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News, Notes and Game Recaps from June 28

Carson Sands fired a gem for South Bend, Jeimer Candelario and Eloy Jimenez are headed to the All-Star game, and another draft pick made his debut.

Candelario, Jimenez selected for Futures Game

Iowa third baseman Jeimer Candelario and South Bend outfielder Eloy Jimenez will represent the Cubs organization at the All-Star Futures game on July 10 in San Diego and play for the World Team.

Candelario, 22, started 2016 at Tennessee and was among the league leaders in doubles (17) when he was promoted to AAA. The switch-hitter batted .219/.324/.367 in 56 games for the Smokies with 4 HR and 23 RBI. He’s found AAA pitching more to his liking, hitting .344/.469/.609 with 2 HR and 14 RBI in his first 21 games.  Candelario displays soft, quick hands on defense and a strong arm to finish plays. Added to the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft, it hasn’t been an easy road for Candelario in the minors but he continues to show improvement both on defense and both sides of the plate, especially with his approach.

Jimenez has not only been one of the hottest hitters over the first half of the season but in the entire minors. Hitting .342/.380/.549 with 10 HR and 54 RBI, the 19-year-old is tearing up the Midwest League in his first full season. The Cubs spent 2.8 million to sign the Dominican Republic native as part of their 2013 international class. I’ve been impressed with his defense as his glides to the ball and covers lots of ground with his long strides and displays a strong arm. Jimenez shows the ability to take the ball the other way when down in the count and punish pitchers when he gets ahead. 

Short makes debut

Zack Short, the Cubs 17th round pick out of Sacred Heart , made his pro debut on Tuesday night for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League. Playing against the Giants, the 21-year-old singled in his first at-bat and then walked the next three times up. Despite only hitting .241/.352/.399 this year as a junior, the Cubs not only saw Short play at Sacred Heart, they also had eyes on him during the Cape Cod league. The 5-foot-10 shortstop was 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and earned first-team All-NEC honors as a sophomore after hitting nine homers and slashing .305/.424/.535 with a conference high 33 walks.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 3, Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 2

I-Cubs took the rubber game of the five-game set.

Hitting Recap: Cubs scored their first run on a wild pitch in the second and then took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when pitcher Aaron Brooks singled, took second on a walk and scored on Tommy La Stella’s RBI single. Kris Negron led off the 6th with a double and scored on Munenori Kawasaki’s sacrifice fly for a 3-1 advantage.

Pitching Chart: LH Clayton Richard made his first rehab appearance since going on the DL with a blister problem. Richard fanned two in a 1-2-3 first, needing only 11 pitches. Aaron Brooks, also on a rehab assignment, threw a season-high four frames, allowing a run on four hits. The right-hander fanned two and threw 54 pitches, 41 for strikes. Armando Rivero allowed a hit over two frames with a pair of punchouts. Felix Pena earned his second save but surrendered a solo homer in the 9th.

I-Cubs Notes: Cubs have Wednesday off. RH Ryan Williams (4-1, 3.60 ERA) is expected to come off the DL and get the start in the first game of the DH on Thursday in Round Rock. No starter has been named for Game 2.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee

Smokies had Monday off as they travel to Jacksonville for a five-game series. The Smokies send Jen-Ho Tseng (3-3, 2.98 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday night.

Carolina League—High A—Game 1— Salem (Red Sox) 5, Myrtle Beach 3 ; Game 2— Salem 7, Myrtle Beach 6

Salem scored three times in the bottom of the 7th in the nightcap to complete the sweep.

Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Ian Rice went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk. After hitting .310/.417/.587 at South Bend in 39 games, Rice has started his High A career 7-for-16 with three doubles and a homer. 2B David Bote added a pair of doubles and a RBI while SS Gleyber Torres (.255) and RF Jeffrey Baez plated runs.....GAME 2—1B Yasiel Balaguert (.221) slugged his 10th homer, a solo shot, and 3B Jason Vosler (.270) doubled in two runs. C Erick Castillo (.263) had two hits and a RBI.

Pitching Chart: GAME 1— RH Trevor Clifton(4-4, 2.66 ERA) went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks. He fanned five in the 81-pitch outing and had a game score of 36. Tommy Thorpe worked a scoreless 6th......GAME 2—Zach Hedges went the distance, allowing seven runs, only three earned on eight hits and two walks. He fanned two and threw 93 pitches. Errors by Hedges and 2B Andrew Ely allowed for a three-run 7th and a walk-off single.

Pelicans News: No starter has been named for Wednesday night’s game against Potomac in Myrtle Beach.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, Lake County (Indians) 0

Carson Sands twirled seven shutout innings while Tyler Alamo and Adonis Paula both homered.

Hitting Recap: 1B Tyler Alamo (.269) launched his fourth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the 2nd. 3B Adonis Paula (.250) hit his first MWL homer in the 8th. Cubs had four hits, singles by CF Donnie Dewees (.258) and LF Eloy Jimenez (.342). 

Pitching Chart: Carson Sands (6-1, 3.25 ERA) fired seven shutouts innings, needing only 75 pitches. He held the Captains to three hits, walked one and set four down on strikes. Game score 78. Scott Effross fanned two over two innings and completed the shutout for his second save.

SB-Cubs News: Preston Morrison (7-3, 2.97 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday night in South Bend.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Boise (D-Backs) 16, Eugene 6

Boise used a 10-run 7th to beat Eugene.

Hitting Recap: 1B Jose Paniagua, LF Chris Pieters and 3B Wladimir Galindo all had two hits. 2B Trent Giambrone made his pro debut and went 1-for-4 with a single.

Pitching Chart: Rough night on the mound for the Ems. Pedro Silverio got the start and allowed four runs in 3.2 innings. Enrique De Los Rio (1-3, 9.00 ERA) gave up two runs in 1.1 frames and Alex Santana got tagged for eight runs in 1.2 innings. Jared Cheek got the final four outs but not before allowing three inherited runs and two more score.

Emeralds Notes: A starter has not been named for Wednesday night’s match-up in Boise.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 5, Giants 1

Cubs used a 10-hit attack to down the Giants.

Hitting Recap: 1B Gustavo Polanco (.417) was 2-for-4 with two RBI and C Michael Cruz (.235) had two hits and plated a run. DH Jhonny Pereda went 2-for-3 while SS Isaac Paredes and LF Yohan Matos added RBI. 

Pitching Chart: Junior Marte got the start and went three innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits and two walks. LH Jack Leathersich worked a 1-2-3 inning and Eugenio Palma fanned four in four shutout frames to earn the win. Luis Aquino got the final three outs. 

Dominican Summer League— Mets 1 (4), Cubs 1 (3)

Cubs (9-12) scored in the 8th and 9th but still came up short to the Mets (9-11).

Hitting Recap: Only two hits for the Cubs—a solo homer from 1B Luis Hidalgo (.211), his 5th, and a triple from DH Herson Perez (.257). 3B Henrry Pedra added a RBI groundout. 

Pitching Chart: Riger Fernandez (0-3, 4.40 ERA) got the start but had trouble finding the strike zone, walking six while allowing two runs on two hits. He fanned three in 3.2 innings. Moises Ramirez pitched 2.1 innings of shutout ball and Miguel Estevez gave up a two-run homer in the 7th. Aneuris Rosario fanned three in two scoreless. 

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2  vs. Orioles 2 —Postponed—Rain

Tuesday’s game was postponed the the two squads will play a doubleheader on Wednesday.

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