Roster Moves, News and Notes
Player coach Manny Ramirez has reported to Mesa, and according to a tweet from catching prospect Tyler Alamo, hitting with Manny was one of the highlights of his baseball career. Jed Hoyer told reporters that Ramirez would be in Mesa for the week then join the I-Cubs for the weekend...........Lets start with the roster moves in the majors. Former closer Jose Veras was designated for assignment, C Welington Castillo was placed on the DL, and catcher Eli Whiteside was promoted from Iowa. RHP Matthew Loosen was activated from the restricted list for Tennessee and started, C Rafael Lopez was assigned to Iowa to replace Whiteside, and LHP Austin Kirk was assigned to Daytona and got the start on Tuesday night.........Maybe the front office got an idea of Veras' stuff when he was at Tennessee. I remember seeing Veras pitch during his rehab in the same game with Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino, the velocity and movement wasn't even close. I remember saying to myself, might as well promote the two youngsters, they have better arms.
AAA—Iowa 4, Nashville 2
Iowa was out-hit 11-6 but beat Nashville in the only stat that mattered to earn the split of the four-game series on get-a-way day.
At the Dish: I-Cubs got on the board in the fifth when Casper Wells singled and scored on Christian Villanueva's double. After hitting .195 in April, Villanueva is slowly bringing up his average and continues to produce with runners in scoring position hitting .262/.360/.452....... Lots of action in the sixth inning. Tsuyoshi Wada and Matt Szczur (2-4) singled to open the frame and both scored when Arismendy Alcantara's sacrifice bunt was thrown away. After Casper Wells and manager Marty Pevey was tossed for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire, Ryan Kalish singled home Alcantara.
On the Hill: Tsuyoshi Wada (5-3 2.60 ERA) scattered seven hits and a walk over six innings to earn his fifth win of the season. He allowed one run and fanned five, throwing 90 pitches....Carlos Pimentel tossed 1.2 frames of shutout relief for his first hold after starting the season in the rotation....Blake Parker surrendered a solo homer but got the final four outs, converting his 11th straight save opportunity.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has Wednesday off and Kyle Hendricks gets the start on Thursday against Colorado Springs back at Principal Park.
AA—Tennessee 3, Birmingham 0
Smokies snapped an eight-game losing streak as three pitchers blanked Birmingham and Kris Bryant launched his 19th homer.
At the Dish: Typical night for Kris Bryant–homer, two walks, and two RBI. He leads Southern League in the triple crown .353, 19 HR, 51 RBI.....Rubi Silva and Anthony Giansanti had two hits as eight different Smokies recorded hits......Taylor Davis knocked in Giansanti with a single in the three-run fourth.
On the Hill: Matthew Loosen was activated from the restricted list and went out and pitched his best game of the season, blanking the Barons for six innings. He fanned seven and allowed four hits and a walk in his 89-pitch gem......Hunter Cervenka fanned five hitters in his two innings of work, earning his fourth hold. Armando Rivero overcame a two-base error in the ninth and promptly fanned the final two hitters for his ninth save.
Smokies Notes: Joe Gardner is schedule to start for the Smokies on Wednesday with a noon EST first pitch in the series finale with Birmingham.......Southern League named its all star team as 3B Kris Bryant, C Rafael Lopez, P Corey Black, OF John Andreoli, 2B Stephen Bruno and P Armando Rivero were all named to the north squad.
High A—Daytona 6, St. Lucie 5
Daytona used a four-run third to beat St. Lucie to split the four-game series.
At the Dish: Daytona drew 10 walks and made the most of their six hits, scoring four times in the third......Daniel Vogelbach was 2-3 with two walks, two runs and a RBI.......Jeimer Candelario knocked in two runs while Albert Almora and Gioskar Amaya added RBI singles.
On the Hill: Austin Kirk was assigned to Daytona from Tennessee and got the start, lasting 3.1 innings. The left-hander, who pitched two games in Daytona to start the season before being promoted to AA, allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk.......Starling Peralta (3-1, 3.29 ERA) gave up two runs, one on a homer, and pitched four innings of relief before getting tossed for hitting the batter who homered off him. He got the win and finished with a line of 4IP, 3H, 2ER, 2B, 1K......Stephen Perakslis came out of the pen after the ejection and got the final five outs for his first save. He surrendered a hit, a walk and fanned one.
D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny is scheduled to get the start on Wednesday night as the D-Cubs return home to Jackie Robinson Ballpark for a four-game set with Jupiter.......Florida State League named its all-star team and Daytona will be represented by OF Bijan Rademacher, 2B Gioskar Amaya, P Felix Pena and P Andrew McKirahan.
Low A—Kane County
Had the day off and are back in action on Wednesday night as they host Clinton. with Paul Blackburn (5-1 2.33 ERA) on the mound.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 14, Mariners 7
Cubs (6-12) won their second straight beating the M's (7-11) with a 12-hit attack and a seven-run seventh.
At the Dish: Wladimir Galindo led the offense with three hits, including two doubles, three RBI and two runs. Luis Ayala scored three times while Jose Gonzalez and Humberto Garcia were both 2-4 with two runs and two RBI. Victor Gomez double, tripled and knocked in two runs.
On the Hill: Julio Sanchez was the beneficiary of the seven-run 7th as he earned the win despite allowing three unearned runs in 1.2 innings...Mauro Vides got the start and gave up two runs on five hits with two punchouts. Jose Leidenz yielded two runs in 1.2 innings and Angel Mejias was the only pitcher not to be scored on getting the final five outs.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers II 8, Cubs 3
Cubs dropped their first game of the season despite outhitting the Rangers 9-6
At the Dish: Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a RBI single from Franklin Tineo, a throwing error allowing a runner to score from third and a RBI single from Luis Acosta after a Juan Paniagua triple. Acosta and Tineo both finished with two hits.
On the Hill: Andin Diaz took the loss allowing four runs on three hits and four walks. He fanned three and worked 4.1 innings. Dilson Vasquez (2.1 IP, 4R) and Aneuris Rosario (1.1 IP, 0 R) also saw action.