Baez homers in Futures Game
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw at the Futures Game but Kris Bryant’s USA team won the game 3-2. Baez was 1-2 and Bryant went 0-3 with a walk and fanned twice. Pictures are worth a thousand words. Check out these photos from Dylan Heuer.
AAA—Oklahoma City 5, Iowa 2
Oklahoma City had as many homers as the I-Cubs had hits
At the Dish: Iowa scored both their runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Chris Valaika and a throwing error on a Josh Vitters grounder. Logan Watkins, Lars Anderson and Valaika all singled for Iowa.
On the Hill: Tsuyoshi Wada (9-6, 2.84 ERA) surrendered three homers, allowing four runs on nine hits over six innings. He fanned five and threw 109 pitches in his first AAA start since June 29. Dae-Eun Rhee tossed the final three frames, giving up a run on three hits with two punchouts.
I-Cubs Notes: Yoanner Negrin was placed on the 7-day DL and Alberto Cabrera was assigned to Iowa from Tennessee. With the PCL All-Star game on July 16, the Iowa Cubs have three days off and get back into action on July 17 at Round Rock.
AA—Tennessee 14, Jacksonville 8
Jorge Soler hit two homers and knocked in five runs to snap the Smokies three-game losing streak.
At the Dish: Tennessee scored seven times in the fifth and added five more in the seventh as Soler homers fueled both innings. The 22-year-old Cuban hit a two-run shot out of the park down the left-field line for his first blast and then added a three-run bomb in the 7th. It was his first career multi-homer game and the five RBI were also a career-high. He finished 3-5 and is hitting .426 in AA....2B Stephen Bruno had three hits, knocked in three, and scored twice while SS Elliot Soto had two hits, scored three runs, walked, and knocked in a run batting leadoff. LF Anthony Giansanti was 2-4 with 2 RBI. SS Addison Russell got the day off.
On the Hill: Eduardo Figueroa (0-0, 4.10 ERA) allowed four unearned runs in the third and finished the day allowing five hits in three innings.....Zach Cates earned the win, tossing two scoreless frames. Lendy Castillo didn’t make it out of the sixth allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Hunter Cervenka gave up two runs in 1.1 innings and Frank Batista tossed the final two frames.
High A—Daytona 6, Jupiter 2
Billy McKinney hit his first homer as a Cub and knocked in four as Daytona won its second straight in Jupiter.
At the Dish: D-Cubs took a 3-0 lead in the second on a RBI groundout by RF Bill McKinney and a two-run blast from C Chadd Krist. McKinney added a sac fly in the sixth and smacked a two-run homer in the 8th. Rock Shoulders continues to fill the box score, going 1-3 with a double, two walks and two runs. Krist finished with two hits and Wes Darvill went 2-3 with a run. Bijan Rademacher tripled (25 games) and Daniel Vogelbach walked (23 games) as they both extended their on-base streaks.
On the Hill: Tayler Scott (5-6, 4.75 ERA) had one of his best outing in nearly two months, blanking the Hammerheads for six innings in five hits. He walked two and got seven ground ball outs......Stephen Perakslis (1-0, 5.61 ERA) gave up two runs in two innings and Zack Godley (2-1, 5.01 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth.
D-Cubs Notes: Felix Pena (2-6, 3.09 ERA) pitches in the series finale on Monday night.
Low A—GAME 1—Kane County 3, Beloit 1; GAME 2—Kane County 6, Beloit 5
At the Dish: GAME 1—Kane County scored all their runs in the fourth on a RBI single from Kevin Brown and a two-run single from Cael Brockmeyer. Kyle Schwarber and Jacob Rogers were both 2-3 with a run. GAME 2—Jeimer Candelario hit two homers, including the walk-off in the bottom of the seventh, and knocked in four runs. Carlos Penalver tripled in a run and Kyle Schwarber was 1-3 with a RBI and a walk. Benjamin Carhart singled, scored a run, and walked twice..
On the Hill: GAME 1—Jen-Ho Tseng (4-0 2.74 ERA) pitched the first complete game of his career as the 19-year-old fanned seven in the first game of the twin-bill. The Taiwanese right-hander allowed a leadoff single in the first and then set down the next 14 Beloit hitters. Tseng commanded all three of his pitches and was especially sharp with his curve ball. The only run came off the bat of A’s fist-round pick Matt Chapman, who hit the scoreboard in left field with a solo homer in the seventh. Tseng allowed three hits and no walks in his longest outing as a pro....GAME 2—Paul Blackburn (8-2, 2.94 ERA) had allowed one run over five innings but left after loading the bases in the sixth, and all three runs scored. The 20-year-old gave up five hits, walked one, and recorded 10 ground ball outs. James Pugliese allowed all three inherited runners to score on a single, and throwing error by Will Remillard. Michael Heesch (2-0, 3.18 ERA) was charged with a blown save, allowing the tying run to score on a double and single to open the ninth. He got the win with a line 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Cougars Notes: Daury Torrez (9-4, 3.02 ERA) gets the start on Monday with a noon start.
Short-Season—Boise 6, Eugene 2
Every starter had at least one hit and Ben Wells had his best outing since joining Boise.
At the Dish: Jesse Hodges (.264) and Alex Tomasovich (.275) both had two hits and Mark Malave knocked in a pair. Jeffrey Baez (.273) extended his hitting streak to 16 games and Rashad Crawford (.324) upped his hit streak to 13 games with a RBI single. Chesny Young (.391) doubled and scored twice while Calvin Graves (.286) knocked in his first run as a pro.
On the Hill: Ben Wells (1-2, 3.92 ERA) has his best outing since May as the right-hander fanned five in six innings. He allowed a run on six hits and walked two in his fifth start......James Norwood was impressive in his NWL debut, fanning the side in the 7th and worked 1-2-3 eighth with another punchout....Josh Davis surrendered a solo homer in the ninth.
Hawks Notes: Tyler Ihrig (3-0, 3.30 ERA) gets the start on Monday night as the Hawks return to Memorial Stadium.
Arizona Rookie League—White Sox vs. Cubs—Rained Out
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 3, Mariners 1
Cubs (23-28) made it five-in-a-row with the victory of the Mariners (23-27) and moved to within four games of the wild card spot.
At the Dish: Cubs collected 14 hits as CF Jose Gonzalez (.230), SS Andruw Monasterio (.276), 1B Miguel Rico (.269), C Jhonny Pereda (.250), and 2B Danny Gutierrez (.264) all had two hits. Rico knocked in his 28th RBI while DH Humberto Garcia (.269) and PH Robert Vahlis (.213) also plated runs./P>
On the Hill: Carlos Rodriguez (0-2, 1.12 ERA/1.09 WHIP) fanned six in six shutout innings as he allowed five hits and didn’t issue a free pass in his 7th start. The 18-year-old lefty spent last year in Mesa pitching 13 games (1-4, 6.97 ERA) in the Rookie League but returned to the VSL this season......Jesus Arias (1-1, 4.50 ERA/1.71 WHIP) got charged with a blown save (3), allowing a run in the seventh. Eugenio Palma (1-0, 2.57 ERA/1.00 WHIP) fanned the only hitter he faced and Julio Sanchez (5-1, 3.27 ERA/1.55 WHIP) got the final five outs to earn the win.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off.