Cubs June 19 Minor League Recap

Cubs minor league arms were on display Wednesday night as all four teams won behind strong pitching efforts.

AAA—Game 1—Nashville 5, Iowa 4; Game 2—Iowa 1, Nashville 0

A wild pitch allowed Logan Watkins to score in the bottom of the sixth for the only run of the second game as Iowa (35-38) split a doubleheader with Nashville (25-47).

Game 1

At the Plate: Too little, too late as Iowa scored three runs in the final two frames. Logan Watkins had half the I-Cubs hits including two triples that accounted for two runs. Watkins tripled and scored in the first and the seventh on a pair of Donnie Murphy groundouts. Iowa added two runs in the sixth after loading the bases with no outs on a Brad Nelson sacrifice fly and a Junior Lake RBI single.

On the Mound: LHP Brooks Raley (5-5 5.40 ERA) took the loss surrendering five runs on six hits and four walks as 40 of his 90 pitches were balls. He fanned five but gave up two runs in the first and the Sounds added three more in the third. Michael Bowden worked a scoreless one-hit seventh.

Game 2

At the Plate: Watkins was most of the offense in the second game recording two hits and scoring the winning run on a wild pitch. Iowa had five hits.

On the Mound: Three Iowa pitchers held Nashville to one hit as the I-Cubs tossed their third shutout in four games. Barret Loux fanned five in the first five innings yielding a single in the second. Hisanori Takahashi won his first game of the season working a 1-2-3 sixth and Brian Schlitter saved his fourth game with a perfect seventh.

AA—Tennessee 7, Chattanooga 2

Tennessee (1-0) roughed up Dodgers pitching prospect Zach Lee and Justin Bour homered in his first game since April in the win over Chattanooga (0-1) to open the second half.

At the Plate: The Smokies got 13 hits, eight off Lee, as Justin Bour and Christian Villanueva both homered. Tennessee scored five runs in the fourth after two strikeouts, as Villanueva homered, followed by five straight hits from Anthony Giansanti (single), Rafael Lopez (double), Ronald Torreyes (RBI single), Alberto Cabrera (2-run double), and Matt Szczur (RBI double). Bour, who went on the DL back in April after 15 games, hit a solo homer in the fifth.

On the Mound: In his fourth season at Tennessee, Alberto Cabrera, 24, is hoping a new emphasis on fastball command and a consistent delivery will earn him a promotion. He sports a 91-93 mph fastball, throws a hard slider than runs from 85-87, and a new change-up. In 14 starts, Cabrera (6-3 3.76 ERA) has only failed to reach the sixth inning once and Wednesday night was no different, working six frames throwing 95 pitches, 62 for strikes. He fanned six allowing a run on six hits and three walks. Zach Rosscup yielded a run in the seventh on a hit and a walk while Kevin Rhoderick and Hunter Cervenka each allowed two base runners in their respective innings, but no runs.

High A—Daytona 4, Clearwater 3

Daytona (35-31) ended the first-half on a high note beating Clearwater (35-33) as Pin-Chieh Chen delivered the go ahead RBI single in the sixth as the Cubs won the series.

At the Plate: The Cubs scored their first two runs on RBI groundouts by Tim Saunders (20) and Javier Baez (49). Benjamin Carhart whacked his third homer of the season to lead off the sixth. Saunders singled, took second on a groundout, and scored on Chen's two-out single. Carhart (.281) went 3-3 and stole his fourth base. Chen finished with two hits in his first start since joining the Cubs.

On the Mound: P.J. Francescon (4.76 ERA/1.37 WHIP) improved to 5-4 on the season as the right-hander allowed three runs on eight hits, including a homer. He didn't walk anyone and fanned four in his 13th start of the season. Francescon led all Daytona pitchers with 70 innings in the first half. Luis Lira (0-3 6.49 ERA/1.86 WHIP) worked two scoreless innings with two hits and two walks. The right-hander earned his first hold of the season in 16 relief appearances. Eduardo Figueroa (1-3 4.70 ERA/1.76 WHIP) recorded his second save of the year striking out the final batter to end the game after surrendering a leadoff single.

Cubs Notes: The Cubs are right back at it for the second half on Thursday as they host first-half champs Dunedin in a three-game series at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

Low A—Kane County

The Cougars had the day off and start the second half at Quad Cities on Thursday for a four-game series. Kane County returns home June 25 for a four-game set with Beloit.

Short-Season—Boise 5, Salem-Kaiser 1

The right arms of James Pugliese, Corbin Hoffner and Michael Hamann handed Salem-Kaiser their first loss of the season.

At the Plate: Yasiel Balaguert leads the Northwest League in RBI adding to his total (9) Wednesday night with a two-run single in the Hawks' three-run fourth. Jose Dore also knocked in a pair with a sacrifice fly and a RBI double. Shawon Dunston went 1-3 to extend his hitting streak to five games. Boise only had five hits.

On the Mound: James Pugliese (2-0 0.90 ERA) was impressive for second straight outing holding the Volcanoes to three hits and two walks in five innings. The only run allowed was an inside-the-park homer that was misplayed by center fielder Shawon Dunston. Corbin Hoffner (0-0 0.00 ERA) tossed another three no-hit innings with a walk and four punchouts for his first hold. Michael Hamann worked a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout.

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