The reshuffling that happens at this time of the season in the minors had an effect throughout the system as several teams struggled. Rehabbing players Josh Conway and Danny Lockhart had excellent performances for Boise. Kane County lost three straight despite good pitching from Duane Underwood, Daury Torrez, and Jen-Ho Tseng.
Daytona had a six-game winning streak that included a walk-off homer from Kyle Schwarber and Jacob Hannemann’s first Florida State League home run. Tennessee scuffled a bit but had a wild 11-8 game that featured big nights from Albert Almora and Addison Russell. Iowa received excellent pitching from Eric Jokisch and home runs from Javier Baez and Jorge Soler.
Along with summaries from the Dominican Summer League and the Venezuelan Summer League, find out where your favorite player is now inside today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Editor’s Note: Monday’s report will cover games from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday’s report covers games Monday through Wednesday. Late Games by the Boise Hawks and the AZL Cubs will be carried on the following report.
Short Season-A – Boise Hawks (25–21)
Boise was never able to get out of the hole the Hawks dug for themselves Monday, as Boise lost 6-1 to Hillsboro. Trevor Clifton was rocked for five runs (four earned) with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Newly promoted Yomar Morel gave up an earned run with a strikeout in 1.1 innings. Tommy Thorpe pitched three perfect innings while striking out two batters. The Hawks’ only run came in the third inning after Bryant Flete (1-for-4) reached with a one out single and Calvin Graves (0-for-2) walked. A ground out resulted in an error that allowed Flete to score.
The Hawks took out their frustrations on Hillsboro Tuesday as Boise thrashed the Hops 11-2. Josh Conway looks closer and closer to becoming a full-time starter as he had two strikeouts in three perfect innings. Sam Wilson was the long man for the night and allowed two earned runs while striking out three in three innings. Francisco Carrillo picked up his first save as he struck out three in three scoreless innings.
Boise kept the offensive pressure up throughout the game. Danny Lockhart (4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI) and Mark Zagunis (3-for-6 with a double and two RBI) had back-to-back one out doubles that allowed Lockhart to score. A sacrifice fly plated Zagunis. Jesse Hodges (1-for-3 with an RBI) and Bryant Flete (3-for-5) singled to start the second inning, and Hodges scored on an error. It was Lockhart and Zagunis again in the third as singles put runners on the corners. Lockhart scored on a groundout. Charcer Burks (1-for-4) singled with one out in the fourth and moved to third on a fielding error that allowed Rashad Crawford (0-for-6 with a stolen base) to reach. Crawford stole second and both runners scored on a double from Lockhart. A two out base hit by Danny Canela (3-for-4 with three RBI) plated Lockhart. The fifth started with a single by Flete and a walk to Burks. Flete moved to third on a fly ball, but Burks was thrown out trying to steal second. A single by Lockhart scored Flete. A base hit by Canela and walks to David Bote (2-for-4 with an RBI) and Justin Marra (2-for-4 with a double) loaded the bases in the sixth and Canela scored on a sacrifice fly. Jason Vosler (1-for-2) started a two out rally in the seventh with a single. Zagunis followed with a base hit. A wild pitch scored Vosler, and a single from Canela drove in Zagunis.
Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars (67-41)
Kane County continued to have a rough time with West Michigan as the Cougars lost their third straight 2-1 in a Monday Matinee. Daury Torrez had an excellent start for the Cougars as he allowed an earned run and struck out four in six innings. Michael Heesch had three strikeouts in three innings but gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth. Kane County tied the game at one in the seventh after Trey Martin (1-for-4) reached with a one out single and scored on a double from Shawon Dunston Jr. (2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI).
The Cougars came up a little short Tuesday as Kane County lost 3-2 to Wisconsin. Duane Underwood pitched well enough to win as he allowed two earned runs and struck out six in five innings. Michael Wagner gave up an earned run with two strikeouts in two innings. Jasvir Rakkar pitched a perfect eighth and struck out a batter. Jacob Rogers supplied the offense for Kane County. Jacob Rogers (2-for-3 with two home runs and two RBI) hit solo home runs in the sixth and in the eighth inning.
Kane County came out on the short end of a pitcher’s duel Wednesday as the Cougars lost 2-0 to Wisconsin. Jen-Ho Tseng pitched well enough to win as he allowed an earned run and struck out three in seven innings. James Pugliese failed to record an out as he gave up an earned run. David Garner saw his first action with the Cougars and struck out two in a scoreless inning. There was not muck going for the Cougars’ offense, as Chesny Young was 2-for-4 while Jeffrey Baez went 1-for-3 with a double.
High Class–A – Daytona Cubs (51-55)
Daytona stretched their winning streak to six games Monday as they shut out Bradenton 7-0. In his second start for the D-Cubs, Juan Carlos Paniagua displayed some of the promise he showed at Kane County when he struck out six in six scoreless innings. Tyler Bremer tossed two perfect innings with two strikeouts. Austin Kirk finished the game out by striking out a batter in the ninth.
The D-Cubs got busy in the first inning after Jacob Hannemann (1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base) led off with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on a sacrifice fly. Dan Vogelbach (0-for-2) was hit by a pitch and Willson Contreras (3-for-5 with a double and two RBI) singled. Billy McKinney (2-for-5 with a double and two RBI) doubled in Vogelbach. In the second, Gioskar Amaya (2-for-3) had a one out single and Hannemann reached on an error. A base hit by Marco Hernandez (1-for-4 with two RBI) scored Amaya, but was forced at second on a ground out that allowed Kyle Schwarber (0-for-3 with an RBI) to reach. Vogelbach walked to load the bases, and a double by Contreras scored Hannemann and Schwarber. McKinney singled in Vogelbach. Daytona added a run in the fifth after Bijan Rademacher (1-for-4) singled with one out. Amaya had a base hit and Hannemann walked to fill the bases. Rademacher scored on a groundout.
Make it seven in a row as the D-Cubs won in walk-off fashion Tuesday with a 6-4 victory over Bradenton. Rob Zastryzny started off well but ended up allowing four earned runs while striking out four in 5.2 innings. The D-Cubs received excellent relief pitching from Yao-Lin Wang, who held the Marauders in check for 2.1 innings with three strikeouts. Stephen Perakslis struck out two in two scoreless innings to get the victory.
Daytona took the lead in the third inning after Wes Darvill (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) led off with a double and scored on a double from Bijan Rademacher (1-for-4). Gioskar Amaya (3-for-4 with a stolen base) singled and stole second. And Rademacher scored on a double play. The D-Cubs tied the game in the sixth after Kyle Schwarber (2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two RBI) laced a one out double. Dan Vogelbach (0-for-3) and Rock Shoulders (0-for-2) drew walks. A sacrifice fly plated Schwarber, and a single from Darvill scored Vogelbach. It stayed tied at four until the tenth inning when Marco Hernandez (1-for-4 with an RBI) reached on a one out single and scored Kyle Schwarber’s walk-off home run.
The winning streak came to an end in disappointing fashion Wednesday as Daytona lost 9-7 to Bradenton. The D-Cubs came back from a 3-0 deficit in the third inning after Jacob Hannemann (3-for-5 with a home run and an RBI) blasted his first Florida State League home run. In the sixth inning, Marco Hernandez (3-for-4 with an RBI) and Kyle Schwarber (1-for-3 with an RBI) singled, and Dan Vogelbach (1-for-4) walked to load the bases. A sacrifice fly and an error allowed Hernandez and Schwarber to score. Vogelbach scored on a sacrifice fly. Gioskar Amaya (1-for-3 with a double) began the seventh with a walk, and stole second base. Singles by Hannemann and Hernandez plated Amaya. Hannemann scored on a sacrifice fly. A walk to Vogelbach and a single by Willson Contreras (2-for-5) loaded the bases. Hernandez scored on a sacrifice fly. Justin Amlung remains a shaky part of the rotation as he allowed four earned runs with a strikeout in 4.1 innings. Gerardo Concepcion saw his first action for Daytona and struck out two in 2.2 scoreless innings. Michael Jensen had a rough time as he gave up three earned runs in 0.1 innings. Zack Godley tossed the final 1.2 innings and surrendered two earned runs.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (53-56)
It was a real barn-burner Monday as Tennessee outlasted Birmingham 11-8. The Smokies started the scoring in the second after Lars Anderson (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI) walked and Charles Cutler (2-for-5) singled. Stephen Bruno (1-for-2 with a double and an RBI) drew a walk and then, after an infield fly, a base hit by Dustin Geiger (2-for-2 with a double, three RBI, and a stolen base) plated both Anderson and Cutler. Albert Almora (4-for-6 with a double and two RBI) led off the third with a double. Addison Russell (4-for-6 with a double and an RBI) followed with a single and Almora scored on a sacrifice fly. Jonathan Mota (1-for-5) began the fourth inning with a single and scored on a double from Geiger. Base hits by Jae-Hoon Ha (2-for-5) and Almora plated Geiger. And Russell doubled in Jae-Hoon Ha. A sacrifice fly allowed Almora to score. The bases were loaded in the top of the six after singles from Almora and Russell and a walk to Anderson. A sacrifice fly drove in Almora and a double from Bruno scored Russell. Geiger walked to start the seventh and scored after singles from Ha and Almora. Tennessee added a run in the ninth when Anderson swatted a solo home run.
Eduardo Figueroa may have received his last start for Tennessee with promotions and players returning from the disabled list will probably pushing him to the bullpen. Figueroa allowed five earned runs and struck out four in six innings. Zach Cates was hit hard as he gave up two earned runs with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Frank Batista surrendered an earned run, but picked up his eighth save.
Tuesday night was a real disappointment for Tennessee as the Smokies lost 3-2 to Birmingham. Pierce Johnson did not pitch poorly as he had eight strikeouts and allowed two earned runs in six innings. Jeffrey Lorick struck out two in 1.2 perfect innings. P.J. Francescon gave up the winning run in the ninth. The Smokies cut the deficit in half in the eighth inning after Jae-Hoon Ha (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI) doubled and eventually scored on a fielding error. In the ninth, Stephen Bruno (1-for-3) singled, was sacrificed to second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. A base hit by Ha drove in pinch-runner Pin-Chieh Chen.
Tennessee closed out their series with Birmingham Wednesday with a 7-3 loss. Jeffry Antigua may have slipped in his bid to remain in the rotation as he allowed three earned runs with two strikeouts in six innings. Tony Zych was hammered for four earned runs in 1.2 innings. Lendy Castillo came in and got the final out. The Smokies got on the board in the third inning after Albert Almora (2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI) hit his first Double-A home run. Tennessee would not get any closer until the ninth when Lars Anderson (2-for-4) singled and Charles Cutler (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) smacked a two-run home run.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (59–54)
Starting a nine game road trip Tuesday, Iowa ended up losing to New Orleans 2-1 in ten innings. The lone run for the I-Cubs came in the fourth inning when Kris Bryant (2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI) hit a solo home run. Dae-Eun Rhee started for Iowa and did well. Rhee shut out the Zephyrs for six innings while striking out five batters. Marcos Mateo also had five strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Zac Rosscup walked four, including the tying run, in the ninth. Three hits and a walk were all New Orleans needed off of Alberto Cabrera to win the game.
A Wednesday doubleheader saw Iowa dominate game one, as they beat New Orleans 9-0. Eric Jokisch was just as much of a factor as the I-Cubs’ offense as he went the distance while striking out six in seven innings. The scoring started innocently enough in the second inning after Kris Bryant (1-for-2 with a double and an RBI) was hit by a pitch and scored on a double from Mike Olt (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI). In the third, Matt Szczur singled and moved to third on an errant pick-off attempt. Javier Baez (1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) reached on an error that allowed Szczur to score. Bryant doubled in Baez, and Bryant scored on a home run form Jorge Soler (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI). Josh Vitters (0-for-4) reached on an error to start the fourth, and Eli Whiteside (1-for-3) singled. Jokisch bunted into a double play, but Szczur walked and Chris Valaika (1-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Whiteside. Baez launched a three-run homer with Szczur and Valaika along for the ride.
Game two was more of a pitcher’s showcase as Iowa held on for a 2-1 win over New Orleans. Yoanner Negrin showed one of his flashes as he struck out five and allowed an earned run in five innings. Kyuji Fujikawa had a strikeout in a perfect inning, while Armando Rivero struck out two in a scoreless innings. The I-Cubs jumped out ahead in the second inning after Jorge Soler (1-for-2 with a double) had a one out double and scored on a two out single from Mike Olt (1-for-3 with an RBI). In the fourth inning, Kris Bryant (1-for-3) singled with one out and stole second base. Soler walked and Bryant scored on a single from Rafael Lopez (1-for-3 with an RBI).
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (14–15)
It was a good, old fashioned romp Sunday as the A-Cubs beat the Diamondbacks 12-2. Shortstop Gleyber Torres had a big night. Torres went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Second baseman Andrew Ely homered and was 3-for-5 with an RBI, while first baseman Roney Alcala went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Justin Steele started and allowed an earned run while striking out four in two innings.
The AZL Cubs were hammered Monday night and lost 12-6 to the Diamondbacks. C.J. Edwards completed his rehab as he went 3.2 innings while allowing an earned run and striking out six batters. Adbert Alzolay was pummeled for four earned runs in an inning, while Alberto Diaz gave up three runs (two earned) in 0.1 innings and Tanner Griggs surrendered four runs (three earned) in 2.1 innings. Gleyber Torres had another big night. Torres was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.
It was a sloppy game Tuesday as the A-Cubs committed five errors and lost 11-4 to the Angels. Scott Frazier started and could not get the ball over the plate. Frazier walked five and surrendering five runs (one earned) in only 0.1 innings. Jose Paulino picked up the slack and tossed 5.2 innings but gave up three runs (two earned) while striking out three batters. Second baseman Andrew Ely was 3-for-4.
Dominican Summer League
The DSL Cubs remain in second place, ten games behind the Rangers in the Boca Chica North Division with 32-18 record. Catcher Yohan Matos is tied for sixth in the league with five home runs along with teammate and first baseman Jose Paniagua. Matos is batting .314/.414/.340/.954 with 23 RBI while Paniagua is hitting .319/.417/.518/.935 with 29 RBI. Infielder Frandy Delarosa is tied for sixth in the league with 36 RBI and is batting .272/.333/.408/.742. Infielder Carlos Jimenez and outfielder Jenner Emeterio are tied for 12th with 20 stolen bases. Twenty-year old right-hander Santiago Rodriguez is third in the league with a 1.04 ERA and sixth with 58 strikeouts with a record of 7-0 in 60.2 innings and a WHIP of 0.96. Oscar De La Cruz is fourth in the league in ERA at 1.14, and is 6-0 with 45 strikeouts in 55.2 innings and a 0.93 WHIP.
Venezuelan Summer League
The VSL Cubs are a distant 15.5 games out of first place as their 26-37 record is good for fourth in the league. Third baseman Wladimir Galindo continues to lead the league with seven home runs, sixth in the league with 28 RBI and is 12th in hitting at .273/.352/.473/.825. First baseman Miguel Rico is tied for fourth with four homers and fifth in the league with 31 RBI while batting .262.377/.376/.753. Infielder/outfielder Humberto Garcia is second in the league with 19 stolen bases and is batting .265/.329/.377/.707 with 17 RBI. Nineteen-year old Carlos A. Rodriguez is second in the league with a 1.18 ERA, third with 54 strikeouts, and sixth with a 0.99 WHIP along with a 0-3 record in 53.1 innings. Yapson Gomez leads the league with a 0.84 WHIP and is third in ERA (1.68) with a 5-2 record that includes 35 strikeouts in 64.1 innings.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs sent INF Danny Lockhart to the Boise Hawks on a rehab assignment; assigned RHP Felix Pena to the Tennessee Smokies form the Daytona Cubs; assigned RHP David Garner and Jasvir Rakkar, and LHP Tyler Ihrig to the Kane County Cougar from the Boise Hawks; assigned RHP Yomar Morel to the Boise Hawks from the AZL Cubs.