Sweeps are always nice to have, and identical score make them even more special as Myrtle Beach used the pitching of Erick Leal and Jeremy Null to turn the trick. South Bend had another comeback as the pitching of Pedro Araujo gave them the opportunity.
Along with highlights for the Dominican Summer League, here is today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (35-22)
The South Bend Cubs were idle on Monday.
It took some time on Tuesday, but South Bend finally wore down Dayton, winning 4-3 in 12 innings. It was a surprise start for Kyle Miller, who allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. Pedro Araujo once again was practically untouchable, striking out two in three scoreless innings. John Williamson chipped in 1.2 innings, while James Norwood did yeoman’s work with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings for the win.
Things looked dire for the S-Cubs until Eloy Jimenez (2-for-5) scored on a ground out in the fourth inning. The Cubs tied the game in the seventh when Carlos Sepulveda (3-for-5) came home on a fielder’s choice and Eddy Julio Martinez (0-for-4 with an RBI) scored on a ground out. With the bases loaded and one out in the 12th, a sacrifice fly brought in pinch-runner Daniel Spingola with the winner.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-26)
In the opener of a doubleheader on Tuesday, Myrtle Beach survived a late inning scare to beat Potomac 4-3. Erick Leal continued his string of quality starts by allowing two earned runs and striking out three in six plus innings. Tommy Thorpe was charged with an earned run as he worked 0.1 innings, while Ryan McNeil picked up save number three in the final 0.2 innings.
Consecutive singles by Rashad Crawford (2-for-4 with an RBI), Gleyber Torres (2-for-4 with a stolen base), and Ian Happ (1-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base) brought in Crawford, while a base hit from Jeffrey Baez (1-for-3 with an RBI) plated Torres. In the third, a base hit from Jason Vosler (1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base) scored Torres, and Erick Castillo (0-for-2) came home on a single by Crawford in the sixth.
It was déjà vu all over again in the nightcap as Myrtle Beach beat Potomac 4-3. Jeremy Null went 6.2 innings and had six strikeouts while allowing three earned runs. Jordan Minch got the final out for his second save.
The Pelicans tied the game at two in the fourth inning when a single by Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-3 with two RBI) drove in Gleyber Torres (0-for-1) and Ian Happ (1-for-1 with a double). A base hit by Rashad Crawford (1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base) scored Danny Lockhart (1-for-3) in the fifth inning, and a single from Trey Martin (1-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base) brought in Gioskar Amaya (1-for-3) in the sixth.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (25-33)
Tennessee could not get in sync on Monday night as they lost 3-1 to Mississippi. Duane Underwood Jr. continued his pattern of giving up big innings as he allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out six in 4.2 innings. Starling Peralta pitched a perfect 2.1 innings, while James Farris had his Double-A debut with a scoreless inning.
Things spun out of control quickly on Tuesday, as Tennessee lost 5-1 to Mississippi. A walk to Cael Brockmeyer (0-for-2 with an RBI), the third issued of the inning, drove in Mark Zagunis (0-for-3), who reached on an error, with the only Smokies’ run. Paul Blackburn was roughed up again, allowing five runs (four earned) while striking out three in 5.2 innings. Jose Rosario struck out three in 1.1 innings, and David Berg had a strikeout in the eighth inning.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (29-27)
There was more to the score as Iowa lost 6-2 to Memphis on Monday. Catcher Willson Contreras (2-for-2) had to leave the game in the eighth inning with a foot injury, and his status being day-to-day. Contreras walked and scored on a Dan Vogelbach (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI) home run in the fourth inning.
Drew Rucinski was, well, Drew Rucinski as he struck out five but allowed three runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings. Gerardo Concepcion surrendered two runs (one earned) and Giovanni Soto yielded another earned run.
In a see-saw game on Tuesday afternoon, Iowa came out ahead of Memphis 6-5. The I-Cubs came up with three runs in the second inning as a double from Matt Murton (2-for-2 with a double and two RBI) drove in Michael Wagner (1-for-1) and Munenori Kawasaki (2-for-4 with an RBI). David Freitas (1-for-4) scored earlier on a sacrifice fly. A triple from Logan Watkins (1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI) plated Freitas. Watkins scored what would be the game winner on a fielder’s choice in the sixth inning.
Iowa summoned “system” pitcher Michael Wagner to start, as he struck out seven and allowed three earned runs in four innings. Jean Machi relieved and gave up two earned runs in two innings. Armando Rivero and Felix Pena each had a strikeout as each pitched an inning. Spencer Patton collected his sixth save with two strikeouts in the ninth.
Dominican Summer League – DSL Cubs1 (0-3)
The Cubs’ D-1 team saw its record drop on Monday with a 3-1 loss to Mets-1 in 10 innings. Shortstop Rafael Narea was 1-for-2 with two stolen bases while Moises Tejada had four strikeouts on three innings of relief.
D-1 was embarrassed on Tuesday as they lost 7-0 to Rangers-1. Shortstop Yonathan Perlaza had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a triple. Eury Ramos took the loss as he allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings.
Dominican Summer League – DSL Cubs2 (1-1)
D-2 had their record evened on the young season with a 7-6 loss to Marinera-1 on Monday. Centerfielder Fernando Kelli had a big day, going 2-for-2 with two stolen bases with Deibi Torres striking out four in three innings of relief.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs selected the contract of OF Albert Almora Jr. from the Iowa Cubs; assigned RHP James Farris to the Tennessee Smokies from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
- Jeremy Null Photo – Larry Kave – Myrtle Beach Pelicans