AAA—Omaha 7, Iowa 1
Francisco Pena hit a pair of homers as Omaha moved to within a half-game of the I-Cubs for first.
On the Hill: Carlos Pimentel (1-6, 4.97 ERA) took the loss, surrendering four runs in 5.2 innings...... Arodys Vizcaino gave up a homer and three runs in 1.1 innings and saw his ERA balloon to 15.63 in seven AAA appearances, allowing nine earned runs in his last three innings....Jasvir Rakkar, called up from Boise earlier in the day, made his AAA debut, working a 1-2-3 eighth with a strikeout. Rakkar was the Cubs 26th round pick in 2012 out of Stoney Brook University.
I-Cubs Notes: Chris Rusin is expected to make the start on Friday as the I-Cubs return home to Principal Park to face Oklahoma City.
AA—Jacksonville 6, Tennessee 5
The Suns scored two runs in the top of the ninth and hung on for the win, getting the final out with the bases loaded.
At the Dish: Smokies spotted the visitors a four-run lead but Elliot Soto’s RBI single in the 7th tied the game. A ground out from Jae-Hoon Ha and a wild pitch cut the lead to 4-2 in the fifth and then Jorge Soler launched his third homer to deep centerfield in the sixth. Pin-Chieh Chen tripled and scored on Soto’s single to tie the game. After the Suns took the lead, Soler delivered a RiB single in the ninth but Luis Flores was called out on strikes with the bases loaded to end the game......Addison Russell had his first two hits as a Cub and Dustin Geiger was 2-4 with a double.
On the Hill: The Smokies used six pitchers in the game as no one went more than three innings. Matthew Loosen allowed four runs on six walks and three hits in three frames, leaving after 81 pitches.....Jeff Lorick (2 IP), Zach Cates (1.1 IP) and Lendy Castillo (.2 IP) kept the Suns of the board for four innings but Hunter Cervenka (2-3, 3.41 ERA) surrendered two runs in the ninth and took the loss.
Smokies Notes: Corey Black (4-5, 2.72 ERA) gets the ball on Friday night in the second game of the series vs. Jacksonville.
High A—Dunedin 7, Daytona 4
Daytona grabbed a 1-0 lead but Dunedin scored the game’s next seven runs.
At the Dish: Daytona took a 1-0 lead in the third when Wilson Contreras (.236/.285/.321) scored on Albert Almora’s (.274/.298/.380) double play groundout. They added three more in the 8th on a two-run double by Bijan Rademacher (.285/.394/.430) and a bases loaded walk to Billy McKinney (.231/.412/.231). Marco Hernandez (.293/.331/.380) stayed hot in the leadoff spot, going 3-5 with a double. Rademacher had two doubles and Jordan Hankins (.220/.304/.317) was 1-3.
On the Hill: Nathan Dorris (4-5, 4.53 ERA) only lasted four innings as the left-hander allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks. Michael Jensen (4-3, 2.70 ERA) was perfect for three frames with three strikeouts. Stephen Perakslis (1-0, 5.66 ERA) surrendered two runs in the 8th and Zack Godley (2-1, 5.24 ERA) threw a scoreless ninth.
D-Cubs Notes: Bijan Rademacher extended his on-base streak to 22 games and Dan Vogelbach improved his on-base streak to 21 straight.
Low A—Kane County 9, Quad Cities 5
At the Dish: Jeimer Candelario had his best game at Kane County since being demoted after a tough start to 2014 at Daytona (.193/.275/.326). The switch-hitting third baseman launched his first homer, added two doubles, and knocked in four.....Ben Carhart was 3-5, had 3 RBI and scored once.....Carlos Penalver and Jacob Hannemann had two hits each while Kevin Brown hit his second MWL homer.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua (6-3, 2.99 ERA) left with two outs and two on in the sixth. He allowed six hits, walked three, fanned five, and both inherited runner scored. Michael Wagner allowed two inherited runner to cross home and surrendered two runs in 1.1 innings. Corbin Hoffner gave up a run in 1.1 frames and Jose Arias got the final two outs for his second save.
Cougars Notes: Duane Underwood (3-2, 2.54 ERA) gets the start as Kane County opens a homestand against Beloit.
Short-Season—Hillsboro 9, Boise 3
Hillsboro used a four-run 6th to stay in first place.
At the Dish: Hawks had 13 hits but could only push across three runs. Jeffrey Baez (.275) extended his his streak to 13 games, going 2-4 with a walk and a RBI....Mark Zagunis (.366) had a pair of hits and Alex Tomasovich (.255) was 2-4 with a double and a run scored......Rashad Crawford (.313) was 1-4 to up his hit streak to 10 games....Chesny Young (.467) and Giuseppe Papaccio (.197) both drove in runs.
On the Hill: Trevor Clifton (2-0, 2.52 ERA) got the start and didn’t make it out the fifth as the right-hander reached his pitch limit and was in a jam with the bases loaded. Clifton allowed a season-high eight hits as the Hops scored twice in 4.2 innings. Josh Davis (1-1, 7.11 ERA) got out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth in relief of Clifton but surrendered four runs on five hits in the fifth. Brad Markey teamed up with his college catcher, Mark Zagunis, for 1.2 scoreless frames. Francisco Carrillo allowed three runs over the final two frames.
Hawks Notes: Jasvir Rakkar has been promoted to AAA Iowa to add another arm for the I-Cubs.....Josh Conway (0-0, 1.54 ERA) gets the start on Friday night at Eugene.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 4, Pirates 3
Cubs scored two runs in the top of the 8th on a pair of bases loaded walks to beat the Pirates.
At the Dish: LF Jenner Emeterio (.268) was on base five times with two doubles and three walks, scoring three times. Jhonny Pena (.250) and Antonino Valerio (.281) both walked as pinch hitters with the bases loaded. Yohan Matos (.317) was 2-5 and Carlos Jimenez (.328) doubled. Cubs were 0-13 with RISP.
On the Hill: Santiago Rodriguez (4-0, 0.64 ERA) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings. Assael Aquino (1-0, 3.05 ERA) recorded his first pro win allowing an unearned run in two innings. Luis Escanio earned his first save with two punchouts in two shutout frames.