Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans

News, Notes and Game Recaps from June 26

Myrtle Beach’s Jake Stinnett fired an eight-inning gem highlighting a Cubs night that featured five wins. Big games from Ian Happ and Eloy Jimenez, and a hand full of bombs.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Game 1—Iowa 6, Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 5—8 innings; Game 2—Rained Out

Rob Zastryznywent seven innings to help Iowa to a 6-5 win in the opener and the night cap was rained out.

Hitting Recap: Vimael Machin singled and scored the winning run on a double from Juan Perez in the top of the 8th. Machin finished 2-for-3 with two scored and one knocked in. C David Freitas knocked in a pair and 1B Daniel Vogelbach hit a solo homer, his 14th, and scored twice. LF Mark Zagunis went 2-for-5.

Pitching Chart: Rob Zastryzny (4-1, 5.05 ERA) went seven innings and threw 111 pitches in the win. He got charged with five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks. The lefty got 17 ground ball outs had a game score of 48. Seeing his first action at Iowa since a rehab assignment, C.J. Riefenhauser worked the 9th for his first save.

I-Cubs Notes: Starling Peralta makes his second start on  Monday night.....LHP Clayton Richard and IF Tommy La Stella have been sent to Iowa to rehab.......LHP Gerardo Concepcion was optioned back to Iowa after appearing in three games in Chicago (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3.86 ERA)......LHP Scott Barnes was placed in the DL with left elbow soreness and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser was assigned to Iowa.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 3, Pensacola (Reds) 0

Paul Blackburn and two relievers blanked the Blue Wahoos to even the series.

Hitting Recap: 2B Ian Happ isn’t having too many problems in AA. The Cubs first-round pick last June went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI and is 8-for-12 in three starts. Billy McKinney (.259) was on base three times with two singles and a walk while CF Jacob Hannemann (.244) went 2-for-4 and swiped his 25th base. SS Daniel Lockhart (.256) and LF Trey Martin (.100) added RBI.

Pitching Chart: Paul Blackburn (5-2, 2.35 ERA) went six shutout innings and had a game score of 71. The right-hander allowed two hits, walked three, and fanned five in the 85-pitch gem. James Farris fanned four in two frames and Juan Paniagua coaxed a double play grounder to end the game for this fourth save.

Smokies News: Brad Markey (5-3, 2.41 ERA) makes his 13th start on Monday night in the rubber game of the five-game set.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 2, Carolina (Braves) 1

Jake Stinnett tossed eight innings while Charcer Burks and Ian Rice hit solo homers. 

Hitting Recap: LF Charcer Burks (.222) slugged a solo homer down the left field line to tie the game in the 3rd and Ian Rice (.455) smacked his first Carolina League homer and tenth of the season in the bottom of the 8th to give the Pelicans the win. Rice finished 2-for-4. SS Gleyber Torres went 1-for-4 to extended his hit streak to 10 games.

Pitching Chart: Jake Stinnett (6-3, 3.36 ERA) worked a career-high eight innings and set a new mark with a game score of 80 as the right-hander gave up an unearned run on four hits and a walk. The right-hander fanned five and recorded 10 ground ball outs in the 90-pitch outing. Ryan McNeil surrendered a pair of hits in the 9th but got the final hitter on strikes for his 8th save and his sixth straight appearance with a save.

Pelicans News: Trevor Clifton (4-3, 2.12 ERA) gets the ball Monday night when the Pelicans head to Salem.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 11, Dayton (Reds) 1

Cubs completed the sweep and outscored the Dragons in the four-game series 31-2.

Hitting Recap: Cubs came out hitting, scoring twice in the 1st and adding three more in the 2nd. C P.J. Higgins (.295) and LF Eloy Jimenez (.342) both delivered RBI singles in each frame. 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.315) ripped a RBI double in the 2nd and scored in both innings. Back-to-back doubles by Higgins and CF Donnie Dewees (.258) plated a run in the 4th and 1B Tyler Alamo (.263) smacked his third homer, a two-run blast in the 7th. Cubs added two more runs in the 9th on a RBI ground out from Alamo and a run scoring single from DH Adonis Paula. Higgins finished 3-for-4, scored three times and drew a bases loaded walk in the 9th, his second walk of the game.

Pitching Chart: Kyle Miller (3-1, 1.40 ERA) fanned a career-high six hitters and held the Dragons to a run on three hits and a walk over five innings. The 22-year-old was the Cubs 19th round pick last June out of Florida Atlantic and started the season at extended spring training before joining South Bend and working out of the bullpen. After 11 relief appearances and a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings (18 K), Miller moved into the rotation and went seven innings on the final day of the second-half to beat Lake County and clinch a playoff bid.....LH Kyle Twomey fanned four in two scoreless innings, working around two hits and a walk. LH Tyler Peitzmeier threw the final two frames, allowing a hit and two walks.

SB-Cubs News: South Bend activated IF Adonis Paula off the DL and he got the start at DH.....All-Star Adbert Alzolay  (5-3, 4.15 ERA) takes the mound on Monday night as the Cubs return to Four Winds and host Lake County.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 4, Spokane (Rangers) 1

Ems (7-3) made three straight over Spokane and remained in first in the South Division.

Hitting Recap: Ems took a 1-0 lead in first on a single from CF Robert Garcia (.233), a sacrifice bunt from SS Andruw Monasterio (.386) and a RBI single from 1B Matt Rose (.259). RF Kevonte Mitchell (.158) made it 3-1 in the 3rd with a two-run blast over the left field wall, scoring Monasterio (single). A single and a stolen base by 3B Wladimir Galindo (.257) sparked a rally in the 7th, and after 2B Yeiler Peguero (.306) walked, LF Ricardo Marcano (.286) singled home Galindo.

Pitching Chart: Manuel Rondon (2-0, 0.90 ERA) battled for five innings, holding the Indians to one run on five hits and three walks, stranding seven. He fanned four and got six ground ball outs for a game score of 49. M.T. Minacci bounced back after a couple of rough relief outings as the 21-year-old right-hander worked two scoreless frames, fanning four and allowing a single. He came out for a third inning but left with two runners on and one out, finishing with a line of 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB 5 K. Mark Malave ended the threat getting a 6-4-3 double play and tossed a scoreless 9th for his first save.

Emeralds Notes: Jesus Castillo (0-1, 3.60 ERA) gets the start on Monday night. 

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs

Cubs (3-2) had Sunday off and are back in action on Monday with the Giants.

Dominican Summer League

Cubs 1 (9-10) are six games behind Rangers 1 (15-4) in the North Division while Cubs 2 (13-6) own a one-game lead over the Mariners in the South Division. Both teams and the rest of the DSL had Sunday off. 

Cubs 1—Utility man Jose Rojas leads the Cubs with a .310 average. The 22-year-old signed as part of the Cubs 2014 International Class and spent his first pro season in the VSL (.264/.338/.377, 66 G, 3 HR, 40 RBI, 15 2B, 10 SB). Third-year pro Luis Hidalgo, 20, has a team-high four homers and despite hitting .200, sports a .378 OBP. SS Yonathan Perlaza (.205/.295/.308) and OF Jonathan Sierra (.193/.361/.228), both top prospects from the 2015 class, are off to slow starts to their pro careers. Brailyn Marquez (2-0, 1.93 ERA, 3 GS, 14 IP, 8 BB, 13 K) received a reported $600,000 bonus to sign last summer and the 17-year-old throws a fastball in the low 90s. 

Cubs 2—The Cubs gave Dominican Republic infielder Fidel Mejia the maximum allowed ($250,000) to sign during the summer of 2014 and after hitting .275/.360/.331 in 37 games last year in the DSL, leads all Cubs hitters with a .379 average. The 17-year-old has five steals and is second on the team with 13 runs. OF Abraham Rodriguez had an 11-game hitting streak and the Panama native is batting .300/.343/.417 in 16 games and leads the team with 11 RBI. C Miguel Amaya, who received a $1 million bonus last summer,  is off to a great start to his pro career as the 17-year-old touted for his defense is hitting .283/.397/.415. SS Aramis Ademan (.215/.354/.215) is off to a slow start in his first pro season after inking a big bonus and has committed eight errors in 16 starts at short. The most impressive arm is 17-year-old Faustino Carrera, who’s only allowed one earned run over his first 16 innings, three starts. Part of the 2015 class and signed out of Mexico last summer, the 5-foot-10 lefty has 17 K and 5 BB. 18-year-old Hector Garcia (2014-Mexico), in his second season in the DSL, is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 21.2 innings with 15 K and a 0.92 WHIP.


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