Jimenez, Morrison honored by Midwest League
To one one surprise, South Bend outfielder Eloy Jimenez has been named the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player and the Prospect of the Year. RHP Preston Morrison was named to the post-season all-star team and South Bend Manager Jimmy Gonzalez was named MWL Manager of the Year. The 19-year-old is hitting .337/.378/.532 with 12 homers and leads the league with 77 RBI and 218 total bases. Morrison went 9-4 with a 2.24 ERA and struck out 85 batters in 92.1 innings. He’s 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA with Myrtle Beach.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 3, Memphis (Cardinals) 2
A sacrifice fly from Munenori Kawasaki in the eighth proved to be the difference.
Hitting Recap: Only five hits for the Cubs as 3B Tommy La Stella (.310) went 2-for-4 and scored the tying run in the sixth after leading off with a double and crossing home on a sac fly from RF Bijan Rademacher (.296). Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on 2B Stephen Bruno’s first AAA homer.
Pitching Chart: Josh Collmenter made his second start with the Cubs since signing a free agent deal just over a week ago. The 30-year-old right-hander tossed four shutout frames and held the Redbirds to three hits and a walk. He fanned two and threw 65 pitches, 47 for strikes. Giovanni Soto (4.76 ERA) gave up two runs over two frames and Jack Leathersich tossed a scoreless seventh. Jose Rosario (1-0, 2.12 ERA) pitched a shutout eighth for the win and Gerardo Concepcion worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first AAA save.
I-Cubs Notes: A starter has not been named for Wednesday night as Omaha comes to town.....LH Jack Leathersich was promoted from Tennessee to Iowa and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser was released. The I-Cubs also placed C Cael Brockmeyer and RHP Miguel Mejia on the DL.
Southern League—AA—Game 1—Tennessee 4, Jackson (Mariners) 2; Game 2—Tennessee 11, Jackson 5
Benjamin Carhart and Kelly Dugan homered in both ends of the DH to help the Smokies to a sweep.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1— Benjamin Carhart slugged a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the tenth for the win in game one. Smokies took a 2-0 lead in the fifth on a two-run homer (11) from Kelly Dugan, scoring Jason Vosler, who led off with a double. Dugan finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. GAME 2—Carhart (.264) was 3-for-4 with three knocked in and two runs scored while hitting his second homer of the night and fourth of the season. Dugan (.250) launched his 12th homer and finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. 1B David Freitas (.289) plated two runs with a pair of doubles and scored three times. 3B Chesny Young (.300) and RF Lane Adams (.288) both had two hits.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Jen-Ho Tseng had his second longest outing of the season, holding the Generals to a pair of solo homers over 6.2 innings. Tseng gave up six hits, walked one and fanned four in the 102-pitch outing. Game score 52. David Garner (4.44 ERA) worked around two hit and three walks over 1.1 frames and David Berg (2-4, 6.46 ERA) earned the win with two scoreless innings. GAME 2— Starling Peralta (3.90 ERA) got the start and allowed five runs on six hits and three walks over three innings. Juan Paniagua (5-3, 3.88 ERA) retired all 11 hitters he faced, getting out of a jam in the fourth with a fly out and double play grounder. The right-hander fanned two and threw 38 pitches, 27 for strikes
Smokies News: Tennessee sends Michael Wagner (2-1, 3.43 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday night.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 7, Carolina (Braves) 0
Trevor Clifton matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts as the Pelicans (36-21, 72-55) blanked the Mudcats (16-41, 45-82).
Hitting Recap: Pelicans knocked out 13 hits as 3B David Bote (.329) went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and a RBI. DH Ian Rice (.255) had two hits and three RBI while CF Donnie Dewees (.287) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one knocked in.
Pitching Chart: When you start talking about the Cubs top minor league pitching prospects, you might want to start the conversation with Trevor Clifton (7-7, 2.87 ERA). The 21-year-old right-hander fanned 10, matching his career-high, and blanked the Mudcats for 6.2 frames. Clifton allowed three hits, walked two, and had a game score of 80. Daury Torrez (3.96 ERA) fanned three over 1.1 scoreless innings and James Norwood (4.50 ERA) capped off the shutout with the final three outs.
Pelicans News: @Preston Morrison (3-0, 2.19 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday night at Carolina.
Midwest League—Low A—West Michigan 6, South Bend 5
The Whitecaps (65-58) rallied from a 5-0 deficit to down the Cubs (78-49).
Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first when 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.321) doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Vimael Machin’s RBI single scored the first run in South Bend’s three-run fourth and DH Adonis Paula (.231) followed with a two-run double. LF Eloy Jimenez (.335), named the league’s MVP and top prospect earlier in the day, smacked his 13th homer of the year, a solo shot in the fifth for a 5-0 lead. Andruw Monasterio, Sepulveda, Machin, and Paula all had two hits.
Pitching Chart: After surrendering six runs in his last start, Oscar De La Cruz (2.78 ERA) tossed five scoreless innings, fanning six in the 71-pitch outing. Carson Sands (7-4, 5.91 ERA) made his seventh relief appearance and gave up six runs on eight hits and a walk. In nine relief innings, Sands has allowed 18 hits and eight walks. Pedro Araujo worked the final 2.2 frames.
SB-Cubs News: Adbert Alzolay (9-4, 4.32 ERA) takes the hill Wednesday night against West Michigan.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Everett (Mariners) 3, Eugene 1
Everett made the most of their four hits and downed Eugene.
Pitching Chart: Dylan Cease fanned seven over four innings, allowing a run on a hit and two walks. Cease threw 78 pitches, 45 for strikes, and had a game score of 62. Duncan Robinson got charged with a run in his three innings of work, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out four. Jed Carter surrendered a run in the eighth and Wyatt Short tossed a scoreless ninth.
Emeralds Notes: Manuel Rondon (6-0, 1.11 ERA) gets the start for the Emeralds on Wednesday night.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 5, Giants 3
Cubs scored three runs in the eighth to tie and added two more in the ninth for the win.
Hitting Recap: After getting blanked for the first seven innings, the Cubs got the offense going late. A walk and two singles loaded the bases in the eighth. A RBI ground out, a passed ball and a RBI single by CF Luis Ayala (.276) tied the game. Cubs took the lead in the ninth on a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly.
Pitching Chart: Junior Marte (6.03 ERA) worked two innings, giving up two earned runs. Eugenio Palma (1.91 ERA) scattered seven hits over five frames and allowed one run. Michael Rucker (3-0, 0.00 ERA) fanned three over the final two scoreless frames for the win.
Dominican Summer League—Game 1—Cubs 1 (9), Indians (4); Game 2—Cubs 1 (5), Indians (4)
Cubs swept the Indians to improve to 28-40.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—Cubs offense collected 10 hits, two from Jose Gutierrez. 3B Rafael Narea (.260) and RF Moises Colasante (.172) both had two RBI. GAME 2— LF Jose Jules (.220) went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI while Narea had two hits, scored three times and knocked one in.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1— Jesus Tejada (3.12 ERA) got charged with four earned runs and worked four innings before play was suspended. Moises Ramirez (3-1, 1.79 ERA) got the win in relief, fanning five over four scoreless. Wander Feliz pitched the ninth. GAME 2—Making his 12th start, Brailyn Marquez (1.48 ERA) fanned six over four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Juan Rengifo (3-2, 4.54 ERA) got the win in relief despite yielding two runs over 2.2 frames. Elvis Diaz recorded the final out for his fourth save.
Dominican Summer League—Giants (1), Cubs 2 (0)
Two Giants pitchers combined to one-hit the Cubs.
Hitting Recap: LF Fernando Kelli’s single to lead off the seventh was the Cubs only hit. Cubs stranded three runners.
Pitching Chart: Faustino Carrera (7-2, 1.06 ERA) only gave up one run over 6.2 innings but took the loss. The left-hander allowed five hits and fanned four for a game score of 71. Fauris Guerrero got the final four outs.