The Iowa offense flexed some of its muscle with John Andreoli, Jeimer Candelario, Logan Watkins and Mark Zagunis leading the way. And South Bend continued to roll with Eloy Jimenez and Ian Rice. Jake Stinnett and Brad Markey pitched great games for Myrtle Beach and Tennessee respectively, while Yovanny Cuevas shined in the Dominican Republic.
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Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (40-26)
South Bend could not muster enough late offense on Wednesday as they lost 3-2 to Dayton. Ryan Kellogg had a solid effort as he allowed three earned runs and had six strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Scott Effross pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.
The S-Cubs cut the lead in half in the sixth inning when Ian Rice (2-for-4 with a double and a home run) belted his seventh home run of the season. A threat in the eighth inning fell short, with Eloy Jimenez (2-for-4 with a double) scoring the only run on a ground out.
On Thursday, South Bend returned home to a 5-1 victory over Lake County, maintaining their first place lead. Preston Morrison had his most impressive outing of the season as he fanned nine in seven scoreless innings. Pedro Araujo gave up an earned run, but had three strikeouts in two innings for his first save.
The SB Cubs were in control the entire way after a single by Eloy Jimenez (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) drove in P.J. Higgins (2-for-3 with a double and an RBI) in the first inning, and Carlos Sepulveda (0-for-5) scored on a base hit by Higgins in the fifth. Tyler Alamo (2-for-3 with an RBI) plated Jimenez with a single in the sixth. Putting things away in the eighth was a base hit by Bryant Flete (1-for-4 with two RBI), driving in Donnie Dewees (1-for-3 with a double) and Eddy Julio Martinez (1-for-4).
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-31)
It was a pitcher’s duel in the truest sense on Wednesday, as Myrtle Beach edged out Frederick 1-0. Jake Stinnett had his finest effort of the season as he had seven strikeouts and scattered eight hits in seven innings. Ryan McNeil posted save number five with two perfect innings. The only run in the game came in the fourth inning when Yasiel Balaguert (0-for-3) scored on a wild pitch.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ game on Thursday was postponed due to rain.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (28-38)
The Tennessee Smokies’ game on Wednesday was postponed due to rain.
The offense deserted Tennessee once again on Thursday as they lost 3-2 to Jackson. Brad Markey was also betrayed by his defense as he allowed three runs (two earned) and had three strikeouts in 5.1 innings. David Berg pitched 2.2 perfect innings.
The Smokies took an early lead when Chesney Young (1-for-4 with a triple) tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Doubles by Ben Carhart (1-for-4 with a double) and Kelly Dugan (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) added another run in the fifth inning.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (31-33)
Iowa pounded the ball once again on Wednesday, whacking out 15 hits in a 6-5 victory over Colorado Springs. Four players had three hits. John Andreoli set the table by going 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. Newcomers Mark Zagunis (3-for-4 with two doubles) and Jeimer Candelario (3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI) joined in the fun. Logan Watkins displayed some of his old form as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two stolen bases.
Rob Zastryzny did not make things easy for the I-Cubs as he allowed three earned runs in five innings. Armando Rivero had two strikeouts in an inning, but Dallas Beeler gave up two earned runs in an inning. Carl Edwards Jr. and Spencer Patton each pitched a scoreless inning, with Patton collecting his seventh save.
The Iowa Cubs deserved to lose on Thursday night after blowing a five-run lead and bowing to Colorado Springs 9-8 in ten innings. Jake Buchanan was passable in his start, allowing three earned runs in six innings. Gerardo Concepcion shut down the Sky Sox for two innings, but veteran Joel Peralta surrendered five runs (two earned) without recording an out. Spencer Patton pitched a scoreless inning, but Corey Black gave up an earned run in the 10th inning.
John Andreoli (2-for-6 with a triple and a home run) remained hot as he started the game with a solo home run. Dan Vogelbach (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) added a two-run bomb with Mark Zagunis (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) on in the third inning. Singles by Logan Watkins (1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base) and Zagunis brought in two more in the fourth. David Freitas (1-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Matt Murton (3-for-5) in the fifth, and a triple from Jeimer Candelario (1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI) scored Vogelbach and Murton in the seventh inning.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-1 Cubs (5-6)
D-1 was taken to task on Wednesday as they lost 11-3 to Yankees-1. First baseman Luis Hidalgo belted his first home run and was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Starter Riger Fernandez did not do poorly as he allowed two runs (one earned) and had five strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
It took 12 innings on Thursday, but D-1 prevailed 10-8 over Mets-1. Outfielder Samir Lara (2-for-5 with three RBI) and first baseman Luis Hidalgo (1-for-4 with two RBI) each had two-run home runs. Elvis Diaz pitched 3.2 innings of relief and had two strikeouts for the win.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-2 Cubs (6-5)
Pouring it on in the late innings, D-2 destroyed the DSL Twins 14-4 on Wednesday. Leadoff man and centerfielder Yovanny Cuevas set the tone as he was 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. Ivan Medina got his third victory in relief as he allowed an earned run and struck out two in four innings.
It was a tough game for the D-2 defense on Thursday as they lost 8-1 to the DSL Giants. Andres Bonalde was charged with four runs (one earned) as he struck out three in four innings. Yovanny Cuevas remained the offensive threat as he was 1-for-3 with and RBI and a stolen base.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs assigned C Cael Brockmeyer to the Iowa Cubs from the Tennessee Smokies, assigned RHP R.J. Alvarez to the Tennessee Smokies from the Iowa Cubs; assigned RHP Michael Wagner to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from the Iowa Cubs; assigned OF Alex Bautista to the Eugene Emeralds from the Iowa Cubs.
The Iowa Cubs activated INF/OF Kris Negron from the bereavement list.