Cubs May 17 Minors Recap

Here’s a look at action around the Cubs affiliates including a pair of homers from Tennessee’s Kyle Schwarber’s.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 7, Iowa 5
Oklahoma City (26-11) scored five runs in the first and hung on to beat Iowa (18-19) for the second straight game.

Hitting Recap: Iowa out-hit the Dodgers 12-11 but were just 3-for-15 with RISP and left 10 on. Taylor Davis, who pinch-hit in the 5th and stayed in the game, went 3-for-3 with three doubles and a RBI. Arismendy Alcantara (.229) was 2-for-4 with a walk and Rubi Silva (.258) had two singles and scored once. 2B Javier Baez was 0-for-3 and got hit by a pitch while CF Matt Szczur doubled in three at-bats with two walks and a stolen base in his first game back in Iowa.

Pitching Chart: Dallas Beeler’s struggles continue as the gave up five runs in the first and lasted four innings, allowing seven hits, two walks, and hit two batters. Beeler (0-3, 10.53 ERA) fanned five and threw 85 pitches, 52 for strikes....Armando Rivero got charged with two runs in 1.2 innings of relief, allowing two hits, one a solo homer.....Hunter Cervenka worked 1.1 innings of scoreless ball and Blake Cooper pitched the 9th.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa’s ace Donn Roach (4-0, 2.03 ERA) gets the start on Monday night at Oklahoma City.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—GAME 1—Tennessee 5, Jackson (Mariners) 0; GAME 2— Jackson (Mariners) 1, Tennessee 0—8 innings
Kyle Schwarber (21-16) smacked a pair of homers in the first game but the Smokies got blanked in the nightcap by Jackson (15-20).

Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Kyle Schwarber (.333) knocked a pair of homers (#8-#9) over the right-field wall, knocked in three, and scored three times. Albert Almora went 2-for 3 with a walk and played right field for the third time. Ryan Dent had three singles while Daniel Vogelbach (.344) and Willson Contreras (.313) drove in runs. Schwarber’s homers were the headlines but the bigger story may be Tommy LaStella leaving the game in the fifth innings after fouling a ball on a 2-2 count. He left the game in the middle of the count and went directly to the clubhouse with the trainer. Early indications are he many have re-injured his side, that landed him on the DL and in Tennessee ......Smokies faced another one of the Mariners top pitching prospects, Danny Hultzen, who missed all of 2014 with an injury, and was making his third start. The Smokies scored twice in the first as he left the game after two innings, throwing 40 pitches. .....GAME 2—Smokies only got four hits, two from Billy McKinney (.357) and one each from Anthony Giansanti (.224) and Ryan Dent (.245).

Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Frank Batista, the Smokies top arm the first quarter of the season, made his 7th start and entered the game leading the Southern League with a 1.53 ERA. Batista blanked the Generals on three hits and threw his first complete game since his days back in the Dominican Summer League in 2009. Batista (4-0, 1.28 ERA) walked three, fanned four and had a game score of 72......GAME 2—Andres Santiago blanked the Generals for five innings, allowing two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He only needed 62 pitches and had a game score of 65.......Stephen Perakslis worked a scoreless sixth and Michael Jensen threw two innings, taking the loss after a walk, a passed ball and a single allowed the winning run to score.

Smokies News: Smokies haven’t announced a starter for Monday morning’s game but it could be Tyler Ihrig, who just joined the team from AAA.........Stephen Bruno was placed on the DL. He left Friday night’s game in the top first inning with back spasms. C Erick Castillo has been assigned to Tennessee from extended spring training.

Game 1 Box Score and Game 2 Box Score andGame Story

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina (Braves) 5
Myrtle Beach (23-12) extended their winning streak to five games and completed the sweep at Carolina (19-15).

Hitting Recap: Pin-Chieh Chen had three hits and his two-run homer in the top of the 8th proved to be the difference. 2B Chesny Young (.385) delivered two singles and scored twice while Jeimer Candelario (.280) had two singles and plated a run. Mark Zagunis (.308) continues to produce out of the leadoff spot, scoring twice with a single and a walk. DH Jordan Hankins made his ’15 debut, going 1-for-4 with a stolen base. Hankins was an all-star third baseman for Kane County last year but has made the position switch to catcher and just joined Myrtle Beach from extended spring training.

Pitching chart: Making his sixth start and his first since May 9, Tyler Skulina (1-2, 4.80 ERA) went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. He fanned four, threw 79 pitches (45 for strikes) and had a game score of 42......Daury Torrez (3-2, 4.00 ERA) earned the win out of the bullpen, tossing two scoreless innings, as he faced one over the minimum, allowing a single with two strikeouts. Michael Heesch surrendered two runs in 1.2 innings while Jasvir Rakkar got the final four outs for his 5th save.

Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach has Monday off and Jen-Ho Tseng (1-1, 5.14 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night when the Pelicans return home for their first meeting of the year against Frederick.

Box Score and Game Story

Midwest League—Low A—Great Lakes (Dodgers) 7, South Bend 4
Great Lakes (16-18) scored four times in their final three at-bats to take the series from South Bend (18-19).

Hitting recap: Another big game for Gleyber Torres (.338) as the 18-year-old had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and knocked in all three runs. 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.298) and 2B David Bote (.283), and Rashad Crawford (.289) all had two hits. Charcer Burks (.313) doubled and scored.

Pitching chart: Ryan McNeil got his first start and only lasted one inning, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. He faced eight hitters in the first and may have reached the organization’s pitch limit for the first inning.....Brad Markey made his MWL debut a good one, tossing four no-hit innings, allowing only a walk. He fanned two and got eight ground ball outs.......Making his first appearance of ’15 and his MWL debut, Daniel Lewis took the loss, allowing three runs in 1.2 innings. He surrendered three hits, one leaving the yard. David Garner gave up a run in the 8th on two hits and a walk.

SB-Cubs News: Gleyber Torres 18-game errorless streak came to an end on Saturday as a scoring change charged the shortstop with an error in the 8th. He also made his 8th error on Sunday.....RHPs Brad Markey and Daniel Lewis were added to the South Bend roster to replace Jake Stinnett and James Norwood, who both went on the DL.....Jeremy Null (4-0, 0.74 ERA) gets the start on Monday night as the Cubs start a four-game series at Lansing.

Box Score

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