Loosen throws no-hitter
Matthew Loosen made history Monday afternoon throwing a no-hitter against Dunedin as the right-hander fanned nine and issued two walks in the gem. Loosen retired the final 11 hitters and got the side in order in the 2nd, 3rd and 5th in the 7-0 Daytona win.
"I felt really good from the start," Loosen said. "Things kind of flowed together from there and (Yaniel Cabezas) did a great job behind the plate. It's feels great!"
Loosen walked two and struck out a season-high nine in Daytona's 7-0 win. The only other baserunner reached on an error in the fifth. The Cubs scored all seven runs in the first three innings.
"Getting those runs was huge," Loosen said. "Especially with the heat out here today, it kept me in the dugout for a little longer and helped me get rest. Early-on, I walked a couple guys so the runs helped me concentrate on pounding the zone with fastballs and that made things a lot easier."
Loosen credits Daytona pitching coach Storm Davis for being a huge help in his development since being sent from down from AA Tennessee to Daytona in June.
"Storm's been a huge help," Loosen said. "Every day I try to talk to him just to learn and get some information from him. He knows the game like no other and he has really helped me. Everything he has told me has really helped and it's come full-circle."
Cubs Manager Dave Keller said this is the first nine-inning no-hitter he has managed.
"I started to realize it in about the fifth or sixth," Keller said. "Then in the seventh, I became really superstitious. I had to stand in the exact same spot at the end of the dugout and tried my best to leave him alone."
According to Keller, Loosen's hard work and determination to improve from the beginning of the season is paying off. "He totally deserved this," Keller said. "It's really cool for him the way he's been working and throwing for us recently."
In his last four starts Loosen is 3-0 in 27 innings allowing one run with 31 strikeouts and a 0.51 WHIP.
The no-hitter is the first nine-inning no-no for the Daytona Cubs since August 24, 1996 when Kerry Wood, Darold Brown and Brandon Hammack combined to no-hit Vero Beach. Craig Muschko, Chris Siegfried, Oswaldo Martinez and David Cales combined to throw the last Daytona Cubs no-hitter (seven innings) on August 15, 2009 in game one of a doubleheader against, ironically, Dunedin at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
AAA—Iowa 5, New Orleans 2
All-Star Chris Rusin and two relievers held New Orleans (43-48) to four hits and the Iowa (47-45) offense knocked out 13 hits.
At the Plate: 1B Brad Nelson (.263) led the hit parade going 3-4 with two RBI. C Luis Flores (.187) had two hits, including his 4th homer, and 2B Logan Watkins (.257) went 2-4 with a RBI and a run. 3B Junior Lake (.313) was 1-4 with a RBI
On the Mound: Chris Rusin (8-7 3.26) added six more frames (116 IP) to his strong season allowing four hits and four walks which led to a pair of Zephyr runs, one coming on a solo homer. He fanned two and threw 105 pitches. The I-Cubs bullpen was unhittable as Yoanner Negrin (2-3 4.57) worked two frames and Brian Schlitter (0-1 1.83) worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save.
AA—Game 1—Huntsville 2, Tennessee 0; Game 2—Huntsville 6, Tennessee 3—8 innings
Huntsville (8-12) swept Tennessee (10-8) as the Smokies only had two hits in the opener and fell in extra innings in the night-cap after a three-run rally in the bottom of the 7th.
At the Plate: GAME 1—Not much happened at the plate as the Smokies were limited to singles from Arismendy Alcantara and Rubi Silva. The Smokies never got a runner to second base. GAME 2—The Smokies finally got on the board in the fifth when Christian Villanueva singled and eventually scored on Chad Noble's sacrifice fly. Justin Bour smacked his 8th homer of the year and Rubi Silva singled, stole second and third (10) and scored when the throw went into left field to tie the game in the seventh. The Smokies had a chance to win the game but John Andreoli was thrown out at home on Nate Samson's fly out to left in his first at-bat of the season.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Kyle Hendricks (8-3 2.13 ERA) had a quality outing but when your team doesn't score its hard to win. The right-hander only allowed two hits and three walks but they led to two runs. He fanned five and threw 79 pitches, 46 for strikes. Zach Rosscup and Tony Zych each tossed a scoreless inning of relief. GAME 2—A.J. Morris turned in another good performance as the right-hander allowed one run in six innings on six hits and no walks. He fanned three and threw only 55 pitches. Hunter Cervenka went two innings and gave up two runs, one earned, with three strikeouts. The Stars scored three times off Frank Batista (2-3 2.85) in the eighth on two hits and two walks.
Smokies Notes: Kyle Hendricks will be the starting pitcher for the North Division in the 2013 Southern League All-star game. SS Arismendy Alcantara, OF Matt Szczur and 3B Christian Villanueva were all named starters. C Rafael Lopez and RHP Alberto Cabrera are also on the North squad…...IF Nate Samson, signed as a free agent July 4, was assigned to Tennessee. The former Cub minor leaguer was released after last season. Samson, 25, was the Cubs 34th round pick in 2006, and it marks the fifth straight season he has appeared on the Tennessee roster.
High A—Daytona 7, Dunedin 0
Matthew Loosen tossed a no-hitter and Daytona scored all seven runs in the first three innings.
At the Plate: Cubs had eight hits and did all their damage in their first three at-bats. Bijan Rademacher hit his first FSL homer, a two-run shot, and Elliot Soto added a two-run single. Yaniel Cabezas and Wes Darvill both drove in runs while Dustin Geiger had two hits and scored once. Zeke DeVoss tripled and scored twice.
On the Mound: Matt Loosen made history with a no-hitter fanning nine in the outing. (9IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 9K)
Low A—Kane County
Kane County and Quad Cities were rained out and the game will not be made up as the two teams do not play again.
Cougars Notes: Kane County has Tuesday off and then embark on a six-game road trip at South Bend (July 10-12) and West Michigan (July 13-15). The games at West Michigan are on MiLB-TV.
Short-Season—Boise 11, Tri-City 3
Boise (12-13) scored early and kept scoring downing Tri-City (10-15) to snap a five-game losing streak
At the Plate: Boise scored a season-high 11 runs with 14 hits and nine walks. David Bote led off the first with a homer (3) to straight away centerfield to get the offense started. Daniel Lockhart went 3-4 with 2 RBI while Shawon Dunston (R, RBI, 2BB), Yasiel Balaguert (RBI, BB), Jacob Rogers (3R, RBI 3BB) and Rony Rodriguez (2R) all had two hits.
On the Mound: Dau-Eun Rhee continued his rehab making the start in his first appearance at Boise. The right-hander threw three scoreless innings limiting Tri -City to two hits while fanning three. RHP Loiger Padron (1-2 6.87) got the win pitching three innings in his first relief role. He allowed three hits and one walk with three punchouts. Tyler Skulina threw two innings in his third pro game and has not been scored on in four innings although he did allow his first hit. Matt Iannazzo (1-1 3.00) pitched the ninth allowing a run.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Cubs had the day off but the big news was the arrival of Juan Carlos-Paniagua, a right-handed pitcher from the Dominican that couldn't get into the country due to visa issues. The Cubs signed the 23-year-old for $1.5 million last year and he pitched in two games in the Arizona Rookie League but couldn't enter the states for the start of the 2013 season. Paniagua's fastball has been clocked as high as 98 mph, throws an above average change-up for his second pitch and a slider. The Cubs will likely move Paniagua out of Mesa and he could end up in the starting rotation in Boise or Kane County. While waiting to get into the U.S., Paniagua pitched in four games in the DSL (12.1 IP, 4H 0r, 2 BB 13K).
Dominican Summer League—Cardinals 3, Cubs 1
The Cardinals (16-14) scored three runs in the bottom of the 8th for the win over the Cubs (20-10)
At the Plate: Cubs were held to five hits and scored in the first when Adonis Paula singled and scored on Shamil Ubiera's double.
On the Mound: Hector Perez, 20, (1-1 1.93 ERA) worked six strong innings allowing three hits and one walks with five strikeouts. Jesus Perez (4-2 3.48) couldn't hold the Cards allowing three runs on four hits, including a two-run homer.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Cubs had the day off and face the Phillies on Tuesday.