JoT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-11-13

Iowa Cubs 4 @ Reno Aces 1

Logan Watkins had a very un-Watkins like day. He went 1-4 with no walks or strikeouts. He was also hit by a pitch and had his 3rd error. Brett Jackson 2: Revenge of the Fallen Prospect Status went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI. He also struck out once, for old times sake. Josh Vitters went 1-5 with a double and 2 strikeouts. He's almost certainly the option should Valbuena go on the 15-day DL. The X-rays on Valbuena's pinkie were negative, so it looks like he'll only miss a day or two. Dave Sappelt went 2-4 with a 2-R homer. It's worth noting that all of these performances were against Tyler Skaggs, a very, very nice prospect (#12 in baseball). That's very encouraging; Skaggs has one of the best 5 or so curveballs in baseball according to some scouting reports. Ian Stewart (who gives a shit) went 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts. He's good for a .082 batting average on the year. J.C. Boscan went 2-4 with a double. His line this year is a very nice .338/.403/.412; he's played very well this year but he's still a 33-year old replacement-level player. 

Guillermo Moscoso continues to impress with a 7 IP, 0 ER performance. He allowed an unearned run over 6 hits and a walk; he also struck out a batter per inning. Zach Putnam got the hold and Blake Parker pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, his 5th of the year. 

Birmingham Barons 4 @ Tennessee Smokies 5

Matt Szczur went 2-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. He also stole 2 bases. Ronald Torreyes had a double and a walk in 4 plate appearances. Arismendy Alcantara went 1-3 with an RBI. Ty Wright had a nice game, going 2-3 with a double and a walk. Rubi Silva had a rough night, going 0-4 with a K. Christian Villanueva had a really nice night, going 3-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Rafael Lopez went 1-4 with a double. All in all, the Smokies had 5 doubles.

Matt Garza started the game and went 3.1 innings. He walked 2, allowed 3 hits, and struck out 2. He allowed no runs. Matt Loosen got the start and has bad as usual. He went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs, with 4 walks, 2 hits, 6 strikeouts (less impressive when you face so many batters) and a home run. His ERA is now a sterling 8.04. Marcus Hatley picked up his first save of the year.

Dunedin and Daytona had the first game of their DH cancelled due to rain, and the second game postponed.

Kane County Cougars 7 @ Clinton Lumber Kings 4

Pin-Chieh Chen went 2-5 with a double. Gioskar Amaya only went 1-5, but he had 2 RBI (and 2 SO). Dan Vogelbach went 1-4 with a double and a walk, also scoring a run. Jeimer Candelario went 1-5 with a run. He also follows me on twitter. Rock Shoulders went 0-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. If only he followed me on twitter, he might have done better. Willson Contreras brought the lumber yesterday. He went 3-5 with a double and a home run, with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Both David Bote and Oliver Zapata had no hits and drew 2 walks; Zapata would score both times. The Cougars walked 7 times and struck out 4; that's awesome. 

Michael Heesch had a meh start, surrendering 4 runs over 6 innings. He struck out none and walked one, allowing 12 hits. What a weird line. Brian Smith threw 3 scoreless innings for the save.  He allowed 2 hits and fanned 3.