Cubs July 27 Minor League Recap

Daytona continues to roll in the second half as Dan Vogelbach and Wes Darvill helped the D-Cubs to another DH sweep of the Mets. Mesa erupted for 20 hits against the D-Backs as 17-year-old Gleyber Torres had four hits in their victory. Not much good news for the rest of the affiliates.

AAA—Game 1—Memphis 4, Iowa 2; Game 2—Memphis 2, Iowa 0

Memphis swept Iowa in a doubleheader for the second straight day and won all five games at Principal Park.

At the Dish: GAME 1—RF Jorge Soler (.333) blasted his first AAA homer, a two-run shot in the 6th but that was it for the I-Cubs’ offense. It was Soler’s 8th. Kris Bryant (.305) singled and walked twice and was on base for Soler’s homer. Eli Whiteside (.182) had two base hits while Javier Baez and Matt Szczur (.254) both singled.....GAME 2—Cubs were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position had seven hits. Mike Olt (.286) was 2-3 with a double and Logan Watkins (.271) added a double, his 14th. Javier Baez (.258) had his seven-game hitting streak snapped.

On the Hill: GAME 1—Dallas Beeler (7-4, 3.44 ERA) didn’t have his best command as the right-hander waked five and allowed four runs on three hits over six innings. Beeler threw 94 pitches, fanned three and got 13 ground ball outs.....Arodys Vizcaino was hitting 95 on the stadium gun per Rob Willer who spent the weekend in Iowa and will be submitting a story on his weekend at Principal Park. Vizcaino threw a scoreless inning with a walk. GAME 2—Carlos Pimentel (2-7, 4.80 ERA) worked four innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks. He fanned five and threw 80 pitches. Marcus Hatley, Kyuji Fujikawa and Armando Rivero all threw a scoreless frame.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has Monday off and look to get back on track Tuesday in New Orleans.

AA—Birmingham 6, Tennessee 5

Birmingham scored four runs in the 8th and won on a walk-off error in the 9th to move into first place in a battle for the top spot in the North Division,

At the Dish: Jae-Hoon Ha (.221) hit his third homer and added a single, one of four players with two hits—Lars Anderson (.429), Christian Villanueva (.283), Jonathan Mota (.255). Villanueva knocked in two while Luis Flores (.247) and Pin-Chieh Chen (.217) also plated runs. Albert Almora went 0-5 and was his average slip to .056. Addison Russell (.271) was 1-5 to extend his hit streak to four-games.

On the Hill: Making his 19th start, Corey Black went six innings and threw 97 pitches, only 50 for strikes, as he walked two and fanned two. The right-hander allowed four hits and the only run came on a solo homer. It was a typical outing for Black, nearly unhittable, and just enough problems with his command to drive his pitch count up and cut his outing short....Hunter Cervenka threw a scoreless 7th and then allowed the first two hitters of the 8th to reach and departed. Lendy Castillo couldn’t prevent those runners from scoring and by the time the innings was over a bases loaded doubled tied the game. Andrew McKirahan got two outs in the 9th but a grounder to second baseman Jonathan Mota allowed the winning run to score.

Smokies Notes: The Smokies will try to regain the top spot in the North Divison on Monday as they send Eduardo Figueroa (1-1, 4.06 ERA) to the mound.

High A—GAME 1—Daytona 4, St. Lucie 3; GAME 2—Daytona 6, St. Lucie 5

Dan Vogelbach’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth gave Daytona the win and the sweep of St. Lucie as the D-Cubs won back-to-back twin bills.

At the Dish: GAME 1—Daytona got all their hits in the first, scoring three times. A bunt single from Marco Hernandez and a walk to Kyle Schwarber set the table. Daniel Vogelbach singled home Hernandez and after a walk to Billy McKinney, Wes Darvill lined a two-run single. Hernandez walked, took second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Schwarber’s sac fly in the fifth.....GAME 2—Vogelbach slugged his 12th homer to give the D-Cubs the lead for good and run his RBI total to 58. Darvill delivered a two-run double for a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Jacob Hannemann and Gioskar Amaya added RBI.

On the Hill: GAME 1—Jose Rosario held the Mets without a hit through four innings but that all changed in the fifth as the allowed three doubles and three runs. Rosario finished with a line of 4.1 IP, 3H, 3 ER, 2 BB 1K. Michael Jensen allowed an inherited runner to score in the fifth, and had runner son first and third with one out when he departed in the sixth. Jensen got the win and now leads the team with six victories. Zack Godley got a double play in the sixth to end the threat and then pitched a scoreless ninth with the help of another twin killing to earn his third save....GAME 2—Starling Peralta got the win in relief, tossing 2.1 frames of shutout ball. He worked around two hits and two walks and fanned one. Nathan Dorris got the start and battled into the fifth, yielding five runs on seven hits. He fanned five in his 10th start.

D-Cubs Notes: Juan Paniagua makes his debut at The Jack as the right-hander makes his second FSL starts against Bradenton....Vogelbach has reached base in 35-of his last 36 games

Low A—West Michigan 2, Kane County 1

West Michigan became the first MWL team to win a series at Fifth Third Ballpark this year as the Whitecaps took game two and go for the sweep on Monday afternoon.

At the Dish: Cougars were held to four hits, two of those coming in the ninth when LF Shawon Dunston (.284) singled and went to third on 3B Jeimer Candelario’s (.248) double. Jacob Rogers (.266) followed with a sacrifice fly for Kane County’s only run. Dunston finished 2-4 to extended his hit streak to seven games and it was hit fourth straight multi-hit game. SS Carlos Penalver doubled for the final hit.

On the Hill: Even though he didn’t earn the victory, Tyler Skulina (4-7, 3.21 ERA) had his best outing since he tossed a no-hitter back on May 17. The 6-foot-5 right hander fanned a career-high seven and only allowed three hits, one a solo homer. Making his 19th appearance, left-hander Gerardo Concepcion (2-2, 3.89 ERA) worked the final two innings, surrendering a solo homer in the ninth that proved to be the difference in the game. Following the game, Concepcion was promoted to Daytona and heard the news from Cubs player development director Jaron Madison and minor league pitching coordinator Derek Johnson, who were at the Kane County game.

Cougars Notes: The two teams meet tomorrow at noon as Daury Torrez (9-5, 2.93 ERA) gets the start.

Short-Season—HIllsboro 4, Boise 3—10 innings

Hillsboro hit a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th and moved into a first-place tie with Boise in the opening game of the series.

At the Dish: CF Charcer Burks (.529) scored the go-ahead run in the 10th on a throwing error but the Hawks couldn’t hold on. Burks hit leadoff as Rashad Crawford got the night off and responded going 3-4 with a RBI. Mark Zagunis continues to pile up quality at-bats as the third-round pick was 2-4 with a walk to up his OBP to 482. Every starter except Bryant Flete had a hit and he knocked in a run with a sac fly. Boise had several chances but were just 2-for-15 with RISP.

On the Hill: Although he didn’t figure in the decision, right-hander Erick Leal tossed six solid innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. The 19-year-old fanned one and got 13 ground ball outs in his 8th start. Trey Lang continues to have success out of the bullpen with three more shutout frames. The right-hander allowed one hit and fanned one. It was his second straight shutout appearance of three innings or more. After a walk, Francisco Carrillo (1-2, 2.74 ERA) surrendered the walk-off homer.

Hawks Notes: Trevor Clifton (2-1, 3.89 ERA) will try to pitch the Hawks back into first on Monday night.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 12, Diamondbacks 2

Every starter had at least one hit and seven of them had multi-hit games as they pounded D-Backs pitching for 20 hits.

At the Dish: SS Gleyber Torres (.261) had a career-high four hits and reached based six times with a a pair of walks to lead the offense. The 17-year-old had two doubles, scored three times and knocked in a pair.....DH Alberto Mineo (.289) and RF Eloy Jimenez (.267) both had two hits and three RBI while 2B Andrew Ely (.333) and Roney Alcala (.255) had three hits, scored twice, and knocked in a run. Ely hit his third homer. Kevonte Mitchell’s pro career is only 15 games old but the 18-year-old seems to have it figured out so far as he collected another multi-hit game, going 2-6 with a RBI to up is average to .293.

On the Hill: Justin Steele made his fourth appearance and won’t end his career with a 0.00 ERA. The 19-year-old left-hander gave his first run as a pro on a walk and two singles in the first and promptly fanned the side in the second. The fifth-round pick is on an innings limit and most likely won’t throw more than three if the Cubs stick to the routine they’ve used the past two seasons with draft picks......Luis Hernandez, a 6-foot-5 19-year-old who signed in 2012 for a $80,000 bonus, made his fifth appearance, allowing a run on three hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. He fanned three and got helped out when catcher Erick Castillo threw out two runners in the third......Andin Diaz, promoted from the DSL in late June, blanked the D-Backs for 1.1 innings and Jeremy Null, 15th round pick from Western Carolina, made his pro debut, worked a 1-2-3 frame with a strikeout and two ground outs. Zach Hedges threw the final two scoreless frames with two strikeouts.

Venezuelan Summer League—Rays 10, Cubs 6

Cubs held a 6-0 lead but the bullpen couldn’t hold it.

At the Dish: SS Andruw Monasterio went 2-5 with two runs and DH Robert Vahlis had a single and two RBI to lead the offense. 1B Miguel Rico was 2-4 with a RBI and LF Danny Gutierrez plated a run as all eight hits were singles.

On the Hill: Carlos Rodriguez, who spent last year in the AZL, made his 9th start and the 19-year-old gave up three runs, one earned in six innings. He fanned five and lowered his ERA to 1.18.....The Cubs bullpen was not good. Ivan Median never made it out of the seventh, surrendering three runs, two coming on a homer. Jose Leidenz (2-3, 2.86 ERA) allowed an inherited runner to score and then gave up another run, getting tagged with the loss. Yeiper Lovera yielded three unearned runs in the ninth.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs

Had the day off.

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