Eric Jokisch throws no-hitter, 8/6 Recap

Tennessee's Eric Jokisch no-hit Jacksonville Monday night ending the Suns 11-game winning streak with the gem. Jokisch fanned eight and got a highlight reel catch from SS Javier Baez to preserve the no-hitter in the ninth. The Cubs dropped the first game of the VSL championship to the Mariners 7-3 while Edgar Gonzalez smacked three homers in Iowa's win.

Jokisch throws no-hitter

Eric Jokisch threw a no-hitter with eight strikeouts as the left-hander snapped Jacksonville's 11-game wining streak in impressive fashion. The 2010 draft pick dominated the red-hot Suns from the first inning, striking out five of the first six hitters he faced, and retiring the first 10 hitters before a walk. He retired the next 10 batters before issuing a free pass in the seventh. He walked a hitter in eighth and then got some defensive help in the ninth. Third baseman Christian Villanueva snared a liner headed to left field to record the first out and then Javier Baez stole a single headed to centerfield with a spectacular diving catch. After a walk, Jokisch got a groundout to third to complete the gem. He threw 108 pitches, 69 for strikes, and his command of the strike zone was the key for his success, getting ahead of most of the hitters. Jokisch also helped his own cause at the plate going 2-4 with a walk and a RBI, raising his average to .250.

The former Northwestern Wildcat was named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April but has struggled in several outing since then. He came into the came on a three-game losing streak and hadn't pitched since July 28, making his first start since going on the disabled list July 29. He was activated for tonight's game. The Illinois native was an 11th round pick in the 2010 draft by the Cubs. Jokisch is now 9-10 on the season with a 3.57 ERA and has pitched 128.1 IP, 114 K and 49 BB. Game recap below along with link to the Baez catch and the final out and celebration..

It was the Smokies first no-hitter since 2007 when Mark Holliman tossed a seven-inning no-no against Huntsville. The last nine-inning no-hitter was back in 2000 by Leo Estrella against Orlando.

Roster Moves

Albert Almora has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with an apparent groin injury, according to a press release but Kaen County play-by-play announcer Wayne Randazzo reported the injury was a hip flexor. Whatever the cause, the former first-round pick will be out at least seven days. In a corresponding roster move Kane County activated Neftali Rosario.....C Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to AAA Iowa from Boise and started in the I-Cubs win over Tacoma. Brockmeyer was needed when C Luis Flores was hit with a bat on a backswing Monday night and left the game with concussion like symptoms. C J.C. Boscon was sick and infielder Edwin Maysonet had to catch the final four innings........The Chicago Cubs announced OF Julio Borbon had cleared waivers and been optioned to AAA Iowa.....According to Iowa Cubs website and their game notes for Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, RHP Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to make his AAA debut on Thursday, Aug. 8...........Tennessee activated LHP Eric Jokisch from the disabled list and the Cubs have released RHP Kevin Rhoderick from the organization. Rhoderick was 1-5 with a 5.65 ERA, a 1.93 WHIP, 43 IP, and 42 BB. He was a ninth-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Oregon State.

AAA—Iowa 10, Tacoma 3

Edgar Gonzalez blasted three homers as Iowa went deep six times in the victory over Tacoma on get-a-way day.

At the Plate: Gonzalez homered in the first, fifth and seventh inning highlighting a career day with five hits, three runs, and four RBI. For the second game in a row, Darnell McDonald led off with homer putting the I-Cubs ahead. Two batters later, Gonzalez took one over the wall scoring Jae-Hoon Ha, who singled. Mike Olt had one of his better game since joining the Cubs organization hitting 12th homer of the season to go along with three walks and two runs. Ty Wright had three of Iowa's 16 hits Dave Sappelt had two hits and drive in two. Cael Brockmeyer made his AAA debut after getting called up from Boise earlier in the day and went-1-3 with a walk.....

On the Mound: Yoanner Negrin (3-5 4.82 ERA) made his ninth start lasting four innings with seven strikeouts. He allowed two runs on five hits and walked one. Negrin started the year in the bull pen and continues to keep missing bats with 95 K in 80.1 IP....Nick Struck (6-8 6.17) got the win working a scoreless fifth with a walk and a strikeout......Marcus Hatley allowed a solo homer in the sixth in his one frame. Marcos Mateo, Chang-Long Lim and Brian Schlitter all worked a scoreless inning to close out the Rainiers.

AA—Tennessee 10, Jacksonville 0

Eric Jokisch tossed a no-hitter and the Tennessee (59-54) bats exploded for 16 hits ending Jacksonville's (61-50) 11-game winning streak.

At the Plate: Not only did Javier Baez save the no-hitter with a tremendous catch in the 9th, he went 4-6 with two doubles and three RBI. He scored three times and stole his 5th base at AA and 17th overall. Rubi Silva continues to stay hot going 3-5 with two runs, a RBI and a walk. Matt Szczur, Rafael Lopez, Jonathan Mota and Jokisch all had two hits. The Smokies scored in each of the first five innings.

On the Mound: Eric Jokisch (9-10 3.57 ERA) made history Tuesday night throwing the first Smokies no hitter since 2007. The lefty's final line was 9IP, 0H, 0R, 4BB, 8K.

Here's the video of Baez catch. Let it play and it shows last out and celebration.

High A—Daytona

Had a scheduled day off. Daytona has only played two games in August.

Low A—Kane County 6, Clinton 2

Kane County (45-64) left Clinton (54-59) with a split of the four-game series.

At the Plate: OF Oliver Zapata had a big night at the plate launching a two-run homer in the third and adding a RBI single in the ninth. Gioskar Amaya may not be getting a lot of recognition but the 20-year-old is having a solid year at Kane County. He's gotten stronger as the season's gotten longer, and went 3-5 with two runs and a RBI. Carlos Escobar had two hits and Reggie Golden smacked his 7th homer in the ninth.

On the Mound: Tayler Scott (5-6 4.26 ERA) earned his first win since June 13 allowing two runs on six hits and three walks in five innings. Scott has thrown 114 IP in his first full-season but has struggled lately walking 22 in his last 53.2 innings. Andrew McKirahan (1-0 3.38) fanned two in two no-hit innings while Al Yevoli (0-0 4.05) threw a scoreless eighth. Michael Hamann (1-0 0.00) kept his earned run streak in tact throwing the ninth. Between Boise and Kane County, Hamann has not allowed an earned run in 18.2 innings. In 11 innings in MWL, he hasn't allowed any runs with 7H, 8K and 3 BB.

Short-Season—Boise—Northwest League All-Star Game—South 8, North 7

The Northwest League held its All-Star game Tuesday night and DH Yasiel Balaguert (0-2 BB), 1B Jacob Rogers (1-3 RBI) and C Lance Rymel (0-2 R BB) all started for the South squad. 2B David Bote (0-1) and SS Carols Penalver (0-2) played as reserves. Boise pitchers James Pugliese and Tyler Bremer got the final three outs to preserve the victory. Bremer earned the save striking out the final hitter and Pugliese got a strikeout and a groundout to Penalver to start the inning. OF Shawon Dunston and 2B Daniel Lockhart were named to the All-Star team but Dunston is on the DL and Lockhart was promoted to AAA Iowa.

Arizona Rookie League—Dodgers 2, Cubs 0

Four Dodgers' (23-14) pitchers blanked the Cubs (18-19) for eight innings and held on for the win.

At the Plate: The Cubs didn't do much for eight innings but got on the board in the ninth on a RBI single by Wilfredo Petit. Kevin Brown was 2-4 and Petit also had a double. 2013 9th round pick OF Charcer Burks was 1-4 and is hitting .363 in his last 10 games. The Cubs fanned 15 times.

On the Mound: 2013 13th round pick RHP Trevor Graham (0-0 2.08) got the start and dominated for three innings allowing a hit with three punchouts. David Villegas (0-3 2.70) got the loss surrendering two earned runs on a hit and two walks in three innings with five strikeouts. Trey Lang (0-0 5.40) and Luis Villalba (0-0 2.00) both worked a scoreless frame.

Dominican Summer League—Mets I 4, Cubs 1

Mets (19-36) scored four runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Cubs (37-18).

At the Plate: Cubs only managed one run despite eight hits and eight walks. They stranded 13 runners and were 2-16 win RISP. Adonis Paula was 3-4 and drove in the only run with a triple.

On the Mound: Frailin Figueroa (4-0 1.21 ERA) only allowed one hit in four innings with seven strikeouts. The 18-year-old, 6-foot-2 lefty, has 37 K in 37.1 IP and the DSL is hitting .152 against him. Yomar Morel (0-0 .0.92) threw four shutout innings giving up two hits with five strikeouts. Gilberto Abreu (1-2 4.01) couldn't get the save surrendering four runs, two earned in the ninth.

Venezuelan Summer League—Mariners 7, Cubs 3

The Mariners won the opening game of the VSL Championship series using a five-run 4th to knock off the Cubs in the best-of-three series. The two teams are back at it Wednesday for Game 2.

At the Plate: Ricardo Marcano gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo homer, his fifth. The Cubs had their chances with 11 hits and three walks but could only score lone runs in the fifth and sixth. Victor Gomez led off the fifth with a triple and scored on Bryant Flete's RBI single. A double play grounder plated the run in the sixth. Flete finished the day 4-5 but was gunned down at home in the third and thrown out stealing second in the first. Humberto Garcia went 2-3 with a walk.

On the Mound: Adbert Alzolay (5-3 1.07 ERA) didn't have his best stuff as the 18-year-old allowed seven hits and a walk which led to six runs, four earned. An error by third baseman Roney Alcala with two outs in the fourth opened the flood gates for the big inning. Alzolay fanned three and left in the fourth. Victor Salazar (3-2 3.26) pitched the final 4.1 innings yielding three hits, two coming with two outs in the fourth. He fanned four, walked one and was charged with one eared run.

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