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Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/10/14

Of the Cubs minor league affiliates, only Kane County picked up a win Thursday. Mesa had the day off and will resume play Friday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (49-44)
1st Place (+0.5)

Iowa scored their lone run on a solo shot from 3B Kris Bryant, falling to host Omaha, 7-1.

  • Bryant (.329) led off the seventh with his ninth home run since joining Iowa and 31st of the season. He has hit safely in 18 of his 23 games as an I-Cub.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.280) recorded the first four-hit game of his career, tallying four singles in four at-bats.
  • 1B Logan Watkins (.265) went 1-for-4 with his 11th double of the season off of Omaha’s Tim Collins. The two-bagger was his first extra-base hit off of a lefty this season.

Tennessee Smokies (12-9)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Entering the ninth knotted at four, the visiting Suns out-rallied the Smokies to win, 6-5.

  • RF Jorge Soler (.405) hit his third home run in his last three games, finishing 2-for-4 with a run, a walk and two RBI (12). He has reached base safely in all but one of his 11 games with the Smokies this season.
  • SS Addison Russell (.143) recorded his first two hits with the organization in his third game with Tennessee. His seventh-inning single snapped an initial 0-for-12 skid.
  • 1B Dustin Geiger (.222) finished 2-for-4 with his fourth double in as many games and 18th of the season.

Daytona Cubs (12-7)
T-1st Place (–)

Dunedin jumped ahead with a five-run fourth and never looked back, topping the Cubs in Daytona, 7-4.

  • SS Marco Hernandez (.293) finished 3-for-5 with his 10th double of the season. It marked his 23rd multihit game of the season and his fourth three-hit performance.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.285) knocked two doubles in four at-bats, bringing his season total to 16. His two RBI bring him to 32 on the season, the third-highest total on the team.
  • The team went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, but managed to produce four runs from seven hits and four walks.

Kane County Cougars (14-5)
1st Place (+1.5)

The Cougars scored early and often at Quad Cities, tallying three in the top of the first en route to a 9-5 win over the River Bandits.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.238) set a season high with eight total bases, including his first homer with Kane County and two doubles (6).
  • 2B Ben Carhart (.283) had his third multihit game in his last four, finishing 3-for-5 with a run and three RBI.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.267) went 2-for-5 with his 13th double of the season.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.224) also notched multiple hits, singling twice and walking while scoring two runs.
  • RF Kevin Brown (.364) launched his second homer in three games since being promoted to Kane County.
  • RHP Jose Arias (1.82) recorded the final two outs for his second save of the year.

Boise Hawks (14-13)
T-2nd Place (-1.0)

Boise pitching allowed nine runs on 19 hits and two errors as the Hawks fell, 9-3, at home.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.275), C Mark Zagunis (.366) and 1B Alex Tomasovich (.255) recorded two hits apiece.
  • Eight of Boise’s nine hitters recorded a hit. 2B Giuseppe Pappacio (.197), the lone hitless Hawk, also contributed offensively with a sacrifice fly in the third.
  • RHP Josh Davis (1-1, 7.11) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four earned runs in 0.2 frames.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/9/14

Iowa claimed an extra-innings victory, Boise continued its winning streak and Daytona took the first game in the doubleheader Wednesday. Kane County couldn’t drive in runners and Mesa was defeated again. Meanwhile, Tennessee had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (49-43)
1st Place (+1.5)

Logan Watkins hit a 14th-inning, solo home run to lift the Cubs over host Omaha, 2-1. Watkins’ blast was the only hit the I-Cubs recorded in their last 10 innings of the game.

  • Watkins (.265) finished the game going 1-for-6 with the home run.
  • LF Josh Vitters (.217) went 1-for-5 with a double (12) and one RBI (30).
  • LHP Eric Jokisch finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts while recording his 11th quality start, giving up one earned run over seven innings.
  • LHP Michael Heesch (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in his Triple-A debut, tossing three scoreless innings.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.61) picked up his third save of the season.

Daytona Cubs (12-6)
1st Place (+0.5)

GM 1: Daytona allowed just one hit in a 4-1 victory over visiting Dunedin.

  • RHP Felix Pena gave up one earned run over 5.2 innings, fanning seven to earn the win.
  • CF Albert Almora (.279) went 2-for-3 with his 42nd RBI of the season.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.279) and 3B Jordan Hankins (.211) had two hits apiece. Hankins drove in two (6).
  • RHP Starling Peralta (3.28) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save of the year.

GM 2: Dunedin used a four-run, third-inning to defeat Daytona, 8-6.

  • 1B Rock Shoulders (.206) went 1-for-2 with two walks and a second-inning, solo home run.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.287) and LF Zeke DeVoss (.172) had two hits apiece.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.300) went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI (2).

Kane County Cougars (13-5)
1st Place (+1.5)

Kane County went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, as they fell at Quad Cities, 3-1.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.377) went 1-for-3 with a run, a walk and his eighth double of the season.
  • DH Ben Carhart (.277), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.203) and CF Trey Martin (.233) had two hits apiece.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (4.40) tossed three scoreless innings of relief.

Boise Hawks (14-12)
2nd Place (-1.0)

Boise won its fourth-straight game, beating visiting Hillsboro, 6-2.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.267) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored to extend his Northwest League-best hitting streak to 12 games (.380/19-for-50).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.315) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (5), a triple (4) and three RBI (17). It was his third-straight, three-RBI game.
  • C Mark Malave (.283) went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Mesa Cubs (8-7)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Mesa lost its fourth-straight game, falling to the visiting AZL D-backs, 8-0. The Cubs have committed 19 errors in their last four games.

  • RHP Kyuji Fujikawa made his second start with the Mesa Cubs as part of a major league rehab assignment. He hasn’t allowed a hit while fanning two in two innings.
  • 3B Varonex Cuevas (.667) recorded three of Mesa’s seven hits, going 3-for-4.
  • LHP Andin Diaz (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/8/14

Tennessee, Kane County and Boise all captured wins Tuesday. Iowa lost in walk-off fashion, while errors continued to plague Mesa. Meanwhile, Daytona was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (48-43)
1st Place (+0.5)

Omaha’s Brian Bocock hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Iowa, 7-6.

  • RF Brett Jackson (.213) went 1-for-4 with a second-inning, two-run homer.
  • DH Ryan Kalish (.226) went 2-for-3 with two runs, a double (7), and a sixth-inning, three-run clout.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.351) went 1-for-4 before being ejected in the eighth inning by the home plate umpire for arguing balls and strikes. It was Bryant’s first professional ejection.

Tennessee Smokies (12-8)
1st Place (+0.5)

Tennessee held host Birmingham to just four hits in a 7-3 victory.

  • C Luis Flores (.286) went 1-for-3 with two walks, a double (2) and a game-high three RBI (5).
  • SS Elliot Soto (.210) went 2-for-4 with a double (6) and two RBI (10).
  • RHP Tony Zych (3-4, 3.92) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his third victory.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.20) recorded the final five outs of the game to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Kane County Cougars (13-4)
1st Place (+2.5)

Kane County won for the fourth time in its last five games, beating host Quad Cities, 7-3.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn gave up two earned runs over five innings and struck out six to pick up the win.
  • RF Kevin Brown (.500) went 2-for-4 with a third-inning, solo home run.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.379) went 3-for-5 with a run, two doubles (7) and two RBI (13).
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.260) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.182) recorded two hits apiece.
  • RHP Zak Hermans (4.50) struck out five over three innings of relief to earn his second hold of the season.

Boise Hawks (13-12)
2nd Place (-2.0)

Boise won its third-straight game, beating visiting Hillsboro, 11-4.

  • LHP Tyler Ihrig surrendered two earned runs over six innings, striking out six, to earn his third win of the year.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.250) went 2-for-4 with his Northwest League-leading seventh blast and four RBI (24).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.307) went 3-for-5 with two runs, a double (4) and three RBI (14). It marked Crawford’s second-straight three-hit and three-RBI game.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.750) and SS Jason Vosler (.308) had two hits apiece. Vosler drove in two (3).
  • Boise has scored 10 or more runs in three-straight games. It’s the first time they have achieved that feat since July of 2010.

Mesa Cubs (8-6)
1st Place (+0.5)

The Mesa Cubs committed three more miscues in a 6-4 loss to the visiting AZL Indians. Mesa has 15 errors in their last three games.

  • 2B Andrew Ely (.571) went 3-for-4 with a first-inning, solo home run.
  • LF Shamil Ubiera (.220) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, one RBI (8) and two stolen bases (4).
  • RHP Yomar Morel (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/6/14

Iowa, Tennessee and Boise all picked up wins, while Kane County and Mesa both fell short Sunday. Daytona was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (48-41)
1st Place (+2.0)

Iowa recorded seven extra-base hits in a 5-4 victory at Oklahoma City.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.357) went 1-for-4 with a second-inning, two-run blast.
  • SS Javier Baez (.241) and LF Ryan Kalish (.213) each hit solo home runs.
  • DH Manny Ramirez (.263) went 2-for-4 with his third RBI of the season.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (3-0, 2.16) earned the win.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.70) picked up his second save.

Tennessee Smokies (11-7)
1st Place (+0.5)

Tennessee scored five runs in the fourth inning to cruise past host Birmingham, 9-1.

  • RHP Corey Black surrendered one earned run over six innings, striking out six to secure the win.
  • DH Jorge Soler (.345) went 2-for-5 with a sixth-inning, solo home run.
  • 3B Jonathan Mota (.239) and 1B Dustin Geiger (.220) each had three hits. Geiger also drove in three (33).
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.263), 2B Stephen Bruno (.288) and C Charles Cutler (.333) all had multihit efforts.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Kane County Cougars (12-4)
1st Place (+1.5)

Kane County dropped a 14-inning marathon at Clinton, falling to the LumberKings, 2-1.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run on six hits and no walks over six innings.
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.256), DH Ben Carhart (.277), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.157) and 2B David Bote (.216) all had two hits apiece.
  • RHPs Jen-Ho Tseng (2.93) and James Pugliese (1.31) combined to toss seven scoreless innings of ball.

Boise Hawks (12-12)
2nd Place (-3.0)

Boise won for the fifth time in its last six games, beating visiting Eugene, 10-5.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.289) went 3-for-5 with a double (3) and a game-high three RBI (11).
  • 2B Chesny Young (1.000) went a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a double (1) and two RBI (3).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.240), C Justin Marra (.293) and LF Mark Zagunis (.414) all had two hits.
  • RHP Josh Davis (1-0, 4.50) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of the season.

Mesa Cubs (8-4)
1st Place (+1.0)

The Mesa Cubs committed seven errors in a 7-5 loss at the AZL Angels.

  • Rehabbing Cubs right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa got the start and tossed a scoreless first inning.
  • C Tyler Alamo (.296) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (1) and one RBI (5).
  • 3B Varonex Cuevas (.500) went 2-for-4 with a team-high two RBI (2).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/2/14

Iowa continued its winning streak, Tennessee hurled a shutout, Boise racked up another victory and Mesa rallied for a win Wednesday. Meanwhile, errors cost Daytona, and Kane County couldn’t prevent a few big innings. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (47-38)
1st Place (+3.0)

Iowa won its fifth-straight game, beating visiting Omaha, 4-3.

  • LHP Chris Rusin gave up one earned run over seven innings to secure the win.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.310) went 2-for-4 with a run, a triple (11) and one RBI (40) to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He’s batting .469 (23-for-49) with four doubles, two triples, two homers, nine RBI and 11 runs scored during his streak.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.345) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (5), an RBI (18) and one stolen base (1).
  • RHP Blake Parker (1.44) earned his 18th save of the year.

Tennessee Smokies (10-4)
1st Place (+2.5)

Tennessee held visiting Montgomery to just three hits for a 7-0 victory.

  • C Luis Flores (.261) went 1-for-3 with a fifth-inning, solo home run.
  • LF Kevin Brown (.500) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double (1) and two RBI (4).
  • CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.218) went 2-for-4 with a run, a double (10) and a game-high three RBI (25).
  • RHP Pierce Johnson got the win in his return from the disabled list, pitching 7.1 scoreless innings and striking out five. Johnson hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts, spanning 11.1 innings.

Daytona Cubs (8-5)
3rd Place (-2.0)

Daytona committed three errors in a 4-3 loss at Brevard County.

  • CF Albert Almora (.266) recorded his third multihit game in his last four, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and his 16th double of the year.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.277) went 1-for-3 with a team-high two RBI (41).

Kane County Cougars (9-3)
1st Place (+0.5)

Visiting Peoria scored six times in the first two innings to beat Kane County, 8-5.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.262) and DH Yasiel Balaguert (.248) had two hits apiece.
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.390) went 2-for-4 with a walk.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.267) and C Will Remillard (.307) both walked three times.

Boise Hawks (9-11)
T-2nd Place (-4.0)

Boise won its second-straight at Tri-City, beating the Dust Devils, 8-3.

  • RHP Erick Leal gave up no earned runs in six innings to pick up his second win of the year.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.229) homered for the third time in his last two games, going 2-for-5 with a third-inning, two-run shot.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.438), C Mark Malave (.267) and SS Giuseppe Papaccio (.233) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Brad Markley (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (7-3)
1st Place (+1.0)

Mesa tallied two runs in the seventh inning to beat the visiting AZL Padres, 6-4.

  • DH Eloy Jimenez (.444) went 2-for-4 with a sixth-inning, two-run homer.
  • C Alberto Mineo (.360) and LF Ricardo Marcano (.278) recorded two hits apiece.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (1-0, 5.25) earned the win, and RHP Carlos Llano (4.50) earned his first save.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/1/14

Iowa racked up a pair of wins Tuesday, and Tennessee, Kane County, Boise and Mesa were also victorious. Only Daytona was on the losing end of the scoreboard. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (46-38)
1st Place (+2.0)

GM 1: Iowa won its third-straight game, beating visiting Omaha, 5-3.

  • RHP Kyle Hendricks gave up three earned runs over six innings, striking out seven and picking up his 10th win of the year.
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.305) went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base (19) to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • RF Brett Jackson (.205) went 2-for-3 with a game-high three RBI (11) and a triple (3).
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.89) tossed a scoreless seventh inning to earn his first save of the year.

GM 2: Brett Jackson hit a walkoff, three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Iowa over Omaha, 7-4.

  • Jackson (.215) finished the doubleheader going 4-for-6 with a homer and six RBI.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.333) went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double (4) and two RBI (17).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.307) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base (20) to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He’s batting .467 (21-for-45) with four doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored during his streak.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2-0, 2.84) struck out five and allowed two runs in two innings to earn the win.

Tennessee Smokies (9-4)
1st Place (+2.0)

Tennessee scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally past Montgomery, 6-5.

  • RHP Corey Black pitched 4.2 innings, giving up no runs on four hits and four walks.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.208) batted leadoff and went 3-for-4 with a run, a double (5) and one RBI (7).
  • 3B Jonathan Mota (.220) also recorded three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run and a double (4).
  • LF Kevin Brown (.417) and C Charles Cutler (.335) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Zach Cates (1-1, 2.61) earned the win, while RHP Frank Batista (0.87) earned his third save.

Daytona Cubs (8-4)
T-2nd Place (-1.0)

Daytona managed just five hits in a 3-0 loss to visiting Brevard County.

  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.275) recorded the D-Cubs’ lone multihit game, going 2-for-3.
  • CF Albert Almora (.259) and 3B Wes Darvill (.254) each had a hit.
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (5.49) struck out two over 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Kane County Cougars (9-2)
1st Place (+1.5)

Kane County scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning to beat visiting Peoria, 6-1.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three and picking up the win.
  • 2B Ben Carhart (.280) went 1-for-4 with a third-inning, three-run homer.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.171) went 1-for-4 with a double (3) and two RBI (6).
  • RHP Jose Arias (2.00) allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings of relief.

Boise Hawks (8-11)
T-2nd Place (-4.0)

Boise used a 19-hit attack to rout host Tri-City, 14-3. The 19 hits by the Hawks were their most since recording 20 hits vs. Yakima in 2009.

  • LHP Tyler Ihrig gave up two earned runs over six innings, striking out five and walking none to secure the win.
  • Jesse Hodges (.215) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two home runs and a career-high six RBI (12). The six RBI are the most by a Boise player since Kyler Burke had six vs. Vancouver during the 2008 season.
  • 1B Daniel Canela (.323) reached base five times, going a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a walk and one RBI (8).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.216) batted leadoff and went 3-for-5 with an eighth-inning two-run homer.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.271), LF Mark Zagunis (.385), DH Mark Malave (.244) and 2B Zak Blair (.250) all had multihit games.

Mesa Cubs (6-3)
1st Place (+0.5)

Mesa scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the visiting AZL Reds, 6-4.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.313) reached base four times, going 3-for-3 with a run, a walk and one RBI (7).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.400) and 1B Ricardo Marcano (.250) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (1-0, 0.00) earned the win, while RHP Yomar Morel (0.00) picked up his first save.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/30/14

Iowa brought the big bats and came away with a walk-off win, but Tennessee lost in walk-off fashion while Boise’s opponents scored some big runs late on Monday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (44-38)
1st Place (+0.5)

Josh Vitters hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to lift Iowa over Omaha, 7-6.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.333) went 2-for-4 with an eighth inning grand slam.
  • DH Manny Ramirez (.375) went 3-for-4 with a seventh-inning, two-run homer.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He’s batting .474 (18-for-38) with four doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored during his streak. He was named the PCL Player of the Week for June 23-29, batting a league-best .517 last week with six multi-hit games.
  • RHP Marcus Hatley (2-1, 2.27) earned the win after tossing a scoreless top of the 10th inning.

Tennessee Smokies (8-4)
1st Place (+1.0)

Montgomery tallied a run in the top of the 10th inning to beat Tennessee, 3-2.

  • SS Elliot Soto (.185) recorded Tennessee’s lone multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double (4) and one RBI (6).
  • LHP Jeff Lorick (5.21) and RHP Lendy Castillo (2.74) each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
  • RHP Matt Loosen was dealt a no-decision despite tossing his fifth quality start of the campaign.
  • Right-hander Dae-Eun Rhee has been named the league’s Pitcher of the Week for the time period between June 23-29. Rhee posted a 2-0 record and 1.42 ERA (2 ER in 12.2 IP), adding 13 strikeouts while only walking three.

Boise Hawks (7-11)
4th Place (-4.0)

Host Tri-City scored nine runs over the final two innings to beat Boise, 11-5.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.259) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a team-high three RBI (8).
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.333) and 3B Jesse Hodges (.183) each recorded two hits apiece.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.188) went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and his eighth stolen base of the year.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/26/14

In a full slate of minor league games Thursday, Tennessee and Kane County both pitched shutouts, Mesa secured a victory, and Iowa split a doubleheader. On the down side, Daytona gave up a late lead, and Boise’s bats were quiet. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (41-37)
2nd Place (-1.5)

Game 1: Iowa won the first game of the road doubleheader, topping the Sky Sox, 7-3.

  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.294) led off the ninth with his ninth homer, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs, a double (20) and two RBI (35).
  • CF Ryan Kalish (.233) had his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a run, his fourth double, two RBI (10) and two stolen bases (6).
  • 1B Chris Valaika (.306) added two singles, a run and his 37th RBI.
  • RHP Kyle Hendricks tossed his fourth-consecutive quality start, and 10th in 15 starts this season. He pitched six innings of two-run ball, striking out four, to pick up the victory.

Game 2: Player/coach Manny Ramirez made his season debut with Iowa, going 0-for-4 and reaching on an error as the I-Cubs fell in the nightcap at Colorado Springs, 7-6.

  • SS Javier Baez (.237) went 3-for-4 with two runs, two doubles (13) and his team-leading 44th RBI.
  • Iowa totaled six doubles on the night—two from Baez and one each from 3B Kris Bryant (1-for-4, RBI), PH Ryan Kalish (1-for-3, R), C Eli Whiteside (1-for-3) and Alcantara (1-for-4, R).

Tennessee Smokies (6-2)
1st Place (+1.5)

Tennessee blanked host Jackson for a 4-0 victory.

  • RHP Corey Black pitched 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out three and picking up his third win of the season.
  • Five Smokies recorded two hits apiece—2B Stephen Bruno (.300), 3B Christian Villanueva (.364), RF Rubi Silva (.255), LF Jonathan Mota (.192) and SS Elliot Soto (.152). Villanueva has three-straight multihit games (7-for-13).
  • DH Charles Cutler (.322) hit a double (9) and knocked in a run (27) in four tries. He had the Smokies’ only extra-base hit.
  • Following Black’s 5.1 scoreless frames, LHP Hunter Cervenka (2.87) and RHP P.J. Francescon (3.12) completed the shutout, throwing two and 1.2 innings, respectively.

Daytona Cubs (5-3)
T-1st Place (–)

RHP Michael Jensen (L, 4-3) allowed visiting Dunedin to take the lead with two earned runs in the ninth, and Daytona lost, 5-3.

  • SS Marco Hernandez (.276) was the only Cub to record multiple hits, including his eighth double.
  • Team RBI leaders 1B Dan Vogelbach (.271, 35 RBI) and CF Albert Almora (.254, 34 RBI) each added one to their season totals.

Kane County Cougars (5-2)
T-2nd Place (-0.5)

RHP Daury Torrez tossed eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin.

  • Torrez struck out seven and gave up five hits over eight innings in the win.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.455), C Ben Carhart (.293) and 1B Jacob Rogers (.263) each went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Schwarber and Carhart hit their third and 15th doubles, respectively.
  • CF Trey Martin (.231) doubled in four tries and knocked in two (22).
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.24) polished off the win with a perfect ninth inning.

Boise Hawks (5-9)
4th Place (-4.0)

Boise managed just five hits in a 10-0 loss to visiting Hillsboro.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.243) hit his second double and his third triple of the season.
  • DH Justin Marra (.325) went 2-for-3 with his fifth double. He leads the team with eight extra-base hits.
  • RHPs Greyfer Eregua (6.00) and David Garner (1.50) finished the game with four scoreless frames, allowing just one hit and fanning six.

Mesa Cubs (4-1)
1st Place (+0.5)

Mesa improved to a league-best 4-1, topping the visiting Athletics, 7-4.

  • DH Jorge Soler hit his first homer, a two-run shot, and finished 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBI. In three games this season, he is 5-for-10 (.500) with three runs, two doubles, a homer and four RBI.
  • CF Charcer Burks (.524) added a solo shot in the eighth. In five games, he is 11-for-21 (.524) with nine runs, four doubles, a triple, a homer, seven RBI and four stolen bases.
  • LHP Andin Diaz (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in his first appearance, spinning three scoreless innings and striking out two.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/25/14

Tennessee had a big inning, Daytona posted a shutout, and Boise snapped its lengthy losing streak Wednesday. On the other side of the ledger, Kane County surrendered a lead late, while Iowa and Mesa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (5-2)
1st Place (+1.0)

Tennessee scored three in the sixth inning to jump ahead of host Jackson, winning by a final score of 4-2.

  • RHP Matt Loosen picked up the win, giving up an earned run over six innings and striking out five.
  • Tennessee’s nine hits were spread out over eight hitters, with DH Christian Villanueva (.357) recording the lone multihit effort. He went 2-for-4 and has five hits in the last two nights.
  • LF Anthony Giansanti (.248) blasted his second homer of the season to add an insurance run with two outs in the ninth.
  • LHP Jeff Lorick (5.40) allowed one earned run in two innings to earn his eighth hold.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.23) completed the ninth, recording all three outs for his first save.

Daytona Cubs (5-2)
T-1st Place (+1.0)

Daytona blanked the visiting Blue Jays, 7-0, backing a solid outing from RHP Jose Rosario with three home runs.

  • Rosario pitched six strong innings, giving up no earned runs and fanning four to earn the win.
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.271) finished 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, a homer and two RBI. He is hitting .353 with six doubles and four homers in 68 at-bats at DH (compared to .242 with 12 doubles and three homers in 194 at-bats at first base).
  • 1B Rock Shoulders (.215) and C Chadd Krist (.212) hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.289) recorded his 12th multihit game of the season, going 2-for-4 with two runs.

Kane County Cougars (4-2)
3rd Place (-1.0)

Kane County surrendered a one-run lead in the sixth to fall 3-2 to visiting Wisconsin.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run, striking out five over five innings.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.421) went 2-for-4 with his second home run in a Cougars uniform and his first stolen base at the professional level.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.251) finished 1-for-3 with a run and two stolen bases (23). He has posted back-to-back games with multiple stolen bases for the first time in his career.
  • RHP Zak Hermans (2-2, 5.17) recorded just one out, allowing two runs (one earned) and recording both his first hold and  second loss of the season.
  • RHP Corbin Hoffner relieved Hermans and suffered his third blown save, allowing two inherited runners to score in the sixth but giving up no more runs in 2.2 innings.

Boise Hawks (5-8)
4th Place (-3.0)

Boise snapped a seven-game skid with an 8-4 victory over Spokane, their first road victory of the season.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.176) led off the game with his second homer, finishing the day 1-for-5 with a run and two RBI (8).
  • DH Kevin Brown (.320) added a two-run shot and a single in five tries.
  • 1B Mark Malave (.333) has hit in five straight games, singling twice on the day and knocking in one (2).
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig’s quality start was Boise’s first in 13 games this season. He leads the team with 18.0 innings pitched.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/24/14

It was a solid day for the Cubs minor league sides, as they went a combined 5-1 Tuesday. Boise was the only squad unable to add a win to the victory column. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (40-36)
T-2nd Place (-1.0)

Kris Bryant hit a go-ahead homer for the third-straight game, as Iowa beat visiting Albuquerque, 6-2.

  • Bryant (.238) is 5-for-21 with five home runs in six games since joining Iowa, including four homers in the last three games. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and three RBI (9). Between his time in Tennessee and now Iowa, Bryant has homered once every 9.96 at-bats this season (27 HR, 269 AB)
  • Bryant and SS Javier Baez (1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI) were named to the All-Star Futures Game at Minnesota’s Target Field on July 13.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.290, 19 2B, 33 RBI) and LF Josh Vitters (.238, 9 2B, 25 RBI) had two hits apiece, including a double and an RBI each. Alcantara has five multihit efforts in his last six games, going 10-for-24 (.417) with five runs, three doubles, a triple and four stolen bases over the stretch.
  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada fanned 10 for the second time this season, earning the win with his 10th quality start of the campaign.

Tennessee Smokies (4-2)
1st Place (+0.5)

Tennessee moved into sole possession of first place with a rain-shortened, 6-2, win at Jackson.

  • RHP Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one earned run over 5.2 innings, striking out three for the win.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.333) went 3-for-4 with a run, three doubles (4) and two RBI (6). It was his first game this season with three extra-base hits.
  • DH Stephen Bruno (.298) went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and his 23rd RBI. Each of the Smokies outfielders—CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.202, 17 RBI), RF Rubi Silva (.252, 36 RBI) and LF Anthony Giansanti (.246, 8 RBI)—went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
  • RHP Lendy Castillo (3.10) earned the save (1), striking out the only batter he faced to end the game.

Daytona Cubs (4-2)
T-1st Place (–)

After Dunedin tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the eighth, CF Albert Almora gave Daytona the lead in the bottom of the frame with a solo homer. The Cubs won, 6-5.

  • Almora (.254) finished 3-for-5 with two singles and the solo shot, his third of the season.
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.277), LF Bijan Rademacher (.287) and 1B Rock Shoulders (.214) had two hits each as part of a 13-hit Cubs attack. Eight out of nine D-Cubs hitters had at least one hit.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (2-1, 1.11) earned his second relief victory of the season.

Kane County Cougars (4-1)
T-1st Place (–)

The Cougars scored six runs in the first three innings, topping the visiting Timber Rattlers, 9-3.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.250) finished 3-for-4 with two runs, a walk, his team-leading fifth triple, two RBI (31) and two stolen bases (21).
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.244), 1B Jacob Rogers (.258) and RF Trey Martin (.235) added two singles apiece.
  • DH Yasiel Balaguert (.238, 13 2B), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.125, 2 2B) and LF Kyle Schwarber (.400, 2 2B) each tallied a double.
  • Martin set a Cougars record with five stolen bases, surpassing Michael Richard who stole four bags in a game in 2008.
  • RHP Michael Wagner (3.33) earned his third hold with three scoreless frames.

Boise Hawks (4-8)
4th Place (-3.0)

Boise lost its seventh-straight game on the road, falling 7-3 at Spokane. The Hawks have been outscored 50-27 over the seven-game skid, after outscoring their opponents 40-23 in their first five games (4-1).

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.143) went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI on his first homer, a two-run shot in the seventh inning.
  • SS Varonex Cuevas (.115) finished 1-for-3 with a run and his first double of the season.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.174) tallied one hit in four tries, recorded his sixth RBI and swiped his seventh base, good for third in the league.

Mesa Cubs (3-1)
1st Place (+1.0)

Mesa earned their third win over the visiting Angels with a 4-2 victory at home.

  • RHP Luis Hernandez pitched five scoreless innings, striking out two to get the win.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.333) and C Tyler Alamo (.385) ripped two singles each, while CF Charcer Burks (.556) and RF Shamil Ubiera (.222) both doubled once in three at-bats.
  • After five scoreless frames from Hernandez, RHPs Brad Markey (9.00) and Jose Arias (0.00) each tossed a scoreless inning for their first holds.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (4.50) followed with one earned run in two frames to earn his first save.
  • The Cubs have scored 37 runs in their first four games (9, 15, 9, 4).
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