Cubs July 26 Minor League Recap

Two 2013 draft picks made headlines Friday night as 3B Kris Bryant, first-round pick, smacked his first professional homer and 12th round selection RHP Trevor Clifton made his pro debut tossing a scoreless inning for Mesa. Wilson Contreras homered for the second straight night in Kane County's win while Daytona and Boise were victorious.

AAA—Oklahoma City 10, Iowa 6

Oklahoma City (57-50) jumped out to a 8-0 lead and hung on for the win over Iowa (51-56)

At the Plate: The Cubs had 10 hits as SS Donnie Murphy (.264/.341/.458) extended his hitting streak to 13 games going 2-4 with a run. 1B Edgar Gonzalez (.276/.323/.517) ripped two doubles and knocked in four. DH Brad Nelson (.265/.341/.458) and RF Jae-Hoon Ha (.208/.252/.307) had two hits each.

On the Mound: It was a tough Cubs debut for Justin Grimm, acquired from Texas as part of the Matt Garza trade. The right-hander only lasted two innings allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks. He threw 52 pitches and fanned two. Casey Coleman (2-2 3.45 ERA) worked four innings surrendering six hits and three runs with three strikeouts. Marcus Hatley (2-1 4.07) and Henry Rodriguez (0-0 0.00) both tossed a scoreless frame.

AA—Huntsville 9, Tennessee 8

Tennessee (54-48) came out on the short-end of a slugfest falling to Huntsville (44-57) despite 12 hits and three homers.

At the Plate: Christian Villanueva (.260/.310/.450) was 3-5 with two runs and a solo homer and Rafael Lopez (.239/.338/.429) was 3-3 with his 8th homer and 3 RBI. Justin Bour (.243/.337/.520) hit his 13th homer while Arismendy Alcantara (.275/.347/.464) went 1-5.

On the Mound: Not much success on the mound for Tennessee as Hunter Cervenka was the only arm to keep the Stars off the board getting the final four outs, two on strikes. A.J. Morris gave up seven runs in three innings while Yeiper Castillo gave up a pair in his three frames. Kevin Rhoderick took the loss allowing the winning run in the seventh on three walks and a hit

High A—Daytona 4, Palm Beach 2

Daytona (53-43, 18-12) scored three times in the third and hung on for the win over Palm Beach (47-52, 18-13) despite allowing 12 hits.

At the Plate: RBI singles from Zeke DeVoss (.248/.397/.358) and Anthony Giansanti (.258/.299/.274) along with a sacrifice fly from Benjamin Carhart (.249/.299/.342) put the Cubs ahead 3-0. Bijan Rademacher (.269/.315/.463) added a sac fly in the fourth. Cubs were held to five hits as Dustin Geiger (.281/.359/.440) was 1-2 with a run and two walks.

On the Mound: Matt Loosen (5-2 1.83 ERA/0.94 WHIP) scattered six hits and two walks over five innings as the right-hander fanned four in the win. Dyan Diaz (0-1 3.38/1.50) allowed two runs in two innings while Yao-Lin Wang (3-3 3.62/1.25) and Frank Del Valle (3-3 2.76/1.49/6th save) both tossed a scoreless frame.

Cubs Notes: Zeke DeVoss has reached base in 18 straight games. DeVoss leads the FSL in walks (60) and HBP (19).

Low A—Kane County 4, Beloit 1

Kane County (39-59, 9-23) won their second straight series of the second half beating Beloit (62-41, 19-14) in the deciding game.

At the Plate: Wilson Contreras (.249/.324/.437) homered for the second straight night, a two-run shot in the fourth, his 9th. Marco Hernandez (.258/.296/.329) went 3-4 with two runs and Reggie Golden (.263/.303/.431) continued his hot streak going 2-4. Golden is hitting .342 in his last 10 games and has a five-game hitting streak, including three-straight multi-hit games. Daniel Vogelbach (.290/.363/.451) was 1-1 with two walks and a RBI.

On the Mound: Felix Pena (4-3 3.62 ERA/1.23 WHIP) has his best outing since May allowing a run on four hits and one walk. The right-hander went six innings and fanned seven. Andrew McKirahan (0-0 9.00/2.00), Stephen Perakslis (1-3 3.38/1.24) and Michael Hamann (1-0 0.00/1.00/3rd Save) blanked the Snappers the last three innings.

Short-Season—Boise 9, Spokane 1

Kris Bryant hit his first professional homer, a three-run blast, and Carlos Penalver had three hits to lead Boise (23-19) over Spokane (21-21) in the series opener.

At the Plate: Bryant (.125/.222/.375) got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and smacked a three-run shot over the left-field wall in the Hawks six-run third. Penalver (.234/.295/.313) was a homer shy of the cycle as the 19-year-old scored twice and knocked in a run. Lance Rymel (.305/.392/.378), Cael Brockmeyer (.323/.436/.400) and Jose Dore (.193/.277/.361) all had a hit and a RBI.

On the Mound: The 2013 draft class 2-inning piggy back quad (need a better nickname) made their 4th combined start allowing a run in eight innings. Rob Zastryzny ran into some trouble in the first allowing his first pro run on four hits and a walk. Sam Wilson (2IP, 1K) Zack Godley (2IP, 2K) and Scott Frazier (2IP 3K) blanked the Indians for six no-hit innings. Tyler Bremer fanned the side in the ninth.

Arizona Rookie League—Game 1 (Completion of July 20 Game) Angels, 8, Cubs 7; Game 2—Angels 13, Cubs 4—7 innings

Angels held on to win the suspended game and then pounded the Cubs in the second game for the sweep.

At the Plate: GAME 1—Cubs rallied for four runs in the seventh, scored once in the ninth but left the tying run on second with one out. Zak Blair led the offense with two hits and three RBI. Rashard Crawford and Garrett Schlecht had two hits while Schlecht, Kelvin Freeman and Xavier Batista had RBI. GAME 2—Jesse Hodges hit his second homer in as many nights and Jeffrey Baez delivered a two-run double in the 7th, one of two hits. Mark Malave was 2-3 and scored a run.

On the Mound: Carlos Rodriguez gave up seven runs back on July 20 on eight hits with three strikeouts. Luis Guillen tossed the final 6.1 frames allowing a run on five hits and two with with 3K. GAME 2—Carol Rodriguez stared the second game and had about the same success he had on 7/20, allowing eight runs on eight hits in 1.2 innings. Trey Lang allowed a two-run homer and Trevor Clifton made his professional debut working a scoreless fourth with two walks. Clifton was the Cubs 12th round pick and the only high school arm they signed.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 12, Rojos (Reds) 3

Cubs (31-14) scored 11 runs in the first three innings in the win over Rojos (11-36)

At the Plate: 2B Dalfis Ortiz continues to impress and should be stateside bound next spring as the 21-year-old went 4-5 with four runs scored hitting leadoff. Adonis Paula was 2-5 with a triple and four RBI. Jose Paniagua and Varonex Cuevas both had 2 RBI.

On the Mound: Jose Zapata tossed one-hit ball for five innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Gilbert Abreu gave up three earned runs in 2.2 innings and Dilson Vasquez got the final four outs.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 10, Mariners 6

The Cubs (33-27) scored six times in the sixth to beat the first-place M's (42-18).

At the Plate: Roney Alcala had ben the Cubs best hitter this season and Friday was just another example as the 19-year-old switch hitter went 2-3, hit his 7th homer, and knocked in four. C Leonardo Gonzalez was 2-2 with a two-run homer and a double. Arnaldo Calero, Bryant Flete and Delbris Arcila all had two hits and Arcila drove in two.

On the Mound: Harrinson Bermudez got the win fanning three in two innings, allowing an unearned run. Enrique De Los Rio got the start yielding three earned run on five hits with four punchouts. Victor Salazar and Yomar Pacheco combined to finish the final three innings as Salazar allowed two runs in two innings and Pacheco fanned two in a scoreless ninth

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