Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

News, Notes and Game Recaps from June 20

Eugene’s Manuel Rondon and Michael Knighton combined to blank Hillsboro, Mesa won their AZL opener, and Iowa beat Memphis.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 5, Memphis (Cardinals) 4

Iowa salvaged the final game of the series behind a seven strikeout performance from Rob Zastryzny.

Hitting Recap: Cubs scored the eventual winning run in the 6th when CF John Andreoli (.238) doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from 2B Logan Watkins (.250), and scored on a sacrifice fly from RF Mark Zagunis (.348). C Cael Brockmeyer (.273) delivered a two-run double while 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.303) and 3B Jeimer Candelario  (.316) added RBI. 

Pitching Chart: Rob Zastryzny (3-1, 5.29 ERA) fanned a season-high seven over six innings, throwing 100 pitches, 65 for strikes, The lefty allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk for a game score of 55. Armando Rivero tossed two shutout frames and Spencer Patton recorded his 8th save with a scoreless 9th.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa returns home on Tuesday for four games with Nashville (A’s) and former I-Cub Arismendy Alcantara. Jake Buchanan (5-4, 4.97 ERA) is scheduled to start .

Southern League—AA—Tennessee

Smokies are in their all-star break. Representing Tennessee in the game are pitchers Brad Markey, Paul Blackburn and Tyler Skulina, catcher Victor Caratini and 2B Chesny Young. 3B Jeimer Candelario and OF Mark Zagunis were selected to play but have been promoted to AA. Game will be played on Tuesday in Pearl , Mississippi.


Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach—Happ Honored

Myrtle Beach Pelicans second baseman Ian Happ was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for June 13-19. The honor is Happ’s second weekly award this season. Happ was 13-for-25 in seven games during the week, batting .520/.571/.960 with six doubles, a triple, home run and six RBIs. He recorded five multi-hit performances, including four in a row to close the week.

A Pittsburgh native, Happ has reached in 14 of his last 16 games, slashing .385/.500/.673 with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 11 RBIs and 12 walks during that span. The surge has propelled him into the league lead in free passes (48), while ranking in a tie for first in games played (69), third in on-base percentage (.410) and fourth in batting average (.296). The Cubs’ first-round pick, ninth overall, in 2015 is hitting .296/.410/.475 with 16 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 42 RBIs this season. He has also swiped 10 bases in 13 attempts.

Happ will represent Myrtle Beach along with right-handed pitchers Zach Hedges, Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett in Tuesday’s California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, Calif. First pitch is set for 9:30 p.m. ET.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend

The first-half champs are in the all-star break. Representing South Bend in Tuesday night’s all-star game are OF Donnie Dewees, Of Eloy Jimenez, 3B Jesse Hodges, RH Adbert Alzolay and LH Carson Sands.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 6, Hillsboro (D-Backs) 0

Manuel Rondon and Michael Knighton combined on a three-hitter to blank the Hops.

Hitting Recap: SS Andruw Monasterio gave the Ems the lead for good with a two-run homer in the top of the third. LF Ricardo Marcano knocked in a pair in Eugene’s three-run 6th while C Tyler Payne and 2B Yeiler Peguero both had two hits. 3B Wladimir Galindo added a RBI single.

Pitching Chart: LH Manuel Rondon, acquired in a trade last summer from Angels, held the Hops to one hit over five shutout innings. He fanned four, recorded seven ground ball outs and had a game score of 72. RH Michael Knighton was just as impressive in his second outing of the season, fanning three and allowing two hits over four innings for the save.

Emeralds Notes: Jesus Castillo, 20, faces his former organization when he gets the ball on Tuesday night in Hillsboro.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 5, Brewers 3

Cubs scored five times in the bottom of the 8th to take the Arizona Rookie League opener.

Hitting Recap: Playing in his first pro game, 1B Kevin Zamudio, a 2015 international free agent from Mexico, put the Cubs on the board in the 8th with a two-run homer. After the next two hitters were retired, a single by LF Yohan Matos and a walk to 2B Edgar Rondon, set the table for RF Luis Ayala’s three-run, inside-the-park homer to give the Cubs the win. Ayala, 20, who spent two years in the VSL, ended the night 3-for-5 and it was his first pro homer. DH Gustavo Polanco added two singles. 

Pitching Chart: Aaron Crow, signed as a free agent and recovering from Tommy John surgery, made his Cubs debut, getting the start and working a scoreless first (1 H, 1 ). Erling Moreno, part of the 2013 International class and another arm that’s coming back from Tommy John surgery, worked a career-high five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. He fanned three and coaxed eight ground ball outs. RH Yapson Gomez was perfect over the final three frames, striking out two, to earn the win.

Dominican Summer League—Rangers 1 (9), Cubs 1 (6)

Rangers used a five-run second to down the Cubs.

Hitting Recap: 1B Luis Hidalgo (.227) homered for the third time in four games, a three-run shot in the 5th. 2B Orian Nunez (.225), CF Jose Gutierrez (.273) and LF Jose Jules (.250) all knocked in runs in the 3rd. Gutierrez and Nunez both finished with two hits.

Pitching Chart: Pablo Ochoa (0-1, 8.53 ERA) got the start and only lasted 1.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk. Miguel Estevez gave up two runs over three innings, Freddy Tineo surrendered a run in 1.2 frames and Juan Rengifo worked the final three innings, yielding an unearned run.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (11), D-Backs 2 (4)

Cubs pounded D-Backs pitching for 11 hits. 

Hitting Recap: The D-Backs couldn’t stop the Cubs Panama connection. C Miguel Amaya (.286) went 2-for-3, scored three times, and knocked in three while 1B Abraham Rodriguez (.311) slugged his first pro homer, a solo shot in the 3rd—and finished 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two walks. DH Fidel Matos (.200) and LF Luis Ubiera (.105) both plated two runs.

Pitching Chart: Alfredo Colorado (1-1, 3.86 ERA) got the start and fanned a career-high eight hitters over five innings. The 19-year-old third year pro held the D-Backs to one run on three hits and a walk. Game score 67. Ivan Medina worked four innings for the save, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk.

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