Leal no-no for 9, Cubs 8/4 Recap

South Bend’s Erick Leal tossed nine no-hit innings but came away with a non-decision as Kane County won 1-0 in 12 innings. Rob Zastryzny earned his first AA win, and Jonathan Martinez won again. While arms dominated the headlines, Iowa’s Javier Baez homered again and Jeimer Candelario continued his assault on AA with a five RBI night.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 6, Colorado Springs (Brewers) 5
Javier Baez slugged a two-run homer and Chris Valiaka knocked in three runs as Iowa (60-50) swept Colorado Springs (43-65).

In the Box: Javier Baez (.315) only had one hit but it left the yard and proved to be the difference in the ball game. The two-run blast, his 11th, came in the 8th inning..... 1B Chris Valaika (.259) ripped a pair of doubles and plated three runs while LF Mike Baxter (.303) was on base three times and scored twice......3B Mike Olt had his 13-game hitting streak snapped......CF Rubi Silva (.286) was 1-for-4 to extend his hit streak to nine games.

Pitching Chart: Carlos Pimentel (8-5, 3.25 ERA) earned the win as the right-hander threw 93 pitches over 6.1 innings. He allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Game score of 52.....Ryan Buchter (1.72 ERA) got the final two outs of the 7th and Blake Cooper (3.10 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 8th.....Armando Rivero (3.51 ERA) started the ninth but only got two outs as the Sky Sox loaded the bases on two hits and a walk. Brian Schlitter (1.09 ERA) gave up a double to score all three runs and then got a groundout for his 16th save.

I-Cubs Notes: I-Cubs return to Principal Park on Wednesday and host Omaha for the first of five games. Drake Britton (7-5, 4.85 ERA) gets the start for Iowa.

Box Score and Game Story



Southern League—AA—Tennessee 6, Birmingham (White Sox) 5
Jeimer Candelario knocked in five runs and Rob Zastryzny won his first AA game as Tennessee (56-50) beat Birmingham (58-48).

In the Box: Jeimer Candelario (.353) knocked in a season-high five runs, three coming on his second AA homer. The third baseman extended his hitting streak to 10 games and is 16-38 with 12 RBI during the streak.....The Southern League’s batting leader added three more hits to his season total and knocked in a run. Willson Contreras leads the SL with a .331 average and also swiped his first base......CF Jacob Hannemann (.232) had two hits and scored once while DH Albert Almora (.237) was 1-for-4 with a run.....Tommy La Stella and Miguel Montero both had the night off.

Pitching Chart: Rob Zastryzny (1-3, 4.59 ERA) won his first AA game, throwing 91 pitches in 6.1 innings. The former second-round pick allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks. He fanned four and had a game score of 47.......Corey Black (4.22 ERA) celebrated his 24th birthday with 1.1 innings and his sixth hold. Black gave up a run on two hits and a walk.....P.J. Francescon (0.86 ERA) retired the final four hitters , two on strikes, for his 17th save.

Smokies News: Ryan Williams (5-2, 3.33 ERA) gets the start for Wednesday night’s match-up with the Barons.

Box Score and Game Story



Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 6, Wilmington (Royals) 1
In the battle of Carolina League first-half champs, three Myrtle Beach (63-45) pitchers held Wilmington (52-56) to four hits.

In the Box: Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in the second on SS Carlos Penalver’s (.212) two-run single.....CF Trey Martin (.242) made it 5-1 when he took an inside pitch and ripped a double down the left field line, scoring two....1B Chesny Young (.336) went 2-for-5 with double and a RBI while 3B Jason Vosler (.250) and DH Cael Brockmeyer (.226) both had two hits and scored twice.

Pitching Chart: Jonathan Martinez (8-2, 3.00 ERA) fanned six over six innings and held the Blue Rocks to a run on three hits and two walks. Martinez threw 81 pitches and had a game score of 66.....Michael Heesch continued his solid season with two no-hit frames while David Berg struckout the side in the ninth

Pelicans News: Daury Torrez (8-6, 3.92 ERA) and the Pelicans look to make it two in a row on Wednesday night.

Box Score and Game Story and Video Highlights



Midwest League—Low A—Kane County (D-Backs) 1, South Bend 0—12 innings
Erick Leal twirled a no-hitter for nine innings but Kane County won the game in the 12th without the aid of a hit.

In the Box: Only six hits for the Cubs and half of them came of the bat of Jeffrey Baez, who went 3-for-6 and was called out swinging in the 10th with the bases loaded when the ball hit him on the wrist. LF Ian Happ (.278), C Gioskar Amaya (.263) and 2B David Bote (.227) all singled.

Pitching Chart: Erick Leal (7-7, 4.12 ERA) made history on Tuesday night as the 20-year-old Venezuelan tossed nine innings of no-hit ball. With a sharp-breaking curve ball and a fastball with late movement in the mid-90s, the right-hander only allowed a walk in the fifth and retired the final 14 hitters he faced in his 87-pitch outing. The nine innings was a new career-high for Leal. Corbin Hoffner allowed a single with two outs in the 10th to end the no-hitter and threw two scoreless frames....Jordan Minch (0-4, 4.34 ERA) issued a leadoff walk that eventually scored on a sacrifice fly in the 12th.

SB-Cubs News: South Bend looks to even the series as they send Trevor Clifton (3-9, 5.00 ERA) to the mound Wednesday night.

Box Score and Game Story and interview with Leal



Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene
The Northwest League All-Stars used a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Pioneer All-Stars 6-5 on Tuesday night. Eugene’s Pedro Araujo got charged with a blown save as the right-hander allowed two runs in the 8th on three hits and a walk. OF Eloy Jimenez and RHP Oscar De La Cruz didn’t play.

Emeralds Notes: Eugene (4-3, 21-24) will be looking to get into the playoff hunt in the second half as they find themselves one game back of Salem-Keizer. The Emeralds host the Volcanoes for three games (Aug. 6-8) and then head to Boise for three games.

All Star Box Score and Game Story



Arizona Rookie League—Padres 8, Cubs 6
A walk-off two-run homer in the 9th gave the Padres (16-19) the comeback win over the Cubs (19-16).

In the Box: Fourth-round pick Darryl Wilson returned to the lineup for the first time since July 13 and collected two hits in three at-bats.....RF Robert Garcia (.363) continues to rake in the AZL as the 21-year-old had two hits, scored twice, knocked in a run and swiped three bases.....1B Varonex Cuevas (.344) and Marcus Mastrobuoni (.207) both had two hits while DH Benjamin Carhart (.333) doubled in two runs in his third straight rehab appearance.

Pitching Chart: Another rough outing for Dylan Cease (2.76 ERA), Cubs sixth round pick last year, as the 18-year-old right hander walked four in 1.1 innings , allowing two runs with three strikeouts. After being almost un-hittable his first six games, Cease has allowed six walks and four runs in his last two games in two innings......Michael Knighton (5.29 ERA) gave up a run over 2.1 frames and Ariel Ovando (0.68 ERA) fanned three over two innings, surrendering an unearned run. Carlos Rodriguez (6.23 ERA) yielded two runs in the 8th and Scott Effross (4.05 ERA) surrendered the walk-off blast in the ninth with two outs.

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Dominican Summer League—Cubs 3, Mets II 2
A double by Richard Nunez in the bottom of the ninth gave the Cubs (34-22) the walk-off win after the Mets (33-23) scored twice in the top of inning.

In the Box: 2B Edgar Rondon (.339) led off the ninth with a walk, took second on a sacrifice bunt by DH Franklin Tineo (.156) and scored on the Nunez double. Cubs scored twice in the second after two outs when RF Tony Rijo (.206) was hit by a pitch and C Raymond Pena (.111) and SS Yeiler Peguero (.287) singled to load the base. LF Yovanny Cuevas (.248) smacked a singled to center, plating two runs to bring his RBI total to 20, third on the team.

Pitching Chart: Andri Rondon (2-2, 3.00 ERA) stepped to the mound for his ninth start and blanked the Mets for five innings. The 19-year-old fanned three and had a game score of 64......Julian Aybar continues to rack up quality relief outings as he tossed three shutout frames and hasn’t allowed an earned in 10.2 innings......The Mets scored twice off Aneuris Rosario (2-0, 1.88 ERA) as he suffered his first blown save, allowing four hits, all singles.

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Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 7, Phillies 2
Cubs (28-40) used a five-run 7th to beat the Phillies (29-39) in the VSL battle for third place.

In the Box: RF Jhonny Bethencourt is closing in on the batting crown as the 18-year-old went 2-for-5 to up his average to a VSL best .314.....CF Jose Gonzalez (.246) knocked in his league-leading 45th run, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.....1B Fidel Matos (.259) and LF Jose Rojas (.259) both were 2-for-4 with a RBI.

Pitching Chart: Jesus Arias (2-3, 2.55 ERA) made his eighth start and worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Game score 52......Yapson Gomez garnished his first win of the season with three shutout frames. The 21-year-old right-hander fanned three and walked one to lower his ERA to 1.40 in 25.2 IP......Jose Leidenz fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth.

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