Streaks were the topic to start this week as Eugene ran their winning streak to 15 games thanks to Wladimir Galindo, while Jeimer Candelario extended his on-base streak to 28 games for Iowa. Matt Rose had a monster night for South Bend that included a Grand Slam, and Ian Rice came up big for Myrtle Beach. Brad Markey keeps plugging away for Tennessee and Isaac Parades kept hitting in Arizona.
Along with highlights from the Dominican Republic, here is today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (45-17)
Make it 15 in a row as Eugene took apart Boise 7-1 on Friday. Jose Paniagua (1-for-3 with a double) came home on a sacrifice fly in the third and a single by Tyler Payne (2-for-4 with an RBI) plated Trent Giambrone (1-for-4 with a double) in the fourth inning to give the Ems a comfortable lead. A five-run sixth inning started when Zack Short (2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a stolen base) singled in Paniagua and D.J. Wilson (0-for-3 with a stolen base). A double by Wladimir Galindo (1-for-2 with a double and three RBI) brought in Yeiler Peguero (1-for-4 with a double), Short, and Chris Pieters (0-for-3 with a stolen base).
Pedro Silverio had his best start of the year, striking out six in five scoreless innings. Alex Santana pitched a perfect inning while Dakota Mekkes had two strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Michael Knighton gave up an earned run in the ninth.
All good things must come to an end as the Emeralds were finally bowed by Everett 12-1 on Saturday. Bryan Hudson was simply overwhelmed as he allowed seven earned runs and had five strikeouts in 3.2 innings. M.T. Minacci gave up five runs (three earned) in 2.1 innings, and Marc Huberman struck out three in three scoreless innings. Wladimir Galindo (1-for-4) scored on a sacrifice fly in the ninth for the only run.
A new streak started on Sunday, as Eugene dropped their second in a row to Everett, losing 4-1. Erling Moreno had a good start, allowing an earned run in five innings. Tyler Peitzmeier gave up two earned runs in two innings, and Chad Hockin tossed a scoreless inning. Mark Malave surrendered an earned run in the ninth. The only run for the Ems came in the fifth on a solo home run for Trent Giambrone (2-for-3 with a home run).
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (77-48)
All the scoring came late on Friday as South Bend lost to Lansing 5-2. Justin Steele had a great start as he struck out three and scattered five hits in six scoreless innings. Carson Sands gave up three earned runs in 1.2 innings. Jared Cheek allowed two earned runs in 0.1 innings. Both runs for the SB Cubs came in the sixth inning after Andruw Monasterio (1-for-4) came home on a balk and P.J. Higgins (1-for-4 with a double) scored on a sacrifice fly.
Everyone got out their hitting shoes on Saturday as South Bend prevailed 12-9 over Lansing. Matt Rose had a monster night as he was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a Grand Slam home run and five RBI. Carlos Sepulveda (3-for-6 with a double and an RBI) and Adonis Paula (3-for-4 with a double and an RBI) each had three hits while Alberto Mineo (2-for-5 with an RBI) and Vimael Machin (2-for-5 with a double) had multi-hit games.
Jose Paulino was greeted rudely as he allowed six earned runs and struck out six in four innings. Pedro Araujo gave up three earned runs in three innings, and Dillon Maples had three strikeouts in two innings for his eighth save.
Once again, Lansing had their number as South Bend fell 3-2 to the Lugnuts on Sunday. Casey Bloomquist pitched a good game as he allowed three runs (two earned) and had four strikeouts in five innings. Greyfer Eregua tossed three scoreless innings. Alberto Mineo (2-for-5 with an RBI) singled in Roberto Caro (4-for-4 with an RBI) in the seventh and Connor Myers (1-for-4 with a double) doubled and came home on a base hit by Caro in the eighth inning.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (71-55)
Myrtle Beach just could not get things together on Friday as the Pelicans lost 5-2 to Lynchburg. Jonathan Martinez had two strikeouts and allowed three earned runs in four innings. Daury Torrez gave up two earned runs in 2.2 innings and Scott Effross tossed 1.1 scoreless innings. James Norwood had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth. The only runs for the Birds came in the fifth inning after Charcer Burks (2-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Jeffrey Baez (1-for-4) and Donnie Dewees (1-for-3 with an RBI) was hit by a pitch to drive in Andrew Ely (0-for-3).
On Saturday, the Pelicans could not overcome a big inning as Myrtle Beach lost 5-4 to Lynchburg. Jeremy Null was responsible for all the runs, as he allowed five earned runs and struck out five in 6.2 innings. Tommy Thorpe had two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Daniel Lewis tossed a scoreless ninth.
Myrtle Beach took an early lead after David Bote (3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Bote came home on another wild pitch in the sixth inning and singles by Donnie Dewees (1-for-5 with an RBI) and Bote drove in Andrew Ely (0-for-4) and Charcer Burks (1-for-5 with a double) in the seventh inning.
Some late inning heroics allowed Myrtle Beach to prevail 7-6 over Lynchburg in 10 innings on Sunday. A two-run homer by Ian Rice (3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI) with Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-5 with a double) on base tied the game in the ninth. Rice drove in David Bote (1-for-5) in the 10th with a single for the game-winner. The Birds took a 3-0 lead in the second inning after Jesse Hodges (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI) doubled in Rice and singles by Andrew Ely (3-for-4 with an RBI) and Erick Castillo (1-for-4 with an RBI) drove in Jeffrey Baez (1-for-3 with a home run) and Hodges. Baez added a solo home run in the fourth inning.
It was a good effort by starter James Pugliese as he allowed two earned runs and struck out five in 5.1 innings. Craig Brooks failed to record an out as he gave up four earned runs. Scott Effross tossed 1.2 scoreless innings. Tommy Nance had four strikeouts in three scoreless innings for the win.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (49-75)
The bullpen caved in on Friday as Tennessee lost to Jacksonville 7-1. Starter Michael Wagner allowed an earned run and had two strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Stephen Perakslis gave up three runs (one earned) in an inning and Nick Sarianides surrendered three earned runs in an inning. Starling Peralta got the final two outs. The only run came in the second inning after David Freitas (0-for-4) scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Smokies bounced back big on Saturday and beat Jacksonville 9-4. Chesny Young took over the league leadership in hitting by going 3-for-4. David Freitas (1-for-5 with a double and three RBI) and Lane Adams (1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) had multiple RBI.
Brad Markey thwarted the Suns by striking out six and allowing an earned run in six innings. David Garner gave up two runs in an inning. Jack Leathersich surrendered an earned run in an inning. James Farris struck out two in a scoreless inning.
It was another incomplete effort by Tennessee on Sunday as the Smokies lost 5-2 to Jacksonville. Zach Hedges had his first bad outing for the Smokies as he allowed five runs (four earned) and struck out three in 4.1 innings. Juan Paniagua also had three strikeouts in 1.2 innings and David Berg had a perfect inning. R.J. Alvarez tossed two scoreless innings. David Freitas (2-for-3 with a home run) clubbed a solo home run in the second and came home on a ground out in the fourth inning for the only runs.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (58-71)
Iowa ended their road trip losing 7-1 to Sacramento on Friday. Drew Rucinski surrendered all seven earned runs in 6.1 innings. Giovanni Soto added 1.2 scoreless innings. Jeimer Candelario (2-for-5 with an RBI) singled in John Andreoli (1-for-4) with the I-Cubs’ only run in the third inning.
On Saturday, Iowa came home to a 6-3 win over Memphis. John Andreoli (3-for-3 with a double and a home run) led off the game with a home run and a single from Bijan Rademacher (2-for-4 with two RBI) brought in Taylor Davis (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI). Jeimer Candelario (1-for-4 with two RBI) singled in Cael Brockmeyer (2-for-4 with a double), Andreoli scored on a ground out, and a base hit by Rademacher brought in Logan Watkins (0-for-4) in the second inning. Andreoli scored once again in the fourth inning on a fielding error.
Jordan Pries was masterful through six innings, scattering two hits and striking out six batters. Armando Rivero tossed a scoreless inning but Joe Thacker allowed two earned runs in 0.2 innings. Corey Black gave up an earned run in 0.1 innings, and Jose Rosario pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.
The I-Cubs simply did not have enough on Sunday to keep up with Memphis as they lost 4-1. Jake Buchanan was the hard luck pitcher as he allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out six in seven innings. Miguel Mejia pitched a scoreless inning, and Gerardo Concepcion gave up an earned run in the ninth. Tim Federowicz (2-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Juan Perez (1-for-4) for the only run in the fourth inning.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (24-24)
On Friday, the AZL Cubs had their way with the AZL Padres in a 6-1 win. Seventeen-year old Isaac Parades remains on fire as he went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. Starter Matt Swarmer fanned six and allowed an earned run in four innings.
The A-Cubs had a rare doubleheader on Saturday to complete a game from July 29, as they defeated the AZL Diamondbacks 7-0. Both Michael Cruz and Gustavo Polanco went 3-for-4 in the contest. Erick Leal struck out three in two scoreless innings.
In the regularly scheduled game, the A-Cubs handled the AZL Diamondbacks 3-2 in seven innings. Kevin Zamudio drove the Cubs as he went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Andry Rondon had three strikeouts as he allowed an earned run in five innings.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-1 Cubs (26-40)
Pitching for D-1 was in control on Friday as they beat the DSL Pirates 3-1. Jose Mac Donna struck out five and scattered four hits in six scoreless innings. Rafael Narea set the table in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases.
It was two in a row for D-1 as they defeated the DSL Pirates 3-2 on Saturday. Catcher Erick Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Riger Fernandez had two strikeouts in five scoreless innings of relief.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-2 Cubs (36-30)
On Friday, D-2 left their offense behind as they lost 4-1 to the DSL Twins. Cubs-2 managed only four hits as Luis Ubiera went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Alfredo Colorado was touched for three earned runs as he struck out four in four innings.
It took 11 innings on Saturday, but D-2 ended up falling to the DSL Twins 5-4. Aramis Ademan had the best game of his young career, going 5-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a stolen base. Wilfre Delgado had five strikeouts as he allowed two earned runs in five innings.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs assigned INF Tommy La Stella and LHP Jack Leathersich to the Iowa Cubs from the Tennessee Smokies.
The Tennessee Smokies activated RHP Juan Paniagua from the 7-day disabled list. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans placed RHP Ryan McNeil on the 7-day disabled list; activated RHP James Norwood from the 7-day disabled list.