Pacific Coast League—AAA—Reno (D-Backs) 7, Iowa 6
Reno scored three times in the top of the eighth to rally past Iowa.
Hitting Recap: Iowa grabbed a 3-2 lead in the first on a bases clearing double by Jeimer Candelario. After Reno took a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth, Iowa responded with three more runs in the bottom half. Candelario led off with a walk and advanced to second on a single by Taylor Davis. Bother runners scored when Chris Dominguez ripped a double to center. Dominguez eventually scored on a fielding error by the Aces. Eight hits for Iowa but no player had more than one.
Pitching Chart: RH Aaron Brooks made his tenth start and tossed a season-high seven plus innings, allowing five runs on nine hits. Brooks fanned six in the 91-pitch effort. After Brooks surrendered a double to lead off the eighth, RH Pierce Johnson (2-1, 3.71 ERA) was summoned from the bullpen but the right-hander couldn’t stop the Aces. Johnson gave up three singles and a walk before the frame was over as Reno scored three times. LH David Rollins worked a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Casey Kelly (1-0, 6.75 ERA) makes his third start for Iowa on Saturday night against Reno.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 3, Biloxi (Brewers) 2
Tennessee made the most of their five hits and edged Biloxi for their third straight win.
Hitting Recap: Smokies tied the game in the fourth on a solo homer from RF Jeffrey Baez (.250), his seventh overall and fourth in the last five games. Tennessee took the lead in the bottom of the seventh when the first baseman missed the throw after a dropped third strike that allowed CF Jacob Hannemann (.198) to score from third. Earlier in the inning, 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.221) was thrown out at home after trying to score on a grounder off the bat of SS Carlos Penalver (.252). They added an important insurance run in the eighth when 2B David Bote (.282) was hit by a pitch and scored on a double from Balaguert. Hannemann finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
Pitching Chart: RH Preston Morrison had one of his best outings of the year, fanning eight while only allowing one unearned run over six innings. Morrison yielded three hits and three walks in the 104-pitch outing. Daury Torrez (4-0, 0.38 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 seventh and earned the win. James Pugliese fanned two in the eighth for his second hold and Justin Hancock surrendered a run in the ninth but still earned the first save of his pro career.
Smokies News: Trevor Clifton (3-2, 2.42 ERA) is scheduled to start on Saturday night…….Former Cubs prospect Taylor Scott was charged with the loss after giving up the unearned run in the seventh. Scott was released by the Cubs last year in March and signed by the Brewers in July to a minor league deal. The right-hander was 3-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 24 AA relief appearances last year and is 3-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 20 game this year with 37 K in 29 IP.
Carolina League—High A—Carolina (Brewers) 5, Myrtle Beach 3
Carolina held Myrtle Beach to four hits and took the series opener.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when DH Bryant Flete (.282) singled, moved to third on double by SS Andruw Monasterio (.231) and scored on a ground out by RF Eddy Martinez (.223). They added two more in the eighth as CF Robert Garcia (.231) and Flete both reached on errors and scored on a triple from LF Daniel Spingola (.302).
Pitching Chart: Ryan Kellogg (1-3, 5.01 ERA) got the start and gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk. One of the hits left the yard and the lefty fanned four in the 98-pitch outing. Scott Effross got charged with one run in 1.1 frames and stranded one inherited runner. Marc Huberman blanked the Mudcats in the eighth.
Pelicans News: Adbert Alzolay (4-1, 2.68 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night.