AAA—GAME 1—Iowa 9, New Orleans 0; GAME 2—Iowa 2, New Orleans 1
At the Dish: GAME 1—Javier Baez launched a three-run bomb and Jorge Soler smacked a two-run shot to lead Iowa’s offense. For Baez it was his 20th homer on the season and the first time he and Soler had homered in the same game since June 1 of last year for Daytona vs. Brevard County. Soler hit his second AAA homer and 9th on the season, and according to the New Orleans announcers, was kicked out arguing after a strikeout in the 4th. However, there was no mention of the ejection in the box score which is customary. Mike Olt had his third straight multi-hit game going 2-4 with a double and RBI. Kris Bryant scored twice, doubled in a run, and walked while Matt Szczur went 1-3 and scored twice.......GAME 2—RBI singles from C Rafael Lopez (.254) and 1B Mike Olt (.344) provided enough offense for the win. Soler doubled, walked and scored a run while Bryant singled, stolen second and scored a run.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Eric Jokisch tossed a complete game three hitter as the lefty fanned six and got eight ground ball outs. He allowed three hits, walked two, and threw 107 pitches, 73 for strikes. Zephyrs loaded the bases in the 4th with one out but a double play grounder ended the threat, and Jokisch retired the next nine hitters, four on strikes, to close out the gem. GAME 2—Yoanner Negrin scattered six hits over five innings as the right-hander earned his first win. He fanned five and threw 74 pitches, 54 for strikes. Kyuji Fujikawa worked a 1-2-3 sixth and Armando Rivero recorded his first AAA save, fanning two in the seventh. Rivero has 26 K in 17.2 innings in 13 games.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa faces New Orleans on Thursday night but a starter hasn’t been named.
AA—Birmingham 7, Tennessee 3
Birmingham upped their lead in the North Division to 1.5 games with the win.
At the Dish: Tennessee had 10 hits but only had three opportunities to hit with runners in scoring position. Albert Almora slugged his first AA homer, a solo shot in the third, and added a single. Addison Russell (.313), Lars Anderson (.409) and Stephen Bruno (.281) all had two hits.
On the Hill: Jeffry Antigua tossed four shutout frames but got tagged for three runs in the fifth and finished with aline of 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2K. Tony Zych was charged with four runs in 1.2 innings and Lendy Castillo got the final out of the 8th.
Smokies Notes: Tennessee returns home as they host Pensacola (Reds) on Thursday night.
High A—Bradenton 9, Daytona 7
A five-run eighth inning ended Daytona’s seven-game winning streak.
At the Dish: Jacob Hannemann (.370/.414/.556) got the D-Cubs on the board with his first homer in the FSL and his 7th of the season. The Cubs loaded the bases in the sixth and after a missed played fly ball scored two, Wes Darvill (.277/.337/.378) tied the game with a sac fly. Daytona got an RBI single from Marco Hernandez (.298/.341/.383), and sac flies from Kyle Schwarber (.269/.388/.404) and Billy McKinney (.301/.386/.446) for a 7-4 lead after seven. Hannemann and Hernandez both had three hits and scored twice. Willson Contreras (.242/.303/.347) had two hits and McKinney knocked in two and has 22 RBI in 23 games.
On the Hill: Justin Amlung (3-2, 5.23 ERA) worked into the fifth, allowing four runs on eight hits with a strikeout in is sixth start. Gerardo Concepcion made his FSL debut as he stranded the two runners he inherited in the fifth and then tossed two more no-hit innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Michael Jensen (6-4, 3.06 ERA) only got one out in the 8th, allowing two hits and walk to load the bases before departing. Zack Godley (3-2, 4.40 ERA) allowed all three runners to score and then gave up two more before the innings was over.
D-Cubs Notes: Tayler Scott (6-7, 4.63 ERA) takes the mound on Thursday night.
Low A—Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
Kane County lost their fifth straight game and Jen-Ho Tseng lost for the first time as a pro despite seven strong innings.
At the Dish: Cougars outhit the Rattlers 7-to-4 but were unable to push across any runs, going 0-for-6 with RISP and fanning 13 times. 2B Chesny Young had two hits while RF Jeffrey Baez doubled for the only extra base hit.
On the Hill: Jen-Ho Tseng (6-1, 2.56 ERA) only allowed three hits but a double, a stolen base and a groundout scored a run in the fifth. The 19-year-old only needed 77 pitches to get through seven frames, striking out three while getting 11 ground ball outs....James Pugliese only faced two hitters and threw six pitches before coming out of the game with an apparent injury. David Garner made his MWL debut but allowed one of the two inherited runners to score, fanning two in the 8th.
Cougars Notes: Ben Wells (0-0, 4.50 ERA) makes the start on Thursday night.
Short-Season—Boise 8, Vancouver 7
Boise scored six runs in the seventh and an error in the bottom of the ninth allowed the winning run to score for the walk-off win.
At the Dish: Boise had 13 hits but didn’t get on the board until the sixth on three straight singles and a sac fly from Mark Malave (.284) got Boise on the board. Back-to-back doubles by Bryant Flete (.296) and Charcer Burks (.367) got the seventh started and Daniel Lockhart (.462) followed with a RBI single. Danny Canela (.302) plated two runs with a single and then Flete singled home a run and a throwing error allowed the tying run to score. Jesse Hodges (.260) had three hits.
On the Hill: Trevor Graham made his 8th start and only lasted four innings, surrendering four runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks. The 2013 draft pick fanned four and got five ground ball outs. Brad Markey (19th round-2014) has his longest outing as a pro, allowing three runs in three innings. He allowed six hits and fanned one. Trey Lang (1-0, 1.59 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 eighth and then fanned the side in the ninth to earn his first pro win. A sixth-round pick in 2013, Lang may be destined for a promotion to Kane County as he’s been tough on NWL hitters with a .186 BAA.
Hawks Notes: James Norwood, Cubs 7th round pick in June, makes his first pro start on Thursday night against Vancouver.
Arizona Rookie League—Angles 5, Cubs 4
Angels scored three times in the second and added two in the fourth to beat the Cubs.
At the Dish: Alberto Mineo (.287) went 2-4 and knocked in the only two runs for the Cubs. Kevonte Mitchell (.306) went 1-5 and has hit in 12 of his last 13 games. Andrew Ely (.366) tripled while Varonex Cuevas (.323), Gleyber Torres (.280) and Ricardo Marcarno (.241) all singled and scored.
On the Hill: Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 6.43 ERA) made his third rehab appearance, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits in three innings. He fanned three and got four ground ball outs. Pineyro could be headed back to Tennessee soon.....Jeremy Null allowed two runs in the fourth on three hits......Jesus Castillo tossed three no-hit innings with two walks and three punchouts....Jefferson Mejia and his 95+ fastball worked a scoreless 8th.
Cubs Notes: Big day in Mesa as the pitchers took to the hitting cages for pitchers BP. According to one eye witness account, Jordan Brink, Justin Steele, Scott Frazier, Jake Stinnett, Zach Hedges and Andin Diaz showed some pop and actually hit some bombs.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers I 4, Cubs 3
The top team in the DSL (43-8) scored two runs in the sixth to beat the Cubs
At the Dish: Cubs only had six hits as C Yohan Matos went 2-4 with a homer and two RBI. It was Matos 6th HR, tied for second in the DSL. The 17-year-old is hitting .319/.416/.560 in his first pro season. 3B Antonio Valerio (.194) knocked in a run and walked twice while SS Carlos Jimenez (.323) doubled and scored.
On the Hill: Deibi Torres got the start and pitched a scoreless first and Andri Rondon worked the next four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks. Aneuris Rosario (0-5, 4.13 ERA) got charged with is third blown and save and look the loss, allowing two runs in in the sixth.