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News, Notes and Game Recaps from Aug. 8

Eddy Martinez and Jose Paulino were named the Cubs minor league players of the month of July while three other prospects earned player of the week honors. On the diamond, Paulino fired a gem to lead South Bend over Great Lakes and Eugene won on a walk-off.

Eddy Martinez, Jose Paulino honored

The Chicago Cubs have named Eddy Martinez the minor league player of the month for July and Jose Paulino took honors as the organization’s top pitcher.

Martinez hit .362/.446/.564 with six doubles, two triples, three homers, 22 RBI and 17 runs scored in 27 games for South Bend.  The 21-year-old started the month with a 10-game hitting a streak and before it was over had 10 multi-hit games, raised his average 33 points, and led the Cubs minors in OBP and OPS. And you can’t forget about the six outfield assists including gunning down a pair at the plate in the same inning in a win at Lake County. Signed in October of 2015 for a reported $3 million, the Cuban native is batting .266/.345/.401 with nine homers. He’s fifth in the MWL with 62 RBI and seventh with 60 runs scored.

Paulino was nearly unhittable in the Northwest League as his month included two pitcher of the week honors as well as being selected as the NWL Player of the Month for July. In four starts for the Emeralds, the 21-year-old went 4-0 with a 0.72 ERA and a 0.56 WHIP. Paulino fanned 27 in 25 innings and only issued two walks and allowed two runs. The left-hander was named a NWL all-star but was promoted to South Bend and missed the game. In his only  July start for the SB-Cubs, Paulino gave up three runs over five innings on five hits and two walks. In eight starts between the two levels, Paulino is 5-0 with a 0.96 ERA with 45 K and 7 BB in 47 IP. Signed as part of the Cubs  2011 IFA class, Paulino is in his fifth season with the Cubs and his third stateside.

Players of the Week

The Carolina League tabbed right-hander pitcher Trevor Clifton and outfielder Jeffrey Baez as their top players last week while LHP Rob Zastryzny was named the PCL’s Pitcher of the Week.

Clifton took a no-hitter into the eighth in his only start, fanning six while not issuing a free pass against Frederick.  IN 19 starts for the Pelicans, Clifton is 6-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 101 K in 94 .1 innings.

Baez hit .391/.400/.957 with three homers and 11 RBI in seven Myrtle Beach wins. The 22-year-old Venezuelan native is batting .237/.325/.351 in 92 games with six homers and 37 RBI.

Zastryzny tossed five perfect innings in his first start and then added six more scoreless frames, allowing two hits and two walks with 13 strikeouts. In 13 AAA starts, the Cubs second-round pick in 2013 is 6-3 with a 4.03 ERA after starting the year in Tennessee.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 3, Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 2

Iowa edged Oklahoma City for their third straight win.

Hitting Recap: C Tim Federowicz went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in a pair of runs. Drew Rucinski added a RBI while 2B Kris Negron, 3B Jeimer Candelario and 1B Taylor Davis all had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Drew Rucinski (6-12, 5.96 ERA) got the win, holding OC to one run on two hits and two walks over six innings. He fanned five and had a game score of 70 in the 95-pitch outing. Miguel Mejia earned his fourth hold and Corey Black struckout the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

I-Cubs Notes: Trevor Cahill (0-2, 3.57 ERA)  is expected to take the mound Tuesday for another rehab start. The big question is when Cahill is ready to return to Chicago, is there a spot open in the bullpen?.......Cubs have resigned LHP Brian Matusz to a minor league deal and assigned him to Iowa.

Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 5, Tennessee 3

Biscuits used a four-run second to beat the Smokies for the fourth straight game.

Hitting Recap: Smokies were blanked over the first seven innings. 1B Benjamin Carhart hit a solo homer (2) in the ninth and SS Carlos Penalver went 3-for-4 with a run scored. CF Trey Martin and 2B Ian Happ plated runs. 

Pitching Chart: Brad Markey (6-7, 3.08 ERA) gave up four runs in the second, two earned, as the right-hander took the loss in the 94-pitch outing. He finished with a line of 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Starling Peralta, Jack Leathersich and R.J. Alvarez all pitched in relief.

Smokies News: Zach Hedges (1-1, 2.50 ERA) makes his fourth start and is coming off his first AA win, blanking Birmingham over seven innings.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach

Pelicans had Monday off and are back in action on Tuesday night when they host Salem in a preview of the first-round of the playoffs. Jake Stinnett (7-4, 4.37 ERA) gets the start against the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 3, Great Lakes (Dodgers) 1

Jose Paulino held the Loons to one hit over seven innings to lead the Cubs to their 70th win.

Hitting Recap: Cubs only had six hits but P.J. Higgins two-run single proved to be the difference in the fifth. Cubs tied the game in the first when the Loons misplayed three straight ground balls. 1B Tyler Alamo was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Pitching Chart: Jose Paulino gave up a solo homer to the leadoff man but the Loons would not get another hit for the next seven innings. The left-hander issued two walks and fanned seven in the 86-pitch gem. Greyfer Eregua struckout two in a scoreless eighth in his first game back from the DL. Dillon Maples recorded his sixth save in the ninth.

SB-Cubs News: Ryan Kellogg (5-7, 3.28 ERA) gets the ball on Tuesday night against Great Lakes.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 4, Vancouver (Blue Jays) 3

Tyler Payne’s two-out RBI double gave the Ems the walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth

Hitting Recap: With two outs in the ninth, C Samuel Tidaback singled and scored on DH Tyler Payne’s double to right field for the walk-off win. 3B Wladimir Galindo gave the Ems a 2-1 lead in the fifth with a RBI double. 2B Yeiler Peguero went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI while RF Robert Garcia had three hits and scored once.

Pitching Chart: Bryan Hudson went five innings, holding the Canadians to one run on three hits and three walks. The lefty fanned five and had a game score of 60. M.T. Minacci retired all six hitters he faced. Dakota Mekkes (1-1, 3.68 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 eighth but his throwing error on a grounder to the mound allowed two runs to score to tie the game in the ninth. He was charged with a blown save but got credit for his first win as a pro.

Emeralds Notes: Erling Moreno makes his second start for the Ems on Tuesday night at Salem-Keizer.

Arizona Rookie League—A’s 7, Cubs 6

A’s scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to down the Cubs

Hitting Recap: C Gustavo Polanco went 3-for-4 with a RBI as the Cubs collected 11 hits in the loss. 3B Kevin Zamudio knocked in a pair of runs and C Michael Cruz went 2-for-5 with a RBI.

Pitching Chart: Stephen Fife made his second rehab appearance for Mesa and the right-hander went three innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Jose Leidenz gave up two runs in the fourth on four hits and Junior Marte (0-4, 7.01 ERA) took the loss, surrendering two runs in the eight, one of four innings he pitched.

Dominican Summer League—Pirates (10), Cubs 1 (9)

Cubs rallied from a 9-3 deficit but came up short.

Hitting Recap: 2B Yonathan Perlaza (.260) doubled and knocked in three runs while RF Moises Colasante (.193) went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. CF Jose Gutierrez  (.238) had two hits, scored twice and knocked in a run and 3B Orian Nunez (.269) had two hits, a RBI and stole his ninth base.

Pitching Chart: Riger Fernandez (1-5, 5.91 ERA) only lasted three innings, allowing eight runs on five hits and five walks. Moises Ramirez gave up a run in three innings and Miguel Estevez got charged with an unearned run over the final two innings.

Cubs Notes: Cubs 1 aren’t making the playoffs as they entered play on Monday 17.5 games behind the first place Rangers 1 with 18 games left.

Dominican Summer League— D-Backs 2 (9) Cubs 2 (3) 

D-Backs took an early lead and were never threatened. 

Hitting Recap: Only five hits for the Cubs as CF Fernando Kelli (.247) and 2b Luis Diaz (.269) both went 2-for-5 with a run scored. C Miguel Amaya (.256) knocked in his 20th run. 

Pitching Chart: Alfredo Colorado went two innings and gave up four runs on four hits and two walks. Omar Ventura got charged with three runs in 3.1 frames and Bryan Molina fanned three in 1.2 scoreless innings. Sucre Valdez allowed two runs over the final two innings.

Cubs Notes: Cubs 2 have some work to do if they expect to make a playoff run with three weeks left in the season. Cubs are 5.5 games behind the first-place Mariners and must also pass Dodgers 1 and the Giants.


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