Cubs August 18 Minor League Recap

Daytona and Tennessee moved closer to the playoffs with come-from-behind wins on Sunday and Iowa lost a 16-inning marathon at New Orleans. Daytona used back-to-back homers from Dan Vogelbach and Kris Bryant while Rafael Lopez fueled the Smokies offense.

AAA—New Orleans 4, Iowa 3—16 innings

An infield grounder in the bottom of the 16th gave New Orleans (64-65) the win over Iowa (58-71). The Zephyrs loaded the bases in the ninth and hit a ground ball to SS Edwin Maysonet, who made a diving stop, but his throw to home was over the catcher's head and the winning run scored.

At the Plate: Brad Nelson (.262/.339/.460) blasted his 18th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the first. The I-Cubs took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on a RBI single from Tim Torres (.186/.236/.257). Julio Borbon (.321/.394/.357) and Edwin Maysonet (.240/.289/.343) both had three hits while Brian Bogusevic went 1-5 with a walk in his first game at Iowa on his rehab assignment.

On the Mound: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-0 3.32 ERA/1.21 WHIP) had a quality outing allowing three earned runs in seven innings on seven hits. Hendricks is having the same success as he did at Tennessee becoming one of the best pitchers in the Southern League. He allowed seven hits and fanned seven, throwing 93 pitches. The I-Cubs bullpen kept New Orleans off the board the next eight innings behind the right-handed arms of Marcos Mateo (1IP, 1H), Brian Schlitter (2IP, 1BB 3K), Eduardo Sanchez (2IP, 1H, 2BB, 2K), and Marcus Hatley (3IP, 2H, 2K). Jeffrey Antigua only got one out in the 16th before the Zephyrs scored the winner.

AA—Tennessee 5, Birmingham 2

Tennessee (34-21, 68-56) scored four times in the top of the ninth to beat Birmingham (27-29, 71-55) winning the opening game of the series with the White Sox's AA affiliate.

At the Plate: Rafael Lopez (.260/.361/.418) went 2-4 and drove in four runs, including a bases clearing double to plate three runs in the ninth. The Smokies' catcher added a RBI single in the second, scoring Justin Bour (.241/.321/.474). With the game tied 1-1 in the 9th, the first two hitters made out but the Smokies loaded the bases on walks by Christian Villanueva (.268/.324/.472) and John Andreoli (.292/.356/.410) and a single by Brett Jackson (.179/.281/.179). Lopez cleared the bases and scored when Jonathan Mota doubled, his second hit of the night. The 8-9 hitters had all five RBI. Arismendy Alcantara (.267/.343/.435) was 1-4 with a double and Javier Baez (.287/.350/.616) was 0-4 with two strikeouts and ejected in the ninth for arguing balls and strikes.

On the Mound: Eduardo Figueroa (1-1 2.45) posted his second straight impressive outing blanking the Barons for six innings on four hits. He walked one and fanned five in his 71-pitch gem. It was Figueroa's second straight shutout appearance tossing five shutout innings against Chattanooga on Aug. 13.....Tony Zych (4-4 2.42) gave up an earned run to tie the game and got charged with a blown save but ended up getting credit for the win. He finished with a line of 2 IP, 1H, 1R, 0 BB, 0K. Frank Batista (3-3 2.78) had a shaky ninth but got the final out after allowing a run on a hit and two walks.

High A—Daytona 5, Brevard County 3

Daytona (30-19, 65-50) scored five times in the bottom of the seventh as Daniel Vogelbach and Kris Bryant smacked back-to-back homers in the win over Brevard County (24-30, 61-60).

At the Plate: Elliot Soto (.228/.331/.281) started the seventh with a bunt single, took second on a throwing error to first and scored on Pin-Chieh Chen's RBI single. A base hit by Zeke DeVoss (.258/.402/.367) and a bunt single by Wes Darvill (.247/.325/.369) loaded the base. Dustin Geiger (.281/.364/.448) grounded into a double play scoring Chen (.275/.355/.341). Vogelbach (296/.367/.556) followed with a two-run homer over the right field wall and Bryant (.360/.385/.760) jacked a solo blast to left. Every hitter in Daytona's lineup had a hit and DeVoss had two.

On the Mound: Scott Baker (0-3 9.00 5 games) re-started his rehab regime after three straight rainouts sidetracked the right-hander. It was Baker fifth minor league start since coming back from Tommy John surgery. He went three innings and surrendered a solo homer, one of three hits.....Pierce Johnson (5-1 2.36) tossed four scoreless frames but two walks and a single ended his night in the eighth. Johnson fanned six and got the win......Jeffrey Lorick (3-0 3.08) got two ground ball outs allowing two runs to score but got the third out of the 8th to preserve the lead. Austin Reed (2-2 4.40 ERA) recorded his fourth save pitching a scoreless ninth.

Low A—Clinton 4, Kane County 2

Clinton's Victor Sanchez blanked Kane County (20-34, 50-70) for seven innings and the Lumberkings (28-27, 61-63) hung on for the win.

At the Plate: The Cougars didn't get on the board until the ninth as LF Jose Dore (.227/.294/.341) ripped a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth scoring C Carlos Escobar (.243/.297/.393) and 1B Wilson Contreras (.238/.309/.428). The Cougars had six hits, Dore had half of them, adding two singles.

On the Mound: Tayler Scott (5-8 4.21 ERA) made his 23rd start, second in the MWL, tossing five innings. Three hits and two walks contributed to one eared run. Scott fanned three and his strikeout rate per nine has dropped from 5.4 to 4.4 while his BB/9 has unfortunately stayed at 3.7. Scott has struggled with left-handers .297/.377/.408 in 252 plate appearances. Scott is just 21-years-old and needs to add some weight to his 6-foot-3, 165-pound frame. Cubs can still afford to be patient with Scott's develop as the right-hander is a relative newcomer to baseball growing up playing soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa. Scott came to the U.S. to learn the game, attending high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, before the Cubs used their fifth-round pick in 2011. Sheldon McDonald (2-0 1.71) gave up three runs, two earned, in two innings on three hits and two walks....Nathan Dorris (6-3 3.00) retired all six hitters he faced, one on strikes.

Short-Season—Tri-City 10, Boise 2

Tri-City (9-15, 28-34) pounded Boise (14-10, 35-27) for the second straight night using a 13-hit attack.

At the Plate: The Hawks had nine hits but could only push across two runs. Kevin Encarnacion and David Bote had RBI singles while Lance Rymel went 2-2 with a double.

On the Mound: For the second straight game, Boise pitching got lit up. Paul Blackburn (1-3 3.79) was charged with four earned runs as the 2012 first round pick allowed seven hits and three walks. Trey Masek finished the night with line of 1.2 IP, 3H 2ER, 1BB 1K and Carlos Martinez walked four in his inning which led to four Tri City runs. Eduardo Orozco fanned three working 1.1 IP of scoreless ball.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs

Had the day off.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs

Had the day off.

August 18 Cubs minor league box scores


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