Soler makes debut, Watkins recalled
Jorge Soler’s first MLB swing sent a Matt Latos’ pitch over the centerfield wall for a homer. He also added a RBI single to complete his debut. Get use to him Cub fans, he should be in right field for many years to come. To make room on the roster, the Cubs placed Ryan Sweeney (hamstring) and Justin Ruggiano (ankle) on the disabled list. Boise’s David Bote was promoted to Iowa to take the place of Watkins.
AAA—Iowa 3, Tacoma 2
Jae-Hoon Ha and David Bote hit back-to-back homers to propel the I-Cubs to victory.
At the Dish: David Bote mea the most of his AAA with a pair of hits, including a solo homer in the fifth,. Jae-Hoon Ha led off the fifth with his first homer of the season. Cubs added a run in the sixth on a RBI double from Ryan Kalish. Kris Bryant was 1-for-4 with a triple.
On the Hill: Dae-Eun Rhee (2-2, 4.39 ERA) retired the first nine hitters he faced and ended the night blanking the Rainiers for 6.1 innings. He fanned six, gave up four hits, and walked two in the 100-pitch outing. Armando River allowed two runs in his inning of work and Blake Parker got the final five outs, four on strikes, for his 24th save.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has Thursday off as they return home on Friday for a four-game series with Oklahoma City to end the season.
Had the day off. Smokies head to Chattanooga for a five-game series that will decided the winner of the second-half North Division. The two teams are tied with Birmingham, Huntsville and Jackson all three games back.
High A—Daytona 8, Dunedin 2
Daytona moved closer to the second-half title behind a three-run blast from Willson Contreras.
At the Dish: D-Cubs pounded Dunedin pitching for 15 hits with Contreras’ three-run blast in the third giving a Daytona 5-0 lead and extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Kyle Schwarber upped his hit streak to 15-games, going 2-for-5. Daniel Vogelbach had three hits and knocked in a run while Jacob Hannemann, Benjamin Carhart, Billy McKinney, and Bijan Rademacher all had two hits and knocked in a run.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua (2-4, 5.72 ERA) allowed a run over five innings on four hits and three walks. He fanned two and got nine fly ball outs. Nathan Dorris, Justin Amlung, Jose Rosario and Michael Jensen all pitched an inning.
D-Cubs Notes: Daytona has Thursday off and host Tampa for the final three games of the season.
Low A—Cedar Rapids 3, Kane County 2—11 innings
A walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th gave the Kernals the win.
At the Dish: Cougars were held to five hits, two coming in the first when Shawon Dunston singled and scored on Jeimer Candelario’s’ two-out double. KC added another run in the sixth when Mark Zagunis double, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on an errant pick-off throw. Victor Caratini and Trey Martin both doubled.
On the Hill: Jen-Ho Tseng (6-1, 2.45 ERA) gave up a solo homer, one of two hits, over six innings. He fanned two and didn’t walk anyone. David Garner allowed a run in the seventh as he allowed two hits, walked one, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches, recording only one out. James Pugliese worked 1.2 scoreless innings and Francisco Carrillo kept Cedar Rapids off the board for two frames. Michael Wagner (3-3, 2.81 ERA) allowed a two-out walk-off single in the 11th.
Cougars Notes: Tyler Ihrig (2-1, 2.53 ERA) gets the ball on Thursday night as the Cougars end the series at Cedar Rapids.
Short-Season—Boise 12, Everett 8
Boise scored six times in the second and got the win, despite allowing six runs in the 9th.
At the Dish: Alex Tomasovich was a homer shy of the cycle as the Cubs 20th round pick knocked in four runs and scored twice in his three-hit night. Charcer Burks added three singles, scored twice, swiped a base and knocked in three. Rashad Crawford went 2-for-5 with a RBI double and two runs. Hawks had 12 hits and seven walks in the win.
On the Hill: Jake Stinnett (0-0, 2.84 ERA) went 3.2 innings as the cubs second round pick allowed two runs on three hits and a walk. He fanned three and allowed a homer. Jeremy Null (2-0, 1.29 ERA) continues to impress with 4.1 shutout innings to earn the win. He fanned five and gave up two hits and a walk. Trey Lang (4.91 ERA) struggled in the ninth as all six hitter he faced reached base and eventually scored. Alberto Diaz (7.32 ERA) got the final three outs but allowed all three inherited runners to score.
Hawks Notes: Dillon Maples (0-2, 12.86 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night against Everett.
Arizona Rookie League—Game 1—A’s 4, Cubs 3; Game 2—Cubs 3, A’s 2
Cubs held the A’s to four hits in the night cap to earn the split.
At the Dish: GAME 1—C Tyler Alamo (.221) had two hits, scored once and drove in a run while DH Shamil Ubiera (.186) had a single and drove home two. Calvin Graves (.350) went 2-for3 hitting leadoff. GAME 2—C Tyler Pearson slugged his second career homer, a solo shot in the fifth, and added a single. Calvin Graves and Alberto Mineo (.246) plated runs. CF Kevonte Mitchell (.287) tripled and scored while DH Eloy Jimenez (.222) had a double.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Alex Santana (3-2, 2.55 ERA) worked four innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks. Michael Knighton (3.38 ERA) allowed a run over the final three frames.GAME 2—Austyn Willis, Zach Hedges and Jordan Minch shut down the ‘s bats in the night cap. Willis allowed a run in three innings and Zach Hedges fanned five and allowed a run in three frames for the win. Jordan Minch got the final three outs, two on strikes for his second save.