AAA—Oklahoma City 5, Iowa 0
Oklahoma City (58-50) held Iowa (51-57) to four hits as four pitchers combined for the shutout.
On the Mound: Barret Loux (4-5 4.34 ERA) took the loss giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks. He fanned four and threw 104 pitches. Alberto Cabrera made his third relief appearance for Iowa working two innings while allowing a run on a hit and a walk. The Cubs may be getting Cabrera ready for a September call-up to Wrigley to work out of the pen.
AA—Tennessee 6, Huntsville 3
Tennessee (21-13 55-48) launched four homers and Kyle Hendricks won his league-leading 10th games as the Smokies downed Huntsville (15-19 44-58).
At the Plate: Rubi Silva went 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBI while John Andreoli (2), Justin Bour (14) and Christian Villanueva (14) all hit solo homers. Villanueva added a single and scored twice, and Jonathan Mota was 2-4 with a RBI.….OF Rubi SIlva has been productive with the bat and that continued Saturday night smacking his 13th homer of the season, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. The left-hander has sky-rocketed his power numbers having only 10 career homers in his first two pro seasons. The Cuban ranks third in total bases and fourth in slugging (.479) in the Southern League. His only flaw at the plate is he continues to swing at most everything he sees with only 11 walks in over 350 plate appearances.
On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks (10-3 1.87 ERA) is the odds on favorite to be named the Cubs 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year as the 23-year-old has dominated the Southern League. He added another strong outing to his 2013 resume allowing six hits and two runs, one earned, in seven innings. The right-hander threw 92 pitches and recorded six strikeouts. Zach Rosscup (2-1 2.45) worked a scoreless eighth, but the Smokies had trouble in the ninth as Frank Batista (3-3 2.59) had to come in of relief of Tony Zych (.1IP 1H 1ER 2BB) for the final two outs to earn his 13th save.
High A—Daytona 6, Palm Beach 0
Three pitchers combined to blank Palm Beach (18-14, 47-53) while Dustin Geiger went 3-4 with two RBI to lead Daytona (19-12, 54-43) to the win.
At the Plate: Geiger put the Cubs on the board in the 8th win a two-run single. After a wild pitch made it 3-0, Taiwan Easterling doubled home Geiger. Benjamin Carhart added a two-out single in the two-run ninth. ……...Zeke DeVoss may be the only legitimate leadoff hitter in the Cubs system as he's spent the year finding ways to get on base despite only hitting .246. After 88 games, his on-base percentage is flirting around the .400 mark and the third-year pro leads the FSL in walks (61) and hit by pitches (19). With a walk to leadoff the game, DeVoss had reached base in 19 straight games.
On the Mound: Eduardo Figueroa (1-4 4.10 ERA) made a spot start as Ben Wells was put on the DL and Matt Loosen went back to Tennessee. The right-hander made the most of the opportunity tossing five shutout innings allowing six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Figueroa has pitched 14 straight shutout innings. Zach Cates, tied for first in games started for Daytona with 19, made his second relief appearance working a scoreless sixth. Jeffry Antigua (1-0 0.00) earned the win allowing a hit and a walk with three strikeouts. Daytona is the third Cubs minor league affiliate Antigua has won a game for this year (Kane County 3-1 and Iowa 2-1). He also pitched in Tennessee but didn't get a decision in his only outing.
Cubs Notes: Ben Wells (6-6 3.45ERA/1.19 WHIP) was placed on the disabled list July 23. The 20-year-old was the workhorse for Daytona leading the team in IP (101.2 and tied for first in starts (19)…...Cubs have had an extra base hit in 21 straight games.
Low A—Peoria 4, Kane County 1
Kane County (39-60) only managed five hits and Peoria (56-45) scored three times in the bottom of the first.
At the Plate: The Cougars scored their only run of the night on Daniel Vogelbach's 15th homer of the season. Rock Shoulders continues to square up the ball going 2-3 for his third multi-hit game in his last four. Reggie Golden extended his hitting streak to six games and Albert Almora went 1-3.
On the Mound: Tayler Scott (4-6 4.33) passed the 100 innings pitched mark Saturday night allowing four runs in five innings. He gave up nine hits, walked two, and didn't record a strikeout. Sheldon McDonald kept the Chiefs off the board the final three frames on a hit and a walk.
Short-Season—Spokane 3, Boise 1
Spokane (2-3, 22-21) used a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth to down Boise (2-3, 23-20)
At the Plate: Boise had their opportunities but could only push one run across. NWL All-Star Daniel Lockhart (.317/.364/.352) went 3-4 and scored the Hawks only run on a Jacob Rogers (.286/.398/.429) single. Kris Bryant (.150/.227/.350) was 1-4 but Lockhart got thrown out on the infield single as he tried to score from second. Rogers is having a good season at Boise, proving he can get on base (25 BB, 2nd in NWL) but also hit with power (5HR, 2nd in NWL) and drive in runs (29 RBI, 1st in NWL).
On the Mound: James Pugliese (3-2 2.30 ERA/0.98 WHIP)—The 21-year-old right-hander made an adjustment in his delivery this spring and its paid big dividends. Last year in Boise, NWL hit .307 against the New Jersey native going 1-5 with a 5.37 ERA in 15 games compiling 60.1 innings with eight homers. Pugliese has established himself as the top arm in Boise, evident by his recent all-star game selection. In his 8th start Saturday, Pugliese matched a season-high six innings allowing a run on five hits. He didn't walk a hitter and fanned four. He came into game with a 14-inning scoreless streak but that ended in the first on an infield single, a hit batter, a double play and a bloop single. Fifth-round pick Trey Masek walked two in his two innings of work and has not allowed an earned run since joining Boise in 10 innings. RHP Eddie Orozco (0-1 7.20/2.00) walked two and surrendered two hits, including a two-run single. Orozco, a 22nd round 2012 pick, is on a rehab assignment from Kane County.
Hawks Notes: Boise's Saturday morning start was due to the Boise Music Festival held next door at the Expo, which included performances from Vanilla Ice and Candlebox…….Shawon Dunston (.328/.411/.422) missed another game and has not played since a collision with David Bote on July 21.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 1
Cubs (14-16) scored five times in the fourth in the win over the Diamondbacks (15-14).
At the Plate: Charcer Burks led the offense going 2-4 with 2 RBI. Jeffrey Baez had three hits while Greg Rohan was 2-3 with a RBI, a walk, and two runs. Zak Blair had a RBI going 1-2 with a run. Brett Jackson (.100) was 0-3, scored a run, and drew a walk in his fourth rehab game.
On the Mound: Anthony Prieto (1-2 4.29) threw his best outing of the year holding the D-backs off the board the first four innings. He gave up two hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Tyler Ihrig (1-0 1.13 ERA) surrendered his first run as a pro on a hit with two strikeouts in two innings. Ihrig got credit for his first pro win. Trevor Graham (0-0 1.13) threw two scoreless frames and Josh Davis (2-0 0.00) worked the ninth.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 16, Rojos (Reds) 0
Cubs (31-14) led 9-0 after two innings over Rojos (11-36) and finished the game with 17 hits.
At the Plate: Every starter had a hit with Varonex Cuevas and Adonis Paula with three each. Jenner Emeterio (2-3) and Shamil Ubiera (2-5) had 3 RBI each. Dalfis Ortiz, Cuevas, Antonio Valerio and Roberto Caro all knocked in two. The Cubs drew 18 walks and were 11-18 with RISP.
On the Mound: Dour Cub hurlers combined for the shutout as Pedro Araujo got rth win with two innings of relief with two strikeouts. Andin Diaz started went four innings while Jesus Pereyra (1IP) and Enderson Mercedes (2IP) closed out the game.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 12, Rays 4
Cubs (34-27) pounded out 15 hits in the win over the Rays (17-44)
At the Plate: Roney Alcala started his third game at catcher and the switch hitter blasted two homers, went 4-4 and knocked in six runs to raise his average to .347. Ricardo Marcano went 3-5 scoring three times with 2 RBI. Delbis Arcila hit his 9th homer scored three times, walked twice and drive in two. Arnaldo Calero was 3-5.
On the Mound: Adbert Alzolay (5-3 1.16 ERA) continues to mow down VSL hitters as the 18-year-old right-hander fanned eight in five innings allowing two unearned runs on three hits. Cesar Romero allowed two runs in the sixth while Augusto Colina (2 IP) and Manuel Fuentes (1 IP) blanked the Rays the final three frames.
Cubs Notes: Alcala has been all over the diamond for the Cubs catching his fourth game . He also played 1B (4 games), 2B (2), 3B (36), LF (5), and RF (1).