JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-6-13

Iowa Cubs 10 @ Tacoma Rainiers 3

Hey! Mike Olt hit a home run and walked 3 times! Clearly, his struggles are over. Darnell McDonald went 2-6 with a jack, as did Dave Sappelt. Player of the day (for this team), though, was Edgar Gonzalez. He was 5-6 with 3 home runs!

Yoanner Negrin had a nice semi-start, going 4 innings where he allowed 5 hits, a walk, and an earned run (2 runs total). He also fanned 7. Nick Struck got the win with an inning of relief. Marcus Hatley allowed a run in an inning; then, Marcos Mateo, Chang-Yong Lim, and Brian Schlitter each had a scoreless inning.

It's also important to note that Cael Brockmeyer was promoted from Boise to Iowa. It's just a roster juggling move, most likely, and he'll be sent back down in short order, but he did go 1-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts.

Tennessee Smokies 10 @ Jacksonville Suns 0

Eric Jokisch pitched a no-hitter! It's the second in the Cubs' organization this year (Matt Loosen, also on the Smokies' rotation, pitching one in Daytona). He allowed 4 walks, and fanned 8. It took Jokisch 108 pitches, which isn't all that bad. The MiLB website isn't showing me his game logs, so I'm not a hundred percent sure how good he's been lately, but he was struggling in the middle of the season, and hopefully those struggles are now behind him.

Javier Baez went 4-6 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI (he also struck out once). He stole his 5th base, as well. Rubi Silva went 3-5 with a walk. Matt Szczur went 2-5 with a double and a walk. Rafael Lopez, Jonathan Mota, and Eric Jokisch each had a pair of hits, as well. That's right; Jokisch outhit the Suns 2 to 0. He also walked, because of course.

Chicago Cubs 8 @ Philadelphia Phillies 9

Lots of offense in this one. Nate Schierholtz continues to do good work, going 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI/Runs. Anthony Rizzo went deep, as did the lily-white Donnie Murphy (his home run was a 3-run blast). Welington Castillo went 3-4 with a walk, and I think at the end of the year people are going to be very pleasantly surprised at the year he's had. He's lost a great deal of his power, but the tradeoff was been fewer strikeouts (as the tradeoff usually is); though his BABIP is .360 and thus probably unsustainable, his career mark is .354 over 540 PA, indicating it'll likely be higher than normal. He has a .346 OBP and his defense has been much improved (a fair framer, great arm throwing runners out). The only hitless regular was Darwin Barney. Logan Watkins went 1-2 in pinch-hit duties.

Edwin Jackson got shelled, allowing 7 runs in 5 innings. Both Hector Rondon and Michael Bowden allowed runs; Rondon pitched 2 and Bowden pitched 1. I like Rondon's stuff, but at the end of the day he just doesn't get any results. He's better than Lendy Castillo, but given the makeup of our 40-man roster I have to think there's no way he's in organization next year unless no one claims him. 

Kane County Cougars 6 @ Clinton LumberKings 2

Albert Almora is on the shelf for 7 days. He probably isn't going to leave Kane County this year. Gioskar Amaya had another 3-hit performance, and Oliver Zapata had 2 hits but one was a home run. Dan Vogelbach doubled, Jeimer Candelario singled and walked twice, and Reggie Golden homered in the 9 hole.

Tayler Scott went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits/3 walks. Could be better. Andrew McKirahan pitched 2 perfect frames, and Al Yevoli and Michael Hamann finished it up with scoreless frames of their own.

DSL Mets1 4 @ DSL Cubs
VSL Cubs 3 @ VSL Mariners 7
AZL Cubs 1 @ AZL Dodgers 2