Pitching dominates the midweek headlines as Trevor Clifton matched a career high in strikeouts for Myrtle Beach. Duane Underwood Jr. had a successful rehab start in South Bend, while Josh Collmenter and Stephen Fife were encouraging for Iowa. Tyson Miller also had a good start for Eugene.
Along with highlights from the Arizona Rookie League and in the Dominican Republic, the Down on the Farm Report comes in high and tight.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (46-17)
Although they were outhit 8-6, Eugene was still able to come away a 1-0 winner over Everett on Monday. Tyson Miller was in command as he scattered five hits and struck out three in 4.1 innings. Michael Knighton added 2.2 more innings in relief, while Andin Diaz had two strikeouts in two innings for the win. It was another walk-off victory as D.J. Wilson (1-for-4 with an RBI) singled in Jose Paniagua (1-for-3) with the games’ only run.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (78-49)
South Bend let Western Michigan hang in the game for four innings on Monday, and then just stomped on them in winning 8-2. Eddy Julio Martinez (2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base) led the offense with three runs scored while P.J. Higgins was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Sam Tidaback (2-for-4 with a double and two RBI), Carlos Sepulveda (2-for-4), Eloy Jimenez (2-for-5 with a double), and Andruw Monasterio (2-for-4 with an RBI) all had multi-hit games. Adonis Paula (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) also drove in a run.
In his second rehab start, Duane Underwood Jr. went three scoreless innings and had five strikeouts. Ryan Kellogg followed and allowed two earned runs in three innings. John Williamson tossed two innings and Jared Cheek finished up with a scoreless inning.
Disappointing is the word that best describes the effort as South Bend threw away a game in a 6-5 loss to Western Michigan on Tuesday. Oscar De La Cruz struck out six and scattered five hits in five scoreless innings. But Carson Sands imploded and surrendered six runs (five earned) in 1.2 innings. Pedro Araujo tried to pick up the pieces with two strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings.
The game started with Carlos Sepulveda (2-for-5 with a double) doubling and scoring on a wild pitch. Vimael Machin (2-for-3 with an RBI) singled in Eddy Julio Martinez (1-for-4) and a double from Adonis Paula (2-for-3 with a double and two RBI) drove in Andruw Monasterio (2-for-3) and Machin in the fourth. Eloy Jimenez (1-for-5 with a home run) added a solo home run in the fifth inning.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (72-55)
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were idle on Monday.
Total domination is the only words that can describe Myrtle Beach’s 7-0 rout of Carolina on Tuesday. Pelicans’ pitching limited the Mudcats to four hits as Trevor Clifton matched a career high 10 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Daury Torrez fanned three in 1.1 perfect innings, and James Norwood worked around a hit in the ninth.
Donnie Dewees (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI) doubled in Andrew Ely (1-for-6 with a double) and scored on a single by Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-5 with an RBI) in the first inning. A base hit by Jeffrey Baez (2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base) brought in Bryant Flete (1-for-2 with a double) in the third and a double by Ian Rice (2-for-4 with a double and three RBI) plated David Bote (3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI) and Flete in the fifth inning. Bote doubled in Dewees and scored on Rice’s single in the sixth inning.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (51-75)
Some pretty bad pitching by Tennessee turned what should have been a rout into a slugfest as the Smokies defeated Jackson 10-7 on Monday. Staked to a 5-1 lead, Tyler Skulina showed the lack of concentration that has plagued him all season as he ended up allowing five runs (four earned) in 3.1 innings. Stephen Perakslis also gave up an earned run in 2.2 innings. Only Nick Sarianides went unscathed, striking out three in two innings. James Farris surrendered an earned run in the ninth.
In a battle for the Southern League batting crown, Chesny Young was 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Lane Adams came up big as he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Ian Happ (1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI) blasted a two-run homer. David Freitas (1-for-4 with a home run), Jason Vosler (1-for-4 with a double and an RBI), Kelly Dugan (2-for-4 with a double and an RBI), and Daniel Lockhart (1-for-4 with an RBI) each had an RBI in the win.
In game one of a doubleheader on Tuesday, the Smokies used the “big fly” to propel them to a 4-2 win over Jackson in 10 innings. Kelly Dugan (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) smashed a two-run shot in the fifth inning with Jason Vosler (1-for-4 with a double) on base to give Tennessee the lead. With the game tied at two in the 10th and Dugan at first, Ben Carhart (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) had a two-run clout to put the Smokies ahead for good.
Jen-Ho Tseng bounced back from a couple of rough outings to strike out four and allow two earned runs in 6.2 innings. David Garner labored through 1.1 scoreless innings and David Berg had two strikeouts in two innings for the win.
Game two saw Tennessee continue to take it to Jackson, winning 11-5. Both Ben Carhart (3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI0 and Kelly Dugan (3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI) were wrecking crews as David Freitas (2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI) also had multiple RBI. Chesny Young (2-for-5) and Lane Adams (2-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases) had multi-hit games.
Starling Peralta got the spot start and allowed five earned runs in three innings. Juan Paniagua had two strikeouts in four perfect innings for the victory.
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (60-71)
Iowa continued to have their way with Memphis, as they defeated the redbirds 7-2 on Monday. Taylor Davis (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) doubled in Tommy La Stella (1-for-4 with a double) in the second. A triple from Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) drove in John Andreoli (1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base) in the fifth inning. A four-run inning began with a two-run homer from Tim Federowicz (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) with Jeimer Candelario (1-for-4) on board. Pinch-hitter Matt Murton singled in Davis and Bijan Rademacher (2-for-3 with a double and a home run) scored on a ground out. Rademacher added a solo home run in the eighth inning.
Stephen Fife was in the zone as he struck out four and limited Memphis to two hits in four innings. Armando Rivero had five strikeouts in two scoreless innings, and Pierce Johnson gave up an earned run in two innings. Joe Thatcher yielded an earned run in 0.2 innings while Corey Black got the final out.
On Tuesday afternoon, the I-Cubs emptied the bench as they used five pitchers and a total of 18 players in a 3-2 win over Memphis. Josh Collmenter started and struck out two in four scoreless innings. Giovanni Soto gave up two runs (one earned) in two innings and Jack Leathersich had a scoreless inning. Jose Rosario and Gerardo Concepcion each tossed a perfect inning.
Stephen Bruno (1-for-4 with a home run) staked Iowa to an early lead with his first Triple-A home run in the fourth inning. Tommy La Stella (2-for-4 with a double) doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Taylor Davis (0-for-2) came home on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (25-25)
The A-Cubs could not capitalize on 10 hits in a 6-3 loss to the AZL Athletics on Monday. Outfielder Ruben Reyes led the way as he went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Luis Ayala was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Javier Assad gave up four runs (two earned) and had two strikeouts in three innings.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-1 Cubs (28-40)
A suspended game for D-1on Monday led to a rare doubleheader on Tuesday as they took the opener 9-4 over the DSL Indians. Moises Colasante was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI while Rafael Narea went 1-for-5 with two RBI. Moises Ramirez struck out five in four scoreless innings of relief.
In the regularly scheduled game, D-1 outlasted the DSL Indians 5-4 in seven innings. Outfielder Jose Jules was 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base. Brailyn Marquez allowed two runs (one earned) and had six strikeouts in four innings.
Dominican Summer League – DSL-2 Cubs (37-31)
In a game that went six and a half innings before being called due to rain, D-2 beat the DSL Giants 5-3 on Monday. Richard Nunez lined up at catcher and went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base. Emilio Ferrebus gave up three runs (one earned) and struck out three in 5.2 innings.
D-2 could only manage one hit on Tuesday as they fell 1-0 to the DSL Giants. Fernando Kelli was 1-for-4 with a stolen base. Faustino Carrera had four strikeouts and allowed an earned run in 6.2 innings.
News and Notes
The Iowa Cubs placed C/1B Cael Brockmeyer and RHP Miguel Mejia on the 7-day disabled list; released LHP C.J. Riefenhauser. The Tennessee Smokies activated C/INF Ben Carhart from the 7-day disabled list. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans placed RHP Jake Stinnett on the 7-day disabled list.
- Trevor Clifton Photo – Larry Kave – Myrtle Beach Pelicans