Cubs August 16 Minor League Recap

SS Javier Baez launched his 31st home run, a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, to give Tennessee the come-from-behind win over Chattanooga. Boise won its fifth straight behind three RBI from 1B Jacob Rogers and Daytona upped its lead to five games with a victory over Brevard County behind the pitching of Corey Black.

Roster Moves

IF Greg Rohan has joined the Iowa Cubs from the Arizona Rookie League and 3B Josh Vitters has been placed on the DL for the fourth time this season. RHP Chang-Yong Lim has been placed on the DL with a right shoulder strain.......Jake Arrieta was called up to Chicago and relief pitcher Eduardo Sanchez was assigned to Iowa......

AAA—New Orleans 5, Iowa 2

New Orleans (62-65) took the opening game of the series beating Iowa (58-69).

At the Plate: CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.267/.316/.417) gave the I-Cubs a 2-0 lead in the first with a two-run homer, his fifth in AAA. Ha also added a double. Iowa wouldn't score the rest of the night despite six more hits and two walks. SS Edwin Maysonet (.231/.283/.405) had two singles.

On the Mound: Yoanner Negrin (3-6 4.48 ERA) got the start and fanned seven in six innings allowing two runs on nine hits. Alberto Cabrera (0-2 6.46) continues to struggle in a relief role as the right-hander took the loss giving up three runs in the seventh. Cabrera has allowed runs in six of his 10 AAA outings. Marcus Hatley (2-1 4.41) worked a scoreless eighth.

AA—Tennessee 8, Chattanooga 6

Javier Baez jacked a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Tennessee (67-55) the come-from-behind win over Chattanooga (51-72).

At the Plate: Baez (.293/.355/.631) provided the dramatics in the bottom of the ninth with the walk-off homer scoring John Andreoli, who reached base with a bunt single that allowed Baez to bat with two outs. It was Baez's second walk-off homer of the season as he ripped a two-run shot against Tampa in the bottom of the 11th for a 6-4 Daytona win on May 28. Baez's heroics overshadowed a great night at the plate by Jonathan Mota (.268/.346/.404) who hit a two-run homer of his own and added a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game. Christian Villanueva (.270/.325/.475) is on a double tear as the third baseman hit his league leading 37th of the year in the first, plating two runs. He has eight doubles in his last eight games and has doubled in five straight.

On the Mound: Life in AA has not been kind to Matthew Loosen (1-3 7.66) as the right-hander allowed earned six runs on six hits and five walks. He fanned five and threw 92 pitches, 57 for strikes. Loosen started the year in AA but went back to Daytona going 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA and threw a no-hitter. P.J. Francescon (1-0 4.68) had given up runs in his last four outings but the right-hander held the Lookouts scoreless for two innings on a hit and two walks. He threw 36 pitches and fanned one. Armando Rivero was impressive in his AA debut with four strikeouts in two no-hit innings. I would not be surprised if Rivero and his 95 mph fastball were in the Cubs bullpen to start the season. Hunter Cervenka (5-1 3.48) got the win allowing two walks with a strikeout in a scoreless ninth.

Javier Baez's walk-off homer.

High A—Daytona 5, Brevard County 1

Daytona (64-49) pitching tied their season-high for strikeouts fanning 15 Brevard County (60-59) hitters as the Cubs hold a five-game lead in the FSL North

At the Plate: Dustin Geiger (.284/.367/.452) had the big hit of the game smacking a two-run homer in the Cubs three-run third. Daniel Vogelbach (.300/.333/.500) and Kris Bryant (.353/.353/.706) both went 2-4 with a run. Anthony Giansanti (.289/.370/.380) knocked in two runs and Zeke DeVoss (.255/.401/.363) added a RBI.

On the Mound: Corey Black (5-8 4.10) earned his second win for Daytona as the right-hander scattered eight hits over five innings with eight strikeouts. He allowed one run and only walked one hitter, one of his better outings of the season. Zach Cates (9-9 4.23) was almost un-hittable fanning six in three innings with a walk and a hit. It was his second hold of the season. Jeffrey Lorick (3-0 3.16) finished off the Manatees with a 1-2-3 ninth, including the 15th strikeout by Daytona pitching.

Low A—Burlington 5, Kane County 1

Burlington (48-70, 22-31) downed Kane County (49-68, 19-33) to take the three-game series.

At the Plate: Kane County's only run on the night was Wilson Contreras' 11th homer in the second. Contreras (.242/.313/.434) added a single and Oliver Zapata (.243/.315/.378) had two hits. Marco Hernandez (.252/.290/.338) doubled as the Cougars were held to five hits.

On the Mound: Felix Pena (4-6 3.91 ERA) allowed three runs, two earned, on just three hits. The right-hander fanned five and didn't walk a hitter. Justin Amlung (4-4 4.33) got touched for four hits and a walk as the Bees plated two runs in the seventh. Al Yevoli (0-0 5.56) tossed a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts.

Short-Season—Boise 6, Tri-City 2

Boise won its fourth in a row and ninth in 10 games beating Tri-City in the first game of a 11-game road trip.

At the Plate: 1B Jacob Rogers (.285/.398/.415) led the offense with two doubles and three RBI while Yasiel Balaguert (.285/.362/.484) added two RBI (40). Kevin Encarnacion (.350/.449/.520) went 2-4 with two runs and Shawon Dunston (.323/.419/.421) doubled, walked three times and scored twice.

On the Mound: After starting the year 0-7 at Kane County, Jose Rosario (1-0 0.90) earned his first victory of the season allowing a run in five innings. The right-hander gave up three hits and walk with three strikeouts. Jose Arias (1-0 0.00) was un-hittable for three innings fanning three and Tyler Bermer (0-2 2.49) allowed a run in the ninth.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, Padres 0

Four Cubs (23-23) pitchers combined to blank the Padres (23-23) and the offense knocked out 11 hits.

At the Plate: Brian Bogusevic (.400/.531/.640) went 4-4 with a double, a triple and two RBI. The outfielder's rehab may be coming to an end after that performance. Mark Malave (.266/.366/.319) had two hits and a RBI while Jeffrey Baez (.285/.356/.389) and Kelvin Freeman (.287/.383/.327) drove in a run.

On the Mound: Trevor Graham (0-0 1.89 ERA) was perfect retiring the first nine hitters of the game. Brad Renner (0-0 0.00) added two more scoreless frames allowing a walk and a hit with one strikeout. Carlos Rodriguez (1-4 6.92) got credit for the win yielding a pair of hist sin three innings. Orbandy Rodriguez (3-1 0.79) preserved the shutout getting the final three outs.

Dominican Summer League—Nationals 2, Cubs 0

Cubs (44-19) got shut out for the third time getting blanked by the Nationals (35-28).

At the Plate: Cubs only got six hits and were 0-6 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine on base. Shamil Ubiera tripled and singled while Adonis Paula added a double.

On the Mound: Jose Paulino (4-3 2.55 ERA) tossed six shutout innings with six strikeouts and four hits. Luiz Escanio (1-1 2.19) got the loss allowing two unearned runs as two errors in the eighth gave the Nats the win. Carlos Llano (6-1 3.00) and Jesus Perez (4-2 3.18) both threw a scoreless frame.

August 16 Cubs minor league box scores

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