Thrills were a large part of the beginning of the week as both Iowa and Tennessee broke out the bats and received big games from Juan Perez and Bijan Rademacher. D.J. Wilson remained hot with Eugene, as was David Bote for Myrtle Beach. And if you like pitching, Justin Steele and Jose Paulino delivered in South Bend. Even the DSL Cubs-2 got a walk-off home run!
A look inside today’s Down on the Farm Report gives you all the exciting details.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (30-14)
It was a wild ride on Sunday night as Eugene held on for a 7-6 win over Boise. The Emeralds took a lead they never gave up in the third inning after Yeiler Peguero (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI) doubled in Robert Garcia (0-for-5) and later scored on an error. Wladimir Galindo (2-fof-r4 with a double, a home run, and two RBI) belted a solo home run. In the fifth, Zack Short (2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) singled home D.J. Wilson (4-for-4 with a double, a home run). Galindo doubled in Short, and a base hit from Jose Paniagua (1-for-4 with an RBI) plated Galindo. Wilson then stroked an inside-the-park home run in the sixth.
Bryan Hudson had another rocky start as he struck out four and allowed three earned runs in five innings. Marc Huberman gave up an earned run as he worked two innings, and Chad Hockin surrendered two earned runs in an inning. Wyatt Short collected his third save with a strikeout in a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Eugene Emeralds were on All-Star break on Monday.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (66-41)
South Bend did all their scoring early on Monday as they beat Great Lakes 5-1. A double by Eloy Jimenez (2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI) brought in P.J. Higgins (0-for-4 with an RBI) and Alberto Mineo (1-for-3) scored on a single from Eddy Julio Martinez (2-for-4 with an RBI) in the first inning. In the second inning, a force out plated Andruw Monasterio (0-for-3 with a stolen base) and another double by Jimenez drove in Higgins. A bases loaded walk to Vimael Machin (0-for-3 with an RBI) forced in Mineo with the fifth run.
Justin Steele had his best outing to date, striking out seven in five scoreless innings. Kyle Twomey gave up an earned run as he struck out four in two innings. Scott Effross also had four strikeouts in two innings.
The transition seems to be happening, as South Bend transformed from a great hitting team to a great pitching team in a 5-2 win over Great Lakes on Tuesday. Jose Paulino gave the fourth straight dominating performance by a SB Cubs’ starting pitcher as he struck out four and was charged with two unearned runs in seven innings. John Williamson continued things with a strikeout in a scoreless inning, and Jared Cheek picked up his first save for South Bend with a scoreless ninth.
The Cubs tied the game at 2-2 in the second inning as Matt Rose (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) launched a two-run homer with Eloy Jimenez (3-for-4) on base. Eddy Julio Martinez (1-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Connor Myers (3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two stolen bases) in the fifth inning and base hits by Adonis Paula (1-for-4 with an RBI) and Myers in the sixth scored Jimenez and Rose.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (58-51)
Myrtle Beach put on a finishing kick on Monday as the Pelicans defeated Frederick 5-4. The Birds took the lead in the first inning after Donnie Dewees (2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two stolen bases) scored on a sacrifice fly and Jeffrey Baez (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) doubled in David Bote (1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base). In the seventh, a double by Dewees brought in Charcer Burks (1-for-4 with a triple) and Dewees came home on a base hit from Bote. The Pelicans added some insurance after Andrew Ely (1-for-3) scored on a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
James Pugliese was given a rare start and made the most of it, allowing three earned runs while striking out six in six innings. Daniel Lewis tossed a scoreless 1.1 innings and Tommy Nance gave up an earned run in 1.2 innings for his first save.
Persistence paid off for the Pelicans on Tuesday as Myrtle Beach beat Frederick 5-4 in 13 innings. A solo home run by Daniel Spingola (2-for-4 with a home run) in the second inning and a double from Bryant Flete (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI) scored David Bote (3-for-6 with a double and an RBI) for Myrtle Beach’s only runs until the final inning. A base hit by Bote drove in Erick Castillo (0-for-5) with the go-ahead run and a single from Jeffrey Baez (1-for-1 with two RBI) plated Charcer Burks (0-for-5) and Bote.
A parade of pitchers started with Jake Stinnett, who allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out four in 5.2 innings. Pedro Araujo fanned two in 1.1 innings, and Tommy Thorpe went 0.2 scoreless innings. Daury Torrez had two strikeouts in 2.1 innings, while Craig Brooks worked out of a jam in two innings. James Norwood made everyone sweat as he gave up two earned runs in the 14th, but ended up with his first save.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (44-63)
In dramatic fashion, the Smokies pulled an amazing comeback to beat Birmingham 3-2 on Monday. Down 2-0 in the top of the ninth, Carlos Penalver (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) doubled in David Freitas (2-for-4) to cut the lead in half. Gioskar Amaya (2-for-4) tied the game, scoring on a sacrifice fly, and a double from Chesny Young (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI) brought in Penalver with the go-ahead run.
Jen-Ho Tseng remained consistent as he allowed two earned runs and had three strikeouts in six innings. Nick Sarianides also had three strikeouts in two scoreless innings, and James Farris slammed the door with two strikeouts in the ninth.
It was quite a contrast on Tuesday as Tennessee romped in a 9-1 win over Birmingham. Bijan Rademacher (3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and three RBI) set the tone with a three-run homer as part of a four-run first inning. Chesny Young (4-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI) also left the yard in the ninth inning. Ian Happ (2-for-6 with an RBI), Victor Caratini (2-for-4 with an RBI), and Kelly Dugan (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) also had multi-hit games.
Michael Wagner was quietly effective for the Smokies as he had three strikeouts and allowed an earned run in seven innings. David Garner tossed an inning, and David Berg had two strikeouts in a perfect inning.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (47-64)
On Monday, Iowa put a whipping on Omaha, thrashing the Storm Chasers 13-0. The highlight was a Grand Slam home run by Juan Perez (3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and five RBI) in the seventh inning. Also going deep was Jeimer Candelario (2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two RBI) with a solo shot in the eighth and Kris Negron (1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI) with a three-run blast later that inning. John Andreoli (3-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base) set up the offense as Taylor Davis (3-for-5) and Cael Brockmeyer (2-for-5 with two doubles) also had multi-hit games.
Rob Zastryzny was perfect over five innings, striking out eight batters. Miguel Mejia fanned five in two innings, and Corey Black also had a strikeout in a perfect inning. Justin Grimm then struck out the side in the ninth.
A Tuesday matinee turned into a pitcher’s duel, as Iowa lost 1-0 to Omaha. Trevor Cahill started and had six strikeouts, giving up two hits and two walks in four innings. Giovanni Soto added a scoreless inning of his own, but Felix Pena gave up an earned run as he pitched two innings. Jose Rosario struck out two in a perfect eighth inning. John Andreoli paced the offense by going 2-for-5 with a stolen base, while Logan Watkins went 2-for-2. Kris Negron (1-for-4 with a stolen base), Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-4), and Cael Brockmeyer (1-for-3) also had hits.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (17-15)
It was one of those nights on Sunday for the AZL Cubs, as they lost 11-5 to the AZL Angels. Starter Junior Marte allowed four earned runs and had three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Jose Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.
The A-Cubs were idle on Monday, and were postponed on Tuesday due to rain.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-1 Cubs (20-30)
On Monday, D-1 came up a little short as they lost 6-5 to Yankees-1. Franklin Tineo (3-or-4 with a double and four RBI) belted a three-run homer. Freddy Tineo gave up an earned run and struck out three in 2.2 innings of relief.
D-1 stepped on the gas in the late innings on Tuesday to blow past Yankees-1 8-3. Jose Gutierrez (1-for-3 with two RBI) belted a solo home run while Luis Hidalgo (1-for-2 with two RBI) cracked his seventh home run, a two-run shot. Juan Rengifo gave up only two walks in three scoreless innings of relief.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-2 Cubs (29-21)
D-2 was all over Orioles-2 on Monday, shutting them out 6-0. Hector Garcia was practically untouchable, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in seven innings. Abraham Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the win.
It took 12 innings, but D-2 finally edged past Orioles-2 1-0 on Tuesday. Richard Nunez (1-for-2 with an RBI) belted a walk-off homer to start the 12th inning. Alfredo Colorado got back on track as he had ten strikeouts and gave up only three hits in seven shutout innings.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs optioned RHP Justin Grimm to the Iowa Cubs; recalled RHP Spencer Patton from the Iowa Cubs.
The Iowa Cubs activated LHP Gerardo Concepcion from the temporarily inactive list.