Fun game today at Kane County as the Cougars rallied to tie the game, then win in extras on this Vogelbach single.
The big news, though, was the pro debut of Kris Bryant. His first AB was a pop-up to 2B. We'll have the rest in the recap.
In other news, the Eloy Jimenez signing will become official in August and he will sign for $2.8M, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. That's been known for awhile, but the time frame is new.
Round Rock 3 - Iowa 0
- Barrett Loux pitched 5 unusual scoreless innings in that he walked 5 hitters while doing it. He also struck out 5, however. It's been something of a comeback second half for Loux but he's still not quite hitting on all cylinders. He's lowered his ERA to 4.19 on the season. He has a 2.10 ERA since May but has walked 19 batters in 34.1 innings in that stretch. On the plus side, he has struck out 37 batters.
- Perhaps the Cubs best SP prospect at the upper levels, Alberto Cabrera is pitching in relief at Iowa and it may well be because he already pitched 112.2 innings at AA Tennesssee after pitching just 76.2 innings between AAA and the majors last year. It makes sense to start shutting him down at this point since he isn't going to to take over in the rotation down the stretch. Keep him healthy for next season. Cabrera pitched just as well as a reliever as he did as a starter, hurling two scoreless innings, walking none and striking out 2.
- Brian Schlitter took the loss after giving up a 3-run HR to none other than Mike Olt.
- Just 4 hits today and Logan Watkins had 2 of them, though he has cooled off since going on a bit of a run earlier in the month. He's hitting .243 on the year with a .339 OBP.
- Josh Vitters singled and walked. It's just 81 PAs, but Vitters has 8 walks at AAA, just under a 10% walk rate. Is there still hope?
Jacksonville 8 - Tennessee 1
- It was one of those days and even though Jacksonville "only" got 8 runs, they thumped the Smokies pitchers with 18 hits. Even infielder Nate Samson got in an inning at the end of the game. The pitcher who took the brunt of the damage was RHP AJ Morris, who allowed 10 hits and 5 runs (2 earned) in 4 innings. It was Morris' first loss as he fell to 3-1 with a 3.61 ERA.
- Hunter Cervenka pitched 2 scoreless innings and Tony Zych stayed hot with another scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to just 2.95.
- Only 3 hits by the Smokies, including doubles by Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez.
St. Lucie 7 - Daytona 5
- Ben Wells struggled with his control, walking 4 batters and allowing 3 runs in 5 innings. He did strike out 3. His ERA rose to 3.45.
- Yao-Lin Wang gave up 3 more runs in his 3 innings of work, walking 2 and striking out 2.
- Lendy Castillo was promoted to Daytona, perhaps more based in the interest of moving him up based on his age than his performance at Kane County. He did reasonably well today, better than the previous two pitchers anyway. He allowed one run in 2 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked 2, and struck out 4.
- Zeke DeVoss continues to be an OBP machine in Daytona. He singled twice and walked twice, stole 2 bases and scored 2 runs. DeVoss is hitting .253 and he raised his OBP to .399. He also has 27 SBs on the year.
- Wes Darvill had a solid game with a single, walk, and his 3rd SB. He also scored 2 runs.
- Eliot Soto went 1 for 3 and drove in 2.
- Dustin Geiger is no longer driving in runs at a breakneck pace, but he did get one RBI today. He doubled and walked. He's hitting .281 on the year with 10 HRs and 68 RBI.
Kane County 6 - Lansing 5
- The line score may not reflect it (6 IP, 8H, 2 ER, 1W, 1 K) but I was pretty impressed with Tayler Scott today. He had a nice fluid delivery and some good plane on his pitches. He gets good downward movement on his fastball (89-91 mph) and spun a good curve (82 mph) -- and he commanded everything pretty well. He doesn't throw much straight and he pitches to contact -- it's just not a lot of hard contact. Today, he was a little unlucky as far as a few balls sneaking through, but he pitched well.
- Armando Rivero was throwing hard, usually at 93-94 mph and mixed in a good breaking pitch to get some swings and misses. He ran into some trouble in his second inning with a double, walk -- and then after a sac bunt, he intentionally walked the next hitter to load the bases -- but he was able to power his way out of it, getting a weak tap to 3B to force the runner at home and then struck out Dwight Smith, Jr. (yeah, that Dwight Smith) to end the inning. I have liked him better in his last two outings. The first time I saw him he wasn't following through, finishing upright and losing about 2-3 mph on his fastball. That was not the case today. He was throwing hard and for the most part he was throwing strikes.
- This was my first look at Michael Hamman and he didn't have his best stuff and command -- at least not compared to what I've heard he was doing at Boise. He was 91 mph on the fastball and also flashed a good curve, but he battled his way through 2 scoreless innings to earn the win.
- Gioskar Amaya is red-red hot. He'd been showing signs over the past couple of months but he's got it going now. Amaya got on base all 6 times with 4 singles, a walk, and an HBP. Amaya is now hitting .283/.352/.428 and is hitting .413/.493/.615 with 2 HRs in July. He also played great defense, showing great range to both his left and right.
- Albert Almora went 3 for 5 and was robbed of a 4th hit on a diving play by the 2B. Perhaps that was payback on an earlier hit, however, as Almora got lucky in the first when he tripled after the CF'er and RF'er collided on his drive into the gap. Both OF"ers were fine they only glanced each other but it was enough to jar the ball loose. Almora also walked. His 5th in his last 9 games.
- Dan Vogelbach went 2 for 4 including that walk off single. He owes an assist to Amaya on that last hit, however, tapping bats with the red-hot hitter before his game winning single. I don't think Vogelbach gets enough credit for being a smart hitter sometimes and I especially enjoyed one AB where he worked the count full, fouled off a pitcher's strike and then went with the pitch and went the opposite way. It was a flyout, but perhaps his best AB of the day.
- You know how some hitters flinch or almost swing on pitches just off the plate? That's not Jeimer Candelario. He reads pitches so well that he remains cool and collected, taking pitches calmly until he gets a pitch he likes. Today he doubled, singled and drew a walk to raise his line to .250/.338/.378 -- though that line doesn't do justice to what a good hitter he is and can be as he continues to gain experience.
- Reggie Golden unloaded on a pitch and hit a line drive HR that cleared the scoreboard and hit the Miller Lite advertisement above it. He also had a key double in the 10th and came around to score on Vogelbach's single. He also showed off his good arm, gunning a throw to the plate on a fly from short RF -- though the runner wisely held at 3B.
Boise 7 - Everett 0
- James Pugliese continues to roll along and perhaps he'll get a shot at Kane County before the year is out. He'll certainly start there next year. For now he's using his good two seamer and improving secondary stuff to mow down NWL hitters. It was 5 more scoreless innings, walking none and striking out 3. He also induced 9 groundouts. He could be turning into a nice little find. Pugliese has an ideal pitcher's frame, good athleticism, throws strikes and keeps the ball down -- pretty much the profile of what this organization likes. Pugliese moved to 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA. He has walked 8 and struck out 34 in 41 innings.
- Tyler Skulina has pitched extremely well since signing but one thing that was missing were the strikeouts. How does a big 6'4" kid with that kind of fastball and mound presence not strike guys out -- well, he does apparently. He struck out 5 batters in his 2 innings of work. His numbers are dominant so far -- in 10 pro innings he has not allowed a run, allowed just 3 hits, walked 3 and struck out 8.
- Michael Wagner made his second appearance since his promotion to Boise and pitched 2 scoreless innings to finish the game. He walked one and struck out 2. He has allowed 1 run in his first 4 innings.
- Shawon Dunston just keeps hitting and hitting and hitting. He had 4 more hits to bring his average up to .328, leading one to wonder when he might move to Kane County while Almora makes the jump to Daytona. Dunston did leave the game in the 7th inning, though I do not know the reason at this point. UPDATE: Dunston collided with LF David Bote and had to leave the game (h/t @mindofstan)
- C Lance Rhymel singled twice, walked and scored 2 runs. He's hitting .318 on the year.
- OF Yasiel Balaguert doubled, walked, scored a run and drove in another. He came into the game hitting .277/.368/.475 with 4 HRs.
- Cael Brockmeyer is another red-hot Boise player. He triple, singled, and walked to raise his average on the year to .340. He hasn't hit for much power but you have to think that will eventually come for the 6'5", 235 lbs catcher/1st baseman.
- David Bote also stayed on a roll. He doubled, singled and drove in 3 runs. The versatile player was in LF today and raised his average to .250. He's shown surprising power, hitting 5 HRs at Boise and 6 overall this season (1 at Kane County earlier this year).
- 11th round pick Jordan Hankins went 3 for 5 to raise his season's average to .235.
AZL Cubs 9 - AZL Dodgers 9 (to be updated at game's conclusion)
- 2012 5th round pick LHP Anthony Prieto got off to a good 3 inning start but things started to come apart in the 4th, though a big part of that was the defense. Throwing errors by SS Francisco Sanchez and 3B Kris Bryant helped pave the way to a 5 run inning. Prieto finished up with 3.2 innings of work in which he allowed 5 runs, though only 2 were earned. He walked 2 and struck out 3.
- David DeJesus made his second rehab start and went 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
- OF Jacob Hanneman is also on the way back and he also went 1 for 4 with a run scored but he also doubled and drove in 2 runs.
- Kris Bryant went 0 for 3 and did commit the big error (and 3 overall) but later made a diving catch on a line drive down the line.
- 3B Greg Rohan is finally on the way back after missing over half the season. He DH'd today and went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.
- Encouraging game for the 2011 bonus baby international signing, Marck Malave. Malave was considered an advanced hitter and the Cubs brought him to the AZL as an 18 year old and he's hung in there pretty well. He went 3 for 5 today with a double and 2 runs scored. He's hitting .270.
- SS Francisco Sanchez has struggled since signing but has shown a little pop at the plate. Today he hit his first HR but 8 of his first 15 hits have gone for extra base hits. He's only hitting .205 overall, however. He had 3 RBI and 3 runs scored today.
- Tyler Alamo played his second game since signing but as of this writing is still hitless ( 0 for 6).
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