Cubs July 8 Minor League Recap

Kyle Schwarber ripped a pair of doubles and knocked in two to lead Kane County over Quad Cities as Paul Blackburn improved to 8-2. Tennessee remained in first-place with a win over Birmingham and Boise hit double-figures for the third straight game. In news off the field Arismendy Alcantara will make his pro debut and the Cubs are close to signing 35th round pick Jordan Minch.

Alcantara to make pro debut, Minch to sign

Arismendy Alcantara is headed to the majors. The Iowa second baseman/outfielder will replace Darwin Barney, who is expected to miss two games to be with is wife during the birth of thir third child. Alcantara is hitting .307/.353/.537 and leaders the PCL with 11 triples, 62 runs, and is second with 180 total bases..........According to twitter reports from Jordan Minch, the Purdue Boilermaker who was pitching in the Cape Cod league, will soon become a Chicago Cub. The draft eligible sophomore was the Cubs 35th round pick as the left-hander worked out at Wrigley Field before the draft.

AAA—Omaha 7, Iowa 7

Omaha rallied for two runs in the eighth and then won on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.

At the Dish: A two-run homer from Brett Jackson (.213) and a three-run blast from Ryan Kalish (.226) provided the offense for Iowa. Kalish doubled in the third, and then scored after Matt Szczur’s single was misplayed. Arismendy Alcantara (.307) doubled and Kris Bryant (.351) was 1-4 before being ejected for arguing ball and strikes in the 8th.

On the Hill: Dae-Eun Rhee made his AAA debut on Tuesday night and threw 81 pitches in four innings. He surrendered four runs on nine hits and three walks with one strikeout.....Alberto Cabrera kept Omaha off the board of three frames, recording three punchouts......Marcus Hatley got charged with a blown save allowing two runs in the eighth and then allowed the game-winner in the ninth. The Storm Chasers got six hits and a walk off Hatley

AA—Tennessee 7, Birmingham 3

Tennessee won the final game of the series at Birmingham and remained in first place.

At the Dish: Smokies took a 3-0 lead in the second on back-to-back doubles by Dustin Geiger and Elliot Soto, the second scoring two runs. A Taylor Davis double and a Jae-Hoon Ha single put Tennessee up 4-1 in the fourth. The Smokies broke the game open in the 9th on Luis Flores’ bases-loaded three-run double. Davis and Soto both finished with two hits.

On the Hill: Eduardo Figueroa (0-0, 4.10 ERA) only gave up two hits but walked five and allowed one run in four innings. He threw 76 pitches, 45 for strikes. Tony Zych tossed two scoreless innings for his third win....Andrew McKirahan allowed a solo homer in the 7th in his inning of work..... Zach Cates gave up a walk and a single in the 8th and got charged with a run when Frank Batista allowed one of the inherited runners to score but got the final five outs for his 4th save.

Smokies Notes: Tennessee has the day off on Wednesday and the first-place Smokies return home on Thursday against Jacksonville.

High A—Daytona

Daytona was rained out and the D-Cubs and Dunedin will play a twin-bill on Wednesday with the first game beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST. Felix Pena (1-6, 3.21 ERA) and Justin Amlung (2-2, 5.00 ERA) will start for Daytona.

Low A—Kane County 7, Quad Cities 3

Kane County scored in each of the first four innings and Paul Blackburn improved to 8-2.

At the Dish: First-round pick Kyle Schwarber led the offense going 3-5 with two doubles and two RBI to up his average to .379. Kevin Brown made his MWL debut a good one, hitting a solo homer in the third. He also doubled and ended the night with two RBI.....Shawon Dunston (.260) and Jeimer Candelario (.182) both had two hits and scored twice. Jacob Rogers (.264) doubled in a run.

On the Hill: Paul Blackburn fired five solid innings, both runs scoring on a two-run homer in the second. He only allowed three hits, walked three and fanned six to lower his ERA to 2.79 ERA.....Zak Hermans tossed three efficient relief innings with five strikeouts. He gave up one hit but it left the yard, retiring the final 11 hitters he faced......Corbin Hoffner worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two punchouts.

Cougars Notes: Daury Torrez (9-3, 2.89 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday night.

Short-Season—Boise 11, Eugene 4

The Boise Hawks’ offense hit double-digits for the third straight night, pounding out 12 hits

At the Dish: RF Jeffrey Baez (.250) hits his NWL leading 7th homer, a three-run shot in the fifth. The 20-year-old finished 2-4 with a double and four RBI. CF Rashad Crawford went 3-5 to push his average over .300 and knocked in three.....A pair of 2014 draft pick had good game. Jason Vosler (16th round) was 2-4 and plated two while Chesney Young (14th round) finally made an out, going 2-4 to drop his average to .750. He also stole his first base......Danny Canela and Jesse Hodges both had RBI.

On the Hill: Tyler Ihrig (3-0, 3.30 ERA) was the beneficiary of the offensive output as the left-hander worked into the sixth inning for the fourth straight game. The Cubs 23rd round pick in ’13 surrendered two runs on five hits with six punchouts......David Garner gave up a solo homer in the seventh and Sam Wilson surrendered a run over the final two frames.

Hawks Notes: According to Boise Hawks announcer Mike Safford it was the first time the Hawks had scored 10+ runs three games in a row since July 17-19 in 2010.

Arizona Rookie League—Indians 6, Cubs 4

Cubs held a 4-1 lead but couldn’t hold on.

At the Dish: Andrew Ely (.571) was the Cubs hitting star as the 32nd round pick out of Washington blasted his first pro homer, a solo shot in the first. Ely added a pair of singles.... Shamil Ubiera (.220) was 2-4 with a RBI as Adonis Paula (.237) and Charcer Burks (.375) plated runs in the three-run second.

On the Hill: Adbert Alzolay was solid for four innings but ran out of gas in the fifth. He fanned four and finished with a line of 4.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB......Zach Hedges fanned four in 1.2 scoreless frames and Tommy Thorpe made his pro debut allowing a hit in a scoreless 7th....Yomar Morel tossed two shutout innings with two punchouts.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 12, Mariners 2

Cubs scored six times in the first and won easily.

At the Dish: CF Jose Gonzalez (.223) led the offense with three hits and two RBI. Danny Gutierrez (.263) and Humberto Garcia (.270) both had two RBI. Andruw Monasterio (.237), Luis Hidalgo (.320) and Wladimir Galindo (.296) were all 2-5.

On the Hill: Enrique De Los Rio (2-2, 3.23 ERA) allowed two runs over five innings and earned the win. The 19-year-old fanned two and allowed two hits, one a homer. Alex Pacheco (0-1, 4.76 ERA) worked a scoreless inning despite allowing three hits and Mauro Vides (1-3, 2.67) only got two outs in the sixth, surrendering a run on two hits. Ivan Medina (0-1, 7.56) worked the final 2.1 scoreless innings.

Dominican Summer League—Rangers I 6, Cubs 5

Rangers rallied from a 4-0 deficit and won on a walk-off in the ninth.

At the Dish: Cubs had 11 hits but only one went for extra bases. 1B Jhonny Pena (.267), RF Jose Paniagua (.318) and Robert Garcia (.326) all had two hits. Pena plated two runs while Jenner Emeterio (.254) and Frandy Delarosa (.257) had one each in the four-run third.

On the Hill: Pedro Silverio (1-1, 1.97 ERA) threw five shutout innings but got charged with two runs in the sixth, both scoring after he left the game. Not only did Deibi Torres (0-3, 5.40 ERA) allow two inherited runners to score in the sixth, he was charged with three runs in the 7th and the winning run in the 9th....Aneuris Rosario (0-1, 2.97 ERA) came in with one out in the ninth and gave up a infield single as the winning run scored from second..

Cubs Minor League box scores July 8

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