Cubs Aug. 4 Minor League Recap

Eric Jokisch blanked Omaha for eight innings as the I-Cubs moved into first place in their first game without Javier Baez. Tennessee catcher Taylor Davis knocked in all three runs to lead the Smokies to a win while Kane County and Daytona were rained out. Second-round pick Jake Stinnett made his pro debut for Mesa and Santiago Rodriguez continues to dominate in the DSL.

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AAA—Iowa 6, Omaha 0

Iowa moved back into first place as Eric Jokisch tossed eight shutout innings in the I-Cubs first game without Javier Baez.

At the Dish: Kris Bryant went 2-3, knocked in two runs (36), walked twice, swiped two bases (7), and scored twice to help fuel the offense. Mike Olt had a pair of hits, including a two-run double in the first. Logan Watkins scored twice, reaching on a hit and a walk; and Matt Szczur singled and scored in the three-run fifth.

On the Hill: Eric Jokisch only allowed five singles over eight innings as the left-hander fanned seven in the gem. He threw 103 pitches, 77 for strikes, and it was his second straight shutout performance, going seven on July 30 at New Orleans. Jokisch is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, so a call-up in September and a spot on the 40-man roster is not out of the question for the Illinois native.....Marcus Hatley worked a scoreless ninth to keep the shutout intact.

I-Cubs Notes: Dan Straily (5-6, 4.65 ERA) gets the start as the I-Cubs face Omaha at noon on Tuesday.

AA—Tennessee 3, Pensacola 2

Taylor Davis knocked in all three runs and five Smokies pitchers combined for the win.

At the Dish: Catcher Taylor Davis was the offense with a solo homer in the fifth and a two-run double in the sixth. He also singled and walked in his four at-bats. Smokies only had six hits but drew seven walks. Addison Russell didn’t start but was 0-2 and committed his first error after pinch-hitting in the 6th. Albert Almora wasn’t in the starting lineup and flied out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth.

On the Hill: Eduardo Figueroa (2-1, 4.44 ERA) got the start and went five innings, allowing two runs with six punchouts. Lendy Castillo (1-1, 3.44 ERA) picked up the win, working a scoreless sixth. Hunter Cervenka (2-3, 3.31 ERA) recorded his 11th hold with 2 K in 1.2 innings and P.J. Francescon (9-6, 3.90 ERA) came in and got the final out of the eighth. Frank Batista (3-0, 1.33 ERA) worked around a single and a walk in the ninth for his ninth save.

Smokies Notes: Smokies have Tuesday off and head to Mobile on Wednesday.

High A—Daytona

Daytona’s doubleheader with Charlotte was postponed and will not be made up as the two teams don’t meet again. The Cubs head to Clearwater on Tuesday nigh with Juan Paniagua scheduled to get the start.

Low A—Kane County 1, Peoria 1—Suspended by rain after 1 inning

The Cougars game at Peoria was suspended after one inning tied at 1-1. The 9-inning game will be completed on Tuesday and a 7-inning game will follow.


Had the day off.

Arizona Rookie League—Giants 10, Cubs 5

Cubs collected 16 hits but the Giants were able to push across more runs.

At the Dish: 2B Andrew Ely (.391), the Cubs 31st round pick out of the University of Washington, is off a solid start to his career, launching his third homer in 13 games. He finished 3-5. 1B Roney Alcala (.273) and LF Ricardo Marcano (.265) had three singles and plated a run while SS Gleyber Torres (.300) went 2-2 with a run and a RBI but left the game in the third. RF Eloy Jimenez (.247) and 3B Adonis Paula (.250) both had two hits and scored a run.

On the Hill: Ivan Pineyro made his fourth rehab start in Mesa, working 4.1 innings, his longest since going on the DL. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. In four outings, he’s worked 11.1 innings with 9 K and 2 BB.......Second-round pick Jake Stinnett finally made his pro debut, relieving Pineyro in the fifth. The right-hander from the University of Maryland got a pair of groundouts and uncorked a wild pitch. Stinnett was schedule to make his debut on Sunday but the game was rained out......Right-hander Jefferson Mejia (2-3, 3.57 ERA) made his 8th appearance and got charged with the blown save and took the loss. The 20-year-old allowed five runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks in two innings...... Andin Diaz gave up three runs in the 8th.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs

The Cubs have completed the season at 28-40, 17 games behind first place Tigers (45-23). The Phillies finished in second at 36-32.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 3, Marlins 0

Santiago Rodriguez tossed eight shutout innings as the Cubs blanked the Marlins.

At the Dish: 1B Jose Paniagua (.326) went 3-4 with three doubles but didn’t figure in any of the runs. DH Frandy Delarosa (.275) had two singles and scored once while CF Roberto Caro (.281) had the only RBI. 2B Franklin Tineo (.213) was 1-3 and scored.

On the Hill: Santiago Rodriguez (8-0, 0.92 ERA) continues to dominate DSL hitters as the 20-year-old right-hander fanned six and allowed six hits over eight innings. Rodriguez has won his last four starts and only allowed one earned run over the past 19.1 innings....Deibi Torres pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Cubs Minor League box scores Aug. 4

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