Results tagged ‘ Tennessee ’

8/27 Smokies in playoffs

Double-A Tennessee is headed to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. The Smokies, who won the North Division in the second half, will start postseason play on Sept. 5. The best-of-five North Division Championship Series will see the Smokies face the Birmingham Barons, who won the division in the first half. The first two games of the NDCS will be held in Regions Field in Birmingham, Ala., with the final three being held at Smokies Park.

Here’s the schedule:

Game 1: Thursday, Sept. 5 at Regions Field, 8:05 p.m. ET
Game 2: Friday, Sept. 6 at Regions Field, 8:05 p.m. ET

Game 3: Saturday, Sept. 7 at Smokies Park, 6:15 p.m. ET

Game 4: (if necessary) Sunday, Sept. 8 at Smokies Park, 3:00 p.m. ET
Game 5: (if necessary) Monday, Sept. 9 at Smokies Park, 7:15 p.m. ET

6/27 Ty Wright promoted

Outfielder Ty Wright was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa. Wright was batting .253 in 53 games after being placed on Tennessee’s roster on April 22. The right-handed outfielder collected 40 hits, eight doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs. Wright started the 2013 season with the I-Cubs, where he hit .190 (8-for-42) with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. The Tyler, Texas native was selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2007 draft.

5/3 Shoulders, Jokisch honored

The Cubs Friday named Class A Kane County infielder Rock Shoulders and Double-A Tennessee left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch the organization’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for April, respectively.

Shoulders, 21, batted .370 with 19 runs scored, seven doubles, five home runs and 16 RBIs in 22 April games. He compiled a 1.099 OPS for the month, the second-highest mark in the Midwest League. The left-handed hitter was tied for third in the league in runs scored, home runs and extra-base hits (12), fourth in batting average and tied for fourth in hits.

Jokisch, 23, went 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA in five April starts, striking out 21 while walking six and limiting opponents to a .240 batting average. He began the season going at least six innings while allowing one or no runs in each of his first four starts. He finished the month tied for fifth in the Southern League in victories, tied for eighth in innings pitched and ninth in ERA. Jokisch, a native of Virginia, Ill., who attended Northwestern University, was selected in the 11th round of the 2010 draft.

9/27 Watkins, Struck honored

Infielder Logan Watkins and right-handed pitcher Nick Struck were named the Cubs’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two will be honored Monday at Wrigley Field. Watkins, 23, hit .281 with 93 runs scored, 20 doubles, 11 triples, nine home runs and 52 RBIs in 133 games for Double-A Tennessee. He led the Southern League in runs scored, was second in triples and walks (76) and was fourth in on-base percentage (.383). Originally selected in the 21st round of the 2008 Draft, Watkins owns a .285 batting average in 475 career Minor League games.

Struck, 22, went 14-10 with a 3.18 ERA in 28 games (26 starts) for Tennessee. He led the Southern League in victories, ranked third with 155 2/3 innings pitched and fourth in ERA. He led the club with 123 strikeouts, walked 44, and limited opposing hitters to a .238 batting average. From May 29 through the end of the season, Struck went 10-5 with a 2.29 ERA in 18 games (16 starts). All told, Struck allowed three or fewer earned runs in 20 of his 26 starts while he issued two or fewer walks in 21 starts. Chicago’s 39th round selection in the 2009 Draft, Struck is 32-27 with a 3.50 ERA in 84 career Minor League games, including 73 starts. He has struck out 330 batters while walking 134, and has surrendered 28 home runs in 431 2/3 innings pitched.

– Carrie Muskat

9/10 Minor League report

Boise had a 7-5 lead after seven innings Sunday night but gave up seven runs in the eighth to lose, 12-9, to Vancouver in the deciding game of the Northwest League championship series. Tayler Scott started and gave up 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings. Dan Vogelbach hit a three-run home run, and drove in another run. Jeimer Candelario had two RBIs and Stephen Bruno had two hits and scored three runs.

“It’s been a [heck] of a year for a lot of the guys who have really overcome a lot of things and matured,” Boise manager Mark Johnson told the Idaho Statesman. “And they’ve gotten a lot better. That’s what it’s all about, improving and learning how to play the game the right way.”

Here are the final 2012 records for the Cubs’ Minor League teams:

Triple-A Iowa: 53-87, fourth place (28 games back)

Double-A Tennessee: 72-68 (35-35 first half; 37-33 second half)

Class A Daytona: 59-74 (30-38 first half; 29-36 second half)

Class A Peoria: 63-75 (35-34 first half; 28-41 second half)

Class A Boise: 37-39 (13-25 first half; 24-14 second half)

Rookie League Mesa: 37-19

– Carrie Muskat

9/4 More September call-ups

The Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin, right-handed pitchers Jaye Chapman and Rafael Dolis, and catcher Anthony Recker from Double-A Tennessee. All four players were available in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. All four players were with Triple-A Iowa before moving to Tennessee after Iowa’s season ended prematurely because games were cancelled by Hurricane Isaac.

* Rusin, 25, returns to the Cubs after making his Major League debut Aug. 21 in Milwaukee. He took the loss even though he held the Brewers to one run on one hit and two walks over five innings.  A fourth-round pick in 2009, Rusin was to start Tuesday against the Nationals.

* Chapman, 25, joins the first Major League roster of his pro career.  He was acquired from Atlanta with right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino for Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson on July 30.  Overall this season, Chapman combined to go 3-8 with seven saves and a 4.02 ERA in 50 relief appearances between Atlanta’s Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate, Iowa and Tennessee.

* Dolis, 24, returns to the Cubs for his third big league stint this season.  A member of the Opening Day roster, Dolis was with the club through May 28 and from June 27-July 22, combining to go 2-4 with four saves and a 6.44 ERA in 27 relief appearances. With Iowa, he had a 2.51 ERA in 13 relief appearances, and was on the disabled list from July 27-Aug. 28 because of a strained left knee.

* Recker, 29, was acquired from Oakland on Aug. 27 for catcher Blake Lalli.  Recker was a member of the A’s 2012 Opening Day roster but was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on May 27, where he was hitting .265 with seven doubles, nine home runs, 29 RBIs, a .358 on-base percentage and a .793 OPS before being designated for assignment on Aug. 20.  In parts of two Major League seasons, Recker has batted .146 (7-for-48) in 18 games.

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 Double-A Tennessee news

Double-A Tennessee first baseman Justin Bour was named to the Southern League postseason All-Star team on Friday. Bour, 24, currently leads the Smokies in batting average (.290), hits (141), doubles (36), home runs (17) and RBIs (110), which leads the Southern League.  His also won a Southern League “Player of the Week” award, July 30-Aug. 6, and a start on the North team in the Southern League All-Star Game.

* The Smokies also announced that C Anthony Recker and LHP Chris Rusin will join the team in advance of Friday’s game against Pensacola.  In corresponding roster moves, RHP Dallas Beeler has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa and infielder Elliot Soto has been placed on the disabled list. Rusin will start Friday to tune up for his next Major League start on Tuesday against the Nationals. Recker, 29, joins Tennessee after spending only three games with the I-Cubs, where he hit .286 (2-for-7) after being traded from the Athletics organization for C Blake Lalli on Aug. 27.

– Carrie Muskat

8/2 Brigham to Tennessee

Right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham, acquired from the Rangers for Geovany Soto, was assigned to Double-A Tennessee. He was scheduled to start Thursday. Brigham, 24, was 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Frisco this year.  He was named to the mid-season Texas League All-Star team earlier this season and pitched a scoreless second inning for the South Division. A native of Winter Garden, Fla., he was originally selected by the Rangers in the sixth round of the 2006 draft out of Central Florida Christian Academy in Orlando, Fla.

– 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

4/11 Minor League report

Randy Wells gave up four runs on six hits and struck out five over six innings in Iowa’s 6-5 loss to Albuquerque. Adrian Cardenas had two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Josh Vitters had two hits and was batting .412. Casey Coleman starts on Wednesday.

Nick Struck gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-1 loss to Jackson. Jim Adduci got things started with a leadoff homer. Trey McNutt is slated to start Wednesday.

Matt Szczur and Ronald Torreyes each had two hits in Daytona’s 4-2 loss to Dunedin. Daytona committed four errors and gave up four runs in the eighth. Austin Kirk threw five shutout innings, giving up four hits and walking two.

Willengton Cruz gave up five runs, two earned, on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 7-1 loss to Quad Cities. Jeffrey Lorick struck out three over two innings.

– Carrie Muskat

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