AAA—Game 1—Iowa 7, Colorado Spring 2; Game 2—Colorado Springs 7, Iowa 6
Many Ramirez made his Iowa debut as the I-Cubs spilt the twin-bill with the Sky Sox.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Cubs collected 11 hits as Ryan Kalish (236/.327/.382) was 3-4 with two RBI. Arismendy Alcantara (.293/.337/.534) doubled, homered and knocked in a pair. Chris Valiaka (.305/.368/.457) had two hits and a RBI while Kris Bryant (.259/.375/.852) had two walks and a single, his first hit that didn't leave the yard. Rafael Lopez (.283/.365/.348) was 1-2 with a walk and a run driven in. GAME 2—Cubs out-hit their opponent in game two but left nine runners on base and fell by one. Manny Ramirez made his Iowa debut going 0-4 with two strikeouts.....Javier Baez (.237/.291/.435) went 3-4 with a pair of doubles, scored twice and knocked in a run......Logan Watkins (.279/.363/.382) broke out of a slump, knocking in a pair on two singles.......Josh Vitters (.239/.299/.380) was 2-3 and Kris Bryant was 1-4 with a RBI.
On the Hill: GAME 1— Kyle Hendricks (9-5 3.52 ERA) turned in his 10th quality start and won his league-best ninth game. The right-hander threw 107 pitches over six innings, allowing a two-run homer in the second. He scattered seven hits, walked two and fanned four......Zac Rosscup allowed a run in the ninth on two hits. GAME 2—Carlos Pimentel (1-4 4.56 ERA) only lasted two innings in his spot start, allowing five runs on five hits, including a two-run homer.....Yoanner Negrin struggled in his inning, giving up two runs on four walks and two hits....Alberto Cabrera kept the I-Cubs in the game with two shutout frames.......Arodys Vizcaino pitched a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Chris Rusin (4-10 4.14 ERA) get the start on Friday night at Colorado Springs.
AA—Tennessee 4, Jackson 0
Corey Black and two relievers combined to blank the Generals.
At the Dish: Stephen Bruno (.300/.377/.455) and Christina Villanueva (.364/.417/.576) both had a pair of singles and each scored once. The Smokies scored all their runs in the fourth on five straight hits, including a RBI single from Villanueva and a run-scoring double from Charlie Cutler (.322/.436/.425). Elliot Soto (.152/.239/.190) and Rubi Silva (.255/.298/.394) had two hits each.
On the Hill: Corey Black worked into the sixth and improved to 3-5 with another shutout appearance, his fourth of the season. He allowed six hits, walked two, fanned three and threw 90 pitches, 55 for strikes. Black (3.03 ERA, 65.1 IP, 68 K) throws a lot of pitches for two reasons, one, he's not always spot on with his command and tends to nibble, and two, hitters swing and miss a lot as evident by the .192 BAA.....Hunter Cervenka (2-2 2.87 ERA) threw two perfect innings with a strikeouts and P.J. Francescon (8-4 3.12 ERA) went 1.2 frames of scoreless ball, fanning two while allowing three hits.
Smokies Notes: Eduardo Figueroa (0-0 4.73 ERA) makes the start on Friday night at Jackson.
High A—Dunedin 5, Daytona 3
Dunedin pushed across two unearned runs in the ninth to beat Daytona.
At the Dish: Daytona only had six hits as Marco Hernandez (.276/.320/.351) was 2-4 with a double and a run scored. An RiB single extended Albert Almora's (.254/.277/.337) hitting streak to 11 games and Daniel Vogelbach (.271/.356/.429) knocked in a run with a double.
On the Hill: Justin Amlung (1-2 6.00 ERA) made his fourth start and went five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks. He fanned four and recorded seven ground ball outs....Yao-Lin Wang (0-5 5.75 ERA) threw three scoreless frames of relief, yielding three hits with a punchout....A throwing error by shortstop Marco Hernandez opened the door as the next batter single and before the inning was over Michael Jensen (4-3 2.60 ERA) had surrendered a pair of unearned runs.
D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (1-6 5.31 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night at the Jack.
Low A—Kane County 5, Wisconsin 0
Daury Torrez blanked the Timber Rattler for eight frames as Kane County won their 50th game of the season.
At the Dish: Kyle Schwarber (.455/.538/.864) extended his hitting streak to 12 games going 2-3 with two runs and a RBI. Benjamin Carhart (.293/.341/.374) and Jacob Rogers (.263/.363/.438) were both 2-3, scored one, knocked in a run and walked..... Trey Martin (.231/.284/.306) had a two-run double and Jacob Hannemann (.251/.328/.371) went 1-4 with a run and his 24th stolen base.
On the Hill: Daury Torrez (8-3 3.14 ERA) is quickly becoming one of my favorite pitchers in the Cubs system and a few more outings like the one he had on Thursday night and he won't be a relative unknown for long. The 21-year-old Dominican was on top of his game as he needed only 80 pitches to get through eight shutout innings. He surrendered five hits, didn't walk anyone and fanned seven. Torrez leads the MWL in wins.......James Pugliese (3-0 1.24 ERA) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout.
Cougars Notes: Pierce Johnson makes his second rehab start for the Cougars on Friday night in Beloit.
Short-Season—HIllsboro 10, Boise 0
Two Hillsboro (9-5) pitchers blanked Boise (5-9) and the Hops' bats collected 14 hits.
On the Hill: Erick Leal had a rough night, surrounding seven runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks. He only last 2.2 innings and it was his second straight time he hasn't gone past three innings......Albert Diaz (0-1 6.00 ERA) gave up three runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings and Greyfer Eregua (1-0 6.00 ERA) tossed three scoreless frames, surrendering just one hit with four strikeouts, his best outing of the season.....David Garner (0-1 1.50 ERA) worked the ninth with a walk and two strikeouts.
Hawks Notes: Trevor Clifton (0-0 5.40 ERA) takes the hill on Friday night for Boise as they host Hillsboro.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 7, A's 4
Jorge Soler and Charcer Burks homered as the Cubs overcame a 4-0 deficit.
At the Dish: Charcer Burks made his first pro homer count as the outfielder hit the solo blast in the bottom of the 8th for a 5-4 Cubs lead. Burks is now hitting .524.....After missing two games, Jorge Soler was back in the lineup at DH and hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot. He also walked twice and scored two runs.....Cubs third-round pick C Mark Zagunis made his pro debut and also collected his first pro hit, a double. He finished 1-3 with walk, a run, and a RBI....LF Arnaldo Calero had a two-run single and Tyle Alamo went 1-4 with a RBI.
On the Hill: Adbert Alzolay got the start and went four innings, surrendering four runs, two earned. The 19-year-old gave up five hits, didn't walk a hitter and fanned four......LHP Gerardo Concepcion struckout the side in his first game since breaking a bone in his foot when he was hit by a ball during practice.......Sam Wilson worked a scoreless innings in his second rehab appearance.....Andin Diaz made his stateside debut count as the left-hander worked three scoreless frames for the win. He allowed three hits and fanned two.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 8, Phillies 1
17-year-old Wladimir Galindo had two hits, including his fifth homer, as the Cubs pounded the Phillies with 11 hits.
At the Dish: Galindo (.296/.367/.544) is showing why he was rated as one of the top July 2 prospects last year as the third baseman had another multi-hit game, scored twice, knocked in three runs, and drew a walk.....Danny Gutierrez (.242/.324/.333) had a pair of doubles and knocked in a pair while Luis Hidalgo (.357/.402/.509) and Jhonny Pereda (.276/.331/.350) both finished with two hits. Andrew Monasterio (.250/.368/.313) was 1-3, walked twice, scored three times and stole two bases.
On the Hill: Enrique De Los Rio (1-2 3.03 ERA, 42 IP) earned his first win, allowing a run on three hits in five innings. He fanned four and got six ground ball outs....Mauro Vides (0-3 2.74 ERA, 23 IP) tossed 2.2 frames of shutout relief, yielding three hits and walk......Alex Pacheco (0-0 6.00 ERA) got the final four outs, one on strikes.
Dominican Summer League—Phillies 6, Cubs 1
Cubs were blanked over the final seven innings as they dropped their second straight.
At the Dish: Cubs only run came in the first on a double by 1B Franklin Tineo (.203/.288/.281) and a RBI single by SS Carlos Jimenez (.333/.375/.448). Cubs had four hits in the first and only three the rest of the game....OF Roberto Caro (.291/.440/.519) was 2-4 with a triple and C Yohan Matos (.316/.458/.474) had a pair of singles.
On the Hill: Pedro Silverio (0-1 2.08 ERA) took the loss allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. The 20-year-old had only allowed two runs in 16.2 innings coming into the game......Assael Aquino (0-0 3.18 ERA) gave up an unearned run in three frames, allowing four walks, a hit, and recording four strikeouts.....Chris Pieters (0-1 16.88) surrendered two runs in the ninth on two hits and three walks.
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