JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-21-13

Las Vegas 51s 1 @ Iowa Cubs 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)

Quiet game. Logan Watkins got a start at 2B and went 1-3 with a CS (his 8th of the year). Brian Bogusevic was scheduled to be called up for 15 seconds yesterday after the Borbon collision, but he seems to be fine. He went 1-3 with a solo shot. Brett Jackson 2: Des Moines Nights (did I use this one yet?) went 0-3 with a strikeout. Dave Sappelt had a 1-3 day with a strikeout. His average is up to .233 now. Brad Nelson had the other objectively good game, going 1-2 with a double and a walk. Ian Stewart drew a start and went 1-3. His meteoric rise in avg continues (.148). 

Brooks Raley only threw 45 pitches in this game and was mildly effective. I'm really curious if he's injured or not, because this was a double header and he was on pace to easily just pitch the whole game himself. He had 3 innings of 1 run ball, on a solo shot. He walked 2 and K'ed 4. Esmailin Caridad had 3 solid innings in relief, and Rafael Dolis picked up the win in the 7th, with 3 strikeouts and a walk.

Las Vegas 51s 5 @ Iowa Cubs 6 (Game 2, 7 innings)

The Cubs sent out the B-team in this one. The only prospect was Josh Vitters, who went 0-3 with a strikeout. 

Barret Loux had a curious start; he allowed a single hit in 5.1 innings, but a combination of errors on Vitters and Yokids resulted in 4 runs allowed (2 earned). He also walked 3 so it wasn't all rosy. Zach Putnam helpfully blew the save and picked up the win; he had 0.2 innings of 3 hit, 1 run ball. Blake Parker continues to perform well this year, collecting his 6th save.

Tennessee Smokies 4 @ Chattanooga Lookouts 5 (11 innings)

Ugly day for the bats in Chattanooga today. The Smokies had 17 strikeouts. Matt Szczur had 4 of them (1-6, 2B), Arismendy Alcantara had 3 and his 15th error (1-5), as did Rafael Lopez (0-4, BB). Rubi Silva had no strikeouts and went 2-5 with a triple and 2 RBI. Christian Villanueva continues to warm up; he went 1-4 with a walk and double. Ronald Torreyes did not play until coming in as a pinch-hitter. He scored an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies
Matt Loosen 4.0 4 3 3 1 3 1 7.99
A.J. Morris 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 5.82
Tony Zych 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.00
Zach Rosscup 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.37
Trey McNutt 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.82
Frank Batista (L, 1-2) 2.2 4 1 0 2 2 0 2.25
Totals 10.2 12 5 4 3 7 1 3.56

Instead of talking about all of the pitchers, here they are in their glory. Notice how Matt Loosen allowed 3 runs in 4 innings to get his ERA lowered to 7.99. 

The game ended on a wild pitch by Batista combined with a throwing error by backup C Jair Fernandez. The Smokies had Rubi Silva on 3rd with one out in the top of the ninth, but Villanueva and Lopez both struck out.

Daytona Cubs 7 @ Jupiter Hammerheads 2 (10 innings)

What if I told you that only one person on the Cubs drew a walk today? Where would Javier Baez be on your list of "most likely to be that person?" I'd say he's around 9th, but here we are. Baez went 2-4 with a walk and a strikeout. Jorge Soler went 2-5 with 2 RBIs. Both Chad Noble and Chadd Krist went 2-4, and Ben Carhart had 3 hits including a double.

P.J. Francescon had a good start. He lasted 6 innings and the only run he allowed was a solo blast in the 6th. Austin Reed pitched 2 innings and allowed a run, and Frank of the Valley collected his first win of the season with 2 innings of no-run work. 

VSL Cubs 12 @ VSL Tigers 2

Harrinson Bermudez collected the win. He pitched 2 innings, struck out none, allowed no hits, and walked 4.