Roster Moves, News, Notes
2014 draft picks Tommy Thorpe (8th round) and James Norwood (7th round) were promoted from Mesa to Boise while Greyfer Eregua and Alberto Diaz were sent to Mesa.......Iowa Cubs activated Lars Anderson from the DL and he played both ends of the DH.
AAA—Game 1—Iowa 6, Oklahoma City 5; Game 2—Oklahoma City 2, Iowa 1
Eli Whiteside had a walk-off winner in the opener and the I-Cubs rally came up short in the night-cap as Iowa split the day-night doubleheader.
At the Dish: GAME 1—C Eli Whiteside delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th to cap off the I-Cubs’ comeback. Trailing 5-0, Iowa scored four times in the fourth, three coming on RF Ryan Kalish’s fifth homer. DH Manny Ramirez hit into a force play to plate Iowa’s first run in the 4th. In the bottom of the seventh, pinch-runner Brett Jackson was thrown out at home on a double by Kalish but they tied the game when Jonathan Mota doubled. After a walk to 1B Lars Anderson, Whiteside delivered the game-winner to left. GAME 2—Iowa was kept off the board for six innings but 1B Anderson led off the bottom of the 7th with a double. Anderson took third on LF Matt Szczur’s single and scored on 2B Logan Watkins’ groundout. With Szczur on third and two out, SS Chris Valaika grounded out to end the game. Watkins finished 2-4 and CF Kalish went 1-3.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Dan Straily (0-1, 4.63 ERA) didn’t have his best command on Saturday, allowing six hits and four walks in four innings. He threw 88 pitches and fanned four in his second start since the trade.....Marcos Mateo (1-0, 4.23 ERA) on the other hand, didn’t have any problems with the RedHawks lineup using a fastball in the mid-90s and a sharp breaking slider in the upper 80s. He fanned six over the final three innings on 42 pitches, allowing a hit and a walk. GAME 2—Yoanner Negrin threw six solid innings but took the loss, surrendering two runs on five hits. He walked three, fanned four and threw 93 pitches in the emergency start. Armando Rivero (3-0, 1.64 ERA) worked a scoreless 7th and has only been scored on one time in eight games.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa played the DH without the services of Kris Bryant and Javier Baez who are in Minneapolis for the Futures Game........Tsuyoshi Wada (9-5, 2.66 ERA) gets the start on Sunday at Principal Park.
AA—Jacksonville 2, Tennessee 0
The Suns made it three-in-a-row over the Smokies as three pitchers blanked Tennessee.
At the Dish: Tennessee only managed seven hits, two from 2B Elliot Soto and one a pinch-hit double from Jorge Soler, who got the night off and didn’t start. He was lifted for a pinch-runner after the hit.....1B Charlie Cutler doubled and LF Anthony Giansanti was 1-3 and made a spectacular diving catch in LF.
On the Hill: Pierce Johnson (2-3, 3.74 ERA) took the mound for his third start since coming off the DL for a calf injury. The right-hander only allowed three hits in 5 ? but one of those was a two-run double in the sixth chasing Johnson. He threw 82 pitches, 48 for strikes, and fanned five with three walks....Lendy Castillo got the final two outs of the sixth and has only allowed one earned run in his last 10 appearances......Jeffrey Lorick tossed a scoreless frame and P.J. Francescon kept the Suns off the board the final two innings.
Smokies Notes: Eduardo Figueroa (0-0, 4.10 ERA) looks to snap the losing skid.
High A—Daytona 7, Jupiter 4—8 innings-Called due to rain
Daytona pounded Jupiter pitching for 13 hits in a game shortened by rain.
At the Dish: Every D-Cubs starter had at least one hit as 1B Rock Shoulders (.215/.313/.364) led the way with three hits, including a double and a RBI single. LF Bijan Rademacher (290/.395/.429) had two hits and scored twice while CF Zeke DeVoss (.176/.323/.237) was 1-3 with two RBI. C Wilson Contreras (.244/.294/.331) had two hits and scored two runs. RF Billy McKinney (.250/.400/.250) was 1-3, scored a run, had a RBI and walked once.
On the Hill: The eventful first full season of left-hander Rob Zastryzny (1-6, 5.16 ERA) continued on Saturday night as he made his 15th start (48 IP). In his last eight outings, he recorded 39 K in 35.1 IP with only 6 BB and a 2.55 ERA. Facing Jupiter for the first time, the 22-year-old lasted four innings, allowing three runs on four hits in the first. After a hit batter and a single in the second, he retired the next eight hitters he faced, two on strikes.....Justin Amlung (3-2, 4.80 ERA) got the win in relief, allowing a run over three innings. He fanned three and allowed four hits. Amlung started the season in Kane County and has thrown 30 innings in the FSL, making five starts and two relief appearances.
Low A—Beloit 7, Kane County 0
Kane County only managed five hits and were shutout by three Beloit arms.
At the Dish: 3B Jeimer Candelario (.257/.307/.414) and C Kyle Schwarber (.370/.459/.644) both had two hits and 1B Jacob Rogers (.261/.365/.433) added a single. Candelario, 20, has a six-game hitting streak, five of those multi-hit games. Cougars were 0-10 with RISP and left nine on.
On the Hill: Tyler Skulina (4-5, 2.93 ERA) went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. He fanned two and has logged 80 innings in his first pro season......Gerardo Concepcion (1-2, 4.54 ERA) threw three innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and Jesus Arias surrendered two runs in the ninth, the first runs he’s allowed since coming off DL (4.2 IP).
Cougars Notes: Kane County hosts Beloit in a twin-bill on Sunday and Jen-Ho Tseng is scheduled to start one of the games.
Short-Season—Eugene 5, Boise 2
Eugene kept Boise off the board for seven straight innings to even the series.
At the Dish: 1B Danny Canela (.313) put the Hawks1-0 in the first with a RBI double, plating CF Rashad Crawford (.327), who singled to extend his hit streak to 12 games, and stole second (7). 2B Chesny Young (.421) added a RBI ground out in the 9th...RF Jeffrey Baez (.276) doubled to extend his hit streak to 15 games while 3B Jesse Hodges (.257) was 0-4 to snap his streak at 10 games. Canela and Crawford had two hits each and C Justin Marra (.291) was 2-4 with a run scored.
On the Hill: Trevor Graham (3-2, 5.25 ERA) got charged with four runs on nine hits as the right-hander made his fifth start. He fanned four and got eight ground ball outs....Jasvir Rakkar gave up an unearned run in two innings in his first appearance back in Boise since being promoted to AAA......Trey Lang has been a nice surprise in Boise this year as the right-handed power arm has shown consistency, something he lacked in his first two pro seasons. In his 9th game, the 2012 sixth-round pick, worked a scoreless 8th and has 13 K in 11.1 innings, allowing six hits, one run, and four walks.
Hawks Notes: Great stuff from Boise Hawks broadcaster Mike Safford as he’s compiled a Boise Hawks alumni report for all of pro baseball at On the Mike with Mike Safford
Arizona Rookie League—White Sox 3, Cubs 1
White Sox (8-11) scored three times in the 7th to beat the Cubs (9-8)
At the Dish: Cubs only managed four hits—singles from 1B Alberto Mineo (.349), DH Eloy Jimenez (.257), and LF Ricardo Marcano (.231), and a double from RF Shamil Ubiera (.222). 2B Emilio Bonifacio walked and scored the Cubs only run on a RBI from Mineo.
On the Hill: Kyuji Fujikawa continues his rehab back from Tommy John surgery as the Japanese right-hander appeared in his third game, working a scoreless fifth with two strikeouts, a hit, and a walk. His line in Mesa is 3 G, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K......20-year-old Alex Santana (0-1, 1.42 ERA) fanned four in four no-hit innings as the only base runner reached on a walk. It was his fourth game and second start....Tanner Griggs (12th round ’14) pitched a scoreless inning and recorded his first pro strikeout, fanning two.....Jefferson Mejia (2-1, 2.16 ERA) allowed three runs in the 7th, two unearned, and allowed four hits and a walk in two innings.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 4, Rays 2
Cubs (22-28) won for the sixth time in seven games with a 10-hit attack.
At the Dish:1B Miguel Ruiz, 20, had two doubles and two RBI to up his average .263 and RBI total to 27, second on the team....SS Andruw Monasterio, 17, had two hits, scored twice, knocked in a run, and walked. After hitting .143 in his first eight games as a pro, he’s turned it around in July, batting over .325 and it was his seventh multi-hit game in his last 10.....LF Moises Colasante (.216) was 2-4 with a double and a run scored while RF Luis Ayala (.195) singled in a run. 3B Wladimir Galindo (.297) singled in five trips and DH Luis Hidalgo (.322) was 1-2.
On the Hill: 21-year-old left-hander Yapson Gomez (4-1, 1.76 ERA) made his ninth start, allowing an unearned run on three hits with three punchouts. Gomez stands 5-foot-10 and his BB/K ratio is 7:28 in 51 innings.......Jose Leidenz, 19, made his 16th appearance in his first pro season after signing with the Cubs in 2013. He earned his second hold (2 IP, 2 H, 1 UER, 2 K) and while he carries a BAA of .160 he’s only fanned 19 in 31.2 innings while walking 10......Julio Sanchez, 22, earned his first save, with a scoreless ninth.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 4, Marlins 3
Cubs (24-13) scored two runs in each of the first two innings and hung on for the win.
At the Dish: SS Frandy Delarosa (.241) walked and scored in the first and added two-run triple in the second to lead the offense. LF Robert Garcia (.326) scored twice out of the leadoff spot with a single and walk. 3B Carlos Jimenez (.329) was 2-4 with a RBI and RF Jose Paniagua (.300) added a sac fly.
On the Hill: Oscar De La Cruz (5-0, 0.82 ERA) worked a career-high seven innings as the 19-year-old right-hander allowed two earned runs. He fanned five and gave up six hits. Luiz Escanio got his second hold and Assael Aquino earned his second save.