There seems no stopping the Eugene Emeralds as they posted their 40th win, best in the Northwest League, on the emerging bat of Wladimir Galindo. South Bend is getting outstanding play from the surprise of the 2016 draft, Connor Myers, while the player he replaced, Donnie Dewees, is fitting in for Myrtle Beach. Victor Caratini continues to be a bright spot for Tennessee, as is Jeimer Candelario for Iowa.
But that’s not all. For more, look inside today’s Down on the Farm Report.
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Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (40-15)
On Thursday night, Eugene brought out the big sticks as the Emeralds beat Salem-Keizer 7-4. Marcus Mastrobuoni (3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI) singled in Wladimir Galindo (2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI) to start the scoring in the second inning. Galindo doubled in Stephen Bruno (1-for-2) and later came home on an error to start a four-run sixth inning. Mastrobuoni homered with Trent Giambrone (0-for-3) on base. Chris Pieters (2-for-5 with a home run) and Kevonte Mitchell (1-for-4 with a home run) added solo home runs in the eighth inning.
Dylan Cease looked better with six strikeouts and an unearned run, but the team was cautious and let him pitch only 3.1 innings. Duncan Robinson added another four strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless innings. Andin Diaz also tossed a scoreless inning, but Jed Carter allowed three runs (one earned) in an inning. Michael Knighton shut down the Volcanoes in the ninth for his fourth save.
After a series of blowout wins, the Emeralds found themselves in a true pitcher’s duel on Friday, beating Spokane 1-0. Manuel Rondon is under the radar as far as pitching prospects go, but the lefty leads the Northwest League in victories and ERA as he went five innings and struck out six batters. Marc Huberman had two strikeouts in an inning, and M.T. Minacci worked around a walk in an inning of work. Chad Hockin tossed a perfect inning while Mark Malave struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save. The only run came in the fifth after Zack Short (1-for-3 with a stolen base) singled, stole second and came home on a base hit from Wladimir Galindo (1-for-2 with an RBI).
The Ems were back on a roll on Saturday in crushing Spokane 9-3. Wladimir Galindo is beginning to emerge as the main man for Eugene, as the 19-year old was 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI. Chris Pieters remained steady by going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, and a stolen base. Kevonte Mitchell (3-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base) and D.J. Wilson (2-for-4) joined Galindo and Pieters in having multi-hit games.
Pedro Silverio had one of his better outings as he struck out four and allowed an earned run in 3.2 innings. Tyler Peitzmeier also gave up an earned run as he had two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Josh Conway yielded the other earned run while striking out three in two innings, and Wyatt Short went 1-2-3 in the ninth.
There were some nervous times for Eugene on Sunday, but the Emeralds pulled off a 4-2 win over Spokane. Bryan Hudson had a good start, striking out three in five scoreless innings. Alex Santana added another two scoreless innings, but Jed Carter failed to record an out as he gave up two earned runs. Andin Diaz tossed two perfect innings for his first save.
The Emeralds broke open the game in the fifth inning after Zack Short (2-for-3 with two RBI) singled in Kevonte Mitchell (3-for-4 with a double) and Tyler Payne (1-for-4 with a home run) blasted a solo home run. Wladimir Galindo (2-for-4 with a double and a home run) cracked a solo homer in the seventh inning, and Galindo scored on a sacrifice bunt in the ninth.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (73-45)
Total dominance is all you can say about Friday’s 10-1 South Bend win over Dayton. Adbert Alzolay scattered four hits and a walk while striking out six in five scoreless innings. John Williamson served up a solo home run but had two strikeouts in two innings. Jared Cheek fanned three as he pitched the final two innings.
Connor Myers had quite a night as he was 4-for-5 with two runs scored, while Alberto Mineo was 1-for-5 and blasted a three-run homer. Eloy Jimenez drove in four runs and was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. P.J. Higgins (1-for-3 with two walks) scored three runs.
It happens to even the best of teams every now and then, as South Bend was blown away 13-0 by Dayton on Saturday. The SB Cubs managed only four hits as both Tyler Alamo and Connor Myers were 1-for-4 with a double, while Carlos Sepulveda was 1-for-4 and Matt Rose went 1-for-3.
Justin Steele was lit up for eight earned runs in only 0.2 innings. Greyfer Eregua got the early call and had four strikeouts in 3.1 scoreless innings. Carson Sands took over and only lasted an inning, giving up four earned runs. Tanner Griggs surrendered an earned run in two innings, and Pedro Araujo set down the side in order with two strikeouts in the eighth.
Defense and the bullpen failed the SB Cubs on Sunday, as South Bend lost 6-5 to Dayton in 10 innings. Jose Paulino once again had a solid outing, allowing four runs (two earned) and striking out two in six innings. John Williamson pitched a perfect inning, but Dillon Maples gave up two earned runs in two innings.
The SB Cubs were the first on the board in the third inning after Connor Myers (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) singled in Vimael Machin (2-for-4 with a double). In the fourth inning, Matt Rose (1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) launched a three-run home run with Alberto Mineo (1-for-4) and Eloy Jimenez (2-for-3) on base. Myers added a solo home run in the fifth inning.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (67-53)
Myrtle Beach never panicked on Friday as the Pelicans beat Carolina 7-5. The game went through five lead changes before things settled down. Jonathan Martinez allowed four earned runs and struck out six in five innings. Daniel Lewis pitched a scoreless inning and Tommy Thorpe struck out the side in the seventh. Daury Torrez yielded an earned run in the eighth and Ryan McNeil worked around a walk and a hit for his 20th save.
Donnie Dewees (3-for-5 with a home run) put the Pelicans on the board in the first inning with a solo home run. Jesse Hodges (1-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Bryant Flete (1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base). Ian Rice (2-for-5 with a double) scored on a wild pitch, and a walk to David Bote (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) forced in Hodges in the second inning. A walk to Flete forced in Charcer Burks (0-for-3) in the fourth, and Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-5 with an RBI) drove in Bote with a single in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, Rice doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly.
It took 11 innings for the Pelicans to beat Carolina 7-6 on Saturday. A big three-run ninth saved the day. Donnie Dewees (4-for-6 with a triple, two RBI and a stolen base) tripled in Jesse Hodges (2-for-3 with a double and an RBI) and Andrew Ely (2-for-4), later scoring on a single by David Bote (2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base). Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-6 with a double) came home on a base hit from Hodges in the second and a double play plated Charcer Burks (1-for-6 with a double) in the sixth inning. Myrtle Beach gained a lead in the 10th after Jeffrey Baez (2-for-6 with a double) doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly. The game-winner came in the 11th after Dewees scored on a single by Bryant Flete (1-for-5 with an RBI).
Jeremy Null had one of his best efforts of the season, striking out seven and allowing an earned run in six innings. Scott Effross was beat up in his first appearance for the Birds, giving up three earned runs in two innings. Craig Brooks surrendered two earned runs in 1.1 innings, while Daniel Lewis tossed 1.2 scoreless innings for the win.
A desperate comeback attempt by Myrtle Beach fell short on Sunday as the Pelicans lost 8-6 to Carolina. James Pugliese could not escape the fourth inning as he allowed eight earned runs and struck out seven in 3.2 innings. Tommy Nance had two strikeouts in 2.1 innings, while Daury Torrez fanned three in two innings.
The Pelicans did not score until the seventh inning when Tyler Pearson (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) clouted a solo home run. In the eighth, Ian Rice (1-for-3 with an RBI) singled in Donnie Dewees (1-for-5) and a base hit by Bryant Flete (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) scored David Bote (2-for-5). A double from Jeffrey Baez (1-for-3 with a double and two RBI) drove in Rice and Flete. Baez later came home on a ground out.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (47-70)
On Friday, Tennessee resumed a game suspended on Thursday due to rain and lost 4-3 to Pensacola. Tyler Skulina went 1.2 innings and allowed an earned run before the rains came. Juan Paniagua was on the mound when play resumed and struck out five while giving up an earned run in 3.1 innings. David Berg pitched a scoreless innings, and Stephen Perakslis had three strikeouts in two innings. David Garner recorded only one out before surrendering two earned runs in the ninth.
The Smokies tied the game in the third inning on a solo home run from Kelly Dugan (2-for-4 with a home run). In the sixth inning, Victor Caratini (1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI) launched a two-run shot with Ian Happ (0-for-2) on board.
In Friday’s regularly scheduled game, the Smokies were unable to generate any offense as Tennessee lost 8-0 to Pensacola in seven innings. The Smokies managed only five hits as Ben Carhart was 2-for-3 while Victor Caratini, Jason Vosler, and Daniel Lockhart were each 1-for-3.
Jen-Ho Tseng had a rough outing, allowing eight runs (five earned) while striking out three in 4.1 innings. R.J. Alvarez had a strikeout in 0.2 innings, and Jack Leathersich fanned two as he pitched an inning.
While Tennessee outhit Pensacola on Saturday night, the Smokies still ended up losing 4-2. The Smokies grabbed the early lead after Jason Vosler (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) doubled in Ian Happ (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) in the first inning. But the offense stalled as the only other run came in the seventh after Carlos Penalver (2-for-4) came home on a sacrifice fly.
The game was pretty much over when Michael Wagner served up a three-run homer in the second. Wagner would go on to allow four earned runs and strike out six in six innings. James Farris struck out the side in the seventh. Nick Sarianides had two strikeouts in the eighth inning.
Tennessee could not overcome some rocky pitching on Sunday as the Smokies lost to Pensacola 10-7. Brad Markey lasted only 2.2 innings as he gave up three earned runs, while Starling Peralta allowed three earned runs in 2.1 innings. David Berg was simply horrible, surrendering four earned runs in 1.1 innings. R.J. Alvarez bailed Berg out of the seventh and Jack Leathersich struck out two in a perfect eighth.
The Smokies jumped out to a big lead in the first after Victor Caratini (3-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBI) tripled in Trey Martin (1-for-4 with a double) and Ian Happ (1-for-4). A double by David Freitas (1-for-5 with a double and an RBI) scored Caratini and Freitas came home on a sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Lane Adams (1-for-4) scored on a ground out and pinch-hitter Chesny Young singled in Kelly Dugan (1-for-4). Caratini doubled in Happ in the ninth.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (53–69)
A west coast swing to Fresno saw Iowa lose 8-4 on Friday night. Brian Matusz lasted only two innings as he gave up three earned runs. Miguel Mejia kept the I-Cubs in the game by tossing three scoreless innings. But Gerardo Concepcion gave up five earned runs in 1.1 innings, with Corey Black finishing up with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings.
Iowa did not score until the fourth inning when Kris Negron (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI) drove in Logan Watkins (1-for-5) with a single. A sacrifice fly brought in Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-3) in the seventh inning. Two more runs were added in the ninth after Tim Federowicz (2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) went deep with Bijan Rademacher (1-for-5) on board.
The offense finally caught up on Saturday as Iowa used a big fourth inning to defeat Fresno 9-5. The I-Cubs tallied five runs in the frame after Logan Watkins (1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI) tripled in Bijan Rademacher (0-for-4) and Taylor Davis (2-for-4 with a double). A sacrifice fly brought in Watkins and a double from Juan Perez (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) plated Munenori Kawasaki (0-for-2). A single by Jeimer Candelario (3-for-5 with three RBI) drove in Perez.
The offensive outburst provided enough cushion for Rob Zastryzny, who allowed five earned runs and had nine strikeouts in five innings. Felix Pena fanned five in two scoreless innings, while Jose Rosario had a strikeout in a perfect inning. Spencer Patton struck out the side in the ninth.
It was a carbon copy for the I-Cubs on Sunday as they beat Fresno 9-5. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit. Jeimer Candelario led the way by going 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. Kris Negron (2-for-5 with an RBI) and Cael Brockmeyer (2-for-4 with a double and a triple) had a multi-hit game while Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-6) and Logan Watkins (1-for-4 with a double) each had an RBI.
The game was a little tight to start out as Drew Rucinski allowed two earned runs and struck out seven in 4.2 innings. Pierce Johnson fanned four and gave up three earned runs in two innings. Armando Rivero struck out the side in the ninth as part of five strikeouts in 2.1 innings for his first save.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (21-20)
It was a frustrating night for the AZL Cubs on Friday as they lost 5-0 to the AZL Rangers. The A-Cubs managed only two hits as Luis Ayala was 1-for-3 with a stolen base while Isaac Parades went 1-for-4. Lefty Pablo Ochoa started and allowed five earned runs in three innings.
The A-Cubs waited until the ninth inning to finally kick their offense into gear, as they defeated the AZL Giants 3-2. Jhonny Pereda (3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) had the big blow as his two-run homer tied the game. Yohan Matos (2-for-2 with an RBI) singled in Ruben Reyes (0-for-4) with the game-winner. Stephen Fife started and allowed an earned run in two innings.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-1 Cubs (22-37)
D-1 trudged along on Friday as they lost 7-4 to Yankees-1. Jose Mac Donna was charged with four runs (three earned) and struck out a batter in five innings. Shortstop Rafael Narea was 2-for-5 with two RBI in the loss.
The pitching for D-1 could not hold back Yankees-1, as they lost 10-7 on Saturday. Riger Fernandez walked five and was charged with two unearned runs in four innings. Jose Gutierrez was 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and two stolen bases.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-2 Cubs (33-27)
D-2’s playoff chances further slipped away on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Dodgers-1. Second baseman Luis Diaz went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Alfredo Colorado had five strikeouts in four scoreless innings.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs assigned LHP Brian Matusz to the Iowa Cubs; assigned RHP Scott Effross to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from the South Bend Cubs; assigned RHP Pedro Araujo to the South Bend Cubs from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
The Tennessee Smokies placed RHP Juan Paniagua on the 7-day disabled list; activated INF Chesny Young from the 7-day disabled list. The Iowa Cubs placed Albert Almora Jr. and Brian Matusz on the 7-day DL.