Buchanan named PCL Pitcher of Week
A few weeks ago, Jake Buchanan was in Mesa trying to impress the Cubs organization after signing a free agent deal after being released by the Astros. OnMonday, the 26-year-old was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week, Buchanan made two starts for the I-Cubs, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 13 innings. He allowed eight hits, didn’t walk a hitter, fanned nine and coaxed 23 ground ball outs. In nine starts for Iowa, the former 8th round pick is 5-3 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 53.1 innings.
Cubs promote Farris
Reliever James Farris has been promoted from Myrtle Beach to AA Tennessee. Farris put together an outstanding beginning of the season with Myrtle Beach. In 17 appearances out of the bullpen, the right-hander went 1-2 with a 2.40 ERA while collecting a team-high eight saves. Farris allowed just 21 hits in 30.0 innings, while whiffing 36 against seven strikeouts. He was also a member of Myrtle Beach's 2015 Carolina League championship squad. RHP James Pugliese has been activated from the DL to replace Farris on the Pelicans roster.
Pacific Coast League—AAA— Memphis (Cardinals) 6, Iowa 2
Memphis snapped Iowa’s nine game win streak with a 12-hit attack.
Hitting Recap: I-Cubs only runs of the night came off the bat of 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.308) as the first baseman smacked his 9th homer, a two-run shot in the 4th. C Willson Contreras (.343) went 2-for-2 with a walk but left the game in the 8th inning with an injury. According to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register, Iowa manager Marty Peevy said Contreras is being looked at for a foot injury and hopes its just a cramp. He will be examined on Tuesday by a doctor. Iowa finished with just three hits.
Pitching Chart: Drew Rucinski went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks in the 107-pitch outing. He fanned five and had a game score of 47. Brandon Gomes got the final out of the fifth but not before allowing a single that scored one of the inherited runners. Gerardo Concepcion walked three and gave up two runs in the 7th. Giovanni Soto tossed a scoreless 8th but allowed a run in the 9th as the I-Cubs pitching issued 10 walks. Jean Machi had to come in to get the final out of the ninth, leaving two stranded.
I-Cubs Notes: Michael Wagner (0-1, 5.00 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday afternoon against Memphis.
Southern League—AA— Mississippi (Braves) 3, Tennessee 1
Mississippi scored three times in the 5th and made it stand up to even the series.
Hitting Recap: Smokies scored their only run in the 4th when 3B Jeimer Candelario (.222) tripled and scored on a double by RF Billy McKinney (.250). CF Jacob Hannemann (.250) extended his hit streak to 14-games with a single in the first. C Cael Brockmeyer (.421) went 2-for-4 and has a hit in all five AA games he’s played in. Smokies had nine hits and drew four walks but were just 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood (0-3, 5.30 ERA) blanked the Braves for four innings but didn’t make it out of the fifth, despite retiring the first two hitters. Three straight walks loaded the bases and back-to-back singles scored three runs. Underwood threw 91 pitches, 53 for strikes, and finished with a line of 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K. Starling Peralta stranded two inherited runners in the 5th and tossed two scoreless frames, retiring all seven hitters he faced. James Farris made is AA debut, working around two hits in the 8th.
Smokies News: Paul Blackburn (3-1, 2.06 ERA) makes his 12th start and the right-hander has allowed nine earned runs in his last two starts (9.2 IP) but didn’t figure in either decision. He only allowed six earned runs over the first 56 innings.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach vs. Potomac (Nationals)—Postponed
Monday night’s game was postponed due to rain and the two team will play a twin-bill on Tuesday beginning at 5:05 p.m. EST. Erick Leal (7-2, 3.33 ERA) and Jeremy Null (1-2, 1.99 ERA) are scheduled to take the mound against the P-Nats.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend
South Bend had the day off and find themselves in a battle for the first-half title. Entering Monday’s action, South Bend had a one-game lead over West Michigan with Lake County 1.5 games back. Fort Wayne (3.5 back), Lansing (4.5), and Bowling Green (5) are still in the race with 13 games left in the first half.
Hitting Recap: Eddy Martinez has added a leg kick to his swing. After starting the year with a straight up stance and very little movement, the Cuban has adopted the leg kick that’s taught at every level in the organization.
Dominican Summer League— Mets I (3), Cubs 1 (1)
Mets hit a pair of homers in the top of the 10 to beat the Cubs for the second straight time.
Hitting Recap: Only two hits for the Cubs, singles from SS Rafael Narea (.400) and 2B Orian Nunez (.286). CF Jose Gutierrez (.143) scored Narea on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 8th. Yonathan Perlaza stole his third base in two games but was caught trying to swipe third.
Pitching Chart: Jesus Tejada,19, scattered seven hits and two walks over four innings, giving up an unearned run to go along with two strikeouts. Moises Ramirez fanned four in three shutout innings and Elvis Diaz threw two perfect fames. Aneuris Rosario gave up three hits, two leaving the park, in the 10th.
Cubs Notes: Cubs 1 face Rangers 1 the next two days.
Dominican Summer League— Mariners (7), Cubs 2 (6),
Mariners scored five times in the third and hung on for the win.
Hitting Recap: Fernando Kelli (.667) was on base five times, scoring twice. He singled twice, walked three times, stole two bases, (giving him a DSL league-leading five), and threw out a runner at home. SS Aramis Ademan (.250) was 1-for-4 with a RBI and a walk while C Miguel Amaya (.286) was 2-for-4 with a walk, the first pro hits of his career. 3B Fidel Mejia and 1B Abraham Rodriguez both plated runs.
Pitching Chart: Alfredo Colorado, 19, gave up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and a walk over four innings. It was the right-hander’s first start as a pro after appearing in five games in two years in the VSL. Deibi Torres tossed three shutout innings of one-hit ball and Sucre Valdez fanned two in a scoreless 8th.
Cubs Notes: Cubs 2 face Dodgers 1 for the next two days.