Cubs July 6 Minor League Recap

Let’s face it, never a dull moment in the Cubs minors anymore. Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler all homered on Sunday while Manny Ramirez delivered the game-winning single for Iowa. Addison Russell made his debut at Tennessee and Kyuji Fujikawa saw his first action since Tommy John surgery. I even got to see 14 innings of baseball in Clinton as Kane County fell in extras.

AAA—Iowa 5, Oklahoma City 4

Many Ramirez’ RBI single in the top of the 8th proved to be the difference in a game that featured homer from Javier Baez and Kris Bryant.

At the Dish: Manny Ramirez’ RBI single in the top of the 8th scoring Chris Valaika proved to the difference in the game. He finished 2-4 and is hitting .263.....Kris Bryant gave Iowa a 2-1 lead in the second, with his 8th homer in AA and 30th on the season. It was his only hit of the game......Javier Baez continues to pile up quality at-bats as the shortstop hit his13th homer of the season, a solo shot, and also walked. The 21-year-old has nine walked times in his last 10 games for a OBP of .429......Arismendy Alcantara pushed his average higher, going 2-5 with his 24th double.....Valaika and. Ryan Kalish both had two hits..

On the Hill: Kyle Hendricks made what could be his final AAA start of the season as the right-hander was pulled after two innings and is reportedly getting promoted to Chicago. It was his 17th start as he went 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 102.2 innings. He fanned 97 with 23 BB. On Sunday, Hendricks threw 31 pitches, allowing a run on three hits with four strikeouts........Yoanner Negrin worked four frames of relief, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks.....Armando Rivero allowed both inherited runners to score in the seventh and got charged with the blown save. He worked two innings, surrendering two hits and a walk. He ended up getting the win to improve to 3-0........Zac Rosscup earned his second save, working the ninth with a pair of punchouts.

AA—Tennessee 9, Birmingham 1

Addison Russell made his Cubs debut and Jorge Soler returned to AA with some flair, launching a solo homer in the win.

At the Dish: Jonathan Moto and Dustin Geiger were the hitting starts in this one as Mota scored three time son three singles ands a walk while Geiger plated three runs on three hits, including a pair of double....Pin-Chief Chen, Stephen Bruno, and Charlie Cutler all had two hits. Soler finished 2-5 and knocked in two. Chen knocked in a pair while Anthony Gainsay and Jae-Hoon Ha plated runs.....Russell, acquired in the Jeff Samardzija trade, was 0-5 with an error in his Cubs debut.

On the Hill: Corey Black lowered his ERA to 2.72, fourth best in the Southern League, and earned his fourth win. The right-hander allowed a run on three hits and four walks. He fanned six and has 75 K in 76 IP and a BAA of .200.......Andrew McKirahan worked two scoreless frames and Frank Batista worked the ninth.

Smokies Notes: Pierce Johnson (2-1, 3.44 ERA) makes his second start in AA since returning from the DL. He tossed 7.1 shutout innings in his first game back.

High A—Daytona

For the third time in four days, Daytona was rained out, this time at Lakeland. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Monday beginning at 5 p.m. EST. Tayler Scott and Rob Zastryzny will pitch for the D-Cubs.

Low A—Clinton 2, Kane County 1—14 innings

In a game that featured 21 hits and only three runs, Clinton avoided the sweep with a walk-off single. I was able to attend game.

At the Dish: Cougars only run of the day came with one out in the sixth as Trey Martin doubled to right and scored on Shawon Dunston’s RBI single to right. Dunston, Martin, Benjamin Carhart, David Bote and Jeimer Candelario all had two hits. Cougars had two on

On the Hill: Tyler Skulina worked the first six frames, allowing a run in the first on a two-out single. He allowed six hits and got help with a pair of double plays (one started on a diving play and flip to second by David Bote). He got a few balls up but had good command with no free passes......Got my first look at Jen-Ho Tseng and while he’s not very tall, he’s athletic and he can pitch. Good zip on his fastball and command of both his curve and change. All Will Remillard had to do was put the mitt down, and Tseng hit it. He gave up a double and walked one in five innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.61 and fanned three.......James Pugliese tossed two scoreless frames and made a fine defensive play on a bunt down the first base line....Gerardo Concepcion only got one out as after single and two walks, another single won the game. Concepcion got squeezed on a 3-2 pitch that Remillard was not happy about. He showed his displeasure with the home plate ump on the call and continued barking after the walk-off. Also didn’t help that Remillard was called out on strikes on a pitch in the same location earlier in the game.

Cougars Notes: Was able to interview first-round pick Kyle Schwarber and OF Shawon Dunston before the game. Also had a informative talk with Cubs Field/Catching Coordinator Tom Cossins during batting practice. Cossins is in his second year with Cubs and told me saw Schwarber several times before the Cubs drafted him. After he leaves the Cougars he’s headed to Mesa and then Boise.

Short-Season—Boise 10, Eugene 5

For the second straight game, Boise’s bats led the Hawks to the series win over the Emeralds.

At the Dish: Lots of hitting stars in the 15-hit attack. Cubs 14th round pick Chesny Young went 3-3, scored three times, knocked in a pair, and has yet to be retired in the NWL....Jeffrey Baez extended his hitting streak to 10 games, scored three times, and is hitting .341 during the stark with five stolen bases......Rashad Crawford was 3-5, including a double, and knocked in three.....Third-round pick Mark Zagunis was 2-4 with two RBI and Justin Marra had two hits.

On the Hill: Hawks used four pitchers including Ben Wells, who made the start and allowed three runs, only one earned, in four innings....Josh Davis earned the win, tossing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.......Brad Markey surrendered two runs in two innings and Francisco Carrillo fanned the side in the 9th.

Hawks Notes: Boise as well as the rest of the league, has Monday off.

Arizona Rookie League—Rangers 7, Cubs 5

Cubs made seven errors in the loss to the Rangers in a game that featured a rehab start from Kyuji Fujikawa.

At the Dish: Tyler Alamo was 2-4 with a RBI double while Varonex Cuevas, recently demoted from Boise, was 204 with two RBI....Gleyber Torres knocked in a run and Eloy Jimenez went 1-4 and scored once Charcer Burks singled and walk, and his hitting. 400..

On the Hill: Kyuji Fujikawa saw his first action of 2014 as he ended last year with Tommy John surgery. The 33-year-old worked a 1-2-3 first inning with a strikeout.....James Norwood (7th round) and Austyn Willis (18th round) made their pro debuts. Norwood allowed three runs in his inning while Willis gave up two runs and the only out he recorded was on strikes...Alex Santana took the loss allowing a run in the fifth.....Jefferson Mejias (2-0, 0.73 ERA) and his 97 mph fastball were on display in the final three innings. The 19-year-old allowed a run on four hits and has fanned 15 in 12.1 innings.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 5, Phillies 2

Cubs made most of their five hits in the win over Phillies.

At the Dish: Miguel Rico was 2-3 and had the Cubs only RBI. Henrry Pedra had two hits, one a double, and scored twice. Luis Hidalgo was 1-5 and scored once.

On the Hill: Yapson Gomez allowed a run in five innings to improve to 3-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.00....Juan Rengifo gave up a run in the sixth, Julio Sanchez tossed two scoreless frames, and Jesus Arias earned his 4th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs

Had the day off.

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