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News, Notes and Game Recaps from Aug. 7

Iowa’s Rob Zastryzny and South Bend’s Justin Steele pitched their teams to victory on Sunday. Myrtle Beach made it nine straight and Samuel Tidaback launched his first pro homer in Eugene’s win. And there’s DSL prospect updates.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 6, Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 4

Rob Zastryzny tossed six shutout innings and the I-Cubs bullpen held on to beat the Dodgers in the series opener despite three RBI from Yasiel Puig.

Hitting Recap: Cubs grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first and added three more in the sixth. CF Albert Almora (.321) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while RF Bijan Rademacher (.250) added a RBI single and a sacrifice fly. SS Kris Negron (.242) was 2-for-4 with a RBI and 1B Tim Federowicz (.273) singled, scored and knocked in a run.

Pitching Chart: Last week I said the Cubs didn’t have a starter waiting in the wings—Rob Zastryzny is out to prove me wrong. The left-handed extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings with six shutout innings in the 73-pitch gem. Zastryzny allowed two hits, walked one and fanned five. Game score of 75. He tossed five perfect innings in his last start. Armando Rivero fanned three in two frames but gave up a run on two hits Gerardo Concepcion walked all three hitters he faced in the ninth. Spencer Patton got the final three outs for his 10th save but not before allowing all three inherited runners to score, two on a double from Puig.

I-Cubs Notes: Cubs have not named a starter for Monday night’s game.

Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 7, Tennessee 5—12 innings

A two-run triple in the top of the 12th gave the Biscuits the win.

Hitting Recap: Smokies sent the game into extras in the ninth with a RBI pinch-hit single from Ian Happ (.269), scoring SS Carlos Penalver (.201), who singled. LF Kelly Dugan (.217) smacked a two-run homer in the fourth, his eighth, and DH David Freitas (.303) went 3-for-6 with a RBI. Penalver finished 2-for-4 with a RBI.

Pitching Chart: Michael Wagner got the start and gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. The right-handed fanned five in the 84-pitch outing. Stephen Perakslis tossed three shutout frames and James Farris followed that with two more scoreless innings. Juan Paniagua (4-3, 4.38 ERA) blanked the Biscuits in the 11th but a walk, a single and a two-out triple scored two runs.

Smokies News: Brad Markey (6-6, 3.06 ERA) toes the rubber on Monday night against Montgomery.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina (Braves) 0

James Pugliese and three relievers blanked the Mudcats for the Pelicans ninth straight win.

Hitting Recap: Pelicans scored the only run they would need in the second when LF Charcer Burks (.249) drew a bases loaded walk. RF Jeffrey Baez (.237) slugged his sixth homer of the year in the sixth, a three-run shot. A passed ball and a sacrifice fly by 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.250) made it 6-0 in the seventh. 3B David Bote (.315) went 2-for-4 and DH Ian Rice (.239) scored twice. 

Pitching Chart: James Pugliese (5-4, 3.43 ERA) made his third start and picked up his second win in the rotation, blanking the Mudcats for 5.1 innings in the 87-pitch gem. Pugliese fanned four, allowed five hits, issued one walk and had a game score of 64. Craig Brooks fanned three in 1.2 frames and Tommy Nance worked a scoreless eighth. Daniel Lewis got the final three outs.

Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach has Monday off and host Salem in a three-game series starting on Tuesday.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 5, Great Lakes (Dodgers) 2

Cubs rode the arm of Justin Steele and the bat of Matt Rose to down the Loons.

Hitting Recap: 1B Matt Rose (.218) got the Cubs on the board in the second when he doubled and scored on a RBI single from 3B Adonis Paula (.213). Rose launched his seventh homer in the MWL and 11th overall with a solo shot in the fourth for a  2-1 lead. Cubs upped their lead to 4-1 when LF Roberto Caro (.234) laced a two-run triple down the right-field line, scoring SS Andruw Monasterio (.175) and Paula. CF Connor Myers (.184) followed with a RBI single. Rose finished 3-for-4 while C P.J. Higgins (.275) and Paula had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Justin Steele (5-5, 4.91 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 first but two singles started the second. After a pair of outs moved the runners into scoring position, Steele uncorked a wild pitch to score a run. The Cubs fifth-round pick in 2014 fanned the side in the sixth, including the last one looking on a sweeping curve ball with two runners on. Steele matched his career-high with six innings and finished with a line of 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 B, 6 K. He threw 81 pitches, 54 for strikes, had a game score of 67 and didn’t issue a walk in a start for the first time all season. LH John Williamson (2.47 ERA) made his 30th relief appearance and worked around a hit and a walk in the seventh to extended his scoreless streak to 10.1 innings. Scott Effross (2.94 ERA) made his team-high 32nd appearance and got the final six outs, surrendering a run in the ninth.

SB-Cubs News: Jose Paulino (1-0, 2.25 ERA) gets the ball on Monday night against Great Lakes for his third MWL start. 

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 6, Vancouver (Blue Jays) 2

Ems won their third straight and beat the Canadians for the eighth time in nine games. 

Hitting Recap: Ems took a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-run single from NWL all-star Chris Pieters (.288). CF Darryl Wilson (.255) stayed red-hot with a RBI single in the fourth and DH Samuel Tidaback (.238) launched his first pro homer, a solo shot in the seventh. SS Yeiler Peguero (.247) scored on a wild pitch in the seventh and C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.209) added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Wilson finished 1-for-3 and is 14-26 over the last seven games.

Pitching Chart: Pedro Silverio fanned five in three shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Game score 55. IN his second NWL game, Marc Huberman worked around three walks and a hit in two scoreless relief innings. The left-hander was the Cubs 17th round pick in June out of USC and made his pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League. Drafted as an outfielder and hitting .176 in 18 games, right-hander Michael Foster and his fastball in the low 90s appeared in his third game of relief. Foster surrendered a two-out triple in the sixth. RH Josh Conway made his first rehab appearance in Eugene and after loading the bases in the seventh got the final out. RH Chad Hockin fanned two in a 1-2-3 eighth and Mark Malave got the final three outs, two on strikes.

Emeralds Notes: Bryan Hudson (2-3, 4.37 ERA) has struggled with his command in his first full pro season, issuing 26 walks in 35 innings. NWL hitters are batting .248 off the 6-foot-8 left-hander and his best outing came on June 24 when he one-hit Spokane for five shutout innings and recorded 11 ground ball outs.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 1, White Sox 0

Three Cubs pitchers combined to blank the White Sox.

Hitting Recap: Kevin Zamudio (IFA15-M, .234) gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the second on his third homer, a blast over the left field wall. Zamuido finished 2-for-3 while RF Kwang-Min Kwon (IFA15-SK, .273) collected a pair of singles. Yohan Matos (IFA13-DR, .) and Isaac Paredes (IFA15-M) both doubled.

Pitching Chart: Matt Swarmer, the Cubs 19th round pick in June, fanned six in three no-hit innings as the 6-foot-5 right-hander only allowed a walk. Andry Rondon held the White Six to four singles in five shutout frames, fanning two. Jordan Brink got the final three out for his first save.

Dominican Summer League

Both teams as well as the rest of the DSL had Sunday off. Here’s a prospect update on the Cubs 2015 IFA bonus babies playing in the DSL this summer. You should start seeing some of these names pop up on Cubs prospect lists in the coming months, especially after fall instructs.

Jonathan Sierra, Cubs 1—The sweet swinging outfielder who draws comparisons to Darryl Strawberry signed with the Cubs for a reported $2.5 million. The Dominican Republic native got off to a rough start as the 17-year-old hit .194 over the first 22 games. The left-handed hitting 17-year-old batted .333 in July and sports a .269/.388/.337 slash with 28 BB and 32 K in 51 games. Sierra has eight doubles and two triples but is still seeking his first pro homer.

Aramis Ademan, Cubs 2— Really tough start for the Dominican Republic native as he was hitting .183 (11-60) with eight errors in his first 17 games. Over the past 30 games, the 17-year-old shortstop is hitting .287/.364/.370 with six errors. Ademan has swiped 14 bases and has more walks (25) than strikeouts (24). The Cubs signed the left-handed hitting Ademan for a reported $2 million.

Yonathan Perlaza, Cubs 1—The switch-hitting  Venezuelan signed with the Cubs for a reported $1 million and got off to a slow start, hitting .196 after the first 15 games. Batting .313 in 24 games in July, Perlaza upped his slash to .262/.326/.421 and has smacked three homers and nine doubles. The 17-year-old shortstop has 12 stolen bases but has been caught nine times. 

Miguel Amaya, Cubs 2—Touted as the top defensive backstop in the IFA 2015 class and the top prospect coming out of Panama, Amaya and the Cubs agreed on a  $1 million last summer. The 17-year-old has impressed at the plate, batting .263/.349/.345 in 47 games with 11 doubles, one homer and 19 RBI. He’s lived up to the defensive billing, gunning down more runners (24) than stolen bases allowed (22).

Christopher Morel—According to reports, a laceration on his arm that occurred during the off-season has kept the  17-year-old infielder off the diamond. The Dominican Republic native signed with the Cubs for a reported $800,000.

Brailyn Marquez, Cubs 1—The owner of three outings that went five shutout innings, the 6-foot-4 left-hander has been impressive in his debut season (4-1, 1.55 ERA). In nine starts, the 17-year-old has logged 40.2 innings with a 1.30 WHIP, 19 BB, 35 K and a .227 BAA. The Dominican Republic native signed for a reported $600,000 and was selected to play in the DSL all-star game, tossing a scoreless inning of relief. 

Yunior Perez, Cubs 1—The 17-year-old has been consistent in his six starts but is still looking for his first professional win (0-2, 4.44 ERA). The 6-foot-4 right-hander has fanned 21 in 24.1 innings but sports a 1.48 WHIP and a .304 BAA. The Dominican Republic native signed with the Cubs for a reported $600,000.

Jose Gutierrez, Cubs 1— The 17-year-old switch-hitting outfielder leads the team with 10 triples and 29 runs while hitting .234/.291/.383 in 51 games. Signed for $500,000 last summer, the Venezuelan native has five assists playing center.


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