Cubs July 18 Minor League Recap

Establishing himself as one of the top Cubs pitching prospects, Jen-Ho Tseng improved to 5-0 with six innings of one-hit ball Saturday night as Kane County whipped Lansing. Another big night for homers as Javier Baez and Kris Bryant went deep in Iowa’s win, Rock Shoulders hit a walk-off grand slam in the 17th for Daytona, and Kyle Schwarber hit his first FSL dinger.

AAA—Iowa 4, Round Rock 1

Javier Baez and Kris Bryant both homered for the second straight night while Tsuyoshi Wada fanned 10 in six innings to lead Iowa to the win.

At the Dish: An RBI single from Lars Anderson (.267), a two-run homer from Bryant, and a a solo shot from Baez was all the offense Iowa needed. Cubs tied the game in second when Ryan Kalish (.217) singled and scored on one of Anderson’s three singles. Baez (.246) singled and walked home in the third on Bryant’s (.344) 11th AAA homer and 33rd of the season. Baez launched his 16th homer of the year in the fifth. Matt Szczur (.247) went 2-5 and Rafael Lopez (.276) was 1-3.

On the Hill: Tsuyoshi Wada (10-6, 2.77 ERA) tied his career-high with 10 punchouts as the left-hander kept the Express hitters in check for six innings. He threw 94 pitches, 65 for strikes, allowing one run on three hits and walk....Alberto Cabrera threw two scoreless frames of relief and Blake Parker earned his 19th save, fanning the side in the ninth.

I-Cubs Notes: Eric Jokisch (5-8, 3.95 ERA) gets the ball Saturday night in game three of the series.


Smokies game at Huntsville was rained out and will made up on Saturday as part of a doubleheader beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST. Pierce Johnson (2-3, 3.74 ERA) and Eduardo Figueroa (0-0, 3.68 ERA) are the scheduled starters.

High A—Daytona 11, Fort Myers 7—17 innings

Rock Shoulders’ grand slam in the bottom of the 17th gave the D-Cubs the walk-off win that included a comeback from a 7-1 deficit.

At the Dish: Wilson Contreras’ (.242) solo homer in the bottom of the 9th sent the game into extra innings. It was his second homer of the season and he also doubled......Kyle Schwarber (.364) blasted his first FSL homer and the 9th of his pro career, a solo shot in the 8th to pull the D-Cubs to within 7-6. Schwarber got his first start behind the plate and threw out Byron Buxton trying to swipe third. He was 2-5 and was replaced by Chadd Krist in the top of 15th........Billy McKinney (.286) went 2-6 and knocked in a pair while Gioskar Amaya (.278) was 3-6 with a RBI.....Albert Almora (.274) had two hits, scored twice, and was kicked out of the game after striking out in the 10th.......Shoulders (.212), who replaced Almora in the line-up, hit his third grand slam of the season after two singles and an intentional walk loaded the bases...Bijan Rademacher (.286) was 1-7 to extended his on-base streak to 29 games.

On the Hill: Daytona’s pitching staff gave up 23 hits but still got the win. Tough start for Rob Zastryzny as the Miracle collected three runs on two singles and two doubles from the first four hitters. The left-hander battled for five innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits and four walks. He fanned six in his 16th start (71.1 IP/73 K).....Justin Amlung fanned a career-high seven hitters as the right-hander gave up two runs on five hits in four innings....Zack Godley tossed two shutout frames with 4 K and Stephen Perakslis threw four scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk.....Yao-Lin Wang (2-5, 5.92 ERA) got credit for the win, fanning four in two innings. Final pitching line for Daytona 17 IP, 23 H, 7 R, 6 BB, 23 K.

D-Cubs Notes: According to Daytona announcer Robbie Aaron, Schwarber will be the personal catcher for Zastryzny, move to DH after catching, and play left field the next three games while he’s in Daytona.

Low A—Kane County 10, Lansing 1

Jen-Ho Tseng tossed six innings of shutout ball and Kane County pounded Lansing pitching for 16 hits.

At the Dish: Jeimer Candelario (.245) put the Cougars on the board in the second with a solo homer, his 4th since joining Kane County. After hitting a walk-off homer and earning MWL player of the week honors, Candelario was 1-for-14 before the homer. The third baseman also doubled....RF Shawon Dunston (.258) had three hits, including a double, knocked in two, and scored three times batting second......C Cael Brockmeyer (.309) continues to square up baseballs as he launched his fourth homer of the season. He was 3-4 and knocked in four, three coming on the homer in the third....Trey Martin (.242) had two hits and stole his 19th base while Jacob Hannemann (.261) went 2-5 and scored once.

On the Hill: Jen-Ho Tseng (5-0, 2.50 ERA) was almost perfect. The 19-year-old Taiwanese right-hander retired the first 14 hitters he faced before a two-out single in the fifth. He issued a leadoff walk in the sixth for the Lugnuts only other base runner. Tseng has been impressive, not only with his numbers on the mound, but his maturity and composure in his first year as a pro. He fanned three in the gem, his 12th start. In 68.1 innings he’s recorded 64 strikeouts with nine walks and a WHIP of 0.95......Kyuji Fujikawa pitched for the second straight night as the Japanese right-hander continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He faced four batters (2 K) and allowed an unearned run as Dunston was charged with a three-base error on a fly ball....Michael Wagner (1-2, 3.28 ERA) held Lansing scoreless the final 2.1 innings. The right-hander from San Diego University allowed two hits and fanned one.

Cougars Notes: Kane County heads to Great Lakes as Paul Blackburn (8-2, 2.94 ERA) is the scheduled starter on Saturday night.......Tyler Skulina was scheduled to start on Friday night but was a late scratch. He may get the ball on Saturday night.

Short-Season—Boise 10, Spokane 7

Boise scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh as the Hawks rallied from a 7-1 deficit and moved into a first-place tie with Hillsboro.

At the Dish: Plenty of hitting stars in this one. SS Jason Vosler (.341) was 2-4 and tripled in two runs...2B Chesny Young (.429) gave the Hawks the lead with a RBI single in the 7th and finished 2-4 with two runs and two RBI....CF Rashad Crawford (.326) went 2-5 to extend his hit streak to 18 games....3B Jesse Hodges (.270) was 2-3 with a RBI and DH Mark Zagunis (.351) scored twice and doubled in a run....1B Danny Canela (.298) knocked in a pair with a double....RF Jeffrey Baez (.272) was 0-5 to snap his 20-game hitting streak.

On the Hill: Trevor Graham (3-2, 6.23 ERA) lasted only two innings as the right-hander gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in his sixth start...Josh Davis (1-1, 7.47 ERA) allowed two runs in the two innings, one coming on a solo homer....19th round pick Brad Markey (0-0, 1.86 ERA) was impressive in two innings of relief, recording four punchouts in two scoreless frames....Francisco Carrillo (1-1, 1.86 ERA) earned his first win at Boise, keeping the Indians off the board the final three innings. The 24-year-old right-hander from Venezuela fanned three and allowed two hits.

Hawks Notes: Tied with Hillsboro, the first-place Hawks host Salem-Keizer on Saturday night as Ben Wells (1-2, 3.91 ERA) makes his sixth start.

Arizona Rookie League—Brewers 7, Cubs 3

Brewers beat the Cubs despite making seven errors.

At the Dish: 2B Andrew Ely (.467) hit his second homer, a solo shot in the sixth. Ely is the Cubs 32nd round pick out of the University of Washington. RF Shamil Ubiera (.229) doubled and scored while Charcer Burks (.313) went 1-4 with a run. SS Gleyber Torres (.221) collected his ninth RBI and DH Eloy Jimenez (.255) was 1-5.

On the Hill: Jesus Castillo, acquired in the Tony Campana trade, got the start and worked three scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed two hits, two walks and fanned two....Jefferson Mejia (2-2, 3.24 ERA) only gave up one hit but the 6-foot-7 right-hander walked five and was charged with four earned runs. Part of the Cubs 2013 international class, the 19-year-old has 20 K and 8 BB in 16.2 innings.....Pedro Araujo allowed three runs in relief and Alberto Diaz worked a scoreless eighth.

Venezuelan Summer League—Mariners 4, Cubs 3

Cubs dropped their third straight as they were held to three hits.

At the Dish: An error and two wild pitches allowed SS Andruw Monasterio (.271) to score in the fourth and the Cubs added two more in the 8th when Roberto Vahlis (.206) and Humberto Garcia (.264) led off with singles. An error and a sac fly from Monasterio plated the runs. Wladimir Galindo singled in four trips and is hitting .283.

On the Hill: Gabriel Lima (0-1, 3.60 ERA) threw five no-hit innings but allowed an unearned run on two walks. It was the 18-year-old’s best pro outing in his seventh game....Jose Leidenz was charged with two runs in 2.1 innings as Jesus Arias allowed both inherited runner to score on a single. Julio Sanchez took the loss, giving up an unearned run in the ninth.

Dominican Summer League—Phillies 2, Cubs 1

Phillies scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.

At the Dish: Cubs only managed three hits, one a RBI double from CF Roberto Caro (.277) that scored LF Luis Ubiera (.203) for the Cubs only run. 1B Jhonny Pena (.270) and 3B Jose Paniagua (.290) both singled.

On the Hill: Oscar De La Cruz (5-0, 0.71 ERA) allowed an unearned run over six innings. The 6-foot-4 right-hander only gave up two hits and walked two.....Aneuris Rosario (0-3, 2.86 ERA) took the loss, surrendering an unearned run in the 8th.

Cubs Minor League box scores July 18

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