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News, Notes and Game Recaps from May 24

Rob Zastryzny won his AAA debut on Tuesday night as Iowa snapped its eight-game losing streak. South Bend won its fifth straight while Myrtle Beach needed 14 innings to beat Carolina.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 8, El Paso 3

Iowa (19-24) snapped their eight-game losing streak as Rob Zastryzny won his AAA debut.

Hitting Recap: CF Albert Almora (.333) continues to square up baseballs as the 22-year-old went 2-for-3 with three RBI.  Almora is tied for the PCL lead with 56 hits. C Willson Contreras (.326) smacked his fifth homer, a solo shot in the 5th. 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.257) and 3B Kris Negron (.279) both went 2-for-4 with a RBI.

Pitching Chart: Making his AAA debut, Rob Zastryzny was solid over seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. The lefty fanned five, got nine ground ball outs, and had a game score of 61 in the efficient 79-pitch outing. Gerardo Concepcion extended his scoreless streak to 24.1 innings with another shutout inning. Spencer Patton scoreless streak ended at 15 innings as he allowed a run in the 9th.

I-Cubs Notes: Jake Buchanan (3-2, 5.60 ERA) takes the hill on Wednesday afternoon at Principal Park. Signed at the end of spring training after being released by the Astros, Buchanan appeared in 22 big league games for the Astros, two as a starter. He’s made 113 starts during his seven-year pro career. Depends on a sinker in the low 90s and a slider in the mid-80s.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee

Smokies had the day off and head to Chattanooga for a five-game series with the Lookouts (Dodgers). RHP Stephen Perakslis has been transferred from Iowa to Tennessee and will make his first AA start on Wednesday. Perakslis appeared in 14 games last year for the Smokies before an injury ended his season. A reliever his entire Cubs career, the 25-year-old made three starts for Iowa this year (0-1, 4.00 ERA, 18 IP, 3 BB, 14 K, 1.00 WHIP)

Here’s a look at some of the hitting prospects over the first quarter of the season.

Hitting Recap: 2B Chesny Young leads the Smokies with a .309 average and is third with a .405 OBP. Young has been able to concentrate at second after moving all over the diamond on a daily basis last year in Myrtle Beach. Young has 25 walks, 15 strikeouts and a team-high 13 stolen bases.....OF Bijan Rademacher started the season red-hot but is still hitting .297/.458/.484 over the first 37 games. He’s seen some time at first base recently and is second on the team with 19 RBI...... OF Mark Zagunis struggled in his first month of AA, batting .239 but May has been a different story (.333/.457/.515, 2HR, 9 RBI)...... C Victor Caratini has his average up to .273 after a slow start but Southern League base stealers are 37-for-46 against the backstop......SS Carlos Penalver has committed a team-high nine errors and has struggled with the routine play. On the plus side, he’s having his best year at a full-season affiliate at the plate and is hitting .375 over his last 10 games. He’s tied for third on the team with 18 RBI......RF Billy McKinney has struggled at the plate but shown some signs of life recently. After hitting .191/.308/.213 over his first 27 games, the 21-year-old is batting .313/.404/.396 over his last 13 games......3B Jeimer Candelario leads the Southern League in doubles with 15 and has a team-high 21 RBI—all while hitting .233/.349/.384. He’s gotten hot as of late, 15-for-his-last-40 with a homer and 10 RBI.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 3, Carolina 2

Daniel Lockhartt’s RBI single in the 14th gave the Pelicans  (25-19) the series opening win over Carolina (17-26). 

Hitting Recap: In the 14th, Ian Happ reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error.  Yasiel Balaguert moved Happ to third with a groundout and Daniel Lockhart delivered the game winner with a bouncer up the middle. Gleyber Torres ripped a double with one out in the first and scored on Ian Happ’s fifth homer of the season. Happ finished 3-for-6. Torres added a single as the rest of the Pelicans line-up went 2-for-36.

Pitching Chart: In his third start again the Mudcats, Trevor Clifton tossed 5.2 shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He fanned four and had a game score of 62. Jordan Minch got charged with two runs in the 7th after a single and a walk opened the inning. Daury Torrez allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch in the 7th but kept the Mudcats off the board for 3.1 frames. James Farris (1-1, 2.143 ERA) tossed three innings of one-hit ball for the win. Ryan McNeil fanned two in the 14th for his first save.

Pelicans News: Erick Leal (5-2, 3.93 ERA) makes his eighth start of the year and has gone seven innings in each of his lat two outings, both wins. 

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 8, Great Lakes 3

First place South Bend (27-18) won its fifth straight, powered by homers from Eloy Jimenez and Tyler Alamo.

Hitting Recap: Eloy Jimenez (.335) extended his hit streak to 11 games with a two-run bomb in the first inning. He finished 1-for-4 and is second in the MWL with a .335 average..... RF Eddy Martinez (.220) had two hits including a two-run double and also made a diving catch that saved a run to end the fourth inning.....In his first three plus seasons, DH Tyler Alamo (.287) went over 350 at-bats without a homer. In the span of four trips to the plate, he hit two homers, his first pro homer on Sunday and the second coming in the third inning with one on to put the Cubs ahead 7-1.....2B Andrew Ely (.328) had two doubles and scored three times. It was the 8th time in the last nine games he led off reaching base. 

Pitching Chart: Justin Steele(3-5, 6.19 ERA) pitched into the sixth, allowing three runs on four hits and five walks. He threw 96 pitches and got eight ground ball outs. Game score 45. Kyle Miller was perfect, retiring all seven hitters he faced, three on strikes. James Norwood pitched a scoreless ninth.

SB-Cubs News: Kyle Twomey (0-3, 4.75 ERA) gets the early morning start on Wednesday at Four Winds Field.


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