Results tagged ‘ Tennessee Smokies ’

9/5 Cubs Minor League report

* Double-A Tennessee will host Chattanooga on Thursday and Friday in Games 1 and 2 of the five-game Southern League Division Series. The Smokies wrapped up the regular season with a doubleheader split on Sunday. The Smokies lost the first game to Birmingham, 5-1, and won the second game, 5-1. Josh Vitters hit his 14th homer in the night cap and finished with four RBIs.

* Daytona ended the regular season with a 6-4 loss to Brevard County on Sunday. Chad Noble had two hits, including his first home run.

* On Monday, Peoria ended its season with a 9-3 loss to Quad Cities. Even though he did not drive in a run in the game, first baseman Richard Jones became the first player in team history to lead the Midwest League in RBI, finishing with 98. The Chiefs finished 27-42 in the second half and 60-79 overall in 2011. Austin Kirk (5-12) took the loss, giving up four earned runs and three hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six. Micah Gibbs went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and one RBI. Jones also led the Midwest League in total bases (254) and intentional walks (8). Rubi Silva went 2-for-5 to finish the season at .300.

* Boise will play the first game of the Northwest League playoffs on Monday, playing host to Tri-City in the East Divisional Series. Boise won five of its final six games to clinch the second playoff spot.

— Carrie Muskat

12/7 Minor matters

The Cubs are expected to name former big leaguer Mariano Duncan as their Double-A hitting coach. Duncan played 12 seasons with the Dodgers, Reds, Phillies, Yankees and Blue Jays from 1985-1997, compiling a career .267 average with 87 homers and 233 doubles. He has spent three seasons coaching in the Minor Leagues and was on the Dodgers’ Major League staff from 2006-10. The Cubs were still completing the interview process and expected to formally announce their Minor League staff next week.

— Carrie Muskat

9/14 Smokies win opener

Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run homer and Brandon Guyer added a solo shot to lead
Tennessee to a 5-0 victory Tuesday night over West Tenn in the first game of the Southern League championship. Game 2 of the best of five series will be played Wednesday. Chris Archer threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out eight for the win. The game was scoreless until the Smokies’ fourth when Brett Jackson hit a RBI double and Chirinos connected. Guyer added a solo homer with one out in the sixth.

— Carrie Muskat

9/13 Tennessee advances

Steve Clevenger hit a two-run homer to help Tennessee beat West Tenn, 5-2, on Sunday to clinch the Southern League North Division series and advance. The Smokies now will play Jacksonville in a rematch of last year’s championship series. The first and second games of the best of five series will be played at Smokies Park, starting Tuesday. Craig Muschko was the winning pitcher, giving up two runs on six hits over six innings.

— Carrie Muskat

9/12 McNutt stars in Cubs system

Trey McNutt came through for Double-A Tennessee Saturday night in Game 3 of the best-of-five Southern League playoffs. McNutt gave up one run on four hits over five innings in the Smokies’ 9-2 win. It was only his fourth start for the Double-A team. He began the year at Class A Peoria and was 6-0 with a 1.51 ERA in 13 games. Moved up to high Class A Daytona, he went 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in nine games. In four starts with the Smokies in the regular season, McNutt was 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA. He gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings in his first start with the Smokies. For the season, the right-hander, who was a 32nd round pick in 2009, finished with a 2.48 ERA combined for the season.

The Smokies lead the best-of-five series 2-1, and meet Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/11 Smokies take 2-1 lead with win

Double-A Tennessee took a 2-1 lead in the best of five series against West Tenn with a 9-2 win Saturday night in the Southern League playoffs. Tony Campana got things started with an inside the park leadoff home run. Blake Lalli hit a two-run single in the fourth and Russ Canzler belted a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth. Matthew Spencer followed Canzler with a solo shot to open a 9-1 lead. Starter Trey McNutt struck out six and gave up one run on four hits over five innings.

— Carrie Muskat

9/10 Tennessee wins, 11-1

Tony Thomas and Matthew Spencer each drove in three runs to power Tennessee to an 11-1 victory Friday night over West Tenn and even the Southern League playoffs at one win apiece. Robinson Chirinos hit a leadoff homer in the sixth and Thomas added a two-run blast that inning. Thomas also hit a RBI single in the seventh. Spencer hit a three-run homer in the eighth and Brett Jackson added a solo shot. Chris Carpenter picked up the win, striking out eight and giving up one run (unearned) on four hits over six innings.

— Carrie Muskat

9/10 Smokies lose opener

Russ Canzler hit a two-run homer but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 8-3 to West Tenn in the first game of the Southern League North Division playoffs. Chris Archer took the loss, giving up eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks in three innings. The two teams meet again Friday with Chris Carpenter (8-6, 3.16 ERA) facing Anthony Vasquez (2-3, 2.61 ERA).

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Minor matters

Jason Dubois hit two homers and Jay Jackson gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost to Memphis, 7-6, on Monday. Both Iowa and Memphis finished tied for the PCL’s best record at 82-62 but the Redbirds earned the playoff berth because they had a better record against Northern Division foes than Iowa did (Memphis 24-24; Iowa 20-28). The first tiebreaker is head to head, and Iowa and Memphis split their 16 games this season.

“It’s heartbreaking not to be going to the playoffs,” said Dubois, who was named the PCL Player of the Week on Tuesday. He hit .529 with four doubles, a triple, six home runs and 18 RBIs. In 72 games with Iowa, Dubois batted .300.

The Iowa Cubs held or shared the division lead for the final 50 days of the season. Manager Ryne Sandberg was asked if he’ll be back next season with the Triple-A team.

“I’m not sure what happens next year,” Sandberg said. “But I’ll tell you this, I’ve had a good experience here and it’s been a fun summer for me.”

* Iowa infielder Marquez Smith was named Topps Player of the Month for August.  During the month, Smith played in 27 games and hit .363 (37-for-102). He drove in 28 runs, had seven doubles, 12 home runs and one stolen base. His .363 average was 10th-best in the PCL.

* Craig Muschko gave up one run on five hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 3-2 win over Carolina in the regular season finale. The win gave the Smokies the best record in franchise history at 86-53. Tennessee will begin the North Division Championship Series on Thursday against West Tenn. Brandon Guyer homered Monday and Brett Jackson had two hits.

* Daytona’s season ended Sept. 5 at 75-64 overall, including a 41-28 record in the second half.

* Robinson Lopez threw three scoreless inings in Peoria’s 9-4 win over Quad Cities in the regular season finale. Yohan Gonzalez picked up the win in relief.

— Carrie Muskat

9/2 Tennessee's Dancy honored

Double-A Tennessee manager Bill Dancy was named the Southern League Manager of the Year on Thursday. This is his first year with the Smokies and he led the team to the Southern League North Division title in both the first and second half, a feat last accomplished by Huntsville in 2007. The Smokies led the league in 11 offensive categories as well as pitching wins and saves.

— Carrie Muskat