Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/14/14
One of the Cubs’ top prospects hit for the cycle, helping Daytona to an extra-innings win, and Mesa jumped back into a first-place tie after a successful Monday. Both Tennessee and Kane County dropped games in the late innings, and Iowa had the day off for the Triple-A All-Star Game Tuesday night. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor action:
Tennessee Smokies (13-12)
T-1st Place (–)
Charles Cutler tied the game in the fifth with a two-run, inside-the-park home run, but the Smokies offense couldn’t break the tie, falling 6-5 at home to Jacksonville.
- Cutler (.335) finished 2-for-4 with two runs, his third homer of the season and two RBI (31).
- LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.270), 3B Christian Villanueva (.292) and CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.213) all had two hits apiece.
- Villanueva had two of Tennessee’s five doubles—the remaining three came from SS Addison Russell (.222, 1 2B), 2B Stephen Bruno (.281, 19 2B), and PH Dustin Geiger (.226, 20 2B).
- RF Jorge Soler (0-for-3, RBI) was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for the period from July 7-13, hitting .556 (10-for-18) with four runs, two doubles, four homers and eight RBI in six games.
Daytona Cubs (15-8)
1st Place (+0.5)
Albert Almora’s triple in the 13th helped him complete the cycle and lift Daytona over host Juptier, 13-8.
- With his 5-for-7 night, Almora (.276) became the first Daytona Cub to hit for the cycle since Brett Jackson on June 14, 2010. He also drove in a career-high five runs, beginning when he and SS Marco Hernandez (3-for-7, 3 R, HR, RBI) hit back-to-back homers to lead off the game.
- 1B Dan Vogelbach (.274) and 3B Jordan Hankins (.250) each added three hits. Vogelbach drove in two (46), while Hankins tallied his second double.
- LF Bijan Rademacher (.290) went 2-for-5 with a run, his sixth homer and two RBI (35).
- RF Billy McKinney (.286) and 2B Gioskar Amaya (.272) each had two hits.
- After RHP Starling Peralta (3.92) blew his third save, allowing three runs over three frames, RHP Zack Godley earned the win with a scoreless 12th inning.
Kane County Cougars (17-7)
1st Place (+1.0)
Visiting Beloit scored two in the ninth inning to beat Kane County, 3-2.
- Kane County managed just four hits, including a two-run double (12 2B, 21 RBI) from SS David Bote.
- RHP Daury Torrez (2.81) delivered his ninth quality start (6-1) in 17 tries, going seven innings and allowing no earned runs. He has allowed zero earned runs in four of his last five starts.
- Torrez was succeeded by RHP Michael Wagner (1-2, 3.51), who surrendered two runs to suffer his first blown save and second loss of the season.
Boise Hawks (17-14)
2nd Place (-2.0)
Boise and Spokane scored all of their combined 17 runs in the first four innings, with host Boise winning, 11-6. C Mark Zagunis became the first Hawk to hit for the cycle since Demond Smith on August 4, 1994, vs. Everett.
- Zagunis launched his first professional home run in the fourth inning en route to becoming one of two Cubs minor leaguers to hit for the cycle yesterday. He finished 4-for-5 with three runs and four RBI (12). His total hits, runs and RBI all set new professional career highs.
- 2B Jason Vosler (.286) also notched his first professional home run in his seventh game with Boise, finishing 3-for-4 with a run, the homer and two RBI (5).
- RF Jeffry Baez (.273) extended his Northwest League-leading hitting streak to 17 games (.366/26-for-71), going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Mesa Cubs (10-8)
T-1st Place (–)
Mesa moved into a tie for first place with a 5-1 win at the AZL Giants.
- DH Alberto Mineo (.362) hit his first homer of the season, finishing 2-for-4.
- 2B Bryant Flete (.333) singled and drove in two (5).
- LF Kevonte Mitchell (.250) went 1-for-3 with two runs, a walk, and two stolen bases (3).
- LHP Carson Sands (1-0, 0.00) struck out two in a scoreless sixth to earn his first professional win in his second game with Mesa.