Cubs Aug. 26 Minor League Recap

Playoff races are heating up as Daytona, Tennessee and Boise are still in the hunt. The Arizona Fall League rosters were announced and second baseman Gioskar Amaya was named to the Florida State League post-season all-star team.

Arizona Fall League roster announced

Addison Russell headlines the Cubs prospects headed to the Arizona Fall League. The shortstop will be joined by 1B Daniel Vogelbach and pitchers C.J. Edwards, Ivan Pineyro, Zach Cates and Gerardo Concepcion. OF Jacob Hannemann will be on the taxi squad, playing two games a week. These players are not set in stone as Javier Baez was announced on the team last year and taken off the roster. Russell, Edwards and Pineyro all missed significant time this year due to injury and the AFL is a great way to get at-bats and innings missed.

Gioskar Amaya named to FSL All-Star team

Daytona second baseman Gioskar Amaya was named to the Florida State League post-season all-star team, the only D-Cub named to the squad. Amaya, 21, is hitting .274/.376/.367 with 53 runs, 35 RBI, 15 doubles, 4 HR and 13 stolen bases in 108 games. Amaya was selected to play in the FSL all-star game and earned post-season all-star honors for Mesa in 2011 and Boise in 2012.

AAA—Tacoma 5, Iowa 3

Iowa dropped its 10th game in its last 12 decisions and find themselves four games out with five to play.

At the Dish: I-Cubs only had five hits and were 1-for-8 with RISP. Junior Lake (.318) doubled and scored in Kris Bryant’s RBI single in the first and added a two-run homer in the 8th. Logan Watkins doubled and Ryan Kalish added a single.

On the Hill: Dan Straily (7-8, 4.14 ERA) only lasted five innings as he threw 95 pitches in the outing. He fanned six but allowed five runs on 10 hits and three walks. Brain Schlitter (3.86 ERA) tossed a scoreless frame and Jeffry Antigua (4.37 ERA) pitched the final two innings.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa ends the series in Tacoma on Wednesday night with Dae-Eun Rhee (1-2, 5.19 ERA).

AA—Jacksonville 6, Tennessee 5

Tennessee gave up three runs in the top of the ninth and fell into a first-place tie with Chattanooga.

At the Dish: CF Albert Almora (.256) doubled, tripled, scored once and knocked in a run as part of the Smokies 12-hit attack. C Charlie Cutler (.313) and Anthony Giansanti (.237) had two hits and drove in a run. After missing Monday’s game, SS Addison Russell (.301) entered the game in the 9th and had a throwing error and singled. 3B Christian Villanueva (.237) and Dustin Geiger (.224) had one RBI each.

On the Hill: Pierce Johnson (2.49 ERA) threw 92 pitches over six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He fanned three and allowed two homers. Blake Cooper (1.49 ERA) fanned four of the five hitters he faced and Hunter Cervenka (3.90 ERA) got the final out of the 8th. Frank Batista (4-2, 1.70 ERA) gave up three runs in the ninth, two earned, on two hits and two walks for the loss and his second blown save.

Smokies Notes: Smokies have Wednesday off and head to Chattanooga for a five-game series to decide the second half title.

High A—Daytona 6, Dunedin 5

Marco Hernandez delivered a two-run single in the 8th that proved to be the difference in the game as the D-Cubs rallied with three runs.

At the Dish: RF Bijan Rademacher (.281) picked a good time to find his stroke again as the right fielder went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer (10), two runs, and a RBI. He’s 12-22 in his last seven games. SS Marco Hernandez (.270) had two hits including the two-run single in the 8th. 3B Wes Darvill (.251) was 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI while CF Jacob Hannemann (.242) knocked in a run. C Kyle Schwarber extended his hit streak to 14 games with a single.

On the Hill: Rob Zastryzny (4.66 ERA) fanned nine over five innings but gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk. It was the 11th straight Zastryzny start Daytona has won. Stephen Perakslis (5-0, 4.02 3 ERA) earned his fifth win with 2.1 scoreless frames. He fanned three, walked three, and gave up two hits. Zack Godley (3.69 ERA) fanned two hitters in the 8th to get out of the jam and even though he allowed a solo homer in the 9th, earned his 7th save.

D-Cubs Notes: Juan Paniagua (1-4, 6.56 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday night at Dunedin. The D-Cubs hold a two-game lead over Tampa.

Low A—Kane County 6, Burlington 1

Kane County tied its franchise record with its 88th win of the season.

At the Dish: Every starter had one hit except DH Chesny Young (.337), who went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI sac fly in the 3rd. C Cael Brockmeyer (.297) had a RBI single and LF Shawon Dunston (.272) capped off the Cougars’ four-run sixth with a two run double. Trey Martin (.243) doubled, scored and added a RBI.

On the Hill: Duane Underwood (6-4, 2.50 ERA) fanned four over 5.1 innings. He only allowed one run on five hits in his 21st start (100.2 IP). Michael Heesch (2.43 ERA) struckout five in 2.2 scoreless innings and Michael Wagner (2.68 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cougars Notes: Jen-Ho Tseng (6-1, 2.45 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday night.

Short-Season—Everett 4, Boise 2

Everett scored three runs in the top of the ninth to beat Boise.

At the Dish: Boise took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kevin Brown (.269) singled with two outs, stole second and scored on Jesse Hodges’ (.265) single. After Brown tripled, Justin Marra’s (.274) pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 8th scored Brown to give Boise the lead. SS Gleyber Torres made his NWL debut, going 0-for-3 with a walk, two strikeouts and two errors.

On the Hill: Josh Conway (2.14 ERA) was perfect for three innings, the fourth time he worked three perfect frames this season. James Farris (2.57 ERA) fanned four but gave up a run. Sam Wilson (5-1, 3.82 ERA) worked a scoreless 8th but the first three hitters of the ninth reached base. Daniel Lewis (0.90 ERA) allowed all three inherited runners to score on a hit and a walk.

Hawks Notes: Jake Stinnett (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second start on Wednesday night against Everett......According to Boise Hawks announcer Mike Safford, Boise’s 100-game winning streak when leading after eight innings came to an end.

Arizona Rookie League—Dodgers 8, Cubs 3

Dodgers downed the Cubs as the Arizona Rookie League draws near it conclusion.

At the Dish: Cubs had six hits, two from 2B Varonex Cuevas (.329), including a RBI triple. LF Ricardo Marcano (.270) scored and had a RBI single while Kevonte Mitchell (.292) tripled and scored.

On the Hill: Carson Sands (1.89 ERA) got the start and worked three innings allowing three runs on three hits and walk. He fanned four, hit a batter and threw three wild pitches. Justin Steele (2.89 ERA) got charged with two earned runs on four hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. The fourth-round pick fanned four and uncorked two wild pitches. Hector Perez (4.41 ERA) relieved Steele and allowed one of the two inherited runners to scored and then surrendered three runs over 1.2 frames. Pedro Araujo (2.93 ERA) pitched a scoreless 8th.

Cubs Notes: Cubs have four games remaining including a twin-bill with the A’s on Wednesday.

Cubs Minor League box scores Aug. 26

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