Results tagged ‘ Josh Vitters ’

8/4 Minor League report

Josh Vitters and Jeff Frazier each had three hits in Iowa’s 4-1 loss to Colorado Springs on Friday. Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up one run on two hits over six innings, striking out six. Note: Rodrigo Lopez was placed on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, retroactive to Aug. 1. Lopez was 2-5 with a 5.28 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts).

Tennessee’s game against Jackson Friday was postponed because of rain.

Kyler Burke gave up three runs on four hits over five innings in Daytona’s 6-2 loss to Dunedin. Vladimir Frias had three hits in his second game with Daytona. He was playing with the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League. Kyle Hendricks, acquired from the Rangers in the Ryan Dempster deal, made his first appearance, and gave up two hits in one inning of relief.

Javier Baez hit his 12th home run in Peoria’s 4-2 loss to Quad Cities, and then got the news that he was being promoted to Daytona. Baez had two hits and was batting .333. Zeke DeVoss had two hits.

Rock Shoulders and Dong-Yub Kim each homered in Boise’s 6-5 loss to Spokane. It was Shoulder’s sixth home run.

Dillon Maples, coming back from an elbow injury, gave up one hit over 1 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 7-5 win over the Diamondbacks. Jacob Rogers had three hits, Albert Almora had two hits.

– Carrie Muskat

7/24 Minor League report

Brooks Raley gave up two earned runs over five innings and struck out eight in Iowa’s 3-1 loss to Albuquerque on MOnday. Brian Esposito had two hits, and drove in the only run.

Tennessee had Monday off, and opens a nine-game road trip Tuesday at Jacksonville.

Daytona’s game against Brevard County Monday was postponed because of weather. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Peoria totaled two hits in a 2-0 loss to South Bend. Chadd Krist had one, a double, and he has hit safely in eight of his nine games with the Chiefs.

Tayler Scott threw six shutout innings in Boise’s 3-0 win over Eugene. The South African pitcher now is 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA. Gioskar Amaya had three hits and Stephen Bruno drove in two runs.

Albert Almora hit his first home run, a two-run shot in the fifth, in his pro debut in Mesa’s 7-3 win over the Brewers. Trevor Gretzky was 2-for-2 with a stolen base. Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits and scored two runs.

– Carrie Muskat

7/16 Minor League report – Sunday’s games

Chris Rusin gave up one run on two hits over five innings in Iowa’s 9-1 win over Omaha on Sunday. Josh Vitters extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double. Adrian Cardenas had four hits and three RBIs, and Blake Lalli had three hits.

Michael Brenly and Logan Watkins each had two hits in Tennessee’s 6-1 loss to Jackson. Dallas Beeler posted his fifth quality start, but did not get a decision. He gave up one run on six hits over six innings.

Robert Whitenack gave up two runs on three hits over 4 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 4-3 win over Charlotte. Rubi Silva hit a walkoff sac fly in the ninth.

Zach Cates gave up two runs on four hits over 4 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 4-2 loss to Bowling Green. Javier Baez had three hits, and was batting .392 in July.

Stephen Bruno had two hits and scored a run in Boise’s 5-4 loss to Vancouver.

– Carrie Muskat

7/16 Cubs Inbox

Send your questions to CubsInbox@gmail.com.

Q: With the Cubs showing they can win games and doing it well, what kind of record would the team have to put together over the second half to get a Wild Card? Not that I think by any means this will happen but I am curious. — Jeremy B., Denver, CO

A: You can dream. The Cubs are 36-52 as of today, and would have to go 45-29 just to get to .500 (81-81). They are on a good pace, with a 12-4 record since June 25. If the season ended today, the Braves and Pirates would be Wild Card winners. The Cubs are currently 13 games back.

Q: What are the team batting/OBP numbers/slugging percentage before and after Rudy Jaramillo was dismissed? — James B., Fredonia, NY

A: From April 5-June 10, the numbers were .247 batting average/.304 on-base percentage/.385 slugging percentage. From June 12-July 15, the numbers are almost the same, .249/.293/.388. What’s different are the pitching numbers. In the first 60 games, the Cubs were 20-40, the pitchers had a 4.39 ERA and converted seven of 18 save opportunities. In the last 28 games, the pitchers have a 3.93 ERA and have converted 10 of 11 save opportunities.

Q: Is Tony Campana in the Cubs’ plans after the All-Star break or is he on the trading block? In the 15 days prior to the break, he only got into 10 games, during which he came to the plate in five of them. — Pete V., Xenia, OH

A: In 21 games in June, Campana hit .237 (14-for-59) and had an on-base percentage of .250. That’s why he’s not getting more starts. He can’t steal bases if he can’t get on base. He’s the perfect 25th man, used as a pinch-runner, defensive sub.

Q: Can Bryan LaHair win Rookie of the Year? — Jeffrey B., Zion, IL

A: No. A player is considered a rookie unless during the previous season he has, No. 1, exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the big leagues, or, No. 2, accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League team during the 25-man limit in effect from Opening Day until Aug. 31. LaHair started this year with 195 Major League at-bats and 100 days service time.

Q: With Ian Stewart looking like he could miss the rest of the season, is there any chance that Theo and Co. will call up surging slugging, Josh Vitters? He hasn’t played 162 games in Triple-A but he has a lot of Minor League experience and with Javier Baez hot on his trail, this may be his only opportunity. — Dean S., Northbrook, IL

A: Baez is a shortstop, so he’s not a threat to Vitters. The Cubs are watching Vitters and Brett Jackson just as closely as they monitored Anthony Rizzo. On Saturday, GM Jed Hoyer said Vitters and Jackson need to show they deserve a promotion.

“Those guys need to force the issue, I would say,” Hoyer said. “Like we talked about with Rizzo, when they sort of prove to us that they’re ready and make it clear, then I think that’s something we’ll see.”

Through Sunday, Vitters was batting .301 with 13 home runs, 28 doubles and 51 RBIs, and had a great June, when he hit .324. His defense is a little suspect. Jackson was batting .256 through Sunday, and coming off a .282 June, but he struck out 50 times in 29 games that month. As for Stewart, he is done for the season.

Q: The extraordinary number of strikeouts by Brett Jackson makes me wonder the obvious. Have they tested his vision? — Eric H., Brandon, FL

A. Yes.

Q: When is Jorge Soler expected to join the Major League team? — Christopher T., Chicago

A: Soler is 20 years old, and has yet to play in a game in the Mesa Rookie League. Sorry, my crystal ball is a little fuzzy and won’t give me an exact date.

Q: Sitting here watching the final three innings of Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game. This game is seldom mentioned as one of the all-time greatest games ever pitched. A 20-year-old ties a MLB record and the only hit was an infield single. A 1-0 game to boot. Any thoughts? — Jim R., Indio, CA

A: Wood’s 20 K game is my favorite of all time.

Q: Other than Wayne Terwilliger and Eddie Miksis, who else wore No. 21? — Sheldon D., Key West, FL

A: Jason Marquis, Tyler Colvin, Sammy Sosa, and now, Joe Mather.

Q: Please evaluate the Colvin and Marshall trades. The new front office shows they are not what they’re cracked up to be. They both stink. I’m holding my breath as we get down to the trading deadline. — Dwight A., Findlay, OH

A: The Cubs knew Stewart had a questionable wrist when they acquired him for Tyler Colvin (yes, Stewart did take a physical), but the team was ready to move on regarding Colvin. You have to admit his .150 average last season wasn’t very impressive. The Rockies did well in that deal as Stewart is done for the year. But I’d say the Reds and Cubs both got what they wanted in their deal which sent Sean Marshall to Cincinnati for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Roni Torreyes. James Russell has taken over the left-handed set-up role for the Cubs, Wood has won his last four starts, and Torreyes got off to a rough start but batted .330 in June and was hitting .304 in 12 games this month.

A perfect trade benefits both teams. How would you grade the deal for Rizzo? How about the pickup of Luis Valbuena? What about moving Marlon Byrd?

– Carrie Muskat 

7/16 Minor League report – Saturday’s games

Randy Wells gave up seven runs on six hits and one walk over 1 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-1 loss to Omaha on Saturday. Josh Vitters doubled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He’s now batting .302. Casey Coleman gave up three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs on five hits over five innings, striking out six, in Tennessee’s 4-2 win. Juan Apodaca hit a three-run home run and Mike Burgess hit a solo shot. Justin Bour had two hits.

Austin Kirk gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits and five walks over six innings in Daytona’s 9-6 loss to Palm Beach. Roni Torreyes had three hits and one RBI.

Chadd Krist hit a walkoff RBI single with two outs in the 10th to give Peoria a 9-8 win over Bowling Green. Javier Baez had three hits, including a three-run home run, and also had a triple and stole a base. He finished with four RBIs. Krist had three hits, and is 7-for-14 in three games.

Trey Martin hit a three-run home run in Boise’s 9-3 win over Vancouver. Martin finished with two hits and four RBIs. Pete Levitt picked up the win in relief.

Timothy Saunders had four hits, including a two-run home run, to help Mesa beat the Padres, 13-3. Daniel Vogelbach had two hits and four RBIs and Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits and scored three runs. Carlos Martinez-Pumarino picked up the win in relief, striking out four over three innings.

– Carrie Muskat

7/5 Minor League report

Rodrigo Lopez gave up eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 11-2 loss on Wednesday to Omaha. Brett Jackson drove in both Iowa runs, and was 2-for-4 (.261) with two stolen bases. Josh Vitters also got a hit and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games.

Greg Rohan hit his first home run with Tennessee, a two-run shot, in Tennessee’s 4-3 loss to Jacksonville. Dallas Beeler gave up four runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings and took the loss. Justin Bour had two hits.

Robert Whitenack gave up five runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings in Daytona’s 5-2 loss to Dunedin. Rubi Silva, Rebel Ridling, ElieserBonne and Roni Torreyes each had two hits.

Michael Jensen gave up two runs on six hits over five innings and struck out five in Peoria’s 8-2 win over Burlington. Dustin Geiger hit two home runs and drove in three runs and Oliver Zapata hit his fourth homer of the year. Taiwan Easterling had two doubles, one RBIs and scored two runs.

Roderick Shoulders had three hits and two RBIs in Boise’s 5-3 loss to Tri-City. Chad Krist had three hits and scored two runs. Willengton Cruz took the loss, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks over four innings.

– Carrie Muskat

7/4 Minor League report

Randy Wells gave up one run on three hits and two walks over five innings in Iowa’s 3-2 win Tuesday over Nashville. Josh Vitters drove in two runs, and now has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games. Michael Bowden picked up the save, his first. He has not given up an earned run over 12 2/3 innings in his last 10 appearances.

Trey McNutt gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings in Tennessee’s 11-6 loss to Chattanooga. Michael Burgess had two hits, including a triple, and four RBIs. Logan Watkins had two hits.

Austin Kirk gave up five runs on six hits over four innings in Daytona’s 9-8 loss to Lakeland. Rubi Silva had three hits and two RBIs.

Peoria lost its seventh straight game, 4-1, to Kane County. Joseph Zeller gave up two runs on six hits over five innings.

Ian Dickson gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in one inning in Boise’s 6-4 loss to Tri-City. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and one RBI and Roderick Shoulders drove in two runs.

Izaac Garsez was 4-for-5, hitting his first home run, and driving in four runs in Mesa’s 8-7 loss to the Brewers. Daniel Lockhart had his second straight multi-hit game and drove in two runs.

– Carrie Muskat

7/3 Minor League report

Chris Rusin threw six shutout innings and recorded his eighth quality start but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 4-1. Josh Vitters had two hits, including a two-out double in the ninth.

Tennessee scored four runs in the third to beat Chattanooga, 6-4. Dae-Eun Rhee gave up four runs on four hits over five innings for the win. Greg Rohan had four hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs. Jae-Hoon Ha, who will play for the World team in the All-Star Futures Game, had two hits, including a double, and one RBI. Junior Lake also had two hits.

Daytona scored six runs in the sixth to post a 7-3 win over Lakeland. P.J. Francescon gave up three runs on five hits over six innings. Matt Cerda had two hits and two RBIs and Elieser Bonne was 3-for-3.

Jose Rosario gave up six runs (four earned) on 10 hits over seven innings and struck out seven in Peoria’s 6-0 loss to Kane County.

South African Tayler Scott gave up two runs, one earned, on one hit and four walks over 4 1/3 innings in Boise’s 7-5 loss to Tri-City. Gioskar Amaya had three hits and drove in two runs, and Stephen Bruno had two hits and two RBIs.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his second homer in as many games and drove in two runs in Mesa’s 5-4 loss to the Rangers. Vogelbach was hitting .462 and finished with two RBIs. Hunter Ackerman started and gave up two hits over three innings. Trevor Gretzky had two hits and scored a run.

– Carrie Muskat

7/2 Minor League report

Brett Jackson had two hits, a double and triple, plus two RBIs and one stolen base in Iowa’s 13-12 loss to Nashville. It was his third straight multi-hit game. Dave Sappelt hit his fourth homer and Josh Vitters had three hits, including two doubles. Adrian Cardenas and Blake Lalli each had three hits as well.

Nick Struck gave up two runs on five hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 3-0 loss to Chattanooga. Justin Bour had three hits, including two doubles, and Jae-Hoon Ha hit a double.

Matt Loosen gave up four runs on six hits over six innings in Daytona’s 5-3 loss to Lakeland. Rebel Ridling had two hits, both doubles, and one RBIs.

Starling Peralta gave up three runs on four hits over eight innings in Peoria’s 7-2 loss to Kane County. Taiwan Easterling had three hits and Dustin Geiger had two hits.

Dong-Yub Kim hit a solo homer in Boise’s 2-1 loss to Tri-City. He also hit a double in the game. Jeimer Candelario had two hits, and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games.

Daniel Vogelbach had four hits, including his first pro home run, in Mesa’s 9-7 win over the Athletics. Vogelbach also tripled and drove in three runs. Carlos Escobar and Izaac Garsez each had two hits.

– Carrie Muskat

6/30 Minor League report

Rodrigo Lopez threw six shutout innings in Iowa’s 7-0 win over Oklahoma City. Josh Vitters hit his 13th home run and drove in three runs, Brett Jackson had two hits and stole a base.

Dallas Beeler gave up two runs on six hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 10-8 win over Birmingham. Justin Bour hit his seventh home run and Frank Batista converted his 13th save.

Roni Torreyes had three hits, including his fourth home run, in Daytona’s 11-10 loss to Dunedin. Matt Szczur had two hits and scored three runs, and Greg Rohan drove in a run to raise his league-leading total to 65.

Anthony Giansanti and Javier Baez each had two hits in Peoria’s 8-7 loss to Wisconsin.

Willengton Cruz gave up one run on three hits over five innings in Boise’s 4-1 loss to Spokane. Stephen Bruno had two hits.

– Carrie Muskat

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