Schwarber back in Majors
Kyle Schwarber returned to the majors on Friday night and the Indiana Hoosier missed out on the opportunity to wear an Iowa Hawkeye jersey in AAA for the I-Cubs. Batting second and starting his first big league game behind the plate in Atlanta, the 22-year-old went 3-for-4 with a double in the Cubs 4-2 loss. He was charged with two errors, one a throwing error that led to a run and the other on catcher’s interference.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 9, Memphis (Cardinals) 7
Iowa (49-43) slugged three homers and Dallas Beeler tossed six quality innings to beat Memphis (48-45).
In the Box: 1B Christian Villanueva (.266) slugged a pair of homers (11) and knocked in three runs to pace the offense. RF Rubi Silva (.273) hit a two-run homer and added a RBI double while Jonathan Mota had two hits. Every starter had at least one hit and 3B Mike Olt (.227) went 1-for-2 with a RBI and two walks.
Pitching Chart: Dallas Beeler (2-5, 6.02 ERA) worked six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. He fanned five in his 92-pitch outing, recorded 12 ground ball outs, and had a games score of 54. Beeler’s overall numbers in AAA are skewed by the fact he used several starts to serve as spring training as he was injured and didn’t get to throw in Mesa. Over his last five AAA games, he sported a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 IP with 2 BB and 26 K.....Armando Rivero (3.21 ERA) threw a scoreless 7th but Yoervis Medina (7.33 ERA) didn’t make it out of the 8th, allowing four runs on two walks and two hits, one leaving the yard. Ben Rowan (0-00 ERA) got the final two outs of the 8th and Brian Schlitter (0.64 ERA) worked the ninth for his 12th save. .
I-Cubs Notes: Carlos Pimentel (6-5, 3.15 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night at Principal Park against Memphis.
Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 4, Tennessee 3
Montgomery (11-9, 45-43) scored three times in the bottom of the 8th to hand Tennessee (8-12, 47-42) their fourth straight loss.
In the Box: RF Bijan Rademacher (.248) delivered a sacrifice fly in the third for a 1-0 lead and a RBI double in the fifth for 2-1 advantage. C Willson Contreras (.320) followed with a run-scoring single as Tennessee held a 3-1 lead in the fifth. Rademacher, Contreras, CF Jacob Hannemann (.227) and 3B Varonex Cuevas (.238) all had two hits. SS Elliot Soto (.275) extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the first.
Pitching Chart: Pierce Johnson (4-0, 1.27 ERA) continues to log quality starts as the right-hander gave up a solo homer in 6.2 innings, one of six hits. He threw 95 pitches in the outing, 61 for strikes, and fanned five while issuing two walks. Corey Black (3-4, 3.74 ERA) got the final out of the 7th but didn’t retire a hitter in the 8th as the first four reached on an error, a single and two walks to force in a run. P.J. Francescon (1.04 ERA) couldn’t stop the bleeding, allowing a RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
Smokies News: Rob Zastryzny (0-3, 6.08 ERA) makes his 8th start on Saturday night against Montgomery.
In the Box: Chesny Young ended his career-night with four singles and a triple, raising his average to .347, tops in the Carolina League. He scored three times and added a RBI from the DH spot. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.275) had three hits including his league-best 24th double, and knocked in a pair.....Along with several web gems in the field, 2B Daniel Lockhart (.229) had two hits and scored twice while CF Trey Martin (.244) went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and a RBI. RF Mark Zagunis (.282) continues to struggle, going 0-for-4 with a walk and is now one for his last 28.
Pitching Chart: Only allowing two runs in 22.1 innings over his last four starts, Daury Torrez (7-5, 3.51 ERA) extended his scoreless streak to 14 frames before allowing a run in the fifth. The right-hander threw 85 pitches, 64% for strikes, over six innings, allowing four hits and winning the pitcher’s dual with Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito. Torres didn’t issue a walk, fanned one, and had a game score 61.....Juan Paniagua with his mid-90s fastball and a hard slider in the 90s, got into a jam in his first inning, allowing a walk and a single with one out. He got out of the 7th surrendering only one run and worked a scoreless 8th.. James Pugliese retired all three hitters he faced in the ninth, one on strikes.
Pelicans News: Jeremy Null (0-1, 4.24 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night in the series finale at Potomac.....For the second time in the series, the Pelicans faced a former Cub as Ian Dickson worked three innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Dickson was the Cubs 35th round pick in 2011 and was traded to the Nationals for pitcher Henry Rodriguez in 2013.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 10, Lansing (Blue Jays) 3
South Bend’s (12-10, 41-48) offense hit double-digits for the second straight night to take the series at Lansing (10-12, 52-40).
In the Box: RF Jeffrey Baez (.215) led the 13-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with his fourth homer, a double and two RBI. SS Gleyber Torres (.313) had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and plated two runs. CF Rashad Crawford (.281) was 3-for-4 with three singles, two runs and three batted in. 2B David Bote (.243) had two hits and scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Michael Wagner (2-0, 2.13 ERA) tossed six solid innings, holding the Lugnuts to a run on four hits and three walks. He fanned four and had a game score of 61.......Dillon Maples (1-1, 4.35 ERA) roller-coaster MWL ride continued as the right-hander surrendered two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. Maples has kept the opponent off the board in every other appearance......Ryan McNeil (0-2, 2.83 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth to extended his scoreless streak to nine innings.
SB-Cubs News: Tommy Thorpe (2-5, 4.47 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night as South Bend returns home to face West Michigan at Four Winds Field.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Hillsboro (D-Backs) 2, Eugene 0
Eugene (15-14) got shutout for the second straight night as two Hillsboro (17-12) pitchers held the Ems to just three hits.
In the Box: No offense for the second straight night. Ian Happ had a pair of hits, including a double, and Matt Rose singled in three trips. Hillsboro’s Cody Reed, the D-Backs 2nd round pick last year, fanned seven and allowed one hit over seven innings.
Pitching Chart: Preston Morrison (0-1, 2.45 ERA) made his first pro start and went two innings, allowing a run on four hits and took the loss. Morrison fanned two in his second pro game.....Greyfer Eregua (0-0, 1.59 ERA) had his best outing of the season, fanning six over five shutout innings. The 21-year-old Venezuelan walked two and gave up a single....Trey Masek (0-0, 9.00 ERA) continues to struggle in his rehab assignment, allowing a run in the 8th and has now surrendered five runs on six hits and five walks over five innings. Jared Cheek (3.86 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth.
Emeralds Notes: The Cubs head to Vancouver for a five-game series but a starting pitcher for the opener on Saturday has not been named.....RHP Francisco Carrillo has been released by the Cubs and Tyler Peitzmeier has been promoted to Eugene. Peitzmeier, a left-handed reliever from Cal-Sate Fullerton, was the Cubs ninth-round pick last month.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Cubs had the day off. After two years in the Dominican Summer League, 21-year-old Robert Garcia is taking the Arizona Rookie League by storm. In 18 games in Mesa, the 5-foot-10 switch-hitter is batting .403/.452/.567 with 12 runs, 10 RBI and five stolen base. Garcia hit .316/.398/.398 with 24 SB in 52 games last season in the DSL........Pitchers Scott Effross (15th round-Indiana), Kyle Miller (19th round-Florida Atlantic) and Casey Bloomquist (17th round-Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo) all made their pro debuts this week.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers II 9, Cubs 6—10 innings
Rangers scored three times in the top of the 10th for the win over the Cubs.
Pitching Chart: Deibi Torres (1-3, 5.71 ERA) made his 8th start and went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts....Jose Morel (6.00 ERA) was charged with three runs over three innings and Luis Aquino (3-1, 0.36 ERA) worked two scoreless frames but allowed three runs in the 10th, only one earned. It was the first earned run allowed by Aquino in over 24 innings.
Cubs Notes: Edgar Rondon, a 5-foot-7 left-handed hitting infielder, is the Cubs top hitter with a .333/.455/.458 slash in 22 games. In his first pro season, the 20-year-old has seven stolen bases and has shown some gap power with three doubles and three triples. He’s spent most of his time at second (19 games) but has also played short and third. Rondon has a plan at the plate, drawing 13 walks while fanning 15 times.
Venezuelan Summer League—Rays, Cubs
Rays (34-19) handed the Cubs (22-31) their seventh straight loss.
In the Box: Fidel Matos had two hits, including a double, and knocked in a run as the Cubs were held to five hits. Jhonny Bethencourt singled and scored while Jose Gonzalez drove in his VSL leading 36th run.
Pitching Chart: Andres Bonalde (2-3, 4.68 ERA) gave up three runs over three innings on five hits and two walks. Moises Ramirez allowed two runs over 3.2 innings and Jose Leidenz kept the Rays off the board the final 1.1 frames.
Cubs Notes: With a team batting average of .230, IF Jhonny Bethencourt is making the most of his first pro season, batting .315/.414/.394 in 47 games. The 18-year-old has more walks (26) than strikeouts (20) and played 39 games at second and the rest at all three outfield positions.
Day Seven and the final day of pool play as the semi-finals begin Saturday. Canada is the tourney’s top seed, despite losing 4-1 to Team USA. Albert Almora went 1-for-4 and scored once, starting in left field. Jesse Hodges and Jasvir Rakkar didn’t play for Canada. Team USA faces Cuba in the semi-finals on Saturday while Canada plays Puerto Rico.