Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 13, Salt Lake (Angles) 2
Iowa (69-56) smacked three homers and knocked out 18 hits in the win over Salt Lake (50-76).
In the Box: Taylor Teagarden (5), Mike Olt (7) and Christian Villanueva (16) all homered and knocked in two runs each. Tommy La Stella was 3-for-5 with a RBI while DH Javier Baez (.303) and SS Chris Valaika (.270) had two hits apiece.
Pitching Chart: Carlos Pimentel (11-5, 2.95 ERA) earned his 11th win with five innings. The right-hander only allowed two runs but it could have been worse as he issued six hits and six walks, throwing 108 pitches.....Drake Britton tossed four innings of shutout relief to earn his first save.
I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada (3-5, 3.74 ERA) toes the rubber of Friday night in Salt Lake.
Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 17, Tennessee 4
Montgomery (66-54) collected 18 hits, including four homers, to beat Tennessee (64-57).
In the Box: CF Jacob Hannemann (.245) made two diving catches and smacked his fifth homer. He also tripled and ended the night with two RBI. 1B Wes Darvill (.169), who pitched a scoreless ninth, hit a two-run homer in the bottom half of the frame. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.288) added two hits.
Pitching Chart: Rough night for Rob Zastryzny (2-5, 6.23 ERA) as he allowed two homers and six runs in three innings. The left-hander threw 64 pitches, surrendered six hits and fanned one.....Juan Paniagua got rocked for a pair of homers (4 runs) in his first inning and tossed two scoreless frames. Gerardo Concepcion only got two outs as the Biscuits scored six times in the 7th. Tayler Scott walked three and gave up a run in 1.1 innings in his first game since coming off the DL.
Smokies News: Ryan Williams (8-2, 2.60 ERA) gets the start in the first game and Andres Santiago (2-5, 4.70 ERA) is scheduled to start the night cap.....Tayler Scott has been activated from the disabled list.....Smokies announcer Mick Gillispie has nicknamed outfielder Jacob Hannemann the “Ball Hawk” due to his defensive plays this season.
Carolina League—High A—Winston-Salem 5, Myrtle Beach 4
Winston-Salem (32-20, 62-60) rallied for two runs in the 8th and won on a walk-off wild pitch to regain first place over Myrtle Beach (32-21, 73-49).
In the Box: Pelicans scored three runs in the first, added one more in the second and didn’t score the rest of the night. Doubles by 2B Chesny Young (.330), CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.274) and RF Mark Zagunis (.274) opened the game and a single by 1B Jacob Rogers (.253) made it 3-0. 3B Jason Vosler (.259) added a RBI single in the second, scoring Young......Chen, Vosler and C Victor Caratini (.244) all had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Daury Torrez (9-6, 3.93 ERA) went six innings, allowing a pair of solo homers. He fanned four, allowed four hits and walked one.....Josh Conway worked a scoreless 7th but got tagged for two runs in the 8th on three hits and was charged with his 4th blown save.....Michael Heesch (8-2, 2.20 ERA) got the final two outs of the 8th but ran into trouble in the 9th with a single and two walks. He then uncorked a wild pitch that got far enough away form Caratini to allow the winning run to score.
Pelicans News: Jeremy Null (2-1, 3.58 ERA) gets the start in the series opener in Frederick.
Midwest League—Low A—Dayton (Reds) 7, South Bend 2
Dayton (23-29, 62-60) pounded South Bend (27-25, 56-63) pitching for 18 hits to take the series finale.
In the Box: DH Ian Happ (.294) was involved in both South Bend runs as he tripled in RF Jeffrey Baez (.278) and then scored on 2B David Bote’s RBI single. Happ went 2-for-3 and Baez added two singles.
Pitching Chart: Tommy Thorpe (4-6, 3.45 ERA) worked into the six and fanned a career-high seven but surrendered five runs on 10 hits and three walks......Michael Wagner (3.50 ERA) got charged with two runs in 2.2 frames and Corbin Hoffner (0.44 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth.
SB-Cubs News: James Norwood (2-1, 3.71 ERA) is scheduled to get the start in the series opener against Fort Wayne on Friday night.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 12, Salem-Keizer (Giants) 5
Eugene (13-9, 30-30) used a 14-hit attack to knock off Salem Keizer (11-11, 31-30) in the series opener and moved into a first-place tie with Hillsboro for the second half title.
In the Box: CF Donnie Dewees (.257) extended his hit streak to 13 games, going 2-for-6 with a RBI.....DH Eloy Jimenez (.278) clubbed his fourth homer of a year, a two-run blast in the fifth, and finished 2-for-6 with two runs and three RBI.....2B Frandy Delarosa (.281) had three hits and knocked in a pair while RF Alex Bautista (.277) was 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI. 3B Adonis Paula (.262) and C Alberto Mineo (.194) both knocked in two runs.
Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz (5-3, 3.30 ERA) went six innings to earn the win, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk. He fanned four and had a game score of 49....Trey Masek and Tyler Peitzmeier were perfect in their inning of relief while Scott Frazier allowed a run on three hits in the 8th.
Emeralds Notes: A starter has not been named for Friday night......OF Kevonte Mitchell and IF Ho-young Son were sent back to the Arizona Rookie League while IF P.J. Higgins (11th round pick) and Daniel Spingola (31st round) were assigned to Eugene.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 11, Diamondbacks 0
In a battle for first place in the east division, the Cubs (13-7, 28-20) used five pitchers to blank the D-Backs (13-8, 24-25).
In the Box: The bottom of the order were the hitting stars in this one as the Cubs 6-7-8-9 hitters were a combined 12-for-19 with six runs and six RBI. Andruw Monasterio went 4-for-5 while Carlos Jimenez had three hits and knocked in three. Yohan Matos had three hits and drove in a a pair and Roberto Caro had two hits and scored three times.
Pitching Chart: Cubs used five pitchers to blank the D-Backs. Austin Willis (3.05 ERA) got the start and tossed four innings of one-hit ball with a pair of strikeouts.....Jesus Castillo (1-2, 4.58 ERA) got the win, working two scoreless frames. Third-round pick Bryan Hudson (6.75 ERA) fanned two is his only inning and Enrique De Los Rios (3.24 ERA) threw a 1-2-3 eighth...... M.T. Minacci pitched the ninth.
Cubs Notes: Cubs moved into a first-place tie with the Giants after the win over the Diamondbacks, who are just a half-game back. Cubs have Friday off.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 10, Pirates 5
Cubs (43-27) collected 14 hits against the Pirates (28-42) and snapped a three-game losing streak
In the Box: Big game for C Erick Gonzalez (.284) as the 18-year-old went 3-for-3 and knocked in five runs, both career highs. 1B Richard Nunez (.254) had two hits, walked twice, knocked in two, and scored three times. 3B Rafael Mejia (.270) went 3-for-5 with a RBI while SS Edgar Rondon (.327) had two singles, knocked in a run and scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Eury Ramos gave up a run over the first four innings on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts....Sucre Valdez (2-2, 4.26 ERA) got credit for the win despite allowing three runs on six hits in two innings. Fauris Guerrero worked the final three innings for his first save, allowing a solo homer with three punchouts
Cubs Notes: With only two games left on their schedule heading into Friday, the Cubs find themselves one game behind Red Sox II.