The Darwin Barney era has come to an end. The 28-year-old second baseman was designated for assignment on Tuesday as IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio was taken off the DL. Now that Barney has been DFA, the Cubs may be able to work out a trade or the second baseman could be granted his release or be optioned to the minors. The Cubs and Barney avoided arbitration this spring and agreed on a one-year, $2.3 million deal. The 2012 Gold Glove winner spent parts of five seasons with the North Siders, after being selected in the 4th round in 2007 out of Oregon State. Appearing in 542 games in a Cubs’ uniform, Barney hit .244/.290/.335 with 18 HR and 146 RBI. Bonifacio and Arismendy Alcantara should platoon between second and center the rest of the season. The move also opens up a 40-man roster spot that should be filled when Kyuji Fujikawa comes off the 60-day DL. He’s currently rehabbing in Iowa and has already pitched for Mesa and Kane County.
Roster moves, News, Notes
C.J. Edwards will return to the mound on Wednesday night for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League for the first time since going on the DL back in April with shoulder fatigue. Teammate Ivan Pineyro made his first rehab start on Tuesday night for Mesa......RHP Dillon Maples, who started the year on the DL with a broken rib and had been pitching for Mesa, was promoted to Boise.
AAA—Iowa 1, New Orleans 0
A bases loaded walk to Chris Valaika was the game’s only runs as the first 18 Iowa hitters were retired.
At the Dish: Matt Szczur’s leadoff single in the seventh was Iowa’s first base runner of the game as Andrew Heaney was perfect through six innings. After a Brett Jackson single and a walk to Kris Bryant, Valiaka drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch to plate Szczur. Cubs only had two hits and it was the only inning they had base runners.
On the Hill: Dallas Beeler was perfect like his mound opponent but he tossed seven shutout frames with seven punchouts to improve to 7-3. The right-hander threw 99 pitches, 64 for strikes, allowing six hits with one walk......Iowa’s bullpen was perfect as Zac Rosscup worked 1-2-3 eighth and Blake Parker picked up his 21st save setting the Zephyrs down in order in the 9th.
I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada (10-6, 2.77 ERA) get the start on Wednesday as the two teams play at noon.
AA—Tennessee 8, Mississippi 7
Jae-Hoon Has walk-off double in the 10th capped the Smokies rally as they trailed 6-1.
At the Dish: Braves never got an out in the 10th. A walk to Pin-Chieh Chen, a single by Jonathan Mota and Ha’s doubled that bounced over the fence gave the Smokies the win.....The Cubs tied the game in the bottom of the 7th as Luis Flores hit his second homer of the year, a two-run shot. Charlie Cutler delivered a two-run homer in the fourth, one of three hits for the catcher, and Dustin Geiger delivered a pinch-hit solo shot in the fifth, his 12th.....Jorge Soler went 2-4 with a triple, knocked in a run, and is hitting .415/494/.862.....
On the Hill: Corey Black may have been leading the Southern League with a 2.63 ERA coming into the game but the Braves didn’t care. They rocked the right-hander for six runs in 3.1 innings, leaving after 75 pitches, 41 for strikes. Black didn’t help himself and had problems with his command—walking three, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch......Lendy Castillo made an early appearance and allowed a run in 1.2 innings....Hunter Cervenka was solid for three innings as the only runner reached on a single......Frank Batista (2-0, 0.89 ERA) got the win, throwing two shutout innings.
High A—Palm Beach 9, Daytona 3
Palm Beach battered Daytona pitching for 16 hits in the win.
At the Dish Albert Almora was the offense as the outfielder went 2-3, drove in all three runs (50), and hit his seventh homer. Cubs had 10 hits but were just 1-6 with RISP. Billy McKinney was 2-4 and Wes Darvill went 3-4 and scored once. Gioskar Amaya singled, scored and walked.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua’s FSL debut we a tough one as the right-hander surrendered a two-run homer in the first. He allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings with a pair of strikeouts.......Nathan Dorris didn’t have any better luck against the Cardinals, allowing four runs on seven hits in three innings. Yao-Ling Wang pitched a scoreless eighth.
D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (1-6, 5.53 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday night. .....Cubs minor league pitching coordinator Derek Johnson was at the game.
Low A—Kane County
Had the day off and are back in action on Wednesday night when they host Lake County with Duane Underwood (4-2, 2.36 ERA) getting the start..
Short-Season—Everett 3, Boise 0
Boise only had three hits and started the second half at Everett with a loss.
At the Dish: After reaching double figures in hits for three straight games, the Hawks only managed three singles against AquaSox pitching. RF Jeffrey Baez, C Mark Zagunis and LF Charlie White all singled.
On the Hill: Trevor Clifton (2-1, 3.89 ERA) took the loss as the 19-year-old allowed five runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth as Everett batted around. He fanned three and walked four in his seventh start.......Brad Markey (19th round-2014) allowed a run in 2.1 frames and Tommy Thorpe (8th round-2014) tossed two scoreless innings.
Hawks Notes: Josh Conway (0-0, 3.12 ERA) will be looking to get Boise their first win of the second half on Wednesday night.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 7, Dodgers 6
Cubs rallied late and won on Eloy Jimenez’ walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth.
At the Dish: Big night at the plate for 17-year-old RF Eloy Jimenez as he went 3-5, knocked his second homer out of the park, and doubled in the game winner. 1B Roney Alcala and 3B Adonis Paula both had two hits and plated a run. CF Kevonte Mitchell had two hits and scored once as the Cubs collected 13 hits in the win.
On the Hill: RIght-hander Ivan Pineyro saw his first action on the mound since May 10, working two scoreless innings in the start. Considered one of the Cubs top pitching prospects after being acquired last year from Washington, Pineyro went on the DL with Tennessee (0-0, 3.60 ERA, 7 G, 35 IP) with shoulder issues and has been rehabbing in Mesa ever since.....Justin Steele, (4th round-2014) kept the Dodgers off the board for two innings, allowing four hits with two strikeouts in his third pro game......Zach Hedges gave up his first runs as a pro, allowing a pair on four hits in two frames. The 26th round pick in June had not allowed a run in his first four games (4.2 IP).....After giving up four runs in the 7th, Adbert Alzolay got the win as he held the Dodgers scoreless in the final two innings.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 5, Rays 4—12 innings
Cubs tied the game with two runs in the 8th and finally won in it in the 12th after scoring in the 10th.
At the Dish: Cubs got some help in this one as a throwing error and a balk tied the game in the 8th. C Robert Vahlis singled in a run in the 10th and then added a run scoring double in the 12th. He finished the day 3-6. CF Jose Gonzalez stroked a RBI single while 2B Jesus Gonzalez doubled and scored.
On the Hill: Enrique De Los Rio allowed three unearned runs in six innings with three strikeouts in his 12th start. Yeiper Lovera and Alex Pacheco kept the Rays off the board for 1.2 innings while Julio Sanchez gave up a run in the 10th in his 1.2 innings. 17-year-old left-hander Eugenio Palma (1-1, 1.93 ERA) earned his first pro win with 2.2 shutout innings with two strikeouts.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 10, Braves 5
Cubs knocked off the Braves behind 10 hits.
At the Dish: DH Frandy Delarosa went 3-4, scored twice, doubled, walked, and knocked in a run to pace the offense. 3B Miguel Ruiz recorded two hit and knocked in three while CF Jenner Emeterio and 2B Carlos Jimenez had two hits and combined for three RBI.
On the Hill: Junior Marte got the win in relief, working three innings on no-hit baseball with two strikeouts. Assael Aquino also kept the Ryas hitless for two innings but did walk four. Jose Morel got the start and allowed two runs in three innings while Chris Pieters gave up three runs in the ninth.