Alcantara homers in Futures Game; 7/14 Recap

Arismendy Alcantara made the most of his opportunity at the Futures Game hitting a homer into the upper deck. Iowa fell in 18 innings while Daytona won their fourth in a row. Mesa hit a pair of two-run homers in the ninth to beat the A's in the AZL and Boise blanked Vancouver on get-away day as Zack Godley won his first pro game.

Tennessee Smokies 2B Arismendy Alcantara started for the World Team and a took a fastball from Red Sox prospect Anthony Ranaudo into the upper deck at Citi Field in his second at-bat for a solo homer. He fanned on three pitches in his first plate appearance and grounded into a double play before being replaced.

The switch-hitting Alcantara, 21, is batting .280/.354/.475 with 17 doubles, two triples and 33 RBI. He is second in the Southern league in total bases (128), 4th in hits (77) and leads Tennessee with 10 HR and 19 SB. Alcantara will now head to Jacksonville and participate in the Souther League all-star game July 17 as the starting shortstop.

AAA—Albuquerque 5, Iowa 1—18 innings

Albuquerque (56-42) scored four runs in the top of the 18th to win the marathon over Iowa (48-50) in the final game before the All-Star break.

At the Plate: Iowa's only run came in the 6th when Junior Lake (.295/.341/.462) doubled (10), stole third (14), and scored on Jae-Hoon Ha's (.221/.268/.351) single. Ty Wright (.255/.322/.368) was 2-6 with two walks. Cubs were 1-10 with RISP and left 12 on base.

On the Mound: The 18-inning marathon overshadowed a fine performance from Jake Arrieta (0-1 4.22 ERA/1.69 WHIP) in his third game with Iowa since being traded from Baltimore. The right-hander went six innings and fanned nine, throwing 92 pitches. He allowed three hits, one a solo homer, and walked one. Jeffry Antigua (2-1 4.07/1.27) ate up six innings holding the Isotopes scoreless on two hits and two walks. He fanned one and threw 74 pitches. Brooks Raley (1IP), Eduardo Sanchez (1IP), Brian Schlitter (1IP), and Marcus Hatley (2IP) blanked Albuquerque in innings 7-11. Casey Coleman (2-2 3.93/1.41) took the loss surrendering four runs, three earned, on three hits and a walk.

AA—Tennessee

The Smokies game at Jackson was postponed due to wet playing conditions. The team will be on All-Star break from July 15-17.

High A—Daytona 6, Jupiter 2

Daytona (15-7) scored five times in the sixth, three coming on bases loaded walks, as the Cubs won their third straight over Jupiter (9-14).

At the Plate: The Cubs got on the board in the fifth as Chadd Krist (.225/.335/.341) hit his third homer of the year, a solo shot and his second in as many nights. The Cubs took advantage of some Jupiter wildness in the sixth scoring five times, three coming on walks with the bases full. Benjamin Carhart (.266/.318/.366) had a RBI double and Wes Darvill (.247/.325/.356) plated a run on a groundout. Elliot Soto (275/.293/.350), Dustin Geiger (.284/.357/.444), Darvill and Krist all had two hits as Daytona finished with nine hits and seven walks on the night.

On the Mound: Yao-Lin Wang (3-2 3.38 ERA/1.20 WHIP) got the win in relief tossing two scoreless innings as the Daytona pitching staff shut down the Hammerheads after giving up two runs in the first. Wang allowed a hit, a walk, and fanned one. Ben Wells (6-6 3.32/1.15) had trouble early as the first four hitters reached and before the inning was over two runs had scored. Wells finished the night with a line of (5IP, 6H 2ER, 2BB 3K) in his 18th start of the season. Eduardo Figueroa (1-4 5.18/1.82) closed out the game throwing the final two frames with two strikeouts.

Low A—West Michigan 5, Kane County 2

Kane County dropped their 7th straight as West Michigan scored four times in the first inning off Scott Baker, making a rehab start for the Cubs.

At the Plate: Kane County had 10 hits but their only two runs of the day came on a two-run homer from Carlos Escobar (.260/.318/.429) in the fourth. Gioskar Amaya (.265/.332/.404) went 3-4 with a double and a walk. Daniel Vogelbach (.277/.346/.449) had two hits. Cougars were 0-8 with RISP and left nine on-base.

On the Mound: Scott Baker made the first of four scheduled rehab starts as the right hander threw 56 pitches and allowed four runs on six hits in three innings. After getting the first hitter to pop up, the Whitecaps stroked two singles and then a triple scored a pair. After Baker got his first strikeout, Lance Durham crushed a pitch over the right-field wall and out of the stadium. He fanned two and walked one taking the loss. Sheldon McDonald (0-0 0.75 ERA/1.00 WHIP) allowed his first earned run (12 IP) at Kane County on a solo homer in the fourth. Michael Heesch (3-7 3.53 ERA/1.29) went four innings as he piggy-backed with Baker. Heesch had made 15 straight starts before the relief appearance. It didn't seem to bother him as the lefty tossed four quality innings allowing two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.

Short-Season—Boise 3, Vancouver 0

Five Boise (14-16) pitchers blanked Vancouver (18-12) as the Hawks won their second straight.

At the Plate: Daniel Lockhart (.323/365/.354) added three hits to his team-high total of 31 with a double and two RBI. Jacob Rogers (.282/.398/.408) was 2-4 and drove in the Hawks other run. Jordan Hankins (.234/.302/.277) had his third straight multi-hit game and is 8-15 during his four-game hitting streak. Trevor Gretzky (.261/.277/.304) ran his hit streak to seven games with a single while Cael Brockmeyer (.250/.372/.278) was 1-4 with a run and has hit in four straight. Shawon Dunston added a single and is hitting .301/.385/.417.

On the Mound: The 2013 draft class had a major impact in this game as four picks appeared on the mound holding the Canadians scoreless for eight innings, each tossing two frames. Second-round pick Rob Zastryzny allowed two hits and a walk with two strikeouts as the lefty hasn't given up a run in three games (4IP). LHP Sam Wilson (8th round) fanned three and gave up two singles in his second game for Boise. Zack Godley (10th round) earned his first pro win with a strikeout and three hits. Scott Frazier (6th round) fanned one, and surrendered a hit and a walk for his second hold. LHP Matt Iannazzo earned his third save pitching a 1-2-3 ninth with two punchouts.

Hawks Notes: The Hawks should be making some roster moves within the next 24 hours as players who didn't have the proper paperwork were unable to go into Canada. OF Yasiel Balaguert, RHP Trey Masek, RHP Carlos Martinez, and SS Carlos Penalver have been assigned to Boise and RHP Orbandy Rodriguez, RHP Ethan Elias, OF Kevin Brown and IF Jesse Hodges have been transferred to Mesa in the AZL. RHP Eddie Orozco will join Boise on a rehab assignment from Kane County. He has been on the DL since June 11.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, A's 4

The Cubs hit two two-run homers in the ninth to rally past the A's.

At the Plate: Xavier Batista (.269) tied it with a two-run shot and two batters later C Erick Castillo (.292) hit a two-run blast of his own as the Cubs scored four times in the top of the ninth. Batista was 3-4 with a double and scored twice. 1B Kelvin Freeman (.268) stayed red hot going 3-4 and is now 8-14 during his four-game hitting streak. Carlos Penalver (.154) had two singles, scored once, and knocked in a run. Zak Blair had a RBI triple in the third.

On the Mound: Cubs 2012 fifth-round pick Anthony Prieto, a 19-year-old left-hander, got the start and went four innings with three strikeouts. Prieto (1-2 5.89) gave up three runs on five hits, including a solo homer. Josh Davis (0-0 0.00) pitched a 1-2-3 inning and LHP Tyler Ihrig (0-0 0.00) fanned two in one inning. Trey Lang (0-0 0.00) seems to have found his control with a pair of strikeouts in the seventh. A throwing error in the eighth allowed an unearned run as Michael Wagner (1-0 0.00) yielded a walk and a hit in the eighth. He earned his first pro win and fanned two. David Villegas (0-2 3.27) worked the ninth for his third save allowing a hit with a strikeout.

Cubs Notes: RHP Josh Davis pitched in his second game for the Cubs after signing a free agent contract. The two-way player from Belmont University was the Bruins stopper recording 12 saves (5-2 2.22) in 44.2 innings with 39 K and 12 BB. He also hit .293/.414/.374 with 24 RBI and 12 doubles his senior season.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs

The Cubs, who have the second best record in the DSL at 23-11, had the day off and have won 8 of their last 10.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 1, Phillies 0

In a battle for second place in the VSL, three Cubs (25-24) pitchers shutout the Phillies (25-24) on two hits.

At the Plate: Cubs had eight hits as the top four hitters in the order—Humberto Garcia (.241/.292/.312), Arnaldo Calero (.257/.301/.382), Ricardo Marcano (.275/.345/.440) and Delbis Arcila (.316/.386/.526)—had two hits each. The Cubs scored in the fourth when Marcano singled, went to third on a pair of balks and scored on Arcila's 18th double, tops in the league.

On the Mound: Victor Garcia (1-2 4.35 ERA/1/19 WHIP) only allowed one hit in six innings as the left-hander fanned four. Garcia, 21, started the season in the Arizona Rookie League but was sent back to the VSL. Adberto Diaz, 22, (3-0 1.95/1.02) fanned six in 2.2 innings yielding a hit and a walk. Yomar Pacheco, 23, (2-2 2.70/1.11) struck out the final hitter for his 8th save.

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