JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 6-9-13

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 @ Chicago Cubs 4

Anthony Rizzo had a good day, going 0-2 with a pair of walks and no strikeouts. Starlin Castro continues to be awful (0-4, 2K). None of the trade bait really played today. Scott Hairston is theoretically trade bait and he went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts and an RBI. Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg each threw a scoreless frame. Edwin Jackson had a great outing, allowing 5 baserunners and a single run over 7 innings, striking out 8. 

Round Rock Express 7 @ Iowa Cubs 10

Logan Watkins had a good day, which have been harder to come by this year. He went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI. Brett Jackson had 3 runs, a home run, a walk, and a single. Not to be undone, Brad Nelson launched 2 home runs and drew a walk of his own to go with a single and 3 RBI. Steve Clevenger also had a nice day, going 2-4 with an RBI. Junior Lake went 3-5 with a double and an RBI. Also, how does Junior Lake already have 5 errors on the season? Jesus. Brent Lillibridge had a double. Ian Stewart didn't have a hit but walked twice. Sooner or later, he's going to walk to some other teams' triple-A affiliate.

Brooks Raley got the win allowing 7 runs in 5 innings. What a great stat. Eduardo Sanchez allowed a single hit in 2 innings. He struck out 3. Michael Bowden got the save after allowing no baserunners in 2 innings and striking out 4. 

Tennessee Smokies 5 @ Mobile BayBears 3 (11 innings)

Jonathan Mota broke the tie in the 11th with a HR. He went 3-5 with that jack and a double. Arismendy Alcantara drew 3 walks and went 0-2 otherwise. Christian Villanueva also had 2 walks, and went 0-4. Ronald Torreyes had a single in 3 at bats. 

Yeiper Castillo is ice cold. He allowed only 2 runs in 4 innings yesterday, but gave up 4 hits and 5 walks. He was just lucky to only give up 2. Hunter Cervenka pitched 2.1 scoreless relief innings, and Tony Zych pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief as well. Frank Batista blew the save, but then got the win as he pitched 3.2 innings of 1-run ball.

Brevard County Manatees 2 @ Daytona Cubs 8 (7 innings)

John Andreoli is the next Matt Szczur/Logan Watkins. He had another 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and no hits. He scored 2 runs and stole 2 bases, up to 18 on the year. Tim Saunders has 2nd in the order, and scored 3 runs of his own off of a single, a double, and a walk. Javier Baez was 1-4 with a double, as was Jorge Soler. Baez also had his 25th error because of course he did. Dustin Geiger had a 2-run jack and another run-scoring hit, and drew a walk to boot. 

Kyler Burke, 32 years old seemingly, drew the start and pitched a gem. He allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings, with 4 hits and a walk. He fanned 5. Yao-Lin Wang pitched 2 scoreless innings to close it out.

Brevard County Manatees 2 @ Daytona Cubs 3 (7 innings)

Much more muted game this time. Javier Baez had 2 walks and went 0-1 otherwise. I'll take that every day of the week. John Andreoli had 2 hits and 2 runs scored, one from a Zeke DeVoss double (he also had a walk) and one from a Jorge Soler out. That was basically it.

P.J. Francescon had 7 strikeouts in 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs. Eduardo Figueroa allowed a walk and a hit in 2 innings, striking out 4 and allowing no runs.

Kane County Cougars 4 @ Cedar Rapids Kernels 8

Dan Vogelbach hit his 11th home run of the season, a 2-run jack in the 5th innings. He added a walk and a double so he had a great game. Albert Almora's average continues to plummet, now at .433 after a 2-5 game. Bijan Rademacher was 2-5 with a run scored. Jeimer Candelario had another double (his 18th) and a walk as well. Marco Hernandez had a solo shot, his 2nd of the year.

What happened to Dillon Maples? He allowed a single hit, that's good. However, he walked 7 in 2 innings en route to 4 earned runs. That's not so good. Justin Amlung and Nathan Dorris each provided 2 scoreless relief innings, but Felix Pena didn't, allowing 4 runs in his 2 innings for the loss. 

VSL Phillies 6 @ VSL Cubs 0

The Cubs had as many baserunners as they did errors (3). 3 singles, no walks, no hope.