Pacific Coast League—AAA—Game 1—Reno (D-Backs) 12, Iowa 1; Game 2—Reno 3, Iowa 2
Reno (22-24) used the bats in the first game and then made the most of four hits in the night cap to sweep Iowa (22-23).
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Iowa tied the game at 1-1 in the first as Arismendy Alcantara (.250) doubled and scored on Javier Baez’s (.295) sacrifice fly. Taylor Davis (.355) extend his hitting streak to eight games as the I-Cubs were held to four hits.....GAME 2—Cubs held an early 2-0 lead on RBI by Christian Villanueva (.275) and Jonathan Mota (.291) but only had two hits the rest of the night. Davis had his hit streak snapped.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Felipe Paulino (0-2, 10.57 ERA) surrendered six runs on nine hits over 3.2 innings. He did fan five but walked three in his 87-pitch outing, his second as a I-Cub. Armando Rivero tossed 1.1 innings o shutout ball and also stranded two inherited runners. He fanned one and threw 17 pitches, nine for strieks. Hunter Cervenka surrendered a pair of homers and got charged with six runs as he only recorded one out. Drake Britton gave up a run in 1.2 innings of relief......GAME 2—Carlos Pimentel (2-3, 4.69 ERA) got the start and only surrendered one earned run but the Aces scored three times on just two hits and a walk over four innings. He threw 80 pitches, 50 for strikes. Yoanner Negrin kept the I-Cubs in the game, tossing three shutout frames with 5 K, allowing two hits.
I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (1-3, 8.06 ERA) gets the ball on Thursday (12:08 p.m. CST start) and is looking to add to his last outing 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R , 5 K......... While he never made it to Iowa after being designated for assignment, the Cubs released LHP Phil Coke on May 26. He appeared in 16 games for the North Siders, allowing seven runs on 14 hits and two walks in 10 innings (6.30 ERA) with a .341 BAA.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee, Mobile (D-Backs)
Kyle Schwarber’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th gave Tennessee the win over Mobile.
Hitting Recap: Willson Contreras (.313) extended his hitting streak to six games in the first with a RBI double. He finished 1-for-5 and played third for the second time. Albert Almora (.271) lined his second homer of the year over the left field wall in the 5th and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. C Kyle Schwarber (.307) delivered the game winner in the 13th as the Smokies took advantage of an errant pickoff attempt after Elliot Soto (.278) singled and took third on the throwing error. Almora reached on an error on a grounder back to the pitcher and Schwarber sent everyone home with his second hit of the night. Anthony Giansanti had his eight-game hitting streak snapped. There would have been no Smokies victory without the defense of Jacob Hannemann, who made a diving catch down the left field line in the bottom of the 12th with the bases loaded.
Pitching Chart: Jeffry Antigua allowed a solo homer over 5.2 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.97. He gave up six hits, walked two and fanned four in his 82-pitch outing. Starling Peralta got charged with a blown save, surrendering a solo homer in his 1.1 innings. C.J. Edwards fanned two in two perfect innings, throwing 30 pitches, 20 for strikes....P.J. Francescon worked a 1-2-3 10th, Gerardo Conception fanned two in 1.1 innings and Andres Santiago (1-1 4.66 ERA) got the win, throwing the final 1.2 innings.
Smokies News: Frank Batista (5-0, 1.11 ERA) makes his 9th start of the year on Thursday night....... 1B Daniel Vogelbach missed Wednesday night’s game and tweeted this “Going to suck going to the field and not being able to play with my boys.” Vogelbach was placed on the DL retroactive to May 26....The Cubs also placed right-hander reliever Michael Jensen on the DL and activated pitcher Stephen Perakslis from the DL.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach, Carolina (Braves)
Game was rained out and will be made up as a doubleheader on Thursday. The Pelicans send Jonathan Martinez and Daury Torrez to the mound against the Mudcats.
Midwest League—Low A—Dayton (Reds) 4, South Bend 3
South Bend loss for the ninth time in 11 games as Dayton extended their losing streak to three games and go for the sweep on Thursday.
Hitting Recap: Cubs out-hit the Dragons 9-5 but couldn’t get the win. Yasiel Balaguert stayed red hot with a two-run homer and went 3-for-4. He’s complied five straight multi-hit games and is 11-for-19 over the streak to up his average to .265. 3B Jason Vosler (.264) went 2-for-4 and knocked in a run while 2B Andrew Ely (.278) was 2-for-4 with a run scored. SS Gleyber Torres (.331) was hitless in four trips.
Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton (1-4, 3.62 ERA) was charged with four runs, three earned in 4.1 innings. He walked five, gave up four hits, hit two hitters and fanned four. Jordan Minch allowed two walks, a hit and an inherited runner to score in 1.1 innings. Ryan McNeil had a clean outing, retiring all six hitter he faced, two on strikes.
SB-Cubs News: Ryan Williams (4-1, 0.59 ERA) ames his 8th start on Thursday night and his second against Dayton. He one-hit the Dragons over six innings back on April 14.......C Justin Marra has been placed on the 7-day DL and OF Kevin Encarnacion has been added from extended spring training. Encarnacion missed all of 2014 after being inured in a car crash with teammates during the off-season before the ’14 season. He was the NWL batting champ in 2013 with Boise, hitting .355. He played 16 games with Kane County during a mid-season promotion but was sent back to Boise to finish season. He made his season debut Wednesday night, grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the 9th.
Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 2, Cubs 1
Phillies (6-3) scored twice in the second inning and held on for the win over the Cubs (3-6).
Pitching Chart: With a team ERA of 5.03, the Cubs had one of their better outings of the season. Riger Fernandez (0-2, 9.53 ERA), allowed two runs, one earned, in the second and finished with a line of 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB 1K. Harrinson Bermudez tossed three shutout innings while Moises Ramirez retired all six hitter he faced, one on strikes.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
The Dominican Summer League gets underway on Saturday, May 30 as the Cubs open the season against the Mets 2. The 72-game schedule ends on August 22 with the playoffs to follow. The Cubs are in the 11-team Boca Chica North Division with the Angels, Astros Orange, Mariners 2, Marlins, Mets 2, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers 1 and 2 and Yankees 2. There are 38 teams in the DSL and broken into five division, based on geography. With that said the Cubs don’t play four teams that are in their division—Angels, Astros Orange, Mariners 2, and Rangers 1 while they face Tigers, Brewers, Braves, and Red Sox 2 (All teams in San Pedro de Macoris division) eight times during summer.