Cubs June 17 Minor League Recap

Kyle Schwarber hit a pair of homers and earned a promotion to Kane County as Boise improved to 4-1. Javier Baez hit a homer in Iowa's loss while Daytona dropped their 8th straight, despite a strong performance from left-hander Rob Zastryzny. The Cubs were also represented in the Midwest and Southern League All-Star games.

Cubs will promote Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber's Northwest League career lasted five games. The Cubs announced Tuesday night that the first-round selection would be promoted to Kane County and join the team on Thursday when they host Cedar Rapids in the first game of the second half.

AAA—El Paso 8, Iowa 5

Iowa's struggles continued falling to El Paso in the opening game of the series at Principal Park.

At the Dish: Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first on a throwing error and Chris Valaika made it 2-0 in the second on his sixth homer of the season. Javier Baez hit a three-run homer in the 8th, this 11th of the year. Matt Szczur was 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Valaika added a single and is hitting .294 with 33 RBI.

On the Hill: Eric Jokisch tied his career-high with 10 punchouts but took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. He threw 100 pitches, 69 for strikes and coaxed seven ground ball outs....Marcos Mateo gave up three runs that proved to be the difference. He yielded three hits and two walks in his inning of work....Carlos Pimentel allowed two of the three inherited ruiners to score and got the final five outs.

I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada (6-4 2.82 ERA) gets the start for Iowa Wednesday night.


Smokies had the day off but 3B Kris Bryant and pitchers Hunter Cervenka, Armando Rivero and P.J. Francescon represented the team at the all-star game. Bryant went 1-5 with a single as the North squad lost to the South All-Stars 6-4. Cervenka got two outs and allowed a hit while Francescon gave up a solo homer and walked three in an inning. Rivero pitched a scoreless frame.

High A—Tampa 1, Daytona 0

Daytona dropped their eighth straight despite a strong pitching effort from Rob Zastryzny.

At the Dish: Cubs were 0-10 with RISP and that pretty much sums up the first half of the season for Daytona. They were held to just four singles and four walks. Willson Contreras had his 11-game hitting streak snapped. Marco Hernandez and Bijan Rademacher both singled and walked.

On the Hill: Rob Zastryzny continues to shrug off his rough start but still can't overcome his first inning problems. After giving up a run on two hits in the first, the left-hander set down the next 16 hitters on 83 pitches. In the seventh, Zastryzny got the first two hitters on strikes and his night ended after a single. Zastryzny finished with a line of 6.2 IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 6 K........Michael Jensen gave up a single and a walk to load the bases but fanned the next hitter to get out of the jam in the seventh. Jensen blanked the Yankees for the next two frames with four strikeouts.

D-Cubs Notes: Tayler Scott makes the final start of the first half against Tampa on Wednesday night.

Low A—Kane County

Had the day off as the Midwest League All-Star game was held, and despite walking away with the first-half Western Division title, the Cougars has no starters in the lineup. 3B Jordan Hankins was 0-2 in a reserve role while Jose Arias and Paul Blackburn didn't see action. Will Remillard was named to the the squad but is on the DL and didn't play.

Short-Season—Boise 12, Tri-City 3

Boise clubbed five solo homers, two from first-round pick Kyle Schwarber, as they improved to 4-1 with the victory over Tri-City.

At the Dish: First-round pick LF Kyle Schwarber continues to crush baseballs on a daily basis as the left-hander smacked a pair of solo homers, his third and fourth of the season. He also doubled and walked. In his first five pro games, Schwarber is hitting .600/.625/1.350 with 4 HR, 1 2B, 1 3B, 10 RBI......Overshadowed by the top pick, Justin Marra is off to a hot start as the catcher threw out three runners and knocked in four runs. The 21-year-old Canadian slugged his first homer and added two run scoring doubles. The left-hander is hitting .417/.500/.1.083 in three games.......RF Jeffrey Baez led off the first inning with his first homer and added a run-scoring single. The 20-year-old Dominican is hitting .300 and scored seven times in the five-game series.......1B Danny Canela (.467) was 2-4, scored three times, and hit his first NWL homer. Every starter in the Hawks' lineup either scored or drove in a run in the 13-hit, eight-walk attack.

On the Hill: Trevor Graham fanned seven over five innings and got the win allowing a run on four hits and two walks. The Cubs 13th round pick last year got five ground ball outs in his first start of the year. He pitched in three games for Daytona (2-0 0,00 ERA, 8.2 IP, 8K).......Yao-Lin Wang, on a rehab assignment from Daytona, worked a scoreless sixth, the only batter reaching after he was hit by a pitch.......Greyfer Eregua fanned three in his second appearance but surrendered two runs on three hits in two innings of relief......Alberto Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth, working around a hit and a walk.

Hawks Notes: The Hawks hit the road for an eight-game road trip with three games in Eugene and five more in Spokane. Ben Wells, who started the season on the DL and was then sent to Daytona before being demoted, will get the start on Wednesday night. Wells was 2-4 with a 6.55 ERA in eight games for the D-Cubs with 23 BB and 18 K.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 5, Rays 1

The Cubs snapped a three-game losing skid to the Rays, tossing eight shutout innings.

At the Dish: 18-year-old catcher Jhonny Pereda hit his first homer and went 2-4 with a double. Luis Hidalgo was 3-4 with a RBI to up his average to .384, 2nd in VSL. Cubs took advantage of three errors and only two of their runs were earned.

On the Hill: Yapson Gomez improved to 2-0 with six shutout innings as he lowered his ERA to 1.61. He gave up four hits, fanned three and walked none......Gabriel Lima tossed two shutout frames, allowing two hits with four punchouts. Julio Sanchez gave up an unearned run in the ninth on three hits.

Dominican Summer League—Rangers I 5, Cubs 1

Rangers scored four runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Cubs.

At the Dish: Cubs had nine hits but were just 1-10 with RISP and left eight on. 1B Jose Paniagua went 2-4 with a double and a RBI while Antonio Gonzalez had two hits.

On the Hill: Santiago Rodriguez, 20, tossed six shutout frames, allowing three hits and three walks. He fanned four and hasn't allowed a run in 20 innings. Deibi Torres got charged with a blown save and took the loss, giving up five runs, only one earned, in 2.2 innings. ...Assael Aquino got the final out on strikes.

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