Cubs May 18 Minors Recap

Here’s a look at action around the Cubs affiliates including the opening day win for the Venezuela Cubs and another strong outing from Iowa’s Donn Roach.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 3, Iowa 2
Iowa (19-19) scored a in the top of the 7th and beat Oklahoma City (26-12) for the first time in the series.

Hitting Recap: Iowa pounded out 12 hits but could only push across three runs, going 2-for-6 with RISP and leaving seven on-base. CF Matt Szczur (.327) had four singles and scored once while 1B Taylor Davis (.347) had three hits, including two more doubles to give him five over the past two games. LF Mike Baxter and 2B Arismendy Alcantara (game-winner) knocked in runs. SS Javier Baez (.296) went 1-for 4 with a run scored.

Pitching Chart: Donn Roach (5-0, 1.97 ERA) scattered seven hits over six innings and continues to get AA hitter out. He coaxed eight ground ball outs, threw 62 pitches, and had a game score of 54.......Gonzalez Germen earned his first hold, Drake Britton fanned the only hitter he faced and Blake Cooper worked around a walk and a hit in the 9th for his second save.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has not named a starter for Tuesday night’s series finale.

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Southern League—AA—Jackson (Mariners) 11, Tennessee 0
Jackson (16-20) scored seven times in the fifth and evened the series with Tennessee (21-17).

Hitting Recap: The Smokies have gone 19 innings without a run and could only muster three hits on Monday. DH Willson Contreras tripled while RF Albert Almora (.291) and 3B Anthony Giansanti (.233) both singled. LF Billy McKinney (.313) drew a pair of walks in four plate appearances. C Kyle Schwarber (.327) was 0-for-2 with a walk and Daniel Vogelbach (.333) fanned twice and finished 0-for-4.

Pitching Chart: Tyler Ihrig worked his way through the first four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth in his AA debut. Already logging innings at South Bend and AAA Iowa, Ihrig was brought in as the Smokies had six games in five days. The left-hander allowed eight hits and a walk, which led to three runs. He threw 66 pitches, 46 for strikes, fanned three and had a game score of 37.....Fernando Cruz relieved Ihrig but didn’t get the job done, allowing an inherited runner to score and the Generals tacked on five more. Cruz finished with a line of 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.....Gerardo Concepcion didn’t miss many bats as a three-run homer left the yard and it would have been worse if not for a fine catch by RF Albert Almora against the wall. P.J. Francescon tossed a scoreless 9th.

Smokies News: The two teams are back at it for game 5 of the series on Tuesday night as the Smokies send Ivan Pineyro (3-1, 3.18 ERA) to the mound.

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Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach
Pelicans had Monday off and host Frederick on Tuesday night, the first time they’ve seen the Orioles affiliate. The Keys are tied for first with Wilmington in the Northern Division. Myrtle Beach send Jen-Ho Tseng, the Cubs MinorLeague Pitcher of the year in 2014, to the mound on Tuesday night is the first of the three-game series.



Midwest League—Low A—Lansing (Blue Jays) 7, South Bend 5
Jeremy Null suffered his first loss of the year as Lansing (21-17) had 16 hits in the win over South Bend (18-20).

Hitting Recap: Not a bad night at the plate for the Cubs as they collected 11 hits, three from Cael Brockmeyer (.316), who also knocked in two runs. Gioskar Amaya (.214) plated three runs and was 2-for-4 while Charcer Burks had two singles, scored twice and stole his 11th base. RF Yasiel Balaguert was 2-for-3 with a walk and SS Gleyber Torres (.336) singled and walked in five plate appearances.

Pitching Chart: Jeremy Null had only allowed three earned runs over his first 36.2 innings but the Lugnuts roughed up the right-hander for five runs on 12 hits and a walk over five innings. He fanned five, threw two wild pitches and finished with a game score of 27......Tommy Thorpe (0-2, 4.79 ERA) tossed the final three frames, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts. The Cubs 8th round pick last year out of Oregon has allowed 25 hits in 20.2 innings with 9 BB and 14K in 11 games.

SB-Cubs News: Erick Leal (3-1, 3.23 ERA) looks to get South Bend back on track Tuesday morning in Lansing.

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Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 2, Tigers 1
Cubs opened the Venezuelan Summer League with a win over the Tigers.

Hitting Recap: 1B Fidel Matos knocked in a run in the first and Francisco Garay added the difference maker in the sixth as the Cubs collected nine hits. C Gustavo Polanco and LF Jose Rojas had two hits each.

Pitching Chart: Gabriel Lima got the start and worked four shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk with one strikeout......17-year-old Andres Bonalde made his pro debut a good one, tossing two perfect innings to record the win.....Juan Rengifo threw the final three innings for the save, despite allowing a run in the 9th.

Cubs Notes: The VSL began play this year with only four teams, as the Mariners will not field a team this season, leaving the Cubs, Phillies, Tigers and Rays. The four teams will play each other back-to-back and then take the 7th day off.........The VSL Cubs have two players that were part of extended spring training in Mesa—SS Rafael Narea and C Roberto Vahlis. SS Francisco Garay, who signed with Cubs last year out of Panama, is also on the roster......Manager Pedro Gonzalez, a former scout with the Cubs, starts his second year at the helm. Franklin Blanco returns as the hitting coach and the pitching coaches this season are Armando Gabino and Eduardo Villacis.......For those of you new to the site and the VSL, its the third year the Cubs have fielded a team in Venezuela. South Bend relief pitcher Francisco Carrillo played for VSL Cubs in ’13 and several VSL alum are still in Mesa for extended spring training including LHP Adbert Alzolay, RHP Enrique De Los Rio, C Jhonny Pereda, IF Roney Alcala, IF Bryant Flete, IF Wladimir Galindo, IF Danny Gutierrez, IF Andruw Monasterio, and OF Ricardo Marcano.......NorthSiders Report will be providing daily updates on the Cubs VSL squad.

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