Pacific Coast League—AAA—Memphis (Cardinals) 6, Iowa 5
Iowa hit four homers but still fell to Memphis
Hitting Recap: John Andreoli gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead with his second leadoff homer of the season. RF Bijan Rademacher (.226) launched his second long ball of the year in the fourth, solo shot to cut the lead to 4-2. Iowa drew to within one run in the eighth on a bases loaded walk to Jeimer Candelario but Iowa couldn’t get any more runs in the frame. Ali Solis (2) and Chris Dominguez (4) hit solo bombs in the ninth. Chesny Young returned to the I-Cubs lineup after being on the DL since May 21 with a reported hamstring injury. Young went 1-for-4.
Pitching Chart: RH Williams Perez was activated from the DL and made his sixth start, his first since May 7. Memphis greeted the right-hander with a walk and a RBI double and after a groundout, another double made it 2-0. They added two more in the second on three singles and a sacrifice fly. Williams threw 49 pitches, 26 for strikes, walked two and gave up five hits…..After starting his last two outings, Juan Paniagua got the call and pitched four shutout relief innings. The right-hander fanned five while allowing two hits and two walks in the 62-pitch outing. LH Zac Rosscup (2.89 ERA) worked a scoreless seventh and Pierce Johnson (4.50 ERA) surrendered a two-run homer in the eighth.
I-Cubs Notes: Cubs end the series with Memphis on Tuesday afternoon and then have Wednesday off. Iowa returns home for a nine-game homestead with Nashville (A’s) and Oklahoma City (Dodgers) June 1-8……RHP Williams Perez and IF Chesny Young were activated from the DL while IF Elliot Soto was placed on the 7-day disabled list. RHP Justin Grimm has been promoted to Chicago and RHP Felix Pena has been optioned to Iowa.
Smokies and the rest of the Southern League had Monday off. Tennessee heads to Montgomery for a five-game set that begins on Tuesday night.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina (Brewers) 3
Justin Steele fanned seven in five solid innings and the Pelicans used a four-run second to earn a split of the four-game series.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans grabbed a 4-0 lead in the second. CF Robert Garcia (.234) had the big blow in the inning, a two-run homer, his second of the season. 3B Jesse Hodges (.260) added a RBI single and 2B Trent Giambrone (.220) plated a run with a ground out. DH Bryant Flete (.295) delivered a RBI single in the fourth and then stroked another run-scoring base hit in the sixth. C Tyler Alamo (.252) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Flete and Hodges both finished with two hits.
Pitching Chart: Justin Steele (3-3, 2.55 ERA) set down the first six hitters he faced but a leadoff homer over the right field wall ended that streak. Before the third was over the Mudcats added another run on a double, a single and a sacrifice fly. It was the only inning Steele allowed any hits, fanning a season-high seven in the 73-pitch outing with no walks. Game score 59….RH Michael Rucker set a career-high with six strikeouts in 3.1 relief innings. Rucker left in the ninth and Dillon Maples got the final two outs but not before allowing an inherited runner to score after a single.
Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach has Tuesday off and hosts Down East in the first of a four-game series on Wednesday night.
Midwest League—Low A—Fort Wayne (Padres) 3, South Bend 0
South Bend was shutout for the first time since the opening week of the season.
Hitting Recap: Cubs had seven hits and drew five walks but went 0-for-11 with RISP and stranded 10 base runners. 3B Wladimir Galindo (.306), CF Luis Ayala (.271) and RF Roberto Caro (.500) all had two hits while 2B Yeiler Peguero (.275) drew two walks.
Pitching Chart: Duncan Robinson (5-2, 1.35 ERA) isn’t going to light up the radar gun or overwhelm you with his stuff, he just gets hitters out. The right-hander from Dartmouth retired the first 12 hitters he faced on 33 pitches, 22 for strikes. The 6-foot-6 Houston native uses a simple delivery and pounds the zone with a sinking fastball with arm-side run. He also throws a decent curve ball and a change-up with good movement And yes, he does a good job of using that frame to get good downward plane on his pitches, coaxing ground ball outs, eight in this game. The TinCaps got a single in the fourth but that runner was wiped out trying to stretch it to a double by LF Kevonte Mitchell. The first pitch of the sixth inning was lined over the right field wall for a homer, the only run allowed. He worked a 1-2-3 seventh and recorded his eighth strikeout, a career-high. Robinson didn’t walk anyone and had a game score of 73 in the 80-pitch outing…… RH Matt Swarmer (4.65 ERA) worked two innings of relief, surrendering a pair of runs in the eighth on three hits.
SB-Cubs News: Tyson Miller (2-4, 5.02 ERA) takes the mound on Tuesday night in Dayton. Miller will be making his team-high 11th start and has struggled his last two outing, not making it past the 4th inning in either start…..With Roberto Caro joining the Cubs, OF Zach Davis was assigned to extended spring training.