Varvaro up, Russell returns to Chicago
The Cubs added a pair of relief pitcher to the 25-man roster, promoting RH Anthony Varvaro and LH James Russell. OF Chris Denorfia was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season with a hamstring injury, Gonzalez Germen was optioned to Iowa, and to make room for Russell on the 40-man roster, RHP Blake Parker, currently on the 7-day DL, was designated for assignment. Joseph Ortiz, who was designated for assignment when the Cubs claimed Varvaro on waivers from Boston, has cleared waivers and been assigned to Iowa, where he’s been the entire season.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 4, Nashville (A’s) 0
Iowa (12-13) made it two straight over Nashville (9-16) as four pitchers blanked the Sounds.
Hitting Recap: Cubs had nine hits, two each from RF John Andreoli, 3B Chris Valaika, LF Mike Baxter and DH Adorn Chambers. Chamber added a pair of RBI....2B Javier Baez looked like he hit his second homer of the season when the umpire signaled fair but the call was overturned by the base umpire. I-Cubs manager Marty Pevey was ejected and after Baez flew out, he was tossed. It was the second time in three games this had happened to the I-Cubs as Christian Villanueva had a homer taken away in the series finale with Oklahoma City.
Pitching Chart: I-Cubs pitching held Nashville to just five hits as Carlos Pimentel got the start and threw six solid innings. The right-hander fanned seven and walked three....Hunter Cervenka struckout the side in the 7th and Armando Rivero worked a 1-2-3 8th. Blake Cooper closed the door on the sounds with a perfect 9th.
I-Cubs Notes: The Cubs have placed RHP Yoanner Negrin on the DL with a right elbow injury.
Southern League—AA—Pensacola (Reds) 4, Tennessee 3
Pensacola scored four times in the 6th to take the opening game of the series over Tennessee.
Hitting Recap: Jeffry Antigua was the Smokies hitting star with a two-run single in the second.....SS Elliot Soto (.277) and 3B Anthony Giansanti (.206) had two hits each. C Kyle Schwarber fanned in a pinch-hitting role and Daniel Vogelbach was 0-for-2 in a reserve role.....Dustin Geiger made his first start at first but went 0-for-3 and is hitless in 12 at-bats.
Pitching Chart: Jeffry Antigua no-hit the Wahoos for five innings but that all changed in the 6th when they scored four times on four hits. Antigua threw 64 pitches, 47 for strikes and fanned two.....Starling Peralta tried to get the Smokies out of the jam but both inherited runners scored. Peralta worked 2.1 innings and fanned one
Smokies News: Tennessee and Pensacola play a twin-bill on Wednesday night with Frank Batista (2-0, 1.48 ERA) and a pitcher to be named getting the start.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 5, Salem (Red Sox) 2
Myrtle Beach (15-9) won their fifth straight as they scored all five runs in the 4th in the win over Salem (13-11).
Hitting recap: Pelicans had seven hits but five of them came in the five-run 4th. RF Billy McKinney (.299) knocked in the first two runs with a double and 1B Jacob Rogers (.300) followed with another run-scoring two-bagger. A RBI single from C Victor Caratini (.210) and a RBI groundout from 2B Daniel Lockhart (.213) ended the scoring.
Pitching chart: Jonathan Martinez (1-1, 2.35 ERA) earned the victory with six solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits. The right-hander pounded the strike zone, needing only 69 pitches, 50 for strikes, and fanned two. Both runs came on solo homers.....Ben Wells recorded his second hold with two shutout frames with three strikeouts and James Pugliese worked a 1-2-3 9th for his second save of the season.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, Great Lakes (Dodgers) 0
Jeremy Null turned in the best outing by any Cubs minor leaguer on Tuesday night, tossing eight shutout innings to help lead South Bend (14-12) over Great Lakes (11-12).
Hitting recap: Not much offense for South Bend as the first run scored on a double play groundout in the second. SS Gleyber Torres knocked in the only run of the game on a fielder’s choice in the 8th and another run scored on the play on a throwing error......LF Charcer Burks (.321) is thriving in the leadoff spot as he went 2-for-4 with a double. 2B Chesny Young extended his hitting streak to five games with a single and swiped his 9th base.
Pitching chart: Jeremy Null (3-0, 0.59 ERA) was the Cubs Organizational Pitcher of the Month for April, he was even better in his first start in May. The 6-foot-7 right-hander twirled eight shutout innings to extended his scoreless streak to 22.2 innings. About the only down side to his performance was his first walk of the season in the 6th. He was also the beneficiary of a great running catch by right fielder Yasiel Balaguert in the 8th who then doubled off a runner on first. Null allowed four hits and fanned three to bring his season total to 26 in 30.2 innings......James Farris allowed a one-out single in the 9th but got the final two hitters for his second save.
SB-Cubs Notes: South Bend faces Great Lakes Wednesday morning with a 10:35 EST start. Erick Leal gets the ball for the breakfast showdown. The game story below has an interview with South Bend pitcher Jeremy Null.