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News, Notes and Game Recaps from June 16

Preston Morrison fired a gem and South Bend remained in first place with three games remaining.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Colorado Spring (Brewers) 9, Iowa 8

Colorado Spring scored five runs in the ninth and won on a walk-off single in the 10th.

Hitting Recap: Iowa had 13 hits, three coming from LF Matt Murton (.314), who scored twice. 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.312) launched his 12th homer, a two-run blast, while CF John Andreoli (.230) and RF Mark Zagunis (.438) both collected two hits. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.345) added a two-run triple. 

Pitching Chart: Jake Buchanan went six innings and was in line to get the win, leading 8-3. He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks with two punchouts. Gerardo Concepcion blanked the Sky Sox for two innings, allowing three hits and fanning a pair. All five hitters Joel Peralta faced in the ninth reached based, two errors and three hits. Spencer Patton got the final three outs of the 9th but not before the tying run scored on a sacrifice fly. Corey Black (0-1, 3.38 ERA) walked the leadoff hitter in the 10th and a wild pitch and a balk moved him to third. After a strikeout, a single ended the game.

I-Cubs Notes: Aaron Brooks (0-0, 12.00 ERA) makes his second rehab start for the I-Cubs.

Southern League—AA—Jackson (Mariners) 3, Tennessee 2

Smokies were held to four hits and dropped the series opener in Jackson.

Hitting Recap: Smokies took a 1-0 lead in the first when Chesny Young tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Kelly Dugan added a RBI double in the fifth, scoring Benjamin Carhart, who led off with a double. Only four hits for the Smokies as Billy McKinney singled in the 9th as the Smokies put two runners on but couldn’t score.

Pitching Chart: Brad Markey had a solid outing, working 5.1 innings. The right-hander threw 90 pitches, 60 for strikes, and allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk. David Berg was perfect in relief, retiring all eight hitters he faced.

Smokies News: Duane Underwood (0-4, 5.40 ERA) and Paul Blackburn (4-2, 2.53 ERA) will start the twin-bill on Friday night. 

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach @ Potomac—Rained Out

Thursday’s game was rained out and will be made up as a doubleheader on Friday with first pitch at 5:05 p.m. The Pelicans will start RHP Jonathan Martinez (3-4, 5.08 ERA) in the first game of the doubleheader, with RHP Zach Hedges (6-4, 2.25 ERA) getting the nod in the second game. Both games will be seven innings.

Happ an All-Star: Second baseman Ian Happ has been selected to represent the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the 2016 California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore. Happ has been a difficult out all season, and is currently tied for the the Carolina league in walks (45) and ranks fifth in on-base percentage (.392). The former ninth overall pick in 2015 leads the Pelicans in walks, on-base percentage, hits (61) and OPS (.813).Happ was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for the week of April 18-24, hitting .429/.600/.905 with three home runs, eight RBIs, seven runs scored and nine walks against four strikeouts in seven contests during the week. The former University of Cincinnati Bearcat also registered a 20-game on-base streak from May 13-June 6, tied for the sixth-longest of any player in the circuit this year. On the campaign, Happ is hitting .274/.392/.422 with six home runs and 37 RBI over 64 games.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 5, Lake County (Indians) 2

Preston Morrison fired seven shutout innings and fanned a career-high nine as South Bend remained in first.

Hitting Recap: Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when DH P.J. Higgins (.284) doubled and scored on a Eloy Jimenez single, extending his hit streak to 11 games. Higgins added a RBI single in the 5th and Jimenez (.332) doubled and scored on a Tyler Alamo base hit in the 6th. SS Bryant Flete (.209) added two insurance runs in the 8th with a two-run single. Alamo (.282) finished 2-for-3 with a walk.

Pitching Chart: Career night for Preston Morrison, Not only did he blank the Captains for seven shutout innings, he also fanned nine, both career bests. The right-hander allowed five hits, walked two and threw 88 pitches in the gem. Game score 74......RH Pedro Araujo earned his first save but gave up a run in the 9th, ending his 14-inning scoreless streak. The right-hander fanned three, walked two and gave up two extra base hits. 

SB-Cubs News: Casey Bloomquist (4-3, 2.76 ERA) gets the start on Friday night.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1 (10), Mets 1 (8)

Luis Hidalgo’s walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th gave the Cubs the win.

Hitting Recap: 3B Orian Nunez (.172) walked to lead off the 12th and came home on 1B Luis Hidalgo’s homer, his second in two days. LF Samir Lara (.258) had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-5 with 3 RBI while SS Rafael Narea  (.156) and 2B Herson Perez (.375) both had two hits. C Richard Nunez (.250) knocked in a pair. 

Pitching Chart: Yunior Perez got the start and went four innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and walk. Moises Ramirez gave up four runs in three frames and Freddy Tineo worked 1.1 innings, allowing a run. Elvis Diaz (2-0, 0.00 ERA) got charged with a blown save, allowing an inherited runner to score but tossed three shutout innings with 2 K for the win.

Cubs Notes: Cubs and Mets have a rematch on Friday.

Dominican Summer League—Giants 8, Cubs 2 (1)

Giants held the Cubs to five hits while collecting 12.

Hitting Recap: 1B Daniel Diaz (.243) went 2-for-4 and LF Yovanny Cuevas (.314) added a RBI single. CF Fernando Kelli (.320) and SS Fidel Mejia (.438) both singled.

Pitching Chart: Andres Bonalde (0-1, 2.25 ERA) went four innings, allowing four runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks. He fanned three and had a game score of 40. Yan De La Cruz tossed the final four frames, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks.

Cubs Notes: Cubs look to get some revenge on the Giants on Friday.

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