I-Cubs had the day off and face Oklahoma City in a four-game series beginning Friday night at Principal Park. The Cubs are four games out with four to go and must sweep the RedHawks and hope Omaha loses three of its four game series with Colorado Springs. Chris Rusin (8-13, 4.24 ERA) gets the start on Friday night. Iowa’s Kris Bryant leads the minors with 43 homers, two ahead of Joey Gallo.
AA— Chattanooga 1, Tennessee 0
Chattanooga moved into first place as Andres Santiago tossed a no-hitter, limiting the Smokies to one walk.
At the Dish: The only base runner was a one-out walk to Christian Villanueva in the 8th inning but a double play ended the frame. Smokies fanned 12 times.
On the Hill: Making his sixth AA start, Felix Pena (2-4, 7.48 ERA) only gave up one run, a solo homer in the second. He worked five innings, giving up five hits and two walks with four punchouts. Jeffrey Lorick (3.90) tossed 2.2 innings of no-hit ball with 4 K and Tony Zych (5.18 ERA) got the final out of the 8th.
Smokies Notes: Tennessee will look to even the series on Friday night when Corey Black (6-7, 3.26 ERA) gets the start. They will face former Cubs prospect Nick Struck (5-6, 5.22 ERA)
Had the day off and end the season with three home games with Tampa. If the D-Cubs can win any of the three games they will clinch a playoff berth as they hold 2.5 game lead over Tampa.
Low A—Kane County 3, Cedar Rapids 2
Kane County won their franchise record 89th game holding on to beat the Kernals.
At the Dish: An RBI single by Jeimer Candelario and a pair of bases loaded walks to Daniel Lockhart and Jeffrey Baez gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead in the first. Cael Brockmeyer added a pair of doubles and Candelario finished with two hits.
On the Hill: Tyler Ihrig (3-1, 2.30) worked six innings, yielding one run on five hits and two walks. He fanned three and got seven ground ball outs. Michael Heesch earned his third hold, allowing a hit in 1.2 frames. Jasvir Rakkar got the final four outs for his first save but allowed his first run since joining Kane County (17 IP)
Cougars Notes: With the victory, Kane County broke the franchise mark of the 2004 team (Marlins) who won 88 games and went on to capture the MWL title.
Short-Season—Everett 13, Boise 8—10 innings
Everett scored five runs in the top of the 10th in a game that featured 36 hits.
At the Dish: 1B Alex Tomasovich (.316) had his second straight three hit night with a double and three RBI. SS Gleyber Torres ripped a triple and three singles while Danny Canela had three hits and scored twice. Jesse Hodges and Justin Marra both had two hits and a RBI.
On the Hill: Dillon Maples (12.23) 2014 woes continued as the right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings. After recovering from a broken rib in spring training, Maples has made six starts for Boise, allowing 29 hits and 20 walks in 17.2 innings. Not a good night for the Boise arms. Yomar Morel (5.49 ERA) allowed a solo homer in 1.1 innings and Tommy Thorpe (3.38 ERA) gave up the lead, surrendering three runs over 2.2 innings. Corbin Hoffner (1-2, 3.12 ERA) worked two innings and was charged with all five runs in the 10th. Daniel Lewis (0.87) got the final out.
Hawks Notes: Erick Leal (6-2, 3.92 ERA) gets the start on Friday night in the series finale against Everett. Hillsboro, the first-half champs, hold a two-game lead over Salem-Keizer with four games left. If Hillsboro wins the second half, the final playoff spot will be determined by best overall record—currently held by Boise (39-33) with a two-game lead over Salem-Keizer (37-35), who come to Boise for the final three games of the season.
Arizona Rookie League—A’s 6, Cubs 3
Luke Montz, on a rehab assignment, slugged three homers to lead the A’s to victory.
At the Dish: Cubs had eight hits, including SS Varonex Cuevas’ first homer. He also doubled and scored twice. CF Kevonte Mitchell went 2-for-4 with a double and a run. DH Eloy Jimenez doubled in a run, his 25th RBI.
On the Hill: Jordan Brink (0-1, 13.50 ERA) didn’t make it out of the first inning, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk. He got two outs, fanned one and allowed a three-run homer. Jefferson Mejia only gave up one hit, a homer to Montz, in 4.1 innings. He fanned five and walked one. Luis Hernandez worked the final three innings, allowing a run on three hits with four strikeouts.
Cubs Notes: Cubs (22-33) end their season on Friday morning against Arizona.