The big news of the day was the promotion of first-round pick Kris Bryant to Boise after two games in the Arizona Rookie League. Jed Hoyer added during a radio interview Bryant could arrive at Kane County by the end of the season. Bryant fanned five times. The 2013 draft pitching class is off to an impressive start as 11 of the 13 drafted have made their pro debuts. Rob Zastryzny (8IP), Tyler Skulina (10IP), Sam Wilson (7IP), Tyler Ihrig (6IP,11K), and David Garner (2IP) have not allowed an earned run. Trey Masek (8IP) and Zack Godley (9IP) are unscored upon at Boise but gave up runs in the AZL. The hot bat of the 2013 draft belongs to catcher Cael Brockmeyer (16th round) .352/.462/.444 in 18 games. Heading into Tuesday night, he was 15-31 in his last 10 games with 11 runs and six RBI. Here's the recap of tonight's action.
AAA—Iowa 1, New Orleans 0
Edwin Maysonet celebrated his return from the disabled list with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give Iowa (50-54) the win over New Orleans (51-53).
At the Plate: Iowa was held to three hits through eight innings with Logan Watkins collecting two of those and Jae-Hoon Ha the other. Donnie Murphy led off the ninth with a single and after two outs, went to third on Darnell McDonald's single. Maysonet then delivered the game-winner, ending Iowa's four-game skid.
On the Mound: Guillermo Moscoso (7-5 4.15 ERA) made his 17th start for Iowa after the Cubs claimed the right-hander off waivers from Toronto during spring training. The 29-year-old is no stranger to the majors going 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA for Oakland his rookie year in 2011. He's made six quality starts and the I-Cubs have won six straight when he's started after losing the previous seven. No longer on the 40-man roster, a call-up is unlikely for Moscoso but trades and injuries could get him promoted. Moscoso threw 100 pitches in five innings on one-hit ball with nine strikeouts, one short of his season-high. He did walk three. Henry Rodriguez made his Iowa debut after being assigned from Chicago. The right-hander was firing in the mid-90s and worked around a pair of hits for a scoreless sixth. Casey Coleman worked two scoreless frames giving up a hit and a walk and Brian Schlitter (1-2 2.45) got the win throwing a 1-2-3 ninth.
Cubs Notes: IF Edwin Maysonet was activated from the disabled list and IF/OF Anthony Giansanti has been sent to Daytona.
AA—Huntsville 6, Tennessee 4
Huntsville (14-16) raced out to a 6-0 lead and hung on for the win over Tennessee (18-12).
At the Plate: The Smokies only had six hits but the big blast of the game was a two-run homer by Javier Baez, his fifth homer at AA and 22rd overall. Arismendy Alcantara added a sacrifice fly and John Andreoli had a RBI double, scoring Christian Villanueva, who led off the 7th with a double.
On the Mound: Eric Jokisch (8-9 3.61 ERA) had a great April, earning Cubs Minor League pitcher of the month but after going 1-3 with a 6.16 ERA in May and the performances of Alberto Cabrera and Kyle Hendricks, has overshadowed a solid season for the 23-year-old. Tuesday night wasn't one of Jokisch's better outings allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings. He fanned four in his 84 pitch effort but was the victim of two homers. Marcus Mateo and Frank Batista each threw a scoreless inning.
High A—Game 1—St. Lucie 5, Daytona 3 St. Lucie; Game 2—Daytona 7, St. Lucie 0
At the Plate: GAME 1—Wes Darvill sent 3-3 but the rest of the Cubs only managed three hits. Darvill doubled in Anthony Giansanti (walk) and Bijan Rademacher (single) in the fourth. Zeke DeVoss scored on a double play groundout in the first. GAME 2—Darvill didn't stop in the night-cap going 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Yaniel Cabezas knocked in a pair while Dustin Geiger and Anthony Giansanti had two hits each. Pin-Chieh Chen hit his first homer since joining Daytona.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Zach Cates (8-8 4.37 ERA) didn't make it out of the first surrendering three hits, four walks, and a hit batter before Austin Reed entered the game. Cates, 23, was charged with five runs, all earned. Reed got the final out of the first and kept the Mets off the board for four innings. He allowed two hits and induced seven groundball outs. Chang-Yong Lim (0-0 1.80) continues his path to the majors as the 37-year-old had his longest outing of the season tossing two scoreless frames. Using a fastball topping out in the low 90s, Lim fanned three and issued a walk. GAME 2—Pierce Johnson (3-1 2.33), the Cubs 2012 first-round supplemental pick, took the mound for the first time July 11 and the rest helped tossing five shutout innings for the win. He gave up three hits, walked two, and fanned three. Frank Del Valle (3-3 2.83) closed out the shutout with the final six outs. He gave up a hit and fanned two.
Low A—Kane County
The Midwest League had the day off.
Short-Season—Boise 6, Eugene 0
Boise tossed their third straight shutout blanking Eugene.
At the Plate: Boise was only 1-15 with runners in scoring position but were able to push across six runs. Jacob Hannemann had two hits in his first game back in Boise and Jacob Rogers was 2-4 with a homer and 2 RBI. Kris Bryant made his NWL debut, striking out five times.
On the Mound: Dillon Maples (0-0 1.13) can be really really good, or really, really wild. Good Dillon was on the mound Tuesday night as the 21-year-old right-hander held Eugene scoreless for five innings tying a career-high with seven punchouts. He gave up five hits and did not walk a batter. Corbin Hoffner fanned two in three innings and Carlos Martinez struck out the side in the ninth.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 7, Indians 2
Cubs scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Indians.
At the Plate: The Cubs scored six times in the seventh on just two hits. Three walks, a hit batter and a throwing error aided in the big inning while Mark Malave delivered a RBI single. Charcer Burks drew a bases loaded walk in the second to plate the first run. Kelvin Freeman was 1-4 with two runs and a RBI. David DeJesus was 1-3 and it was reported after the game he would be joining the Cubs on Wednesday.
On the Mound: Jose Arias, on a rehab stint from Kane County, started and threw two scoreless frames with one hit and two punchouts. Starling Peralta, rehabbing from Daytona, allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in 3.1 innings. Ethan Elias recorded the win tossing 1.2 frames with three strikeouts. Daury Torrez got the final six outs working around a hit and two walks.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 6, Tigers 1
Cubs (29-13) beat the Tigers (29-13) for the second straight day.
On the Mound: Carlos Llano (5-1 3.68 ERA) got the win throwing four innings of shutout relief. Luis Hernandez allowed a run in three innings while Jesus Baldayaque and Luiz Escaino both threw a shutout inning.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off.