Pacific Coast League—AAA—Game 1—Iowa 4, New Orleans (Marlins) 2; Game 2— Iowa 2, New Orleans 0
Iowa snapped out of their scoring drought with a sweep of New Orleans.
In the Box: GAME 1—The Cubs broke a 17-inning scoreless streak in the first when Rubi Silva singled and scored on Arismendy Alcantara’s RBI double. Trailing 2-1 in the 7th, Junior Lake hit a two-run homer to give the I-Cubs the lead and Ryan Dent added a solo shot for insurance...... GAME 2—Taylor Davis and Jonathan Mota swatted solo homers in the second to provide the winning margin. Angelo Amendolare made his first pro start, going 2-for-3 while playing second base.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Carlos Pimentel got the start and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over five innings. He fanned four and had a game score of 53 in his 82-pitch outing. Ben Rowen made his Cubs debut on Monday night, retiring all three hitters he faced and got credit for the win. Brian Schlitter earned his 8th save, fanning two in the 7th.....GAME 2—Jeffry Antigua threw no-hit ball for five innings as the Zephyrs couldn’t solve the soft-tossing lefty. Antigua allowed a double in the sixth, walked two, fanned three and left with two runners on....Carl Edwards Jr. appeared in one of his only “high-leverage” situations this year and responded well, getting the final two outs of the sixth with two runners on. Blake Cooper worked a 1-2-3 seventh for his third save.
I-Cubs Notes: Drake Britton (4-4, 4.83 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night in New Orleans.
Southern League—AA—Birmingham 4, Tennessee 3
Tsuyoshi Wada allowed a pair of homers in his rehab start as the Baron beat Tennessee.
In the Box: Smokies scored all their runs in the second on a two-run double from 3B Anthony Giansanti (.223) and a sacrifice fly from C Cael Brockmeyer (.200). RF Billy McKinney (.302) went 2-for-4 and SS Elliot Soto (.257) had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Making his first appearances since going on the disabled list, Tsuyoshi Wada threw 61 pitches on Monday night in his rehab start. He surrendered eight hits and two left the yard, accounting for three of the Barons four runs off the left-hander. He issues zero walks, fanned five and had a game score of 35......Perhaps the biggest news of the night in Birmingham was the Cubs debut of Rafael Soriano, the former all-star closer who was signed as a free agent by the Cubs this summer. Soriano has been dealing with VISA issues and been working out at the Cubs facility in the Dominican. Throwing in the low 90s, Soriano issued a leadoff double and then fanned the next three hitters he faced......Ryan Williams, who had been in the rotation for Tennessee, was impressive in his relief appearance, fanning seven of the 10 hitters he faced in three innings. Williams hadn’t pitched a for a week so it was more about getting his work in than being demoted from the rotation.
Smokies News: Pierce Johnson (2-0, 1.08 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night in Birmingham.
Carolina League—High A—Carolina 3, Myrtle Beach 2
A walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth gave Carolina the win over Myrtle Beach.
In the Box: SS Carlos Penalver (.237) led the offense with three hits while 1B Chesny Young (.335) continued his assault on Carolina League pitching with a pair of singles. 2B Daniel Lockhart (.236) and CF Trey Martin (.245) delivered RBI for the Pelicans, who had 10 hits but went just 2-for-11 with RISP.
Pitching Chart: Jeremy Null made his second start in the Carolina League after an all-start first half in South Bend. The right-hander went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He fanned five, threw 85 pitches, and finished with a game score of 57. Fernando Cruz tossed two innings of scoreless relief but a walk and a double ended the game.
Pelicans News: Brad Markey will make his Pelicans debut Tuesday night in his second pro start. Markey started the year in South Bend, making 11 relief appearances and one start (0-0, 2.48 ERA, 29 IP, 4 BB, 23 K)
Midwest League—Low A—Fort Wayne 10, South Bend 9—12 innings
Fort Wayne outlasted South Bend in a game that featured 31 hits and seven errors.
In the Box: C Gioskar Amaya (.275) had a big night at the plate, going 4-for-5, including a three-run homer, and scored three times. 1B David Bote (.213) had three hits while LF Charcer Burks (.277) and 3B Jason Vosler (.265) had two each.
Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton got the start and went four innings and fanned six. The right-hander allowed six runs on seven hits and a walk. Sam Wilson threw three innings, surrendering a run on three hits with two strikeouts. Corbin Hoffner got charged with a blown save, giving up a run in the 8th, in his three-inning outing. Dillon Maples took the loss, yielding two runs in the 12th. Maples worked two innings and allowed four hits, one walk, two hit batters and a wild pitch.
SB-Cubs News: Zach Hedges (3-5, 4.14 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night in South Bend
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 6, Vancouver 5
Two errors by the Vancouver outfield in the 9th gave Eugene the comeback win.
In the Box: RF Kevonte Mitchell (.109) led off the 9th with a walk and advanced to third when the left-fielder misplayed a fly ball off the bat of LF Donnie Dewees (.268). 2B Frandy Delarosa (.270) then lofted a fly ball to right, deep enough to score Mitchell, but it was also dropped and ruled an error. The Emeralds tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the 8th on a RBI groundout by CF Ian Happ (.241) and a two-out run scoring single off the bat of C Ian Rice (.313). 1B Matt Rose (.314) had two hits while Mitchell was 1-for-2, drew two walks, and scored three times, including the game-winner.
Pitching Chart: Carson Sands (1-1, 3.15 ERA) had some problems commanding the strike zone on Monday night as the left-hander walked four over four innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and left early due to his pitch count.....Pedro Araujo (6.17 ERA) got tagged with two runs in his two innings of work, yielding four hits while fanning four. Alex Santana (2-1, 6.52 ERA) surrendered an unearned run over the final three frames and got credit for the win on the walk-off.
Emeralds Notes: Justin Steele (2-0, 1.06 ERA) makes his 4th start against Vancouver on Tuesday night.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Cubs had the day off.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 8, Marlins 2
Cubs (17-15) scored four times in the second and seventh to beat the Marlins (11-21).
In the Box: Chris Pieters is red-hot, going 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and stole his 15th base. The former pitcher is batting .417 over his last 10 games. LF Tony Rijo (.264) had two hits and knocked in a pair while Edgar Rondon (.317) had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Deibi Torres (5.86 ERA) got the start and went three innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts. Luis Aquino (3-0, 0.0 ERA) got the win, tossing three no-hit innings with two walks and two punchouts. Aquino hasn’t allowed an earned run in 18.1 innigns. Eury Ramos (6.39 ERA), Julian Aybar (2.63 ERA) and Aneuris Rosario (0.00 ERA) all saw action.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 1, Rays 0
Three Cubs (20-23) pitchers combined for a four-hit shutout over the first-place Rays (27-16).
In the Box: Cubs only had two hits as RF Luis Ayala (.283) double in the first and scored on an error. CF Jose Gonzalez (.253) singled for the only other hit. Rafael Narea drew two walks and stole his 4th base.
Pitching Chart: Jesus Arias (1-1, 2.91 ERA) blanked the Rays for six innings, allowing three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Harrinson Bermudez (4.05 ERA) tossed 1.2 frames of no-hit ball while Jose Leidenz (6.10 ERA) got the final four outs for his first save.