Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 5, Nashville (A’s) 4
Iowa scored two runs in the top of the 12th off former Cubs releiver Phil Coke to beat Nashville in extras.
In the Box: Iowa got on the board in the 7th when SS Javier Baez (.305) doubled and scored after two groundouts. Two errors by Nashville in the 8th plated two more runs for Iowa.......In the 12th, Baez (1-for-5) was hit by a pitch, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Christian Villanueva’s RBI single. LF John Andreoli (.274) added a RBI single that proved to be the difference. CF Matt Szczur (.299) extended his hit streak to 10 games with a single......Villanueva and Andreoli both had two hits as every Cubs starter had at least one hit.
Pitching Chart: The Sounds collected nine hits off Carlos Pimentel (3.28 ERA) but the right-hander only allowed three runs over five innings. He fanned six and threw 95 pitches for a game score of 42. Joseph Ortiz (4.89 ERA) blanked Nashville for two frames and Frank Batista (1-4, 5.96 ERA) tossed four shutout innings to earn the win . Blake Cooper (3.04 ERA) gave up a run in the 12th but got the final out with two on to preserve the victory, his fourth save.
I-Cubs Notes: Drake Britton (6-5, 5.01 ERA) has been named the starter for Friday night’s tilt in Nashville.
Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 4, Tennessee 3
Tyler Goedell hit three homers including the game-winner in the 8th as Montgomery (53-47) beat Tennessee (53-48).
In the Box: Only five hits for the Smokies. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.286) went 1-for-3 and got credit for the only RBI of the night with a sac fly. With two outs in the sixth, the Smokies loaded the bases on a single from RF Billy McKinney (.279), a walk to 1B Jacob Rogers (.214) and a hit from Candelario. Two runs scored when the SS misplayed Ryan Dent’s grounder.
Pitching Chart: Rob Zastryzny is still looking for his first AA win after 10 starts. The left-hander left with lead after tossing 5.1 innings. The 23-year-old gave up two runs on four walks and four hits, one a solo homer. Finishing with a game score of 52, Zastryzny fanned four in his 93-pitch outing......Felix Pena made a rare relief appearance, allowing a solo homer in the sixth to tie the game.....Gerardo Concepcion (0-1, 8.69 ERA) gave up the third homer to Goedell in the 8th and took the loss.
Smokies News: Ryan Williams (5-1, 2.72 ERA) makes his 17th start of the year between South Bend and Tennessee as the Smokies continue their series with Montgomery.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 4, Potomac 3
Carlos Penalver hit a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Myrtle Beach (61-43) the sweep of Potomac (48-55).
In the Box: Carlos Penalver (.215) picked a great time for his first homer as the shortstop launched a “moon shot” over the left field wall with one on to give the Pelicans the win. The 21-year-old also singled and scored twice.....DH Chesny Young (.339) added two more hits to pad his league-leading average, including a RBI triple.....C Cael Brockmeyer (.225) was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Jeremy Null (4.33 ERA) was activated from the disabled list and got the start on Thursday night. The right-hander went five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. The 6-foot-7 21-year-old fanned one and was limited to 68 pitches.......David Garner (1.72 ERA) fanned three in two innings but the Nationals scored once against the right-hander.....Michael Heesch (2.12) improved to 8-1 with two shutout relief innings. He allowed two hits and struckout one.
Pelicans News: Paul Blackburn (4-4, 3.82 ERA) gets the start on Friday night as the Pelicans head to Frederick for three games.
Midwest League—Low A—Great Lakes 3, South Bend 2
Great Lakes (53-49) scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win over South Bend (53-49).
In the Box: 3B Jesse Hodges (.247) smacked his 5th homer in the second for a 1-0 South Bend lead and they were kept off the board until they took a 2-1 lead in the 9th. LF David Bote walked and advanced to second on a throwing error on a pick-off throw from the catcher. Erick Castillo laid down a sacrifice bunt and another throwing error allowed Bote to score. SS Gleyber Torres (.314) and CF Rashad Crawford (.292) had two hits. RF Ian Happ (. 222) was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and was just 1-for-12 in the series.
Pitching Chart: Tommy Thorpe (3.67 ERA) worked six innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. He fanned three and had a game score 59 in his sixth start......Appearing in his 26th game, Jordan Minch (4.24 ERA) tossed two shutout frames with three strikeouts....Alex Santana (0-1, 3.68 ERA) got two outs in the ninth but a double tied the game and single gave the Loons the win.
SB-Cubs News: South Bend heads to Dayton on Friday but a starter hasn’t been named.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 6, Spokane 4
Donnie Dewees knocked in three runs including two on his 4th homer and Adbert Alzolay tossed six no-hit innings as Eugene (20-22) won in Spokane (20-22) for the second straight night.
In the Box: CF Donnie Dewees (.235) hit a two-run homer in the third and added a RBI double and scored in the four-run 7th. The Cubs second-round pick has nine doubles.....3B Andrew Ely (.400) had two hits and knocked in a run while 2B Frandy Delarosa (.256) added a RBI single....RF Kevonte Mitchell (.147) was 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Ryan Kellogg (7.36 ERA) worked into the third for the first time in his career. The fifth-round pick in June allowed three runs on four hits and three walks......Adbert Alzolay (2-2, 1.04 ERA) came into the game with the bases loaded and got out of the jam allowing only one inherited runner to score. The right-hander tossed six no-hit innings, walking one with three punchouts......Trey Masek (5.40 ERA) earned his first pro save, allowing a solo homer and two more hits before getting the final two outs.
Emeralds Notes: Carson Sands (1-3, 5.14 ERA) gets the start on Friday night at Spokane.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 4, Angels 2
Cubs (17-15) scored three runs in the 6th to beat the Angels (16-16) at Sloan Park.
Pitching Chart: Manuel Rondon had his best outing since being traded to the Cubs, allowing a run in five innings. He fanned four, allowed four hits and walked three.....Trey McNutt (2-0, 6.75 ERA) worked a scoreless sixth and got the win....John Williamson struckout the side in the 7th and Luis Hernandez gave up a run over the final two innings.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 4, Pirates 3
Cubs (30-22) scored all four of their runs in the 7th to beat the Pirates (20-32).
In the Box: Cubs were blanked the first six innings but took advantage of the Pirates wildness to take control in the seventh. 3B Rafael Mejia (.268) led off with a walk and after a wild pitch, scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Three walks loaded the bases and a passed ball made it 2-0. PH Chris Pieters (.317) singled home a run and another passed ball scored DH Tony Rijo (.207). Mejia had two of the Cubs five hits.
Pitching Chart: Eury Ramos (4.37 ERA) made his first start after 10 relief appearances, including a save, in his first pro season. The 17-year-old right-hander worked four shutout innings, allowing three hits with a strikeout.....Deibi Torres (2-3, 5.49 ERA) got the win in relief despite yielding two runs in 3.2 innings....Aneuris Rosario (0.73 ERA) got the final four outs for his seventh save but gave up his first earned run of the season after 11 innings.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 4, Phillies 2
Cubs (25-39) scored three times in the sixth to down the Phillies (27-37).
In the Box: LF Luis Hidalgo (.127) knocked in three runs with a bases-loaded double, his only hit in four at-bats. 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.320) went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored while DH Luis Ayala (.277) and Jose Gonzalez (.247) both delivered two hits and scored once.
Pitching Chart: Freddy Tineo (0-4, 5.08 ERA) continues to lower his ERA, adding four more scoreless frames. He fanned four, walked one, and had a game score of 59.....Eugenio Palma (3-2, 2.11 ERA) gave up a solo homer over three innings, the only hit he allowed, and got credit for the win.......Juan Rengifo (1.85 ERA) pitched the final two innings for his 10th save, surrendering a run on three hits.