Cubs July 7 Minor League Recap

Albert Almora hit homers in both ends of a doubleheader to lead Daytona to the sweep in Lakeland as the D-Cubs moved into first place. Jorge Soler had three hits, including his second homer in as many days, in Tennessee’s defeat while Javier Baez smacked a three-run bomb in Iowa’s loss in Omaha. Billy McKinney made his Cubs debut for Daytona and Dan Straily debuted at Iowa.

AAA—Omaha 7, Iowa 3

Omaha took advantage of an error in the second to score four unearned runs to beat Iowa.

At the Dish: Javier Baez provided all the offense, smacking a three-run bomb in the third for Iowa’s only runs of the game. Iowa only had five, four singles and the Baez homer. Arismendy Alcantara walked twice and Kris Bryant was 1-3 with a walk, but committed a costly error in the second.

On the Hill: Dan Straily made his Cubs debut after the Jeff Samardzija trade and took the loss. He allowed four unearned runs in the second and worked five frames, giving up five his with three strikeouts.....Arodys Vizcaino struggled for his second straight AAA game, surrendering three runs in 1.2 innings. Marcos Mateo gave up four hits but kept Omaha off the board the final 1.1 innings.

I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (5-3, 3.93 ERA) makes his 12th start on Tuesday night.

AA—Birmingham 7, Tennessee 1

Birmingham clinched a series win over the Smokies, hitting two homers in the victory.

At the Dish: Smokies only run of the night came off the bat of Jorge Soler as he homered for the second straight game, a solo shot in the 9th. He also doubled and singled to raise his AA average to .394......Charlie Cutler (.337) and Luis Flores (.281) both had two hits. Addison Russell went 0-4 and is 0-9 as a Cub.

On the Hill: Pierce Johnson (2-2, 3.79 ERA) threw 84 pitches in four innings as the Barons scored three runs off the right-hander, including a pair of homers. He fanned six, gave up six hits, and walked three.....Jeffry Antigua (2 IP, 2 R), Hunter Cervenka (1 IP, 0 R) and Lendy Castillo (1 IP, 2 R) all saw action for the Smokies.

Smokies Notes: Eduardo Figueroa (0-0, 4,43 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night for Tennessee in the final game of the series with the White Sox affiliate.

High A—Game 1—Daytona 4, Lakeland 3; Game 2— Daytona 6, Lakeland 1

Albert Almora homered in both games of the doubleheader as Daytona swept Lakeland and moved into first place.

At the Dish: GAME 1—Albert Almora gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo homer, his 4th. Almora has been red-hot his last 14 games, hitting .393/.431/.541, including four 3-hit games, heading into the twin-bill.....Marco Hernandez moved into leadoff spot on June 26 and heading into Monday’s twin-bill was hitting .387/.375/.581 in 32 plate appearances. He went 0-3 and was benched in the second game after a pair of mental errors in the first game....Lakeland's Jake Thompson had given up 1 HR in 76 innings coming into play, Rock Shoulders took him opposite field for the D-Cubs second long ball of night in the third for a 2-0 lead. Bijan Rademacher singled and scored on Gioskar Amaya’s RBI single and then delivered the game winning RBI single in the ninth. Wes Darvill doubled in the 8th and scored on Rademacher’s game winner.....GAME 2—Daytona took control early as Almora smacked his second homer of the night, a two-run shot, and Rademacher followed with a solo bomb for a 3-0 first inning lead. An RBI single from Almora and a throwing error plated three more runs in the sixth. Zeke DeVoss scored twice and reached on two walks. Almora has hit in 15-of-last-16 games and is 22-50. Vogelbach has reached base in 17 straight games and Rademacher extended his on-base streak to 20 games. Billy McKinney made his Cubs debut on Monday night and went 1-3 in both ends of the DH. McKinney was acquired as part of the Jeff Samardzija trade.

On the Hill: GAME 1—Tayler Scott got the start in the opener and worked five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Austin Kirk got charged with a blown save, surrendering the tying run in the sixth. Kirk got the win and Stephen Perakslis worked around a pair hits for his second save.....GAME 2—Rob Zastryzny, Cubs 2nd round pick in ’13, made his first start since June 22 after missing time due to some elbow tenderness. He allowed a hit in three shutout frames with five punchouts. Justin Amlung (2-2, 5.00 ERA) worked the final four frames, giving up a run on three hits with four punchouts for the win in his first relief appearance in the FSL.

D-Cubs Notes: Albert Almora left the second game after his RBI single in the 6th. According to D-Cubs announcer Robbie Aaron, it looked like he may have fouled a ball off his leg during the at-bat but it was learned after the game that Almora had cramps.

Low A—Kane County

Kane County had the day off and the first-place Cougars take their act to the Quad Cities with Paul Blackburn getting the ball on Tuesday night.

Cougars Notes: Kane County’s six man rotation has been pretty darn good, not only with their development but their numbers are also impressive. The four starters that do qualify for the league leaders (Blackburn (2.74), Daury Torrez (2.89), Juan Paniagua (2.97) and Tyler Skulina (2.88) are in the Top 10 in ERA while Duane Underwood (2.54) and Jen-Ho Tseng (2.93 ERA) are both under 3.00.


Boise has the day off and are 12-12, three games behind first-place Hillsboro. The Hops come to Memorial Stadium for three games beginning Tuesday with Tyler Ihrig, Erick Leal and Trevor Clifton slated to take the mound.

Hawks Notes: While he’s only hitting .240, Jeffrey Baez has been the Hawks best player as he leads the team in HR (6), RBI (20), R (21), SB (12) and sports a OPS of .818.......Danny Canela got off to a slow start but has been mashing lately, hitting .372/413/.535 in his last 10 games, including a pair of four-hit games.....Rashad Crawford has been impressive in his first stint away from Mesa after being drafted in 11th round in 2012. The 20-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder is batting .289/.310/.398 with six steals......Canadian Jesse Hodges was another player that got off to slow start (.183 in June) but has been hitting the cover off the ball lately, .368/.405/.632 in last 10 games. The third baseman is second on team with four homers, has 12 RBI, and is hitting .250......Third-round pick Mark Zagunis is off to a great start, batting .414/.553/.517 in eight games.

Arizona Rookie League—Indians 11, Cubs 2

Indians scored eight times in the 8th to put the game away.

At the Dish: Cubs scored both of their runs in the 4th when Dalfis Ortiz collected his first stateside hit, a single to leadoff the inning. He stole second and scored on Albert Mineo’s double. Shamil Ubiera then ripped a one-out single to score Mineo. Joey Martarano went 1-3 while leadoff hitter Bryant Flete singled and walked.

On the Hill: Dillon Maples made his second start since recovering from a broken rib. The right-hander gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits but had problems with his command with three walks....Victor Salazar worked 1.2 scoreless innings and Tanner Griggs, the Cubs 12th round pick from Angelina College, made his pro debut, working a shutout frame with a walk.....19-year-old Luis Hernandez made his third appearance and after two scoreless frames got roughed up in the 8th. He allowed seven runs, five earned, on six hits and two walks. Carlos Llano got the final two outs but allowed one more run.

Venezuelan Summer League—Rays 1, Cubs 0

Cubs came out on the short end of a pitching duel falling to the Rays.

At the Dish: 3B Danny Gutierrez (.283) went 2-3 while Jose Gonzalez (.212), Wladimir Galindo (.292) and Jhonny Pereda (.262) all singled. Cubs were 0-6 with RISP.

On the Hill: Carlos Rodriguez (0-2, 1.31 ERA) showed why he spent last year in the Arizona Rookie League as the 18-year-old left-hander tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts. Eugenio Palma (0-1, 3.09 ERA) took the loss, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. Jose Leidenz got the final four outs.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 14, Mets II 4

Cubs pounded Mets pitching for 15 hits in the win.

At the Dish: Roberto Caro had two hits, including a triple and knocked in three to lead the offensive attack. Carlos Jimenez had three hits and a RBI while Robert Garcia was 3-3 with two RBI....Erick Gonzalez plated two runs while Frandy Delarosa had two doubles and a RBI.

On the Hill: Oscar De La Cruz (4-0, 0.97 ERA) allowed a run over five innings as the 19-year-old fanned four and gave up five hits and a walk....Junior Marte yielded two runs in three innings and Jeffry Hernandez surrendered an unearned run in the ninth.

Cubs Minor League box scores July 7

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