Pacific Coast League—AAA—Memphis (Cardinals) 7, Iowa 2
Memphis (31-26) scored five times in the third and took the opener at Iowa (28-27).
Hitting Recap: Only five hits for Iowa, two coming off the bat of 3B Javier Baez (.314), who plated the only two runs of the game with a two-run blast in the 8th, his 8th. He made his first error at third in his third game (14 chances). John Andreoli (.305) went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored in his second game back from the DL. Arismendy Alcantara (.282) went 0-for-4 with 3 K while Chris Valaika (.253) and Jonathan Mota (.265) both singled.
Pitching Chart: Carlos Pimentel (3-4, 4.11 ERA) struggled with his command Saturday night, walking eight hitters in three innings that led to six runs. He only allowed two hits and threw 80 pitches before departing. Gonzalez Germen gave up a run in two frames and Yoervis Medina fanned two in two perfect innings, his best outing as a Cub. Medina has appeared in seven games for Iowa, allowing 10 hits and 6 BB in 8.2 innings. Brain Schlitter threw the infal two innings, allowing two hits and a walk but no runs.
I-Cubs Notes: Donn Roach (6-0, 2.12 ERA) gets the start fro Iowa on Sunday afternoon against Memphis. IF Varonex Cuevas was sent back to extended spring truing and John Andreoli was activated from the disabled list.
Southern League—AA— Birmingham (White Sox) 4, Tennessee 3
Birmingham (27-29) came back from a 3-1 first inning deficit and beat Tennessee (31-25) in the series opener.
Hitting Recap: Smokies had plenty of opportunities as they collected 10 hits but were just 2-for-14 with RISP and left nine on base. Smokies scored all the runs in the first on a two-run single from Willson Contreras (.335) and a RBI double from Billy McKinney (.303). Contreras and McKinney both finished with two hits. Elliot Soto (.270) went 2-for-5 and CF Albert Almora (.251) walked, scored, and made another diving grab in left center.
Pitching Chart: Jeffry Antigua got tagged for eight hits including one off his pitching hand that ended his night after 3.2 innings. He allowed three runs, walked one, and had two strikeouts in his 55-pitch outing. Andres Santiago (1-2, 4.21 ERA) got the loss, allowing a run in the fifth. He threw 2.1 innings, surrendering three hits with two strikeouts. Corey Black made his second bullpen appearance and worked two more scoreless frames, allowing a hit and two walks with two strikeouts. He threw 31 pitches, 15 for strikes. P.J. Francescon worked a scoreless ninth and has only allowed one run over his last 13.1 innings (12 games).
Smokies News: Smokies ace Frank Batista (6-1, 1.67 ERA) gets the ball Sunday afternoon in the second game against Birmingham.
Carolina League—High A—Game 1— Carolina (Braves) 1 Myrtle Beach 0; Game 2—Carolina 4, Myrtle Beach 2
Carolina swept Myrtle Beach and handed the Pelicans their sixth and seventh losses of the month.
Hitting Recap: Game 1— Pelicans were held to four hits as C Victor Caratini was 2-for-4 with a double. 2B Daniel Lockhart (.213) doubled and CF Trey Martin (.228) went 1-for-2. Chesny Young was 0-for-3 and snapped his nine-game hitting streak, his second of the season.......Game 2—A RBI single by Chesny Young (.373) gave the Pelicans a 1-0 lead and Caratini (.248) delivered a game-tying single in the 4th to knot the game at 2-2. Zagunis (.297) was 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs, and leads all Cubs minor leaguers with 41 BB. Pin-Chieh Chen (.286), Jacob Rogers (.239) and Daniel Lockhart (.215) all singled.
Pitching Chart: Game 1—Tyler Skulina matched his career-high with eight strikeouts but took the loss, allowing a solo homer in the first inning. The right-hander allowed three hits, walked one and had a game score of 69 in his 86-pitch outing. Josh Conway fanned two and worked around a pair of walks in the 7th.......Game 2—Fernando Cruz made his first pro start, lasting five innings and allowing two runs on two hits and three walks. The right-hander fanned four and threw 65 pitches, 38 for walks. Juan Paniagua (0-1, 1.86 ERA) took the loss, surrendering a pair of runs in the 6th on three straight hits.
Pelicans News: Jen-Ho Tseng (2-2, 4.14 ERA) gets the start on Sunday night.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 2, Quad Cities (Astros) 1
South Bend took the opener from Quad Cities and have won three of four from the top two teams in the Western Division during the home stand.
Hitting Recap: Cubs tied the game in the 4th as Cael Brockmeyer (.301) launched his 4th homer over the left field wall. After getting a runner thrown out at home on a SS Gleyber Torres (.317) grounder in the bottom of the fifth, 2B Andrew Ely (.297) singled to left field to score CF Charcer Burks (.278) and give the Cubs the deciding run. 3B Jason Vosler went 2-for-4 with a double while RF Jeffrey Baez (.214) and Burks both singled.
Pitching Chart: Jeremy Null (6-1, 1.75 ERA) continued his all-star season, holding the Bandits to one run over six innings. He allowed five hits, didn’t issue a walk, and fanned five for a game score of 62. He has three walks in 56.2 innings. Francisco Carrillo threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief and James Farris got the final five outs for his 8th save.
SB-Cubs News: Erick Leal (4-3, 4.27 ERA) looks to build on his last outing (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R) as he get the start Sunday afternoon at Four Winds Field.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 8, Braves 0
Three Cubs (4-3) pitchers blanked the Braves (3-4) on three hits.
Hitting Recap: Cubs pounded Braves pitching for 13 hits, including a 3-for-4 performance by C Erick Gonzalez. They also smacked three homers. 16-year-old Yovanny Cuevas (.217) launched his first pro homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, and 17-year-old Tony Rijo (.222) circled the bases for his first round-tripper, a three-run blast in the sixth. 1B Franklin Tineo (.333) went deep for the third time, a solo shot in the fifth. Cuevas finished 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. RF Wander Feliz (.273) was 2-for-4 and Yeiler Peguero (.458) was 1-for-3 with a triple and a sacrifice.
Pitching Chart: Pedro Silverio matched his career-high with nine strikeouts (fanned 9 Braves last year in six perfect innings on July 21) and held the Braves to three hits and one walk over six innings. The 6-foot-2 right-hander finished with a game score of 74 and got eight ground ball outs. The 20-year-old, in his third pro season, has not allowed a run over 11 innings (two starts), 8 H, 2 BB, 13 K.......The bullpen was perfect. Luis Aquino retired all six hitters he faced, two on strikes, and Julian Aybar worked a 1-2-3 9th.
Cubs Notes: Entering Saturday’s play, Franklin Tineo was tied for first with nine RBI in the 38-team DSL.
Venezuelan Summer League—Rays 6, Cubs 5
A three-run 4th inning by the Rays (13-3) was too much for Cubs (8-9) to overcome.
Hitting Recap: CF Jose Gonzalez (.209) was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and two outfield assists while LF Jhonny Bethencourt (.290) added two hits, including a triple, scored twice, and threw out a runner at second. DH Fidel Matos (.231) went 1-4 with a RBI and RF Luis Ayala (.283) knocked in a run.
Pitching Chart: 17-year-old Andres Bonalde only lasted 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. Alex Pacheco (1-1, 4.80 ERA) fanned six in 3.1 frames but surrendered three runs on five hits and took the loss. Eugenio Palma gave up a run over two frames and Juan Rengifo lowered his ERA to 0.64 with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Cubs Notes: Its early, there aren’t many teams but they are still among the league leaders. Heading into Saturday’s action, Luis Ayala leads the VSL with 11 stolen bases and is 2nd in the league with 11 runs scored. Jose Rojas is 2nd in RBI with 12. Juan Rengifo’s three saves is tied for first while Carlos Rodriguez sports the best WHIP (0.75) and is tied for 2nd with 16 strikeouts.