Balaguert, Brown earn Player of the Week honors
South Bend’s Yasiel Balaguert and Myrtle Beach’s Kevin Brown were named players of the week in the Midwest and Carolina leagues, respectively. Balaguert, signed as a free agent after leaving Cuba in 2011, went 13-for-20 (.650) with 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI and six runs. He homered in three straight games and had seven straight multi-hit games. Brown, the Cubs 22nd round pick in ’13, hit .429/.500/.810 (9-for-21) with a double, two triples, his first homer and 5 RBI for Myrtle Beach.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 14, El Paso (Padres) 4
Iowa (26-24) pounded El Paso (25-26) pitching for 15 hits and won their third straight.
Hitting Recap: Every starter had a hit and scored at least once. 3B Christian Villanueva (.286) was a single shy of the cycle, hitting his fourth homer and knocking in three runs. CF Matt Szczur (.330) hit his 4th homer, a three-run blast, while LF Adron Chambers (.255) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.267) was 2-for-5 while C Rafael Lopez (.262) and RF Rubi Silva (.272) had two hits each. SS Javier Baez (.304) went 1-for-4 with a RBI and scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Carlos Pimentel (3-3, 3.99) went seven shutout innings and helped out his own cause with a RBI double. He gave up six hits, walked one and fanned five in his 84-pitch outing. Daniel Schlereth’s first game back from the DL was a rocky one as the lefty surrendered four walks and two hits in 1.2 innings. He allowed four runs, only one earned, and fanned two, throwing 49 pitches. Blake Cooper came in with the bases loaded and got the final out.
I-Cubs Notes: Cubs head to Albuquerque on Tuesday night and send Donn Roach (5-0, 2.18 ERA) to the mound.....LHP Daniel Schlereth was activated from the disabled list and the Cubs assigned RHP Yoanner Negrin to the Eugene roster.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 13, Chattanooga (Twins 3)
Tennessee (26-23) used 12 hits and 11 walks to take the opener from first-place Chattanooga (29-20).
Hitting Recap: He just keeps hitting. C Willson Contreras (.321) had three hits, scored twice, and knocked in a run as the Smokies blew the game open with four runs in the 7th and five more in the 8th. 2B Stephen Bruno (.255) had one of his better games at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs and three RBI. 1B Anthony Giansanti (.240) was 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and Elliot Soto (.272) drew three walks, singled, scored a run and had a RBI out of the leadoff spot. RF Billy McKinney (.305) drew three free passes and finished 1-for-2 with two runs and a RBI. CF Albert Almora (.247) was 1-for-5 with a walk and was the only player without a RBI. DH Kyle Schwarber (.322) singled, walked with bases loaded, and fanned three times.
Pitching Chart: Jeffry Antigua (3-2, 3.22 ERA) struckout a season-high seven hitters and threw 89 pitches over 5.1 innings. The soft-tossing left-hander allowed three runs, two coming on a Miguel Sano first-inning homer, and didn’t walk anyone. The Smokies bullpen issued four walks and two hits over the final 3.2 innings but kept the Lookouts off the board. Stephen Perakslis (1.1 IP), Starling Peralta (1.1 IP) and Michael Wagner ( 1 IP) all saw action.
Smokies News: Big news from the Smokies on Monday was the announcement that starter Corey Black was heading to the bullpen. The right-hander has some of the best stuff of any pitcher in the Cubs minor league system and could be on the fast track to Wrigley as the North Siders look for bullpen answers. In nine starts this season, he’s 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 46.2 IP, 31 H, 19 BB, 53 K. He fanned 119 in 124 innings last year in AA and led the Florida State League in strikeouts (116) in 2013 pitching for Daytona and Tampa.......Frank Batista (5-1, 1.51 ERA) gets the start Tuesday night against the Lookouts.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 3, Potomac 3—Suspended (rain) 10 innings
Rain caused the game to be suspended with one out in the bottom of the 10th. It will be completed on Tuesday night and a nine-inning game will follow.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans didn’t have much of an answer for the National’s Lucas Giolito as the hard-throwing right-hander fanned nine over five shutout innings. They didn’t waste any time when he left the game as Victor Caratini delivered a two-run double in the sixth. Myrtle Beach took the lead in the 10th when DH Chesny Young (.371) singled and scored all the way from first when the second baseman missed a pop-up with two outs. Young and CF Pin-Chieh Chen both had two hits and walked once.
Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng surrendered a career-high 10 hits but held the Nationals to just two earned runs. He issued one walk, fanned one and had a game score of 40. Juan Paniagua continues to impress in High A as the hard-throwing right-hander only gave up one hit in 3.2 shutout innings. He fanned four and has 18 K in 17.1 IP. Jasvir Rakkar was in line for the save but surrendered a triple and a sacrifice fly before the game was called due to heavy rain.
Pelicans News: Jonathan Martinez (3-1, 3.00 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night.
Midwest League—Low A—Game 1 (Suspended from Sunday)—South Bend 5, Lake County 4; Game 2— South Bend 4, Lake County 0
South Bend (23-28) rallied to win the suspended game and then blanked Lake County (25-26) in the night-cap to sweep their first series of the season.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Trailing 3-0 when play resumed on Monday night, South Bend finally broke through in the 5th on David Bote’s (.215) two-out RBI double. They added four more in the 6th on a RBI single from Andrew Ely, a sacrifice fly from Yasiel Balaguert, a RBI triple from Kevin Encarnacion, and a RBI single from Gioskar Amaya (.234). Balaguert went 1-for-2 to extended his hit streak to nine games while Amaya was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Gleyber Torres was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.....GAME 2—Andrew Ely (.353) didn’t join South Bend until May 14 but the Cubs 32nd round pick last year out of Washington is making the most of his opportunity. The 22-year-old slugged his second homer and finished 2-for-3 with 2 RBI to extend his hitting streak to five games. RF Kevin Encarnacion (.286) launched his first homer since joining the squad, a solo shot in the 4th. LF Rashad Crawford (.270) had two hits and swiped his 6th base while Charcer Burks (.283) got his 13th steal and was 1-for-4 with a run. Balaguert (.291) had his hit streak snapped and Gleyber Torres (.320) went hitless and is 3-for-his-last-19
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Jeremy Null got charged with three unearned runs, two coming on a homer before play was suspended on Sunday. Tommy Thorpe got the ball when play resumed and got the win, his first of the season. He allowed an unearned run on three hits and a walk in 2.1 innings. James Farris got the final five outs for his 6th save......GAME 2— After surrendering nine hits in each of his last three starts, Erick Leal (4-3, 4.27 ERA) held the Captains to two singles and two walks in five shutout innings. He fanned one and had a games score of 62, getting nine fly ball outs. The bullpen was perfect. Brad Markey got all three hitters he faced to ground out and Jordan Minch tossed a 1-2-3 seventh.
SB-Cubs News: South Bend has Tuesday off and return home to face Cedar Rapids on Wednesday night, sending Zach Hedges (2-4, 4.78 ERA) to the mound.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 5, Mets II 4
A throwing error in the bottom of the 9th gave the Cubs (1-1) the comeback walk-off win over Mets II (1-1).
Hitting Recap: Cubs were scoreless after six innings but broke through with three runs in the 7th on a two-run triple from SS Yeiler Peguero (.200) and RF Wander Feliz (.400) followed with a RBI double. CF Yovanny Cuevas (.286) delivered the game-tying single in the 9th and the Cubs walked-off on a throwing error allowing Cuevas to score. Peguero went 1-for-2 and walked three times while Feliz had two doubles in five at-bats. C Erick Gonzalez (.286) went 2-for-3 and Cuevas had two hits, scored twice and walked.
Pitching Chart: Pedro Silverio got the start and worked five innings, allowing two unearned runs on five hits and a walk. He fanned four, threw two wild pitches, and had a game score of 56. Miguel Esteves allowed a run over 2.2 frames and Julian Aybar got the win, despite surrendering a run in the ninth.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 5, Phillies 4—12 innings
Cubs scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th and walked-off with the win in the 12th.
Hitting Recap: SS Rafael Narea (.240) delivered a two-run single to tie the game in the 9th and 1B Gustavo Polanco’s (.300) single in the bottom of the 12th won it. LF Jose Rojas (.314) went 3-for-5 and knocked in a pair while CF Luis Ayala (.297) doubled, walked twice, stole two bases (7), and scored two runs, including the game-winner.
Pitching Chart: 19-year-old Ivan Medina tossed five innings of one-hit ball, issuing three walks and fanning one. He hasn’t allowed a run in eight innings, two games. Alex Pacheco worked a scoreless 6th but surrendered four runs in the 7th on four hits and got charged with his first blown save. Eugenio Palma threw two perfect innings of relief and Juan Rengifo (2-0, 0.82 ERA) got the win, surrendering a hit in three shutout innings.