Cubs June 20 Minors Recap

Myrtle Beach clinched the first half title in the Carolina League, Ian Happ slugged his first pro homer, Billy McKinney (pictured) is red hot, and games started in the Arizona Rookie League.

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Pacific Coast League—AAA—Round Rock 1, Iowa 0
Round Rock blanked the Cubs in a game that featured a two-hour, 30-minute rain delay.

Hitting Recap: Cubs had four hits, all singles, one by Matt Szczur, who went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Pitching Chart: Dallas Beeler fanned three in 1.1 scoreless innings but that would be all the work he would get before the rains came. Yoanner Negrin tossed 2.2 shutout innings with three strikeouts while Armando Rivero took the loss, allowing run on two hits in the fifth. Gonzalez Germen and Brain Schlitter each threw an inning.

I-Cubs Notes: Drake Britton (3-3, 3.42 ERA) is scheduled to make his third start in the final game of the series Sunday night in Round Rock.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 11, Mississippi 2
Smokies bats erupted for 15 hits and Ivan Pineyro blanked Mississippi for six innings.

Hitting Recap: Billy McKinney ran his on-base streak to 10 straight during the game, with a single, double and his third homer. He finished 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI and upped his average to .304. Smokies collected 15 hits and even had a Stephen Bruno homer disallowed when he passed Jacob Hannemann on the bases. Bruno went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and hit a ball out of the park but was only given credit for a single as he passed Hannemann, who had come back to first to tag. LF Bijan Rademacher (.239) went 2-for-5 with his third homer and Albert Almora pinch-hit twice in the 8-run sixth, and went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI. 3B Mike Olt double, tripled, and scored twice in his second rehab game.

Pitching Chart: Ivan Pineyro kept the Braves off the board for six innings, surrendering three hits in his 80-pitch outing. The 23-year-old right-hander fanned four and coaxed 11 ground ball outs in the gem. Corey Black gave up two runs in the 7th but came back with a scoreless 8th. Staling Peralta worked the 9th.

Smokies News: Ryan Williams takes the ball Sunday afternoon as the Smokies host Mississippi in the final game of the first half. The Cubs 10th round pick last June out of East Carolina, Williams has thrown 69 innings between South Bend and AA, and leads all Cubs minor leaguers with a 1.57 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.

Box Score and Game Story

Carolina League—High A—Game 1— Lynchburg 2, Myrtle Beach 0; Game 2— Myrtle Beach 5, Lynchburg 4—8 innings
Myrtle Beach (40-28) clinched the first half title on Saturday as Salem lost and the Pelicans split their twin-bill with Lynchburg (33-36).

Hitting Recap: Game 1—Myrtle Beach was held to three hits and Chesny Young had his 11-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-2 with a walk. Singles by Jeimer Candelario and Kevin Brown and a double by Victor Caratini were the only hits. Highlight of the game was learning Winston-Salem had beaten Salem and the Pelicans were first-half champs. ........Game 2—Jeimer Candelario’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 8th gave the Pelicans the win. Pin-Chieh Chen led off with a walk and moved to third on Chesny Young’s single before Candelario ended the game. Daniel Lockhart had two hits and knocked in a run while Jordan Hankins and Kevin Brown plated runs.

Pitching Chart: Game 1—Not a good start for Jen-Ho Tseng (2-4, 4.59 ERA) as he allowed three hits, a walk and two runs in the first and it could have been worse except he picked a runner off. The Cubs 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year went five innings, allowing seven hits and walking a career-high four hitters. Tseng is having problems locating his fastball and doesn’t seem to be throwing as many change-ups as he did last year. Tyler Ihrig retired all six hitters he faced in the left-hander’s third game for the Pelicans. Ihrig has worn the uniform of all four full-season teams in the first half.........Game 2—Jonathan Martinez only lasted three innings, throwing 71 pitches, only 34 for strikes. The right-hander allowed three runs on three hits and a season-high five walks. Josh Conway worked two scoreless frames and James Pugliese got charged with his second blown save, allowing the trying run in the 7th. Juan Paniagua got credit for the win with a scoreless 8th.

Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach sends Daury Torrez (4-5, 4.64 ERA) to the mound on Sunday in the final game of the first half.

Game 1 Box Score and Game 2 Box Score and Game Story

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, West Michigan 2
South Bend (28-38) scored early and hung on to beat West Michigan (33-35) and end the four-game losing streak.

Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 2-0 lead on an Erick Castillo groundout and a Jesse Hodge double in the second. Cael Brockmeyer (.296) added a RBI single in the third. Brockmeyer, SS Gleyber Torres (.314) and 2B Andre Ely (.266) all had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Erick Leal (6-4, 4.96 ERA) turned his second straight quality start, limiting the Whitecaps to two runs on seven hits and two walks. Leal fanned four and the only runs came on a two-run homer. Brad Markey tossed two perfect innings for his third hold and James Farris picked up his 9th save with a scoreless ninth.

SB-Cubs News: Tommy Thorpe (1-4, 5.04 ERA) is expected to get the start at Four Winds Field on Sunday in the final game of the first half.......The Midwest League has suspended five South Bend players as a result of a bench clearin brawl with Dayton on June 17. Receiving suspension were Trevor Clifton, Gioskar Amaya, Erick Leal, Kevin Encarnacion and Jeffrey Baez.

Box Score and Game Story

Northwest League—Short-Season—Everett 10, Eugene 4
Ian Happ slugged his first pro homer but it wasn’t enough as Everett beat Eugene.

Hitting Recap: Ian Happ’s first pro homer tied the game at 1-1 in the 4th but that would be as close as Eugene would get. Happ (.222) finished 1-for-4 with a walk and hit his homer off Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, who was making a rehab start. Alberto Mineo went 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs with a triple while Varonex Cuevas was 1-for-2 with a RBI. Justin Marra and Frandy Delarosa both had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz struckout six in his stateside debut but allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, lasting only four innings...Dillon Maples was charged with four unearned runs in two frames, Jae-Hoon Ha got tagged for two runs in his pro pitching debut, and Pedro Araujo allowed a run in the 8th as all four Emeralds pitchers were scored on.

Emeralds Notes: Jose Paulino makes his season debut on Sunday afternoon. The 6-foot-2 lefty with a decent fastball threw 46.2 innings last year in the Arizona Rookie League but walked 20 and sported an ERA near six and a 1.61 WHIP. The 20-year-old spent two years in the DSL, including 71 K in 58 IP in ’14.

Box Score

Arizona Rookie League—Brewers 4, Cubs 0
Four Brewers pitchers blanked the Cubs on six hits in the Arizona Rookie League opener.

Hitting Recap: 18-year-old 2B Carlos Sepulveda made his professional debut and recorded his first hit, a single. Joe Martarano went 2-for-4 as all six Cubs hits were singles.

Pitching Chart: Austyn Willis tossed five shutout frames in his first start, fanning five while allowing two hits and two walks. Willis was the Cubs 18th round pick last year out of Barstow HIgh School in California.....2013 international signee Erling Moreno made his first appearance since have Tommy John surgery last year. The right-hander allowed a run in two innings and took the loss. Trey Masek, who also had his season-ending surgery last year, surrendered three runs in the 8th and Michael Knighton got the final out.

Cubs Notes: You never know who’s gonna pop up on the box score in the AZL as several Cubs play their first rehab games in Mesa as well as newly signed draft picks. Keep update with all the “first” as the Mesa roster is loaded with international players that spent last year in the VSL and DSL. Cubs have shown a large influx in foreign players at Boise and Mesa this year. Of the 31 players listed on the current Mesa roster, only six were born in the states. Youngest player on the roster is 18-year-old infielder Andrew Monasterio, who hit .292/.368/.343 with 14 stolen base in his first pro season in the VSL at age 17.

Box Score

Dominican Summer League—Mets II 5, Cubs 2
Mets (13-6) grabbed an early lead and beat the Cubs (12-7).

Hitting Recap: Cubs only had four hits, two from Tony Rijo, who doubled and scored both runs. Yovanny Cuevas added a RBI triple and Chris Pieters drove in a run.

Pitching Chart: Hector Garcia got the start and took the loss, allowing four runs, only one neared, on six hit. Wander Cabrera fanned a career-high seven in the 17-year-old’s 3.1 innings of work Julian Aybar (.2 IP) and Eury Ramos (1 IP) also pitched.

Box Score

Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 9, Cubs 8
Cubs almost rallied from a 8-2 deficit scoring three times in the ninth and ending the game with the tying run on third.

Hitting Recap: CF Jose Gonzalez (.230) led the offense with three singles and three runs scored. RF Luis Ayala (.283) and DH Fidel Matos (.257) had two hits each while LF Jose Rojas (.294) and C Daniel Diaz (158) had two RBI apiece.

Pitching Chart: Emilo Ferrebus got tagged for seven runs as the 17-year-old allowed seven hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. Bryan Molina surrendered two runs in 2.2 innings while Jose Leidenz and Harrinson Bermudez each tossed two scoreless innings as the Cubs almost pulled of the comback.

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