AAA—Iowa 4, Memphis 2
Iowa (43-42) upped their division lead to three games with a come-from-behind win, their first of the season when trailing after seven innings to beat second-place Memphis (40-45)
At the Plate: The I-Cubs didn't do much for seven innings off Ted Lyons but when he left, the game changed. Anthony Giansanti made his AAA memorable entering the game in the sixth and delivering a two-run, game-tying double scoring Tim Torres and J.C. Boscan in the four-run 8th. A sacrifice bunt moved Giansanti to third and after Donnie Murphy was hit by a pitch, Brad Nelson cleared the bases with a two-run double.
On the Mound: Barret Loux (4-2 4.56) threw five good innings allowing a run on two hits and three walks. The right-hander fanned six and threw 97 pitches in his 7th start and has allowed four earned runs in his last 25 innings with 29 Ks. RHP Esmailin Caridad made his second appearance since coming back from the DL that had him on the shelf for a month. The right-hander tossed two innings and allowed the Redbirds second run. Eduardo Sanchez earned the win in relief, his first since coming to Iowa. Brian Schlitter has taken to the closer role and should be getting the attention of the brass at Wrigley Field. The right-hander has eight saves in his last 10 games and has a 1.65 ERA since being promoted to Iowa.
Cubs Notes: OF Anthony Giansanti was promoted from AA Tennessee (39G, .250/.296/.340) to Iowa. He also played at Daytona this season (14G, .271/.294/292).
AA—Montgomery 7, Tennessee 2
Montgomery (7-6) scored the first seven runs of the game and defeated Tennessee (6-5)
On the Mound: Austin Kirk (1-2 6.33) surrendered six runs to the Biscuits on seven hits and two runs. He fanned four and threw 101 pitches in 5.2 innings. P.J. Francescon made his second AA appearance allowing a run on three hits in 1.1 innings. Hunter Cervenka tossed a 1-2-3 eighth.
Daytona's doubleheader with Clearwater has been postponed. The game will be made up as twin-bills on Aug. 13 and Aug. 15.Cubs Notes: Javier Baez lost to Astros # 1 pick Carlos Correa in the fan vote for the Futures Game. According to Cubs MLB reporter Carrie Muskat, Baez lost by one percent.
Low A—Wisconsin 4, Kane County 3
A throwing error by Gioskar Amaya in the bottom of the eighth eventually allowed the go-ahead run to score as Wisconsin (3-8) downed Kane County (2-9).
At the Plate: Kane County was held to six hits, three going for extra bases. The Cougars grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second on Oliver Zapata's two-out triple scoring Marco Hernandez and Wilson Contreras. Kane County scored in the third when Albert Almora led off with a double and scored on Hernandez's single. Hernandez (.258/.286/.343) and Almora (.346/.368/.500) both had two hits. Kevin Encarnacion tripled and is 6-13 in three games.
On the Mound: Jose Rosario (0-4 5.59) had his longest outing of the season tossing seven frames allowing three earned runs on six hits, one a two-run homer. He fanned two and issued a pair of free passes. Justin Amlung (3-3 4.57) took the loss as a walk, a throwing error, and a sacrifice fly plated a run in the 8th.
Cougars Notes: In all fairness to Amaya, the throw to second was not that bad and should have been handled by Hernandez. But it wasn't and went to short right field so Amaya was charged with the error.
Short-Season—Boise 3, Salem-Kaiser 2
Jacob Hannemann's RBI single in the 9th gave Boise (10-8) the win over Salem-Kaiser (13-5). It was Boise's fifth straight win and snapped the Volcanoes eight-game win streak.
At the Plate: Daniel Lockhart singled with one-out in the 9th, his third hit of the night, and with some heads up base running, advanced to second on a short passed ball. Hannemann then drilled 3-2 pitch into left field and Lockhart beat the throw home. The Hawks grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first after a balk moved two runners into scoring position, and Jacob Rogers' stroked a two-run double.
On the Mound: James Pugliese (2-0 1.71) made the longest outing of any Boise pitcher tossing six frames. The right-hander yielded one run on five hits with a strikeout. It was his fourth straight quality start for the Hawks. Ethan Elias (1-0 3.12) was charged with Boise's first blown save of the year allowing a run in the seventh but picked up the win pitching a scoreless eighth. Matt Iannazzo struck out the first two hitters, and after a hit, picked off the runner to end the game and picked up his second save in as many nights.
Hawks Notes: The Cubs 2013 fourth-round pick Tyler Skalina, a RHP out of Kent State, has been assigned to Boise. The Cubs just announced his signing on June 27.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 10, Dodgers 2
The Cubs (5-5) scored six runs in the first and beat the Dodgers (7-3) as 2B Francisco Sanchez knocked in four runs.
At the Plate: The Cubs scored a season-high 10 runs on nine hits and three walks. The Cubs crossed home six times in their initial at-bat, the first three runs coming on Sanchez's bases-clearing triple. Kelvin Freeman picked a good time for his first pro hit, a run-scoring single. Wilfredo Petit's groundout plated a run and Garrett Schlecht drove home the sixth run with a single. The Cubs added four runs in the seventh with the aid of a wild pitch, an error, and RBI by Freeman and Sanchez.
On the Mound: Anthony Prieto, the Cubs fifth-round pick in 2012, earned his first professional win tossing three innings of scoreless relief. He fanned three and allowed two hits and a walk. Chang-Yong Lim (1 IP) and Dayan Diaz (2 IP) continued their rehabs combining for three shutout innings.
Cubs Notes: OF Charcer Burks, the Cubs 9th round pick in this year's draft, made his pro debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He struck out and played the ninth in center field.
Venezuelan Summer League—Mariners 14, Cubs 4
The Mariners (31-9) continued their dominance in the VSL beating the Cubs (19-21) for the 8th time in 10 meetings.
At the Plate: The Cubs had 10 hits with 3B Rony Alcala (3-5) and Martin Hodwalker (2-4) getting half the base knocks. Delbis Arcila (.297/.386/.513) drove in a pair (24) and Arnaldo Calero, 19, (.266/.310/.380) drove in his 22nd run.
On the Mound: Cubs used six pitchers and Cesar Romero was the only one not to allow a run, tossing a scoreless inning with two walks. They allowed 10 hits and walked seven with three wild pitches.