Cubs June 16 Minors Recap

Duane Underwood continues to show why he’s one of the Cubs top pitching prospects as the right-hander tossed seven shutout innings in Myrtle Beach’s win at Winston-Salem.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Omaha 6, Iowa 4
Omaha (33-32) hit four homers including a walk-off two-run shot in the 9th to beat Iowa (34-30).

Hitting Recap: LF John Andreoli (.313) went 3-for-3 with a run while Matt Szczur (.296) was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. SS Ryan Dent had two hits and knocked in a run. 2B Arismendy Alcantara was 0-for-5.

Pitching Chart: Jeffry Antigua allowed three runs over five innings on five hits and three walks, he surrendered a pari of homers to Francisco Pena. Yoanner Negrin only allowed one hit over three innings, unfortunately it was Pena’s third homer. Blake Cooper (4-2, 3.82 ERA) got two outs in the 9th before a Casey Kotchman two-run homer ended the game.

I-Cubs Notes: Felipe Paulino (1-3, 5.01 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday afternoon.

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Southern League—AA—Tennessee
Had the day off and return to Smokies Stadium on Wednesday night as Pierce Johnson makes his second start after coming off the DL against Mississippi.



Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 6, Winston-Salem 0
Duane Underwood blanked Winston-Salem on two hits over seven innings as the right-hander won the battle of all-star pitchers.

Hitting Recap: The Pelicans collected 10 hits off all-star starting pitcher Matt Heidenrich and handed the right-hander his second loss of the season. 1B Jacob Rogers (.258) led the offense, going 3-for-4 with his 8th homer, a double, and scored twice. RF Mark Zagunis (.304) went 2-for-4 and plated three runs while DH Chesny Young (.369) extended his hitting streak to nine games. 2B Daniel Lockhart (.208) and LF PnI-Chieh Chen (.281) both added two hits.

Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood improved to 6-2 with seven shutout innings. The right-hander fanned four and only gave up two hits and walk while finishing with a game score of 76. He recoded 12 ground ball outs and lowered his ERA to 1.85. Michael Heesch blanked the Dash the final two frames, only allowing a single.

Pelicans News: With the win, the Pelicans reduced their magic number to three for the first half title. On Wednesday night, they send Fernando Cruz (0-1, 1.64 ERA) to the mound.

Box Score and Game Story



Midwest League—Low A—Dayton 3, South Bend 1
South Bend (27-35) lost for the sixth time in seven games, falling to Dayton in the series opener.

Hitting Recap: 3B Jesse Hodges went 3-for-4 while C Gioskar Amaya (.237) added two singles. The Cubs only run came in the fifth on a David Bote run-scoring double.

Pitching Chart: Zach Hedges recorded his best start as a pro, working a career-high seven innings and finishing with a game score of 71. He only allowed an unearned run on three hits and four walks, and the right-hander fanned a career-high six. Michael Knighton made his MWL debut and took the loss, giving up two runs in the 8th on three hits. Daniel Lewis pitched a scoreless 9th.

SB-Cubs News: South Bend (2-5, 4.67 ERA) looks to get back on track when they send Trevor Clifton to the mound.

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Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene
Players arrived in Eugene on Tuesday but a final roster hasn’t been released as the season doesn’t start until Thursday and some players who were drafted have yet to arrive. Those on the field today included pitchers: Adbert Alzolay, Pedro Araujo, Jordan Brink, Oscar De La Cruz, Andin Diaz, Greyfer Eregua, Jae-Hoon Ha, Corbin Hoffner, Dillon Maples, Jose Paulino, Carson Sands, Alex Santana, Justin Steele, and Sam Wilson. Position players included Erick Castillo, Tyler Alamo, Varonex Cuevas, Frandy Delarosa, Adonis Paula, Ho-young Son, Eloy Jimenez, R Ricardo Marcano and Kevonte Mitchell.



Dominican Summer League—Pirates 3, Cubs 2
Pirates (8-7) took advantage of a costly error in the 4th and downed the Cubs (10-5).

Hitting Recap: Edgar Rondon went 2-for-4 and knocked in both runs in the sixth on a two-run single. CF Chris Pieters went 2-for-3 but made a costly error that gave the Pirates two runs. Cubs had six hits and drew seven walks but were just 1-for-7 with RISP and left nine on-base.

Pitching Chart: Pablo Ochoa (1-2, 3.55 ERA) allowed seven hits over four innings and surrendered three runs, just one earned. Jesus Tejada was impressive in four innings of relief, surrendering two hits to go along with two walks and a strikeout.

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Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 5, Rays 4
Cubs (14-12) scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Rays (17-8) for the fourth straight game.

Hitting Recap: Daniel Diaz’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth scored Henrry Pedra with the winning run. They tied the game on a RBI single by LF Jose Rojas (.321) with two outs in the 9th. Diaz (.122) finished 2-for-4 while Rojas went 2-for-3, scored once, and knocked in a pair. 3B Francisco Garay (.165) had two hits and Luis Ayala (.282) plated a run.

Pitching Chart: Riger Fernandez got the start and only gave up one run over four innings, allowing five hits and a walk while fanning one. Jesus Arias allowed two runs over three innings and Eugenio Palma (2-1, 2.65 ERA) got credit for the win, issuing one run in two frames on two hits.

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