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Pacific Coast League—AAA—Game 1—Omaha (Royals) 3, Iowa 2; Game 2—Iowa 3, Omaha 2
Junior Lake homered in both ends of the twin-bill as Iowa and Omaha split.
In the Box: GAME 1—Cubs won the hit battle 7-5 in the opener but were only 1-for-3 with RISP. Junior Lake went 2-for-3 and slugged his third homer. Taylor Davis had two hits and knocked in the Cubs other run after Arismendy Alcantara tripled, his PCL leading 8th.........GAME 2—Lake’s second solo homer of the day and RBI from Alcantara and Davis provided the Cubs enough offense for the Game 2 win. Alcantara (.252) finished 2-for-4 and scored once while Rubi Silva (.269) added two hits.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Carlos Pimentel went the distance, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits left the yard and the right-handed PCL All-Star threw 105 pitches, 62 for strikes.........GAME 2—Tsuyoshi Wada made his second rehab start, this one in AAA, as he works his way back to Chicago from a shoulder injury. The left-hander threw 71 pitches, 49 for strikes, and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks. Ben Rowan (2-0, 0.00 ERA) got credit for the win, blanking the Storm Chasers for two innings. Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless 7th for his 10th save.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa starts the All-Star break on Sunday and doesn’t return to action until July 16 when they host Memphis at the Principal Park. Arismendy Alcantara and Carlos Pimentel will represented the I-Cubs and the PCL at the AAA All-Star game on July 15.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 6, Biloxi (Brewers) 1
Tennessee snapped a three-game losing streak behind another strong outing from Ryan Williams.
In the Box: Smokies broke out of a a slump with 11 hits, two off the bat of RF Billy McKinney (.310), who extended his hitting streak to seven games. SS Elliot Soto (.272) delivered a two-run single in the third while 3B Bryant Flete (.171) was on base three times with a pair of singles and a walk, scoring twice. CF Jacob Hannemann (.231) and C Willson Contreras (.326) both collected two hits.
Pitching Chart: Ryan Williams has not only established himself as one of the Cubs top pitching prospects, he also leads the entire minors with a 0.80 WHIP in 90 innings and his 1.50 ERA is third best. The Cubs 10th round pick last year improved to 4-0 in AA as he held the Shuckers to just one run over six innings on four hits. He fanned five, got six ground ball outs and didn’t walk anyone, although he did hit one batter. In 16 games, Williams, who started the year in South Bend, is 8-1 with 8 BB and 69 K and sports a BAA of .199......Michael Jensen (1.21 ERA) tossed two innings of shutout ball and Corey Black (3.41 ERA) got the final three outs.
Smokies News: Pierce Johnson (3-0, 1.14 ERA) gets the start on Sunday at Smokies Stadium. In 23.2 IP, Johnson has a 1.14 WHIP with 9 BB and 15 K.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 1, Carolina (Braves) 0—Suspended
Saturday night’s game was suspended in the top of the fourth with one out due to rain and lightning. The game will be completed on Sunday and a seven-inning game will follow.
Pitching Chart: Daury Torrez worked 3.1 innings without allowing a hit but did walk two.
Pelicans News: Jeremy Null (0-0, 4.91 ERA) is expected to make his third start for Myrtle Beach on Sunday.
In the Box: South Bend only had five hits but a Jeffrey Baez RBI triple and a solo homer from Charcer Burks were enough for the win. Kevin Encarnacion walked and scored on the Baez triple and Burks slugged his second bomb of the season in the sixth.
Pitching Chart: With his start on Saturday night, Tyler Ihrig has now made a start at every full-season affiliate and it was his best of the season, blanking the Captains for over seven innings, his longest outing of the season. The left-hander worked around five hits and three walks, striking out three. He got nine fly ball outs and finished with a game score of 68. Ihrig started the year at South Bend, made back-to-back starts at Iowa and Tennessee and then pitched at Myrtle Beach for five games, making one start. The 23rd round pick in 2013 has been a mercenary for the Cubs minors, appearing in 17 games and throwing 53 innings at all four upper levels.......Corbin Hoffner, who’s changed his delivery to a sidewinder, got the final five outs for his second save. Hoffner allowed one hit and fanned one in his fifth game for South Bend.
SB-Cubs News: Trevor Clifton (3-6, 4.81 ERA) takes the mound for the 15th time on Sunday against Lake County.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Tri-City (Padres) 4, Eugene 1
Tri-City made the most of their five hits beating Eugene for the second straight night.
In the Box: 2B Frandy Delarosa (.310) extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a bunt single in the first and scored on a Matt Rose groundout but that would be the only run of the game for the Emeralds. Delarosa, CF Ian Happ (.247) and DH Ian Rice (.278) all had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Ryan Kellogg made his second start and kept the Dust Devils off the board for his two innings, allowing a hit and two walks. He fanned one and threw a a wild pitch....Adbert Alzolay only pitched one inning but three walks and a hit plated two runs.....Greyfer Eregua fanned four over four shutout innings and John Williamson surrendered two runs in the 8th.
Emeralds Notes: Justin Steele (3-0, 1.23 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Sunday night’s tilt at Tri-City.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Cubs had the day off on Saturday.
Dominican Summer League—Mets II 4, Cubs 3
Mets scored three runs in the second and won on a walk-off double in the ninth.
In the Box: Cubs were held to four hits but did draw six walks. 2B Edgar Rondon (.344) went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI while SS Fidel Mejia (.252) walked twice and had a RBI. CF Yovanny Cuevas (.235) was on base twice (single-walk) and scored a run.
Pitching Chart: Deibi Torres only lasted three innings, surrendering three runs on three hits and two walks. Luis Aquino retired all nine hitters he faced, three on strikes. Sucre Valdez (1-1, 0-93 ERA) took the loss after two scoreless frames, allowing the game-winner with two outs.
Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 6, Cubs 1
Tigers (23-25) scored all six runs in the fifth to beat the Cubs (22-26) for the second straight day.
Pitching Chart: Emilio Ferrebus (0-2, 7.33) blanked the Tigers for four innings but the first three hitters of the fifth all reached and eventually scored. Alfredo Colorado (3.00 ERA) let both inherited runners score and then the Tigers tacked on three more, only one earned. Alex Pacheco (4.99 ERA) held the Tigers scoreless the final three innings.