Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 2, Memphis (Cardinals) 1
Iowa came out of top of a pitcher’s dual to even the series with Memphis.
Hitting Recap: Iowa took 1-0 lead in the fourth when 2B Tommy La Stella (.265) walked, took third on a double from LF Mark Zagunis (.262) and scored on a ground out to second by 3B Jeimer Candelario (.298). P Casey Kelly (.250) helped his own cause in the fourth with a RBI double to right field, scoring SS Elliot Soto (.195), who walked with one out. Kelly was thrown out at home trying to score on a single from La Stella. Zagunis and La Stella both finished with two hits and walk.
Pitching Chart: Casey Kelly (2-0, 4.85 ERA) made his third start and went five innings, scattering seven hits and three walks while allowing only one run, Kelly fanned four and threw 91 pitches. Iowa’s bullpen slammed the door. Conor Mullee (0.00 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 sixth and Dylan Floro (4.03 ERA) tossed two shutout frames, retiring all six hitters he faced. Justin Grimm (5.40 ERA) worked a perfect ninth, recording two strikeouts, for his third save.
I-Cubs Notes: Seth Frankoff (0-2, 3.16 ERA) looks to continue his recent success with the start Sunday night in Memphis.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 6, Biloxi (Brewers) 5
Jason Vosler’s walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth gave the Smokies their fourth straight win over Biloxi.
Hitting Recap: 3B Jason Vosler (.302) ripped a double to left-center in the bottom of the ninth, scoring 2B David Bote (.277) from first base and giving Tennessee the walk-off win. Vosler gave the Smokies a 2-0 lead in the first with a long home run over the right field wall, plating RF Jeffrey Baez (.257), who led off the game with a walk. Baez launched his fifth homer in the last six games, a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth, and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Only six hits for the Smokies. LF Charcer Burks (.295) returned to action and went 0-for-4 with a walk. SS Andrew Ely (.300) had his 10-game hit streak snapped.
Pitching Chart: Trevor Clifton (3-2, 2.36 ERA) needed 93 pitches to get through five innings as the right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks. Clifton fanned four and recorded seven ground ball outs. Brad Markey (4.26 ERA) worked a scoreless sixth but got charged with three runs in the seventh. Markey allowed one run in the seventh and left with the bases loaded. RH Ryan McNeil (4.50 ERA) walked the first two hitters he faced to force in a pair of runs. McNeil got the final out of the seventh and tossed a scoreless eighth. James Pugliese (4-2, 1.29 ERA) worked the ninth and got credit for the win.
Smokies News: RH Duane Underwood (4-2, 4.39 ERA) takes the mound on Sunday afternoon at Smokies Park…..OF Charcer Burks was activated from the DL and OF Roberto Caro was assigned to South Bend. Burks went on the DL for concussion protocol after running into a wall and hitting his head.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina (Brewers) 2
Adbert Alzolay was on top of his game as the Pelicans evened the series with the Mudcats.
Hitting Recap: Myrtle Beach took advantage of three walks in the first inning. Matt Rose drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Tyler Alamo knocked in two more with a double down the right field line. They added three more in the second on a RBI single from Bryant Flete and sacrifice flies from P.J. Higgins and Daniel Spingola. Flete smacked this fourth homer in the fourth for a 7-0 Pelicans lead and finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. CF Connor Myers doubled in the sixth and raced home on a single to right from Higgins for the final run of the night.
Pitching Chart: Adbert Alzolay (5-1, 2.72 ERA) retired the first 12 hitters he faced before a leadoff single to start the fifth broke the streak. The right-hander only allowed a two-run homer in the sixth and finished with a line of 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. He threw 85 pitches, 65 for strikes, and recorded eight ground ball outs. Game score 60……Fresh off the DL, LH Jordan Minch (0.00 ERA) worked around a walk in a scoreless seventh, his first appearance since April 14……Pedro Araujo (2.21 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Dillon Maples (2.36 ERA) blanked the Mudcats in the ninth.
Pelicans News: Thomas Hatch (0-4, 5.45 ERA) is still seeking his first win as a pro and takes the hill on Sunday night at Carolina……LHP Jordan Minch has been activated from the 7-day DL and IF Adonis Paula was placed on the 7-day disabled list……The stadium gun in Carolina is about 3-4 mph hot but that didn’t stop the twitter from blowing up yesterday with Alzolay on the mound and readings in the upper 90s. The good thing was that Alzolay’s fastball was still in the mid-90s range the entire game. Cubs really like Alzolay and considered him one of the top pithing prospects in the lower levels.
Midwest League—Low A—Game 1—South Bend 5, Fort Wayne (Padres) 4; Game 2—South Bend 9, Fort Wayne 2
A wild pitch gave South Bend the walk-off win in the opener and a five-run fifth in the night-cap sealed the sweep.
Hitting Recap: Game 1—Alberto Mineo gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first with a RBI single, scoring Zack Short, who led off with a walk and took third on a single from 2B Yeiler Peguero (.283). SS Isaac Paredes (.236) opened the fourth with a walk, took second an an errand pickoff throw, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from LF Kevonte Mitchell (.229), and scored on a ground out by Vimael Machin. Short was hit by a pitch to start the fifth and scored on a triple from Peguero. South Bend tied the game at 4-4 as Peguero scored on a sacrifice fly from Mineo. In the bottom of the seventh, Brandon Cummins led off with a bunt single, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Short. After two International walks, a wild pitch allowed Cummins to score and give South Bend the win.
Game 2—Cubs collected 10 hits and scored five times in the fifth to break open a close game. C Jhonny Pereda (.285) had the big hit in the fifth, a two-run single. RF Luis Ayala (.255) and Mineo (.275) added RBI singles in the big inning. Short (.273) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a RBI and swiped his team-high 12th base. Mineo, Pereda and Ayala all finished with two hits.
Pitching Chart: Game 1— Bryan Hudson (0-1, 3.60 ERA) faced the minimum over the first three innings as a single was wiped out on a double play in the third. A one-out single was the only damage in the fourth but Hudson only got one out in the fifth. A single and a sacrifice bunt opened the frame but four straight singles and a walk ended his night with a line of 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB 1 K. Hudson threw 71 pitches, 45 for strikes, and recorded nine ground ball outs…..Pedro Silverio (3-3, 5.65 ERA) entered the game with the bases loaded in the fifth and got the final two outs of the frame but not before one run crossed home. Silverio worked 2.2 scoreless frames and earned the win, only allowing one hit.
Game 2—Making his first professional start, Tyler Peyton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 first but gave up a pair of singles to start the second. A sacrifice fly and another single plated two runs. Peyton added two more shutout frames and finished with a line of 4 IP, 3 H 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K in the 58-pitch outing, 42 for strikes. The bullpen was perfect. Dakota Mekkes (3-0, 0.70 ERA) got the win and retired all six hitters he faced, four on strikes. Michael Knighton (4.22 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 seventh.
SB-Cubs News: Duncan Robinson (5-1, 1.36 ERA) makes his fifth start of the year on Sunday night at Four Winds Field against Fort Wayne. The right-hander sports a 0.91 WHIP in 39.2 innings.