Cubs Aug. 26 Minors Recap

Oscar De La Cruz fanned 13 Spokane hitters and took a no-hitter into the 6th as Eugene won for the third straight night. Tennessee’s Albert Almora knocked in a season-high four runs in the Smokies win and South Bend’s Tommy Thorpe turned in his best outing of the year.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 3, Fresno (Astros) 2
Iowa beat Fresno for the third time in the four-game series behind the are of Carlos Pimentel and the bat of Javier Baez.

In the Box: SS Javier Baez (.317) continues to up his batting average and shows his versatility, playing third base and knocking in two runs (60) with a pair of singles. The I-Cubs third run scored on a throwing error after a Baez RBI single....2B Emilio Bonifacio made his I-Cubs debut, going 1-for-4 with a run scored but committed an error at second.

Pitching Chart: Carlos Pimentel (11-5, 2.98 ERA) pitched into the sixth, allowing a run on four walks and three hits. The right-hander threw 106 pitches, fanned three and had a game score of 57......Trevor Cahill got the final two outs of the fifth and tossed a scoreless seventh......Rafael Soriano made his first rehab appearance, working a 1-2-3 eighth with a strikeout......Brian Schlitter (1.09 ERA) recorded his 22nd save, getting charged with an unearned run in the ninth.

I-Cubs Notes: The Cubs have sent relief pitcher Rafael Soriano to Iowa for a rehab assignment. Soriano has been on the DL since Aug. 4 with shoulder inflammation........OF Matt Szczur was promoted to chicago to replace C David Ross, who was placed on the family medical emergency list.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 8, Chattanooga (Twins) 4
Albert Almora and Daniel Vogelbach both homered as Tennessee (68-60) evened the series with Chattanooga (69-56).

In the Box: CF Albert Almora doubled (25), smacked his 6th homer, and knocked in a season-high four runs (44)......1B Daniel Vogelbach (.282) hits his 7th homer a solo shot, and added a double.....RF Bijan Rademacher (.259), 2B Stephen Bruno (.268), and 3B Wes Darvill (.176) collected two hits and knocked in a run.

Pitching Chart: Ryan Williams (9-2, 3.12 ERA) only surrendered one earned run (two overall) over six innings to earn the win. Williams gave up five hits, walked one and fanned three in his 85-pitch outing. Game score 58.....Starling Peralta (2.16 ERA) allowed a run in his 1.2 innings of work and left with two on. P.J. Francesco (1.72 ERA) stranded two inherited runners, recording the final out of the 8th and closed out the Lookouts in the 9th for his 21st save, despite allowing a run on a hit and a walk.

Smokies News: Jeffry Antigua (4-4, 4.85 ERA) gets the start in the series finale at Chattanooga on Thursday.

Box Score and Game Story

Carolina League—High A—Winston-Salem @ Myrtle Beach
Wednesday night’s game with the Dash was rained out and will not be made up. Daury Torres (9-6, 3.93 ERA) is expected the get the start on Thursday night as the Pelicans open a four-game series at home against Wilmington. Winston-Salem has a 1.5 game lead on the Pelicans for the second half title.

Midwest League—Low A—West Michigan (Tigers) 4, South Bend 3
A bases loaded triple in the bottom of the 8th gave West Michigan (69-59) the win and a six-game lead over South Bend (58-67) in the second-half wild card race.

In the Box: Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the first when RF Jeffrey Baez (.276) singled, stole second and took third when the throw went into center, and scored on LF Ian Happ’s triple. Happ (.248) then scored on a balk. A double by 3B Vimael Machin (.178) and a RBI single from C Erick Castillo (.243) made it 3-1 in the 7th.

Pitching Chart: Tommy Thorpe (4-6, 3.16 ERA) tossed a career-high seven innings and only allowed an unearned run. The Cubs 8th round pick last year gave up two hits, walked three, and set three down on strikes. Game score of 71......Alex Santana (0-2, 4.30 ERA) got charged with the blown save and took the loss as he walked the bases loaded in the 8th and then gave up a triple in his only inning of work.

SB-Cubs News: James Norwood (2-2, 4.26 ERA) gets the ball on Thursday as South Bend returns home for a three-game series with Great Lakes. It will be Norwood’s sixth start as he began the season in the bullpen, had a stint on the DL with an arm injury and was moved to the rotation after returning to the MWL.....The Cubs have placed 1B/3B Matt Rose on the disabled list and recalled IF Vimael Machin from Eugene.

Box Score and Game Story

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 4, Spokane (Rangers) 1
Oscar De La Cruz fanned a career-high 13 hitters and combined with Greyfer Eregua on a one-hitter as Eugene beat Spokane for the third straight night.

In the Box: DH Alex Bautista’s base-loaded two-run double in the third gave Eugene all the runs they would need. P.J. Higgins stayed red-hot with a RBI single while Ricardo Marcano plated the final run. CF Donnie Dewees had his 18-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-for-4.

Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz (6-3, 2.96 ERA) had his best night as a pro as the 6-foot-4 right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The 20-year-old fanned a career-high 13 hitters and the only run scored on a throwing error in the fifth. He allowed one hit, walked one and had a game score of 85. Over 67 innings this year in the NWL, De La Cruz has 69 K and a 1.04 WHIP......Greyfer Eregua (2.13 ERA) retired all six hitters he faced over the final two frames to record his second save.

Emeralds Notes: Ryan Kellogg (0-1, 6.89 ERA) makes his eighth start for the Ems. The Cubs fifth-round pick from Arizona State, has a line of 15.2 IP, 23 H, 14 R, 12 ER, 6 BB, 10 K........Eugene has a one-game lead over Hillsboro for the second-half title.

Box Score and Game Story

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Cubs had the day off and have three games left on their schedule. The face the Diamondbacks and then a pair with the A’s.

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