Cubs July 25 Minors Recap

Gleyber Torres upstaged Ian Happ’s Midwest League debut with three hits in South Bend’s win at West Michigan. Javier Baez was on base four times in his third rehab game as Carols Sepulveda knocked in four runs to help lead Mesa in a route. Rest of the Cubs affiliates, not such good news but Chesny Young did extend both his streaks.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Memphis (Cards) 7, Iowa 5
Memphis (53-48) used a six-run first and hung on to hand Iowa (52-48) their fifth straight defeat.

In the Box: I-Cubs collected 13 hits, including a two-run homer from Mike Olt, who was 1-for-3 with 3 RBI.....Junior Lake collected three hits and scored twice while Matt Szczur went 2-for-4 with a double and two knocked in...Jonathan Mota and Drake Britton both had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Drake Britton (6-4, 5.10 ERA) gave up six runs in the first but worked five more frames, holding Memphis to just one more run. The left-hander finished with a line of 6 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K......Joseph Ortiz (2-1, 5.10 ERA) made his 31st appearance, tossing two shutout innings.

I-Cubs Notes: Jeffry Antigua (1-1, 3.06 ERA) gets the start on Sunday night.....LHP Clayton Richard has cleared waivers and been optioned to Iowa. The left-hander appeared in three games for Chicago, two starts, logging 15 IP and a 5.40 ERA. He got the win in his Cubs debut July 4 vs. Nationals, allowing two runs over 6.1 innings.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Chattanooga (Twins) 4, Tennessee 3
Tennessee’s (12-16, 51-46) rally in the ninth came up one run short against Chattanooga (10-17, 53-42).

In the Box: Smokies were kept off the board for eight innings but scored three times in the 9th and had the bases loaded before the final two hitters made outs. A single by Albert Almora (.243), a walk to Elliot Soto (.276) and a single from McKinney plated the first run. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.200) added a RBI single and Jacob Rogers (.200) walked with the bases full to force in the third run. Pinch-hitter Bijan Rademacher (.252) popped up on a soft liner behind third and Jacob Hannemann (.230) grounded into a force play to end the game. McKinney (.275) and Stephen Bruno (.274) had two hits each.

Pitching Chart: Andres Santiago (1-3, 4.42 ERA) made his first start since the Pan-Am games, allowing two runs over six innings. The right-hander gave up six hits and two walks while striking out three on 84 pitches, 51 for strikes. He had a game score of 52.......LH Gerardo Concepcion worked around two walks and a hit in a scoreless 7th........In his third AA rehab appearance, Zac Rosscup only got one out in the 8th, allowing a run on two hits and walk, and left after 18 pitches. It was the first hit he has allowed during his rehab (4.1 IP, 12 K)......Corey Black (4.41 ERA) stranded a pair of inherited runners in the 8th but gave up a run in the ninth on a solo homer.

Smokies News: Felix Pena (5-6, 4.15 ERA) takes the ball on Sunday night at Smokies Stadium

Box Score and Game Story

Carolina League—High A—Carolina (Braves) 1, Myrtle Beach 0
Three Carolina (15-15, 49-50) pitchers blanked the Pelicans in the series opener as Myrtle Beach (15-15, 56-43) dropped their 4th straight.

In the Box: One of the few highlights for the offense was a single by 3B Chesny Young (.350) in the 8th that extended his on-base streak to 44 games and his hit streak to 14.....1B Victor Caratini (.246) and CF Trey Martin (.232) both doubled. Pelicans were 0-for-8 with RISP and stranded eight.

Pitching Chart: Paul Blackburn (4-4, 3,82 ERA) threw the ball well for 5.1 innings, allowing a run in the sixth. He gave up four hits, walked one and fanned four in his 84 pitch outing. He finished with a game score of 59......David Garner, David Berg and Jasvir Rakkar combined for 3.2 scoreless relief innings.

Pelicans News: Brad Markey (2-0, 1.08 ERA) gets the start on Sunday night.

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Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, West Michigan (Tigers) 1
South Bend (16-14, 45-52) scored twice in the top of the 7th to make it two straight at West Michigan (17-12, 50-48) in Ian Happ’s MWL debut.

In the Box: Ian Happ’s South Bend debut included a single, two walks and a double play ground out in four plate appearances......SS Gleyber Torres (.320) upstaged his new teammate, collecting three hits including a RBI single in the third. It was Torres 35th multi-hit game and 9th three-hit game..... The Cubs scored twice in the 7th on a RBI double from 2B David Bote (.233) and a throwing error from the shortstop that allowed 3B Jesse Hodges (.243) to cross home. C Gioskar Amaya (.268) and Bote both had two hits.

Pitching Chart: James Norwood returned to South Bend for the first time since May 13 and made his first MWL start, working four innings. He surrendered a run in the first on three hits but settled down over the next three shutout frames, retiring the final seven hitters he faced......Jordan Minch (0-3, 4.43 ERA) made his first appearance since coming off the DL and his first since July 15. The left-hander gave up three hits over 1.2 innings but blanked WM and fanned two........Ryan McNeil (2.58 ERA) has increased his fastball velocity since the start of season as he returns to full strength after Tommy John surgery forced him to miss the 2013 season. Now throwing his fastball in the low 90s, the former third-round pick tossed 2.1 innings of no-hit ball and extended his unearned runs streak to 12.1 innings. McNeil got credit for the win, his first since rookie ball in 2012.....Alex Santana (1.35 ERA) put two runners on in the 9th with one out but got the final two outs for his first save.

SB-Cubs News: Ian Happ was added to the South Bend roster and RHP Jake Stinnett was placed on the DL retroactive to July 23.

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Northwest League—Short-Season—Salem-Keizer (Giants) 5, Eugene 4
Salem-Keizer (20-17) scored twice in the top of the 7th to beat Eugene (17-20) and take the series.

In the Box: Eleven hits for the Ems, three off the bat of C Alberto Mineo (.194), including a RBI single. 3B Blake Headley (.221) singled twice, knocked in a run, and scored twice while Frandy Delarosa (.271) added two hits. CF Donnie Dewees (.227) and 1B Matt Rose (.237) plated runs.

Pitching Chart: Carson Sands (1-3, 6.26 ERA) battled with his command on Saturday night, walking three and allowing five hits over the first three innings, including three unearned runs in the 3rd due to his own error on a play at first. He added two more scoreless frames, compiled a game score of 47, and ended the night with a line of 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 K......Greyfer Euegua (0-1, 2.20 ERA) got charged with the loss as the Volcanoes scored twice in the 7th. Th right-hander allowed four hits and fanned three over the final four innings.

Emeralds Notes: According to reports, Joey Martarano has ended his baseball season and returned to Boise State as a linebacker for the Broncos football team. After red-shirting his freshman year, Martarano played in all 14 games last year and was 8th on the team with 42 tackles. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder spent most of the baseball season in Mesa at extended spring training and then played in 13 games in the Arizona Rookie League (.315/.345/.426) with four doubles and 12 RBI. He was promoted to Eugene in July and played in four games before heading back to college. Cubs drafted the 20-year-old last year in the 22nd round.

Box Score and Game Story

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 11, Brewers 0
Five Cubs (13-13) pitchers blanked the Brewers (12-15) on five hits and 2B Carlos Sepulveda knocked in a career-high four runs.

In the Box: Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd thanks to a pair of 2015 draft picks—a triple from 12th rounder P.J. Higgins followed by a RBI single from 25th round pick Angelo Amendolare. A RBI single from Juan Paniagua made it 2-0 in the third...... Cubs added three runs in the 4th, two scoring on a two-run single from Carlos Sepulveda. Robert Garcia knocked in the first run of the frame after two hit batters and a wild pitch.....Cubs scored six times in the 9th, three runs scoring on wild pitches and two on another two-run single from Sepulveda....DH Javier Baez (.444) singled, doubled, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored twice.

Pitching Chart: Consistency will be the ticket out of town for 19-year-old Austyn Willis (2-1, 3.47 ERA) as the 6-foot-4 right-hander made his sixth appearance in the AZL. Limiting the Brewers to two hits over five innings, he walked one and fanned five. Willis has blanked his opponent in three outings (15 IP, 7H) but allowed nine runs in his other three games (8.1 IP, 14 H)......Luis Hernandez (0.00 ERA) fanned two in two scoreless frames and Craig Brooks worked a 1-2-3 eighth with two strikeouts......Ariel Ovando (1.00 ERA0 fanned two in the ninth.

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Dominican Summer League—Brewers 8, Cubs 1
Cubs (26-22) matched the Brewers (20-28) in the hit column but were just 1-for-12 with RISP.

In the Box: RF Yovanny Cuevas (.256), SS Edgar Rondon (.330), DH Rafael Mejia (.269) and C Raymond Pena (.097) all had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Wander Cabrera (2-2, 1.95 ERA) allowed two runs in two innings with four strikeouts....Hector Garcia (4.62 ERA) gave up four runs in three innings, Eury Ramos (5.30 ERA) surrendered two runs in 2.2 innings and Luis Aquino (0.34 ERA) got the final out.

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Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 2, Cubs 0
Cubs (23-37) woes continued in the VSL, falling to the Phillies (25-35) for the second straight day.

In the Box: Singles by 1B Gustavo Polanco (.238), DH Fidel Matos (.250) and C Daniel Diaz (.165) were the only hits for the Cubs.

Pitching Chart: Andres Bonalde (2-4, 4.79 ERA) gave up two runs on six hits and a walk over three innings with six strikeouts. Eugenio Palma (2.05 ERA) pitched one-hit ball for five frames and Mauro Vides (8.31 ERA) threw a scoreless ninth.

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