Cubs July 15 Minor League Recap

2B Gioskar Amaya is heating up for Kane County as he had three hits helping the Cougars snap their seven-game losing streak with a win over West Michigan. Duane Underwood, a second round pick in 2012, won his first professional game as Boise beat Hillsboro.


The first-place Iowa Cubs (48-50) are on their All-Star break. They are tied with Memphis.


The first-place Tennessee Smokies (16-8) are on their All-Star break.

High A—Jupiter 8, Daytona 4

Daytona (15-8) had its four-game winning streak snapped by Jupiter (10-14)

At the Plate: Daytona scored three runs in the sixth when Chadd Krist (227/.287/.340) and Bijan Rademacher (.295/.340/.523) opened the inning with singles. Taiwan Easterling (.206/.284/.303) brought them both home with a double down the left field line and Zeke DeVoss (.251/398/.369) followed with a RBI double. DeVoss hit a solo homer (5) in the ninth. The Cubs had 10 hits but stranded 10 runners on base as they were 2-9 with RISP and fanned 11 times.

On the Mound: Zach Cates (8-7 3.93 ERA/1.40 WHIP) made his 18th start of the season as the 23-year-old is finding some success this season after a tough start to his Cubs career (0-9 7.16 ERA) after being traded from the Padres with Anthony Rizzo. Cates took the loss as Jupiter had six hits and drew two walks scoring four times in five innings. Chang-Young Lim (0-0 4.50/1.50) surrendered a run on two hits and a walk in the sixth in his second game at Daytona. Jeffrey Lorick (2-0 3.91/1.74) ran into problems in the seventh as the Hammerheads scored two runs, one earned, as the inning included a batter reaching on wild pitch after a strikeout, two errors, a balk, and a single. Larry Suarez (0-1 4.15) allowed a homer in the 8th and Frank Del Valle (3-2 2.79/1.45) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Low A— Kane County 7, West Michigan 4,

Kane County (5-18) snapped a seven-game losing streak winning the final game of the road trip at West Michigan (12-12).

At the Plate: Kane County busted out the lumber with 16 hits, scoring five runs in the seventh to rally for the win. Gioskar Amaya (.270/.338/.407), Daniel Vogelbach (.282/.351/.451) and Wilson Contreras (.232/.297/.389) had three hits each. Jeimer Candelario (.250/.332/.372) and Contreras both knocked in two runs. Albert Almora (.333/.371/.486) was 2-5 with a RBI. C Carlos Escobar (.275/.344/.450) continues to increase his average going 2-3 with a pair of walks and a run. Nobody on the Cougars roster is hotter than Amaya as he's hitting .410/.489/.641 in his last 10 games.

On the Mound: Felix Pena (2-3 3.60) allowed two runs in the first, one earned, on two hits with a strikeout. The game was delayed by rain and Pena's night was over. Lendy Castillo (2-5 6.58) tossed four innings with a line of (4IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 2K). Nathan Dorris (4-3 2.95) got the win holding the Whitecaps scoreless in 2.1 innings on three hits. He fanned two and threw 40 pitches, 23 for strikes. Michael Hamann (0-0 0.00) recorded his second save getting the final five outs. Hamann allowed one hit and struck out three.

Short-Season—Boise 7, Hillsboro 4

Boise got their offense rolling with 10 hits and Duane Underwood won his first pro game in the win over Hillsboro.

At the Plate: DH Jose Dore (.207/.233/.448) hit his second homer, a two-run shot, and doubled in a run to lead the offense. C Justin Marra (.207/.233/.448) also homered, his second. Middle infielders Daniel Lockhart (.327/.367/.366) and Carlos Penalver (.198/.255/.242) had two hits each while Jacob Rogers (.283/.402/.406) went 1-3 and scored twice. Yasiel Balaguert (.287/.382/.500) went 1-4 and has hit safely in eight straight NWL games.

On the Mound: Duane Underwood (1-1 6.12 ERA/1.88 WHIP) got his first professional win scattering eight hits over five innings, the longest outing of his career. The 18-year-old allowed one run with a walk and one punchout. Dillon Maples threw 14 pitches, 12 were balls as he walked the bases full in the sixth. Corbin Hoffner (1-0 1.74/0.77) didn't get the win or the save but had the best outing on the mound for Boise. The right-hander got out of the bases loaded, no-out jam in the sixth and tossed two more no-hit frames. RHP Carlos Martinez (3-0 2.84/1.03) gave a three-run homer in the ninth in his first game back from the DL.

Hawks Notes: Trevor Gretzky went 0-3 ending his hitting streak at seven games.

Arizona Rookie League—A's 8, Cubs 4

The A's (8-13) scored in five straight innings including four in the third to beat the Cubs (10-11)

At the Plate: 1B Kelvin Freeman (.289/.340/.311) had two more hits to extend his hitting streak to five games. Freeman has been as hot as the Arizona heat after a 1-18 start to his pro career. 18-year-old catcher Alberto Mineo (.222/.263/.333) had his best game as a pro going 2-4 with two doubles and two RBI. 2013 9th round pick Charcer Burks (.200/.200/.200) went 2-4 and had his first professional RBI.

On the Mound: Jose Arias made his third appearance in Mesa on a rehab stint from Kane County. The 22-year-old right-hander worked two perfect innings with a strikeout. Erick Leal (0-2 3.86 ERA), acquired in the Tony Campana trade, gave up three hits and a homer as the A's scored four times in the third. Leal allowed two more runs and ended the night with a line of 3IP, 8H 6ER, 0BB 3K. Ethan Elias, Trevor Graham, Luis Villalba and Juan Francisco all pitched an inning.

Cubs Notes: Josh Vitters made his third rehab start for Mesa and he is 1-8 with a double.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 5, Nationals 3

The Cubs (24-11) made the most of their five hits beating the Nationals (18-17)

At the Plate: Adonis Paula (.228) smacked a two-run homer (2) and Roberto Caro (.273) delivered a two-run triple to lead the offense. The Cubs drew 10 walks in the game, two each from Luis Acosta (.138) and Shamil Ubiera (.241). However the Cubs were caught stealing five times and picked off twice.

On the Mound: Hector Perez, 20, (2-1 2.18) got the win allowing seven hits and three runs with six strikeouts. Dilson Vasquez, 21, (2-0 3.12) earned his first save working 1.2 innings.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs

The Cubs (25-24) and the Tigers (25-25) had a doubleheader scheduled to make up a previous rainout, but the twin-bill got postponed due to rain.

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