Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 4, Nashville (A’s) 2
Cubs scored three times in the top of the sixth and Williams Perez won his first game in an I-Cubs uniform.
Hitting Recap: Cubs didn’t have much luck against former Cubs’ prospect Paul Blackburn over the first five frames but broke through in the sixth. An error and two walks, loaded the bases and Jacob Hannemann tied the game with a RBI single. With two outs, Victor Caratini ripped a double to right-field, scoring a pair of runs and knocking Blackburn from the game. Mark Zagunis added a RBI double in the seventh. Hannemann finished 2-for-4 as the Cubs were held to four hits.
Pitching Chart: Williams Perez (1-7, 6.86 ERA) recorded his first victory since signing with the Cubs, fanning five over five innings. Perez held the Sounds to one run on three hits and two walks in the 84-pitch outing. Game score 62. Manny Parra (16.50 ERA) walked the only two hitters he faced in the sixth and Dylan Floro (3.58 ERA) allowed one of the two inherited runners to score. Floro fanned three in two innings. Zac Rosscup (2.73 ERA) tossed a scoreless eighth and Pierce Johnson (5.40 ERA) recorded his sixth save with the final three outs.
I-Cubs Notes: Cubs face Nashville on Friday night and a starter has not been named.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 4, Chattanooga (Twins) 1
Tennessee fought off first half playoff elimination with a win over first-place Chattanooga. Smokies trail the first-place Lookouts by 2.5 games with three to play.
Hitting Recap: Smokies scored all the runs they would need in the first on a two-run homer from All-Star Jason Vosler (.271), setting a new career mark with his 11th homer of the season. LF Charcer Burks (.314) was 1-for-3 with two runs scored while David Bote (.282) had two hits and knocked in a run. 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.223) added a RBI single in the sixth.
Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood kept the Lookouts in check as the right-hander worked into the sixth inning and threw 98 pitches, 53 for strikes. Underwood finished with a line of 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K. Game score 63. Smokies bullpen tossed 3.2 shutout frames. Daury Torrez (1.27 ERA) got the final two outs of the six and worked a scoreless seventh while Justin Hancock (5.73 ERA) tossed the eighth. Dillon Maples recorded his first AA save in impressive fashion, striking out the side in the ninth.
Smokies News: RH James Pugliese (4-2, 1.00) is back in the starter’s role on Friday night as the Smokies host Chattanooga.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 7, Down East (Rangers) 0
Justin Steele and four relievers combined to blank the Wood Ducks and extended Myrtle Beach’s scoreless streak to a team-record 31 innings.
Hitting Recap: 3B Trent Giambrone (.227) and Bryant Flete (.288) both homered and the duo combined for five RBI. Flete smacked a two-run shot (6) in the fifth and Giambrone added a three-run bomb in the ninth, his second straight game with a homer and his sixth of the season. SS Andruw Monasterio (.205) went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, two walks and a RBI. Only five hits for the Pelicans and they fanned 16 times.
Pitching Chart: Myrtle Beach pitching came into the game with 22 straight scoreless innings and LH Justin Steele (5-3, 2.32 ERA) added five more to the streak, throwing 97 pitches, 56 for strikes. The 21-year-old worked around four hits and three walks as Down East had runners on every inning. Steele fanned five, coaxed six ground ball outs and had a game score of 61. Dakota Mekkes (0.00 ERA) earned his second hold, fanning three in a pair of scoreless frames. Tommy Thorpe (3.86 ERA) retired all three hitters he faced in the eighth. Kyle Miller (3.90 ERA) got the first out of the ninth and Scott Effross (5.29 ERA) retired the final two hitters to preserve the shutout.
Pelicans News: RH Michael Rucker (1-0, 1.80 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night at Down East.
Midwest League—Low A—Game 1—Lansing (Blue Jays) 8, South Bend 5; Game 2—Lansing 6, South Bend 1
South Bend’s playoff hopes took a hit as Lansing swept the twin-bill. South Bend is now 1.5 games behind Dayton for the wild card spot with three games to play.
Hitting Recap: Game 1—South Bend played a familiar scene in the bottom of the first. SS Zack Short (.245) walked, stole second and scored his MWL best 47th run, compliments of 2B Vimael Machin (.307), who plated his team-high 31st run of the season. 3B Adonis Paula scored Machin with a two-out single in his first South Bend at-bat for a 2-0 first inning lead. Cubs added three runs in the fourth for a 5-3 lead on a sacrifice fly by Paula, a RBI single from Luis Ayala and a Lansing throwing error. Only five hits for the Cubs.
Game 2—Only four hits for the Cubs in the night cap. Machin knocked in the only run in the fifth with a single. LF Kevonte Mitchell (.235) went 2-for-3 while Short was on base twice with walk and a single.
Pitching Chart: Game 1— Duncan Robinson hadn’t given up three earned runs in any of his 12 appearances but the MWL’s top hitting team scored three times in the second on three straight doubles and a single. Robinson kept the Lugnuts off the board until the sixth when a solo homer cut the deficit to one run. After two singles, Robinson left but Jared Cheek couldn’t put out the fire. Cheek surrendered a RBI double to the first hitter he faced and before the frames was over they added a RBI single, scored on a wild pitch and another hit made it 8-5.
Game 2— Erling Moreno (1-1, 4.50 ERA) tossed four innings, allowing five runs on five hits and three walks. The right-hander fanned four and threw 77 pitches, 42 for strikes. Tyson Miller (4.79 ERA) tossed the final there frames, surrendering one run on two hits with three strikeouts.
SB-Cubs News: RH Dylan Cease (1-2, 2.75 ERA) makes his second start since going on the DL with an ankle injury on Friday night as the Cubs host Lake County in the series opener.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Vancouver (Blue Jays) 6, Eugene 1
Vancouver pitching kept Eugene in check as the Canadians spoiled the Ems home opener.
Hitting Recap: Only one run for Eugene, a solo homer from shortstop prospect Aramis Ademan, a drive over the right-field wall. Eugene had five hits on the night and drew two walks but there were 0-for-6 with RISP. 1B Gustavo Polanco added a double.
Pitching Chart: RH Javier Assad (0-1, 3.60 ERA) got the start and had runners on in each of his five innings. Assad allowed two runs on seven hits and fanned three in the 68-pitch outing on opening night. RH Manuel Rodriguez made his Cubs debut and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Elvis Diaz allowed two runs in .2 frames and Andin Diaz recorded the final five outs without allowing a run.
Emeralds Notes: RH Jesus Camargo (IFA’14-Mexico) makes his NWL debut on Friday night against Vancouver in the second game of the series.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1 (9), Indians 2
Cubs jumped out to an early lead and collected 12 hits in the win.
Hitting Recap: C Henderson Perez (.143) went 2-for-2 and hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second for a 4-0 Cubs lead. 2B Herson Perez (.306) had three hits and knocked in a run while DH Albert Hinirio (.192) was 2-for-4 with a run. C Erick Gonzalez (.273) plated a pair of runs with a double and LF Carlos Pacheco (.294) went 1-for-3 with a RBI triple and a walk.
Pitching Chart: RH Yovanny Cruz (1.05 ERA) got the start and only went four innings so he didn't figure in the decision. The 17-year-old allowed one run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Cruz has allowed two earned runs over 12 innings with 13 punchouts. Kleiber Carreno (1-0, 1.17 ERA) recorded his first pro win in impressive style with three no-hit innings of relief. The 18-year-old Venezuelan fanned five and issued one walk Yan De La Cruz (4.50 ERA) gave up a run over the final two innings and got credit for his first save.
Cubs Notes: Cubs look to make it two straight over the Indians on Friday.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (9), Tigers 8
Cub scored twice in the top of the eighth to rally past the Tigers.
Hitting Recap: 2B Orian Nunez (.364) went 2-for-4 with three RBI, including driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth. 3B Jeinser Brete (.429) was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. RF Tony Rijo (.077), DH Jonathan Soto (.250), and LF Luis Ubiera (.182) all knocked in runs while CF Ricardo Verenzuela (.179) added two hits.
Pitching Chart: Danis Correa (2.31 ERA) got the start and gave up five runs but only one was earned on four hits and a walk. The Columbian native fanned three and recorded six ground ball outs for a game score of 42. Jose Gonzalez (8.53 ERA) gave up two runs over two innings and Fernando Calderon (2-1, 3.12 ERA) got the win in relief, surrendering a run over the final three frames while fanning six.
Cubs Notes: Cubs have a rematch with the Tigers on Friday.