Roster Moves, News, Notes
Iowa’s Zac Rosscup and Logan Watkins were called up to Chicago on Thursday as RHP Edwin Jackson went on the DL and Starling Castro was placed on the bereavement list. Castro’s cousin and three friends were killed in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. Rosscup, a left-handed reliever, has spent the season bouncing back-and-froth between Iowa (29 G, 30 IP, 15 BB, 38 K, 2-0, 2.10 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) and Chicago (17 G, 12.2 IP, 11 BB, 17 K, 0-0, 4.26 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) Watkins was an August call-up last year for the Cubs but has spent the entire year at AAA Iowa hitting .256/.329/.364 with 4 HR, 38 RBI and 23 SB while playing everywhere except pitcher and catcher, with 40 starts at second. .........The Cubs announced Felix Doubront, acquired from the Red Sox, will make a rehab start for AA Tennessee on Sunday. The left-hander has started two games for AAA Iowa with a line of 10 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 3 BB 11 K...........Kane County’s Zak Hermans was placed on the DL and RHP James Pugliese was activated from the DL.......Josh Vitters was placed on the DL with a broken finger on his right hand. IF Andrew Ely (Mesa) and LHP Jeffry Antigua (Tennessee) were promoted to Iowa.
AAA—Reno 7, Iowa 2
Iowa’s playoff chances took another hit as the I-Cubs dropped their seventh straight and find themselves three games out of first.
At the Dish: A solo homer by Junior Lake (.316) in the 7th and a RBI single from Elliot Soto (.206) in the 9th were the only runs for Iowa. Soto and Jonathan Mota (.224) had two hits each while Kris Bryant (.306) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Jorge Soler (.223) singled in four trips.
On the Hill: Dan Straily (7-6, 4.06 ERA) made his 8th AAA start for Iowa, coming off three starts which tallied 19 shutout innings. The 25-year-old was promoted Aug. 16 for a spot start at New York but allowed seven runs, five earned in 5.1 innings. Straily threw 87 pitches Thursday night over six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. He surrendered a homer and fanned three in the loss....Armando Rivero gave up a two-run homer in the 7th and Carlos Pimental yielded three runs in the 8th.
I-Cubs Notes: Dae-Eun Rhee (1-1, 4.85 ERA) looks to end the skid on Friday night in Reno.
AA—Montgomery 8, Tennessee 4
Montgomery used a five-run third to salvage the final game of the series.
At the Dish: The bottom of the order did all the damage as Stephen Bruno (.277) knocked in two runs while Dustin Geiger (.221) and Jae-Hoon Ha (.226) had one each. Lars Anderson (.341), Charlie Cutler (.312) and Bruno all had two hits. Albert Almora (.233) and Addison Russell (.296) both went 0-for-5.
On the Hill: Tough day at the office for Ivan Pineyro (0-3, 5.44 ERA) as the right-hander allowed seven runs in 2.1 innings on three walks and six hits, one leaving the yard. Tony Zych gave up an unearned run in 2.2 innings, Zach Cates tossed two scoreless frames and Jeffrey Lorick threw a 1-2-3 eighth.
Smokies Notes: Smokies hold a three-game lead over Birmingham and Chattanooga with 10 games to play, including the final five of the season at Chattanooga.
High A—Daytona 5, Clearwater 4
Cubs hit three homers and Rob Zastryzny went seven innings as Daytona remained two games ahead of Tampa.
At the Dish: Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Bijan Rademacher (.271) hit his 8th homer and after a Benjamin Carhart (.313) single, Jacob Hannemann (.267) slugged his second since arriving in Daytona. Billy McKinney (.308) tripled home Kyle Schwarber (.281) in the sixth and Schwarber didn’t need any assistance scoring to lead off the 8th, launching his fifth FSL homer. Hannemann had two hits and McKinney has 35 RBI in 42 games since being traded from the A’s.
On the Hill: Rob Zastryzny (4-6, 4.54 ERA) worked seven innings as he continues to lower his ERA after a rough start to the season. Sporting an ERA over 8.00 after his first six starts, the Cubs 2013 second-round pick has turned his season around as the Cubs have won his last 10 straight starts. On Thursday night, the lefty allowed two runs on five hits and fanned five. Austin Kirk allowed two unearned runs in the ninth and with two on, Zack Godley came in and got the final out for his fifth save.
D-Cubs Notes: Juan Paniagua (1-4, 6.75 ERA) takes the mound of Friday night.
Low A—Kane County 7, Clinton 3
Kane County made it 11 in a row as RHP Jonathan Martinez won his 10th MWL game.
At the Dish: Kane County had 12 hits, four off the bat of 1B Jacob Rogers (.269), who scored and had a RBI. Jeimer Candelario (.240) and Chesney Young (.338) both knocked in two. Mark Zagunis (.250) scored three runs and Cael Brockmeyer (.299) was 1-for-5 with a RBI.
On the Hill: Jonathan Martinez (10-5, 3.33 ERA) blanked Clinton for five innings, allowing only three hits while fanning seven. The 20-year-old is 3-0 since being traded from the Dodgers for Darwin Barney. James Pugliese gave up a run in two innings in his first game back from the DL. David Garner worked a scoreless 8th but ran into problems in the 9th allowing two runs and loading the bases. Francisco Carrillo got the final hitter on strikes for his 5th save.
Cougars Notes: Tyler Ihrig (1-1, 2.93 ERA) gets the start on Friday night.
Short-Season—Boise 7, Vancouver 5—13 innings
David Bote’s two-run double in the top of the 13th gave the Hawks the win.
At the Dish: Hawks held a 5-1 lead after an inning and a half but didn’t score until the 13th. Jesse Hodges led off the 13th with a single and after Alex Tomasovich walked, Bote doubled over the center fielder’s head scoring both runners. Bote, Brant Flete, Hodges and Charcer Burks all had two hits. Bote finished with three RBI and Boise batters fanned 18 times.
On the Hill: Another trough outing for Dillon Maples as he allowed five runs on four hits and five walks in 2.2 innings. He fanned two and threw two wild pitches. Boise’s bullpen was outstanding blanking the Canadians over the final 10 innings. James Farris (2.2 IP, 3K), Tommy Thorpe (3 IP, 6K), Daniel Lewis ( 2 IP, 4 K) and Corbin Hoffner ( 3 IP, 2 K) all saw action with Hoffner recording the victory.
Hawks Notes: Boise (14-14) find themselves 4.5 game behind first-place Hillsboro. Since Hillsboro won the first-half, team with best overall record qualifies for playoff and currently Boise holds a half-game lead over Salem-Keizer.....Hawks send Erick Leal (5-2, 4.38 ERA) to the mound on Friday afternoon at Vancouver.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 0—7 innings
Cubs blanked the D-Backs on three hits in a game shortened by rain.
At the Dish: DH Eloy Jimenez (.240) and C Alberto Mineo (.262) both knocked in two runs to lead the attack. RF Rubi Silva made his first rehab start going 2-3 with a RBI while 2B Ho-young Son had two hits and scored. SS Gleyber Torres (.273) and CF Kevonte Mitchell (.297) both scored twice.
On the Hill: Alex Santana had his best outing of the year, allowing three hits over six shutout innings. The 20-year-old right-hander fanned four and got 13 ground ball outs. Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter made a rehab appearance, retiring all three batters he faced.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers I 3, Cubs 2
Cubs were eliminated from the DSL playoffs as the Rangers won the suspended game and then won on walk-off in second game in extra innings.
On the Hill: Jose Morel allowed a run in five innings with three walks, two hits and four punchouts. Luiz Escanio (0-2, 5.96 ERA) got charged with the blown save allowing the tying run to score in the bottom of the seventh and took the loss yielding the walk-off single.
Cubs Notes: Rangers I won the suspended game 6-3 after leading 6-2 when it was called due to rain on Wednesday.