Cubs July 7 Minor League Recap

Cubs second-round pick Rob Zastryzny made his pro debut tossing a scoreless inning at Boise. 8th round pick LHP Sam Wilson made his debut in the AZL while Iowa used a seven-run 7th to beat the Isotopes.

AAA—Iowa 8, Albuquerque 5

Iowa (46-45) blew the game open with seven runs in the seventh to split the four-game series at Albuquerque (50-41)

At the Plate: The I-Cubs matched a season-high scoring seven times in the 7th inning. Anthony Giansanti (.455/.500/.727 in 7 games) got things started with a two-run double and Ty Wright (.280/.337/.427) followed with a single, plating two more runs. Back-to-back walks with the bases full and a sacrifice fly added three more runs. Donnie Murphy (.261/.343/.459) gave Iowa a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo homer, his 10th. No Cub had more than one hit.

On the Mound: Guillermo Moscoso (6-5 4.50 ERA/1.41 WHIP) allowed a two-run homer in the first but shut down the Isotopes the next five innings despite walking five in the game. He allowed two hits and fanned five, throwing 93 pitches. Michael Bowden (0-0 2.55/0.96) pitched a scoreless seventh with a pair of strikeouts. Casey Coleman (2-0 3.2/1.29) couldn't finish the 8th yielding three runs on three hits and two walks. Brian Schlitter (0-1 1.93/1.07) got the final four outs for this ninth save since joining Iowa.

Cubs Notes: SS Donnie Murphy left the game in the second inning after getting hit by a pitch in the knee. Murphy stayed in the game after getting hit but lifted after being forced out at second for the final out of the inning.

AA—Tennessee (44-41)

Tennessee (10-6) game with Huntsville (6-12) was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up in a double-header on July 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. At Smokies Park. Both games will be seven innings.

High A—Dunedin 5, Daytona 2

Dunedin (6-9) hit two homers and defeated Daytona (10-5) in a game called by rain in the bottom of the eighth.

At the Plate: Daytona had six hits and drew three walks but went 0-9 with RISP. Taiwan Easterling (.199/.266/.298) launched a long homer to left in the 7th and a double play groundout scored Wes Darvill (.250/.341/.383) in the fourth after reaching on a double. Pin-Chieh Chen (.375/.500/.450 in 15 games) went 2-2 with a double and a walk.

On the Mound: Yao-Lin Wang (2-2 3.55 ERA/1.21 WHIP) had his longest outing of the season as the right-hander from Taiwan went five innings allowing four runs on five hits and two walks, including a homer. Carlos Gutierrez (0-0 1.50/0.83) tossed two shutout innings and Larry Suarez (0-1 3.75/1.42) surrendered a homer in the eighth.

Low A—Quad Cities 12, Kane County 5

Quad Cities (13-5) hit three homers beating Kane County (4-13) to even the series at two games apiece.

At the Plate: One day after leaving the game early, Albert Almora (.353/.387/.519) was back in the lineup and responded going 3-4, scoring twice. Jeimer Candelario (.244/.329/.356) had two hits and a RBI while Daniel Vogelbach (.280/.349/.452) and Marco Hernandez (.261/.349/.452) plated runs. Vogelbach leads the Cougars with 56 RBI and is tied for 8th in the MWL.

On the Mound: Tayler Scott (4-4 4.35 ERA/1.45 WHIP) is in new territory in his first full season as the right-hander from South Africa started the day with 83.1 IP, 12 more than he threw last year. He turned in one of his better outings on June 13 vs. Burlington (7.2 IP, 2H 1ER, 3BB 2K) but since that time hasn't been missing many bats. Before Sunday in his last three starts, the 6-foot-3, 165-pounder has allowed 22 hits in 15.1 innings with 14 runs, nine earned. His struggles continued Sunday yielding five earned runs on six hits and three walks (5.2 IP, 6H, 5ER, 3BB 4K). He was relieved by Armando Rivero (0-0 10.29/2.29) in the sixth, who gave up a grand slam and the Bandits added another homer off Rivero in the eighth. Stephen Perakslis (1-3 3.83/1.25) allowed four earned runs in the ninth on four hits and a walk.

Short-Season—Tri-City 3, Boise 1—10 innings

Tri-City (10-14) scored two runs on an infield single in the 10th to send Boise (11-13) to their fifth straight loss.

At the Plate: Shawon Dunston (.295/.382/.423) scored Boise's only run of the game leading off with a triple in the first and scored on David Bote's groundout. Yasiel Balaguert (.282/.380./518), Lance Rymel (.261/.375/.326) and Dunston all had two hits. The Hawks hit into four double plays.

On the Mound: Paul Blackburn (0-1 1.17 ERA) had another quality outing but it resulted in a no-decision as the right-hander allowed a run on five hits and two walks in five innings. Cubs 2013 second-round pick pick Rob Zastryzny made his pro debut with a scoreless sixth picking up two strikeouts. Zastryzny entered the game in the sixth and go the first hitter to fly out to left. He got the next hitter looking at strike three for his first pro punchout. After a walk, the Missouri product got the final out on strikes. Andrew McKirahan continues to impress in his comeback from surgery fanning four hitters in 2.1 perfect innings. The lefty has 8K in 6.1 IP and hasn't given up a run and only two hits. Tyler Bremer (0-2 3.27) took the loss but a questionable check swing call before the game-winning infield single proved to be the difference. Bremer allowed two hits and a walk in 1.2 IP. Boise pitchers fanned 12 Dust Devil hitters.

Arizona Rookie League—Mariners 4, Cubs 2—10 innings

A ground-rule double in the bottom of the 10th gave the Mariners (7-7) an extra inning win over the Cubs (7-8).

At the Plate: Zak Blair (.342) doubled and scored Kevin Brown (.231) in the first and Jeffrey Baez (.342) hit a solo homer (1) to tie the game in the 8th. 1B Kelvin Freeman (.130) had two hits. The Cubs fanned 11 times and were 1-6 with RISP.

On the Mound: Cubs pitchers recorded 13 strikeouts as six different pitchers were used. Chang-Yong Lim (1IP), Marcos Mateo (1IP) and Starling Peralta (2IP) all continued their rehab stints. Zak Hermans tossed a scoreless frame in his second pro game. LHP Sam Wilson, the Cubs 8th round pick, made his pro debut pitching an inning. He allowed an unearned run on a hit with two punchouts. Anthony Prieto (1-2 5.59ERA) took the loss yielding five hits, including the game-winning ground rule double in the 10th. His line was (3.1IP, 5H, 2R 1ER, 4BB 2K).

Cubs Notes: The Cubs assigned 8th round pick Sam Wilson, LHP, and free-agent signee Trevor Stevens, a 24-year-old SS from Northwestern, to the Mesa Cubs.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs (20-9)

The first-place Cubs had the day off and hold a four-game in the BC South over the Nationals.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 4, Rays 0

Four Cubs (21-24) pitchers blanked the Rays (12-33) on three hits.

At the Plate: DH Humberto Garcia's RBI single in the third scored Jesus Gonzalez and SS Bryant Flete (.307/.408/.404) crossed home on a throwing error on the play for a 2-0 lead. OF Victor Gomez (.244/.279/.415) hit his first homer of the year in the fifth while OF Ricardo Marcano (.274/.346/.452) and OF Arnaldo Calero (.266/309/.395) ripped back-to-back doubles. Calero finished the day with a pair of doubles and Garcia (.239/.293/.314) added another single.

On the Mound: Salvador Jerez (0-2, 3.38 ERA/1.41 WHIP) held the Rays hitless for the first four innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Winning pitcher Victor Salazar (2-2 3.58/1.12) went two shutout innings and Francisco Carrillo (5-3 2.45/1.06) followed with two more scoreless frames. Alberto Diaz (3-0 2.28/1.12) got the final three outs, two on strikes.

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