Cubs Minor League Daily: Covering the Hawks

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Covering the Hawks

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boise hawksThe Boise Hawks, the Cubs Short-Season Low-A affiliate in the Northwest League, is one of the best covered teams in the Cubs organization. In addition to being able to catch all the free radio streams from the Hawks’ website (linked daily in the Scores From Yesterday section below), you can also follow the voice of the Hawks on Twitter. Mike Safford is one of the sources of Hawks info out there, including real time accounts of the bus breakdowns that seem to plague this team every season.

In addition to that, local papers, the Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press-Tribune, both do an excellent job of covering all things Hawks.

From the perspective of Cub fans nationwide wanting as complete a look at the new and youngest wave of talent as possible, the Cubs short-season team could not be better situated. Boise is great sports town that does an excellent job covering their local team, and we all stand to reap those benefits all season long.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – It was a pitching duel in Iowa, and the Cubs came out on top 2-0.
Tennessee – The score looks like a pitching duel, but the game was stranger than that. The Smokies still won, though, 2-1.
Daytona – On the first day back from the All-Star break, the Cubs got clobbered 9-2.
Kane County – Kane County is off until Thursday thanks to the Midwest League All Star Game.
Boise – The Hawks had opportunities, but they could not find the big hit. They lost their home opener 8-6.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Chris Rusin pitched the complete game shut out and struck out eight in the process.
  • [Iowa] The Cubs had trouble scoring themselves, though. Brian Bogusevic and Donnie Murphy each hit a solo home run, but that was all the runs Iowa could manage.
  • [Tennessee] Chad Noble, Anthony Giansanti, and Jonathan Mota all had two hits for the Cubs.
  • [Tennessee] Eric Jokisch struck out 3 in 6 innings of one run ball. Trey McNutt (2K), Tony Zych (1K), and Frank Batista (2K) all pitched a scoreless inning in relief. It was Batista’s 9th save.
  • [Daytona] The only pitcher to have a scoreless outing for the Cubs was Jeffrey Lorick. He allowed 3 hits in 2 innings, but none of those runs reached the plate.
  • [Daytona] Dustin Geiger drove his 8th home run of the season in this one. Ben Carhart (2 for 4) had a double for the only other extra base hit.
  • [Boise] Duane Underwood had a rough start, and the bullpen did not fair much better. Tyler Bremer was a bright spot, though; he struck out two in the final inning.
  • [Boise] Yasiel Balaguert doubled as part of his 2 for 4 night. Jacob Rogers also had two hits for Boise.

Other News

  • You probably guessed this already, but the wind was indeed blowing in at Iowa yesterday. The box score records it as in from left at 8 MPH.
  • Some how the Smokies managed to record 12 hits, 1 walk, and benefit from 4 errors and yet only produced 2 runs. That is what happens when all 12 of the hits are singles and the team also strikes out 11 times. Consider this game Exhibit A for the value of extra base hits.
  • The Hawks walked 8 times in this game, and struck out just 7. Very nice.

Author: Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.