So I found out that I'd been sitting behind Ben Wells, Michael Jensen, Starlin Peralta, and Yao-Lin Wang at various times in the last 3 days. They were rotating on the different days, charting pitches. Jensen is actually in the minor league recap yesterday, he and Ben Wells were the ones walking in front of the camera to get a drink of water just before Soler launched one deep into the woods. Today I gave Jensen grief about it and he had a great sense of humor about the whole thing. The gist is this: If you're going to get some water, don't do it when Jorge Soler comes to bat...
Speaking of which, here's yet another angle on that Soler HR (via Born on 3rd Blog) and on this one you can see the ball land deep in to the trees well beyond the Budweiser sign in LF.
This was the last regular season game for Tennessee and Peoria, the last two teams with games remaining today. We'll continue to cover Boise, however, until their postseason is over.
Boise did lose the first game in the best of 3. The next two games are in Yakima.
- LHP Austin Kirk finished up with a strong outing, allowing just one run in 5.2 innings while walking 3 and striking out 2. For the second straight year, Kirk had a better 1st half but this year he was able to battle despite not having his best command/stuff toward the end of the season. He finished 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA at Tennessee, though he had a 12/13 walk to strikeout ratio in 23.1 innings. Between A and AA, Kirk went 9-3 with a 3.12 ERA with 5.4 Ks and 3.5 BBs per 9 IP.
- Trey McNutt pitched a scoreless inning and finished 4-1 with a 3.81 ERA as a reliever. On the down side, he walked 4.4 BB per 9 IP. He struck out 8.3 batters per 9 IP.
- Jae-Hoon Ha went 2 for 5 with a double and finished the season .273/.352/.385 with 6 HRs.
- Newly acquired C Anthony Recker had a big day going 2 for 5 with a HR and 4 RBI.
- Junior Lake went 1 for 3 and drew 2 walks to tie his career high of 35 in one season. Lake finished the year at .273/.341/.432 with 10 HRs and 21 SBs as a 22 year old in AA Tennessee.
- Ben Wells started the last game of the season and went 2+ shutout innings. He did walk 3 batters and gave up 3 hits. Wells was at 88-90 mph, significantly lower than he was this spring, but he did show some good sinking movement on his two seamer. He also threw a slider that was usually a bit short, but he did break off a couple of good ones.
- LHP Willengton Cruz came on in relief and pitched 4 innings of one run ball to get the win.
- Big RHP Pete Levitt (6'5, 235) pitched the last 1.2 innings to get his first save and lower his Peoria ERA to 1.99.
- OF Pin-Chieh Chen really has a knack for squaring up the baseball, making good contact in every AB and having a triple off the RF wall and a ringing, line drive single to show for it.
- RF Jorge Soler hit a sharp single, walked, and was HBP. He finished the year at .338/.398/.513 with 3 HRs and 4 SBs in 20 Peoria games. Overall, Soler had 134 ABs between AZ and Peoria and hit .299/.369/.463 with 5 HRs and 12 SBs in 13 attempts.
- C Yaniel Cabezas had the big hit -- a 3 run HR that put Peoria up 4-0 in the 5th. On the very next pitch, Cougar pitcher Michael Giovenco plunked Oliver Zapata and was immediately ejected from the game. Zapata got the last laugh by stealing 2nd, going to 3rd on a wild pitch and scoring on a bang-bang play at the plate on a short fly ball.
- RHP Pierce Johnson got the start in the playoff opener and acquitted himself well. He went 3 innings and allowed just one unearned run. He walked one and struck out 2.
- Jose Arias, the regular season opening day starter, piggybacked the start but allowed Yakima back into the game after Boise had taken a 4-1 lead. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks.
- LHP Nathan Dorris pitched 3 innings and did well, allowing just 2 hits and no walks. Unfortunately, the two hits came in the same inning. A single, sac bunt, and a double scored the winning run.
- SS Marco Hernandez continued his hot hitting with 2 more hits, including a triple. He scored one run.
- The big hit of the day was by DH Rock Shoulders, who hit a grand slam, his 3rd of the year, and his 11th HR overall.
- Albert Almora went 1 for 4.
This is the last recap of 2012, but our minor league coverage is not over. We'll cover Boise, there's still the AZ Fall League as well as instructs (and I'll be going down in October to see both) and then we'll go through the different leagues and examine the best prospects at each level. The recaps are over, but now it's time to look back and see where the Cubs stand after year one AT (After Theo).
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