Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 5, Omaha (Royals) 4
Chris Valiaka’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th capped off an Iowa (61-51) comeback as the beat Omaha (63-50).
In the Box: The Cubs scored two runs in the bottom of the 8th and added two more in the 9th for the comeback victory. 2B Chris Valiaka (.265) led the offense with three hits, including the game winner....DH Taylor Teagarden (.300) had two hits and scored a run while CF John Andreoli (.279) added two singles. C Taylor Davis (.287) had two hits and SS Javier Baez (.299) went 0-for-4 but scored from second on an errant pick-off play.
Pitching Chart: Tsuyoshi Wada (3.84 ERA) got the start and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. Wada threw 99 pitches and had a game score of 35.....Yoervis Medina threw 1.1 scoreless frames and Joseph Ortiz tossed a scoreless seventh..... Carl Edwards Jr. (3-1, 2.93 ERA) fanned two in two shutout relief innings and earned the win.
I-Cubs Notes: Dallas Beeler (3-5, 6.04 ERA) gets the start on Friday night against Omaha.
Southern League—AA—Birmingham (White Sox) 7, Tennessee 6—10 innings
A leadoff walk in the 10th gave Birmingham (59-49) the comeback win over Tennessee (57-51)
In the Box: C Miguel Montero hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th to give Tennessee a 6-5 lead. It was the only hit for Montero in four at-bats and he continues to move closer to returning to Wrigley. He-s 3-for-16 in four games.....CF Albert Almora (.247) is starting to heat up as the 21-year-old collected three hits and scored once......Jacob Hannemann singled twice, swiped his 16th base and scored three times while C Willson Contreras (.338) continues his impressive season, going 1-for-3 with two RBI (59).
Pitching Chart: Jeffry Antigua (4.16 ERA) got the start and lasted six innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits and a walk.....Fernando Cruz, recently promoted from Myrtle Beach, fanned three in two innings but allowed the tying run in the 8th.....P.J.Francescon (3-2, 1.03 ERA) gave up the winning run in the 10th on a leadoff walk and a two-out single.
Smokies News: Felix Pena (5-7, 4.15 ERA) gets the start on Friday night as Jackson comes to town for a five-game series.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 5, Wilmington (Royals) 4
A throwing error in the bottom of the ninth allowed Carlos Penalver to score the winning run as Myrtle Beach (65-45) swept Wilmington (52-58).
In the Box: With the game tied in the ninth, SS Carlos Penalver (.215) walked, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on Daniel Lockhart’s (.234) first sacrifice bunt of the season, and scored when a grounder to first off the bat of 1B Chesny Young (.329) was thrown past the catcher. It was the second straight walk-off win for the Pelicans.....Myrtle Beach tied the game in the 8th when LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.266) tripled and scored on RF Mark Zagunis’ single.....Zagunis (.276) had a big night at the plate and was a triple shy of the cycle, clubbing a two-run homer in the sixth....Penalver added two hits and Chen scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Daury Torrez made his 19th start and threw six innings, yielding four runs on six hits and a walk. He fanned two and had a game score of 45 in his 92-pitch outing......With a fastball in the mid-90s, David Garner (2.29 ERA) continues to mow down hitters in the Carolina League as the right-hander added two more scoreless innings to his resume. Garner has 22 K in 19.2 relief innings for the Pelicans.....Jasvir Rakkar (2-1, 2.25 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth and got credit for the win.
Pelicans News: Jeremy Null (1-1, 4.33 ERA) gets the start on Friday night as Frederick comes to town.
Midwest League—Low A—Kane County (D-Backs) 4, South Bend 3
Kane County (66-42) left South Bend (48-59) with the series win as they scored the eventual winning run in the top of the 7th.
In the Box: South Bend had 10 hits but stranded nine runners in the loss.....Jeffrey Baez (.263) stayed red-hot, collecting three more hits to extend his streak to eight games......SS Gleyber Torres (.307) went 2-for-5 with two RBI to bring his season total to 55.....1B Gioskar Amaya (.270) had two singles and scored, and is hitting .308 in his last 10 games, including a current six-game hitting streak.
Pitching Chart: Tommy Thorpe (3.48 ERA) had a solid outing for the Cubs, only allowing one earned run over six innings. Errors in the first and second innings by Thorpe and Baez permitted two unearned runs to score. The left-hander surrendered six hits, walked two, recorded two strikeouts and finished with a game score of 52.....Ryan McNeil (2-3, 2.84 ERA) gave up three straight hits in the 7th as the Courages scored the winning run. The right-hander fanned three in two innings.....Michael Wagner (2.68 ERA) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
SB-Cubs News: Clinton begins a three-game series at South bend on Friday night and the Cubs will send James Norwood (0-1, 6.32 ERA) to the mound.....
Northwest League—Short-Season—Salem-Keizer 3, Eugene 2
Salem-Keizer (6-2, 26-20) collected 11 hits and used a two-run fifth to beat Eugene (4-4, 21-25).
In the Box: Only seven hits for the Ems, two each from 2B Frandy Delarosa (.260) and C Tyler Alamo (.289). C Alberto Mineo (.184) got credit for the only RBI with a sac fly. RF Kevonte Mitchell (.157) doubled and scored.
Pitching Chart: Carson Sands (4.06 ERA) worked into the fifth and allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk. He fanned four and had a game score of 45.....Mark Malave suffered his first loss, surrendering the go-ahead run in the 7th. The right-hander fanned three and gave up two hits and a walk in two innings.....Greyfer Eregua worked 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Emeralds Notes: Jose Paulino (1-4, 4.73) gets the start Friday night against the Volcanoes.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Cubs (20-16) had the day off and are back in action on Friday night as they host the White Sox (19-18) at Sloan Park.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 6, Red Sox II 2
Cubs (36-22) moved closer to first with a two-game sweep of the Red Sox (39-19).
In the Box: LF Samir Lara (.320) knocked in two runs and collected three hits as the 18-year-old continues to impress in his first pro season....RF Wander Feliz (.259) knocked in two runs with a double while CF Yovanny Cuevas (.255) had two hits and scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Cubs used four pitchers in the win, no one throwing more than three innings. Wander Cabrera got the start and tossed two shutout innings and Hecto Garcia (3-2, 4.00 ERA) followed that up with three more scoreless frames. Luis Aquino (1.03 ERA) gave up two runs in his three innings and Aneuris Rosario (1.76 ERA) got the final three outs.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 4, Tigers 1
Three Cubs pitchers held the Tigers to just one run and hitless over the final four innings.
In the Box: CF Luis Ayala knocked in two with a pair of singles and added a walk while C Gustavo Polanco (.274) plated two runs with a single in the fifth. DH Jose Rojas went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles while Jhonny Bethencourt kept his lead in the batting title race with two hits to up his average to .318.
Pitching Chart: It took 12 starts but Riger Fernandez (1-5, 6.52 ERA) finally got his first pro win. The 17-year-old left-hander worked a season-high five innings, allowing a run on six hits and two walks......Moises Ramirez (2.01 ERA) tossed three no-hit innings as the only hitter reached on a HBP...... Juan Rengifo (1.18 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save.