Cubs Sept. 7 Minors Recap

Tennessee’s Willson Contreras went 4-for-4 in the first game of the twin-bill and won the Southern League batting title with a .333 average. Trevor Clifton fired a gem as South Bend won its finale while Iowa and Myrtle Beach lost.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Round Rock (Rangers) 7, Iowa 4
Round Rock (78-66) scored five times in the bottom of the eighth to beat Iowa (80-64) in the season finale.

In the Box: CF John Andreoli (.277) smacked his fifth homer, a solo shot, and went 2-for-4....3B Christian Villanueva (.259) launched his team-high 18th homer and also led Iowa with 88 RBI.....C Taylor Davis (.309) ended the year with a ten-game hitting streak, going 1-for-4......LF Arismendy Alcantara (.231) and RF Kevin Brown (.278) both knocked in runs.

Pitching Chart: It was a day for the bullpen.....P.J. Francescon got the start, his first since 2013 for Daytona, and tossed three shutout frames, fanning three with one hit.....Armando Rivero (3.16 ERA) and Drake Britton (5.08 ERA) both tossed an inning of shutout ball.....Frank Batista (5.71 ERA) allowed two runs over four innings and Ryan Buchter (1.78 ERA) only got one out in the 8th, allowing two runs. Brian Schlitter (2-3, 1.61 ERA) got the final two outs of the 8th but not before allowing three runs, including a grand slam homer.

I-Cubs Notes: Carl Edwards Jr. and Zac Rosscup were promoted to Chicago for the St. Louis series and both tossed a scoreless inning in the Cubs 9-0 win over the Cardinals.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Game 1—Tennessee 2, Biloxi (Brewers) 0; Game 2— Biloxi 3, Tennessee 2
Tennessee (76-63) and Biloxi (78-59) split the twin-bill on the season’s final day.

In the Box: Game 1—Willson Contreras went 4-for-4 and clinched the Southern League batting title, ending the year at .333........The Smokies took a 1-0 lead in the 4th as Daniel Vogelbach drew a bases loaded walk. They added a run in the sixth when Contreras singled and scored on an error. Game 2—Smokies took a 2-1 lead in the third on RBI triple by C Tyler Pearson (.150) and a RBI single from RF Bijan Rademacher (.261).

Pitching Chart: Game 1—Jeffry Antigua got the start in the opener, firing four innings of shutout ball. The left-hander allowed six hits, walked two, fanned a pair, and threw 63 pitches, 46 for outs....In his final rehab outing, Neil Ramirez earned the win with a 1-2-3 fifth, striking out one and only needing eight pitches....Starling Peralta worked the final two frames for his six save and lowered his ERA to 1.99 (54.1 innings) ........ Game 2—Ryan Williams got the start and only went one inning, allowing a hit. Corey Black gave up a run in the second and Michael Wagner tossed two scoreless frames. James Pugliese worked a scoreless fifth and only got one out, getting charged with two runs. Gerardo Concepcion got the final two outs of the sixth.

Game 1 Box Score and Game 2 Box Score andGame Story

Carolina League—High A—Wilmington (Royals) 5, Myrtle Beach 4
Wilmington (62-77) scored five times in the second and hung on to beat Myrtle Beach (81-57) in the season finale

In the Box: Pelicans grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Pin-Chieh Chen reached on an infield single, took second on a passed ball, and scored on a Mark Zagunis single, his 54th RBI. Chen added a two-run homer in the fifth, his fourth, and Jacob Rogers plated a run in the 8th. SS Gleyber Torres went 0-for-4 and is hitting .174 since being promoted.

Pitching Chart: Making his 15th start of the Pelicans, Tyler Skulina (3-6, 3.11 ERA) only lasted two innings, allowing five runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk. He fanned three, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch in his 54-pitch outing......Tyler Ihrig made his 14th appearance for Myrtle Beach, tossing three shutout frames with 4 K. Jonathan Martinez, David Garner and James Farris all pitched a scoreless inning.

Pelicans News:Chesny Young won the Carolina League batting title, hitting .322......The playoffs start on Wednesday at Winston-Salem and the Pelicans will start Duane Underwood, Brad Markey and Jonathan Martinez in the best-for-three series.

Box Score and Game Story

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, Lake County (Indians) 0
South Bend (65-72) ended the season with a shutout as Trevor Clifton and two relievers combined for the gem against Lake County (71-68).

In the Box: DH Kevin Encarnacion (.276) and 3B Jesse Hodges (.238) both had two hits and knocked in a run....RF Ian Happ went 1-for-3 and hit .241 in the MWL.....C Erick Castillo (.222) was 1-for-4 with a RBI.

Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton (8-10, 3.98 ERA) took the mound for his 22nd start and it was one of his best, firing 6.1 innings of shutout ball. The right-hander only allowed two hits and fanned five. Game score of 74.....Alex Santana (3.15 ERA) got the final two outs of the seventh and tossed a scoreless eighth while Sam Wilson (5.95 ERA) pitched the ninth for his second save.

Box Score

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