The Chicago Cubs placed C David Ross on the 15-day disabled list, and coupled with the upcoming loss of minor league players due to the Pan-Am Games, a pile of roster moves were made on Saturday. AAA catcher Taylor Teagarden was promoted to Chicago to replace Ross and to make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed relief pitcher Gonzalez Germen, currently at Iowa, was designated for assignment. Iowa also placed IF Chris Valaika on the DL with a right knee strain and received IF Angelo Amendolare, the Cubs 27th round pick out of Jacksonville University, from Mesa.
Tennessee catcher Taylor Davis, who has spent part of the year at Iowa, returns to AAA. The Smokies activated catcher Tyler Pearson off the DL and IF Varonex Cuevas was added to the roster from Eugene. OF Albert Almora was placed on the inactive list so he can participate in the Pan-Am games. Tennessee placed 1B Daniel Vogelbach on the DL and received catcher Cael Brockmeyer from Myrtle Beach.
2015 6th round pick David Berg became the first draft pick to reach High A as he was assigned to Myrtle Beach from Eugene after pitching two games for the Emeralds.......RHP Trey Masek has been assigned to Eugene as part of his rehab.....SS Sutton Whiting, Cubs 24th round pick this year, has also been promoted to Eugene.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—New Orleans 7, Iowa 0
Cubs (42-39) were held to five hits and were shutout in the series opener by New Orleans (39-42).
In the Box: SS Ryan Dent (.313) went 2-for-3 with a double while the rest of the team was 3-for-26. RF John Andreoli (.276), 1B Christina Villanueva (.267) and 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.249) all singled. 3B Mike Ot was 0-for-4 and is hitting .214 (9-42) in 11 games with a homer and two RBI.....The highlight of this game was the professional debut of IF Angelo Amendolare, the Cubs 27th round pick out of Jacksonville. Amendolare pinch-hit in the sixth and grounded into a force play.
Pitching Chart: Frank Batista isn’t having the same success in Iowa that he enjoyed in AA. The reliever turned starter made his second appearance for the I-Cubs and allowed five runs over five innings. The Zephyrs collected 11 hits in his 82-pitch outing.......Armando Rivero gave up two runs in the sixth while Blake Cooper and Brian Schlitter turned in scoreless frames.
I-Cubs Notes: OF Jorge Soler didn’t make the trip to New Orleans and will return to the Cubs line-up on Sunday.
Southern League—AA—Birmingham 4, Tennessee 1
Smokies (5-3, 44-33) were held to just two hits and fell to Birmingham (6-2, 39-38) in an early battle for first place in the North Division.
In the Box: A double by CF Jacob Hannemann (.228) in the third and a double by LF Bijan Rademacher (.234) a few hitters later provided the only offense of the night. The Smokies line-up is going to have a different look the rest of the month with Albert Almora heading to the Pan-Am games and Daniel Vogelbach on the DL. Smokies have no answer for the Barons’ Frankie Montas, who no-hit Tennessee earlier this year—16.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 13 K in three games.
Pitching Chart: Felix Pena (5-4, 3.81) made his 14th start and fanned seven over six innings, throwing 99 pitches, 61 for strikes. The right-hander gave up two runs in the third and the Barons added a two-run homer in the fourth......Left-hander Gerardo Concepcion threw a pair of scoreless frames in relief.
Smokies News: Ivan Pineyro (5-3, 3.26 ERA) gets the start on Sunday, his first appearance since June 26.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 16, Carolina 4
Myrtle Beach scored seven times in the first and finished the win over Carolina with 18 hits, eight for extra bases.
In the Box: The Pelicans scored early and often and kept scoring. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.282) paced the offensive barrage with four hits and three RBI and was a homer shy of the cycle. 1B Jacob Rogers (.255) swatted his team-high 10th homer, and ended the night with three hits and 4 RBI. 2B Daniel Lockhart (.230) was one of five Pelicans with two hits as he knocked in three.
Pitching Chart: After several strong outings this season, Jonathan Martinez (5-1, 3.09 ERA) only lasted two innings, surrendering three runs on three hits and two walks, his shortest outing of the year. He threw 41 pitches and had a long wait in the top of the first but gave up three runs in the second.......Michael Heesch (5-0, 1.85 ERA) started his pro career as a starter but the left-hander is having success out of the bullpen. Heesch allowed a run over four innings on just two hits. Juan Paniagua tossed two scoreless frames and Jasvir Rakkar pitched the ninth in what may be one of his last outings before heading to the Pan-Am games to pitch for Canada.
Pelicans News: Daury Torrez (5-5, 4.14 ERA) looks to make it two straight for the Pelicans on Sunday evening.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 1, Bowling Green 0
South Bend’s Jeffrey Baez provided the only run of the game, a solo homer in the fifth, to beat Bowling Green.
In the Box: Jeffrey Baez hadn’t homered since his first game back on April 9 and he picked a great time to go long. The 21-year-old Venezuelan launched a homer over the left field wall to lead off the fifth for the game’s only run.....Vimael Machin made his MWL debut a good one as the Cubs 10th round pick from VCU had a pair of doubles. It was his second straight game with two doubles as he turned the trick in his final game for Eugene. Those were the Cubs only three hits.
Pitching Chart: Making just his sixth pro start in 57 games, Michael Wagner (1-0, 0.63 ERA), the Cubs 15th round pick in 2013 out of San Diego University, blanked the Hot Rods for six innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. He fanned two, got nine ground ball outs, and had a game score of 68. Ryan McNeil pitched two scoreless frames for his 5th hold and Corbin Hoffner earned his first save, pitching around a pair of hits in the 9th as a double play erased one base runner and a strikeout ended the game.
SB-Cubs News: Tommy Thorpe (2-4, 4.02 ERA) gets the ball on Sunday afternoon in Bowling Green......3B Jesse Hodges was placed on the inactive list while he participates for Canada in the Pan-Am games......RHP Santiago Rodriguez, who starred in the Dominican Summer League last year, has been added to the South Bend roster from Mesa.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Vancouver 5, Eugene 4
Eugene’s rally fell short as Vancouver took the opening game of the series at PK Park.
In the Box: Eugene had 11 hits and drew five walks but stranded 12 runners on the night. Ho-young Son went 1-for-3 and knocked in a pair of runs while Donnie Dewees had two hits and drove one in. C Tyler Alamo (.343) extended his hitting streak to nine games with two hits, including a double, and scored twice. DH Ian Rice (.308) was 2-for-4, scored twice, and plated a run.
Pitching Chart: Andin Diaz (0-1, 2.63 ERA) took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) over four innings with six strikeouts. He allowed two hits but walked six.....Heath Dwyer (0-0, 6.00 ERA) made his second pro appearance and the left-hander fanned three over two scoreless frames. John Williamson allowed two runs over two innings and Jae-Hoon Ha worked a scoreless 9th.
Emeralds Notes: Adbert Alzolay (0-1, 0.00 ERA) makes his third start on Sunday against Vancouver.
Arizona Rookie League—Indians 5, Cubs 0
Cubs (6-6) were held to just two hits by the Indians (5-7), none the final six innings.
Pitching Chart: Dylan Cease continues to work himself back into shape after Tommy John surgery as the 19-year-old appeared in his third game, throwing a career-high three innings. A leadoff walk in the first came around to score as Cease held the Tribe hitless over three innings with three strikeouts and five ground ball outs. Tanner Griggs (12th round-2014) ran his scoreless streak to 4.1 innings in his fifth game, blanking the Indians in the fourth. Newly acquired Manuel Rondon made his Cubs debut on Saturday night, surrendering four runs in four innings. The left-hander gave up five hits and fanned three. Ariel Ovando (0-0, 1.80 ERA, 5 IP), making the switch from the outfield to the mound, pitched a scoreless 9th.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 14, Marlins 4
Cubs (16-15) exploded for 14 hits and whipped the Marlins (11-20).
In the Box: Chris Pieters was signed as a pitcher back in 2011 out of Curacao. He’s starting to get comfortable with a bat in his hand. Hitting .324 over his lat 10 games, the 20-year-old swatted his first pro homer Saturday and went 3-for-5 with four RBI. 2B Edgar Rondon (.297) was 3-for-4 with three runs and LF Luis Ubiera (.136) had two hits, knocked in three and scored three times. CF Yovanny Cuevas (.241) had two hits and drove in two.
Pitching Chart: Andri Rondon got the start and worked four innings, striking out five while allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Sucre Valdez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) won his first pro game with three no-hit innings while Wagner Disla and Julian Aybar finished up.
Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 6, Cubs 4
Phillies (18-24) scored three times in the bottom of the 8th to beat the Cubs (19-23).
In the Box: 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.320) extended his hitting streak to eight games with two hits and is batting .424 over his last 10 games. Jose Gonzalez (.252) had two hits and plated three runs for to up his VSL leading total to 31.
Pitching Chart: Emilio Ferrebus gave up two runs over four innings in his sixth start. The 17-year-old sports a WHIP of 1.66 and a ERA over seven. Juan Rengifo got charged with his first blown save and fell to 4-3 with a 1.97 ERA as he surrendered three runs in the 8th on three hits and a walk.