The Cubs power hitters were hitting their HRs while their power pitchers were shutting down the opposition from doing the same...
OKC 4 - Iowa 3
- Sidearming RHP Chang-Yon Lim got himself one step closer to the major leagues with his promotion to AAA. He doesn't seem to be slowing down as he moves up. He pitched 2 more scoreless innings, walking none and striking out 2.
- RHP Marcus Hatley pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning to help bail out Nick Struck, who had another rough start.
- Veteran Ty Wright had 3 doubles in 4 ABs, drove in a run and scored another
Birmingham 8 - Tennessee 5
- LHP Eric Jokisch allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits and 3 walks in just 5 innings. Jokisch was on his way to another solid season but has had a rough go of it in July. He's 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA since the all-star break and a 5.53 ERA in July. The culprit has been control issues -- something that is normally a strength for Jokisch, but he has walked 16 batters in his 27.2 July innings.
- PJ Francescon relieved Jokisch and allowed 1 run in 2 innings. He walked one and struck out 2. Marcos Mateo is also on the comeback trail and he pitched an inning and allowed one run on 2 hits.
- Matt Szczur had a pair of singles and a run scored. He's been in a bit of a slump of late, going 5 for his last 33 prior to this game. He's still having a solid season at .280/.349/.368.
- Arismendy Alcantara is in a slump. He went o for 5 and is 3 for his last 32. His average has plummeted to .268 and his OPS has fallen under .800 for the first time in recent memory (.794).
- Javier Baez did it again. 2 more HRs giving him 10 at Tennessee. That also makes it 7 HRs in his last 10 gamesHe did strike out 3 times and is hitting .232 but Baez's power production has been off the charts with the Smokies. He's hitting .265/.327/.556 across the two levels this season with 27 HRs. He's also walked 27 times (6.4%) and struck out 113 (26.6%). Despite the HRs, his manager Buddy Bailey said he'd like to see him tone it down, something that Cubs coaches and the front office have said in the past. Baez seems to forget he doesn't need to sell out to hit HRs.
- Rubi Silva doubled and singled to raise his line to .287/.307/.499 with 13 HRs and 11 SBs. He also used his strong arm to throw out 2 baserunners from the OF.
- Christian Villanueva singled and walked twice. His rate had been down entering the game (5.3%) so it's good to see him drawing a pair of walks.
- John Andreoli went 2 for 4 to raise his average to .302.
Daytona 2 - Palm Beach 1
- CJ Edwards made his Cubs debut as well as his debut at the advanced Class A level and didn't miss a beat. He was absolutely dominant over 5 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out 8. Edwards threw mostly fastballs to start the game (he was in the low to mid 90s), then mixed in his breaking ball and a few changeups as the game went along
- Lendy Castillo had an uneven 3 innings but managed to make it through with the lead, allowing just one earned run despite walking 3 hitters. He also struck out 3.
- Austin Reed got the save by pitching a scoreless 9th. Reed has 3 saves and just 2 walks in 22 innings since the AS break. He has a 2.05 ERA in that time.
- The D-Cubs got 2 hits each from Ben Carhart, Dustin Geiger, Taiwan Easterling, and Brad Zapenas. Easterling has picked it up of late, hitting .306/.342/.417 in his last 10 games but is still hitting just .218 overall.
Kane County 6 - Peoria 3
- So I was looking forward to seeing 3 hard-throwing young pitchers today: Edwards, Juan Paniagua, and Boise's Dillon Maples. Paniagua was the only one who didn't dominate today. In fact, he struggled mightily with his control again, walking 5 batters in just 2 innings. He also allowed 3 runs on 3 hits. Paniagua has had a sporadic work load over the last few years and it certainly has affected his command. We may just have to look at this season as one where he just gets some work in and then hope it comes together for him in the offseason or next year -- though I'm hoping he finds his control and stuff at some point before the year ends.
- LHP Nathan Dorris pitched 2 more scoreless innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out 2. Dorris got the win and improved to 5-3 with a 2.66 ERA. Dorris has done a good job of missing bats (7.8 Ks/9 IP) while also inducing ground balls when hitters do make contact. He has a big curveball and it remains to be seen if he can keep getting hitters to chase it at the upper levels but so far he's done a good job at this level.
- Starling Peralta got the promotion to Kane County -- the level at which he excelled last season and had a solid 3 innings outing, though he did walk 3 batters. He did not allow a run, however, surrendering just 2 hits while striking out 2.
- Armando Rivero has been on fire. After an extremely slow start, Rivero has been throwing the ball well after making a few adjustments to his delivery. He's been clocked at 95-96 recently and struck out 5 batters in 2 innings for the second straight outing. His ERA is still high at 6.06, but has not allowed a run in his last 4 outings - a stretch in which he's pitched 7.2 innings, walked 2 and struck out 14. He has 24Ks in 16.1 innings this year. Despite the less than stellar numbers overall, Rivero may get consideration for a promotion to Daytona before this year is out.
- Guiseppe Pappacio gave Gioskar Amaya a much needed day off and responded with 2 hits and 2 runs scored.
- Another day, another mult-hit day for Albert Almora. He has played 55 games at Kane County and has 2 or more hits in 21 of them. Incredible.
- Another solid day for Dan Vogelbach, who singled and walked twice.
- 3B Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 4 with a walk. Candelario has hit .251/.337/.377 as a 19 year old at Kane County. Two numbers that bode well for him are his 29 doubles and 49 walks this season.
- It does appear that Rock Shoulders is back. After a doule and a single today, he's 9 for his last 21 and is hitting .260/.357/.479 overall with 16 HRs. He also drove in 3 runs today.
Boise 3 - Spokane 1
- Dillon Maples had his second straight dominant outing -- and the second one with no walks. He went 5 innings and allowed just one run and struck out 5. After a rough first outing, Maples has rebounded extremely well, walking 2 and striking out 15 in 13 innings. He has a 1.13 ERA overall. It really doesn't matter too much to me that Maples is doing this at such a lower level of competition because he has the stuff to miss bats at any level -- I'm excited that he's throwing strikes. Bad news for the hitters in this league.
- Corbin Hoffner doesn't have the kind of stuff that Maples does but he's been no less dominant. 3 more scoreless innings brought his ERA down to just 1.21. He allowed 1 hit, did not walk a batter and struck out 2. Hoffner has 6 walks (1.81/9 IP) and 27 strikeouts (8.18/9 IP) in 29.2 innings.
- Tyler Bremer got his 4th save and did it in Marmol-esque style, allowing 2 hits and a walk but striking out the side.
- I was told tha 2B Daniel Lockhart can really hit, has an ability to put the bat on the ball -- and so far he's done just that this year. He doesn't have much power right now and probably has a ceiling of double digit power at best, but he shows the abilty to hit for average and the athleticism and instincts to move around the infield.
- Kris Bryant hit his 2nd HR, a 2-run shot then drove in a 3rd run with a sac fly. It appears he has his timing back after the long layoff, so maybe we'll start to see a bit of what he can do on offense from here on out.
- Yasiel Balaguert got on base 3 times with 2 singles and a walk. Balaguert has improved his approach and results as a hitter this year, walking in just under 12%of his plate appearances while hitting .280.
AZ DBacks 12 - AZ Cubs 3
- Jose Arias got roughed up for the first time since starting his rehab stint, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks and struck out 2. He has a 3.52 ERA so far as he tries to make his way back to Kane County.
- Erick Leal gave up a lot of hits -- 7 in 4 innings, but managed to escape with just one run charged against him (2 runs were unearned). He did not walk a batter and struck out 3. Leal has a 3.46 ERA with 3 walks and 25 strikeouts in 26 innings this year.
- Rehabbers Brett Jackson went 0 for 4 with 2 Ks while Greg Rohan went 1 for 4 with a strikeout.
- Jesse Hodges doubled, drove in a run and scored another.
- It appears that 9th round pick OF Charcer Burks is starting to find a rhythm at the plate. He got two more singles and is 8 for his last 22 to raise his average to .263 on the year.
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