AAA—Salt Lake 3, Iowa 2
Iowa dropped their third straight and their fifth in six games, and find themselves trailing Omaha by 1.5 games. The Bees turned a triple play in the game.
At the Dish: I-Cubs collected nine hits but were 0-for-10 with RISP and stranded eight. A Josh Vitters two-out RBI double got the I-Cubs on the board in the sixth, scoring Mike Olt (.313/.361/.616). Logan Watkins (.255/.327/.359) walked and took third on Eli Whiteside’s double in the ninth. Elliot Soto’s (.218/.262/.291) grounder scored Watkins but Ryan Kalish (.229/.313/.368) struckout to end the game. Vitters (.218/.274/.347) and Whiteside (.199/.274/.339) both had two hits.
On the Hill: Felix Doubront (0-1, 5.40 ERA) ERA) made his second start since being traded from Boston and the left-hander was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk. Doubront fanned four and threw 96 pitches, 62 for strikes, over six innings. Doubront is out of options so if he’s brought up to the big leg club, he’s staying The Cubs may let him settle into Iowa’s rotation with a September call-up.....Marcos Mateo (2-0, 3.86 ERA) pitched a scoreless inning and Armando Rivero (3-0, 1.78 ERA) fanned two in a pair of shutout frames. The Cuban fireballer has 40 K in 25.1 innings in AAA.
I-Cubs Notes: Chris Rusin (7-12, 3.91 ERA) makes the start on Monday night at Principal Park against Salt Lake.
AA—Tennessee 7, Montgomery 3
Tennessee used a five-run third to win the opening game at Montgomery and open up a three-game lead with 14 to play..
At the Dish: Smokies pounded out 15 hits, three each from Albert Almora, Taylor Davis and Jae-Hoon Ha. Pin-Chieh Chen had two hits and knocked in two while Ha had a two-run homer, his 5th.. Stephen Bruno was 2-for-4 and Addison Russell doubled in a run in five at-bats.
On the Hill: Felix Pena (2-2, 4.50 ERA ERA) worked into the seventh, his longest outing since being promoted. The right-hander allowed three hits, walked three and got charged with two earned runs. He set four down on strikes in the 90-pitch outing....Zach Cates allowed an inherited runner to score and was also charged with a run, working an inning. Jeffrey Lorick worked a scoreless inning but allowed an inherited runner to score. Frank Bastia got the final two outs in the ninth.
Smokies Notes: Corey Black (5-7, 3.12 ERA) gets the ball on Monday night in the second game of the series.
High A—Tampa 8, Daytona 7
Tampa opened up an 8-1 advantage and hung on to cut the D-Cubs first-place lead to two games.
At the Dish: Daytona used the long ball to get back into the game as Bijan Rademacher (.269/.362/.416) hit a solo shot on the 7th and Willson Contreras (.233/.304/.351) homered for the second straight day, a three-run blast in the 8th. Billy McKinney (.313/.399/.443) had a little league homer when a shot to third ended up as a three base error, and McKinney scored when the run down was botched. Daniel Vogelbach (.271/.359/.428) and Gioskar Amaya (.279/.378/.347) were both 1-for-3 with a RBI.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua (1-4, 6.75 ERA/1.83 WHIP) made his fifth start as the education of the right-hander continues. Entering the season with only 76.1 innings in his first four seasons, the 24-year-old went over 100 innings on Sunday but that was about the only positive in the outing. Paniagua had runners on every inning and never made it out of the fourth ending with a line of 3.1 IP, 7H, 6R, 4 ER, 3 BB 2 K....Starling Peralta (6-3, 3.51 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) was charged with two runs and allowed two more inherited runners to score in 2.2 innings....Zack Godley (3-2, 3.79 ERA, 1.46 ERA) saw his first action in a week, tossing two scoreless frames with a pair of strikeouts.
D-Cubs Notes: Tayler Scott (7-8, 4.31 ERA) takes the ball for the a team-high 24th start on Monday night as Clearwater comes to town for three games.
Low A—Game 1—Kane County 9, Wisconsin 0, Kane County; Game 2—Kane County 3, Wisconsin 0
Kane County’s pitching staff twirled a pair of shutouts to sweep the twin-bill.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Cougars had a challenge in the opener, facing Wei-Chung Wang, who spent the first half of 2014 in Milwaukee after being selected in the Rule 5 draft from Pittsburgh. Cougars got two runs and six hits off the lefty. Shawon Dunston (.280/.315/.401) singled, stole third and scored on a throwing error, and Victor Caratini (.256/.319/.349) added a RBI single in the two-run third. Kane County added seven runs in the 7th, two scoring on Caratini’s single. The catcher finished the game 3-for-4 with 3 RBI. Jeffrey Baez (.275/.311/.536) slugged his 2nd homer, a solo shot in the 7th. Yasiel Balaguert (.247/.286/.364) was 2-for-4 and made a great catch in left in his first game back from the DL. Carlos Penalver (.212/.263/.270) and Dunston both had two hits; GAME 2—Kane County loaded the bases in the second on two walks and a single from Jeimer Candelario (.232/.270/.412) but Jeffrey Baez grounded into a double play to score Cael Brockmeyer (.303/.372/.460). Baez added a solo homer in the 7th and Carlos Penalver scored on a pickoff attempt.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Daury Torrez (11-5, 2.82 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) had plenty of late movement on his stuff Sunday as he kept the Rattlers off balance for five innings. The right-hander allowed one hit and two walks, fanned three, and got six ground ball outs in his 77-pitch effort. David Garner earned his first MWL save with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and threw 30 pitches, 21 for strikes...... GAME 2—Ben Wells (1-0, 2.13 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) had his best outing since May when he was in Daytona as the right-hander blanked the Rattlers for five innings. He allowed three hits, two walks and got seven ground ball outs. Wells threw 77 pitches, 46 strikes, and fanned a pair.....Michael Wagner (3-2, 2.81 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) worked around a pair of hits in the 6th and Francisco Carrillo (0-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) walked two but struckout the side for his third save.
Cougars Notes: Jen-Ho Tseng (6-1, 2.52 ERA, 0.91 WHIP) gets the start on Monday night as they host Burlington for a three-game series.
Short-Season—Boise 7, Salem-Keizer 6
Boise rallied from a 5-0 deficit and downed the Volcanoes for the second straight night on Kevin Brown’s two-run homer in the ninth.
At the Dish: The Hawks were held scoreless the first six frames but a Charcer Burks bases loaded double and a pair of RBI ground outs cut the lead to 5-4. Jesse Hodges smacked a solo homer to tie the game in the 8th and Brown delivered the game-winner in the 9th. Rashad Crawford, Burks, Brown, Danny Canela and Hodges all finished with two hits.
On the Hill: James Norwood (0-1, 2.92 ERA) was a victim of the organization’s 35-pitch first inning limit at the lower levels before being pulled. His final line was .2 IP, 5H 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K. James Farris made an early appearance and got the final out of the first and added two more innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts. Brad Markey kept the Volcanoes off the board for three frames with three punchouts. Daniel Lewis gave up a run in two innings but earned his first pro win. Corbin Hoffner pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.
Arizona Rookie League—Game 1—Cubs 3, White Sox 0; Game 2—White Sox 2, Cubs 1
Cubs and Sox split a twin-bill that featured pitching as the two teams combined for seven hits in the opener and four in the night cap.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Cubs took a 1-0 lead on Adonis Paula’s first stateside homer in the fourth. Cubs added two runs in the fifth as an error on a grounder and a pick-off play with runners on first that turned into a run-done. Tyler Pearson doubled and Eloy Jimenez went 1-3. CF Calvin Graves singled and scored in the fifth......GAME 2—Cubs only run came in the 6th when Gleyber Torres walked and scored on Eloy Jimenez’ RBI ground ball. Torres and Andrew Ely both singled and the Cubs drew seven walks but were 0-for-11 with RISP.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Jose Paulino (3-3, 5.54 ERA) fanned eight over five shutout innings for the win. The 19-year-old left-hander allowed three hits and walked two. James Pugliese (-0-0, 0.00 ERA) made his second rehab appearance, retiring all six hitters he faced, two on strikes, for the save......GAME 2—Cubs used four pitchers as Luis Hernandez gave up a solo homer and took the loss, working two innings. Michael Knighton ( 2 IP), Pedro Araujo ( 2 IP) and Hector Perez (1 IP) all saw action out of the pen.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off.