Pacific Coast League—AAA—New Orleans (Marlins) 3, Iowa 0
Zephyrs blanked the Cubs on three hits to even the series.
Pitching Chart: Jake Buchanan (10-7, 4.69 ERA) went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. He recoreded one strikeout in the 85-pitch outing. Game score 54. Miguel Mejia tossed two shutout frames and Corey Black worked a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Trevor Cahill will make his fifth rehab start for the I-Cubs on Saturday. Chicago put Cahill on the DL on July 15 with right knee patellar tendinitis. The 28-year-old tossed four shutout innings in his last start against Omaha on Aug. 2......OF Juan Perez was placed on the inactive list and OF Jose Gonzalez was promoted from Mesa to Iowa. Gonzalez, 20, was signed as part of the Cubs 2013 IFA class and spent the last two years in the VSL. Gonzalez was hitting .125/.198/.136 in 24 games in the Arizona Rookie League.
Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 3, Tennessee 1
The Biscuits scored twice in the eighth and took the series opener.
Hitting Recap: Smokies loaded the bases in the second with on outs but could only score once on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Lockhart (.179). C David Freitas (.303) and LF Kelly Dugan (.214) both doubled as the Smokies were held to three hits.
Pitching Chart: Tyler Skulina hasn’t had too many positive outings but on Friday night the right-hander one-hit the Biscuits for seven innings. Skulina fanned seven, walked four and the only run he allowed was unearned. He had a game score of 76 in the 94-pitch outing. R.J. Alvarez (0-1, 11.08 ERA) allowed two runs on three hits in the eighth and took the loss. Nick Sarianides worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.
Smokies News: Getting the start on Saturday, Jen-Ho Tseng (5-4, 3.06 ERA) has quietly gone about his business in AA and is having a solid season. After missing a month, Tseng has made 16 starts and sports a 1.31 WHIP in over 80 innings.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 5, Carolina (Braves) 1
Myrtle Beach made it seven straight as Charcer Burks smacked his tenth homer.
Hitting Recap: LF Charcer Burks (.243) gave the Pelicans the lead for good with a two-run homer in the third, his tenth. 2B Bryant Flete (.390) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while DH Ian Rice (.245) came off the DL and delivered a RBI single. CF Donnie Dewees (.295) and RF Jeffrey Baez(.233) both knocked in runs.
Pitching Chart: Jonathan Martinez (10-5, 3.88 ERA) held the Braves to one run over six innings, surrendering four hits and three walks. The right-hander fanned two and threw 101 pitches, 63 for strikes. Game score 61. Craig Brooks, Pedro Araujo and Tommy Thorpe all tossed a scoreless frame.
Pelicans News: Jeremy Null (3-4, 4.89 ERA) makes his 15th start for the Pelicans on Saturday against Carolina.
Midwest League—Low A—Fort Wayne (Padres) 4, South Bend 3—15 innings
South Bend pitching recorded 20 strikeouts but a two-out single in the 15th gave Fort Wayne the win.
Hitting Recap: Cubs held a 3-1 lead in the sixth on a pair RBI by 3B Adonis Paula (.194) and a sacrifice fly from Alberto Mineo (.277). The Tin Caps bullpen shut the Cubs down and retired 17 straight at one point. SS Andruw Monasterio (.179) went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and Paula finished 2-for-4.
Pitching Chart: The Tin Caps had no chance against the curveball of Oscar De La Cruz. The right-hander fanned nine over five innings in the 69-pitch outing for a game score of 68. De La Cruz fanned five and agave up a single the first time through the order but ran into trouble in the fourth as Fort Wayne loaded the bases on a single, a walk and a hit batter. A single to right scored a run but Eddy Martinez fired a laser home to easily cut down the second run and end the threat. De La Cruz retired the side in order for the third time, two on strikes, to end his night after five innings. LH John Williamson was perfect in two relief innings, needing only 23 pitches and coaxing four ground ball outs. Scott Effross got the first two outs of the eighth but three straight singles cut the lead to 3-2. The Tin Caps used three more hits off Effross in the ninth to send the game into extras. Jared Cheek fanned five over three scoreless frames. Dillon Maples held the Tin Caps scoreless for two more innings but a walk, an errant pickoff throw and a RBI single gave Fort Wayne the lead,
SB-Cubs News: Adbert Alzolay (7-4, 4.58 ERA) toes the rubber for South Bend on Saturday night as Great Lakes comes to town......2B Carlos Sepulveda left the first game of the series and didn’t play the past two nights but South Bend play-by-play man Darin Pritchett said the 19-year-old was working out before Friday night’s game.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 3, Vancouver (Blue Jays) 2
Kevin Mitchell’s sacrifice fly in the sixth proved to be the difference.
Hitting Recap: Ems scored the eventual winning run in the sixth when DH Marcus Mastrobuoni (.215) walked, advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches, and scored on a sacrifice fly by RF Kevonte Mitchell (.228). CF Darryl Wilson’s sacrifice bunt scored Mitchell in the fifth and back-to-back double by Wilson and LF Robert Garcia (.291) plated the Ems first run in the third. 1B Chris Pieters (.299), Garcia, Wilson and C Tyler Payne (.250) all had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Dylan Cease had his fastball in the upper 90s but didn’t make it out of the second before reaching his pitch count. The right-hander fanned the side in the first but allowed a run after a walk, a stolen base and a RBI single. Cease issued two walks in the second and a diving play by Wladimir Galindo turned a base hit into an out as Cease left after his second free pass. Duncan Robinson got the final out of the inning after an error loaded the bases. The Cubs ninth-round pick in June finished the night with a line of 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Andin Diaz (1-0, 8.00 ERA) retired all six hitters he faced and earned the win, fanning three. Mark Malave earned his second hold with a scoreless eighth and Wyatt Short recorded his fourth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Emeralds Notes: Manuel Rondon (4-0, 1.65 ERA) gets the ball for the Ems on Saturday night.
Arizona Rookie League—Dodgers 11, Cubs 4
Dodgers overcame a 4-0 deficit and crushed the Cubs.
Hitting Recap: Cubs grabbed a 4-0 lead after two innings as SS Isaac Paredes (.283) tripled in a run and scored on a RBI single by C Michael Cruz (.273) in the first. They added two more in the second on a two-run single by CF Tolly Filotei, his first pro hit. RF Kwang-Min Kwon singled in the first for his first pro hit. C Jhonny Pereda (.267) went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Pitching Chart: Pablo Ochoa (1-3, 5.68 ERA) got the start and only lasted 2.2 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and two walks. Enrique De Los Rio fanned four and gave up a run over 3.1 innings. Jose Leidenz allowed a run in the sixth and Colton Freeman got charged with four runs in .2 innings. Yapson Gomez got the final four outs.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1 (1), Rangers 1 (1)—Suspended after 5 innings (rain).
Game was suspended by rain after five innings. A throwing error by the Rangers plated the Cubs run in the first and the Rangers scored by stealing home after a Cubs error. Probably a good thing rain stopped play as the two teams combined for seven errors.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (6), Giants (1)—7 innings, Rain
Cubs used a three-run seventh and a rain storm to beat the Giants.
Hitting Recap: C Daniel Diaz (.159) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI while DH Aramis Ademan (.250) had two hits, scored once, stole his 14th base, and knocked in one run. LF Luis Ubiera (.202) had two hits and 1B Miguel Amaya (.251) went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Faustino Carrera (6-0, 0.81 ERA) worked around three hits and four walks over six innings as the Giants scored once of the 17-year-old left-hander. Carrera fanned three and had a game score of 62. Maikel Aguiar worked a scoreless seventh.