Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 4, Memphis (Cardinals) 1
Mike Olt’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth gave Iowa the win over Memphis in the series opener that was televised on National TV.
In the Box: Junior Lake homered for the third straight game, a solo shot in the third, Lake’s 5th. The Cubs were kept off the board until the 8th as Christian Villanueva doubled with two outs and Mike Baxter was intentionally walked. Mike Olt then doubled over the center fielder’s head and Taylor Davis followed with a RBI single.
Pitching Chart: Tsuyoshi Wada held Memphis to five hits over six innings in his third rehab start, second at AAA. Wada threw 71 pitches and allowed a run, adding five strikeouts and eight ground ball outs.....Rafael Soriano continues to blank minor leaguers, allowing a hit in a scoreless frame, his first in AAA. Carl Edwards Jr. (2-0, 2.89 ERA) walked two in the 8th but got a double play to get out of the inning and got credit for the win......Brian Schlitter collected his 11th save and lowered his ERA to 0.67 with a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (1-5, 6.33 ERA) gets the start (another audition for Wrigley) on Friday night against Memphis......Former All-Star Rafael Soriano has been promoted from Tennessee to Iowa as he inches closer to a major league bullpen. In five games in Tennessee, Soriano allowed an unearned run on three hits and three walks over five innings, fanning four. To make room for Soriano on the roster, Jeffry Antigua was sent back to AA......Cael Brockmeyer has been promoted back to Iowa for the second time in less than a week, replacing Kyle Schwarber, who was called up to the majors......IF/OF Anthony Giansanti has been placed on the DL.
Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 9, Tennessee 2
Montgomery scored nine times over the first six innings and handed Tennessee their third straight toss.
In the Box: Elliot Soto extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single and scored twice. Bijan Rademacher and Bryant Flete both doubled as the Smokies were held to six hits. Sutton Whiting, Cubs 24th round pick out of Louisville, went 1-for-2 with two walks and is now 5-for-8 with three walks in 12 plate appearances.
Pitching Chart: Ivan Pineyro (5-5, 4.15 ERA) gave up seven runs on 10 hits and a walk in his 86-pitch outing. Pineyro fanned five and had a game score of 25. Zach Cates allowed two runs in 1.1 innings and Starling Peralta tossed 1.2 frames of shutout ball.
Smokies News: Pierce Johnson (4-0, 1.26 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night in his 7th start.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 1, Potomac (Nationals) 0
Jonathan Martinez and two relievers combined to blank Potomac for their second straight win over the Nationals.
In the Box: C Victor Caratini’s (.242) sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth plated the only run of the game. Jeimer Candelario (.270) led off the inning with a single, went to second on a Jacob Rogers (.258) single, took third on a passed ball, and scored on Caratini’s fly to center....2B Chesny Young (.332) extended his on-base streak to 34 games with a single, his fifth straight game with a hit.
Pitching Chart: Jonathan Martinez (6-1, 2.67 ERA) blanked the Nationals for seven innings, holding the home team just four hits. He fanned four, including big leaguer Jason Werth, and threw 95 pitches, 62 for strikes. Martinez came into the game leading the Carolina League in BAA and WHIP.......RHP David Berg (0-1, 6.00 ERA) worked around a one-out single with a scoreless eighth in his third game in High-A......Michael Heesch (6-0, 1.48 ERA) earned his third save, getting a game-ending double play after a walk.
Pelicans News: Daury Torrez (6-5, 3.65 ERA) will get the start on Friday night against Nationals’ top prospect Lucas Giolito (3-4, 2.76 ERA).
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 10, Lansing 6
South Bend (11-10) scored seven times in the fourth and collected 18 hits in the win at Lansing (10-11).
In the Box: LF Yasiel Balaguert (.301) extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a solo homer (7) to lead off the second for the first run of the game. 2B David Bote (.236) followed two batters later with an opposite field blast, his third. Bote wasn’t done, delivering a two-run single in the fourth, the fourth straight hit of the inning. An infield single by C Erick Castillo (.273) and a double from CF Rashad Crawford (.273) plated two more runs for a 6-0 Cubs lead. RF Jeffrey Baez (.205) made it seven straight hits with a two-run single and 3B Jason Vosler (.248) capped off the inning with a RBI double for a nine-run lead. Balaguert went 4-for-5 and scored three times while SS Gleyber Torres (.308) and Bote both finished with three hits.
Pitching Chart: Jake Stinnett (4-3, 5.00 ERA) never has it easy and doesn’t spend much time in the wind up. With a WHIP of 1.66, the right-hander made his 15th start on Thursday night and had runners on the first four innings, allowing a single, two doubles and two walks but kept the Lugnuts off the board. They finally broke through for a run in the fifth but needed two singles and two walks and left the bases full. Stinnett finished with a game score of 50 and a line of 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1K......Alex Santana (0-0, 2.25 ERA 4 IP) started the year at extended spring training, was assigned to Boise for the start of short season, and then promoted to South Bend. In his third appearance the right-hander tossed two scoreless frames and struckout the side in the 7th.....Sam Wilson (5.91 ERA) allowed three runs in the 8th and two more in the 9th before Corbin Hoffner (0.90 ERA) got the final out and earned the save, his third.
SB-Cubs News: Michael Wagner (1-0, 2.33 ERA) makes his 4th start for South Bend on Friday night........The seven-run 4th set a season high for hits in an inning (8) and matched the season-high for runs—May 1 vs. Fort Wayne.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Hillsboro 4, Eugene 0
Hillsboro (16-12) held Eugene (15-13) to just four hits to even the three-game series.
Pitching Chart: LH Kyle Twomey made his second start and threw another two innings of shutout ball, allowing a hit while fanning two.....Jose Paulino (1-2, 6.40 ERA) worked two scoreless frames but surrendered three extra base hits and three runs in the fifth. He finished with a line of 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER,1 BB, 7 K......Pedro Araujo fanned four in two perfect innings and has 27 K and only 4 walks in 18.1 innings of relief, 10 games.
Emeralds Notes: Preston Morrison is scheduled to make his first pro start Friday night against Hillsboro in the series finale.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 1
Alex Bautista slugged his first pro homer and six Cubs (12-8) pitchers held the D-Backs (8-12) to one run.
In the Box: RF Alex Bautista (.255) slugged his first pro homer, a two-run shot over the left field wall at Sloan Park to account for both Cubs runs. Robert Garcia is as hot as the Arizona weather, going 4-for-4 with four singles and is now hitting .403. LF Michael Foster (.313) went 1-for-4 and scored a run.
Pitching Chart: Dylan Cease got the start and blanked the D-backs for three frames. He allowed two hits, walked two and fanned one. Cease (0-2, 0.77 ERA) has appeared in five games, logging 11.2 innings with 4 BB and 10 K......Trey McNutt made his third appearance and yielded a solo homer in his only inning. He got the win, his first since May 13 of 2013 while at Tennessee......LH Ariel Ovando (1.29 ERA), a former outfielder making the switch to the mound, worked a scoreless fifth with two strikeouts.....RH Kyle Miller, the Cubs 19th round pick out of Florida Atlantic, made his pro debut and pitched a scoreless frame, working around a pair of singles.....Cubs 15th round pick Scott Effross, allowed a two-out triple but got the final out in the 7th in his pro debut.....Luis Hernandez retired all six hitters he faced for his first pro save. Hernandez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) has 5 K in 4 IP over three games in his second season in the AZL.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 9, Rangers II 5
Cubs (21-20) scored five times in the first and hung on for the win over the Rangers (21-20).
In the Box: CF Chris Pieters (.292) and LF Samir Lara (.150) slugged two-run homers in the first inning and SS Yeiler Peguero (.305) tripled and scored on a wild pitch to give the Cubs a 5-0 lead. For Lara, it was the 18-year-olds first pro homer and the third from Pieters, all within the last week. RF Yovanny Cuevas (.230) went 2-for-5 with a RBI while DH Luis Ubiera (.177) had two hits and knocked one in.
Pitching Chart: Andri Rondon (2-2, 3.21 ERA) fanned eight over five innings to earn his second win of season. He allowed a run on three hits and three walks...Sucre Valdez (1.54 ERA) gave up two runs over two innings and Julian Aybar (3.24 ERA) struckout the side in the 8th but allowed a run. Aneuris Rondon (0.00 ERA) pitch the ninth, surrendering an unearned run.
Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 8, Cubs 3
Cubs (22-30) continue to struggle falling to the Tigers (26-26) for their sixth straight loss.
In the Box: Cubs scored three times in the first with DH Gustavo Polanco (.226) and 1B Henrry Pedra (.213) plating runs. 3B Ronaldo Lopez (.263) went 2-for-4 while 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.315) singled, walked, and scored a run.
Pitching Chart: Gabriel Lima (3-2, 1.82 ERA) got tagged for eight hits in four innings as the Tigers scored five times. Alex Pacheco (5.08 ERA) surrendered three runs over three frames and Juan Rengifo (1.67 ERA) blanked the Tigers over the final two innings.
Day Six of the Pan-American Games in Ontario, Canada. Team USA (3-2) lost 6-4 to Dominican Republic. Albert Almora pinch-ran in the bottom of the ninth. Canada improved to 5-0 with a 11-4 win over Puerto Rico. Jasvir Rakkar worked a scoreless ninth despite allowing three hits. Jesse Hodges didn’t play.