Cubs sign Buchter
For the second time in his minor league career, Ryan Buchter is a Cub. The 6-foot-3 left-hander opted out of his minor league contract with Dodgers earlier in the month and signed a deal with the Cubs on Friday. In 27 games with Oklahoma City this year in the PCL, the 28-year-old fanned 39 in 32.2 innings with a 1.65 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP (16 BB). The Cubs traded for Butcher in 2008 from the Nationals and he pitched a full season at Peoria and then Tennessee before being traded to the Braves in 2011. He provides left-handed bullpen depth for the Cubs, who still have Zac Rosscup rehabbing in AA.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Memphis (Cardinals) 5, Iowa 3
Memphis (52-48) scored three times in the sixth to rally past Iowa (52-47).
Pitching Chart: Carlos Pimentel (7-5, 3.17 ERA) has pitched nine years in the minors (seven for Rangers) and the 25-year-old has put together his best season. In 17 starts, the Dominican native has a WHIP of 1.27 and PCL hitters are only batting .211 off the right-hander. On Friday night, he lasted five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. He fanned four and threw 85 pitches.... Carl Edwards Jr. (2-1, 3.80 ERA) has been battling command issues all season and Friday night was no different. Edwards walked three and allowed a hit in two-thirds inning. He was charged with three runs as both inherited runners scored. Ben Rowan got the final out of the sixth but not before a single plated two runs.....Armando Rivero and Blake Cooper both pitched a scoreless inning.
I-Cubs Notes: Drake Britton (6-4, 4.39 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 8, Chattanooga (Twins) 4
Tennessee (12-15, 51-45) knocked out 13 hits, including four from Jacob Hannemann to beat Chattanooga (9-17, 52-42) before a record crowd at Smokies Stadium.
In the Box: Jacob Hannemann was a homer shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two triples and two RBI. Albert Almora (.243) homered, his fourth, and knocked in three while SS Elliot Soto (.275), C Willson Contreras (.319) and 2B Stephen Bruno (.270) all had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Ryan Williams should win the Cubs minor league award for “I didn’t see that coming.” After being selected in the 10th round out of East Carolina in ’14, where he spent his senior season working out of the bullpen, Williams made his first pro start in 2015 after throwing 26.2 relief innings after the draft. In eight starts at South Bend, he went 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA in 53.2 innings and before being promoted to AA, was among the league leaders in ERA and WHIP (0.71). It hasn’t been much different in AA. The 6-foot-4 right-hander made his 8th start Friday night and improved to 5-1 with a 2.72 ERA . He gave up two runs on four hits and an uncharacteristic four walks, throwing 93 pitches, 53 for strikes. He fanned six and had a game score of 53......Juan Paniagua made his AA debut, allowing a run on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings, earning a hold. Starling Peralta (2.60 ERA) stranded two inherited runners in the 7th and gave up an unearned run in the 8th. P.J. Francescon (0.95 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth.
Smokies News: Andres Santiago (1-3, 4.42 ERA) makes his first start since participating for Puerto Rico in the Pan-Am games.
Carolina League—High A—Lynchburg (Indians) 5, Myrtle Beach 0
Myrtle Beach (15-14, 56-42) dropped their third straight at Lynchburg (14-15, 50-52).
In the Box: Only four hits for the Pelicans, including a single from 1B Chesny Young (.352), who extended his on-base streak to 43 games and his hit streak to 13, a new team-high. Heading into Friday night, Young had played in 135 games, collecting multi-hits in 56 of them (42 %).......Pelicans only had four hits, all singles from LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.275), C Victor Caratini (.246) and RF Kevin Brown (.259).
Pitching Chart: Michael Heesch (7-1, 2.20 ERA) made his second start for the Pelicans after spending most of the year in relief (22 games). The left-hander gave up a season high for runs (5) and hits (9), and dropped his first game. He fanned two, allowed a homer, and had a game score of 21.....James Pugliese (2.19 ERA) fanned five over three shutout frames and Fernando Cruz (2.56 ERA) tossed two perfect innings with three punchouts.
Pelicans News: Paul Blackburn (4-3, 4.02 ERA) gets the ball on Saturday night in his 13th start (56 IP) as the Pelicans return home to face Carolina..
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 6, West Michigan (Tigers) 2
South Bend (15-14, 44-52) scored four times in the first and Tommy Thorpe tossed a career-high six shutout innings to lift the Cubs at West Michigan (17-11, 50-47) in the series opener.
In the Box: RF Jeffrey Baez (.247) had another three hit night, his third in last eight games, and scored twice. Gioskar Amaya (.264) delivered a two-run single in the first and Charcer Burks added a RBI double. A balk plated the fourth run. Burks finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. Pan-Am gold medalist 3B Jesse Hodges went 1-for-3 and knocked in a run.
Pitching Chart: Tommy Thorpe (3-5, 3.90 ERA) had his best outing as a pro, tossing six shutout frames, a career-high. The Cubs 8th round pick last year allowed two hits, walked three and fanned four in the 79-pitch gem. He had a game score of 69 in his fifth start. Thorps throws a good curve ball and a two-seam fastball with arm-side run. The 22-year-old began the year in the bullpen, making 15 appearances with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP in 30.1 innings......Daniel Lewis pitched a scoreless seventh but didn’t make it out of the 8th, allowing two runs and left with two on. Corbin Hoffner (0.73 ERA) got the final four outs for his 4th save, stranding two inherited runners and retiring all four hitters he faced.
SB-Cubs News: OF Ian Happ stopped by Wrigley on Friday and took batting practice with the team before their game with the Phillies. He will join the SB-Cubs on Saturday......RHP Trevor Clifton and OF Kevin Encarnacion have been placed on the DL and LHP Jordan Minch and RHP James Norwood have ben activated from the DL. Norwood appeared in four games in Mesa during his rehab (10 IP, 2 BB, 9 K, 3.60 ERA, 1.10 WHIP). He’s expected to get the start on Saturday night.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Salem-Keizer (Giants) 6, Eugene 5
Eugene (17-19) slugged three homers but still came up short against Salem-Keizer (19-17) as the Volcanoes scored four times in the second.
In the Box: DH Alex Bautista (.250) made his NWL debut on Friday night, hitting a two-run homer in the 8th. It was the second of his career and the Cubs 22nd round pick went 1-for-4 and scored twice. CF Donnie Dewees (.229) homered for the second time in as many nights and 1B Matt Rose (.239) led off the 2nd with a solo homer. Ho-young Son collected a career-high four hits, including a pair of doubles.
Pitching Chart: Ryan Kellogg (0-1, 6.00 ERA) made his fourth start since being selected in the fifth round out of Arizona State. The left-hander with the smooth delivery and a fastball in the low 90s surrendered eight hits that led to five runs, four coming in the second...Adbert Alzolay (1.35 ERA) tossed six innings of solid relief, allowing one run while striking out five. Trey Masek (5.63 ERA) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Emeralds Notes: Carson Sands (1-3, 6.26 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night.
Arizona Rookie League—A’s 5, Cubs 4
Cubs (13-13) ninth inning rally came up a run short in the loss to the A’s (13-14).
In the Box: Cubs were blanked over the first six innings but got on the board in the 7th when 3B P.J. Higgins (.333) singled and scored on a RBI single from RF Michael Foster (.405). 1B Jose Paniagua (.291) doubled in three runs in the 9th but Yohan Matos (.068) fanned with the bases loaded to end the game. CF Roberto Caro (.229), Foster and Paniagua all had two hits. Javier Baez played second and went 1-for-3 with a single in his second rehab game.
Pitching Chart: LH Manuel Rondon (2-3, 8.31 ERA) got the start and lasted four innings, allowing two runs in the first on three hits with four strikeouts. RH Matt Brazis retired all three hitters he faced in his second rehab outing. RH Trey McNutt (8.10 ERA) worked two frames, giving up three runs on four hits. LH Carols Rodriguez (6.28 ERA) worked a scoreless eighth.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 11, Brewers 9
Cubs (26-21) rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to win the slugfest against the Brewers (19-28)
In the Box: Big games from LF Samir Lara (.286) and 3B Richard Nunez (.233) as they both collected three hits and knocked in two. C Erick Gonzalez (.275) slugged his first pro homer, a solo shot, and added a double. 3B Rafael Mejia (.233) had three hits and knocked one in while SS Yeiler Peguero (.316) went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Pitching Chart: Deibi Torrez (5.55 ERA) only went one inning, allowing three unearned runs on two walks. Sucre Valdez (3.94 ERA) gave up six runs over 3.1 frames. Julian Aybar (5-1, 2.78 ERA) blanked the Brewers for 3.2 innings with four strikeouts and Aneuris Rosario (0.00 ERA) recorded his fifth save, extending his unearned run streak to 10 innings to start season.
Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 3, Cubs 2—14 innings
Phillies (24-35) won in extras to send the Cubs (23-36) to the basement of the VSL.
In the Box: First-year pro Gustavo Polanco (.236) went 3-for-6 with a double and a RBI, collecting half the Cubs hits. LF Jose Rojas singled and scored while Luis Ayala walked, swiped his 21st base, and scored.
Pitching Chart: Gabriel Lima (3-2, 1.56 ERA) continues to put together a solid season as the 19-year-old allowed two unearned runs in his eighth start. The right-hander allowed four hits, walked one, and recorded three strikeouts......Jose Leidenz (3.26 ERA) tossed 4.1 shutout frames on one hit and two strikeouts....Juan Rengifo (4-4, 1.73 ERA) blanked the Phillies for three innings but they loaded the bases and then scored the winning run on a wild pitch.