Pacific Coast League—AAA—Omaha (Royals) 6, Iowa 4
Omaha scored four times in the first and hung on to take the series opener from the I-Cubs.
Hitting Recap: CF Albert Almora (.318) hit his fourth homer, a two-run blast in the third, and added a sacrifice fly in four at-bats. LF John Andreoli (.249) doubled and Kris Negron (.238) knocked in a run.
Pitching Chart: Jordan Pries made his second start for the I-Cubs and surrendered five runs, four in the first. He worked 3.2 innings and allowed seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Game score 21 in the 92-pitch outing. Pierce Johnson made his second straight relief appearance and fanned four in 2.1 scoreless innings, issuing just one walk. Spencer Patton worked a scoreless seventh and Jose Rosario gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the eighth.
I-Cubs Notes: No starter has been named for Sunday.
Southern League—AA—Chattanooga (Twins) 9, Tennessee 1
Hitting Recap: Smokies got on the board in the sixth when Jorge Soler walked and scored on a double from DH Bijan Rademacher (.312). Soler was 1-for-3 with a walk as the Smokies were held to four hits.
Pitching Chart: Making his second AA start, Zach Hedges (0-1, 4.09 ERA) fanned five over five innings but got charged with four runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks. RH David Berg saw his first action since returning from a DL stint and only recorded two outs in the sixth as the sidewinder allowed four runs on four hits and a walk. Juan Paniagua got the final out of the frame, stranding two inherited runners. The right-hander was charged with an unearned run in 2.1 innings.
Smokies News: No starter has been named for Sunday’s game at Birmingham.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 15, Salem (Red Sox) 4
Myrtle Beach collected a season-high 19 hits in the route of Salem.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans got to work early when LF Charcer Burks (.245) walked and CF Donnie Dewees (.450) followed with a single. After a double steal, 2B David Bote (.317) hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Burks and Dewees was able to take third on the play. 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.251) followed with a RBI ground out. Balaguert added another RBI ground out in the third, plating C Tyler Pearson (.224), who led off the frame with a double. Myrtle Beach upped their lead to 6-1 in the fourth on a RBI double from 3B Jesse Hodges (.286) and RBI singles from Pearson and Dewees. They sent 12 hitters to the plate and scored six times in the seventh as Balaguert, SS Bryant Flete (.474), DH Daniel Spingola (.200), Dewees and Bote all knocked in runs. Hodges smacked his first Carolina League homer in the eighth, a two-run shot, and added RBI single in the ninth. Dewees finished 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI and is 9-for-20 in five games while Hodges was 3-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored. Bote had three hits and Balaguert added three RBI as the Pelicans matched their season-high with 15 runs.
Pitching Chart: Jonathan Martinez (9-5, 4.01 ERA) turned in a solid outing as he threw 95 pitches over six innings. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, including a solo homer in the sixth. The Venezuelan native fanned two and had a game score of 54. Tommy Nance fanned the side in a scoreless seventh and Tommy Thorpe gave up two runs in the eighth. James Norwood fanned one in the ninth.
Pelicans News: Jeremy Null (2-4, 5.20 ERA) gets the ball on Sunday at Salem.
Midwest League—Low A—Great Lakes (Dodgers) 2, South Bend 1
Two singles in the ninth gave the Loons the walk-off win in the series opener.
Hitting Recap: DH Eloy Jimenez went 3-for-4 to up his average to .343 including a RBI double in the seventh for the Cubs only run. Jimenez leads the MWL with 69 RBI and it was his league-leading 33rd double. C Albert Mineo (.349) singled twice and scored. 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.321) and RF Eddy Martinez (.266) both singled.
Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz fanned seven in his MWL debut as the right-hander threw 76 pitches, 50 for strikes, in 4.2 innings. De La Cruz surrendered two hits and a walk and had a game score of 69. He retired nine straight and used a sharp breaking curve ball and a fastball in the low-to-mid-90s to keep the Loons off balance. Casey Bloomquist entered the game with a runner on second in the fifth and only needed one pitch to get out of the jam. Bloomquist gave up a leadoff triple to open the sixth, and a sacrifice fly gave the Loons a 1-0 lead. In the ninth, a leadoff single, a hit-and-run ground out and a single to center gave Great Lakes the win. Bloomquist (7-5, 2.90 ERA) finished with a line of 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB 1 K.
SB-Cubs News: Adbert Alzolay (6-4, 4.89 ERA) gets the start on Sunday afternoon at Great Lakes.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Boise (Rockies) 5, Eugene 3
Boise jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and hung on to beat the Ems for the second straight night.
Hitting Recap: RF Robert Garcia (.299) went 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs in the seventh. C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.239) and CF Darryl Wilson (.220) both had three hits. It was Wilson’s second straight three-hit game had he entered the game hitting .313 over his past ten contests.
Pitching Chart: Pedro Silverio’s night only lasted 42 pitches and two innings as the right-hander allowed four runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts. LH Tyler Peitzmeier tossed a career-high four innings and held the Hawks scoreless on one hit with four strikeouts. RH Dakota Mekkes (6.75 ERA) gave up a run over the final two frames in his second NWL appearance.
Emeralds Notes: Bryan Hudson (1-3, 4.20 ERA) looks to get back on track Sunday night in Boise.
Arizona Rookie League—Angels 10, Cubs 4
Angels (15-17) used a five-run sixth to put away the Cubs (17-14).
Pitching Chart: Matt Swarmer got the start and didn’t make it out of the second, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. Josh Conway worked 1.1 frames in his third rehab appearance, surrendering an unearned run on a walk with two strikeouts. Rough night for Andry Rondon as the 20-year-old right-hander gave up six runs on eight hits over 2.1 innings, five coming in the sixth. Luis Aquino fanned five in 2.2 shutout frames and Colton Freeman tossed a scoreless ninth.
Dominican Summer League— Indians (6), Cubs 1 (5)
Indians (22-26) scored twice in the top of ninth to knock off the Cubs (19-29).
Hitting Recap: RF Jonathan Sierra (.270) doubled, tripled, knocked in a two and scored once to lead the offense. 1B Franklin Tineo (.204) went 2-for-4 with a RBI and SS Yonathan Perlaza (.272) was 1-for-3 with two run scored and a RBI. 3B Orian Nunez added a RBI single.
Pitching Chart: Jose Mac Donna worked four innings, allowing a run on a hit and three walks. Moises Ramirez blanked the Tribe for two frames and Edison Novas allowed three runs in the seventh. After tossing a scoreless eighth, Aneuris Rosario (1-3, 2.42 ERA) gave up two runs in the ninth.
Cubs Notes: Cubs have Sunday off.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (6), Rojos (3)
Cubs (27-21) took advantage of eight hits and three errors to down the Reds (13-35).
Hitting Recap: DH Fidel Matos (.228) went 2-for-3 with a runs scored, one driven in and a walk. 1B Richard Nunez (.288) had two hits, CF Yovanny Cuevas (.241) knocked in a run, and 2B Luis Diaz (.263) went 1-for-3 with a triple, a RBI and two runs scored.
Pitching Chart: Faustino Carrera (5-0) continues to retire DSL hitters as the 17-year-old left handed lowered his ERA to 0.72 with an unearned run over five innings. Carrera allowed four hits, walked two, fanned a pair and got seven ground ball outs. Bryan Molina gave up two runs over 1.1 frames and Fauris Guerrero fanned three in 1.2 shutout innings. Maikel Aguiar worked a scoreless ninth for his first career save.
Cubs Notes: Cubs have Sunday off.