Jacob Turner shut down
With Tsuyoshi Wada questionable for his next start with a shoulder cramp, Jacob Tuner’s chance for a return to the big leagues took a detour on Wednesday when Cubs President Theo Epstein told reporters his elbow had flared up and his rehab assignment in Tennessee had been halted. There is no time table for a return. That leaves AAA pitcher Donn Roach as the top in-house candidate for a spot start at Wrigley. The Cubs have Dallas Beeler on the 40-man roster and in AAA but he’s scheduled to make a start on Thursday in the first game of Iowa’s doubleheader.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa vs. Omaha—Rained Out
Wednesday’s game was rained out and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 5:08 p.m. CST. Dallas Beeler (1-5, 7.35 ERA) and Carols Pimentel (5-4, 3.45 ERA) are scheduled to start the two seven innings contests.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa shortstop Javier Baez posted on his Instagram account he was headed to Arizona to begin rehabbing his broken finger, Baez broke the ring finger on his left hand diving head first into second on a stolen base back on June 7. He’s expected to miss at least four weeks.
Tennessee has Wednesday off and are back in action on Thursday night in Mobile for the first of a five-game series with the Bay Bears. The Smokies return home July 1 for three games with Montgomery. Pierce Johnson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will take his eight inning scoreless streak (2 games) to the mound on Thursday night.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach has Wednesday off and return to action on Thursday with a three-game series at Carolina and then three more at Winston-Salem. Tyler Skulina (2-4, 3.05 ERA) gets the start against the Mudcats. The Cubs 4th round pick in 2013 has faced Carolina twice this season, allowing four runs in 10 innings with 8 hits. The 23 -year-old fanned a season-high eight last time out against Carolina.
Pelican’s News: South Bend closer James Farris, the Cubs 10th round pick last year out of the University of Arizona, is being promoted to Myrtle Beach. Farris, a Midwest League All-Star, led South Bend with nine saves and was 2-4, with a 2.79 ERA, 29 IP, 9 BB, 39 K, 1.24 WHIP in 21 games.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend
The Cubs concluded their all-star break on Wednesday and are headed to Lake County for a four-game series with the Captains on Thursday night. South Bend needs a fresh start after finishing last in the Eastern Division at 29-38, 11.5 games behind first-place Lansing.
South Bend has been one of the better defensive teams based on errors, with a .974 fielding percentage and 65 miscues, both second in the MWL. Teams have run at will against South Bend, allowing 95 steals, tops in the league.
While Jeremy Null and Ryan Williams were named the Cubs minor league pitchers of the months, the rest of the arms have struggled. South Bend is 12th with a 3.71 team ERA and 9th with a 1.30 WHIP. Despite the numbers on defense, the Cubs have allowed 57 unearned runs in 67 games and their 300 runs allowed are 5th worse in the league. Cubs are near the bottom of the league with 7.3 K/9 but their 2.8 BB/9 is 4th best. Cubs pitching has only surrendered 19 homers, best in the league by five long balls. Twenty different South Bend pitchers have seen mound time in the MWL, but one of those was infielder David Bote, who’s logged three shutout innings in two games.
Cubs are fifth in the league in batting average (.262), fourth in on-base (.328), and fifth in OPS (.690). Ten teams have more homers (27) and their 74 stolen bases is 7th in the 16-team league. And in the unusual stats of the day, the Cubs are last in hit-by-pitches (18), sacrifice hits (9) and sacrifice flies (11).
South Bend lost a bunch of games in the late innings and their errors have proved costly. Look for several of the 2015 draft picks to find their way to town before the season is over.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 8, Boise 3
Eugene (2-5) scored six times in the 7th to knock off Boise (3-4).
Hitting Recap: Frandy Delarosa’s bases clearing triple capped off a six-run 7th that featured five walks and a hit batter. Boise pitching walked in three runs and then Delarosa, who finished 2-for-4 with 4 RBI, delivered the big hit. Ricardo Marcano and Ho-young Son both had two hits while Eloy Jimenez went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Ian Happ was 0-for-3 but walked with bases loaded.
Pitching Chart: Carson Sands (0-1, 4.09 ERA) has been efficient in his first two starts in the Northwest League. After throwing 57 pitches in five innings in his first outing on June 18 in Everett, the left-hander only needed 79 pitches over six innings but didn’t figure in the decision. With a fastball hitting 88-90 and a low 80s curve ball, the 20-year-old allowed three runs on five hits and fanned six......Jae Hoon Ha (1-0, 6.00 ERA), the outfielder turned pitcher, earned his first win as a pro, tossing two perfect innings with four strikeouts. Alex Santana worked a 1-2-3 ninth with a pair of punchouts as Eugene pitching fanned 12 on the night.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, Angels 5
A throwing error in the bottom of the 8th gave the Cubs the win over the Angels.
Hitting Recap: Yohan Matos (NorthSiders Report # 40 prospect) had the big blast of the game ,a three-homer in the fifth, his first stateside. Wladimir Galindo (NorthSiders Report #39) went 3-for-4 with a double while Miguel Rico added two singles. Andruw Monasterio scored the Cubs first run in the third when he doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on an error. Monasterio had a pair of doubles. Cubs talied the deciding run in the 8th when Danny Gutierrez doubled, and scored when Robert Garcia’s sacrifice bunt was thrown away.
Pitching Chart: Enrique De Los Rio worked four scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the 5th, allowing three runs, two earned, on a walk, hit by pitch, a wild pitch and a throwing error. Santiago Rodriguez allowed an inherited runner to score but got out of the inning without any further damage. A hit batter, a walk, and a two-run triple tied the game at 5-5 in his second inning. Carlos Rodriguez, promoted from the VSL, got the win in relief, tossing two perfect innings. Scott Frazier earned the save, fanning two in a 1-2-3 ninth. Frazier is one of the hardest throwers in the Cubs system but has battled control issues since being drafted in 2013.
Dominican Summer League—Red Sox II 7, Cubs 6
Red Sox (16-5) scored seven times in the first five innings to beat the Cubs (12-10) for the second straight day.
Hitting Recap: Cubs only had four hits but drew 11 walks. Yeiler Peguero (.338) went 2-for-3, scored twice, knocked in a runs and walked twice. DH Tony Rijo (.228) was 1-for-2 with two runs and two walks. 2B Franklin Tineo (.231) walked four times, once with the bases loaded. Cubs were just 1-for-12 with RISP and stranded 11.
Pitching Chart: Cubs made five errors that led to five unearned runs. Deibi Torres got charged with five runs on three hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. Julian Aybar surrendered two unearned runs in 2.2 innings and Miguel Esteves fanned two in two shutout frames.
Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 4, Cubs 1
Three Tigers (14-19) pitchers held the Cubs (17-16) to three hits as the Cubs remain four games behind the first-place Rays (21-12)
Hitting Recap: RF Jose Gonzalez (.238) had two singles and his 10th steal while 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.280) singled, stole his 7th base, and scored the only run on a Roberto Vahlis (.250) groundout in the 7th.
Pitching Chart: Freddy Tineo (0-1, 5.85 ERA) took the loss, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and three walks. Moises Ramirez (2.86 ERA) allowed a solo homer in 4.2 frames and Juan Rengifo (1.08 ERA) recorded three strikeouts but gave up a solo homer in his 1.1 innings of work.