Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 3, Nashville (A’s) 1
Dallas Beeler had a solid outing as Iowa (65-52) evened the series with Nashville (53-65).
In the Box: SS Javier Baez (.292) got the I-Cubs on the board in the fourth with a RBI triple, a ball to right center that split the outfielders and Baez, hustling out of the box, motored to third. CF Matt Szczur (.296) doubled and scored to extended his hit streak to 13 games. Baez crossed home on 3B Christian Villanueva’s (.269) sacrifice fly. The Cubs final run of the night came on 2B Arismendy Alcantara’s (.233) 12th homer of the season. Cubs only had four hits in the win.
Pitching Chart: Dallas Beeler (5-5 5.16 ERA) held the Sounds to one run over 6.2 innings, allowing six hits and two walks. The right-hander fanned three in his 103-pitch outing and had a game score of 59.....Ryan Buchter (1.62 ERA) got the final out of the 7th, Blake Cooper (2.93 ERA) retired two hitters in the 8th and Joseph Ortiz (5.24 ERA) retired the only hitter he faced.....Brian Schlitter (1.25 ERA) pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.
I-Cubs Notes: Eric Jokisch (3-3, 3.40 ERA) returns to the mound for Thursday night’s tilt with Nashville at Principal Park......Iowa has placed OF Rubi Silva on the suspended list for three days for breaking team rules.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 4, Chattanooga (Twins) 2—13 innings
Billy McKinney’s two-run single in the 13th innings gave Tennessee (23-22, 62-52) the win over Chattanooga (19-25, 62-50) in the series opener.
In the Box: With two out in the 13th, the Smokies loaded the bases with a walk and a hit-by-pitch and RF BIlly McKinney (.286) ripped a line drive to left, scoring two. McKinney ended the night 2-for-5 with a walk and three RBI......1B Jacob Rogers (.242) smacked his first AA homer, a solo shot in the 7th that gave Tennessee a 2-1 lead. Smokies only had five hits in the game, one by CF Albert Almora (.266), who extended his hit streak to nine games.
Pitching Chart: Felix Pena (5-7, 3.96 ERA) made his first start since July 26 after two appearances out of the bullpen. In his 19th start, the right-hander was as sharp as ever, blanking the Lookouts on just two hits and a walk over five innings. Pena threw 76 pitches, 45 for strikes, and recorded three strikeouts. The 25-year-old passed the 100 innings mark for the third straight year and his 117 K is a new career-high, and nearly 3 K per game higher than his career-average.......Corey Black (4.17 ERA) got charged with a blown save, allowing the tying run to score in the sixth on a walk and two hits.....Andres Santiago (4.34 ERA)worked three innings and gave up the tying run in the 8th.....Fernando Cruz (2-0, 5.47 ERA) tossed three innings of no-hit relief for the win and Starling Peralta (2.34 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 4th save.
Smokies News: Pierce Johnson (6-0, 1.61 ERA) takes the mound on Thursday night against the Lookouts.
Carolina League—High A—Salem (Red Sox) 5, Myrtle Beach 4
Salem (16-29, 54-61) scored four times in the second and held on to even the series with Myrtle Beach (27-18, 68-46).
In the Box: Pelicans had 10 hits in the loss, two from LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.273), who doubled twice, knocked in a run and scored twice.....DH Jordan Hankins (.210) collected a pair of hits, including a double, one of seven from Myrtle Beach. 3B Jason Vosler (.281), 1B Benjamin Carhart (.234) and CF Trey Martin (.241) all plated runs.
Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (5-7, 3.65 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 first but the second inning was a different story as the right-hander allowed four runs on six hits, including a two-run homer. Tseng gave up another run in the sixth and finished with a line of 6 IP, 11 H, 5 ER< 0 BB, 5 K.....James Farris (4.63 ERA) worked two perfect innings with two punchouts.
Pelicans News: Daury Torrez (8-6, 4.03 ERA) gets the start in the series finale on Thursday night......OF Mark Zagunis (.275/.408/.415, 7 HR, 48 RBI, 11 SB) missed his fourth straight game and hasn’t seen the field since getting hit in the head by a pitch Aug. 7 at Frederick.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 2, Beloit (A’s) 1
Trevor Clifton tossed six shutout innings as South Bend (22-23, 51-61) beat Beloit (19-25, 45-69) to even the series.
In the Box: Cubs got on the board as RF Jeffrey Baez (.273) led off with a double and with two outs, 1B Gioskar Amaya (.268) tripled to right-center.....3B Matt Rose (.250) smacked his first MWL homer, a solo shot in the 6th that cleared the center field fence.....Baez finished 2-for-5 and added a triple while SS Gleyber Torres (.307) and DH Ian Happ (.237) both went 0-for-4.
Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton (5-9, 4.45 ERA) had one of his better outings of the season as the 20-year-old fanned seven in six shutout frames. Clifton allowed three hits, walked two, hit a batter and had a game score of 71......Michael Wagner (3.46) gave up a solo homer in 2.2 innings of relief and Corbin Hoffner (0.49 ERA) entered with two on in the 9th got the final out for his 7th save.
SB-Cubs News: Tommy Thorpe (3-5, 3.48 ERA) gets the ball on Thursday night in the series finale.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Everett Mariners) 6, Eugene 1
Everett (7-7, 30-22) scored in their final three at-bats to beat Eugene (8-6, 26-26) and end their four-game win streak.
Pitching Chart: Making his 10th start, Carson Sands (2-3, 3.59 ERA) went five innings, allowing an unearned run on five hits and a walk He struckout four and had a game score of 58....Greyfer Eregua (0-2, 2.25 ERA) took the loss, allowing four runs in three innings......Craig Brooks (4.15 ERA) fanned the side in the ninth.
Emeralds Notes: Justin Steele (3-1, 2.40 ERA) makes his first start since July 20 in the second game of the series with Everett.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 11, Rangers 7
Cubs (7-4, 22-17) pounded Rangers (6-7, 19-22) for 17 hits in the win.
In the Box: Career night at the plate for 3B P.J. Higgins (.317) as the Cubs 11th round pick was a homer shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.....1B Jose Paniagua (.275) went 3-for-5 with two RBI while CF Darryl Wilson (.316) had three hits and scored twice......DH Daniel Spingola made his pro debut, going 2-for-4 with a RBI.....SS Andruw Monasterio (.221) and LF Michael Foster both plated two runs.
Pitching Chart: Manuel Rondon (5.80 ERA) got the start and went four innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.....Tyler Skulina continued his rehab, facing four hitters in the fifth, two collecting hits and scoring a run...Tanner Griggs (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win in relief, tossing 2.1 frames. The right-hander fanned one and gave up an unearned run on one hit.....Jared Cheek (0.00 ERA) pitched the final two innings for his first save.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 6, Tigers 4
Cubs (39-23) used a six-run seventh to beat the Tigers (28-34).
In the Box: Trailing 3-0, the Cubs scored all their runs in the 7th as LF Yovanny Cuevas (.255), 1B Richard Nunez (.250), 3B Miguel Ruiz (.167), C Raymond Pena (.119) and Jose Jules (.182) all knocked in runs. DH Franklin Tineo (.189) was 3-for-4.
Pitching Chart: Hector Garcia (4.13 ERA) made the start and lasted three frames, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk....Wander Cabrera (4-2, 1.74 ERA) allowed a run in three innings and got credit for the win.....Luis Aquino (0.92 ERA) pitched two frames, allowing a run while Aneuris Rosario (1.47 ERA) earned his 10th save with a scoreless ninth.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
After the Tigers won the opener 7-1 in the best-of-three series, the Rays returned the favor with a 7-1 win and Wednesday’s winner take all game was rained out. The title will be decided on Thursday.