Cubs June 24 Minor League Recap

Lots of winning on Tuesday as Albert Almora had three hits, including the game-winning homer, in Daytona's 6-5 victory. Kris Bryant homered for Iowa, the Smokies beat the rain, Trey Marten set a Cougars steal record, and Mesa wins again.

Baez, Bryant named to Future's game

Javier Baez will represent the World Team and Kris Bryant will suit up for the U.S. squad as the Cubs top two prospects will be representing the organization at the Future's Game, on Sunday, July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Held during MLB's All-Star game festivities, the Future's Game features the game's best young players. Arismendy Alcantara played for the World Team last year and homered in the game. Baez and Jorge Soler were invited last year but didn't play due to injuries.

AAA—Iowa 6, Albuquerque 2

Another quality start. Another Kris Bryant homer, Another Iowa win.

At the Dish: Kris Bryant (.238/.333/.952) smacked his fifth homer, a three-run shot down the right-field line in the first inning. It was his only hit of the game and Bryant is now 5-19 in AAA, all homers.......Arismendy Alcantara continues to string together quality plate appearances as the switch-hitting second baseman was 2-3 with a double, walk, two runs, RBI, and a stolen base. The 22-year-old is hitting .290/.336/.518 in 74 games and 37 extra-base hits. It was his 20th multi-hit game........Iowa may have been out hit 8-7 but they also drew six walks were 4-7 with RISP......Javier Baez (.229/.285/.424) had RBI single and drew two walks. Josh Vitters (.238/.299/.383) was 2-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

On the Hill: Tsuyoshi Wada (8-4 2.73 ERA) celebrated his 40-man roster assignment with a 10-strikeout performance. The left-hander from Japan held the Isotopes to one run on four hits and walk over six innings. He threw 99 pitches, 68 for strikes, and earned his PCL league-leading 8th win. He's now second in the league with 93 punchouts.......Alberto Cabrera allowed a run in the 7th while Armando Rivero and Marcus Hatley kept Albuquerque off the board the final two frames. Rivero has 5 K in 2.1 innings since joining Iowa.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has Wednesday off and head to Colorado Springs for a five-game series that includes a doubleheader on Thursday night. Kyle Hendricks (8-5 3.55 ERA) gets the ball in game one and Carlos Pimentel (1-3 4.01 ERA) starts game two.


AA—Tennessee 6, Jackson 2

The Smokes beat the Generals and the rain Tuesday night in a game called in the 8th.

At the Dish: Christian Villanueva has shown no ill-effects of getting sent back to AA as the 23-year-old had three doubles and knocked in two runs. He led the SL in doubles last year with 41 and is hitting .333 (8-24) in six games.......Stephen Bruno (.298/.379/.461) went 2-3, scored three times and knocked in a run......Rubi Silva (.252/.296/.395) and Anthony Giansanti (.246/.285/.315) were both 1-4 with a RBI.

On the Hill: Dae-Eun Rhee (4-3 3.24 ERA) had a solid game, picking up the win after 5.2 innings of work. The right-hander threw 88 pitches, allowing a run on three hits. He walked three and fanned three. Rhee leads Smokies pitchers with 91.2 innings, over 30 more frames than any other pitcher.....Hunter Cervenka (2-2 3.07 ERA) gave up a run in an inning of relief and Lendy Castillo (0-1 3.10 ERA) got the final out of the 7th and earned the save.

Smokies Notes: Matthew Loosen (3-2 5.04 ERA) makes the start Wednesday afternoon in the second game of the series.


High A—Daytona 6, Dunedin 5

Albert Almora (.254/.275/.340) hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 8th to give the D-Cubs their first win over Dunedin in 10 games.

At the Dish: Almora's homer, his third, capped off a big night as the center fielder went 3-5 to extend his hitting streak to six games. Almora said after the game he was looking for a ball to drive into the gap and got some lift on it, and "it went out".....Pin-Chieh Chen (.277/.364/.394) and Rock Shoulders (.214/.318/.337) both went 2-4 with a run and a RBI.....Bijan Rademacher (.287/.398/.421) had two hits and scored twice. Gioskar Amaya (.285/.372/.368) and Marco Hernandez (.275/.318/.349) had an RBI each.

On the Hill: Felix Pena (1-6 3.21 ERA) went five innings as the right-hander gave up three runs on 10 hits and a walk.....Starling Peralta (4-1 3.15 ERA) fanned five in 2.1 frames but allowed two runs, one earned....Andrew McKirahan (2-1 1.11 ERA) got charged with a blown save, his first, as he allowed an inherited runner to score to tie the game in the 8th. He put the Blue Jays down in the ninth for the win.

D-Cubs Notes: Jose Rosario (3-4 5.59 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday night for Daytona.


Low A—Kane County 9, Wisconsin 3

Trey Martin set a Kane County record with five stolen bases as the Cougars ran past the Timber Rattlers.

At the Dish: Jacob Hannemann continues to raise his average as he went 3-4 with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases......Yasiel Balaguert knocked in a pair with double while Carlos Penalver was 2-5 with one RBI.....Martin went 2-3 with a run and a walk and swiped second three times and third twice. He has 16 steals on the season.....Will Remillard returned to the Cougars lineup after being on the DL and was 1-3 with a RBI and two walks....Kyle Schwarber was 1-3 with a double and a walk.

On the Hill: Paul Blackburn earned his sixth win, allowing three runs in five innings. He gave up five hits, walked a season-high four, and fanned two.....Michael Wagner tossed three shutout frames to earn his third hold and Michael Heesch struckout the side in the ninth.

Cougars Notes:Tyler Skulina (4-3 2.70 ERA), the Cubs 4th round pick last year, takes the ball at noon tomorrow.


Short-Season—Spokane 7, Boise 3

Boise dropped their eighth straight as their road woes continued.

At the Dish: Jeffrey Baez delivered a RBI single in the 3rd and Jesse Hodges unloaded a two-run homer in the 7th for Boise's runs.....Hodges was 2-4 while Mark Malave, Kevin Brown and Varonex Cuevas all singled.

On the Hill: Ben Wells (0-2 6.75 ERA) gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in four innings. He fanned four and coaxed six ground ball outs.....Jasvir Rakkar surrendered five runs in 2.2 innings, his first outing at Boise after appearing in four games in Daytona. Rakkar gave up six hits, walked two and fanned three....Trey Lang got the final four outs and hans't allowed a run this season in 6.1 innings.

Hawks Notes: Boise looks to end the skid and salvage the final game of the road trip on Wednesday night with Tyler Ihrig (0-0 3.27 ERA) on the mound.


Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 4, Angels 2

Luis Hernandez tossed five shutout innings as the Cubs improved to 3-1.

At the Dish: Cubs had nine hits, two each from Tyler Alamo and Gleyber Torres. Alberto Mineo was 1-4 with a RBI and Shamil Ubiera knocked in two runs on a single and a sacrifice fly. Charcer Burks went 1-3 with a double and Dalfis Ortiz made his stateside debut, going 0-2 with a walk.

On the Hill: Luis Hernandez was impressive in his U.S. debut, blanking the Angles for five innings on four hits. He fanned two and walked one, getting seven ground ball outs.....Brad Markey allowed a run on two hits in his pro debut, tossing one frame with a strikeout......Jose Arias pitched a scoreless frame in a rehab stint and Pedro Araujo gave up a run in two innings but earned his first pro save.


Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 8, Cubs 3

Tigers tied the game with three runs in the 7th and took control with a five-run 8th.

At the Dish: Wladimir Galindo slugged his fourth homer, a two-run sot in the 4th for a 3-0 Cubs lead. The 17-year-old added a single and is hitting .287 with 20 RBI........Jose Gonzalez went 2-4 with a double and Jhonny Pereda was 1-3 with a run.

On the Hill: Carlos Rodriguez blanked the Tigers for six innings, allowing three hits and a walk. He fanned six and got six ground ball outs, lowering his ERA to 2.11 in 21.1 innings......Alex Pacheco was charged with three runs in the 7th on two hits and two walks......Ivan Medina allowed two inherited runners to score in the 7th and then allowed five runs, only one earned, in the 8th on five hits.


Dominican Summer League— Cubs 10, Brewers 7

Cubs scored eight times in the 2nd and held on for the win.

At the Dish: Cubs took advantage of two Brewer errors and plated eight unearned runs in the second. A two-run single by Robert Garcia and a two-run triple from Roberto Caro were the big hits in the frame.....Caro finished 2-4 with two runs and four RBI while Franklin Tineo was 2-5 with a RBI.

On the Hill: Junior Marte had command issues and left after 1.2 innings after walking five.....Andri Rondon got the win, allowing two runs on two hits, and Aneuris Rosario earned his fourth save with a line of 4IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 2B, 3K.


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