Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 9, Fresno (Astros) 5
Jeimer Candelario collected four RBI to help the Cubs past Fresno for the second straight night.
Hitting Recap: Cubs grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first on a RBI single from SS Munenori Kawasaki (.271) and a two-run triple from 3B Jeimer Candelario (.310). Logan Watkins added a sacrifice fly to score the final run of the frame. Candelario finished 2-for-4 and added a two-run single in the eighth. LF Kris Negron (.249) and DH Cael Brockmeyer (.228) both had two hits
Pitching Chart: Drew Rucinski got the start and lasted 4.2 innings, surrendering two runs on five hits and four walks. The right-hander fanned seven in the 93-pitch outing. Pierce Johnson (2-6, 7.32 ERA) got the win in relief, despite allowing three runs over two innings. Armando Rivero earned his first save, working the final 2.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Iowa pitchers fanned 16 in the win.
I-Cubs Notes: Jordan Pries (4-3, 5.19 ERA) takes the mound Monday night in Fresno....Iowa Cubs have placed OF Albert Almora on the 7-day DL. Almora left the Aug. 10 game with a left thumb injury.....Iowa Cubs have placed LHP Brian Matusz on the 7-day DL with a sore left elbow.
Southern League—AA—Pensacola (Reds) 10, Tennessee 7
Pensacola scored four times in the seventh to beat the Smokies.
Hitting Recap: Smokies grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first, the first two scoring on a triple from C Victor Caratini (.298). 1B David Freitas (.296) ripped a RBI double and 3B Jason Vosler (.308) added a sacrifice fly. The Smokies tied the game in the sixth on a RBI ground out from SS Carlos Penalver (.212) and a RBI single by PH Chesny Young (.293). Caratini added RBI double in the ninth and finished the game 3-for-4. 2B Ian Happ (.266) went 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
Pitching Chart: Brad Markey didn’t make it out of the third, his shortest start of season, as the Blue Wahoos scored three times on four hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly. Markey threw 62 pitches over 2.2 innings and had a game score of 31. Starling Peralta got charged with three runs over 2.1 frames and David Berg (1-4, 6.75 ERA) took the loss, allowing four runs in the seventh. R.J. Alvarez got the final two outs of the seventh and Jack Leathersich fanned two in a scoreless eighth.
Smokies News: Zach Hedges (2-1, 1.80 ERA) gets the start on Monday night in the series finale.
Carolina League—High A—Carolina (Braves) 8, Myrtle Beach 6
Carolina scored eight times in the fourth and hung on to prevent the series sweep.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans were blanked the first six innings and got on the board when C Tyler Pearson (.217) smacked his first Carolina League homer, a solo shot over the left field wall. Myrtle Beach made it interesting in the eighth scoring five times as RF Jeffrey Baez (.244) ripped a two-run double and DH Ian Rice (.241), 2B Bryant Flete (.357) and Pearson all added RBI. 1B David Bote (.313) finished 2-for-5.
Pitching Chart: James Pugliese (5-5, 4.32 ERA) fanned the first six hitters he faced and after three scoreless, the wheels came off in the fourth, surrendering eight runs on five hits and three walks. Pugliese fanned a season-high seven in the 74-pitch outing but only got two outs in the fourth. Tommy Nance was greeted with a triple off the right-field wall, scoring the inherited runner, the eighth run of the inning. Nance kept the Braves off the board for the next two innings and finished with a line of 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K. Daury Torrez added two scoreless with three strikeouts.
Pelicans News: Jake Stinnett (8-4, 4.46 ERA) makes his 20th start on Monday night as the Pelicans host Winston-Salem. The Cubs second-round pick in 2014 has gone at least five innings in all but one of those outings.
Midwest League—Low A—Dayton (Reds) 6, South Bend 5—10 innings
Dayton used a solo homer in the ninth to send in to extras and a walk-off single to beat the Cubs in the final game of the series to earn the split.
Hitting Recap: A swinging bunt single by CF Connor Myers (.262) got the Cubs on the board in the third, scoring 2B Vimael Machin (.191), who led off the frame with a double. 3B Matt Rose (.223) extended his hit streak to 12 games with a three-run bomb off the scoreboard in the fourth. Myers launched his first homer as a pro, a solo shot over the left-field wall, and also made a spectacular diving catch in center field. 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.322) extended his hit streak to nine games with a single in the first and finished 1-for-5. RF Eddy Martinez (.261) saw his first action since Aug. 9 as he’s been “under the weather” and went 0-for-4. LF Eloy Jimenez (.336) singled twice and was hit by a pitch but left the game in the 10th after crashing into the wall in the ninth trying to track down the homer that just cleared the fence. Jimenez stayed in the game but was slow getting to a ball in the left-center gap after the play and didn’t come back out for the bottom of the 10th.
Pitching Chart: Jose Paulino battled for six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk, that forced in a run with the bases loaded. Paulino hit a batter and fanned six in the 93-pitch outing, 62 for strikes. Game score 52. LH John Williamson continues to impress out of the bullpen, working a 1-2-3 seventh. Dillon Maples (1-2, 4.32 ERA) tossed a scoreless eighth but gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth and got charged with a blown save. Back out for his third inning, Maples gave up a leadoff double, uncorked a wild pitch and allowed the walk-off single to right.
SB-Cubs News: Cubs have not named a starter for Monday night as they head to Bowling Green for a four-game series.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 4, Spokane (Rangers) 2
Hitting Recap: C Tyler Payne (.260) smacked a solo homer in the fifth and 3B Wladimir Galindo (.267) added a solo blast in the seventh. RF Kevonte Mitchell (.254) went 3-for-4 with a run scored while SS Zack Short (.292) had two hits and knocked in a pair of runs.
Pitching Chart: Bryan Hudson (3-3, 3.60 ERA) blanked the Indians for five innings on two hits and four walks. The left-hander threw 66 pitches, 38 for strikes, and fanned three. Hudson recorded seven ground ball outs and had a game score of 61. Alex Santana tossed a pair of scoreless relief innings. Jed Carter didn’t record an out as two walks and two hits led to a pair of runs in the eighth. Andin Diaz allowed one of the three inherited runners to score in the eighth and then tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.
Emeralds Notes: Erling Moreno (1-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his third NWL start on Monday night in Spokane. The 19-year-old Columbian native and has been impressive in his first two, tossing a pair of five-inning shutouts while fanning 10 and allowing six hits and two walks.
Arizona Rookie League—Reds 6, Cubs 4
Reds scored three times in the fifth and downed the Cubs.
Hitting Recap: RF Ruben Reyes (.226) led the offense with two hits and a RBI while C Michael Cruz (.263) smacked his second homer, a solo shot in the second. LF Yohan Matos (.235) added a triple while DH Jhonny Pereda (.283) and 2B Edgar Rondon (.262) plated runs.
Pitching Chart: Andry Rondon (1-2, 8.04 ERA) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk over 4.1 innings and was saddled with the loss. He fanned four and had a game score of 35. Yapson Gomez worked the final 3.2 frames, giving up a run on three hits and two walks to go along with two strikeouts.
Cubs Notes: Cubs and Giants play a twin-bill on Monday.
Dominican Summer League
Both teams and the rest of the DSL had Sunday off. Two weeks remain in the season. Cubs 1 (22-37) face Mets 1 (37-23) on Monday and Cubs 2 (33-27) battle Rojos (18-41). Cubs 2 are 6.5 games behind the first-place Mariners with 12 games remaining.
Here’s more profiles on some of the players that weren’t part of the 2015 IFA class I wrote about last week. Some more names to keep an eye and many will likely be in Mesa next summer as well as this fall.
SS Fidel Mejia, Cubs 2—In his second season after signing for $250,000 as part of the 2014 IFA class, the Dominican Republic native was named to the DSL All-Star game this summer and leads the team with a .321 average but hasn’t seen the diamond since July 27. Mejia, 17, hit .275/.360/.331 in 37 game last year in the DSL.
IF Luis Diaz, Cubs 2—Receiving $350,000 last summer, the Dominican Republic native is hitting .269/.355/.333 with 19 stolen bases but has fanned 46 times while drawing 91 walks in 54 games. The right-handed bat is hitting just .171 vs. left-handers (7-for-41).
OF Abraham Rodriguez, Cubs 2—The “other guy” signed last summer out of Panama and nobody in the IFA 15 class got off to a better start as the 17-year-old had an 11-game hitting streak and followed that up with 15-game stretch. The left-handed bat is hitting .267/.301/.366 with 12 multi-hit games and leads the team with 31 RBI and 70 total bases.
RHP Hector Garcia, Cubs 2—In his second season in the DSL, the 18-year-old Mexican leads the team with 68.1 innings and 58 strikeouts (6th in DSL), racking up a 4-1 record with a 1.84 ERA in 12 starts. He’s held DSL hitters to a .211 mark and is 15th in the DSL with a 0.97 WHIP.
LHP Faustino Carrera, Cubs 2—While the rest of his fellow countrymen of the IFA 15 class stayed in Mesa, the 17-year-old Carrera was sent to the DSL for his first season and he’s been impressive. Standing only 5-foot-10, the Mexico native is 6-1 in 11 starts with a 1.17 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Carrera has 45 K over 61.2 innings with 19 walks and a .212 BAA.
RHP Carlos Ocampo, Cubs 2—Signed last summer out of Columbia, the 6-foot-2 seventeen-year-old has struggled with his command but has logged 30.1 innings over nine starts (1-2, 3.56 ERA, 25 BB, 29 K, .194 BAA). Ocampo has gone five innings twice, holding the opponent to just one run in both outings.
IF Orian Nunez, Cubs 1—In his fist pro season, the 17-year-old Dominican leads the team with 15 doubles and has shown his versatility playing second and third. Nunez is batting .272/.337/.399 in 53 games with 18 BB and 16 K.
SS Rafael Narea, Cubs 1—After only hitting .212 last year but a OBP of .356, the Venezuelan native continues to get on base in his first season in the DSL after beginning his career in the VSL. Narea, 18, (.261/.407/.300) leads the team with 22 steals and has more walks (39) than strikeouts (26).
RHP Jesus Tejada, Cubs 1—The 19-year-old leads the staff with 52.2 innings and sports a 1-5 mark with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts. Signed as part of the 2014 IFA class, the Dominican Republic native threw 50.2 innings last year in the DSL with a 1.60 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.