Cubs August 31 Minor League Recap

The Cubs DSL season ended on Saturday falling to the Tigers 2-1 in the deciding game of the semi-finals. Boise got no-hit as Hillsboro moved by the Hawks in the standings while Daytona had their 10-game winnings streak snapped. Tennessee managed the only win as Javier Baez belted his 36th homer of the season.

Dominican Summer League—Tiger 2, Cubs 1

The Tigers turned a walk into the game-wining run in the ninth to beat the Cubs in the deciding game of the best-of-three series and advance to the championship of the DSL.

At the Plate: The Cubs were held in check for six innings by RHP Sandy Baez getting only two singles. They took advantage in the seventh as a walk by Antonio Valerio and double by Shamil Ubiera put two runners in scoring position. Robert Garcia plated one run with sacrifice fly but that would be it. Valerio led off the ninth with a triple but after one groundout to third, pinch-runner Antonio Gonzalez was thrown out at home on the second grounder to third. It was the second runner the Cubs had gunned down at the plate as Garcia was tossed out trying to score on a sacrifice fly in the second. Cubs ended the game with five hits, two off the bat of Adonis Paula.

On the Mound: Hector Perez (4-3 1.88 ERA, 57.1 IP, 13 BB, 62 K) got the start in the deciding game. Perez was second on the team in IP and finished with a WHIP of 1.08. Perez allowed one hit in six innings, a single in the second that was wiped out when the next batter grounded into a double play. The Tigers scored in the third when Perez hit the leadoff hitter, who advanced to second on a ground ball out. The next batter reached on a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by first baseman Roney Alcala and the runner on second came around to score. Perez finished with a line of 6 IP, 1H 1ER, 2BB 4K.....Carlos Llano pitched the final three innings allowing the winning to score in the ninth on a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and a single, one of three hits he allowed. He fanned two and the only hitter he walked, scored. Llano was charged with both losses in the series.

Roster Moves

RHP Trey Lang was added to the Boise roster. Lang started the year with Boise but was sent back to Mesa after having command issues—12 BB in 12.1 IP......The Kane County clubhouse got crowded as OF Ryan Sweeney, 3B Luis Valbuena and RHP Rafael Dolis joined the team. All three had been rehabbing in Mesa and on are on Chicago's DL list. Scott Baker is set to make his final rehab start on Monday in the season finale for the Cougars.

AAA—Nashville 7, Iowa 2

Nashville (56-86) pounded Iowa (65-77) pitching for 12 hits as the I-Cubs dropped their second straight game of the series.

At the Plate: Dave Sappelt (.249) created the I-Cubs first run when he singled, took second on a wild pitch, stole third, and scored when the throw to third went into left field. Jae-Hoon Ha (.250) scored in the sixth after he walked and eventually scored on a passed ball. Sappelt and Ha both had two hits as Iowa was held to six hits. Iowa was 0-8 with RISP and left 10 on base as they drew five walks. Mike Olt (.199) was 0-4 with 4 strikeouts.

On the Mound: Yoanner Negrin (4-7 4.17) never made it out of the second inning allowing two runs on four hits with a walk. He fanned two and threw 35 pitches. Jeffry Antigua (2-2 5.40) tossed 3.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. The Sounds scored three times off Marcus Mateo (0-0 2.93) in two innings on four hits but only one of the runs was earned. Eduardo Sanchez (1-1 3.38) threw a scoreless eighth.

AA—Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 3

Tennessee (75-61) won its fifth straight game, including its third in a row over Chattanooga (58-79).

At the Plate:The Smokies had 11 hits as Matt Szczur (.281), Arismendy Alcantara (.272) Javier Baez (.295) and John Andreoli (.286) all had two. Baez (2-4) smacked his 19th AA homer and #36 on the season, driving in two runs. Christian Villanueva (.261) hit his 18th homer going 1-3 with two walks.

On the Mound: Nicholas Struck (1-2 3.95 ERA) got the start throwing 83 pitches in five innings. He surrendered three runs on three hits and three walks, giving up a solo homer. A.J. Morris (4-2 4.77) tossed two scoreless frames and Hunter Cervenka (5-1 3.08) followed with another shutout inning, striking out the side. Frank Batista (3-3 2.63) worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save, tied for 2nd in the Southern League.

Smokies Notes: Christian Villanueva has 41 doubles, one away from the Tennessee record of 42 set in 1999.

High A—Brevard County 5, Daytona 1

Daytona (74-51) had their 10-game winning streak snapped falling to Brevard County (66-67).

At the Plate: Wes Darvill's RBI double in the second plated Daniel Vogelbach for Daytona's only run of the night. Darvill (.256) finished with three hits and Elliot Soto (.250) had two. Pin-Chief Chen (.281) extended his hitting streak of six games with a single.

On the Mound: Yao-Lin Wang (3-4 3.42), pitching on two days rest, went three scoreless innings before a 33-minute delay ended his night. He allowed two hits and fanned four....Ryan Searle (2-2 5.67) allowed four runs in the fifth as the Manatees had four doubles in the inning. He walked two and fanned three in four innings. Lendy Castillo (2-0 3.60) allowed a run on two hits in the eighth.

Low A—Peoria 9, Kane County 0

Peoria (68-67) ripped Kane County (53-80) pitching for 17 hits and two pitchers combined for the shutout in the opening game of the final season series.

At the Plate: Ryan Sweeney (1-4) and Luis Valbuena (1-3 BB), both expected to join the Cubs soon, each singled and hit into double plays. Rock Shoulders (.253), Giuseppe Papaccio (.256) and Trevor Gretzky (.310) had the other three hits.

On the Mound: James Pugliese (0-2 7.71 ERA) made his third MWL start got tagged for five runs on six hits and two walks. Pugliese lasted three innings surrendering a three-run homer. Stephen Perakslis (1-3 2.93) gave up a run in two frames and Michael Hamann (2-4 2.61) threw two scoreless innings. The Chiefs scored three runs off Kenny Socorro as the coach turned pitcher allowed five hits and one earned run.

Short-Season—Hillsboro 5, Boise 0

Hillsboro (21-15) moved past Boise (20-16) in the standings in impressive fashion as Hillsboro's Kyle Schepel tossed a no-hitter.

At the Plate: David Bote had a base hit for a few innings but a change by the official scorer changed the grounder to an error. The only other base runner was a walk to Yasiel Balaguert.

On the Mound: Dillon Maples (5-2 2.14 ERA) fanned six in five innings but the Hops scored four times on six hits and two walks. Two of the runs were earned as Maples was charged with the loss. Corbin Hoffner (2-0 1.74) allowed a run in three innings on a hit and two walks. Trey Lang (0-2 10.54) was impressive in his return to the NWL striking out the side in the ninth.

Hawks Notes: Salem-Keizer, the first half winner, holds a one game lead over Hillsboro and the only way the Hops make the playoffs is to win the second half. Boise holds the tie-breaker (better overall winning percentage) over Hillsboro if Salem-Keizer takes both halves.

August 31 Cubs minor league box scores

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