Cubs July 3 Minor League Recap

A couple of Cubs pitching prospects stole the headlines on Thursday night as Daury Torres went seven solid innings in Kane County's win and Boise's Trevor Clifton tossed six shutout frames against Tri-City. Smokies lost in 16 innings and Iowa gave up two runs in the 9th while a dust storm and a hurricane halted two games.

Roster Moves, News, Notes

The International Prospect League announced the signing of three Cub prospects as part of the July 2 class. LHP Wander Cabrera and SS Yeiler Puguro both signed for $250,000 and 3B Tony Rijo inked a $100,000 bonus. I've started a thread in the Cubs Clubhouse to kept track of all the signings, which last 11 months. Here's the link

AAA—Omaha 4, Iowa 3

Omaha rallied for two runs in the top of the 9th to salvage the final game of the series and ending the I-Cubs five-game win streak.

At the Dish: Iowa got on the board in the 4th when Javier Baez (,240) singled and scored after a Chris Valaika (.301) base hit and two ground outs. I-Cubs added two runs in the 5th as Matt Szczur (.52) doubled to lead off and took third on a infield hit by Brett Jackson (.217). Arismendy Alcantara (.311) extended his hit streak to 13 games with a RBI double and a wild pitch allowed Jackson to score. Alcantara and Valaika both finished with two hits. Kris Bryant (.339) was 1-4.

On the Hill: Dallas Beeler (5-3, 3.93 ERA) made his first start since his appearance at Wrigley. The 6-foot-5 right-hander tossed six innings, along two runs on eight hits and two walks. He fanned four, allowed a solo homer and threw 88 pitches, 56 for strikes.......Tsuyoshi Wada (9-5, 2.66 ERA) got two outs in the ninth but got charged with two runs and took the loss. A walk a wild pitch and a throwing error, followed by a RBI single tied the game. After Wada left, Zac Rosscup allowed the inherited runner to score on a double. Wada threw 2.2 innings in what could be a tune-up for a start for Chicago against the Reds next week.

I-Cubs Notes: Eric Jokisch (5-8, 4.41 ERA) makes the start on Friday night at Oklahoma City.

AA—Montgomery 4, Tennessee 3—16 innings

Montgomery outlasted Tennessee as the Biscuits hit a homer in the 16th for the win.

At the Dish: Cubs had 15 hits but were 3-19 with RISP and left 16 on. Dustin Geiger (.216) extended the game in the 12th with a solo homer, his 11th of the year. Jonathan Mota (.228) had a RBI double in the 4th and with two outs in the 7th, Jae-Hoon Ha (.220) doubled and scored on Pin-Chieh Chen's RBI single. Ha, Chen, Geiger, Mota, Stephen Bruno (.286) and Charlie Cutler (.331) all had two hits.

On the Hill: Eduardo Figueroa (0-0, 4.43 ERA) only allowed one run over six innings in his best start of the season. He gave up three hits and fanned three, throwing 74 pitches.....Lendy Castillo (0-1, 2.52 ERA) worked two scoreless frames and Frank Batista (1-0, 1.46 ERA) got charged with the blown save, surrendering a homer in the 9th. Hunter Cervenka (2-2, 3.15 ERA) walked the bases loaded and then hit a batter to force in a run in the 12th....Jeffry Antigua (0-1, 1.42 ERA) fanned six in 4.1 innings but gave up the solo homer in the 16th, the Biscuits third of the game.

High A—Daytona

Daytona's game with Brevard County has been postponed and will be made up as a doubleheader on Aug. 12. The D-Cubs head to Brevard County on Friday and then travel to Lakeland for three games.

Low A—Kane County 10, Peoria 2

Daury Torrez tossed seven strong innings and David Bote plated three runs as the Cougars took the series from the Chiefs.

At the Dish: Yasiel Balaguert (.247) gave the home team a 2-0 lead with a two-run double in the first inning. David Bote (.219) and Jacob Hannemann (.264) added RBI in the third and a throwing error made it 5-0. Cael Brockmeyer (.318) smacked his third homer, a solo shot in the 6th. Cougars added four more runs in the 8th with a RBI double from Shawon Dunston (.245), a two-run single from Bote and a RBI groundout from Kyle Schwarber (.378).......Brockmeyer finished 2-4 and scored three times. Dunston, Bote and Hannemann all had two hits. It was Hannemann's fifth multi-hit game in his last six.

On the Hill: Daury Torrez (9-3, 2.89 ERA) ran his scoreless innings streak to 20 frames before two unearned runs in the 5th. The right-hander won his MWL best 9th game, working seven innings. He allowed six hits, walked one and fanned two.... James Pugliese (3-0, 1.45 ERA) tossed the final two frames, yielding a hit and a walk.

Cougars Notes: Kane County heads to Clinton for a three-game series as Juan Paniagua, Duane Underwood and Jen-Ho Tseng are the scheduled pitchers.

Short-Season—Boise 4, Tri-City 0

Boise made it three straight on the road as Trevor Clifton and two relievers blanked the Dust Devils on five hits.

At the Dish: After the first nine Hawks were retired, Jeffrey Baez (.220) led off the fourth with a solo homer, to extend his hit streak to seven games. He also leads the NWL with five homers, surpassing teammate Kyle Schwarber....Hawks added two insurance runs in the 7th as Mark Zagunis (.421) and Justin Marra (.284) both single and scored on Alex Tomasovich's two-run single. Giuseppe Papaccio (.217) added a sac fly in the ninth. Tomasovich (.256) finished 2-4.

On the Hill: Trevor Clifton (2-0, 2.21 ERA) tossed six shutout frames and fanned a career-high seven hitters in his best outing as a pro. With a fastball in the low 90s and a steady diet of curve balls, Clifton had runners on every inning except one as the Dust Devils were 0-4 with RISP and left seven on. He allowed four hits and walked three....Sam Wilson tossed two perfect frames of relief with three punchouts and David Garner threw the 9th.

Hawks Notes: Hawks return home for July 4 as Josh Conway (2-0, 2.08 ERA) gets the start.

Arizona Rookie League—Padres 5, Cubs 2—Suspended after three innings due to dust storm

Padres held a 5-2 lead in the top of 4th when the game was suspended due to the wind storm.

At the Dish: Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first on two singles by Jorge Soler, Eloy Jimenez and Kevonte Mitchell....They aded another run in the third as Gleyber Torres reached on an error, took second on a balk, reached third on Alberto Mineo's single and scored on a Jimenez groundout.

On the Hill: Jose Paulino allowed five runs, three earned, in 2.2 innings. He walked three and allowed three hits. Victor Salazar got the final out of the 3rd.

Venezuelan Summer League—Mariners 9, Cubs 7

Mariners jumped out to a 5-0 lead and survived the Cubs comeback.

At the Dish: Cubs had 12 hits on the day as Jose Gonzalez (.215), Andruw Monasterio (.238), Danny Gutierrez (.245), and Roberto Vahlis (.222) all collected two hits. Wladimir Galindo (.297) hit a three-run homer, his team-leading sixth. Luis Ayala (.213), Jhonny Pereda (.262), and Luis Hidalgo (.328) added RBI.

On the Hill: Harrison Bermudez (1-4, 5.56 ERA) continues to struggle as the 6-foot-4 19-year-old allowed five runs on five hits and four walks. Salvador Jerez gave up two homers and three runs in an inning. Alex Pacheco surrendered an unearned run in 1.1 innings and Jesse Arias fanned five in 2.2 scoreless frames.

Dominican Summer League—Yankees II 18, Cubs 8

Yankees bombed Cubs pitching for 18 hits in the blow out. Cubs had a 4-3 lead in the 6th but surrendered 15 runs in the next three innings.

At the Dish: Roberto Caro had a big game hitting leadoff as the outfielder went 3-5 and hit his second homer. Yohan Matos smacked his third homer, a three run shot in the 8th and had a single.....Jose Paniagua and Miguel Ruiz had two hits and a RBI while Frandy Delarosa knocked in a run.

On the Hill: Not a good day on the mound for Cubs pitching. Jose Morel allowed three runs in 1.1 frames and Deibi Torres gave up a pair in four innings. Jeffry Hernandez got tagged for 10 earned runs and Dilson Vasquez gave up three.

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