Pacific Coast League—AAA—Salt Lake (Angles) 5, Iowa 4
Salt Lake grabbed an early lead and beat Iowa for the third time in the four-game series.
Hitting Recap: Iowa scored two in the fifth, added two more in the eighth, got two runners on in the ninth but came up short. 2B Logan Watkins (.290) went 3-for-4 with a RBI and SS Munenori Kawasaki (.279)i was on base four times with three hits and a walk. 3B Juan Perez (.259) was 1-for-3 with two RBI while 1B Jeimer Candelario (.310) and DH Tim Federowicz (.330) had two hits apiece.
Pitching Chart: Let’s face it, 2016 may not be the season for Pierce Johnson. Securing a spot on the Cubs 40-man roster last fall, Johnson’s season, like the past two, has been plagued by a variety of injures (right forearm strain, lat strain, blister) that have limited his innings and performance. He’s been terrible with runners on as PCL batters are hitting .320/.407/.560 with Johnson out of the stretch. After a 1-2-3 first, a one-out double opened the door in the second as a walk, a ground out and a single made in 2-0. A double and two walks loaded the bases in the fourth, and a sacrifice fly scored another. Johnson ended the game with 79 pitches, 46 for strikes, and a line of 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. RH Armando Rivero worked a scoreless fifth and fanned the side in the sixth but an error and a double plated a run. RH Felix Pena surrendered a run over two frames and RH Jose Rosario tossed a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: No starter has been named as the Cubs head to Memphis for a four-game series.
Southern League—AA—Mississippi (Braves) 5, Tennessee 3
Mississippi scored four times in the seventh to beat the Smokies for the second straight night.
Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng tossed six innings and only surrendered one unearned run as the Braves collected six hits and two walks off the right-hander. Tseng threw 92 pitches, 58 for strikes, fanned two and had a game score of 59. David Berg (1-3, 5.34 ERA) only got two outs in the seventh as the Braves plated four runs on four hits and a walk. Nick Sarianides retired all seven hitters he faced, three on strikes.
Smokies News: Michael Wagner (0-0, 2.25 ERA) gets the start on Friday night.
Carolina League—High A—Wilmington (Royals) 9, Myrtle Beach 4
Wilmington jumped out to a 7-1 lead and took the series opener at Myrtle Beach.
Hitting Recap: Only five hits for the Pelicans as Yasiel Balaguert had the big blast, a two-run homer in the third, his 13th. CF Rashad Crawford went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and stole his 20th base.
Pitching Chart: Jake Stinnett got pounded for nine hits as the Blue Rock scored seven times, five earned. The right-hander fanned six and threw 95 pitches, 62 for strikes. LH Tommy Thorpe gave up two runs in two innings of work and RH Tommy Nance made his Carolina League debut with two scoreless frames.
Pelicans News: Trevor Clifton (4-6,3.23 ERA) takes the hill for his 17th start on Friday night against Wilmington.....RHP Erick Leal has gone on the DL and RHP Tommy Nance has been promoted from South Bend.....Leal is the Carolina League's wins leader with 10, while his 3.02 ERA is second among active and qualifying pitchers in the circuit. The right-hander has gone 12 starts in a row with no more than three earned runs allowed. He has yielded 80 hits in 86.1 innings, whiffing 60 against 18 walks. Nance pitched in seven games with Eugene, South Bend and Iowa and posted a 2-0 record and 2.38 ERA (11.1 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 10 K).......Nance was signed as a non-drafted free agent on January 30, 2016. He pitched collegiately at Long Beach State (2010), Cypress College in California (2011) and Santa Clara University (2012-13) before undergoing Tommy John Surgery after the 2013 season. He returned to baseball in 2015 to pitch for the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Independent Frontier League.
Midwest League—Low A—Burlington (Angels) 3, South Bend 1
Burlington blanked the Cubs for eight innings and won their second straight at Four Winds Field.
Pitching Chart: Preston Morrison tossed six scoreless as he scattered seven hits and got two outfield assists from Eddy Martinez, one at third and the second at home. Morrison fanned six and walked one in the 75 pitch-outing. Game score 66. Tyler Peitzmeier (0-1, 3.21 ERA) worked out of a jam in the seventh but surrendered three runs in the eighth on four hits and a walk. Dillon Maples fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth.
SB-Cubs News: Kyle Miller (4-2, 1.89 ERA) gets the ball on Friday night against Burlington.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 8, Vancouver (Blue Jays) 7
Eugene blasted Vancouver pitching for 15 hits and hung on for the win.
Hitting Recap: Eugene got off the bus swinging, scoring four times in the first on RBI from CF Connor Myers (.296), LF Kevonte Mitchell (.229), SS Zack Short (.200) and 1B Jose Paniagua (.273). They added another run in the second when 2B Vimael Machin (.400) walked and scored on a double from 3B Wladimir Galindo (.227). Mitchell launched his second homer into the Canadian air in the fifth, a solo blast to left. C Samuel Tidaback (.286) and DH Michael Foster (.133) added RBI in the seventh for an 8-3 lead. Every starter except Robert Garcia had a hit and Paniagua led the way going 3-for-4.
Pitching Chart: Manuel Rondon was hitting 97 on the stadium radar gun in the second inning and the left-hander pitched into the fifth, ending the night with a line of 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Game score 42. Alex Santana (2-0, 6.75 ERA) allowed an inherited runner to score but worked out of the fifth and tossed a scoreless sixth. M.T. Minacci got charged with three runs (one earned) over two innings and Mark Malave earned his fifth save but gave up a run and stranded the bases loaded in the ninth.
Emeralds Notes: Jesus Castillo (2-2, 2.92 ERA) gets the start on Friday afternoon in Vancouver.
Arizona Rookie League—Indians 5, Cubs 4
Indians scored two times in the ninth for the walk-off win.
Hitting Recap: RF Ruben Reyes (IFA15-Mexico, .254) led the offense with two singles and a RBI. 1B Gustavo Polanco (IFA14-V, .345) went 1-for-4 with a RBI and Jhonny Pereda (IFA12-V, .264) doubled and scored.
Pitching Chart: RH Erling Moreno went four innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk. Marc Huberman gave up a runover two innings and got charged with a blown save. Dakota Mekkes fanned four in two scoreless frames in his second pro game. Luis Aquino (FA15-DR, 0-2, 8.489 ERA) only got one out in the 9th as the Cubs committed a pair of errors that led to two runs and the Indians win.
Cubs Notes: Cubs have Friday off.
Dominican Summer League— Yankees 1 (9), Cubs 1 (6)
Yankees scored five times in the third and handed the Cubs their sixth straight loss.
Hitting Recap: SS Yonathan Perlaza (IFA15-V,.258) went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored while 1B Franklin Tineo (IFA14-DR,.183) had two hits, including a solo homer (1), and two RBI. LF Jonathan Sierra (IFA15-DR, .258) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI and DH Henderson Perez (IFA15-V) (.195) went 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Riger Fernandez (IFA14-V, 1-4, 4.41 ERA) got roughed up for eight runs on eight hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. Aneuris Rosario (IFA13-DR) gave up a run and fanned four over 2.2 frames and Edison Novas (IFA15-DR) tossed a scoreless eighth.
Dominican Summer League—Game 1—Completion of suspended game for July 2— Giants 7, Cubs 2 (6)—10 innings; Game 2—Giants 2, Cubs 0
In the completion of the suspended game, the Cubs tied it with two runs in the 8th but the Giants pushed across the winner in the 10th. In the second game, Cubs were blanked on five hits.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—C Miguel Amaya (IFA15-Pan, .296) went 2-for-3, scored twice and knocked in a run while 2B Luis Diaz (IFA15-DR, .253) went 1-for-3 with two RBI. 1B Richard Nunez (IFA13-DR, .293) added two hits. Cubs loaded the base in bottom of the 10th but lined into a double play to end the game......GAME 2—Only five singles for the Cubs as 3B Fidel Mejia (IFA14-DR, .346), 1B Fidel Matos (IFA13-DR, .216) and Amaya were all 1-for-3.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Back on July 2, Wilfre Delgado (IFA15-V) gave up a run over three innings. On Thursday, RH Ivan Medina (IFA13-V) got tagged for five runs over two frames and Sucre Valdez (IFA14-DR) blanked the Giants for five innings. Omar Ventura (IFA14-DR) look the loss as a throwing error on a pickoff play scored a run. .....GAME 2—RH Alfredo Colorado (IFA13-V, 3-4, 3.48 ERA) followed up his nine inning shutout with 5.2 innings against the Giants, allowing a two-run homer, one of eight hits he allowed. Bryan Molina (IFA14-V) got the final five outs, two on strikes.