Cubs Minor League Report: 8/18/16

Iowa and Eugene continued their impressive winning streaks Thursday, while South Bend rallied late for a victory. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (57-69)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-14.0)

Iowa won its sixth straight game, defeating host Sacramento, 4-3.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.312) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his second-straight game with a homer. He has hit safely in six straight games (.407/11-for-27) with four multi-hit efforts. He has reached base in 25-straight games.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.269) went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, his first-career homer in 222 minor-league games.
  • C Tim Federowicz (.288) went 2-for-4, his fourth multi-hit game in his last six contests.
  • RHP Josh Collmenter made his first start in the Cubs organization.
  • LHP Joe Thatcher (1 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) also made his Cubs debut.
  • RHP Pierce Johnson (2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 5 SO) collected the win with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (20-31)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-12.0)

The Smokies scored six runs in the final two frames, but still suffered an 11-7 setback vs. Jacksonville.

  • LF Chesny Young (.300) went 4-for-5 with a double (20), two runs and one RBI (29). This marked his fifth four-hit game of the season.
  • C Victor Caratini (.297) went 3-for-5 with two RBI (45).
  • PH Kelly Dugan (.237) hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.275) went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (5). He extended his hitting streak to five games (.400/8-for-20).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Winston-Salem was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up.

South Bend Cubs (35-18)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.5)South Bend scored runs in the eighth and ninth innings to defeat host Bowling Green, 6-4.

  • 1B Matt Rose (.222) homered for the second-straight game, going 2-for-4 with a solo shot, two runs scored and two RBI (33).
  • 3B Vimael Machin (.220) reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (7).
  • C Alberto Mineo (.243) went 2-for-5 with a double (5) and a run scored.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.199) went 2-for-4 with two RBI (9).

Eugene Emeralds (16-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

Eugene won its 14th straight game, tying the Northwest League record for consecutive wins. The Ems defeated visiting Boise, 1-0, in a pitcher’s duel.

  • DH Trent Giambrone (.286) went 3-for-3 with two doubles (10) and a run scored. He has gone 6-for-10 with three runs scored in his last three games.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.271) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (14), an RBI (25) and a stolen base (15). He has hit safely in seven-straight games (.417/10-for-24).
  • LHP Manuel Rondon has tossed three-straight scoreless outings (16 IP) and has allowed just three total earned runs in his last seven starts.

Mesa Cubs (6-12)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-5.5)

Mesa collected just five hits in a 6-2 setback vs. the AZL Reds.

  • 1B Jhonny Pereda (.298) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double (5).
  • CF Tolly Filotei (.179) went 0-for-1 with three walks and an RBI (5).
  • RHP Michael Rucker (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO) has not allowed an earned run in 6.2 innings pitched.

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