Welcome to the new, expanded addition of the Down on the Farm Report. With new teams getting ready to play, reports will now be posted on Monday and Thursday.
Thursday’s report will cover games from Sunday through Wednesday, with a weekly recap of action in the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona Rookie League.
The Monday report will look the same as before, with additional coverage of the Class-A Short-Season Boise Hawks. Monday’s report will cover games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as well as any late results from Wednesday.
And now, on to Thursday’s Down on the Farm Report.
The Peoria Chiefs have lost three straight to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers this week, including dropping a double-header on Wednesday. The Chiefs will close out their series with Wisconsin on Thursday, and then open a weekend series with Quad Cities.
High Class-A Daytona Cubs (46-20)
With their forty-fifth win on Monday night, the Daytona Cubs clinched the Florida State League North title and a spot in the playoffs. The 8-6 win over Clearwater turned into a real nail-biter, as the D-Cubs squandered a 6-0 lead. Aaron Kurcz was on the hill for Daytona, striking out four in three scoreless innings. Matt Loosen took over in the fourth, and allowed three earned runs in his two-plus innings. Jeffry Antigua followed and allowed three more runs (one earned) in 1.2 innings. Oswaldo Martinez earned the win by blanking the Threshers for 1.1 innings, while Marcus Hatley went 1-2-3 in the ninth for his third save.
The D-Cubs jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks mostly to Logan Watkins, who was 3-for-3 on the night. Rubi “The Expensive Cuban” Silva scored three of Daytona’s runs, while Evan Crawford, David Macias, and Matt Cerda each drove in two runs.
The story on Tuesday night was Zachary Rosscup. Rosscup simply dominated, shutting Brevard County out for five innings and fanning nine as Daytona defeated the Manatees 3-1. Jordan Latham followed and allowed an unearned run with three strikeouts. All-Star Frank Batista picked up his fourteenth save with three-up, three-down in the ninth.
On a night where runs were at a premium, the D-Cubs leading hitter Evan Crawford went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Chad Noble was 2-for-4, also with a run scored. Logan Watkins was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Daytona will close out its series with Brevard County on Thursday, and then will be off for the Florida State League All-Star break.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (41-24)
Robert Coello pitched his best game of the season, as Tennessee closed out their series with Carolina with a 2-1 victory on Monday. Coello scattered three hits while striking out five, as he baffled the Mudcats for six innings. Ryan Searle and Kevin Rhoderick picked up holds, as the usually reliable Rhoderick allowed an earned run. Rafael Dolis went 1-2-3 in the ninth for his seventh save.
Rebel Ridling was the big stick for the Smokies, going 3-for-4 and driving in one of the two runs. Steve Clevenger was 2-for-4, while Brett Jackson was 1-for-2 with two walks, driving in the other run.
Tennessee’s Wednesday night game was postponed due to rain. A double-header will be played on Thursday.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (30-36)
Opening the week with a loss to Omaha, Iowa came back to defeat the StormChasers 11-5 on Tuesday. Alberto Cabrera earned his first Triple-A win, but he’ll probably have to take a few of the I-Cub hitters out for dinner. Cabrera struggled, allowing five earned runs on ten hits, including two home runs. However, he did strike out six batters. Scott Maine then came in and slammed the door, striking out four in his two innings for his second hold. Marcos Mateo added a scoreless ninth.
On a night when Iowa pounded out fifteen hits, the biggest sticks belonged to Scott Moore and Ty Wright. Moore was 2-for-5, slugging a three-run homer; Wright was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Fernando Perez, Bobby Scales, Marquez Smith, Jonathan Mota, and Matt Camp all had multi-hit nights.
Ramon Ortiz gave the bullpen a rest, as he pitched eight innings in a 9-5 victory over Omaha on Wednesday. Ortiz struck out three and allowed four earned runs on two home runs. John Gaub also allowed a solo home run in his inning of work.
Ortiz benefitted from an eight run eighth inning that included Bobby Scales’ grand slam and a solo blast by Bryan LaHair. Ty Wright, Chris Robinson, and Matt Camp joined LaHair in having multi-hit nights, as the contributed to Iowa’s thirteen hit attack.
Short Season-A – Boise Hawks (0-0)
The Boise Hawks will begin their season on Friday, June 17 at Eugene. The Hawks have their home opener Wednesday, June 22 against Tri-City.
Here is the opening roster for Boise:
D. J. Fitzgerald
Jose Guevara, C
Tarlandus Mitchell, P
Jesus Morelli, OF
Eric Rice, P
Jose Valdez, OF
Rookie – AZL Cubs (0-0)
The Arizona League begins play in Monday, June 20, as the Cubs face the Giants.
Here is the opening roster for the AZL Cubs:
Dominican Summer League
This week in the Dominican Summer League, the Cubs 1 team has a record of 7-7 and the Cubs 2 team is currently 7-6.
Outfielder Mayke Reyes has taken over the lead in hitting with a .350 average, Reyes also has a home run, nine RBI, and eleven stolen bases in twelve attempts. Outfielder- 1B Xavier Batista leads with three home runs. Right-handed pitcher Alexander Santana continues to shine at 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA, 1.00WHIP, and ten strikeouts in 19 innings of work.
On Cubs 2, 3B Jeimer Candelario continues to lead in hitting with a .366. C-2 also has their own version of “double trouble” with lead-off hitter 2B Antonio Gonzalez hitting .271with four stolen bases, while SS Carlos Penalver is hitting .286 with five stolen bases. Right-handed pitcher Jose Arias hasn’t gotten any work since last week, yet he still leads the starters with a 1.93 ERA, while lefty Victor Garcia has thirteen strikeouts.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs released RHP Thomas Diamond; outrighted OF Brad Snyder to Iowa; optioned RHP Casey Coleman and OF Tyler Colvin to Iowa; called up RHP Chris Carpenter from Tennessee. Right-handed pitcher Ty’Relle Harris was assigned to Tennessee from Iowa. Shortstop Dustin Harrington was assigned to Boise from Daytona. Right-handed pitcher Bryce Shafer was assigned to Boise from Peoria.
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