AAA—Memphis 3, Iowa 2
Memphis scored all three of their runs in the fifth, two coming a a homer, and held on for the win.
At the Dish: Javier Baez (.256/.316/.480) knocked in Ryan Kalish (.221/.309/.381) in the sixth with a sacrifice fly and then led of the ninth with a double off the wall. Baez scored on a Kris Bryant (.309/.388/.650) infield single when the throw bounced into first. In an attempt to throw out Baez, the throw home went into the dugout and Bryant was awarded third. Jorge Soler (.167/.444/.167) then grounded to first and Bryant was tagged out at home. The I-Cubs loaded the bases but Rafael Lopez (.254/.325/.289) fanned to end the game. Cubs only had five hits on the night, two from Kalish.
On the Hill: Chris Rusin (7-11, 3.76 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) went eight innings, throwing 100 pitches, but got tagged for three runs in the fifth on a two-out RBI single followed by a two-run homer. He allowed eight hits, walked one and fanned four. Marcus Mateo (1-0, 3.76 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Cubs and Redbirds play a twin-bill on Saturday as Dan Straily (4-5, 4.73 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) takes the ball in game one and TBA starts in game 2. Could be interesting to see who may get called to Iowa to fill in during the back-to-back DH with Wada and Kyle Hendricks both in Chicago.
AA—Mississippi 9, Tennessee 8
Mississippi scored five times in the 8th and rallied from a 6-0 deficit.
At the Dish: For the second time in six days, SS Addison Russell (.250/.297/.517) launched a pair of homers—a three-run shot in the first and a solo bomb in the second. He went hitless in his final three at-bats. C Luis Flores (.264/.338/.444) was 3-5, knocked in three runs and hit his third homer. 3B Christian Villanueva (.282/.353/.485) had two doubles as part of his three-hit night and scored once. Albert Almora (.111/.111/.111) was 1-5 and Jonathan Mota (.252/.287/.323) doubled.
On the Hill: Jeffry Antigua (0-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) lasted three innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and a walk. Lendy Castillo (0-1, 3.24 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) gave up a solo homer in two frames and Hunter Cervenka followed with a scoreless inning for his 9th hold. Zach Cates (2-1, 3.15 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) allowed all four hitters he faced to reach as all four scored. Andrew McKirahan (0-1, 2.92 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) gave up the tying run and then got charged for the loss on an unearned run.
Smokies Notes: Smokies head to Birmingham on Saturday and a starter hasn’t been named....... Video of Addison Russell’s two homers
High A—Daytona, St. Lucie
With most of the field under water after heavy rains, Daytona canceled for the second straight day. The two teams will try to play the four game series with a pair of DHs over the weekend.
Low A—Kane County 7, South Bend 2
Jeimer Candelario knocked in four runs and the Cougars bullpen delivered five shutout innings as Kane County completed the sweep of the Silver Hawks.
At the Dish: Candelario (.256/.304/.487) had two doubles as part of his three-hit night, knocked in four, and scored once. Shawon Dunston (.275/.310/.375) is 6-for-10 since being moved to the leadoff spot, going 3-4 with double and his 14th stolen base. Chesny Young went 1-3 and scored twice in his MWL debut for Kane County. Trey Martin (.250/.294/.313) continues to push his average higher with another two-hit night, adding a double and a run.
On the Hill: Ben Wells made his first start for Kane County and his first in the MWL since 2012. The 21-year-old right-hander labored through five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and five walks....Michael Wagner (2-2, 2.95 ERA, 1.64 WHIP) tossed three scoreless frames to earn the win and Zak Herman (2-2, 3.33 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) closed the door on South Bend the final two innings.
Cougars Notes: Paul Blackburn (8-3, 3.14 ERA) gets the ball Saturday night as West Michigan comes to town.
Short-Season—Game 1—Everett 3, Boise 1; Game 2—Everett 2, Boise 1
Everett kept Boise’s offense in check as they swept the Hawks.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Only run in game one came on Danny Canela’s (.295/.365/.468) fifth homer, a solo shot in the sixth and one of two hits from the first baseman. Mark Zagunis (.323/.452/.462) went 1-2 with a walk and Charcer Burks doubled.......GAME 2—Boise took a 1-0 led in the first when Rashad Crawford (.294/.317/.400) singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on Bryant Flete’s (.222/.364/.222) first stateside RBI. Charcer Burks (.500/.444/.625) had two singles and Charles White (.214/.323/.268) singled.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Trevor Graham (3-3, 5.63 ERA, 1.48 WHIP) threw the NWL’s first complete game but the right-hander came away with the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks. He fanned five and gave up a homer......GAME 2—Tyler Ihrig (4-2, 4.44 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) mea his team-high 8th start and worked 4.2 innings. The left-hander surrendered two runs on nine hits and two walks with three punchouts. James Norwood (0-0, 1.69 ERA, 0.50 WHIP), Cubs 7th round pick, retired all four hitters he faced, one on strikes.
Hawks Notes: Boise faces Everett on Saturday night but a starter has not been named.
Arizona Rookie League—Giants 6, Cubs 2
Giants scored four times in the second and held the Cubs to three hits.
At the Dish: Cubs took a 1-0 lad in the fist when Kevonte Mitchell (.288/.373/.327) reached on an error and scored on Alberto Mineo’s (.278/.388/.389) RBI single. Tyler Alamo (.277/.327/.298) lead off the second reaching on an error, and scored on the Giants second miscue of the inning. Alamo and Ricardo Marcano (.237/.280/.342) both singled.
On the Hill: Ivan Pineyro made his second appearance in three days and after throwing a scoreless first, gave up four runs in the second, three coming on a homer. He finished with a line of 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 B, 2 K. Hector Perez (0-1, 6.48 ERA, 1.92 WHIP) worked a scoreless frame and Carson Sands 1-0, 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP), Cubs 4th round pick, tossed two shutout innings with a strikeout. Alex Santana (1-1, 2.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) gave up two runs over the final four innings with four strikeouts.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 15, Yankees II 4
Cubs offense exploded for the second straight game, scoring eight time in the first as Jose Paniagua hit a grand slam.
At the Dish: Paniagua (.323/.421/.525) only had one hit in the game but his grand slam gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead after the first three hitters reached. Roberto Caro (.287/.416/.497) hit three triples, knocked in four, walked once, added a single and scored three runs. Jenner Emeterio (.302/.420/.414) had three hits, scored four times and knock in a pair while Yohan Matos (.302/.405/.524) was 2-5 with a RBI. All nine starters had at least one hits and seven different players knocked in runs in the 17-hit attack, eight for extra bases.
On the Hill: Oscar De La Cruz (6-0, 1.13 ERA, 0.93 WHIP) were the beneficiary of the offensive attack as he won his sixth game. He fanned five in five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk.....Assael Aquino (1-0, 2.93 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) gave up a run in three frames and Chris Pieters (1-0, 11.12, 3.26 WHIP) got the final three outs.