Cubs July 11 Minor League Recap

Big news of the night was the pro debut for Cubs fourth-round pick Carson Sands, who fanned a pair in a perfect inning in the Arizona Rookie League as the Cubs blanked the Mariners. Logan Watkins had a big night for Iowa and Benjamin Carhart smacked a pair of homers in Kane County’s victory. Boise rallied at Eugene as David Garner recorded his first pro win.

Roster Moves, News, Notes

RHP Blake Parker, who earned the win on Thursday, and Kyle Hendricks, the starting pitcher on Thursday, were both sent back to Iowa. Darwin Barney returned from the paternity list and Zac Rosscup was called to Chicago for the fourth time this year........RHP Trey Masek, the Cubs 5th round pick last year out of Texas Tech, is on the DL. He had been rehabbing at extended spring, was promoted to Boise and then sent back to Mesa.......According to a source, OF Kevin Encarnacion will miss the entire 2014 season after suffering severe burns in an auto accident during the off-season in the Dominican. The 22-year-old hit .355 last year to lead the NWL and was named a Topps Short-Season/Rookie League All-Star.

AAA— Iowa 7, Oklahoma City 2

Chris Rusin fanned nine in seven innings and Logan Watkins had a big night at the plate to lead Iowa to victory.

At the Dish: Logan Watkins doubled twice, knocked in three runs and scored twice to lead the offense. Chris Valaika smacked a two-run homer, his 9th, and Javier Baez was 1-4 with two RBI. Kris Bryant was 0-2 with two walks.

On the Hill: Chris Rusin (7-10, 3.87 ERA) recorded nine strikeouts over seven innings, limiting the RedHawks to two runs on five hits. He walked one and threw 94 pitches, 65 for strikes. Alberto Cabrera yielded two runs in the final two frames.

I-Cubs Notes: Kris Bryant and Javier Baez will miss the next two games as they head to Minneapolis for the Futures Game and will square off against each other. I’m interested to see who they send to AAA to replace the Cubs top two prospects. According to Des Moines Register reporter Tommy Birch, Jonathan Mota was at Principal Park on Friday night taking grounders. Mota had been at AA Tennessee and had a short stint with the I-Cubs earlier this year.

AA—Jacksonville 4, Tennessee 2

Jacksonville knocked off Tennessee for the second straight night despite a strong outing from Corey Black.

At the Dish: Smokies plated only two runs, one coming on Christian Villanueva’s solo homer in the 8th, his second......Addison Russell (.211) was 2-5 and knocked in his first run since joining the Cubs. Dustin Geiger (.226) was 2-3 and Villanueva (.291) finished 2-4. Jorge Soler was 1-4 and flied out deep to center. Smokies went 1-7 with RISP and left 11 on.

On the Hill: Even though he was saddled with the loss, Corey Black threw a career-high seven innings as the right-hander only threw 84 pitches, 61 for strikes, in his best outing of the season. He was able to keep his pitch count down and turned in his second straight quality start, allowing two runs on six hits. He fanned eight and didn’t issue any free passes......Tony Zych and Andrew McKirahan both allowed a run the 8th and 9th respectively.

Smokies Notes: Pierce Johnson (2-2, 3.79 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night.

High A—Jupiter 8, Daytona 5

Jupiter took advantage of some shaky Daytona defense in the eighth, scoring five runs for the comeback win.

At the Dish: An RBI single from Wes Darvill and a run-scoring double from Daniel Vogelbach put Daytona up 2-1. They added three runs in the 7th, two scoring on Rock Shoulders’ double. Bijan Rademacher added a RBI single and extended his on-base streak to 23 games. Vogelbach’s on-base streak is at 21...... Vogelbach, Rademacher and Darvill all had two hits.

On the Hill: Yao-Lin Wang only lasted three innings, giving up three runs on five hits. Austin Kirk had a solid outing, allowing a hit and a walk in 3.2 scoreless frames....Starling Peralta took the loss and got charged with three eared runs but the Daytona defense gave the Hammerheads three extra outs in the five-run 8th.

D-Cubs Notes: Cubs 2013 second-round pick Rob Zastryzny (1-6, 5.05 ERA) makes his 15th start for the D-Cubs on Saturday.

Low A—Kane County 6, Beloit 3

Kane County hit four homers to win the opening game of the season and improve to 60-30 overall.

At the Dish: Benjamin Carhart hits a pair of solo homers while Jacob Hannemann and Jacob Rogers added solo blasts. Hannemann and Kyle Schwarber delivered RBI singles in the 7th as Kane County continues to dominate at home (36-10)......Trey Martin doubled and scored while Jeimer Candelario was 1-4 with a double.

On the Hill: Duane Underwood (4-2, 2.59 ERA) recorded a career-high eight strikeouts as the right-hander’s only blemish was a pair of solo homers. The 19-year-old allowed five hits in six innings and didn’t issue a free pass. He’s fanned 14 and walked none is his last two starts (12 IP)....Zak Hermans got out of a bases loaded jam in his only inning of relief and James Pugliese threw the final two frames, giving up an unearned run in the ninth.

Cougars Notes: Tyler Skulina (4-4, 2.88 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night in the second game of the series.....According to Kevin Druley of the Kane County Chronicle, manager Mark Johnson said OF Yasiel Balaguert had a stress fracture in his foot and will be on the DL until early August.

Short-Season—Boise 5, Eugene 3

Boise rallied for three runs in the top of the 7th for the road win.

At the Dish: A two-run single by Mark Zagunis followed by a RBI base hit from Danny Canela were the big hits in the seventh. Singles by Calvin Graves and Rashad Crawford got the key inning started. For Graves, the Cubs 27th round pick, it was his first pro hit and the base knock extended Crawford’s hit streak to 11 games. Jeffrey Baez was 1-4 with a RBI to up his hit streak to 14 games while Jesse Hodges had three hits and has a 10-game hitting streak.

On the Hill: Josh Conway (0-0, 1.84 ERA) made his fifth start and for the fourth time went three innings. The right-hander allowed a run on three hits and fanned one......Ryan McNeil had his best outing since returning from Tommy John surgery as the 2012 third-round pick tossed 2.2 shutout frames before allowing a solo homer in the sixth. The 20-year-old fanned five and gave up two hits....David Garner won his first pro game allowing a run in 1.1 innings with three strikeouts.....Sam Wilson picked up his second save as the left-hander fanned three in two scoreless frames. Boise pitching combined for 12 strikeouts.

Hawks Notes: Trevor Graham gets the start on Saturday night for Boise.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 2, Mariners 0

Five Cubs pitchers blanked the Mariners on three hits in a game that featured the pro debut of fourth-round pick Carson Sands.

At the Dish: Emilio Bonifacio made his first rehab start after suffering an strained rib cage muscle that landed the utility player on the DL on June 13. He was 3-4 with a strikeout......Adonis Paula got the Cubs on the board with a RBI single in the fourth and Kevonte Mitchell added RBI single in the sixth. Yorvit Torrealba doubled and scored as the former big league catcher gets into playing shape. Eloy Jimenez doubled, scored a run and walked twice.

On the Hill: Cubs 4th round pick Carson Sands, who signed for a reported $1.1 million bonus, made his professional debut on Friday night in Mesa. He got the start and worked a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.....8th round pick Tommy Thorpe made his second appearance and retired the side in order in the second with two punchouts.....Jesus Castillo (1-0, 3.27 ERA) tossed three scoreless frames and Pedro Araujo followed that up with three more shutout innings. Yomar Morel worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two punchouts for his second save.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 12, Phillies 7

Cubs (21-28) scored five times in the second and got four more in the fifth to cut the wild card lead to five games.

At the Dish: Miguel Rico (.259) led the offense with two hits, two runs, and two RBI to up his total to 25....Wladimir Galindo was 2-5 and doubled home a run while Andruw Monasterio had two hits, scored twice, and plated a run. Both Galindo and Monasterio are in their first season with the Cubs, signing as free agents as 16-year-olds.

On the Hill: RHP Juan Rengifo (1-0, 2.57) earned his first professional win one day before his 20th birthday. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder allowed a run on two hits in two innings.......Gabriel Lima got the start and fanned four in three innings, allowing two runs, one earned.......Angel Mejias gave up four runs in two frames and Eugenio Palma struckout four in two shutout innings.

Dominican Summer League—Pirates 6, Cubs 5

Pirates scored a run in the top of the 10th to down the Cubs.

At the Dish: Cubs only had six hits, three from Jenner Emeterio as he knocked in a run....Yohan Matos was 1-4 with a RBI while Roberto Caro and Frandy Delarosa both knocked in runs.

On the Hill: Andri Rondon got the start and gave up three runs in five innings. Junior Marte allowed a run in two innings and Jeffry Hernandez tossed two scoreless frames. Aneuris Rosario (0-2, 2.89 ERA) yielded a leadoff triple and a single in the 10th.

Cubs Notes: Cubs are (23-12) but find themselves six games back the first-place Rangers I (29-6) the best record in the DSL. The Cubs and Giants (23-12) lead the wild-card race with a two-game lead over the Yankees I........Carlos Jimenez, a 21-year-old first year pro, leads the D-Cubs offense, hitting .328/.365/.445 with 24 RBI and 61 total bases.....Switch-hitting outfielder Robert Garcia, 20, is hitting. 326 with 11 stolen bases and 1B/OF Jose Paniagua is having a breakout year after two tough seasons in the DSL. The 20-year-old is hitting. 455/571/.606 in his last 10 games and .319 in 34 games.......RHP Santiago Rodriguez and RHP Oscar De La Cruz have been the two best pitchers for the Cubs. Rodriguez, 20, has allowed three earned runs in 42 innings and sports a WHIP of 1.00 with 26 K and 10 BB. De La Cruz, 19, stands 6-foot-4 and has made seven starts (4-0, 0.97 ERA), throwing 37 IP with a 0.97 WHIP. Erling Moreno, the 18-year-old Columbian signed last year as part of the July 2 haul, has made two appearance in the DSL—5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

Cubs Minor League box scores July 11

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