Cubs add relief pitcher Rafael Soriano
Cubs General manager Jed Hoyer said pitching depth keeps him up at night. Maybe he can get a little rest. Chicago added bullpen depth signing veteran Rafael Soriano to a minor-league deal. Soriano will likely report to Mesa and then be assigned for some minor league outings before he joins the big league team. With injuries to Neal Ramirez, Jacob Turner and Justin Grimm to start year, Cubs have been searching for bullpen help since they departed Mesa. Soriano, a 13-year veteran with over 200 career saves, is no stranger to Joe Maddon as he compiled 45 saves for Tampa in 2010. The 35-year-old recorded 32 saves last year for the Nationals, with a 1.13 WHIP in 62 innings with 8.6 K/9.
Seven named to Souther League All-Star team
C Kyle Schwarber headlines seven Tennessee Smokies named to the Southern League All-Star game on June 23 in Montgomery, Alabama. Others named to the North squad were C Willson Contreras, RHP Corey Black, RHP Felix Pena, RHP Frank Batista, 1B Daniel Vogelbach and RHP P.J. Francescon.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Memphis (Cardinals) 11, Iowa 3
Memphis (32-28) collected 11 hits off Iowa (30-28) pitching and left town with a split in the four-game series.
Pitching Chart: Eric Jokisch (3-3, 4.40 ERA) gave up five runs on three walks and five hits, one leaving the yard in 3.2 innings. Joseph Ortiz worked 1.1 scoreless frames but Gonzalez Germen, Armando Rivero, and Yoervis Medina all allowed runs in their inning of work. Blake Cooper tossed as scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has Wednesday off and will start Felipe Paulino (0-3, 6.75) on Thursday night against Colorado Springs at Principal Park. Paulino looks to build on his longest outing of the season as he fanned six and worked into the 6th June 5 at Albuquerque. Signed as a free agent, Paulino has made over 65 starts in his major league career and made four starts for White Sox last year before being sent to AAA. In four starts for Iowa
Southern League—AA—Game 1—Birmingham (White Sox) 2, Tennessee 0; Game 2— Tennessee 7, Birmingham 5
Birmingham’s Frankie Montas tossed a no-hitter in the opener and Tennessee’s Kyle Schwarber homered in the night-cap as the two teams split the doubleheader.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Zero hits, three walks, grounded in to two double plays, 1 LOB. Daniel Vogelbach made his first start since injuring his hamstring on May 25 and went 0-for-3............GAME 2—DH Kyle Schwarber (.322) slugged his 13th homer, a two-run blast, as Tennessee collected 10 hits in the win. Schwarber finished 2-for-4 and Albert Almora had two doubles and knocked in two runs. Bryant Flete collected two hits and plated a run while Billy McKinney added a RBI.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Jacob Turner made his season debut after missing the start of the season with a shoulder injury that landed the right-hander on the disabled list. Clocked in the mid-90s, Turner threw 60 pitches in his four-inning outing, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. He fanned four and faced 16 hitters, finishing with a game score of 51. Andres Santiago tossed three innings of scoreless relief..........GAME 2—Ryan Williams made his second AA start, and left after four innings, allowing a run on four hits. He walked one, fanned three and threw 77 pitches. All-Star P.J. Francescon (2-0, 0.74 ERA) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Corey Black experienced his first troubles out of the bullpen as he only got one out in the 7th, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks. Starling Peralta got the final two outs for his first AA save.
Smokies News: Felix Pena (5-2, 3.32 ERA) get the start in the final game of the series on Wednesday morning.
Carolina League—High A—Game 1—Myrtle Beach 7, Frederick (Orioles) 1; Game 2—Frederick 5, Myrtle Beach 1
In their 8th doubleheader of the season, Myrtle Beach split the twin-bill with Frederick.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Myrtle Beach scored six times in the top of the 6th to take game one. Carlos Penalver had two hits while Jacob Rogers went 1-for-2 and drove in two. Chesny Young, Kevin Brown, Trey Martin and Daniel Lockhart all drove in runs in the 6th...........GAME 2—Pelicans only had five hits and scored their only run in top of the first. Chesny Young (.366) went 2-for-3 and Victor Caratini singled in the only run.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Jonathan Martinez (4-1, 2.76 ERA) went five innings and got the win, holding the Keys to one run on four hits. The right-hander fanned four and threw 69 pitches, finishing with a game score of 58. Zach Cates tossed two scoreless frames..........GAME 2—Daury Torrez threw a complete game but took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks. He fanned two and gave up a pair of homers in his 75-pitch outing.
Pelicans News: Duane Underwood (5-2, 2.15) takes the mound Wednesday night against the Keys.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend
South Bend had the day off and make their first of two road trips to face Western Division opponents with three games in Burlington (Angels) June 10-12 and three more in Peoria (Cardinals) June 13-15. South Bend faces Beloit Aug. 11-13 and Wisconsin (Aug. 14-16) in their other trip out west. Tommy Thorpe (1-3, 4.61 ERA) makes his first pro start in Burlington in the opener after 24 straight relief appearances to start his career. Thorpe was the Cubs 8th round pick last year out of the University of Oregon.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 6, Tigers 5
Cubs (6-3) scored two runs in the top of the 9th to down the Tigers (6-3).
Hitting Recap:An RBI single from 3B Rafael Mejia (.323) tied the game and the Cubs took the lead on Frankin Tineo’s RBI single in the 9th inning for the comeback win. Mejia went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI while RF Wander Feliz (.370) had two hits. C Erick Gonzalez (.310) and LF Luis Ubiera (.273) both knocked in runs.
Pitching Chart: Hector Garcia fanned seven over five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Wander Cabrera got charged with three unearned runs and a blown save in his three innings on the mound but earned his first pro win in his second game. Luiz Aquino fanned two in the 9th to record his first pro save.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 6, Tigers 3
Cubs (10-10) took advantage of nine walks in the win over the Tigers (7-13).
Hitting Recap: Luis Ayala (.270) went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI while CF Jose Gonzalez (.211) walked twice, singled, and drove in two. LF Jhonny Bethencourt (.317) had three hits and scored three times.
Pitching Chart: Riger Fernandez gave up two runs over three innings in his start and Harrinson Bermudez fanned three and got the win in 3.2 innings of relief. Eugenio Palma earned his first hold with a scoreless inning and Juan Rengifo collected his VSL leading 5th save with 2 K over the final 1.1 innings.