Back from the Major League All-Star break, pitching took the forefront to end the week. Prospect Oscar De La Cruz returned to the field in Arizona, and Alfredo Colorado went the distance for the DSL-2 Cubs. Justin Steele returned to form with South Bend, while Ryan McNeil notched his 13th save for Myrtle Beach. Rob Zastryzny had to leave the game for Iowa, but the organization received good news about Joe Nathan.
For more details, take a look at today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (17-9)
The pitchers took the spotlight on Wednesday night as Eugene fell to Tri-City 3-2. Bryan Hudson had his issues as he allowed three earned runs and struck out three in 4.2 innings. MT Minacci bounced back from a bad outing to strike out two in 2.1 scoreless innings. Chad Hockin made his professional debut and had two strikeouts in a perfect inning.
All the runs for the Emeralds came in the fifth inning after Trent Giambrone (1-for-3 with an RBI) singled in Kevonte Mitchell (1-for-4) and a double from Robert Garcia (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) plated Tyler Payne (1-for-3).
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (55-35)
Rain on Wednesday meant a doubleheader on Thursday and South Bend dropped game one to Clinton 3-0. The defense failed Preston Morrison as he allowed three runs (one earned) and had six strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Tommy Nance got the final two outs of the sixth in his first South Bend appearance. The offense managed five hits. Eddy Julio Martinez was 2-for-3 and Eloy Jimenez 1-for-3 while Carlos Sepulveda and Bryant Flete were each 1-for-2.
The big opossum walked late in game two as South Bend scored five in the seventh inning to beat Clinton 5-4. Andruw Monasterio (1-for-3) came home on a fielder’s choice and P.J. Higgins (3-for-4 with a double and two RBI) doubled in Josh Silver (0-for-3 with an RBI) and Carlos Sepulveda (2-for-4). A double by Donnie Dewees (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) plated Higgins, and then Dewees scored on a single from Eloy Jimenez (1-for-4 with an RBI).
Justin Steele had his best effort of the year, as he struck out five and allowed an earned run in three innings. Casey Bloomquist took over and ran out of gas, as he gave up three runs (two earned) with five strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Dillon Maples uncorked a wild pitch that allowed a run charged to Bloomquist score, but got the final two outs for his second save.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (47-44)
On Wednesday, Myrtle Beach overcame an early deficit and beat Frederick 5-4. Charcer Burks (2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a stolen base) homered to start the game for the Birds and a two run blast from Yasiel Balaguert (3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) with David Bote (0-for-3) on in the second inning cut the lead to one. Balaguert and Jeffrey Baez (0-for-2) then scored on a single from Burks in the seventh inning.
Jeremy Null had his struggles again as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits in five innings. James Pugliese fanned five as he pitched three scoreless innings. Ryan McNeil shut things down as he tossed a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.
A comeback went for naught on Thursday as the Pelicans lost 4-3 to Frederick. Down 3-0, Myrtle Beach got on the board in the fourth inning after David Bote (1-for-2) scored on a single from Jeffrey Baez (2-for-3) and a throwing error. The game was tied in the sixth as Erick Castillo (2-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Jason Vosler (1-for-4 with a double) and a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Pearson brought (0-for-3 with an RBI) in Bote.
Trevor Clifton pitched well enough to win as he allowed three earned runs and struck out six in six innings. Tommy Thorpe took the loss as he gave up an earned run and pitched an innings. Daury Torrez mopped up with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (37-53)
A Wednesday matinee turned out to be a nightmare for Tennessee as they lost 11-1 to Chattanooga. Paul Blackburn was absolutely shelled, serving up eight runs (seven earned) and striking out five in four innings. Starling Peralta picked up the slack as he struck out four in four scoreless innings. David Berg surrendered three earned runs in the ninth. The only run for the Smokies came in the second inning when Carlos Penalver (2-for-3 with an RBI) singled in Bijan Rademacher (1-for-4).
A new town ended with the same old result for Tennessee as they lost 6-1 to Montgomery on Thursday. Brad Markey bared the brunt of things as he allowed four runs (three earned) and struck out four in six innings. Stephen Perakslis gave up an earned run while Nick Sarianides was charged with an unearned run as each pitched an inning. The run was manufactured by the Smokies in the eighth inning after Chesny Young (0-for-3 with a stolen base) walked, stole second, and later scored on a sacrifice fly.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (41-51)
Back from All-Star break, Iowa was not able to get past Las Vegas on Thursday, losing 3-2. Rob Zastryzny had a typical performance, allowing three earned runs and striking out three in five innings, but left the game with the trainer after pitching to one batter in the sixth inning. Miguel Mejia came on and tossed two scoreless innings, while Joe Nathan blew away the side with two strikeouts in the eighth. Felix Pena worked around two walks in the ninth.
One out singles by Juan Perez (2-for-2 with a stolen base) and John Andreoli (1-for-3 with a stolen base) in the sixth set up Mark Zagunis (2-for-4 with an RBI), who drove in Perez with a base hit. A single by Dan Vogelbach (1-for-4 with an RBI) plated Andreoli but Zagunis was thrown out at third, with manager Marty Peavy ejected for arguing the call.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (8-10)
The A-Cubs could not capitalize on Wednesday night as they fell to the AZL White Sox 4-2. The big story was Top 20 prospect Oscar De La Cruz getting back on the field. De La Cruz was a little rusty as he allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out two in three innings. Isaac Parades was 2-for-4 with a double in the loss.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-1 Cubs (16-19)
Rain fail to give Rangers-1 their last raps in the ninth on Wednesday as D-1 would win 9-8. Yonathan Perlaza had a big day, going 3-for-5 with two doubles while Jose Rojas was 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, and two stolen bases. Freddy Tineo was great in relief as he struck out two in four scoreless innings.
The bullpen failed D-1 on Thursday as they lost 5-4 to the DSL Pirates. Jesus Tejada pitched well enough to win as he allowed two earned runs and struck out four in six innings. Orian Nunez went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-2 Cubs (24-10)
D-2 doubled up DSL Rojos on Wednesday, winning 8-4. Catcher Daniel Diaz was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI while Yovanny Cuevas went 2-for-3 with and RBI and four stolen bases. Hector Garcia struck out seven and allowed two earned runs in 4.2 innings.
It was another rarity on Thursday for D-2 as they shut out Orioles-2 3-0. Alfredo Colorado went the distance, striking out five over nine innings in an eight hit shut-out. Abraham Rodriguez (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) stole home and Miguel Amaya was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs assigned LHP Brian Matusz and RHP Joe Nathan to the Iowa Cubs from the Tennessee Smokies; assigned C David Freitas and RHP Michael Wagner to the Tennessee Smokies form the Iowa Cubs; assigned RHP Daniel Lewis to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from the Eugene Emeralds; assigned RHP Tommy Nance to the South Bend Cubs from the Iowa Cubs; assigned RHP Oscar De La Cruz to the AZL Cubs from extended Spring Training; assigned OF Zach Davis to the AZL Cubs.
- Ryan McNeil Photo – Larry Kave – Myrtle Beach Pelicans