Cubs June 18 Minors Recap

Eugene dropped its Northwest League opener, South Bend got swept by Dayton while Tennessee and Myrtle Beach had their games interrupted by rain. Iowa beat Round Rock and the DSL Cubs continue to roll.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 7, Round Rock 2
Iowa collected 12 hits and Carlos Pimentel pitched into the 7th as the I-Cubs took the opener at Round Rock.

Hitting Recap: Iowa scored four runs in the third and three more in the fifth. 3B Christian Villanueva (.273) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while LF Adorn Chambers (.285) had a pair of hits and knocked in two. C Rafael Lopez (.292) went 3-for-5 and CF John Andreoli (.316) extended his hit streak to six games with two singles and a RBI.

Pitching Chart: Carlos Pimentel threw 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and four walks. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 60% strikes, fanned four and had a game score of 57.....Joseph Ortiz threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief while Blake Cooper got the final four outs without giving up a run.

I-Cubs Notes: Donn Roach (6-1, 2.14 ERA) gets the start Friday night in Round Rock.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Tennessee, MIssissippi—Suspended in Bottom of 4th
Game was suspended with one out in the bottom of the 4th after a pair of walks and will be completed on Friday at Smokies Stadium.

Hitting Recap: Smokies scored the only run of the game in the 1st when Jacob Hannemann doubled, took third on an errant pickoff throw, and scored on Daniel Vogelbach’s groundout.

Pitching Chart: Felix Pena fanned six in four shutout innings, limiting the Braves to three hits and a walk. He threw 63 pitches and racked up a game score of 61.

Smokies News: Unknown who the Smokies will use out of the bullpen to start the suspended game but Frank Batista (6-2, 1.60 ERA) is expected to get the ball in the regularly scheduled game against the Braves.

Box Score

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach vs. Lynchburg—Rained Out
Thursday night’s game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as a twin-bill on Saturday with a 5:05 p.m. EST start. It will be the Cubs 9th doubleheader.

Pelicans third baseman Jeimer Candelario has been named to Carolina League All-Star team that will square-off against the California League on June 23. The switch-hitter leads the Pelicans with 16 doubles, which also ranks third in the Carolina League, and his 21 RBI are fifth on the club. He also carries a .263 batting average along with four home runs in 52 games played. The All-Star selection comes two days after being activated from the disabled list on June 15.

Midwest League—Low A—Dayton 2, South Bend 1—10 innings
Dayton (37-30) completed the sweep of South Bend (27-37) with an extra innings win.

Hitting Recap: South Bend had 12 hits but left 11 on and were just 2-for-11 with RISP. With three hits, 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.303) extended his hitting streak to eight games and LF Charcer Burks (.262) had two doubles and knocked in the only run. CF Rashad Crawford (.286) extended his hitting start to seven games with a single in four at-bats while DH Gioskar Amaya (.244) went 2-for-2 but left the game after an infield single in the 4th with an apparent hamstring injury.

Pitching Chart: The Cubs second-round pick a year ago, Jake Stinnett threw a career-high six innings, holding the Dragons to one hit and an unearned run. The right-hander recorded 12 ground ball outs, walked three, fanned four, and left with a game score of 69. Two throwing errors and a sacrifice fly plated the only run.....David Garner made his 15th appearance and was hitting 95 with his fastball on the stadium radar gun. The right-hander tossed two shutout innings with three strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit.....Life as an all-star has been unkind to James Farris (2-4, 2.89 ERA). The Cubs closer gave up a run in his third straight outing and took the loss. The 2014 ninth-round pick worked a scoreless ninth but three hits in the tenth pushed the winning run across. Dayton only had four hits on the night.

SB-Cubs News: South Bend ace Jeremy Null (6-1, 2.01 ERA) gets the ball on Friday night as West Michigan comes to town.

Box Score and Game Story

Northwest League—Short-Season—Everett (Mariners) 6, Eugene 1
Eugene only managed three hits in the opener and made four costly errors in the loss to Everett.

Hitting Recap: 18-year-old RF Eloy Jimenez was the hitting star in his NWL debut with two singles and the Emeralds only RBI. SS Ho-young Son double and scored the only run.

Pitching Chart: Carson Sands was efficient in his Northwest League debut as the 20-year-old left-hander only threw 57 pitches in his five inning outing, allowing three runs on five hits. He fanned a pair and got six ground ball outs. Pedro Araujo allowed three runs in seventh and Sam Wilson fanned two in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Emeralds Notes: Eugene sends Justin Steele to the mound on Friday night in Everett.

Box Score

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 8, Yankees II 4
Cubs (12-5) took advantage of nine hits and eight walks to down the Yankees (6-11).

Hitting Recap: DH Rafael Mejia (.298) hit his team-leading third homer, a two-run shot, and walked three times. Fidel Mejia went 3-for-5 while Jose Jules had two hatstand plated a pair. Seventeen-year-old shortstop Yeiler Peguero (.339) continues to produce as the leadoff hitter, going 2-for-5 with a triple, his 4th, and a RBI.

Pitching Chart: Deibi Torres (1-1, 5.40 ERA) held the Yankees to a run on four hits over six innings to earn his first win. The 20-year-old right-hander fanned two and had a game score of 62. Luis Aquino got charged with three unearned runs in seventh and Aneuris Rosario earned his second save with four strikeouts in two shutout innings.

Cubs Notes: OF Chris Pieters and RHP Pedro Silverio have been promoted from the DSL to the Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League. RHPs Assael Aquino and Luiz Escanio have been placed on the restrictive list after testing positive for PED’s as part of minor league baseball’s drug program. They were suspended for 72 games.

Box Score

Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 6, Cubs 1
The Phillies (11-16) snapped the Cubs (15-13) three-game win streak with the benefit of a four-run 5th inning.

Hitting Recap: Cubs were held to five hits with Jhonny Bethencourt collecting a double and a single. Impressive in his first pro season, the 18-year-old‘s hitting .297/.393/378 with 10 BB and 11 K. C Daniel Diaz (.125) singled and scored the lone run while 1B Roberto Vahlis (.267) extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single.

Pitching Chart: In his second season, 20-year-old Alex Pacheco made his first start after eight relief appearances and worked into the fifth. The left-hander blanked the Phillies the first four frames but allowed three runs in the fifth. He gave up six hits with a walk and five punchouts. Mauro Vides allowed all three inherited runners score in the fifth and gave up another run before the frame was over. Vides walked four and surrendered three hits over 2.2 innings.

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