Cubs June 2 Minors Recap

Javier Baez slugged a pair of homer as Iowa won its 4th straight and Tennessee moved to within a game of first-place Chattanooga with its second straight win over the Lookouts. The Cubs DSL and VSL teams won again, Myrtle Beach dropped a pair, and South Bend had the day off.

Szczur back to Chicago
Outfielder Matt Szczur was promoted to Chicago on Tuesday night time for the game with Florida and OF Mike Baxter was sent back to Iowa. Its Szczur’s third stint with the big league team and he hit .391/.451/.630 in 13 games for Iowa after being sent down on May 16. In 18 games (34 plate appearances) for Chicago, he’s batting .172/.242/.241with 5 RBI and 2 SB. Szczur pinch-hit in the 9th in Miami and struckout in the Cubs 5-2 loss.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 9, Albuquerque (Rockies) 3
Javier Baez hit a pair of homers and added two more hits to lead Iowa to the series opening win.

Hitting Recap: The Iowa Cubs bats are red hot as they pounded out 15 hits (4th night in a row) and slugged four homers in the victory, their 4th straight. Javier Baez had his best game of the season, swatting a pair of homer and finished 4-for-5 with four RBI. The 22-year-old is hitting .325/.397/.550 in 32 games with 7 HR and 26 RBI. His days in Iowa could be numbered. Arismendy Alcantara (.279) is also making a push for a return to the big leagues, going 3-for-4, including his team-high 8th homer. Alcantara scored four runs, drew a walk, and swiped his 7th base. Adorn Chambers (.280) went 4-for-5 with a double and a RBI. The top three hitters in the I-Cubs line-up were 11-14 with eight runs scored. Christian Villanueva is making amends for his AAA experience last year when he hit .211/.283/.372 in 64 games before being sent back to AA. The 23-year-old from Mexico hit his 5th homer and is batting .290/.348/.500 in 37 games.

Pitching Chart: Donn Roach is good at getting hitters out. He scattered five hits over six innings and held the Isotopes to a solo homer. He walked one, fanned two and got 10 ground ball outs in his 81-pitch outing. He improved to 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA. Armando Rivero worked a scoreless 7th with a walk and a strikeout but Joseph Ortiz only got one out in the 8th before two runs scored. Brian Schlitter got the final five outs, two on strikes.

I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (1-4, 10.29 ERA) gets the start Wednesday night in Albuquerque.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 9, Chattanooga (Twins) 3
Tennessee (29-23) moved to within a game of first place with their second straight win over Chattanooga (29-21).

Hitting Recap: Wes Darvill didn’t start and still had a career game. The utility infielder entered the game in the bottom of the second after Anthony Giansanti left after grounding out in the top of the inning. Darvill went 3-for-3, hit his first AA homer and drove in a career-high four runs. If you needed any more evidence, Willson Contreras is proving that his hot start isn’t a fluke as the Venezuelan native added three more hits and knocked in a run. Contreras leads the Smokies with a .329 average. Albert Almora (.258) was 5-for-his-last-40 entering the game but the 21-year-old had three hits, including a double and scored twice. SS Elliot Soto (.274) was 1-for-2 with a double and a RBI but left the game and was replaced by Bryant Flete in the 4th. C Kyle Schwarber (.312) had his five-game hitting streak snapped going 0-for-5.

Pitching Chart: Frank Batista keeps chugging along. The former relief pitcher upped his record to 6-1, holding the Lookouts to a pair of runs, both coming on a homer, over 5.2 innings. He allowed six hits, walked two, and threw 103 pitches, 63 for strikes. The right-hander recorded two strikeouts and finished with a game score of 48....Tayler Scott earned his first win in his AA debut on May 30 and recorded his first AA save in his second outing. The right-hander allowed a solo homer over 3.1 innings, the only it he allowed. He fanned three and only needed 35 pitches, 24 for strikes.

Smokies News: If Giansanti or Soto’s injuries are serious and require disabled list time, it could start a chain reaction in the minors. There was no update after the game on their injuries but if either is significant you could see some of movement at the lower levels to fill any void.

Box Score and Game Story

Carolina League—High A— Potomac (Nationals) 4, Myrtle Beach 3; Completion of suspended game— Potomac 4, Myrtle Beach 3—11 innings
Myrtle Beach lost back-to-back games for the first time since late April as Potomac won the suspended game and then rallied to cap off the twin killing.

Hitting Recap: Myrtle Beach collected 10 hits and went 4-for-7 with RISP but could only push across three runs. They took a 2-0 led in the second when 3B Jeimer Candelario hit his 15th double and scored after singles by C Victor Caratini (.241) and 1B Jacob Rogers (.247). Caratini crossed home on a double play ground out by RF Kevin Brown (.247). They had their chances but didn’t score again until the 8th when Carlos Penalver doubled and scored on a CF Mark Zagunis (.304) single. Penalver (.254) extended his hitting streak to seven games with two hits and has hit in 16-for-his last 17 contests, batting .300/.353/.383 during the stretch. Rogers, Caratini and Candelario all had two hits. .........Competition of suspended game—In the 11th, Daniel Lockhart and Mark Zagunis both singled with two outs but Pin-Chieh Chen fanned to end the inning in the Pelicans only at-bat after the game was resumed.

Pitching Chart: Jonathan Martinez doesn’t get a lot of publicity as one of the Cubs top pitching prospect but the 21-year-old right-hander is off to a god start in his first full season with the Cubs organization. He throws four pitches, a fastball that sits 88-92 and can touch 94, a sinker (87-89), slider (82-82) and a curve (81-83). On Tuesday night, the Venezuelan native, who was acquired by the Dodgers last summer in the Darwin Barney trade, fanned a season-high six in five innings. He allowed five hits, one leaving the yard for the only run allowed, and left with a game score of 59 and in line for the win. For the second straight game, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, not once but twice. Josh Conway got charged with his second blown save, giving up the tying run in the 6th on two hits and a walk. Michael Heesch got the final out of the 7th but made things interesting with a walk and a hit before recording a punchout to end the threat. After the Pelicans took a 3-2 lead in the 8th, Zach Cates (1-1, 1.50 ERA) gave it right back in the bottom of the frame as three hits and an error by Caratini on a throw to the plate.........Competition of suspended game—Jasvir Rakkar returned to the mound on Tuesday and got out of the 11th after two singles when the game resumed but allowed three more hits in the 12th as the Nationals won on a walk-off. Rakkar allowed six hits in 1.2 innings

Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach has Wednesday off and return to Field on Thursday night with Daury Torrez (4-2, 4.02 ERA) taking the mound against Carolina. It begins a six-game series with the Mudcats, including double headers on Friday and Saturday night. Sunday’s game will be televised nationally on the American Sports Network.

Box Score of regular game and Box Score of suspended gameGame Story

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend
Had the day off and return home for a six-game home stand against Cedar Rapids (Twins) June 3-5 and Quad Cities (Astros) June 6-8. Zach Hedges (2-4, 4.78) is slated to start on Wednesday night against the Kernals.

Hitting Recap: 18-year-old Gleyber Torres is fifth in the MWL in hitting (.320), 6th in hits (55), 7th in on-base percentage (.397), and leads the team with 30 RBI. Yasiel Balaguert is 9th in slugging (.480) and Charcer Burks tied for 10th with 13 stolen bases. Cael Brockmeyer is 10th with 13 doubles.

Pitching Chart: Ryan Williams leads the MWL with a 0.71 WHIP and is 2nd with a 1.17 ERA. James Farris is 5th with six saves and Jeremy Null is 5th in ERA at 1.78 and 11th in WHIP 1.07.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 6, Red Sox 3
Cubs (2-1) won their second straight as four pitchers combined to strikeout 10 Red Sox (2-1) hitters.

Hitting Recap: 2B Franklin Tineo slugged his first pro homer, singled, walked, and scored three times in his season debut. SS Yeiler Peguero (.444), signed July 2 last year for $250,000 from the International Prospect League, had three hits, scored a run, walked, stole his second base, and knocked in his third run of season. Chris Pieters, who’s making the switch from the mound to the outfield, got hit with the bases loaded. RF Wander Felix (.300), 3B Rafael Mejia (.333) and LF Luis Ubiera (.200) added singles. 18-year-old catcher Raymond Pena made his pro debut and scored twice, going 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Pitching Chart: Junior Marte got the start and only allowed one hit in three shutout innings The 18-year-old right-hander walked three and fanned four for a game score of 58. Jose Morel got the win in relief, allowing two runs, one earned in four innings. He fanned three, walked two, and gave up four hits. Assael Aquino yielded a run in the 8th for his first hold and Luiz Escanio got the save, working around two hits and a walk in the 9th.

Box Score

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 2, Phillies 1
Cubs (6-7) beat the Phillies (6-7) for the third straight time.

Hitting Recap: Jose Rojas (.296) plated the Cubs first run with a sacrifice fly in the 4th and C Gustavo Polanco (.302) delivered a RBI single in the 6th to extend his hitting streak to six games. Polanco scored a run and swiped his second base. 18-year-old Daniel Diaz had his first pro hit, a single, as the DH. SS Rafael Narea (.245) extended his hit streak to four games and scored a run.

Pitching Chart: Gabriel Lima (1-0, 0.66 ERA), in his second year in the VSL, fanned five over 5.2 innings and surrendered a solo homer in the 6th. The 6-foot-2 right-hander allowed five hits, didn’t walk anyone and had a game score of 60. Moises Ramirez earned his first hold with 2.1 scoreless frames and Eugenio Palma picked up his first save, working the 9th with a strikeout.

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