AAA—Iowa 6, Memphis 4
Arismendy Alcantara launched a pair of homers as Iowa beat Memphis in the first game of a twin-bill. Because the first game was in a rain delay over four hours, the night cap was canceled due to league rules on starting times.
At the Dish: It was the Arismendy Alcantara (.286/.323/.551) show as the switch-hitting second baseman took two balls over the wall, his 6th and 7th of the season. He scored three times and both homers were solo shots.....Ryan Kalish, recently sent to Iowa from Chicago, was 2-4 and led off the game with a homer....Christian Villanueva (.234/.294/.386) had another multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a double and a RBI.....Javier Baez (.224/.282/.418) was 1-4 and scored once.
On the Hill: Kyle Hendricks (6-3 3.54 ERA) won his third straight start but surrendered 10 hits, six for extra bases, including a homer, in five innings. Hendricks threw 79 pitches, 53 for strikes, and was charged with four earned runs.. He walked two and fanned three.....Yoanner Negrin pitched a scoreless sixth and Blake Parker (0-0 0.71) recoded his ninth save with a pair of punchouts. In 13 games, Parker has 17 K in 12.2 IP.
I-Cubs Notes: Chris Rusin (3-6, 3.49 ERA) gets the start Saturday night in Nashville as the I-Cubs open a four-game
AA—Huntsville 5, Tennessee 1
Kris Bryant homered for the third straight night but it was the Smokies only run as they were swept in the five-game series.
On the Hill: Julio Rodriguez held Huntsville scoreless through the first four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth and sixth. The Stars pushed across two runs in the fifth and Rodriguez left in the sixth with the bases loaded and was charged with two more runs. The right-hander had command issues, walking six while allowed three hits. Eh fanned one, allowed a solo homer and threw 92 pitches, only 46 for strikes.....Tony Zych allowed on inherited runner to score when he came into the game in the sixth with the bases loaded. He worked 1.2 scoreless innings with a strikeout....Austin Kirk yielded a run on two hits in the eighth.
Smokies Notes: The Smokies return home on Saturday night but a starter hasn't been named.
High A—Palm Beach 7, Daytona 2
Palm Beach beat Daytona for the third straight night scoring four runs in the first inning.
At the Dish: Cubs had eight hits as Willson Contreras (.277) and Marco Hernandez (.274) had two each. Gioskar Amaya put the Cubs on the board in the third with a RBI single and Contreras added a RBI in seventh.
On the Hill: Cardinals got five hits, three for extra bases, in the first off starter Rob Zastryzny and scored four times. The left-hander surrendered a solo homer and finished the night with a line of 3.2 IP, 7H, 5ER, 0BB, 5K. Stephen Perakslis (2.1 IP, 2 ER), Zach Cates (1 IP) and Michael Jensen (2 IP) all pitched in relief.
D-Cubs Notes: Felix Pena (1-5 1.57 ERA) gets the start Saturday night at St. Lucie.
Low A—Kane County 4, Clinton 1
Jacob Rogers smacked a three-run homer in the sixth to give the Cougars the series win at Clinton.
At the Dish: Bad news for the rest of MWL, Jacob Rogers (.253/.366/.418) is heating up. After hitting .200 in April, the Florida native is warming up with the temperatures. He's hitting .299/.398/.515 in May and his homer on Friday night was his second in five games and fifth of the season......DH Benjamin Carhart (.296/.349/.373) was robbed his first two at-bats but extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the seventh. He also was hit-by-a-pitch and scored on Rogers' homer..........3B Jordan Hankins (.282/.321/.405) is hitting over .300 in his last 10 games and was 2-5 with an insurance RBI in the seventh.....RF Jacob Hannemann (.223/.306/.315) had two hits and David Bote (.243/.357/.355) was 1-3, getting the start at second.
On the Hill: In the first, Daury Torrez (5-3, 3.36 ERA) gave up a ground ball double down the third base line, followed by a soft single to left for the only run the right-hander allowed. The 20-year-old shows good composure on the mound, especially when he's in trouble, continuing to make good pitches instead of forcing the issue. He pitched out of a bases load jam in the second and a one-out double in the third. Torrez did a nice job of commanding his fastball and kept hitters off balance with his breaking ball. He retired the last five hitters he faced and finished with a line of 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 2BB, 3K......James Pugliese mowed down Clinton for three innings as the starter turned reliever set down five hitters on strikes. The right-hander gave up a one-out double in the sixth and then retired the next eight hitters. Not many good swings against Pugliese, he was impressive......Tyler Bremer capped off a great outing by the pen as the right-hander fanned the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
Cougars Notes: Kane County heads to Peoria for a three-game set with the Cardinals affiliate. Juan Paniagua, Justin Amlung and Duane Underwood will start in the series as the Cubs hold a 7.5 game lead over the Chiefs.
Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 5, Cubs 2
Wins aren't coming easy for the Cubs (4-11) in Venezuela as two errors led to two unearned runs in the loss to the Tigers (11-3). Cubs have made 50 errors in 15 games, 20 more than any other team.
At the Dish: Cubs had 10 hits but couldn't get a key hit, going 0-10 with RISP and leaving eight on. Henrry Pedra had three hits and scored once. Jhonny Pereda went 2-4 while Fidel Matos and Jesus Gonzalez knocked in runs.
On the Hill: 18-year-old Carlos Rodriguez, who pitched last year in the Arizona Rookie league made his first start. He allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits. He didn't walk a hitter and fanned one, taking the loss. Yeiker Lovera and Julio Sanchez also pitched in relief.