Cubs May 18 Minor League Recap

Arismendy Alcantara hit a three-run home run the bottom of the eighth as Iowa rallied for a 9-8 win. A tough day for the rest of the affiliates as Tennessee, Daytona, Kane County and the VSL Cubs all lost. Nathan Dorris was promoted to Daytona while two pitchers join Kane County.

Roster Moves

There was some roster movement on Sunday as hours after being part of a no-hitter, LH relief pitcher Nathan Dorris was promoted to Daytona. He replaces starting pitcher Felix Pena, who went on DL with leg soreness. Right-handers Zak Hermans and Corbin Hoffner have been promoted from extended spring training to Kane County. Lars Anderson was placed on Iowa's Dl and their roster is now at 23 players. Expect more moves in the following days.

AAA—Iowa 9, Round Rock 8

Arismendy Alcantara blasted a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 8th to give the I-Cubs a wild win over Round Rock.

At the Dish: Arismendy Alcantara (.272) turned on a Neftali Feliz pitch and launched it over the right-field party deck for a three-run homer and a 9-8 Iowa win. Alcantara added a RBI groundout as he had a season-high 4 RBI. ....Christian Villanueva led off the 8th with a solo homer and also added a double, scoring twice.......Logan Watkins was on base three times (two walks and a double) and scored twice.....1B Jonathan Mota and C Luis Flores were both 1-2 with two runs scored and Flores added a RBI.......Javier Baez was 2-4 with a sac fly RBI and a single off the CF wall.

On the Hill: Tsuyoshi Wada had his toughest outing in AAA as the left-hander battled through seven innings, allowing season-high for hits (10) and runs (6). He allowed two homers and threw 101 pitches.......Marcus Hatley worked one inning, gave up two runs but got the win. He allowed a hit and fanned one, throwing 21 pitches....Blake Parker made quick work of Round Rock in the 9th as he only needed 12 pitches to retire the side in order for his 8th save.

I-Cubs Notes: Chris Rusin (2-5 3.92 ERA) get the start as the I-Cubs head to Round Rock for four more games with the Express.

AA—Mississippi 4, Tennessee 2

Mississippi beat Tennessee for the fourth straight game and look for the sweep on Monday.

At the Dish: Tennessee took a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Rubi Silva delivered a RBI single with the bases loaded and Jae-Hoon Ha followed with a surface fly, scoring Rafael Lopez. The Smokies had three of their five hits in the inning. Kris Bryant was 1-4 with two strikeouts.

On the Hill: Has to be a surprise that Dae-Eun Rhee led Tennessee in innings heading into Sunday's start as the right-hander from South Korea made his ninth appearance, seventh start. Rhee has kept the Smokies in most of the games he's started and crafted a 3.43 ERA in 42 innings. Rhee doesn't have overpowering stuff but has a deceptive delivery and does a good job pitching to both sides of the plate—adding and subtracting speed on his forkball, change and curve. Rhee worked six innings on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with a strikeout. He only threw 76 pitches, 49 for strikes.......Jeffrey Lorick was greeted with two hits, a passed ball and a bloop double as two runs scored in the bottom of the seventh. Lorick took the loss.......Lendy Castillo, 24, worked the 8th inning and after two walks and 24 pitches got the third out.

Smokies Notes: Pierce Johnson (1-1 5.16 ERA) will look to salvage the final game of the series on Monday night.....In an interview with Smokies broadcaster Mick Gillispie, manager Buddy Bailey said Jorge Soler is expected to join the team on Wednesday when they get back to Smokies Park, and is currently in Chicago getting tests on his right leg.........C.J. Edwards is expected to start a throwing soon but Bailey doesn't expect him back until July, as reported early by Northsiders.

High A—Fort Myers 10, Daytona 1

Daytona pitching issued seven walks and Fort Myers added 10 hits in the win to snap the D-Cubs win streak at four games.

At the Dish: Daytona took a 1-0 lead in the second on a two-out RBI double off the bat of Marco Hernandez. That was it as they only recorded two hits after the second. Albert Almora (.275) had his fifth straight multi-hit game and is 11-22 during the streak.

On the Hill: Starling Peralta worked four innings of one-hit ball in relief and hasn't allowed a run in 11.1 innings. He fanned three and dropped his ERA to 2.93....Ben Wells got the start but never could find the strike zone as he labored through two innings and the first four hitters of the third. Wells took the loss and ended with a line of 2 IP, 3H, 4ER, 5BB 1K..........Zack Godley never got through the seventh as the right-hander surrendered two walks and five hits, including a grand slam. The Miracle scored six runs in the innings......Andrew McKirahan worked the final 1.1 innings, fanning three.

D-Cubs Notes: Jose Rosario is expected to get the start on Monday morning in the series finale at Fort Myers.

Low A—Quad Cities 10, Kane County 3

After being no-hit on Saturday night, Quad Cities (20-22) pounded Kane County (28-15) pitching for 17 hits.

At the Dish: Benjamin Carhart went 3-4 and scored twice to fuel the offense. Jacob Rogers was 2-4 with a pair of RBI, including a solo homer in the 7th, his 3rd. Yasiel Balaguert knocked in his 24th RBI with a RBI double in the first, it ended a 0-30 streak. Jacob Hannemann (.204) is in a slump, going 0 for his last 27 and went 0-4 on Sunday.

On the Hill: Daury Torrez didn't miss many bats on Sunday as the Bandit collected nine hits, which led to seven runs, six earned. He fanned four and one of the hits left the park, a two-run shot. It was a season-high for hits and runs allowed for the 20-year-old.........Michael Wagner is still looking for his first clean outing of 2014 as the right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in 2.1 innings. Wagner sports a 7.88 ERA......Jose Arias (0-1 1.37 ERA) kept the Bandits off the board the final two frames and hasn't allowed a run in his last six appearances—10.2 innings.

Cougars Notes: The game was delayed for 16 minutes while a swarm of bees made its way down the left field line. Play finally resumed but LF Trey Martin was in no hurry to take his position.......Juan Paniagua (0-2 4.50 ERA) makes the start as the Cougars start a three-game series in Wisconsin on Monday.

Venezuelan Summer League—Rays 9, Cubs 7

The Rays rallied from a 6-1 deficit as the Cubs dropped their fourth straight.

At the Plate: Luis Hidalgo (.389) hit his first pro homer, a solo shot in the ninth, as the 18-year-old extended his hitting streak to five games with a 2-5 performance. Henry Pedra was 2-3 with a RBI and Humberto Garcia knocked in a pair. Luis Ayala walked three times and scored twice.

On the Mound: Enrique De Los RIo (0-0 4.05 ERA) made his second start, allowing one run over 3.2 innings.......Julio Sanchez surrendered five runs, three earned, on three hits and four walks.....Yeiker Lovera was charged with the blown save and the loss as he surrendered three runs on five hits over the final three frames. Lovera, 21, pitched two seasons for the Indians organization and was signed to a minor league contract on May 15.

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