Cubs May 25 Minors Recap

Jen-Ho Tseng had his best outing of 2015 as Myrtle Beach beat another one of the Nationals top pitching prospects. Willson Contreras had a big day for the Smokies while Iowa and South Bend were beat.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Reno (Diamondbacks) 8, Iowa 3
Reno (20-24) collected 17 hits off five Iowa (22-21) pitchers to take the opener of the series.

Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd when Taylor Davis and Rubi Silva both swatted solo homers. Silva (.279) added a single and swiped a base; and with the homer, Davis is hitting .371/.429 /.614 in 26 games. CF Arismendy Alcantara (.252) had three hits, stole a base and scored once....2B Javier Baez (.311) was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly....Adron Chambers doubled twice and Matt Szczur (.305) got into the game as a pinch-hitter and struckout trying to bunt with two strikes. Cubs were 0-for-7 with RISP.

Pitching Chart: Eric Jokisch (2-2, 3.67 ERA) made his seventh start and didn’t make it out of the fifth innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. He fanned three in his 75-pitch outing, allowed a three-run homer and finished with a game score of 31.....Armando Rivero tossed 1.2 scoreless fames with 2 K and Joseph Ortiz surrendered a run on three hits in the 7th.....Drake Britton gave up two runs in the 8th and Yoervis Medina fanned two in in the 9th, allowing a hit and a walk on 19 pitches.

I-Cubs Notes: Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.75 ERA) makes his second start in the Cubs organization on Tuesday night at Principal Park.

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Southern League—AA—Tennessee 6, Montgomery (Rays) 4—8 innings—Rain
Willson Contreras had three hits to lead the offense as Tennessee (24-21) beat Montgomery (20-25) in a rain shortened game.

Hitting Recap: Big day at the plate for DH Willson Contreras who was a triple shy of the cycle. The 23-year-old launched a two-run homer in the third, his third, singled and scored in the 4th, and delivered a RBI double in the 5th.....Anthony Giansanti extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 1-for-4 out of the leadoff spot.......LF Jacob Hannemann (.196) plated a pair of runs in the 4th with a single.....1B Daniel Vogelbach (.320) doubled in his first at-bat but limped into second and left with a leg injury......RF Billy McKinney (.282) went 1-for-4 with a run and C Kyle Schwarber (.305) was 0-2 with two walks.

Pitching Chart: Felix Pena (4-2, 3.33 ERA) surrendered a pair of homers but fanned nine and improved to 4-2. He allowed seven hits, walked one and threw 85 pitches, 55 for strikes , over six innings. He had a game score of 54...... P.J. Francescon allowed a solo homer in 1.1 innings of relief and got credit for the save when the game was called.

Smokies News: Smokies have Tuesday off and return home for a five-game series with Mobile.

Box Score and Game Story

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 3, Potomac (Nationals) 0
Jen-Ho Tseng tossed six shutout innings and the Pelicans (27-15) scored three runs in the first two innings to beat Potomac (19-25) for the third time in four games.

Hitting Recap: Myrtle Beach didn’t waste anytime putting runs on the board against one of the top pitching prospect in the minors, Lucas Giolito, scoring twice in the first on a two-run double from Jeimer Candelario (.276). RF Mark Zagunis (.314) ripped a RBI double down the right field line in the second to make it 3-0.......SS Chesny Young (.366) and Candelario finished with two hits each.

Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (2-2, 4.26 ERA) won the battle of the pitching prospects. The 20-year-old retired the first 14 hitters he faced before a two-out single in the fifth, and set new season highs with six strikeouts and six innings. The right-hander threw 80 pitches, 53 for strikes, coaxed eight ground ball outs, and limited the P-Nats to two hits. He had a game score of 74......Michael Heesch earned his second hold with a 1-2-3 7th but gave up a triple and and a walk in the 8th. Tayler Scott only needed two pitches to get out of the jam, getting a double play grounder, and then retired the side in order in the 9th for his second save.

Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach has Tuesday off, head to Carolina for a three-game series, and send Jonathan Martinez (2-1, 2.65 ERA) to the mound in the opener.

Box Score and Game Story

Midwest League—Low A— Bowling Green (Rays) 12, South Bend 8
Bowling Green (26-19) out slugged South Bend (20-25) to take the final game of the series.

Hitting Recap: SS Gleyber Torres (.340) added three more hits to his season total and knocked in two, and leads SB with 27 RBI....Cael Brockmeyer (.324) hit his 3rd homer, a three-run blast in the 7th and added a single.....Gioskar Amaya went 3-for-5 and scored once while Jesse Hodges launched a solo homer in the second, his 3rd.....1B Yasiel Balaguert (.236) and Jeffrey Baez (.204) both had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Erick Leal (3-3, 4.79 ERA) didn’t miss many bats and didn’t get much help from his defense as the right-hander allowed nine runs (five earned) on nine hits (1 HR) and two walks. He fanned three, balked, and hit a batter.......Brad Markey yielded three runs (two earned) in three innings in his second game on four hits with 3 K......Francisco Carrillo tossed two scoreless innings.

SB-Cubs News: South Bend heads to Dayton and send Zach Hedges (2-3, 4.62 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday night.

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Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 4, Rays 2
Cubs (3-4) started the week with a win over the first-place Rays (4-3)

Hitting Recap: SS Rafael Narea went 2-for-3 and knocked in two runs to lead the offense. Jose Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a RBI and Roberto Vahlis plated the Cubs other run.

Pitching Chart: Gabriel Lima allowed an unearned run over four innings with five strikeouts. Eugenio Palma gave up a run over two innings and Andres Bolando (2-0, 4.50 ERA) tossed two shutout innings with three strikeouts. Juan Rengifo picked up his second save with a 1-2-3 9th

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