Cubs June 14 Minor League Recap

James Pugliese tossed five shutout innings with a career-high seven strikeouts and Shawon Dunston went 4-6 as Boise won its season opener over Eugene. Iowa's game was suspended tied at 5-5 in the 6th inning. Kane County and Tennessee both lost.

AAA—Iowa 5, Omaha 5

Rain stopped the game in the sixth inning and it will be completed on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. A nine-inning game will follow. Here's what happened before the rains.

At the Plate: Steve Clevenger, on a rehab assignment from Chicago, smacked a two-run homer in the first while a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch tied the game at 4-4 in the second. After the Storm Chasers took a 5-4 lead in the fifth, Junior Lake's sacrifice fly scored Clevenger (3-3 .394), who led of with a single and took third on Dave Nelson's double.

Cubs Lineup: Lillibridge 2B (1-2 R BB), Jackson (0-3), Clevenger 3B (3-3 2R HR 2RBI), Sappelt (1-3 2B), Nelson 1B (1-2 2B BB), Lake (1-2 R RBI), McDonald (0-0 R BB), Murphy 2B (0-2), Flores C (0-2), Maysonet SS (0-1 RBI)

On the Mound: Brooks Raley (5-4 4.92) got called to Wrigley Field on Wednesday and sent back to Iowa on Friday making the start at Principal Park against the Storm Chasers. The lefty went five innings allowing five hits and five runs with two walks and two strikeouts. Jeffry Antigua (1-1 3.38), who arrived in Iowa today from Kane County, allowed a hit and fanned one in his one inning before the rain came.

Cubs Notes: RHP Eduardo Sanchez has cleared waivers and been returned to Iowa. The Cubs claimed Sanchez on waivers from St. Louis on May 21 and he was added to the 40-man roster. When the Cubs traded Kane County's RHP Ian Dickson to Washington for relief pitcher Henry Rodriguez, Sanchez was taken off the 40-man roster and placed on waivers. Rodriguez was activated to the Cubs 25-man roster and LHP Brooks Raley, who didn't pitch in a game for Chicago since being called up June 12, was sent back down to Iowa…...Busy day on the transaction wire for Iowa as LHP Jeffry Antigua (Kane County) and RHP Larry Suarez (Daytona) were called up to Iowa and RHP Alex Burnett was placed on the DL with a right elbow strain.

AA—Mississippi 4, Tennessee 3

Mississippi (36-30) scored the winning run on a passed ball in the sixth as Tennessee (32-24) stranded 14 runners in the game.

At the Plate: Tennessee pounded Mississippi pitching for 13 hits but could only plate three runs going 3-18 with runners in scoring position. Rubi Silva's RBI single in the third plated Arismendy Alcantara, who walked with one out. The Smokies added two more runs in the fourth as Pin-Chieh Chen tripled and scored on Jonathan Mota's single. Mota took second on an errant pickoff throw, advanced to third on a bunt by Austin Kirk, and scored on Ronald Torreyes' double.

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

On the Mound: Austin Kirk (0-1 9.00) toed the rubber for his second AA start after being promoted from Daytona. He was 6-2 at Daytona in 10 starts but his numbers were not that impressive with a BAA of .293, a WHIP of 1.59, and a 4.50 ERA. The left-hander went five innings allowing five hits and three walks which led to three earned runs. He threw 77 pitches, 43 for strikes, and fanned three. Tony Zych (2-3 3.21) took a tough loss as the right-hander walked the leadoff hitter in the sixth, and a ground out and two passed balls later a run had scored. Trey McNutt (2-5 4.45), Zach Rosscup (1-1 2.03) and Frank Batista (2-0 1.80) all tossed a scoreless frame.

High A—Daytona

Daytona is in Day 1 of the three-game all-star break. LHP Frank Del Valle, OF Jorge Soler, OF John Andreoli, SS Javier Baez and 1B Dustin Geiger were all named to the North Squad for the June 15 game at Dunedin. Also named to the North squad was Carlos Alonzo, the Clearwater second baseman that got into it with Soler the night of the bat incident and five-game suspension. Should make for some interesting dugout talk.

Low A—Wisconsin 5, Kane County 1

Two Wisconsin (28-35) pitchers held Kane County (29-35) to five hits as the Rattlers won the opening game of the series.

At the Plate: Kane County's only run of the night came in the eighth when Wilson Contreras tripled and scored on Oliver Zapata's ground out to second. Contreras had two hits and Albert Almora extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single.

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

On the Mound: Michael Heesch (3-5 4.07 ERA) cruised through the first four innings but gave up a two-run double in the fourth and then the Rattlers scored three more times in the sixth. Heesch surrendered eight hits and four walks and only fanned one. Nathan Dorris (2-2 2.25) worked a perfect seventh. Shawn Camp (0-0 0.00) pitched two innings on his rehab assignment from Chicago. The right-handed reliever allowed a hit and fanned three in what is expected to be his final tune-up before returning to Wrigley. Camp is the first Cub to rehab at Kane County.

Short-Season—Boise 7, Eugene 0

Four Boise (1-0) pitchers blanked Eugene (0-1) on a four-hit shutout in the season opener at PK Park in Eugene.

At the Plate: Lead off hitter Shawon Dunston sparked the offense with four hits, part of a 12-hit attack complete with six walks. Boise scored five times in the third as they sent 10 hitters to the plate, taking advantage of three Eugene errors. David Bote and Dunston singled to lead off the inning and advanced an an errant pickoff throw. Carlos Penalver then delivered the Hawks' first run of the season with a single. Penalver swiped second and Dunston scored from third when the throw got away. Before the inning was over, Kevin Encarnacion doubled home a run, Daniel Lockhart added a RBI single, and a throwing error allowed a run to score. Jacob Rogers hit the Hawks' first homer of the season with a bomb over the centerfield wall in the seventh. They added their final run of the night on a bases load walk to Bote.

Hawks Lineup: Dunston LF (4-6 R 2B), Penalver SS (1-5 R RBI), Encarnacion CF (2-4 R 2B RBI BB), Rogers 1B (1-3 R HR RBI 2BB), Balaguert RF (1-4 2B), Gretzky DH (0-4 R), Rymel C (0-3) , Lockhart 3B (2-4 RBI), Bote 2B (1-3 R),

On the Mound: James Pugliese (1-0 0.00) got the honors of the opening night start for Boise. An 18th round selection in 2011 out of Mercer Community College in New Jersey, the 20-year-old struck out a career-high seven hitters throwing a fastball in the 90s and mixing in a change-up in the high 70s. He allowed three hits in five shutout innings. The right-hander changed his delivery this spring and it didn't take long to show results. RHP Jasvir Rakkar worked a 1-2-3 sixth with a strikeout in his first inning of the season and the Stony Brook product fanned two more in a scoreless seventh. Matt Iannazzo, the only lefty on the staff, gave up a hit in the eighth but kept the Emeralds off the board. Michael Hamann worked a perfect ninth hitting striking out the final batter, the 11th punchout by Hawks' pitching. They only issued one free pass although Pugliese hit two.


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