AAA—Iowa 4, New Orleans 3
Jake Arietta got his first win as a Cub and knocked in two runs as Iowa (51-55) beat New Orleans (52-53)
At the Plate: Arietta made the Zephyrs pay as they walked the bases load to face the pitcher and he roped a double to center, two runs scoring on the hit and another crossing home on a throwing error. Donnie Murphy extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double in the fourth and scored on Josh Vitters' single.
On the Mound: Jake Arrieta (0-2 5.17 ERA) made news when he fanned nine in six innings against Albuquerque but his other nine frames have been nothing to write about yielding 17 hits and 12 runs. There are reports Arietta, part of the Scott Feldman trade, will get a spot start at Wrigley on July 30 against the Brewers. Arietta had a solid audition if he's headed to Wrigley allowing an earned run in 6.2 innings on four walks and four hits. He fanned eight, throwing 116 pitches. Marcus Hatley came in and got the final out of the seventh and Alberto Cabrera worked a scoreless eighth in his second AAA game. Brian Schiller got the save (13) but allowed a pair of solo homers in the ninth.
Cubs Notes: RHP Justin Grimm will make his Cubs organizational debut on Friday night at Oklahoma City as he gets the start. Grimm was part of the trade with Matt Garza....OF Dave Sappelt was optioned to Iowa to make room for David DeJesus's return. Sappelt is hitting .269/.311/.398 in 52 games at Iowa and hit .333/.333/.367 in 11 games in his second stint at Chicago..…...By losing five of their last six, the Cubs entered Thursday night's game tied with Memphis for first place and Omaha is only a game back…...Josh Vitters' return from the disabled list lasted seven games as Manager Marty Peavy said Vitters hurt his hamstring and could miss 1-2 weeks.
AA—Tennessee 10, Huntsville 5
Tennessee played long ball in Huntsville blasting four homers, two by Javier Baez, in the win
At the Plate: Javier Baez hit homers # 24 and #25 as Justin Bour (12) and Rubi Silva (12) also smacked round trippers. The Smokies pounded out 13 hits and scored in each of the final five innings. Baez finished with four RBI and has 8 HR in AA. Jonathan Mota, Bour and Silva all had two hits. Arismendy Alcantara cleared the bases with a pinch-hit double (27) and has 50 RBI on the season.
On the Mound: Since his promotion to AA, Austin Kirk (2-3 6.53 ERA) hasn't had much success. He twirled a pair of gems combing for 11.2 shutout frames but his other six starts have been brutal, allowing 41 hits and in 28.1 IP. The left-hander was 6-2 at Daytona but sported a 4.50 ERA and a BAA of .293. Kirk only went 2.1 innings allowing four runs on six hits. P.J Francescon (2.2 IP), Marcos Mateo (1.2 IP), Kevin Rhoderick (.1 IP), and Chang-Yong Lim (1 IP) held the Stars scoreless until the ninth. Frank Batista got the final three outs surrendering a homer. It was Chang-Young Lim's AA debut and the Cubs may have plans to bring him up to Chicago before the end of the season.
High A—Daytona 6 Palm Beach 5
In a battle of division leaders in the FSL, Daytona (17-12, 52-43) rallied for a 5-1 deficit to beat Palm Beach (18-12, 47-51).
At the Plate: Wes Darvill's triple tied the game in the eighth and Chadd Krist followed with the go-ahead single to give Daytona the win. Benjamin Carhart delivered a two-run single in the seventh, his second hit of the game. Taiwan Easterling had two hits and scored once. Not much offense the first five innings but Zeke DeVoss doubled and scored on Anthony Giansanti's groundout for their first run in the sixth.
On the Mound: RHP Ivan Pineyro (1-0 2.65 ERA) made his third start since being traded to the Cubs and entered the game with an 11 innings scoreless streak. The 21-year-old Dominican added one more scoreless frame but the Cards collected four hits in the second plating three runs. He finished the night with eight strikeouts and a line of 6IP, 6H, 5ER, 0BB. Jeffrey Lorick (3-0 3.00) earned the win shutting down the Cardinals the final three innings on two hits with three punchouts.
Cubs Notes: Daytona announced RHP C.J. Edwards will make his Cubs organizational debut on Sunday at Palm Beach. Edwards was acquired from Texas as part of the Matt Garza trade. To make room for Edwards, RHP Larry Suarez was released. LHP Jeffrey Antigua was sent from Iowa to Daytona. Antigua has now played at both full season A teams, AA and AAA this season.
Low A—Kane County 11, Beloit 8
Kane County (8-23, 36-59) had a season-high 20 hits, nine for extra bases, in their win over Beloit (19-13, 62-40)
At the Plate: Albert Almora and Wilson Contreras had four hits apiece to lead the offensive attack. Almora had a pair of doubles and scored once while Contreras blasted a two-run homer, his eighth, and 3 RBI. Rock Shoulders is starting to heat up against as the left-hander drilled his 16th homer of the season, one of three hits and drove in three. SS Marco Hernandez was 3-6 with a run and a RBI. Jeimer Candelario and Reggie Golden had two hits.
On the Mound: Michael Heesch (3-8 3.56 ERA) made his first start since July 3 piggy-backing on Scott Baker's last two rehab outings. Heesch lasted three innings allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks. Justin Amlung (4-4 4.68) got the win in relief yielding an unearned run in two innings. Armando Rivero continues to impress fanning five in two innings of work and has not allowed a run in his last three outings. Sheldon McDonald worked a scoreless 8th and LHP Al Yevoli made his pro debut allowing two unearned runs in the ninth on two hits with two strikeouts.
Short-Season—Boise 4 Eugene 4
Eugene (2-1, 15-26) had one runner thrown out at home in the bottom of the ninth but the second base hit provided a walk-off beating Boise (1-2, 22-19).
At the Plate: Hawks only had four hits as David Bote and Yasiel Balaguert had two each. Jacob Hannemann delivered a two-run single to tie the game in the second. Balaguert tied the game and a double play grounder put Boise up 4-3.
On the Mound: Considered one of the Cubs top pitching prospects entering the season, Duane Underwood (1-2 5.63 ERA) has struggled at short-season Boise with a WHIP of 1.93 and a BAA of .315 in seven starts. The 20-year-old posses great velocity (mid-90s) but needs to develop command and control if he expects to advance and become a big league pitcher. His best outing was July 15 holding Hillsboro to a run in five innings but allowed eight hits and two walks. Underwood's only retired the side in order three times in his 29 innings. The right-hander needs to establish himself the second half and start proving why the Cubs made his a second-round pick in 2012. Underwood didn't get the start but had his best outing of the season tossing three scoreless frames with four hits and four strikeouts. Paul Blackburn returned to the mound for the first time since July 12 starting the game and working an inning. He surrendered two runs on two hits and fanned a pair. Tyler Skulina allowed his first two runs as a pro on four hits in two innings. Michael Wagner worked two scoreless with three strikeouts. Carlos Martinez (3-1) got tagged with the loss giving up three hits in the ninth.
Arizona Rookie League—A's 7, Cubs 3
A's (12-16) smacked 11 hits off Cubs' (13-14) pitching and took advantage of four errors.
At the Plate: Jesse Hodges walloped his first professional homer, a two-run shot in the Cubs three-run sixth. The Cubs only had three hits and the third run scored on a groundout. OF Brett Jackson, on rehab from Iowa, hit leadoff and was 1-4 in his first game since going on the DL June 22.
On the Mound: David Villegas (0-2 2.61ERA) threw four shutout innings with two strikeouts in the 20-year-old lefty's 10th game, his first start. Seventh-round pick David Garner had a tough night as the right-hander was charged with five runs allowing five hits and a walk in an inning. Luis Villalba worked two innings, fanning three with two unearned runs. Orbandy Rodriguez blanked the A's the final two frames.
Cubs Notes: OF Brett Jackson returned to baseball action after being sidelined since June 21 with a right calf strain. In 61 games this season at AAA Iowa, Jackson is hitting .223/.300/.367 with 6 HR and 23 RBI. A first-round pick in 2009, Jackson made his MLB last year but two trips to the DL have hindered an excellent opportunity this season with injuries to Cubs' center fielders.
Dominican Summer League—Cardinals 5, Cubs 2
Cubs (30-13) The Cardinals (25-19) finally broke through in the sixth, scoring three times to beat the Cubs (30-14)
At the Plate: Cubs managed four hits, two off the bat of Varonex Cuevas. A bases loaded walk to Adonis Paula scored a run in the sixth and Antonio Valerio (1-3 2R) scored on a groundout in the ninth. The Cubs drew eight walks but were 0-10 with RISP.
On the Mound: Jose Paulino (4-3 3.41 ERA) held the Cards scoreless for five innings but couldn't get out of the sixth as he ended the day allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Jeffry Hernandez finished the game with a line of 2.2IP, 3H, 2ER, 0B 1K.
Venezuelan Summer League—Game 1—Cubs 8, Tigers 3; Game 2—Cubs 8, Tigers 3
The Cubs (32-27) swept the Tigers (28-32) for the second time in two days rallying from a 3-0 deficit to win the second game.
At the Plate: GAME 1—Ricardo Marcano led the offense with two hits while Humberto Garcia, Delbis Arcila and Miguel Rico all scored twice. The Cubs had six hits but drew seven walks and were hit twice. Arnaldo Calero had 2 RBI with a sacrifice fly and was hit with the bases loaded. GAME 2—The Cubs scored three times in the fourth to tie the game and added five more in the fifth. Calero, Rico, and Jesus Gonzalez had 2 RBI while Garcia, Arcila and Calero finished with two hits.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Angel Mejias (2-00 0.00) got the win working three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. The 20-year-old started the year in the AZL. Alberto Diaz (41 K in 39.1 IP) got the start allowing three runs, one earned, with four strikeouts. Yomar Pacheco (9SV, 2.48 ERA) tossed a scoreless seventh. GAME 2—Moises Ramirez (2 IP 1R 1K) got the win in relief of Yapson Gomez (3IP, 5H, 2R, 1B 1K). Francisco Carrillo and Brohiglyn Rivero both threw a scoreless frame.