Rosscup called up to Chicago
Iowa Cubs left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup was called up to Chicago after the Cubs placed 2B Tommy LaStella on the disabled list. Rosscup appeared in two games for Iowa, fanning five in two scoreless innings with a walk. The 26-year-old made his MLB debut in 2013 and pitched in 18 game last year for Chicago (1-0, 9.45 ERA, 13.1 IP, 12 BB, 21 K). La Stella was 1-for-6 in just 2 games for the Cubs and has a strained right side.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa, New Orleans—Rained Out
Tuesday night’s game at New Orleans was rained out and will be made up as a doubleheader on Thursday. Donn Roach is expected to start Wednesday’s game that begins at 11 a.m. Starters for Thursday’s twin-bill are expected to be Carlos Pimentel and Eric Jokisch. Kris Bryant has played all five games at third and is hitting .381/.375/.714 with 2 HR and 7 RBI while Addison Russell has a slash of .318/.333/.500 with 1 HR and 4 RBI. The have both made two errors.
Tennessee spent the day with the media at Smokies Park and host the home opener on Wednesday with first pitch at 11:30 EST. Corey Black (1-0, 1.07 ERA) gets the start and C.J. Edwards is also expected to pitch. Daniel Vogelbach is off to a good start in his AA debut, going 8-for-18 with four doubles (.444/.565/.667) and Kyle Schwarber is hitting .333/.467/.750 with a homer. Albert Almora (.261/.346/.348) has three walks and didn’t get his third free pass last year until game #26 last year. Bijan Rademacher is 6-for-20 (.300) and Stephen Bruno is off to a 5-for-14 (.357) start.
Carolina League—High A—Game 1—Myrtle Beach 5, Salem 3: Game 2—Salem 3, Myrtle Beach 1
The Pelicans (3-3) scored four runs in the second and rode the arm of Jen-Ho Tseng in the first game but Salem (3-3) scored twice in the top of the 7th to take the night-cap.
Hitting recap: GAME 1—Pelicans made the most of their four hits, two scoring on a SS Carlos Penalver (.333) single. RF Mark Zagunis (.222) added a RBI single and C Victor Caratini (.333), single, walked and scored twice. DH Chris Denorfia, rehabbing with the Pelicans from Chicago, was 0-for-1 with a walk and a hit by pitch. He didn’t play the second game......GAME 2—The Pelicans bats were held to four hits in game two and scored their only run of the game in the first on a Billy McKinney groundout. Zagunis had a pair of hits, Jacob Hannemann singled and scored, and Daniel Lockhart doubled.
Pitching chart: GAME 1—Jen-Ho Tseng, the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, made his first start of the year and got the win. The 20-year-old fanned five in five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks. He threw 64 pitches, 42 for strikes. Tayler Scott earned his first save, surrendering a run on three hits over the final two innings. He fanned three and walked one, through 46 pitches, 30 for strikes......GAME 2—Jonathan Martinez had a good outing in his first start, after appearing in his first game in relief. Acquired last summer as the player to be named later in the Darwin Barney trade with Dodgers, Martinez, threw 78 pitches, 50 for strikes in his five innings of work. He allowed a solo homer, one of two hits, walked one and fanned four. Josh Conway struckout two in an inning, working around two hits and a walk. Gerardo Concepcion took the loss, surrendering two runs in the ninth on a hit, two walks and an error.
Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach will go with a six-man rotation to start the season. Tseng, Martinez, Duane Underwood, Daury Torrez, Paul Blackburn, and Tyler Skulina will comprise the rotation Juan Paniagua, who started last year, will work out of the bullpen to start the season.......Duane Underwood gets the start on Wednesday night against Salem....... Below is video of Chris Denorfia’s interview with Myrtle Beach press
Midwest League—Low A—Dayton 3, South Bend 2
Dayton (3-3) tied the game in the bottom the 8th and then won on a walk-off infield grounder in the 9th to beat South Bend (3-3) and take the three-game series.
Hitting recap: SS Gleyber Torres gave the SB-Cubs a 1-0 lead in the second with a RBI single, scoring Cael Brockmeyer, who had led off with his fifth double of the season. Gioskar Amaya made it 2-0 with a RBI single scoring Chesny Young. Torres (.348) finished 2-for-3 with walk and CF Trey Martin (.238) tripled, doubled and was thrown out at home on a infielder grounder in the third. Charcer Burks made a diving catch in left field and the video is below.
Pitching chart: Ryan Williams, the Cubs 10th round pick last year out of East Carolina, only allowed one base runner in six innings, and he tripled and scored on a one-out groundout. It was the only hitter he didn’t retire, fanning seven and getting six ground ball outs......Ryan McNeil worked around a hit and two walks, striking out a pair for a scoreless 7th.....Tommy Thorpe gave up a run in the 8th and only got one out in the 9th before the winning run scored. He allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with one punchout.
SB-Cubs News: The Cubs send Jake Stinnett (0-0, 1.80) to the mound on Wednesday as South Bend begins a three-game set with Fort Wayne (Padres).