Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 2, Memphis (Cardinals) 1
Dallas Beeler had his best outing of the season and Rafael Lopez delivered the game-winner in the bottom of the 8th as Iowa (30-27) evened the series with Memphis (31-28).
Hitting Recap: Iowa made the most of their four hits, scoring in the first when Arismendy Alcantara led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a Memphis error with two outs on a ground ball to third. Iowa went in order in every innings except the 6th when John Andreoli singled. In the 8th, Rubi Silva led off with a single, went to second on Jonathan Mota’s sacrifice bunt, and scored the game-winning run on Rafael Lopez’s RBI single to left.
Pitching Chart: Dallas Beeler (1-5, 8.31 ERA) was nearly perfect. The right-hander only allowed one hit over six innings and fanned a season-high eight as he matched Memphis’ Zach Petrick pitch-for-pitch. Beeler got seven ground ball outs, had a game score of 78, and only needed 84 pitches, throwing 57 for strikes. After several rough outings, its good to see Beeler have some success and hopefully he can build on Monday night’s outing. Drake Britton (2-3, 3.38) got charged with a blown save, allowing the tying run in the 7th but got credit for the win. The left-hander gave up three hits in two innings of relief and walked one. Brain Schlitter earned his 4th save but made things interesting walking a pair in the 9th.
I-Cubs Notes: Eric Jokisch (3-2, 3.66 ERA) gets the ball in a noon start on Tuesday in the series finale with Memphis......The I-Cubs placed IF Javier Baez on the DL and IF Ryan Dent was promoted from Tennessee. OF Matt Szczur was activated after being assigned to Des Moines from Chicago and the I-Cubs sent IF Varonex Cuevas back to Mesa.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee vs. Birmingham (White Sox)—Rained Out
Monday night’s game was canceled due to wet field conditions and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday. Ryan Williams (1-0, 5.06 ERA) will start one of the games and the other starter had yet to be determined. First pitch for Game 1 is 4 p.m. CST.......1B Daniel Vogelbach was activated from the disabled list on Monday and LHP Tyler Ihrig was sent to Myrtle Beach.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach @ Frederick (Orioles)—Rained Out
Myrtle Beach will play their 8th doubleheader of the season on Tuesday as Monday night’s game was canceled. The Pelicans will send Jonathan Martinez (2-1, 2.65 ERA) and Daury Torrez (4-3, 3.91 ERA) to the mound. First pitch for Game 1 is 4 p.m. CST......The Pelican received LHP Tyler Ihrig from AA Tennessee and Fernando Cruz, who made his first pro start on Saturday, was sent back to Mesa and assigned to Eugene.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend vs. Quad Cities (Astros)—Rained Out
Monday night’s game with uQd Cities was postponed due to rain and the game will not be made up as the two teams don’t play again this season. South Bend begins their first road trip to the western division, facing Burlington on Tuesday night. A starter has not been named.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 8, Braves 2
Cubs (5-3) pounded out 10 hits and beat the Braves (3-5) for the second straight game.
Hitting Recap: 2B Fidel Mejia (.346) led the offense with three hits and two RBI. SS Yeiler Peguero (.448) went 2-for-5, scored twice, and knocked in a pair while RF Wander Feliz had two hits, scored a run, knocked one in a, and walked twice. Erick Gonzalez (.333) was 1-for-4 with a run and a RBI and 1B Chris Pieters (.200) scored twice with a single and a walk.
Pitching Chart: Junior Marte (1-0, 1.13) tossed five solid innings, allowing a run on three hits with four strikeouts. He had a game score of 61 and got seven ground ball outs. Miguel Esteves gave up a run in two frames while Julian Aybar and Luiz Escanio both threw a scoreless inning.
Venezuelan Summer League—Game 1—Tigers 4, Cubs 3; Game 2–Cubs 6, Tigers 0
The Cubs (9-10) blanked the Tigers (7-12) in the night-cap to earn a split.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Only four hits for the Cubs, two off the bat of 3B Henrry Pedra (.205), who knocked in two runs with a double in the 7th. Cubs only had one hit until their last at-bat as LF Fidel Matos (.236) and 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.294) both singled to start the rally that fell short with two strikeouts with the tying run on third.......GAME 2—18-year-old catcher Daniel Diaz (.136) hit his first career homer, a three-run shot, in the Cubs five-run 6th. DH Gustavo Polanco (.284) singled in two runs while CF Luis Ayala (.291) went 1-for-2 with a triple, a walk and two runs.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Gabriel Lima (1-1, 1.53) allowed four runs, two earned, over four innings on two hits and two walks. He fanned three and got six ground ball outs. Bryan Molina kept the Cubs in the game the final three innings, holding the Tigers scoreless on two hits and two strikeouts.......GAME 2—Three Cubs pitcher combined to toss a shutout and hold a the Tigers to five hits. Jesus Arias fanned six over four innings allowing three hits and a walk. Moises Ramirez (1-2, 5.23) got the win, allowing two hits and a walk over 1.1 innings. Juan Rengifo continued his dominance in the VSL, retiring all five hitter he faced, including one on streaks, Rengifo picked up his VSL leading 4th save and he also leads the league in ERA (0.57) and WHIP (0.64).