Several of the top prospects were productive at the plate, in the field and on the mound on Saturday.
Donnie Dewees, Eddy Julio Martinez and P.J. Higgins led the way in South Bend’s first victory of the season. Myrtle Beach was blanked but struck out a lot of batters.
Brad Markey shined for the Smokies in his Double-A debut. Jeimer Candelario drove in the game’s lone run in a 1-0 victory for Mark Johnson’s team.
And Iowa remains winless on the young season despite receiving offense from Willson Contreras, Albert Almora Jr., John Andreoli and Dan Vogelbach as three home runs from two of the best power hitters in the minors led Round Rock to a lopsided victory.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (1-2)
South Bend won for the first time on the young season Saturday, a 5-3 victory over West Michigan behind Ryan Kellogg.
Ryan Kellogg pitched the first five innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits without a walk. Kellogg struck out five. Greyfer Eregua kept the Whitecaps off the board for 2.2 innings while striking out two. Eregua retired all eight batters he faced with a fastball that sat in the 92-94 mph range. Scott Effross struggled a little in his 0.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with a walk and strikeout. Michael Wagner recorded the save with 0.2 scoreless innings.
Donnie Dewees (2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and a RBI) set the tone for the South Bend Cubs on Saturday at the plate and made a game ending diving catch in deep left center field with two on and South Bend clinging to a 5-3 lead.
Dewees tripled, scored from third on a pop to shallow center and drove in a run. Eddy Julio Martinez (2-for-5 with two runs scored) scored twice. Andrew Ely (1-for-3 with a HBP and a RBI) and P.J. Higgins (2-for-3 with a double, two walks and a RBI) continued their hot starts to the season.
South Bend got on the board in the third inning. Dewees tripled to right. Ely popped out to second baseman Brett Pirtle in shallow center. Dewees tagged from third and forced him to make a perfect throw. Dewees scored the first run of the game.
West Michigan tied the game in the fourth. South Bend took the lead for good in the sixth and added on in the seventh.
Eddy Julio Martinez led off the sixth with a single to left and scored on a triple from Daniel Spingola (2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and a RBI). Tyler Alamo (1-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI) singled Spingola in. Bryant Flete (1-for-2 with two walks) followed Alamo with a single to right and Ely was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After a pitching change, P.J. Higgins singled to left, Alamo scored but Flete was thrown out at the plate. Eloy Jimenez (0-for-4 with a walk) walked to re-load the base. Matt Rose popped out to end the inning.
Martinez started the seventh with another single. Spingola walked and an errant pickoff attempt moved both runners up 90 feet. Flete walked to load the bases and Martinez tagged and scored from third on a sac fly from Dewees.
High Class-A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (1-2)
Myrtle Beach was blanked by Frederick 6-0 on Saturday.
Trevor Clifton could not find the strike zone Saturday. Clifton allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Clifton also uncorked two wild pitches in three innings. James Farris gave up one run on three hits in three innings. Farris also struck out four, which was a trend for the Pelicans’ pitchers. James Pugliese had four strikeouts in two scoreless innings. David Berg tossed a scoreless inning. The Pelicans’ staff struck out 13 on Saturday night while walking four.
Ian Happ (2-for-2 with a double, a walk and a HBP), Gleyber Torres (1-for-4), Jeffrey Baez (1-for-4) and Shawon Dunston Jr. (1-for-3) had hits in the loss.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (2-1)
Double-A Tennessee road an excellent start by Brad Markey to a 1-0 win over Mobile on Saturday. Markey completed five innings in his Double-A debut. Markey allowed two hits, walked one and struck out four. Gerardo Concepcion picked up the win with two shutout innings. Concepcion struck out three. Josh Conway and Juan Paniagua hung zeros on the board in the eighth and ninth inning. Paniagua earned the save.
Chesny Young (2-for-3) has picked up this season where he left off last year. Young had two more hits Saturday.
Bijan Rademacher (1-for-2 with a run scored) scored the game’s only run on a single to center in the sixth off the bat of Jeimer Candelario (1-for-3 with a RBI).
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (0-3)
Round Rock played longball on Saturday and thumped the winless I-Cubs 9-3.
Eric Jokisch had a bad outing against a really good offense and served up another home run to Joey Gallo. Round Rock’s big bats hit three home runs, two off Jokisch in his 4.1 innings. Jokisch was charged with eight runs on 11 hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Gallo took him deep for a three-run shot in the third. And Nomar Mazara launched a two-run homer in the fifth. Gallo smacked his second home run of the day off Armando Rivero in the sixth inning.
Carl Edwards Jr. allowed a hit and no runs with a strikeout in his inning of work.
Iowa made the final score look a little respectable in the eighth inning. Down 9-0, the I-Cubs scored three times on hits from Ryan Kalish (2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and two RBI) and Dan Vogelbach (1-for-4 with a RBI).
John Andreoli (2-for-4 with a run scored), Willson Contreras (1-for-4) and Albert Almora Jr. (1-for-3 with a walk) had hits in the loss.
News and Transactions
Myrtle Beach placed RHP Dillon Maples on the 7-day disabled list with an undisclosed injury.
The Cubs signed RHP Jose Rosario to a minor league contract and assigned him to High-A Myrtle Beach.