Cubs June 24 Minor League Recap

Tennessee's Alberto Cabrera fanned a career-high 13 in eight innings as the right-hander shutdown Jackson in the Smokies 5-1 win. Iowa moved into first place with a victory over Memphis and Daytona won in extra innings on a well-placed bunt by Pin-Chieh Chen. The Cubs VSL and DSL teams won but Boise and Mesa lost.

AAA—Iowa 6, Memphis 1

In an battle for first place in the PCL American Northern division, Iowa (39-40) scored six runs in the eighth and beat Memphis (38-41).

At the Plate: Memphis pitching had retired 19 straight Cub hitters until the eighth when Dave Sappelt and Junior Lake walked to start the six-run outburst. Before the frame was over, Memphis used three pitchers and Iowa batted around. Dave Sappelt had a two-run single while Luis Flores (walk), Tim Torres (sac fly), Logan Watkins (single) and Donnie Murphy (single) all knocked in runs. Iowa finished the game with six hits, two by Murphy.

On the Mound: Brooks Raley (6-5 4.94 ERA) tossed a gem blanking the Redbirds for seven innings on four hits and walk. He fanned four, throwing 89 pitches, 62 for strikes. Michael Bowden held Memphis scoreless in the eighth and Brian Schlitter allowed a run in the ninth on two hits.

AA—Tennessee 5, Jackson 1

1B Justin Bour hits a pair of homers as Tennessee (3-3) downed Jackson (3-3) in The Opening game of the series at Smokies Park.

At the Plate: It hasn't taken Justin Bour long to get back into the groove since coming back from the DL on June 19. The first baseman hit a pair of homers, including a long blast in the second inning to right field. Bour put the game away in the eighth with a three-run shot. Bour's heroics overshadowed the first professional home run from Elliot Soto, a solo blast down the left field line. Matt Szczur had the Smokies other hit, a single in the eighth

On the Mound: Alberto Cabrera (7-3 3.53 ERA) was dealing as the right-hander had all three pitches working, recording a career-high 13 strikeouts in eight innings. He allowed three hits, one a solo homer, and walked two, throwing 104 pitches, 67 for strikes. All but one of the strikeouts was swinging. Zach Rosscup got the last three outs, the final one on strikes.

Smokies Notes: Southern League leaders—Three Smokies are in the top four in doubles in the FSL 3B Christian Villanueva, 2nd (20), SS Arismendy Alcantara 4th (17), C Rafael Lopez 4th (17)….. OF Matt Szczur is 2nd in hits (82), 6th in AVG (.297), 8th in runs (40), 10th in OBP (.368)….OF Rubi Silva is 3rd in triples (5), 5th in SLG (.486)….Alcantara is 2nd in total bases (127), 4th in HR (10), 5th in SB (19), 7th in SLG (.474), 11th in AVG (.284)….. PITCHING LEADERS—Kyle Hendricks is 2nd in wins (7), 4th in ERA (2.38), 11th in WHIP (1.15)…..Albert Cabrera is 2nd in K (81), 2nd in hits allowed (85), 7th in ER allowed (35)…..Eric Jokisch is 2nd in IP (85.2), 1st in hits allowed (86), 8th in ER allowed (34)….Frank Batista is 4th in saves (10). Stats are for games through June 23.

High A—Daytona 6, Lakeland 5—12 innings

Pin-Chieh Chen's bunt single in the bottom of the 12th gave Daytona (4-1) a 6-5 comeback win over Lakeland.

At the Plate: Daytona scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth on back-to-back doubles by John Andreoli and Zeke DeVoss with two outs. Tim Saunders got Daytona on the board with a two-run double in the fourth. In the 12th, Chad Krist reached on an error, stole second, took third on a Tim Saunders' infield single, and scored the winning run on Chen's bunt single. Wes Darvill was 3-6 while Saunders, Chen and Andreoli all had two hits. Krist scored three times.

On the Mound: Last year's first-round supplemental pick (#43 overall) Pierce Johnson made his Florida State League debut working six innings with six hits and three earned runs, including a two-run homer. The right-hander fanned six and walked two, leaving the game trailing 3-2. Eduardo Figueroa (1-3 4.81) pitched in his 18th game yielding two runs over three innings on four hits and a walk. Frank Del Valle (2.60 ERA) threw two scoreless frames with three strikeouts while Luis Liria (1-3 6.26) earned his first win of the season, shutting the Flying Tigers down in the 12th on a hit and a punchout.

Cubs Notes: P.J. Francescon was promoted to AA Tennessee (5-4 4.76 ERA) made 13 starts for Daytona tossing 70 innings with 62 strikeouts and a 1.37 WHIP. RHP Carlos Gutierrez was assigned to Daytona from the Arizona Rookie League. Gutierrez started the season on the Iowa's DL and pitched two scoreless innings in the AZL for Mesa on June 21. He was a former 2008 first-round pick of the Twins and claimed off waivers by the Cubs in Oct. of 2012.

Low A—Kane County

Kane County (0-4 in second half and 30-40 overall) had the day off and start a four-game home stand with Beloit at Fifth Bank Ballpark on Tuesday.

Short-Season—Spokane 5, Boise 3—11 innings

A walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th gave Spokane (5-7) the win over Boise (5-7).

At the Plate: The Cubs got on the board in the fourth on David Bote's RBI single. Boise added a run in the seventh on Jacob Hannemann's RBI double, scoring Carlos Penalver. The Cubs tied the game in the ninth when Penalver singled, took third on Hannemann's second double of the night, and scored on Shawon Dunston's groundout. The Hawks had 12 hits and drew four walks but were 2-17 with RISP and left nine on base. Kevin Encarnacion extended his hitting streak to eight games and Penalver (2-5) upped his hit-streak to seven games. Daniel Lockhart had two hits and Hannemann finished 3-6.

On the Mound: RHP Trey Lang (0-1 6.75 ERA) made his second start allowing two earned runs on two hits and three walks. Lang fanned four. RHP Corbin Hoffner (0-0 0.00) finally allowed a hit but threw three more shutout innings running his scoreless streak to nine frames. Michael Hamann allowed an unearned run tossing two innings including fanning the side in the ninth. Matt Iannazzo got the Indians in the 10th but allowed the two-run homer with two outs in the 11th.

Arizona Rookie League—Angels 13, Cubs 3,

The Angels (3-1) broke a 3-3 game open with three runs in the seventh and added seven more in the eighth to beat the Cubs (1-3).

At the Plate: Cubs got on the board in the first on a RBI double from Xavier Batista and Jeffrey Baez stroked a RBI single in the fifth. The Cubs tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Jordan Hankins. Hankins recorded his first hit as a pro, a triple in the fourth.

On the Mound: Chang-Yong Lim, a 37-year-old (not a typo) Korean who pitched the last five years in the Japan Central League recording 128 saves with a career ERA of 2.09 for Yakult, made his debut in the Cubs organization as the right-hander was just activated to the Mesa roster. Lim threw one inning allowing two runs on three hits, all singles. Andrew McKirahan, a right-hander returning from surgery, gave up a run on three hits in the second. Carlos Rodriguez (0-1 4.50), a 17-year-old lefty from Venezuela, held the Angels scoreless for four innings but could get out of the seventh as the first three hitters reached. He surrendered three runs on six hits and three walks and took the loss. Juan Francisco was charged with four earned runs and Jorge Diaz got tagged for three runs.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 7, Rojos 6

The DSL Cubs (12-8) won their third straight game making the most of their six hits against Rojos (6-14).

At the Plate: 3B Adonis Paula went 2-4 with four RBI driving in runs on a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly. Two Cubs' runs cored on wild pitches. DH Dalfis Ortiz scored three times and C Carlos Ramirez walked twice and scored a pair of runs.

On the Mound: The Cubs used four pitchers as Jeffry Hernandez got the start throwing four innings allowing three hits and two runs, one earned. Dilson Vasquez (2-0 4.63 ERA) got the win, throwing three no-hit innings even though he allowed an unearned run. Carlos Liano allowed a run in two frames for his first save of the season.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 9, Phillies 4

The Cubs (17-17) pounded out 12 hits, including three from 2B Humberto Garcia, in the win over the Phillies (17-17).

At the Plate: Garcia (.252/.297/.331) had three hits and a RBI while Rony Alcala (.367/.402/.525) drove in three with a pair of singles. RF Ricardo Marcano (.288/.374/.488) had two hits, scored twice and added two RBI.

On the Mound: RHP Greyfer Eregua, 20, (1-1 1.91 ERA) had his worst outing of the year allowing four runs on six hits. He came into the game having surrendering three runs in 29 innings with 25 strikeouts. The Cubs bullpen was outstanding as Harrinson Bermudez, Victor Salazar and Moises Ramirez tossed five shutout frames on three hits. Salazar got the win with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings, yielding just a hit.

Cubs Notes: Humberto Garcia, signed as a free agent May 7 after being released by Washington, is on a tear hitting .381/.413/.476 in last 10 games. Ricardo Marcano, 18, (July 2, 2011 signing) has a 10-game hitting streak .368/.455/.737. 3HR, 13 RBI.

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