AAA—Iowa 7, Albuquerque 6
Kris Bryant hit a pair of homers to help rally the I-Cubs to victory.
At the Dish: The legend grows. After going hitless for two games and putting social media in a frenzy, Kris Bryant walloped a pair of homers in his final two at-bast on Sunday. He hit a two-run shot in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-4 and then put Iowa ahead with a solo shot in the 8th. Bryant has 25 homers on the season and all three of his AAA hits have been long balls (3-16)......Behind the hype over Bryant and Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara (.283) is putting together another solid season as the 22-year-old went 2-5, including his PCL leading 10th triple.......Chris Valaika (.303) has been Iowa's most consistent hitter this season as the utility infielder went 3-4, including his 7th homer, scored twice, and knocked in a pair. Rafael Lopez (.300) was 2-4 and added an important RBI single in the 8th that proved to the difference in the game.
On the Hill: Eric Jokisch (5-7 4.12 ERA) gave up a pair of homers in six innings of work and was charged with five earned runs. He allowed eight hits, fanned four, and threw 86 pitches before leaving.....Marcus Hatley walked two and fanned two in a scoreless seventh and Armando Rivero fanned a pair in a 1-2-3 8th. Rivero earned his first AAA victory in his second game......Blake Parker recorded his 15th save, allowing an unearned run on a hit and walk in the 9th
I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (4-3 3.98 ERA) makes his 10th start on Monday afternoon at Principal Park.
AA—Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 0
At the Dish: Christian Villanueva (.313) gave Tennessee a 2-0 lead with his first homer since being demoted, a two-run blast in the sixth. Dustin Geiger (.224) followed with a two-run shot of his own, his 10th of the year. Charlie Cutler (.336) was 2-3 and Rubi Silva (.256) went 1-3 with a run scored.
On the Hill: Eduardo Figueroa (0-0 4.73 ERA) didn't get the win but he kept the Lookouts off the board for five innings. The right-hander allowed three hits and two walks, and threw 60 pitches with three strikeouts......P.J. Francescon improved to 8-4 with two scoreless frames and Frank Batista kept the shutout intact with the final two innings, recording three strikeouts.
Smokies Notes: Joe Gardner (1-0 2.83 ERA) is the scheduled starter on Monday night against Chattanooga.
High A—Daytona 4, Tampa 2
Daytona made the most of their five hits as all four runs scored on a single off the bat of Willson Contreras.
At the Dish: Cubs did all their scoring in the eighth. One out singles by Zeke DeVoss and Wes Darvill started the rally but Dan Vogelbach fanned for the second out. Bijan Rademacher walked to load the bases and Contreras ripped a single scoring DeVoss and Darvill. Contreras advanced to second and was safe when the throw went into left field, allowing Rademacher to score. The ball then got by the left fielder and Contreras scored......Darvill extended his on-base streak to 19 games.
On the Hill: Rob Zastryzny continues to log quality innings in the FSL after a rough start to the season. The left-hander tossed five scoreless frames, working around four hits and three walks. He fanned four and has only given up one earned run in his last 11.2 innings.......Michael Jensen (4-2 5.31 ERA) had his 10.2 scoreless innings streak snapped as he gave up a run in 2.2 frames but got the win. He allowed two hits, walked three and fanned one......Andrew McKirahan notched his 7th save allowing a run in 1.1 innings with a strikeout. The left-hander has been stellar out of the pen for Daytona with 29 K in 29 IP and a 0.92 ERA.
D-Cubs Notes: Tayler Scott (4-5 4.64 ERA) makes the start on Monday night in Tampa.
Low A—Game 1—Cedar Rapids 5, Kane County 0; Game 2—Kane County 3, Cedar Rapids 2
Jacob Hannemann's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh of the night-cap helped Kane County earn the split with the Kernals.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Cougars only had three hits in the opener—a double from David Bote and singles from Benjamin Carhart and Kyle Schwarber. GAME 2—Kane County scored their first run of the day in the second when Yasiel Balaguert walked and took third on Jacob Rogers' double. Jeimer Candelario then grounded out to short, scoring Balaguert.......Rogers tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with his seventh homer. A walk to Candelario, a single by Cael Brockmeyer, and a walk to Trey Martin loaded the bases. Hannemann followed with a single to right for the Cougars' win.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Pierce Johnson made saw his first action since going on the DL with a calf strain after a May 19 start that lasted four innings. The right-hander went the scheduled four innings, allowing a run on three hatstand two walks. He fanned three and reports had his fastball in the low 90s in the first inning on the never reliable stadium gun. According to Cougars announcer Joe Brand, Johnson looked better as the game progressed...........The education of Duane Underwood continues as the 19-year-old right-hander pitched for the first time in a week. He surrendered four runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout.........GAME 2—Jen-Ho Tseng continues to show the maturity and the arm that made him one of the top international prospects last year. The 19-year-old went a career-high six innings, retiring 10 straight at one point. He surrendered a run on three hits, didn't walk anyone, and fanned five. Same stuff for Tseng, excellent command of three pitches......James Pugliese (3-0 1.27 ERA) got the win despite yielding a run in the top of the seventh on two hits.
Cougars Notes: Paul Blackburn (5-2 2.78 ERA) makes his first start of the second half on Tuesday, trying to build on his all-star performance the first three months of season. Blackburn has already matched his inning total for his first two seasons and it will be interesting to see how he does in the second half when the innings start to mount.
Short-Season—Spokane 6, Boise 2
Boise's road woes continued as they dropped their sixth straight.
At the Dish: Boise only had five hits and were just 1-7 with RISP. An error allowed Justin Marra (.294) to score in the first and Rashad Crawford (.231) tripled in Charles White (.167), who reached ona bunt single for his first pro hit. Kevin Brown (.297) and Danny Canela (.303) both singled.
On the Hill: Josh Conway made his second pro start after tossing three scoreless frames in his debut on June 16. Conway worked into the third before he reached his pitch limit, allowing a two-run homer in the first. He finished with a line of 2.2 IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB 2K. According to Boise announcer Mike Safford, Conway was hitting 90-92 on the stadium gun and hit 96 on one pitch. .......Alberto Diaz tossed 1.1 innings, keeping the Indians off the board......Ryan McNeil took the mound for the first time since 2012, when he was a third-round pick of the Cubs. Missing 2013 due to Tommy John surgery, the 20-year-old right-hander worked 2.2 innings, surrendering a solo homer. According to Safford, his fastball topped out in the low 90s.........Josh Davis made his third appearance for the Hawks, coming to the game with two out sand nobody on in the 7th. A walk, two hits and two wild pitched led to two runs before the frame was up. He allowed another run in the eighth.
Hawks Notes: Trevor Graham (1-0 1.80 ERA) gets the start Monday night after being dominate in his debut.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 15, Diamondbacks 11
Cubs came out on top of a wild one, scoring four runs in the top of the 11th, to win their first game of the season.
At the Dish: Welcome to pro baseball Gleyber Torres. The 17-year-old shortstop collected hi first pro hit and finished hte game in impressive fashion with a two-run homer to cap off the rall in the 11th. Torres also tripled, knocked in four runs and stole two bases.........CF Charcer Burks had a big day at the plate with four hits and four RBI.....Shamil Ubiera smacked a three-run homer and finished 2-5 with a double....C Eufran Vargas made his stateside debut and went 1-4 with two RBI and a double.....C Tyler Pearson, the Cubs 25th round pick out of Texas State, made his pro debut and went 0-2.......Tyler Alamo went 1-4 and scored four runs.....Ho-young Son made his pro debut as a defensive replacement at second, he didn't bat.........Calvin Graves,the Cubs 27th round pick, made his pro debut as a poinch-runner in the 11th and scored the winning run.......Jorge Soler played RF in his second rehab start and went 1-3 before being replaced..
On the Hill: Jesus Castillo got the start and gave up three runs in two innings on six hits and two walks in his stateside debut......Sam Wilson, the Cubs 8th round pick last year, made his first appearance of the year, after starting the year on the DL. The left-hander allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits and a walk in two innings......Hector Perez fanned nine in 4.1 innings but surrendered five runs on five hits and three walks.......Yomar Morel got the win, pitching 2.2 scoreless frames with four punchouts.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 2, Mariners 0
Cubs made the most of their four hits, scoring twice in the third.
At the Dish: Cubs scored both of their runs in the third when Roberto Vahlis and Andrew Monasterio both singled to leadoff the inning. After a wild pitch, Jhonny Pereda (.273) singled knocking in one run, and a throwing error on the play allowed the other to come home. Wladimir Galindo (.286) had the other hit, a single.
On the Hill: Three Cubs pitchers kept the Mariners off the board, allowing five hits while combining in for 11 strikeouts.....Gabriel Lima worked 2.1 innings, allowing a hit and two walks with four punchouts in the start....Jose Leidenz (2-1 2.95 ERA) got the win as the 19-year-old right-hander tossed a season-high 3.2 innings in his 10 appearance. Leidenz gave up two his and fanned two......Jesus Arias eared his third save the old fashion way, with three innings of shutout ball. He set five down on strikes and allowed two hits.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Cubs (14-5) had the day off and are two games back of the Rangers I for first in the Boca Chica North.