JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-15-16

I watched the HR derby (well, the first round of it) yesterday. It's so much better on mute.

Jupiter Hammerheads 8 @ Daytona Cubs 4

What is the sound of no fans watching? It's really hard to get interested about this team these days now that Baez and Soler are gone. Zeke DeVoss had a nice one, with a home run and a double. I wonder if people will start to build his stock now that he's arguably the best positional prospect on the team. Wes Darvill had a triple and a walk. Both Elliot Soto and Dustin Geiger were 1-4 with a walk. Taiwan Easterling went 2-4 with a pair of RBI to push his average back over .200.

Zach Cates struggled in 5 innings of work. He only struck out 2 (the same amount he walked), and he allowed 4 runs (3 earned). Chang-Yong Lim also allowed a run in an inning, and did Larry Suarez. Remember when people were excited about Larry Suarez? That's what can happen regarding IFA signings. Jeffrey Lorick allowed 2 runs in his inning, but only 1 was earned. Frank of the Valley was scoreless in the 9th. 

Kane County Cougars 7 @ West Michigan Whitecaps 4

Great day for our Cougs. Gioskar Amaya was 3-5 with 2 runs and walk, also stealing a base and committing an error. He's on fire in July: over 45 AB, he's .378/.462/.578. It's nice to see that return. Albert Almora went 2-5 with a walk and a run scored. Dan Vogelbach had a trio of singles and a walk; his average sits at .282. Jeimer Candelario was only 1-6 but he did hit a double and drive in 2. Carlos Escobar was 2-3 with a double and 2 walks. Willson Contreras was a double and home run shy of the cycle, going 3-5 and driving in 2. He also had an error.

Felix Pena drew the start but lasted only one inning. He allowed 2 runs, 1 earned. Lendy Castillo came in relief and didn't shit all over everything, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks over 4 innings. Nathan Dorris collected the win with 7 outs of no-run ball, and Michael Hamann went 1.2 innings, allowing nothing for the save.

Boise Hawks 7 @ Hillsboro Hops 4

I can't get over how cool the Hops logo is. Unfortunately for them, their team is garbage. Yasiel Balaguert yo-yo'd his way back onto the Boise roster and went 1-4. He was then caught stealing. Daniel Lockhart and David Bote each had doubles and an RBI, but Lockhart added a single. Jose Dore was 2-4 with a double and a home run; he drove in 3. Justin Marra was 1-4 but the one hit was also a home run. Carlos Penalver was 2-4 with a double. 

Duane Underwood was really hittable in his start, but only allowed 1 of his 10 baserunners to score in 5 innings. Dillon Maples was demoted to Boise to work on mechanics, and he walked 3 batters to lead off the 6th before exiting. He's cooked. To his credit, Hoffner inherited Maples' runners and allowed NONE of them to score. He went 3 merciless innings where he struck out 2 and allowed no hits or walks. He deserves some credit. Seriously, I want to buy Corbin Hoffner a beer, so I should find a way to make that happen. My main man Carlos Martinez-Pumarino answered the call I put out yesterday, but it was a wrong number. 1 inning, 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 HR alowed. The damage was a 3-run blast. I rushed him, so you can put this one right on me. 

DSL Osos 5 @ DSL Nationales 3

AZL Athletics 8 @ AZL Cubs 4

Josh Vitters was 1-3 with a double. He was pinch-hit for in the 9th, the needed someone else to strike out, so Jesse Hodges bravely answered the call.

Pitching-wise, Erick Leal was torched for 6 runs in 3 innings. It was his first poor outing all year.