Cubs July 18 Minors Recap

Matt Szczur blasted a pair of homers as Iowa dumped Memphis for the third straight night. Myrtle Beach won its fifth straight behind four RBI from Jacob Rogers while Eugene needed extra innings to win in Vancouver. Pam-Am game update, 2015 draft pick wins first game, and DSL all-stars.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 10, Memphis (Cards) 4
Iowa (50-43) beat Memphis (48-46) for the third straight night behind two homers from Matt Szczur.

In the Box: Matt Szczur knocked in three runs with two homers (7), part of a three-hit night for the center fielder. His season’s been an elevator ride back-and-forth from Wrigley Field but continues to produce at AAA, hitting .283 with 23 RBI in 45 games. He’s slugging .476, 90 points higher than his career minor league average......RF Junior Lake (.316) homered for the fourth time in five games, a two-run shot in the first. Lake ended the night 2-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored.....2B Arismendy Alcantara (.255) ripped a pair of triples and scored three times. Alcantara is now tied for third with Brett Jackson on Iowa’s career triple list with 21. Billy Hatcher and Chico Walker are tied at 23 for the all-time lead. 1B Christian Villanueva (.269) plated three runs with a single and a double.

Pitching Chart: Felipe Paulino (2-5, 4.92 ERA) won his second game with I-Cubs, working around five hits and six walks as the Redbirds could only score once in five innings. Paulino fanned three and had a game score of 50......Joseph Ortiz (5.56 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 6th and Rafael Soriano worked his second clean inning in AAA, retiring Memphis in order. Frank Batista (8.59 ERA) only got two outs in the 8th before a three-run homer left the park. Blake Cooper (3.18 ERA) got the final four outs, two on strikes.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa looks to make it four straight over Memphis as they send PCL All-Star Carlos Pimentel (6-5, 3.15 ERA) to the mound......According to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register, C Luke Carlin, who was released by the A’s in June, was at Principal Park on Saturday and is expected to sign with the Cubs. The 34-year-old catcher was drafted by the Tigers back in 2002 and has played in 56 MLB games with the Padres (2008), D-Backs (2009) and Indians (2010 & 2012). He spent the last three seasons catching in AAA and has a career .241/.353/.342 slash in 891 minor league games.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 2, Tennessee 1—10 innings
Montgomery (46-43) beat Tennessee (47-43) for the third straight night on a walk-off in the 10th.

In the Box: Only five hits from the Smokies and they tied the game in the 7th when DH Sutton Whiting (.417) walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Wes Darvill’s single. RF Bijan Rademacher (.255) and Darvill (.170) both had two hits and C Tyler Pearson (.091) doubled.

Pitching Chart: Rob Zastryzny (0-3, 5.29 ERA) blanked the Biscuits for five innings but two walks, two stolen bases, and a wild pitch put runners on second and third. The runner on third beat the throw from Elliot Soto on a grounder to short for a run and after a walk Zastryzny’s day was over. The left-hander allowed five hits, walked four and threw 88 pitches, 55 for strikes. He fanned two and had a game score of 53.....Michael Jensen (2.23 ERA) stranded three inherited runners in the sixth and worked a scoreless 7th. Starling Peralta (.2.81 ERA) blanked Montgomery for two frames but Jeffry Antigua (3-3, 3.55 ERA) only got one out before a double, a single, an intentional walk and a sacrifice fly ended the game.

Smokies News: Ryan Williams (4-0, 1.98 ERA) gets the start Sunday night in Montgomery.

Box Score and Game Story

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 7, Potomac (Nationals) 4
Myrtle Beach (12-11, 53-39) scored five times in the sixth and swept Potomac 11-10, 44-47), extending their win streak to five games.

In the Box: DH Chesny Young (.347) collected his sixth straight hit in the first to extend his on-base streak to 37, matching the Carolina League record of Carlos Sanchez of Winston-Salem in 2012. Young finished 1-for- 3, walked twice and scored two runs......1B Jacob Rogers (.257) added to his Cubs minor league leading RBI total (59) with four more, knocking in a pair with a double in the first and then added a two-run single in the sixth. C Jordan Hankins (.167) slugged a three-run homer in the fifth, his first in the Carolina League.

Pitching Chart: Jeremy Null (1-1, 4.50 ERA) won his first High-A game, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. Null threw 77 pitches, 71 percent for strikes, fanned five, and had a game score of 44........David Garner (1-0, 0.00 ERA) blanked the Nats for two innings, striking out three while walking one. Garner has 11 K and 3 BB in 9 IP in four relief appearances......James Farris (0-2, 10.38 ERA) worked the final two frames, giving up an unearned run on two hits with a strikeout.

Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach returns home on Sunday night with Paul Blackburn (4-3, 4.38 ERA) making his second start since missing a month on the DL.

Box Score and Game Story

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 5, West Michigan (Tigers) 3
Gioskar Amaya’s RBI double in the 7th gave South Bend (13-10, 42-48) the lead off good and the win over West Michigan (14-8, 47-44)in the series opener.

In the Box: C Gioskar Amaya (.277) went 2-for-3 and knocked two runs, including the go-ahead run in the 7th. RF Jeffrey Baez (.220) homered for the second straight game, a solo shot, added a double, and scored twice. SS Gleyber Torres (.315) had two hits, including a triple and knocked in a run while CF Rashad Crawford (.282) added a RBI single in the 7th. Not only did LF Kevin Encarnacion (.292) get hit by a pitch to leadoff the 7th and score on Amaya’s double, he doubled and added another run.

Pitching Chart: Tommy Thorpe (4.38 ERA) was activated off the DL on Saturday and got the start, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks over five innings. He fanned three and had a game score of 54. After 25 straight relief appearances to start his pro career, Thorpe has made four straight starts...Tyler Ihrig (3-1, 1.55 ERA) got charged with a blown save when he gave up a run in the sixth but blanked the Whitecaps over the next three innings for the win. Ihrig allowed three hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

SB-Cubs News: Trevor Clifton (3-7. 4.73 ERA) gets the start on Sunday afternoon......South Bend placed LHP Jordan Minch on the disabled list and activated LHP Tommy Thorpe.

Box Score and Game Story with interview with Amaya and Baez

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 4, Vancouver 3—11 innings
Back-to-back doubles by 3B Blake Headley (.235) and SS Adonis Paula (.254) with two outs in the 11th gave Eugene (16-14) the win in the series opener at Vancouver (11-19).

In the Box: 1B Matt Rose (.242) tied the game with a RBI single in the 4th and RF Kevonte Mitchell’s RBI single in the 8th gave the Ems at 2-1 lead. LF Eloy Jimenez (.298) went 2-for-5 and knocked in an insurance in the 9th. Jimenez, Paula and Mitchell (.130) all finished with two hits while CF Ian Happ (.275) and 2B Frandy Delarosa (.291) both doubled and scored.

Pitching Chart: Native Canadian Ryan Kellogg (0-0, 1.29 ERA), the Cubs fifth-round pick from Arizona State, made his third start and went the pre-determined two innings, allowing a solo homer in the second, the only hit he surrendered....Adbert Alzolay (1-2, 1.29 ERA) tossed five solid shutout innings, allowing four hits, a walk, and a strikeout.......With runners on second and third and one out in the 8th, Jae-Hoon Ha (2-0, 3.55 ERA) escaped the jam with two strikeouts but gave up two runs in the ninth and had a line of 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K....... Making his NWL debut, Tyler Peitzmeier (1-0, 0.00 ERA) got charged with a blown save, allowing a run-scoring single to tie the game but got out of the ninth to send the game into extras. The left-hander pitched a scoreless 10th and got credit for the win, his first as a pro......Tanner Griggs (0-0, 32.40) fanned two in the 11th for his first save in the NWL.

Emeralds Notes: Carson Sands (1-2, 2.78 ERA) is expected to make his sixth start of the year Sunday afternoon in the second game in Vancouver.

Box Score

Arizona Rookie League—A’s 10, Cubs 2

In the Box: Only six hits for the Cubs over the first eight innings, all singles from 2B Carlos Sepulveda (200), LF Michael Foster (300), RF Alex Bautista (259), 3B Carlos Jimenez (225), C Tyler Payne (.182) and DH Donnie Cimino (.190). A single by CF Robert Garcia (.389) an error allowing Sepulveda to reach and a walk to Bautista loaded the bases in the 9th. 1B Yohan Matos (.094) broke up the shutout with a two-run single.

Pitching Chart: Rough night for Manuel Rondon (2-2, 8.66 ERA) as the left-hander got tagged for seven runs on five hits and three walks over 1.1 innings. Acquired from the Angles in a trade for C Rafael Lopez, Rondon fanned one, had a game score of 18, and took the loss......Carlos Rodriguez (2-1, 6.75 ERA), who made four starts in the VSL before being promoted, worked 2.2 scoreless innings, but allowed three inherited runners to score in the second......Left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup (0-0, 0.00 ERA) struckout all three hitters he faced and may be on his way to another rehab assignment as he looks to get back to Chicago’s bullpen.....M.T. Minacci (0-0, 4.50 ERA) made his second pro appearance and worked a clean 1-2-3 inning.....Michael Knighton (0-0, 8.00 ERA) fanned three over two innings but yielded a run on two hits and a walk.....Heath Dwyer (0-0, 18.00), a free-agent from VCU signed in June, joined Mesa from Eugene and made his AZL debut, allowing two runs on three hits in the 9th.

Box Score

Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Cubs had the day off and hold the All-Star game on Sunday as the National and American League prospects square-off. SS Yeiler Peguero and RHP Junior Marte were named to the NL squad. Peguero is batting .311/.440/432 with six triples, 31 runs and is 10-for-10 in stolen bases. Marte leads the Cubs in most pitching categories, going 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 38 innings. He’s fanned 44 hitters, walked 14 and hit 12.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Cubs (22-31) have two days off and get back to action on Monday against the Tigers (28-26). They have lost their last eight games.

Pan Am-Games
Team USA reached the Gold Medal game with a walk-off 6-5 win over Cuba. Albert Almora batted ninth, going 0-for-3 with a walk and mea three putouts in left field. Team USA rallied from a 4-0 deficit and won it on Andy Parrino’s RBI single, scoring Travis Jankowski. Team USA will face Canada, who beat Puerto Rico 7-1. South Bend’s Jesse Hodges and Myrtle Beach’s Jasvir Rakkar didn’t play for Canada.

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