AAA—Iowa 3, Albuquerque 0
Guillermo Moscoso took a no-hitter into the eighth as Iowa (48-48) blanked Albuquerque (54-42).
At the Plate: The Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third when Junior Lake reached on an error and scored on Darnell McDonald's single. Iowa added two insurance runs in the 7th as J.C. Boscan doubled scoring McDonalds and Jae-Hoon Ha. McDonald was 2-2 with a walk as Iowa had five hits.
On the Mound: Guillermo Moscoso (7-5 4.07 ERA) got the first hitter in the eighth but a double broke up his bid for history. The right-hander walked two and fanned five in his 100-pitch gem. Brian Schlitter (0-1 1.66) pitched the ninth to earn his 11th save since being promoted to AAA.
AA—Game 1—Tennessee 2, Jackson 0—10 innings; Game 2—Tennessee 2, Jackson 1—9 innings
At the Plate: GAME 1—After missing on chances in the 7th and 8th, the Smokies broke through in the 10th on singles by Jonathan Mota (2-4), Arismendy Alcantara (2-4), and Javier Baez (2-4). Justin Bour then ripped a ball into left field that was ruled an error, scoring Alcantara. GAME 2—Javier Baez hit his second AA homer and 19th of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the sixth. Justin Bour doubled to open the 8th and Jonathan Mota entered the game as a pinch runner. Christian Villanueva followed with adobule off the left field wall scoring Mota to give the Smokies the win. Baez and Sliva both had two hits.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Austin Kirk (1-3 6.43) turned one of his best AA starts of the year working six shutout innings allowing three hits and a walk in the 80-pitch effort. He fanned three and his GO/FO ratio was 5:9. Frank Batista (3-3 2.66) kept the shutout in tact tossing three hitless frames with two walks and two strikeouts, earning the win. Hunter Cervenka (2-1 5.68) ran into some troubles in the 10th with a pair of walks but picked off the runner at second to end the game for his first AA save. GAME 2—Yeiper Castillo had a great start but made one mistake as the only hit he allowed in four innings was a solo homer. The right-hander fanned six and threw 56 pitches. Marcos Mateo made his full-season debut after appearing in five games in the AZL (2IP 1H 0R 2BB 2K) throwing 33 pitches. Kevin Rhoderick (1-3 4.95) couldn't have been any better in the final three innings as he retired all nine hitters, three on strikes, for his first win of 2013. The Generals had two hits and fanned 10 times.
Smokies Notes: Arismendy Alcantara will miss the next two Smokies games as he travels to New York for the Futures Game on July 14 as a member of the World Team…..RHP Marcus Mateo has been assigned to Tennessee from the AZL after pitching in five games (6IP) in the AZL with 8Ks.
Daytona's game with Jupiter was postponed due to unplayable field conditions and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 5:05 p.m. EST.
Low A—South Bend 5, Kane County 4
South Bend (14-8) swept the series from Kane County (4-16) scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally for the win.
At the Plate: Most of the Cougars offense came on one swing of the bat as Olive Zapata hit a three run homer (4) in the sixth to give the Cougars a 4-3 lead. Gioskar Amaya tripled and scored in the third. on Albert Almora's groundout. Amaya had two hits and a walk.
On the Mound: Jose Rosario (0-5 5.44 ERA)) went six innings and was in line to get his first win of the season. The right-hander fanned nine but allowed six hits and three runs, only one earned. Justin Amlung (3-4 4.98) was charged with a blown save and the loss surrendering a two-run homer in the seventh. Michael Hamann (0-0 0.00) threw a scoreless frame.
Short-Season—Vancouver 8, Boise 4
Boise (12-16) dropped their third straight game north of the border falling to Vancouver (18-10).
At the Plate: Shawon Dunston (.319/.407/.447) continues to be a bright spot in an offense that struggles to score runs. Batting leadoff, Dunston went 3-5 with two runs, two doubles and a RBI. Jordan Hankins (.154/.244/.179) was 2-4 with a double and two runs. Rony Rodriguez (.213/.302/.383) had a RBI double and Jacob Rogers (.255/.386/.362) added a RBI groundout. Trevor Gretzky (.256/.256/.308) extended his hitting streak to five games going 1-4.
On the Mound: Paul Blackburn (0-2 2.42) took the hill for the sixth time and it was his roughest outing of the season as the right-hander only lasted three innings. He gave up four hits and walked four, for the second time this season. He was charged with four earned runs and had one strikeout. Tyler Skulina continues to impress as the right-hander allowed a hit and a walk in two innings. Skulina, who throws in the mid 90s, has allowed two hits and no runs in six innings at Boise. Andrew McKirahan (1IP 1H 3R 2ER 0B 3K) fanned the side in the sixth but couldn't get an out in the seventh as the first three hitters reached. Jasvir Rakkar (1IP, 1H 1ER, 1BB, 2K) gave up a walk with the bases loaded and then a double cleared the bases. Ethan Elias worked a 1-2-3 eighth with two strikeouts.
Arizona Rookie League—Reds 7, Cubs 0
The Cubs (9-10) made three errors in the top of the ninth as the Reds (6-13) scored seven times.
On the Mound: Jose Arias (1IP), Starling Peralta (3IP), Trey Masek (1IP), Carlos Rodriguez (1IP) and Luis Villalba (2IP) held the Reds scoreless for eight innings combining for 8 strikeouts and four hits. The Cubs committed three errors in the ninth as David Villegas was charged with seven runs, one earned, giving up three hits.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 4, Orioles II 0
Three Cubs (23-10) pitchers blanked the Orioles (13-21) on three hits.
At the Plate: Dalfis Ortiz and Adonis Paula both had two hits as the Cubs only had five base knocks on the day. Paula drove in the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the first as the Cubs took advantage of three costly O's errors. The Cubs stole four bases, two by Jenner Emeterio, who leads the team with 23.
On the Mound: Jose Paulino (3-2 3.46 ERA) went five shutout innings allowing three hits while fanning four. Jeffry Hernandez (1-0 3.70) struck out five in three frames while Enderson Mercedes (0-0 2.08) worked a 1-2-3 ninth.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 2, Rays 1
A wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh scored the deciding run as the Cubs (24-24) down the Rays (13-36)
At the Plate: The Cubs scored in the second when 3B Miguel Rico (.197/.299/.352) doubled and scored on LF Martin Hodwalker's (.215/.279/.278) two-out single. C Jhonny Pereda (.213/.288/.277) walked to leadoff the seventh, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a groundout and scored the eventually winning run on the second wild pitch of the inning. RF Ricardo Marcano (.270/.342/.438) and 1B Delbis Arcila (.311/.383/.521) had two hits apiece.
On the Mound: 18-year-old Adbert Alzolay is working his way to a trip to the states, if not this year, next spring for sure. The right-hander limited the Rays to two hits in five innings, with five punchouts. Alzolay (3-2 1.34 ERA) has a BAA of .205 and a WHIP of 0.96 In 47 innings, tops on the staff. Victor Salazar (3-2 3.52) got charged with a blown save allowing a run on three hits and a walk. He did get credit for the win, finishing with three strikeouts. Yomar Pacheco (2-2 2.73) threw the ninth for his 7th save. Pachero, 23, spent three years in the Pirates system.
Cubs Notes: LHP Angel Meijas has been assigned to the VSL Cubs from the AZL Cubs. Mejias pitched in three games in the AZL (4IP 3H 5R 0ER 4BB 3K)