South Bend Cubs

News, Notes and Game Recaps from July 25

South Bend’s sweep of Peoria highlighted the days action as Iowa, Myrtle Beach and Eugene all posted wins.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 6, Memphis (Cardinals) 2

Cubs grabbed a 3-0 first inning lead and beat Memphis in the final game of the series.

Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 3-0 lead in the first on a RBI single from 3B Jeimer Candelario (.304) and two Red Birds errors. Candelario and 2B Logan Watkins added RBI singles in the third. LF Mark Zagunis (.280) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Watkins and SS Kris Negron (.239) both had two hits. CF Albert Almora went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his return to the I-Cubs lineup.

Pitching Chart: Jordan Pries (3-1, 3.52 ERA) made his Cubs debut and was impressive, holding the Red Birds to a pair of runs over six hitting. The right-hander allowed four hits, walked one and fanned four in the 79-pitch outing. Armando Rivero worked a 1-2-3 seventh and Felix Pena blanked the Redbirds the final two innings with three punchouts.

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa begins a series in New Orleans and send Jake Buchanan (9-5, 4.53 ERA) to the mound.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee

Smokies have the day off and embark on a 10-game road trip with five games in Chattanooga and five more in Birmingham. Tyler Skulina (3-9, 5.69 ERA) gets the start in the opener at Chattanooga.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 9, Carolina (Braves) 5

Pelicans overcame a 5-1 deficit to beat the Mudcats.

Hitting Recap: Every starter had at least one hit as the Pelican collected 15 in the win. 2B David Bote (.320) was 2-for-5 with two RBI while RF Daniel Spingola (.192) singled and drove in a pair. 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.245) had three hits and scored twice while SS Andrew Ely (.209), CF Jeffrey Baez  (.233) and C Erick Castillo (.227) all had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Jeremy Null got battered for 10 hits over five innings as the Mudcats scored five times. Null fanned three in the 87-pitch outing. Craig Brooks fired two innings of no-hit ball with four strikeouts and earned his first Carolina League win. RH Daury Torrez allowed a hit and fanned one over the final two scoreless frames. 

Pelicans News: Tommy Thorpe (4-6, 4.13 ERA) takes the mound on Tuesday night against the Mudcats.

Midwest League—Low A—Game 1—South Bend 9, Peoria (Cardinals) 8; Game 2—South Bend 9, Peoria 2

South Bend scored three times in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win in the opener and used a six-run 

Hitting Recap: GAME 1—South Bend won by walk-off for the tenth time with three runs in the seventh. RF Eddy Martinez (.265) tied the game with a two-run single and C Alberto Mineo (.250) delivered the game-wining RBI single with two outs. Martinez stayed red-hot, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four knocked in, including a solo homer in the fourth. 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.320) smacked first pro homer, a two-run shot in the fifth. Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI while CF Donnie Dewees (.282) had two hits, walked once and scored twice......GAME 2—Jimenez (.330) led the offense in the nightcap, going 2-for-2 with his 11th homer and two RBI (64). Mineo was 2-for-3 with two RBI while CF Roberto Caro (.238) had two hits and plated a pair. SS Andruw Monasterio (.220) went 2-for-4 with two runs and a RBI. 

Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Adbert Alzolay gave up seven runs on 10 hits and a walk with four strikeouts. LH Tyler Peitzmeier got the win in relief, allowing a run in 2.1 innings on three hits. Peitzmeier fanned four and threw 34 pitches, 26 for strikes......GAME 2— Justin Steele needed 70 pitches to get through three innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. The left-hander fanned five. LH John Williamson (1-1, 2.89 ERA) got the win in relief, striking out four over two scoreless frames. RH Dillon Maples earned his third save, recording the final six outs, five on ground balls.

SB-Cubs News: South Bend has Tuesday off and head to Lake County (Indians) for a three-game series.....South Bend pitcher Preston Morrison has been promoted to Myrtle Beach and LHP Jose Paulino will join South Bend from Eugene......OF Donnie Dewees has been promoted to Myrtle Beach.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 7, Vancouver (Blue Jays) 6—12 innings

Ems erased a 5-0 deficit and Vimael Machin delivered a RBI single in the 12th to complete the five-game sweep in Vancouver.

Hitting Recap: Vimael Machin’s two-out RBI single in the 12th scored 2B Yeiler Peguero (.256) to give the Ems the comeback win and series sweep. Machin (.429) finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI. LF Chris Pieters (.301) had two hits and knocked in a run while RF Connor Myers (.265) singled, scored twice and added a RBI. Ems took advantage of five Vancouver errors

Pitching Chart: Bryan Hudson got roughed up for 10 hits over 4.1 innings as Vancouver scored five runs, four earned. The lefty walked two, fanned one and got eight ground ball outs. Enrique De Los Rio allowed a run in 1.2 innings and Andin Diaz added two scoreless frames. Jared Cheek fired three no-hit innings to earn the win and Scott Frazier worked around three hits and a walk in the 12th for his first save.

Emeralds Notes: Ems host Salem-Keizer on Tuesday night and a starter hasn’t been named.....Machin tweeted that he was headed to South Bend.

Arizona Rookie League—Brewers 7, Cubs 4

Brewers used a four-run fifth to down the Cubs.

Hitting Recap: 3B Jhonny Bethencourt (.232) was on base three times with two hits and a walk, scoring once and driving in a run. LF Ruben Reyes (.250) went 2-for-4 with a RBI and C Gustavo Polanco (.354) singled home a run. Cubs 38th round pick Tolly Filotei made his pro debut on Monday night, playing center and batting leadoff. He went 0-for-5 and scored a run.

Pitching Chart: Matt Swarmer, the Cubs 19th round pick out of Kutztown University, made his first pro start. The 6-foot-5 right-hander fanned six in three innings and blanked the Brewers on two hits. Colton Freeman allowed two runs on three hits with a strikeout in his pro debut that lasted one inning. Dakota Mekkes (0-1, 9.82 ERA) only got two outs in the fifth as he allowed four runs on five hits and a walk. Luis Aquino stranded a pair of inherited runners in the fifth but surrendered a run in the  sixth. Ho-young Son tossed a scoreless seventh and Jed Carter pitched a scoreless eighth.

Cubs Notes: With their win over the A’s on Sunday night, the Cubs have clinched the first half title and qualified for the playoffs. The top two overall records receive first-round byes. 

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1 (5), Rangers 1 (1)

Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win over the first-place Rangers.

Hitting Recap: 3B Yonathan Perlaza (.288) smacked his third homer, a three-run shot, and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. CF Jose Gutierrez (.265) went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. RF Jonathan Sierra (.264) doubled in a pair of runs in the sixth.

Pitching Chart: Jose Mac Donna (IFA15-DR) tossed five solid innings and earned the win, yielding a run on four hits and two walks. He fanned three and had a game score of 58. Moises Ramirez and Aneuris Rosario both tossed a pair of scoreless frames.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (1), Mariners (0)

Faustino Carrera and Fauris Guerrero combined for a one-hit shutout.

Hitting Recap: Cubs scored the only run of the game in seventh. With two outs, C Daniel Diaz (.152) singled and scored on a triple to right by 3B Ronaldo Lopez (.160).

Pitching Chart: LF Faustino Carrera (IFA15-Mex.) improved to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.81 with seven shutout innings. Carrera allowed one hit, walked two, fanned five and recorded 12 ground ball outs. Game score 81. RH Fauris Guerrero (IFA15-DR) retied all six hitters he faced, three on strikes, for his second save.


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