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Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/10/14

It was a pretty successful Sunday for the Cubs minor league system, with everybody in play securing a win. Mesa had the day off and will resume play Monday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (65-58)
T-1st Place (–)

Iowa jumped ahead to a 5-0 lead after two innings and never looked back, winning at Oklahoma City, 10-2. Each Iowa hitter had at least one of the team’s 12 hits.

  • 1B Mike Olt (.338) hit his third homer in two days with a two-run shot in the first. He has 12 RBI in his last six games (19 total) and has slugged .757 in nine games in the month of August.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.226) went 3-for-4 with his first homer of the year, and the third of his career.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.322) went 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs, and his 40th RBI. He has recorded at least one hit and one run in 13 straight games, batting .381 (16-for-42) while scoring 20 runs during the streak. Bryant’s 40 RBI with Iowa bring him to 98 on the season, tied for fifth in the minors.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch extended his scoreless innings streak to 18.1 before allowing a run with two outs in the fourth. His 131 strikeouts lead the Pacific Coast League.
  • RHP Alberto Cabrera (3.71) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief for his second save.
  • Since July 1, the I-Cubs have 51 home runs, best in the Pacific Coast League.

Tennessee Smokies (25-25)
1st Place (+1.0)

GAME 1: RHP Pierce Johnson and LHP Andrew McKirahan combined to one-hit the BayBears in Mobile, as the Smokies won the first game of a doubleheader, 3-0.

  • SS Addison Russell (.301) and C Luis Flores (.277) each recorded their fifth double of the year. Flores recorded his second-straight multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-2 with his 13th RBI.
  • RHP Pierce Johnson struck out eight for the third time in four games, giving up no runs on just one hit over six innings. He has 11.25 strikeouts per nine innings over that stretch (30 SO/24.0 IP).
  • McKirahan’s perfect seventh inning earned him his first save with Tennessee and ninth of the year.

GAME 2: The Smokies could not complete the doubleheader sweep, falling 9-8 at Mobile on a walk-off homer from Mobile 2B Gerson Montilla in the bottom of the ninth.

  • RF Jae-Hoon Ha (.220) finished 2-for-5 with his fourth homer of the year, a two-run shot in the second inning. He had two hits in his previous 24 at-bats (.083) before the multi-hit effort.
  • SS Addison Russell (.308) extended his hitting streak to five games (.500/7-for-14), going 2-for-4.
  • C Taylor Davis (.319) went 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk, a double (9) and an RBI (23). He is hitting .333 (16-for-48) with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBI in 17 away games.
  • LHP Jeff Lorick (2-3, 4.19) allowed the walk-off homer, suffering his third loss of the year.

Daytona Cubs (28-19)
1st Place (+3.5)

1B Dan Vogelbach ended a 13-inning marathon with a walk-off single, giving Daytona the 4-3 win over visiting Lakeland.

  • RF Rock Shoulders (.229) hit a solo shot in the fifth, his third in four games. In those contests, Shoulders is 6-for-13 with six runs, a double, three homers, and three RBI (41 total).
  • Vogelbach (.267) finished 1-for-5 with a walk and two RBI. His 57 walks and 65 RBI lead Daytona.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in his third outing with Daytona, hurling three scoreless innings.

Kane County Cougars (29-20)
1st Place (+1.0)

DH-P Ben Carhart earned the win as Kane County scored three time in the top of the 15th inning to beat Cedar Rapids, 7-4.

  • Carhart (1-0, 0.00) went 2-for-6 with a run and a walk at the plate and contributed two hitless frames of relief, walking two, to earn the win in his first professional pitching appearance.
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.282) went 3-for-7 with his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the third.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.267) went 2-for-7 with two RBI (35), including a go-ahead, two-run triple (2) in the 15th.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.313) finished 3-for-7 with two RBI (35), one coming off a double (11) in the 15th.
  • 2B Danny Lockhart (.290) recorded his fifth multi-hit effort in his last six games (.500/12-for-24), going 3-for-6 with two runs and a walk.
  • RHP Zak Hermans (4.06) blew his third save, allowing two runs (one earned) over 1.1 innings pitched.
  • The Chicago Cubs and their minor league affiliates played a total of 15 extra innings yesterday, going 3-1 in four extra-inning games.

Boise Hawks (7-10)
4th Place (-5.0)

After falling 16-3 to Salem-Keizer on Saturday, Boise beat visiting Eugene, 17-3.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.256) went 4-for-5 with a double (7), a grand slam and a career-high seven RBI (32). He had been 1-for-17 (.059) before his first career four-hit affair. His seven RBI are the most for a single Boise player in the 14 years since the team became affiliated with the Cubs.
  • Each of the first four Hawks hitters—CF Rashad Crawford (.278), RF Charcer Burks (.288), LF Mark Zagunis (.301), and 1B Danny Canela (.298)—tallied two hits. Zagunis knocked in three (26), while Canela plated two (34).
  • Boise’s 17 runs were the team’s most since beating Everett 17-5 on July 6, 2007.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/7/14

Daytona won in extras, while Mesa salvaged a split Thursday. Iowa, Kane County and Boise were all handed losses, and Tennessee had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (63-57)
1st Place (+0.5)

Iowa lost at Oklahoma City, 16-4, after surrendering seven runs in the first two innings.

  • DH Manny Ramirez (.211) doubled (1) and homered (2) in four at-bats, knocking in two (6). It was
    his third multihit game and first game with two extra-base hits.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.323) launched his 37th homer and walked twice. His 37 homers tie Joey Gallo for
    the minor league lead. Despite having played just 47 of Iowa’s 120 games, Bryant has the second
    most homers of all Iowa players this season (15) and the fourth-most RBI (38).

Daytona Cubs (27-17)
1st Place (+4.5)

Two big innings—a six-run second and a seven-run fifth—helped Daytona rout the Threshers in Clearwater, 18-2.

  • RHP Tayler Scott fanned seven over seven innings, giving up two earned runs in the win.
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.268) finished 3-for-4 with three runs, two walks, a homer and three RBI (14).
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.283) and DH Billy McKinney (.330) added three singles apiece.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.269) hit a three-run homer with two out in the fifth inning. It was his eighth
    homer in 177 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting five in 221 at-bats before the break.
  • RF Rock Shoulders (.221) led off the third inning with his 10th home run. He has also drawn five free passes in
    his last two games.

Kane County Cougars (27-19)
T-1st Place (–)

Cedar Rapids beat the Cougars, 4-3, in 11 innings, on a walk-off double from Kernels 3B Bryan Haar.

  • RHP Duane Underwood struck out seven in six innings, giving up one earned run.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.409) finished 2-for-5 with his third double since joining the Cougars, and one RBI
    (4). He has an eight-game hitting streak (.441/15-for-34), including multiple hits in each of his last
    five games (.524/11-for-21).
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.280, 6 3B) and C Victor Caratini (.263, 1 3B) each tripled. Dunston’s six triples
    lead the team.
  • RHP David Garner (5.79) allowed two runs over 1.2 innings to blow his first save.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (0-1, 18.00) allowed the game-winner without retiring a batter to suffer his first loss.

Boise Hawks (6-8)
4th Place (-4.0)

Boise dropped the series opener at Salem-Keizer, 9-5.

  • C Mark Zagunis (.308) belted a two-run shot in the seventh to cut a 6-2 deficit in half. It marked
    Zagunis’ sixth multi-RBI game of the season.
  • Starting 2B David Bote (.347) went 3-for-5 and scored two runs. Bote has posted multiple hits in
    eight of his 20 games with Boise this year.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.326) went 2-for-4 with a double (2) and an RBI (6). He has five multihit efforts in
    his last seven games (.462/ 12-for-26).

Mesa Cubs First Half: (13-14), Second Half: (3-4)
4th Place (-5.5)

GAME 1: In the makeup of a rained-out July 3 contest at the AZL Padres’ Peoria Stadium, Mesa fell, 5-3. The loss finalized the club’s first-half record at 13-14.

  • LF Varonex Cuevas hit two doubles in two at-bats, while DH Kevonte Mitchell singled twice and stole two bases.
  • LHP Jose Paulino (2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) suffered the loss.

GAME 2: Mesa took a 4-1 decision over the Padres in the second game at Peoria Stadium.

  • LF Ricardo Marcano (.280) went 2-for-3 with a double (7) to extend his hitting streak to 16 games
    dating back to July 9 (.328/20-for-61).
  • CF Kevonte Mitchell (.333) tallied three singles for his third three-hit game of the campaign.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.351) finished 2-for-3 with a run, a walk, his first double and an RBI (6). After
    recording three extra-base hits in his first 12 games with Mesa, he has tallied three more in his last
    four contests.
  • RHP Tanner Griggs (1-1, 4.26) tossed 2.1 scoreless frames and fanned five for his first win.
  • LHP Jordan Minch (10.13) allowed one run over two innings for his first save in his second professional
    appearance.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/6/14

Tennessee secured a shutout win, and Kane County recaptured first place Wednesday. Meanwhile Daytona was shut out, and Mesa couldn’t get things going in a loss. Iowa and Boise had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (24-22)
1st Place (+1.5)

Tennessee recorded its eighth shutout of the season, blanking host Mobile, 5-0.

  • RHP Felix Pena fanned eight batters over 5.1 innings, giving up three hits and no earned runs to pick up the win.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.234) recorded two hits from the leadoff spot, including his second double, and knocked in one run (4). He has hit safely in his last four games (.357/5-for-14).
  • SS Addison Russell (.295) reached base three times, finishing 2-for-4 with a run, a walk, a double (4) and an RBI (19). Russell has tallied 10 multihit efforts in 27 games with Tennessee.
  • Three Smokies relievers recorded holds en route to the combined shutout: RHP Tony Zych (5.36, 4 H), LHP Andrew McKirahan (2.41, 3 H) and RHP P.J. Francescon (3.88, 5 H).

Daytona Cubs (26-17)
1st Place (+4.5)

Daytona was held to two hits by host Clearwater, falling 4-0. In their last five games, the Cubs have been blanked four times and have been outscored by their opponents, 30-3.

  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.239) collected his second double of the season, the lone Daytona extra-base hit.
  • DH Billy McKinney (.312) singled and walked. He has reached safely in 25 of his 27 games with Daytona this season (.312/.402/.452).
  • LHP Austin Kirk (3.57) tossed 2.2 hitless innings of relief. He has posted a 1.17 ERA (2 ER/15.1 IP) in his last eight outings.

Kane County Cougars (27-18)
1st Place (-1.0)

Kane County captured sole possession of first place with a 4-2 win at Peoria.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.255) recorded three singles in four at-bats in his third three-hit game of the campaign.
  • CF Jeffrey Baez (.262) added two singles of his own and drove in one (5). He also contributed defensively, recording an outfield assist in the fourth inning.
  • RHP Jose Arias (1.77) recorded his fifth hold of the season with three scoreless frames of work, fanning five.
  • RHP Tyler Bremer (2.43) earned his 12th save, striking out two in a scoreless ninth.

Mesa Cubs (2-6)
4th Place (-3.0)

The host AZL Reds jumped ahead with a two-run first inning and never looked back, beating Mesa, 10-4.

  • SS Ho-young Son (.310) went 3-for-4 with a run, two RBI (6) and two stolen bases (8). His eight stolen bases in 15 games rank third on the team.
  • RF Ricardo Marcano (.275) singled and doubled (6) to extend his hitting streak to 15 games dating back to July 9 (.310/18-for-58).

 

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/5/14

Iowa powered its way to a win, Daytona scored three runs late, and Kane County split a doubleheader Tuesday. Boise had a representative in the Northwest League All-Star Game, while Tennessee and Mesa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (63-56)
1st Place (+1.5)

Iowa improved to a PCL-best 28-7 in day games this season, beating host Omaha, 7-4.

  • RHP Dan Staily struck out nine in seven innings, giving up no earned runs in the win. He hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last two starts and has fanned 14 (13.0 IP).
  • 1B Mike Olt (.345) went 2-for-4 with a third-inning grand slam. He’s hit safely in 10-straight games, batting .400 (16-for-40) with five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI during the stretch.
  • RF Jorge Soler (.286) fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with two runs, a double (5), a home run and three RBI (12). He’s hit four homers and driven in 12 in his first 14 games with Iowa.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.321) extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-3 with two runs. He’s batting .400 (12-for-30) with 14 runs, three doubles, three homers and seven RBI during the streak.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.52) recorded the final out of the game to earn his fourth save of the campaign.

Daytona Cubs (26-16)
1st Place (+5.0)

Daytona scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to sneak past host Clearwater, 3-1.

  • LHP Rob Zastryzny gave up one earned run over five innings, striking out five.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.279) went 2-for-5 with a run and a stolen base (4).
  • DH Billy McKinney (.308) went 1-for-4 with a game-high two RBI (25).
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (3-0, 4.47) tossed three scoreless innings to earn his third win of the year.
  • RHP Zack Godley (4.26) worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his fourth save.

Kane County Cougars (26-18)
T-1st Place (–)

GM 1: Kane County dropped the first game of a doubleheader at Peoria, 4-1.

  • 3B Chesny Young (.389) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and his first stolen base of the season.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.281) went 2-for-3 with his 14th double of the year.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng allowed just one run on two hits and fanned two in 6.1 innings of work.

GM 2: Kane County limited Peoria to just four hits in the second game, beating the Chiefs, 4-1.

  • RHP Ben Wells pitched six innings, giving up one earned run, to pick up the win.
  • CF Jeffry Baez (.237) went 1-for-3 with a seventh-inning, solo home run.
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.283) and 2B Chesny Young (.410) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Tyler Bremer (2.50) worked a scoreless seventh inning for his 11th save of the season.

Boise Hawks (6-7)
4th Place (-3.0)

The North and South teams combined for just nine hits in a 0-0 tie in the Northwest League All-Star Game Tuesday at Swede Johnson Stadium. Boise’s Mark Zagunis doubled for one of the South’s four hits and finished 1-for-2 in a game that was called after 10 innings.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/4/14

Iowa and Tennessee both picked up wins, but Mesa couldn’t keep it together Monday. Daytona, Kane County and Boise all had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (62-56)
1st Place (+0.5)

Iowa recorded its league-leading 12th shutout of the season, beating host Omaha, 6-0.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.314) reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs, a double (13), two RBI (36) and two stolen bases (7).
  • 1B Mike Olt (.333) went 2-for-5 with his seventh double of the year and two RBI (9).
  • LHP Eric Jokisch picked up the win, giving up five hits and no earned runs, striking out seven and walking none. He has not allowed a run in his last 15.0 innings of work.

Tennessee Smokies (23-22)
1st Place (+0.5)

Tennessee won for the third time in its last four games, beating visiting Pensacola, 3-2.

  • C Taylor Davis (.311) went a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI (22) and a fifth-inning, solo home run.
  • RHP Lendy Castillo (1-1, 3.44) tossed a scoreless sixth to earn his first win of the season.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.33) worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his ninth save of the year.

Mesa Cubs (2-5)
4th Place (-4.5)

The AZL Giants scored 10 runs over the final four innings to beat the visiting Cubs, 10-5.

  • 2B Andrew Ely (.391) went 3-for-5 with a fifth-inning, solo blast.
  • 1B Ronny Alcala (.273) and LF Ricardo Marcano (.265) each had three hits apiece.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.300), RF Eloy Jimenez (.247) and 3B Adonis Paula (.250) all had multihit efforts.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/3/14

Tennessee and Boise pitchers got the job done Sunday, while Kane County returned to its winning ways. Iowa was the only team in the loss column. Daytona and Mesa were rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (61-56)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Iowa fell out of first place with a 7-5 loss at Omaha.

  • SS Javier Baez (.260) posted his first multihomer game of the season, going 2-for-3 with two walks and two solo home runs. After hitting a combined 11 homers in 72 games in April, May and June, Baez has 12 blasts in 32 games in July and August.
  • DH Josh Vitters (.212) went 3-for-4 with his 13th double of the campaign.
  • RHPs Arodys Vizcaino (7.62) and Armando Rivero (0.92) combined to toss three scoreless innings.

Tennessee Smokies (22-22)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Tennessee held on for a 4-1 victory over visiting Pensacola despite recording just four hits.

  • SS Addison Russell (.293) went 1-for-3 with an eighth-inning, two-run homer.
  • LF Lars Anderson (.351) went 1-for-3 with a double (4) and two RBI (5).
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (2.65) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP Pierce Johnson tossed his third-straight quality start, giving up two hits and no earned runs over six innings. He’s holding right-handed hitters to a .181 batting average (26-for-144) this season.

Kane County Cougars (25-17)
1st Place (+4.0)

Kane County won its third-straight game, beating visiting Quad Cities, 9-5.

  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.305) went 3-for-5 with a sixth-inning, solo blast.
  • SS Dan Lockhart (.276) and 2B Chesny Young (.375) each recorded three hits apiece.
  • RF Jeffry Baez (.258) went 2-for-3 with two runs, a double (14), a triple (1) and two RBI (3).
  • CF Trey Martin (.253) went 1-for-4 with two RBI (28).

Boise Hawks (6-7)
4th Place (-3.0)

Boise limited visiting Vancouver to six hits in a 3-2 victory.

  • RHP Trevor Clifton picked up the win, giving up just one hit over five innings and striking out six.
  • 2B David Bote (.328) went 2-for-4 with a third-inning, solo homer.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.276) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his 12th stolen base of the year.
  • RHP Brad Markey (2.84) struck out four hitters in two scoreless innings of relief to earn his second save of the season.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/31/14

Individuals came up big, but it was a rough day for Cubs minor league teams Thursday, with only Iowa grabbing a win. Tennessee, Daytona, Kane County and Boise all lost, while Mesa had a scheduled day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (60-54)
1st Place (+1.5)

Iowa topped host New Orleans for their third-straight win following a six-game losing streak. RHP Dan Straily spun six scoreless innings as the I-Cubs shut out the Zephyrs, 4-0.

  • Straily struck out five and walked one, giving up just four hits to pick up the win.
  • 2B Javier Baez (.259) hit his second homer in as many games as part of a three-hit effort. He scored once and drove in two. His 78 RBI rank second in the PCL, two behind Fresno’s Adam Duvall.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.351) recorded his fourth two-hit game in his last five contests, and hit his first Iowa homer. Olt also added his first stolen base of 2014 at any level.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.310) launched his 13th homer with Iowa, and 35th of the season, ranking second in the minor leagues (behind Joey Gallo’s 37).

Tennessee Smokies (20-21)
2nd Place (-2.5)

The Smokies opened a five-game home series with Pensacola with a 6-4 loss, their third-straight setback.

  • Six Daytona hitters recorded one hit each.
  • 1B Dustin Geiger (.225) hit his 23rd double, the Cubs lone extra-base hit, and knocked in two runs (42).
  • RHP Matt Loosen (5.57), LHP Andrew McKirahan (3.00) and RHP P.J. Francescon (4.03) combined for five innings of relief, allowing one run on one hit.

Daytona Cubs (25-14)
1st Place (+4.5)

The Daytona Cubs were shut out at home by Bradenton, 8-0, managing just four singles.

  • RHP Tayler Scott gave up one earned run over five innings, striking out four.
  • C Wilson Contreras (.241) walked four times. It was his first multiwalk game since August 31 of last year with Kane County.
  • In the second inning, Daytona committed two fielding errors and uncorked one wild pitch, allowing five unearned runs.
  • The Cubs were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding 14 runners.

Kane County Cougars (22-17)
T-2nd Place

Kane County allowed four runs in the bottom of the eighth to fall, 7-3, at Wisconsin. It was their sixth-straight loss.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.167) recorded two doubles (3) and scored once. It marked his first game with multiple doubles since Aug. 14 of last year with Mesa.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.299) added a double of his own, knocking in his 30th RBI and first since July 20 at Great Lakes.
  • RHP Zak Hermans (2-3, 3.94) allowed four runs, three earned, in the eighth inning to suffer his third loss of the year.

Boise Hawks (4-6)
4th Place (-3.0)

Boise plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, but ultimately fell 2-1 to visiting Vancouver.

  • 1B Danny Canela (.307, 12 2B) and 2B David Bote (.327, 5 2B) each finished 2-for-4 with a double. Bote knocked in the lone Boise run (7).
  • RHP Ryan Williams (1.50) provided four frames of scoreless relief, striking out two. He was followed by RHPs Daniel Lewis (0.00) and James Farris (0.00), who each threw an additional scoreless inning.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/30/14

Iowa claimed a doubleheader sweep, and Boise shut out Vancouver Wednesday. However, Tennessee, Daytona, Kane County and Mesa all lost their matchups. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s minor league action.

Iowa Cubs (59-54)
1st Place (+0.5)

GAME 1: Iowa took the first game of the doubleheader at New Orleans, backing a seven-inning, complete-game shutout from LHP Eric Jokisch to win 9-0.

  • Jokisch recorded his 12th quality start of the season and his second career shutout.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.345) recorded his third-straight two-hit game, ripping his fourth double and knocking in his fourth run.
  • 2B Javier Baez (.254) launched a three-run homer in the fourth for his team-leading 20th blast of the year.
  • RF Jorge Soler (.316) belted a two-run shot to knock in his third and fourth runs since joining Iowa.

GAME 2: Iowa completed the doubleheader sweep with a 2-1 win at New Orleans, despite being outhit, 6-5.

  • RHP Yoanner Negrin fanned five over five innings, giving up one earned run.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.312) singled in both games of the doubleheader, swiping his fifth bag in Game 2.
  • RF Jorge Soler (.316) added a double (2) and a walk in three plate appearances. He has hit safely in five of his six starts for the I-Cubs (.353/6-for-17).
  • RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (1.80) continued his rehab assignment and earned a hold with a scoreless sixth.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (1.02) recorded his first save, finishing the seventh.

Tennessee Smokies (20-20)
2nd Place (-1.5)

Tennessee scored first, but could not hold the lead at Birmingham, as the Barons prevailed, 7-3.

  • CF Albert Almora (.226) launched his first home run in seven games with the Smokies, and his eighth on the year, as part of a two-hit effort. His 2-for-4 line gives him six hits in his last three games.
  • DH Charles Cutler (.319) hit a two-run homer in the ninth. All five of his homers have come with runners on base.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.281) finished 2-for-4 with his team-leading 23rd double.
  • 1B Lars Anderson (.409) and SS Addison Russell (.313) each singled twice. Anderson is 9-for-22 with seven walks in seven games with Tennessee, good for a .533 OBP.

Daytona Cubs (25-13)
1st Place (+4.5)

Daytona pitching allowed five runs in the eighth inning to fall to visiting Bradenton, 9-7.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.370) hit his first home run in seven games with Daytona, and his seventh on the year. He finished 3-for-5 with two runs and his third RBI.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.298) followed Hannemann with a 3-for-4 game, scoring twice, knocking in one (44) and drawing a walk.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.301) knocked in two runs. He now has 22 RBI in just 24 games with Daytona, and 55 on the year between Stockton and the Cubs.
  • RHP Michael Jensen (3.06) recorded his second hold, allowing three runs while retiring just one Marauder to begin the eighth.
  • RHP Zack Godley (3-2, 4.40) suffered the blown save (2) and his second loss, allowing two runs in 1.2 innings.

Kane County Cougars (22-16)
T-1st Place (–)

Kane County’s losing streak grew to a season-long five games as they were shut out in Wisconsin, 2-0.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one earned run over seven innings, striking out three and walking none. He’s allowed more than two runs just three times in 15 games (14 starts).
  • 2B Chesny Young (.333) recorded the Cougars’ lone multihit effort, singling twice. He has six hits in five games since being promoted to Kane County.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.100) doubled for his first extra-base hit in 10 games as a Cougar.

Boise Hawks (4-5)
T-3rd Place (-3.0)

Boise came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat Vancouver at home, 8-7, on a walk-off error from Canadians 2B Tim Locastro.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.260) finished 3-for-5 with a double (5) and scored the game-winning run on Locastro’s error. Hodges has recorded four three-hit games this month.
  • C Mark Malave (.284, 3 2B), SS Bryant Flete (.296, 1 2B) and RF Charcer Burks (.367, 3 2B) all doubled in the game.
  • Boise was 6-for-17 with runners in scoring position, a .353 mark.
  • RHP Trey Lang (1-0, 1.59) tossed two perfect innings of relief and struck out five to earn his first career win.

Mesa Cubs (1-3)
T-3rd Place (-3.0)

After falling to the AZL Angels at home on Tuesday, Mesa dropped an away contest at the Angels, 5-4.

  • DH Alberto Mineo (.287) and 2B Andrew Ely (.366) both recorded triples. Mineo knocked in two (17), finishing 2-for-4.
  • Mesa stole four bases—one each from CF Kevonte Mitchell (.306, 7 SB) and 3B Varonex Cuevas (.323, 1 SB), and two from SS Gleyber Torres (.280, 5 SB).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/29/14

Daytona captured a win on a walk-off blast, and Boise racked up 20 hits en route to a victory Tuesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (57-54)
T-1st Place (–)

Iowa fell to New Orleans, 2-1, as the Zephyrs scored runs in the ninth and 10th innings to record the win. The I-Cubs dropped their sixth-straight game.

  • RHP Dae-Eun Rhee tossed six scoreless frames, fanning five in the no-decision.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.309) was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, RBI, walk and run scored. He had hit .194 (7-for-36) in his previous 11 contests.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.320) was 2-for-4 with a walk, and has three multihit efforts in his first seven games with the I-Cubs.
  • RHP Marcos Mateo (3.49) threw two shutout innings in relief of Rhee.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.66) suffered a blown save and allowed a run in the ninth on four walks.

Tennessee Smokies (20-19)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Tennessee tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the top of the ninth before Birmingham won, 3-2, in the bottom of the frame.

  • RHP Pierce Johnson fanned eight over six innings, surrendering two earned runs in the no-decision.
  • RF Jae-Hoon Ha (.226) was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. His ninth-inning infield single plated PR Pin-Chieh Chen to tie the game at 2-2.
  • LF Lars Anderson (.389) drew three walks, going 0-for-1.
  • LHP Jeff Lorick (4.35) spun 1.2 shutout innings in relief of Johnson.
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (4.11) retired the final batter in the eighth, but allowed the game-winning run in the ninth.

Daytona Cubs (25-12)
1st Place (+4.5)

Daytona won its seventh-straight game as C Kyle Schwarber hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the 10th to give the Cubs a 6-4 win.

  • Including the walk-off homer, Schwarber (.265) finished 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.
  • 3B Wes Darvill (.285) was 2-for-4 with a double, run and an RBI. He has five RBI in his last four games.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.294) had three hits on the night and has hit safely in 11 straight games. He is hitting .419 (18-for-43) during the run.
  • RHP Yao-Lin Wang (5.54) tossed 2.1 shutout frames in relief of LHP Rob Zastryzny, while RHP Stephen Perakslis (4.73) earned the win with two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Kane County Cougars (22-15)
1st Place (+1.0)

Kane County dropped its fourth-straight game, losing the series opener in Wisconsin, 3-2.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.269) paced the Cougars with solo home runs in the sixth and eighth innings. He finished 2-for-3 with two runs, the two homers, two RBI and a walk. He has nine RBI in his last 10 games.
  • The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for RHP Duane Underwood (5 IP, 2 ER, 6 K). He still has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last six starts dating to June 28 (1.91 ERA).

Boise Hawks (3-5)
4th Place (-3.0)

Boise used 20 hits to defeat Hillsboro, 11-2. Hawks pitching surrendered just three hits.

  • 2B Danny Lockhart (.625) was 4-for-4 with three runs, two doubles and two RBI.
  • C Mark Zagunis (.330) finished 3-for-6 with two runs, a double and two RBI.
  • 1B Danny Canela (.293) was 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.240) was 3-for-5 with a run.
  • LF David Bote (.319) and DH Justin Marra (.295) had two hits apiece.
  • Following RHP Josh Conway’s three shutout innings, LHP Sam Wilson (3.93) earned the win, allowing two runs in three innings.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (2.42) picked up his first save with three shutout innings to finish the game.

Mesa Cubs (1-2)
T-3rd Place (-2.0)

The AZL Angels scored five runs—just one earned—in the first to jump ahead of Mesa, besting their host by a final score of 11-4. Mesa committed five errors, allowing eight unearned runs.

  • 2B Andrew Ely (.378) knocked three singles for his third three-hit game in 11 tries this season.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.281) ripped his third triple and knocked in two (17). He has reached safely in his last nine games (.429/12-for-28, 9 BB).
  • After RHP Scott Frazier allowed five runs (one earned) on no hits and five walks, retiring just one batter, LHP Jose Paulino (6.56) provided 5.2 innings of relief, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and striking out three.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/27/14

In a very full slate of games Sunday, Daytona completed a doubleheader sweep, and Mesa cruised to a win. But Iowa, Tennessee, Kane County and Boise all fell short. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (57-53)
1st Place (+0.5)

GAME 1: Iowa dropped its fourth-straight game in the first half of its second consecutive doubleheader with Memphis, falling at home by a final score of 4-2.

  • RF Jorge Soler (.333) hit his first Triple-A homer, a two run shot in the sixth inning.
  • C Eli Whiteside (.182) recorded the lone multihit game for the I-Cubs, knocking two singles.
  • Iowa failed to record a hit with runners in scoring position, finishing 0-for-4.

GAME 2: Memphis completed its second doubleheader sweep of Iowa in as many days and a five-game series sweep. The Redbirds shut the I-Cubs out 2-0.

  • 1B Mike Olt (.286) recorded two of Iowa’s seven hits, including his third double of the year.
  • Josh Vitters (.205) was used as a pinch hitter for the third time in the last six games, singling in place of RHP Marcus Hatley. He is 2-for-7 (.286) with a homer and two RBI as a pinch hitter this season.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.254) recorded a single and a stolen base (20) in each of yesterday’s games.
  • Hatley (3.26), RHP Kyuji Fujikawa (2.25) and RHP Armando Rivero (1.08) combined for three scoreless innings of relief and three strikeouts.

Tennessee Smokies (19-18)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Tennessee entered the bottom of the eighth with a 5-1 lead, but allowed four runs to come across in the eighth and one in the ninth to lose to Birmingham, 6-5, on a walk-off fielding error by 2B Jonathan Mota (4).

  • RHP Corey Black gave up one earned run over six innings.
  • RF Jae-Hoon Ha (.221) finished 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot with a solo shot to drive in his 38th run.
  • 1B Lars Anderson (.429, 2 2B) and 3B Christian Villanueva (.283, 10 2B) each singled and doubled. Villanueva knocked in two runs (18).
  • Mota (.255) hit his first triple of the season as part of a two-hit day. It was his 11th game with multiple hits.
  • LHP Hunter Cervenka (3.57) earned his 10th hold despite allowing two runs over one frame.
  • RHP Lendy Castillo (3.67) blew his second save, allowing two runs in the eighth to tie the game.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (0-2, 2.77) allowed the game-winning unearned run for his second loss of the year.

Daytona Cubs (23-12)
1st Place (+3.0)

GAME 1: Daytona surrendered a three-run lead but prevailed 4-3 over visiting St. Lucie in the first half of the club’s second-straight doubleheader.

  • Daytona managed four RBI on just three total bases. 1B Dan Vogelbach (.279, 56 RBI) had an RBI single in the first inning. Later in the frame, 2B Wes Darvill (.276, 12 RBI) knocked a two-run single.
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.282, 7 RBI) helped the team regain the lead with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth.
  • RHP Michael Jensen (6-4, 2.51) earned the win in relief, retiring three Mets without allowing a run.
  • RHP Zack Godley (4.03) earned his third save, allowing one hit over 1.2 innings of work.

GAME 2: Daytona completed its second-consecutive doubleheader sweep over visiting St. Lucie with a comeback 6-5 win.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.279) extended his hitting streak to eight games with a two-run shot in the fifth inning, giving Daytona the 6-5 lead.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.294) tallied two singles in his 28th multihit game of the year.
  • 3B Wes Darvill (.279, 17 RBI) picked up his third and fourth RBI of the day with a double. He also stole a base (4).
  • RHP Starling Peralta (6-3, 3.59) earned the win in relief, providing 2.1 scoreless innings of work.

Kane County Cougars (22-13)
1st Place (+2.0)

Kane County’s ninth-inning rally fell short, as the Cougars lost at home to West Michigan, 2-1.

  • All of Kane County’s offense came from the first three hitters. LF Shawon Dunston (.284) went 2-for-4 with two singles while SS Carlos Penalver (.217) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.248) each tallied their 13th doubles of the season.
  • RHP Tyler Skulina suffered the loss in his sixth quality start of the season, going seven innings and giving up one earned run while fanning seven.

Boise Hawks (2-4)
4th Place (-3.0)

After jumping ahead 3-2 in the top of the 10th inning, the Hawks lost to the Hillsboro Hops, 4-3, on a walk-off homer from Hops 2B Pedro Ruiz.

  • CF Charcer Burks (.529) finished 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI (3). He has hit in each of his five games with Boise (9-for-17), including multiple hits in each of his last three games (.636/7-for-11).
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.333) singled twice for the Hawks and walked. He has multiple hits in nine of his 27 games with Boise.
  • RHP Trey Lang (1.74) threw three scoreless frames of relief before RHP Francisco Carrillo (1-2, 2.74) surrendered the two-run shot, suffering his first blown save and second loss.

Mesa Cubs (1-0)
T-2nd Place (-0.5)

Mesa routed the host AZL D-backs, 12-2, on 20 hits.

  • Every Mesa hitter recorded a hit, while seven of the nine recorded multiple knocks.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.261) was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs, two doubles (3), two RBI (13) and a stolen base (3).
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.333) homered and finished 3-for-5, with two runs and an RBI (4).
  • 1B Roney Alcala (.255) also went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI (3).
  • LHP Andin Diaz (2-1, 1.38) tossed 1.1 scoreless frames in relief and struck out two to earn his second win of the season.
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