AAA—Fresno 10, Iowa 1
Cubs lost to Fresno for the second straight night and fell out of first place in their division.
At the Dish: Iowa had nine hits but could only push across one run as they went 2-9 with RISP and left seven on base. Josh Vitters went 3-4 and knocked in the I-Cubs' only run while Logan Watkins doubled and scored. Ryan Kalish was 2-4 and Javier Baez was 0-3 with three strikeouts and a walk.
On the Hill: Chris Rusin had his roughest outing of the season, allowing seven runs on nine hits and one walk in three innings. He fanned four, threw 58 pitches, 40 for strikes, and allowed a three-run homer. Jeffry Antigua tossed three scoreless frames and Zac Rosscup continued his rehab by striking out the side in the 7th. Yoanner Negrin surrendered three runs in the 8th.
I-Cubs Notes: Cubs look to even the series on Thursday night as Eric Jokisch (5-5 3.33 ERA) takes the mound.
AA—Tennessee 3, Mississippi 2
Anthony Giansanti scampered home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth to score the deciding run in the Smokies win.
At the Dish: For the second time in the game, Anthony Giansanti broke from third base as the ball went into the dirt and bounced a short distance from the catcher, scoring the winning run with a slide as the catcher couldn't get a handle on the ball. Tennessee's rally in the eighth came with two outs as Giansanti reached on an error, and took third on Kris Bryant's second hit of the game......Smokies scored twice in the first as Anthony Giansanti singled and took third on Stephen Bruno's double. A wild pitch scored Giansanti and Kris Bryant plated Bruno with a RBI single.
On the Hill: Eduardo Figueroa made his second AA start lasting five innings. He allowed three runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts. He threw 68 pitches and got eight ground ball outs...The Smokies bullpen kept the Braves off the board.....Tony Zych tossed two solid innings of relief holding the Braves scoreless for two frames. He gave up two hits and fanned two in his 36 pitch outing, his 23rd appearance......P.J. Francescon worked a scoreless eighth, pitching around a hit and a walk....Armando Rivero earned his 10th save with a pair of strikeouts in the ninth.
Smokies Notes: Stephen Bruno came off the DL and started at second base.....Smokies and the Cubs agreed on a four-year extension to extend their player development contract. The Cubs will be in Tennessee through the 2018 season. For the complete story click here
Daytona got rained out in Dunedin and the game will be made up as a twin-bill on Thursday night. Tayler Scott gets the start in game one and good old TBA will get the ball in game two.
Low A—Game 1—Peoria 2, Kane County 1; Game 2—Kane County 4, Peoria 3
The Cougars scored two runs in the top of the seventh in the night cap to gain a split at Peoria.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Cougars scored their only run in the first when Jacob Hannemann walked and scored on Jordan Hankins RBI double. A Benjamin Carhart single would be the only other hit the Cougars would get as Peoria's Alex Reyes shut them down with a complete game gem. Game 2—Cougars tied the game in the ninth when Jacob Hannemann singled and took second when the outfielder bobbled the ball. Carlos Penalver followed with a bunt back to the pitcher, but a throwing error allowed Hannemann to score and Penalver reach second. A fly out to center moved Penalver to third and scored on Hankins' sac fly. The Cougars had 11 hits, two each from Hannemann, Penalver, Carhart and Hankins. Cael Brockmeyer added a RBI sac fly and Tim Saunders ripped a RBI double.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Tyler Skulina (4-3 2.70 ERA) took the loss, giving up two unearned runs in the fourth. He went five innings, allowed five hits, walked two and fanned three. Skulina continues to turn in quality outing in his first full pro season as he has thrown 63.1 innings, tops for Kane County. Michael Wagner tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. GAME 2—Daury Torrez (6-3 3.74 ERA) got the win, surrendering three runs on four hits and walk. He fanned two and got eight ground ball outs. Torrez got some help in the bottom of the sixth as Trey Martin went over the left field wall to rob Peoria of a homer.....Tyler Bremer continues to shine in the closers role as the right-hander came in the bottom of the seventh and fanned the side in order for his eighth save.
Cougars Notes: Kane County's most effective pitcher takes the mound in the series finale on Thursday night. Juan Paniagua (2-3 3.65 ERA) has allowed three runs is his last 18.1 innings with 17 strikeouts and six walks. It will be Paniagua's third start against the Chiefs since May 25.
The team arrived in Boise and met the media today as the star attraction was first-round pick Kyle Schwarber. Early in the day it was announced the Cubs had agreed to terms with the Indiana catcher for a reported $3,125,000. Boise Hawks broadcaster Mike Safford got some video of Schwarber today during media day and posted it on his blog, which is a must follow. Here's the link as Schwarber meets the media
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 3, Phillies 2
Luis Hidalgo (.344/.386/.547) hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win.
At the Dish: Wladimir Galindo (.282/.351/.506) led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and was forced at second on a grounder by Victor Gomez (.189/.268/.257). Hidalgo followed with the game winning homer, his third. Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI double from Roberto Vahlis (.216/.400/.459). Jhonny Pereda (.280/.349/.320) was 2-2 with two walks.
On the Hill: Yapson Gomez (1-0 2.05) allowed an unearned run on two hits in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts. The 22-year-old left-hander leads the Cubs with 22 innings with a .212 BAA. Jose Leidenz (1-1 3.86 ERA) got the win, surrendering a run in 2.2 frames on a hits and two walks.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 16, Astros Orange 8
Cubs had a big day at the plate including an eight-run sixth to improve to 8-2.
At the Dish: 2B Miguel Ruiz (.364/.440/.500) led the offense going 3-5 with a triple, scored three times, and knocked in five runs. C Yohan Matos (.278/.458/.444) doubled, tripled, scored twice and plated a pair of runs. Robert Garcia ).278/.458/.444) was 2-3 and Carlos Jimenez (.281/.324/.375) went 1-3 and scored three times. Jenner Emeterio (.188/.417/.313) was 1-3 with a RBI and stole two bases, including home. Cubs were 6-20 with RISP, walked 12 times, and stole six bases
On the Hill: Pedro Silverio (0-0 1.93 ERA) and Santiago Rodriguez (2-0 0.00) combined to blank the Astros for eight innings, each tossing four frames. Silverio fanned four and allowed a hit while Rodriguez, who got the win, surrendered five hits and fanned two. Rodriguez, 19, has not allowed a run in 14 innings. Jesus Perez got charged with eight earned runs in the 9th and Jhonny Pena came in and got the final two outs.