Daytona 2, Charlotte 2
The day begin in the top of the seventh of a seven-inning game that was suspended from Friday night when rain halted a twin-bill between Daytona and Charlotte at Charlotte Sports Park. That game ended in the bottom of the 13th on Kes Carter's walk-off single giving the Stone Crabs the 1-0 win.
In the second game scheduled for nine innings, Charlotte ended Matthew Loosen's 27-inning scoreless streak in the first and Daytona's Taylor Davis tied the game in the eighth with his second homer. Nobody in the park (4,081 when the game started) could have imagined that would be the last run they would see.
The Cubs had runners on 1st and 3rd in the 11th but a pair of groundouts ended the threat. Right-fielder Bijan Rademacher spoiled Charlotte's chance to win the game in the 12th when he gunned down Richie Shaffer at home trying to tag on a fly ball.
In the bottom of the 15th, Daytona's Dayan Diaz fanned Lucas Bailey and that would be the final out. Due to a Florida State League rule that an inning can't start after 1 a.m. EST, the game was called. Since the two teams do not meet the rest of the season, the game was declared a tie after 4:39 of play.
"First tie I have ever been part of, don't know how to feel," tweeted Rademacher after the game. First baseman Dustin Geiger, who played all 22 innings during the twin-bill, had similar thoughts, "So we ended in a tie tonight, didn't know that was possible."
Recap of both games below
AAA—Round Rock 5, Iowa 2
Iowa (49-52) out-hit Round Rock 11-7 but Mike' Olt's three-run homer in the second proved to be the difference for the Express (56-45)
At the Plate: Ty Wright, Brad Nelson, Josh Vitters, and Darnell McDonald all had two hits but the I-Cubs stranded 11 runners. Wright had a RBI single in the third and Darnell McDonald singled home Vitters in the seventh after he led off with a double.
On the Mound: Jake Arrieta (0-2 5.17 ERA) made his fourth start for Iowa working five innings. Arrieta surrendered a three-run homer in the second and ended the night with a line of 5IP, 6H 4ER 2BB, 3K. Yoanner Negrin gave up a run in one frame while Marcus Hatley and Eduardo Sanchez both tossed a scoreless inning.
AA—Tennessee 7, Jacksonville 4
Tennessee (18-9) pounded out 13 hits, six going for extra bases, in the win over Jacksonville (14-13).
At the Plate: The Smokies went on an extra-base terror Saturday night as Justin Bour's three-run homer in the first put the Smokies ahead. Arismendy Alcantara upped his average to .284 going 3-4 with two runs and a walk. Javier Baez had two hits, including a two-run double in the second. Matt Szczur was on base three times with a pari of hits and a walk while Christian Villanueva went 2-5 with a run scored.
On the Mound: Austin Kirk (2-3 6.53 ERA) was the beneficiary of the offense as the left-hander got the win despite allowing four runs on six hits and three walks in five innings. Marcos Mateo continued his comeback tossing two scoreless frames in his second AA game. Frank Batista (3-3 2.54) got credit for his 12th save allowing a hit in the final two innings with two strikeouts.
High A—Game 1—Completion of July 19 Game—Charlotte 1, Daytona 0—13 innings; Game 2—Charlotte 2, Daytona 2—15 innings
Charlotte won on walk-off single in the 13th inning in the completion of a suspended game and then played to a 15-inning 2-2 tie due to league rules as the game ended at 1 a.m. EST.
At the Plate: GAME 1—Cubs had nine hits but were 0-6 with RISP as they were blanked. Zeke DeVoss, Eliot Soto and Taiwan Easterling had two hits. GAME 2—Cubs got on the board in the second when Bijan Rademacher tripled and scored on Wes Darvill's sacrifice fly. Daytona tied the game in 8th on Taylor Davis' second homer to open the inning. Rademacher had three hits and Darvill added two.
On the Mound: Game 1—After Ivan Pineyro (1-0 0.00) tossed six shutout innings on Friday night, Eduardo Figueroa (1-4 4.53) followed with six more shutout frames for the longest outing by a Daytona relief pitcher this season. He threw 61 pitches in the effort, scattering seven hits with a pair of strikeouts. Frank Del Valle (3-3 2.97) took the loss allowing the winning run on two walks and a hit. GAME 2—Matt Loosen saw his 27-inning scoreless streak end in the first allowing a triple and a RBI groundout. Loosen finished working six innings with seven strikeouts allowing four hits and two earned runs. Larry Suarez and Chang-Yong Lim both went an inning and Jeffrey Lorick tossed four shutout innings. Dayan Diaz fanned four in the final three frames as Daytona's pitchers combined for 19 strikeouts and nine walks.
Low A—Kane County 8, Lansing 4—6 innings
Kane County (6-21) snapped a three-game losing streak beating Lansing (8-20) in a game shortened to six innings by rain.
At the Plate: The Cougars made the most of their five hits as they coaxed nine walks out of Lugnut pitching. Daniel Vogelbach was 2-2, scored twice and drove in a run. Kane County scored four times in the first and fifth. Base hits by Gioskar Amaya, Albert Almora, and Vogelbach loaded the bases but the Cougars wouldn't get another hit in the first inning. A walk to Jeimer Candelario, a sacrifice fly by Rock Shoulders, a wild pitch, and a throwing error on a stolen base plated the four runs. Kane County added four more in the fifth as Almora reached on an error and scored on Vogelbach's double. A wild pitch, a RBI single from Wilson Contreras, and a RBI groundout by Reggie Golden finished the scoring.
On the Mound: Felix Pena (2-3 3.60) gave up a three-run homer in the first but tossed a complete game allowing eight hits and four runs. Pena fanned four in six innings for his first win since May 10.
Short-Season— Everett 8, Boise 7
Everett ended Boise's seven-game winning streak with a 12-hit attack and survived a Hawks' rally.
At the Plate: Boise had three hits through six innings but the bats came to life (10 hits in last three frames) in the seventh with five base knocks plating three runs. David Bote, Trevor Gretzky and Shawon Dunston all had RBI singles. The Hawks added four runs in the ninth, all with two outs, with five singles and two wild pitches. Dunston went 3-5 with 2 RBI while Daniel Lockhart and David Bote added two hits each. Jacob Rogers had 2 RBI.
On the Mound: Duane Underwood (1-2 6.21 ERA) continues to get his education in the Northwest League as the 19-year-old took the loss allowing four runs (3ER) on six hits and three walks in four innings. Trey Masek (1-0 0.00) worked two perfect innings with three punchouts. Eddie Orozco, rehabbing from Kane County, went two frames yielding two runs on three hits and a walk. Jasvir Rakkar allowed two earned runs in the ninth.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
The game was suspended in the top of the fifth with the Angels leading 8-1.
Cubs Notes: Second-round pick Jacob Hannemann joined Mesa after being assigned from Boise. Hannemann had been on the DL since July 6.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off
Venezuelan Summer League—Game 1—Cubs 4, Tigers 1; Game 2—Cubs 3, Tigers 1
The Cubs (30-24) swept the doubleheader from the Tigers (27-28) extending their winning streak to 10 games and are now 3.5 games ahead of the Tigers for the final playoff spot.
At the Plate: GAME 1—The Cubs scored all four of their runs in the sixth recording four of their six hits in the frame. Ricardo Marcano singled in the first run and two more scored on Delbis Arcila's single with two errors on the center fielder. Roney Alcala made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly. Arnaldo Calero had two hits and stole a base. GAME 2—The Cubs had 11 hits in the game and scored twice in the first inning. Bryant Fleet singled, stole second, and scored on Calero's triple. Marcano then flew out to center, scoring Calero. Arcila blasted his 7th homer, a solo shot, in the sixth.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Angel Mejias (1-0 0.00) got the win working two hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout. Yomar Pacheco earned his 9th save. Alberto Diaz (3-0 1.98 ERA) tossed the first four frames allowing two hits and and a run with five strikeouts. GAME 2—Francisco Carrillo won his eighth game pitching the final four innings of the second game of the DH. He allowed a run on five hits and fanned four. Yapson Gomez tossed three shutout innings with two punchouts.