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Cubs Minor League Report: 6/7/16

Iowa picked up a one-run win, Myrtle Beach swept both games of its doubleheader, and South Bend won in walk-off fashion (again) on Tuesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (29-27)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-First (–)

Iowa finished off its series against Memphis with a 6-5 win, claiming the set 3-1.

  • LF Matt Murton (.329) was 2 for 2 with a double (5), two RBI (16) and a stolen base (1). He has six RBI in his last four games.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.254) finished 2 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (15).
  • RF Logan Watkins (.224) and 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.264) each went 1 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Alcantara swiped his 21st base of the season.
  • RHP Spencer Patton (1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) earned his sixth save of the season.

Tennessee Smokies (25-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Fourth Place (-13.0)

The Smokies collected just two hits in a 5-1 setback at Mississippi.

  • C Victor Caratini (.291) went 1 for 3 with a walk. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
  • PH Kelly Dugan (.219) recorded a hit as a pinch-hitter.
  • RHP Jose Rosario (1 H, 3 SO) struck out three batters in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-26)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

Myrtle Beach swept a doubleheader vs. Potomac, winning both games by a score of 4-3.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.263) went a combined 3 for 7 with a run scored, two RBI (16) and a stolen base (10). He has hit safely in nine straight games (.385/15 for 39).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.264) reached in both games, going a combined 2 for 5 with two walks, three runs scored and a stolen base (11). He’s compiled eight runs in his last five games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.279) went a combined 2 for 3 with four walks, a double (10), a run scored and an RBI (36).
  • RHP Erick Leal (3.29 ERA) gave up two earned runs in six innings pitched and picked up his eighth win of the season, most among all Cubs minor leaguers.
  • RHP Jeremy Null (2.45 ERA) pitched 6.2 innings, striking out six in the win.

South Bend Cubs (35-22)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend earned its seventh walk-off victory of the season, defeating Dayton 4-3 in 12 innings.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.317) was 3 for 5 with a run scored. It’s his second three-hit game in the last three contests and third of the season.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.230) went 1 for 4 with a walk and two RBI (13), including the game-winning sac fly in the 12th inning.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.318) and 3B Andrew Ely (.295) each collected two hits and a walk.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (3 IP, 1 H, 2 SO), LHP John Williamson (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) and RHP James Norwood (2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) combined to throw seven scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/6/16

For as positive as Sunday was, it just wasn’t in the cards for Cubs affiliates Monday. Both Iowa and Tennessee picked up losses, while Myrtle Beach was rained out and South Bend was off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (28-27)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-First (–)

Iowa had its nine-game winning streak snapped, collecting just three hits in a 6-2 setback to Memphis.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.308) went 1 for 3 with a two-run homer (9) in the fourth inning. He leads the team with 40 RBI this season.
  • C Willson Contreras (.343) was 2 for 2 with a walk and a run scored. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games (.375/21 for 56) and has a .436 OBP on the season.
  • RHP Drew Rucinski allowed just two earned runs in 5.2 innings, his third straight start allowing two or fewer earned runs.

Tennessee Smokies (25-32)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-12.0)

The Smokies went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position, falling 3-1 at Mississippi.

  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.421) finished 2 for 4 and has hit safely in all five games with Tennessee (8 for 19).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.291) reached three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.299) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.222) each went 1 for 4 with an extra-base hit and a walk.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (2.1 IP) tossed two or more scoreless innings for the seventh time this season.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/5/16

It was a solid day for Cubs affiliates, as everybody came away victorious Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (28-26)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Iowa defeated Memphis, 6-1. It marked the I-Cubs ninth straight win, their longest streak since 1991.

  • LF Matt Murton (.324) went 2 for 3 with a solo homer, his first of the season. He also walked once, scored two runs and collected two RBI (14). He is batting .419 (13 for 31) in his last nine games.
  • C David Freitas (.167) finished 1 for 4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning.
  • 3B Juan Perez (.266) was 2 for 4 with a triple (2), a run scored and two RBI (23).
  • RHP Alex Sanabia (8.02 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings for the win. He has a 3.45 ERA (6 ER/15.2 IP) in his last three starts compared to a 19.50 ERA (13 ER/5.2 IP) in his first two outings.

Tennessee Smokies (25-31)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-12.0)

The Smokies scored six runs in the sixth inning to rally for an 11-6 win over host Mississippi.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.222) went 1 for 3 with a solo homer (4), two walks and three runs scored.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.251) was 2 for 5 with a two-run homer (6), four RBI (23) and a stolen base (20). He extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.345/19 for 55).
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.243) went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, an RBI (19) and a hit-by-pitch.
  • RHP Miguel Mejia (2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) earned his first win, tossing two scoreless innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-26)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-6.5)

Myrtle Beach claimed its largest victory as a Cubs affiliate, blanking visiting Potomac, 15-0.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.242) homered for the second straight game, going 2 for 4 with a three-run homer (9), a walk and four RBI (43). He has five runs scored and six RBI in the last three games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.273) finished 2 for 4 with a three-run homer (6), a walk, three runs scored and a stolen base (9).
  • 3B Daniel Lockhart (.246) led the team in hits, going 3 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI (12).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.261) reached base four times, finishing 1 for 2 with three walks, two runs scored and two stolen bases (10). He has reached in 11 of 22 plate appearances this month.
  • C Gioskar Amaya (.231) went 2 for 5 with a solo homer (1), his first of the season.
  • Named the Cubs Pitcher of the Month for May, Trevor Clifton (2.08 ERA) tossed six scoreless frames in his first June outing, striking out six. It marked his fourth scoreless game in his last five appearances.

South Bend Cubs (34-22)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend led 2-0 after two innings and held on for a 2-1 win over visiting West Michigan.

  • C P.J. Higgins (.288) and 3B Jesse Hodges (.294) each hit a double and scored a run.
  • LHP Kyle Twomey (4.38 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings. He has allowed just two runs over his last two starts (10.1 IP).
  • RHP Scott Effross (1.1 IP, 2 H,1 SO) has not allowed a run in his last 15.1 innings.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/1/16

Iowa battled back to claim a win, and Myrtle Beach powered its way to victory Wednesday. Tennessee lost a rain-shortened game, and South Bend couldn’t get the bats going. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (25-26)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-1.0)

Iowa staved off an Oklahoma City comeback in the ninth inning to win its sixth straight contest, 5-4.

  • C Willson Contreras (.337) extended his hitting streak to 11 games (17 for 47/.362) by going 2 for 3 with a double (12), two RBI (35) and a walk.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.314) went 2 for 4 with a double (10), a triple (1) and two runs scored.
  • CF Albert Almora (.315) drove in a pair of runs (30), going 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.260) recorded a triple (5), an RBI and a run scored.
  • SS Kristopher Negron (.270) swiped a pair of bags (8).
  • RHP Drew Rucinski (5.55 ERA) struck out seven in seven innings, surrendering two earned runs.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO) struck out the side in his inning of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (23-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-11.0)

The Smokies lost a 4-3, five-inning contest at home vs. Jackson. The game was called early due to rain.

  • LF Mark Zagunis (.306) went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer (4) and three RBI (21). It marked his second three-hit game in his last three contests.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.316) finished 2 for 3 with a run scored. Young has reached in his last nine games.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.243) recorded a hit and a run scored.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (28-23)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-4.5)

Myrtle Beach opened up its four-game set at Salem with a 6-3 win yesterday afternoon.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.245) collected a season-high four hits, going 4 for 5 with a triple (4), two runs scored and two RBI (11).
  • RHP Erick Leal (3.03 ERA) pitched five scoreless innings, giving up three hits to pick up the win.
  • C Gioskar Amaya (.207) reached three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks, an RBI (7) and a stolen base (4).
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe (3 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) made his longest relief appearance of the season.

South Bend Cubs (31-20)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend collected six hits in a 6-2 setback at Fort Wayne.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.283) went 2 for 4 with a triple (9) and a run scored.
  • C P.J. Higgins (.290) was 2 for 4. He is 14 for 34 (.412) in his last nine games.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.328) doubled (15) and scored a run.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (3 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO) has yet to allow a hit in five innings this season (1 BB, 8 SO).

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/31/16

Iowa continued its strong run with a win, but Tennessee and South Bend were both on the losing side Tuesday. Myrtle Beach had the day off and will resume play today. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (24-26)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-2.5)

Iowa extended its winning streak to a season-best five games with an 11-6 defeat of Oklahoma City.

  • C Willson Contreras (.331) extended his organization-best hitting streak to 10 games, going 2 for 5 with a triple (3), three RBI (33), a run scored and a walk. He has driven in 11 runs in his last four games.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.309) went 3 for 4 with a solo homer (8), two RBI (38), a run scored and a walk. He has had an RBI in three straight games.
  • 3B-LF Logan Watkins (.229) went 2 for 5 with a double (6), two RBI (15), a run scored and a pair of stolen bases (5).
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.257) went 3 for 4 with a double (6), a run scored and a walk.

Tennessee Smokies (23-28)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-10.o)

The Smokies allowed seven runs over the first four frames and were defeated, 10-5.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.252) connected for his first homer of the season, going 2 for 4 with an RBI (15) and a pair of runs scored. He has reached base in his last five games.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.241) tied his season high with three hits, all singles.
  • DH Stephen Bruno (.217) went 2 for 4 with a ninth-inning double (1), a pair of RBI (4) and a run scored.

South Bend Cubs (31-19)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend dropped its second game in a row, losing to Fort Wayne, 5-1.

  • C P.J. Higgins (.285) led the squad in hits with a 3 for 5 performance, all singles.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.305) added a triple (2), going 2 for 4.
  • DH Ian Rice (.383) went 2 for 3 with a walk. He has reached base in his last seven games.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.330) snapped his 17-game hitting streak with an 0 for 4 night.
  • RHP Kyle Twomey (4.66 ERA) fired 5.1 innings of one-hit baseball before being lifted. He fanned three and gave up one earned run.

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/30/16

Iowa had a strong all-around game, and Myrtle Beach battled back to capture a win. South Bend couldn’t do enough to pick up a victory, while Tennessee was off Monday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (23-26)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

Iowa plated 10 runs in the sixth inning to finish off a four-game sweep of Albuquerque, 11-0.

  • C Willson Contreras (.329) connected on two homers (8), including a sixth inning grand slam. He went 4 for 5 with three runs scored and five RBI (30) and has a nine-game hit streak going.
  • LF Matt Murton (.328) went 2 for 5 with two doubles (4) and a run scored. He has batted .389 (14 for 36) in 12 May contests, including 9 for 18 in his last four games.
  • CF Albert Almora (.318) finished 3 for 5 with a double (12), a run scored and a stolen base (6).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.257), 3B Kristopher Negron (.277) and SS Munenori Kawasaki (.239) all had two hits, an RBI and a run scored.
  • Jake Buchanan (4.86 ERA) tossed six scoreless innings, walking none and giving up just four hits to pick up the win.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (27-23)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

Myrtle Beach rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat visiting Wilmington, 4-2.

  • RF Trey Martin (.224) reached four times, going 3 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (9).
  • DH Shawon Dunston Jr. (.230) finished 2 for 3.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.253) hit a solo homer (6) in the first inning and went 1 for 3 with two walks.
  • RHP Trevor Clifton (2.35 ERA) fanned six and gave up just two earned runs in six innings.

South Bend Cubs (31-18)
Midwest League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

South Bend collected 10 hits but dropped a 5-4 decision at home to Lansing.

  • 3B Andrew Ely (.321) was 2 for 5 with a double (11) and a run scored. He has posted a .381 average (32 for 84) in 21 May games.
  • C Tyler Alamo (.302) went 2 for 4 with a run scored, making it six straight games with a run.
  • DH Ian Rice (.368) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk and two RBI (13).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.337) extended his hitting streak to 17 games (.433/29 for 67), going 1 for 4 with an RBI (35).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/26/16

The Tennessee Smokies knocked out 14 hits to pick up the minor-league system’s only win of the day Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s Cubs minor-league play.

Iowa Cubs (19-26)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-6.0)

Iowa suffered its 10th loss in its last 11 contests, dropping a 6-3, 12-inning decision to El Paso.1B Dan

  • Vogelbach (.313) went 2 for 4 with a double (8), a run scored and an RBI (33).
  • CF Juan Perez (.278) went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base (4).
  • RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (2 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) allowed his first run of the season.
  • RHP Alex Sanabia pitched 5.2 innings, his longest outing of the season.

Tennessee Smokies (22-25)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-6.5)

The Smokies collected 14 hits and topped Chattanooga, 7-6.

  • 1B David Freitas (.284) was a double shy of the cycle, going 3 for 4 with a triple (1) and a homer. He also knocked in four runs (17) and scored once.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.289) added a pair of doubles (11), going 2 for 5 with a run scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.284) was 2 for 3 with three runs scored, a double (10) and a walk.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.236) and DH Chesny Young (.316) both had multi-hit games.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (2 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) earned the win and has allowed just one run over his last 12.1 innings pitched.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (26-20)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-4.5)

Myrtle Beach batters mustered only four hits as the Pelicans fell to Carolina, 10-2.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.290) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a double (11) and two RBI (18).
  • DH Ian Happ (.277) reached twice, drawing a pair of walks and scoring a run.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.249) and 2B Daniel Lockhart (.261) both went 1 for 4.
  • RHP Jeremy Null allowed more than one run in a start for the first time this season (three starts total).

South Bend Cubs (28-17)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+2.0)

South Bend had its six-game winning streak snapped, falling 9-4 at home to Great Lakes.

  • SS Bryant Flete (.239) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI (10).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.335) extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.442/23 for 52), going 1 for 3 with a double (14), a walk and two RBI (30).
  • C P.J. Higgins (.286) reached base three times, going 1 for 3 with a double (12), two walks and a run scored. He is batting .474 (9 for 19) with a .583 OBP in his last five games.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/24/16

Iowa snapped a losing streak, Myrtle Beach won a long game, and South Bend’s offense powered the team to a victory Tuesday. Tennessee had the day off and resumes action today. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s Cubs minor-league play.

Iowa Cubs (19-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-5.5)

Iowa snapped an eight-game losing streak by topping El Paso, 8-3.

  • C Willson Contreras (.326) homered (5) for the second time in two games and added a walk and two runs.
  • CF Albert Almora (.333) went 2 for 4 with a double (10), three RBI (26) and a run scored.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.257) was 2 for 4 with a double (5), an RBI (16) and two runs scored.
  • 3B Kristopher Negron (.279) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with an RBI (18).
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (2.57 ERA) allowed just two runs in his first start after being promoted to Triple-A.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (25-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

The Pelicans outlasted Carolina in a 14-inning affair, winning 3-2.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.281) went 3 for 6 with a two-run homer (5) and two runs scored. He’s reached base in each of the last 12 games.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.245) contributed a double (11), going 2 for 6 with a run scored.
  • RHP Trevor Clifton (2.25) fanned four in 5.2 innings and notched his third straight start without allowing a run.

South Bend Cubs (27-16)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+3.0)

The SB-Cubs had five extra-base hits and only stranded four runners, topping Great Lakes, 8-3.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.335) launched a two-out, two-run homer (7) in the first inning. He has knocked in five runs over his last three games.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.328) went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles (9), a walk, a stolen base (4) and three runs scored. He has five multi-hit games over his last six starts.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.220) had a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI (25) and a run scored.
  • DH Tyler Alamo (.287) went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer (2) in the third inning.
  • RHP Kyle Miller (2.1 IP, 3 SO) has only allowed two runs in his 16 innings of work this season (1.13 ERA).

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/23/16

Tennessee won via walk-off, pitching powered Myrtle Beach, and South Bend kept its winning streak alive. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (18-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-6.0)

Iowa dropped its eighth straight game, falling 6-1 at home to El Paso.

  • C Willson Contreras (.328) homered in the first inning, his fourth of the year.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.250) went 2 for 3 for his ninth multi-hit game.
  • RHP Stephen Fife (3.18 ERA) struck out five batters in four scoreless innings in his first start since April 13.
  • RHP Felix Pena (1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) and RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (1 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO) combined for 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (21-14)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-6.5)

Billy McKinney hit a walk-off single in the 12th inning to lift the Smokies to a 3-2 win over Biloxi.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.234) finished 2 for 6.
  • RHP Brad Markey (2.64 ERA) gave up two earned runs in six innings, striking out four.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.309) went 3 for 6 with a double (3) and two runs scored.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.233) was 3 for 6 with an RBI (21). He has four multi-hit games in his last five contests (9 for 21).
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.241) also added a three-hit game, going 3 for 5.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) and RHP Miguel Mejia (2 IP, 2 H, 4 SO) each tossed multiple scoreless innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

The Pelicans collected just five hits but prevailed 3-1 over visiting Lynchburg.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.268) was 2 for 4 with a triple (3), a solo homer (2), two runs scored and two RBI (8). He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.
  • RHP Zach Hedges (2.70 ERA) surrendered just one earned run in seven innings of work to pick up the win. He has tossed six quality starts this season.
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe (2 IP, 3 SO) picked up his first save, tossing two perfect innings of relief.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert was named Carolina League Player of the Week for May 16-22.

South Bend Cubs (26-16)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+3.0)

First place South Bend earned its fourth straight victory, topping Lake County, 6-3.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.338) went 3 for 4 with a double (12), a walk and an RBI (25). He has hit safely in 10 straight games (.476/20 for 42) and has four homers in his last five games. He was named Midwest League Player of the Week for May 16-22.
  • C P.J. Higgins (.291) reached four times, going 2 for 3 with a double (11), two walks and a run scored.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.319) added two hits, finishing 2 for 4 with a double (7), a walk and two runs scored.
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.289) went 1 for 4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning.
  • LHP Carson Sands (3.38) pitched seven innings, giving up three runs and striking out three. He has won his last four starts, going 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA (4 ER/23 IP) in May.

 

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/22/16

It was a tough day for Cubs farm teams, as only South Bend was able to secure a victory Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (18-23)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-6.0)

Iowa dropped its seventh straight game, falling 8-1 in the finale of a four-game set at Tacoma.

  • CF Albert Almora (.331) collected his seventh three-hit game of the season, going 3 for 4 with a double (9) and an RBI (23).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.319) went 2 for 3 with a walk. He has reached in 14 of his last 15 games.
  • C Willson Contreras (.328) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk.

Tennessee Smokies (20-24)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-6.5)

Tennessee dropped both ends of its doubleheader vs. Biloxi. The Smokies went scoreless into extra innings in Game 1 before falling 5-0 in nine innings. They then dropped a back-and-forth 6-5 decision in Game 2.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn (0.96 ERA) threw six scoreless innings in Game 1, already his sixth outing this season of at least five innings with no earned runs allowed.
  • RHP Corey Black struck out five batters in two perfect innings of relief in Game 1.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.222) finished 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in the second game. He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests (8 for 15).
  • 1B Bijan Rademacher (.303) went 1 for 2 with two walks, one run scored and two RBI (19) in the second game.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.229) was 2 for 4 with a double (10) and run scored in Game 2.

Myrtle Beach (25-16)
Midwest League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

The Pelicans surrendered five eighth-inning runs and fell 7-4 at home to Lynchburg.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.250) finished 2 for 4 with a solo homer (2) and two RBI (12). He has hit safely in five straight games (9 for 17) with four multi-hit efforts.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.262) went 1 for 4 with a double (4), a run scored and his team-leading 35th RBI.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (3.35 ERA) tossed his fifth quality start of the season, fanning six in 6.1 innings and giving up just one earned run.

South Bend Cubs (25-16)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+2.0)

South Bend connected on three homers in a 6-4 victory at Lake County.

  • RHP Preston Morrison (3.96 ERA) gave up one earned run across five innings, striking out five.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.327) went 1 for 2 with two walks and a two-run homer (6). He has hit safely in nine straight games (17 for 38) and has four homers in his last four games.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.220) followed up Jimenez’ homer with a solo blast in the first inning (5).
  • DH P.J. Higgins (.282) went 2 for 4 with a walk, two runs and an RBI (16).
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.293) was 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI (31).
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