Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 8, Salt Lake (Angels) 2
Cubs (68-56) scored four times in the second and beat Salt Lake (50-75) in the series opener.
In the Box: Cubs had 12 hits in the win, three each from SS Javier Baez (.302) and RF John Andreoli (.286). They also each knocked in a run. CF Matt Szczur (.294) plated a pair of runs while 2B Chris Valaika (.267) went 2-for-4 and collected his 1,000 hit as a minor leaguer.
Pitching Chart: Felipe Paulino (4-7, 4.65 ERA) held the Bees to two runs over five innings, issuing three walks and four hits, including a homer. Paulino threw 98 pitches and had a game score of 49......Trevor Cahill made his Cubs debut on Wednesday night as the 27-year-old right-hander blanked Salt Lake for three frames. He allowed three hits, fanned two and only needed 39 pitches, 25 for strikes.....Ryan Buchter pitched a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Carlos Pimentel (10-5, 2.95 ERA) gets the start in the second game at Salt Lake on Thursday night.
Southern League—AA—Game 1— Tennessee 7, Montgomery (Rays) 6—9 innings; Game 2—Montgomery 4, Tennessee 2—5 innings
Tennessee (64-56) won the opener on a walk-off safety squeeze and Montgomery (66-54) took the second game that was shortened by rain.
In the Box: Game 1—Smokies didn’t get the ball past the pitcher and scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win.....After two walks and a sacrifice, Wes Darvill hit a swinging bunt towards the mound and Anthony Giansanti beat the throw home to tie the game. Jacob Hannemann then executed the safety squeeze to perfection, scoring Bijan Rademacher for the walk-off win. Taylor Davis sent his fifth AA homer over the CF fence in the fifth. Jonathan Mota capped off the Smokies four-run fourth with a two-run single.....Stephen Bunro extended his hit srreak to 10 games and Albert Almora had his snapped at 13 games........Game 2—Only three hits in the nightcap. Almora doubled and scored on a Taylor Davis single while Ryan Dent knocked in the other run with a groundout.
Pitching Chart: Game 1—Pierce Johnson was within two outs of a complete game but left after 100 pitches with two runners on. Johnson allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks. He fanned one and had a game score of 47.......P.J. Francescon’s first pitch left the stadium for a three-run homer to tie the game. Francescon (4-2, 1.63 ERA), who had only allowed three homers the entire season, gave up his second long ball of the game in the top of the ninth. He got credit for the win, working 2.2 innings with two strikeouts.; Game 2—Felix Pena (5-8, 4.10 ERA) pitched all five innings for the Smokies and took the loss. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Pena threw 94 pitches and had a game score of 47.
Smokies News: Rob Zastryzny (2-4, 5.62 ERA) starts the third game of the series on Thursday.
Carolina League—High A—Game 1— Myrtle Beach 4, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 1; Game 2—Myrtle Beach 4, Winston-Salem 2—9 innings
Myrtle Beach (32-20) swept Winston-Salem (31-20) and moved into first place atop the Southern Division.
In the Box: Game 1—Pelicans made the most of their five hits scoring twice in the fifth and seventh. Kevin Brown launched a solo homer, his 4th, while Jason Vosler, Victor Caratini and Daniel Lockhart all plated runs with base hits......Game 2—Myrtle Beach took advantage of five walks in the ninth to plate two runs for the win. The Pelicans scored twice in the third when Daniel Lockhart’s sacrifice bunt turned into a Little League homer with the help of two throwing errors. Only three hits in the night-cap, a double by Pin-Chieh Chen and single from Jason Vosler and Benjamin Carhart.
Pitching Chart: Game 1—Jonathan Martinez (8-2, ERA) gave up a single and walk over four innings before leaving. With innings mounting up and the playoffs approaching, the Cubs won’t overuse their pitchers for the sake of qualifying for a win. The right-hander has already logged 109 innings in 21 games, 20 starts. Martinez fanned three and had a game score of 62....Tyler Skulina (3-4, 3.05 ERA) returned to Myrtle Beach after a trip to the DL on June 28, and three rehab appearances in Mesa. The former 4th round pick got the win in relief, finishing with a line of 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.......Game 2— Jen-Ho Tseng (3.62 ERA) fanned seven over six innings but didn’t figure in the decision. The righty allowed two runs on six hits and a walk for a game score of 58. Jasvir Rakkar (3-1, 2.20 ERA) blanked the Dash for two frames for the win while David Berg pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.
Pelicans News: Daury Torrez (9-6, 3.98 ERA) takes the ball on Thursday night against the Dash..
In the Box: CF Rashad Crawford (.286) matched his career-high with four RBI on a pair of two-run singles. SS Gleyber Torres (.302) added a two-run homer, his third, while David Bote (.259) stayed hot with two base hits. Bote is batting .410 over his last 10 games. C Erick Castillo (.272) and 3B Matt Rose (.353) both knocked in runs.
Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton (5-9, 4.45 ERA) beat Dayton for the first time in four starts, working into the 7th. The 20-year-old right-hander fanned seven and allowed two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings.....Jordan Minch (3.98 ERA) gave up a run in 1.2 innings and Ryan McNeil (2.86 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth.
SB-Cubs News: Tommy Thorpe (4-5, 3.33 ERA) pitches the series finale on Thursday night.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 11, Boise 5
Eugene (29-30) pounded Boise (20-39) pitching for 18 hits and left town with the series win.
In the Box: DH Frandy Delarosa (.274) led the offensive attack with three hits and three RBI. 2B Sutton Whiting (.250) added three hits and a RBI while RF Ricardo Marcano (.253) had three hits, scored twice and drove in two. Every starter had at least one hit, including CF Donnie Dewees (.255), who extended his hit streak to 11 games. LF Eloy Jimenez (.276), 1B Alberto Mineo (.191), and 3B Vimael Machin (.231) all finished with two hits.
Pitching Chart: Justin Steele (3-1, 2.65 ERA) only lasted two innings, surrendering two runs on five hits with two strikeouts.....Jose Paulino (2-6, 4.47 ERA) got credit for the win, allowing a run over five innings on three hits with four punchouts. Jae-Hoon Ha gave up two runs in the 8th and Craig Brooks fanned two in a perfect ninth.
Emeralds Notes: Oscar De La Cruz (4-3, 3.00 ERA) takes the mound in the series opener at Salem-Keizer.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, Padres 0
Three Cubs (27-20) pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts and blanked the Padres (19-28).
In the Box: RF Daniel Spingola (.529) continues to scorch AZL pitching as the Cubs 31st round pick out of Georgia Tech went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. LF Roberto Caro (.242) and C Tyler Payne (.214) added RBI. Daniel Vogelbach doubled and walked three times in a rehab start, his fifth in the AZL.
Pitching Chart: Heath Dwyer (3.14 ERA) got the start and tossed four shout frames, yielding two hits and two walks while fanning four.....Carlos Rodriguez (4-1, 4.21 ERA) fanned eight Padres in three scoreless innings for the win...John Williamson (0.00 ERA) finished off the game with two strikeouts over the final two innings.
Dominican Summer League—Pirates 3, Cubs 2—14 innings
Cubs (42-27) dropped their third straight as the Pirates (28-41) won on a walk-off single in the 14th.
In the Box: Cubs tied the game in the top of the ninth on a RBI single by Jose Jules but the Cubs failed to score any more runs after having the bases loaded and no outs. Yovanny Cuevas (.263), Edgar Rondon (.321) and Jose Jules (.210) all had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Pablo Ochoa (2.68 ERA) got the start and went 3.1 shutout innings, allowing five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Jesus Tejada surrendered a run in 2.2 innings and the Pirates scored one time in four frames off Julian Aybar. Luis Aquino took the loss, yielding an unearned run in the 14th.