Martin's slam lifts Cougars, 5/27 recap

Trey Martin hit a grand slam to lead Kane County to the sweep of Peoria, the Cardinals Class A affiliate. Albert Almora knocked in three runs as Daytona beat Palm Beach, another Cardinals team. Tennessee fell to Huntsville and Iowa was rained out in Memphis. There was also plenty of roster moves.

Plenty of Roster Moves

Start at the major league level where left-hander Wesley Wright was placed on paternity leave and RHP Blake Parker was called up to replace him on the roster. Parker leads the I-Cubs with eight saves and has 15 K and 0 B in 11.2 innings. He made two appearances for Chicago in a brief stint in April, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings......Daytona has placed RHP Yao-Lin Wang on the disabled list and activated C Lance Rymel from the DL. Rymel has yet to play in a game this season after spending last year at Boise (46 G, .253/.337/.315) and two games for Tennessee........Not the only roster moves for Daytona as the Cubs placed 1B/OF Rock Shoulders and RHP Michael Jensen were placed on the suspended list according to Sean Kernan. Manager Dave Keller told Kernan the two were suspended for violation of team rules but didn't elaborate. Their reinstatement will depend of resolving a couple of issues. ......... So that broken big toe on Josh Vitters' left foot that wasn't a big deal yesterday and he would be back in the lineup soon, is a big enough deal to go on the DL, retroactive to May 24. They may not have planned to put him on the DL but with Ryan Kalish joining the team from Chicago, they may not have had a choice. He suffered the injury during batting practice and was hitting .208 with 6 HR and 20 RBI in 43 games.


Iowa and Memphis were postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday with a 6:05 P.M. EST start..

I-Cubs Notes: Arismendy Alcantara was scheduled to play centerfield for the first time in his career, with Logan Watkins at second. Two ways to look at this, the Cubs are expanding Alcantara's versatility by getting him games in the outfield or the Cubs are getting Logan Watkins ready for a promotion to Chicago. Or both. No reason for the switch unless one or the other or both as Watkins has played 24 games in OF, including several in center. We'll see what happen during the DH on Wednesday.

AA—Huntsville 2, Tennessee 1

Huntsville walked off with the win—literally. A base loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th gave the Stars the come-for-behind win over Tennessee.

At the Dish: Dustin Geiger's RBI single in the third scored Kris Bryant for the only run for the Smokies. They had 11 hits, drew six walks but were 2-11 with RISP and left 16 on base......Bryant was 0-1 with four walks.......Tennessee's only extra base hit came off the bat of Corey Black.......Rafael Lopez (.321) was 2-4, Geiger finished with two hits and Wes Darvill went 2-5.

On the Hill: Cory Black pitched shutout ball for 5.1 innings as the right-hander held the Stars to three singles. He walked four, fanned six, and left after 99 pitches, 49 for strikes......Tony Zych earned his second hold retiring all five hitters he faced, one on strikes.....Lendy Castillo worked a 1-2-3 eighth but Armando Rivero allowed a solo homer to the first hitter he faced in the ninth It was Rivero's second blown save.......Austin Kirk (1-4 5.06 ERA) didn't make it out of the tenth, allowing a hit and three walks, the last one forcing in the wining run.

Smokies Notes: Dae-Eun Rhee (2-2 3.67 ERA) makes the start for Tennessee on Wednesday.

High A—Daytona 8, Palm Beach 4

Albert Almora knocked in three runs and Gioskar Amaya added two more with a double as Daytona beat Palm Beach in the series opener.

At the Dish: Almora's two-run single in the fifth gave Daytona the lead for good as the 20-year-old also scored two runs....Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-4 with two runs while Dan Vogelbach had two hits, including a RBI triple that was actually a homer that the umps missed. Vogelbach has upped his average to .260.......DH Willson Contreras was 2-4 with a run and a RBI while Amaya added the two-run double in the eighth....C Lance Rymel made his a season debut a good one with two hits, including a RBI double.

On the Hill: Tayler Scott had a solid outing after leaving his last game after getting hit with a line drive. Scott allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and three walks. He fanned three and worked 5.2 innings.......Zack Godley got the final out of the sixth but ran into problems in the seventh, leaving after only one out on two hits and walk. He was charged with an unearned run......Andrew McKirahan recorded his fourth save as the left-hander fanned four in 2.2 innings. He loaded the bases in the 8th and got a strikeout to end the threat. The game ended on a diving catch by Almora in center.

D-Cubs Notes: No starter has been announced for Wednesday's game.

Low A—Kane County 5, Peoria 4

Trey Martin hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh as the Cougars rallied to sweep the Cardinals affiliate.

At the Dish: Kane County took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jacob Hannemann tripled and scored on Benjamin Carhart's single, extending his hit steak to 12 games.......12 straight were retired until Martin singled in the sixth but was tagged out at home trying to score on a wild pitch that didn't get far enough away from the catcher.....In the seventh, Jacob Rogers walked and took third on Jordan Hankins double, but was picked off third for the second out. David Bote walked and Shawon Dunston singled to load the bases for Martin's heroics.

On the Hill: Duane Underwood turned in his longest outing of his career, working six innings. The 19-year-old allowed seven hits and walked one as the Chiefs scored twice. He recorded nine ground ball outs and fanned two.....Michael Wagner earned the win, his first in the MWL. He allowed a solo homer, one of four hits, in 1.1 innings with a walk and two strikeouts......Tyler Bremer earned his third save but it didn't come easy as he loaded the bases with one out in the ninth with a run already in on a bases loaded walk. The right-hander promptly fanned the final two hitters to end the threat.

Cougars Notes: Paul Blackburn gets the start Wednesday night in Clinton for the first of a three-game series. The Cougars hold a 7.5 game lead over Peoria with 18 games remaining in the second half.

Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 8, Cubs 5

Phillies (9-4) scored seven runs in their first three at-bats to down the Cubs (3-10).

At the Dish: Cubs had a good day at the plate with 11 hits and were 4-11 with RISP. Wladimir Galindo (.250) had two doubles, scored twice, and knocked in a run while Humberto Garcia (.326), Miguel Rico (.186) and Luis Hidalgo (.350) all finished with two hits.

On the Hill: Mauro Vides (0-1 2.08 ERA) allowed five runs (two earned) in two frames, allowing four hits and a walk with three strikeouts.....Joe Leidenz allowed two runs in three innings and Julio Sanchez gave up a run in three innings.

Cubs Notes: I'm not sure what to think about the box scores coming out of Venezuela, especially with pitchers. According to the, Leidenz just pitched in relief for the third time in five days, a throwing schedule I have not seen before with the Cubs in the minors, especially with a 19-year-old in the first two weeks of the season.

Cubs Minor League box scores May 27

Northsiders Report Top Stories