Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/19/15

Iowa and Myrtle Beach continued winning streaks through the weekend, but all the other affiliates were on the losing end Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (51-43)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa swept the four-game series, besting Memphis, 4-2. The I-Cubs have won five straight contests.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.14) fanned four and gave up two earned runs in 6.0 innings to pick up the win.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.273) went 2-for-3 and blasted a three-run homer (12) while marking his fourth straight multi-hit game (8-for-15/.533). He has hit three homers and plated nine runs in that stretch.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.274) homered in his second consecutive game, going 1-for-3 with an RBI (34) and one run scored.
  • LF Junior Lake (.321) went 2-for-4 and scored once, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (16-for-35/.457).
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.252) went 2-for-4, marking his 14th multi-hit game of the season.

Tennessee Smokies (8-14)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Tennessee dropped its sixth straight game, falling to Montgomery in the series finale, 12-3. The Smokies were swept for the first time this season.

  • 2B Sutton Whiting (.438) went 2-for-4 and picked up his first RBI with the Smokies.
  • 1B Wes Darvill (.181) finished 2-for-3, drew a walk and scored once. It marked his second consecutive multi-hit game.
  • DH Varonex Cuevas (.240) went 1-for-4 and plated one run.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.256) recorded a triple, walked once and scored once, finishing the day 1-for-3.
  • C Willson Contreras (.317) went 2-for-4, marking his 25th multi-hit game of the campaign.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Myrtle Beach won its sixth straight game, blanking Salem in the series-opener, 4-0.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn (4.02) struck out five in 4.2 innings and gave up no earned runs in the no-decision.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.266) went 2-for-3, plated one (17), drew a walk and swiped a base (12). He has recorded a hit in his last seven contests (8-for-27/.296).
  • SS Chesny Young (.348) went 2-for-5 with an RBI (22) and one run scored. He extended his hitting streak to eight games (16-for-32/.500) with 11 runs scored in that stretch. He has reached base in a league-record 38 straight games.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.257) went 1-for-4 and plated two runs. He leads the team with 61 RBI.

South Bend Cubs (13-11)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fourth Place (-2.5)

South Bend’s three-game winning streak was snapped by West Michigan, as the SB-Cubs fell in the series opener, 10-5.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.286) went 2-for-4, blasted a home run (2) and a triple (3), plated a season-high four runs (37) and scored twice. He has compiled 10 RBI in the last four games.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.224) went 2-for-5 and plated one run (19). It extended his hitting streak to eight games (16-for-32/.500) with 11 RBI in that stretch.
  • C Erick Castillo (.294) went 3-for-4 with two doubles (4) and two runs scored.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.316) went 2-for-5 and knocked a double (18), extending his hitting streak to six games (12-for-27/.444), including four straight multi-hit games.

Eugene Emeralds (16-15)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Third Place (-2.0)

Eugene surrendered a season-high 16 runs to Vancouver, 10 of which came in the first inning. The Emeralds fell to the Canadians, 16-5.

  • CF Ian Happ (.283) went 2-for-4 with a double (8), an RBI (11), a walk and two runs scored. He has knocked a double in five consecutive games, going 9-for-20 (.450) in that stretch.
  • DH Eloy Jimenez (.303) went 2-for-5, hit a double (2) and scored once.
  • C Tyler Alamo (.321) went 2-for-4 and plated one (7).
  • 1B Matt Rose (.243) went 1-for-4 with a RBI double that plated three runs (20).

Mesa Cubs (12-10)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-1.5)

The Mesa Cubs were blanked by the AZL Dodgers, 3-0. They recorded seven hits in the setback.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.217) went 2-for-3 and drew a walk.
  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.290) went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to five games (7-for-19/.368).
  • RHP James Norwood (3.60) tossed 4.0 hitless innings and fanned a season-high six batters.

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