Soler to miss over a month
Cubs Notes: OF Jorge Soler has a stress fracture in his left tibia and will be in a walking boot for a month, Theo Epstein told reporters today. The injury occurred when Soler fouled a ball off his shin at the end of spring training. Soler traveled to Chicago on Tuesday and was examined on Wednesday by Cubs' doctors. Epstein stated the "docs" believe he could be back for the final month of the season but that was a little aggressive and thinks he will play again this season. He added they are strongly considering having him play in the Arizona Fall League to make up those at-bats. Epstein told the media he's been pleased with Soler's progress this season, especially his ability to be coached on his swing and make the adjustments in game conditions. He said the right-hander is leaning how to elevate the ball and hit for tremendous power. Epstein also complimented his base running and defensive abilities. "He really bounced back from that one incident he had, to be a really good teammate and good citizen. We feel great about his future prospects." Soler will go to Mesa to being his rehab.
AAA—Iowa 4, Omaha 2
Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer and three I-Cubs pitchers held Omaha (35-45) to five hits as Iowa (40-41) remained tied for first with Memphis.
At the Plate: Iowa pounded out 13 hits and walked six times, getting on the board in the first on Murphy's eighth homer of the season. Dave Sappelt and Junior Lake added RBI singles to plate the I-Cubs other runs. Sappelt (.260/.302/.387) had three base knocks, including a double, while Jae-Hoon Ha, Murphy, J.C. Boscan and Tim Torres all finished with two hits
On the Mound: Guillermo Moscoso (4-5 4.81 ERA) got the win holding the Chasera to four hits in six innings but allowed four hits and four walks in his 104-pitch outing. Iowa's bullpen closed the door on Omaha tossing three shutout innings. RHP Michael Bowden fanned four in two innings and Brian Schlitter (0-0 1.98) earned his sixth save since joining the team at the end of May with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Tennessee was rained out with their game with Jackson and will be made up Friday as a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. EST.
Smokies Notes: Tennessee sent RHP Dae-Eun Rhee on a rehab assignment to the Arizona Rookie League. Rhee started two games for the Smokies back in April (1-0 0.87 ERA) has been on the disabled list since April 15.
High A—Game 1—Daytona 6, Tampa 1; Game 2—Tampa 3, Daytona 2
Daytona (6-2) used a five-run third inning to win the Opening game but Tampa (5-3) hit a walk-off homer in the eighth to spilt the twin-bill.
At the Plate: GAME 1—Benjamin Carhart put Daytona ahead in the first with a two-out RBI single, scoring Zeke DeVoss. Wes Darvill blew the game open with a base clearing triple in the fifth. John Andreoli and Javier Baez hit back-to-back doubles and Carhart added a sacrifice fly. DeVoss had two hits and Darvill also had a double. GAME 2—Daytona had nine hits but only platted two runs. Andreoli went 3-4 and scored both runs. Dustin Geiger ripped a two-out single in the first and Zeke DeVoss (2-3) hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to tie the game.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Ben Wells (5-6 3.62 ERA) had a season-high seven strikeouts holding the Yankees to one run on five hits. He didn't walk a batter and got nine ground ball outs. Jeffrey Lorick struck out the side in the seventh. GAME 2—Zach Cates (7-6 4.03 ERA) fanned seven in five innings surrendering two runs, one unearned , on two hits and four walks. Larry Suarez (0-1 3.48) took the loss throwing 2.1 innings of no-hit ball before allowing the walk-off homer.
Cubs Notes: From tweets on twitter, OF John Andreoli will be headed to Tennessee and Kane County OF Bijan Rademacher will join Daytona.
Low A—Kane County 8, Beloit 7—10 innings
Kane County (1-6) rallied from a 7-1 deficit and defeated Beloit (5-2) in extra innings to snap a six-game losing streak.
At the Plate: Down by six runs in the fifth, 1B Daniel Vogelbach lifted a sacrifice fly scoring CF Albert Almora, who doubled and advance to third when the center fielder miss played the ball. KC added four runs in the seventh as DH Rock Shoulders hit his MWL leading 15th homer, a three-run shot. Almora added a RBI single in the seventh and then tied the game with a run-scoring single, his third hit of the night. LF Oliver Zapata sent the fans home happy in the 10th with a bunt single and advanced to third when the throw to first went down the right-field line and got by the outfielder. Zapata scored the winning run on a wild pitch. SS Marco Hernandez added three hits.
On the Mound: RHP Tayler Scott (4-2 4.09) fanned seven but the Snappers scored seven times against the right-hander on six hits and three walks in four frames. LHP Sheldon McDonald tossed three shutout innings while LHP Jeffry Antigua (3-1 2.45) got the win allowing a hit and a walk in three innings with three punchouts.
Short-Season—Boise 5, Hillsboro 3
At the Plate: A walk and two wild pitches scored Balguert in the second and after a a wild pitch on a strikeout that should have been the third out, Cale Brockmeyer drove in his first pro run with a single. The Cubs tied the game in sixth as Jacob Hannemann tripled and crossed home on Shawon Dunston's single, his second hit. Balaguert's blast was his second of the season and the Cuban has a NWL-high 17 RBI while hitting just .239. Jacob Rogers and Hannemann also had two hits.
On the Mound: Jasvir Rakkar (1-0 3.00) picked up his first career win throwing two shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts. Michael Hamann (0-0 0.00) got his third save allowing a hit in a scoreless ninth. Hamann has not allowed an earned run in 7.2 innings and had fanned nine. Loiger Padron (0-1 3.95) made his third start yielding three runs on five hits and a walk in five innings. LHP Andrew McKirahan continued his road back, tossing a scoreless seventh.
Arizona Rookie League—Giants 3, Cubs 1
Five Giants pitchers held the Cubs to four hits and San Fran affiliate scored two runs in the top of fourth for the win.
On the Mound: Dae-Eun Rhee (AA-Tennessee) made his first rehab start working two innings. The right-hander allowed two hits and a run facing nine hitters. Daury Torrez (1-1) took the loss as the Giants had seven hits and scored twice. David Villegas threw two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2, Nationals 0
Three Cubs (14-9) pitcher blanked the Nationals (14-9) as both teams had four hits.
At the Plate: Shamil Ubiera doubled to leadoff the second and scored on Antonio Valerio's groundout. The Cubs added a carbon copy run in the sixth when Robert Caro doubled and scored on Jenner Emeterio's groundout to third.
On the Mound: Hector Perez (1-1 2.45) tossed five shutout innings with six strikeouts and Frailin Figueroa followed with three innings of one-hit ball. Carlos Liano notched his fourth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Venezuelan Summer League—Rays 8, Cubs 7
The Cubs (18-19) tied the game with two runs in the ninth but the Rays (11-26) won with a walk-off single.
On the Mound: Not a good day on the mound for the Cubs as five pitchers allowed 10 hits and 7 walks.