JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-20-13

Iowa Cubs 2 @ Round Rock Express 5

Jake Arrieta got dinged up for 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings, mostly due to a 3-run homer given up to Mike Olt. He struck out 3, and must be slow to the plate, as he gave up 4 stolen bases. Yoanner Negrin was a homer short of box score bingo, working an inning and giving up a run on a walk, a hit, and a strikeout. Marcus Hatley walked 2 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 7th. And Eduardo Sanchez was perfect in the 8th, striking out 1.

Offensively? Meh. Josh Vitters was 2-3 with a double. Ty Wright and Brad Nelson were both 2-5. Logan Watkins went 0-4, but walked once and got a SB out of it. Darnell McDonald was 2-4. Jae-Hoon Ha grounded into a 5-4-3 triple play in the 2nd, which is noteworthy I suppose.

Jacksonville Suns 4 @ Tennessee Smokies 7

Good day for the prospects on the Tennessee roster. Javier Baez had a 2-5 day with a double, striking out once. Arismendy Alcantara had a great day, going 3-4 with a double and a walk. Matt Szczur was 2-4 with a double and a walk. Christian Villanueva was 2-5 with a double. Rubi Silva was 1-4 with a double. John Andreoli was 1-3 with a walk. And Justin Bour was 1-4 with a 3-run homer and a walk.

Austin Kirk continues to be pretty not great, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings, punching out 3. Marcos Mateo worked 2 scoreless, striking out 2 and walking one. Frank Batista worked the last two, allowing a hit while striking out 2.

Daytona Cubs 0 @ Charlotte Stone Crabs 1 (Game 1 of DH, 13 Innings)

This was a long day for the D-Cubs, who turned what should've been 14 innings of MiLB doubleheader into a 28-inning endurance trial, with 5 runs scored the entire day. Unsurprisingly, there wasn't much offense to be had. In this one, Taiwan Easterling put on the best show, going 2-5 with a double. Elliot Soto was 2-5 with a walk. Zeke DeVoss was 2-6 with a SB.

Ivan Pineyro scattered 4 hits across 6 scoreless innings, striking out 3. Eduardo Figueroa kept it scoreless over the next six, allowing 7 hits and a walk while striking out 2. Frank Del Valle walked 2 and gave up a hit in his two-thirds of an inning, allowing the walkoff hit to finally end the game.

Daytona Cubs 2 @ Charlotte Stone Crabs 2 (Game 2 of DH, called a tie after 15 Innings)

A bit more life in the bats for Game 2, though not much more. Bijan Rademacher was 3-5 with a double, a triple, and a walk. Wes Darvill was 2-5 with a double. Taylor Davis was 1-6, but the hit was an important one, tying the game with a solo HR in the 8th.

Matt Loosen continues to pitch well for the D-Cubs, scattering 4 hits and 3 walks across 6 innings, punching out 7 and allowing 2 runs. The bullpen kept it scoreless the rest of the way. Larry Suarez allowed a hit and struck out one in the 7th. Chang-Yong Lim gave up a walk and struck out one in the 8th. Jeffrey Lorick worked the next 4, working around 3 hits and 4 walks to avoid giving up the game. And Dayan Diaz worked the final 3, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out 4. At that point they ran into a MiLB curfew that required the game be ended in a tie, which caused a minor stir on twitter for some of the players. Ah well.

Chicago Cubs 3 @ Colorado Rockies 9

Luis Valbuena had the game of the day out of the leadoff spot, going 2-4 with a walk and a solo shot. Darwin Barney was 2-4 with a double. Alfonso Soriano was 1-3 with a double and a walk and almost has his OBP over .300 on the season. Junior Lake was 1-3 with a walk and a CS. Starlin Castro was 1-5 with a SB. Anthony Rizzo went 1-3 with a walk. Not much offense going on here.

Carlos Villanueva is not a fan of Coorsand it showed, as he gave up 7 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks with no Ks in 4 innings. That was pretty much the game. Michael Bowden worked the next two, allowing a hit and 2 walks while striking out 3 and keeping the Rockies from adding on. Hector Rondon worked the 7th and struck out 2. Blake Parker finished it up and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on three hits, a walk, and a strikeout in 8th.

Lansing Lugnuts 4 @ Kane County Cougars (6 Innings)

This one was called after 6th thanks to rain. Albert Almora was 1-3 with a walk. The league seems to be figuring him out a little bit, as he's been scuffling quite a bit lately, going .214/.283/.262 over his last 10. Gioskar Amaya was 1-3 with a walk himself. Dan Vogelbach was 2-2 with a double and a walk. Wilson Contreras was 1-2 with a BB. Everyone else on the roster got at least one walk except Marco Hernandez, who reached base on an error and got a stolen base out of the deal.

Felix Pena wasn't sharp, but with the strong offense he didn't really need to be. He worked six and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, including a 3-run homer. He struck out 4.

Everett AquaSox 8 @ Boise Hawks 7

Hey, a nine inning game that was actually completed! Every starter got a hit in this one. Shawon Dunston was 3-5, all singles. Daniel Lockhart was 2-4 with a double. David Bote was 2-4. The Hawks struck out 13 times in this game, and walked exactly none times.

Duane Underwood got the start, and worked 4 innings of 3 run ball, dodging 6 hits and 3 walks to avoid more damage. He only got one strikeout. Trey Masek was really good in his two innings, striking out 3 and staying perfect. In the early going at Boise, Masek has yet to allow a run in 8 innings across 5 games and has struck out 9. Eddie Orozco worked 2, and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk with one K. Jasvir Rakkar finished it off, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with no Ks in the 9th.

VSL Cubs 4 @ VSL Tigers 1 (Game 1 of DH)
VSL Cubs 3 @ VSL Tigers 1 (Game 2 of DH)

Nothing too exciting happening across this doubleheader.

AZL Cubs 1 @ AZL Angels 8 (4 Innings, suspended due to rain)

The rare Arizona League rainout. Xavier Batista is 1-2 with a double so far in this one. Charcer Burks is 1-1, and Jesse Hodges is 1-2. Carlos A. Rodriguez and Luis Guillen have both been awful.