Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/29/13

All eyes were on the Cubs’ system this week after two trades added more inventory and talent to the organization. Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards were acquired in the Matt Garza deal with Texas and each player made their organizational debuts. Justin Grimm struggled in his first start while Mike Olt is 2-for-19 in his first five games.

C.J. Edwards made his D-Cubs debut on Sunday and made a very good first impression. Edwards tossed five innings of shutout ball, allowed one infield hit, walked a batter and struck out eight. The Cardinals did not hit a ball out of the infield. Edwards recorded two groundball outs and threw only 63 pitches.

Kris Bryant is heating up and after hitting his first home run on Friday night, Bryant launched his second longball on Sunday night. And speaking of home runs, Javier Baez has hit six of them in his last six games.

Javier Baez is showing improvement with the Smokies after a rough start following his promotion to Double-A. Baez has hit 10 longballs in a Smokies uniform and 27 on the season between the two levels.

As a team, the Smokies are hitting balls out of the park seemingly one after the other. Justin Bour hit four homers in four straight games and over the last six games, Tennessee has hit 18 home runs.

Albert Almora remained consistent with another impressive stretch of games. Almora has hit safely in five straight and seven of his last eight games and has a .333/.379/.482 slash line with 17 doubles, four triples, three home runs and a .861 OPS in 55 games. And while he is not garnering a lot of headlines right now, Almora has been very, very good since coming off the disabled list.

Eight Boise Hawks were named to the South Division All-Stars for the upcoming Northwest League All-Star Game. Catcher Lance Rymel, first baseman Jacob Rogers, second baseman Danny Lockhart and designated hitter Yasiel Balaguert will be in the starting lineup while outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr., David Bote and pitchers James Pugliese and Tyler Bremer will serve as reserves for the South Division team. The game is played on August 6 at Everett Memorial Stadium. And Jacob Rogers took over the Northwest League lead in RBI on Saturday.

Chang-Yong Lim made his I-Cubs debut on Sunday with two scoreless innings. Lim is on schedule to be added to the Cubs’ roster after the trade deadline when at least one roster spot figures to open in the Cubs’ pen.

Short-Season A – Boise Hawks (2-3) (23-20)

(L) The Hawks three-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday after the Hawks dropped the second game of the series to Eugene 5-1. Kris Bryant (1-for-4 with a double) picked up his first hit with the Hawks and Jacob Hannemann (1-for-5 with a double) also doubled and scored Boise’s lone run. But the Hawks could not come up with a hit with runners on base (2-for-11 with RISP, nine left on base). Jacob Rogers (2-for-4) collected two more hits.

Loiger Padron surrendered two of Eugene’s five runs in 3.2 innings. Padron walked one, struck out a batter and gave up four hits. Jasvir Rakkar also allowed two runs on two hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 3.1 IP.

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(L) The Hawks lost their second game in a row to Eugene on Thursday 5-4. The game was tied at four going into the ninth. After the Hawks failed to score, Eugene scored a run in the ninth off of Carlos Martinez-Pumarino. Trae Santos delivered the game winner after Trevor Gretzky and Carlos Penalver did all they could to send the game into extra innings.

Ronnie Richardson led off the ninth with a single to left. Martinez-Pumarino struck out Henry Charles for the first out. Hunter Renfroe then doubled to left and Gretzky threw to Carlos Penalver and the Hawks shortstop threw out Richardson at the plate for the second out. Santos singled in Renfroe with the winning run.

Paul Blackburn got the start and surrendered two runs on two hits with no walks and a pair of strikeouts in one inning of work. Tyler Skulina gave up a pair of runs on four hits in two frames. Duane Underwood was the third pitcher up for the Hawks and tossed three innings of shutout ball while allowing four hits, no walks and striking out four. Michael Wagner struck out three batters without issuing a walk in two scoreless frames.

All-Star Yasiel Balaguert (2-for-4 with a double) singled in Kris Bryant (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) with one of the Hawks’ four runs while Jacob Hannemann (1-for-3) plated both Lance Rymel and Jose Dore in the second inning.

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(W) The Hawks started their five-game series against Spokane in Boise on Friday night and thumped the Indians 9-1. The Hawks scored six runs in the third inning highlighted by a three-run blast off the bat of Kris Bryant, his first professional home run.

Jordan Hankins (1-for-4 with a double) led off the third inning with a double and advanced to third on a single by Carlos Penalver (3-for-4 with a double). David Bote (0-for-3 with a walk) walked to load the bases. Lance Rymel grounded out to short and plated Hankins while both Penalver and Bote moved up ninety feet on the play. Kris Bryant cleared the bases with his monster shot over the wall in center. Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-4 with a double) reached on a two out double and scored on a single by Cael Brockmeyer (1-for-3). Jose Dore (1-for-4 with a double) then plated Brockmeyer with a double to center.

The Hawks’ pitching staff was very impressive on Friday night. Five pitchers allowed one run on five hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts.

Cubs’ second round pick Rob Zastryzny gave up his first run in two innings of work. Zastryzny surrendered four hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Sam Wilson put together two more scoreless innings. Fellow draft picks, Zack Godley and Scott Frazier each tossed two shutout innings. Godley struck out two without issuing a free pass and Frazier struck out three while walking a batter. Tyler Bremer gave up a hit but struck out the side in his inning of work.

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(L) The Hawks and Indians suited up and played an early game on Saturday. Boise tied the game at one in the sixth but could not keep Spokane off the board in the ninth and lost 3-1. All-Star Danny Lockhart (3-for-4) just keeps on hitting. Lockhart reached base three times and scored the Hawks only run on a deep sac fly off the bat of Jacob Rogers (1-for-3). Kris Bryant (1-for-4) collected one of the Hawks eight hits.

James Pugliese was very good once again and is making a strong case for a promotion. Pugliese gave up one run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Pugliese retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. Trey Masek issued two walks but no hits or runs in his two innings. Eddie Orozco took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits with two walks in the ninth.

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Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars (10-24) (40-60)

(L) The Cougars three-game series with Beloit started out on a losing note in a 5-1 loss on Wednesday. Scott Baker struggled for the third time in as many rehab starts and allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings. Baker once again allowed multiple runs in the first inning. Baker lasted just three innings as he continued having problems with his command. Nathan Dorris pitched a scoreless inning before turning the game over to Jose Rosario. Rosario struck out five in his four innings of work but gave up two runs on one hit and a pair of walks.

The Cougars were put in an early hole and could not recover. Albert Almora (1-for-4 with a double) stayed consistent while Rock Shoulders (2-for-4) collected a pair of hits. Reggie Golden (2-for-4 with a double) drove in the Cougars’ lone run.

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(W) Kane County snapped their two-game slide on Thursday with an 11-8 victory over Beloit. The Cougars pounded out 21 hits and outscored their own pitching staff. Three different Cougars recorded four-hit games and both Rock Shoulders (3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored) and Willson Contreras (4-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk, three RBI and two runs scored) went deep. Albert Almora (4-for-5 with two doubles) collected four hits and Jeimer Candelario (2-for-6 with two doubles) also hit a pair of doubles.

The Cougars pitching staff could not keep Beloit off the board and did not get any help from their defense. Michael Heesch allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in three innings. Justin Amlung gave up only one run on two hits in two frames. Armando Rivero struck out five without issuing a walk in two scoreless innings.

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(W) Kane County made it two wins in a row with a 4-1 victory over Beloit on Friday night. Willson Contreras (1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBI) belted a two-run homer in the fourth that capped the scoring for Kane County. The Cougars scored single runs in the second and third innings. Reggie Golden (2-for-4) plated Marco Hernandez (3-for-4) with a groundout in the second. Dan Vogelbach (1-for-1 with two walks) hit a sac fly to center in the third that allowed Gioskar Amaya (1-for-4 with a double) to tag and score from third. Albert Almora (1-for-4 with a double) managed a double in four trips to the plate.

Felix Pena put together a solid outing and allowed one run on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in six innings. After both Andrew McKirahan and Stephen Perakslis kept the Snappers off the board for two innings, Michael Hamann picked up his third save with a perfect ninth inning.

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(L) The Hawks returned to Peoria on Saturday and dropped the opener of the three game series against the Chiefs 3-1. Dan Vogelbach (1-for-4) provided Kane County’s lone run. Vogelbach launched his 15th homer of the season in the first inning. The Cougars managed just four other hits after the Vogelbomb … Albert Almora (1-for-3 with a walk), Rock Shoulders (2-for-3 with a double and a walk) and Reggie Golden (1-for-3).

Tayler Scott continued his struggles and gave up four runs on nine hits with two walks and no strikeouts in five innings. Sheldon McDonald kept the Chiefs off the board over the last three innings.

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(W) Kane County used a four-run third inning to beat the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon 6-3. Rock Shoulders (2-for-5 with a double and three RBI) hit a bases clearing double in the four-run third inning and Albert Almora (2-for-5) scored on a single by Jeimer Candelario (2-for-4 with a walk) in the fourth. Dan Vogelbach (1-for-2 with a SF RBI and two walks) plated Giuseppe Papaccio (2-for-5) with a sac fly in the seventh.

Juan Carlos Paniagua had another rough outing. Paniagua made the start on Sunday and surrendered three runs on three hits with five walks and no strikeouts in two innings. Nathan Dorris pitched two shutout innings and cooled off the Chiefs’ offense. Starling Peralta tossed three scoreless innings and put together his best outing in quite some time. Peralta gave up two hits, walked three and struck out two batters. Armando Rivero picked up his first save with two innings of shutout ball. Rivero struck out five batters and issued only one walk.

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High Class-A – Daytona Cubs (20-12) (55-43)

Rain cancelled yet another D-Cubs game on Wednesday but Daytona was able to start a four–game series against the Palm Beach Cardinals with a 6-5 victory on Thursday.

(W) The D-Cubs found themselves in an early hole after Ivan Pineyro had his first bad outing since coming over from the Nationals’ organization. Pineyro allowed five runs on six hits in six innings and left with his team down 6-1. Pineyro struck out eight and did not issue a walk. Jeffrey Lorick replaced Pineyro and kept the Cardinals off the board for the final three innings while the D-Cubs’ offense mounted a comeback.

Daytona scored five of their six runs in the seventh and eighth innings.  Zeke DeVoss (1-for-4 with a double and a walk) put Daytona on the board in the sixth after he doubled, stole third and scored on a grounder to short by Anthony Giansanti. The Cubs scored three in the seventh after Wes Darvill (1-for-3 with a triple and a walk) walked, advanced to second when Chadd Krist (2-for-3 with a double) was hit by a pitch. With Darvill on third and Taiwan Easterling on first with two outs, Pin-Chieh Chen (1-for-3 with a walk) plated Darvill. DeVoss walked to load the bases. Ben Carhart (2-for-5) singled to right and drove in Easterling and Chen. Dustin Geiger (1-for-4) led off the eighth with a single. Brad Zapenas ran for Geiger and scored on a triple by Wes Darvill. Chad Krist singled in Darvill with the go ahead run.

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(W) The Cubs made it two wins in a row over the Cardinals on Friday. Daytona topped Palm Beach 4-2 behind another excellent outing from Matt Loosen. Loosen tossed five scoreless innings while allowing six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Loosen turned the game over to Dayan Diaz and he let the Cardinals back in the game with two earned runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. Yao-Lin Wang pitched a scoreless eighth with a strikeout while Frank Del Valle made it interesting in the ninth but was able to pick up the save after giving up two hits and a walk.

The D-Cubs scored all four of their runs in the third and fourth innings. Bijan Rademacher (0-for-2 with a walk) walked to start the third and advanced to second on a one-out single by Pin-Chieh Chen (1-for-3). Zeke DeVoss (1-for-4) singled to right and plated Rademacher. Chen advanced to third on the play and scored on a sac fly to center off the bat of Ben Carhart (0-for-3). Anthony Giansanti (1-for-4) singled in DeVoss with the third run of the inning. Dustin Geiger (1-for-2 with a double and two walks) walked to start the fourth and advanced to third on a single to right by Wes Darvill. After Chadd Krist struck out, Bijan Rademacher lifted a sac fly into center that allowed Geiger to tag and score from third.

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(W) Daytona shutout the Cardinals 6-0 on Saturday … the 12th time this season the D-Cubs pitched a shutout. Eduardo Figueroa (six hits, two walks and five strikeouts), Zach Cates (one hit) and Jeffry Antigua (one hit, one walk and three strikeouts) combined on the eight-hit shutout with Antigua picking up the win thanks to the offense scoring all six of their runs in the final two innings.

Daytona put a four-spot on the board in the eighth after Zeke DeVoss (0-for-3 with two walks) worked a one out walk and advanced to third on a throwing error by Cardinals’ third baseman Matt Williams that allowed Ben Carhart (1-for-5 with two runs scored) to reach. Carhart promptly swiped second. After Anthony Giansanti (1-for-4 with a walk) was intentionally walked, Dustin Geiger (3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored) delivered a two-run single to center that plated DeVoss and Carhart. With runners on the corner and two down, Giansanti scored on a wild pitch. Geiger advanced to second on the play and scored on a double by Taiwan Easterling (1-for-4 with a double).

Yaniel Cabezas (1-for-4 with a run scored) reached on an infield single to start the ninth and advanced to second with two down on a ground out by DeVoss. Carhart then singled in Cabezas and took second on the throw to the plate. Carhart scored on another miscue by the Cardinals’ third baseman to cap the scoring.

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(W) Daytona posted their fifth straight win on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Palm Beach Cardinals. C.J. Edwards made his organizational debut and dominated the Cardinals for five innings. Edwards struck out eight batters before turning the game over to Lendy Castillo. Castillo picked up the win after allowing one run on one hit with three walks and three strikeouts in three innings. Austin Reed earned his third save with a scoreless ninth. Reed has pitched a lot better of late.

Dustin Geiger (2-for-4) collected two hits but it was the bottom of the lineup that put the runs on the board. Taiwan Easterling (2-for-4) and Brad Zapenas (2-for-4) scored both of the D-Cubs’ runs in the seventh inning on a throwing error by third baseman Danny Stienstra.

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Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (21-14) (55-49)

(W) The Smokies snapped their three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Huntsville Stars on Wednesday. Dae-Eun Rhee put together a solid outing but the Smokies were all about the longball on Wednesday. Tennessee hit three solo homers, one each by Javier Baez (2-for-5 with a home run, a double and two runs scored), Justin Bour (2-for-4 with a home run and a double) and Rafael Lopez (1-for-2 with a home run and two walks). The Smokies pounded out 10 hits and seven went for extra bases. John Andreoli (2-for-5 with a double and a run scored) stayed hot and collected two more hits.

After Dae-Eun Rhee allowed one run on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings, both Hunter Cervenka and Yeiper Castillo pitched scoreless innings. Zac Rosscup walked a batter in a scoreless eighth while Tony Zych gave up two hits with a strikeout but no runs in the ninth.

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(W) Tennessee made it two in a row over the Stars on Thursday with a 10-5 victory in Huntsville. The Smokies were kept off the board over the first four innings then turned on the offense and scored all 10 runs in their final five at bats.

The Smokies played longball again and hit four more home runs. Javier Baez (2-for-6 with two home runs) cranked two more longballs and just missed a third in his final at bat. Justin Bour (2-for-5 with a home run) went deep for the second time in as many games and Rubi Silva (2-for-4 with a home run and a walk) hit his 12th dinger of the season. The four home runs accounted for six of the Smokies ten runs. Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-2 with three RBI) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for P.J. Francescon in the sixth and hit a bases clearing double in the seventh that broke the game open. Former Cubs’ farmhand, Frankie De La Cruz was touched up for five runs on four hits and three walks in 1.2 innings.

Austin Kirk struggled again and lasted only 2.1 innings. Kirk surrendered four runs on six hits and four walks. P.J. Francescon kept Huntsville off the board for 2.2 innings and Marcos Mateo survived a shaky outing without allowing any runs. Chang-Yong Lim pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.

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(L) The Smokies could not go streaking as they lost to the Stars 9-8 on Friday night. A.J. Morris had a bad start and the offense could not keep up with the amount of runs the pitching staff was giving up. Morris allowed six runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts in just three innings of work. Yeiper Castillo could not cool off the Stars and he allowed two more runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in three innings. Kevin Rhoderick’s season long struggles continued. Rhoderick gave up on run on one hit and three walks in two-thirds of an inning.

The Smokies kept hitting longballs on Friday. Christian Villanueva (3-for-5 with a home run) and Rafael Lopez (3-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk and three RBI) went deep in the second inning. And Justin Bour (1-for-5 with a home run) hit his 13th dinger of the season in the fourth inning. Javier Baez (1-for-4 with a walk) and Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-5 with a double) also reached base.

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(W) The Smokies beat the Stars on Saturday night 6-3 behind another excellent outing from Kyle Hendricks and another home run from Justin Bour.

Kyle Hendricks tossed five innings of shutout ball before giving up a pair of runs in the sixth. Hendricks left after seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Zac Rosscup pitched a scoreless frame. Frank Batista had to clean up Tony Zych’s mess in the ninth but got the job done and picked up the save.

The Smokies hit four more longballs on Saturday and ran their five-game total to 16 in the process. Justin Bour (1-for-5) launched his fourth homer in four games in the fifth. Rubi Silva (3-for-4 with a home run, a triple and two runs scored) hit a two-run shot in the second, his 13th of the season. Silva ended up a double shy of a cycle. John Andreoli (1-for-5) launched his second longball of the season in the third.

The Smokies added two big insurance runs in the eighth. Christian Villanueva (2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored) hit his 14th dinger of the season. Rubi Silva followed with a triple and scored on a single by Jonathan Mota (2-for-4).

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(L) The Smokies’ ninth inning rally came up short as they lost 8-5 to the Barons on Sunday afternoon. Javier Baez hit two more, two-run home runs that accounted for four of the Smokies’ five runs. Rubi Silva (2-for-5) extended his hitting streak 14 games with another two hits that included a double. John Andreoli (2-for-4) also added two hits.

Eric Jokisch had another poor outing and allowed six runs, five earned, on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. P.J. Francescon surrendered another run on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts in his two innings of work.

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Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (51-58)

(L) It took 10 innings to decide Wednesday’s game as the I-Cubs came out on the losing end of a 2-1 final to the Zephyrs. Iowa tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Donnie Murphy (1-for-5) plated pinch-runner Justin Grimm with a 6-4 fielder’s choice.

Yoanner Negrin replaced Eduardo Sanchez in the tenth and issued a walk to the first batter he faced. Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered the game winner, a two-out single to center that plated Bryan Peterson.

Iowa pounded out 11 hits with Brad Nelson (3-for-5) collecting three of them. Mike Olt (1-for-5) made his I-Cubs’ debut and struck out swinging to end the game.

The offense’s inability to string together hits with runners on base cost Brooks Raley a chance to add to his win total. Raley allowed one run on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.

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(W) Iowa got back in the win column on Thursday when they topped New Orleans 4-3 behind a very good day from Jake Arrieta.

Jake Arrieta was not only solid on the mound but he also drove in two of Iowa’s four runs with a double in the second inning. Arrieta allowed one run on four hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Marcus Hatley picked up the final out in the seventh and Alberto Cabrera made another strong appearance out of the pen. Brian Schlitter gave up back-to-back homers in the ninth before retiring the last two batters he faced to end the game.

Josh Vitters (1-for-2) drove in a run before exiting the game with a hamstring injury and Mike Olt (0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored) scored on Arrieta’s double.

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(L) Justin Grimm made I-Cubs’ debut on Friday and was lit up by the Oklahoma City Redhawks . Grimm and the I-Cubs lost 10-6. Iowa never quit but Oklahoma City put up six runs in the second inning and knocked Grimm out the game. Justin Grimm allowed seven runs, all earned, on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in two innings of work. Grimm turned the game over to Casey Coleman. Coleman ate up four innings but allowed three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in four innings. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth.

Edgar Gonzalez (2-for-4 with two doubles) drove in four of Iowa’s six runs and Brad Nelson (2-for-4 with a double) plated two runs and scored one run.

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(L) Oklahoma shutout Iowa on Saturday night 5-0. Barret Loux got the start and gave up three runs in the first inning. Loux gave up a leadoff single, a walk, a wild pitch, a sac fly, a double and a single to the first six batters he faced before striking out Jonathan Singleton looking to end the inning. Loux settled down after the first and turned the game over to Alberto Cabrera in the seventh. Loux gave up four runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Cabrera’s ascent to the big leagues continued on Saturday. Cabrera made his third relief appearance since his promotion to Iowa and gave up a run on one hit and a walk in two innings. Cabrera has struggled somewhat with his command since his promotion but remains in line for a call-up to the big leagues in the near future.

Iowa managed only four hits and two walks on Saturday. Logan Watkins (1-for-4), Edwin Maysonet (2-for-4), Mike Olt (0-for-3 with a walk), Darnell McDonald (0-for-2 with a walk) and J.C. Boscan (1-for-3) reached base in the loss.

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(L) Iowa’s comeback attempt came up a run short on Sunday night and they lost 4-3 to Oklahoma City. Nick Struck struggled again and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 IP. Jonathan Singleton and George Springer both took Struck deep and the two home runs from two of the Astros’ top prospects accounted for three of the four runs he allowed.

Chang-Yong Lim made his I-Cubs’ debut and tossed two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.

Ty Wright (3-for-4 with three doubles) and Edgar Gonzalez (2-for-4) led the offense while Brad Nelson (1-for-3 with a double) and Jae-Hoon Ha (1-for-4 with a double) both drove in runs. Mike Olt (0-for-4) went hitless in the loss.

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Rookie League – AZL Cubs (15-14)

(W) After getting a breather on Wednesday, the AZL Cubs returned to the field on Thursday and lost to the A’s 7-3. Brett Jackson went 1-for-3 in his first action in over a month. Jesse Hodges (1-for-3 with a walk) hit a two-run homer and Kevin Brown (0-for-3) drove in the Cubs’ third run.

David Garner allowed five runs on five hits with a walk, a balk and a strikeout in one inning.

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(L) The Angels blew out the AZL Cubs 13-4 in Tempe on Friday. Jesse Hodges (1-for-3 with a home run) hit his second longball in as many games and Mark Malave (2-for-3) collected a pair of hits. The rehabbing Brett Jackson (0-for-4) went hitless and so did Greg Rohan (0-for-4).

Carlos A. Rodriguez was touched up for eight runs on eight hits with two walks in 1.2 innings. Trevor Clifton made his pro debut and did not allow a hit or run but walked two batters.

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(W) The Cubs topped the Diamondbacks on Saturday 7-1 behind a good day from rehabbing Greg Rohan (2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored) and a two-hit performance from the recently drafted Charcer Burks (2-for-4). Burks drove in two runs and Rohan knocked in one. Zak Blair (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) plated and scored a run. Jeffrey Baez (3-for-4) stayed hot at the plate, plus he was 1-for-2 on the bases.

Anthony Prieto got the start and did not allow any runs of four innings. Prieto walked three, struck out three and gave up two hits. Tyler Ihrig surrendered a run on a hit with no walks and two strikeouts in two innings.

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News and Notes

The Cubs traded RHP Guillermo Moscoso to the Giants for a PTBNL or cash. The Cubs promoted RHP Matt Loosen from High-A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. Chang-Yong Lim was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs released RHP Larry Suarez.

RHP Ben Wells, LHP Austin Kirk, LHP Gerardo Concepcion, RHP Carlos Gutierrez, C Rony Rodriguez, C Taylor Davis and 2B Carlos Figueroa were placed on the 7-day DL.

Corey Black announced on his Twitter account that he is pumped to make his first start in the Cubs’ system on Thursday. Black was added to the D-Cubs roster on Friday when the trade with the Yankees was finalized.

Top Prospect Watch

  • Albert Almora (OF) – .333/.379/.482/.861 with 17 doubles, four triples and three home runs in 55 games (Kane County Cougars)
  • Javier Baez (SS) – .232/.284/.634/.918 with three doubles and 10 home runs in 20 games with Double-A Tennessee – .265/.327/.556/.883 with 22 doubles, four triples and 27 home runs in 76 games with High-A Daytona and 20 games for Double-A Tennessee
  • Paul Blackburn (RHP) – 0-2 in seven starts with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, 21 hits, 12 walks, 27 strikeouts in 27 IP (Boise Hawks)
  • Trevor Gretzky (OF) – .222/.246/.254/.500 with two doubles in 21 games (Boise Hawks) Note: Gretzky was in Boise’s starting lineup on Sunday night, these stats do not include Sunday’s game
  • Pierce Johnson (RHP) – 3-1 in five starts with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP, 24 hits, 10 walks, 21 strikeouts in 27 IP (Daytona Cubs)
  • Dillon Maples (RHP) – 1-0 in three games, two starts, with a 1.63 WHIP, eight hits, five walks and 10 strikeouts in 8 IP (Boise Hawks) Note: Maples started Sunday night’s game, these stats do not include Sunday’s start
  • Juan Carlos Paniagua (RHP) – 0-2 in three games with a 8.22 ERA and a 2.87 WHIP, 10 hits, 12 walks and six strikeouts in 7.2 IP (Kane County Cougars)
  • Duane Underwood (RHP) – 1-2 in eight games, seven starts, with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP, 44 hits, 16 walks and 24 strikeouts in 32 IP (Boise Hawks)
  • Christian Villanueva (3B) – .264/.316/.459/.775 with 26 doubles, two triples and 14 home runs (Tennessee Smokies)
  • Dan Vogelbach (1B) – .291/.365/.457/.822 with 19 doubles and 15 home runs (Kane County)

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  • TheWrongGuy

    Thanks for the report Neil and giving Tom a break/vacation =)

    Is it time for an Almora promotion to A+ and Dunston Jr. to KC to replace him? This is the time for promotions right,to see where they will potentially start next season in the minors?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I would like to see Almora finish the year in Daytona. He has been very consistent, excellent defense and seems to be ready for a promotion. With that said, it has only been 55 games and it will be interesting to see how the front office handles that. If he’s met all of his goals, they will promote him. I don’t see how he could not have by now.

      Dunston is looking like a different player from a year ago. He appears to have come in ready to play. I would imagine last year was a wake-up call for him. Dunston is so young, it might be better for him to finish the year on a positive note with the thought he could start next season in Kane County. Dunston has not played in over a week, so that is something to keep an eye on as well.

      I would think that if Almora is promoted, Jacob Hannemann would get the bump up if he’s healthy enough.

      • TheWrongGuy

        Thanks for the reply Neil. Sorry for my late response.
        I agree about Almora.
        Dunston is well seemingly the oposite of his father. And I miss a Dunston in Cubbie blue. The cannon arm that made Gracies hand bruised like a catchers. Those were the days.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    I was shocked to see Brett Jackson at 1 for 14 with 7 K’s at Arizonia Rookie league. I know he’s been out of action a month, but I didn’t think he’d be that rusty.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      That makes two of us Rip, he’s just stuck right now.

    • RickinMSP

      I’m to the point where I think it is time to cut ties with Jackson. See if another team wants to swap lost prospects, or cut him loose altogether. Seems like his time has come and gone, unfortunately.

  • daverj

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Orioles might be open to listening on Dylan Bundy (he had Tommy John surgery early this season).

    I’m curious if Cub fan would be in favor or against of dealing Shark for Bundy. This is just me speculating and not based at all on any rumor I have read. What do you think?

    I’m going back and forth on whether I would like a deal like that for the Cubs and am not sure whether either the Cubs of Orioles would like the deal.

    • bpot92

      I would not do that deal since i believe he just had TJ surgery. even though he is a top ceiling pitcher I would think the Cubs would only trade the Shark for a healthy TOR prospect

  • redlarczykg

    Neil

    The Cubs released RHP Larry Suarez. RHP Ben Wells, LHP Austin Kirk, LHP Gerardo Concepcion, RHP Carlos Gutierrez, C Rony Rodriguez, C Taylor Davis, 2B Carlos Figueroa were placed on the 7-day DL
    Which are released and which are on 7-day DL?

    • 07GreyDigger

      I think just Suarez. Note the period meaning the end of the sentence.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Larry Suarez was released. The other were placed on the DL. I made a slight adjustment to avoid further confusion. Thank you for pointing that out, I could see why you were unsure.

      • redlarczykg

        Neil,
        Us really old Cub Fans have a hard time seeing periods.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          No worries. I should have structured the sentences better.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    That 10 HR in 20 games stat for Baez is just shocking! It looks like a typo.

    Golden seems to continue to hit. Tom, any thoughts on his development or projection?

  • Dorasaga

    Neil, help me refresh this memory. Lim was closing in Japan before that surgery put him in this minor-deal position. Will he be closing or used more competitively from now on? moved up to higher level teams?