Cubs June 8 Minor League Recap

Wladimir Galindo hit a three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th to give the VSL Cubs the win. Kris Bryant hit his 21st homer and is now tied for the minor league lead. And we've got a first-hand account from NorthSidersReport's Rob Willer at the Kane County game with a look at the stateside debut of Alberto Diaz.

AAA—Iowa 3, Colorado Springs 0

Dallas Beeler and two relievers blanked the Sky Sox on five hits as Iowa earned the split in the four-game series.

At the Dish: Cubs had seven hits and got on the board in the fourth when Javier Baez (.230/.292/.426) singled, stole his 8th base, and scored on Chris Valiaka's single. They added two more in the seventh on a RBI triple off the bat of Arismendy Alcantara (.269/.307/.519) and Baez followed with his second hit, plating Alcantara. Rafael Lopez (.273 3-11) went 2-3 while Baez and Valaika (.294/.362/.412) both finished with two hits.

On the Hill: Dallas Beeler (3-2 3.89 ERA) has thrown some good games since making his AAA debut on May 5 but the one Sunday at Principal Park may have topped them all. The right-hander tossed seven shutout frames allowing five hits and two walks. He fanned five and threw 10 pitches, 64 for strikes. He did uncorked two wild pitches......Zac Rosscup (2-0 2.45 ERA) made his second straight rehab appearance working a 1-2-3 inning......Blake Parker (0-0 1.08 ERA) fanned a pair in the ninth to earn his 13th save.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa heads to Fresno as Tsuyoshi Wada (5-3 2.60 ERA) get the start against the Giants affiliate.......I-Cubs manager Marty Pevey told I-Cubs beat writer tmmy Birch of the Des Moines Register than Alcantara will get about two games a week in the outfield to help expand his versatility.

AA—Jacksonville 6, Tennessee 5

The Smokies rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth but Jacksonville walked after SS Elliot Soto's error with two outs allowed the winning run to score.

At the Dish: Another day, another Kris Bryant homer. The slugger went 2-4 with his 21 st homer, a two-run shot in the sixth that hit the scoreboard in left field at Bragan Field. Bryant (.356/.461/.716) also hit his 18th double and scored twice. He committed two errors (13), one leading to an unearned run.......Smokies tied the game in the ninth on Dustin Geiger's (.222/.301/.377) 8th homer, and then Rubi Silva (.234/.286/.353) delivered a pinch-hit triple and scored on Taylor Davis' (.300/.326/.400) sacrifice fly. Jonathan Mota (.171/.189/.229) had a RBI single in the first.

On the Hill: Matthew Loosen (3-2 5.33 ERA) allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits and four walks in four innings. He threw 83 pitches, 50 for strikes, Loosen allowed a homer and only got four ground ball outs.....Lendy Castillo (2 IP) Zach Cates (1 IP), and Tony Zych (1 IP) held the Stars scoreless and only allowed one hit...Armando Rivero took the loss and despite Soto's error, didn't help himself with a leadoff walk. A sac bunt, a pop out, an intentional walk, and a bouncer up the middle mishandled by Soto allowed the winning run to score from second.

Smokies Notes: Joe Gardner (0-0 0.98 ERA) makes his fourth start on Monday in the deciding game of the series, and has only surrendered two runs on six hits in 18.1 innings.

High A—Clearwater 8, Daytona 7

Daytona (25-36) scored seven runs in the eighth but came up short in the opening game of the series

At the Dish: No offense for seven innings and then the D-Cubs got six hits and drew three walks to ignite the big rally. Albert Almora (.250/.273/.333), Gioskar Amaya (.275/.358/.333) and Marco Hernandez (.276/.317/.351) all had two-run singles. Willson Contreras (.274/.306/.354) doubled in a run. Daniel Vogelbach (.276/.360/.419) was 2-4 with a double.

On the Hill: Justin Amlung (0-1 5.40 ERA) made his FSL debut, working five innings. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts...Jose Rosario (3-4 5.08 ERA) was roughed up for five runs in the seventh and gave up four hits, two leaving the yard in 1.2 innings...... Andrew McKirahan (1-1 0.95 ERA) got the final four outs in order.

D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (1-4 7.08 ERA) has struggled in the FSL allowing 60 hits and 32 runs in 40.2 innings. The Cubs second-sound pick last year, makes his third start against Clearwater so it should be a good test.

Low A—Cedar Rapids 3, Kane County 2

Cedar Rapids evened the series with a one-run win over Kane County as all the game's scoring happened in the first two frames.

At the Dish: Cougars scored both of their runs in first when Daniel Lockhart walked and took second on Benjamin's Carhart. Yasiel Balaguert followed with a RBI double and Jacob Rogers plated Carhart with a sacrifice fly. Carhart had three of the Cougars seven hits.

On the Hill: Paul Blackburn got beat for the second time this year, allowing three runs on three hits and walk. He fanned four and went five innings.....Alberto Diaz , 22, made his stateside debut after being assigned to Kane County from extended spring training. The 5-oft-9 left-hander pitched last year in the VSL (3-0 2.18 ERA, 41.1 IP, 44K 11BB) and the left-hander spend three years in the DSL after signing in 2009. He worked 2.2 scoreless frames, yielding two hits and a walk.....Corbin Hoffner got the last four outs, one on strikes. Pitching reports below.

Cougars Notes: Get your tickets Cub fans. According to North Siders Rob Willer Monday night's pitching match-up features Jen-Ho Tseng against Twins top pitching prospect Kohl Stewart.. Tseng is coming off the DL and will be limited in his innings so don' expect a pitcher's dual between the two because Tseng won't be around long.

Rob was also at Sunday's game and filed this report.

Paul Blackburn was great once again for the Kane County Cougars. He showed great command on the day striking out four while walking one through his five innings of work. Blackburn sat regularly around 88-90 on his fastball topping out at 91 while mixing in his curveball that sat between 76-78. He ran into some tough luck with an error in the first and Jacob Hannemann diving for a ball in 2nd that went from a fly-out to and run scoring triple. 

Alberto Diaz was the first pitcher out of the pen and just recently called up from the Venezuelan Summer League. Diaz stands at 5 feet 7 and pitched 2 and 2/3 of scoreless ball while giving up two hits and a walk. Diaz was regularly sitting 83-87 with his fastball while topping out at 89. He also mixed in a changeup on a few occasions although regularly was pounding the zone with his fastball. 

Corbin Hoffner the final pitcher for the Cougars pitched 1 and 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. He came in the eight and retired Engelb Vielma on one pitch with a fly-out to center he then retired the side in order in the ninth. Hoffener regularly sat in the 87-89mph range with his fastball. It had a lot of late movement and retired Bryan Haar on three straight fastballs to end the top of the ninth. 

Ben Carhart had by far the best all around game for the Cougars. He went 3 for 4 at the plate with three singles and played some great defense at first. He's looking very good in the field with the ability to scoop up low throws and diving stops at first. My guess is that we'll see him at Daytona by the end of the summer.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 7, Mariners 4

3B Wladimir Galindo launched a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th for the win.

At the Dish: Galindo had the big blast of the game, smacking his third homer, and also leads the team with 16 RBI. A walk and a hit batter set the table for Galindo's heroics. It was his third hit of the game and he also walked and scored twice. 1B CF Miguel Rico was 2-3 with two runs, two RBI and two walks. Luis Ayala was 2-5 with a RBI.

On the Hill: Harrison Bermudez went five innings, giving up two unearned runs on five hits and two walks. He fanned four....Alex Pacheco allowed a run in 2.1 innings.....Jesus Arias got charged with a blown save, allowing an unearned run, and fanned four in 2.2 innings.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs

Had the day off and still no results from Saturday so I'm assuming the game was canceled for some reason.

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