Cubs May 27 Minor League Recap

Ronald Torreyes hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to lead Tennessee over Huntsville while Kane County used an eighth inning rally of their own to beat Beloit. Iowa lost and Daytona had the day off. Almora leaves game and roster moves.

Oklahoma City 4, Iowa 3

Oklahoma City scored four runs in the third and hung on snapping Iowa's four-game winning streak.

At the Plate: Iowa only managed three hits off RedHawk pitching although they drew five walks. Brian Bogusevic led off the fourth with a double, went to third on a grounder, and scored on Darnell McDonald's sacrifice fly. Brent Lillibridge hit his third homer of the season in the fifth. The I-Cubs loaded the bases in the six with one out but only scored one run, that coming on a sacrifice fly from Dave Sappelt.

Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (0-4), Bogusevic RF (1-2 2R 2B 2BB), Jackson CF (1-4), McDonald LF (0-1 RBI 2BB), Nelson DH (0-2), Sappelt DH (0-1 RBI), Murphy SS (0-3 BB), Lillibridge 1B (1-4 R HR RBI), Maysonet 3B (0-3), Boscan C (0-2), Stewart PH (0-1)

On the Mound: Guillermo Moscoso (2-2 4.80) allowed all four of his hits in the Red Hawks' four-run fourth, including a pair of bunt singles. The right-hander walked four and fanned six in five innings, throwing 100 pitches, 57 for strikes. Hisanori Takahashi worked two scoreless innings with three walks and a strikeout. RHP Brian Schlitter, promoted to AAA on Monday, held Oklahoma City scoreless for two frames on two hits and three strikeouts.

Cubs Notes: Josh Vitters has missed the last three games with a strained rib cage muscle.

Tennessee 8, Huntsville 6

Ronald Torreyes picked a great time for his first homer of the season as the second baseman hit a two-run shot down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth to give Tennessee (26-23) a 8-6 win over Huntsville (22-28).

At the Plate: Arismendy Alcantara's RBI single scored Matt Szczur in the first and the Smokies scored three more times in the fourth on a hit, a hit batter, four walks, and a sacrifice fly from Jonathan Mota. A two-out rally in the sixth plated a run as Ronald Torreyes' single scored Anthony Giansanti, who singled and took second on a walk to Szczur. Tennessee tied the game in the seventh at 6-6 with back-to-back doubles by Ty Wright and Rubi Silva. Torreyes took a 1-2 pitch over the fence in the 8th, scoring Chad Noble, who led off the inning with a single.

Smokies Lineup: Szczur CF (1-3 R RBI), Torreyes 2B (2-5 R HR 3RBI), Alcantara SS (1-4), Wright LF (2-4 2R 2B), Silva RF (1-3 R 2B RBI), Villanueva 3B (1-3 R BB), Mota 1B (0-3 RBI ), Noble C (2-3 R 2B BB), Loosen P (0-1 RBI BB, Giansanti (1-1 R), Soto 3B (0-1)

On the Mound: RHP Matt Loosen was one of the best pitchers in the Florida State League last year finishing second in WHIP (1.14) and BAA (202). He tied the the FSL lead in wins with 11 and had 110 K in 112.2 IP. He's off to a rough start in 2013 after starting the season on the DL and joining Tennessee in late April. In seven games, he's tossed 23.2 innings, allowing 24 hits while walking 21 with a 7.99 ERA. Loosen made his sixth start Monday night and threw 98 pitches working six innings. The right-hander allowed eight hits and four runs (three homers) with a walk and two strikeouts. Hunter Cervenka (1IP, 2H 2ER, 1BB, 0K) made his AA debut allowing a walk and back-to-back doubles as Huntsville grabbed a 6-5 lead. Tony Zych worked the final two innings getting a double play grounder to end the game to record his first win of the season.

Smokies Notes: Catcher Lance Rymel was assigned to Tennessee from extended spring training. Rymel is a 2012 28th-round pick out of Rogers State University. He played in 18 games at Boise after the draft hitting .188/246/.344 in 25 games with two homers and 10 RBI…….LHP Hunter Cervenka (1-0 2.91 ERA) was promoted to Tennessee after saving five games for Daytona in 11 appearances. He had 21 K in 21.1 IP with a BAA of .171 in the FSL. Cervenka, 23, was drafted by the Red Sox and came to the Cubs with Michael Bowden in the Marlon Byrd trade in April of 2012.


Daytona had the day off and open a three-game series against Tampa Yankees on Tuesday.

Kane County 8, Beloit 4

Pin-Chieh Chen's two-run single broke a 4-4 tie and Daniel Vogelbach hit his first homer of May as Kane County (24-25) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat Beloit (29-21).

At the Plate: Beloit sent another top prospect to the mound on Monday, Michael Ynao, who signed a $4.25 million bonus at age 16 in 2008. The A's right-hander entered the game with 29 K in 28.2 IP and a WHIP of 1.08 and a BAA of .198. Rock Shoulders walked to start the 2nd, took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third when the throw to second went into the outfield. Ynao uncorked another wild pitch allowing Shoulders to score. The Cougars chased Ynao (2.2 IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K 2WP) in the third as David Bote and Daniel Vogelbach led off with singles. Jeimer Candelario added to his MWL leading double total (17) scoring Bote. Vogelbach tied the game 3-3 crossing home on a groundout by Marco Hernandez. In the five-run eighth, Hernandez led off with a bunt single and Gioskar Amaya followed with an infield hit. Yaniel Cabezas sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Zapata hit a grounder to second and it looked like Hernandez would be out at the plate but the catcher dropped the ball allowing the run to score. Chen followed with a two-run single plating Amaya and Zapata. After Bote grounded out, Vogelbach launched his first long ball since April 30, the sixth of the season.

Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (1-4 R 2RBI BB), Almora CF (0-1), Bote RF (1-4 R), Vogelbach DH (3-5 2R HR 2RBI), Candelario 3B (1-4 2B RBI BB), Shoulders 1B (1-5 R), Hernandez SS (1-4 R RBI ), Amaya 2B (1-3 R BB), Cabezas C (1-3), Zapata RF (2-4 R)

On the Mound: LHP Michael Heesch made his ninth start working six innings against the Snappers. He surrendered seven hits and walked one as Beloit scored three earned runs. He fanned four and has 31 in 48 innings. Stephen Perakslis earned his first MWL win twirling three innings of one-hit ball. A walk and a failed pickoff play led to an unearned run. He fanned three and after a rough start to 2013, has lowered his ERA to 3.81, not yielding an earned run in over nine innings. Perakslis was 21st round draft pick last year out of Maine University.

Cougar Notes: OF Albert Almora left the game in the third inning after an injury to his left leg while chasing a fly ball. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer told reporters in Chicago, Almora hurt his hamstring and the 2012 first-round pick tweeted after the game that he would be back in a few days.…..OF Oliver Zapata extended his hitting streak to nine games with an infield single in the second.

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