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Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/27/15

The Cubs’ two Single-A affiliates had the day off Monday, while the higher-level teams both fell despite several notable performances. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (7-10)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-6.5)

Iowa was blanked at Colorado Springs 7-0, as the I-Cubs collected just four hits. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed due to rain and will be played tonight.

  • SS Chris Valaika (.259) went 2-for-2 and drew a walk.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.233) hit his second double of the season and walked once.

Tennessee Smokies (10-6)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Tennessee’s four-game winning streak was snapped by Chattanooga, as the Smokies fell 5-3 in the third game of the five-game home series.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.370) went 2-for-3, walked once and knocked a sixth-inning solo homer. Schwarber has recorded a hit in his last six starts, four of which were multi-hit games.
  • 2B Ryan Dent (.262) blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning. He has earned an RBI in four of the last five games for a total of eight on the season.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (1.35) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and fanning three batters.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/26/15

Tennessee and South Bend captured wins, while Myrtle Beach took a loss in a rain-shortened affair on Sunday. Meanwhile, Iowa was postponed due to inclement weather. The I-Cubs have a doubleheader scheduled for tonight. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (10-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Tennessee won its fourth straight game, defeating Chattanooga 5-2. Five different Smokies drove in runs.

  • RF Albert Almora (.306) went 2-for-4, plated one, swiped a base and scored once.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.340) went 2-for-4 with a double and scored once.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.275) had a multi-hit game, drove in a run and scored once.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.02) tossed his second quality start in 7.0 innings of work. He gave up only one earned run on three hits, walking two and fanning a season-high eight batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-7)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach fell to Winston-Salem in the series finale by a score of 6-1. The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning due to rain.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.240) went 2-for-3, hit his third double and earned his eighth RBI.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.328) went 2-for-3 and scored once. It marked his third multi-hit game in his last four appearances.
  • RHP Josh Conway (3.52) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, giving up only one hit, walking two and striking out one batter.

South Bend Cubs (9-9)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fourth Place (-3.0)

South Bend defeated Fort Wayne, 7-1, in the rubber game of the three-game series.

  • CF Trey Martin (.250) went 2-for-4, plated two, swiped two bases, walked once and scored once.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.305) went 3-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and a run.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.228) hit his third double of the season and drove in a run.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (0.46) picked up his second straight win and second quality start of the season. He tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and fanning three batters.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/23/15

Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all cruised to victories on Thursday, while Iowa gave up an early lead and couldn’t fight back. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (6-8)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

Iowa fell to New Orleans 9-2 after giving up a season-high six runs in the first inning.

  • SS Chris Valaika hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and walked once. It marked his seventh RBI and second home run this season.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (0.00) threw 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, walking two and fanning two batters.

Tennessee Smokies (8-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Tennessee cruised to a 9-2 victory at Jackson, drawing a season high 12 walks.

  • RHP Felix Pena (1.53) secured the win, giving up two earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. He struck out eight and walked two.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.371) went 3-for-6 with a home run and a double, plating two and scoring twice. It was his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • C Willson Contreras (.333) went 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, two walks and two runs scored. Contreras had his fourth multi-hit game this season.
  • 3B Ryan Dent (.290) went 3-for-4 and picked up three RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-4)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.0)

Myrtle Beach pulled away with a four-run fifth inning to top Winston-Salem 6-0 in the first game of the series. The Pelicans are now 4-0 against Winston-Salem this season.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.280) went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base (6) and two runs. It marked his fifth multi-hit game this season.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.325) also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
  • C Ben Carthart (.235) hit a two-run double in the fifth inning. Carhart also walked and scored a run.
  • RHP Daury Torrez threw his first quality start to pick up the win, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings, giving up four hits and fanning one batter.

South Bend Cubs (7-8)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend blanked Lake County 10-0 in the rubber game of the series. The SB Cubs outscored Lake County 26-3 over the final two games.

  • RHP Erick Leal picked up the win after pitching 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out six and walking just one batter.
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.188) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a three-run double to go along with one run scored.
  • CF Trey Martin (.267) picked up his sixth multi-hit game this season.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.275) went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two stolen bases and one run scored.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.340) went 2-for-5, swiped a base and scored twice. Young is currently on an eight-game hitting streak (13-for-31) and has six multi-hit games on the season.
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (0.96) earned his first save after throwing 4.0 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and fanning five batters.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/22/15

Tennessee and South Bend cruised behind strong offensive performances, but Iowa and Myrtle Beach both fell Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (6-7)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-4.5)

Iowa saw their two-game winning streak snapped, as they fell 6-3 at home to New Orleans.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2.70) made his second rehab appearance, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings. In two starts, he has allowed three runs in 10.0 innings, walking six and fanning 11.
  • 1B Jonathan Mota (.355) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. It marked his fourth multi-hit game of the season.
  • RF Junior Lake (.268) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. He has hit safely in three straight games (.444).

Tennessee Smokies (7-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The Smokies collected 18 hits and drew eight walks as they rolled to a 13-4 victory over Jackson.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.345) had a four-hit game, going 4-for-6 with a run and an RBI.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.432) doubled and hit a three-run homer as part of a 2-for-5 night that included a walk, two runs scored and five RBI (9).
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.275) went 3-for-4 with a double, two walks and two runs scored.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.282) went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.
  • 3B Ryan Dent (.222) went 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season.
  • LF Albert Almora (.300) and 2B Stephen Bruno (.361) also had two-hit games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-4)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

The Pelicans lost for the first time since April 14, as they fell 4-1 at Salem in an afternoon contest.

  • LF Wes Darvill (.158) collected three of the team’s six hits, going 3-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.263) went 1-for-3 with a walk. He has hit safely in 8 of 11 games.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (1.35) tossed 1.2 scoreless frames, fanning two batters. He has allowed one run in 6.2 innings this season across four appearances.

South Bend Cubs (6-8)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend scored the most runs in a game in the Midwest League this season, defeating Lake County 16-3.

  • RHP Jeremy Null picked up the win, surrendering no runs on three hits and no walks in 6.0 innings of work. He struck out four. He has 17 strikeouts on the season and no walks in 17.0 innings.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.333) went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and a stolen base.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.442) collected his third three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI.
  • C Justin Marra (.136) homered for the second consecutive game, with a two-run shot.
  • CF Trey Martin (.255), 3B Zach Hedges (.245), SS Gleyber Torres (.250), LF Charcer Burks (.356) and RF Rashad Crawford (.303) all had multi-hit games.


Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/15/15

Iowa lost on a walk-off hit, and South Bend’s comeback bid wasn’t enough on Wednesday. Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were both rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (3-3)
Third Place (-1.5)

Iowa saw its three-game winning streak snapped as the club fell 3-2 in walk-off fashion at New Orleans in 10 innings.

  • 2B Jonathan Mota (.462) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He is 5-for-9 with two runs in his last three games.
  • 1B Chris Valaika (.240) snapped a two-game hitless skid as he went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.333) reached base for the fourth straight game, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • RHP Donn Roach retired the first 12 batters he faced and allowed just one base runner in six innings.

South Bend Cubs
T-Fourth Place (-3.0)

After falling behind 9-0 in three innings, South Bend rallied, but it wasn’t enough. They lost to Fort Wayne, 10-7.

  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.409) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run scored. He has six doubles and five RBI in six games and has a three-game hitting streak (.455/5-for-11).
  • CF Trey Martin (.269) and 2B Chesny Young (.259) each went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Martin has hit safely in five straight games (.304/7-for-23).
  • C Gioskar Amaya (.238) hit his first double of the season, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/13/15

Pitching and hitting came together to drive Iowa and Tennessee to wins, while South Bend was on the losing end Monday. Myrtle Beach was rained out, with a doubleheader now scheduled for Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (3-2)
Third Place (-1.0)

Iowa took the first game of the series, 4-1, at New Orleans. Four I-Cubs had multihit games, and the pitching staff allowed no earned runs, helping the team to their third-straight victory.

  • RHP Yoanner Negrin gave up no earned runs across 4.2 innings of work, striking out five in the no-decision.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.381) had his second three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base.
  • 1B Mike Baxter (.538) went 2-for-2, walked twice, scored once and hit a double in the second that plated one. He has hit safely in all four games to begin the season with three multihit outings.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.364) and LF Junior Lake (.227) also added multihit games.
  • RHP Gonzalez Germen (0.00), LHP James Russell (0.00) and LHP Joseph Ortiz (0.00) combined for 4.1 shutout innings of relief, giving up one hit, walking none and fanning three batters.

Tennessee Smokies (3-2)
Second Place (-1.0)

Third baseman Christian Villanueva homered twice as the Smokies cruised past Mississippi, 10-4. Villanueva (.238) went 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBI (7), two walks and three runs scored.

  • RHP Frank Batista picked up the win, giving up an earned run on three hits and no walks over six innings. He also struck out three.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.444) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (4). He also walked twice and scored once.
  • CF Albert Almora (.261) went 2-for-6, hit a double (2), drove in a run and scored once.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.235) hit a triple that plated three runs in the third inning (7).
  • Six Smokies had at least one RBI. All eight position player starters recorded a hit.

South Bend Cubs (3-2)
Third Place (-1.0)

The South Bend Cubs fell 6-1 at Dayton, evening up the three-game series at a game apiece.

  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.400) went 2-for-4, hit his fourth double and recorded an RBI (4).
  • 2B Chesny Young (.278) went 2-for-4 and scored once.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/12/15

The offense drove Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend to victories on Sunday, but a solid start on the mound wasn’t enough for Myrtle Beach. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (2-2)
Third Place (-1.0)

Third baseman Kris Bryant (.313) blasted a homer and drove in three runs for the second consecutive game as the I-Cubs topped Memphis 7-2.

  • SS Addison Russell (.389) went 3-for-5 with his first Triple-A homer, two runs scored and two RBI (3).
  • 1B Jonathan Mota (.500) went 3-for-4, hit a solo homer in the fourth and scored twice.
  • CF Adron Chambers (.308) went 2-for-3 including a double (3) that brought in a run in the second inning.
  • LHP Drake Britton (4.91) earned the win, pitching 2.1 shutout innings and walking just one batter.

Tennessee Smokies (2-2)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

Six Smokies had multihit games, helping the team to a 6-3 win at Mississippi.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.400) went 3-for-5, hitting two doubles, driving in two runs and scoring once.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.167) went 2-for-5 with three RBI (4) and scored once.
  • CF Albert Almora (.235) went 2-for-5 with a walk, a double and two runs.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.214), C Willson Contreras (.500) and LF Anthony Giansanti (.500) also had multihit games.
  • The Smokies had 16 hits and were 6-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2-2)
Second Place (-1.0)

Myrtle Beach was blanked by Wilmington, falling 5-0 in the last game of the series.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run over five innings of work, striking out five in the loss.
  • LF Chris Denorfia (.500) went 1-for 2 in his first game of a rehabilitation assignment, hitting a double in the first inning.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.188) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.250) each had a hit.

South Bend Cubs (3-1)
T-Second Place (-0.5)

The South Bend Cubs topped Dayton 8-3. Five players had RBI, and the team swiped three bases.

  • RHP Zach Hedges secured a win, giving up two earned runs over five innings. He struck out two.
  • LF Rashad Crawford (.400) went 2-for-2, walked twice, drove in three runs and scored three times.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.313) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.333) went 3-for-5 and scored twice.
  • CF Trey Martin (.313), Vosler and Torres each had a stolen base.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (2.25) earned his second hold, pitching 2.0 shutout innings, giving up no hits, walking one and fanning three batters.

From the Pages of Vine Line: Minor League Prospectus, Part 3 – A Phone Call Away

Eric Jokisch should be ready to step in and help the big league club in 2015. (Photo by Stephen Green)

As evidenced by the additions of players like Jon Lester and Miguel Montero, the Cubs front office is transitioning from a period in which it focused primarily on bringing in assets to help improve the future of the franchise to an extended period in which they expect to compete every year at the big league level. However, if you were to suggest to baseball president Theo Epstein or general manager Jed Hoyer that this transition means they are now less inclined to build through their farm system, they would be quick to correct you.

Just because Cubs fans may finally start seeing wins accumulate at Wrigley Field doesn’t mean the minor league pipeline is suddenly going to go overlooked. In fact, for the second year in a row, the North Siders will have arguably the best system in all of baseball. Boasting the top prospect in the game, an overabundance of high-profile shortstops and a suddenly large group of interesting arms at the lower levels, the Cubs have built the scouting and player development monster they promised to deliver more than three years ago.

In our annual minor league prospectus, Baseball Prospectus’ Sahadev Sharma helps us break down the names to know at all levels of the system. As the month progresses, we’ll unveil player bios on a section-by-section basis. Here is Part 3 of the Cubs minor league prospectus:

Part 1 – The Elite
Part 2 – The Up-And-Comers

A Phone Call Away

While prospects are always fun to follow, no player dreams of a long career in the minor leagues. The ultimate goal for each is to help out at the big league level. Most everyone is aware that guys like Bryant and Russell will be making an impact at Wrigley Field in the near future, but there are other, less-heralded players who could contribute this year as well in a variety of roles.

Dallas Beeler – RHP
Beeler isn’t the kind of prospect who wows you with his stuff, but he still made his major league debut last season after missing much of 2013 with a finger injury. His ability to work down in the zone, primarily with his sinker and splitter, means he has a chance to induce a significant number of ground balls, which could offset the fact that he’ll likely never be a big strikeout guy. And that’s where Beeler must live—down in the zone—if he’s going to carve out a career in the back end of a major league rotation. His modus operandi is relying on his defense while coaxing weak contact from hitters. The big righty is well aware of this fact and does his best to always work to his strengths. He’ll likely enter Spring Training contending for a spot in the big league bullpen.

Eric Jokisch – LHP
Jokisch is often called a left-handed version of Kyle Hendricks, and the comparison works for multiple reasons. Both pitchers are highly intelligent and attended acclaimed colleges (Jokisch went to Northwestern, Hendricks to Dartmouth), both rely more on command than stuff, and both soak up knowledge, using every bit of information they can get their hands on to try and make themselves better at their craft. Jokisch works hard on scouting the opposition, learning hitters’ tendencies and working to expose their weaknesses. While he could find success at the back of the rotation, he has the advantage of being a southpaw, which many believe will allow him to be most effective out of the bullpen. The Cubs, like most teams, could certainly use more left-handed help in the late innings.

Armando Rivero – RHP
Rivero has a solid chance to join a big league bullpen that rapidly improved throughout the 2014 season. He has an explosive fastball that hitters have difficulty picking up, especially when it’s down in the zone. It’s a special pitch with late cutting life, and he combines it with a power slider that’s one of the best breaking balls in the organization. No matter where he ends up, Rivero will likely rack up strikeouts (as evidenced by his 38 percent K rate last season). He also has a change-up that grades out as average or better, leading some to believe he could be a starter. However, he rarely uses it out of the bullpen, and the Cubs have determined that his best role right now is as a reliever. After missing some time following his defection from Cuba, Rivero has moved quickly through the Cubs system. It’s not unreasonable to think he could have a significant impact at the major league level this summer.

Christian Villanueva – 3B
After Villanueva enjoyed an impressive 2013 campaign that had many projecting a bright future, the 23-year-old struggled in his first taste of Triple-A action in 2014 and was eventually sent back to Tennessee when Bryant earned his promotion to Iowa. One thing that will never be in doubt is his glove. He offers plus defense at the hot corner—the type that could garner a Gold Glove or two if the bat ever comes around to the point where he’s getting regular playing time.

However, the bat does leave major question marks, as Villanueva struggled even when sent back to Double-A. He needs to stop giving away at-bats if he’s ever going to live up to the potential some saw after his breakout 2013 season. Either way, his glove makes him a valuable piece, and he could provide some versatility, as he did see time at second base last season and in the outfield in the Mexican Winter League.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/26/14

Daytona battled back to secure a win, and Kane County set a franchise mark with its 88th victory Tuesday. The other four teams were in action, but each lost. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league games:

Iowa Cubs (69-70)
3rd Place (-4.0)

Iowa allowed five runs on 13 hits in a 5-3 loss to their host, the Tacoma Rainiers.

  • LF Junior Lake (.318) finished 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk, a double (2), a homer, two RBI (6) and a stolen base from the leadoff spot. His two hits extended his hitting streak to eight games (.350/14-for-40).
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.301) singled Lake in to put Iowa on the board in the first. His 109 RBI on the season (51 with Iowa) rank third in the minor leagues.

Tennessee Smokies (32-33)
T-1st Place (–)

Tennessee dropped its sixth-straight contest, a 6-5 comeback loss to visiting Jacksonville, to fall into a tie for first place.

  • CF Albert Almora (.256) doubled (7) and tripled (2) in his second game with multiple extra-base hits in the last four.
  • Five Smokies doubled in yesterday’s contest—Almora, SS-2B Anthony Giansanti (.237, 6 2B), 1B Lars Anderson (.330, 10 2B), C Charles Cutler (.313, 13 2B) and RF Rubi Silva (.257, 13 2B).
  • RHP Blake Cooper (1.49, 5 H) and LHP Hunter Cervenka (3.90, 14 H) each recorded a hold before RHP Frank Batista (4-2, 1.70) allowed three runs (two earned) in the ninth, suffering his second blown save and second loss.

Daytona Cubs (38-26)
1st Place (+2.0)

The D-Cubs maintained their first-place lead with a comeback 6-5 win at Dunedin.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.281) recorded all three Cubs extra-base hits, homering for the second-straight night, knocking two doubles (21) and driving in one (53).
  • 3B Wes Darvill (.251) singled twice in his first multihit game since July 29 vs. Bradenton.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.270) also tallied two singles and knocked in two (51).
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (5-0, 4.03) earned his fifth win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
  • Perakslis was followed by RHP Zack Godley (3.69), who allowed one run over 1.2 frames for his seventh save.

Kane County Cougars (43-21)
1st Place (+3.0)

The Cougars tied a franchise record with their 88th win of the season, a 6-1 victory over host Burlington.

  • RHP Duane Underwood pitched 5.1 innings, giving up one earned run, walking none and striking out four.
  • DH Chesny Young (.337) recorded the lone multihit game for the Cougars, which included his sixth double.
  • Each player in the Cougars’ starting nine recorded at least one hit. Five Cougars recorded a double—Young, 1B Jacob Rogers (.267, 26 2B), CF Trey Martin (.243, 15 2B), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.252, 18 2B) and LF Shawon Dunston (.272, 16 2B). Dunston drove in a team-high two runs (35).
  • LHP Michael Heesch (2.43) and RHP Michael Wagner (2.68) combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out a combined five Bees.

Boise Hawks (16-16)
3rd Place (-5.0)

Everett overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run ninth in Boise, topping the Hawks, 4-2.

  • DH Kevin Brown (.269) finished 2-for-4 with his second triple of the season and both Boise runs.
  • RHP Joshua Conway did not factor into the decision, throwing three perfect innings before exiting the game.
  • In relief, LHP Sam Wilson (5-1, 3.82) suffered the loss, recording three earned runs over two innings of work.
  • RHP Daniel Lewis (0.90) allowed three inherited runners to score, suffering his first blown save despite a line of one scoreless inning.

Mesa Cubs (8-16)
5th Place (-8.5)

Mesa scored first, but surrendered a two-run lead to lose at the AZL Dodgers, 8-3.

  • 2B Varonex Cuevas (.329) hit his third triple (3) in four games, adding a single and driving in one (5).
  • CF Kevonte Mitchell (.292) also recorded his third triple, scoring one of Mesa’s three runs.
  • RF Eloy Jimenez (.225, 3 SB) and SS Ho-young Son (.254, 12 SB) each stole a base despite both going hitless.

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.

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