Cubs Aug. 23 Minor League Recap

Jorge Soler had five hits and Kris Bryant smacked his 42nd homer as Iowa snapped its eight-game losing streak. Kyle Schwarber and Daniel Vogelbach homered in both ends of Daytona’s DH sweep while Kane County completed the sweep of Clinton behind a Jeffrey Baez two-run homer.

AAA—Iowa 10, Reno 7

Jorge Soler had a career-high five hits and Kris Bryant slugged his 42nd homer to help the I-Cubs end their eight-game losing streak.

At the Dish: Soler (.262) was a homer shy of the cycle as the 22-year-old collected a career-high five hits and knocked in a pair. Kris Bryant (.311) smacked his 20th AAA homer and leads the minors with 42 homers. He finished 2-2, scored three times and was walked four times. Cubs 32nd-round pick Andrew Ely (.300), promoted from Mesa to fill in for Logan Watkins, had a pair of hits and three RBI, including a two-run blast in the 5th. Ely led Mesa with four homers. Jonathan Mota (.243) had three hits and knocked in three while Rafael Lopez had two singles, walked twice, and knocked in a run.

On the Hill: Chris Rusin (7-13, 4.12 ERA) battled for seven innings to earn the win. The left-hander gave up five runs on 10 hits and two walks. Brian Schlitter made a rehab appearance for Iowa, allowing a run in the 8th, while Armando Rivero surrendered a solo homer in the 9th.

I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (8-6, 3.80 ERA) gets the start at Tacoma as the I-Cubs start a five-game series with the Mariners affiliate.

AA— Jacksonville 15, Tennessee 7

Jacksonville used a seven-run 7th to beat Tennessee for the second straight night, taking advantage of 10 hits and 10 free passes.

At the Dish: Smokies grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first when Addison Russell (.294) doubled and scored on Lars Anderson’s (.333) two-run homer, his 2nd. Jae-Hoon Ha (.226) added a two-run double in the second and Albert Almora (.252) followed with his second AA homer, for a 6-1 lead. He hit seven in Daytona and finished 3-for-4, but left the game in the 9th after making a diving catch. Addison Russell was 2-4 with a RBI and Anthony Giansanti (.241) had two hits after entering the game as a sub.

On the Hill: Corey Black only allowed two hits but walked five in 3.2 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, in the 74 pitch outing. P.J. Francescon allowed a run over 2.1 innings but Hunter Cervenka got charged with a blown save, giving up seven runs, as he only retired two hitters in the 7th. Blake Cooper worked 1.1 scoreless innings and Jeffrey Lorick surrendered a two-run homer.

Smokies Notes: Felix Doubront, the left-hander acquired from Boston near the trade deadline, will get the start on Sunday for the Smokies.

High A—Game 1—Daytona 4, Lakeland 2—8 innings; Game 2—Daytona 4, Lakeland 0

Kyle Schwarber and Daniel Vogelbach homered in both games as the D-Cubs swept Lakeland.

At the Dish: GAME 1—Gioskar Amaya (3) and Kyle Schwarber (7) hit back-to-back homers in the top of the 8th to provide the margin of victory. Jacob Hannemann (.252) made a diving catch in the bottom of the innings to preserve the win. Daniel Vogelbach took aim on the scoreboard in the fourth inning with his 14th homer of the year. Amaya (.271) tripled and scored in the first on a sac fly by Schwarber......GAME 2—Kyle Schwarber (.308) homered in his fourth straight game, a two-run shot in the 7th. The Cubs first-round pick is 8-for-his last-14 with 4 HR, 8 RBI and 5 runs, and has an 11-game hitting streak. Vogelbach (.270) homered in the 4th, a solo shot, while Marco Hernandez (.269) singled, walked twice and scored twice.

On the Hill: GAME 1—Justin Amlung went four innings before a rain delay ended his night. He allowed two runs on two hits, fanned five, but issued five free passes. Michael Jensen (7-4, 3.02 ERA) fanned five in three shutout innings and Austin Kirk pitched the ninth for his second save.; GAME 2—Nathan Dorris (5-6, 6.07 ERA) tossed 5.2 shutout innings in his best outing since June 27 when he blanked Lakeland for seven innings. He fanned five while allowing three hits and four walks. Zack Godley got the final four outs, three on strikes for his 6th save.

Low A—Kane County 2, Clinton 1

Jeffrey Baez slugged a two-run homer to give the Cougars the sweep over Clinton.

At the Dish: Jeffrey Baez (.284) slugged his fifth homer off Edwin Diaz in the 5th, following a double by Cael Brockmeyer (.304). Cougars only had five hits as Jeimer Candelario (.249), Yasiel Balaguert (.243) and Trey Martin (.246) all singled.

On the Hill: Ben Wells (3-0, 2.01 ERA) worked six innings, holding the L-Kings to one run on six hits. He fanned three, walked one and got more fly ball outs (8) than groundouts (5). Michael Wagner (3-2, 2.73 ERA) earned his fifth hold with a pair of scoreless frames, fanning four. Francisco Carrillo (0-1, 1.93 ERA) picked up his sixth save with two punchouts in the 9th.

Cougars Notes: According the Cougars beat reporter Kevin Druley of the Kane County Chronicle, catcher Will Remillard has returned home to New York and will report to fall instructs. Remillard was placed on the DL with elbow inflammation....Cougars head to Burlington for a three-game with Daury Torrez (11-5, 2.82 ERA) getting the start Sunday afternoon.

Short-Season—Vancouver 4, Boise 1

The Canadians kept the Hawks off the board to salvage the final game of the series.

At the Dish: Hawks only got five hits as Jesse Hodges (.259) had the only extra base hit, his 10th double. Boise’s only run scored in the 9th when Kevin Brown (.267) walked and scored on Justin Marra’s (.274) sac fly.

On the Hill: James Norwood (0-2, 5.63 ERA) worked three innings, allowing a run on two hits with three punchouts. Trevor Graham made his first appearance since August 8, fanning five in four innings. He gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits. Brad Markey surrendered a run in the 8th with two strikeouts.

Hawks Notes: Boise has the day off on Sunday.

Arizona Rookie League—Brewers 14, Cubs 3

Brewers collected 15 hits off Cubs’ pitching and took advantage of five errors.

At the Dish: Ricardo Marcano (.279) slugged his second homer,a two-run shot in the sixth, one of two hits on the night. Adonis Paula (.258) collected a pair of hits, including his 7th double. Cubs fanned 12 times.

On the Hill: All four Cubs pitchers allowed runs, seven off starter Jose Paulino (3-4, 6.70), who only lasted 2.2 innings. Luis Hernandez (1-1, 5.40 ERA) yielded four runs in 2.1 innings, Jordan Minch (0-0, 3.72 ERA) was charged with two runs in two frames and Michael Knighton (0-1, 3.60 ERA) surrendered two unearned runs in the 8th.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs

For the second straight day, the Cubs game with the Pirates was rained out. I’m assuming the games won’t be made up and the Cubs finish the season at 42-28, good for second place in the Boca Chica North, 12 games behind the Rangers I (54-16), the top team in the DSL. Cubs missed the wild card by 4.5 games behind the Giants.

Cubs Minor League box scores Aug. 23

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