News, Notes and Game Recaps from June 30

Preston Morrison capped off a remarkable June by the South Bend pitching staff with 7.1 shutout frames in a 1-0 victory. Tennessee and Mesa both used walk-off wins while Eugene flew the “W” flag.

Vogelbach, Rivero all-stars

1B Daniel Vogelbach and RHP Armando Rivero were named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team that will face the International All-Stars on July 13 in Charlotte, NC.

Vogelbach is hitting .308 in this season and adds a .556 slugging percentage and a .978 OPS. He ranks among the league's best in several offensive categories, tying for third in home runs (15) and walks (47) and for fourth in RBI (55), while placing fifth in on-base percentage (.422).

Rivero holds a 2.39 ERA and a 3-1 record with Iowa this season. Among PCL relievers, Rivero ranks third in lowest opponent batting average (.173) and fourth in highest strikeout-to-walk ratio (11.71). He also paces I-Cub relievers with 49 strikeouts through 37.2 innings pitched.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Game 1—Round Rock (Rangers) 4, Iowa 2; Game 2—Round Rock 5, Iowa 4

Round Rock swept Iowa with a pair of walk-off wins. 

Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Mark Zagunis (.287) scored John Andreoli (.236) in the first with a sacrifice fly and Jeimer Candelario (.348) slugged a solo homer, his third in AAA. .....GAME 2—RF Juan Perez (.256) hit a pair of homers, both solo shots, but it wasn’t enough. SS Munenori Kawasaki (.268) had two hits and Zagunis tripled and scored. 

Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Adam Warren went five innings in his second start in Iowa, throwing 73 pitches, 47 for strikes. Warren allowed three hits, one a two-run homer, fanned three and didn’t walk anyone. Gerardo Concepcion worked a scoreless 6th but gave up the second two-run homer of the game to former Cub Justin Ruggiano. GAME 2—Drew Rucinski went 6.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. He fanned five and threw 87 pitches. Corey Black allowed an inherited runner to score in the bottom of the 7th and then gave up a walk-off single in the 8th. 

I-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (4-1, 5.05 ERA) gets the start on Friday night.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 2, Jacksonville (Marlins) 1—10 innings

Smokies tied the game in the 9th and scored the winning run in the 10th to beat Jacksonville for the second straight night and extended their win streak to four games.

Hitting Recap: After eight scoreless innings, the Smokies tied the game in the top of the 9th when 1B Victor Caratini  (.293) doubled, took third on an error, and scored on a RBI single from LF Bijan Rademacher (.277). In the 10th, 3B Chesny Young (.287) led off with a single and advance to third on a throwing error after a grounder from 2B Ian Happ (.591). Young then scored on Caratini’s ground out to first. Happ went 2-for-5 with a stolen base (2) and C Benjamin Carhart (.257) doubled. 

Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood turned in is best outing of the season, working six innings and allowing one unearned run. Underwood only walked one, fanned two and recorded 12 ground ball outs. He threw 87 pitches, 56 for strikes, and had a game score 65. Joe Nathan worked a 1-2-3 7th and David Garner followed with a scoreless 8th. Juan Paniagua loaded the bases with nobody out in the 9th but got out of the jam, fanning two. Sidewinder David Berg worked a 1-2-3 10th for his first AA save.

Smokies News: Paul Blackburn (5-2, 2.35 ERA) gets the start on Friday night. 

Carolina League—High A—Potomac (Nationals) 3, Myrtle Beach 2—10 innings

Potomac pushed across a run in the 10th to take the series opener.

Hitting Recap: Pelicans scored their first run in the 3rd when C Erick Castillo (.262) doubled and scored on a triple by CF Rashad Crawford (.228). DH Ian Rice (.375) tied the game with his second homer since joining Myrtle Beach. 3B Jason Vosler (.265) and SS Gleyber Torres (.258) both singled and Torres extended his on-base streak to 14 games.

Pitching Chart: Jeremy Null went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Making his 9th start, the right-hander fanned four in the 83-pitch outing. Jordan Minch tossed two scoreless frames and James Pugliese kept the P-Nats off the board in the 9th but allowed two walks in the 10th. Tommy Thorpe gave up a RBI single to the first hitter he faced before getting the final out of the 10th.

Pelicans News: Erick Leal (9-3, 3.33 ERA) gets the start on Friday night against Potomac. 

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 1, Lake County (Indians) 0

Preston Morrison blanked the Captains for 7.1 innings and Donnie Dewees delivered the game’s only RBI.

Hitting Recap: Cubs were held to three hits and scored their only run in the 6th when 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.309) singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when CF Donnie Dewees (.259) grounded out to second. Dewees finished 1-for-3 and Adonis Paula was on base twice with a single and a walk. LF Eloy Jimenez (.338) went 0-for-2 and was ejected in the 4th inning for arguing with home plate umpire.

Pitching Chart: Preston Morrison (8-3, 2.68 ERA) worked a career-high 7.1 shutout innings, throwing 81 pitches, 60 for strikes, in the gem. The 22-year-old right-hander fanned five and gave up six hits and no walks. Game score 77. It was his ninth straight start allowing three runs or less. Craig Brooks got the final five outs for his fifth save. 

SB-Cubs News: Lansing comes to town on Friday night and the Cubs send Casey Bloomquist (5-3, 2.26 ERA) to the mound.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 5, Boise (Rockies) 1

Three Eugene pitchers held the Hawks to four hits for their second straight twin.

Hitting Recap: LF Robert Garcia had has best game in the NWL with two doubles, a single, two RBI and a run scored. Darryl Wilson was 1-for-5 with a RBI and stole two bases (7). 1B Chris Pieters was 2-for-4 with a triple and 2B Yeiler Peguero had two hits and scored twice.

Pitching Chart: Bryan Hudson worked around seven walks over four innings as the lefty had trouble with his command. The 19-year-old only allowed two hits but one left the park and finished with two strikeouts. Enrique De Los Rio (2-3, 6.30 ERA) tossed three no-hit innings, issuing two walks to go along with four punchouts for the win. Scott Frazier fanned two over the final two scoreless frames. 

Emeralds Notes: Jose Paulino (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his third start on Friday night at PK Park as the Ems host Salem-Keizer.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 8, Mariners 7—10 innings

Isaac Paredes’ pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 10th gave the Cubs the walk-off win.

Hitting Recap: LF Yohan Matos led off the 10th with walk, moved to second on a sac bunt from RF Ruben Reyes  (.200) and scored from second on a two-out single from Isaac Paredes (.176). 1B Kevin Zamudio went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI, including a two-run homer, his second. Matos finished 2-for-4 while 2B Zack Short (.333) went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and one knocked in. DH Michael Cruz and C Jhonny Pereda both added RBI.

Pitching Chart: Jordan Brink got the start and went two innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk. Javier Assad fanned five over three frames but allowed four runs on six hits and two walks. LH Jack Leathersich continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery as the former Met retired both hitters he faced. Luis Aquino got charged with a blown save, surrendering the tying run in the 9th, the only blemish in three innings. Jose Leidenz got two in with a scoreless 10th.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1 (6), Rangers 1 (4)

Cubs (10-13) scored four times in the top of the 9th to knock off the Rangers (17-6).

Hitting Recap: SS Yonathan Perlaza (.196) smacked a two-run triple to tile the game in the 9th and scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error. RF Jonathan Sierra (.194) added a RBI ground out to cap off the rally. CF Jose Gutierrez (.256) went 3-for-5 and scored twice while LF Moises Colasante (.219) had two hits and scored once.

Pitching Chart: Yunior Perez got the start and threw five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. He fanned one and had a game score of 44. Elvis Diaz (3-0, 0.00 ERA) got charged with an unearned run over four frames, yielding four hits while fanning one. Aneuris Rosario pitched the 9th for his second save.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (6),  Twins (4)

Cubs (16-7) built a 6-0 lead and hung on for the win.

Hitting Recap: 2B Luis Diaz had three hits, scored once and knocked in a run to lead the offense. C Miguel Amaya  (.292) singled twice and scored two runs. DH Fidel Matos  (.161) launched a solo homer in the 2nd and SS Fidel Mejia (.350) had two hits and plated a run. Abraham Rodriguez went 1-for-2 and has at least one hit in 17 of his last 18 games. 

Pitching Chart: RH Hector Garcia (2-0, 1.63 ERA) made be headed stateside soon. The 18-year-old from Mexico went six innings without allowing an earned run for his third straight start, holding the Twins to five hits. The right-hander fanned five, got 10 ground ball outs and had a game score of 71. Fauris Guerrero gave up four runs in the 7th but retired the last seven hits he faced for his first save.

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