Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 6, Memphis (Cardinals) 1
Iowa made it nine straight and Matt Murton slugged his first homer.
Hitting Recap: LF Matt Murton went 2-for-3 with two RBI and smacked his first homer, a solo blast in the 5th. C David Freitas smacked a two-run blast in the 4th to give the I-Cubs the lead for good. Juan Perez had two hits, including a triple and knocked in two.
Pitching Chart: Alex Sanabia (2-1, 8.02 ERA) won his second straight game, holding Memphis to one run on three hits and a walk. He hit two hitters, fanned four and turned in a game score of 60 in the 80-pitch outing. Brandon Gomes and Armando Rivero each tossed a scoreless inning and Carl Edwards, Jr. got the first two outs of the 7th and Felix Pena extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings recording the final four outs.
I-Cubs Notes: Drew Rucinski (4-4, 5.55 ERA) gets the ball on Monday night against the Red Birds.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 11, MIssissippi (Braves) 6
Smokies used a six-run sixth to win the opener at Mississippi.
Hitting Recap: Smokies made the most of their 11 hits with homers from CF Jacob Hannemann (6) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (4). Hannemann (.251) went 2-for-5 and finished with five RBI. C Cael Brockmeyer (.400) and SS Carlos Penalver (.243) both had two hits. Eight different Smokies knocked in runs.
Pitching Chart: Stephen Perakslis went four innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on nine hits and a walk. The bullpen shut down the Braves. Juan Paniagua worked a scoreless fifth and Miguel Mejia got credit for the win with two more shutout frames. David Garner fanned a pair in a scoreless 8th and David Berg gave up a run in the 9th.
Smokies News: Duane Underwood (0-2, 5.52 ERA) gets the ball on Monday night against Mississippi.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 15, Potomac (Nationals) 0
Pelicans pounded Potomac pitching for 15 hits, eight for extra bases, and Trevor Clifton had another strong outing.
Hitting Recap: Every starter had at least one hit as 2B Ian Happ (.273), 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.242) and C Gioskar Amaya (.231) all homered. 3B Daniel Lockhart (.246) was a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Happ finished 2-4 with 3 RBI and Balaguert knocked in four. CF Rashad Crawford (.256) and RF Trey Martin (.227) both plated two runs and SS Gleyber Torres (.261) went 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored.
Pitching Chart: After being named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, Trevor Clifton is off to a good start for the award in June. The 21-year-old right-hander tossed six shutout frames and fanned six in the 77-pitch outing. He allowed four hits, walked one and had a game score of 69. Daniel Lewis blanked the P-Nats for two frames and Dillon Maples completed the shutout with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Pelicans News: Erick Leal (7-2, 3.33 ERA) is seeking his 6th straight win as he takes the mound on Monday night.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 2, West Michigan (Tigers) 1
South Bend moved into first place all alone as Kyle Twomey and three relievers kept the Whitecaps in check.
Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first when P.J. Higgins doubled, moved to third on a botched pick-off throw and scored on a sacrifice fly from Ian Rice. The deciding run was scored in the second when Jesse Hodges led off with a double, took third on a balk, and scored on a groundout from Matt Rose.
Pitching Chart: Kyle Twomey (2-3, 4.38 ERA) had runners on in each of his five innings but a pair of double plays helped keep the Whitecaps to one run. The lefty allowed four hits, walked two and hit two in the 62-pitch outing. Game score 54. RH Greyfer Eregua threw two scoreless frames and LH John Williamson got the first two outs of the 8th. Scott Effross earned his first MWL save, getting the final four outs, one on strikes.
SB-Cubs News: South Bend has Monday off and host Dayton in the first of three games on Tuesday night. A starter has not been named.....Starting pitcher Justin Steele has been sent back to extended spring training after nine starts. The left-hander went 3-5 with a 6.17 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP—allowing 45 hits and 23 walks over 35 innings with 37 punchouts. Steele will likely join Eugene when the NWL starts up June 17 and could be back in South Bend by the end of the season. It looks like Casey Bloomquist will take Steele’s spot in the rotation. LH reliever John Williamson was activated from the DL to take Steele’s spot on the roster.
Dominican Summer League— Mets 1 (4), Cubs 1 (3)
Mets scored three times in the bottom of the 7th to down the Cubs in the season opener on Saturday.
Hitting Recap: SS Yonathan Perlaza recorded his first pro hit, a single in the 4th. He then swiped his first base but was stranded. Jonathan Sierra manufactured a run in the 8th when he walked, took second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a wild throw from the catcher. Sierra singled in the 6th for his first pro hit. Cubs scored twice in the 7th on an error and a wild pitch. IF Orian Nunez went 1-for-4 with a RBI in his pro debut and C Henderson Perez was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in his pro debut.
Pitching Chart: Pablo Ochoa got the start and allowed a run over four innings. Franklin Tineo made his pitching debut and tossed a pair of scoreless innings. Jose Mac Donna took the loss, getting charged with three runs in the 7th. Juan Rengifo got the final five outs, letting one inherited runner score in the 7th.
Cubs Notes: Cubs have a re-match with the Mets on Monday.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (1), Mariners (0)
Three Cubs pitchers blanked the Mariners for 10 innings and Aramis Ademan delivered a walk-off single for his first pro hit.
Hitting Recap:SS Aramis Ademan made his first pro hit an important one as the 17-year-old delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10. Henrry Pedrawas hit by a pitch with one out and took third on a single from Fernando Kelli, who went 2-for-4 in his first pro game and stole three bases. LF Abraham Rodriguez was 0-for-4 in his debut and C Miguel Amaya went 0-for-3 in his first game as a pro. Fidel Mejia ripped a pair of doubles.
Pitching Chart: RH Hector Garcia, 18, held the Mariners to one hit over five innings. The Mexico native fanned two and walked one. Fauris Guerrero kept the M’s off the board on one hit for three innings and Robert Severino got the win in relief with two scoreless frames.
Cubs Notes: DSL had Sunday off and the Cubs are back in action on Monday when they face the M’s.