Cubs June 18 Minor League Recap

Nicholas Struck tossed five no-hit innings as three Iowa pitchers blanked Nashville. Daytona's Tim Saunders and Javier Baez hit grand slams in the D-Cubs win over Clearwater and Boise lost. Kane County's Daniel Vogelbach had two hits and drove in a run in the MWL all-star game and Tennessee had the day off.

AAA—Iowa 7, Nashville 0

Nicholas Struck took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as three Iowa (34-37) pitchers held Nashville (24-46) to four hits.

At the Plate: Iowa took a 1-0 lead in the second as Donnie Murphy continued to square up the baseball delivering a run scoring double. Iowa added four more runs in the seventh on Dave Sappelt's two-run double and Steve Clevenger added a RBI single. Brian Bogusevic and Sappelt had RBI singles in the eighth. Iowa ended the night with 11 hits and six walks. B

On the Mound: Nicholas Struck (4-4 5.84 ERA) needed a good outing and he got it taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning as the right-hander mowed down Nashville hitters getting 12 ground ball outs in 6.2 frames on 88 pitches, 55 for strikes. Struck yielded three hits, walked two and fanned three. Casey Coleman (1-0 2.80) went 1.1 innings giving up a hit and two walks without a run. Eduardo Sanchez (0-1 6.00) fanned a pair in the ninth


The Smokies had the day off and start the second half at Chattanooga for a five-game series June 19-23. OF Jae-Hoon Ha and 1B Justin Bour are expected to join the team after rehabbing in Mesa at extended spring training.

High A—Daytona 14, Clearwater 8

Tim Saunders hit Daytona's first grand slam of the season and Javier Baez matched the feat two innings later as Daytona (34-31) crushed Clearwater (35-32).

At the Plate: Daytona unloaded for 17 hits, including a pair of grand slams. John Andreoli had three hits, walked twice, scored two runs, knocked in a pair, stole his 21st base, and upped his average to .325 while Saunders added three hits, scored twice, and launched a grand slam, his second homer of the year. Baez hit his 14th homer of the season and Dustin Geiger had two hits and added two more RBI to his FLS leading total (56). Every player in the Cubs lineup had a hit, including pinch-hitter Pin-Chieh Chen, who just joined the team from AA Tennessee. Zeke DeVoss had two hits and drove in a run.

On the Mound: Kyler Burke (3-0 3.60) surrendered four earned runs on five hits and three walks as the left-hander had trouble with his control for the first time this season. Yao-Lin Wang (2-1 2.25) worked two scoreless frames and Frank Del Valle (3-1 2.76 yielded three runs in two innings, one earned. Sheldon McDonald (0-1 3.46) got the final three outs but allowed a run on a hit and a walk.

Prospect Watch: Pitcher Kyler Burke, L/L, 6'3", 220— At 25-years-old you would think Burke is too old for high A Daytona, especially since he played his first pro season in 2006 while in the Padres system. But the left-hander spent his first five seasons trying to make it to the big leagues as an outfielder. After being traded to the Cubs in a deal involving catcher Michael Barrett in 2007, Burke was named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .303/.405/.505 with 15 HR and 89 RBI in 132 games at Peoria. He struggled the next season at Daytona hitting .211 in 515 at-bats and switched to the mound in 2011at the age of 23. Burke threw 88 innings in Boise going 2-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 16 games after not pitching since high school. He also showed great control after the layoff recording 47 strikeouts with 18 walks. Last season Burke threw 74 innings at Peoria and earned all-star team honors going 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA but struggled with his control when promoted to Daytona (1-7 4.92) posting a 1.52 WHIP in 56.2 IP. Burke started 2013 on the disabled list and finally escaped the heat of Arizona assigned to Daytona on May 20. He's appeared in five games, four starts, tossing 21 innings with a BAA of .205 and ERA of 2.57 while posting a 3-1 record. He has 19 Ks and 7 BB entering Tuesday night's game.

Low A—Kane County

Six members of the Cougars represented the team at the Midwest All-Star game Tuesday night at Dayton. DH Daniel Vogelbach knocked in the first run of the game ripping a RBI double to the left-center gap and then scored on a sacrifice fly in the second. The left-hander added a single in the fourth and walked. Bijan Rademacher and Rock Shoulders both went 0-2. Tayler Scott got a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. And Nathan Dorris got the final out in the bottom of the eighth. Felix Pena did not pitch.

Short-Season—Salem-Kaiser 9, Boise 2

Salem-Kaiser (5-0) remained undefeated as the Volcanoes took advantage of seven Boise (2-3) wild pitches

At the Plate: Not much offense for Boise as Shawon Dunston walked in the first and raced home on Kevin Encarnacion's RBI single. David Bote took the first pitch of the eighth inning off the left-field foul pole for his first homer. Dunston went 2-3 and is hitting .471.

On the Mound: Trey Lang had control issues in his NWL debut throwing six wild pitches, including five in the three-run third. The right-hander allowed five hits and five runs on two walks but did fan five. He also hit two hitters and had a throwing error. After throwing two scoreless frames in the season opener, Jasvir Rakkar walked a pair in the fifth and they both scored on a wind-aided homer, the first hit he allowed. The right-hander's line for the night was (2IP, 3H 3ER 3BB 0K). LHP Matt Iannazzo uncorked the Hawks 7th wild pitch of the game allowing a unearned run in the seventh. He went two innings yielding a hit and walk with two punchouts. Carlos Martinez worked a scoreless ninth with a strikeout.

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