Zastryzny, Pena head to the big leagues
LHP Rob Zastryzny and RH Felix Pena were promoted from Iowa to Chicago on Friday as the Cubs placed RHPs John Lackey and Hector Rondon on the 15-day DL. Zastryzny started the year in Tennessee and is in starts for the I-Cubs. Both pitchers made their MLB debut on Friday night working a scoreless inning of relief in the Cubs 7-6 11-inning loss to Colorado.
The Cubs second-round pick in 2013 becomes the first pitcher drafted during the Theo Epstein era to make a MLB debut for the North Siders. Zastryzny, 24, went 3-2 with a 4.28 ERA in nine starts in AA and was promoted to Iowa in late May. In AAA, the left-hander made 14 starts and tossed 81 innings, striking out 77 while holding PCL hitters to a .229 average. Zastryzny would have been Rule 5 eligible at the end of the season.
Pena spent his Cubs career as a starter, earning all-star honors the past three seasons in the MWL, FSL, and SL. The 26-year-old made the move to the bullpen this spring and appeared in 36 games with Iowa, striking out 81 in 63.1 innings with a 1.09 WHIP. With eighth seasons in the Cubs organization, the Dominican Republic native would have been a free agent at the end of the season if not placed on the 40-man roster.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Sacramento (Giants) 7, Iowa 1
The Grizzlies snapped the Cubs six-game win streak.
Hitting Recap: Cubs scored their only run of the game in the third when CF John Andreoli (.254) singled and scored with two outs on a base hit from 3B Jeimer Candelario (.314), who extended his on-base streak to 26 games and finished 2-for-5. RF Juan Perez (.280) and 2B Kris Negron (.252) both had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Drew Rucinski (6-13, 6.07 ERA) got the start and took the loss, allowing seven runs on 13 hits and a walk. He fanned two over 6.1 innings and threw 96 pitches. Giovanni Soto blanked the River Cats over the final 1.2 frames.
Southern League—AA—Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Tennessee 1
The Suns scored seven times over the final three innings.
Hitting Recap: Only four hits for the Smokies. They grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second when 1B David Freitas (.281) reached on an error and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by LF Daniel Lockhart (.200).
Pitching Chart: Michael Wagner worked into the seventh as the right-hander only allowed two hits and a run. He walked two, fanned a pair and threw 100 pitches, 63 for strikes. Stephen Perakslis (0-4, 3.88 ERA) got charged with a blown save and took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) in his inning of relief. Nick Sarianides gave up three runs in the ninth and Starling Peralta got the final two outs.
Smokies News: Brad Markey (6-7, 3.24 ERA) toes the rubber on Saturday night.
Carolina League—High A—Lynchburg (Indians) 5, Myrtle Beach 2
Lynchburg pounded Pelicans pitching for 12 hits in the win.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans were held to six hits and scored both of their runs in the fifth. Charcer Burks’ (.251) infield single with the bases loaded scored the first run and Donnie Dewees (.302) was hit by a pitch to force in another run. Burks finished 2-for-4.
Pitching Chart: Jonathan Martinez (11-6, 4.10 ERA) needed 94 pitches to get through four innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Daury Torrez allowed two runs over 2.2 innings on four hits and a walk. Scott Effross gave up two hits in 1.1 scoreless innings and James Norwood fanned a pair in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Pelicans News: Jeremy Null (3-4, 4.61 ERA) takes the hill on Saturday night looking to even the series.
Midwest League—Low A— Lansing (Blue Jays) 5, South Bend 2
Lansing scored five times in the eighth to take the series opener from South Bend.
Hitting Recap: Cubs scored both of their runs in the sixth on a balk and a dropped throw by the catcher. South Bend was held to five hits including doubles by 1B P.J. Higgins (.268) and 3B Matt Rose (.223).
Pitching Chart: After allowing eight runs in the first inning in his last start, LH Justin Steele bounced back with one of his best outings of the season. The 21-year-old blanked the Lugnuts for six innings, allowing five hits, two walks and two hit batters. Steele fanned three and only threw 77 pitches in the gem. Carson Sands (7-3, 5.42 ERA) took the loss as the left-hander worked a scoreless seventh but ran into trouble in the eighth, surrendering three runs on two hits and a walk. Jared Cheek got charged with his first blown save as he entered the game with South Bend leading 2-1 with two outs in the eighth. A wild pitch, a walk, a triple and another wild pitch gave Lansing four more runs.
SB-Cubs News: South Bend has not named a starter for Saturday night.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 7, Boise (Rockies) 1
Eugene (45-15) used a five-run sixth to run their win streak to 15 games and set a new NWL record.
Hitting Recap: SS Zack Short (.286) and 3B Wladimir Galindo (.249) both knocked in three runs to lead the offense. Short (2-for-3) delivered a two-run single in the fifth and Galindo (1-for-2) ripped a bases-clearing double. C Tyler Payne (.264) was 2-for-4 and DH Juan Paniagua (.211) scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Pedro Silverio (2-2, 5.14 ERA) turned in his best outing of the season, tossing five innings of shutout ball while fanning six. The right-hander allowed two hits, walked two and had a game score of 68. Alex Santana worked a 1-2-3 sixth and Dakota Mekkes added two more shutout frames. Michael Knighton gave up a run in the ninth on three hits.
Emeralds Notes: Ems have not named a starter for Saturday night when they host Everett.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, Padres 1
Three Cubs pitchers shut down the Padres and combined to fan 16.
Hitting Recap: Isaac Paredes (.309) continues to impress in his first pro season as the Mexico native went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.227) and DH Carlos Diaz (.111) both had two hits while 1B Michael Cruz (.248), C Jhonny Pereda (.296) and Bethencourt all knocked in runs.
Pitching Chart: Cubs 19th round pick Matt Swarmer tossed a career-high four innings and fanned six in his fourth start as a pro. The right-hander gave up a run on four hits and didn’t issue a walk. Jordan Brink (2-1, 4.50 ERA) fanned seven over three scoreless innings and earned the win. Yapson Gomez threw two shutout frames to close out the win.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1 (3), Pirates (1)
Cubs (25-40) scored in the first inning and never lost the lead.
Hitting Recap: SS Rafael Narea (.262) went 3-for-4 doubled and scored once to lead the offense. 2B Orian Nunez (.273) added a RBI single while RF Jonathan Sierra (.264) was on base three times with a single and two walks.
Pitching Chart: Jose Mac Donna (5-2, 2.31 ERA) tossed six innings of shutout baseball, allowing four hits and a walk while fanning five. He had a game score of 71. Wander Feliz gave up a run in the seventh. Elvis Diaz earned his third save with two scoreless, including four punchouts.
Dominican Summer League—Twins (4), Cubs 2 (1)
Three Twins pitchers held the Cubs to four hits.
Hitting Recap: Cubs didn’t get on the board until the eighth as they opened the inning with singles by 3B Luis Diaz (.259), CF Yovanny Cuevas (.228) and LF Luis Ubiera (.200), the third one scoring a run.
Pitching Chart: Alfredo Colorado (3-6, 3.61 ERA) took the loss as the right-hander gave up three runs over the first four innings. Ivan Medina tossed three scoreless and Sucre Valdez allowed a run over the final two frames.