Cubs sign Alex Sanabia
The Cubs signed 27-year-old right-hander Alex Sanabia to a minor league deal on May 14 and the San Diego native made his Cubs debut on Sunday, getting the start for Iowa at Reno. Sanabia appeared in 28 big league games with the Marlins (2010-13), 8-10, with a 4.15 ERA in 138.2 innings. The 32nd round pick of the Marlins in 2006 debuted for Florida in 2010, going 5-3 with a 3.73 ERA in 12 starts. Sanabia spent the last two years in AAA and went 5-1 with a 3.60 ERA in the Mexican League before being released by Tijuana.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Reno 9, Iowa 3
Reno (16-21) evened the series with the I-Cubs (18-17) scoring seven runs in the first two innings.
Hitting Recap: Former first-round pick Archie Bradley kept the Cubs in check for seven innings, allowing runs in the first and second on a RBI groundouts from 1B Daniel Vogelbach and 3B Logan Watkins. Watkins added a RBI single in the 9th. C Taylor Davis had two hits while RF Shane Victorino walked and scored. SS Kris Negron went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored.
Pitching Chart: Alex Sanabia became the 11th different starter for Iowa making his Cubs debut. The Aces greeted the right-hander with a four-run first and added three runs in the second, ending his day after 1.1 innings and 56 pitches. He gave up six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Jean Machi surrendered two runs over 2.2 frames and Felix Penatossed two shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.86 over 19.1 innings. Brandon Gomes worked a 1-2-3 7th and Spencer Patton worked around two walks in a scoreless 8th.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 12, Birmingham 4
The Smokies (17-20) feasted on Barons (16-21) pitching with a 14-hit attack.
Hitting Recap: C Victor Caratini (.288) led the offense with three hits, two runs and two knocked in. The 22-year-old is hitting .358 in May. LF Mark Zagunis (.268) is also heating up in May, going 2-for-3 with thee runs scored and two RBI. DH Kelly Dugan (.293) drove in two more runs and has 18 RBI in his first 15 games with the Smokies. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.197) ripped a pair of doubles and scored twice. RF Billy McKinney (.228) had two hits and is 9-for-hit-last-25
Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood threw 72 pitches but only lasted three innings. Leaving after allowing three runs on three hits and four walks. He fanned our and had a game score of 41 in his fourth start. Juan Paniagua (1-2, 1.02 ERA) tossed three innings of no-hit ball and got the win, fanning three in his 35-pitch outing. David Berg allowed a run in two frames and Corey Black tossed a scoreless 9th.
Smokies News: Tennessee looks to make two straight over the White Sox affiliate as they send Paul Blackburn (3-1, 1.02 ERA) to the mound.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 8, Frederick 5
Hitting Recap: Charcer Burks (.200) had two hits, including a solo homer in the 8th, and C Cael Brockmeyer (.186) added a solo blast in the 5th. 2B Ian Happ (.273), 3B Jason Vosler (.331) and RF Jeffrey Baez (.212) all had two hits. SS Gleyber Torres (.252) went 2-for-4 with a walk and two knocked in. CF Trey Martin (.167) drove in two.
Pitching Chart: Jake Stinnett (3-0, 2.94 ERA) surrendered two runs in the first but would blank the Keys over the next five innings. He finished with a line of 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB 5K. He recorded seven ground ball outs and threw 92 pitches, 53 for strikes. Tommy Thorpe (.1 IP) Ryan McNeil (1.2 IP) and James Farris (1 IP) all gave up a run.
Pelicans News: The Pelicans go for the sweep on Monday night with Jonathan Martinez (3-1, 3.00 ERA) taking the mound.
Midwest League—Low A—Lansing 7, South Bend 6
Cubs (21-14) railed from a 4-0 deficit to take a two-run lead but couldn’t hang on as the Lugnuts (18-16) evened the four-game series.
Hitting Recap: Cubs tied the game in the 4th with four runs, the first two coming on a two-run double from 1B Tyler Alamo (.325). 3B Matt Rose (.128) added a RBI groundout and 2B Sutton Whiting (.235) delivered a run-scoring double. RF Eddy Martinez (.237) knocked in a run with a doube in the fifth and DH Ian Rice (.393) added a sacrifice fly for a 6-4 lead. Cubs walked six times, two each for CF Donnie Dewees (.305) and Martinez.
Pitching Chart: Ryan Kellogg left after the first two hitters of the 5th reached as the Lugnuts scored six times off the lefty on eight hits and four walks. He threw 82 pitches and had a game score of 19. South Bend’s bullpen allowed its first run in 23.2 innings and it was the difference in the game. Kyle Miller (0-1, 1.69 ERA) allowed two inhered runners to score in the 5th and gave up the deciding run in the 7th in his 2.2 innings of work. Scott Effross got the final five outs without allowing a run.
SB-Cubs News: Cubs have Monday day off and Carson Sands (3-0, 3.55 ERA) gets the ball in the first game of the series on Tuesday night at Great Lakes (Dodgers).