Roster Moves, News, Notes
According to reports, the Cubs have signed 13-year veteran Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league contract and he has been sent to Mesa. Torrealba played 61 games last year for Colorado, hitting .240/.295/.285 with 16 RBI. The 35-year-old has played with San Francisco, Seattle, Colorado, San Diego, Texas, Toronto and Milwaukee in his 907-game career. While this provides the Cubs catching depth in the minors let's hope its not a signal that Welington Castillo may be out longer than expected.
AAA—Fresno 5, Iowa 2
After beating Fresno 17-2 in the series opener, the Grizzles got the last laugh taking the final three games of the series.
On the Hill: Eric Jokisch didn't pitch that bad but walked a season-high four batters and surrendered a grand slam in the fifth. He worked six frames, allowed five runs on five hits, with four strikeouts. Jokisch threw 82 pitches, 50 for strikes.....Frank Batista made his 7th appearance,, working a scoreless 7th......Marcus Hatley worked a 1-2-3 ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: One day after his 25th birthday, Dallas Beeler (3-2 3,89 ERA) gets the start in the opening game at Sacramento.
AA—Mississippi 4, Tennessee 2
Mississippi scored two runs in the seventh without the aid of a hit to upend the Smokies.
At the Dish: Kris Bryant was in the midst of the Smokies offense as he doubled, walked and scored twice. He scored on a RBI single by Charlie Cutler in the third and then again in the sixth on Rubi Silva's third triple of the season. Cutler and Silva both finished with two hits.
On the Hill: Dae-Eun Rhee went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. He threw 87 pitches, and one of the runs scored on a wild pitch....Zach Cates took the loss as a pickoff attempt to get the runner going to third was wild allowing the go-ahead run to score. He walked two in the frame, both runs scoring without a hit. Hunter Cervenka fanned all four hitters he faced and Arodys Vizcaino worked a 1-2-3 ninth.
High A—Game 1—Dunedin 5, Daytona 1, Game 2—Dunedin 5, Daytona 2
Dunedin swept Daytona as the D-Cubs losing streak reached six games.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Cubs only got two hits and were no-hit until Wes Darvill's solo homer in the sixth. Willson Contreras extended his hitting streak to ten games and is now hitting .286 after batting .159 in April. GAME 2—Daytona only managed four hits in the night-cap, and scored both of their runs in the sixth on RBI by Zeke DeVoss and Albert Almora. Gioskar Amaya led off the frame with a triple.
On the Hill:GAME 1—Tayler Scott made his 13th start of the first half and the Jays jumped on the right-hander for two runs in the first. He worked 4.2 frames and surrendered two homers in the fifth. Scott left with a line of 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K. ....Michael Jensen retired all four hitters he faced, one on strikes. It was the fourth straight outing Jensen has held the opponent scoreless and his 17th appearance. ....GAME 2—Nathan Dorris gave up five runs in the first three innings on five hits and two walks. He yielded a homer and fanned one. Jose Rosario, Starling Peralta and Austin Kirk held Dunedin scoreless the final 3.2 innings. Rosario fanned five in 1.2 IP.
D-Cubs Notes: Cubs have three days off for the Florida State League All-Star game in Bradenton. All-Stars Marco Hernandez, Gioskar Amaya, Bijan Rademacher, Felix Pena and Andrew McKirahan will represent the Cubs organization at the game. Rademacher is also in the home run contest.
Low A—Kane County 4, Peoria 1
Juan Paniagua blanked Peoria for six innings as the Cougars won the series on the road from the Cardinals' affiliate.
At the Dish: Kane County had 10 hits on the night, two each from Trey Martin, Shawon Dunston and Daniel Lockhart. Cougars got on the board on a RBI single by Trey Martin, scoring Cael Brockmeyer. Carlos Penalver tripled in Dunston in the fifth and then scored on a Jacob Hannemann groundout. Lockhart plated the final run.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua continues to put together good innings as the 24-year-old blanked Peoria for six frames. It was his second straight six-inning shutout. Using a fastball in mid-90s, and mixing in a slider and change, Paniagua threw 77 pitches, 51 for strikes and fanned six, allowing three hits and a walk. During the 12-inning shutout streak, Paniagua has surrendered six hits, three walks, and recorded 15 strikeouts.....Zak Hermans worked two innings, surrendering a solo homer in the seventh.....James Pugliese didn't mess around to earn his second save striking out the side in order on 13 pitches.
Cougars Notes: Kane County heads to Beloit for the final three games of the first half and before the all-star break. Paul Blackburn and Jen-Ho Tseng are scheduled to start the first two games of the series.
Boise hosts the Northwest League opener on Friday night as left-hander Tyler Ihrig gets the start against Tri-City, the Rockies short-season affiliate. Erick Leal is schedule to start on Saturday night.
Venezuelan Summer League—Game 1—Rays 5, Cubs 4; Game 2—Rays 9, Cubs 6
Rays swept the Cubs in a twin-bill, including a walk-off victory in the first game, and then scored six runs in the top of the seventh to take the nightcap.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Cubs had 10 hits but were 2-13 with RISP and left eight on. Jose Gonzalez was 2-3 with two RBI and Humberto Garcia had two hits and knocked in a run. Luis Hidalgo continues to collect multi-hit games as he went 2-3 to up his average to .358...... GAME 2—Fidel Matos slugged his first pro homer as he finished 2-4 with a RBI and two runs. Luis Ayala was 2-2 and Hidalgo added a RBI pinch-hit double in the sixth. Humberto Garcia scored twice and stole his 12th base.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Carlos Rodriguez fanned eight in five innings but gave up four runs, only one earned. Eugenio Palma, a 17 year-old from Venezuela, made his pro debut. The 5-foot-11, left-hander worked one inning, allowing a hit with a strikeout. Angel Mejias gave up the game winning single in the eighth, after a bunt single and two intentional walks loaded the bases..........GAME 2—Moises Ramirez (2-1 4.42 ERA) worked five innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He fanned two.....Jesus Arias (1-1 5.56 ERA) tossed a scoreless sixth but surrendered six runs in the seventh, including a three-run homer.
Cubs Notes: Cubs find themselves 11 games behind the first-place Tigers and are 9-17. Since the top two teams make the playoffs, the Cubs only trail the second-place Phillies by 4.5 games.
Dominican Summer League—Yankees 6, Cubs 3
A three-run homer in the fifth proved to be the difference in the Yankees win.
On the Hill: Cubs pitching combined for 13 strikeouts but walked 10. Pedro Araujo got the start allowing a run on four hits and two walks. Deibi Torres took the loss, surrendering a three-run homer in the fifth. Dilson Vasquez fanned six in two innings but also issued six free passes and two runs.
Cubs Notes: This will be the first of many reports on the DSL Cubs in an attempt to give you a little more information on the players. Going to start with catcher Yohan Matos, who was part of the Cubs July 2 International haul last year and signed a $270,000 bonus as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. According to Scout.com's Kiley McDaniel, Matos is described as a catch-and-throw player with good arm strength and a linear bat. He has a line drive approach at the plate with below average power. Heading into Thursday's action, Matos has appeared in six games and sports a .278/.458/.444 slash line with five RBI. He's thrown out 3-of-11 runners. He's a player to keep an eye on, especially as a young catching prospect in Cubs organization. Also good to see him having some success at the plate as several 17-year-olds are over matched in their first year of pro ball and really struggle.