Roster Moves, News, Notes
Its that time of year where there's a flurry of roster changes. I've started a thread in the Cubs Clubhouse Forum "2014 Roster Moves" to track all the moves on a daily basis keep them in one place. Here's link for today's moves ........I've also updated draft list to include the recent signings.
AAA—Iowa 8, El Paso 3
At the Dish: Javier Baez (.226) made all three of his hits counts, knocking in four runs with a double and two singles. Baez has 42 RBI...... Logan Watkins (.286) scored twice and launched a two-run homer in the seventh.....Arismendy Alcantara (.284) had a pair of doubles and scored twice while Matt Szczur (.244) had two hits and drove in a run....Welington Castillo made his first rehab start at Iowa and was 1-5 with a RBI......Kris Bryant went 0-4 in his second AA game with three strikeouts and he hit into a double play.
On the Hill: Kyle Hendricks (8-5 3.55 ERA) retired the first 15 hitters he faced but a broken bat grounder in the hole as short ended history to leadoff the sixth. He worked into the eighth and finished with a line of 7.2 IP, 3 H, 1ER, 0BB, 6 K.The right-hander only threw 85 pitches in the game and fanned six. .....Armando Rivero made his AAA debut, striking out the only hitter he faced in the eighth. Arodys Vizcaino's Iowa's debut was a rough one as the right-hander only got one out and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. Alberto Cabrera had to come in to close out the ninth and earned the save as held left the bases loaded.
I-Cubs Notes: Business is good at Principal Park. The crowd of 14,128 on Friday night was the 5th largest home crowd ever.
AA—Tennessee 5, Chattanooga 3
Tennessee won its second straight game with a walk off, this one on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th.
At the Dish: Charlie Cutler (.328) drew a basses loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th to give the Smokies the win. Singles by Jae-Hon Ha (.197) and Stephen Bruno (.298), and an intentional walk to Christian Villanueva loaded the bases for Cutler. It was his third walk of the game as he was 0-2 and scored twice......Rubi Silva (.254) had two hits, including a two-run homer, and a triple.....Jonathan Mota followed Silva's 6th homer with a solo shot, his first of the season.....Tennessee drew 11 walks in the game.
On the Hill: Matthew Loosen got the start and lasted five innings. He threw 85 pitches in the start, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks. He fanned five and surrendered a homer......Jeffry Antigua gave up two runs in two innings and got charged with a blown save....Lendy Castillo and P.J. Francescon combined for three scoreless frames and Jeffrey Lorick got the win with a scoreless 11th.
Smokies Notes: Corey Black (2-4 3.25 ERA) get the start Saturday night at Smokies Park.
High A—Brevard County 9, Daytona 3
Brevard County pounded D-Cubs pitching for 14 hits as the two team spilt the two-game series to open the second half.
At the Dish: 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.269) was 2-5 with a double and two RBI....2B Gioskar Amaya (.287) had two hits and scored once while CF Albert Almora (.243) went 1-5 with a RBI. SS Marco Hernandez was 1-3 with a run and a stolen base.
On the Hill: Nathan Dorris worked five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. He fanned five and gave up a homer.......Jose Rosario surrendered eight hits that led to five more Manatee runs in three innings.....Zack Godley gave up a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
Low A—Kane County 6, Cedar Rapids 4
3B Jeimer Candelario broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run double in the bottom of the 8th to improve to 30-7 at home.
At the Dish: Cubs first-round pick Kyle Schwarber (.500) slugged his first MWL homer with a solo shot in the fifth. The catcher doubled, walked and scored twice......Jacob Hannemann (.242) hit a solo shot in the 4th.....Jacob Rogers (.252) was 2-4 with a triple and scored twice.......Benjamin Carhart (.292), Yasiel Balaguert (.240) and Trey Martin (.233) all had two hits.......Candelario broke an 0-for-7 streak with the two-run double in the 8th.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua wasn't dominating but showed the ability to pitch out of trouble, a good sign in his growth as a pitcher. The right-hander had his 12-inning scoreless streak snapped in the first, yielding a two-run homer. He finished with a line of 5.1IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K and didn't figure in the decision.......Corbin Hoffner allowed both inherited runners to score in the sixth for the blown save but the righty worked 2.2 scoreless frames and got his first MWL win.......Tyler Bremer tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 9th save.
Cougars Notes: RHP Pierce Johnson has joined the Cougars for rehab work and is scheduled to pitch four innings on Saturday. Manager Mark Johnson told reporter Kevin Druley that Johnson will stay with the team for 3-4 starts and then be evaluated.
Short-Season—Eugene 9, Boise 5
Eugene completed the sweep over Boise, highlighted by a grand slam.
At the Dish: LF Kevin Brown (.333) had a pair of doubles with three RBI to lead the Hawks offense and extend his hitting streak to six games......Rashad Crawford (.250) tripled and scored while Daniel Canela (.308) and Oliver Zapata (.176) both plated runs. Boise only had six hits
On the Hill: Erick Leal (1-1 6.75 ERA) made his second start after going five innings in a win over Tri-City. He only lasted three innings, allowing a grand slam. Leal got tagged for eight hits as the Emeralds scored eight time, six earned, with a walk and three strikeouts. Greyfer Eregua gave up a solo homer in the fourth. Yao-Lin Wang and Francisco Carrillo both tossed two scoreless innings of relief.
Hawks Notes: Trevor Clifton makes his second start on Saturday night.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Cubs had the day off and are 11.5 games behind the (22-9) Tigers and trailed the second-place Phillies by 7.5 games.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 5, Pirates 2
Carlos Jimenez blasted a three-run homer to lead the Cubs over the Pirates.
At the Dish: Jimenez (.344), a 20-year-old shortstop in his first year with the organization, was 3-4 and had the big hit in the Cubs four-run 7th. Robert Caro (.283) went 2-5 with a RBI while Jenner Emeterio (.262) walked twice, scored two runs and stole his ninth base. Franklin Tineo (.200) and Luis Ubiera (.185) both plated runs.
On the Hill: Andin Diaz (3-1, 1.21 ERA) had his third straight strong outing as the 21-year-old left-hander tossed six shutout innings with seven punchouts. He allowed four hits and walked one.........Assael Aquino worked 1.2 scoreless frames and Aneuris Rosario earned his third save despite giving up two runs on four hits and a walk.