Relief pitcher Zach Rosscup was promoted to AAA Iowa after a solid season at AA Tennessee. Used primarily as a set-up man, the 25-year-old went 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 37 games with three saves. He tossed 43.1 IP with a 13.7 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9. He faced 177 batters with a 1.15 WHIP and a .197 BAA. Rosscup was acquired by the Cubs from Tampa Bay in the Matt Garza deal back in January of 2011........To make room on the roster for Rosscup, RHP Nicholas Struck was went back to AA Tennessee. As I’ve written several times this summer, Struck has struggled in AAA after being named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012. In 22 games at Iowa, 20 starts, he went 6-8 with a 6.17 ERA, a WHIP of 1.75, and 1.4 HR/9. He’s also at a career low with 4.6 K/9. Struck is still only 23-years-old and was a 39th round pick in 2009....The VSL Cubs released LHP Augusto Colina. He started his season in the AZL and was then sent to the VSL going 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 14.1 innings between the two stops.
AAA—Iowa 5, Fresno 4
Iowa (55-65) pounded out 14 hits, including a two-run homer by Ty Wright, and beat Fresno (56-63) for their third straight win.
At the Plate: Wright’s (.268/.326/.440) fourth homer (6) in eight games put the I-Cubs on the board with a 2-0 lead in the second. Jae-Hoon Ha (.261/.311/.386) and Brad Nelson (.273/.350/.478) both had three hits with Ha knocking in a run. Julio Borbon went 2-4 in his first start for the I-Cubs while Edwin Maysonet (.225/.284/.411) was 2-4 with a double, a RBI, and a run. Chad Noble went 2-4 with a run and Mike Olt (.196/.293/.385) was 1-4 with a double and a run scored.
The Starter: Jake Arrieta has made 64 MLB starts, including one for the Cubs, so getting excited about his AAA outings is a little over the top. His struggles at the big league have been with his command, owner of a career 4.0 BB/9. He’s also had a hard time keeping the ball in the park allowing 1.2 HR/9. According to PiTCHf/x, he features a 95 mph sinker and four-seam fastball in the mid-90s. He also throws a curve, cutter and slider. The fact his two primary pitches are about the same speed may have something to do with his high homer rate. Arrieta, 27, will get a September call-up and has a shot to contend for the starting rotation out of spring training...........On the Mound: Arrieta (2-2 3.56 ERA) threw 85 pitches in just three innings allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. After the first four hitters of the fourth reached base, Arrieta was ejected by the home plate umpire for arguing balls and strikes. Casey Coleman (3-3 3.39) got the win in relief as the 25-year-old allowed two runs in four innings on four hits with two strikeouts. Chang-Yong Lim (0-0 1.29) worked a scoreless eighth and Brian Schlitter (1-3 3.38) fanned two in the ninth for his 15th save.
AA—Tennessee 11, Montgomery 10
Javier Baez’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth gave Tennessee (27-19, 59-58) the win after blowing a 10-6 lead after seven innings to Montgomery (22-25, 59-58).
At the Plate: The Smokies knocked out 19 hits but needed Baez’s broken bat single up the middle past a drawn in infield for the victory. Christian Villanueva (.262/.313/.455) homered (15), doubled, knocked in three and scored twice to lead the offense. Baez (.275/.336/.588) finished 2-5 with 2 RBI while Arismendy Alcantara (.272/.347/.442) was 3-6 with 2 RBI. Rubi Silva (.293/.313/.494) continues to build on his career season as the outfielder, recently named by Baseball America as the best outfield arm in the Southern league, was 3-5 with two runs. Brett Jackson (.242/.375/.242) had two hits and scored twice while John Andreoli (.296/.366/.422) and Rafael Lopez (.254/.350/.420) both had two hits. Justin Bour (.229/.320/.489) smacked his 16th homer, a two-run shot in the fourth.
The Starter: The Cubs signed Dae-Eun Rhee back in August of 2007 but Tommy John surgery highjacked his first two seasons after suffering the injury 10 starts into his career at Peoria. He spent the next two years at Daytona but neither season was special with a ERA over 4.00 both years and a WHIP above 1.3. His numbers weren’t much better last year at AA Tennessee 9-8 4.61 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and a career low 4.9 K/9. He tossed 10 quality innings to start the season in two starts but went on a two-month plus trip to the DL. After rehab stints in the AZL and Boise, Rhee, 24, has appeared in four games (2-1 3.98) with 17 K in 20.1 IP since returnig to AA Tennessee......On the Mound: It was a not a good night for Tennessee pitching. Rhee (3-1 3.97) allowed seven hits and three walks as the Biscuits scored five times off the right-hander, who allowed a pair of homers in five innings. LHP Jeffry Antigua (1-0 2.61) allowed a run on two hits in his two innings. Dayan Diaz (0-0 6.23) didn’t make it out of the eighth giving up two runs on two hits in .2 innings. Yeiper Castillo (1-2 3.58) got the final out of the eighth but couldn’t retire a hitter in the ninth as Frank Bastia (3-3 2.82) entered the game and surrendered three hits and blew his fourth save. Hunter Cervenka (4-1 3.82) finally got the final out of the ninth on strikes and got the win.
Here’s Baez’s game winner
Daytona’s game at Clearwater was postponed due to poor field conditions due to rain
Cubs Notes: Chicago beat writers reported that Jorge Soler will be examined on Monday see if he has a chance to return to Daytona. Also reported that Soler and Almora are candidates for the Arizona Fall League.
Low A—Burlington 6, Kane County 5—10 innings
A sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th gave Burlington (18-29, 44-68) the win over Kane County (17-29, 47-65)
At the Plate: C Carlos Escobar (.270/.326/.434) launched a two-run homer (3) in the fourth and added a two-run single in the fifth as the backstop knocked in four runs. Escobar is hitting .313 in his last 10 games and has s six-game hitting streak. SS Marco Hernandez (.251/.289/.330) had one of his better night’s of the season as the 20-year-old went 3-5 with a double and a triple with two run scored. Jeimer Candelario (.257/.345/.392) was 2-3 with a RBI and a run.
On the Mound: Fourth-round pick Tyler Skulina (0-1 10.38 ERA) made his second MWL start and the big right-hander allowed three runs, two earned on four hits and a walk. He fanned three in 1.2 innings. Al Yevoli (0-0 5.40) made his fifth appearance giving up two runs on three hits in 1.2 frames. Yevoli was signed as a free agent out of the Independent league in July. Second-round pick Rob Zastryzny made his MWL debut tossing three scoreless innings with two hits and a walk. He fanned one as the lefty faced 11 hitters. Andrew McKirahan (1-0 2.70) struck out four in his two innings of work as the lefty has 12 K in 10 IP since joining Kane County. Michael Hamann (1-1 0.69) surrendered his first earned run of the season (20.2 IP) in the 10th on a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly.
Cougars Notes: Gioskar Amaya wasn’t in the lineup and is day-to-day after “tweaking” his hamstring on Thursday. He is expected to return to the lineup soon.
Short-Season—Boise 5, Vancouver 4
Boise (29-24) rallied for four runs in the eighth and won it on Kris Bryant’s sacrifice fly in the 9th beating Vancouver (29-24).
At the Plate: Bryant (.315/.381/.648) extended his hitting streak to 12 games with two hits and and the game-wining RBI. Kevin Encarnacion (.329/.417/.452) went 3-5 while Jacob Rogers (.282/.389/.414) delivered a two-run single in the four-run eighth. Rony Rodriguez (.258/.340/.427) was 1-3 with a RBI while Carlos Penalver (.226/.293/.302) went 2-4 with a double and scored the winning run.
On the Mound: James Pugliese (3-3 2.41) had his shortest appearance of the year as the right-hander threw four innings giving up six hits and one earned run. Pugliese fanned three. Zach Godley (2-0 2.12), the 10th round pick out of Tennessee, had his roughest outing as a pro surrendering three earned run on five hits in two innings. Scott Frazier (1-1 1.56) struggled finding the strike zone as he walked three hitters the seventh before giving way to Jasvir Rakkar (2-1 3.95). Rakkar got the Hawks out of trouble in the seventh and earned the win allowing two hits and walk in 2.1 scoreless frames.
Hawks Notes: The Hawks tied a NWL record by hitting into six double plays.
Arizona Rookie League—Angels 4, Cubs 3—12 innings
The Cubs scored two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game but the Angels won it in the 12th on a walk-off sacrifice fly.
At the Plate: The Cubs only had six hits as Jeffrey Baez (.268/.348/.341) had two of them and drove in a run. Kelvin Freeman (.304/.375/.348) went 1-4 with a RBI and Mark Malave (250/.351/.300) added a sacrifice fly. Cubs outfielder Brian Bogusevic made his first rehab start since going on the disabled July 19 with a left hamstring strain.
On the Mound: Ryan Searle (0-0 4.76ERA) made his third rehab start as the right-hander gave up two runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Seventh-round pick David Garner (0-1 6.75) fanned five in 2.1 but gave up a run on two hits. Brad Renner (0-0 0.00) fanned the side in his second pro game while Daury Torrez (2-2 3.97) tossed four scoreless innings with three hits and three strikeouts. Orbandy Rodriguez (2-1 0.96) took the loss allowing the winning run on two hits in 1.1 innings.
Cubs Notes: RHP Luis Guillen, 19, had been prmoted from the DSL to the Arizona Rookie League. This is Guillen’s second stint in the AZL as he started the short-season at Mesa but was sent to the DSL in late June.
August 9 Cubs minor league box scores