Cubs July 9 Minor League Recap

Boise made it four straight and moved to within a game of first as OF Rashad Crawford knocked in three runs for the third straight night. Michael Heesch earned the win in his AAA debut, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings as the I-Cubs won in 14 innings on a Logan Watkins homer. Daytona split a twin-bill and Kane County fell to the River Bandits.

Alcantara makes MLB debut

Arismendy Alcantara made his MLB debut on Wednesday night as the 22-year-old Dominican started at second base for the Cubs in Cincinnati. He went 0-4 with two strikeouts but did make some fine defensive plays. He’s expected to play one more game and then return to Iowa when Darwin Barney is taken off the paternity list.

AAA—Iowa 2, Omaha 1—14 innings

Logan Watkins’ solo homer in the top of the 14th gave the I-Cubs the victory and a 1.5 game lead over Omaha.

At the Dish: The Cubs only hit since Manny Ramirez’ single in the 4th inning was Logan Watkins’ homer over the right field wall in the 14th. Omaha retired 18 straight Iowa hitters at one point in the game and recorded 19 strikeouts. After the single in the 4th, the Cubs didn’t get a base runner until Matt Szczur’s walk in the 11th. Cubs scored in the second when Chris Valiaka reached on an error and scored on Josh Vitters’ double.

On the Hill: With most of his starting rotation teammates in Chicago, all that Eric Jokisch did was fan a career-high 11 batters over seven innings. The left-hander only allowed three hits, but one of them left the yard in the seventh for the only run. He threw 107 pitches, 72 for strikes, and walked one.....Armando Rivero fanned three in 1.2 innings and Marcos Mateo worked 1.1 scoreless frames.....Michael Heesch, called up from Kane County earlier in the day, celebrated his AAA debut with four strikeouts, 3.1 scoreless frames, and the win. He gave up a hit, issued two free passes, and threw 53 pitches, 35 for strikes.....Zac Rosscup got the final two outs for his third save.

I-Cubs Notes: The final game of the series is Thursday night and Iowa will send Carlos Pimentel (1-5, 4.84 ERA) to the mound.


Had the day off and will send Matthew Loosen (4-3, 5.21 ERA) to the mound in the series opener with Jacksonville.

High A—Game 1—Daytona 4, Dunedin 1; Game 2—Dunedin 8, Daytona 4

Felix Pena and Starling Peralta combined on a one-hitter in the opener and Dunedin rallied in the second game to earn the split at the Jack.

At the Dish: GAME 1—3B Jordan Hankins broke out of a mini-slump with two hits, a pair of RBI, and one run to pace the offense in the opener. CF Albert Almora continued his torrid pace with a pair of singles and a RBI in the three-run second. Daniel Vogelbach was 1-2 and plated a run with a sac fly. Almora (.275) and Vogelbach (.275) are tied for the team lead with 42 RBI. GAME 2— Newcomer Bill McKinney’s two-run single in the fourth gave Daytona a 6-4 lead as he made his first RBI as a Cub count. He finished 1-2 with a walk....Rock Shoulders (.206) hit another opposite field homer, his seventh of the season, and walked twice....Chadd Krist (.205) was 1-3 with a sac fly and a RBI single with the bases loaded. Zeke DeVoss (.172) had two hits and a RBI while Marco Hernandez (.287) was 2-3 and walked.

On the Hill: Game 1—Felix Pena (2-6, 3.09 ERA) retired the first 12 hitters he faced before a walk and a two-out single put the Blue Jays on the board in the fifth. It would be the only hit of the game. Pena fanned seven, walked two, and worked 5.1 innings....Starling Peralta (5-2,3.28 ERA) earned his first save, retiring three of the four hitters on strikes GAME 2—Jose Rosario, 23, made his ninth start, and didn’t make it out of the fifth He finished with a line of 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4K....Tyler Bremer (0-1, 8.10 ERA) got out of the jam in the fifth but gave up homers in the sixth and seventh and took the loss in his second FSL game.

D-Cubs Notes: Bijan Rademacher extended his on-base streak to 21 straight games with a walk in game one and he didn’t play the night-cap. Vogelbach extended his on-base streak to 20 games with singles in both games.

Low A—Quad Cities 3, Kane County 1

Despite out-hitting the River Bandits 11-to-6, the Cougars lost to even the series at a game apiece.

At the Dish: Kane County’s only run scored in the sixth when Kyle Schwarber roped his eighth MWL double and scored on Jeimer Chandelier’s single. Benjamin Carhart, Candelario and Trey Martin all finished with two hits. Kane County was 1-for-8 with RISP and left nine on as eight of the nine batters in lineup collected hits.

On the Hill: Daury Torrez gave up two runs in the second and the Bandits got another run in the 4th off the right-hander. He finished with a line of 5 IP, 6H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.....Gerardo Concepcion fanned three in three scoreless frames.

Cougars Notes: Juan Paniagua (5-3, 2.97 ERA) makes his 13th start of the season in the series finale on Thursday.

Short-Season—Boise 6, Hillsboro 2

Boise pulled within a game of first-place Hillsboro with their second straight win over the Hops and fourth overall.

At the Dish: For the third straight game, Rashad Crawford (.315) knocked in three runs as the Hawks pounded Hops pitching for 10 hits. Crawford doubled, tripled, and scored once. It was the 4th time this season the Georgia native has knocked in three runs....Jeffrey Baez (.267) extended his hitting streak to 12 games with three singles and scored twice...Mark Malave (.283) had two hits while Mark Zagunis (.351) and Danny Canela (.308) plated runs.

On the Hill: Erick Leal (3-2, 4.98 ERA) worked an efficient five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk He fanned two and got 12 ground ball outs.....IN his NWL debut, Ryan Williams tossed two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts...Trey Lang kept the Hops off the board in the 8th and Alberto Diaz worked a scoreless ninth.

Hawks Notes: 2014 draft picks OF Calvin Graves and P Ryan Williams have been promoted to Boise from Mesa. Erick Castillo was sent to Mesa and Kevin Brown was promoted to Kane County to make room for the roster moves.

Arizona Rookie League—Diamondbacks 8, Cubs 0

Four Arizona pitchers kept the Cubs off the board despite giving up seven hits.

At the Dish: Varonex Cuevas had three singles and Erick Castillo ripped a double but the Cubs were 1-9 with RISP and left nine on. Gleyber Torres (.286) went 1-4 and Eloy Jimenez was 0-3 with a walk.

On the Hill: Kyuji Fujikawa worked a 1-2-3 first with a strikeout. According to Ryan Cox, his fastball was 90-91 with good movement on the splitter at 82-83. It was his second rehab appearance since having Tommy John surgery......Jose Paulino (0-1, 10.03 ERA) got tagged for seven runs, five earned and surrendered a pair of homers. He fanned five in four innings......Andin Diaz fanned three in two frames while Austyn Willis and James Norwood both threw an inning.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 8, Tigers 4

Cubs (20-28) used a five-run seventh to down the first-place Tigers (32-15).

At the Dish: Cubs only got credit for three RBI—one each from Jose Gonzalez, Andruw Monasterio and Miguel Rico—as the Tigers committed six errors and allowed six unearned runs......Gonzalez had two singles and scored twice while Wladimir Galindo singled, walked, and scored twice.

On the Hill: Harrison Bermudez had another tough outing giving up four runs on eight hits in just three innings. Jesus Arias fanned five in three scoreless frames and Jose Leidenz earned the win with two shutout innings. Julio Sanchez fanned two in the ninth.

Cubs Notes: The Cubs, 6-2 in July, are in 4th place and trail the second-place Phillies by 6.5 games with 20 to play.

Dominican Summer League—Rangers 2, Cubs 0

Two Rangers pitchers held the Cubs to four hits in the shutout.

At the Dish: Yohan Matos smacked a pair of doubles while Robert Caro and Jose Paniagua singled. Matos, 17, is hitting .312/.424/.506 in 23 games in his first pro season.

On the Hill: Erling Moreno (0-0, 0.00 ERA) had his second DSL appearance, allowing a hit in three shutout innings. The 17-year-old from Columbia fanned one and didn’t walk anyone......Jose Morel took the loss, giving up an unearned run but fanned seven and only allowed one hit in five innings. Aneuris Rosario gave up an unearned run in the ninth.

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