Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/05/13

The Daytona Cubs are the FSL North Champions and are Florida State League Championship Series bound after Wednesday’s 4-0 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays. The D-Cubs swept the best of three series behind excellent pitching. After Corey Black dominated in game one, C.J. Edwards struck out eight batters over five no-hit innings on Wednesday. Ryan Searle closed out the two-hit shutout with four scoreless frames. C.J. Edwards picked up his first win in the Cubs organization.

Kris Bryant (3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored), Wes Darvill (2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) and Elliot Soto (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) led the D-Cubs offense.

Pierce Johnson and the D-Cubs host the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Thursday for game one of the FSL Championship best of five series.

The Boise Hawks completed the sweep over Salem-Keizer and are the 2013 Northwest League South Division Champions. The Hawks topped the Volcanoes 11-7 behind a pair of three-hit performances by Kevin Encarnacion (3-for-5 with a double, a walk, three runs scored and a RBI) and Danny Lockhart (3-for-6 with a RBI and two runs scored) and a four RBI performance from Justin Marra (2-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and a run scored).

Duane Underwood started the game but lasted only 1 1/3 innings after giving up three runs on two hits and two walks. Loiger Padron picked up the win and Corbin Hoffner struck out five in 2 2/3 innings. Boise pitching struck out 12 batters on Wednesday night.

The Hawks host game one of the NWL Championship Series on Friday night.

While three of the Cubs’ affiliates, Boise, Daytona and Tennessee, prepared for the post-season, the Cougars and I-Cubs seasons came to an end. Kane County ended the year on a positive note with a two game winning streak, while Iowa faded into the sunset.

After 816 regular season games, it’s time to put the wraps on the 2013 minor league season, along with coverage of the Northwest and Florida State League playoffs, in the Down on the Farm Report.

Note: Monday’s report covers games from Wednesday to Saturday. Thursday’s report covers games Sunday through Tuesday.

Short-Season A – Boise Hawks (20-18) (41-35)

(L) Despite getting blown out 14-3 on Sunday, Boise received some good news as they qualified for the post-season for the third straight year. The Hawks can thank the Everett Aqua Sox, who won both North Division titles, and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, who secured at least a tie of both South Division titles. The Hawks got in as the remaining team with the best overall record.

Jose Rosario started Sunday and was simply pummeled. Rosario allowed eight earned runs while striking out five in five innings. Carlos-Martinez-Pumarino didn’t fare much better and gave up six runs (five earned) in 1.2 innings. Eddie Orozco and Tyler Bremer mopped up and did not allow any more runs over the last 2.1 innings. The Hawks were already down 6-0 in the second when David Bote (1-for-3) singled and scored on a double by Carlos Penalver (1-for-4 with a RBI). It was 8-1 in the third when Danny Lockhart (1-for-5) led off with a single and scored on a Kevin Encarnacion (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI) longball, his eighth home run of the season.

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(L) Having locked up playoff spot, Boise played out the string on Monday and lost 10-6 to Hillsboro. The Hawks gave some reps to players that figured to be in the starting lineup for the post-season. Boise started Jeffry Baez (1-for-4) and Neftali Rosario (1-for-4), while playing Rony Rodriguez (2-for-3 with three RBI), Jordan Hankins (1-for-5), and Cael Brockmeyer off of their usual positions. Manager Gary Van Tol used pitchers that will likely see little action in the post-season. Michael Wagner started and struck out four while allowing four earned runs in three innings. Sam Wilson followed Wagner and gave up another three earned runs in three innings, while Juan Carlos Paniagua also surrendered three earned runs in two innings. Trey Lang pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out two batters. Baez led off the game for Boise with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. In the third inning, Baez walked with one out, moved to second on a single by Shawon Dunston Jr. (2-for-4 with a RBI), and scored on a base hit by Rodriguez. The Hawks tried to make a game of it in the seventh. Rosario led off with a single but was wiped out on a fielder’s choice by Dunston. Justin Marra (1-for-4) reached on an error and scored, along with Dunston, on a double from Rodriguez. A single by David Bote plated Rodriguez.

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(W) After plodding through the last few games of the regular season, Boise did an about-face in Tuesday’s playoff game with Salem-Keizer and shut them out 3-0. Starter Paul Blackburn was practically untouchable as he limited the Volcanoes to two hits and struck out eight in a career high seven innings. Zack Godley worked around a hit and a walk in two innings while recording three strikeouts and earning his first save.

The Hawks wasted no time in seizing control of the game. Kevin Encarnacion (3-for-4) led off the first with a single and scored on a double from Danny Lockhart (2-for-4 with a RBI). Lockhart advanced to third on a fielding error and scored on a sacrifice fly. Boise added another run in the seventh after consecutive singles by Encarnacion, Lockhart, and Yasiel Balaguert (3-for-3 with two RBI) plated with Encarnacion.

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Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars (26-44) (55–80)

(W) Kane County took out their frustrations on Peoria after being shut out the previous night and thumped Peoria 11-2 in a rain shortened game on Sunday. Nathan Dorris made only his second start of the season and kept the Chiefs at bay. Dorris struck out a batter and allowed an earned run through five innings. Justin Amlung put the finishing touches on what can be considered a disappointing season for him. Amlung picked up a strikeout and gave up an earned run in three innings.

The Cougars took advantage of a wild Peoria pitching staff. Gioskar Amaya was hit by a pitch to lead off the game. Brad Zapenas (1-for-3) and Jeimer Candelario (1-for-3) walked to load the bases. Rock Shoulders (3-for-4 with three RBI) singled in Amaya, and Zapenas scored on a wild pitch. A base hit by Marco Hernandez (2-for-5 with a RBI) scored Candelario. Zapenas and Candelario reached with one out walks in the second and scored on a double by Rock Shoulders. Hernandez reached on an error and stole second. Shoulders scored on a throwing error. Zapenas began the fourth with a double and moved to third on a fielder’s choice. Shoulders was intentionally walked and Zapenas scored on a fielder’s choice, with Hernandez reaching and moving to second on an errant throw. Oliver Zapata (1-for-4 with two RBI) delivered an RBI single that plated both Shoulders and Hernandez. With his parents in attendance, Trevor Gretzky (1-for-3 with a home run) blasted his first home run of the season in the fifth. The Cougars added another run in the eighth after Candelario and Shoulders singled with one out. Candelario scored on a wild pitch.

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(W) The Cougars gave the fans that came out for the last game of the season their money’s worth on Monday as they rallied in the ninth and beat Peoria 5-4. Scott Baker, in his last rehab start, gave up a two-run home run in the first inning but not a single run after the first inning. Baker lasted 5.2 innings and struck out four batters. Kane County then emptied the bullpen as Andrew McKirahan struck out the final batter of the sixth. Rafael Dolis started the seventh but was replaced by Matt Iannazzo after suffering another injury. Dolis gave up a hit and a walk. Iannazzo stranded the runners and gave way to Jose Arias. Arias allowed two earned runs before Michael Hamann shut the door on the Chiefs in the ninth.

Kane County cut the lead in half in the first after Marco Hernandez (1-for-5) reached on a error with one out and Jeimer Candelario (3-for-5) singled. After Rock Shoulders (1-for-4) walked and a fielder’s choice nailed Hernandez at home, Giuseppe Papaccio (3-for-4 with two RBI) singled in Candelario. Oliver Zapata (1-for-3 with a home run) tied the game in the second with his seventh home run of the season. The Cougars took the lead in the fifth after Hernandez reached on an error and Candelario singled. Shoulders reached on a fielder’s choice with Hernandez making an out at the plate for the second time in the game. Willson Contreras (1-for-4 with a RBI) singled in Candelario. Contreras then walked to start the eighth and scored after singles by Papaccio and Jose Dore (1-for-4 with a RBI). Tied at four in the ninth, the Cougars loaded the bases on consecutive singles by Hernandez, Candelario and Shoulders. Giuseppe Papaccio worked a one out walk and forced in Hernandez with the winning run.

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High Class–A – Daytona Cubs (40-20-1) (75-51-1)

(W) Daytona ended the regular season on a high note and entered the post-season following a 7-4 victory over Brevard County on Sunday. The D-Cubs took the lead in the first after Zeke DeVoss worked a one out walk, and promptly stole second and third base. Dustin Geiger (2-for-4 with a RBI) drove in DeVoss and Dan Vogelbach (2-for-3) walked. Kris Bryant (2-for-3 with two RBI) tripled in both Geiger and Vogelbach. In the third, Vogelbach singled and Bryant walked. Vogelbach scored on an error.  Bryant started the sixth with a double and scored on a double by Chadd Krist (2-for-4 with a RBI). After Elliot Soto walked, a single by Pin-Chieh Chen (1-for-4 with a RBI) plated Krist. Daytona added a run in the seventh after Geiger led off with a single, moved to second on a throwing error and advanced to third on a single by Vogelbach. Geiger scored on a wild pitch.

It was somewhat of a bullpen day for Daytona. Kyler Burke started and allowed four earned runs while striking out six in four innings. Sheldon McDonald and Austin Reed chipped in scoreless innings, while Jeffrey Lorick struck out two as he shut down the Manatees for two innings. Zach Cates picked up his third save with two strikeouts in the ninth.

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(W) It was a tense contest on Tuesday as Daytona played their first post-season game since 2011. But in the end, they broke out with a big inning and defeated Dunedin 6-1. The D-Cubs jumped out ahead in the first inning after Pin-Chieh Chen (1-for-3) led off with a double, moved to third on a fly ball, and scored on a wild pitch. The score remained 1-0 until the sixth inning when the Daytona offense went on the attack. Wes Darvill began with a walk and Elliot Soto (1-for-3) singled. A walk to Chen loaded the bases, and Darvill scored after a walk to Zeke DeVoss. Dan Vogelbach (1-for-4) reached on a fielding error and Soto scored. Kris Bryant (2-for-3 with two RBI) singled in bot Chen and DeVoss. Vogelbach scored on a sacrifice fly.

Corey Black was in the zone for his entire stint. Black struck out seven in five scoreless innings. Frank Del Valle kept the Blue Jays grounded as he recorded two strikeouts in two innings. Austin Reed chipped in a scoreless inning, while Lendy Castillo allowed an unearned run with two strikeouts in the ninth.

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Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (42-27) (76-61)

(W) Tennessee spotted rival Chattanooga three runs on Sunday, before battling back to beat the Lookouts 4-3. The Smokies tied the game in the fifth. Brett Jackson (2-for-5 with a RBI) singled with two outs and Arismendy Alcantara (2-for-4) walked. Javier Baez (2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) cleared the bases with his 20th homer for Tennessee. The Smokies broke the tie in the ninth after John Andreoli (1-for-3) walked and scored on a double by Jackson.

Starter Dae-Eun Rhee notched three strikeouts but allowed three earned runs in four innings. Matt Loosen struck out five batters in four innings of work and Tony Zych pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

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(L) The tables turned on the Smokies on Monday as Tennessee ended the regular season with a 4-3 loss to Chattanooga. Eric Jokisch struck out seven but allowed four runs (three earned) in 5.2 innings. A.J. Morris recorded the final out of the sixth, and P.J. Francescon tossed a scoreless seventh inning. Armando Rivero, Hunter Cervenka, and Frank Batista each recorded an out in the eighth inning. Tennessee was down 3-0 in the third when John Andreoli (1-for-2) singled and advanced to second on an error. A single by Taylor Davis (2-for-3) moved Andreoli to third. Andreoli scored on a sacrifice fly. Christian Villanueva (1-for-4 with a home run) added a solo homer in the fourth, while Davis doubled and scored on a single by Matt Szczur (1-for-3 with two RBI) in the fifth inning.

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Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (66-77)

(W) Iowa used some late inning magic to pull out a 3-2 win over Nashville in ten innings on Sunday. The I-Cubs were held scoreless until the ninth when Ty Wright (2-for-5) and Edgar Gonzalez (2-for-5) singled and Mike Olt walked to load the bases. A single by Edwin Maysonet (1-for-4 with two RBI) drove in Wright and Gonzalez and tied the game at two. Greg Rohan (1-for-4 with a home run) hit a solo home run to put Iowa ahead for good in the tenth.

Justin Grimm started for Iowa and allowed an earned run while striking out six in six innings. Zac Rosscup added two more strikeouts to his total as he pitched a scoreless inning. Brian Schlitter gave up an earned run as he worked an inning, and Marcus Hatley struck out three in two scoreless innings.

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(L) Two teams going nowhere slogged through the final game on Monday as Iowa lost 2-1 to Nashville. Kyle Hendricks may have deserved better after his fine season. Hendricks allowed two earned runs and struck out a batter in six innings. Chang-Yong Lim and Marcos Mateo each tossed a scoreless inning. The only run for the I-Cubs came in the fifth inning on a solo home run from Tim Torres (2-for-3 with a home run).

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News and Notes

The Chicago Cubs selected the contracts of RHP Chang-Yong Lim and LHP Zac Rosscup from the Iowa Cubs; recalled LHP Brooks Raley, RHP Alberto Cabrera, RHP Justin Grimm, and C J.C. Boscan from the Iowa Cubs; sent RHP Eduardo Sanchez outright to the Iowa Cubs.

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