Cubs August 8 Minor League Recap

Dustin Geiger hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs to lead Daytona to victory. Some of the Cubs top pitching prospects took the mound Thursday as Kyle Hendricks made his AAA debut while last year's first round picks—Pierce Johnson (Daytona) and Paul Blackburn (Boise)—got the start. The Cubs affiliates went 5-0 Thursday night.

Roster Moves

RHP Eduardo Sanchez and C J.C. Boscon were called up to the big league club as OF Thomas Neal went on the 15-day disabled list and RHP Matt Guerrier was placed on the 60-day DL. Neal is out after he dislocated his right shoulder on a throw last night and Guerrier is out for the rest of the year with a sore right elbow. Sanchez was just sent down after the Cubs signed Neal. Boscon, 33, played parts of the last three seasons for the Braves so he's no stranger to the big leagues and has caught over 1,100 minor league games. The Cubs acquired the Venezuelan to serve as a backup in case on injuries at the big league club. With Dioner Navarro getting hurt at the plate last night, Boscon was called upon......OF Julio Borbon cleared waivers and was assigned to Iowa........Daytona catcher Taylor Davis was promoted to Tennessee and Smokies C Chad Noble, who started the season at Daytona, was promoted from Tennessee to AAA Iowa ...The Cubs catching carousel all started when Luis Flores suffered a concussion on Monday night in Tacoma. He was placed in the DL today. .RHP Kyle Hendricks was finally added to the Iowa roster making the start tonight.....IF Daniel Lockhart has been returned to Boise from AAA Iowa. Lockhart was 4-9 with two games for the I-Cubs......

AAA—Iowa 2, Fresno 1

Kyle Hendricks went seven innings in his AAA debut and Brad Nelson's 17th homer of the season proved to be the difference as Iowa (54-65) beat Fresno (56-62).

At the Plate: The Cubs only had four hits but Nelson's homer and Jae-Hoon Ha's RBI single in the third were all the runs the Cubs would need. Tim Torres and Edwin Maysonet both singled.

On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks (1-0 0.00) fanned five in seven innings as the right-hander handled his AAA debut with ease. It was the same game plan as AA, throw strikes, get ahead in the count, and pitch to both sides of the plate. He threw 89 pitches, 57 for strikes, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk in his first PCL victory. Alberto Cabrera (0-0 3.97) threw a scoreless eighth inning and Brian Schlitter (1-3 3.48) worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two punchouts for his 14th save.

AA—Tennessee 9, Montgomery 8

Tennessee (60-54) rallied from a 5-1 deficit and hung on to beat Montgomery (59-57) in the opening game of the series.

At the Plate: Matt Szczur led the offense with four hits, four runs and his third homer of the season in the bottom of the first. Justin Bour knocked in a pair going 1-5 with a double and John Andreoli added a two-run single. Javier Baez and Rubi Silva hadRBI. Silva has hit in 24 of his last 27 games. Arismendy Alcantara (.269) was on base three times with two singles, a walk, and swiped his 26th base.

On the Mound: Eduardo Figueroa (0-1 4.91) got tagged for three homers in the third inning but lasted six and finished with a line of 6H, 5ER, 2BB 1K. Zach Rosscup (2.49) only got one out in the seventh before being relieved by Tony Zych (3-4 2.64). Rosscup was charred with one earned run while Zych got the win retiring five hitters. Frank Batista (3-3 2.68) surrendered two earned runs in the 9th but got the final out to preserve the win for his 15th save.

High A—Daytona 11, Clearwater 0

Dustin Geiger smacked a pair of homers and three Daytona pitchers blanked Clearwater on three hits.

At the Plate: Dustin Geiger ran his homer total to 13 taking a pair of fastballs out of the park and finished the game with 5 RBI. Geiger now has 76 RBI, third in the FSL. Anthony Giansanti was on base all five times with a RBI triple and four walks, scoring three times. Bijan Rademacher delivered a two-run single and finished 2-5 with 2 runs. Zeke DeVoss reached base for the 26th straight game drawing a walk in the ninth.

On the Mound: Pierce Johnson (4-1 .2.50 ERA) tossed five scoreless innings allowing two hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Johnson threw 72 pitches in his seventh FSL game. Kyler Burke (4-0 3.50) threw three quality innings allowing a single and a walk for his first hold. Armando Rivero made his Daytona debut setting the Threshers down in order in the ninth with two strikeouts.

Low A—Kane County 7, Burlington 0

Starling Peralta took a no-hitter into the sixth and Dan Vogelbach launched a three-run homer to lead Kane County over Burlington.

At the Plate: Vogelbach's 17th homer gave the Cougars a 4-0 lead in the third and Jose Dore delivered a two-run single in the fifth to power the offense. Marco Hernandez had two hits while Giuseppe Papaccio and Carol Escobar both drove in a run.

On the Mound: The Cougars held the Bees to just two hits as Starling Peralta (2-0 0.00) had his best outing of the season despite walking five in 5.2 innings. He fanned five and has not allowed a run in three games in the MWL totaling 13.2 innings. Justin Amlung (4-4 4.24) allowed a hit in two innings and Nathan Dorris (6-3 3.35) threw the ninth with two strikeouts.

Cougars Notes: Gioskar Amaya left the game in the fourth inning and was replaced by Marco Hernandez.

Short-Season—Boise 7, Vancouver 5

Yasiel Balaguert's three-run homer in the bottom of the 8th proved to be the difference as Boise (27-24) hung on and beat Vancouver (29-22).

At the Plate: Kris Bryant put the Hawks on the board in the first with his fourth homer of the year extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Rony Rodriguez had two hits and a RBI while Balaguert finished with two hits and two runs, adding a double to go along with his 6th homer.

On the Mound: Paul Blackburn (0-2 3.38ERA) made his ninth start allowing a run on two hits and three walks. He was charged with one earned run and recorded one strikeout. After walking two hitters in his first 15 innings, Blackburn has struggled with his command walking 14 in 18 IP. Duane Underwood (2-3 5.54), the Cubs second-round pick in 2012, had his best outing tossing three no-hit innings with a walk and two punchouts and was rewarded with the win. Jose Arias (0-0 0.00) threw a 1-2-3 seventh but Trey Masek (1-0 1.38) allowed his first runs in the NWL surrendering a pair in the 8th on three hits and a walk. Eduardo Orozco (0-1 7.36) started the ninth but left with an apparent arm injury and finished with a line of .1IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB. Tyler Bremer (0-2 2.29 ERA), two days removed from earning the save in the NWL all-star game, fanned the final two hitters for his fifth save.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs

Had the day off.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 3, Braves 0—Suspended in 5th

With the Cubs (38-18) leading in the fifth, the game was suspended due to rain.

At the Plate: Varonex Cuevas had just tripled home Jenner Emeterio when the game was called in the top of the fifth. Adonis Paula singled in a run and Shamil Ubiera doubled in the two-run third.

On the Mound: All Adin Diaz (1-0 2.60 ERA) did was retire all 12 hitters he faced, four on strikes.

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