH Justin Marra (.222) went 2-for-5 with a run scored, two doubles (2) and a game-high four RBI (4).
  • 2B Dan Lockhart (.500) was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and one RBI (1).
  • 3B David Bote (.286) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, one RBI (1) and a stolen base (1).
  • RHP Loiger Padron (1-0, 3.38) allowed one run on three hits in 2.2 innings of relief to earn the win.
  • The victory marks Boise’s 13th trip to the League Championship Series (seven titles).

Minor League recap: 9/3/13

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Corey Black was solid for Daytona in its postseason opener. (Photo courtesy of the Daytona Cubs)

Daytona waited out the weather and picked up a playoff win and Boise’s pitching was solid in a postseason victory Tuesday. Meanwhile, Tennessee will begin its playoff push Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Daytona Cubs

Daytona plated five, sixth-inning runs to defeat visiting Dunedin in Game 1 of the FSL Playoffs, 6-1. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is tonight at Dunedin.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.667) recorded Daytona’s lone multihit effort, going 2-for-3.
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.333) led off the bottom of the first inning with a double (1). He scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch later in the inning, putting the Cubs ahead 1-0.
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.250) went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI (1).
  • RHP Corey Black scattered five hits while fanning seven to earn the win. Since joining the Cubs on July 26, Black has won five of his six starts and has more strikeouts (35) than hits allowed (27).
  • LHP Frank Del Valle (0.00) struck out two in 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.
  • Dating to the regular season, the Cubs have won 12 of their last 13 games, including six in a row vs. Dunedin.

Boise Hawks

  • CF Kevin Encarnacion (.750) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double (1).
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (1.000) also recorded three hits, going 3-for-3 with a game-high two RBI (2).
  • 2B Dan Lockhart (.500) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double (1).
  • RHP Paul Blackburn tossed 7.0 shutout innings while fanning eight to earn the win. Blackburn is 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP) in his last three starts.
  • RHP Zack Godley (0.00) struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings of relief to convert the save.
  • Boise snapped a five-game losing streak dating back to the regular season.

Minor League recap: 8/29/13

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Rafael Dolis continued his rehab assignment Thursday in Mesa. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Iowa continued its winning streak, Tennessee hurled a shutout, Daytona made it nine straight, and Mesa rode a big inning to victory Thursday night. But Boise slipped back into a first-place tie after a loss, and Kane County fell short. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Iowa Cubs (65-75)

Iowa won its fourth straight game, beating visiting Omaha 4-2.

  • RHP Casey Coleman earned the win, allowing five hits and two earned runs over six innings and striking out three.
  • 2B Edgar Gonzalez (.275) reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and one RBI (20).
  • SS Edwin Maysonet (.241) went 2-for-3 with a double (14) and one RBI (31).
  • RF Ty Wright (.283) went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to eight games. He’s hitting .429 (12-for-28) during the streak.
  • RHP Alberto Cabrera (7.08) and RHP Marcos Mateo (2.03) each tossed a scoreless inning.
  • RHP Eduardo Sanchez (3.46) converted his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Tennessee Smokies (39-26)

Tennessee allowed just one hit in a 5-0 victory over host Chattanooga.

  • RHP Neil Ramirez fanned five and allowed one hit and no earned runs in 4.2 innings.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.259) went 1-for-4 with a fourth-inning solo home run.
  • 1B Justin Bour (.237) was 1-for-4 with a double (16) and a team-high three RBI (58).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.270) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a double (35).
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (2-0, 4.34) struck out three in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win of the year.
  • RHP Yeiper Castillo (3.79) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings to convert his first save of the season.

Daytona Cubs (38-19-1)

Daytona won its ninth straight game, beating host Brevard County 3-2.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.261) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a double (7).
  • C Chadd Krist (.253) was 1-for-4 with two RBI (33).
  • RHP Corey Black won his fourth straight decision, striking out six batters and allowing one run over six innings. He has struck out 28 hitters in 25.0 innings of work in five starts with Daytona.
  • LHP Jeffrey Lorick (3.48) allowed a run on three hits in 3.0 innings of relief to convert his third save of the season.

Kane County Cougars (23-42)

Kane County dropped a 5-2 decision at Cedar Rapids.

  • DH Marco Hernandez (.256) posted his third straight multihit effort, going 2-for-4 with an RBI (33).
  • 1B Rock Shoulders (.253) went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, a double (26) and one RBI (71).
  • LHP Matt Iannazzo (4.22) tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Boise Hawks (20-14)

Boise fell into a first-place tie with a 10-8 loss to Salem-Keizer.

  • CF Kevin Encarnacion (.368) extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 2-for-5 with a run scored, a home run and a team-high four RBI (28). He’s hitting .431 (22-for-51) with four home runs and 12 RBI during the stretch.
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.293) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases (12).
  • 2B Dan Lockhart (.296) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, two RBI (22) and one stolen base (7).
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.266) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Mesa Cubs (14-13)

Mesa used a four-run third inning to beat host AZL D-backs 8-1.

  • RF Ryan Sweeney (.286) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, a double (2) and one RBI in the fourth game of a rehab assignment.
  • 3B Luis Valbuena (.714) went 3-for-4 with a run scored, a double (2), two RBI (3) and one stolen base (1) in the second game of his rehab assignment.
  • RHP Rafael Dolis (0.00) tossed a scoreless inning of relief in his third appearance of the season.
  • RHP Ethan Elias (2-1, 5.71) threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win of the year.

Minor League recap: 8/28/13

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Scott Baker posted his first win of the season in a rehab start for Kane County. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Wednesday was a great day for the Cubs affiliates. The teams went 5-0, Daytona clinched the FSL second-half title, Kris Bryant mashed another home run, and Scott Baker had his best rehab start of the season. Both Tennessee and Mesa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Iowa Cubs (64-75)

Iowa won its third straight game, beating visiting Omaha 5-2.

  • RF Ty Wright (.279) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a team-high three RBI (36).
  • DH Edgar Gonzalez (.267) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two doubles (9).
  • 3B Mike Olt (.197) reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.
  • RHP Kyle Hendricks tossed a season-high 8.0 innings, marking his third straight quality start. He has allowed just one home run in 34.0 innings of work with Iowa.
  • RHP Brian Schlitter (3.10) converted his 20th save of the year with a perfect ninth inning.

Daytona Cubs (37-19-1)

GM 1: Daytona clinched the Florida State League second half title with a 6-2 victory over visiting Dunedin.

  • DH Kris Bryant (.340) went 1-for-3 with a third-inning two-run homer.
  • 1B Dustin Geiger (.281) homered for the second straight game, going 1-for-3 with a first-inning two-run blast.
  • 3B Ben Carhart (.251) went 2-for-3.
  • RHP Lendy Castillo (2-0, 3.32) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win of the year.

GM 2: Daytona won its eighth straight game, beating Dunedin 3-0.

  • SS Wes Darvill (.256) went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a double (13).
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.256) was 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI (18).
  • RHP Ryan Searle (2-2, 5.09) struck out four in 3.0 scoreless innings of work to earn his second win of the season.

Kane County Cougars (23-41)

Kane County snapped its three-game losing streak, beating host Cedar Rapids 9-1.

  • RHP Scott Baker earned his first win after tossing his best rehab start of the year. Baker retired the first 13 hitters of the game.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.254) went 2-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored, a double (35), a home run and a team-high three RBI (57).
  • C Carlos Escobar (.232) went 1-for-5 with a fourth-inning two-run homer.
  • DH Rock Shoulders (.252), 1B Willson Contreras (.250) and CF Jose Dore (.230) all had a hit and one RBI.

Boise Hawks (20-13)

Boise used a 14-hit attack to beat visiting Salem-Keizer 10-6.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.287) and RF Yasiel Balaguert (.269) each hit their eighth homer of the season.
  • DH Justin Marra (.239) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, a double (3), a home run and a team-high three RBI (15).
  • CF Kevin Encarnacion (.367) extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base (9). He’s hitting .435 (20-for-46) with 11 runs scored, three doubles, three home runs and eight RBI during the streak.
  • RHP Carlos Martinez-Pumarino (4-2, 5.04) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn his fourth win of the year.

Minor League recap: 8/27/13

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Luis Valbuena started his rehab assignment in Mesa Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Iowa captured a win despite some defensive issues, Tennessee’s second inning proved to be the difference, Daytona took both games of its doubleheader and Mesa cruised behind a big first inning Tuesday night. Only Kane County was on the wrong end of the scoreboard. Boise had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Iowa Cubs (63-75)

Iowa won its second straight despite committing five errors, beating visiting Omaha 7-6.

  • RHP Justin Grimm picked up a win, giving up one earned run over five innings and striking out two.
  • C Luis Flores (.217) went 1-for-4 with a third-inning solo home run.
  • SS Edwin Maysonet (.235) went 1-for-3 with a team-high three RBI (30).
  • DH Dave Sappelt (.244) and 2B Edgar Gonzalez (.260) each recorded two hits and drove in a run.
  • LF Julio Borbon (.250) reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two stolen bases (5).
  • RHP Brian Schlitter (3.18) tossed 1.1 innings of relief to convert his 19th save of the year.

Tennessee Smokies (38-26)

Tennessee plated three second-inning runs to defeat visiting Mobile 4-2.

  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.268) went 1-for-4 with a fifth-inning solo home run.
  • 3B Jonathan Mota (.274) recorded Tennessee’s lone multihit effort, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.252) snapped a four-game hitless skid, going 1-for-2 with a walk and one RBI (42).
  • LHP Eric Jokisch tossed his fifth straight quality start to earn his team-leading 11th victory of the season, pitching six scoreless innings and surrendering just two hits. He’s 3-2 with a 1.78 ERA (7 ER/35.1 IP) in August.
  • RHP Frank Batista (2.66) recorded the final two outs to convert his 18th save of the campaign.

Daytona Cubs (35-19-1)

GM 1: Daytona defeated visiting Dunedin 6-4 in the completion of Monday’s game.

  • RHP Pierce Johnson pitched three scoreless innings, surrendering two hits and striking out three.
  • 1B Dustin Geiger (.279) went 2-for-4 with a sixth-inning solo home run.
  • C Chadd Krist (.252) went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, a double (13), a home run (5) and one RBI (30).
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.273) recorded a team-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with two RBI (10).
  • RHP Ben Wells (9-6, 3.35) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn his ninth win of the season.
  • LHP Frank Del Valle (2.29) struck out the final two batters to convert his ninth save of the year.

GM 2: Three Daytona pitchers combined on a seven-inning no-hitter to beat Dunedin 1-0. Daytona’s magic number to clinch the Florida State League second half title is two.

  • RHPs Ben Wells and Zach Cates (4.19) each worked a perfect inning, while LHP Kyler Burke (5-1, 3.00) tossed 5.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory and preserve the no-hitter. Burke struck out four and walked two.
  • LF Anthony Giansanti (.295) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (6).
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.357) went 1-for-3 with a double (2). He’s hit safely in 10 of his first 12 games with Daytona.
  • 1B Dustin Geiger (.281) went 1-for-3 with one RBI (79).

Kane County Cougars (22-41)

Kane County committed six errors in an 8-7 setback at Wisconsin. The Cougars (22-41, 52-77 overall) set a franchise record for losses in a season, eclipsing the previous mark set by the 1992 club that went 61-76.

  • RF Reggie Golden (.225) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a home run and a team-high two RBI (29).
  • DH Jeimer Candelario (.252) went 2-for-5 with a double (34) and a ninth-inning solo home run.
  • LF Jose Dore (.225), SS Marco Hernandez (.253) and 3B Giuseppe Papaccio (.266) all recorded two hits apiece.
  • RHP Justin Amlung (3.78) struck out two in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (13-13)

Mesa used a five-run first inning to beat the visiting AZL Mariners 8-3.

  • RF Ryan Sweeney (.200) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a double (1) and one RBI (1) in the third game of a rehabilitation assignment.
  • DH Luis Valbuena (.667) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, a double (1) and one RBI (1) in the first game of his rehabilitation assignment.
  • RHP Rafael Dolis made his second relief appearance as part of a rehab assignment, tossing a scoreless inning and fanning one.
  • 3B-C Mark Malave (.263) went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, two doubles (5) and two RBI (15).
  • 1B Kevin Freeman (.272) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI (19).
  • RHP Johermyn Chavez (1-1, 8.53) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win of the year.

Minor League recap: 8/26/13

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Outfielder Matt Szczur was a large reason the Smokies earned a playoff berth. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Iowa continued to make a late playoff push behind the pitching of Yoanner Negrin, RHP Matt Loosen boosted Tennessee into the playoffs with a strong effort that secured the Smokies the second half title of the Southern League and Boise pulled into a three-way tie for first with a win Monday. Kane County couldn’t get the bats going while Daytona’s game was suspended in the fourth inning and Mesa’s game was cancelled due to rain. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Iowa Cubs (62-75)

Iowa won for the fourth time in five games, beating visiting Omaha, 2-1.

  • RHP Yoanner Negrin tossed his first-career, nine-inning complete game, allowing one run on six hits while fanning six. It was the second complete game by a starter for Iowa this season (Chris Rusin, June 17 vs. Omaha).
  • RF Ty Wright (.275) extended his hitting streak to five games, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles (14) and one RBI (33).
  • CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.248) snapped a three-game hitless skid, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • 2B Edgar Gonzalez (.254) went 1-for-4 with one RBI (18).

Tennessee Smokies (37-26)

Tennessee won the Southern League second-half title with a 6-0 victory over visiting Mobile. The Smokies clinched a playoff berth for the fourth time in five years.

  • RHP Matt Loosen pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing just three hits to pick up the win.
  • SS Javier Baez (.308) homered for the fourth time in his last six games, going 2-for-4 with the blast and a team-high four RBI (48). It was his 13th, multihit effort of the month, and he’s now hitting .390 (39-for-100) with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 25 August games.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.260) went 1-for-3 with a RBI (67) and his Southern League-leading 40th double of the season.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.280) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. He’s hit safely in seven of his last eight games.
  • RHP’s Armando Rivero (1.50) and Frank Batista (2.69) each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Kane County Cougars (22-40)

Kane County lost for the seventh time in nine games, falling at Wisconsin, 4-2.

  • C Willson Contreras (.250) recorded his second-straight, multihit effort, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and one stolen base (8).
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.251) and CF Oliver Zapata (.246) each recorded two hits.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (2.95) tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
  • With the loss, the Cougars tied a franchise record for losses in a season (22-40, 52-76 overall) set by the 1992 club that went 61-76.

Boise Hawks (19-13)

Boise pulled into a three-way tie atop the Northwest League South Division with a 4-3 victory at Hillsboro.

  • CF Kevin Encarnacion (.352) went 1-for-4 with a fourth-inning, solo home run.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.259) reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and a stolen base (8).
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.291) and 2B Dan Lockhart (.293) each drove in a run.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (4-1, 3.63) struck out six in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn his fourth win of the season.
  • RHP Eddie Orozco (4.50) converted his third save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning of work.

Minor League recap: 8/25/13

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OF Dave Sappelt had a strong day at the plate Sunday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Sunday was a rough day for the Cubs’ minor league affiliates, as they posted a 1-5 record overall. The only squad on the positive side of the ledger was Daytona, which extended its winning streak to four games behind another strong effort by first-round pick Kris Bryant. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Iowa Cubs (61-75)

Visiting Memphis recorded 16 hits to beat Iowa 11-5.

  • CF Dave Sappelt (.241) went 2-for-4 with a double (14) and a seventh-inning two-run homer.
  • 1B-LF Greg Rohan (.105) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • 2B Edgar Gonzalez (.254) went 1-for-4 with a walk and one RBI (17).

Tennessee Smokies (36-26)

Tennessee lost its fourth-straight game, falling to visiting Mobile 2-0.

  • SS Javier Baez (.302) was 1-for-4. He has hit safely in 19 of 24 August games.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.259) went 1-for-3 with a stolen base (5).
  • RHP Yeiper Castillo (3.99) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, scattering three hits.

Daytona Cubs (33-19-1)

Daytona won its fourth game in a row, plating seven third-inning runs in an 11-2 victory at Tampa.

  • DH Kris Bryant (.368) extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 2-for-4 with a double (3) and two RBI (9).
  • 3B Ben Carhart (.248) and 2B Wes Darvill (.253) each recorded two hits while driving in two runs apiece.
  • Anthony Giansanti (.303) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI (17).
  • RHP Yao-Lin Wang (3.80) converted his fourth save in 3.0 innings of work, allowing one run on three hits while fanning six.

Kane County Cougars (22-39)

Kane County lost for the sixth time in eight games, falling at Wisconsin 3-1.

  • 1B Willson Contreras (.243) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (11) and one RBI (43).
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.249) went 1-for-4 with a double (15).
  • LHP Al Yevoli (3.32) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief while fanning three.

Boise Hawks (18-13)

Boise had its four-game winning streak snapped in a 6-5, 10-inning loss at Hillsboro.

  • SS Carlos Penalver (.252) went 1-for-4 with an RBI (19).
  • CF Kevin Encarnacion (.355) was 1-for-5 with a double (9) and two RBI (23).
  • C Lance Rymel (.268) reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and one RBI (18).
  • 3B David Bote (.254) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and his ninth double of the season.

Mesa Cubs (12-13)

Mesa dropped a 5-1 decision at the AZL Reds.

  • 1B Kevin Brown (.236) went 2-for-4 with a double and his first career home run.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.209) went 1-for-4 with a triple (2).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.211) went 1-for-3, extended his hitting streak to four games.
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