It was a big Tuesday throughout the system for the affiliates. As of press time last night, the Cubs minor league players had nine home runs and recorded three shut outs. It was all the start to what appears to be a memorable week for everyone.
We can go on and on about all the home runs, but that would leave nothing inside today’s Down in the Farm Report.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (18-21)
Eugene pecked away at a big lead on Monday and came out a 9-5 winner over Boise. Starter Oscar De La Cruz put the Emeralds in a big hole by giving up five earned runs as he struck out four in five innings. Pedro Araujo stemmed the tide by striking out a batter in three scoreless innings. Trey Masek continues to round into form as he had two strikeouts in a perfect inning.
Eugene matched the Hawks’ two runs in the first inning with two for their own when Donnie Dewees (2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and two stolen bases) led off with a single, stole second and third, and came home on a ground rule double from Eloy Jimenez (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI). A two-out double by Ian Rice (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI) brought in Jimenez. The Emeralds were down 5-2 in the third inning when Jimenez reached on an error with two outs and Matt Rose (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) doubled. Another error allowed both Jimenez and Rose to score. Eugene finally got the lead in the fourth inning after Andrew Ely (0-for-3 with a walk) walked and came around on a two run homer from Dewees. Alberto Mineo (1-for-3 with a stolen base) got into the act in the fifth inning as he walked, stole second with two outs and scored on a double from Blake Headley (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI). In the sixth inning, Frandy Delarosa (1-for-5) singled with one out, moved to second on a ground out, and came home on a base hit from Rose. Headley walked to start the seventh inning, and Alex Bautista (1-for-3) singled. Headley was scored after two ground outs.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (45-54)
After a day off on Monday, South Bend just could not generate any offense Tuesday as they lost 4-1 to Great Lakes. Erick Leal had a bad first inning, allowing three earned runs, but settling in to strike out five in six innings. Ryan McNeil gave up an earned run and had three strikeouts in two innings. The only run for the Cubs came in the fourth inning after Jeffrey Baez (1-for-4 with a home run) crushed a solo home run.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (59-43)
Myrtle Beach rallied for three runs late as the Pelicans defeated Carolina 4-3 on Monday. The Birds grabbed an early lead in the first inning after Pin-Chieh Chen (2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base) doubled with one out. Kevin Brown (0-for-3 with a walk) walked, and Cael Brockmeyer (2-for-3) singled to load the bases. Jason Vosler (1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI) was hit by a pitch to force in Chen. Myrtle Beach was down 3-1 in the sixth inning when Brockmeyer had a two out single and Vosler drilled a two-run home run. Jordan Hankins (1-for-3 with a double) doubled to start the seventh inning and scored on a one out sacrifice fly.
The Pelicans almost spoiled a great effort, but squeaked out a 4-3 win over Potomac on Tuesday. Starter Jonathan Martinez was on fire, striking out four and giving up only three hits in eight scoreless innings. Fernando Cruz came on in the ninth and surrendered three earned runs while going only 0.2 innings. David Berg bailed Cruz out by striking out the final batter for his second save.
It was The Jason Vosler (2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI) Show for Myrtle Beach as he got them on the board in the second inning with a solo home run. Kevin Brown (2-for-4) singled to start the fourth inning and Vosler walked. A two-out base hit from Trey Martin (2-for-3 with a double and an RBI) drove in Brown. It was the combination of Brown and Vosler again in the fifth inning. Brown singled and came around on a two-run homer from Vosler.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (52-47)
An off-day on Monday may have been just what the doctor ordered for Tennessee and they were all over Montgomery on Tuesday in an 8-0 shutout. Ivan Pineyro had one of his finest outings of the season as he struck out four in seven innings. Corey Black finished up and was nearly perfect, with a walk only spoiling his three strikeout performance in two innings.
It was only two innings in which the Smokies scored, but they scored big in each as Elliot Soto (1-for-4) led off the third inning with a walk and came around on a home run from Albert Almora Jr. (1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI). Bijan Rademacher (0-for-3 with two walks) followed with a walk and Willson Contreras doubled (3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and four RBI). A one-out single from Jacob Rogers (1-for-4 with an RBI) drove in Rademacher, and a base hit by Jeimer Candelario (2-for-5 with an RBI) scored Contreras. Singles by Tyler Pearson (2-for-5 with a double) and Soto began the sixth inning, with Pearson out at third on a fielder’s choice from Almora. Rademacher walked to load the bases, and Contreras delivered a Grand Slam home run to bring everyone home.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (54-49)
The I-Cubs spotted Memphis a run on Monday and then pounded them 8-3. Mike Olt (3-for-5 with a double and a home run) answered the Redbirds with a solo home run to start the second inning. John Andreoli (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) came off the DL to double with two outs in the fourth inning, coming around on a two-run homer from Chris Valaika (2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI). It was Olt again in the sixth as he led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly. The eighth inning started with a walk to Junior Lake (1-for-4 with a double), and then Christian Villanueva (2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI) went deep, bringing in Lake with a two-run home run. Olt followed with a single, Taylor Davis (0-for-3 with a walk) reached on an error, and a base hit by Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-3 with an RBI) loaded the bases. Andreoli walked to force in Olt, and a sacrifice fly drove in Davis.
Tsuyoshi Wada had a fine outing as he was nicked for two unearned runs while striking out six in six innings. The defense also failed Carl Edwards Jr., as he was charged with an unearned run as he had four strikeouts in two innings. Frank Batista was used out of the pen and had a strikeout in a scoreless inning.
The home run binge continued Tuesday for Iowa as they crushed Nashville 9-0. It all started in the second inning when Mike Olt and Arismendy Alcantara reached on errors. A single from Taylor Davis drove in Olt, and a triple by Rubi Silva brought Alcantara and Davis home. Matt Szczur had a base hit to plate Silva, and then came around to score on a two-run homer from Junior Lake. Javier Baez went back-to-back with a solo home run. The I-Cubs added a run in the third as Old doubled and scored on a single by Mike Baxter. Baez put the icing on the cake in the ninth by belting another solo home run.
Clayton Richard was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion as he had four strikeouts in seven innings for his first Iowa start. Armando Rivero completed the shutout by striking out three in two innings.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (15-14)
The AZL Cubs could only manage four hits late Sunday as they lost to AZL Brewers 4-0. First baseman Jose Paniagua was 2-for-2 with a walk in the loss. Starter Jesus Camargo struck out four in five scoreless innings.
After a day off on Monday, the A-Cubs completed game one of a rare doubleheader by drubbing the AZL Diamondbacks 12-1. Enrique De Los Rio was the “starter” of the suspended game and had three strikeouts in 4.2 scoreless innings. P.J. Higgins went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI while Jose Paniagua was also 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and two RBI.
Dominican Summer League – DSL Cubs (28-22)
The DSL Cubs were steady on both sides of the ball Monday as they beat the DSL Marlins 6-1. Third baseman Rafael Mejia was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and outfielder Samir Lara went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Lefty Pablo Ochoa went four innings and struck out three while allowing an earned run. Jesus Tejada had two strikeouts in three scoreless innings.
The D-Cubs were just good enough on Tuesday as they beat the DSL Marlins 3-2. Junior Marte continues to storm through the Dominican League as he struck out seven and allowed an earned run in six innings. Second baseman Edgar Rondon was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Venezuelan Summer League – VSL Cubs (23- 38)
At least they went down swinging. The VSL Cubs came within four runs but lost 19-10 to the VSL Rays on Monday. Shortstop Ronaldo Lopez belted a Grand Slam and was 2-for-6 with four RBI. The only V-Cub pitcher to post a solid performance was Harrinson Bermudez, who was charged with an unearned run and struck out a batter in two innings.
The V-Cubs were finally able to turn the tables and shut out the VSL Rays 8-0 on Tuesday. Jesus Arias had three strikeouts as he went five innings, while Yapson Gomez struck out three in four innings for his first save. It was a big day for centerfielder Jose Gonzalez as he was 2-for-5 with three RBI. Catcher Gustavo Polanco went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs sent LHP Zac Rosscup to the Iowa Cubs on a rehab assignment; recalled RHP Dallas Beeler from the Iowa Cubs; optioned RHP Yoervis Medina to the Iowa Cubs; assigned LHP Ryan Buchter to the Iowa Cubs; assigned LHP Jeffry Antigua to the Tennessee Smokies from the Iowa Cubs; assigned INF Bryant Flete to the South Bend Cubs from the Tennessee Smokies; assigned INF Andrew Ely to the Eugene Emeralds from the South Bend Cubs; assigned RHP Craig Brooks and RHP Mark Malave to the Eugene Emeralds from the AZL Cubs; assigned LHP Andin Diaz and RHP John Williamson to the AZL Cubs from the Eugene Emeralds.
The Iowa Cubs activated OF John Andreoli and INF Javier Baez from the 7-day disabled list. The AZL Cubs activated OF Michael Foster.