Pacific Coast League—AAA—Omaha 7, Iowa 5
Iowa (45-42) dropped their second straight at Omaha (48-39).
In the Box: 1B Taylor Davis (.291) led the offense with three hits while LF Junior Lake (.290) and DH Anthony Giansanti (.250) had two each. Lake, CF Matt Szczur (.282), 3B Christian Villanueva (.259), RF Rubi Silva (.259) and SS Jonathan Mota (.254) all knocked in runs.
Pitching Chart: Frank Batista (0-3, 7.07 ERA) had another tough night in AAA, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks over five innings. The right-hander fanned three and threw 77 pitches.....You look at Carl Edwards Jr.‘s line and its good, two no-hit innings with five strikeouts. But the right-hander allowed two of the three inherited runners to score in the sixth and walked three. Blake Cooper gave up two-run homer in the eighth.
I-Cubs Notes: Donn Roach (7-2, 2.33 ERA) will get the start on Friday night.
Southern League—AA—Biloxi 8, Tennessee 5
Biloxi (50-32) used a five-run fourth to help beat Tennessee (45-37) in the series opener.
In the Box: CF Jacob Hannemann (.232) had a three-hit night with a double and two RBI while SS Elliot Soto (.267) and LF Bijan Rademacher (.255) had two hits apiece. Varonex Cuevas (.125) and Sutton Whiting (.750) had pinch-hit singles.
Pitching Chart: Felix Pena (5-5, 4.09 ERA) only lasted into the fourth, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks in his 84-pitch outing. He fanned four and had a game score of 32.....Tayler Scott allowed two inherited runners to cross home and then gave up four more runs in 2.2 innings on five hits and two walks. Zach Cates worked a pair of no-hit frames and Gerardo Conception tossed a scoreless ninth.
Smokies News: Ivan Pineyro (5-4, 3.72 ERA) gets the ball on Friday night.
Carolina League—High A—Winston-Salem 1, Myrtle Beach 0
Winston-Salem pitching blanked Myrtle Beach for the second straight night, spoiling a pitching gem from Jen-Ho Tseng.
In the Box: White Sox prospect Matt Heidenrich matched Tseng the entire night, keeping the Pelicans off the board for seven innings. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.281) and LF Kevin Brown (.229) both doubled while 2B Chesny Young (.330) and SS Carlos Penalver (.235) singled.
Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (2-6, 3.91 ERA) threw a career-high eight innings and took a perfect game into the seventh but took the loss. The 20-year-old right-hander retired the first 18 hitters but a leadoff single in the 7th ended history. A sacrifice bunt and a base hit to right sent the winning run toward the plate but Mark Zagunis’ throw beat the runner, however he slid around the tag and was called safe. Tseng got the final two hitters and pitched the 8th before calling it a night after 86 pitches. He allowed three hits, fanned five, hit a batter, got 10 ground ball outs, and had a game score of 79.......Josh Conway fanned two in the scoreless ninth, allowing a leadoff walk and a hit.
Pelicans News: Jonathan Martinez (5-1, 3.09 ERA) returns to the mound on Friday night after his shortest start of the year (2 IP) on July 4.
Midwest League—Low A—Fort Wayne 6, South Bend 2
The Tin Caps completed the two-game sweep of South Bend.
In the Box: South Bend had nine hits but could only score twice, both runs coming in the fifth on a two-out RBI triple from Kevin Encarnacion and a RBI single from Erick Castillo. Encarnacion and Castillo both ended the night with two hits while David Bote added a triple. Cubs were just 1-for-14 with RISP and stranded 11.
Pitching Chart: Jake Stinnett (3-3, 5.24 ERA) only lasted four innings, surrendering four runs on five hits and three walks. He fanned six, got seven ground ball outs and had a game score of 41. The Cubs second-round pick last year has issued 39 free passes in 67 innings......Jordan Minch (4.10 ERA) gave up two runs in 1.1 frames on three hits and three walks....Daniel Lewis (2.66 ERA) was the lone bright spot on the mound, retiring all eight hitters he faced, two on strikes
SB-Cubs News: Michael Wagner (1-0, 0.63 ERA) makes his second start for South Bend Friday night at Four Winds Field.....IF Vimael Machin had the day off but has a current hitting streak of six games, five with the SB-Cubs and his last game in Eugene.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 10, Tri-City 4
Eugene (14-8) scored seven times in the first inning to run their win streak to five games.
In the Box: Cubs 11th round pick Matt Rose (.289) slugged his first career homer, a two-run shot in the fourth, and ended the night 1-for-4 with three RBI. Eugene scored seven runs in the first as leadoff hitter Donnie Dewees (.308) singled and scored, and then added a sacrifice fly before the frame was over. 3B Adonis Paula (.259) delivered a two-run single in the first as the Emeralds took advantage of three walks, three wild pitches and a hit batter. C Tyler Alamo (.356) was on base four times with two singles and two walks, scoring twice.
Pitching Chart: Cubs 13th round pick Kyle Twomey made his first pro start, tossing two shutout innings with two hits, a walk and a strikeout.....Jose Paulino fanned eight over 4.2 frames to earn the win, but surrendered four runs on four hits and three walks......John Williamson retired all four hitters he faced, including two on strikes after having a couple of rough outings to start his pro career.....Jae-Hoon Ha pitched the ninth with two walks and a pair of punchouts.
Emeralds Notes: Ryan Kellogg, the Cubs fifth-round pick out of Arizona State, makes his second career start on Friday night at Tri-City.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 4, Rangers 3
Cubs (9-6) scored two runs in the top of the eighth to beat the Rangers (6-10).
In the Box: Cubs fourth-round pick Darryl Wilson made the best of his pro debut as the 18-year-old from Ohio delivered a pinch-hit, two-run double in the top of the 8th to give the Cubs the lead and the eventual win. With runners on second and third, Wilson doubled home Wladimir Galindo and Michael Foster, who made his pro debut as a pinch hitter and reached on a fielder’s choice.....Galindo (.364) finished 2-for-4 with a double and 1B Joe Martarano (.280) added two hits. Carlos Jimenez delivered a RBI double.
Pitching Chart: Pedro Silverio, who started the season in the DSL, tossed five shutout innings, limiting the Rangers to two hits and a walk while striking out three. M.T. Minacci made his pro debut, allowing a run in the sixth and got charged with a blown save. Ariel Ovando earned his first pro win, despite giving up an unearned run. The outfielder turned pitcher fanned three.....Tanner Griggs collected his first pro save with two scoreless frames. The Cubs 12th round pick in 2014 fanned two and issued a walk, and has yet to allow a run in 6.1 innings.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2, Yankees II 0
Three Cubs pitchers combined to blank the Yankees on two hits.
In the Box: Cubs made the most of their four hits as Jose Jules led off the first with a single and scored on Yeiler Peguero’s sacrifice fly. The Cubs added an insurance run in the 7th as Peguero walked and eventually scored on a passed ball.
Pitching Chart: Jesus Tejada (2.33 ERA) issued four walks in four innings but kept the Yankees off the board, allowing a single while fanning five. Pablo Ochoa (2-5, 2.96 ERA) tossed four innings of one-hit ball with one walk and five strikeouts. Sucre Valdez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first pro save.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 7, Phillies 4
Cubs (22-24) beat the Phillies (19-27) for the second straight day and moved into second place.
In the Box: Ronaldo Lopez, a 17-year-old shortstop, made his pro debut on Thursday and hit leadoff, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored. 2B Jhonny Bethencourt had three hits while Henrry Pedra knocked in a pair. RF Luis Ayala (.280), CF Jose Gonzalez (.241), LF Jose Rojas (.269), and 3B Francisco Garay (.143) all plated runs.
Pitching Chart: Gabriel Lima (3-1, 0.88 ERA) was one of the top starters to begin the year but missed almost a month before throwing two innings on July 4. In his first start since June 15, the 19-year-old right-hander tossed five shutout innings, allowing three hits while striking out three to earn the win. Omar Ventura and Mauro Vides both allowed two runs in their inning while Harrinson Bermudez earned his third hold with a scoreless 8th. Juan Rengifo made his 20th appearance, stranding two inherited runners in the ninth for his 9th save.