Pacific Coast League—AAA—Albuquerque (Padres) 10, Cubs 2
Albuquerque (23-23) used a five-run 7th to pull away from Iowa (28-26) and win the series finale.
Hitting Recap: The Cubs faced a familiar name on Friday night, Jonathan Gray, the pitcher many thought the North Siders would draft in 2013. The I-Cubs collected 10 hits off the hard-throwing right hander but could only plate two runs. 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.289) and LF Adorn Chambers (.294) had two hits while John Andreoli (.304) came off the DL and added a pair of singles and a walk. 3B Javier Baez (.308) ripped a run-scoring double and Chris Valaika (.252) added a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Felipe Paulino made his fourth start for the I-Cubs and compared to the others, may have had his best outing. The 31-year-old right-hander went 5.2 innings, his longest, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. Paulino fanned six and had a game score of 52 in his 96-pitch outing. Armando Rivero got the final out of the 6th but issued a walk and allowed an inherited runner to score. Blake Cooper surrendered five runs on four hits and three walks in the 7th, and Joseph Ortiz allowed two more to score in the 8th.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa returns home to Principal Park on Saturday night as Carlos Pimental (3-3, 3.99 ERA) takes the mound against Memphis (Cardinals).
Southern League—AA—Chattanooga (Twins) 6, Tennessee 5
Tennessee ran out of comebacks as Chattanooga snapped a four-game losing streak to the Smokies
Hitting Recap: DH Willson Contreras (.332) led the offense with two hits, including a double, drew a walk, knocked in a run, and scored a run beating the throw home on a close play. Billy McKinney (.292) went 2-for-4 and plated a pair of runs in the 6th to tie the game at 4-4. LF Chris Denorfia played in his second rehab game with Tennessee, going 0-for-3 with a RBI sacrifice fly and made a nice running catch at the wall on defense. Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3, beating the shift with a bunt single, and threw two runners out trying to steal, including the game’s top prospect, Byron Buxton, only the second time the speedy outfielder has been gunned down. Wes Darvill walked twice and drove in a run with a sac fly in the 9th.
Pitching Chart: Ivan Pineyro went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, including a two-run homer. He fanned six and threw 93 pitches, 62 for strikes. Starling Peralta (0-1, 3.63 ERA) worked a scoreless 7th but allowed the first two hitters of the 8th to reach, left the game, and eventually got tagged with the loss. Gerardo Concepcion couldn’t hold the Lookouts, allowing one of the inherited runners to score and got charged with an earned run in his ? of an inning. Michael Wagner fanned two over the final 1.1 innings.
Smokies News: Smokies will send Jeffry Antigua (3-2, 3.22 ERA) to the mound for Saturday’s game at home against Birmingham (White Sox)......According to Daniel Vogelbach’s twitter account, the first baseman is expected to return to action on Monday when the Smokies face the Barons.....SS Elliot Soto was back in the lineup on Friday night after leaving the June 2 game with some stiffness in his back.
Carolina League—High A—GAME 1— Carolina (Braves) 5, Myrtle Beach 3; GAME 2— Myrtle Beach 5, Carolina 2
Carolina rallied to take the opener and Myrtle Beach returned the favor in the night-cap to earn the split.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Seth Webster was throwing in the 60s for most of the game, and the Pelicans couldn’t figure the soft-tossing junk-baller out. They only collected five hits and the patient hitting group didn’t walk. Chesny Young had two hits and a RBI and Mark Zagunis crushed his second homer of the season in the 3rd, a solo shot. Jeimer Candelario doubled and scored, and Pin-Chieh Chen single and crossed home...........GAME 2—Carlos Penalver’s bases-clearing double in the 6th provided the difference in the night-cap. The shortstop (.245) delivered the game-winner with two outs and has 27 RBI on the season. Zagunis (.300) walked twice and scored twice while Young (.395) added two more hits, scored once, and knocked in a run. Chen (.300) had two hits and scored once. Jordan Hankins made his pro debut behind the plate, going 0-for-3.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1— Duane Underwood (5-2, 2.15 ERA) got the start and was beaten by the Mudcats for the second time this year, his only two loses. The right-hander allowed seven hits over 5.1 innings, one leaving the yard. He fanned four and threw 81 pitches, 47 for strikes. Jasvir Rakkar gave up a run in 1.2 innings of relief.........GAME 2—Paul Blackburn worked into the sixth, allowing seven hits and two walks that Carolina turned into a pair of runs. He fanned two and threw 85 pitches, 51 for strikes. Michael Heesch only threw nine pitches. He came into the game with two on in the sixth and got a 6-4-3 double-play and then sent the side down in order in the 7th to improve to 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 12 games (18.1 IP).
Pelicans News: Another twin-bill on Saturday night as Tyler Skulina (2-3, 4.07 ERA) get the ball in game one and Fernando Cruz (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his first start for the Pelicans in game two.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 9, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 4
South Bend (25-29) collected 13 hits as the Cubs took the series from Cedar Rapids (35-20).
Hitting Recap: SS Gleyber Torres (.324) snapped of his mini-slump (2-14) with three singles, scored once, and added a RBI. Jeffrey Baez (.210) went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and David Bote doubled, walked twice, and drove in two. Cael Brockmeyer (.301) added a pair of hits and scored twice, and 3B Jesse Hodges (.243) was 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Jake Stinnett (2-2, 6.10 ERA) earned his second pro win, allowing three runs over 5.1 innings. The right-hander from the University of Maryland gave up six hits, walked three, and fanned five, matching a career-high. Daniel Lewis made his first appearance since joining the team for the second time and threw 1.2 innings of scoreless ball, but allowed one of the two inherited runners to score in relief of Stinnett. Jordan Minch allowed a run over the final two innings.
SB-Cubs News: All-Star pitcher Jeremy Null (5-1, 1.78 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night against Quad Cities.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers II 13, Cubs 2
Rangers II (3-3) scored six times in the third and kept scoring to beat Cubs (3-3) for the second straight day.
Hitting Recap: Cubs only had five hits and didn’t get on the board until the 7th when they were trailing 12-0. Chris Pieters (.176) had two hits while Franklin Tineo (.400) and Raymond Pena (.200) both knocked in runs.
Pitching Chart: Andri Rondon got the start and only threw one inning, allowing a hit and strikeout in the scoreless first. Eury Ramos walked four, allowed three hits and got charged with six runs in 1.2 innings. Pitching staff didn’t get much help as Cubs committed five errors which led to five unearned runs. Delbi Torres gave up two homers and six runs in 3.1 innings, Assael Aquino fanned five and walked four in two innings, and Wagner Disla threw a scoreless 9th.
Venezuelan Summer League—Rays 6, Cubs 5
Cubs (8-8) scored two runs in the top of the 9th to take the lead but the Rays (12-3) answered with a walk-off win.
Hitting Recap: LF Fidel Matos (.229) hit a solo homer in the top of the 9th to give the Cubs a 5-4 lead, and walked and scored in the fifth. C Gustavo Polanco (.299) went 2-for-5 with a double and run while RF Luis Ayala (.300) and Jose Gonzalez (.188) both knocked in runs.
Pitching Chart: Carlos Rodriguez blanked the first-place Rays for six innings but ran out of gas in the 7th, allowing a pair of homers and four runs. He fanned five and gave up six hits over 6.1 innings. Moises Ramirez took the loss, getting charged with two runs in the 9th but Eugenio Palma gave up the walk-off hit with one out and two on.