daytona cubs logoMake that three excellent pitching performances in these playoffs by the Daytona Cubs. And they have only played three playoff games. They gave up plenty of hits in this one, but not a single opposing run crossed the plate. Two shutouts in three games is a nice way to kick off the postseason. Given who is on the mound for the Cubs tonight, we could be in store for yet another impressive outing.

The Smokies, on the other hand, ran into some good pitching and suffered the first playoff loss for the Cubs farm system this season.

Scores From Yesterday

Tennessee – The Smokies offense went silent in this 3-1 loss.
Daytona – The Cubs were again led by their starting pitching in this 5-0 win.
Boise – The Boise Hawks had the day off.

Performances of Note

  • [Tennessee] John Andreoli had the only multi hit day for the Smokies, finishing 2 for 3 with a stolen base.
  • [Tennessee] The Smokies struggles on offense happened in part because the first four batters in their lineup – Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, and Justin Bour, went a combined 0 for 15 with 9 strikeouts. I doubt we see that sort of widespread struggle too many more times this postseason.
  • [Tennessee] Rubi Silva hit a solo home run for the Smokies only tally. Christian Villanueva doubled for the team’s only other extra base hit.
  • [Tennessee] While Nick Struck struggled somewhat on the mound in the start, the bullpen of Yeiper Castillo, A.J. Morris, and Tony Zych pitched pretty well.
  • [Daytona] Pierce Johnson pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits with 6 strikeouts. Jeffrey Lorick pitched 3 more scoreless innings, and Zach Cates (despite walking 3) finished off the shutout.
  • [Daytona] The pitching was very good, but they were not alone. The offense was pretty good too. As a whole the team finished 5 doubles.
  • [Daytona] Pin-Chieh Chen doubled as part of his 2 for 5 game. Zeke DeVoss doubled twice, walked twice, and stole a base as part of his 2 for 2 night. Dustin Geiger and Anthony Giansanti both doubled and finished 2 for 4.
  • [Daytona] Kris Bryant had his first off night of the playoffs, finishing 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Other News

  • The second game of Tennessee’s best of five series is also in Birmingham, but the last three games of the series will be back home in Tennessee. For Game Two the Smokies send Dae-Eun Rhee to the mound, and the Barons answer with Chris Beck. The Smokies scored six times on Beck on August 19, but Rhee has pitched very well twice lately against Birmingham (including in that same August 19th game). I like Tennessee’s chances to head back home with series tied at one.
  • The Daytona Cubs are still at home in their best of five Championship Series, and they send the fourth of four good starters to the mound tonight. Ivan Pineyro takes the mound against Charlotte’s Grayson Garvin. Pineyro last faced the Stone Crabs on July 19th, and in that game he pitched six scoreless innings. Garvin has not faced the Cubs this season and only has 16.2 innings of Florida State League experience. He has pitched well though, so this could be a pretty good game.
  • Boise opens their best of three Championship Series at home against Vancouver tonight. Starting pitchers have not yet been announced for either team.
  • ssckelley

    Solid pitching performances by the Daytona pitchers. This past trade deadline has made a big impact to our pitching prospects but 2012 draftee Pierce Johnson might be the best of them. Tennessee should have a solid group of pitchers next year.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    I think for the most part those Daytona And Tennessee rosters will be combined to start next season and it would include Jorge Soler.

    • ssckelley

      I think there is a good chance both Bryant and Soler start next year in Tennessee. Next May/June might be a good time to plan a trip to the Smokey Mountains.

      • X the Cubs Fan

        Vogelbach has a chance to be in AA July 2014.

        • ssckelley

          Quite possible, the Cubs are starting to get a little log jam at first base as well. Geiger has looked pretty good offensively, he might start at AA. Bour has shown a lot of power this year and he might start in AAA. But I doubt either will stop Vogelbach from moving up.

      • macpete22

        Bryant will most likely start in AA and Soler probably will too. Almora in Daytona and my guess is Baez starts in AAA and ends up getting called up mid season

        • X the Cubs Fan

          I don’t want to see Baez in AAA, not sure about my reasoning tho.

          • Hookers or Cake

            Baez will need time to adjust to whatever position they decide to have him play. I don’t like it either as I think if the Cubs think he can stick at SS he should be the SS and Castro should move to 2cnd. Alcantara prolly needs a full year at AAA. Villenueva should be at 3B in AAA all year… I just don’t know outside of a trade where the Cubs can get time for Baez other than SS in AAA.

            Does anyone think the Cubs might try Baez in the OF?

  • TabaccopouchinIvy

    I see Birmingham’s start won is 1st game…any info on Chris Bussit? Thnx.

    • Tim

      That record you see is his playoff stats. They always reset them when the playoffs begin. He started this season off at WS and pitched to a 3.46 era in 101.1 innings with 101 K and only 42 walks while holding opponents to a .232 BAA. He was the. Promoted to AA and pitched 47.2 innings with a 2.27 era with 37 K 17 BB and an opponent .213 BAA. He’s had a decent year

  • Cedlandrum

    I’ll ask again today since no one responded yesterday. Are the Boise Hawks likely to have the same problems in getting players into Canada that they had early in the season?

    Is Dunston hurt again?

    • Brett

      I’m guessing more players have gotten their documentation squared away by now, but I’d think some guys would still have issues, yes. No idea on Dunston.

      • Cedlandrum

        Thanks for the answer Brett.

  • Jono

    That’s it, Bryant’s a bust

  • CubbieBubba

    I was watching the Smokies game online last night and while the Baron’s (white sox) pitcher was really good, throwing in the low 90s, the Ump took the bat out of their hands himself. Frequently calling strikes that looked considerably off the plate. (though the camera was in a bad angle, so maybe they were just barely completely off the plate) Still, I expect the Smokies to bounce back. The top of their order is too good not to.

    The White Sox do look like they’ve got some nice pitchers in double-a, its just too bad the league ERA champ Kyle Hendricks isn’t still in double-a to make them all look like chumps.

  • AA Correspondent

    Smokies dropped a heartbreaker last night, so its time to move on. Our hopes rest on the right arm of Dae-un Rhee whi has been good, but not spectacular. If he can command his fastball and keep the ball down in the zone (he is succeptable to giving up the long ball, and Birmingham has some good sluggers) we should be fine. I truly believe that the Smokies offense (last night not withstanding) is too good to be held down. An 0-15 from the first 4 hitters certainly wont happen again. This murderers row could explode, and hopefull tonight is the night.

    The talk about movement next season is always fun to read. I believe that the system is really working well, and may even be getting backed up. Bour probably deserved to be in AAA this season base on his production in AA in 2012. I definately think he goes to AAA in 2014. Geiger is ready for AA with Vogs right behind him. I see Alcantara and Villanueva in AAA (along with Szczur and possibly Silva). We may see some guys held over in their respective leagues simply from a log jam perspective.

    I actually think Baez returns to AA to start 2014 and eventually goes straight to Chicago and bypasses AAA. The PCL is an offense driven league, and I realy don’t think he needs to go there and hit 45 HRs’ to prove anything. I think his biggest issues are maturity related (he’s only 20) and a disciplinarian manager like Buddy Bailey (assuming he returns to AA) is exactly what he needs for a few more months. I love this kid and am convinced we will look back at his time at Smokies park and argue whether or not he was the best to ever wear the uniform.

    Don’t sleep on Villanueva as a potential Cubs third baseman. He is as solid as they come defensively and has decent power. you could easily make a case for him as a legit third base prospect. Again, a good problem to have.

    I’ll be in Port Charlotte to hopefully watch Daytona win it all this weekend. Looking forward to seeing Bryant and Vogelbach in person along with my buddies Elliot Soto, and Anthony Giansanti.


    • ssckelley

      I don’t think Bour’s season was that great. Yeah he hit some homers but his combined .774 OPS is low for a first baseman. But I do think he starts in AAA next season as I think Geiger is ready for a shot at AA.

      No love for Boise?

  • cubsin

    The Cubs’ VSL and DSL teams both reached the playoffs, but lost the series. Also, I consider Ben Wells (9-6, 3.28 ERA, 1.211 WHIP) an adequate starting pitcher for Daytona.

    • Brett

      Indeed Wells is. I think Luke meant fourth starter in four playoff games.

  • http://Bleachernation Jay

    I’m in Bham tonight >> not pretty at all! 7-0 barons in the 6th. Smokies only have 3 hits.

  • Jeff

    Sad, I saw their last game against Chattanooga and they looked pretty lifeless, like a club ready to go in a stall :(