Pacific Coast League—AAA— GAME 1—Iowa 2, Colorado Springs (Brewers) 0; GAME 2—Iowa 1, Colorado Springs 0
Iowa (32-28) tossed 14 innings of shutout ball to sweep Colorado Springs (24-35).
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—CF Rubi Silva (.282) doubled with two outs in the second and scored on 3B Jonathan Mota’s RBI single for 1-0 lead. Cubs made it 2-0 in 4th after a leadoff walk by C Rafael Lopez (.262), who eventually scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of SS Chris Valiaka (.248). Silva finished 2-for-3 and Arismendy Alcantara double in three trips..........GAME 2—The only run of the game came in the fifth when Arismendy Alcantara tripled and scored on Adorn Chambers’ sacrifice fly to right field. Chambers also singled and walked while Valaika went 1-for-3 with a double.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Felipe Paulino twirled his best outing, blanking the Sky Sox for six innings on three hits and two walks. Throwing the low 90s, Paulino fanned three, and recorded seven ground ball outs in his 83pitch outing. The 31-year-old earned his first win in his fifth start since joining the team on May 21. Signed as a free agent, I don’t see any scenarios where the Cubs call Paulino up to Chicago. Donn Roach had been more effective and is next in line if any of the starters are needed even though Eric Jokisch (DL), and Dallas Beeler are on the 40-man roster. Brian Schlitter earned his fifth save with a scoreless 9th, allowing a hit with a strikeout........GAME 2—Carlos Pimentel (4-4, 3.67 ERA) fired six innings of shutout ball as the I-Cubs starters blanked the Sky Sox for 16 innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and only needed 77 pitches. . made his 4th AAA appearance. Pitching exclusively out of the stretch, Edwards works quickly and showed a good fastball (94) and sharp breaking ball, but still struggles to consistently throws strikes out of the pen. After a walk, Edwards got a strikeout and a fly out for his first AAA save.
I-Cubs Notes: Donn Roach (6-0, 2.07 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night a Principal Park against Colorado Springs
Southern League—AA— Jacksonville (Marlins) 2, Tennessee 0
Three days after getting no-hit in seven innings by Birmingham, Tennessee (32-29) only managed one hit in a 2-0 loss at Jacksonville (28-33).
Hitting Recap: The Smokies only hit of the game was a double by C Kyle Schwarber (.321), his ninth of the year, in the 4th. RF Billy McKinney (.256) and Wes Darvill (.155) walked, while CF Albert Almora (.240) went 0-for-4 but threw a runner out at home.
Pitching Chart: Another quality start for Frank Batista but the right-hander got saddled with the loss. He scattered nine hits over seen innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Batista threw 95 pitches, 58 for strikes, and coaxed 11 ground ball outs......Right-hander Corey Black worked around a walk and a hit in the 9th in his fourth game since moving to the pen. Black’s line in relief is 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K but allowed all four runs in one appearance.
Smokies News: Ivan Pineyro (4-3, 3.61 ERA) gets the start Saturday afternoon at Jacksonville.
Carolina League—High A— Lynchburg (Indians) 1, Myrtle Beach 0
Back-to-back extra base hits in the top of the 9th gave Lynchburg the win in the opener over Myrtle Beach.
Pitching Chart: Tyler Skulina is putting it all together. Since the start of May, Skulina has a 1.98 ERA, third-lowest in Cubs system, and has 40 K in 41 innings during the seven-game stretch. Blanking the Hillcats in a season-high seven shutout innings, the 4th-round ’13 pick out of Kent State fanned seven in the 91-pitch outing, 59 for strikes. He gave up two hits walked four, and had his fastball up to 94. Fernando Cruz worked a scoreless 8th but gave up a double and a triple to start the 9th and took the loss.
Pelicans News: Jen-Ho Tseng (2-2, 3.92 ERA) gets the start on Sunday night as the Pelicans look to even the series.
Midwest League—Low A— GAME 1—Burlington (Angels) 5, South Bend 3; GAME 2— Burlington (Angles) 6, South Bend 5—8 innings
Burlington rallied in the nightcap and swept the twin-bill and the series from South Bend.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—South Bend held to four hits but did score three times and had the tying runs on base in the sixth. Yasiel Balaguert doubled while Gioskar Amaya, David Bote and Cael Brockmeyer all singled. ........GAME 2—South Bend was no-hit for five innings, they did draw six walks, but scored five runs in the sixth but couldn’t hold the lead.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Trevor Clifton needed 47 pitches to get through two enjoins and left after allowing five runs on six his and three walks, He fanned one, allowed a homer and faced 14 hitters. Daniel Lewis worked around three walks in two scoreless innings and Brad Markey gave up three hits in two innings but kept the Bees off the board. Former Cubs prospect Trevor Gretzky was 1-for-2 with a run scored and a walk.........GAME 2—Jake Stinnett pitched better than his final line indicated, working into the sixth but got charged with two more runs after he departed. He allowed seven hits and walked four in five innings, throwing 78 pitches. All-Star James Farris got tagged with his second blown save, allowing two inherited runners to score in the sixth and then gave up the game-tying run in the 7th. Jordan Minch (0-1, 4.39 ERA) only got two outs in the 8th as a single, two walks and a sacrifice fly ended the game.
SB-Cubs News: All-Star Jeremy Null (6-1, 1.75 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night in Peoria against the Cardinals affiliate.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 8, Brewers 3
Cubs (9-3) made it six straight using a seven-run 8th inning to beat the Brewers (3-9)
Hitting Recap: Cubs had more walks (10) than hits (7) and used three extra base hits, four walks, and four wild pitches to score seven runs in the 8th. Jose Jules delivered a two-run triple in the big innings while Yeiler Peguero was 2-for-4 witha RBI triple in the 8th. Chris Pieters drew three walks while Tony Rijo went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.
Pitching Chart: Pedro Silverio hasn’t’ given up an earned run in 17 straight innings (two unearned), blanking the Brewers for six frames on three hits with four strikeouts. He’s made three starts and has 2 BB and 17 K. Julian Aybar gave up a run in the 7th and got charged with a blown save but got credit for the win, throwing two innings. Wagner Disla gave up two runs in the 9th.
Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 2, Cubs 1—12 innings
Phillies won on a walk-off throwing error in the bottom of the 12th to end the Cubs four-game win streak.
Hitting Recap: Cubs sent the game into extra innings in the 9th on an error by the Phillies second baseman allowing Jose Gonzalez to score. Jhonny Bethencourt extended his hitting streak to four games and is hitting .371 (13-for-35) over his last 10 games.
Pitching Chart: Andres Bolande gave up an unearned run over four innings on two hits with three strikeouts in the longest outing of his six-game career. The 17-year-old has 11 K and 4 BB in 14.2 IP. Bryan Molina threw a shutout frames and Jusus Arias went three no-hit innings with 4 K. Eugenio Palma threw three shutout frames but surrendered a leadoff double in the 12th that scored when a sacrifice bunt was thrown away.
Cubs Notes: Despite current win streak and the sweep of first-place Rays, the Cubs still find themselves 3.5 games out. with 10 stolen bases and Jose Gonzalez is tops in the VSL with 19 RBI while Luis Ayala leads the league with 10 SB, walks (18) and is third in runs (15) and OBP (.419). Jhonny Bethencourt is second in OBP at .533. Relief pitcher Juan Rengifo is top with six saves, second with a 1.00 ERA and third with a 0.72 WHIP in 18 innings (10 games). Carlos Rodriguez leads the VSL with a 0.67 WHIP and is second with 24 K.