May 13—Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 3, Nashville (A’s) 2
Iowa scored three runs in the bottom of the 9th the final two coming on Junior Lake two-run single, to beat Nashville and even the series.
Hitting Recap: Iowa only had two hits through the first eight innings but collected three hits and walk in the 9th for the win. Singles by Rubi Silva and Javier Baez, and Christina Villanueva was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two out. Mike Baxter walked to force in a run and Junior Lake coma through with the walk-off single.
Pitching Chart: Donn Roach (4-0, 2.03 ERA) continues to shutdown AAA hitters as the right-hander gave up a run over seven innings. The Sounds recorded four hits and drew three walks in Roach’s 98-pitch effort. He recorded 10 ground ball outs and had a game score of 65..... Blake Cooper surrendered an unearned run in the 8th and Joseph Ortiz got the win with a scoreless 9th.
I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start on Thursday afternoon at Principal Park in game 3 vs. Nashville..
May 12—Pacific Coast League—AAA—Nashville (A’s) 6, Iowa 3
Despite homers from Javier Baez and Christian Villanueva, Nashville took the opener at Iowa.
Hitting Recap: 2B Javier Baez (.265) went 2-for-4 with a homer, his second, and Christian Villanueva (.281) had three hits, including his third homer. Adron Chambers walked twice and scored, and SS Arismendy Alcantara (.235) went 1-for-3 with a RBI (12)
Pitching Chart: LHP Tyler Ihrig, the Cubs 23rd-round pick in ’13, was promoted from the Everett roster and got the start, allowing two earned runs over five innings. The left-hander allowed five hits, walked two and fanned three, throwing 84 pitches. Armando Rivero had his streak of six straight appearances without allowing a run snapped as the Sounds scored once in the 6th. Gonzalez Germen surrendered three runs in the 7th while Drake Britton and Brian Schlitter threw scoreless innings..
May 12—Southern League—AA—Tennessee 7, Montgomery (Rays) 6; Game 2—Montgomery (Rays) 14, Tennessee 0
Before a record crowd of 10,518 for a doubleheader at Smokies Park, Tennessee (17-15) won the opener but got whipped in the nightcap by Montgomery (15-18).
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—SS Elliot Soto was 3-5 with a RBI and Daniel Vogelbach (.352) was 3-for-3 with two runs and a walk. Willson Contreras had two hits and knocked in a pair while DH Kyle Schwarber (.311), CF Jacob Hannemann (.180) and 3B Anthony Giansanti (.222) all plated runs. GAME 2—Smokies only collected two hits, singles from SS Elliot Soto (.298) and CF Albert Almora (.279). The only other base runners were walks to DH Willson Contreras and 1B Dustin Geiger (.000).
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Frank Batista (3-0, 1.53 ERA) fanned six over five innings but gave up three runs (two earned) on two walk and four hits, including a homer. He threw 92 pitches, 55 for strikes, and had a game score of 53......Stephen Perakslis got charged with his second blown save giving up a run in the 7th, one of two innings he worked......C.J. Edwards got credit for the win, despite allowing two runs in the 9th. He fanned four, walked one and allowed one hit in his 46-pitch outing over two innings......GAME 2—Corey Black threw 90 pitches over six innings and took the loss, yielding two runs on four hits and three walks. He fanned six and had a game score of 59......Bullpen was not good. Gerardo Concepcion gave up two runs in 1.1 innings, Starling Peralta surrendered seven runs and didn’t retire a hitter, and Andres Santiago was charged with three runs in 1.2 innings.
Smokies News: Smokies had Wednesday off and face Montgomery Thursday night in the series finale with Ivan Pineyro (2-1, 3.38 ERA) on the mound.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach vs. Carolina (Braves)—Postponed
The series between Carolina and Myrtle Beach was postponed after seven Carolina players and an athletic trainer were injured when their bus flipped over on the way from Salem to Myrtle Bech. They were all treated and released and made the trip to Myrtle Bech. Due to the accident, it was decided to the three games would not be played and Carolina returned home as the players were still being evaluated. Scheduling decisions will be made at a later date. Story on canceled series from Myrtle Beach
May 13—Midwest League—Low A—Lansing (Blue Jays) 6, South Bend 4
Lansing grabbed an early lead and hung on to snap South Bend’s two game win streak.
Hitting recap: SS Gleyber Torres went 3-for-5 with a double and a RBI. Rashad Crawford scored twice while Charcer Burks, Yasiel Balaguert and Cael Brockmeyer all plated runs. Crawford threw out a runner at home trying to tag up in the first for the inning-ending double play.
Pitching chart: Erick Leal (3-1, 3.23 ERA) didn’t miss many bats early as the Lugnuts collected eight hits and four runs over the first three innings, two coming on a first frame homer. He finished with a line of 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K......James Norwood surrendered a two-run homer in the 7th the only hit he allowed but walked two in 1.1 innings.
May 12—Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 5, Lansing (Blue Jays) 3
Jeremy Null won his fourth game as South Bend (17-15) made it two straight over Lansing (17-15).
Hitting recap: South Bend had ten hits, six went for extra bases. 2B Jason Vosler (.256) and 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.211) both ripped a pair of doubles, scored once and knocked in a run. SS Gleyber Torres (.324) was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Jeffrey Baez triped in four trips while CF Rashad Crawford (.288) was 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Pitching chart: Jeremy Null improved to 4-0 with six innings, scattering nine hits. He was charged with two runs, one earned, and fanned four in his sixth start. He fanned 30 hitters in 36.2 innings with one walk......Ryan McNeil worked two scoreless frames for his fourth hold and Jordan Minch gave up a run in the 9th but earned his second save.
SB-Cubs News: South Bend will be looking to make it three straight as right-hander Erick Leal (3-0, 2.45 ERA) makes his sixth start. In 25 IP, he has a 1.36 WHIP with 7 BB ad 20 K.