Pacific Coast League—AAA—Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 1, Iowa 0
Five Oklahoma pitchers combined to blank Iowa as the Dodgers won on a walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th.
Hitting Recap: SS Javier Baez (,313) extended his hitting streak to seven games following a nine-pitch at-bat in which he doubled after fouling off five pitches with two strikes. It was the only extra base hit Iowa had and Baez finished 1-for-3 with a walk. Iowa added singles by CF Arismendy Alcantara, C Taylor Teagarden and 1B Mike Baxter.
Pitching Chart: Carlos Pimentel (2-2, 3.62 ERA) tossed five shutout innings, holding the Dodgers to five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He threw 80 pitches and had a game score of 59. Joseph Ortiz added three more shutout innings, getting six ground ball outs along with two hits and a walk. Drake Britton (1-3, 3.24 ERA) issued a one-out walk, and after throwing error by Baez on an attempted double play put the wining run in scoring position, a single up the middle ended the game.
I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (0-2, 10.34 ERA) looks to get back on track Sunday afternoon after several rough outings as he makes his fifth rehab start.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 6, Jackson (Mariners) 3
Albert Almora hit his first homer and Ryan Dent added a bases clearing double as Tennessee spoiled the AA debut of Mariners pitching prospect Edwin Diaz.
Hitting Recap: Smokies faced Edwin Diaz, one of the Mariners top prospects as the 21-year-old was making his AA debut. Diaz didn’t make it out of the fifth as the Smokies scored six runs on six hits and three walks against the right-hander.....LF Albert Almora slugged his first homer of the year, a solo shot in the fifth, and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.....Making his second rehab start, DH Tommy LaStella went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI, his first two hits after going 0-for-4 on Friday night.......Daniel Vogelbach walked three times and Ryan Dent’s three-run double was a big hit in the Smokies four-run second.
Pitching Chart: Jeffry Antigua (2-1, 2.60 ERA) worked into the 7th and earned his second win, allowing six hits and four walks in 6.1 frames, he fanned two, threw 87 pitches 87 pitches, and recorded nine fly outs. Antigua finished with a game score of 50.....Gerardo Concepcion got charged with two earned runs as the left-hander walked three and gave up a hit in his inning of work. Starling Peralta retired both hitters he faced in the 8th after coming into the game with the bases loaded (one inherited runner scored). C.J. Edwards struckout the side in the 9th to earn his second save.
Smokies News: Frank Batista (3-0, 1.53 ERA) and Andres Santiago (0-1, 7.94 ERA) will start the twin-bill for the Smokies on Sunday.........Former 1B Dustin Geiger has signed with the Wichita Wranglers, a member of the American Association in the Independent League.......LHP Tyler Ihrig, who had been at AAA Iowa, has been transferred to Tennessee and RHP Corey Black has gone on the disabled list.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 3, Carolina (Braves) 2—12 innings
Jeimer Candelario’s RBI double in the 12th gave Myrtle Beach (22-12) the win in extra innings over Carolina (19-14).
Hitting recap: 3B Jeimer Candelario (.276) collected three hits, including the game-winning RBI double in the top of the 12th, scoring RF Mark Zagunis (.310), who led off the inning with a triple. Zagunis, DH Chesny Young (.333) and C Benjamin Carhart (.217) all had two hits in the victory.
Pitching chart: Paul Blackburn (2-2, 5.00 ERA) battled through five innings, throwing 64 pitches, 34 for strikes. He allowed a run on four hits and two walks, and fanned one. He finished with a game score of 54.....Tayler Scott fanned three over three scoreless frames to lower his ERA to 1.37 and earn his second hold.....Zach Cats was in line of for the save in the 9th but surrendered the game-tying homer to lead off the ninth.....James Pugliese (3-0, 1.80 ERA) held the Mudcats scoreless the final two innings for the win, allowing two hits with a strikeout,
Pelicans News: Tyler Skulina (1-2, 5.40 ERA) makes his 6th start on Sunday afternoon.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 10, Great Lake (Dodgers) 4
South Bend (18-18) scored nine times over the first three innings to down Great Lakes (15-18) and even the series.
Hitting recap: South Bend scored early and often as LF Charcer Burks (.315) knocked in a career-high five RBI, including a three-run double in the third. He finished 2-for-5 and swiped his 10th base. SS Gleyber Torres (.328) added two RBI with a double while Gioskar Amaya and C Justin Marra (.178) hit back-to-back homer in the first. 3B David Bote (.265), RF Jeffrey Baez (.188) and CF Rashad Crawford (,280) all had two hits.
Pitching chart: Ryan Williams yielded three unearned runs over six innings, recording seven strikeouts. He gave up five hits and didn’t issue a walk. Francisco Carrillo fanned three in two frames and James Farris pitched the ninth, recording two punchouts as South Bend pitchers fanned 12 on the night.
Schlitter up; Szczur down
With the bullpen throwing 14 innings over the past two days, Matt Szczur, who knocked in three runs including the game-winner on Friday, was sent back to Iowa and relief pitcher Brian Schlitter was called back up to Chicago.
Cubs release Saunders, Graham
The Cubs recently release minor leaguers IF Tim Saunders and RHP Trevor Graham. Sanders retired last June but returned to the Cubs this spring. The 32nd round pick in 2012, hit .381/.431/.536 in 49 games after the draft but was injured in 2013 and had Tommy John surgery. He hit .213 between Daytona and Kane County before retiring, and was considered one of the organizations fastest players......Graham was the Cubs 13th round pick in 2013 out of Franklin Pierce University and made 10 starts last year in Boise (4-4, 5.58 ERA, 50 IP, 19 BB, 49 K).