Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 3, Reno (Diamondbacks) 2
Matt Szczur’s walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 9th gave Iowa the win over Reno.
Hitting Recap: Cubs only had three hits and four base runners over the first eight innings but that all changed in the ninth. Arismendy Alcantara and Adorn Chambers both singled to lead off the frame and with one swing of Matt Szczur’s bat, the game ended. It was Szczur’s second hit of the game and his third homer of the season. The Cubs had no answer for starter Caleb Clay, who threw eight shutout frames with a game score of 83 but Jake Barrett, the PCL leader in saves, didn’t get an out.
Pitching Chart: Donn Roach returned to the mound for the first time since leaving a game on May 24 when he was hit by a come backer. The right-hander allowed a pair of runs over seven innings on seven hits and a walk. He fanned one in the 88-pitch outing, 58 for strikes and had the Aces beating the ball into the ground, getting 14 ground ball outs. He finished with a game score of 56. Gonzalez Germen worked a scoreless 8th and Brian Schlitter (2-0, 1.93 ERA) got the win with a shutout 9th, despite walking three.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa heads to El Paso for a four-game series that begins Friday night and send RHP Dallas Beeler (1-3, 8.06 ERA) to the mound.
Southern League—AA—Mobile (Diamondbacks) 3, Tennessee 0
Diamondbacks prospect Aaron Blair shut down Tennessee for seven innings as the Smokies only had three hits in the loss.
Hitting Recap: Bijan Rademacher (.231) saw his first action since crashing into Albert Almora back on May 20 and went 1-for-2 with a walk. Billy McKinney (.267) singled as a pinch-hitter in the 6th and Anthony Giansanti (.236) had the Smokies other hit. Kyle Schwarber had the day off.
Pitching Chart: Frank Batista (5-1, 1.51 ERA) had his roughest outing of the season, giving up three runs over five innings on eight hits and a walk. He fanned three in his 91-pitch outing. Stephen Perakslis saw his first action since May 17 after being activated from the DL, throwing a scoreless inning with walk. Tyler Ihrig held the Bay Bears scoreless for two frames and Fernando Cruz threw a scoreless 9th as the Smokies bullpen only allowed one hit over the final four innings.
Smokies News: RH Corey Black (1-2, 3.24 ERA) gets the start Friday night at Smokies Park.....OF BIjan Rademacher we activated from the disabled list.
Carolina League—High A—Game 1—Myrtle Beach 5, Carolina (Braves) 3; Game 2—Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina 3
Myrtle Beach (28-15) swept Carolina (19-23) and handed the Mudcats their 12th straight loss.
Hitting Recap: Game 1—C Victor Caratini (.233) went 3-for-3 with a double and walk while Pin-Chieh Chen (.310) added a two-run single in the fourth. Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in the first on back-to-back RBI doubles by Benjamin Carhart (.213) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.275). RF Mark Zagunis (.315) went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs. Zagunis leads the league with 33 walks.......Game 2—DH Chesny Young (.348) gave MB a 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the third. SS Carlos Penalver (.239) went 2-for-4 with a RBI and LF Kevin Brown (.226) was 2-for-3 with a double. Zagunis, Chen and Carhart all drove in runs in the win.
Pitching Chart: Game 1—Jonathan Martinez went five plus innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. The right-hander threw 70 pitches, 49 for strikes, and fanned three with a game score of 47. Juan Paniagua came into the game in the fifth, allowing the inherited runner to score on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice. He got a double play and a ground out to retire the side. Jasvir Rakkar yielded a single in the 7th but retired the side for his 7th save........Game 2—Daury Torrez (4-2, 4.02 ERA) fanned six over five innings to earn the win. He allowed three runs on eight hits in his 71-pitch outing and had a game score of 45. Zach Cates held the Mudcats scoreless over the final two innings with three strikeouts for his second save.
Pelicans News: Pelicans send Duane Underwood (5-0, 1.38 ERA) to the mound Friday night as they go for the sweep.
Midwest League—Low A—Dayton (Reds) 5, South Bend 4
Dayton won a wild game on a walk-off in the bottom of the 9th as South Bend lost its fourth straight.
Hitting Recap: Yasiel Balaguert (.307) is currently taking batting practice on MWL pitchers. The 22-year-old went 4-for-5 and homered for the second straight night. In the 8th, Balaguert doubled down the left field line and scored to tie the game at 2-2 when the outfielder tossed the ball to a fan, thinking the ball was foul. Balaguert is 15 for his last 24 and has six straight multi-hit games....Andrew Ely (.341) had a career-high four hits, including an inside-the-park two-run homer in the top of the 9th to tie the game when the right-fielder crashed into the wall and was lying on the ground as Ely circled the bases. He also added two doubles....RF Kevin Encarnacion made his first start and collected two hits while Charcer Burks (.293) went 2-for-5. SS Gleyber Torres (.327) had a single in five at-bats. The SB Cubs had 15 hits but were 0-for-11 with RISP and left 11 on base.
Pitching Chart: After four perfect innings, Ryan Williams had his 19.2 scoreless streak come to an end as the Dragons used a leadoff double, sacrifice bunt, and a single to score. Williams went eight innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. He got 14 groundouts and had a game score of 54......James Farris (2-2, 2.79 ERA) only got one out in the ninth on a single, a walk, and a double ended the game. It was the first run Farris had allowed in 10 innings, nine games
SB-Cubs News: Jake Stinnett (1-2, 5.79 ERA) tries to end South Bend’s skid on Friday night as the Cubs head to Lake County and face Justus Sheffield (4-1, 4.02 ERA), the Indians first-round pick in 2014.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 10, Phillies 7
Every Cubs (4-6) player scored as they made the most of eight singles and five walks to bat the Phillies (6-4).
Hitting Recap: Jose Rojas (.286) went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI to lead the offense. C Gustavo Polanco (.300), 3B Henrry Pedra (.200) and SS Francisco Garay (.156) all singled, scored, and drove in a run.
Pitching Chart: Freddy Tineo got the start and gave up three runs on six hits in four innings. Juan Rengifo (1-0, 1.13 ERA) got the win with three shutout innings. Bryan Molina was charged with three runs in his inning of work and Eugenio Palma yielded a run in the 9th.