Cubs Aug. 8 Minor League Recap

Jorge Soler homered and knocked in three runs to lead Iowa to a win at Oklahoma City to remain in first place. Kane County and Mesa won but Tennessee was swept by Mobile while Daytona and Boise both lost. The Cubs did trade a pair of minor league relievers to acquire Miami pitcher Jacob Turner.

Roster Moves, News, Notes

Lets start with what the Cubs didn’t get—Cole Hamels. The two teams were not able to workout a trade and the Phillies pulled Hamels off the waiver list. The Cubs are obviously committed to paying a pitcher of Hamels’ value, because they could have ended up with the lefty if Phillies walked away from the contract. For those of you convinced the Cubs don’t have any money to spend, they would have been on the hook for $90 million over the next four years.......RHP Jacob Turner is a Cub. The North Siders sent Kane County relief pitchers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer to complete the trade with Turner. I wrote about Turner in the Aug. 6 report. Arias is a starter turned reliever and has missed part of the last two seasons with injuries. When healthy, he has a plus fastball and after coming back from the DL in July, has 15 K in 15.2 IP in nine games with a slash line of .120/.196/.180 and a 1.15 ERA. Bremer, 24, a 27th round pick out of Baylor in 2011, started the season at Kane County and was promoted to Daytona (0-1, 4.70 ERA, 15.1 IP, 7 BB). He was sent back to Kane County and collected two saves in two games, 12 saves on the season for the Cougars.......Corbin Hoffner, who had been on the Kane County’s DL, was assigned to Boise.

AAA—Iowa 8, Oklahoma City 5

Jorge Soler homered and knocked in three runs as part of a two-hit night to lead Iowa to the win.

At the Dish: DH Jorge Soler (.313) continues to make his case for a promotion to Wrigley, going 2-3 with his fifth AAA homer. He doubled, walked twice and scored three times. 1B Mike Olt (.328) continues to square up baseballs since being demoted to AAA as he went 2-5, scored twice, and knocked in a run. C Rafael Lopez (.265) had three RBI while LF Josh Vitters (.212) and Elliot Soto (.167) both had two hits.

On the Hill: Dallas Beeler (8-5, 3.75 ERA) threw 95 pitches over six innings to earn his 8th win. He allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk with a pair of strikeouts. Armando Rivero (3-0, 1.69 ERA) allowed two runs in 1.2 innings, the first runs he’s allowed since July 1, snapping a streak of 13.1 innings. He finished with a line of 1.2 IP, 3H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Blake Parker (0-0, 1.23 ERA) got the final four outs for his 22nd save.

AA—Game 1—Mobile 8, Tennessee 1; Game 2—Mobile 4, Tennessee 1

Mobile held the Smokies to one run in each end of the doubleheader sweep.

At the Dish: GAME 1—Charlie Cutler’s RBI single in the third tied the game but it was the Smokies only run as they were held to five singles. Albert Almora and Addison Russell both had hits; GAME 2—Smokies had eight hits but were 0-for-6 with RISP. RF Pin-Chieh Chen’s RBI groundout scored the only run of the game. 1B Dustin Geiger (.227) had a pair of doubles while LF Lars Anderson (.354) and C Luis Flores (.261) also collected two hits each. Russell (.300) was 1-3 and Almora (.183) went 0-3

On the Hill: GAME 1—Corey Black (6-6, 3.18 ERA, 107.2 IP, 56 BB, 103 K) gave up four homers in 3.1 innings, all solo shots and two from former Smokie Nate Samson. Black surrender a pair of doubles as all six hits went for extra bases. He threw 76 pitches, 46 for strikes, and walked one. Matthew Loosen got the final two outs of the fourth but allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up three more. Lendy Castillo tossed two scoreless innings.; GAME 2—C. J. Edwards allowed three runs in the first in his second start since coming off the DL. A sac fly and a two-run triple did the damage. Edwards finished with a line of 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Hunter Cervenka allowed a run in two innings of relief.

Smokies Notes: Pierce Johnson (4-4, 2.71 ERA) looks to get the Smokies back on track when he takes the ball on Friday night.

High A—Clearwater 8, Daytona 7

Clearwater used a six-run 7th and then hung on as Daytona scored five times in the 9th.

At the Dish: C Chadd Krist (.215) hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 9th to pull Daytona to within one but they wouldn’t get any closer. RBI singles by 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.270) and DH Billy McKinney (.340) started the ninth inning rally. CF Jacob Hannemann (.298), RF Rock Shoulders (.226), Krist, Vogelbach and McKinney all had two hits.

On the Hill: Jose Rosario (4-7, 5.60 ERA) gave up two solo homers but those were the only runs he allowed in six innings. The right-hander fanned seven, allowed five hits, and walked one. Nathan Dorris (4-6, 6.82 ERA) had a tough outing as the left-hander surrendered a pair of homer and six runs in the seventh. Michael Jensen (6-4, 2.92 ERA) got the final four outs with any damage.

D-Cubs Notes: A starter hasn’t been named as the D-Cubs return home and take on Lakeland.

Low A—Kane County 6, Cedar Rapids 5

Kane County survived a ninth inning Kernals’ rally and got the final out with the bases loaded for the win.

At the Dish: Cougars grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first when 1B Jacob Rogers (.269) cleared the bases with a three-run double. Rogers finished 2-4 with a run. C Cael Brockmeyer (.309) had three hits and knocked in a run while SS Daniel Lockhart (.281) had two doubles, one knocking in a pair in the sixth. LF Shawon Dunston (.283) and 2B Chesny Young (.408) had two hits and each scored a run. DH Victor Caratini (.261) doubled and scored twice.

On the Hill: Jonathan Martinez (8-5, 3.46 ERA) made his second start since being traded by the Dodgers and only lasted three innings. The 20-year-old gave up two runs on six hits and a walk. Michael Wagner (3-2, 2.81 ERA) earned the win, fanning five in four shutout frames. Michael Heesch pitched a scoreless 8th but ran into trouble in the ninth, allowing three runs. Francisco Carrillo, who allowed the walk-off on Thursday night, got the final two outs on strikes for his first save.

Cougars Notes: Tyler Ihrig (1-0, 3.38 ERA) makes his second start for Kane County on Saturday at Cedar Rapids.

Short-Season—Salem-Keizer 4, Boise 3

The Volcanoes jumped out to a 4-0 lead and hung on for the win.

At the Dish: RBI groundouts from C Mark Zagunis (.304) and 3B Jesse Hodges (.246) plated the first two runs while DH Justin Marra (.297) and Hodges hit back-to-back doubles to pull the Hawks to within one run in the ninth. Marra had three hits while SS Bryant Flete (.320) and RF David Bote (.342) both scored.

On the Hill: Trevor Graham (3-4, 5.71 ERA) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. The right-hander fanned four and was charged with a wild pitch and a balk. Jeremy Null tossed two shutout innings of relief and Yomar Morel added a scoreless frame.

Hawks Notes: Dillon Maples (0-0, 7.50 ERA) will be looking for his first win for the Hawks when he takes the mound Saturday night vs. Salem-Keizer.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, Padres 2

Six Cubs pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts and Roney Alcala slugged his second homer.

At the Dish: 1B Roney Alcala gave the Cubs a 3-0 led in the fourth with a two-run homer, his second. He also doubled. 2B Andrew Ely (.361) and DH Alberto Mineo (.286) both had two hits while SS Gleyber Torres (.284), Mineo, and RF Ricardo Marcano (.273) all knocked in runs.

On the Hill: Second-round pick Jake Stinnett made his firs pro start and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing three hits and recording two strikeouts, his first as a pro. Alex Santana (2-1, 2.86 ERA) earned the win, surrendering two runs, one earned, on three hits in four innings. Santana fanned six.....Zach Hedges and Andin Diaz both worked a scoreless frame. Neil Ramirez faced four batters in the ninth, allowing a hit and a walk to go along with a strikeout. Hector Perez fanned the final batter for his first save.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2, Phillies 1

Jose Morel and two Cubs’ relievers held the Phillies to two hits.

At the Dish: 2B Frandy Delarosa (.282) had three singles while 1B Juan Paniagua (.328) doubled, tripled and scored. C Erick Gonzalez (.216) had two hits and RF Jenner Emeterio (.313) added a RBI.

On the Hill: Morel (5-1, 3.19 ERA) fanned a career-high eight and held the Phils to a hit and a walk over seven shutout innings. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has 50 K and 13 BB in 53.2 innings. Aneuris Rosario (1-5, 3.93 ERA) pitched a scoreless eight but gave up a run in the ninth before Luiz Escanio (0-1, 5.40 ERA) got the final two outs for his sixth save.

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