Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 7, Round Rock 0
Iowa (4-6) beat Round Rock (6-4) for the first time in six tries as five pitchers combined for the shutout.
Hitting Recap: Cubs pounded Express pitching for 15 hits, three each from C Willson Contreras (.429) and LF Ryan Kalish (.346). DH Daniel Vogelbach (.412) was 2-for-3 and drove home two runs while RF John Andreoli (.206) added a two-run triple. 1B Tim Federowicz (.263) and SS Munenori Kawasaki (.250) had two hits each.
Pitching Chart: Arriving from South Bend in time to make a spot start, right-hander Michael Wagner did something no other Iowa starter had done this season, keep the Express off the board. Wagner worked around three hits and two walks in 3.2 innings, fanning four in the 68-pitch outing. Scott Barnes (1-1, 2.57 ERA) struckout four in 2.1 frames, allowing just a single and got credit for the win. Carl Edwards, Jr., Miguel Mejia and Jean Machi all tossed a scoreless inning.
I-Cubs Notes: Ryan Williams (0-1, 7.88 ERA) makes his third start on Sunday afternoon.
Southern League—AA—Birmingham 6, Tennessee 1
The Barons (4-6) scored early and beat the Smokies to take the five-game series.
Hitting Recap: Only five hits for the Smokies, two from Jacob Hannemann (.200) as the leadoff hitter went 2-for-4 with a double and two steals (5). Smokies scored their run in the sixth when Billy McKinney (.206) walked and eventually scored on a Bijan Rademacher (.478) ground out. Jeimer Candelario (.212) got the start at first, his first since his days in the DSL in 2011.
Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (0-1, 2.57 ERA) only lasted four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks. Both walks in the first scored and Tseng threw 80 pitches. Michael Jensen surrendered three runs in 1.2 frames and David Garner worked 1.1 scoreless innings but did allow an inherited runner to score. Andury Acevedo gave up a run in the 8th in his only inning.
Smokies News: Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 4.91 ERA) gets the start Sunday against Montgomery as the Smokies return home.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina 1
Myrtle Beach (4-6) scored three runs in each of the first two innings and snapped a four-game losing streak with a win at Carolina (6-4).
Hitting Recap: RF Jeffrey Baez (.250) delivered a two-out, two-run single in the first and Gleyber Torres (.114) ripped a RBI double to start the scoring in the second. Yasiel Balaguert (.250) knocked in a pair of runs while Ian Happ (.225) added a RBI single. Jason Vosler (.281) went 2-for-4 and doubled for the third straight game. CF Rashad Crawford (.294) tripled, walked and scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Holding Carolina to four hits and one earned run over five innings, Erick Leal improved to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.70. The right-hander fanned seven in his 90-pitch outing. Ryan McNeil matched his career-high with five strikeouts as the right-hander kept the Mudcats off the board for 2.2 innings, only allowing a single. David Berg (1-0, 0,00 ERA) recorded the final four outs, one on strikes.
Pelicans News: Jake Stinnett (0-0, 3.60 ERA) looks to make it two straight in Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
Midwest League—Low A—Fort Wayne 14, South Bend 1
Fort Wayne (7-3) shelled South Bend (4-5) pitching for the third straight game.
Hitting Recap: Four hits for the Cubs, two from leadoff hitter Sutton Whiting, who is hitting .357 since joining South Bend. Donnie Dewees (.400) went 1-for-3 with a walk. Daniel Spingola (.304) doubled and scored in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Jose Paniagua (.095).
Pitching Chart: After two relief appearances, Kyle Twomey made his first start of the season but didn’t have any better success getting Fort Wayne hitters out as his fellow starters did the pervious two nights. The Tin Caps scored six times against the lefty on seven hits and four walks in four innings. He threw 87 pitches, only 44 for strikes. James Norwood got charged with three runs over two innings and Scott Frazier gave up five in the seventh on four hits and two walks. Greyfer Eregua had retired 15 straight hitters to start the year but that lasted one pitch in the 8th, yielding a leadoff double but the right-hander retired the next three hitters.
SB-Cubs News: Adbert Alzolay (0-0, 5.40 ERA) tries to slow down the Fort Wayne offense on Sunday afternoon as the Cubs look to leave town with a win.