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Ian Happ debuts, Eloy is back, Jose Paulino fires gem

Ian Happ made his MLB debut, Eloy Jimenez heads to Myrtle Beach, and Jose Paulino leads South Bend to only win on Saturday. Iowa lost on a walk-off and Smokies were shutdown by the Biscuits.

Happ makes debut

Ian Happ made his major league debut on Saturday against the Cardinals, going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer. The Cubs first-round pick in 2015 out of the University of Cincinnati got the start in right field and fanned in his first at-bat, walked in his second trip, and reached on an error in the fifth. Happ was called for an illegal slide at second in the fifth that resulted in a double play to end the inning. In the seventh, Happ hit the first pitch from Carlos Martinez over the right fled wall. Happ is not expected to spend much time in Chicago as he was brought up due to injuries to Jason Heyward and Jon Jay and Kris Bryant being sick. If he keeps hitting, he may not be going anywhere. The Cubs added Happ to the 40-man roster and optioned right-hander relief pitcher Felix Pena back to Iowa. The Cubs had a open spot on 40-man roster after trading Matt Szczur.

Eloy Jimenez to Myrtle Beach

Cubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez is done rehabbing his injured shoulder and has been assigned to Myrtle Beach. Jimenez was expected to get the start on Saturday night but the game was rained out. Jimenez was named the Midwest League’s Player of the Year in 2016 and earned honors as the Cubs top minor league player. The 20-year-old hit .329/.369/.532 with 14 homers and 81 RBI in 112 games for South Bend. He was also added to the Pelicans playoff roster and went 3-for-11 with two RBI in three games. Jimenez has been out of action since being diagnosed with a bone bruise he suffered during a Cubs spring training game on a throw.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Salt Lake (Angels) 5, Iowa 4

An inside-the-park homer gave Salt Lake (21-15) the walk-off win over Iowa (14-20) in the 11th inning.

Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the fifth as they loaded the bases with two outs and 1B Chris Dominguez  (.361) delivered a single that plated two runs, one coming on a throwing error by the second baseman. Dominguez added a RBI single to tie and game and C Victor Caratini (.342) added a RBI single for a 4-3 lead in the seventh. 2B Chesny Young (.275) had two hits and scored once.

Pitching Chart: Seth Frankoff (3.56 ERA) fanned six over six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. He allowed a homer in the 89-pitch outing for a game score of 57. Jack Leathersich (14.40 ERA) got charged with blown save, surrendering a run on two hits and a walk in the seventh. Justin Grimm made his first appearance in Iowa, fanning two over two scoreless frames. Dylan Floro (1-1, 5.29 ERA) tossed a scoreless 10th but the inside-the-park homer to leadoff the 11th ended the game.

I-Cubs Notes: Jake Buchanan (1-2, 5.76 ERA) takes the hill on Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake.

Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 3, Tennessee 1

Montgomery blanked Tennessee for eight innings and took the series opener.

Hitting Recap: Only four hits for the Smokies and they finally broke through in the ninth on a RBI single from SS Carlos Penalver (.295). 3B Jason Vosler (.303) went 2-for-4 and scored a run while LF Charcer Burks (.302) was 1-for-3 with walk.

Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (3-1, 3.15 ERA) twirled seven strong innings but took the loss. Tseng gave up solo homer over seven innings, allowing five hits and walking no one. He threw 91 pitches, 54 for strikes, for a game score of 66. Daury Torrez (0.51 ERA) tossed a scoreless eighth and Stephen Perakslis (7.15 ERA) surrendered two runs in the ninth on three hits.

Smokies News: Trevor Clifton (3-1, 2.25 ERA) takes the mound for his seventh start on Sunday afternoon against Montgomery.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach vs. Lynchburg (Indians)—Rained Out

Saturday’s game was rained out and the two teams will play a twin-bill on Sunday. Oscar De La Cruz (2-2, 3.68 ERA) and Ryan Kellogg (1-2, 7.20 ERA) are scheduled to start.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 4, Peoria (Cardinals) 0

Jose Paulino tossed six shutout frames as South Bend completed the three-game sweep of Peoria.

Hitting Recap: South Bend took a 2-0 lead in the first as the Chiefs walked the bases full and DH Wladimir Galindo (.321) ripped a two-run single in his first at-bat since coming off the DL. LF Kevonte Mitchell (.239) added a RBI double in the second and smacked a solo homer in the ninth, his fourth of the season. 2B Yeiler Peguero (.301) had two hits, drew a walk and scored once. 1B Jhonny Pereda (.308) had his 16-game hit streak snapped, going 0-for-4.

Pitching Chart: After allowing 12 earned runs over his last three starts, LH Jose Paulino (2-0, 4.25 ERA) blanked the Chiefs for six frames in his best outing of the season. The 22-year-old fanned three and recorded seven ground ball outs in the 74-pitch gem. He gave up six hits and a walk for a game score of 65. RH Jared Cheek (2.08 ERA) earned his second hold, tossing a pair of scoreless frames. Wyatt Short (1.29 ERA) fanned two in the ninth to preserve the shutout.

SB-Cubs News: South Bend has Sunday off and return home for a seven-game home stand, three against Daytona and four vs. Lansing……3B/1B Wladimir Galindo was activated from the 7-day disabled list.


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