Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa
Iowa (19-19) and 7 games behind Oklahoma City had Wednesday off and return to Des Moines for a 8-game home stand with Tacoma (Mariners) and Reno (Diamondbacks).
Hitting Recap: SS/2B Javier Baez has played in 19 games since joining AAA from the bereavement list, hitting .296/.375/.423 with 2 HR and 10 RBI. Utility man Arismendy Alcantara continues to struggle at the plate, batting .228/.295/.436 with 30 K.
Pitching Chart: Donn Roach has been outstanding at Iowa, getting hitters to pound the ball into the ground in his eight starts. The 25-year-old is 5-0 with a 1.97 ERA, allowing 43 hits and 11 BB in 50.1 IP. He’s only fanned 20 and after giving up four earned runs in his first start, the University of Arizona product has only allowed seven over his last 45 innings.
I-Cubs News: There will be plenty of new faces on the mound when Iowa returns home. RHP Felipe Paulino, who spent last year with the White Sox, has been added to the roster as well as right-handed reliever Yoervis Medina, acquired from the Mariners in the Welington Castillo trade. Brian Schlitter was optioned back to Iowa from Chicago and RHP Dallas Beeler has been taken off the DL and optioned to Iowa. LHP Daniel Schlereth, signed to a minor league deal after spring training, has been promoted from extended spring training to Iowa.
Southern League—AA— Jackson (Mariners) 6, Tennessee 4
Jackson (17-21) clubbed three homers to beat Tennessee (22-18) as the two squads split the six-game series.
Hitting Recap: DH Willson Contreras (.307) continues to square up baseball in AA as he added a pair of double and two RBI in Wednesday’s loss. Daniel Vogelbach (.333) was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. 3B Anthony Giansanti (.239) added a RBI single. Scary moment in the top of the 6th when CF Albert Almora and RF Bijan Rademacher collided trying to catch a fly ball. They both remained down on the ground for several minutes but were able to walk off under their own power, although Rademacher was favoring his right leg.
Pitching Chart: Felix Pena (3-2, 3.19 ERA) got the start and allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks over 5.2 innings, one of his roughest outing of the season as it matched season-high in runs and hits. He fanned three and finished with a game score of 37......Michael Wagner allowed a solo homer in 2.1 innings and Starling Peralta gave up the third homer in the 9th.
Smokies News: Smokies head to Montgomery on Thursday night and Jeffry Antigua (2-1, 2.60 ERA) takes the mound......Tennessee held its final “Safety Day” of the season as local school kids attended the game and were presented a program designed to promote a safe and healthy lifestyle. According to the Smokies, over 10,000 kids participated this year.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 6, Frederick (Orioles) 4
Myrtle Beach (24-13) scored six straight runs after Frederick (21-19) grabbed a 3-0 lead and evened the series with the Keys.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans collected 10 hits including a bases loaded triple from SS Carlos Penalver (.229) that tied the game at 3-3. 2B Chesny Young (.429/.500/.429) gave the Pelicans the lead with a RBI single in the 7th and ripped a base hit in the 8th to plate another run. He scored twice and drew two walks......CF Trey Martin (.208) doubled and singled in four at-bats while Jacob Rogers went 1-for-2 with three walks. Myrtle Beach drew nine walks.
Pitching Chart: Jonathan Martinez (2-1, 2.65 ERA) survived a three-run first and held the Keys scoreless the next five innings, retiring the final 10 hitters he faced. He walked one, fanned two, and threw 88 pitches 66 for strikes. He had a game score of 53. ....RH James Pugliese fanned five and earned his third save, despite allowing a run in the 9th.
Pelicans News: Daury Torrez (3-2, 4.00 ERA) gets the start on Friday night in the series finale.
Midwest League—Low A— Lansing (Blue Jays) 8, South Bend 1
South Bend (18-22) lost for the 7th time in eight games as Lansing (23-17) scored seven times in the first two innings.
Hitting Recap: South Bend had a few opportunities early but left seven on over the first four innings and they scored their only run of the game in the 6th on a RBI groundout by pinch-hitter Andrew Ely. 3B Jesse Hodges, C Gioskar Amaya, 2B Jason Vosler all had two hits, including doubles. DH David Bote scored the only run and walked twice.
Pitching Chart: Zach Hedges didn’t have much success on Wednesday morning, allowing seven runs over the first two innings but kept the bullpen fresh by lasting six innings. He finished with a line of 6 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3K, and a game score of 26.....Making his second appearance since joining SB, Daniel Lewis worked a scoreless seventh and James Farris worked around two walks in the 8th.
SB-Cubs News: Trevor Clifton (1-2, 2.60 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night in the series finale......According to Mike Monaco, media assistant for the SB-Cubs, Charcer Burks, 10th in the league in hitting (.321), has 13 multi-hit games and a 24-game on-base streak to his credit after 36 games in his first full season. The Cubs 9th round pick in 2013 is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak and had the day off on Wednesday.
Venezuelan Summer League—Rays 12, Cubs 2
The Rays (2-1) pounded Cubs (1-2) pitching for 13 hits, scoring in six of the eight innings they batted.
Hitting Recap: SS Rafael Narea went 3-for-5, collecting half of the Cubs hits while Jhonny Bethencourt double in the Cubs only RBI.
Pitching Chart: Every Cub pitcher gave up a run except Eugenio Palma, who tossed a scoreless 8th despite allowing a hit and a walk.....Riger Fernandez got the start and allowed five runs on four hits in 2.2 innings......Moises Ramirez was charged with three runs in 1.1 frames and Jesus Arias got tagged for five hits and four runs in his three innings.