Cubs May 23 Minors Recap

Here’s a look at action around the Cubs affiliates with wins by Iowa and Myrtle Beach, who got a pair of homer from Jeimer Candelario.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 13, Tacoma (Rainiers) 7
Iowa (21-20) clubbed Tacoma (18-25) pitching for 16 hits and Dallas Beeler had his best outing of the year.

Hitting Recap: SS Javier Baez (.313) continues to produce with his new approach at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs and a walk. The 22-year-old is hitting .395 in his last 10 games.......CF Rubi Silva (.278) launched his second homer deep over the CF wall and ended the night 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored......DH Taylor Davis (.387) stayed red-hot with two more doubles (nine in his last five games) and knocked in a pair.....Taylor Teagarden drove in three runs while Jonathan Mota and Chris Valaika had two hits apiece ...CF Matt Szczur(.310) was hit on the hand, stayed in the game as a runner, but eventually left. According to Tommy Birch, beat writer for the I-Cubs, Szczur was taken to the hospital for x-rays.

Pitching Chart: Without a spring training to get ready, Dallas Beeler took his lumps in AAA during his rehab but that may all be behind him as the right-hander tossed six solid innings on Saturday night, allowing an unearned run while fanning six. He surrendered five hits, walked two, and threw 94 pitches, 61 for strikes. He finished with a game score of 64.......The bullpen was not very good. Hunter Cervenka gave up two runs in 7th, Yoervis Medina got tagged for two runs in the 8th, and Brian Schlitter got the save, despite allowing two more runs in the 9th. Daniel Schlereth fanned the only batter he faced in the 7th.

I-Cubs Notes: Cubs send ace Donn Roach (5-0, 1.97 ERA) to the mound on Sunday afternoon as they look to make it three straight.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 2, Tennessee 1
Montgomery (19-24) scored two runs in the bottom of the 8th to the win the pitcher’s dual with Tennessee (23-20).

Hitting Recap: The Smokies ended Blake Snell’s run on minor league history snapping his scoreless streak in the first inning as Elliot Soto (.289) singled and eventually scored on Willson Contreras’ (.307) two-out RBI single. Tennessee would only get on more hit, a single by LF Anthony Giansanti (.244). They fanned 17 times as every starter was put down on strikes, three times for Kyle Schwarber (.296) and Billy McKinney (.258).

Pitching Chart: Corey Black was activated off the DL and was impressive. Facing just one over the minimum in five innings of work, he allowed a single and fanned six. The right-hander threw 57 pitches, 39 for strikes, and finished with a game score of 71, despite only throwing five frames.....Tyler Ihrig got two outs in the 6th and Starling Peralta worked 1.1 scoreless frames to keep Tennessee in the lead. Michael Jensen (1-2, 1.31 ERA) surrendered two runs on two hits in the 8th as the Biscuits rallied for the win.

Smokies News: Ivan Pineyro (4-1, 2.70 ERA) tries to get the Smokies back on the winning track on Sunday night.

Box Score and Game Story

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 7, Potomac (Nationals) 3
Jeimer Candelario swatted a pair of homer to help lead Myrtle Beach (26-14) over Potomac (18-24) for the second straight night.

Hitting Recap: 3B Jeimer Candelario (.270) hit his first homers of the season, two solo shots lined over the right-field wall, and added a single in four trips....1B Jacob Rogers went 2-for-4 while CF Trey Martin (.235) and RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.353) both knocked in a pair.....DH Mark Zagunis had his hitting streak snapped at 12 games..... Chesny Young made his first career outfield start in left and went 0-for-4.

Pitching Chart: Paul Blackburn (3-2, 4.64 ERA) went six innings for the win, allowing two earned runs on six hits and a walk. The right-hander fanned five and threw 87 pitches, 50 for strikes, for a game score of 56.......Josh Conway allowed a run in two innings of relief and Zach Cates tossed a 1-2-3 9th with two punchouts.

Pelicans News: Tyler Skulina (1-2, 4.80 ERA) and the Pelicans look to make it three straight against Potomac on Sunday night.......Saturday night’s game featured several great defensive plays, including a double play featured in the video highlights.

Box Score and Game Story and video highlights

Midwest League—Low A— Bowling Green (Rays) 6, South Bend 3
Bowling Green (25-18) hammered South Bend (19-24) pitching for 16 hits to even the series.

Hitting Recap: Cubs had 10 hits but could only score three times, all of those runs coming in the third.....1B Gioskar Amaya (.221) went 3-for-4 with a run scored while DH Cael Brockmeyer doubled in a pair of runs, one of two hits.....RF Yasiel Balaguert (.214) and 2B Andrew Ely (.292) added two hits apiece....LF Charcer Burks (.307) has his 12-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-5.....

Pitching Chart: Jake Stinnett, the Cubs second-round pick last June, was activated from the disabled list and made his first start since May 11. In six starts, the right-hander has gone five innings four times but only two of those have been quality starts, despite earning the win in his last outing, allowing four runs on seven hits. Placed on a pitch count, Stinnett threw three innings in his return, allowing a run on four hits and a walk. He fanned three and recoded four ground ball outs.....Ryan McNeil gave up four hits and a run in his inning of relief while Tommy Thorpe (0-3, 5.40 ERA) allowed three runs in 2.2 frames and got saddled with the loss. Jordan Minch threw the final 2.1 innings, surrendering a run on three hits.

SB-Cubs News: Cubs send Jeremy Null (4-1, 1.71 ERA) to the mound on Sunday night against Bowling Green.

Box Score and Game Story

Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 3, Cubs 2
Two runs in the bottom of the 7th proved to be the difference as the Philies (3-3) beat the Cubs (2-4) for the second straight day.

Hitting Recap: Cubs were held to five hits, all singles, as 2B Henrry Pedra (.214) and SS Rafael Narea (.259) both singled and drove in runs. The Cubs drew seven walks but were just 1-for-12 with RISP and are hitting .238 as a team after the first week.

Pitching Chart: Starter Ivan Medina allowed five hits in three innings but kept the Phillies off the board, recording three strikeouts. Alex Pacheco surrendered an unearned run in 2.1 frames while Moises Ramirez got charged with the loss, giving up two runs in the 7th. Jesus Arias tossed 1.1 scoreless innings.

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