Cubs Sept. 2 Minors Recap

Jonathan Martinez continues to pitch his case for Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year as the right-hander tossed six shutout innings to help the Pelicans to their 78th win. Iowa and South bend were eliminated from the playoffs while Eugene finds themselves in a battle for a post-season berth.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 11, Iowa 3
Oklahoma City (84-55) scored 10 runs in the first four innings and eliminated Iowa (78-61) from the playoffs.

In the Box: Taylor Davis (.303) stayed red-hot, going 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Christian Villanueva (.262) knocked in his 85th RBI and Chris Valaika (.264) went 1-for-3 and drove in a run.

Pitching Chart: Fernando Cruz got the start and got lit up for 10 runs on 10 hits, including three homers, in his AAA debut. Armando Rivero gave up a run in the fifth and Zac Rosscup worked a 1-2-3 sixth with two punchouts. Yoervis Medina retired all three hitters he faced in the 7th. Brain Schlitter, who cleared waivers and was optioned to Iowa, threw a scoreless eighth.

I-Cubs Notes: RHP Carlos Pimentel was named the PCL Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday.....Kevin Brown has been promoted from Myrtle Beach to Iowa.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Tennessee
Smokies had the day off and open a five-game series to end the season at Biloxi. SS Carlos Penalver, rated as the best defensive shortstop in the Cubs organization, joins the team from Myrtle Beach for the final series.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 4, Potomac (Nationals) 2
Jonathan Martinez blanked Potomac (63-71) for six frames and Myrtle Beach (78-54) evened the series.

In the Box: Pelicans made the most of their five hits, scoring three times in the sixth. C Victor Caratini (.253) delivered a two-out, two-run double and Jacob Rogers (.252) followed with a RBI single. Making his High A debut, Jeffrey Baez tripled and scored on Benjamin Carhart’s single in the seventh for a 4-0 lead. SS Gleyber Torres went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first game with Pelicans.

Pitching Chart: Jonathan Martinez (9-2, 2.58 ERA) may have been placed on the DL for seven days but upon his return he didn’t miss a beat. The right-hander blanked the P-Nats for six innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He fanned a pair and had a game score of 63.......Michael Heesch (2.27 ERA) tossed a scoreless seventh but gave up two runs in the 8th, leaving with one on.....David Berg (1.80 ERA) put out the fire, despite an error by Torres, getting the final out to end the threat. He allowed a two-out single in the ninth but recorded his fourth save.

Pelicans News: Lots of moves for the Pelicans on Tuesday. Paul Blackburn was placed on the DL and Jonathan Martinez was activated from the DL and got the start. SS Gleyber Torres and OF Jeffrey Baez were promoted from South Bend. SS Carlos Penalver was sent to AA, Kevin Brown was promoted to AAA, and Jordan Hankins was taken off the DL and assigned to South Bend.

Box Score and Game Story

Midwest League—Low A—Dayton (Reds) 10, South Bend 1
Dayton (69-65) pounded South Bend (62-70) pitching for 15 hits and eliminated the Cubs from the playoffs.

In the Box: LF Charcer Burks (.266) led off the first with a single and scored when 1B Gioskar Amaya (.266) followed with a double. That would be all the scoring for SB. Burks tripled and finished 2-for-4 and Amaya had two doubles. SS Vimael Machin (.165) singled and walked.

Pitching Chart: James Norwood (2-4, 4.95 ERA) went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. He fanned two and left with two runners on, both scored. Game score 39......Ryan McNeil (2.75 ERA) allowed two inherited runners to score and in the sixth and then gave up three more over 1.2 innings. He surrendered four hits, walked one and recorded one strikeout....Corbin Hoffner (1.37 ERA) pitched the final two frames and yielded three runs, breaking his 16.1 scoreless streak.

SB-Cubs News: C Jordan Hankins has joined the team from Myrtle Beach. SS Gleyber Torres and OF Jeffrey Baez were promoted to Myrtle Beach.

Box Score and Game Story

Northwest League—Short-Season—Salem-Keizer (Giants) 3, Eugene 2
Salem-Keizer (37-35) scored twice in the seventh and beat Eugene (37-35) to move into a first place tie for the wild card spot.

In the Box: CF Donnie Dewees (.268) knocked in his 30th run and went 2-for-3 with a walk. Ems scored both their runs in the second as 1B Blake Headley (.246) added a RBI single. SS Andrew Ely (.315) was 3-for-4 with a double.

Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz is establishing himself as one of the Cubs top young pitching prospects as the 20-year-old made his 13th start on Wednesday night. The 6-foot-4 right-hander tossed six solid innings, allowing one run on three hits with four punchouts. De La Cruz has 73 K in 73 IP.......Tyler Peitzmeier (2-3, 5.17 ERA) only got one out in the 7th, surrendering a solo homer and a double before exiting.....Pedro Araujo fanned the first hitter he faced but then gave up a go-ahead triple. He struckout the side in the eighth.

Emeralds Notes: Eugene (20-14) still holds a one-game lead over HIllsboro for the first-half title but are now tied with Salem-Keizer for the best overall record if the Hops take the second half.

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