Cubs Aug. 20 Minor League Recap

Kris Bryant slugged his minor league leading 41st homer but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost its sixth straight. Addison Russell’s two-run homer helped Tennessee to a victory while Kane County won its minor league best 83rd game. Second-round pick Jake Stinnett made his NWL debut as Boise won.

AAA—Reno 11, Iowa 4

Former Cub Brett Jackson homered and knocked in three runs to help lead Reno to the win over Iowa, their sixth straight defeat.

At the Dish: Iowa scored all four runs in the third as Kris Bryant (.312/.426/.663) launched his 19th AAA homer, a two-run shot. It was Bryant’s minor league leading 41st on the season. Logan Watkins (.256/.329/.364) got the I-Cubs on the board with a RBI single and after Bryant’s blast, Manny Ramirez (.209/.264/.373) and Rafael Lopez (.274/.374/.321) hit back-to-back doubles. Iowa had 11 hits as Bryant, Ryan Kalish (.242/.321/.375) and Jokisch had two hits each.

On the Hill: Erick Jokisch (9-10, 3.63 ERA) was cruising along but never made it out of the sixth, surrendering four runs before the frame was over. Jokisch threw 91 pitches in the outing, allowing eight hits to go along with four punchouts. The left-hander leads the PCL in innings (156) and strikeouts (141). Marcos Mateo allowed a sac fly to tie the game and then a hit batter and a walk forced in the go-ahead run in the sixth. Yoanner Negrin surrendered a pair of homer and six earned runs in 2.1 innings. Marcus Hatley got the final out.

I-Cubs Notes: Dan Straily (7-6, 4.06 ERA) gets the start for Iowa on Thursday night.

AA—Tennessee 4, Montgomery 1

Addison Russell slugged a two-run homer and four Smokies pitchers held the Biscuits to one run.

At the Dish: Russell (.306/.351/.573) launched an opposite field blast in the first to give the Smokies the lead for good. It was his 11th with the Smokies and 12th on the season. He also singled and scored in the third. Christian Villanueva (.241/.306/.385) and Anthony Giansanti (.234/.286/.302) plated runs.

On the Hill: Pierce Johnson (5-4, 2.34 ERA) tossed four scoreless innings to run his streak to 23 innings but the Biscuits finally got on the board in the fifth on a double, a wild pitch, and a groundout. The right-hander threw 83 pitches, 42 for strikes, allowing five hits and four walks with five strikeouts. The leadoff hitter reached every inning and Montgomery stranded eight runners in the first four innings...Hunter Cervenka (3-3, 2.95 ERA) earned the win with 1.2 scoreless frames. P.J. Francescon (11-6, 3.51 ERA) earned his seventh hold and Blake Cooper (3-2, 1.64 ERA) earned his first save with the Cubs organization with a 1-2-3 ninth with a pair of strikeouts.

Smokies Notes: Ivan Pineyro (0-2, 4.25 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night.

High A—Clearwater 7, Daytona 3

Clearwater used a five-run fifth to down the Cubs.

At the Dish: LF Bijan Rademacher (.270/.359/.417) and SS Marco Hernandez (.272/.317/.350) both had two hits and knocked in runs in the second. Kyle Schwarber (.277/.390/.454) doubled home the Cubs final score of the night in the fifth.

On the Hill: Eduardo Figueroa allowed two solo homers in four innings and then walked the bases loaded to start the fifth before leaving. Figueroa’s line in his first start for Daytona was 4 IP, 2H, 5 ER, 3BB, 2 K.....Gerardo Concepcion (1-0, 1.54 ERA) allowed all three inherited runners to score and surrendered two more in the fifth, tossing three innings on the night. Yao-Lin Wang (3-5, 5.17 ERA) retired all six batters he faced, three on strikes.

D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (3-6, 4.78 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night.

Low A—Kane County 7, Burlington 3

Kane County (83-45) completed the three-game sweep of the Bees with a five-run 8th for their 10th straight win and minor-league leading 83rd.

At the Dish: Mark Zagunis (.231/.474/.385) ripped a RBI double in the third and Daniel Lockhart’s (.284/.346/.353) RBI single in the sixth tied the game. After the Bees took the lead in the top of the eighth, The Cougars erupted in the bottom of the frame. Cael Brockmeyer (301/.373/.454) tied the game with a RBI single and they took the lead on a throwing error on an attempted double play. Carlos Penalver (.212/.262/.269) added a RBI single and Jeffrey Baez (.276/.317/.553) homered for the third time in four games. Jeimer Candelario (.235/.278/.410), Yasiel Balaguert (.247/.284/.360) and Jeffrey Baez all had two hits.

On the Hill: Duane Underwood (5-4, 2.55 ERA) made start No. 20, allowing two runs in five innings. The 20-year-old right-hander gave up four hits, walked three and fanned four. Michael Wagner (3-2, 2.83 ERA) surrendered a run in 2.2 innings on two hits and two walks. Jasvir Rakkar continues to put up goose eggs as he improved to 3-0 and ran his MWL scoreless streak to 14 innings. The 23-year-old fanned three and retired all four hitters he faced.

Cougars Notes: Jonathan Martinez (9-5, 3.47 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night as Kane County hosts Clinton.

Short-Season—Boise 4, Vancouver 1

Three Boise pitchers blanked Vancouver for eight innings highlighted by the NWL debut of Cubs second-round pick Jake Stinnett.

At the Dish: A throwing error and a RBI groundout by Charcer Burks (.326/.429/.430) gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the third. Burks and David Bote (.271/.372/.398)) both delivered RBI singles in the fifth for two more insurance runs. Bryant Flete (.303/.396/.371) had two hits and scored twice while Mark Malave (.274/.354/.327) had two hits, including a double, and scored the other two runs.

On the Hill: Jake Stinnett retired eight of the nine hitters he faced, issuing only a walk. Making his NWL debut, the second-round pick fanned four and got three hitters on ground ball outs. Jeremy Null (1-0, 1.86 ERA) continued his success in the NWL with 3.2 shutout frames. He allowed three hits and fanned two, getting six ground ball outs. Sam Wilson (5-0, 3.14) worked the final 2.2 frames, allowing a solo homer in the 9th.

Hawks Notes: Dillon Maples (0-2, 11.57 ERA) will be looking for a quality outing as he gets the start on Thursday night.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs

Had the day off.

Dominican Summer League—Rangers I 6, Cubs 2—Game suspended in 7th

Game was suspended for rain in the top of the seventh with two outs and four runs in for the Rangers. Frandy Delarosa has both RBI for the Cubs while Santiago Rodriguez gave up two runs in six innings. Andri Rondon allowed four runs on two hits, one walks, two hit batters and two wild pitches. The game will be completed on Thursday before the two teams face in the regularly scheduled game.

Cubs Minor League box scores Aug. 20

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