Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-17-14

Iowa Cubs Chris Valaika was 2-3 with a double, RBI and walk. He also scored a run. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-5 with a triple and RBI. He struck out once. Logan Watkins was 2-2 with a walk and Eli Whiteside was 2-3 with an RBI and walk. Christian Villanueva was 1-2 with a double, 2 walks and a run scored. Eric Jokisch threw 5.2 innings, allowed 3 hits and 3 runs, but none were earned...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-15-14

I’ve not done these for several days and the reason is not important. Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara and Josh Vitters were a combined 0-12 at the top of the I-Cubs batting order. Chris Coghlan was 1-3 with a walk and Chris Valaika was 2-3 with a double. Logan Watkins and Eli Whiteside each added hits. Carlos Pimentel got the start and that’s about all that’s worthy...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap 4-10-14

Three of the Cubs four minor league games got underway this afternoon while Daytona played tonight. Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur was 2-4 with a strikeout and run scored. Arismendy Alcantara doubled and had 2 hits in 4 plate appearances. Javier Baez isn’t getting a lot of hits, but he hit his 2nd home run of the season and was 1-4 with a strikeout. Josh Vitters showed he can be patient...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-8-14

Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs are off to as solid a start to their season as the parent club is. They pounded out 4 hits tonight. All screaming liners, I heard. They also struck out 14 times due to bad umpiring. Leadoff hitter and center fielder, Matt Szczur was 0-4 with a couple of strikeouts. Chris Valaika had one of those hits and one of the team’s two doubles. Javier Baez saw what...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs April 6 Minor League Recap

Chris Valaika delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth as Iowa won its first game defeating Memphis 4-3. Javier Baez hit his first AAA homer while Tennessee and Kane County both lost. Daytona had the day off.
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitchers and Catchers Report!

For literally no reason at all, I always await the day pitchers and catchers report with bated breath. In my head, I know that absolutely nothing important happens on that day. Why on earth do I care that Carl Newhouse is checking into the Embassy Suites in Mesa today? However, deep in the cholesterol-laden valves of my heart, I still long for it. "This is the first day of the...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Loria interfering with Marlins...again

The Marlins owner is once again sticking his nose where it doesn't belongwhen it comes to the team's personnel decisions. 

Via The Outside Corner
August 26, 2013  |  1 Comment

Miami Marlins Disable Chris Valaika, Recall Derek Dietrich

The Miami Marlins made a pair of moves that affects their infield. The organization had to place infielder Chris Valaika on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture to his left wrist. Taking his place on the parent roster is middle infielder Derek Dietrich who they recalled from their Double-A Jacksonville minor league affiliate. There is no timetable for Valaika’s return so Dietrich...
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May 08, 2013  |  Discuss

The Phils are hurt by the long ball as they are blanked by the Marlins, losing 2-0.

As the Marlins hits two solo shots off of Cole Hamels, the Phils are one-hit by Marlins’ pitching, as they lose to the fish, 2-0. The Marlins took the lead in the top of the second as Marcell Ozuna hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and his first career home run, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as, with one man...
May 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Marlins 2, Phillies 0

Jose Fernandez pitched one-hit ball and struck out nine in seven dominant innings, leading the Miami Marlins over the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Saturday night for his first win in the majors. Marcell Ozuna hit his first career homer and Chris Valaika connected for the first time in three years to stop Cole Hamels (1-4). Fernandez (1-2) allowed just a single by Freddy Galvis up...
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May 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Fernandez dominant to beat Phillies for first win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jose Fernandez pitched one-hit ball and struck out nine in seven dominant innings, leading the Miami Marlins over the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Saturday night for his first win in the majors. Marcell Ozuna hit his first career homer and Chris Valaika connected for the first time in three years to stop Cole Hamels (1-4). The 20-year-old Fernandez (1-2) allowed...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Take Another

The Marlins Marlins were beaten by the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Friday in a game they trailed from the start.  Chicago has now taken the first two of the series and Miami has 18 losses on the year to go along with only five wins.   That record puts the Marlins on pace for the worst record in Major League Baseball history.   Currently, it’s good enough for worst this season in MLB...
April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The Struggles of Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton was on the brink of stardom and ready to challenge the world as MLB's perennial homerun champion (crushed 93 HR through his age 22 season).  However, his team (Miami Marlins) traded away the rest of the club's talent and provided him with no supporting cast. This season has been a complete waste.  He's yet to hit a homerun, and only yesterday...
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April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Adeiny Hechevarria to DL with sore arm

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Marlins put shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria on the 15-day disabled list with a sore throwing arm before the start of their four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Hechavarria hurt his right arm just above the elbow while making a throw and was scratched from Wednesday's game. He got an MRI that found no significant injury. Manager Mike Redmond...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Miami Drops Another Series

The Miami Marlins will have to wait at least one more series to pick up their first series win of 2013 after they dropped Wednesday’s game to the Washington Nationals by a final score of 6-1.   Washington has now taken five out of the six meetings against Miami and won both series played.   A day after scoring eight runs, Miami’s offense returned to their normal form only plating...
April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Miami Loses Another Close One

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins by a final score of 2-1 to take the three game series.   It was yet another game that Miami had a chance to win but fell short on.  Despite a 2-10 record, the Marlins have been in every game but one and have received terrific efforts from the starting rotation.  However, the offense has been an issue all season long...
April 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Big Fifth Puts Fish Away

Wednesday’s 8-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves moved the Miami Marlins to 1-8 on the year.  Most of the runs came in a six run fifth inning for Atlanta where they hit two home runs off of Miami starter, Alex Sanabia.   This was the third time that the Marlins have been shut out in only nine games and the first time that a starter was ineffective.   The Marlins currently hold the...
April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump...where Bard wants to start the season in the Majors.

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “It’s pretty obvious that something needs to be made,” said Bard of a roster decision. “I think I’ve done what I’ve needed to as far as just to prove I’m over last year. My mechanics are pretty...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Stanton homers, Marlins beat Nationals 8-5

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, including a drive high off the hitters' background screen in center field, to help the Miami Marlins defeat the Washington Nationals 8-5 Tuesday. Bryce Harper singled in each of his first two times up to extend his streak of consecutive at-nats with hits to nine, He walked in the fifth, then left the game. Harper is hitting...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

MINOR details: 2012 recap edition - Rookie Billings Mustangs

All of the Reds minor league organizations are through with baseball for this season except for Bakersfield (starting the playoffs tonight) so it's time to start recapping each team's season. Statistical leaders were chosen among those who played significant time. It's not limited to a certain number of ABs or IPs, really. I just picked who I thought played enough...
Via Redlegs Review
September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

To September…. and beyond

September is right around the corner. With September comes the inevitable September call ups. Here are the players who are active and on the 40 man roster, but not currently with the Reds: Logan Ondrusek Todd Redmond Jordan Smith Pedro Villarreal Devin Mesoraco Didi Gregorius Donald Lutz Henry Rodriguez Neftali Soto Chris Valaika Denis Phipps Of the guys on that list, I can see...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/24/12

8/24 Game Review Louisville lost 4-2. Box Score Chris Valaika went 2-4 with a double, RBI and a run. Henry Rodriguez went 2-3. Neftali Soto went 1-4 with an RBI. Cody Puckett went 1-4 with a double. Felix Perez went 1-1 with a run (pinch hitter). Jordan Smith threw 2 shutout innings. Nick Christiani threw a perfect inning with 2 strikeouts. Pensacola was postponed. Double header...
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August 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/23/12

8/23 Game Review Louisville lost 6-1. Box Score Willie Harris went 2-4 with 2 doubles, a walk and a run. Felix Perez went 1-4 with an RBI. Chris Valaika went 2-3 with a walk and a double. Todd Redmond allowed 1 earned (2 total) in 6 innings with 6 strikeouts. Game notes Todd Redmond was the tough luck pitcher who took the loss after a very strong start. Pensacola won 6-0. Box...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians Clinch IL West Pennant; Irwin Strikes Out 9

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Louisville Bats  1 (Box)   Phil Irwin struck out 9 batters tonight. The champagne is flowing in the Indianapolis Indians clubhouse!  The Indians have clinched the International League Western Division pennant tonight at Victory Field.  The Indians defeated the Louisville Bats, which decreased their magic number from 2 to 1.  Then, about 15 minutes...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/19/12

8/19 Game Review Louisville lost 9-8. Box Score Chris Valaika went 3-5 with a double and 2 runs. Didi Gregorius went 2-5 with a double and a run. Felix PErez went 1-4 with a run. Denis Phipps went 3-3 with 2 home runs (13), 6 RBI and a walk. Mike Costanzo went 1-4 with a run. Cody Puckett went 1-4 with an RBI. Josh Judy threw 1.2 shutout innings of relief. JJ Hoover threw a shutout...
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August 19, 2012  |  Discuss

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