Cubs July 4 Minor League Recap

Cubs minor league teams celebrated the 4th of July as the top four affiliates all posted victories including the I-Cubs come-from-behind win over the Isotopes. Kane County finally beat Quad Cities while Daytona's Ben Wells and Tennessee's Eric Jokisch pitched their teams to victories.

AAA—Iowa 9, Albuquerque 5—10 innings

Tim Torres' first homer of the season with two outs in the bottom of the ninth tied the game and Iowa (45-43) added four more runs in the 10th to beat Albuquerque (48-40).

At the Plate: Junior Lake got the Cubs on the board with a solo homer (4) in the fifth and Luis Flores hit his fifth homer of the year with two outs in the seventh. The Cubs added another run when Anthony Giansanti and Logan Watkins hit back-to-back doubles. The Cubs were down to their final strike in the ninth but pinch-hitter Tim Torres picked a perfect time for his first homer of the year, a two-run shot scoring Ty Wright. It looked like the Cubs would go down in order in the 10th but a throwing error extended the inning. After a walk, Wright singled scoring the go-ahead run. Before the inning was over, Darnell McDonald added a two-run triple and Flores singled home a run. Wright finished the night with three hits.

On the Mound: Casey Coleman (2-0 2.70) got the win tossing the final two frames without allowing a hit. Eduardo Sanchez (1-1 4.15) added two shutout innings in relief. Nick Struck (5-5 5.94) struggled walking five and allowing five hits and five runs, four earned. He surrendered a homer and fanned one, throwing 111 pitches.

AA—Tennessee 4, Huntsville 1

Eric Jokisch fanned a season-high nine hitters and Justin Bour provided the offense with a two-run homer.

At the Plate: The Smokies were held without a hit for four inning but broke through with three runs in the sixth. Matt Szczur got the fireworks started with a leadoff triple and crossed home on Arismendy Alcantara's RBI single. Justin Bour then took a pitch to the opposite field and out of the park, his 7th, for a 3-1 lead. The Smokies added a run in the 8th on a sacrifice fly from Rubi Silva. Szczur extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of base knocks and is hitting .304. Christian Villanueva continues to hit the ball hard, going 3-4, to raise his average to .255.

On the Mound: Eric Jokisch (7-7 3.21) fanned a season-high nine Stars en route to his 7th win. The lefty allowed four hits, including a homer and walked two, throwing 101 pitches in six innings. P.J. Francescon fanned two in two hitless frames and Tony Zych got his first save getting the Stars in order in the ninth with a pair of punchouts.

Smokies Notes: IF Brad Zapenas was assigned to Tennessee from Kane County to replace Ronald Torreyes on the roster. Zapenas joined the Cougars on June 11 and played in nine games hitting .304/.448/.348.

High A—Daytona 3, Brevard County 1

Ben Wells tossed seven shutout innings while Tim Saunders and Dustin Geiger homered to lead the Daytona (8-4) to the win over Brevard County (8-5)

At the Plate: Cubs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third on Tim Saunders third homer of the season, a two-run shot scoring Pin-Chieh Chen. Dustin Geiger smacked his ninth long ball of the year, a solo shot in the 6th. Saunders and Geiger both finished with two hits.

On the Mound: Ben Wells (6-6 3,32) had his best performance of the season holding the Manatees to two hits in seven scoreless frames. He walked one, fanned three and threw 76 pitches in the gem, getting 11 ground ball outs. "My fastball was working well, " Wells told Daytona play-by-play announcer Cody Dunlap after the game. "I was focused on getting strike one and keeping the ball on the ground and letting the defense do the work behind me." Carlos Gutierrez (0-0 2.25) earned his first save allowing a run on a hit in two innings.

Cubs Notes: The game took 1:58 to play and the win moved Daytona into first place by a half-game over the Manatees.

Low A—Kane County 7, Quad Cities 4

Kane County (3-11) got some revenge on Quad Cities (10-4) beating the Bandits for only the third time this season in 14 games.

At the Plate: Kane County didn't waste anytime getting on the board against the Bandits as Daniel Vogelbach ripped a ball down the third base line for a two-run double scoring Kevin Encarnacion and Albert Almora. Marco Hernandez singled up the middle to plate Vogelbach. The Cougars added two more in the fourth on a RBI single from Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario added a run-scoring single. Gioskar Amaya belted his fourth homer to lead off the eighth and a double-play groundout scored the final run. Amaya (.257) had three hits and Vogelbach finished with three RBI (53). Almora and Kevin Encarnacion both scored twice.

On the Mound: Nathan Dorris (3-3 3.22 ERA) got the win in relief holding the Bandits scoreless for 1.1 innings allowing a walk. Dillon Maples (0-2 7.71) made his second relief appearance of the season working the final three innings for his first save. The right-hander gave up two runs in the ninth on a double. He fanned three and walked one. Felix Pena (2-2 3.41) had five strikeouts in 4.2 innings but couldn't get out of the fifth. Quad Cities used five hits and three walks to plate two runs off the right-hander.

Cougars Notes: Kane County had a season-high 11,304 fans at Fifth Bank Ballpark...IF Giuseppe Papaccio was assigned to Kane County from Mesa. He was the Cubs 18th round pick out of Seton Hall and hit .3113 in nine games in the Arizona Rookie League.

Short-Season—Tri-City 7, Boise 5

Tri-City (6-14) scored two runs in the eighth with two-outs to spoil the Boise (11-9) comeback.

At the Plate: Daniel Lockhart is now hitting .311 after going 3-4 with a run. Carlos Penalver added a two-run double and Yasiel Balaguert added two hits. Shawon Dunston and Jacob Rogers drove in runs.

On the Mound: Jasvir Rakkar (1-1 4.11) had retired nine straight and got the first two outs in the eighth but three straight hits, including a two-run double put Tri-City ahead. Rakaar fanned three in 3.1 IP and hit a batter. Duane Underwood (0-1 6.75 ERA) made his fourth start and has yet to get out of the fifth inning. The right-hander only allowed two hits but walked four as the Devils scored five times, including a two-run homer. Boise's defense didn't help Underwood committing three errors as only two of the runs were earned. Carlos Martinez (3-0 .77) worked a 1-2-3 ninth.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 2, Angels 1

Jesse Hodges had three hits and drove in a run to help the Cubs (7-5) down the Angels (7-5).

At the Plate: The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the second on a RBI single from OF Kevin Brown and added another run in the third on Hodges' RBI double. Rashad Crawford doubled while Francisco Sanchez singled and scored.

On the Mound: the Cubs 30th round pick, Zak Hermans made his professional debut holding the Angles scoreless in the first inning on two hits with a strikeout. Daury Torrez (2-1 3.86) got the win tossing five innings as the right-hander allowed a run on four hits with three punchouts. Luis Villalba held the Angles scoreless for two innings and David Villegas got the save working the ninth.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 0, Yankees 0—4 innings

The Cubs/Yankees game was suspended after four innings due to rain with the game tied at 0-0.

Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 8, Cubs 5

The Cubs (20-22) had two more hits but the Phillies (22-20) scored three more runs.

At the Plate: The Cubs had 13 hits as SS Bryant Flete went 3-5 with a double, triple and two RBI. Flete was invited to spring training but the 20-year-old was sent back to the VSL. He's hitting .308 and has a six-game hitting streak. Roney Alcala, who leads the VSL in hitting at .386, went 2-4 while Ricardo Marcano, Delbis Arcila and Roberto Vahlis all had two hits. The Cubs were just 3-12 with RISP.

On the Mound: The Phillies had 11 hits and all four of the pitchers allowed runs. Yasper Gomez got saddled with the loss allowing an unearned run in .2 innings. Mauro Vides fanned four in 3.1 innings but surrendered three runs on three hits and two walks.

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