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8/7 Jokisch throws no-no

Eric Jokisch, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, threw a no-hitter Tuesday night to lead Double-A Tennessee to a 10-0 victory over Jacksonville, ending the Suns’ 11-game winning streak. The lefty had been on the DL with arm fatigue but showed no signs of being tired when he threw 108 pitches in the first nine-inning no-no for the Smokies since Leo Estrella did so against Orlando in 2000. Mark Holliman threw the last no-no for Tennessee, but that was a seven-inning game in 2007.

Jokisch, 24, retired the first 10 batters he faced in order, striking out five, and walked Chris Gutierrez with one out in the fourth to lose a shot at a perfect game. The former Northwestern Wildcat cruised through the next two innings, retiring the side in order.

After working around two-out walks in the seventh and eighth innings, Jokisch entered the ninth having thrown 99 pitches. Suns center fielder Isaac Galloway lined out sharply to third baseman Christian Villanueva on the first pitch in the ninth. Shortstop Javier Baez saved the no-no when Gutierrez looped a soft blooper behind the second base bag, causing Baez to dive and catch the ball before it hit the ground.

Jokisch, an 11th round pick in 2010, walked Derek Dietrich with two outs before Pete Andrelczyk grounded into a 5-3 putout to end the game.

With the win, Jokisch is now 9-10 and lowered his ERA to 3.57.

The Smokies tallied in the first when Matt Szczur doubled and scored on Rubi Silva’s single. Baez followed with a RBI double, and Rafael Lopez delivered a RBI single to open a 3-0 lead. That was all Jokisch needed. Baez went 4-for-6 in the game with three RBIs with two doubles.

6/6 Help out Oklahoma & Ty Wright

Chicago Cubs Charities will contribute $5,000 towards Double-A outfielder Ty Wright’s efforts to raise funds for the people devastated by the tornadoes in central Oklahoma. The Tennessee Smokies and Wright have also started an online auction of sports memorabilia to raise additional funds to send to Oklahoma. All proceeds will benefit the relief efforts of the Central Oklahoma Red Cross.

“The overwhelming response from our fans has been great,” Wright said. “I can’t thank the Ricketts family, the Cubs and Smokies organizations and the fans of East Tennessee enough for their generosity helping those affected from the devastating tornadoes.”

Bidding for the online auction is now open and will end at noon ET on June 17. There are several items from former Smokies, from Major and Minor League players and from Hall of Famers. The auction will be held through

Among the items:
Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks autographed bat
Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza autographed jersey
2012 Cy Young winner David Price autographed baseball
Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo autographed bat
Smokies pitcher Trey McNutt game-worn, autographed glove

4/12 Minor matters

Brooks Raley gave up two runs over seven innings and struck out seven in Iowa’s 2-0 loss to Round Rock on Thursday. Brett Jackson had a hit and stolen base, and was batting .258 for the season.

Tennessee lost, 6-3, Thursday to Chattanooga. Christian Villanueva hit a RBI double in the second, and scored on a single by Jair Fernandez in the fourth. Alberto Cabrera took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five over six innings. The two teams will play the third game of their five-game series on Friday at Smokies Park. Eric Jokisch gets the start for Tennessee.

Daytona pitchers served up 15 hits, including four home runs, in a 12-2 loss to Clearwater. Starling Peralta gave up six of those runs over six innings. Stephen Bruno, Chad Noble, Dustin Geiger and Taiwan Easterling each had two hits for Daytona.

Kane County’s game against Wisconsin was postponed because of rain. The two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader Friday.

— Carrie Muskat

4/4 Minor matters

* Class A Kane County has added infielder Wes Darvill to the roster, and infielder David Bote was sent to extended Spring Training. Also, catcher Yaniel Cabezas has been placed on the disabled list. The Cougars’ roster was at 25 heading into the season opener against Quad Cities Thursday. Darvill, picked in the fifth round in 2009, batted .224 with Class-A Peoria last year.

* Double-A Tennessee announced infielder Tim Torres has been added to the active roster. In a corresponding move, infielder Anthony Giansanti was placed on the disabled list. Torres, 29, joins the Smokies for the first time. Last year, he played with the Rockies’ Double-A affiliate Tulsa, and hit .226 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.
Giansanti, 24, hit a combined .264 in 36 games with three different teams (Peoria, Arizona Cubs, and Daytona).

— Carrie Muskat

4/2 Double-A Tennessee roster

Double-A Tennessee announced its 2013 Opening Day roster on Tuesday. The Smokies will have 17 players who have played in Tennessee and five who will be making their Double-A debut. Among the pitchers are Alberto Cabrera, ranked No. 19 on’s top 20 Cubs prospects list, and Trey McNutt. They’ll be joined by Frank Batista, Dallas Beeler, Marcus Hatley, Eric Jokisch, Dae-Eun Rhee, Kevin Rhoderick, Zac Rosscup, Brian Schlitter, Tony Zych, Kyle Hendricks and A.J. Morris.

Christian Villanueva, No. 8 on the Cubs’ top 20 list, will be joined by infielders Arismendy Alcantera, Justin Bour, Jonathan Mota, Elliot Soto and Anthony Giansanti. Bour hit 17 home runs with 110 RBIs in 2012 for the Smokies. Cubs’ 2011 Draft pick Rafael Lopez will share catching duties with Jair Fernandez, who was signed by the Cubs in the offseason.

The outfielders include Jae-Hoon Ha, Rubi Silva and Matt Szczur, all returnees. Ha batted .273 with 47 RBIs in 121 games in 2012. Johermyn Chavez, who signed with the Cubs in the offseason after spending time with the Mariners’ Double-A Jackson Generals, also will be on the Smokies’ roster.

Tennessee opens the season Thursday at Pensacola.

12/11 Minor League staffs

Marty Pevey will return to managing as skipper of the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team, Buddy Bailey stays at Double-A Tennessee, Dave Keller will skipper Class A Daytona, and Mark Johnson will manage the new Class A Kane County affiliate. The Cubs announced the Minor League staffs on Tuesday.

Pevey, 51, just completed his third season as the Minor League catching coordinator. He last managed in 2009 with Class A Peoria, when he was named Midwest League manager of the year, leading the team to an 81-57 record. Mike Mason will return as Iowa pitching coach and Brian Harper, who was Daytona’s manager last season, will join the Triple-A team as hitting coach. Harper was the Mesa Solar Sox hitting coach in the Arizona Fall League this year.

This will be Bailey’s second straight season with Tennessee, and 24th as a Minor League manager. Bailey, 55, guided the Smokies to a 72-68 record in 2012, and picked up his 1,600th win on July 6. He ranks fourth among active managers in wins. Jeff Fassero will return as Tennessee pitching coach and Desi Wilson will move up from Daytona to be the Smokies hitting coach.

Keller, 53, was Iowa’s hitting coach last season and a special assistant to the Major League team in 2011. This will be his 10th season in the Cubs organization. He has managed in the Minor Leagues for the Reds, indians and White Sox. Mariano Duncan will join Keller as Daytona’s hitting coach and Storm Davis will join the Cubs’ organization as the team’s pitching coach.

The 2013 season will be the Cubs’ first in Kane County after eight years in Peoria, and Johnson, 37, will be at the helm. The former big league catcher has managed Class A Boise for two years, and the Hawks won the second-half East division with a 24-14 record. Boise won the Northwest League East Division Series, but lost to Vancouver in the best-of-three league championship series, 2-1.
Johnson will be joined at Kane County by pitching coach Ron Villone and hitting coach Tom Beyers.

Gary Van Tol, who has 20 years of coaching experience, will take over as Class A Boise manager. David Rosario returns as the Hawks pitching coach, and Bill Buckner will return as hitting coach for his second season. Buckner enjoyed a 22-year Major League playing career, playing for the Cubs from 1977-84. Jonathan Fierro, son of former Cubs athletic trainer John Fierro, will begin his first season as Boise’s athletic trainer.

Bobby Mitchell will stay as manager for the Mesa Rookie League team, which will have two hitting coaches in Ricardo Medina and Jimmy Gonzalez. Medina has been a coach, manager or scout in the Cubs organization since 1999. Gonzalez is a former catcher who played 14 Minor League seasons after he was selected in the first round by the Astros in 1991.

Yudith Ozorio will manage the Dominican squad, the same position he has held for the past three seasons. Leo Hernandez will serve as the pitching coach in his 18th year with the club while Oscar Bernard makes his organization debut as the club’s hitting coach. Osmin Melendez will serve as the Venezuelan Cubs manager, a newly created team. He will be joined by hitting coach Franklin Blanco, who begins his seventh year with the organization.

* The Cubs also announced their Minor League coordinators for the 2013 season, including four newcomers to the organization. Tim Cossins takes over as field coordinator after 10 seasons in the Marlins farm system, including the last six as the catching coordinator. Cossins takes over for Brandon Hyde, who was promoted to director of player development in August.

Derek Johnson is the new Minor League pitching coordinator after 11 seasons at Vanderbilt University as the team’s pitching coach, including the last three as the school’s associate head coach/pitching coach. Johnson earned National Pitching Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and National Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2010.

Anthony Iapoce, the special assistant to the general manager and player development, will oversee the Minor League hitting program while contributing to additional projects within the organization. He has spent the last three seasons as roving hitting coordinator for the Blue Jays.

Carmelo Martinez enters his 16th season in the Cubs organization, and his first as hitting coordinator for the Cubs Single-A, Rookie League and Dominican League teams. He was the Latin American field coordinator for the previous five years (2008-12). Jose Flores joins the Cubs as Minor League infield coordinator, and will begin his 13th year as a coach or manager. Lee Tinsley enters his third year as the outfield/base running coordinator.

— Carrie Muskat

7/6 Minor League report

Brooks Raley gave up one earned run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 3-0 loss to Omaha on Thursday. Josh Vitters singled, and now has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games. Raley did notch his fourth quality start, striking out four.

Tennessee and Jacksonville did not play because of rain Thursday.

Kyler Burke gave up two earned runs on seven hits over five innings in Daytona’s 5-2 loss to Dunedin. John Andreoli had three hits and stole a base, his 29th.

Zach Cates threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in Peoria’s 2-1 win over Burlington. Cates struck out five. Dustin Geiger hit his sixth homer, a solo shot. Javier Baez had a hit and a stolen base. He was named to Baseball America’s Midseason top 50 prospects list.

Bijan Rademacher hit his first home run, one of two hits, in Boise’s 7-6 win over Tri-City. Marco Hernandez had two hits and two RBIs.

Justin Berg gave up six runs on four hits and one walk in one inning in a 12-11 win over the Angels. Tim Saunders was 5-for-6, scored four runs and drove in three.

— 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

6/26 Minor League report

Brooks Raley gave up one run on five hits over seven innings in Iowa’s 2-1 win over Round Rock. Josh Vitters hit his 12th home run, extending his hitting streak to eight games. He has five homers and 14 RBIs in June. Rafael Dolis pitched the ninth for his third save.

Trey McNutt gave up one run on two hits over two innings in Tennessee’s 11-3 loss to Jacksonville in the makeup of a suspended game. Jae-Hoon Ha, who will play in the All-Star Futures Game, had two hits, as did Junior Lake. In the second game, Dallas Beeler gave up one run on three hits over 3 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 10-3 loss.

Matt Loosen gave up three runs on two hits and two walks over six innings in Daytona’s 7-3 win over St. Lucie. He struck out seven. Arismendy Alcantara hit his fourth homer. In the second game, Kyler Burke gave up three runs on five hits over five innings in a 4-3, 12-inning win. Dustin Harrington delivered a RBI double in the 12th for the game winner.

Zach Cates gave up one run on five hits over 4 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 2-1 win over Clinton. Wes Darvill and Yasiel Balaguert each had two hits.

Jose Arias gave up one run on three hits over five innings in Boise’s 4-1 loss to Spokane. Gioskar Amaya had two hits and scored a run.

Mesa scored four runs in the seventh to post a 6-4 win over the Indians. Trey Martin, Tim Saunders and Jacob Rogers each had two hits.

— Carrie Muskat