A Happy Independence Day to all!
This past weekend saw several prospects on a tear as Robert Garcia is on a roll for Eugene. South Bend continues to win with a resurgent Eddy Julio Martinez, while pitcher Erick Leal remains consistent for Myrtle Beach. Bijan Rademacher is on another one of his hot streaks for Tennessee, and John Andreoli is still the catalyst for Iowa.
Along with Rookie League and Dominican league highlights, the Down on the Farm Report once again wishes a Happy Fourth of July!
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (12-4)
Eugene spotted Boise a run on Thursday night and then blew past them 5-1. Bryan Hudson was all over the place with seven walks, but was able to escape with allowing only an earned run in four innings. Enrique De Los Rio put together a good effort, striking out four in three scoreless innings. Scott Frazier had two strikeouts in the final two innings.
It all started in the fifth inning when Robert Garcia (3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI) doubled in Marcus Mastrobuoni (1-for-4) and D.J. Wilson (1-for-5 with and RBI and two stolen bases) drove in Yeiler Peguero (2-for-4 with a double) with a base hit. Chris Pieters (2-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base) tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth. Back-to-back doubles plated Peguero in the seventh. Garcia came home on a sacrifice fly.
The Emeralds continued their roll on Friday as Eugene beat Salem-Keizer 7-4. Jose Paulino dominated the action as he had eight strikeouts and allowed an earned run in six innings. Newly assigned, Daniel Lewis had a rough time in giving up three earned runs in 1.2 innings. Jared Cheek collected save number two with 1.1 scoreless innings.
Eugene stepped on the gas in the third inning after Robert Garcia (2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI) led off with a home run and a double from Matt Rose (2-for-4 with a double, and RBI and a stolen base) brought in D.J. Wilson (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI). Kevonte Mitchell (1-for-3) scored on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. A mammoth home run from Wilson plated Yeiler Peguero (1-for-4). Rose came home on a wild pitch in the fifth inning, and a double from Wladimir Galindo (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) drove in Rose in the seventh.
It was a team effort on Saturday as Eugene squeaked past Salem-Keizer 4-3. Manuel Rondon had a decent start as he struck out five and allowed two earned runs in four innings. Michael Knighton pulled some heavy duty, as he tossed three scoreless innings. Alex Santana gave up an earned run in an inning of work, but Mark Malave slammed the door in the ninth for his second save.
Tyler Payne (2-for-4 with a triple) tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly to start the third inning. A double from Andruw Monasterio (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) plated D.J. Wilson (0-for-4) and a single by Matt Rose (1-for-4 with an RBI) drove in Monasterio. Kevonte Mitchell (1-for-2 with a stolen base) scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning.
The Ems were unable to sweep on Sunday night as they lost to Salem-Keizer 3-0. Jesus Castillo did well in his start as he had five strikeouts and allowed two earned runs in five innings. MT Minacci tossed three innings and gave up an earned run, while Scott Frazier pitched a perfect ninth. Kevonte Mitchell led the Emeralds’ offense as he was 2-for-3 with a triple, while D.J. Wilson, Andruw Monasterio, and Chris Pieters each went 1-for-4.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (50-30)
It was just one of those games for South Bend on Friday as they lost to Lansing 3-2. Casey Bloomquist had a decent start as he allowed three earned runs and had five strikeouts in five innings. Kyle Twomey is now thriving in the bullpen as he struck out three in three innings. Scott Effross tossed a scoreless ninth.
Eloy Jimenez (1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base) singled in Donnie Dewees (2-for-3) in the first inning, but that would be all for the S-Cubs’ offense until Bryant Flete (1-fof-4 with a double) scored on a single by Carlos Sepulveda (1-for-5 with an RBI) in the seventh.
On Saturday, it was back to their winning ways for South Bend, as they beat Lansing 3-1. Kyle Miller continues to be outstanding in the rotation, as he fanned seven and was charged with an unearned run in six innings. Tyler Peitzmeier had four strikeouts in three innings for the long save.
The Cubs answered a run in the sixth inning with two of their own as a home run from Eddy Julio Martinez (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) brought in Tyler Alamo (2-for-3). Bryant Flete (1-for-2 with a home run) added a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Sunday saw South Bend make a late surge as they were able to get past Lansing 5-3. The S-Cubs were down 3-1 in the eighth when a double by Tyler Alamo (2-for-4 with a double and two RBI) drove in Sutton Whiting (2-for-3 with an RBI) and Donnie Dewees (1-for-4) to tie the game. Eddy Julio Martinez (3-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Alamo, and later scored on a sacrifice fly.
Starter Adbert Alzolay did not pitch a bad game, as he allowed three earned runs and struck out three in seven innings. Dillon Maples saw his first action as he struck out two in a perfect inning. It was save number five for Craig Brooks as he struck out the side in the ninth.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (41-40)
It was never in doubt on Friday for Myrtle Beach as the buried Potomac 8-1. The score wasn’t even that close as Erick Leal dominated by striking out seven in five scoreless innings. Pedro Araujo made his High-A debut and tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Daury Torrez allowed the lone earned run as has pitched the final two innings.
Six Pelicans had multi-hit games as Rashad Crawford (RBI), Gleyber Torres (double, RBI), Yasiel Balaguert, David Bote (RBI), Jeffrey Baez (RBI), and Daniel Spingola (double, RBI) each went 2-for-4 with Baez blasting a solo home run. Ian Rice was 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Myrtle Beach used a six-run third inning and then held on as the Pelicans beat Potomac 11-9 on Saturday. With the bases loaded and no outs, singles by Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-3 with an RBI) and David Bote (3-for-4 with an RBI) drove in Gleyber Torres (2-for-5 with an RBI) and Ian Rice (1-for-4 with a home run). A walk to Daniel Spingola (1-for-3 with an RBI) forced in Jason Vosler (0-for-3), and a base hit from Charcer Burks (1-for-5 with two RBI) plated Balaguert and Bote. Spingola later scored on a ground out.
Starter Jake Stinnett was riddled for six earned runs as he struck out seven in 5.2 innings. Michael Wagner did not fare much better, as he allowed three earned runs in 1.1 innings. Jordan Minch shut things down with 1.2 scoreless innings, while Ryan McNeil got the last out for his 10th save.
Rain had an effect on Sunday’s game as Myrtle Beach fell to Potomac 5-3. Trevor Clifton started and allowed two runs (one earned) in the first inning, but after a one and a half hour rain delay was lifted. James Pugliese took up in the second inning and was nicked for two unearned runs in four innings. Tommy Thorpe did some heavy lifting as he gave up an earned run in three innings. Daury Torrez pitched a scoreless ninth.
Jason Vosler (2-for-4 with two RBI) scored on a base hit by David Bote (1-for-4 with an RBI) in the second inning, and drove in Rashad Crawford (1-for-4) and Gleyber Torres (1-for-4) with a single in the third inning.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (34-46)
Don’t look now, but the Smokies now are in first place and have the best record in the Southern League for the second half as Tennessee defeated Jacksonville 5-3 on Friday. Paul Blackburn extended the string of fine pitching performances as he struck out six and allowed two earned runs in five innings. Stephen Perakslis was charged with an unearned run in two innings. James Farris earned his first save with two scoreless innings.
Tennessee waited to get into the Suns’ bullpen as Danny Lockhart (0-for-3) scored on a single from Chesny Young (1-for-3 with an RBI) in the fifth inning. Gioskar Amaya (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) doubled in Victor Caratini (1-for-3 with a double) and Billy McKinney (1-for-3 with an RBI) in the sixth. Jacob Hannemann (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) doubled in Trey Martin (1-for-2 with a triple) and scored on a ground out in the seventh inning.
A five-game winning streak went by the books on Saturday as Tennessee lost to Jacksonville 7-2. Brad Markey had one of his worst outings of the year, allowing five earned runs while striking out four in four innings. Josh Conway was no help as he gave up an earned run in 0.1 innings, and David Berg surrendered an earned run in 1.2 innings. Joe Nathan and Jose Rosario each tossed scoreless innings.
The Smokies had a brief lead in the first inning after Ian Happ (2-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Bijan Rademacher (2-for-4 with a double). It was Rademacher scoring again in the sixth inning, this time on a ground out.
It was another disappointment for the Smokies on Sunday as they lost to Jacksonville 9-2. Tyler Skulina had another poor outing as he allowed three earned runs in four innings. Juan Paniagua had a rare bad performance as he gave up four earned runs in two innings. R.J. Alvarez wasn’t any better in yielding two earned runs in an inning. Nick Sarianides pitched the eighth.
Bijan Rademacher (3-for-4 with a double and an RBI) was about the only highlight for Tennessee offensively. Rademacher doubled in Ben Carhart (0-for-1) in the sixth inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (39-44)
It was another frustrating night in Round Rock on Friday as Iowa lost 3-0. It actually was not a bad start for Rob Zastryzny as he struck out seven and allowed three earned runs in six innings. Miguel Mejia tossed two scoreless innings. The I-Cubs managed only five hits. John Andreoli and Mark Zagunis were each 1-for-4. Jeimer Candelario, Juan Perez, and Munenori Kawasaki each went 1-for-3.
In the completion of a suspended game from April 18 on Saturday, Iowa lost to Round Rock 3-2. The game was resumed with one out in the first inning, with Jake Buchanan taking over on the mound. Buchanan allowed an earned run and had four strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Armando Rivero entered in the eighth and gave up two earned runs before striking out the side.
The I-Cubs took the lead in the top of the eighth after Kris Negron (1-for-3 with an RBI) singled in Juan Perez (1-for-4). However, Iowa could manage only one run in the ninth on a solo home run from Tim Federowicz (1-for-4 with a home run).
The I-Cubs were able to bounce back in Saturday’s regularly scheduled game, defeating Round Rock 4-1 in seven innings. Pierce Johnson had his best performance so far this season, striking out six and allowing an earned run in 3.2 innings. C.J. Riefenhauser followed with 1.1 scoreless innings. Felix Pena had four strikeouts in two perfect innings for his third save.
Once again, John Andreoli (1-for-3 with a home run and two stolen bases) led off the game with a solo home run, his career high 11th of the year. Andreoli stole two bases in the third and came home on a double from Logan Watkins (3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base). A sacrifice fly scored Watkins. A single by Cael Brockmeyer (1-for-3 with an RBI) in the fourth inning drove in Tim Federowicz (1-for-3 with a double).
Iowa was not able to hold off Round Rock in the late innings on Sunday as they lost 3-2. Rehabbing Clayton Richard was a surprise by tossing four scoreless innings and striking out three batters. Giovanni Soto followed and struck out four in two scoreless innings. But Gerardo Concepcion was lit up for three earned runs in the final two innings.
The I-Cubs got on the board in the first inning after John Andreoli (1-for-4) singled and came home on a base hit by Dan Vogelbach (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI). Matt Murton (2-for-4 with a home run) added a solo home run in the top of the ninth.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (6–5)
It was overtime baseball on Thursday night as the AZL Cubs took 10 innings to defeat the AZL Mariners 8-7. Kevin Zamudio was the big bat for the A-Cubs as he was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and four RBI. Reliever Luis Aquino did the best out of five pitchers as he allowed an earned run and had four strikeouts in three innings.
The AZL Cubs were back in action on Saturday after an off-day, losing to the AZL Athletics 9-5. Second baseman Zach Short continues to impress at the plate as he was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Lefty Brian Matusz made his first start and had a strikeout in two scoreless innings.
On Sunday, the A-Cubs could not keep up with the AZL Athletics, losing 4-3. It was the professional debuts for outfielder Connor Myers and catcher Sam Tidaback, as each failed to get a hit. Erling Moreno was the story of the game as he struck out seven and allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-1 Cubs (11-14)
It took 10 innings on Friday, but D-1 was able to best Rangers-1 5-2. The difference was a three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning off the bat of Jose Gutierrez (2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI). Brailyn Marquez had a good start as he was charged with two unearned runs and had four strikeouts in five innings.
In a rare pitcher’s duel on Saturday, D-1 could not hold on as they lost 2-1 to the DSL Pirates. The D-Cubs managed only five hits as third baseman Orian Nunez was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Starter Jesus Tejada scattered five and had four strikeouts in five innings.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-2 Cubs (16-8)
A poor start put D-2 behind for good on Friday as they lost 5-2 to the DSL Tigers. Alfredo Colorado had been one of the most consistent starters for D-2, but gave up five runs (three earned) and had three strikeouts in four innings. Abraham Rodriguez remained a one man wrecking crew as he was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
The game for the DSL-2 Cubs on Saturday was suspended due to rain.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs recalled 3B Jeimer Candelario from the Iowa Cubs; assigned C/1B Alberto Mineo to the Tennessee Smokies from the Eugene Emeralds; assigned RHP Daniel Lewis to the Eugene Emeralds from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans; assigned LHP Brian Matusz to the AZL Cubs from the Iowa Cubs; assigned INF Henrry Pedra to DSL-2 Cubs from DSL-1 Cubs.
The Iowa Cubs placed INF Vimael Machin on the 7-day disabled list; sent C/INF Taylor Davis to the Eugene Emeralds on a rehab assignment. The Tennessee Smokies placed RHP Josh Conway on the 7-day disabled list; activated RHP Nick Sarianides from the 7-day disabled list.