Big pitching performances marked the end of the week as rookie Jose Albertos burst onto the scene while Pedro Silverio was dealing for Eugene. Ryan Kellogg came up big for South Bend and Jonathan Martinez set a career high for Myrtle Beach. And veterans Joe Nathan and Jake Buchanan had good outings for Tennessee and Iowa.
With Dominican League highlights, today’s Down on the Farm Report is coming at you high and tight.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (4-2)
The offense for Eugene had some trouble on Tuesday as they were limited to three hits by Hillsboro in a 4-1 loss. Marcus Mastrobuoni (1-for-3 with a double) doubled in the second inning and scored on an error for the only run. Jesus Castillo pitched a good game as he allowed two earned runs and had three strikeouts in five innings. MT Minacci was not as fortunate as he gave up two earned runs in two innings. Scott Frazier bounced back from a poor performance with a scoreless inning.
The outcome was never in doubt in a Wednesday matinee as the Emeralds poured it on and defeated Hillsboro 8-1. It was the first start for Pedro Silverio, who went five innings and allowed an earned run while striking out two batters. Alex Santana tossed two scoreless innings, and both Jared Cheek and Tommy Nance chipped in an inning apiece.
Robert Garcia (1-for-3 with two stolen bases) came home on a double by Matt Rose (1-for-5 with a double and two RBI), who was singled home by Jose Paniagua (2-for-5 with two RBI) in the first inning. Consecutive base hits by Chris Pieters (1-for-4), Wladimir Galindo (2-for-4), Tyler Payne (3-for-4), and Yeiler Peguero (1-for-4 with an RBI) brought in two more runs. Peguero scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. After Garcia scored again in the seventh, Eugene topped things off with Andruw Monasterio (2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI) tripling in Garcia in the ninth and later coming in on a ground out.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (42-28)
South Bend made a statement on Thursday that they are not taking a playoff appearance for granted as the SB Cubs scored 10 runs in the eighth inning to beat Dayton 11-1. Eloy Jimenez (2-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI) was the lynchpin as he doubled in P.J. Higgins (2-for-5 with a double) and belted a two-run home run with Ian Rice (1-for-2) on. Carlos Sepulveda (2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI) drove in two with a triple to score Jesse Hodges (0-for-4 with a stolen base) and Bryant Flete (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI).
Ryan Kellogg was masterful as he struck out seven and was charged with an unearned run in six innings. Greyfer Eregua picked up the win as he had two strikeouts in two innings, while Tyler Peitzmeier pitched a scoreless inning.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-35)
Carolina League All-Stars vs. California League All-Stars – The annual game pitting the two League’s All-Stars against each other on Tuesday resulted in a 6-4 win by the Carolina League. Added late to the squad, Ian Happ came on in the sixth inning and was 0-for-2. Myrtle Beach’s Zach Hedges got the call out of the pen in the third and had a strikeout in a scoreless inning. Jake Stinnett had a perfect seventh and Trevor Clifton recorded the final two outs for the save.
Myrtle Beach started the second half still looking for an offense as the Pelicans lost to Carolina 2-1 on Thursday. Jonathan Martinez had a career high eight strikeouts as he allowed two earned runs in 7.1 innings. Jordan Minch struck out two in a perfect 1.2 innings. The only run for the Birds came in the fourth when Daniel Spingola (1-for-3 with a double) doubled and scored on a ground out.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (28-43)
Tennessee returned from All-Star break with another disjoined effort as the Smokies lost to Pensacola 6-4 on Thursday. Tyler Skulina was ineffective as he allowed four earned runs, all via the home run, in 2.1 innings. Juan Paniagua and veteran Joe Nathan held the Wahoos for 1.2 innings and an inning respectively. But James Farris gave up another two-run homer as David Berg and David Garner finished up the final three innings.
Jacob Hannemann (2-for-4 with two home runs, two RBI and a stolen base) led off the game with his ninth home run. The Smokies pulled to within on in the fourth when a single by Ben Carhart (1-for-3 with an RBI) drove in Chesny Young (2-for-4) and Billy McKinney (1-for-3 with a double) scored on a base hit by Carlos Penalver (1-for-4 with an RBI). Hannemann added another home run in the seventh inning.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (34-37)
A day off might have helped as the I-Cubs had some quality pitching in a 3-2 Wednesday afternoon win over Nashville. Jake Buchanan had a quality outing as he allowed an earned run while striking out seven in six innings. Felix Pena gave up an earned run, but had two strikeouts in two innings. Joel Peralta picked up his first save with a perfect ninth.
Iowa answered a run in the second with two of their own as Dan Vogelbach (1-for-4 with a double) doubled and came home on a single by David Freitas (2-for-2 with a double and an RBI), who then scored on a double by Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI). Freitas also doubled in the fifth inning and scores on a ground out.
In game one of a doubleheader on Thursday, Iowa used great pitching to throttle Nashville 3-0. Aaron Brooks continues to get innings under his belt as he pitched three innings. Dallas Beeler had two strikeouts in an inning of work and picked up the win. Miguel Mejia fanned four in two innings, and Corey Black earned the save with a scoreless seventh.
The I-Cubs broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning after Mark Zagunis (1-for-3 with a double) doubled and came home on a base hit from Jeimer Candelario (1-for-3 with an RBI). A double by Juan Perez in the sixth drove in pinch-runner Kris Negron, and John Andreoli (0-for-3 with an RBI) drew a bases loaded walk to score Perez.
Game two wasn’t as lucky for the I-Cubs as they lost 7-4 to Nashville. Fresh up from Double-A, Starling Peralta was thrown into a starting role and gave up five earned runs in 2.2 innings. In his first appearance off the DL, Scott Barnes allowed two earned runs in 12 innings. Giovanni Soto mopped up with three strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless innings.
Iowa tried to make a game of it in the third after Vimael Machin (1-for-1) came in on a sacrifice fly and a ground out scored John Andreoli (1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base). Another sacrifice fly brought in Matt Murton (2-for-3) in the fourth, and a single by David Freitas (1-for-2 with two RBI and a stolen base) once again scored Murton in the sixth inning.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (2-0)
Two young players were the talk of Wednesday night as the A-Cubs defeated the AZL Diamondbacks 5-4. Sporting a mid- to upper-90s fastball, 17-year old Jose Albertos struck out seven and allowed only a hit and a walk in four innings. The Cubs’ seventh round draft pick, catcher Michael Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his professional debut.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-1 Cubs (7-9)
Three runs in the bottom of the ninth brought D-1 a 4-3 victory over the DSL Prates on Wednesday. Luis Hidalgo (1-for-3) remained hot with his fourth home run while outfielder Jose Jules was 2-for-5 with an RBI. In relief, Moises Ramirez had two strikeouts in 2.1 innings for the win.
D-1 could not mount an attack on Thursday as they lost 3-1 to the DSL Indians. Third baseman Orian Nunez was the offense as he went 1-for-4 with a double and scored the only run. Starter Yunior Perez did not pitch badly as he allowed two earned runs and struck out four in four innings.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-2 Cubs (11-6)
On Wednesday, D-2 also had a late inning surge to push past Mariners-1 8-6. Miguel Amaya once again came up big as he was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Carlos Ocampo had a great start as he struck out five and allowed an earned run in five innings.
It was a game to forget for D-2 as they lost 7-1 to Dodgers-1 on Thursday. Outfielder Fernando Kelli provided the offensive highlight as he was 1-or-2 with an RBI. Omar Ventura pitched well in relief, striking out three in 3.1 scoreless innings.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs sent RHP Joe Nathan to the Tennessee Smokies on a rehab assignment; sent LHP Jack Leathersich to the AZL Cubs on a rehab assignment; assigned RHP Starling Peralta to the Iowa Cubs from the Tennessee Smokies; assigned 2B/OF Ian Happ to the Tennessee Smokies from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans; assigned C/1B Alberto Mineo to the Tennessee Smokies from the Eugene Emeralds; assigned INF/OF David Bote to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from the Tennessee Smokies.
The Iowa Cubs released RHP P.J. Francescon; placed RHP Pierce Johnson on the 7-day disabled list. The Tennessee Smokies placed RHP Nick Sarianides on the 7-day disabled list; activated RHP Josh Conway from the 7-day disabled list; activated OF Jacob Hannemann from the temporarily inactive list.