Skulina, Dorris combine to no-hit Quad Cities
At the Dish........Cougars faced right-hander Andrew Thurman (2-2 4.97 ERA) made his seventh start and entered the game with 33 K in 29 IP......Carlos Penalver delivered a RBI single in the first, scoring Jacob Hannemann, who walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on the base hit......Trey Martin doubled and scored on a throwing error and Hannemann plated Shawon Dunston with a sac fly.....Cougars only had five hits as Will Remillard, Daniel Lockhart and Benjamin Carhart all singled.
On the Hill.......Tyler Skulina (2-1 3.19 ERA) took the mound for his 8th start and made history, holding the Bandits without a hit for 7.1 innings. He hit the first hitter in the second and walked two hitters in the fourth as those were the only batters to reach base on the night. He retired the final 11 hitters he faced. The Kent State product threw 95 pitches in the gem before turing the ball over to Dorris. .......Nathan Dorris recorded a save he'll never forget, getting all five hitters he faced to preserve the no-hitter. He fanned one, got two ground ball outs, a fly ball to center and ended the game with a bouncer to second.
Cougars Notes: It was halfway to Halloween Night, which explains the skeleton uniforms the Cougars were wearing Saturday night.......Daury Torrez (4-1 2.88 ERA) will try to keep the River Bandits bat quiet on Sunday as he makes his 8th start.
AAA—Round Rock (Rangers) 7, Iowa 6
Round Rock scored four runs in the top of the seventh to beat Iowa for the second straight night.
At the Dish.....Iowa faced 32-year-old Daniel McCutchen, a right-hander with five season in the majors, making his third start after a brief stint with Texas to this season. ......Didn't take long to get on the board as Arismendy Alcantara walked in bottom of first and scored on Javier Baez' 4th homer, his first since April 28......Alcantara gave iIowa 3-2 lead in bottom of third with a RBI double and Christina Villanueva put Iowa ahead 5-3 in the sixth with a two-run single....Eli Whiteside led off seventh with a double and scored on Lagan Watkins' single. Iowa only had seven hits and were 3-9 with RISP, only leaving three on.
On the Hill: Dallas Beeler threw 100 pitches, departing in the sixth inning with two on. He yielded three earned run on six hits and two walks. He fanned six and got seven ground ball outs.......Eduardo Figueroa was charged with a blown save and also got the los as the right-hander gave up three runs in 1.1 innings, including allowing one inherited runner to score in the sixth.....Alberto Cabrera pitched the final 2.1 frames, as both inherited runners in the four-run seventh scored. He fanned three, and allowed a run on one hit and one walk.
I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada (4-1 1.22 ERA) gets the start for Iowa as they try to end their skid against Round Rock.
AA—Mississippi (Braves) 8, Tennessee 3
Mississippi (23-19) beat Tennessee (23-19) for the third straight game and the Smokies are now 1-7 vs. Southern League South.
At the Dish.......Smokies faced nine-year minor leaguer David Bromberg, a 26-year-old right-hander with an 1.59 ERA, .210 BAA, and coming off six shutout innings vs. Montgomery.......The first 11 Smokies were retired but they couldn't get on the board after a two-out walk to Bryant and a double by Rubi Silva......Tennessee finally got to Bromberg in the sixth. After a leadoff walk to Andreoli, Charlie Cutler smacked his first homer of the year, ending a 17-inning scoring draught. Base hits by Bryant and Dustin Geiger set the table for Jae-Hoon Ha, who singled in Bryant. That would be all the scoring as they tallied two more hits.....John Andreoli was thrown out trying to steal for the second time—he has 22 steals and leads all Cubs minor leaguers.
On the Hill.......Matthew Loosen made his 8th start and came into the game with 24 BB in 34.2 innings. Loosen doesn't have a superior fastball (high 80s, low 90s, two-seamer, slight arm-side run) so keeping the ball down and throwing strikes are the keys to his success. Loosen used a steady diet of fastballs to retire the first six hitters, including four air outs, as he needed only 15 pitches. He kept pounding the zone in the third (mostly FB), recording his first two strikeouts. A 10-pitch walk led off the fourth and Loosen went to stretch for the first time. After Bryant threw out a runner at home, a walk and the second hit batter of the inning forced in a run without a hit as Loosen threw 34 pitches in the frame. Braves finally got a hit in the fifth, a leadoff single by the pitcher, but Loosen retired the next three hitters, one on strikes. After a leadoff walk opened the sixth and a breaking ball up in the zone was deposited over the right-center field fence to tie the game at 3-3. It was his final inning and finished with a line of 6IP, 2H, 3ER, 4B, 4K, 2HBP, 2WP, 103 pitches/59 strikes.......P.J. Francescon (5-2) had been solid out of the pen for Tennessee utilizing his two-seam fastball, change-up and curve. After getting the first two outs, a single, a walk on a questionable call, and an opposite field double gave MIssissippi the lead. A pop fly to short left was dropped by Andreoli (ruled a double) as two more runs scored. A single plated another run before a pop out ended the frame. The right-hander threw 31 pitches in the inning. Didn't get any better in the 8th as two singles and a wild pitch scored a run. Francescon, who saw his ERA balloon from 1.13 to 2.88, didn't throw that bad, a little struggle with the command, but left with a line 1.2 IP, 6H, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, 47 pitches/28 strikes........Austin Kirk got the final out of the 8th with a strikeout on three pitches.
Smokies Notes: Dae-Eun Rhee gets the start Sunday night with first-pitch at 6 p.m. EST
High A—Daytona 11, Fort Myers (Twins) 9
Daytona won their fourth straight pounding out 18 hits and hung on in the ninth.
At the Dish.....Daytona faced 6-foot-6 Jason Wheeler (2-3 2.89 ERA), a 23-year-old left-hander making his 8th start, which includes a complete game, two-hit shutout on April 28 vs. Brevard. Wheeler didn't make it out of the third......Daytona got the two big hits in the second as Marco Hernandez delivered a two-out RBI double, scoring Chadd Krist, and Zeke DeVoss followed with a single with Hernandez off on the pitch........Jeimer Candelario just missed a homer with a RBI double off the wall and DeVoss added a two-run single in the three-run 3rd....C Chadd Krist hit a RBI single in the 4th, his second hit of the game, and Amaya knocked in a run in the 6th with this third hit......Daniel Vogelbach ripped a RBI double to become the ninth different D-Cub to get a hit.....Cubs added two runs in the 9th as Pin-Chieh Chen had a RiB triple adn Vogelbach added another RBI with a double.....Amaya came into the game just 5-32 in last 10 games (.156) but had his first multiple hit game since April 27 and his sixth overall....Albert Almora recorded his fourth straight multi-hit game,
On the Hill: Jose Rosario was under the weather so Tayler Scott made the start Saturday night, his 8th of the season. Scott went seven scoreless innings on April 5 and allowed one run in six innings on April 27. He had allowed 10 ER in 9.1 innings in last two starts. The South African works quickly and he cruised through four shutout innings but ran into trouble in the 4th. Three hits a walk and a three-run homer chased Scott from the game with two outs in the fifth, he finished with a line of 4.2 IP, 7H 5ER, 1Bb 1K.........Michael Jensen, who missed all of '13 after right elbow surgery, made his 11th appearance and worked 2.1 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and fanned one, earning the win....Stephen Perakslis worked a scullers 8th but gave up four runs in the ninth as he walked three and gave up three hits in 1.2 innings......Austin Reed got the final out in the 9th to earn his first save.
Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 13, Cubs 1
Cubs (1-4) had more errors (8) as they did hits (7) in the loss to first-place Phillies (4-1).
At the Plate: C Johnny Pereda was 2-4 with a double while Fidel Matos, making his pro debut, went 2-3 with a double and scored on a passed ball. RF Moises Colasante made his pro debut and was 1-3 with single and a stolen base.
On the Mound: Moises Ramirez allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk in 3.1 innings in his first start....Jesus Arias held the Phillies to a run over 3.2 frames but got tagged for 8 runs in the eighth, as five singles and six errors opened the flood gates.....Ramon Valera was charged with two unearned runs before getting the final two outs of the 8th.
Cubs Notes: 1B Miguel Rico had four errors, three fielding and one throwing, as the Cubs had seven miscues. C Johnny Pereda, P Jesus Arias, and 3B Wladimir Galindo all had throwing errors while Humberto Garcia had a fielding error.
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