Roster Moves galore
Get out your scorecard, better yet just follow here. Let’s start at the major-league level. Iowa right-handed reliever Yoervis Medina, acquired from the Mariners in the Welington Castillo trade, was promoted to Chicago and LHP Zac Rosscup was put on the DL with a shoulder issue. Medina appeared in 10 games for Iowa and sported a 1.89 WHIP, allowing 15 hits and seven walks in 11.2 innings......Junior Lake was optioned from Chicago to Iowa and to make room on the Iowa roster C Taylor Davis was sent to Tennessee. IF Anthony Giansanti has been activated off the DL for the Smokies and Neil Ramirez has officially joined Tennessee for his rehab assignment....... South Bend catcher Justin Marra has been assigned to Eugene while South Bend RHPs Francisco Carrillo and Michael Knighton have been sent to Mesa. RHP Brad Markey rejoins the SB-Cubs along with Michael Wagner, who was at Tennessee.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Omaha 7, Iowa 4
A pair of three-run homers erased a 4-0 Iowa (34-31) lead and gave Omaha (34-32) the win in the series finale.
Hitting Recap: Iowa only had six hits. DH Junior Lake homered in his first game back in Iowa, a solo shot in the 4th. Lake (.250) finished 1-for-4 with three strikeouts. C Taylor Teagarden (.286) went 2-for-4 while RF John Andreoli (.313) extended his hit streak to six games, going 1-for-3 with a RBI. CF Arismendy Alcantara (.270) tripled, scored and walked. Every starter struckout at least once and Iowa ended the game with 14 punchouts.
Pitching Chart: Felipe Paulino didn’t get the decision but he left with the lead despite allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.2 innings. The Storm Chasers got to Paulino in the 6th with the first of two three-run homers. Gonzalez Germen (4-1, 4.73 ERA) got charged with his second blown save and took the loss, giving up a three-run blast in the 7th. Armando Rivero surrendered an unearned run in the 8th on a hit and a walk.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa heads to Round Rock on Thursday night and send Carlos Pimentel (4-4, 3.67 ERA) to the mound.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 8, Mississippi 0
Pierce Johnson tossed five shutout innings to earn his first win and the Smokies bullpen was just as impressive in the victory over Mississippi (32-32).
Hitting Recap: SS Bryant Flete (.184) had his best AA game since joining the Smokies from extended spring training as the 22-year-old went 2-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run double in the fifth for a 2-0 lead. RF Bijan Rademacher (.237) went 2-for-4, scored twice, and made a great catch in right-field against the wall. 2B Stephen Bruno (.279) collected two hits, scored a pair of runs and knocked one in. Taylor Davis added a two-run double in his first AA game of the year.
Pitching Chart: In his second start since returning from the DL, right-hander Pierce Johnson turned in a strong outing, blanking the Braves on three hits and a walk over five innings. Johnson threw 65 pitches, 46 for strikes and recorded four strikeouts.......Cubs right-hander reliever Neil Ramirez made his first rehab appearance since going on the DL, retiring all three batters he faced. Ramirez threw 12 pitches, seven for strikes..... Gerardo Conception worked a 1-2-3 7th and Corey Black finished off Mississippi with two scoreless frames. Black (.167) did bat in the Smokies 4-run eighth and walked.
Smokies News: Felix Pena (5-2, 3.32 ERA) gets the ball Thursday night at Smokies Stadium against Mississippi.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 5, Winston-Salem 2
Myrtle Beach (38-27) scored three times in the sixth and got an outstanding performance from the bullpen to beat Winston-Salem (28-37) and reduce their magic number to two.
Hitting Recap: RF Mark Zagunis (.312) had three hits and was in the middle of the Pelican’s sixth inning rally with a RBI triple and then scored on Chesny Young’s RBI single. 1B Jacob Rogers (.262) added a run-scoring single to give the Pelicans the lead for good. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.266) and Rogers both finished with two hits. Young (.365) extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Pitching Chart: Fernando Cruz got the start and lasted into the fifth, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks. He fanned three and allowed a solo homer. The bullpen was perfect. Juan Paniagua (2-1, 2.84 ERA) retired all eight hitters he faced, one on strikes, and James Pugliese worked a pair of 1-2-3 innings.
Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach returns home on Thursday night as Tyler Skulina (2-4, 3.27 ERA) gets the start against Lynchburg.
Midwest League—Low A—Dayton 3, South Bend 1
Dayton (36-30) beat South Bend (27-36) for the second straight night in a game that featured a bunch clearing brawl and six ejections.
Hitting Recap: The two teams may have landed more punches than they collected base hits on Wednesday night. In the bottom of the 4th, Dayton’s Shedric Long slid into home, beating a throw from the outfield. As he crossed Th. eplate, he knocked catcher Gioskar Amaya off his feet and the two become tangle. When Long attempted to push Amaya off him, the two got into it, benches cleared and punches begin flying. When the dust had settled, Amaya, pitcher Trevor Clifton and first baseman Cael Brockmeyer were all tossed along with Long and two backup catchers for Dayton.......LF Rashad Crawford (.287) went 2-for-4 with a double and scored the lone run of the game on a RBI single from CF Charcer Burks (.259). SS Gleyber Torres (.313) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton’s night ended early but not before the Dragons scored three times off the right-hander on five hits and three walks. Clifton fanned three and had a game score of 39. The Cubs bullpen was awesome. Newcomer Michael Wagner fanned six over 3.1 scoreless frames and Brad Markey blanked Dayton over the final two innings, recording a pair of strikeouts.
SB-Cubs News: The final game of the series is set for Thursday night as Jake Stinnett (2-2, 6.02 ERA) takes the mound against Dayton.
Emeralds open the season on Thursday night in Everett with LHP Carson Sands, the Cubs fourth-round pick last year, expected to get the opening night start.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 13, Pirates 12
The Cubs walked off on a walk-off after a hit batter tied the game in the bottom of the 9th and the Pirates rallied from a 9-2 deficit after three innings.
Hitting Recap: Cubs only got one hit in the 9th, a leadoff double by SS Yeiler Peguero (.333) but two hit batters and two walks gave the Cubs a win. Nine different players knocked in runs in the 14-hit attack. RF Wander Feliz (.302) went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI while 1B Richard Nunez (.227) and C Erick Gonzalez (.302) both knocked in two runs. 3B Rafael Mejia (.286) slugged his second homer and 17-year-old Jose Jules (.100) blasted his first career homer. Peguero, Mejia, CF Chris Peiters (.238), and 1B Franklin Tineo (.267) all had two hits.
Pitching Chart: They all gave up runs. Andro Rondon allowed two runs over the first three innings and Eury Ramos surrendered three more in the fourth. Miguel Esteves got charged with six run in two innings and Julian Aybar (3-0, 3.24 ERA) earned the win, yielding just one run over the final three innings with four strikeouts.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 11, Phillies 10
Roberto Vahlis’ walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th plated the Cubs second run of the frame to give them the come-from-behind win over the Phillies
Hitting Recap: With two outs in the 9th, the Cubs loaded the base and tied the game on a walk to Gustavo Polanco and Vahlis sent the Cubs home winners with his fifth hit of the game. Vahlis (.264) had a career day, going 5-for-6, including a double, and scored twice. Jose Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with three RBI while LF Jose Rojas (.326), 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.286), 3B Henrry Pedra (.219) and SS Rafael Narea (.223) all had two hits. Cubs collected 17 hits and went 7-for-20 with RISP.
Pitching Chart: It was not good. Freddy Tineo gave up four runs over three innings and Bryan Molina got tagged for four more in 1.2 frames. Harrinson Bermudez allowed two runs in 2.1 innings and Juan Rengifo saved the day, improving to 3-0 with two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.90.