AAA—Sacramento 7, Iowa 5
Sacramento hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to rally past Iowa and hand the I-Cubs their fourth straight loss.
On the Hill: Dallas Beeler (3-23.89 ERA) went from turning in another quality start to getting charged with six runs and a loss, as Carlos Pimentel came into the game in the seventh and allowed a grand slam. Beeler finished with a line of 6.2 IP, 8H 6ER, 2 BB 6K.....It was the only batter Pimentel would face as Marcos Mateo pitched the final 1.1 innings.
AA—Tennessee 8, Mississippi 2
Dustin Geiger hit a two-run homer and three relievers blanked Mississippi for the final four frames.
At the Dish: Tennessee scored four runs in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie, as Geiger drove in the first run with a single and Jeudy Valdez followed with a two-run single. An error allowed the other run to score. Geiger added his ninth homer of the season in the seventh........Geiger finished 2-4 with two runs and three RBI....Kris Bryant was 1-3 with a RBI single....Charlie Cutler scored twice and drove in a run while Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-5 and scored twice hitting leadoff.
On the Hill: Matt Loosen went five innings, allowing two earned runs in his 80-pitch outing. He gave up five hits,one leaving the yard, walked two and fanned five.....The Smokies bullpen kept the Braves off the board as Jeffrey Lorick worked the sixth and earned the win......Lendy Castillo fanned a pair in two innings and Armando Rivero fanned a pair in the ninth.
Smokies Notes: LHP Hunter Cervenka was added to the Southern League All-Star team and will join teammates Kris Bryant and Armando Rivero. Cervenka replaces teammate RHP Corey Black, on the DL, on the all-star roster. 2B Stephen Bruno and OF John Andreoli will miss the game due to injuries and C Rafael Lopez had been promoted to AAA.
The D-Cubs on their three-day all-star break and host Tampa in the final three-game series of the first half on Monday..
Low A—Beloit 3, Kane County 2
Beloit scored the winning run in the bottom of the 8th to take the opener of the three-game series.
At the Dish: Ben Carhart delivered a RBI single in the first and Yasiel Balaguert smacked his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot in the seventh, for the Cougars two runs. Carlos Penalver doubled and scored while Trey Martin was 2-3.
On the Hill: Paul Blackburn made his 13th start and went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He fanned three and got seven ground ball outs.....Josh Davis allowed a run in three innings but it was the game-winner in the 8th. He fanned four and Cougar pitching didn't walk a hitter.
Cougars Notes: Jen-Ho Tseng gets the start for the Cougars on Saturday night......... Cub fans should be talking about Juan Paniagua. he throws 97, has a major league arm, good slider and decent change but needs to learn to pitch. May be 24 but has 0 innings on his arm. His experience level is that of a 2nd year pro HS kid. They are working on tempo with him. I've talked to Kane County manager and pitching coach, they are excited about the talent and the development. Might be the best arm in the system, but still a ways from being the best pitcher. He's learning to hold runners on, pickoffs, how to set up hitters and have confidence in his stuff to throw strikes. Its not about "he just threw back-to-back shutouts and should be promoted to Daytona because he's been awesome his last four starts and needs a challenge." That couldn't be farther from the truth. They care about development, not the stat line. The two are different. Fans only see the stats, development plans not made public unless you ask. Players know what they need to work on to get better, turn weaknesses into strengths.
Short-Season—Boise 4, Tri-City 2
Kyle Schwarber celebrated his pro debut with three hits, including a three-run homer that gave Boise the 4-2 win in the season opener.
At the Plate: The Cubs top pick had an impressive debut with two singles and a prodigious three-run blast over the right-field wall in the bottom of the seventh for his first pro round-tripper. Schwarber hit a 3-0 pitch over the flags in right field and according to Boise announcer Mike Safford, the ball ended up in a rock pile beyond the wall. David Bote was 3-4 with a double and Jesse Hodges knocked in a run. Giuseppe Papaccio, Jeffrey Baez and Mark Malave all singled.
On the Mound: Tyler Ihrig was impressive in his NWL debut as the lefty fanned five and only surrendered one hit in five innings.......Greyfer Eregua made his stateside debut and allowed two runs in two frames, The right-hander gave up three hits, walked one and fanned two.....David Garner, the Cubs 7th round pick last year out of Michigan State, earned his first pro save, fanning four in two innings of work.
Hawks Notes: Erick Leal gets the start for Boise on Saturday night.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 6, Mariners 5
Roberto Vahlis delivered a two-out single in the top of the ninth to score the winning run.
On the Hill: Cubs used four pitchers as Julio Sanchez got the win, working two no-hit frames with three punchouts.Enrique De Los Rio allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. Alex Pacheco and Salvador Jerez also pitched.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 13, Yankees 11
Cubs scored seven runs in the sixth and hung on for the win.
At the Dish: Cubs had 14 hits, seven walks, three stolen bases and were 6-11 with RISP. Luis Acosta had a big day at the plate, hitting his first homer, and added two more hits, two runs, and five RBI. Frandy Delarosa and Carlos Jimenez both had three hits and Jimenez added two RBI. Jenner Emeterio scored three runs and walked three times.
On the Hill: Oscar De La Cruz allowed two runs in five innings, allowing four hits with three walks. Chris Pieter surrendered five runs in an inning and Aneurism Rosario gave up four runs in three frames to earn his second save.