AAA—Game 1—Iowa 5, Nashville 4; Game 2—Iowa 8, Nashville 6
Iowa (38-38) hit seven homers in the twin-bill sweep against Nashville (25-50) as the I-Cubs opened up a two-game lead over Memphis.
At the Plate: Iowa smacked three homers including Brad Nelson's in the bottom of the fifth to give the I-Cubs the win in the opening game. Junior Lake (1) and Logan Watkins (6) added solo shots as Iowa had 10 hits in the seven-inning game. Dave Sappelt (.260) ripped a double and triple, and added a RBI. Watkins had two hits and scored twice while Brett Jackson and J.C. Boscan had two hits.
On the Mound: Guillermo Moscoso (3-5 4.99 ERA) went six innings as Nashville scored four times on seven hits and two walks. The right-hander had five strikeouts, throwing 106 pitches, two of which left the yard. Michael Bowden (0-0 4.22) retired the Sounds in order in the seventh for his second save.
At the Plate: Iowa kept the long-ball party going in the second game, hitting four more, including an inside-the-park jaunt by Brian Bogusevic. Junior Lake and Logan Watkins both went deep for second time on the night and Donnie Murphy hit his 7th. Lake finished with three hits and knocked in three. Tim Torres was 3-3 while Watkins and Bogusevic finished with two hits each.
On the Mound: LHP Jeffry Antigua (2-1 4.61) retired the first nine hitters but didn't make it out of the fourth as the Sounds hit a pair of two-run homers ending Antigua's night. RHP Marcus Hatley didn't fare any better giving up two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings but he got the win, his second. Casey Colman (1-0 2.65) earned his third save holding Nashville scoreless over the final two innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Cubs Notes: The Cubs traded IF Brent Lillibridge to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later or cash. Lillibridge played nine games for Chicago to start the season before being sent to Iowa. He hit .281/331/.425 in 48 games at Iowa with 5 HR and 13 RBI. He also stole six bases.
AA— Chattanooga 8, Tennessee 7
Chattanooga (1-1) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and hung on to hand Tennessee (1-1) its first loss of the second-half.
At the Plate: The Smokies had 10 hits as Anthony Giansanti and Kyle Hendricks both had 2 RBI. Hendricks made his first pro hit count, driving in a pair with a single in the fourth. Arismendy Alcantara added to his career high total with his 10th homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth. Matt Szczur (.288) had two hits.
On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks (7-2 2.38 ERA) got the first two outs in the third but three straight singles plated a run and in the fifth, Hendricks put down the first two Lookout hitters but a walk, a single, and a homer gave the visitors a 5-4 lead. Hendricks worked five innings allowing seven hits and four walks that led to five runs, four earned. He threw 82 pitches and fanned one. Yeiper Castillo (0-2 5.47) allowed three runs, one earned in two innings with a walk and two strikeouts. Zach Rosscup (1-0 2.20) pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out the side.
High A—Dunedin 3, Daytona 1
Dunedin (1-1) held Daytona (1-1) to four hits and fanned 10 Cubs hitters to even the series.
At the Plate: Cubs faced the Blue Jays top prospect RHP Aaron Sanchez (ranked #32 by MLB and #49 by scout.com), his first appearance since May 18. Sanchez was on a pitch count before the injury (75) and was expected to throw around 35-40 pitches in his first game back. His first pitch of the game was 96 mph. Sanchez blanked the Cubs on one hit in three innings with three punchouts. Dunedin's bullpen was just as impressive as the only run scored in the fourth when Javier Baez was hit by a pitch and crossed home on Dustin Geiger's double, his 58th RBI.
On the Mound: Ben Wells (4-5 3.86 ERA) tossed six innings but the Blue Jays scored twice in the fifth as the right-hander allowed four hits and fanned three. Larry Suarez (0-0 3.38) worked the final three innings yielding a homer in the ninth.
Low A—Quad Cities 4, Kane County 2
Quad Cities (2-0) beat Kane County (0-2) for the second straight night to open the second half.
At the Plate: The Cougars scored two runs in the fifth on a Carlos Escobar RBI single and a run-scoring double from Gioskar Amaya. The Cougars had six hits in the first five innings but only got one off the Bandits bullpen. Escobar and Amaya both finished with two hits. Albert Almora came out of the game after flying out in the fifth.
On the Mound: Tayler Scott (4-2 3.82 ERA) scattered 11 hits over five innings as the River Bandits only scored two runs. Scott walked two and had two strikeouts. Lendy Castillo (0-5 6.89) took the loss allowing two runs, one reared in three innings. He surrendered four hits and fanned three.
Short-Season—Boise 4, Spokane 1
Yasiel Balaguert's three-run homer in the eighth gave Boise (4-3) the win over Spokane (1-6)
At the Plate: Boise did all their damage with a pair of long homers. CF Kevin Encarnacion (.364) launched a solo shot in the sixth and Yasiel Balaguert (.269) took a 3-0 pitch over the left-field fence, a three-run bomb. Balaguert leads the NWL with 12 RBI. Shawon Dunston (.435) ran his hit streak to six games with a single.
On the Mound: Paul Blackburn (0-0 0.00) had his second impressive outing as the 19-year-old tossed five innings yielding an unearned run. Blackburn's throwing error to third base in the second allowed the run to score. The right-hander gave up three hits, walked one and fanned four. Carlos Martinez (2-0 1.59) tossed three hitless innings with three punchouts as the Cuban right-hander earned his second win. RHP Michael Hamann (0-0 0.00) earned his second save tossing the ninth with a hit and a strikeout.
Hawks Notes: 3rd round pick Jacob Hannemann and 16th rounder Cael Brockmeyer made their pro debuts and it didn't take long to make an impact. Hannemann ripped a sun-aided double in the top of the first and Brockmeyer threw out a base stealer in the bottom of the inning. Brockmeyer doubled in the 8th for his first pro hit.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 4
The Cubs (1-1) used a four-run fifth to post their first win of the season beating the D-Backs (0-1)
At the Plate: Mesa scored twice in the second as Francisco Sanchez doubled home Zak Blair and Erick Castillo added a RBI single. The Cubs took the lead in the fifth on four hits and two D-backs errors. Castillo doubled home Mark Malave, who led off with a triple. Xavier Batista and Zak Blair added RBI singles. Malave had a pair of extra base hits while Giuseppe Papaccio, Blair, and Castillo all had two hits in the Cubs 11-hit attack. Blair was on base all four times as he walked twice.
On the Mound: Jorge Diaz got the start working a scoreless first. Carlos Guiterrez worked two innings allowing an unearned run on a walk and a punchout in a rehab stint from Iowa. Daury Torrez surrendered three runs in his first inning of work but bounced back to fire three shutout innings for the win. He fanned four and allowed a walk and six hits. Luis Villalba tossed two scoreless frames to earn his first save striking out three
Cubs Notes: Kevin Brown made his pro debut and got his first hit, a single in the ninth.
Venezuelan Summer League—Mariners 8, Cubs 2
The Mariners (25-7) moved 10 games ahead of the second-place Cubs (15-17) beating them for the seventh time in eight games.
At the Plate: 2B Humberto Garcia (1) and LF Delbris Arcila (6) both hit solo homers to provide the offense. DH Roney Alcala added a double and is hitting .358.
On the Mound: RHP Mauro Vides took the loss (0-1 6.14) getting only two outs before three runs scored. The 17-year-old from Columbia was making his third start in seven games. His best out of the season came on May 30 when he threw three innings of one-hit ball vs. Phillies. LHP Alberto Diaz, 22, allowed one earned run (4R, 6H, 1BB, 2K) in 5.1 innings of relief to lower his ERA to 2.89.
VSL Cubs Notes: Left-handed pitchers Augusto Colina, 20, and Victor Garcia, 21, were promoted to the Arizona Rookie League in Mesa. Colina appeared in six games tossing 9.2 innings with a 2.79 ERA while Garcia made seven starts totaling 28.1 frames, second on the team. He went 0-2 record with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. It is the first trip stateside for either pitcher.