With pennant races for the Cubs organization extending down throughout the minor leagues, the balls are now flying out of the park.
Andrew Ely and Ian Rice went downtown for Eugene, while Matt Rose and Ian Happ came up big for South Bend. Jason Vosler continues to surprise with his power output for Myrtle Beach, and Jacob Rogers belted his first for Tennessee. And Arismendy Alcantara and Tommy La Stella each had big flies for Iowa.
So bring your mitt and watch out for fly balls while taking a look at today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (25-27)
It wasn’t even as close as the score indicated as Eugene finished their series against Boise Wednesday with a 15-8 victory. The Emeralds were all over the Hawks in the first inning as Donnie Dewees (1-for-4) singled and was sacrificed to second. A base hit from Eloy Jimenez (3-for-6 with two RBI) drove in Dewees, and a double from Ian Rice (3-for-6 with a double, a home run, and four RBI) scored Jimenez. Andrew Ely (3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and four RBI) reached on an error and a sacrifice fly brought Rice home. Jimenez walked to begin the third inning and came in on a two-run homer from Rice. The fourth inning started with a single by Kevonte Mitchell (1-for-4), and a one out base hit from Frandy Delarosa (3-for-4 with a double and two RBI) put runners at the corners. Jimenez plated Mitchell with a single, and a three-run home run from Ely brought in Delarosa and Jimenez. Mitchell led off the fifth inning, this time with a walk, and Dewees was hit by a pitch. A double from Delarosa scored Mitchell and Dewees, and a one out base hit by Rice plated Delarosa. Ely doubled in Rice, and a base hit from Tyler Alamo (3-for-5 with two RBI) scored Ely. Eugene added a run in the sixth on a wild pitch after Delarosa, Jimenez, and Ely loaded the bases with singles.
Casey Bloomquist was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst as he allowed two earned runs and struck out two in two innings. Piggy-back starter Kyle Miller tossed two scoreless innings and had a strikeout. Newly promoted Luis Hernandez had a rough first outing, giving up three earned runs in an inning. Trey Masek is slowly making progress. Masek had three strikeouts and shut down the Hawks for two innings. Scott Frazier remains a puzzle as he yielded three runs (two earned) in the ninth.
Eugene booted the game away Wednesday as three errors contributed to a 6-1 loss to Everett. Carson Sands generally cruised through five innings, being charged with an unearned run while striking out four batters. Greyfer Eregua was victimized the most, getting nicked for four runs (two earned) in three innings. Craig Brooks was also charged with an unearned run as he eventually struck out the side in the ninth. The Emeralds tied the score at one in the fourth when Frandy Delarosa (2-for-4 with two doubles) led off with a double and scored on a one out single from Ian Rice (1-for-3 with an RBI).
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (52-61)
It was a tight game Wednesday, but the SB Cubs prevailed 2-1 over Beloit. Trevor Clifton looked confident as he fanned seven and scattered three hits through six shutout innings. Michael Wagner struggled as he allowed an earned run and struck out three in 2.2 innings. Corbin Hoffner got the final out of the game for his seventh save.
Extra base hits were the theme of the South Bend offense as Jeffrey Baez (2-for-5 with a double and a triple) led off the game with a double and scored on a two out triple from Gioskar Amaya (1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI). Matt Rose (1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI) belted a solo home run, his first for South Bend, in the sixth inning.
South Bend is trying to end the season on a positive note as they took it to Beloit on Thursday 7-1. The scoring started in the third inning after David Bote (2-for-3) and Rashad Crawford (2-for-3 with a double) led off with singles. Jeffrey Baez (1-for-4 with an RBI) reached on an error that scored Bote, and a sacrifice fly brought in Crawford. Walks to Bote and Crawford, along with a one-out free pass to Gleyber Torres (1-for-4 with a stolen base) loaded the bases for Ian Happ (1-for-4 with a home run and five RBI) in the fifth inning. Happ delivered a Grand Slam home run. The Cubs added a run in the ninth after Bote singled, Crawford doubled, and Bote scored on a sacrifice fly.
Tommy Thorpe remains a rock in the rotation for South Bend as he struck out five and allowed an earned run in 5.2 innings. Dillon Maples had his best outing of the year, striking out four in 2.1 scoreless innings. Daniel Lewis worked around a walk with a strikeout in the ninth.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (69-47)
It just wasn’t coming together for Myrtle Beach on Wednesday as the Pelicans lost 5-4 to Salem. After looking sharp recently, Jen-Ho Tseng slid backwards a little, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits while striking out five in six innings. James Farris had two strikeouts in two perfect innings.
The Pelicans tried to come back from a four run deficit in the fourth inning after Ben Carhart (1-for-4 with an RBI) led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Two ground outs brought Carhart home. The fifth started with a walk to Chesny Young (1-for-3 with a double), with double from Pin-Chieh Chen (2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI) driving in Young. A double by Jason Vosler (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) scored Chen. Victor Caratini (1-for-5 with a double) doubled to lead off the seventh, coming home after a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly.
Myrtle Beach got back to their winning ways Thursday with a 9-3 defeat of Salem. Daury Torrez improved his record to 9-6 as he struck out five and allowed two earned runs in six innings. Tyler Ihrig worked two scoreless innings with a strikeout. David Berg had two strikeouts and gave up an earned run in the ninth.
The Pelicans scored first after Chesny Young (2-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base) led off the fourth inning with a single and stole second. Jason Vosler (1-for-3 with a home run) walked with one out and a double by Cael Brockmeyer (1-for-2 with a double and two RBI) scored Young and Vosler. Back-to-back doubles from Victor Caratini (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) and Pin-Chieh Chen (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) brought in Brockmeyer and Caratini. A single by Trey Martin (1-for-4) plated Chen. Vosler added a solo home run in the eighth inning. Myrtle Beach loaded the bases in the top of the ninth on a single from Ben Carhart (1-for-4), a walk to Caratini, and Chen reached on an error. A single by Young coupled with a throwing error scored Carhart, Caratini, and Chen.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (62-53)
It took 13 innings, but Tennessee finally prevailed 4-2 over Chattanooga on Wednesday. Felix Pena was back in the rotation and had three strikeouts over five scoreless innings. Corey Black relieved and allowed the tying run while striking out two in an inning. Andres Santiago let the Lookouts tie the score again as he gave up an earned run with two strikeouts in three innings. Fernando Cruz did some heavy lifting, striking out a batter and tossing three scoreless innings. Starling Peralta set down the side in order in the 13th for his fourth save.
The Smokies broke a scoreless game in the third inning after Jacob Hannemann (0-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base) was hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored on a two out double from Billy McKinney (2-for-5 with a double and three RBI). Jacob Rogers (1-for-5 with a home run and an RBI) gave Tennessee the lead in the sixth inning by belting a solo home run, his first with the Smokies. In the 13th, Stephen Bruno (1-for-5) led off with a single and was out on a bunt, with Wes Darvill (0-for-5) reaching. Hannemann drew a two out walk and Albert Almora Jr. (1-for-4) was hit by a pitch. A single from McKinney drove in Darvill and Hannemann.
A ninth inning rally fell short for the Smokies on Thursday as Tennessee lost 4-3 to Chattanooga. Pierce Johnson had a poor outing for him, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out six in seven innings. Matt Brazis gave up an earned run and struck out a batter in an inning.
Tennessee manufactured a run in the fourth inning after Albert Almora Jr. (2-for-3 with a double) walked, Willson Contreras (1-for-4) singled, and a one out sacrifice fly brought in Almora. Down by three runs in the ninth, Jeimer Candelario (1-for-4) started the inning off with a single. A base hit by Ryan Dent (1-for-2) and a single from Stephen Bruno (1-for-4) loaded the bases. Pinch-hitter Jacob Rogers (1-for-1 with an RBI) singed in Candelario. A ground out brought in Dent.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (65-53)
It was a pitching gem on Wednesday as the I-Cubs beat Nashville 3-1. Dallas Beeler had an outing the most thought would be the norm for this season. Beeler allowed an earned run and struck out three in 6.2 innings. Ryan Buchter walked two but struck out a batter to end the seventh inning. Blake Cooper had two strikeouts in 0.2 innings, with Joe Ortiz getting the last out of the eighth. Brian Schlitter had a strikeout in a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.
Iowa scored quickly in the fourth inning after Matt Szczur (1-for-2 with a double) doubled and came home on a triple from Javier Baez (1-for-2 with a triple and an RBI). A sacrifice fly brought in Baez. Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-3 with a home run) extended the lead in the seventh inning with a solo home run.
In a reversal, pitching was the undoing of Iowa on Thursday, as they lost 8-4 to Nashville. In his first start off the DL, Eric Jokisch was hammered for four earned runs on nine hits in four innings. As he has all year long, Drake Britton was hammered for four earned runs and he struck out five in three innings. Zac Rosscup and Yoervis Medina each pitched a scoreless frame and had a strikeout apiece.
The I-Cubs actually took the lead in the second inning after Christian Villanueva (0-for-2 with two walks) and Mike Olt (0-for-3 with a walk) were on board with walks when Tommy La Stella (2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) cracked a three-run home run. John Andreoli (1-for-4 with a double) began the sixth inning with a double and Matt Szczur (2-for-4 with a double) followed with a single. A sacrifice fly brought Andreoli home.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (23-17)
The AZL Cubs were able to remain in first place by percentage points with an 11-5 victory over the AZL Rangers on Wednesday. P.J. Higgins was a wrecking crew as he went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two RBI. Jose Paniagua was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Jared Cheek picked up his first save by going two scoreless innings and striking out two batters.
Dominican Summer League – DSL Cubs (41-23)
The DSL Cubs used a six-run seventh inning to defeat the DSL Tigers 6-4 on Wednesday. Designated hitter Franklin Tineo was 3-for-4, while Richard Nunez went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Wander Cabrera came on in relief and struck out five, allowing an earned run in three innings for the win.
The D-Cubs moved to a game out of first place Thursday with a 7-2 win over the DSL Tigers. Jose Tejada blanked the Tigers for four innings and struck out a batter. Pablo Ochoa allowed two earned runs but fanned five in three innings. Franklin Tineo remained hot, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs optioned INF Tommy La Stella and OF Matt Szczur to the Iowa Cubs; sent RHP Tyler Skulina on a rehab assignment to the AZL Cubs; assigned RHP Scott Effross and RHP Luis Hernandez to the Eugene Emeralds from the AZL Cubs; assigned RHP Jared Cheek and RHP Tanner Griggs to the AZL Cubs from the Eugene Emeralds; assigned OF/1B Chris Pieters to the AZL Cubs from the DSL Cubs; assigned C Daniel Diaz, LHP Yapson Gomez, and RHP Jose Leidenz to the DSL Cubs from the VSL Cubs; assigned OF Daniel Spingola to the AZL Cubs; assigned RHP Jhon Romero to the DSL Cubs. .
The Iowa Cubs activated LHP Eric Jokisch from the 7-day disabled list; placed RHP Frank Batista on the 7-day disabled list; placed INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara on the temporary inactive list. The AZL Cubs released INF/OF Varonex Cuevas. The DSL Cubs released RHP Wagner Disla.