Cubs sign Rucker
According to Jonathan Mayo of mlb.com, the Cubs have signed RHP Michael Rucker for $180,000, $80,000 over slot for the 11th round pick out of BYU. Rucker was named a third-team All-American after leading the Cougars in ERA (2.73) strikeouts (94), and innings (102.2) as a junior. He started his college career at Gonzaga and transferred to BYU after his freshman season. He appeared in 23 games as a red-shirt sophomore, making six starts and throwing 67 innings with a 2.96 ERA.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Las Vegas (Mets) 3, Iowa 2
The All-Star bark didn’t help the I-Cubs as the fell for the 10th time in last 13 July games.
Hitting Recap: Cubs scored both runs in the 6th on RBI singles from RF Mark Zagunis (.281) and 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.311). Zagunis finished 2-for-4 and Juan Perez entered the game in the 6th and had two singles. CF John Andreoli (.240) was on base twice (single, walk) and scored once.
Pitching Chart: LH Rob Zastryzny (4-3, 4.88 ERA) allowed three runs over five innings and left the game with an apparent injury after facing one hitter in the sixth. The lefty threw 72 pitches, 42 for strikes, and fanned three. RH Miguel Mejia worked two perfect frames and RH Joe Nathan made his AAA Cubs debut and retired the side in order, two on strikes. Felix Pena worked around two walks in a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Jake Buchanan (7-5, 4.77 ERA) gets the start Friday night in Las Vegas.
Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 6, Tennessee 1
Smokies dropped their third straight with a loss at Montgomery in the series opener.
Hitting Recap: Only run for the Smokies came in the 8th when Chesny Young (.287) walked, stole second, took third on a single by 2B Ian Happ (.371) and scored on a sacrifice fly by C Victor Caratini (.287). Happ finished 2-for-4 and LF Bijan Rademacher (.298) went 2-for-4.
Pitching Chart: RH Brad Markey (6-5, 2.71 ERA) took the loss as the Biscuits scored four times (three earned) on six hits and a walk over six innings. Markey threw 90 pitches, 59 for strikes. Stephen Perakslis allowed a run on two hits in the 7th and Nick Sarianides got charged with an unearned run in the 8th.
Smokies News: Tyler Skulina (3-7, 4.96 ERA) looks to end the losing skid when he takes the mound on Friday night.
Carolina League—High A—Frederick (Orioles) 4, Myrtle Beach 3
Keys scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 8th on a RBI single.
Hitting Recap: After falling behind 3-0, Pelicans got on the board in the 4th when 1B David Bote (.291) singled, advanced to second on a an error, took third on a single and scored on the Keys second throwing error of the inning. C Erick Castillo (.237) tied the game in the 6th on a two-run single, plating 3B Jason Vosler and Bote. RF Jeffrey Baez (.227) and Castillo both finished with two hits.
Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton got the start and went six innings with six strikeouts. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in the 87-pitch outing. Tommy Thorpe worked a scoreless 7th but walked the leadoff hitter to open the ninth. Daury Torrez came and worked two scoreless but allowed the inherited runner to score on a sacrifice bunt and a two-out single.
Pelicans News: Erick Leal (10-4, 2.99 ERA) gets the ball on Friday night against Frederick.
Midwest League—Low A—Game 1—Clinton (Mariners) 3, South Bend 0; Game 2—South Bend 5, Clinton 2
Clinton blanked the Cubs in the opener and South Bend broke up a shutout in the 7th scoring five times to earn the split.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Two singles from RF Eddy Martinez and base knocked from 2B Carlos Sepulveda, LF Eloy Jimenez and 3B Bryant Flete was all the offense in the opener....GAME 2— Shutout for 13 straight innings and trailing 2-0, the Cubs opened the 7th with two singles and a sacrifice bunt. Josh Silver plated a run with a ground ball to short but Jesse Hodges was thrown out at third on the play. A single by Sepulveda put runners on the corners and P.J. Higgins gave South Bend a 3-2 lead with a two-run double. CF Donnie Dewees (.273) followed with a RBI double and scored on a single from Jimenez (.331).
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Bad hops and an error ruined a solid outing from Preston Morrison (9-4, 2.40 ERA). The right-hander worked 5.1 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits. The right-hander fanned six, threw 53 pitches and had a game score of 53. An error in the 3rd led to two runs scoring and a bad hop grounder to shorts scored the final run. Tommy Nance made his MWL debut, one pitch that resulted in a double play ground ball.....GAME 2—LF Justin Steele went five innings and fanned five as he works his way back into shape after an injury. The left-hander gave up two hits, both in the second that resulted in a run. Casey Bloomquist (7-4, 2.78 ERA) got the win, finishing with a line of 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Bloomquist started the bottom of the 7th but left after loading the base. Dillon Maples got the final two outs for his second save but not before a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice plated two runs.
SB-Cubs News: Cubs go for the series win on Friday night when they send Kyle Miller (4-1, 1.58 ERA) to the mound for his 7th start.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 4, Tri-City 2
Eugene evened the series at Tri-City behind six solid innings from Jose Paulino.
Hitting Recap: 3B Wladimir Galindo (.220) ripped two doubles and knocked in a pair while LF Kevonte Mitchell (.207) went 1-for-4 with two RBI. CF Robert Garcia (.291) had two singles and a stolen base (4) and Chris Pieters was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
Pitching Chart: Jose Paulino improved to 3-0 with six stroang innings, allowing five hits and a run. The left-hander fanned eight and had a game score of 71. LH Wyatt Short got charged with an unearned run in the 7th in his second pro game, Michael Knighton worked a 1-2-3 8th and Jared Cheek nailed down the win with a scoreless 9th for his fifth save.
Emeralds Notes: Eugene has yet to name a starter for Friday night’s game.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 8, Royals 2
Javier Assad fanned with in four plus shutout innings and Isaac Paredes had four hits as the Cubs downed the Royals.
Hitting Recap: SS Isaac Paredes (IFA15-Mexico) went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and C Jhonny Pereda (IFA13- VZ) doubled and added three RBI. CF Zach Davis was 2-for-4 with a RBI, the first hits of his career. 1B Kevin Zamudio (IFA15-Mexico) had two hits and scored twice.
Pitching Chart: RH Javier Assad (IFA15-Mexico) fanned a career-high eight hitters and blanked the Royals over 4.2 innings. The 18-year-old had allowed six runs over his last five innings but held the Royals to four hits and two walks for a game score of 64. Jack Leathersich got the final out of the fifth, striking out the only hitter he faced. Ho-young Son made his pro pitching debut and got credit for the win, fanning two while surrendering a solo homer. Eugenio Palma struckout four over the final three frames for the save.
Dominican Summer League—Pirates (5), Cubs 1 (4)
Pirates (13-22) scored three runs in the top of the 7th to bat the Cubs (16-19).
Hitting Recap: Cubs made the most of their four hits. 2B Orian Nunez (.286) doubled home two runs in the 4th to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. 1B Franklin Tineo (.164) singled and knocked in a run while LF Jonathan Sierra (.243) double to extend his hit streak to six games, walked, and scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Jesus Tejada got the start and tossed six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. He fanned four and recoded seven ground ball outs for a game score of 62. Juan Rengifo got charged with a blown save and took the loss, giving up three runs in the 7th and working a 1-2-3 eighth. Jose Mac Donna tossed a scoreless 9th.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (3), Orioles 2 (0)
Alfredo Colorado tossed a complete game shutout as the Cubs beat the Orioles
Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when 3B Luis Diaz (.248) singled, stole second, took third out a ground out, and trotted home on a double from C Miguel Amaya (.264). In the 4th, LF Abraham Rodriguez (.325) led off with a double, took third on a ground out, and after CF Yovanny Cuevas (.255) was hit by a pitch, the two runners pulled off the double steal with Rodriguez taking home. SS Aramis Ademan (.250) led off the sixth with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly from Rodriguez, his 25th RBI.
Pitching Chart: 20-year-old Alfredo Colorado (3-3, 3.50 ERA) fired his first complete game shutout, scattering eight hits in the nine-inning gem. He fanned five, got ten ground ball outs and had a game score of 83.