Rain and scheduling resulted in a diminished amount of action in the Cubs’ minor league system to start the week.
Eugene was able to rally thanks to timely hitting from Alex Bautista, Adonis Paula, and Eloy Jimenez. Meanwhile, South Bend made some noise as Jeffrey Baez, Ian Happ and David Bote led them to victory.
While lacking in volume, today’s Down on the Farm Report is still packed with action.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (28–29)
Eugene used five runs in the late innings on Monday to rally past Boise and win 7-4. The Emeralds were down 3-0 in the fifth inning when Alex Bautista (3-for-4 with two RBI) singled and came around on a home run by Adonis Paula (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI). It all started with two outs in the eighth inning after Andrew Ely (2-for-5) singled and pinch-hitter Blake Headley (1-for-1) had a base hit. A single by Bautista drove in Ely and Headley and gave Eugene the lead. The Emeralds put the game away in the ninth when back-to-back-to-back singles by Kevonte Mitchell (1-for-4), Donnie Dewees (2-for-5), and Frandy Delarosa (2-for-5 with two RBI) scored Mitchell and Dewees. A double by Eloy Jimenez (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) brought in Delarosa.
Kyle Miller had trouble in the first inning, but got out of it. Miller wasn’t so lucky in the second as he gave up three earned runs as he finished the night with 1.1 innings and two strikeouts. Casey Bloomquist got an extended look as he struck out four in 3.2 scoreless innings. Mark Malave was nicked for an unearned run with three strikeouts in two innings. Scott Frazier pitched a perfect inning and struck out a batter. Scott Effross collected his first save with two strikeouts as he set down the side in order in the ninth.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (55-62)
An off-day seemed to be just what South Bend needed as they jumped out early on Tuesday and put things on autopilot in a 7-2 win over Dayton. Jeffrey Baez (3-for-5 with a stolen base) singled and stole second to lead off the game. A base hit by Ian Happ (2-for-3 with a double and two RBI) scored Baez. A single by David Bote (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) and a walk to Gioskar Amaya (0-for-3 with two walks and an stolen base) loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly brought in Happ, and after a stolen base by Amaya, a double from Matt Rose (2-for-4 with a double and two RBI) plated Bote and Amaya. Rashad Crawford (2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base) followed the script in the second inning with a single and a stolen base. A base hit by Baez and a sacrifice fly drove Crawford home. A two-run homer form Bote scored Baez.
Erick Leal benefitted from the early lead as he scattered three hits and struck out four in five scoreless innings. Dillon Maples relieved and served up a solo home run as he tossed two frames. Daniel Lewis had a strikeout and gave up an earned run in two innings.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (71-48)
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans had an off-day on Monday, and had their game on Tuesday postponed due to rain.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (63-55)
The Tennessee Smokies had an off-day on Monday, and had their game on Tuesday postponed due to rain.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (67-55)
Late Sunday, the I-Cubs continued their west coast swing with a 4-3 victory over Las Vegas. Arismendy Alcantara (0-for-4) reached on a force play in the second inning and scored on a two-out double from Chris Valaika (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI). The third inning began with a single from Matt Szczur (1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base) and a double by Javier Baez (2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base). A sacrifice fly brought in Szczur, and a base hit from Taylor Teagarden (3-for-3 with a double and an RBI) scored Baez. The score was tied at three in the top of the ninth when John Andreoli (2-for-5 with a double) doubled with one out and advanced to third on an error. A squeeze bunt by Szczur allowed Andreoli to come in with the go-ahead run.
Tsuyoshi Wada had another quality start as he allowed an earned run and struck out two in 5.2 innings. Zac Rosscup was roughed up as he gave up two earned runs and had a strikeout in an inning of work. Blake Cooper came to the rescue and struck out two as he shut down the 51’s for 1.1 innings. Brian Schlitter did what he has done 19 times this season, as he set down the side in order in the ninth for the save.
It was a heartbreaker to lose on Monday night for the I-Cubs as the bullpen was not up to the task in a 5-4 loss to Las Vegas in 12 innings. Dallas Beeler had another excellent outing. Beeler allowed an earned run and struck out three in 7.1 innings. Ryan Buchter was unable to get Beeler out of a jam and gave up an earned run in 0.1 innings. Brian Schlitter got Iowa out of the eighth inning, but Carl Edwards Jr. was charged with an earned run despite throwing only two pitches. Armando Rivero eventually struck out the side in the ninth inning, but yielded the tying run. Drake Britton was summoned and got the I-Cubs to the 12th inning before giving up the game-winning run.
The Iowa offense failed to give run support after John Andreoli (0-for-4 with two walks and a stolen base) led off the game with a walk and a stolen base. Matt Szczur (2-for-5) walked and a double play advanced Andreoli to third. Javier Baez (2-for-5 with an RBI) laid down a bunt single to score Andreoli. Andreoli started another scoring threat in the sixth by reaching on an error. A ground out and a fielder’s choice brought in Andreoli. With the game tied at two in the ninth, Baez singled and moved to third on a errant pick-off attempt. A triple from Mike Baxter (1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) drove in Baez, with a sacrifice fly eventually bringing in Baxter.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (25-20)
In game one of a rare doubleheader for the Rookie League, a four-run fifth inning put the AZL Cubs over the top as they beat the AZL White Sox 10-7. Danny Spingola had a monster game as he went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and three RBI. Chris Pieters was equally impressive, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Dylan Cease was rocky in his start, giving up four runs (two earned) while striking out two in 2.2 innings. Bryan Hudson had a strikeout as he tossed a scoreless inning.
Game two saw the A-Cubs double up on the AZL White Sox to win 4-2. Jose Paniagua belted a two-run home run in the fourth and was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Carlos Jimenez went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Starter Gabriel Lima allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out two in three innings, and Santiago Rodriguez fanned two in three scoreless innings.
Dominican Summer League – DSL Cubs (42-26)
The DSL Cubs’ hopes for the playoffs took a hit on Monday as they lost to the DSL Marlins 5-1. Outfielder Jose Jules (1-for-4) scored the only run as Yovanny Cuevas was 3-for-4 with a double. Deibi Torres had trouble with his command as he walked five and allowed three runs in 3.1 innings.
The pitching did not show up for the D-Cubs on Tuesday as they lost to the DSL Marlins 8-4. Hector Garcia got the call as starter Wander Cabrera only lasted an inning. Garcia struck out five and allowed an earned run in four innings. The Cubs’ offense could not muster an attack as Richard Nunez went 2-for-4 while Rafael Mejia was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs sent 1B Dan Vogelbach to the AZL Cubs on a rehab assignment; assigned RHP Trevor Cahill to the Iowa Cubs; assigned C Taylor Davis and INF/OF Anthony Giansanti to the Tennessee Smokies from the Iowa Cubs; assigned 1B Jacob Rogers to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from the Tennessee Smokies; assigned INF Vimael Machin to the Eugene Emeralds from the South Bend Cubs;
The Iowa Cubs placed RHP Carl Edwards Jr. on the 7-day disabled list. The Tennessee Smokies placed OF Billy McKinney on the 7-day disabled list. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans placed C Jordan Hankins and OF Mark Zagunis on the 7-day disabled list; activated RHP Tyler Skulina from the 7-day disabled list.