Results tagged ‘ Shawon Dunston Jr. ’

8/26 Minor League report

Diory Hernandez hit his second home run and drove in three runs in Iowa’s 4-1 win over Oklahoma City on Saturday. Ty’Relle Harris picked up the win, giving up one run and striking out six over six innings. Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the eighth and a sacrifice fly. Dave Sappelt, Greg Rohan and Jeff Frazier each had two hits. Jairo Asencio picked up the save.

Logan Watkins hit his sixth home run in Tennessee’s 4-3, 10-inning loss to Mobile. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits and Rubi Silva drove in two runs.

Daytona lost the first game of a doubleheader to Tampa, 3-2, but won the nightcap, 4-1. Ryan Searle picked up the win in the second game, giving up one run on three hits over five innings. John Andreoli, Roni Torreyes, Rebel Ridling each had two hits.

Chadd Krist and Tim Saunders each homered to back Joseph Zeller and lead Peoria to a 3-2 win over Wisconsin. Zeller gave up one run on seven hits over six innings.

Boise reached the playoffs for the second straight season with an 8-6 win over Vancouver, clinching the second half title in the Northwest League’s East Division. Boise will face Yakima, the division’s first half winner, in the first game of the playoffs on Sept. 3. Jeimer Candelario had three hits and three RBIs in Saturday’s win and Wilson Contreras drove in two runs.

Shawon Dunston Jr. had three RBIs in Mesa’s 8-7 win over the Giants. Carlos Penalver had two hits and two RBIs and Yasiel Belaguert had two hits and two RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Minor League report

Shawon Dunston Jr. went 3-for-4, including a two-run home run in the third, in Mesa’s 9-1 win Thursday night over the Reds. Dunston also hit a RBI single in the fourth.

Dustin Geiger and Timothy Saunders each had two hits to help Peoria out-hit Burlington, 7-3, but the Chiefs went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight in a 4-0 loss.

Javier Baez was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, hitting his first home run for Daytona in a 7-6 loss to Lakeland. Baez also hit a double. Robert Whitenack started, and gave up one run on four hits and three walks over four innings. Lakeland won on a walk off two-run single by James Robbins.

Justin Bour hit a three-run home run to power Tennessee to a 4-3 win over Birmingham. Bour was batting .297. Tony Zych picked up the win in relief of Eric Jokisch, and Frank Batista picked up his 22nd save, walking one and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings.

Alfredo Amezaga was 4-for-5 and Tony Campana, Blake Lalli, Diory Hernandez and Matt Tolbert each had two hits in Iowa’s 7-6 loss to Tucson. The Iowa Cubs out-hit Tucson, 14-11 in the loss. Seth McClung started, and gave up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

8/13 Minor League report

Blake Lalli had two hits, including his seventh home run, in Iowa’s 10-8 win Sunday over Las Vegas to complete a suspended game. Greg Rohan had three hits and three RBIs. Jairo Asencio picked up the save. Casey Coleman started the game but had to leave because of soreness in the back of his right shoulder. In Sunday’s regularly scheduled game, Frankie De La Cruz gave up three runs over five innings in a 3-2 Iowa loss. Lalli had two more hits and Scott Maine, recently optioned to Iowa, threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Cuban pitcher Yoanner Negrin gave up one hit over five innings in Tennessee’s 4-0 win over Huntsville. Junior Lake had two hits, Justin Bour drove in two RBIs to reach 100 RBIs for the season, and Logan Watkins scored three runs and stole two bases.

Daytona’s doubleheader Sunday was canceled because of unplayable field conditions, and the games will not be made up. The D-Cubs open a three-game series Tuesday against Lakeland.

Jorge Soler extended his hitting streak to three games in Peoria’s 6-5 loss to Beloit. Starling Peralta took the loss, giving up three earned runs over six innings. Zeke DeVoss had two hits.

Xavier Batista hit two home runs and drove in five in Boise’s 10-9 loss to Salem-Keizer. Wilson Contreras hit his third home run and finished with four RBIs.

Albert Almora had two hits, including a double, and one RBIs in Mesa’s 10-8 loss to the Royals. Almora was batting .304. Shawon Dunston drew three walks and stole a base.

– Carrie Muskat 

8/8 Minor League report

Ty’Relle Harris, subbing for Brooks Raley, picked up his first Triple-A win, giving up two runs over six innings in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Reno. Harris struck out five. James Adduci drove in three runs, and Dave Sappelt had two hits and two RBIs.

Jake Brigham, making his second start since he was acquired from the Rangers for Geovany Soto, gave up six runs over two-thirds of an inning in Tennessee’s 10-4 loss to Jackson. Justin Bour had two hits and one RBIs.

Austin Kirk gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-1 win over Lakeland. Javier Baez had his first multi-hit game with Daytona, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Kirk won his third straight and now is 7-3 with a 3.13 ERA. Christian Villanueva had two RBIs.

Starling Peralta struck out 14 and gave up two hits over seven innings in Peoria’s 5-3 win over Clinton. Peralta ended a personal three-game losing streak with the win. He did not give up a hit until serving up a two-run homer in the sixth. Zeke DeVoss went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his third home run in Boise’s 6-3 loss to Everett. James Pugliese gave up one run over four innings. Gioskar Amaya had two hits, including a triple.

Shawon Dunston Jr. drove in three runs in Mesa’s 6-1 win over the Angels. Albert Almora stole two bases and Jorge Soler drove in a run and stole two bases.

– 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

7/23 Minor League report – Sunday’s games

On Sunday, Chris Volstad gave up six runs on nine hits over five innings in Iowa’s 9-5 loss to Albuquerque. Josh Vitters had two hits, including his 15th home run, and Welington Castillo hit his fifth.

Tennessee split a doubleheader against Chattanooga. In the first game, the Smokies blew a 7-0 lead and lost, 12-11. Justin Bour and Nelson Perez each hit home runs, and Logan Watkins was 3-for-6 with one RBIs. In the second game, Nick Struck gave up one run on four hits for the win, an 8-4 decision. Junior Lake and Watkins each had two hits.

Daytona’s game against Jupiter was called because of weather, and will not be made up.

Dustin Geiger hit his 10th home run in Peoria’s 3-2 loss to South Bend. Geiger connected on a two-run homer in the fourth. Starling Peralta took the loss, giving up two earned runs on six hits over six innings.

James Pugliese gave up seven runs on eight hits over four innings in Boise’s 8-1 loss to Eugene.

Jorge Soler hit his first home run, a two-run shot, in Mesa’s 6-4 loss to the Reds. Soler had two hits and scored two runs. Shawon Dunston Jr. was 3-for-4 and Daniel Vogelbach drove in his 31st run.

– Carrie Muskat

7/18 Minor League report

Chris Volstad gave up six earned runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-2 loss to New Orleans on Tuesday night. Josh Vitters did extend his hitting streak to a season-high 16 games, going 2-for-4. He’s hitting .345 in July. Alfredo Amezaga and Brett Jackson each had multiple hit games.

Nicholas Struck gave up five earned runs on seven hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 9-2 loss to Jackson. Logan Watkins had two hits, including a triple.

Matt Loosen gave up one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings, striking out six, in Daytona’s 6-1 win over Charlotte. Loosen is 8-3 with a 2.79 ERA, and is holding hitters to a .181 average. Matt Szczur had three hits and two RBIs, and Roni Torreyes had two hits and a stolen base.

Peoria opens a six-game road trip Wednesday against Western Michigan. Jose Rosario was scheduled to start.

James Pugliese threw five shutout innings, giving up one run and striking out five, in Boise’s 5-0 win over Yakima. Trey Martin was 3-for-3, including his third home run, and stole a base. Martin was named Northwest League Player of the Week for July 9-15, batting .545 in that stretch with two home runs and seven RBIs.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his seventh home run in Mesa’s 6-5 win over the Mariners. Vogelbach is batting .360, and he drove in three runs. Shawon Dunston, David Bote and Carlos Penalver each had two hits.

– Carrie Muskat

6/28 Minor League report & All-Star Vitters

Chris Rusin gave up eight runs on eight hits over four innings in Iowa’s 10-6 loss to Oklahoma City. Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 with a double and triple, and now has a 10-game hitting streak. Vitters was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team, selected as a reserve for the 25th annual game, to be held July 11. Ty Wright drove in three runs.

Tennessee lost, 11-0, to Birmingham. Dae-Eun Rhee gave up six runs on seven hits over four innings and took the loss. The Smokies made some roster moves. Catcher Juan Apodaca will rejoin the team, right-handed pitcher Alberto Cabrera was promoted to Iowa, and catcher Luis Flores announced his retirement from baseball.

Austin Kirk threw six shutout innings and Greg Rohan went 5-for-5 in Daytona’s 12-1 win over St. Lucie. Matt Szczur hit his second home run, a grand slam in the fifth, and finished with three hits. Rohan hit two doubles and drove in two runs. He leads the Florida State League with 63 RBIs.

Jose Rosario gave up three runs on nine hits over five innings in Peoria’s 8-3 loss to Clinton. Dustin Geiger extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Paul Hoilman hit a RBI double.

Tayler Scott gave up five runs, none earned, on six hits over 3 1/3 innings in Boise’s 6-2 loss to Spokane. Marco Hernandez and Shawon Dunston Jr. each had two hits.

David Bote hit his first pro home run in Mesa’s 5-4 win over the Angels. Bote finished with three RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

6/18 Minor League report

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the seventh to lift Iowa to a 3-2 win over Albuquerque on Sunday. Rizzo is batting .364. Chris Volstad started and gave up two runs on seven hits over six innings, while striking out six. He’s now 2-1 with a 4.78 ERA.

Trey McNutt gave up five runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 5-3 loss to Birmingham. Junior Lake and Elliot Soto each had three hits.

Daytona returns to action Monday, facing Tampa. Robert Whitenack was scheduled to start.

Michael Jensen gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in Peoria’s 10-5 win over Clinton. Paul Hoilman hit his sixth home run and had four RBIs.

South African pitcher Tayler Scott threw five shutout innings in his first pro start but it wasn’t enough as Boise lost 4-3 to Salem-Keizer. Scott struck out four and gave up three hits. Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits, the first two of his pro career.

– Carrie Muskat

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

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