Results tagged ‘ Daniel Vogelbach ’

3/16 Cubs split split-squad games

Travis Wood struck out eight over five innings in the Cubs’ 3-2 loss to the Indians Sunday at Cubs Park in Mesa. Luis Valbuena hit a RBI double in the sixth.

In Las Vegas, Chris Rusin gave up one hit over four innings and Donnie Murphy, Daniel Vogelbach and Arismendy Alcantara each hit solo home runs to lead the Cubs to a 6-3 win over the Mets. Two runs scored on a throwing error in the Chicago first, and Ryan Sweeney added a RBI single. Alcantara finished with three hits.

On Monday, the Cubs play split squad games for the third straight day. Half of the team will face the Angels at Cubs Park. Edwin Jackson gets the start in Mesa. The other half travels to Phoenix where James McDonald will start against the Athletics.

2/22 Extra bases

* When Arodys Vizcaino finished throwing his live batting practice session, one of the first people to shake his hand to congratulate him was Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. The Cubs have waited a long time for Vizcaino, 23, to show what he did on Saturday. The right-hander, acquired from the Braves in the Paul Maholm trade in 2012, was rehabbing at that time from Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He had a setback last season, but on Saturday, looked healthy.

“I would’ve never known [he was hurt] just from the way he looked today,” said catcher Eli Whiteside, who caught Vizcaino. “He looked really good.”

It’s early to say who will be the surprise of Spring Training but Vizcaino may be the leader so far.

“He looked very, very good,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Vizcaino, who is projected to pitch out of the bullpen. “We’re very pleased with his session. Very sharp, live fastball, breaking ball, he was burying his pitches when he needed to. He’s progressing well. We’re happy to say there are no setbacks and we hope it continues that way.”

The last time the right-hander appeared in a game was 2011 with the Braves. The radar gun was hitting 97, 98 mph on Saturday.

“Everything felt good — my elbow, shoulder, everything,” Vizcaino said.

* Jake Arrieta, slowed by tightness in his right shoulder, threw off flat ground from about 90 feet on Saturday. The key will be how Arrieta feels on Sunday, manager Rick Renteria said, before they determine the next step. So far, Arrieta is making progress but whether he’ll be ready by Opening Day has not been determined. He has yet to throw off a mound.

* Renteria, 52, threw batting practice on Saturday and plans to continue to do so as long as the players let him. The problem, besides a few aches and pains, is location.

“I just have to throw strikes,” Renteria said, sounding like a pitcher.

He can tell if he’s doing well because there aren’t many balls in the cage after the batting practice session.

“I had a lot of balls back there,” Renteria said. “Usually I have one or two and today I had 10 or 11. That’s not good.”

* The Cubs have more than 50 Minor League players taking part in a mini-camp at the team’s new complex. One player who fans most likely won’t recognize is Daniel Vogelbach, who lost 30 pounds this offseason. Vogelbach is ranked No. 10 on’s top 20 Cubs prospects.

* The best investment by Cubs players this spring? It’s goggles for the new hydrotherapy pool in the complex. Carlos Villanueva, who likes to incorporate swimming into his routine, spent $20 on a pair, and is encouraging others to do so.

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Minor matters

Brooks Raley gave up two runs over 6 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 4-3 loss to Oklahoma City. Ty Wright hit a solo home run in the fourth. Logan Watkins and Edgar Gonzalez each had two hits.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 8-4 win over Birmingham. Rafael Lopez had two hits and two RBIs. Brett Jackson was the DH, and went 1-for-4, and scored a run.

Scott Baker gave up one earned run over 3 1/3 innings in his fourth rehab start, pitching for Daytona in a 5-0 loss to Fort Myers. Baker walked two and struck out two. Zeke DeVoss had three hits, including two doubles.

Jose Rosario gave up 13 runs on 13 hits over 4 2/3 innings in Kane County’s 14-1 loss to Peoria. Dan Vogelbach hit his 16th home run, a solo shot, in the sixth.

Kris Bryant hit a double and picked up another RBI in Boise’s 5-2, 11 inning loss to Spokane. Tyler Skulina gave up two hits over three innings, striking out two.

Mesa had Monday off.

7/21 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

Jake Arrieta gave up four runs over five innings in Iowa’s 5-2 loss to Round Rock. Ty Wright had two hits, and one RBI, and Josh Vitters, Brad Nelson and Darnell McDonald each had two hits.

Austin Kirk gave up four runs over five innings and picked up the win in Tennessee’s 7-4 victory over Jacksonville. Justin Bour hit his ninth home run, Arismendy Alcantara had three hits, and Javier Baez had two hits and two RBIs.

Daytona lost 1-0 to Charlotte in 13 innings in the conclusion of a game suspended by rain in the top of the sevent h inning on Friday. In the second game, the two teams played to a 2-2, 15-inning tie. The Florida State League does not allow an inning to begin after 12:50 a.m. ET, and the final out was recorded in the 15th with the clock at 12:56 a.m. ET. Bijan Rademacher had three hits, including a double and triple, as well as an outfield assist.

Felix Pena gave up four runs over six innings in Kane County’s 8-4 rain-shortened, six-inning win over Lansing. Dan Vogelbach had two hits, including a double, and an RBI.

Duane Underwood gave up three earned runs over four innings in Boise’s 8-7 loss to Everett. Shawon Dunston had three hits and two RBIs.

Mesa trailed the Angels, 8-1, after four innings in a game halted by rain. David DeJesus was 0-for-1 in his first game of a rehab assignment.

4/5 Minor matters

Rough start to the season for the Cubs’ Minor League affiliates.

* Albuquerque scored three runs in the first and added seven in the seventh to beat Iowa, 10-3, on Thursday. Starter Chris Rusin gave up two earned runs on four hits over five innings, striking out four. Jensen Lewis took the loss, giving up three earned runs on four hits over one-third of an inning. The I-Cubs did tie the game in the top of the fifth against reliever Red Patterson. With one out, Brian Bogusevic reached on an infield single for his third hit. Brad Nelson walked, and one out later, Ty Wright delivered a RBI single to tie the game. Wright and J.C. Boscan each had two hits.

* Matt Szczur went 3-for-4 and Arismendy Alcantara drove in three runs, hitting a two-run homer in the third, but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 7-3 in the season opener to Pensacola. Dallas Beeler took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits, including three home runs, over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five.

* Jorge Soler was 2-for-3 and Javier Baez drove in a run in Daytona’s 4-3 loss to Brevard County. Daytona led 3-2, but Brevard County rallied in the seventh, tying the game on Cody Hawn’s RBI double and then taking the lead on Gregory Hopkins’ RBI single.

* Daniel Vogelbach had two hits and Rock Shoulders belted a two-run homer but it wasn’t enough as Kane County lost, 7-2, in the season opener. Quad Cities scored five runs in the second inning, taking advantage of one of three errors for the game by the Cougars. Pierce Johnson took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings.

* Class A Boise begins its season June 14.

— Carrie Muskat

3/4 Extra bases

* Jeff Samardzija will start in a Minor League game on Wednesday instead of facing the Rangers, and Hisanori Takahashi will get the start for the Cubs. Takahashi is a non-roster invitee this spring, and the lefty has done well.

“He’s everything we expect,” Dale Sveum said Monday. “He’s a strike thrower, he can throw every pitch for a strike. Obviously, the velocity isn’t great but he was 89 [mph] yesterday. he has command of his pitches and can do a lot of things. He can pitch long, get left-handers out. He’s a veteran guy who knows how to pitch.”

Right now, the Cubs appear to have only one lefty slotted for the ‘pen in James Russell. Sveum would like another one.

“It’d be nice, especially a guy who can go multiple innings,” Sveum said. “Right now, you could be in a situation wher we don’t have a long guy.”

* Scott Baker, coming back from Tommy John surgery, had his third live BP session on Monday. If he passes all the tests. the right-hander could pitch in a simulated game this week. The next step would be to appear in a Cactus League game.

* The first roster cuts will likely be Friday, Sveum said. The Cubs still have four split-squad games remaining.

* Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs’ second pick in the 2011 Draft, appeared in his first game on Sunday and showed some discipline at the plate.

“He had a heck of an at-bat with the bases loaded,” Sveum said of the first baseman’s at-bat in the sixth. “The [pitcher] made a heck of a pitch with a back-door breaking ball to finish him off. He came right back the next time and took his walk in a big situation [in the ninth]. I would’ve liked to see him maybe swing at that 3-0 pitch [in the ninth] — I don’t know where it was on the plate. I know he’s a young kid coming over but he had the green light to swing away. It was nice to see his patience. I don’t think he swung at a bad pitch.

“That’s one guy, from all the video I’ve watched, you can just tell some guys can just hit,” Sveum said. “They’re more patient than other hitters, obviously the bat speed is fine. For a young kid, he’s pretty polished already as far as pitch selection and trusting himself.”

It’s tough to find that kind of power from the left side. The Cubs do have a pretty good first baseman in Anthony Rizzo, but Sveum said Vogelbach needs to continue to develop, and not switch positions now.

— Carrie Muskat

9/10 Minor League report

Boise had a 7-5 lead after seven innings Sunday night but gave up seven runs in the eighth to lose, 12-9, to Vancouver in the deciding game of the Northwest League championship series. Tayler Scott started and gave up 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings. Dan Vogelbach hit a three-run home run, and drove in another run. Jeimer Candelario had two RBIs and Stephen Bruno had two hits and scored three runs.

“It’s been a [heck] of a year for a lot of the guys who have really overcome a lot of things and matured,” Boise manager Mark Johnson told the Idaho Statesman. “And they’ve gotten a lot better. That’s what it’s all about, improving and learning how to play the game the right way.”

Here are the final 2012 records for the Cubs’ Minor League teams:

Triple-A Iowa: 53-87, fourth place (28 games back)

Double-A Tennessee: 72-68 (35-35 first half; 37-33 second half)

Class A Daytona: 59-74 (30-38 first half; 29-36 second half)

Class A Peoria: 63-75 (35-34 first half; 28-41 second half)

Class A Boise: 37-39 (13-25 first half; 24-14 second half)

Rookie League Mesa: 37-19

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Boise loses 1st game vs. Vancouver

Balbino Fuenmayor hit a go-ahead two-run single in a seven-run seventh inning to lift Vancouver to a 10-7 victory over Boise in the Game 1 of the Northwest League championship series on Thursday night. Vancouver sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh. Marco Hernandez had three hits, Daniel Vogelbach drove in three runs, and Jeimer Candelario hit a single and double for the Hawks. Hayden Simpson took the loss, giving up three runs on two walks. He was unable to retire a batter. Game 2 of the best of three series will be played in Boise on Saturday, with Pierce Johnson slated to start.

— Carrie Muskat

9/2 Minor League report

Logan Watkins hit his ninth home run but it wasn’t enough as Pensacola beat Tennessee, 3-2, on Saturday. Matt Szczur had a two-hit game, and scored a run. Eric Jokisch started and gave up one run over five innings, striking out five.

Matt Loosen gave up one run over five innings and picked up the win in Daytona’s 4-2 victory over Brevard County. John Andreoli hit his first home run, and stole two bases. A.J. Morris picked up the save.

Jeffry Antigua gave up six runs over 5 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 6-5 loss to Kane County. Bijan Rademacher had three RBIs and stole a base. Justin Berg threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

Boise finished the regular season with a 12-11 walkoff wiin, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat Everett. Stephen Bruno won the league batting title, finishing at .361. Daniel Vogelbach had three hits and three rBIs. Rafael Diplan picked up the win in relief. Ian Dickson started and gave up four earned runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Iowa and Mesa have wrapped up their seasons.

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 Minor League report

Diory Hernandez had two hits, both doubles, in Iowa’s 3-0 loss to Nashville. Anthony Recker, acquired from the Athletics for Blake Lalli, hit a double and walked. Iowa ends its season this weekend in New Orleans.

Tennessee had Wednesday off, and plays at Pensacola on Thursday.

Christian Villanueva had two hits, including a solo home run, in Daytona’s 4-1 win over Clearwater in the first game of a doubleheader. P.J. Francescon gave up one run on three hits over six innings for the win. Rebel Ridling hit a solo homer in the nightcap, but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 3-1.

Jorge Soler had two hits and one RBIs in Peoria’s 9-5 loss to Cedar Rapids. Soler was batting .323 and has reached base safely in 13 of his 16 games.

Dan Vogelbach hit his 10th home run to help Boise beat Everett, 9-5. Rock Shoulders had two hits and two RBIs.

Mesa finished the regular season 37-19, and qualified for the postseason as the wild card winner. The Cubs will play the Athletics Thursday in the semifinals of the Arizona Rookie League playoffs. The winner advances to the one-game championship on Friday.

— Carrie Muskat