Results tagged ‘ Michael Brenly ’

1/15 Fathers & sons

Shawon Dunston and son, Shawon Dunston Jr., Bob Brenly and son Michael, and Keith Lockhart and son Daniel took part in an entertaining session on Sunday to close the 27th Cubs Convention at the Chicago Hilton. Dunston Jr. and Daniel Lockhart were selected in last June’s First-Year Player Draft in the 11th and 10th rounds, respectively, while Brenly was a 36th round pick in 2008 and helped Daytona win the Florida State League championship last season.

Both Lockhart and Dunston Jr. are going from high school to pro ball. Lockhart’s Hebron Christian Academy in Georgia is coming off a state championship. Shawon Jr. said it was a tough decision to choose between school and baseball; he wanted to go to Vanderbilt University. The Cubs’ signing bonus included money for school, which helped convince the outfielder.

“I want him to be a better player than me, to have a better career than me,” said Dunston Sr., who was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 1982.

Keith Lockhart, a former Major League infielder who is now a scout with the Cubs, said Daniel developed an early love for the game. When he was 3 years old, Daniel would stand on a seat at ballgames to watch, rather than go play with the other kids. Bob Brenly said Michael was determined to be a catcher and would dig out dad’s old gear to wear. What will happen if Michael does make it to the big leagues and dad is broadcasting the game?

“That sound you hear in the background will be me throwing up [out of nervousness],” said Bob Brenly, the analyst for Cubs TV broadcasts.

All of the fathers and sons did give credit to the moms for taking them to games and supporting them. Michael said his mother often sounded just like his dad in giving advice.

Shawon Sr., who works in the Giants organization with Minor Leaguers, made sure his son put school first. Shawon Jr. had to maintain a 3.55 GPA. If it was lower, he couldn’t play baseball.

“My job is to hate me now but you’ll love me later,” Shawon Sr. said.

Someone suggested Cubs fans would be eager to dust off the “Shawon-O-Meter” sign popular during Dunston’s days with the Cubs from 1985-95.

“I have a t-shirt at home with that on it,” Shawon Jr. said.

Shawon Sr. is doing his best to keep his son on track. The latest argument in the Dunston house is about what car young Shawon will get. Dad will probably win this one.

“Best advice, always listen to your father,” Shawon Sr. said.

Dunston wears a 20-year-old gold chain with charms for each of his children on it.

“I always keep my kids with me,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

9/11 Cubs Minor League report

Tennessee won its third straight Southern League North Division Championship with a 7-2 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday. The win completed a sweep, and gave the Smokies a berth in the Southern League Championship Series, expected to begin Wednesday. Trey McNutt earned the win, giving up two runs on seven hits over five innings. Rebel Ridling drove in four runs, including a two-run triple in the first and a two-run single in the fourth. Jae-Hoon Ha turned a double play to end the bottom of the sixth as he made a running catch on a fly ball by Travis Denker then doubled up Jake Lemmerman at first to end the inning. Ha also made another highlight reel grab to end the eighth, stealing a base hit away from Brian Cavazos-Galvez. The Smokies will play the winner of the South Division Championship Series (either Mobile or Birmingham).

* The Daytona Cubs are one win away from their first Florida State League title in three years. The D-Cubs beat St. Lucie, 10-4, on Saturday to win Game 2 of the best-of-five series. Justin Bour had two hits, including a three-run homer. Five Cubs had multiple hits, and Matt Szczur finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Frank Del Valle threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out eight. Jake Optiz also homered.

* For Michael Brenly, Sept. 11, 2001, was a day he’ll never forget. He was 15 then and the bat boy for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were playing the Yankees in the World Series. His dad, Bob Brenly, now the Cubs TV analyst, was the D-Backs manager. Father and son went to Ground Zero when the team was in New York for the Series. Michael took off his plastic hard hat and asked some of the volunteers there to sign it. The family still has the hat, mounted on the wall of their Arizona home.

“That was a life-changing day,” Michael told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “For us to get to go down there so quickly after that happened, I would say it was something that no one wanted to see, but it was something I cherished the opportunity to see. Going into it, I was a little skeptical, because I knew it would be a lot of emotion. But I’m very happy that I did it. I wouldn’t trade that experience, getting to meet them.

“They were digging through fire and smoke to give those families any kind of hope that they could,” said Michael, now a catcher for the Daytona team. “Those guys are real heroes, giving their time and their effort and long days without their families.”

— Carrie Muskat


7/31 Minor matters

The Iowa Cubs scored four runs in the first on Friday but rain halted play. The game will be made up Aug. 31 in Albuquerque.

Matt Spencer hit a solo homer, his 11th, to help Tennessee beat West Tenn, 5-4. Jake Muyco picked up the win in relief and Marcos Mateo converted his third save.

Alberto Cabrera threw six shutout innings to help Daytona beat Palm Beach, 11-2. It was the Cubs’ 12th consecutive win. Rebel Ridling had four hits and four RBIs, while Michael Brenly and Kyler Burke each had three hits.

Frank Batista gave up two runs on five hits over five innings and struck out six in Peoria’s 5-2 win over Wisconsin. Matt Szczur was hitless in five at-bats to end his hitting streak at 21 games.

Brent Ebinger threw five scoreless innings but it wasn’t enough as Boise lost 3-2 to Vancouver. Anthony Giansanti hit his second homer in Mesa’s 4-0 win over the Royals

— Carrie Muskat

7/25 Minor matters

Brad Snyder hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to lift Iowa to a 4-2 victory over Round Rock Saturday. It was Snyder’s 15th homer. Micah Hoffpauir also homered for the Iowa Cubs, his 14th. Thomas Diamond started the game and threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits. He struck out six.

Tennessee’s game against Mississippi was postponed because of rain.

Daytona romped 10-3 over St. Lucie. Michael Brenly had two hits and one RBI, and Ryan Flaherty hit a homer and drove in two runs. David Macias had three RBIs.

Frank Batista struck out 10 over 4 2/3 innings but it wasn’t enough as Peoria lost, 3-0, to Lake County. Batista gave up two runs on one hit.

Matt Szczur extended his hitting streak to 16 games with two hits in Boise’s 6-5 loss to Yakima. He’s batting .415 in that stretch.

Dustin Harrington had three hits in Mesa’s 7-2 win over the Angels.

— Carrie Muskat

7/22 Minor matters

Jeff Samardzija gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits over five innings in Iowa’s 8-5 win over Oklahoma City and former Cubs pitcher Rich Harden on Wednesday. Samardzija, who will stay in the Iowa Cubs rotation for the rest of the season, struck out six and walked three. He’s now 7-1 with a 2.76 ERA. Bobby Scales and Micah Hoffpauir each homered, with Hoffpauir’s shot his third in three games. Matt Camp ahd three hits and Darwin Barney had two hits and three RBIs. Harden, now with the Rangers, was making a rehab start.

On Thursday, Carlos Zambrano was expected to pitch in relief for the Iowa Cubs.

Tennessee had Wednesday off.

Brooks Raley gave up one run on five hits over seven innings in Daytona’s 5-2 win over Charlotte. Raley struck out eight and did not walk a batter. Michael Brenly just keeps on hitting, extending his streak to 20 games. he’s batting .397. Smaily Borges had three hits and Kyler Burke and DJ LeMahieu each had two.

Hak-Ju Lee hit his first home run and fell a double short of the cycle in Peoria’s 10-0 win over Fort Wayne. Lee was 4-for-5, scoring two runs and driving in one. Nick Struck picked up the win, throwing six shutout innings and holding Fort Wayne to two hits while striking out six. Nelson Perez also homered, his fifth.

Austin Kirk threw five shutout innings in Boise’s 7-2 win over Tri-City. Alvaro Ramirez had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. Matt Szczur had three hits and now has hit in 13 straight.

— Carrie Muskat

7/18 Minor matters

Brad Snyder hit a pair of three-run homers to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and lead Iowa to a 9-4 win over Oklahoma City Saturday. Jay Jackson picked up the win, giving up one run on seven hits over five innings. He struck out six. Snyder was 3-for-4 and a season-high six RBIs. Welington Castillo also homered, his 10th.

Robinson Chirinos hit his 12th homer but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 5-4 in 14 innings to Montgomery. Steve Clevenger had three hits.

Rebel Ridling hit his ninth homer and Mark Reed his first in Daytona’s 9-4 loss to Ft. Myers. Michael Brenly did get a hit to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Robert Whitenack threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits, in Peoria’s 5-0 win over Bowling Green. Whitenack struck out four and did not walk a batter. Luis Flores hit his second homer.

Eduardo Figueroa gave up one run on six hits over five innings in Boise’s 10-3 win over Salem-Keizer. Boise totaled 18 hits in the game, including four by Arismendy Alcantara.

Sergio Burruel had two hits and three RBIs in Mesa’s 13-11 win over the Mariners. Jeff Gray, rehabbing from a groin injury, started and gave up one run on two hits over one inning. Austin Reed picked up the win, throwing three scoreless innings in relief.

— Carrie Muskat

7/17 Minor matters

Jeff Samardzija gave up two hits and walked four over five innings in Iowa’s 4-0 win over Oklahoma City on Friday. Former Cubs pitcher Rich Harden started for the RedHawks in a rehab outing and gave up four runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings. Samardzija struck out three and won for the first time since June 15. His ERA now is 2.85. Bryan LaHair hit his 11th homer in the win. Sam Fuld and Darwin Barney each had two hits.

Chris Carpenter threw four shutout innings in Tennessee’s 8-6 win over Chattanooga. Josh Vitters had three extra-base hits, including his seventh home run, and five RBIs. “That’s what he’s capable of doing,” Smokies manager Bill Dancy said of Vitters, who was moved up to the middle of the order.

Michael Brenly extended his hitting streak to 15 games in Daytona’s 7-3 loss to Fort Myers. Brenly is batting .421 during his streak. Junior Lake hit his fourth home run in the loss.

Ryan Searle gave up six runs on six hits over four innings and struck out eight in Peoria’s 10-8 win over Dayton. Hak-Ju Lee went 5-for-5 with three RBIs and Nelson Perez had three hits.

Matt Szczur had two hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games in Boise’s 3-2, 11-inning loss to Salem-Keizer. Austin Kirk threw five scoreless innings of relief in the game.

— Carrie Muskat

7/12 Minor matters

Brad Snyder hit a walkoff homer with two outs in the 10th to lift Iowa to a 2-1 victory over New Orleans on Sunday. Snyder had singled in the fourth and was batting .325 in his last 10 games. Thomas Diamond, who was named to the PCL All-Star team, started and gave up one hit over three scoreless innings.

* The Double-A All-Star Game takes place Monday night in Huntsville, Ala.

* Greg Rohan, Smaily Borges and Junior Lake all homered in the seventh inning to power Daytona to an 8-7 win over Clearwater. Rohan got things started by hitting a two-run homer. Christopher Rusin gave up four runs on five hits over five innings and did not get a decision. Michael Brenly extended his hitting streak to 12 games and was batting .444 in that stretch.

* Peoria’s game against Cedar Rapids on Sunday was postponed because of rain and was to be made up Monday as a doubleheader.

* Austin Kirk gave up one run on three hits over 4 1/3 innings in Boise’s 9-4 loss to Eugene. Richard Jones had two hits, including a double.

— Carrie Muskat

6/19 Minor matters

J.R. Mathes gave up three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 6-3 win over Albuquerque on Friday. The I-Cubs now are tied for first in the Northern Division. Brad Snyder was a home run shy of the cycle and Micah Hoffpauir had two hits.

Tennessee scored the go-ahead run on a balk in the ninth to beat Mobile, 3-2. Ty Wright had three hits and Tony Thomas had a RBI single in the sixth.

Brooks Raley threw six shutout innings to help Daytona beat Dunedin, 12-4. Raley struck out five. Michael Brenley hit his second homer of the season.

Ryan Searle gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits over six innings in Peoria’s 7-2 win over Quad Cities. Logan Watkins and Nelson Perez each had two hits.

— Carrie Muskat

5/26 Minor matters

Casey Coleman gave up two runs on five hits over six innings in Iowa’s 8-2 win over Salt Lake on Tuesday. Sam Fuld and Brian LaHair each had two hits, and LaHair drove in three runs.

Double-A Tennessee had Tuesday off. The Smokies open a 10-game road trip at Montgomery Wednesday.

Brooks Raley gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in Daytona’s 5-3 win over Brevard County. Michael Brenly had two hits and Kyler Burke hit his third homer.

Trey McNutt threw five scoreless innings, giving up two hits, in Peoria’s 2-0 win over Cedar Rapids. Charles Thomas hit a solo homer to back McNutt, now 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA.

— Carrie Muskat