AAA—Iowa 16, Colorado Spring 3
This new player/coach must really be helping. The Cubs had a season-high 19 hits as they smacked three homers, including the first career bomb from pitcher Chris Rusin.
At the Dish: Arismendy Alcantara (.301) stayed red-hot as the second baseman went 4-6, scored three times, launched his 10th homer off the light tower, and ended the night with 4 RBI.....Chris Valaika (.305) hit a grand slam in the sixth, added a single and scored twice.....Kris Bryant had three hits, including a pair of double, knocked one in and scored twice....Chris Rusin raised his average to .375 with two hits, including his first career homer, a solo shot in the third for Iowa's first run.....Rafael Lopez, Josh Vitters and Matt Szczur all had two hits....Javier Baez was 1-5, scored twice and drove ina run....
On the Hill: Chris Rusin was the benefactor of the offensive onslaught, throwing 95 pitches over six innings. He gave up three runs on eight hits and four walks with four punchouts......Armando Rivero added two more scoreless innings to his AAA resume that includes 4.1 shutout innings and seven Ks....Blake Parker fanned the side in the ninth..
I-Cubs Notes: Eric Jokisch (5-7 4.12 ERA) gets the start Saturday night in Colorado Springs.
AA—Tennessee 6, Jackson 5
Tennessee rallied for four runs in the 8th for the comeback win.
At the Dish: Tennessee only had four hits over the first seven hinging but collected six hits in the 8th as they scored four times. Charlie Cutler, Luis Flores, Jonathan Mota Elliot Soto all delivered RBI singles, the last three coming with two outs. Mota had two hits while Dustin Geiger and Rubi Silva knocked in runs in the first. Stephen Bruno (.299) scored twice and reached on a single and a walk.
On the Hill: Smokies used five pitchers as Tony Zych got the win in relief. He threw two scoreless frames, allowing a hit with one strikeout....Eduardo Figueroa allowed three runs in three innings in the start and Zach Cates surrendered a pair of runs in two frames.. Lendy Castillo earned his second hold and Frank Batista picked up his second save as they both worked a scoreless inning.
Smokies Notes: Joe Gardner (1-1, 3.62 ERA) gets the ball on Saturday night in Jackson.
High A—Daytona 1, Lakeland 0
Nathan Dorris tossed seven shutout innings and fanned a career-high eight as the Cubs blanked the Flying Tigers.
At the Dish: Cubs got their run in the 7th when Daniel Vogelbach (.272) walked and took third on a single by Willson Contreras (.259), who was thrown out at second on the play. Wes Darvill (.250) followed with a RBI double scoring Vogelbach. Albert Almora's (.250) eight-game hitting streak came to an end.
On the Hill: Nathan Dorris had the best start of his career as the left-handed fanned eight and kept the Flying Tigers off the board for seven innings. The Illinois native allowed four singles and a walk in his sixth start. Dorris started the season in Kane County with two saves in 13 appearances out of the pen. When I talked to him earlier this year, he wasn't happy about his return to Kane County (went 7-3, 2.87 ERA, 69 IP in '13) but knew what he needed to work on to get promoted. He's obviously making the best of his opportunity in Daytona but still has problems getting right-handers out (.349 BAA)........LH Andrew McKirahan (2-1, 1.05 ERA) picked up his eighth save, tossing two no-hit innings to close out the game. He fanned one in his 22rd game.
D-Cubs Notes: Daytona (6-3) remains tied with Brevard County for first place in the North Division.......Tayler Scott (4-6 5.09 ERA) makes his 16th start on Saturday night.
Low A—Kane County 3, Beloit 2—10 innings
Shawon Dunston's RBI single in the top of the 10th gave the Cougars the win as they improved to 6-2 in the second half.
At the Dish: Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on RiB singles from Yasiel Balaguert and Jacob Rogers. Jacob Hannemann walked to leadoff and then promptly stole second and third. After Kyle Schwarber walked, Balaguert singled to score Hannemann and Rogers followed with a single as Schwarber crossed home.....Hannemann single to start the rally in the 10th and took second on Carlos Penalver's sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk to Schwarber, Dunston singled to center for the game winner.
On the Hill: Pierce Johnson may not be in the Kane County for four starts if he contains to throw the baseball the way he did Friday night. After surrendering a two-run homer in the first, Johnson no-hit the Snappers the rest of the way, tossing a season-high seven frames. He issued one walk, hit a batter and one reached on an error. He fanned six, got nine ground ball outs, and kept the hitters off balance with his mix of pitches......Juan Paniagua (4-3, 3.11 ERA) gave up two hits in the final three innings but set down six hitters on strikes to get the win in relief. Paniagua has allowed two earned runs in his last 21.1 innings with 26 K and 5 BB.
Cougars Notes: Duane Underwood (1-2 , 2.96 ERA) will get the start on Saturday night in Beloit.
Short-Season—Boise 11, HIllsboro 1
Trevor Clifton threw a career-high six innings for his first pro win and the Boise offense pounded out 10 hits and drew nine walks.
At the Dish: Eight of the nine starters had hits, as Danny Canela (.250) was 2-4 with two RBI, including his third homer. Rashard Crawford (.262) went 2-5 and Kevin Brown (.298) ripped his seventh double, driving in a pair. Jeffrey Baez (.169) had two RBI while Giuseppe Papaccio (.258) and Varonex Cuevas (.143) both plated runs.
On the Hill: Trevor Clifton recorded his first win as a professional as the 19-year-old right-hander tossed a career-high six innings. He only allowed one hit and the run was unearned. He walked two, fanned six and got six ground ball outs.....Jasvir Rakkar no-hit the Hops in his two innings, yielding a walked with two punchouts....Trey Lang worked the 9th to extend his scoreless streak to 7.1 innings this season.
Hawks Notes: Josh Conway (0-0 3.18 ERA) makes his third start on Saturday morning as the game begins at 10 a.m. local time with Breakfast at the Ballpark.
Arizona Rookie League—Giants 6, Cubs 5
Two errors in the bottom of the ninth allowed the winning run to score.
At the Dish: Joe Martarano and Andrew Ely both made their pro debuts and both collected their first pro hits. Martarano was 1-2 with a run and a walk while Ely was 1-3....RF Jorge Soler was 2-2 and is hitting .583........C Tyler Pearson had his first career RBI....Charcer Burks was 1-4 and Gleyber Torres went 1-3 with two walks.
On the Hill: Jose Paulino gave up two runs in 3.2 innings in his second start....Victor Salazar (.2 IP), Jose Arias (1.2 IP) and Brad Markey (1 IP) all saw action......Carlos Llano (0-2, 3.00 ERA) took the loss after pitching a scoreless eighth. A walk and an errant pickoff throw moved the runner to second, after a single, the wining run scored when the ball got by left fielder Ricardo Marcano.
Venezuelan Summer League—Rays 6, Cubs 4
Rays (16-22) made a four-run second stand up to down the Cubs (14-24)
At the Dish: Luis Ayala (.229) was 1-2 and knocked in a run while Humberto Garcia (.270) delivered RBI triple in the ninth and scored twice. Wladimir Galindo extended his hitting streak to six games with a single. The 17-year-old is third in the VSL in OPS at .910 and fourth with 23 RBI. LF Luis Hidalgo singled and has hit in 8-of-his-last-9 games. The 18-year-old is second in the league with a .353 average and has 3 HR. Roberto Vahlis (.217) was 2-3 with a walk.
On the Hill: Four unearned runs in the second doomed the Cubs as Harrison Bermudez didn't help the cause with three hits and walk in the frame. Bermudez (1-3, 4.80 ERA) had two strikeouts in five innings.......RH Juan Rengifo made his pro debut with two scoreless frames. The 6-foot-3, 20-year-old allowed a hit and fanned one.......Ivan Medina (0-1 10.50 ERA) yielded two runs in the 8th and Angel Mejias (0-2,1.53 ERA) struckout the side in the 9th.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 10, Phillies 2
Cubs (17-7) smacked a pair of two-run homers to help beat the Phillies (8-16).
At the Dish: C Carlos Ramirez hit his first pro homer and was 2-4 with 4 RBI.....Yohan Matos (.302) continues to impress in his first pro season as he launched his second homer, a two-run shot in the third, and also added another RBI....Carlos Jimenez (.337) was 2-5 and knocked in two, giving him 19 RBI on the season.......Jose Paniagua (.260) had two hits, scored twice, stole his 9th base, and added a RBI (16).
On the Hill: Jose Morel improved to 3-0, working six innings with five strikeouts. He allowed seven hits and two runs, one earned.....Dilson Vasquez earned his first save with three shutout frames, surrendering one hit and four walks with six punchouts.
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