Happ makes debut, 6/19 Recap

Cubs first-round pick Ian Happ made his pro debut for Eugene and singled in his first at-bat, helping the Emeralds to their first win. Myrtle Beach’s Mark Zagunis (pictured) was the night’s hitting star, going 4-for-4 with a pair of solo homers as the Pelicans reduced their first-half magic number down to one.

Mike Olt joins Smokies for rehab
Tennessee’s clubhouse is starting to get a Wrigley Field touch. 3B Mike Olt joined pitchers Neil Ramirez and Jacob Turner as the trio all rehabs in the Southern League. Olt got the start in the second game in Tennessee and went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 9, Round Rock 3
Iowa used a five-run seventh to put away Round Rock for their second straight win.

Hitting Recap: Ten different players had hits for Iowa as DH Adorn Chambers (.289) had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-5. 3B Christian Villanueva (.271) knocked in a pair and LF John Andreoli (.312) went 1-for-5, scored three times, added a RBI, and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Junior Lake doubled, walked, stole a base and knocked in a run.

Pitching Chart: Donn Roach (7-1, 2.29 ERA) won his 7th game, allowing seven hits in seven innings. The Express scored all their runs on a three-run homer in the first. Roach threw 99 pitches, 71 for strikes, got 16 ground ball outs and had a game score of 52..... Carl Edwards Jr. blanked Round Rock over the final two frames, allowing only a walk with one strikeout.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa send Dallas Beeler (1-5, 7.57 ERA) to the mound on Saturday night in Round Rock.

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Southern League—AA—Suspended Game — Mississippi 6, Tennessee 3; Game 2—7 innings—Tennessee 4, Mississippi 2
Before a record crowd of 7,805 on Star Wars Night, the Smokies took the night-cap but lost the completion of the suspended game.

Hitting Recap: Suspended Game—Smokies added a run in the 4th when play resumed for a 2-0 lead but could only score one more run the rest of the game. Billy McKinney went 3-for-3 while Jacob Hannemann had two hits, scored once, and knocked in a run. Daniel Vogelbach and Wes Darvill each drove home a run. Game 2—Mike Olt made his first start since breaking his arm and the third baseman singled, walked, and scored a run in three plate appearances. Billy McKinney (.286) went 2-for-2 with a walk, scored twice, and knocked in a run. Bryant Flete (.205) had two hits and a RBI while Hannemann (.209) and Stephen Bruno (.275) plated runs. C Willson Contreras (.330) smacked his 17th double of the season.

Pitching Chart: Suspended Game—Andres Santiago took the loss, relieving Felix Pena after play resumed. The right-hander was charged with five runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings, and uncorked three wild pitches. Gerardo Conception gave up a run in the 9th. Game 2— All-Star Frank Batista improved to 7-2 as the right-hander tossed six innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with one strikeout. Batista only needed 77 pitches, getting 10 ground ball outs and finishing with game score of 49. P.J. Francescon earned his 8th save with a scoreless 7th.

Smokies News: Ivan Pineyro (4-3, 3.53 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night as its Jorge Soler bobble head night at Smokies Stadium.

Suspended Game Box Score and Game 2 Box Score andGame Story

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 7, Lynchburg
Myrtle Beach (39-27) reduced their magic number to one with the win over Lynchburg (32-35).

Hitting Recap: Mark Zagunis enjoyed a career night with his first multi-homer game and one of the Cubs top hitters in the minors went 4-for-4 with three RBI. Zagunis hit solo homers in his first two at-bats and then added a RBI single to up his average to .324/.444/.489......DH Chesny Young (.369) extended his hit streak to a career-high 11-games, going 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI......LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.287) ripped two doubles and scored twice while All-Star 3B Jeimer Candelario blasted a solo homer, his fifth.

Pitching Chart: Tyler Skulina was pitching a no-hitter when manager Mark Johnson pulled the right-hander after the first three hitters of the fifth reached on an error and two walks. Skulina was charged with three unearned runs, walked six and threw 89 pitches, only 41 for strikes. Zach Cates (2-1, 1.50 ERA) allowed all three inherited runners to score but got credit for the win, fanning four in two scoreless innings. Michael Heesch gave up a run in 1.1 innings for his third hold and Jasvir Rakkar got the final five outs for his 8th save.

Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach plays its 9th doubleheader of the first-half as the Pelicans send Jen-Ho Tseng (2-3, 4.70 ERA) and Jeremy Martinez (5-1, 2.62 ERA) to the mound, needing a win or a Salem loss to clinch the first-half title.

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Midwest League—Low A—West Michigan 8, South Bend 4
A record crowd of 8,004 couldn’t prevent South Bend (27-38) from dropping the fourth straight as West Michigan (33-34) took the series opener.

Hitting Recap: DH Charcer Burks (.266) collected his second straight multi-hit game with a pair of singles and scored once. SS Gleyber Torres (.311) went 2-for-4 while LF Kevin Encarnacion (.271) had two hits and knocked in a pair in the fourth.

Pitching Chart: All-Star Jeremy Null (6-2, 2.33 ERA) only lasted three innings and took his second loss, allowing three runs on five hits, four of them doubles. He only faced 15 hitters, hit a batter, and had a game score of 38. Right-hander Ryan McNeil gave up two runs in three innings and Jordan Minch yielded three unearned runs over the final three frames.

SB-Cubs News: C Erick Castillo has been promoted from Eugene and C Gioskar Amaya has been placed on the 7-day disabled list. Amaya injured his hamstring running out an infield single Thursday night against Dayton......Erick Leal (5-4, 5.17 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night against West Michigan.

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Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 7, Everett 5
Eugene took the lead with two runs in the seventh and added three more in the 8th for their first win of the season at Everett (1-1).

Hitting Recap: First-round pick Ian Happ made his pro debut and singled in his first at-bat but went 0-for-4 the rest of the night and scored a run when he reached on an error in the 8th. Adonis Paula was the big bat for the Emeralds as the third baseman went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Tyler Alamo was 1-for-2, walked twice, and scored two runs while Ho-young Son doubled and scored a pair.

Pitching Chart: Justin Steele fanned a career-high nine hitters and tossed no-hit ball for four frames in his first start of the season. The left-hander gave up two runs in the fifth and finished with a line of 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K in his 81-pitch outing.....Jordan Brink (1-0, 3.38 ERA) collected his first pro win in 2.2 innings of relief. He allowed three runs, only one earned, on four hits and a walk. Corbin Hoffner got the final out of the 8th and Alex Santana worked a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Emeralds Notes: Oscar De La Cruz will be making his stateside debut on Saturday night at Everett. The 6-foot-4 right-hander went 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA last year in the DSL, making 14 starts and finished with a WHIP of 1.00 in 75 innings.

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Dominican Summer League—Yankees II 8, Cubs 3
A four-run sixth propelled the Yankees (7-11) to the win over the Cubs (12-6).

Hitting Recap: 17-year-old 3B Rafael Mejia (.317) had two hits went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and a walk. 2B Yeiler Peguero (.343) had two hits, stole his 7th base and scored . C Richard Nunez (.192) and Wander Feliz (.298) both plated runs.

Pitching Chart: Junior Marte (1-0, 1.00 ERA) had another solid outing, holding the Yanks to just one run over five innings on three hits and four walks in his fourth start. The bullpen didn’t get the job done as Jose Morel (1-2, 6.75 ERA) got charged with a blown save and took the loss, surrendering four runs in the 6th, recording only two outs. Wagner Disla threw the final 2.1 frames, allowing three runs.

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Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 4, Tigers 2—12 innings
Cubs (16-13) upped their June record to 12-6 with an extra innings win over the Tigers.

Hitting Recap: Cubs took the lead in the 12th on a wild pickoff throw allowing the go-ahead run to score and then 1B Roberto Vahlis (.263) followed with a RBI single for some insurance. A groundout RBI by SS Francisco Garay (.172) and a throwing error plated the Cubs other two runs. Vahlis extended his hitting streak to nine games while C Daniel Diaz (.151) and Garay had two hits apiece.

Pitching Chart: Andres Bonalde got the start and the 17-year-old lasted five innings, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk. It was the longest outing of his career and his third start. Eugenio Palma blanked the Tigers for 3.1 innings on two hits and Juan Rengifo (4-0, 0.76 ERA) continued his magic out of the bullpen with 3.2 shutout frames to earn the win. Rengifo allowed two hits, fanned three and lowered his WHIP to 0.72.

Cubs Notes: Cubs have moved to within 2.5 games of the Rays for first place and hold a four-game lead over the Phillies (12-17) for second.

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