Cubs July 21 Minor League Recap

Daytona remained in first place with its second straight win over Palm Beach behind a three-run homer by Jordan Hankins, pictured above. Boise ended the first half with a win while Iowa, Tennessee and Kane County all lost. RHP Pedro Silverio tossed six perfect innings as the DSL Cubs beat the Braves.

Roster Moves, News, Notes

Kyuji Fujikawa’s rehab has landed him in Des Moines after four games in Mesa (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 B, 4K) and two more in Kane County (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 UER, 1 BB, 4 K). After signing a two-year deal last year, the Japanese reliever made his MBL debut but injured his arm and had Tommy John surgery. He worked one inning at Iowa Monday night, allowing a run on two hits, one a double off the CF wall. He threw 13 pitches, nine for strikes.........The Cubs have signed right-hander Daniel Lewis, a non-drafted pitcher from Pensacola Junior College. The 23-year-old pitched out of the bullpen for Pensacola this year, with 7.5 K/9 in 10 games. He threw 31 innings with 31 walks and a 5.23 ERA during his freshman season. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was pitching for the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League (4G, 0-1, 8.00 ERA, 8H, 8 ER, 9 BB, 7 K) when the Cubs signed him. Lewis prepped in North Carolina and then spent four years in the military. Story on Lewis from the Cotuit Kettleers ......Juan Paniagua, the Cubs June Minor League Pitcher of the Month, was promoted to Daytona from Kane County. Boise’s Ben Wells will take Paniagua’s spot on the Cougars roster.

AAA—New Orleans 4, Iowa 3

New Orleans jumped out to a 4-0 lead and hung on for the win to take the opening game of the series.

At the Dish: Iowa got on the board in the third when 1B Lars Anderson (.277) reached ona error and scored on RF Brett Jackson’s (.215) single. Anderson cut the lead to 5-3 in the seventh with a two-run homer, his third. SS Chris Valika (.291) added a RBI single in the 8th. Matt Szczur (.245) had two of Iowa’s seven hits. Javier Baez (.251) was 1-4 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

On the Hill: Dan Straily (4-5, 4.73 ERA) fanned seven over six innings but allowed two homers and four runs on seven hits and two walks....Kyuji Fujikawa made his first rehab start in AAA after stints in Mesa and Kane County. He allowed a run on two hits in the seventh....Alberto Cabrera worked the final two scoreless frames.

I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (6-3, 3.56 ERA) makes the start Tuesday night for Iowa.

AA—Mississippi 4, Tennessee 3

Mississippi pitching kept the Smokies off the board for eight innings to win the opening game of the series.

At the Dish: Smokies were blanked for eight innings before Jae-Hoon Ha (.219) launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth over the left field wall. Jorge Soler (.410) singled twice and left the game after his third at-bat in the sixth. Jonathan Mota (.243) had three hits and Dustin Geiger (.221) recorded his 21st double.

On the Hill: Matthew Loosen (4-5, 5.73 ERA) got the start and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk. He lasted five innings and threw 87 pitches, 51 for strikes.....Tony Zych worked a pari of scoreless frames with three strikeouts......Braves scored two runs off Jeffrey Lorick in the ninth including the steal of home that proved to be the difference in the game when the left-hander tried to pick a runner off first and the runner from third went home.

Smokies Notes: Corey Black (5-6, 2.63 ERA) gets the ball Tuesday night against Mississippi.

High A—Daytona 9, Palm Beach 6

Rock Shoulders and Jordan Hankins both homered as the D-Cubs pounded Palm Beach pitching for the second straight night.

At the Dish: Cubs had 11 hits as Rock Shoulders (.222) was 2-2 with two runs, two walks, two RBI and his 9th homer. Hankins (.254) ripped his second home since joining Daytona, a three-run shot in the 4th for a 6-2 lead. Daniel Vogelbach (.271) had two hits, scored twice and knocked in a pair while Billy McKinney (.268) provided first inning offense for the second straight night with a two-run double.

On the Hill: Michael Jensen (5-4, 2.56 ERA) got the win in relief, tossing 2.2 innings of shutout ball. The only base runner reached on a single and he set five Cardinals down on strikes as three D-Cubs pitchers combined for 12 punchouts.....Jose Rosario got the start and was hit hard, not making it out of the fifth inning. He surrendered six runs on 10 hits and a walk.....Starling Peralta earned his second save, tossing two scoreless frames with three strikeouts.

D-Cubs Notes: Juan Paniagua is rumored to be making his first FSL start on Tuesday as Daytona looks to make three straight over the Cardinals affiliate.

Low A—Great Lakes 3, Kane County 1

A two-run homer in the fifth was the difference in the game as Great Lakes swept Kane County.

At the Dish: 3B Jeimer Candelario launched his fifth homer for the Cougars only run of the game in the fifth......Kane County collected five hits, three off the bat of OF Kevin Brown. SS Carlos Penalver added a single.

On the Hill: Daury Torrez (9-5, 2.93 ERA) surrendered a RBI double in the first and a two-run homer in the fifth in his five innings. He allowed six hits, walked one, hit a batter, and fanned four.......Zak Hermans (3.60 ERA) was perfect in his two innings of relief, setting three Loons down on strikes.....Michael Wagner (3.19 ERA) tossed a scoreless 8th, with a walk and two punchouts.

Cougars Notes: Cougars have Tuesday off and host South Bend on Wednesday night with Duane Underwood (4-2, 2.36 ERA) getting the start.

Short-Season—Boise 7, Salem-Keizer 6

Boise closed out the first half with a win on Justin Marra’s solo homer in the bottom of the 8th.

At the Dish: Justin Marra led off the bottom of the 8th with a solo homer to center field to give Boise the win.....Danny Canela ripped a bases loaded double in the sixth to score three runs and give Boise the lead. A wild pitch and a sac fly by Jesse Hodge plated the other two runs...Boise only had four hits on the night with Rashard Crawford and Jason Vosler collecting the other two.

On the Hill: Erick Leal didn’t make it out of the first has the right-hander reached the organization’s first inning pitch count. He gave up four runs on three hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning.....Trey Lang (0-0, 2.04 EA) had one of his better outings as a pro, tossing four shutout innings. He allowed four hits and fanned one.....Francisco Carrillo allowed a run in 1.1 innings and Sam Wilson (2-0, 4.05 ERA) got the win, despite getting charged with his second blown save.....David Garner worked the ninth for his second pro save.

Hawks Notes: Boise starts the second half at Everett on Tuesday night as Trevor Clifton (2-0, 2.90 ERA) gets the start.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs

Had the day off.

At the Dish: Here’s a look at most of the position players in Mesa. The Cubs top two international players signed last year—SS Gleyber Torres and OF Eloy Jimenez—both made their pro debut for Mesa. Torres hit leadoff most of the season but struggled lately (5-39 in last 10 games), hitting .211/.301/.282 in 18 games. The 17-year-old has committed five errors, .946 fielding percentage. Jimenez made his debut June 21 as a pinch hitter but didn’t get his first start until July 1, and has been a fixture in line-up ever since. Splitting time between DH and RF, the 17-year-old is batting .255/.309/.412 in 14 games with a homer and six RBI.......One of the hottest hitters in Mesa has been OF Charcer Burks, (9th round-2013), a 19-year-old Texas prep who’s hitting .313/.348/.453 in 19 games with 9 SB. The only knock is 20 K and 3 BB in 64 at-bats......Cubs promoted several players from the DSL and VSL to Mesa this spring and 2B Bryant Flete has been the best of the lot, hitting .298/.389/.340 in 17 games. No one else has really taken off — OF Ricardo Marcano (.230/.273/.328). OF Shamil Ubiera (.222/.271/.300), 3B Adonis Paula (.200/.245/.280) and 1B Roney Alcala (.143/.226/.143).....19-year-old (turns 20 on Wednesday) Albert Mineo, native of Italy, is having his best season as a pro, splitting time between catcher and first base. He’s hitting .295/.394/.426 in 17 games with nine RBI. Tyler Alamo is another catcher splitting time at first base that’s having some success in his 2nd pro season. The 19-year-old is batting .300/.326/.325.....Most of this year’s picks have come and gone but a few still remain C Tyler Pearson (.236/.333/.333), 2B Andrew Ely (.348/.400/.609), 3B Joey Martarano (.154/.214/.154), and OF Kevonte Mitchell (.263/.333/.263).

Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 3, Cubs 2

Carlos Rodriguez ran his scoreless innings streak to 31 before a solo homer helped the Phillies to victory.

At the Dish: Cubs were held scoreless for the first eight innings but made it interesting in the 9th. C Jhonny Pereda singled and 2B Danny Gutierrez reached on an error. After the second out of the inning, a single from RF Hennry Pedra loaded the bases and CF Jose Gonzalez plated two with the Cubs third hit of the 9th. SS Andruw Monasterio flied out to end the game. Gonzalez and Pereda both had two hits.

On the Hill: Carlos Rodriguez (1-2, 1.14 ERA) made his 8th start and came into the game with a 25-innings scoreless streak over four starts with 26 K. The 19-year-old left-hander spent last year in the Mea (1-4, 6.97 ERA, 31 IP, 30 K). After six more scoreless frames, the Phillies finally scored in the seventh on a solo homer to lead off the inning. Rodriguez finished the game with seven punchouts. Angel Mejias gave up two runs in 1.1 innings and Jose Leidenz got the final two outs.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 8, Braves 4

Cubs jumped out to a 8-0 lead after five innings and Pedro Silverio tossed six perfect innings.

At the Dish: RF Jose Paniagua (.298) scored twice, doubled, knocked in a pair and hit his third homer, a two-run shot in the third.....DH Frandy Delarosa (.255) was 2-3 with a triple, two runs and a RBI while CF Roberto Caro (.283) went 2-4 with a RBI.

On the Hill: Pedro Silverio (2-1, 1.64 ERA) was perfect for six innings as the 20-year-old right-hander retired all 18 Braves he faced, nine on strikes. It was his fourth start and the second straight game he went six innings. Dilson Vasquez lost the perfect game, the no-hitter and the shutout in the seventh as the Braves plated four runs, three earned. Jeffry Hernandez worked 1.1 scoreless frames and Aneuris Rosario tossed a 1-2-3 ninth.

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