Myrtle Beach ran their winning streak to six games. Chesny Young set a Carolina League record. Young has reached base safely in 38 straight games.
Tennessee received a rare bad outing from Ryan Williams and dropped three games.
It was Home Run Derby time at Principal Park as the Iowa Cubs completed a home sweep of the Memphis Redbirds for the first time since 2006. Christian Villanueva led the homer binge and Matt Szczur did a good job of keeping up with his teammate while Junior Lake ran his hitting streak to 10 games.
It’s a backup week with the Down on the Farm Report and here are all the details from the Cubs’ system.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (16-15)
There was a lot of swinging and missing going on in Eugene on Thursday night. Eugene and Hillsboro struck out a combined 27 times. But Eugene could not manage any runs on Thursday night in a 4-0 loss to Hillsboro. Kyle Twomey started the game with two scoreless innings. Twomey gave up a hit with no walks and two strikeouts. Jose Paulino was hit rather hard in his five innings of work. Paulino gave up all four runs, three earned, on nine hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Pedro Araujo finished the game with two shutout innings that included four strikeouts. The Emeralds’ pitchers issued one walk, gave up 10 hits and struck out 13 batters in the loss.
Frandy Delarosa (1-for-4), Ian Happ (1-for-3 with a double and a walk), Adonis Paula (1-for-3) and Ho-young Son (1-for-3) collected the Emeralds four hits and Albert Mineo (0-for-3) was the only one of Eugene’s starting nine that did not strikeout at least one time.
Preston Morrison made his first start in professional baseball on Friday night. Morrison went two innings and was hung with the loss after Hillsboro shutout the Emeralds 2-0. Morrison gave up a run on four hits in two innings without a walk. Morrison struck out two of the 10 batters he faced. Greyfer Eregua followed Morrison with five scoreless innings. Eregua struck out six batters and walked two while allowing just one hit.
Eugene snapped their skid against Vancouver in 11 innings on Saturday with a 4-3 victory. Blake Headley (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) doubled with two outs in the 11th and scored the winning run on a double by Adonis Paula (2-for-5 with a double, a triple, a RBI and a run scored). Five of the Ems 10 hits went for extra bases, four doubles on the night.
Ryan Kellogg got the start and allowed a solo home run in his two innings of work. Adbert Alzolay was sensational for five innings. Alzolay scattered four hits with a walk and a strikeout over five scoreless frames. Jae-Hoon Ha allowed the Canadians to get back in the game. Ha gave up two runs on three hits with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Tyler Peitzmeier surrendered the hit that tied the game after replacing Ha. But he pitched a scoreless 10th and picked up the win after Tanner Griggs worked around a one-out single by Carl Wise.
Eugene tied the game at one in the fourth. Ian Happ (1-for-5 with a double and a run scored) doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single from Matt Rose (1-for-5 with a RBI). Frandy Delarosa (1-for-5 with a double and a run scored) reached with a one-out double in the eighth and gave the Emeralds a 2-1 lead when he scored on a single to center by Eloy Jimenez (2-for-5 with a RBI). The Ems added to the lead in the ninth after Adonis Paula tripled and scored on a two-out single from Kevonte Mitchell.
It was a tough Sunday for the Emeralds as Vancouver hammered Eugene 16-5. The Canadians scored 10 runs in the first inning, nine off Carson Sands in a third of an inning. Sands was tattooed for eight hits and the only out he record was a strikeout. John Williamson did not fair a lot better. Williamson surrendered five runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings as he continues his struggles adjusting to pro ball. Pedro Araujo struck out 10 batters in five innings but also gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits.
Ian Happ (2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a RBI), Eloy Jimenez (2-for-5 with a double and a run scored), Matt Rose (1-for-4 with a double and three RBI) were productive at the plate but the Emeralds offense could not dig out of the 10-run hole they were put in after just one inning.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (42-49)
South Bend broke out the bats on Friday night and took it to Lansing in a 10-3 victory over the Lugnuts. Michael Wagner got the start and put together six solid innings. Wagner gave up one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Dillon Maples continued to struggle. Maples gave up two runs in his second inning of work. Maples was charged with two runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Ryan McNeil pitched a scoreless ninth with a strikeout.
South Bend jumped on Lansing in the first inning. Jeffery Baez (3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI) stayed hot and led off the game with a double. Baez moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Gleyber Torres (3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBI). Torres swiped third with Yasiel Balaguert (0-for-4 with a walk) at the plate and scored on a throwing error. Jeffery Baez added a solo homer to right with one out in the third.
David Bote (2-for-4 with two runs scored) singled to left with one out in the fourth. Bote moved to second on a balk and to third on a groundout by Erick Castillo (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored). Rashad Crawford (3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI) singled to center and plated Bote. South Bend broke the game open in the sixth. Kevin Encarnacion (1-for-5 with a run scored) singled to right with one out. Bote followed with a single and after a pitching change, Erick Castillo walked to load the bases. Rashad Crawford singled in Encarnacion and Bote. And Jeffery Baez singled in Castillo and Crawford.
South Bend scored two runs in the seventh inning, broke a 3-3 tie and held on to beat West Michigan 5-3 on Saturday night. Jeffery Baez (2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored) and Gleyber Torres (2-for-4 with a triple and a RBI) kept producing and Tommy Thorpe delivered a solid start that was followed by four good innings from Tyler Ihrig.
Tommy Thorpe allowed two runs on three hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts on Saturday night. Tyler Ihrig was hung with a blown save when he allowed a run in the sixth inning. Ihrig pitched three shutout innings to close out the game.
Jeffrey Baez put the SB Cubs on the board in the first inning with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. And it was Baez again in the third inning that doubled with two outs and scored the tying run on a triple from Gleyber Torres. Kevin Encarnacion (1-for-3 with a double, a HBP and two runs scored) doubled with one out in the fourth and scored the go ahead run on a single from Gioskar Amaya (2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored).
With the game tied at three, Encarnacion was hit by a pitch to start the seventh. Amaya doubled in Encarnacion. Rashad Crawford (1-for-3 with a RBI) delivered a two-out single to right that plated Encarnacion with the fifth and final run of the game.
South Bend was doubled up by West Michigan on Sunday and lost 10-5 to the Whitecaps. Trevor Clifton started and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits with a walk in 2 1/3 innings. Daniel Lewis was tagged for two runs on five hits and a pair of walks in 2 2/3 innings. Sam Wilson continued his struggles and surrendered four runs on three hits in three innings. Corbin Hoffner added to the walk total (six on the day for South Bend) but he kept West Michigan from tacking on.
Gleyber Torres (2-for-5 with a double) and Jeffery Baez (2-for-5 with a RBI) kept on hitting Sunday. It was Erick Castillo (3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored) that got the scoring started for the SB Cubs. Castillo doubled with one out in the fifth and moved to third on a groundout. Castillo scored when Rashad Crawford (2-for-4 with a home run, a triple, four RBI and two runs scored) launched his second home run of the season. Vimael Machin (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) led off the seventh with a walk and moved to second on a single by Castillo. Andrew Ely (1-for-4) loaded the bases with a single. Machin scored on a groundout from Crawford. South Bend made the final score a little closer in the ninth after Castillo doubled and scored on a triple from Crawford. Jeffrey Baez singled in Crawford.
High Class-A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (54-39)
Daury Torrez and the Pelicans topped the Nationals’ top prospect and a rehabbing Jayson Werth on Friday night 7-2. Torrez outpitched Lucas Giolito and allowed just one run on four hits without a walk and one strikeout in six innings. Juan Carlos Paniagua gave up a run in two innings. And James Pugliese tossed a scoreless ninth with a strikeout.
Chesny Young (5-for-5 with a triple, three runs scored and a RBI) started his big night at the plate with a one out single to center in the first inning. Young went to third on a Jeimer Candelario (3-for-5 with a double, a runs scored and two RBI) single. Jacob Rogers (0-for-3 with two walks) walked to load the bases. Victor Caratini (0-for-4 with two RBI) rolled into a force out that allowed Young to score. Danny Lockhart (2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored) reached on an infield single in the second. Mark Zagunis (0-for-4 with a walk) walked. Chesny Young drove in Lockhart with an infield single.
Chesny Young struck again in the fourth. Trey Martin (1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and a RBI) walked with one out, went to second on a Giolito wild pitch and scored on Young’s third hit of the game.
Chesny Young tripled with one out in the seventh and scored on a single by Candelario. In the eighth, it was back-to-back doubles by Lockhart and Martin that added to the Pelicans’ lead. Myrtle Beach scored two more times in the ninth after a single by Young, a double from Candelario, a wild pitch and a sac fly by Victor Caratini.
Myrtle Beach used a five-run sixth inning to top Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon and the Potomac Nationals on Saturday night by a final of 7-4. Jeremy Null had a solid start. Null gave up three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. David Garner put together another scoreless outing. Garner walked one and did not allow a hit while striking out three in two innings. James Farris surrendered an unearned run on two hits in two innings.
The Pelicans jumped out to an early lead. Mark Zagunis (1-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored) walked and moved to third on a single from Chesny Young (1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored). Young stole second with Jacob Rogers (2-for-5 with a double and four RBI) at the plate. Rogers doubled in Zagunis and Young.
Myrtle Beach overcame a two-run single by Jayson Werth in the third with a five-run sixth inning. Kevin Brown (1-for-5 with a run scored) and Danny Lockhart (1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored) singled to start the inning. After Carlos Penalver bunted both runners up 90 feet, Jordan Hankins (2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI) smacked a three-run homer, his first longball of the season. Mark Zagunis doubled with two outs. After Young walked and Jeimer Candelario reached on an error to load the bases, Rogers singled in Zagunis and Young.
Myrtle Beach received an excellent pitching from Paul Blackburn and Michael Heesch on Sunday and shutout the Salem Red Sox by a final of 4-0 for their sixth win in a row. Paul Blackburn tossed 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball. Blackburn gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out five. Michael Heesch allowed a hit and walked a batter with three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Josh Conway pitched a scoreless ninth.
Kevin Brown (1-for-3 with a triple, a walk and a run scored) got the scoring started in the fifth inning. Brown led off with a triple and scored on a single to center by Pin-Chieh Chen (2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI). The Pelicans’ offense gave Heesch a little breathing room with a three-run seventh inning. Danny Lockhart (1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored) led off with a walk and moved to second on a one-out walk from Mark Zagunis (1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored). Chesny Young (2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored) singled to left and plated Lockhart. A wild pitch put runners on second and third. After Jeimer Candelario (0-for-4) struck out swinging, Jacob Rogers (1-for-4 with two RBI) singled to left and scored both Zagunis and Young.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (47-44)
The Smokies took a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning on Friday night at Montgomery but Corey Black was charged with three runs, two earned, on one hit and two walks as Tennessee fell to the Biscuits 4-3.
Pierce Johnson was very good once again and allowed just one run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Black struck out Joey Richard to end the seventh. Black started the eighth and an error by Varonex Cuevas opened the door for the Biscuits. Black gave up two singles and walked two batters, one with the bases loaded, before P.J. Francescon was summoned from the pen. A single and a sac fly later and the Biscuits had the lead.
Tennessee got on the board in the third inning after Bryant Flete (0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored) walked and moved to second on a bunt single by Jacob Hannemann (2-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and a run scored). Elliot Soto (1-for-4) bunted both runners to second and third and Bijan Rademacher (2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and two RBI) hit a sac fly to center that plated Flete.
With the game tied a one in the fifth, Hannemann led off with a walk and stole second. After Soto struck out and with Rademacher at the plate, Hannemann stole third. Rademacher doubled in Hannemann and scored on a Willson Contreras (2-for-5 with a double and a RBI) single.
Tennessee ended up on the short-end of a low-scoring game on Saturday night with a 2-1 loss to Montgomery in 10 innings. Rob Zastryzny put together a much needed solid start. The lefty allowed one run on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Michael Jensen and Starling Peralta kept the Biscuits off the board in relief of Zastryzny but Jeffry Antigua gave up the winning run in the 10th after surrendering a leadoff double, a single, a walk and a walk-off sac fly.
The Smokies tied the game at one in the seventh. Sutton Whiting (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) walked with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Wes Darvill (2-for-4 with a RBI). Tennessee managed only five hits and struck out 12 times with six walks … Bijan Rademacher (2-for-2 with a walk) and Tyler Pearson (1-for-4 with a double).
Ryan Williams had a rare bad outing as Montgomery thumped Tennessee on Sunday 12-3. Williams was in trouble throughout his five-inning outing. Williams gave up runs in four of the five frames he completed and was charged with five runs, four earned, on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Taylor Scott could not stop the Biscuits. Scott was touched up for four runs on four hits in two innings. Gerardo Concepcion followed suit and was touched up for three runs on four this with a walk and two strikeouts in his inning of work.
The Smokies actually took a 2-1 lead in the second inning after Sutton Whiting (2-for-4 with a RBI) singled in Billy McKinney (0-for-4 with a run scored). Wes Darvill (2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) scored on a single from Varonex Cuevas (1-for-4 with a RBI). Bijan Rademacher (1-for-3 with a triple, a walk and a run scored) tripled with two outs in the fifth and scored on a passed ball with Willson Contreras (2-for-4) at the dish.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (51-43)
The I-Cubs made it two wins in a row over Memphis on Friday night. Iowa jumped out to a big lead and held on for a 9-7 victory over the Redbirds.
Christian Villanueva (2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI) had his first multi-homer game for the I-Cubs. And he helped erase a rough outing from Dallas Beeler. Memphis scored three times against Beeler in the first inning before he had a chance to settle in. Beeler did not allow another run over his final five innings of work. Beeler was charged with three runs, two earned, on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings. Armando Rivero tossed a scoreless inning.
Yoervis Medina’s struggles continued. And he has pitched poorly since he was optioned to Iowa. Medina gave up four runs on two hits and two walks with a strikeout in a third of an inning … Jeremy Hazelbaker delivered the big blow, a three-run homer.
Matt Szczur (1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored) led off the first with a single and moved to third on a double by Jonathan Mota (2-for-5 with a double and a run scored). Junior Lake (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) walked to load the bases. Christian Villanueva plated Szczur with a sac fly to center. Mike Olt (1-for-2 with two walks, a RBI and a run scored) singled in Mota and Taylor Davis (1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored) drove in Lake with a single to center. Olt was thrown out a third on the play. Rubi Silva (2-for-3 with a home run, a double, three RBI and two runs scored) delivered a two run shot to center that gave Iowa the lead.
Christian Villanueva homered with one out in the third. After Mike Olt walked with one out, Rubi Silva doubled with two outs. Olt scored and Dallas Beeler (1-for-2 with a RBI) helped his own cause with a single to center that scored Silva. Villanueva went yard for the second time in the fourth, a solo shot to center.
The I-Cubs made it three wins in a row over the Redbirds with a 10-4 victory Saturday night. Matt Szczur (3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI) and Junior Lake (2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored) went yard and Szczur did it twice as the I-Cubs scored 10 runs on 12 hits with six extra base hits.
Felipe Paulino was the beneficiary of his teammates scoring all 10 runs in the first five innings. Paulino allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts. Paulino walked six batters. Joe Ortiz and Rafael Soriano kept Memphis off the board for two innings. Frank Batista’s struggles at the Triple-A level continued. Batista gave up three runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Blake Cooper pitched the final 1 1/3 innings.
Matt Szczur led off the first with a solo home run. After Arismendy Alcantara (2-for-5 with two triples and three runs scored) reached on an error, Junior Lake launched a two-run homer to center. Alcantara tripled leading off the third and scored on a single by Lake. With Christian Villanueva (2-for-4 with a double and three RBI) at the plate, Lake swiped second and scored when Villanueva singled to center.
Iowa did not let up in the fourth. Alcantara tripled with two outs. Lake walked and Villanueva doubled in both his teammates. Mike Baxter (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) led off the fifth with a double and scored on a single by Taylor Davis (1-for-2 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored). A wild pitch allowed Davis to take second base and Matt Szczur launched his second longball of the game, a two-run, two-out shot to left center field.
Iowa completed the sweep over Memphis with a 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon at Principal Park. Carlos Pimentel had another good outing. Pimentel allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Carl Edwards Jr. pitched two scoreless frames with a walk and two strikeouts. Edwards Jr. did not allow a hit. Brian Schlitter picked up another Triple-A save, his 13th on the season.
Iowa took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning when Rubi Silva (1-for-3 with a home run) launched his eighth home run of the season. The I-Cubs took the lead for good with one big swing of the bat in the sixth. Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored) led off with a double and moved to third on a Junior Lake (2-for-4 with a run scored) single. Christian Villanueva (2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) smacked a three-run homer over the wall in left center.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (12-9)
The AZL Cubs topped the AZL Diamondbacks 2-1 on Thursday night. Dylan Cease started and pitched three scoreless innings. Cease gave up two hits and walked two with a strikeout. Trey McNutt picked up the win after giving up a solo home run. Scott Effross tossed a scoreless inning and Luis Hernandez just keeps impressing. The 20-year old threw two shutout innings for the save.
Alex Bautista (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) smacked a two-run homer in the fourth inning with Michael Foster (1-for-4 with a run scored) along for the ride. Robert Garcia (4-for-4) had a perfect game at the plate.
It was a rough Saturday night at Sloan Park as the AZL Cubs were beaten up 10-2 by the AZL Athletics. Manny Rondon was lit up for seven runs, five earned, on five hits with three walks in 1 1/3 innings. Heath Dwyer and Michael Knighton were also tagged for runs. Zac Rosscup struck out all three batters he faced in his second rehab outing in Mesa.
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Top Prospect Watch
- Victor Caratini (C) – .235/.331/.331/.662 with 16 doubles and three home runs (Myrtle Beach)
- Dylan Cease (RHP) – 0-2 in five games, four starts with a 0.77 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, four walks, 10 strikeouts, four hits in 11 2/3 innings (AZL Cubs)
- Trevor Clifton (RHP) – 3-8 in 16 games, 15 starts, with a 4.97 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 31 walks, 66 strikeouts, 63 hits in 67 innings (South Bend Cubs)
- Carl Edwards Jr. (RHP) – 2-0 in 13 games with one save, 2.61 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 16 walks, 25 strikeouts, eight hits in 20 2/3 innings (Iowa Cubs)
- Pierce Johnson (RHP) – 4-0 in seven starts with a 1.27 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 15 walks, 24 strikeouts, 29 hits in 35 1/3 innings (Tennessee Smokies)
- Billy McKinney (OF) – .275/.338/.404/.742 with 17 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 20 walks (Tennessee Smokies)
- Carson Sands (LHP) – 1-3 in six starts with a 6.26 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, six walks, 14 strikeouts, 28 hits in 23 innings (Eugene Emeralds)
- Justin Steele (LHP) – 3-0 in five starts with a 1.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, eight walks, 29 strikeouts, 18 hits in 25 innings (Eugene Emeralds)
- Gleyber Torres (INF) – .316/.380/.413/.793 with 18 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 34 walks, 15 stolen bases (South Bend Cubs)