JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-18-13

Iowa Cubs 3 @ New Orleans Zephyrs 4 (16 innings)

Mike Olt was a late sub, going 0-1 with a pair of walks. Brad Nelson had a 2-run HR and Tim Torres had the other RBI.

Kyle Hendricks drew the start and was reasonably effective. He went 7 innings and allowed as many hits, with 3 runs scoring. He was touched for a solo home run in the 6th but fanned 7. Marcos Mateo, Brian Schlitter, Eduardo Sanchez, and Marcus Hatley combined for 8 scoreless relief innings, but Jeffry Antigua could only record a single out in the 16th before losing.

Tennessee Smokies 5 @ Birmingham Barons 2

4 doubles were the XBH: Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara, Rafael Lopez, and Jonathan Mota. Lopez had 4 RBI in the game. Javier Baez had an awful game, going 0-4 with 2 SO. He was ejected in the 9th for arguing balls and strikes.

Eduardo Figueroa pitched a really nice game, going 6 scoreless and scattering 4 hits and a walk. He fanned 5. Tony Zych blew the save with a run allowed in 2 innings, and Frank Batista allowed a run in his inning also.

Brevard County Manatees 3 @ Daytona Cubs 5

This is the type of exciting game that I'm hopeful for someday soon in Chicago. Dan Vogelbach and Kris Bryant went back-to-back in the 7th. Everyone had a hit, and while they only walked once (Kris Bryant), they also only struck out 6 times. Have some power, put the ball in play, and you'll win more than you lose. Zeke DeVoss had a pair of hits including a double, and Dustin Geiger doubled also.

Scott Baker rehabbed and did fairly well. He allowed a solo HR, but then allowed only 2 other hits and neither scored. He didn't strike out anyone. Pierce Johnson came in "relief" and went 4 innings. He allowed a pair but fanned 6. Jeffrey Lorick and Austin Reed both threw scoreless innings.

Clinton LumberKings 4 @ Kane County Cougars 2

Rough day for everyone not named Jose Dore, who went 3-4 with a doubled and 2 RBI. Especially bad was Reggie Golden, who went 1-4 with a trio of strikeouts. 

Boring pitchers alert.

Kane County Cougars
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tayler Scott (L, 5-8) 5.0 3 1 1 2 3 0 4.21
Sheldon McDonald 2.0 3 3 2 2 2 0 1.71
Nathan Dorris 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.00
Totals 9.0 6 4 3 4 6 0 4.48
 

Yasiel Balaguert did the Reggie Golden thing in this one. Lance Rymel pinch-hit for Cael Brockmeyer (I have no idea why), and went 2-2 with a double. Carlos Penalver also doubled and walked.

Paul Blackburn got rocked, allowing 3 walks and 7 hits for 4 runs in 3 innings. He got taken deep back-to-back in the third. Loiger Padron went scoreless in the 4th, but Trey Masek was roughed up for 2 in 1.2, and my main man CMP was quite putrid, allowing a quartet or runs in his inning of work. I can only speculate here, but I think he's just not being challenged enough at Boise, which is why he's doing so bad. Perhaps if he gets promoted to a league where his name is on the back of the jersey, Martinez-Pumarino will finally show us what he's capable of (I really just want to see "Martinez-Pumarino" on a jersey.) Eddie Orozco was nails in his 1.1 innings, fanning 3. 

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