Four South Bend Cubs named All-Stars
Pitchers Dylan Cease and Duncan Robinson, second baseman Yeiler Peguero and third baseman Wladimir Galindo have all been named to the East Squad for the Midwest League All-Star game to be played June 20 at Great Lakes. Cease (1-2, 8 GS, 34 IP, 18 BB, 54 K, 2.12 BAA, 1.26 WHIP) was an all-star last year in the Northwest League. Peguero (.257/.320/.347, 50 G, 1 HR, 23 RBI) earned all-star honors in the Dominican Summer League and was named the game’s MVP in 2015. Robinson (5-2, 1.34 ERA, 11 G 6 GS, 53.2 IP, 7 BB, 43 K, .199 BAA, 0.84 WHIP) will be making his first all-star appearance as will Galindo (.291/.348/.444, 40 G, 4 HR, 19 RBI).
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Game 1—Iowa 5, Oklahoma City (Dodgers) 5; Game 2— Iowa 4, Oklahoma City 0
Cubs jumped out to a 5-0 lead and hung on to take the opener and Casey Kelly fired a gem in the night cap to compete the sweep.
Hitting Recap: Game 1—Cubs scored four times in the third. A single by CF Jacob Hannemann (.500) and walks to 2B Chesny Young (.279) and RF Mark Zagunis (.244) loaded the bases. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.283) singled home his 33rd run of the season and C Victor Caratini (.335) cleared the bases with a three-run double. With two outs in the sixth, 1B Chris Dominguez (.288) singled, stole second and scored on a double from LF Bijan Rademacher (.262). Hannemann finished 3-for-4 and swiped three bases while Rademacher finished with two hits.
Game 2—Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 led in the first on a RBI single from Chesny Young and a sacrifice fly from Candelario. John Andreoli scored his second run of the game in the third on wild pitch and then knocked in Ali Solis with a RBI single in the fourth. Andreoli finished 1-for-1 with two walks. Only five hits for the Cubs.
Pitching Chart: Game 1—Cubs went to the bullpen in the opener. Dylan Floro (3.45 ERA), recently returning from Chicago after a one-day hiatus, got the start and tossed four scoreless frames on three hits and a walk. Floro fanned one, threw 49 pitches and recorded seven ground ball outs….. RH Andury Acevedo (6.75 ERA) made his Iowa debut and picked up the win, getting charged with a run in 1.2 innings, the first run he’s allowed all season (15 scoreless in AA before promotion). Conor Mullee (3.38 ERA) allowed one of three inherited runners to score before getting the final two outs of the eighth. In the ninth, Mullee could only get two outs as the Dodgers scored three times and had the tying run on second. Manny Parra (20.25 ERA) only needed one pitch to get a ground ball to second and end the game for his first save in the minors.
Game 2—RH Casey Kelly (3-1, 4.68 ERA) fired a gem on Wednesday night. The right-hander had his best outing since joining the Cubs, blanking the Dodgers for seven innings on two hits and three walks. Kelly needed 85 pitches, 51 for strikes, fanned four and recorded 10 ground ball outs. Game score 76.
I-Cubs Notes: Seth Frankoff (1-2, 2.77 ERA) gets the ball on Thursday night as the Cubs host Oklahoma City.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 3, Birmingham (White Sox) 2; Game 2—Birmingham 3, Tennessee 1
Tennessee scored three times in the third and hung on to take the opener and Birmingham held Tennessee to there hits in the night cap.
Hitting Recap: Game 1—Smokies scored all their runs in the third. RF Jeffrey Baez (.222) led off with a walk and took second on a single from CF Trey Martin (.286). LF Charcer Burks (.310) plated Baez with a RBI single and SS Andrew Ely (.289) followed with a RBI single and Burks raced home when the throw got away from the first baseman. Only three hits for Tennessee.
Game 2—Only three hits for the Smokies as they scored their run in the third. SS Carlos Penalver (.254), led off with a single, advanced to second on a double from Burks and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Martin. 1B Yasiel Balaguert added a double in the second and the Smokies were without a hit the final four innings.
Pitching Chart: Game 1—Jen-Ho Tseng (6-1, 2.54 ERA) fanned eight and went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits and a season-high four walks in his 11th start. Tseng threw 104 pitches, 65 for strikes, and had a game score of 54. Ryan McNeil (3.29 ERA) got the final four outs for his second save.
Game 2—Brad Markey (3.41 ERA) was nearly perfect over four shutout frames, allowing one hit and a walk while fanning six in the 54-pitch outing. It was Markey’s first start of the year and he finished with a game score of 66. Daury Torrez (4-1, 1.21 ERA) had his scoreless streak stopped at 24 innings after a walk and a two-run homer with two outs in the fifth. The Barons added another un off the right-hander in the sixth. Justin Hancock (3.86 ERA) tossed a scoreless seventh.
Smokies News: A starter has not been named for Thursday’s game against Birmingham.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach had the day off and host Carolina on Thursday night. Adbert Alzolay (5-1, 2.90 ERA) gets the start in the series opener.
Midwest League—Low A—Bowling Green (Rays) 5, South Bend 4
Bowling Green rallied past South Bend for their second straight win at Four Winds Field.
Hitting Recap: C Michael Cruz (.185) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second with a RBI single, scoring LF Kevonte Mitchell (.224). Cruz added another RBI with a ground out in the fourth and two runs scored on the play when the Hot Rods made an error. Cubs final run of the night came on a solo homer by Mitchell in the ninth, his seventh. 3B Wladimir Galindo (.297) and Mitchell both finished with two hits.
Pitching Chart: LH Bryan Hudson (4.06 ERA) battled for five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks. Hudson fanned five and threw 85 pitches, 52 for strikes. RH Matt Swarmer (3.89 ERA) tossed a pair of shutout frames with a pair of punchouts. Wyatt Short (1-1, 3.13 ERA) took the loss, yielding two unearned runs in the ninth on three hits and a walk.
SB-Cubs News: Manuel Rondon (7-2, 5.04 ERA) gets the ball on Thursday night against Bowling Green.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers 1 (10), Cubs 1 (5)
Rangers (2-2) overcame an early 4-1 deficit with nine unanswered runs to keep the Cubs (0-4) winless.
Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 3-1 lead in the second with three runs, including one on the second homer from LF Carlos Pacheco (’16-Mex), leadoff blast over the center field fence. DH Albert Hinirio (’16-DR) added a RBI ground out and C Erick Gonzalez (’13-DR) ripped a RBI double to plate another run. CF Fernando Kelli (’15-Ven), who went 2-for-4 with a double, scored on a wild pitch in the third. Pacheco (.214) walked to start the eighth and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Luis Hidalgo (’13-Ven) finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Pitching Chart: Luis Silva (’15-Ven) got the start and went three innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk with three punchouts. Yan De La Cruz (0-1, 3.86 ERA, ’15-FA-DR) took the loss as the right-hander gave up three runs in three innings. Bryan Molina (18.00 ERA, ’14-Ven) tossed the final two frames, yielding three runs on two hits and a walk.
Cubs Notes: Cubs 1 face the Brewers/Indians co-op on Thursday.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers 2 (5), Cubs 2 (2)
Rangers (2-2) scored four times in the second and held the Cubs (1-3) to three hits.
Hitting Recap: Cubs only had three hits and scored both of their runs in the seventh on a RBI triple from RF Carmelo Alfonzo (’16-Ven) and a RBI single from CF Ricardo Verenzuela (’16-Ven). LF Luis Ubiera (’13-DR) added a single.
Pitching Chart: Jonathan Bruzual (’16-Ven) made his pro debut and only lasted two innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. Ivan Medina (’13-Ven) gave up a run over four frames and Jose Gonzalez (’16-DR) tossed the final two scoreless innings.
Cubs Notes: Cubs host Mets 2 on Thursday.