The Cubs also have 2 catchers on the mend as Welington Castillo started his 4th day of rehab while Geovany Soto started his first.
And in case you missed it yesterday, here is Anthony Rizzo's blast off the CF scoreboard yesterday...
Omaha 9 - Iowa 7
- Jay Jackson has really lost his way this year. He pitched 3.2 innings, gave up 11 hits, 3 walks, and 7 runs. His ERA on the year is 7.24.
- Recently promoted Ty'Relle Harris continued his great season with an outstanding middle relief appearance, going 3.1 scoreless (and hitless) innings. The performance allowed the I-Cubs to get back into the game after Jackson's tough start.
- CF Dave Sappelt had a double, single, and walk. He also scored a run.
- Brett Jackson went 1 for 5 and scored a run
- Geovany Soto started his road back and played half the game at catcher. He went 0 for 2 but scored a run.
- Anthony Rizzo had a lot to do with the near comeback, hitting 2 more HRs plus a ground-rule double. He drove in 4 runs, giving him 57 on the year to go with his 22 HRs and .370 batting average. Those numbers are ridiculous.
- Our 2013 3B poll winner Josh Vitters had himself another solid day with a double, single and his 15th walk of the year.
Mississippi 14 - Tennessee
- Trey McNutt didn't fare any better than Jackson, lasting just 3.1 innings, giving 9 hits and 8 earned runs. He didn't walk anybody, but that's only because he was throwing meatballs all game. No reason to take those pitches. He struck out 2. The performance raised his ERA up to 3.65.
- The pitchers of the day, such as it were, were Jeffrey Antigua and Kevin Rhoderick. Antigua went 1.2 scoreless innings, while Rhoderick pitched one scoreless inning with a strikeout. Antigua has a 3.09 ERA on the year while Rhoderick's is at 0.70. We've talked a lot about Rhoderick here, but Antigua is quietly having himself another good season after finishing strong last year. He has 10 walks and 29 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. Antigua throws an 88-91 mph fastball with good deception, as he throws across his body, complimenting it with a good change-up.
- Junior Lake had just one hit but he made it count, hitting his 4th HR. He also drew his 12th walk. He drew 13 in twice as many PAs last year.
- 27 year old CF James Adduci had 3 hits and 2 RBI. He's hitting .319 with a .394 OBP on the year. He's slugging .445.
- C Welington Castillo hit his 2nd HR since returning from the DL 4 days ago.
- 1B Justin Bour had a double, single, walk, and an RBI. He also scored a run. Bour is hitting .276 with 6 HRs on the year.
Daytona 5 - Tampa 0
- Matt Loosen did it again. He went 6 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 7. He went to 5-1 on the year with a 2.63 ERA. He has 47 strikeouts in 48 innings while walking 19.
- The D-Cubs pitchers struck out 14 batters in all. Hayden Simpson struck out 2 batters in one perfect inning. AJ Morris did the same, lowering his ERA to 1.93.
- Fireballing Tony Zych struck out the side in his only inning. He has 28 strikeouts versus just 5 walks in 31.2 innings. He also has not allowed a HR all season. His ERA is 3.13.
- Arismendy Alcantara is starting to draw some national attention. Kevin Goldstein wrote about him in BP today, saying, " he's a line drive hitter with a quick bat, plus speed, and the tools to remain at short. Scouts see Alcantara as a good utility player, at the very least, and many give him a chance to be an everyday player if he continues to progress." Alcantara went 1 for 3 with 2 stolen bases and two runs scored, plus an RBI. He's hitting .292/.317/.416 on the year with 18 SBs. Of course, we've talked about Alcantara a lot already, but nice to hear positives from an objective prospect guru.
- Ronald Torreyes seems to be heating up a bit, but we'll have to wait and see if he can sustain it. He went 2 for 5 with a run scored to bring his average up to .227. He's hitting .333 in his last 10 games.
- 3B Greg Rohan continues to be one of the more productive minor leaguers in the Cubs system. He has just 3 less RBI than Rizzo. He had a double, single, run scored, and RBI (54). He's hitting .302/.379/.539 on the year. The biggest negative against Rohan is his age, 26.
- Micah Gibbs went 1 for 4 (double) with a run scored.
- John Andreoli also had a double, also walked, scored a run, and had an RBI. His line is .279/.390/.355 on the year.
Peoria 10 - Kane County 9
- LHP Gerardo Concepcion was turning things around but today he took a step backward. He went just 4 innings and gave up 12 hits and 9 runs. He walked 2 and struck out just one. His ERA is 7.24 on the year.
- There are some sparkling ERAs in the Peoria bullpen, starting with LHP Sheldon McDonald, who has been a pleasant surprise since his recall from extended spring training. He went 3 scoreless innings today, walking none and striking out two. His ERA is 1.23 in 22 innings since his promotion.
- RHP Luis Liria continues to pitch well. He had a scoreless inning but he did walk 2 batters. His ERA is 1.29.
- We'll save the best, and most pleasant surprise for last. LHP Hunter Cervenka picked up the win when the Chiefs scored in the bottom of the 9th to win the game. Cervenka has an astonishing 0.68 ERA since coming over to the Cubs. He had an 8.10 ERA before he arrived. It's safe to say the Cubs scouts/coaching staff spotted something they could fix in the hard-throwing lefty. He has 5 walks and 14Ks in 13.1 innings.
- Zeke DeVoss had a triple and an RBI in 5 ABs and made one of the most spectacular catches you'll ever see on a pop-up. See below.
- 1B Paul Hoilman had 3 hits, including his 5th HR. He also scored 3 runs. The 23 year old power hitter is at .280 with a .472 slugging percentage. He has also drawn 28 walks on the year.
- Dustin Geiger is a good defensive 3B with a nice swing, good contact skills, and an approach that he needs to improve. Today he showed off that offensive part of his game, along with a little power, in getting 4 hits in 5 ABs. One of the hits was a 2 run HR, his first of the year. He had 3 RBI in total.
- C Sergio Burruel is a tough, stocky catcher known more for his catch and throw skills but he got into some of the offensive fun with 3 hits (2 doubles) and 3 RBI
Dominican Summer League
- What were you doing in 1995? 16 year old, 5'11, 175 lbs. Venezuelan LHP Carlos A. Rodriguez was brilliant today, going 5 innings of one hit ball, walking one and striking out 6. He has pitched 10 innings this year walked 2 and struck out 13. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but hey, he's still got about 5 years of growing up to do -- and he's doing pretty well baffling bigger, older guys so far.
- Chris Pieters, a long, lean, LHP from Curacao who got over 300K to sign, didn't exactly live up to his billing today. He had all sorts of control problems, walking 4 in just 1.2 innings
- Fellow lefty Victor Garcia (20), fared better, going 3.1 scoreless innings to keep the the DSL team within striking distance.
- CF Kelvin Encarnacion continues to hit well, going 1 for 3 today and scoring a run.
- Of the 3 big bats the Cubs signed during the last international signing period, the least heralded Ricardo Marcano is off to the best start. He went 3 for 3 to raise his average to .321. He also has shown a patient approach (7 walks in 35 PAs)
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