Cubs April 20 Minor League Recap

Ryan Williams and two relievers help South Bend blank Great Lakes and Junior Lake’s walk-off sacrifice fly gave Iowa a split. Myrtle Beach rallied for an extra inning win and Tennessee lost to Jackson.

News and Notes
Ryan McNeil has been placed on the disabled list for South Bend not Jasvir Rakkar as listed in the Midwest League Transactions on Milb.com. Rakkar has actually been promoted to Myrtle Beach........Former Cubs minor league relief pitcher and current Atlanta Brave Andrew McKirahan was suspended 80 games for violating the MLB drug policy. McKirahan tested positive for PEDs.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—GAME 1—Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 8, Iowa 0; GAME 2—Iowa 4, Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 3—9 innings
Junior Lake’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th scored Mike Baxter as the I-Cubs salvaged the final game of the series and in the first game, were within one pitch of being no-hit with a perfect game.

Hitting Recap: GAME 1— The Cubs didn’t have a base runner until two outs in the seventh as Addison Russell’s two-out, two-strike base hit broke up the perfect game from Scott Baker. Baker was signed by the Cubs two years ago but spent most of the year in minors recovering from an arm injury and only made a few appearances in September. 1B Mike Baxter followed with a double but Baker got the third out for the shutout.....C Tayler Teagarden made his Cubs debut getting the starting nod behind the plate. Teagarden was signed to a minor-league deal. GAME 2—2B Addison Russell (.318) had a pair of RBI doubles, giving the I-Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first and tying the game in the 5th. C Taylor Davis (.273), who finished 2-for-4, hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 6th to give Iowa a 3-2 lead. Iowa only had six hits and were 0-for-7 with RISP. Junior Lake, who won the game with a walk-off sac fly, was 1-for 2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Carlos Pimentel only gave up four hits over four plus innings, but two of those left the yard. Throw in five walks and after pitching to two batters in the fifth, Pimentel left allowing eight runs......Michael Wagner made his AAA debut and retired all eight hitters he faced. Entering the game in the fifth, Wagner got a double play to end the frame and then set down the side in order the next two innings......GAME 2—Yoanner Negrin got the start in game two and only allowed two hits, but like Pimentel they both left the yard. He issued a walk and fanned four in the 65-pitch outing. Joseph Ortiz allowed a solo homer in the top of the 7th as the Dodgers forced extra innings. James Russell is looking more like a big league pitcher as the lefty got the win after tossing two perfect innings with three punchouts. Signed to minor league deal, Russell could find himself back in Wrigley before the end of the summer, especially with all the bullpen issues.

I-Cubs Notes: Cubs manager Marty Pevey told I-Cubs beat reporter Tommy Birch that he hasn’t spoken with Javier Baez and had no update on his return. Pevey did say he wouldn’t be surprised if Baez spent some time at extended spring training before joining the I-Cubs.......Michael Wagner, the Cubs 15th round pick in 2014 and former college teammate of Kris Bryant, has joined Iowa from extended spring training. Wagner was added for Monday’s doubleheader and Matt Szczur, who was optioned to Iowa from Chicago, hadn’t reported to Des Moines in time for the game.

Game 1 Box and Game 2 Box and Game Story



Southern League—AA— Jackson (Mariners) 7, Tennessee 1
Jackson scored four times in the 7th and added three more in the 8th as Tennessee’s bullpen struggled.

Hitting Recap: 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.457) celebrated being named Southern League Player of the Week with a solo homer to leadoff the second but the Smokies would only get two more hits, a double by 2B Stephen Bruno (.393) and a single from RF Bijan Rademacher (.286).

Pitching Chart: Frank Batista made his second straight strong start with 4.2 scoreless innings. The former closer allowed two hits, walked two and set five down on strikes. Michael Jensen came in the fifth and got a strikeout to strand two runners. After striking out the side in the 6th, C.J. Edwards walked the leadoff hitter in the 7th, and after an error, the Generals scored four times. All the runs were unearned. Andres Santiago finished up for Tennessee, allowing three earned runs on four hits.

Smokies News: Smokies send Corey Black (1-0, 3.00 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday night.

Box Score and Game Story



Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach, Salem (Red Sox)
In a game suspended an hour by rain, Myrtle Beach tied it in the top of the ninth and then scored three times in the 11th for the win over Salem.

Hitting recap: DH Billy McKinney (.296) hit his first homer of the season and added a RBI single in the 11th. RF Mark Zagunis (.290) tied the game in the 9th with a RBI single and added a sac fly in the 11th. 1B Jacob Rogers (.323) hit a solo homer and walked three times. Jacob Hannemann went 2-for-4, walked twice, scored twice, stole three bases and knocked in the go-ahead run in the 11th. 2B Daniel Lockhart (.357) went 1-for-4 with a RBI.

Pitching chart: Tyler Skulina got the start and surrendered four runs on six its, one a two-run homer. The right-hander went five innings, didn’t walk anyone and fanned four. The Pelican bullpen was lights out. Gerardo Concepcion tossed two scoreless frames, Tayler Scott got the win with three shutout innings, and Matt Brazis eared his second save.

Pelicans News: Daniel Lockhart entered Monday night’s game atop the Carolina League with a .375 average.

Box Score and Game Story



Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, Great Lakes (Dodgers) 0
Ryan Williams and two relievers combined for a shutout and Jesse Hodges knocked in all three runs as South Bend won the series finale.

Hitting recap: 3B Jesse Hodges (.250) went 2-for-4 and knocked in all three runs with two outs to to lead the offense. 2B Chesny Young had two hits, scored twice, drew a walk, and swiped his first two bases of the season.

Pitching chart: Making his second start, Ryan Williams (1-0, 0.66 ERA) worked into the sixth and earned the win. The right-hander worked scattered seven hits and two walks, coaxing 12 ground ball outs....David Garner was impressive in his ’15 debut, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed a hit and fanned one. James Norwood made sure South Bend went home winners, retiring all six hitters he faced over the final two frames, three on strikes, for his first save.

SB-Cubs News: OF Yasiel Balaguert has been activated from the disabled list and OF Jeffrey Baez has been placed on the DL.

Box Score and Game Story




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