Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 9, Colorado Springs (Brewers) 7
Iowa (58-50) won the slugfest over Colorado Springs (43-63) as the two teams combined for 31 hits for the second straight night.
In the Box: LF Adorn Chambers (.268) led the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI......3B Mike Olt (.300) extended his hit streak to 12 games with two hits while CF John Andreoli (.288) doubled, tripled, scored three times and knocked one in......2B Arismendy Alcantara (.240) and C Taylor Davis (.279) had two hits and scored twice......Dallas Beeler helped his own cause with a two-run single......SS Javier Baez (.311) went 1-for-4 with a RBI and a walk.
Pitching Chart: Dallas Beeler (3-5, 6.04 ERA) threw 95 pitches and went 5.2 innings in his first start at AAA since pitching at Wrigley on July 28. The right-hander gave up five runs on 11 hits and a walk. He fanned four and had a game score of 32....Ryan Buchter (1.75 ERA) got the final out of the sixth, stranding an inherited runner, but gave up a run in the 7th on three hits......Blake Cooper (3.16 ERA) yielded a run on three hits in the 8th in his only inning....Brian Schlitter (1.10 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two punchouts for his 15th save.
I-Cubs Notes: Felipe Paulino (2-6, 4.57 ERA) will look to make it three in a row over Colorado Springs on Monday night.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 5, Birmingham (White Sox) 2
Miguel Montero and Tommy La Stella both made rehab starts as Tennessee beat Birmingham in the series opener.
In the Box: Tennessee scored all five runs in the third as RF Jacob Hannemann (.228) delivered a three-run double. 3B Tommy La Stella added a RBI groundout and DH Willson Contreras (.321) capped off the frame with a RBI double....Miguel Montero caught six innings and was 1-for-3 with a single in his first action since injuring his thumb.....La Stella went 1-for-4 with a double and started at third, playing seven innings.
Pitching Chart: Andres Santiago (2-4, 3.99 ERA) had his best outing since signing with the Cubs, twirling six shutout innings with eight punchouts. The 25-year-old right-hander, who played for Puerto Rico in the recent Pan-Am games, held the Barons to three hits and a walk in his 82-pitch outing. Game score of 73......Appearing in his 22nd AA game, Gerardo Concepcion worked around two walks in the 7th, and left after giving up a leadoff single in the 8th......RHP Matt Brazis pitched in his first AA game since going on the DL back in April. After four rehab games in the AZL, Brazis allowed the inherited runner to score and after a walk, gave up an unearned run on a sac fly.......Starling Peralta (2.72 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.
Smokies News: Smokies host Birmingham on Monday night and Pierce Johnson (5-0, 1.66 ERA) is expected to get the start.
Carolina League—High A—Frederick (Orioles) 2, Myrtle Beach 0
Frederick (51-57) broke a scoreless game with a homer in the 7th to beat Myrtle Beach (62-45) and take the series.
In the Box: 2B Daniel Lockhart (.231) had two of the Pelicans six hits, one a double. DH Jordan Hankins (.200) doubled while 3B Chesny Young (.334), LF Kevin Brown (.257), and RF Mark Zagunis (.274) singled.
Pitching Chart: Tyler Ihrig arrived at the ball park from South Bend and blanked the Keys for six innings. The left-hander fanned three while allowing five hits and a walk on just 66 pitches, 44 for strikes, Game score of 64......David Garner (1-1, 2.55 ERA) gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced and surrendered another run in the 8th in his two innings.
Pelicans News: Pelicans have Monday off, one of four during the final full month of the season......RHP Jen-Ho Tseng was scratched from his start on Sunday as he was “under the weather.”.......LHP Tyler Ihrig was added to the roster and RHP Fernando Cruz was promoted to Tennessee.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 7, Dayton (Reds) 2
David Bote’s grand slam helped South Bend (47-57) take the series at Daytona (56-51).
In the Box: 2B David Bote’s grand slam in the top of the 8th put the game away, his only hit.....LF Ian Happ (.290) knocked in his first two runs since joining the team, going 2-for-5 with two RBI......CF Rashad Crawford (.291) smacked two doubles while RF Jeffrey Baez (.252) went 2-for-5 with a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Throwing seven innings, Zach Hedges (6-7, 3.90 ERA) held the Dragons to two runs on five hits and two walks. The right-hander fanned five and had a game score of 60.......Michael Wagner (2.75 ERA) made his second straight appearance out of the bullpen, allowing three hits in two scoreless frames. The Cubs 15th round pick in 2013 had been in South Bend’s rotation, making five starts (2-1, 3.16 ERA, 25.2 IP, 10 BB, 16 K). Wagner, 23, started the year in Iowa and was sent to AA in mid-May. He’s been at South Bend since mid-June.
SB-Cubs News: South Bend has Monday off and return home for three games with Kane County and three more with Clinton.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Spokane (Rangers) 4, Eugene 1
Spokane (22-23) scored three runs in the 8th to win the final game before the all-star break against Eugene (21-14).
In the Box: Emeralds scored their only run of the game in the second on a RBI single from LF Ricardo Marcano (.281). 3B Andrew Ely (.357) stroked a pair of doubles while 1B Blake Headley (.261) went 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch and scored once. Ems had their chances but were just 1-for-11 with RISP and stranded 13.
Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz (2.72 ERA) worked 5.2 innings and its unlikely he sees any mound time Tuesday night at the All-Star game. The right-hander gave up an unearned run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Game score 56......Tyler Peitzmeier (2-1, 8.10 ERA) got the final out of the sixth, stranding the inherited runner, and worked a 1-2-3 seventh. The Indians got to the left-hander in the 8th, scoring three times on three hits and a walk....Craig Brooks (13-50 ERA) got the final out of the 8th but not before allowing a single to score an inherited runner.
Emeralds Notes: According to Eugene play-by-play broadcaster Cam LeFerle, IF Matt Rose sprained his wrist in the series opener and was available to pinch-hit on Sunday night. He’s expected to be ready to go after the break. Eloy Jimenez is still out of the line-up and will attend all-star game festivities but not play. He’s also expected back after the break when Eugene heads to Salem-Keizer.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 7, Giants 3
Cubs (18-15) made the most of their nine hits beating the Giants (17-17).
In the Box: Benjamin Carhart made his first rehab appearance since going on the DL over two months ago in Myrtle Beach. Carhart played first and was 2-for-3 including a RBI single in the first inning....3B P.J. Higgins (.324) continues to produce as the Cubs 12th round pick was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored....2B Carlos Sepulveda (.254) had two hits and drove in a pair while C Yohan Matos (.091) scored and had a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Austyn Willis (3-1, 3.18 ERA) took the mound for the 7th time in the AZL, his sixth start. The right-hander allowed a run over five innings on four hits and had a game score of 54.....M.T. Minacci (6.35 ERA) surrendered two runs on five hits in 1.2 innings.....Heath Dwyer (5.06 ERA) fanned four in 2.1 frames to earn his first pro save.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Cubs are 32-22 but still find themselves five games behind Red Sox II (37-17) in the San Pedro de Macoris division. Cubs can make up some ground as they face the Red Sox Aug. 5-6 and have 18 games remaining, nine two-game series.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
The Rays (41-25) and Tigers (36-30) will square off in the best-of-three VSL playoffs while the Cubs (27-39) and Phillies (28-39) will try to stay out of the basement. Six games remain in the VSL season which concludes on Saturday.