An 829-game minor league regular season ended Monday with three teams from the Cubs’ system making the playoffs: The Daytona Cubs, the Kane County Cougars, and the Boise Hawks. It took the final days of the season before Daytona and Boise could lay claim to the post-season, thanks to the efforts of hot-hitting shortstops Marco Hernandez and Gleyber Torres. Kane County had the best record in the minor leagues as the Cougars received excellent pitching performances in the final days from Tyler Ihrig and Michael Heesch.
Iowa fought to the end although eliminated Saturday, with a five-game winning streak due to a resurgent Ryan Kalish. However, Tennessee limped home after losing a shot at the post-season when the Smokies lost both ends of a doubleheader.
For all the regular season finals, look inside today’s Down on the Farm.
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 (41–35)
Boise received a late inning scare Wednesday but wound up cruising to a 12-8 victory over Everett. Newcomer Gleyber Torres (1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) started things off in the second inning with a walk. Bryant Flete (0-for-4) reached on an error. A walk to Mark Malave (1-for-4) loaded the bases, and a wild pitch scored Torres. The sacks were jammed again after Jason Vosler (0-for-3) walked, and an error allowed Rashad Crawford (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI) to reach and Flete to score. A single by Charcer Burks (3-for-5 with three RBI and a stolen base) drove in Malave and Vosler. Jesse Hodges (1-for-2 with RBI) had a one out base hit that plated Crawford, and a single by Alex Tomasovich (3-for-5 with a double, a triple, and four RBI) brought in Burks. Crawford doubled with one out in the sixth and scored on a single from Burks. Kevin Brown (1-for-4) and Hodges walked. A double by Tomasovich scored Burks and Brown. Torres reached on a fielding error that plated Tomasovich. The Hawks added two in eighth after Hodges was hit by a pitch and replaced by pinch-runner Charlie White. A triple by Tomasovich scored White, and another triple from Torres, his first hit with the Hawks, drove in Tomasovich.
In his second start, Jake Stinnett came down to earth a little as he allowed two earned runs and struck out three in 3.2 innings. Jeremy Null did some heavy lifting. Null struck out five in 4.1 scoreless innings. Trey Lang had a night he would like to forget as he surrendered six earned runs in the ninth while failing to record an out. Alberto Diaz bailed out Lang by tossing a scoreless inning.
The Hawks received a gift Thursday even though Boise lost 13-8 to Everett in 10 innings. The gift was that Salem-Keizer also lost, meaning that Boise maintained their two game lead for the final playoff spot. The game saw eight lead changes after the Hawks jumped out ahead in the second inning. Danny Canela (3-for-4) singled and moved to third on a one out base hit from Justin Marra (2-for-5 with an RBI). After a wild pitch, the red hot Alex Tomasovich (3-for-5 with a double) doubled in Canela and Marra. A single by Bryant Flete (1-for-4 with an RBI) allowed Tomasovich to score. Boise tied the score in the fourth inning after Jesse Hodges (2-for-6 with a double and an RBI) led off with a double and scored on a single from Marra. Boise grabbed the lead again in the fifth inning after consecutive singles by Kevin Brown (1-for-6), Canela, and Hodges scored Brown. A balk allowed Canela to score, and a two out single by Tomasovich plated Hodges. It became a tie game again in the seventh after Flete walked with two outs. Gleyber Torres (4-for-5 with a triple and a stolen base) followed with a single and a walk to Rashad Crawford (0-for-5) loaded the bases. A walk to Charcer Burks (0-for-4 with an RBI) forced in Flete.
It was another anxious outing for Dillon Maples as he was slapped around for eight hits and two walks while surrendering four earned runs in 3.2 innings. Yomar Morel allowed an earned run in 1.1 innings. Tommy Thorpe was hammered for three earned runs in 2.2 innings. The defense let Corbin Hoffner down as he gave up five runs (two earned) while striking out three in two innings. Daniel Lewis recorded the final out.
With three games to go, Boise maintained their slim two game lead in the overall standings ahead of Salem-Keizer after a 2-1 loss to Everett on Friday. The Hawks scored their only run in the first inning after Kevin Brown (1-for-4 with a triple) tripled with two outs and scored on a single from Danny Canela (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI). Starter Erick Leal pitched well enough to win but needed run support as he allowed an earned run and struck out three in 5.1 innings. Sam Wilson tossed 1.2 scoreless innings, but Brad Markey surrendered an earned run in two innings.
There were some anxious moments Saturday, but when it was all said and done, Boise secured a playoff spot for a fourth straight year by defeating Salem-Keizer 9-8. The loss dropped the Volcanoes three games behind the Hawks in the overall standings with two games left to play. Boise put the pressure on early after Charcer Burks (2-for-3 with an RBI) reached on an error with one out in the first and scored on a triple from Kevin Brown (2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI). A groundout allowed Brown to score. Jesse Hodges (1-for-5 with a double) followed with a double. Justin Marra (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI) moved into second in the Northwest League by clubbing his ninth home run of the season. It was Burks starting things off once again in the second as he drew a one out walk and Brown reached on an error. A single from Danny Canela (2-for-5 with three RBI) scored both Burks and Brown. With two outs in the third, Gleyber Torres (2-for-4 with double, a home run, and an RBI) doubled and scored on a single from Bryant Flete (1-for-5). Flete scored on a base hit from Burks. What came to be the deciding run occurred in the fifth when Gleyber Torres hit his first home run for the Hawks, a solo shot.
Starter Trevor Graham provided innings but little else as he allowed four runs (three earned) and struck out five in five innings. James Norwood also had five strikeouts in two innings. Norwood gave up four runs, all earned. Ryan Williams collected his first save with a strikeout in two scoreless innings.
A day after clinching the playoffs, Boise was unable to maintain their concentration Sunday as the Hawks lost 4-3 to Salem-Keizer in 10 innings. Starter Trevor Clifton remained consistent as he allowed an earned run and struck out four in five innings. Ryan McNeil showed some flashes of his pre-injury form as he was charged with an unearned run with a strikeout in two innings. Josh Davis pitched a perfect inning and struck out a batter. But Trey Lang could not find his control. Lang walked four and gave up two runs (one earned) in two innings. The Hawks offense spent the game establishing and recapturing the lead after scoring first in the third inning. Charlie White (1-for-2) drew a one out walk. Singles by Charcer Burks (1-for-4) and Kevin Brown (2-for-5 with two RBI) allowed White to score. Mark Malave (1-for-4 with a double) led off the fifth with a double, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a two out base hit from Brown. The eighth began with singles by Justin Marra (1-for-4) and Alex Tomasovich (1-for-5). A sacrifice and a walk to Gleyber Torres (0-for-4 with a stolen base) loaded the bases. A base hit by Bryant Flete (1-for-4 with an RBI) scored Marra, but the rally died with two strikeouts.
The Hawks battled until the very last batter Monday and came away a 6-5 winner over Salem-Keizer. Boise took an early lead after Jesse Hodges (0-for-3) walked with one out but was forced at second, allowing Alex Tomasovich (2-for-5) to reach. Jason Vosler (1-for-4 with an RBI) walked and a single by Mark Malave (1-for-3 with an RBI) scored Tomasovich. The Hawks added a run in the fifth when Kevin Brown (1-for-5 with an RBI) reached on a force and scored on a double from Justin Marra (1-for-2 with a double and an RBI). The bottom of the ninth saw Boise trailing 5-2 as Rashad Crawford (1-for-4) reached on an error. Charlie White (1-for-4) walked and a double from Gleyber Torres (3-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two RBI) brought in Crawford and White. A single by Brown drove in Torres, and Burks was hit by a pitch. With two out, Vosler singled in Brown with the winning run.
Josh Conway ended his season on a high note as he struck out four in three scoreless innings. Alberto Diaz may have been left in too long as he gave up two earned runs in four innings. Yomar Morel also surrendered two earned runs in an inning. Charlie White was brought in from the outfield to pitch and allowed an earned run while striking out a batter.
Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars (91–49)
It’s a new franchise record as the Kane County Cougars won their 89th game on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Cedar Rapids. Tyler Ihrig pitched extremely well in his last few starts. Ihrig allowed an earned run and struck out three in six innings. Michael Heesch had a strikeout in 1.2 scoreless innings. Jasvir Rakkar gave up an earned run but still picked up his first save as he struck out a batter in 1.1 innings.
The Cougars scored all the runs they would need in the first inning. Mark Zagunis (1-for-4), Jeimer Candelario (2-for-4), and Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-4 with an RBI) all singled with one out to score Zagunis. Walks to Cael Brockmeyer (2-for-3 with two doubles) and Danny Lockhart (1-for-3 with an RBI) forced in Candelario, and Balaguert scored on a walk to Jeffrey Baez (0-for-3 with an RBI).
Kane County scored the 90th win of the season Friday with a rain-shortened 8-1 victory over Cedar Rapids in six innings. Jonathan Martinez went the distance for the Cougars. Martinez allowed an earned run while striking out four in 5.1 innings. Down 1-0 in the fourth inning, Kane County kicked in the after-burners after Mark Zagunis (0-for-4) reached on an error and Chesny Young (2-for-3) singled. Jeimer Candelario (1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI) walked and a single by Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-2 with an RBI) drove in Zagunis. A sacrifice fly plated Young. With one out in the fifth, Trey Martin (2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI) blasted a solo home run. Young had a two out single and scored on a home run from Candelario. In the sixth, Carlos Penalver (0-for-3 with a stolen base) reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, and scored on a single from Martin.
It may have been a natural let-down after achieving some records the previous two nights as Kane County fell 4-2 to Peoria on Saturday. Daury Torrez was generally composed but had a wild third inning that led to two earned runs. Torrez went five innings and struck out three batters. Zak Hermans worked a scoreless inning of relief. Michael Wagner also had some early success but was touched for two earned runs in 1.2 innings. James Pugliese worked out of a jam and tossed 1.1 perfect innings. The Cougars cut the lead in half in the third inning after Chesny Young (1-for-3 with an RBI) led off with a single and scored on a one out base hit from Yasiel Balaguert (3-for-3 with a double and an RBI). Danny Lockhart (2-for-4 with a double) singled to lead off the ninth. Carlos Penalver (0-for-3) followed with a walk. Shawon Dunston Jr. (0-for-3 with a stolen base) reached on catcher’s interference, and Lockhart scored on a sacrifice fly.
Regrouping on Sunday, Kane County was able to eliminate a pesky opponent in Peoria from the playoffs as the Cougars beat the Chiefs 9-2. Starter Ben Wells struggled with his command as he walked six but limited Peoria to two earned runs while striking out four in five innings. Michael Heesch struck out six straight batters in three scoreless innings. Francisco Carrillo kept sharp as he recorded a strikeout in a perfect inning.
Shawon Dunston Jr. (2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a stolen base) started the game off right for the Cougars with a double. Dunston stole third, and scored on a two out single from Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-4 with an RBI). Finding themselves down 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Kane County received singles from Danny Lockhart (1-for-2 with an RBI) and Jeffrey Baez (1-for-3), and a one out base hit by Dunston plated Lockhart. Mark Zagunis (2-for-4 with a double) was hit by a pitch and wiped out on a double play attempt. Baez and Dunston scored on the play. Cael Brockmeyer (2-for-5 with a home run) added to the lead in the fifth inning with a solo home run, his eighth of the season. In the seventh, Balaguert reached on an error and Jacob Rogers (2-for-4 with a double) walked. A single by Brockmeyer loaded the bases, and Balaguert scored on a sacrifice fly. Baez was intentionally walked and a single off the foot of the pitcher by Carlos Penalver (2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base) plated Rogers and Brockmeyer. Baez scored on a sacrifice fly.
It was almost if Kane County did not want their season to end as they lost 6-5 to Peoria in 12 innings on Monday. It was a planned bullpen day as starter Paul Blackburn went a scheduled two innings as a tune up for the playoffs. Blackburn allowed a walk and a hit in two scoreless innings. David Garner followed and had trouble locating his pitches. Garner gave up an earned run on three hits in two innings. Zak Hermans was slightly more successful and struck out four while allowing an earned run in two innings. Michael Wagner was a different story as he surrendering three runs (two earned) in two innings. James Pugliese was able to work out of a jam in his 1.2 innings, but Jasvir Rakkar uncorked a wild pitch that allowed what would be the winning run to score. Rakkar struck out three in 2.1 innings. The Cougars offense set themselves up well in the first after Mark Zagunis (2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base) led off with a double and Chesny Young (2-for-4) reached on an error. Jeimer Candelario (0-for-3 with two RBI) reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Zagunis to score. A single by Yasiel Balaguert (2-for-6 with an RBI) scored Young, and Candelario scored on a base hit from Cael Brockmeyer (2-for-5 with an RBI). Kane County increased their lead to two runs in the fifth after Trey Martin (1-for-5 with a stolen base) and Young singled. Martin scored on a sacrifice fly. The Cougars tied the game at five in the eighth after Balaguert singled and scored on a base hit from Danny Lockhart (1-for-6 with an RBI).
High Class–A – Daytona Cubs (67-69)
Daytona clinched the Florida State League North Division Second Half Championship on Friday by beating Tampa 8-4. It was a more typical Tayler Scott outing than we have seen in his previous turns through the rotation. Scott allowed four earned runs and struck out a batter in 5.2 innings. Gerardo Concepcion retired the only batter he faced, and Stephen Perakslis tossed 1.2 scoreless innings. Going for the four out save, Zack Godley had two strikeouts as he went the final 1.1 innings for his eighth save.
It was a closer game than it appears in the box score after the D-Cubs got the early lead with two outs in the second. Billy McKinney (1-for-4) singled and Willson Contreras (1-for-3) walked. After a wild pitch advanced the runners and a double from Bijan Rademacher (2-for-3 with a double and two RBI) drove in McKinney and Contreras. A single from Marco Hernandez (2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI) allowed Rademacher to score. Gioskar Amaya (2-for-4 with a double) singled to start the third inning and scored on a one out base hit from Dan Vogelbach (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI). With the game tied at four in the sixth, Daytona broke things wide open starting after a solo home run from Dan Vogelbach. Contreras and Rademacher singled with two outs and scored on a home run from Marco Hernandez.
The D-Cubs shook up their line-up Saturday after clinching the playoffs the night before, which resulted in a 3-1 loss to Tampa. Yao-Lin Wang was the starter and struck out two while allowing three earned runs in three innings. Michael Jensen picked up some of the slack by striking out two in 2.1 innings. Austin Kirk struck out three of the six batters he faced as he went 1.2 innings. Starling Peralta finished with two scoreless innings and a strikeout. Daytona scored their only run in the seventh inning after Kyle Schwarber (1-for-4) singled and stole second. Schwarber scored on a two out base hit from Ben Carhart (1-for-4 with an RBI).
A big inning to start the game assured Daytona of a relaxing Sunday as they beat Tampa 6-3. Jacob Hannemann (0-for-4) was hit by a pitch to start the game. A walk to Gioskar Amaya (2-for-4 with a stolen base) and a single by Bijan Rademacher (1-for-5) loaded the bases. A groundout scored Hannemann, and a single from Ben Carhart (2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base) plated Amaya and Rademacher. Rock Shoulders (2-for-4) followed with a base hit and a two out single by Wes Darvill (3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI) scored Carhart. Shoulders scored on a base hit by Jordan Hankins (1-for-3 with an RBI). Willson Contreras (0-for-3) drew a two out walk in the third and scored on a triple by Darvill.
Justin Amlung was plucked from the bullpen to start for the D-Cubs and delivered five innings. Amlung allowed an earned run while striking out a batter. Juan Carlos Paniagua tossed an inning to keep sharp while giving up two earned runs. Nathan Dorris, Jose Rosario, and Gerardo Concepcion each followed with a scoreless inning.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (66-73)
Well, what else can you say about Thursday’s game other than the Tennessee Smokies were no-hit by Chattanooga and lost 1-0. Lookouts’ pitcher Andres Santiago faced the minimum amount of batters, after he lost his perfect game bid on a walk to Christian Villanueva in the eighth inning. Starter Felix Pena once again played the role of hard-luck pitcher this season as he worked five innings and allowed an earned run while striking out four batters. Jeffrey Lorick also struck out four in 2.2 innings, and Tony Zych retired the only batter he faced.
Tennessee regained a tie for first place Friday as the Smokies held on to beat Chattanooga 6-5. It was a somewhat maligned bullpen that came to the rescue of starter Corey Black, who allowed five runs (four earned) while striking out two in three innings. Matt Loosen was first up as he tossed 1.1 scoreless innings. Hunter Cervenka was next with 1.2 innings, and Blake Cooper had two strikeouts as he held the Lookouts down for an inning. Frank Batista went 1.2 innings and struck out a batter, and Andrew McKirahan recorded the final out.
It was a good start for the Smokies after Pin-Chieh Chen (1-for-4 with a double) led off with a double and scored on a one out single from Addison Russell (1-for-5 with an RBI). Back-to-back doubles from Lars Anderson (1-for-5 with a double) and Christian Villanueva (3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI) drove in Russell and Anderson. Anthony Giansanti (2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI) lifted a solo home run to start the second inning. Patience was the key in the third inning as Villanueva, Luis Flores (0-for-2), Giansanti, and Corey Black all drew walks to force in Villanueva. A base hit for Villanueva started the fifth inning, and a two out single from Giansanti scored Villanueva.
With the playoffs on the line Sunday, Tennessee dropped game one of a doubleheader with Chattanooga 9-0. C.J. Edwards started and gave up three runs (two earned) in four innings. Jeffrey Lorick was hammered for five earned runs in 1.1 innings, while Lendy Castillo surrendered an earned run in 0.2 innings. The Smokies managed only four hits. Lars Anderson was 2-for-3 while Albert Almora and Taylor Davis were each 1-for-3.
The Smokies showed a little more fight in game two, but still lost 3-2 to Chattanooga. Tennessee bounced back from a 1-0 deficit in the fourth inning after Christian Villanueva (2-for-3) led off with a single and Anthony Giansanti (1-for-2) had a one out base hit. A wild pitch advanced the runners, and the first professional hit by Pierce Johnson (1-for-2 with two RBI) drove in Villanueva and Giansanti. Johnson didn’t do himself many favors on the mound as he allowed two earned runs and struck out five in five innings. Blake Cooper had his first bad outing for the Smokies. Cooper gave an earned in an inning of work.
A defeated Smokies team appeared to be going through the motions Monday as Tennessee lost their season finale 5-1 to Chattanooga. Ivan Pineyro continued his struggles on the mound and allowed three earned runs while striking out two in four innings. Zach Cates tossed a scoreless inning, but Andrew McKirahan gave up two earned runs in an inning. Tony Zych and Matt Loosen finished up with a scoreless inning. The only run for Tennessee came in the seventh after pinch-hitter Stephen Bruno drew a one out walk and Pin-Chieh Chen (2-for-5) singled. Albert Almora (0-for-5) reached on an error and pinch-hitter Dustin Geiger walked with the bases loaded to force in Bruno.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (74–70)
On Wednesday night, Iowa hung on to a lead in the late innings and beat Tacoma 3-2. It was an impressive start for Dae-Eun Rhee, as he struck out six in 6.1 scoreless innings. However, Armando Rivero had a rough outing. Rivero gave up two earned runs while striking out two in an inning of work. Blake Parker bounced back from a bad outing to record his 24th save with four strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
It was sudden impact on offense after Jae-Hoon Ha (1-for-4 with a home run) and David Bote (2-for-3 with a home run) each blasted solo home run to lead off the fifth inning. The I-Cubs scored more conventionally in the sixth inning after Rafael Lopez (1-for-4 with a double) doubled and scored on a one out double from Ryan Kalish (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI).
Then Iowa offense woke up late Friday as they beat Oklahoma City 5-4 in 11 innings. The I-Cubs had a chance to still make the Pacific Coast League playoffs if they swept the RedHawks in the final three games and received a little help. Behind 3-0 in the fifth inning, Jonathan Mota (2-for-5 with a triple and a stolen base) tripled and scored on a single from Jae-Hoon Ha (1-for-4 with an RBI). A walk to Elliot Soto (1-for-3 with an RBI) and a base hit by Junior Lake (2-for-4) loaded the bases. A fielding error that allowed Ryan Kalish (0-for-4) to reach allowed Ha and Soto to score. Iowa took the lead in the eighth after Mota reached on a fielding error, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the 11th, Andrew Ely (1-for-4 with an RBI) singled and was sacrificed to second. Pinch-runner David Bote scored on a base hit from Soto.
Chris Rusin put the I-Cubs in a hole by allowing three earned runs on two home runs in four innings. Yoanner Negrin did some heavy lifting by shutting down Oklahoma City for four innings. Arodys Vizcaino held the RedHawks scoreless for an inning. Brian Schlitter was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work. Carlos Pimentel went the rest of the way and held Oklahoma City without a hit in the final two innings.
Iowa took the field Saturday knowing that they had been eliminated from the playoffs, but maintained their concentration and beat Oklahoma City 3-0. Dallas Beeler had his game working for him as he recorded 11 groundouts with four strikeouts in seven innings. Armando Rivero struck out two in an inning, and Blake Parker earned his 25th save with two strikeouts in the ninth. The I-Cubs broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning on a solo home run from Jonathan Mota (2-for-2 with a home run). Iowa added two more in eighth after Elliot Soto (1-for-4) singled with one out and scored on a home run from Ryan Kalish (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI).
Iowa seemed determined to end the season on a position note as they clinched a winning record on Sunday by defeating Oklahoma City 11-8. The I-Cubs answered four runs by the RedHawks in the third inning with four of their own. Elliot Soto (2-for-4 with a double) and Ryan Kalish (3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI) singled. Kris Bryant (1-for-3) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A two out base hit by Jonathan Mota (2-for-5 with three RBI) drove in Soto and Kalish, and a double from Andrew Ely (1-for-4 with a double and two RBI) plated Bryant and Mota. Iowa added a run in the sixth after Jae-Hoon Ha (2-for-4) singled with one out, Mota doubled and Ha scored on a two out single from Kalish. Behind 8-5 in the bottom of the eighth, Eli Whiteside (2-for-4 with a home run) slugged a one out solo home run. Ha singled and Soto reached on an error. A double from Junior Lake (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI) scored Ha. A three-run shot by Kalish plated Soto and Lake. Bryant was hit by a pitch and Rafael Lopez (3-for-5) singled, but Bryant was picked off of third base. A base hit by Mota plated Lopez.
Dan Straily had another rough outing as he allowed seven runs (six earned) while striking out seven in five innings. Alberto Cabrera had two strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Marcos Mateo shut down Oklahoma City the rest of the way as he struck out three in two innings.
The I-Cubs ended the season with a five-game winning streak as they beat Oklahoma City 11-1 on Monday. Dae-Eun Rhee saved his best for last. Rhee struck out 11 batters through seven scoreless innings. Carlos Pimentel tossed an inning, and Marcus Hatley was charged with an unearned run in an inning of work.
It was full throttle for the Iowa offense as Ryan Kalish (4-for-5 with a double and two RBI) and Kris Bryant (1-for-4 with an RBI) had one out singles and Junior Lake (0-for-4) reached on an error in the first. A walk to Andrew Ely (1-for-3 with an RBI) forced in Kalish, and a David Bote (1-for-4 with two RBI) single plated Bryant and Lake. In the second, Jonathan Mota (1-for-5 with an RBI) and Kalish had base hits, and Mota scored as Bryant reached on an error. Lake walked with two outs, and a single from Eli Whiteside (3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI) drove in Bryant. Bote led off the third with a walk. Singles from Jae-Hoon Ha (2-for-5) and Elliot Soto (3-for-5 with a double) loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly scored Bote, and a double by Kalish scored Ha and Soto. Bryant was hit by a pitch, and a two out double from Whiteside drove in Kalish and Bryant. Iowa added a run in the eighth when Ely and Ha singled. Soto reached on an error and a passed ball scored Ely.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (22–34)
In game two of a doubleheader Wednesday, the A-Cubs beat the Athletics 3-2. Austyn Willis allowed an earned run but had a strikeout in three innings, while Zach Hedges fanned five and was nicked for an unearned run in three innings. Catcher Tyler Pearson was 2-for-2 with a home run and an RBI.
It just wasn’t in the cards for the AZL Cubs Thursday as they lost to the Athletics 6-3. Jordan Brink had a rough time. Brink allowed four earned runs while only pitching 0.2 innings. Jefferson Mejia fared a little better and gave up an earned run while striking out five in 4.1 innings. Varonex Cuevas was 2-for-4 with a double, and a home run while Kevonte Mitchell went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.
The A-Cubs closed out the season with a Friday matinee and lost 7-6 to the Diamondbacks. Starter Jose Paulino had a good outing and struck out three while being charged with two unearned runs in five innings. However, Adbert Alzolay was knocked around for three earned runs in an inning. Outfielder Calvin Graves had a good game. Graves went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs recalled RHP Blake Parker from the Iowa Cubs. The Tennessee Smokies placed RHP Felix Pena on the 7-day disabled list; activated RHP Lendy Castillo from the 7-day disabled list. The Kane County Cougars placed RHP Jonathan Martinez on the temporary inactive list, activated RHP Zak Hermans from the 7-day disabled list.
Top Prospect Watch
- Note: Outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr. replaces OF Jorge Soler on the Top Prospect List
Albert Almora (OF) – Tennessee Smokies
Corey Black (RHP) – Tennessee Smokies
Paul Blackburn (RHP) – Kane County Cougars
Shawon Dunston Jr. (OF) – Kane County Cougars
C.J. Edwards (RHP) – Tennessee Smokies
Jacob Hannemann (OF) – Daytona Cubs
Eloy Jimenez (OF) – AZL Cubs
Pierce Johnson (RHP) – Tennessee Smokies
Dan Vogelbach (1B) – Daytona Cubs
Rob Zastryzny (LHP) – Daytona Cubs