Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa
Triple-A held its annual All-Star game on Wednesday night as the Pacific Coast All-Stars battled the International League All-Stars in Omaha. Iowa’s Carlos Pimentel got the start for the PCL and allowed a run on two hits in the first inning and then blanked the IL in the second, ending the night with four strikeouts, the most ever by an Iowa Cub in the Triple-A All-Star game. Arismendy Alcantara got the start in center field and finished up the game at second base. He doubled in four at-bats.........The Reds have claimed RHP Donn Roach off waivers and his days as a Cub are over. Roach made an emergency start for Chicago on June 27 against the Cardinals, allowing four runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings in an 8-1 loss. Roach made 15 starts at Iowa, going 7-2 with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 89 innings. The ground ball specialist with a sinking fastball was added to the 40-man roster after Tsuyoshi Wada went on the DL and made his Cubs debut in late June. The Reds acquisition of Roach may be a strong sign they plan to trade starting pitchers and need someone waiting in the minors to log innings. While his stats were good at AAA, Roach lacks a swing-and-miss pitch and needs to be on top of his game to get big league hitters out. Cubs may see his sinker before the season is over.
Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 4, Tennessee 1
Montgomery held the Smokies to four hits and took the opening game of the series.
In the Box: After only two hits over the first seven innings, CF Jacob Hannemann (.227) led off with a double and took third on SS Elliot Soto’s single. RF Bijan Rademacher (.241) then hit into a double play to score the only run of the game. Soto extended his hit streak to 10 games.
Pitching Chart: Felix Pena (5-5, 4.09 ERA) gave up a two-run homer and the Biscuits plated two more runs off the right-hander over five innings. Pena yielded five hits, walked two, and fanned four in his 89-pitch outing....Tayler Scott (3.52 ERA) tossed two shutout frames, allowing a hit to go along with a strikeout....Gerardo Concepcion (8.10 ERA) threw a scoreless 8th and has only allowed one hit over his last six innings.
Smokies News: Ivan Pineyro (5-4, 3.77 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night in Montgomery.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 5, Potomac (Nationals) 2
The Cubs clubbed three homers and Jen-Ho Tseng tossed seven strong innings for the win.
In the Box: 2B Chesny Young (.333) extended his on-base streak to 33 games with a single in the first and then crushed his first pro homer over the left-field wall in the fifth. Kevin Brown (.244) is making most of his recent playing time, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and his third homer. 1B Jacob Rogers (.258) launched his 11th homer of the season and 55th RBI. CF Trey Martin (.243) walked with the bases loaded to plate the Pelicans first run.
Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (3-6, 3.67 ERA) keeps moving his ERA lower as the right-hander allowed one earned run over seven innings. Tseng gave up four hits, walked three, and fanned two in the 95-pitch outing, 59 for strikes.......RH Josh Conway retired all three hitters he faced in the 8th, one on strikes, and extended his scoreless streak to 9.1 innings......Fernando Cruz continues to shine out of the bullpen, recording his second save with a 1-2-3 ninth to lower his ERA out of the bullpen to 1.17 in 15.1 innings.
Pelicans News: Jonathan Martinez (5-1, 2.92 ERA), owner of the Carolina League’s best WHIP at 0.97, makes his 15th start on Thursday night at Potomac........Former Cubs farmhand Justin Amlung (2012-12th Round) faced the organization that released him in April and tossed three perfect innings with three strikeouts. Amlung was signed as a free agent by the Nationals and has spent year between Hagerstown and Potomac.
Midwest League—Low A—Lansing (Blue Jays) 6, South Bend 4
Lansing (52-38, 10-10) tied the game in the 7th and added two more runs in the 8th for the win over South Bend (39-48, 10-10).
In the Box: South Bend collected 11 hits, 10 singles, and drew two walks but were just 2-for-16 with RISP. 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.291), DH Kevin Encarnacion (.299), RF Jeffry Baez (.200) and 2B David Bote (.225) all had two hits with Bote and Baez plating runs. 3B Vimael Machin (.233) doubled in four trips while LF Charcer Burks (.275) walked, stole his 19th base and scored in the first but left in the bottom of the frame with an apparent leg injury.
Pitching Chart: Erick Leal (6-6, 5.13 ERA) went six innings and left with the lead, scattering seven hits and one walk while allowing three runs, two earned. He fanned one, got nine ground ball outs, and had a game score of 48.....Jordan Minch (0-3, 4.60 ERA) got charged with his second blown save giving up a run in the seventh and then got tagged with two runs in the 8th to take the loss. Daniel Lewis came on in the 8th to get the final two outs but allowed one of the inherited runner to score on a wild pitch.
SB-Cubs News: Jake Stinnett (3-3, 5.24 ERA) gets the ball for the 15th time on Thursday night and has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 8, Hillsboro (Diamondbacks) 4
Eugene (15-12) scored seven times in the fifth and beat Hillsboro (15-12) to snap their four-game losing skid with a season-high 14 hits.
In the Box: The Emeralds loaded the bases with nobody out in the 4th but could only plate one run, that scoring on a sacrifice fly by 1B Matt Rose (.241). The Ems cashed in the next inning with seven straight hits to open the frame, including RBI singles from LF Donnie Dewees (.275), 2B Frandy Delarosa (.309), and CF Ian Happ (.267). A two-run single off the bat of DH Justin Marra (.204) made it seven straight base knocks and Rose lifted his second sac fly of the game. 3B Blake Headley (.239), who led off the frame with a double, delivered the Ems eighth hit of the inning, another RBI single, to cap off the seven-run 5th. Happ finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Delarosa, Jimenez and Headley all had two hits.
Pitching Chart: After allowing two runs over his last 18 innings, Oscar De La Cruz gave up a two-run triple after four shutout frames. He left after one-out in the fifth, allowing five hits and two walks to go along with five punchouts. The runner on third scored and De La Cruz finished with a line of 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K and a game score of 44, his lowest of the season. According to radio reports, his fastball was sitting in the low 90s and he got plenty of swing-and-miss with his breaking ball......Francisco Carrillo (101, 3.55 ERA) allowed a RBI single before getting the final two outs if the fifth. The right-hander got credit for the win, finishing with a line of 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K......Jared Cheek (4.50 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game.
Emeralds Notes: Tough series for Eugene at Tri-City. After winning the opener 10-4 and extending their win streak to five games, the Ems were outscored 36-10 in the next four losses.
Arizona Rookie League—Royals 5, Cubs 3
Royals (15-5) made the most of their six hits and beat the Cubs (11-8).
In the Box: Cubs scored all their runs in the fourth on RBI singles from RF Michael Foster and LF Donnie Cimino and a sac fly from SS Andruw Monasterio. Robert Garcia had two more hits and Foster finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Cubs didn’t help themselves on the bases as three runners were thrown out at second and one was picked off first......Shawon Dunston, on a rehab assignment for his shoulder, singled in his only at-bat and is hitting .462 (5-13) in five games.
Pitching Chart: Zac Rosscup made his first rehab appearance since going on the DL June 17 with shoulder inflammation. The left-hander worked a scoreless first with two strikeouts, one hitter reaching on an error. Rosscup has appeared in 26 games for Chicago, with 25 K in 23 IP and a 4.30 ERA...... Enrique De Los Rio (1-1, 5.51 ERA) took the loss, surrendering four runs on five hits and two walks over three innings.....Pedro Silverio, who started the summer in the DSL, made his 4th appearance stateside, giving up an unearned run in three innings. The 6-foot-2 right-hander walked two, yielded one hit, and set two down on strikes.....Cubs 17th round pick Casey Bloomquist was perfect in his pro debut, retiring all three hitters he faced, two on strikes.
Dominican Summer League—Red Sox II 5, Cubs 3
Red Sox (28-12) knocked off the Cubs (20-20) for the second straight day.
In the Box: CF Samir Lara (.125) led the offense with a two-run double to center in the Cubs three-run fourth. 1B Chris Pieters (.293) singled, walked, scored and stole his 18th base. Pieters is hitting .421 with 10 RBI in his last 10 games. Rafael Mejia (.248) went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.
Pitching Chart: Pablo Ochoa (2-6, 3.56 ERA) made his third start and the 17-year-old lefty gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. Appearing in his eighth game, Jesus Tejada (1-0, 2.10 ERA) tossed three scoreless relief innings and Eury Ramos (5.93 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 seventh. Luis Aquino gave up three hits in the 8th and was tagged for one unearned run. The 22-year-old right-hander hasn’t given up an earned run in 22.1 IP with 24 K and 4 BB.
Cubs Notes: Cubs spend the next two days battling Rangers II (21-18)
Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 9, Cubs 7
Tigers (25-26) handed the Cubs (22-29) their fifth straight loss, scoring the first seven runs of the game.
In the Box: Good day at the plate for the Cubs (11 hits) but five errors led to five unearned runs. CF Luis Ayala (.275) double, tripled, knocked in two and scored once while SS 1B Henrry Pedra (.212) was 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI. C Gustavo Polanco (.231) went 2-for-4 and plated a run while 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.315) scored twice and singled to extend his hitting streak to six games.
Pitching Chart: Freddy Tineo (0-3, 4.83 ERA) took the loss and got charged with four runs but they were all unearned as he allowed two hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. Bryan Molina surrendered three runs in an inning and Harrinson Bermudez got tagged for two runs over the final 3.1 frames, hitting three batters.
Day Five of the Pan-American Games in Ontario, Canada. Team USA improved to 3-1 with a 6-0 victory over Nicaragua (1-3). Albert Almora got the start in left and hit second, going 1-5 with a walk and a run scored. Canada’s Jesse Hodges and Jasvir Rakkar had the day off.