AAA—Memphis 4, Iowa 0
The Redbirds pitching staff kept the Iowa bats silent winning the suspended game in the afternoon 2-1 and then tossing a one-hitter in the regular scheduled game.
On the Hill: Tsuyoshi Wada went six innings as the left-hander allowed four runs on eight hits, including a homer. He walked two, fanned eight and threw 99 pitches, 62 for strikes.....Alberto Cabrera tossed two no-hit innings with a walk and two strikeouts.
Suspended Game—Memphis 2, Cubs 1—Memphis got the final three outs of the suspended game on Thursday afternoon to complete the sweep of the twin bill from Tuesday. Cubs only run came in the third on Arismendy Alcantara's RBI triple to tie the game. Cubs had four hits, two from Javier Baez. Luis Flores singled and scored. Carlos Pimentel worked five innings, allowing a run on five walks and three hits. He fanned six and allowed a solo homer. Pimentel threw 90 pitches, only 46 for strikes. Marcus Hatley fanned the side in sixth but surrendered the winning run on three straight singles with two outs.
I-Cubs Notes: The I-Cubs and Memphis square off in a doubleheader on Friday as Kyle Hendricks (5-3 3.21 ERA) gets the ball in game one and a starter has not been named for game two..........RHP Blake Parker has rejoined the I-Cubs after joining the big league club to fill in for Wesley Wright, who was on paternity leave.
AA—Huntsville 4, Tennessee 3
The Smokies lost by one run for the fourth straight game as first-place Huntsville scored four runs in the seventh.
At the Dish: Tennessee outhit Huntsville 8-4, including Kris Bryant's 16th homer of the year, a solo shot in the seventh. Bryant finished 1-4 with a walk....Wes Darvill had two hits, including a double, while Charlie Cutler was 2-3. Rafael Lopez went 1-5 and knocked in a run, his 24th of the year.
On the Hill: Joe Gardner has his second straight quality start for Tennessee as the newly acquired right-hander tossed 6.1 innings of shutout ball. He walked two, fanned a pair and exited after retiring the first hitter in the seventh. He threw 84 pitches, 50 for strikes......Not a good night for Lendy Castillo as all five hitters he faced reached base—two hits, two walks and an error. Castillo was charged with four runs, two earned.....Jeffrey Lorick got the final five outs but allowed an inherited runner to score in the 7th.
Smokies Notes: Elliot Soto was activated from the suspended list and 2B Stephen Bruno was placed on the disabled list.......Smokies look to snap their losing streak and send Julio Rodriguez to the mound for his second start in the Cubs organization.
High A—Palm Beach 8, Daytona 1
Daytona dropped their second straight to Palm Beach as they only managed four hits.
On the Hill: Starling Peralta took the loss but didn't have that bad of an outing, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. The right-hander blanked the Cards through four innings, including retiring eight straight. A double and a single chased Peralta in the fifth.....Tyler Ihrig is getting a lesson in the FSL as he surrendered three runs in 1.2 innings, including an inherited runner in the fifth. The left-hander gave up four hits, walked two and fanned three.....Austin Reed made his 15th appearance, allowing three runs on four hits and walk in two innings......Zack Godley had another positive outing, holding the Cardinals scoreless in the ninth after an error opened the inning.
D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (1-3 7.03 ERA) takes the mound as Daytona tires to even the four-game series in the finale.
Low A—Clinton 5, Kane County 0
Clinton handed Kane County its fourth shutout despite nine hits to even the series.
At the Dish: DH Benjamin Carhart (.297/.348/.376) extended his hitting streak to 14 games with three singles and a walk.......C Cael Brockmeyer went 3-4 and is hitting .350/.400/.467 since coming off the DL....SS Carlos Penalver (.241/.300/.292), 1B Jacob Rogers (.246/.358/.397) and 2B Daniel Lockhart (.251/.314/.309) all singled as the Cougars were held without an extra base hit. Kane County grounded into three double plays and left eight on.
On the Hill: Tyler Skulina (3-2 2.92 ERA) got plenty of help from his defense but not much from the home plate umpire. Skulina was charged with two runs as he walked three, two on questionable calls, but only allowed two hits in five innings. He fanned one but threw the ball well although his pitching line doesn't reflect it. The Lumberkings took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a wild pitch. The fourth-round pick last year is likely to be promoted to Daytona at some point this summer, and may be the first one from the rotation to be moved.......Michael Heesch made his second appearance and had some problems with his command, working 1.1 innings. A single allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth and then walked a pair in the seventh before being pulled.....Jose Arias uncorked a wild pitch to move two runners up a base and then allowed a two-run double. Another wild pitch allowed the final run to score.
Defense: After seeing Kane County for the last two nights, one of the reason they're in first place is their defense. It was on display Thursday night. Yasiel Balaguert made two great catches in right field, one a diving grab down the line. Trey Martin ran down a ball in deep left center that was destined for extra bases, and made it look easy. SS Carlos Penalver got into the act with a pair of defensive gems, an every game occurrence for the sure handed infielder.
Cougars Notes: Daury Torrez (4-3 3.51 ERA) gets the start in the deciding game of the series on Friday night.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 7, Mariners 6
The Cubs built a 7-1 lead and hung on for their fourth win.
At the Dish: Cubs pounded out 12 hits, including a 4-for-4 day from Wladimir Galindo (.313/.400/.604) who had two doubles and three RBI. Roberto Vahlis (.375/.524/.813) smacked his second homer of the year, singled, and scored twice. Jose Gonzalez (.239/.314/.283) and Henrry Pedra (.195/.267/.220) were both 1-5 with a RBI and a run scored. Fidel Matos (.286/.375/.429) doubled in a run.
On the Hill: Yapson Gomez (1-0 3.09 ERA) got the start and worked four innings, allowing one run on three hits with four punchouts.........Angel Mejias (0-0 0.00 ERA) worked around two hits and a walk in his season debut in a scoreless fifth.....Salvador Jerez (2-0 3.29 ERA) allowing two runs, one earned in two innings. He walked two, allowed a hit and fanned three....Jesus Arias gave up three runs on six hits over the final two frames.