Roster Moves, News, Notes
C. J. Edwards was scheduled to resume throwing on Thursday but left Mesa to return home to South Carolina after the death of his grandmother, according to his twitter account. He passed his MRI with flying colors and is looking to get back to Tennessee. The String Bean Slinger has been on the disabled list since late April after feeling discomfort in his shoulder after a bullpen session. An MRI on his throwing shoulder showed no structural damage but Edwards was shut down and sent to Mesa to rehab. Edwards' throwing program should take about a month to get him back into shape is everything progresses. It looks ilk a July return, exactly what Smokies manager Buddy Bailey said back in April........Iowa infielder Jonathan Mota has been assigned to Tennessee, Wes Darvill has been sent from Tennessee to Class A Daytona, and Daytona's Tim Saunders has been demoted to extended spring training..
The I-Cubs had the day off and begin a four-game home stand with Colorado Springs. Kyle Hendricks (6-3 3.54 ERA) makes his 11th start on Thursday night and third against the Sky Sox. Colorado has 17 hits and seven runs in 11 innings of the right-hander.
AA—Tennessee 4, Birmingham 1
At the Dish: Dustin Geiger ripped his seventh homer, a two-run shot in the fourth, as the Smokies made the most of their five hits. Geiger also walked once and is hitting .234.....Charlie Cutler was 1-2 with a walk and scored twice while Eliott Soto walked and scored. John Andreoli had single while Anthony Giansanti and Jae-Hoon Ha both doubled.......Kris Bryant was 0-3 with a walk.
On the Hill: Joe Gardner did a good job keeping the Barons off balance for 6.1 innings as the right-hander allowed one run on three hits. He only needed 68 pitches, 49 for strikes, and fanned five with no walks. Gardner pitched ahead in the count and worked both sides of the plate, keeping the ball down. In three starts since being signed out of the Independent Atlantic League, Gardner has a line of 18.1 IP, 6H, 2ER, 4BB, 9K......The bullpen was perfect. Jeffrey Lorick fanned three of the four hitters he faced and Arodys Vizcaino earned his first save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Smokies Notes: Joel Pineiro (0-1 4.43 ERA) is expected to make the start as the Smokies head to Jacksonville for a five-game series.
High A—Daytona 4, Jupiter 2
After being no-hit for seven innings, Daytona scored four times in the bottom of the eighth to beat Jupiter and extend their win streak to three games.
At the Dish: Willson Contreras broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single and took second on Wes Darvill's walk. Jeimer Candelario dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line to load the bases. A RBI grounder by Gioskar Amaya cut the lead in half as Contreras beat the throw home and Marco Hernandez followed with a two-run double to left. Zeke DeVoss made it 4-2 with a sac fly.
On the Hill: Rob Zastryzny allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in five innings and left after walking the leadoff hitter in the sixth. He fanned four and got nine ground ball outs........Jose Rosario (3-4 4.10 ERA) had his best outing since coming back from the DL working three scoreless frames to get the win. He only allowed two hits and fanned five......Andrew McKirahan recorded his fifth save with a pair of punchouts in the ninth.
D-Cubs Notes:FSL All-Star Felix Pena makes his 11th start on Thursday night......Sean Kernan of the Daytona Beach News-Journal not only threw out the first pitch Wednesday night he also reported that Zach Cates had been promoted to Tennessee.
Low A—Kane County 5, Clinton 4—10 innings
Kane County rallied from a 4-0 deficit and moved closer to clinching the first half title as they reduced the magic number to four.
At the Dish: Yasiel Balaguert delivered a walk-off winner knocked in the bottom of the tenth with a bouncing grounder that scored Jacob Hannemann, who led off with a double. Daniel Lockhart dropped a bunt single to advance Hannemann to third and then stole second. After Clinton walked Jordan Hankins to load the bases, Balaguert hit a chopper, snared by the shortstop but the only play he had was at third as the winning runs scored........Jacob Hannemann recorded his fifth multi-hit game in his lsat seven, going 3-5 with two doubles and two runs. Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers both had two hits while Benjamin Carhart (21), Jordan Hankins (22) and Carlos Penalver (20) all plated runs.
On the Hill: Paul Blackburn only lasted two-thirds on an innings as the right-hander allowed a bunt single and walked three, allowing two to score. According to Cougars beat reporter Kevin Druley, the Cubs organizational rule is no more than 35 pitches in the first inning and Blackburn was near that number when removed........James Pugliese made an emergency appearance in the first and worked 3.1 innings. The right-hander allowed his first run since May 16 and had only allowed two runs entering game in 12 appearances. Pugliese finished with a line of 3.1 IP, 5 H 2 ER, 0 B, 6 K.....Corbin Hoffner dominated the Lumberkings, retiring all nine he faced, setting six down on strikes. Tyler Bremer (5-0 2.57 ERA) was nearly as impressive allowing a hit and a walk in three shutout frames. He fanned two and got credit for the win.
Cougars Notes: Tyler Skulina (3-2 2.92 ERA) takes the mound Thursday night for his 11th start. He's allowed five hits and two runs in his last three starts (17.1 IP) and has a BAA of .186.
Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 4, Cubs 3
Cubs (6-13) had their two game winning streak snapped as they were out-hit 10-5 by the Tigers (15-4).
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 5, Rangers 1
Cubs improved to 3-1 as Jose Morel tossed sixth shutout innings and the Cubs avenged their only loss.
At the Dish: Cubs had four h its, two off the bat of Roberto Caro, who went 2-3 with two runs, a RBI triple and a walk. Franklin Tineo double, walked, scored and knocked in a run while Antonio Gonzalez and Martin Hodwalker walked and scored.
On the Hill: Jose Morel was solid in his first outing, holding the Rangers scoreless in six innings. He allowed two hits and fanned two...Deibi Torres allowed a run in two inning and Pedro Silverio pitched a scoreless ninth.