Pacific Coast League—AAA—Reno (Diamondbacks) 5, Iowa 2
Reno (29-19) used a four-run fourth to beat Iowa (21-25) on Friday night.
Hitting Recap: Cubs had 10 hits but could only score two runs, going 1-for-9 with RISP. Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third when CF John Andreoli (.236) tripled and scored on a double from 2B Tommy La Stella (.246). LF Chris Dominguez (.303) launched a solo homer in the eighth, his third of the season. RF Stephen Bruno (.278) and C Ali Solis (.250) both finished with two hits. LF Mark Zagunis (.254) left the game after fouling a ball off his foot in the third innings. Zagunis walked during the at-bat and headed to the locker room after the inning.
Pitching Chart: RH Stephen Perakslis (0-1, 5.63 ERA) made the spot start and after three shutout innings, ran into problems in the fourth, as the Aces opened the frame with three straight hits to take a 2-1 lead. Perakslis got the next two hitters but two straight walks ended his night. RH David Berg surrendered a two-run single to the first hitter he faced for the final two runs of the inning. Berg worked 2.1 innings and wasn’t charged with any runs. Jack Leathersich (7.94 ERA) struckout the side in the seventh but not before giving up a run on a hit and walk. Zac Rosscup (3.06 ERA) fired two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
I-Cubs Notes: Aaron Brooks (3-4, 7.74 ERA) gets the start in the series finale with Reno on Friday night. Brooks has had a hard time missing bats as the PCL is hitting .347 against the right hander with 10 homers allowed in 47.2 innings in his nine starts……RHP Jake Buchanan, who was designated for assignment on May 22, was claimed off waivers by the Reds. Buchanan appeared in two games for the Cubs last September and was added to the 40-man roster. In eight starts for Iowa this season, the right-hander went 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA, 41.2 IP, 49 H, 19 BB, 29 K, 1.63 WHIP, .299 BAA. Buchanan was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Zac Rosscup.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 10, Biloxi (Brewers) 4
Tennessee scored six times in the sixth and evened the series with Biloxi.
Hitting Recap: Smokies had 13 hits in the win. 3B Jason Vosler (.305) went 2-for-3 and knocked in four runs, two coming in the Smokies six-run sixth. SS Andrew Ely (.315) scored three runs and was on base five times with three hits, including a double and two walks. RF Jeffrey Baez (.248) went 2-for-5 and slugged his sixth homer, this third in his last four games. SS Carlos Penalver (.261), C Erick Castillo (.263) and PH Yasiel Balaguert (.219) all added RBI.
Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng is making a push for AAA. Back for his second season in AA, the 22-year-old improved to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.60 with six solid innings on Thursday night. Tseng held the Shuckers to one run on seven hits and a walk in the 101 pitch outing, 64 for strikes. The right-hander fanned six and had a game score of 63…..RH Craig Brooks (10.13 ERA) tossed a scoreless seventh but ran into problems in the seventh, surrendering three runs on three hits and three walks before departing with the bases loaded. Justin Hancock (0.00 ERA) put out the fire, stranding all three inherited runners and got the final two outs to earn the hold. David Garner (3.38 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth.
Smokies News: RH Trevor Clifton (3-2, 2.42 ERA) is expected to start on Friday night against Biloxi.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 11, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 4
Myrtle Beach (26-22) set a franchise record with 11 runs in the first inning and beat Winston-Salem (14-34) to sweep the series.
Hitting Recap: The first inning was all the Pelicans needed. LF Eloy Jimenez (.344) got the record setting inning off to a blast with a grand slam. 2B Trent Giambrone (.226) led off with a double, C P.J. Higgins (.243) walked, and Daniel Spingola (.301) was hit by a pitch. Jimenez cleared the bases with a blast over the left field wall, his third long ball of the season. RF Eddy Martinez (.228) singled, 1B Matt Rose (.242) walked and 3B Jesse Hodges (.255) brought Martinez home with a RBI single. SS Andruw Monasterio (.217) made it eight straight hitters to reach to open the game, with a walk to re-load the bases. A RBI single by CF Robert Garcia (.237) made it 6-0 and an error on a ground ball by Giambrone plated another run. Higgins then made it 11 straight to reach with a single to left, plating Monasterio. Spingola made the first out of the frame but knocked in a run with a ground out to short. Jimenez set a career-high with his fifth RBI with a single and Martinez ripped his second RBI single of the frame for the final run of the historic inning. Pelicans had eight hits in the frame but only got one more the final seven innings.
Pitching Chart: Oscar De La Cruz (4-2, 3.42 ERA) fanned a season-high ten hitters, one of his better outings of the season. The right-hander threw a season-best 97 pitches, 69 for strikes, and ended the night with a line of 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. game score 55…..RH Michael Rucker (2.57 ERA) collected his first Carolina League save, fanning five over the final 3.1 frames. Rucker allowed one run on three hits and threw 52 pitches, 38 for strikes.
Pelicans News: Ryan Kellogg (1-2, 5.06 ERA) makes his sixth start and has only allowed three earned runs in his last two starts (11.2 innings). Kellogg has yielded seven homers in only 26.2 innings.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 9, Bowling Green (Rays) 5
South Bend (28-18) won the series finale and split the four-game series with Bowling Green (19-26).
Hitting Recap: SS Isaac Paredes (.235) went 2-for-4 and knocked in four runs to lead the offense. 3B Wladimir Galindo (.310) had a pair of doubles, scored three times and added a RBI while RF Luis Ayala (.250) ripped a two-run double in the second inning. LF Kevonte Mitchell (.239) smacked his fifth homer, a solo shot in the second.
Pitching Chart: Jose Paulino (4.46 ERA) had problems throwing strikes on Thursday night, issuing six walks and not making it out of the fifth inning. Paulino threw 90 pitches and finished with a line of 4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 1 K…… Michael Knighton (1-1, 4.66 ERA) eared his first win of the season, tossing 1.1 scoreless relief frames. Chad Hockin (3.54 ERA) worked two shutout frames for his third hold, fanning one while walking two……LH Wyatt Short (3.79 ERA) pitched the ninth surrendering two runs on a hit and two walks. Cubs pitching walked 10 hitters on the night.
SB-Cubs News: Bryan Hudson (0-1, 3.60 ERA) gets the start on Friday night as Fort Wayne comes to town for a four-game set. Hudson matched his career-high with six innings the last time out, holding Lansing to just one run.