The only move was made at the major league level as OF Darnell McDonald was called up to Chicago while J.C Boscan was sent back to Iowa. To make room for McDonald on the 40-man roster, Thomas Neal was moved to the 60-day disabled list. McDonald was hitting .236/.307/.346 in 92 games for the I-Cubs and hit leadoff homers in back-to-back games on Aug 5-6.
AAA—Iowa 3, Fresno 0
Brooks Raley tossed eight shutout innings to help Iowa (56-65) down Fresno (56-64).
At the Plate: The Cubs scored the only run they would need in the sixth on CF Jae-Hoon Ha's RBI double in the sixth. Ha scored from second on a single by 2B Edgar Gonzalez and a Fresno throwing error on the play. RF Ty Wright added a RBI single in the eighth. Ha extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
On the Mound: Brooks Raley (7-8 4.34) is serving notice to the Cubs front office he's ready for a shot at another big league start as the lefty carved up the Fresno lineup for eight innings allowing two singles and a two walks. He fanned three and got 15 ground ball outs in his 106-pitch gem. Chang-Yong Lim had troubles with his command walking two in the ninth before Marcos Mateo came on to get the final two out and preserve the shutout for his first save.
AA—Montgomery 10, Tennessee 2
Montgomery (23-25, 60-58) pounded Tennessee (27-20, 61-55) pitching for 12 hits scoring three runs in the first and adding five more in the eighth.
At the Plate: Tennessee only had five hits as their first run scored on a throwing error and Jonathan Mota ripped a pinch-hit RBI triple in the 9th, scoring Nate Samson. OF Rubi Silva singled and is hitting .349 in his last 10 games.
On the Mound: Nicholas Struck (0-1 9.00 ERA) made his first start since being demoted from Iowa and the right-hander threw 86 pitches in four innings. Struck allowed four runs on four hits and four walks with a pair of punchouts. In 22 games at Iowa he went 6-8 with a 6.17 ERA and a .317 BAA......The Biscuits gave A.J Morris (3-2 5.29) the same treatment tagging the right-hander for five runs, four earned, on four hits and in three innings. Morris threw 70 pitches and fanned four in his first relief appearance after 10 straight starts...P.J Francescon (1-0 5.09) allowed a run on four hits in two innings with a strikeout.
High A—Daytona 6, Tampa 3
Daytona opened their nine-game home stand with a win over Tampa.
At the Plate: CF Zeke DeVoss doubled in two runs in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3 in the fourth and C Chadd Krist's sacrifice fly in the fifth gave the Cubs the lead for good. RF Bijan Rademacher was 3-3 with a run and a RBI while 2B Wes Darvill had two hits. SS Elliot Soto was 1-1 with a RBI and a walk. DeVoss has now reached base in 27 straight games.On the Mound: C.J. Edwards (0-0 2.79 ERA) only allowed two hit but one of them left the yard and the other was a double that eventually scored. The "String Bean Slinger" fanned eight but walked four throwing 79 pitches before departing with two outs in the fourth. Edwards surrendered his first pro home run, a two-run line shot, breaking a streak of 168 innings. A double, a throwing error by Edwards, and a walk loaded the bases in the third but the right-hander got out of it allowing a run on a fielder's choice. Edwards' fastball was 92-96 mph with a curve in the high 70s......Zach Cates (9-9 4.33) was the beneficiary of the Cubs rally allowing one hit and two walks in two scoreless frames. Frank Del Valle (3-3 2.51) fanned four tossing the final 3.1 innings for his eighth save.
Low A—Cedar Rapids 6, Kane County 0
Two Cedar Rapids pitchers combined to blank Kane County winning the opening game of the series.
On the Mound: Felix Pena (4-5 3.97 ERA) struggled for his second straight touting allowing nine hits and and three walks in 5.1 innings. He allowed six runs, two earned, and fanned three. Pena yielded 10 hits and eight runs on Aug. 5. The bullpen did a great job holding down the Kernals as Sheldon McDonald (2-0 1.29) tossed 2.2 frames of one-hit shutout ball. Stephen Perakslis (1-3 3.00) worked a 1-2-3 ninth and has no tallowed a run in nine straight games (10 IP).
Cougars Notes: Kane County had a season-high 11,979 fans attend the game on Saturday night.
Short-Season—Boise 9, Vancouver 2
Carlos Penalver's grand slam led a 15-hit attack in Boise's win over Vancouver.
At the Plate: The Hawks pounded Canadians' pitching for 15 hits and none bigger than Carlos Penalver's (.239) first homer of the year, a grand slam in the second. The shortstop added a double and a single, scoring twice. Kris Bryant (.310) ran his hit streak to 13 games with a double. Kevin Encarnacion (.333), Yasiel Balaguert (.278), Rony Rodriguez (.269), Lance Rymel (.257) and Trevor Gretzky (.232) all had two hits.
On the Mound: Dillon Maples (4-0 1.17) fanned five in five innings yielding a run on five hits and a walk. Maples has been impressive since his demotion to Boise working off his 95 mph fastball and a sharp breaking ball. Whatever problems the right-hander had finding the strike zone in the MWL (8 BB/9) have been corrected since he arrived in Boise. He has 21 K in 23 IP with 7 BB. Corbin Hoffner (2-0 1.26) had his scoreless streak snapped at 18 innings but the big right-hander threw the final four innings to earn his first save. He fanned two and allowed four hits in his longest outing of the year.
Hawks Notes: Hawks pitching coach David Rosario was hit by a line drive in the dugout and according to radio reports, received stitches.
Arizona Rookie League—Rangers 5, Cubs 4
The Rangers (26-15) used a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs (19-22)
At the Plate: The Cubs had nine hits as Kevin Brown (.208), Alberto Mineo (.250), and Trevor Stevens had two hits apiece. Charcer Burks (.282), Kelvin Freeman (.295), Mark Malave (.256) and Francisco Sanchez (.208) all drove in a run. OF Brian Bogusevic made his second rehab start going 0-2 with a walk and stolen base before leaving after five innings.
On the Mound: Trey McNutt, on a rehab assignment from Tennessee, got the start working a scoreless first despite allowing three hits..... The Johermyn Chavez (0-0 6.75) experiment continues as the former outfielder converts to the mound. In his second game in the AZL, the right-hander allowed a solo homer in two innings..... After three games of not allowing a run, Trevor Clifton (0-0 7.36) got introduced to pro baseball giving up three runs on three hits and two walks as the only two outs he recorded were on strikes.....Carlos Rodriguez (0-4 7.83) fanned five in 2.1 frames while Josh Davis worked two scoreless frames. Luis Villalba (0-1 2.41) got the first two outs of the ninth before surrendering the homer.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 3, Cards 1
The Cubs (40-18) beat the Cardinals (32-27) for the second straight day behind a homer from Jose Paniagua.
At the Plate: Paniagua's second homer put the Cubs on the board in the second. A passed ball and a wild pitch allowed the other runs to score. Paniagua (.213) added a double and Antonio Valerio (.262) had two singles.
On the Mound: Pedro Arroyo (4-0 1.35) tossed six innings of three-hit ball allowing a solo homer and a walk. He fanned two in his longest outing of the year. Hector Perez (3-3 2.25) got the start going three shutout innings allowing three hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Cubs Notes: On Aug. 9, the Cubs beat the Cards 4-2 in a rain-shortened game that was called in the top of the eighth. The Cubs scored all their runs in the first as Jose Paniagua and Antonio Valerio had two-run base knocks. Shamil Ubiera went 2-4. Jose Paulino (4-3 2.87) allowed a run in four innings with three hits and two strikeouts. Luis Guillen (1-1 1.88) tossed 3.1 innings allowing four hits and a run with two punchouts to get the win.