Rikk Carlson

News, Notes and Game Recaps from June 19

Eloy Jimenez ripped a two-run double in the bottom of the 6th to give the South Bend Cubs a 3-1 win and the MWL first-half title.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Memphis (Cardinals) 4, Iowa 3

Memphis (32-35) grabbed a 4-0 lead and hung on to beat the Cubs (31-36) for the third straight day.

Hitting Recap: Munenori Kawasaki went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI to lead the offense, which was held to five hits. LF Matt Murton singled and drove in a run. 

Pitching Chart: Pierce Johnson (1-3, 5.63 ERA) worked into the 4th but left the game with what appeared to be a blister on his throwing hand. Gerardo Concepcion got the final two outs of the 4th and blanked the Birds in the 5th. Dallas Beeler, Joel Peralta and Corey Black all tossed a scoreless frame. 

I-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (2-1, 5.14 ERA) gets the start on Monday.

Southern League—AA—Jackson (Mariners) 4, Tennessee 0

Two Jackson pitchers blanked the Smokies on three hits.

Hitting Recap: Only three hits for the Smokies, singles from C Victor Caratini (.298), RF Billy McKinney (.256) and 3B David Bote (.200). LF Alex Bautista made his AA debut, going 0-for-3. 

Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (2-3, 3.22 ERA) turned in his second straight solid outing, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk over six innings. He fanned three and threw 97 pitches, 64 for strikes. Jose Rosario gave up a two-run homer in the 7th and worked a scoreless 8th.

Smokies News: Smokies finish the first half at 28-42. 

Carolina League—High A—Potomac (Nationals) 4, Myrtle Beach 3—11 innings

Potomac closed out the first-half with a walk-off win over the Pelicans, their second of the series. 

Hitting Recap: 2B Ian Happ went 3-for-4 and smacked his 7th homer, a two-run shot in the 5th. C Gioskar Amaya (.252) tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the 8th. 3B Jason Vosler (.271) and 2B Andrew Ely (.182) both had two hits. 

Pitching Chart: Jeremy Null fanned seven over five innings but allowed three runs on nine hits, inducing pair of homers. He didn’t issue a walk and threw 90 pitches. Michael Wagner tossed four shutout frames and Tommy Thorpe (2-4, 4.10 ERA) worked a scoreless 10th but a walk, a single, a sac bunt and another hit ended the game.

Pelicans News: 2B Ian Happ along with pitchers Jake Stinnett, Trevor Clifton and Zach Hedges will participate in the Carolina League vs. California League all-star game on June 22 in Elsinore, California. 

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, Lake County (Captains) 1

Kyle Miller tossed seven solid innings and Eloy Jimenez ripped a two-run double in the 6th as South Bend clinched a playoff spot.

Hitting Recap: After the first 12 hitters were retired, LF Eloy Jimenez (.341) extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double to lead off the 5th but was stranded. In the 6th, 3B Josh Silver (.182) led off with a bunt single and after a failed sacrifice, scored on a double by 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.300). After Ian Rice walked with two outs, Jimenez drove a breaking ball to the left-center field wall, scoring two. Cubs held to five hits.

Pitching Chart: Kyle Miller (2-1, 1.35 ERA) had the curve ball working and the Captains had trouble making contact as the right-hander allowed a run on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He fanned five and threw 83 pitches, 59 for strikes, in the gem. Game score 68. Pedro Araujo was perfect out of the bullpen, retiring all six hitters he faced, four on strikes, for his second save.

SB-Cubs News: Outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Donnie Dewees, 3B Jesse Hodges and pitchers Carson Sands and Adbert Alzolay will head to Cedar Rapids for the MWL all-star game on June 20. 2B Andrew Ely was selected to start but was promoted to Myrtle Beach.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Boise (Rockies) 6, Eugene 4—13 innings

Wladimir Galindo hit a pair of homers and Yeiler Peguero smacked a two-run bomb but Eugene lost in 13 innings.

Hitting Recap: 3B Wladimir Galindo (.167) blasted solo homers in his first two trips to the plate and finished 2-for-5. 2B Yeiler Peguero (.250) blasted a two-run homer in the second down the left-field line and added a single. CF Darryl Wilson (.154) and  SS Andruw Monasterio (.357) both had two hits.

Pitching Chart: LH Jose Paulino tossed five shutout innings, allowing five hits while fanning five. He recorded six ground ball outs and had a game score of 62. Scott Frazier never made it out of the 6th, getting charged with four runs on two hits and two walks. Alex Santana got charged with a blown save, allowing one of the two inherited runners to score before tossing 2.1 scoreless frames. Mark Malave worked two shutout innings. Enrique De Los Rio blanked the Hawks for two frames but gave up two unearned runs in the 13th. RH Jared Cheek got the final two outs.

Emeralds Notes: Ems head to Hillsboro and send Manuel Rondon to the mound.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1

Both teams had the day off. Cubs 1 (6-7) face Rangers 1 and Cubs 2 (8-5) battle D-Backs 2. 


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