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Most of the Cubs’ minor league squads had a scheduled day off, including Iowa, which is in the midst of the Triple-A All-Star break. Pitchers Blake Parker, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada will all take part in Wednesday’s All-Star Game. Arismendy Alcantara was also named to the squad, but will not play due to his recent promotion. Boise was the only team in action Tuesday, and they secured a one-run win on a walk-off single. Tennessee, Daytona, Kane County and Mesa all resume play Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s Hawks game:
Boise Hawks (18-14)
2nd Place (-1.0)
After surrendering a one-run lead to Spokane in the ninth, Boise emerged with the 4-3 walk-off win thanks to an RBI single from RF Jeffrey Baez.
- RHP Erick Leal pitched six innings, giving up one earned run and striking out five.
- Baez (.288) knocked in the game-winner with his third hit of the night, extending his Northwest League-leading hitting streak to 18 games (.377/29-for-77). His season average has risen from .164 to .288 during the streak.
- CF Rashad Crawford (.325), SS Chesny Young (.423) and C Mark Malave (.278) each recorded two hits. Malave singled and doubled, knocking in two (9).
- RHP Ryan Williams (0.00) and LHP Sam Wilson (1.80) both suffered their first blown saves. Each allowed one run over two frames (Williams’ run was unearned). Wilson fanned five to earn his first win.
The Cubs minor league affiliates went 1-2 Tuesday, with only the Short-Season A Boise Hawks picking up a win, but the real news was two well-deserved call-ups. Last year’s first-round pick Kris Bryant is moving up to Triple-A Iowa after tearing up the Southern League, and 2014 first-round pick Kyle Schwarber is heading to Single-A Kane County after just five games. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s action:
Iowa Cubs (34-35)
3rd Place (-5.5)
After jumping ahead 2-0, Iowa surrendered eight runs to lose at home to El Paso, 8-5.
- SS Javier Baez (.219) hit his 11th homer, a three-run shot with two out in the eighth inning.
- 1B Chris Valaika (.294) recorded his third multihit effort in his last four games, going 2-for-4 with a run, a homer and one RBI (33).
- RF Matt Szczur (.243) added two more hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double (8).
- Jokisch’s 10 strikeouts were his most since he fanned 11 on May 7, 2012, with Daytona.
Tennessee Smokies (33-36)
2nd Place (-12.5)
Recently called up Tennessee Smokies 3B Kris Bryant, LHP Hunter Cervenka, and RHPs P.J. Francescon and Armando Rivero all made appearances for the North squad in the Southern League All-Star Game. Bryant went 1-for-5 at the plate, and the three Smokies pitchers combined to allow one earned run over 2.2 frames. Tennessee OF John Andreoli, 2B Stephen Bruno and RHP Corey Black, as well as Iowa C Rafael Lopez, had been named to the North Division team, but did not compete. Tennessee will resume regular season play tomorrow, hosting Chattanooga.
Daytona Cubs (25-42)
5th Place (-20.5)
Visiting Tampa scored the game’s only run in the top of the first to beat Daytona, 1-0.
- Daytona managed just four hits in the contest and went 0-for-10 with RISP.
- RF Bijan Rademacher (.289) was the only Cub to reach base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk. Both times, he was retired on the basepaths, getting picked off at first and then thrown out stealing.
- LHP Rob Zastryzny threw his second quality start of the season. His first came in his last start on June 9 at Clearwater. He has lost both efforts, despite allowing just three earned runs over 13.2 innings.
Kane County Cougars (45-25)
1st Place (+6.5)
In the Midwest League All-Star game, the Western Division routed the Eastern squad, holding them to two hits and winning 7-0. 3B Jordan Hankins and RHP Paul Blackburn represented the Cougars. Hankins went 0-for-2 filling in at third, while Blackburn did not make it into the game. Kane County will return to action on Thursday at home against Cedar Rapids.
Boise Hawks (4-1)
T-1st Place (–)
Boise hit five home runs en route to a 12-3 victory over visiting Tri-City.
- 2014 first-round pick LF Kyle Schwarber (.600) extended his hitting streak to five games with his third three-hit game of the season, including his first double and two home runs (4). He is tied for the league lead with a .600 batting average and 12 hits. He was promoted to Kane County after the game.
- C Justin Marra (.417) went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI (7).
- RF Jeffrey Baez (.300) led off the game with a homer, finishing 2-for-6 with two runs and two RBI (5).
- 1B Daniel Canela (.467) went 2-for-4 with three runs and a sixth-inning, solo home run.
Daytona secured a win on a walk-off single, while Kane County improved to 20 games over .500 with a win Thursday. Meanwhile, Iowa couldn’t get the ball rolling, and Tennessee was shut out in a loss. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:
Iowa Cubs (30-27)
T-2nd Place (-0.5)
Iowa fell to the visiting Sky Sox in the series opener by a final score of 6-2.
- 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.267) went 2-for-4, including his team-leading eighth home run, a solo shot with two out in the sixth.
- 3B Christian Villanueva (.230) went 1-for-4 with his 17th double in the seventh inning. He later scored on a bases-loaded walk from pinch-hitter Logan Watkins (.302).
- C Rafael Lopez (.143) went 1-for-3 to record his first hit with Iowa.
Tennessee Smokies (28-32)
2nd Place (-12.0)
Tennessee managed just four hits in a 6-0 loss at Jacksonville.
- 2B Jonathan Mota (.174) recorded a pair of doubles for Tennessee.
- SS Elliot Soto (.105) also recorded his second double in three games.
Daytona Cubs (24-34)
5th Place (-16.5)
Daytona used a walk-off RBI-single from 2B Wes Darvill to beat Jupiter, 5-4.
- RHP Felix Pena gave up no earned runs over four innings, striking out seven. Pena has a 1-5 record, despite having allowed one or fewer earned runs in each of his 11 starts.
- RHP Zach Godley (2-1, 6.59) threw 3.2 frames in relief of Pena, allowing one unearned run to earn his second win.
- 3B Jeimer Candelario (.203) went 2-for-3 with a run, a walk, a homer in the ninth and his 25th RBI.
- CF Albert Almora (.251), DH Dan Vogelbach (.268) and SS Marco Hernandez (.273) also tallied two hits apiece.
Kane County Cougars (40-20)
1st Place (+8.5)
Kane County beat Clinton, 7-3, to improve to a league-best 40-20. The Cougars are just one win away from a 2014 Midwest League Playoff berth.
- RHP Tyler Skulina picked up the win, giving up two earned runs over six innings and fanning five.
- RHP Michael Wagner (4.15) earned his first save with three scoreless innings of work.
- CF Jacob Hannemann (.248) went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double (8), an RBI (21) and a stolen base (18).
- 3B Jordan Hankins (.293) added two more hits, including a double (12), and had two RBI (24)
- SS Carlos Penalver added an RBI single in the eighth and came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Hannemann later in the inning.
There were quite a few bright spots in an 0-5 day for the Cubs minor league affiliates Thursday. Top prospect Javier Baez continued his rebound with a multihit effort, Arismendy Alcantara hit his seventh triple of the season, and Kris Bryant clubbed his league-leading 16th home run. Here are the highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:
Iowa Cubs (27-24)
T-1st Place (–)
GM 1: Redbirds closer David Aardsma held the I-Cubs scoreless in the top of the seventh inning to close out a 2-1 victory for Memphis in the suspended game from Wednesday night.
- SS Javier Baez (.229) recorded Iowa’s lone multihit game, going 2-for-3.
- 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.282) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (26) and his team-leading seventh triple.
GM 2: Memphis LHP Tim Cooney still had a no-hitter going with two outs in the top of the ninth inningbefore Alcantara spoiled his bid at history with a single to left field. The I-Cubs fell, 4-0.
- Alcantara (.282) extended his hitting streak to five games with the two-out single.
- RHP Alberto Cabrera (5.48) struck out two hitters in 2.0 scoreless innings of work.
Tennessee Smokies (26-27)
2nd Place (-10.5)
Tennessee lost its fourth straight one-run game to host Huntsville, as they fell 4-3.
- 3B Kris Bryant (.347) went 1-for-4 and clubbed his Southern League-leading 16th homer of the campaign. Bryant has now homered in three of his last four games and is hitting .406 (41-for-101) with 28 runs, six doubles, 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 27 May games.
- 2B Wes Darvill (.232) and 1B Charles Cutler (.330) each had two hits apiece.
- RHP Joe Gardner has allowed just one run on three hits in two starts with the Smokies (11.2 IP).
Daytona Cubs (20-31)
5th Place (-17.0)
Visiting Palm Beach recorded 11 hits in an 8-1 victory over Daytona.
- DH Chadd Krist (.226) recorded Daytona’s lone multihit game, going 2-for-4.
- RF Bijan Rademacher (.315) went 1-for-2 with a walk and his 12th double of the year.
- LF Zeke DeVoss (.189) went 1-for-2 with a walk and drove in his sixth run of the campaign.
Kane County Cougars (36-18)
1st Place (+6.5)
Kane County had its four-game winning streak snapped in a 5-0 loss at Clinton.
- DH Ben Carhart (.297) reached base four times, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk.
- C Cael Brockmeyer (.350) posted his second three-hit game of the year, going 3-for-4.
- 1B Jacob Rogers (.246) went 1-for-4 and has now hit safely in five of his last six games.
(Photo by Stephen Green)
Javier Baez’s early-season struggles have been well documented, but the 2011 No. 1 draft pick looks to be returning to his dominant form. The Cubs top prospect, according to MLB.com, has been named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for his efforts from May 19-25.
During the week, the slugging shortstop hit .400 (12-for-30) with six doubles, three homers and eight RBI. He also extended his now-11-game hitting streak. Baez is currently hitting .225/.287/.437 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with seven homers, nine doubles and 25 RBI.
He is the third-consecutive I-Cub to receive a weekly award, as left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin and right-hander Kyle Hendricks both won Pitcher of the Week awards earlier in the month. Fellow left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada claimed Pitcher of the Week honors during the season’s opening week.
Baez is the first Iowa position player to claim the award since Welington Castillo did it in June 2011.
Iowa powered its way to a win, the Smokies secured a victory in walk-off fashion and Kane County continued its winning ways Thursday. Daytona couldn’t hold its ninth-inning lead. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:
Iowa Cubs (24-20)
T-1st Place (–)
Iowa scored five runs in the fourth inning to roll past host Round Rock, 7-2.
- RHP Dallas Beeler earned the win after throwing seven innings, giving up one earned run and striking out six.
- SS Javier Baez (.201) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.429/12-for-28), going 4-for-5 with two runs, two doubles (6), a home run and two RBI (17). Baez has homered in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
- C Eli Whiteside (.161) went 1-for-4 with a fourth-inning, two-run homer.
- RF Justin Ruggiano (.188) went 1-for-5 with a run scored and a double (1) in the third game of his major league rehab assignment.
Tennessee Smokies (25-21)
2nd Place (-5.5)
Smokies LF Charlie Cutler hit a walk-off RBI-single to lift Tennessee over Mobile, 6-5.
- RHP Corey Black struck out seven over five innings, giving up one earned run.
- 3B Kris Bryant (.335) extended his hitting streak to eight games (.400/12-for-30) while reaching base five times, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a run, two walks, a double (12), three RBI (40) and one stolen base (6). He’s hitting .397 (31-for-78) with seven home runs and 28 RBI in just 20 May games.
- Cutler (.324) finished the contest going 2-for-4 with a double (7) and three RBI (19).
- RHP Arodys Vizcaino (1-0, 4.50) earned the win despite blowing the save in the top of the ninth, as he allowed three runs on three hits.
- Mobile 1B Jon Griffin homered in his first at-bat, giving him five-straight at-bats with a homer.
Daytona Cubs (16-27)
5th Place (-15.5)
Bradenton scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Daytona, 2-1.
- RHP Tayler Scott gave up no earned runs over 6.1 innings, striking out three.
- C Willson Contreras (.237) went 3-for-4 with two doubles (4) and his first triple of the year.
- 3B Jeimer Candelario (.183) went 2-for-4.
- RHP Austin Reed (2.70) tossed 1.2 scoreless inning of relief.
Kane County Cougars (31-16)
1st Place (+3.5)
Kane County won its Midwest League-leading 31st game, beating visiting Clinton, 6-1.
- RF Yasiel Balaguert (.237) went 1-for-4 with an eighth-inning, solo home run.
- SS Carlos Penalver (.247) and 3B Ben Carhart (.281) each had two hits apiece.
- RHP Paul Blackburn won his team-leading fifth game. He owns a 1.00 ERA (2 ER/18.0 IP) with 16 strikeouts over his last three starts (2-0 record).
Josh Vitters homered for the I-Cubs Thursday. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Kane County’s offense was on full display early, capturing a win in the season opener. Iowa and Daytona both struggled to put some runs on the board while Tennessee let a five-run lead slip away in a loss. Here are some highlights from action around the minor leagues.
Iowa Cubs (0-1)
T-3rd Place (1 game back)
Iowa dropped its season opener vs. Memphis, 10-2. The Redbirds scored three first-inning runs off I-Cubs starter, Chris Rusin.
- LHP Chris Rusin (0-1) gave up five earned over 3.2 innings, fanning two in the loss.
- LF Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 and hit a third-inning solo home run.
- 3B Christian Villanueva had two hits with a double and a run scored.
- RHP Yoanner Negrin followed Rusin and spun 3.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit while striking out four.
Tennessee Smokies (0-1)
T-3rd Place (1 game back)
The Smokies had a 5-0 lead through three innings at Pensacola, but fell to the Blue Wahoos, 6-5, in their season opener.
- RHP Dae-Eun Rhee pitched four innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits and four walks while striking out four in a no-decision.
- 3B Kris Bryant clubbed a two-run homer in his first at-bat off RHP Mat Latos, who was on a rehab assignment. Bryant went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, the home run and one stolen base.
- CF Zeke DeVoss went 2-for-5 with a triple and one RBI from the leadoff spot.
- LF Rubi Silva and RF Jorge Soler each recorded a double. Soler left the game following his double due to hamstring tightness.
- RHP Ryan Searle allowed just one run on one hit while fanning five in three innings of relief.
Daytona Cubs (0-1)
T-4th Place (1 game back)
Daytona opened its 2014 campaign with a 1-0 loss at Brevard County.
- RHP Felix Pena had a solid outing, giving up one run on three hits while striking out three over six innings despite picking up the loss.
- 2B Gioskar Amaya recorded Daytona’s lone multi-hit effort, going 2-for-2 with a stolen base.
- 1B Dan Vogelbach and 3B Jeimer Candelario both went 1-for-3 with a walk.
- RHP’s Zach Cates and Arodys Vizcaino each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
Kane County Cougars (1-0)
T-1st Place ( — games back)
Kane County kicked off its 2014 season with an 8-4 victory at Quad Cities.
- RHP Paul Blackburn gave up four runs over four innings, striking out three.
- RF Yasiel Balaguert went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI.
- SS Carlos Penalver was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, one RBI and two stolen bases.
- CF Jacob Hannemann batted leadoff and went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
- LHP Nathan Dorris tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory.
Daytona’s Dan Vogelbach drove in a run Sunday. (Photo by Aldrin Capulong)
Tennessee staved off elimination and will play Birmingham in a deciding Game 5 showdown, while neither Daytona nor Boise could wrap up their respective championship series Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.
Tennessee forced a fifth and deciding game in the Southern League North Division Championship Series with a 10-7 victory over visiting Birmingham.
- RF Rubi Silva (.429) recorded a game-high four hits, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored.
- 3B Jonathan Mota (.222) went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored, a triple (1) and three RBI (4).
- C Taylor Davis (.222) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles (2) and two RBI (2).
- CF Matt Szczur (.267) went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, a double (1), three RBI (4) and one stolen base (1).
- 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.125) went 2-for-5 with two RBI (2) and one stolen base (1).
- RHP A.J. Morris (1-0, 2.45) allowed one run on two hits in 2.2 innings of relief to earn the victory.
- RHP Frank Batista (0.00) recorded the final out of the game to convert his first save of the postseason.
Charlotte scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to avoid elimination, beating Daytona 3-2. Daytona leads 2-1 in the best-of-five Florida State League Championship Series.
- RHP Corey Black gave up one hit over six innings and struck out two batters.
- RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.421) went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
- DH Dan Vogelbach (.167) was 1-for-4 with an RBI (3).
- 3B Kris Bryant (.412) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
- C Chadd Krist (.235) recorded Daytona’s lone extra-base hit, going 1-for-3 with a double (2) and one RBI (2).
- Daytona allowed its first earned run of the postseason in the eighth inning, snapping a streak of 43.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run in the playoffs.
Vancouver avoided elimination with a 4-2 victory over visiting Boise in Game 2 of the Northwest League Finals. The best-of-three series is tied 1-1.
- RHP Paul Blackburn gave up one earned run on three hits and struck out nine over five innings.
- 2B Jordan Hankins (.500) went 2-for-4 with a double (1) and one RBI (1).
- SS Dan Lockhart (.333) was 1-for-4 with an RBI (3).
- 3B-CF David Bote (.286) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
- RHP Jasvir Rakkar (0.00) struck out one in 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Dustin Geiger had a pair of hits in a Daytona victory. (Photos by Aldrin Capulong/Daytona Cubs)
Daytona’s pitching was on again as the D-Cubs shut out Charlotte in Game 1 of the best-of-five FSL Championship series. However, Tennessee couldn’t get the bats going and fell to Birmingham. Boise will play the first game of the Northwest League Championship Series tonight. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.
Tennessee mustered just four hits in Game 1 of the Southern League North Division Series, falling at Birmingham 3-1. The Smokies will try to even the series at one apiece tonight in Game 2.
- RHP Nick Struck pitched five innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits and striking out three in the loss.
- RF Rubi Silva (.333) provided all the offense for the Smokies, going 1-for-3 with a fifth-inning solo home run.
- LF John Andreoli (.667) recorded two of Tennessee’s four hits, going 2-for-3.
- 3B Christian Villanueva (.333) went 1-for-3 with a double (1).
- RHP’s Yeiper Castillo (0.00), A.J. Morris (0.00) and Tony Zych (0.00) combined to toss 3.0 scoreless relief innings.
- RHP Kyle Hendricks claimed the Southern League ERA title with a 1.85 ERA (26 ER/126.1 IP). He limited opposing hitters to a .227 batting average and allowed the fewest base runners per 9.0 innings pitched at 9.83.
Daytona shut out Charlotte in Game 1 of the FSL Championship series, beating the Stone Crabs 5-0. The Cubs have not allowed an earned run in 27.0 postseason innings this season.
- RHP Pierce Johnson pitched five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out six to pick up the win.
- CF Zeke DeVoss (.375) reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a run scored, two doubles (2) and one stolen base (1).
- RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.273) batted leadoff and went 2-for-5 with a run scored, a double (2) and a team-high three RBI (3).
- 1B Dustin Geiger (.250) was 2-for-4 with a double (1) and two RBI (2).
- LF Anthony Giansanti (.364) posted his second straight multihit game of the postseason, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double (1).
- Daytona starting pitchers Corey Black, C.J. Edwards and Johnson have combined to throw 15.0 shutout innings this postseason. They’ve allowed just nine hits, walking two and fanning 19.
- LHP Jeffrey Lorick (0.00) scattered four hits while striking out one in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.
- The Cubs came into the game having gone 0-6 against the Stone Crabs this season.
C.J. Edwards picked up his first win in a Daytona uniform Wednesday. (Photo by Aldrin Capulong/Daytona Cubs)
Daytona and Boise both snagged postseason wins Wednesday to secure a spot in their respective championship series. Tennessee begins its playoff series with Birmingham today. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.
Daytona allowed just two hits in a 4-0 victory at Dunedin in Game 2 of the Florida State League North Division Championship series. The Cubs will take on the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the best-of-five FSL Championship Series beginning tonight at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
- 3B Kris Bryant (.833) posted his second straight multihit effort, going 3-for-3 with a run scored, a double (1) and a game-high two RBI (4). He finished the series 5-for-6 with four RBI.
- 2B Wes Darvill (.333) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (1) and one RBI (1).
- LF Anthony Giansanti (.286) was 2-for-4.
- RHP C.J. Edwards tossed 5.0 no-hit innings and struck out eight to earn his first-ever Cubs victory. Since being acquired by the Cubs, Edwards has struck out 41 hitters while allowing just seven walks in 28.0 innings.
- RHP Ryan Searle (0.00) struck out five in 4.0 scoreless innings of work to convert the save.
- The game featured a 29-minute rain delay after the first inning.
Boise won the South Division Pennant with an 11-7 victory at Salem-Keizer. The Hawks will host Vancouver in the best-of-three League Championship Series beginning Friday.
- CF Kevin Encarnacion (.667) batted leadoff and went 3-for-5 with a walk, three runs scored, a double (1) and one RBI (1).
- DH Justin Marra (.222) went 2-for-5 with a run scored, two doubles (2) and a game-high four RBI (4).
- 2B Dan Lockhart (.500) was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and one RBI (1).
- 3B David Bote (.286) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, one RBI (1) and a stolen base (1).
- RHP Loiger Padron (1-0, 3.38) allowed one run on three hits in 2.2 innings of relief to earn the win.
- The victory marks Boise’s 13th trip to the League Championship Series (seven titles).