JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 4-20-13

Iowa Cubs 5 @ Memphis Redbirds 8

Logan Watkins had a Logan Watkins-type day, going 1-4 with a double and a walk. He also struck out twice. He was also caught stealing. He actually hasn't stolen a base all year and has been caught thrice. Brett Jackson 2: The Secret of the lOoze pinch-hit and had a single. He'd come around to score. Ian Stewart brought his average up to .077 with a 1-4, 2 SO performance. He's clearly ready for the big leagues. Brent Lillibridge accepted his assignment and was the 1B/CF today. He went 1-4 with a run scored. As a team, the I-Cubs walked only once and struck out 6 times.

Chris Rusin got the start last night and was putrid. He struck out 3, walked 2, gave up 8 hits (one of them a home run) en route to a 4.1 IP, 7 ER performance. Esmailin Caridad came in relief, and surrendered a solo home run. His line was 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO. His ERA came "down" to 10.13. Cory Wade closed it out with a 1-hit, no run ninth inning. The Cubs are now 5-10 on the season.

Montgomery Biscuits (I shit you not) 4 @ Tennessee Smokies 11

The Montgomery Biscuits have to be a strong contender for worst name in the minors. 

Everyone but Jonathon Mota had at least a hit for the Smokies yesterday. Matt Szczur had a double and a home run, which he sorely needed. He had 2 RBI for a 2-4 day. Ronald Torreyes drew a walk in addition to his one hit; he'd drive in a run and score twice. Arismendy Alcantara hit a 3-run blast in the bottom of the first (plating Szczur and Torreyes), and drew a walk also. He also struck out twice and had another freaking error. Christian Villanueva had a double and a single for a 2-5 day, also striking out once. Jae-Hoon Ha also doubled and walked, to go with a strikeout. He drew the start in RF; Szczur is manning CF so far. Whatever. Rubi Silva went 2-4 with a walk; he's had a nice little season so far. It's hard to believe that he was a million-dollar bonus baby at one point; of course, never walking and striking out a lot is going to dampen anyone's prospect chances. Johermyn Chavez had a double and a single and drove in 3 runs. He also whiffed once. As a team, the Smokies drew 6 walks and struck out just 5 times.

Dallas Beeler had a quality start: 7 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. The throwing error seemingly cost the Smokies (obviously not much, though). Zach Rosscup and Frank Batista both allowed no baserunners in the 8th and 9th. The Smokies are now 10-6 on the year. You should go see them if you can.

Tampa Yankees 6 @ Daytona Cubs 4

It seems like these two teams exclusively play each other on the weekends.

Star of the game for the Cubs was John Andreoli. He had 4 singles and a walk en route to a 4-4, 2 R, 1 RBI day. He was almost half of the Cubs' hits. Javier Baez went 1-4 with an RBI and a SO. Tim Saunders went 2-4 with 2 runs and a strikeout. Jorge Soler's bad games are still pretty good: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SO. Stephen Bruno earned the golden sombrero with a 0-4, 4K performance. Ugly. Cubs were awful offensively today, with 11 SO and 4 BB.

Ben Wells took the bump to start the game and went 6 innings. He surrendered 7 hits and a walk, striking out 6. 4 of those runners would go on to score, which is pretty unlucky, strand-wise. Yeiper Castillo pitched 2 innings in relief and allowed no runners. Sheldon McDonald wasn't so lucky; he got tagged for a pair in the ninth. The Daytona Cubs are now 7-9.

Quad Cities River Bandits 3 @ Kane County Cougars 7

Gioskar Amaya had a triple. It was his lone hit of the game (1-4, 1 SO, 1 R). Marco Hernandez continues his hot streak with a 2-4 performance, scoring twice and driving in one. Daniel Vogelbach went 2-4 with a 1 run scored and a strikeout. Jeimer Candelario had a double and 2 RBI en route to a 2-4 game. Rock Shoulders also put a charge in one, depositing it outside the field of play for a home run. He went 2-3 with a walk, a HR, a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Wes Darvill had a nice game, going 2-2 with a walk and an RBI. Pin-Chieh Chen also had a good one, going 0-1 with a pair of walks (ok, it wasn't that good). 

Pierce Johnson had another nice outing. He struck out 6, walked 1, and gave up 3 hits. He'd allow no runs, but one would score on a Candelario error. Nathan Dorris relieved him adequately, and Eddie Orozco gave up 2 garbage runs in the 7th and final inning (it's a doubleheader).

Quad Cities River Bandits 3 @ Kane County Cougars 4

Gioskar Amaya went 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He'd score once. Marco Hernandez has a triple and struckout once. He'd plate Amaya on the second PA of the game. Daniel Vogelbach had another 2 hits to go with a walk and strikeout. Jeimer Candelario had no hits but did walk once. Rock Shoulders had another awesome game, going 3-3 with another HR. He had 3 RBI. Oliver Zapata had a 1-2 day with a walk and a stolen base.

Tayler Scott had a quality start. He allowed 5 hits and a walk, striking out 4. That was good for 3 runs, all earned, over 6 innings. Jeffry Antigua pitched an easy 7th for his first save of the year. The Kane County Cougars are now 6-8 on the year.