The Cubs transaction wire was busy on Wednesday as RHP Justin Grimm, who had been rehabbing in Iowa, was activated from the disabled list and OF Matt Szczur was recalled. To make room on the 25-man roster, OF Junior Lake was outrighted to Iowa and Anthony Varvaro, who spent two days on the 40-man roster and one on the 25-man roster, was designated for assignment.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Nashville (A’s) 6, Iowa 0
Three Nashville pitchers blanked Iowa as Cubs’ right-hander Dallas Beeler made his third rehab start.
Pitching Chart: Dallas Beeler (0-2, 9.53 ERA) was back on the mound in his third rehab start and while the results weren’t pretty, the fact he battled through four innings and logged 82 pitches is a good sign. These outings, while they count on his stats, are basically his spring training work as he returns from an injury. Beeler gave up five runs on nine hits and two walks, and didn’t strikeout a batter........Michael Wagner worked three innings, allowing a run on three hits with a strikeout.....Joseph Ortiz threw a scoreless 8th in his first game since be outrighted.
I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada (0-3, 3.68 ERA) makes his fifth start in the series finale on Thursday.
Southern League—AA—GAME 1—Tennessee 2, Pensacola (Reds) 1; GAME 2—Tennessee 4, Pensacola (Reds) 1;
Tennessee (14-11) scored four runs in the top of the 7th to rally for the sweep at Pensacola (8-18).
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Smokies only had four hits but took advantage of seven walks, including four in the first inning, the last to Bijan Rademacher to force in a run. Pin-Chieh Chen delivered the game-winner in the top of the 7th with a pinch-hit single, scoring Elliot Soto. CF Albert Almora (.313) was taken off the DL prior to the game and went 2-for-3.......GAME 2—Daniel Vogelbach got the big hit for Tennessee in game two, a three-run double in the top of the 7th. Vogelbach (.358) was 3-for 4. Rademacher (.231) walked with the bases loaded in the 7th to tie the game and set thee stage for Vogelbach’s heroics. Kyle Schwarber struckout as a pinch hitter and went 0-for-1 with two walks in the opener.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Frank Batista (3-0, 1.19 ERA) may have the Cubs wondering why they didn’t switch him to the rotation sooner as the right-hander turned in another solid outing. Batista allowed an unearned run over six innings, and threw 97 pitches, 63 for strikes, He surrendered five hits, walked one, fanned four and got 10 ground ball outs. P.J. Francescon worked around a single in the 7th to record his third save.......GAME 2—Andres Santiago made his first start and worked into the fifth, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. Signed as a free agent in the off-season after a minor league career with the Dodgers, Santiago fanned three in his 69-pitch outing. Gerardo Concepcion made his AA debut and stranded a pair of inherited runners getting the final two outs of the fifth. C.J. Edwards (1-2, 3.55 ERA) is getting the hang of the bullpen as the right-hander earned his first win with a scoreless inning. He struckout the side in the 6th as the Smokies made a pair of errors. Michael Jensen worked the 9th for his first AA save.
Smokies News: Corey Black (1-1, 3.51 ERA) gets the ball on Thursday night in Pensacola.....RHP Zach Cates has been sent to Myrtle Beach and his spot on the roster will be taken by LH Gerardo Concepcion, who the Cubs signed to a 5-year deal back in March of 2012.
Carolina League—High A—GAME 1— Salem (Red Sox) 5, Myrtle Beach 4; GAME 2— Myrtle Beach 4, Salem (Red Sox) 2
Salem (14-12) rallied with two runs in the top of the 7th to take the opener and Myrtle Beach (16-10) hung on in the nightcap for the split.
Hitting recap: GAME 1— C Victor Caratini (.231) was the hitting star in the opener with two hits, including a double and two RBI. Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-3 with league-leading 10th double. SS Daniel Lockhart had the Pelicans other hit and Kevin Brown got credit for a RBI...... 7th......GAME 2—The Pelicans top of the order—Mark Zagunis, Wes Darvill and Billy McKinney— all had two hits and a RBI while Darvill slugged his first homer, a solo shot in the first. 1B Jacob Rogers plated his 16th run of the season.
Pitching chart: GAME 1—Daury Torrez (2-2, 4.03 ERA) got the start and while he allowed five runs on eight hits, pitcher very well until he ran into problems in the 7th before exiting. He threw 93 pitches, 71 for strikes and fanned six. James Pugliese got charged with a blown save, allowing both inherited runners to score on the; GAME 2— Tayler Scott made the emergency spot start and worked three innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk. He fanned five and gave up a homer......Zach Cates had a positive outing his first day in town as he picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Jasvir Rakkar earned his 4th save with two perfect innings.
Pelicans News: Duane Underwood (3-0, 1.29 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night as the Pelicans host Salem......LHP Gerardo Concepcion has been promoted to AA Tennessee and RHP Zach Cates is on his way back to High A. Cates went 0-4 with a 6.14 ERA in seven games for the Smokies. In another roster move, RHP Juan Paniagua, who went on the DL April 18, was activated and C Alberto Mineo has been placed on the 7-day DL.
Midwest League—Low A—Great Lakes (Dodgers) 4, South Bend 3
Great Lakes (12-12) scored a run in the top of the 9th to beat South Bend (14-13) and take the series.
Hitting recap: LF Charcer Burks (.341) was the offensive star of the game, collecting three hits and in the bottom of the 8th, scored the tying run after a single and two stolen bases (8). After not getting a runner on base the first time through the order, the Cubs finally got on the board in the 5th on a RBI triple from 2B David Bote (.282) and a run-scoring single from 1B Gioskar Amaya (.177).........Chesny Young (NorthSiders # 44) is off to a great start in his first full season, after the Cubs tabbed the second baseman out of Mercer University in the 14th round last June. After hitting .327/.384/.409 in 44 games at three stops last year, the 22-year-old has picked right up this April, batting 284/.372/.351 in 19 games with 8 RBI and 8 SB. He’s been even better in May and entered Wednesday morning’s game with a five-game hitting streak (9-for-19). The right-hander displays an uncanny ability to make consistent contract and solid plate discipline (11BB/7K). Young went 0-for-4 and got credit for a RBI on an error by the shortstop in the 8th scoring Burks.
Pitching chart: Cubs acquired Erick Leal (NorthSiders Report #45) back in February of 2013 along with Jesus Castillo for Cubs favorite Tony Campana. After a summer in Mesa and making 13 starts at short-season Boise last year, the Venezuelan is ready for the grind of an entire season. He’s been efficient in three of his four starts, only allowing two earned runs in 17 innings but got tagged for eight hits and five runs April 24 vs. Lansing. He’s consistently thrown his fastball between 91-93 and has maintained that velocity late in starts. Leal is no longer the skinny kid the Cubs acquired two years ago as he’s added weight and filled out his 6-foot-3 frame. His delivery is simple and almost without effort, finishing balanced and in good fielding position. Leal does a good job of keeping his repertoire down in the strike zone but when he does miss up, he gets in trouble. 5.2 5 H 2 ER 1 B 4 K
SB-Cubs News: Cubs head to Bowling Green (Rays) for a three-game series before having an off-day on May 10.