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News, Notes and Game Recaps from June 27

Eugene’s Andruw Monasterio was named Northwest League Player of the Week, Ian Happ stayed hot, Daniel Vogelbach had five hits, and Eugene’s Jesus Castillo fanned 11.

Monasterio honored by NWL

Eugene SS Andruw Monasterio was named Player of Week by the Northwest League on Monday after hitting .400/.400/.600 (12-for-30) with 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 8 runs last week. In 11 games, the 19-year-old is batting  375/.400/.521 with a homer and 10 RBI. Officially part of the Cubs 2013 International Class that includes Gleyber Torres and Eloy Jimenez, Monasterio signed in March of 2014 and two months later was making his pro debut in the Venezuelan Summer League. As a 17-year-old he batted .292/.368/.343 with 14 stolen bases and got an invite to spring training the following year. Monasterio stayed in Mesa last season and batted .252/.346/.348 in 42 games and continued to impress with his glove.

Cubs sign 2B Trent Giambrone

The Cubs have signed 25th round pick Trent Giambrone, a second baseman from Delta State, and assigned him to Eugene. A Rawlings Gold Glove Second Baseman and the 2016 Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year, the 22-year-old was an honorable mention all-american and hit .386/.433/.601 with nine homers and 52 RBI in 59 starts.  Giambrone spent his first two years of college at Jones County JC in Mississippi and batted .294 in 41 games as a junior at Delta State. With only two middle infielders on the Eugene roster, look for the slick-fielding second baseman to see plenty of playing time in an Ems uniform.

Cubs promote Joel Peralta

Joel Peralta is headed back to the big leagues. Signed to a minor league deal earlier this month, the Cubs have promoted RHP Joel Peralta, 41, from Iowa to Chicago. The right-hander with 41 big league saves and 644 innings, appeared in five games for Iowa, fanning four in four innings while allowing three hits and no walks. Peralta started the season with the Mariners but was released on June 4. To make room on the roster, LHP Gerardo Concepcion was optioned back to Iowa. 

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Game 1—Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 10, Iowa 9—9 innings Game 2—Iowa 3, Oklahoma City 2—8 innings

The Dodgers used a walk-off single to win the opener and the Cubs took the nigh-cap in extra innings. 

Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Cubs got on the board in the 2nd when Dodger killer Daniel Vogelbach (.309) doubled and scored on a single from Logan Watkins. Vogelbach added a two-run homer (15) in the 6th, a two-run double to tie the game in the 9th, and finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four knocked in. Entering the game, Vogelbach was hitting .531 (17-for-32) with 10 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 7 RBI in nine games against Oklahoma City.....3B Tommy La Stella smacked a two-run homer and fished 2-for-3 in his first rehab game at Iowa. SS Munenori Kawasaki (.264) extended his hit streak to 10 games with a single but it was snapped in game two. RF John Andreoli (.236) and LF Matt Murton (.338) both had two hits. GAME 2— Kawasaki hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 8th to score Andreoli to give the Cubs the win. Mark Zagunis gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the 4th, his second. Zagunis finished 2-for-3 and Vogelbach had two singles.

Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Pierce Johnson was activated off the DL (blister) for the third time earlier in the day and  the right-hander made his 7th start. The Dodgers didn’t have any sympathy for Johnson and his recent blister injury as they greeted him a single, a walk and a three-run homer in the first that required 23 pitches. They added two more runs in the second and his night ended after two innings, yielding five runs on four hits and three walks. Miguel Mejia allowed a run in two innings, Giovanni Soto surrendered two runs in the fifth, Dallas Beeler gave one up in the sixth and C.J. Riefenhauser got the final out of the 6th. Starling Peralta worked two scoreless frames but didn’t retire a batter in the 9th before the walk-off single.  .....GAME 2—Jake Buchanan (7-4, 4.48 ERA) fired seven solid innings but gave up a run in the bottom of the 7th to send the game into extras. He allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Corey Black worked a scoreless 8th for his second save.

I-Cubs Notes: Aaron Brooks (0-1, 10.00 ERA) makes another rehab start against Oklahoma City.....C Tim Federowicz has cleared waivers and is reporting to Iowa.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 12, Pensacola (Reds) 4—6 innings rain

Smokies knocked off the Blue Wahoos in a game shortened by rain.

Hitting Recap: Ian Happ slugged his second homer and continues to squash AA pitching, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three knocked in. In four starts, Happ is 11-for-15 with six RBI and six runs scored. Billy McKinney  (.264) went 2-for-3 with four RBI and 1B Victor Caratini  (.295) had two hits and two RBI. CF Jacob Hannemann (.247) and 3B Chesny Young (.289) both collected two hits and combined to score five times.

Pitching Chart: Brad Markey (6-3, 2.34 ERA) went the distance, allowing one run on four hits over six innings. Markey fanned two and threw 89 pitches, 54 for strikes, for a game score of 67. He helped his own cause with a double and a run scored.

Smokies News: Smokies have Tuesday off.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach at Salem (Red Sox)—Rained Out

Monday night’s game was rained out and will be made up as a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m. EST. Trevor Clifton (4-3, 2.12 ERA) and Zach Hedges (6-5, 2.47 ERA) are slated to take the mound. 

Midwest League—Low A—Lake County (Indians) 6, South Bend 1

Lake County scored a run in each of the first five innings to beat South Bend in the series opener.

Hitting Recap: Cubs only run scored in the 6th when CF Donnie Dewees (.257) doubled and scored on a single from RF Eddy Martinez (.237). 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.321) and 1B Tyler Alamo (.266) both had two hits. 

Pitching Chart: Adbert Alzolay (5-4, 4.39) left a lot of pitches up in the strike zone and the Captains took advantage, collecting five runs on 11 hits. He fanned five and threw 84 pitches, 59 for strikes. Greyfer Eregua tossed three no-hit innings with four strikeouts but got charged with an unearned run. Craig Brooks worked a 1-2-3 ninth.

SB-Cubs News: Carson Sands (5-1, 3.72) is scheduled to make his first start of the second half on Tuesday night.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 8, Spokane (Rangers) 2

Jesus Castillo fanned 11 and Matt Rose homered to lead Eugene to another win.

Hitting Recap: 3B Matt Rose (.300) delivered a RBI single in the first and smacked a to-run homer in the 8th to lead the offense. DH Ricardo Marcano (.273) and Kevonte Mitchell (.171) both delivered RBI and CF Darryl Wilson  (.194) walked twice, scored two runs, and swiped his fifth base. 

Pitching Chart: Jesus Castillo fanned a career-high 11 hitters over five innings to earn his first win. The right-hander allowed one hit, walked one, and finished with a game score of 77. Castillo spent last year working out of the bullpen in Mesa but was impressive at extended spring training and earned a spot in the rotation. The Cubs acquired Castillo back in 2013, along with RHP Erick Leal, from the D-Back for Tony Campana......RH Scott Frazier threw two innings, allowing a run while striking out two. RH Michael Knighton worked the final two frames.

Emeralds Notes: Pedro Silverio (1-0, 1.80 ERA) gets the ball on Tuesday night as the Emeralds head to Boise.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 7, Giants 2

Erling Moreno tossed six shutout innings as the Cubs downed the Giants.

Hitting Recap: RF Jose Gonzalez (.273) had three singles and knocked in two runs. CF Luis Ayala (.385) had two hits, scored twice, knocked in a run and stole a base. 1B Gustavo Polanco (.400) and DH Michael Cruz (.143) both plated runs.

Pitching Chart: RH Erling Moreno had his best outing since the Cubs signed the Colombian right-hander back in 2013. Fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, the 19-year-old allowed three hits and walked two in the gem.  Game score 72. Jose Leidenz threw the final three frames for the save, allowing two runs on five hits.

Dominican Summer League— Yankees I (6), Cubs 1 (1) 

Not much offense for the Cubs in a game shorted to eight innings. 

Hitting Recap: Cubs only run of the game came in the 7th when Jose Jules doubled and scored on a single from Orian Nunez. Cubs held to five hits.

Pitching Chart: Jose Mac Donna got the start and lasted until the fourth, leaving after giving up an unearned run. Freddy Tineo got charged with five runs in an inning, allowing three hits, two walks and three wild pitches. Luis Silva came in with the bases loaded in the fifth, gave up a triple, and then worked 2.1 scoreless frames.

Cubs Notes: Box score and the play-by-play did not correspond so today’s recap is brief. 

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (4), Rojas (2)

Cubs pounded Reds pitching for 11 hits to improve to 14-6.

Hitting Recap: SS Aramis Ademan (.232), DH Richard Nunez (.326), LF Abraham Rodriguez (.313) and CF Fernando Kelli (.280) all had two hits with Kelli and Rodriguez both knocking in runs. C Miguel Amaya (.281) was 1-for-4 with a RBI.

Pitching Chart: Faustino Carrera only lasted 2.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits and three walks. The 17-year-old from Mexico fanned three and saw his ERA rise to 0.96. Ivan Medina (4-0, 2.20 ERA) tossed 3.1 scoreless frames with two punchouts. Yan De La Cruz worked the final three innings for the save, allowing an unearned run on a hit and two walks with two strikeouts.


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