Cubs July 31 Minor League Recap

Dan Straily won his first game since joining the Cubs as Kris Bryant slugged his minor-league leading 35th homer of the season to help Iowa win. Not a good night for winning as only Iowa and the DSL Cubs were victorious. Pitchers Daniel Lewis and James Farris made their pro debuts on the mound at Boise.

Roster Moves, News, Notes

Tennessee’s LHP Jeffry Antigua went on the disabled list and RHP Felix Pena was promoted from Daytona to AA. Tyler Skulina was sent from Kane County to Daytona. Pitchers James Farris (9th round-’14), Jeremy Null (15th round-’14) and Daniel Lewis (free agent-’14) were all promoted from Mesa to Boise. RHP Yao-Lin Wang has been sent from Daytona to Boise. Cubs also announced newly acquired LHP Felix Doubront will go on the DL with a strained calf and will be stretched out and return as a starter.

AAA—Iowa 4, New Orleans 0

Dan Straily tossed six shutout innings and Iowa got homers from Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Mike Olt for their third straight win.

At the Dish: Cubs used the long ball to score all their runs. Javier Baez (.259) got the party started with a two-run blast in the fifth, his 21st of the season. Kris Bryant (.310) smacked his minor league-leading 35th homer down the right field line, his 13th at AAA. Mike Olt (.351) followed with a solo bomb over the left-field wall, his first at AAA. Baez finished 3-5 and Olt added a single.

On the Hill: Dan Straily (5-6, 4.65 ERA) had his best outing since being traded to the Cubs, blanking the Zephyrs for six innings. The right-hander fanned five, allowed four hits, and walked one in the 91-pitch outing. Since he’s a member of the 40-man roster, its likely Straily gets called up to Wrigley at some point this season. Arodys Vizcaino, another September call-up candidate, tossed two shutout innings with 2 K and Marcus Hatley pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

I-Cubs Notes: Carlos Pimentel (2-7, 4.80 ERA) gets the start on Friday night.

AA—Pensacola 6, Tennessee 4

Tennessee was no-hit for seven innings and their 8th inning rally fell short as they lost their third straight.

At the Dish: Christian Villanueva’s (.254) single with one out in the 8th broke up the no-hitter from Pensacola’s Ben Lively. Singles by Jonathan Mota (.254) and Luis Flores (.253) ended the shutout and Dustin Geiger (.225) followed with a two-run double. Pinch-hitter Charlie Cutler (.322) made it five hits in a row with a single, but Geiger was thrown out at home. Jae-Hoon Ha’s (.225) single was the sixth straight hit of the inning, scoring Cutler, but Albert Almora grounded out to end the threat.

On the Hill: Felix Pena (0-1, 11.25 ERA) had a rough AA debut, allowing five runs on seven hits, including a pair of homers. He threw 61 pitches, 44 for strikes, and fanned four in four innings. Matthew Loosen tossed two scoreless innings while Andrew McKirahan allowed a run in two frames. P. J. Francescon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Smokies Notes: Corey Black (5-6, 2.93 ERA) gets the start on Friday night as the Smokies look to end the skid.

High A—Bradenton 8, Daytona 0

Daytona only had eight hits and the Marauders blanked the D-Cubs.

At the Dish: Cubs drew 12 walks but went 0-for-11 with RISP and only had four singles. Daniel Vogelbach (.276), Billy McKinney (.302), Rock Shoulders (.218) and Jordan Hankins (.253) had the hits.

On the Hill: Tayler Scott (6-8, 4.50 ERA) only gave up one earned run in five innings but five unearned runs also crossed home, including four in the five-run second when the D-Cubs made two errors. He yielded seven hits and fanned four in the loss. Austin Kirk (1-0, 3.86) allowed a solo homer in three innings and Starling Peralta (6-3, 3.67) gave up a run in the ninth.

D-Cubs Notes: Jose Rosario (4-6, 5.70 ERA) takes the ball Friday night in Charlotte.

Low A—Wisconsin 7, Kane County 3

Timber Rattlers scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th to hand Kane County their sixth straight loss and the second series they’ve been swept.

At the Dish: Cael Brockmeyer’s RBI double in the top of the 8th tied the game at 3-3 . Jeffrey Baez ripped a pair of doubles and scored once while Benjamin Carhart (.274) and Kevin Brown (.286) added RBI.

On the Hill: Ben Wells (0-0, 3.86 ERA) pitched into the sixth in his second start, allowing three runs on two hits and five walks. He threw 78 pitches, only 38 for strikes, and left with the base loaded. Zack Hermans (2-3, 3.94) got the Cougars out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth but surrendered four runs in the 8th. He finished with a line of 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5K.

Cougars Notes: Tyler Ihrig makes his Midwest League debut on Friday night as the Cougars host Quad Cities. Ihrig was Boise’s top starter and also saw action in Daytona before the short-season started.

Short-Season—Vancouver 2, Boise 1

Vancouver scored twice in the third and made it stand up to snap the Hawks two-game win streak.

At the Dish: Hawks only run came in the first when RF Charcer Burks (.344) walked and scored on David Bote’s two-out RBI double. Hawks had seven hits as Bote (.327) and Danny Canela (.307) had two each.

On the Hill: James Norwood (0-1, 3.24 ERA) made his first professional start as the seventh-round pick allowed two runs on four hits. He fanned two and got seven ground ball outs in three innings. Ryan Williams (1-0, 1.50 ERA) had his longest outing as a pro as the 10th round pick kept the Canadians off the board for four innings, allowing two hits with two strikeouts He coaxed nine ground ball outs. Daniel Lewis, who spent four years in the Air Force, made his pro debut as the right-hander worked a scoreless 8th and recorded his first pro strikeout. James Farris, the Cubs 9th round pick, made his professional debut, striking out the first batter he faced in a scoreless ninth.

Hawks Notes: Dillon Maples (0-0, 3.58 ERA) makes his second start on Friday night.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs

Had the day off.

Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 6, Cubs 4

Phillies scored five runs in the top of the 8th to rally for the win.

At the Dish: 3B Miguel Rico (.263) slugged his 5th homer and added a sac fly while CF Jose Gonzalez (.230) went 2-4 with a triple, scored twice and knocked in a run. SS Andruw Monasterio (.290) was 1-4 with a RBI.

On the Hill: Angel Mejias (1-2, 3.28 ERA) allowed 10 hits over six runs but only surrendered one run with four strikeouts. Mauro Vides gave up two runs in an inning and Jose Leidenz (3-3, 3.28 ERA) was charged with three runs. Alex Pacheco (0-1, 3.50 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 9, Rangers I 8

Cubs (33-19) used a seven-run sixth and hung on to beat the first-place Rangers (43-9).

At the Dish: 1B Jose Paniagua (.322) bashed his sixth homer and added a double to drive in four runs in the win. The 20-year-old has an 11-game hitting streak and his 6 HR are second in DSL, tied with teammate Yohan Matos. DH Frandy Delarosa (.270) hit his first pro homer,a two-run shot in the sixth. 3B Antonio Valerio (.215) was 2-3 with a run while LF Robert Garcia (.336) knocked in a run and singled. Cubs drew 10 walks in the game.

On the Hill: Oscar De La Cruz (6-0, 1.21 ERA) allowed one earned run in four innings on six hits but three unearned runs also scored. Junior Marte got the win, allowing two runs in two innings while Jeffry Hernandez yielded two runs in two frames. Luiz Escanio earned his 4th save with a scoreless ninth.

Cubs Minor League box scores July 31

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