Iowa moved back into first place behind two excellent pitching performances from Eric Jokisch and Dan Straily and the big bats of Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Mike Olt. Tennessee picked up two wins with Addison Russell staying hot at the plate and Felix Pena delivering a shutout performance.
Kane County just keeps putting wins on the board. Shawon Dunston Jr. and Chesny Young led the Cougars offense while Paul Blackburn and Jen-Ho Tseng had good outings. Daytona posted a win while struggling to get hits as a team. And Boise took a break for the All-Star Game.
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 (28-23)
Boise had Monday off for the All-Star break and returns to the field Thursday against Salem-Keizer with Josh Conway scheduled to take the ball for the first game of the second half.
Six Boise Hawks were selected to participate in the Northwest League All-Star game in Eugene on Tuesday night … Justin Marra, Jesse Hodges, Trevor Clifton, Danny Canela, Rashad Crawford and Mark Zagunis.
The All-Star Game ended in a scoreless tie after ten innings. By league rule, the game could not continue past ten innings. Five of the six Hawks that were named to the roster participated in the game. Mark Zagunis went 1-for-2 with a double and Rashad Crawford went hitless in three at bats. Danny Canela was 0-for-2, Justin Marra also went 0-for-2 and Jesse Hodges was 0-for-3.
Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars (72-43)
Monday’s game in Peoria was suspended with two outs in the bottom of the first inning due to heavy rains. Kane County and Peoria each scored a single run in the first inning. Duane Underwood started for Kane County and gave up a run on two hits in 0.2 innings. Underwood gave up a double and a bunt single to the first two batters he faced. After C.J. McElroy swiped second base, Juan Herrera grounded out to Danny Lockhart at second that allowed a run to score. Underwood struck out Justin Ringo swinging before the game was suspended.
Shawon Dunston Jr (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) scored in the top half of the first inning after doubling to start the game. Chesny Young (2-for-4 with a RBI) singled Dunston in.
The Cougars and Chiefs picked up the suspended game Tuesday afternoon and Kane County took the loss 4-1. With Duane Underwood unavailable, Mark Johnson turned to Jen-Ho Tseng to start the suspended game. With a runner on third and one out in the first inning, Carson Kelly homered to left off Tseng, closed the book on Underwood and gave the Chiefs’ pitching staff all the runs they would need. Tseng did not give up a run over his next six innings and finished the night allowing one run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Michael Heesch gave up a run on a hit and a walk in the eighth.
The Cougars bounced back in the seven-inning night cap and beat Peoria 4-1. Ben Wells was very good and gave up one run on four hits with a walk and no strikeouts in six innings. Tyler Bremer picked up his 11th save of the season with a scoreless seventh inning.
Shawon Dunston Jr. (2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base) and Chesny Young (2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored) led the way for the Cougars offense and Jeffrey Baez (1-for-3 with a home run) hit his first home run with Kane County in the seventh inning.
Dunston led off the game with a single to left and moved up ninety feet on a single by Young. Ben Carhart reached on an error that allowed Dunston to score from second base. Young advanced to third on the play and stole home with Jeimer Candelario at the plate. The Cougars added to their lead in the fifth after Dunston reached on a two-out single, stole second and scored on a single to center off the bat of Chesny Young. Jeffrey Baez capped the scoring in the seventh with his first home run.
Kane County beat Peoria 4-2 Wednesday behind five solid innings from Paul Blackburn. Blackburn surrendered two runs on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings. Jose Arias pitched three innings of scoreless ball with five strikeouts and Tyler Bremer struck out two in the ninth to pick up the save. Cougars’ pitching struck out 12 Chiefs Wednesday in Peoria.
Victor Caratini (0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored) led off the second with a walk and moved to second on a one out single from Jeimer Candelario. After a Jeffrey Baez (2-for-4 with a RBI) single loaded the bases, Kevin Brown (0-for-3 with a RBI) hit a sac fly to left that plated Caratini. Kane County took the lead for good in the fourth after Caratini led off the inning with another walk. With Caratini at second, Candelario singled him to third and Baez drove him in with a single to left. A wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed Candelario to scamper home. Trey Martin (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored) subbing for Shawon Dunston Jr., who left with the game with an undisclosed illness, doubled to start the fifth. After a sac bunt moved Martin to third, Ben Carhart hit a sac fly into center that plated Martin.
High Class-A – Daytona Cubs (52-59)
Sunday’s game that was suspended after just seven minutes in Clearwater that was scheduled as part of a doubleheader on Monday was cancelled. Rains did not let up and both the nine-inning suspended game from Sunday and the night cap, seven-inning game was cancelled Monday afternoon and will not be made up.
The Daytona Cubs were finally able to play a game and not only did the team collect a hit but the D-Cubs put runs on the board and topped Clearwater 3-1.
The D-Cubs snapped their scoreless drought in the eighth inning after Jacob Hannemann (2-for-5 with a runs scored and a stolen base) reached with a one-out single to right. Hannemann stole second and advanced to third on a Marco Hernandez (1-for-4 with a run scored) single. Kyle Schwarber (0-for-2 with a run scored and two walks) walked to load the bases. Dan Vogelbach (0-for-3 with a SF RBI) tied the game at one with a sac fly that plated Hannemann. Rock Shoulders (0-for-1 with three walks) walked to reload the bases. And Billy McKinney (1-for-4 with a double and two RBI) doubled to right to plate Hernandez and Schwarber with the go ahead runs.
Rob Zastryzny pitched a good game and surrendered one run, in the first inning, on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts in five innings. Stephen Perakslis picked up the win after tossing three scoreless innings and Zack Godley notched his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.
Daytona was blanked again Wednesday night and lost 4-0 to Clearwater. The D-Cubs managed only two hits and continued to struggle as a team offensively. Kyle Schwarber (1-for-3 with a double) and Billy McKinney (1-for-2 with a walk) collected the two hits after McKinney broke up Clearwater’s no-hit bid in the eighth.
Juan Carlos Paniagua had another rough outing and surrendered four runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Paniagua served up two home runs that accounted for three of the four runs. Austin Kirk walked two and struck out one in 2.2 innings. Michael Jensen surrendered a hit with a strikeout in an inning of work.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (56-58)
Tennessee beat Pensacola Monday night by a final of 3-2. The Smokies scored all three of their runs in the fifth and sixth innings and the Smokies pen kept Pensacola off the board in the final three innings.
Eduardo Figueroa got the start and tossed five innings while allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Lendy Castillo, Hunter Cervenka, P.J. Francescon and Frank Batista pitched the final four innings without allowing any runs.
The Smokies were down 2-0 going into the bottom of the fifth and Taylor Davis (3-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI) cut the deficit in half with a solo homer to right center. Charles Cutler (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) walked to start the sixth and moved up to second base on a single by Jae-Hoon Ha (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored). Taylor Davis delivered again. Davis doubled to right and plated both Cutler and Ha.
Tennessee shutout Mobile 5-0 Wednesday. Felix Pena pitched 5.1 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. Pena allowed just three hits before turning the game over to the bullpen. Tony Zych, Andrew McKirahan, P.J. Francescon and Frank Batista gave up three hits and no walks in relief of Pena.
The Smokies broke up a scoreless game in the third inning. Pin-Chieh Chen (2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI) doubled in Luis Flores (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) and Addison Russell (2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a RBI and a run scored) delivered a two-out double that plated Chen. The Smokies added a run in the sixth. Russell walked to start the inning and scored on a double from Lars Anderson (1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a RBI). The Smokies put the game out of reach with a two-run ninth inning. Charles Cutler (1-for-1 with a run scored) led off with a single to center and moved to second on a single from Chen. Anderson worked a two out walk to load the bases and Christian Villanueva (1-for-5 with two RBI) delivered a two-out, two-run single into left that plated Cutler and Chen.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (62-56)
Iowa shutout the Storm Chasers Monday behind a tremendous outing from Eric Jokisch and jumped back into first place with the 6-0 victory. Jokisch scattered five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over eight innings before handing the ball to Marcus Hatley for the ninth. Omaha did not square up Jokisch and managed only singles off the lefty.
Iowa jumped out to an early lead after Logan Watkins (1-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored line) singled with one out in the first and moved to second when Kris Bryant (2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, a stolen base, two runs scored and two walks) walked. Watkins swiped third with Olt at the plate. Mike Olt doubled to center and plated both Watkins and Bryant. Iowa added three runs in the fifth after Matt Szczur (1-for-5 with a run scored and two stolen bases) singled and stole second. Logan Watkins walked and was on the backend of double steal with Bryant at the plate. Bryant doubled to left and plated Szczur and Watkins. Bryant stole third. Jorge Soler (0-for-3 with two walks) worked a two-out walk and a wild pitch with Josh Vitters at the plate allowed Bryant to score.
Iowa capped the scoring in the eighth after Vitters singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Elliot Soto (1-for-3 with a RBI and a walk).
Jorge Soler homered, Mike Olt hit a grand slam and Iowa held off Omaha in the series finale with the Storm Chasers on Tuesday afternoon. And Dan Straily picked up the victory in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Omaha.
Iowa scored in the first inning after Kris Bryant (2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored) reached with a two-out single. Jorge Soler (3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored) worked a full count that allowed Bryant to take off with the pitch. Soler doubled to center and Bryant scored. Iowa put the game away in the third after Matt Szczur (1-for-4 with a walk) worked a one-out walk, moved to second on a Logan Watkins (1-for-5 with a run scored) single and to third Bryant walked to load the bases. Soler singled in Szczur. Mike Olt (2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and four RBI) crushed a homer well over the wall in left and his grand slam capped the five-run third inning. Iowa added a run in the fifth when Jorge Soler hit his fourth Triple-A homer.
Dan Straily put together another good start and tied a season-high in strikeouts (9). Straily gave up two unearned runs on six hits with no walks in seven innings. Yoanner Negrin and Marcos Mateo could not throw strikes and Alberto Cabrera had to clean up their mess in the eighth inning. Zac Rosscup picked up the save by retiring the only batter he faced.
Wednesday was an off day and Iowa opens a series with Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (15-18)
The AZL Cubs game Sunday against the Athletics was postponed but the rookies were able to get back on the field Monday and were thumped 10-5 by the Giants. Gleyber Torres went 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored and Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Andrew Ely (3-for-5 with a home run) went yard for the fourth time and Roney Alcala (3-for-5 with a RBI) collected three more hits.
Ivan Pineyro made his fourth rehab outing and gave up two runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts while Jake Stinnett made his pro debut with two scoreless innings. Jefferson Mejia gave up five runs, three earned, on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in two innings.
The AZL Cubs had Tuesday off and were scheduled to face the Reds on Wednesday night.
News and Notes
The Cubs optioned RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs selected the contract of INF Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa, added Baez to 40-man roster and recalled Baez from Triple-A Iowa. Cubs activated RHP Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day DL. Fujikawa was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and was removed from the roster.