The minor league transactions will be plentiful in the final month, so I'm gonna lead off the daily recap with the day's roster moves. July 29—Brett Jackson has been sent from AAA Iowa to AA Tennessee after a rehab stint in the AZL. Jackson played four games in Mesa going 1-14 with seven strikeouts. Not sure what this signals for Jackson's future but the Smokies only had three outfielders on their roster. …..RHP Marcos Mateo was promoted from Tennessee to Iowa. Mateo started the year on the DL after missing 2012 with a right forearm injury. He pitched in 44 games for Chicago in 2010-11. Mateo threw six innings (3H 6K) in the AZL and 8.2 (6H 7BB 7K) at AA Tennessee. …...To make room for Mateo the I-Cubs placed Josh Vitters on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Its Vitters' third trip to the DL……...RHP Eduardo Figueroa was promoted from Daytona to AA for the first-time in his career……..RHP Ryan Searle, who was named FSL pitcher of the week back in April, has been sent from Daytona to AZL on a rehab assignment. Searle has been on the DL since the opening month…..Daytona activated LHP Kyler Burke from the disabled list. Burke has not pitched since June 23.
AAA—Oklahoma City 4, Iowa 3
A leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth and a wild pitch gave Oklahoma City (60-50) the win over Iowa (51-59)
At the Plate: Ty Wright swatted a homer solo homer in the 4th and put the Cubs up 3-2 in the 8th on a RBI single. Iowa tied the game when Logan Watkins singled and scored on Donnie Murphy's triple. Darnell McDonald and Edgar Gonzalez had two hits each.
On the Mound: Brooks Raley (6-7 4.70 ERA) only allowed five hits in 6.2 innings as the RedHawks pushed across a pair of runs off the lefty. Raley walked three and fanned two, throwing 110 pitches, in his 8th quality start. Henry Rodriguez (0-1 5.40) gave up the tying run in the eight and then a triple and a wild pitch ended the game.
AA—Tennessee 8, Birmingham 4
At the Plate: Alcantara (.273/.346/.456) had a pair of two-run singles in back-to-back innings as Tennessee jumped out to a 8-0 lead. Rafael Lopez (.245/.343/.433) was 2-3 with two runs and two RBI while Christian Villanueva (.266/.318/.460) went 2-4. LF John Andreoli (.306/.384/.469) scored three times with a RBI single and a walk. DH Brett Jackson was 1-4 in his first game with Tennessee.
On the Mound: Dae-Eun Rhee (3-0 2.13ERA/0.87 WHIP) pitched into the seventh as the right-hander fanned five and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. He threw 94 pitches, 56 for strikes, in his third AA start since returning from an arm injury that sidelined him back in April. Hunter Cervenka (2-1 4.62/1.54) was charged with a run in .2 IP giving up two hits and a walk. Frank Batista (3-3 2.49/1.28) tossed the final two frames giving up an unearned run on a walk.
High A—Fort Myers 5, Daytona 0
Daytona (55-44) could only manage five hits as two Fort Myers (65-38) pitchers combined for the shutout.
On the Mound: Scott Baker made his fourth rehab start working 3.1 innings with two walks and three hits, including a homer. He allowed two runs, one earned, and fanned two. Baker is expected to stay in Daytona for another start. Yao-Lin Wang (3-3 3.58 ERA) got the final two outs in the fourth. Pierce Johnson (3-1 2.90) made his first relief appearance. After giving up three runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter in the fifth, Johnson settled down fanning seven and over the final four frames.
Low A—Peoria 14, Kane County 1
Peoria (57-46) won the deciding game of the series in convincing style over Kane County (40-61).
At the Plate: Daniel Vogelbach (.290/.364/.463) hit his 16th homer of the season to account for the Cougars only run. Jeimer Candelario (.251/.336/.376), Rock Shoulders (.261/.357/.478) and Oliver Zapata (.247/.313/.366) all singled as Kane County was held to four hits.
On the Mound: Just when you thought Jose Rosario's 2013 campaign couldn't get any worse, it did. The right-hander entered the game 0-6 allowing at least one earned run in all 12 appearances. On Monday night, Rosario (0-7 6.71ERA/1.75 WHIP) gave up 13 earned runs on 13 hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. The only inning the Chiefs didn't score was in the second when they got the first two hitters on and lined into a triple play. Al Yevoli (0-0 2.70/2.40) gave up a run in 2.1 frames and Andrew McKirahan (0-0 6.75/1.50) threw a scoreless eighth.
Short-Season—Spokane 5, Boise 2—11 innings
Spokane (23-22) scored three runs in the top of the 11th to beat Boise (24-21).
At the Plate: Boise didn't have a hit until the seventh (Jose Dore single) and then broke through in the eighth on Kris Bryant's RBI double. Bryant beat the throw to third on Jacob Rogers' grounder and scored the tying run on Yasiel Balaguert's sacrifice fly. The Hawks were held to two hits.
On the Mound: Fourth-round pick Tyler Skulina (0-0 1.20 ERA/ 15 IP) continues to impress in his first pro season getting the start and tossing three shutout innings. He allowed two hits and fanned two. Michael Wagner (0-0 2.35) allowed a run on three hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. Wagner fanned three and has 10 in 8.2 IP. Carlos Martinez (3-2 3.86) kept the Indians off the board for 2.1 frames but didn't survive the 11th. An error and two singles put Spokane ahead and chased Martinez from the game. Jasvir Rakkar got the first hitter on strikes but a triple plated two more.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Dominican Summer League—Orioles II 5, Cubs 3
A four-run third propelled the Orioles (21-27) over the Cubs (32-15).
At the Plate: All but one starter got a hit as Jenner Emeterio (.225) went 2-3 with a triple and a run. Dalfis Ortiz (.354), Varonex Cuevas (.261) and Antonio Gonzalez (.169) all had RBI. Cuevas hit his first pro homer and Ortiz has a five-game hitting streak (11-21).
On the Mound: Hector Perez (2-3 2.77ERA) took the loss giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. Perez, 20, fanned six and has 44 K in 39 IP with 9 BB. Luis Escaino (0-0 1.77) struck out six in four innings allowing a hit and a walk. Dilson Vasquez allowed a homer in two innings.
Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 7, Cubs 5
Phillies (32-30) scored four unearned runs in the seventh and beat the Cubs (34-28)
At the Plate: Cubs had 14 hits (4 doubles and two triples) and went 7-23 with RISP but could only score five times. 3B Roney Alcala (.353), CF Arnaldo Calero (.293), and 1B Miguel Rico (.228) all had three hits. Humberto Garcia (.248) scored twice and was 2-3 with a double.
On the Mound: Victor Garcia (2-3 4.53 ERA) took the loss allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. Greyfer Eregua (2IP 3K) and Moises Ramirez (2.1IP 4K) kept the Phillies off the board but Chris Pieters walked four as four unearned runs scored with two outs.