Cubs August 17 Minor League Recap

Christian Villanueva leads SL in doubles with 38.

Not a good night in the Cubs system as the only victory in the upper levels came via a wild pitch on an intentional walk sending Kane County to the win over Clinton. Mesa rallied for six runs in their final two-at bats and the Cubs DSL team moved closer to clinching a playoff spot. This report includes a complete playoff picture for the Cubs minors.

Roster Moves

A quiet day but Brian Bogusevic has been sent to AAA Iowa to continue his rehab.

AAA—New Orleans 3, Iowa 0

Iowa out-hit New Orleans but the Zephyrs kept the I-Cubs off the board.

At the Plate: Cubs had seven hits but they were all singles and no Iowa runner reached third base. Ty Wright was 2-4 and Jae-Hoon Ha extended his hitting streak to five games going 1-4.

On the Mound: Justin Grimm (2-3 5.23) has his longest outing since begin traded to the Cubs from the Rangers tossing seven innings with eight punchouts. He only allowed four hits, but one of them left the yard. Grimm threw 98 pitches and recorded seven ground ball outs. Zach Rosscup (0-0 0.00) struck out the side in the ninth and has 10K in 3.2 innings.

Cubs Notes: Iowa trails Omaha (63-64) by 5.5 games with 16 games remaining.

AA—Chattanooga 6, Tennessee 4

Chattanooga finally got to Tennessee pitcher Eric Jokisch scoring four runs off the lefty as the Lookouts hung on to win.

At the Plate: 3B Christian Villanueva (.269/.324/.475) got the Smokies on the board with a RBI double in the seventh. It was Villanueva's sixth straight game with a double and he leads the SL with 38. The Smokies rallied in the bottom of the 8th as 2B Arismendy Alcantara (61), SS Javier Baez (38) and 1B Justin Bour (53) all knocked in runs. Baez (.294/.358/.631) has 95 RBI on the season and 31 doubles. Bour (.240/.322/.477) was 2-3 while OF Rubi Silva (.283/.304/.471) and C Rafael Lopez (.256/.359/.413) finished 1-4.

On the Mound: Eric Jokisch (10-11 3.50) tossed five innings of shutout ball but allowed a run in the sixth and never made it out of the 7th getting charged with three more runs, two earned. Jokisch threw 84 pitches resulting in six hits, a walk, and five strikeouts. Dayan Diaz (0-0 5.14) finished the seventh and Yeiper Castillo (1-2 4.23) threw the final two frames yielding two runs on two hits and three walks.

Smokies Notes: Tennessee holds a six-game league over Jackson for the second half title in the SL North. If the Smokies hold on over the next 16 games they would face first-half champion Birmingham, the White Sox AA team.

High A—Brevard County 10, Daytona 2

Brevard County (61-59) put up crooked numbers in four innings and thumped Daytona (64-50).

At the Plate: Kris Bryant (.364/.364/.682) continues to square up FSL pitching going 2-5 with a double and a RBI. Anthony Giansanti (.288/.366/.376) added a RBI single as the Cubs were only 2-13 with RISP and left 12 runners on base. Pin-Chieh Chen (.276/.358/.343) had two hits while Elliot Soto (227/.333/.282) doubled. Daniel Vogelbach (.304/.385/.478) isn't having any trouble in High A going 1-3 with two runs and two walks.

On the Mound: Ivan Pineyro (2-1 3.18) suffered his first loss as a Cub surrendering six runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Yao-Ling Wang (3-4 3.54) got tagged for three runs, only one earned, in 2.1 innings. He allowed four hits and struck out one batter. Lendy Castillo (1-0 3.07) came in to get the final two outs of the eighth but allowed an unearned run on a hit.

Cubs Notes: Daytona holds a four-game lead over Lakeland in the FSL North. The Cubs have 14 games remaining and are done playing the second-place Flying Tigers. If the Cubs win the second half, they face first-half winners Dunedin who are 22-31 in the second half and in last place.

Low A—Kane County 7, Clinton 6

A wild pitch on an intentional walk in the bottom of the eighth gave Kane County (20-33, 50-69) the win over Clinton (27-27, 60-63).

At the Plate: The Cougars had 10 hits, drew seven walks and went 7-18 with RISP but needed a wild pitch on an intentional walk to get the victory. Gioskar Amaya (.266/.340/.393) led off the eighth with a double and took third on a sacrifice bunt from Oliver Zapata (.247/.319/.381). After Jeimer Candelario (.253/.347/.391) popped up to the catcher, Clinton decided to intentionally walk Rock Shoulders (.255/.351/.453) and ball four went to the backstop allowing Amaya to score the eventual winning run. Carlos Escobar (.248/.298/.337) delivered a two-run double while Zapata, Shoulders and Giuseppe Papaccio (.261/.320/.337) all had two hits. Trevor Gretzky went 0-3 with a walk in the MWL debut. Zapata (43), Shoulders (63), Papaccio (5) and Reggie Golden (24) all knocked in runs.

On the Mound: Michael Heesch (3-9 3.78) went six innings as the left-hander continues to add innings to his first full season (119). He allowed six hits and three walks as the Lumberkings scored three times, two earned. Andrew McKirahan (2-0 4.05) tossed a scoreless sixth but ran into trouble in the seventh giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Michael Hamann (2-2 1.13) got the Cougars out of a jam in the eighth and after allowing a leadoff double in the ninth, retired the next three hitters for the win.

Cougars Notes: Kane County will not be going to the playoffs. The Cougars trail Peoria for the final wild spot by seven games with 16 games remaining. Burlington and Wisconsin are also ahead of Kane County in the standings.

Short-Season—Tri-City 11, Boise 0

Tri-City (27-34) teed off on Boise (35-26) pitching with 16 hits in the blowout.

At the Plate: Boise could only muster four singles, two off the bat of Carlos Penalver(.257/.322/.348).

On the Mound: Not a good night for Boise pitching, allowing 16 hits and seven walks. Michael Wagner (0-2 4.41) got tagged for three runs on six hits and two walks. Juan Paniagua (0-0 6.48) continued to struggle in a season side-tracked by visa problems. The right-hander gave up six runs on six hits and three walks with two punchouts. LHP Sam Wilson (3-1 1.56) surrendered runs in his second straight game giving up a pair in two innings. He yielded four hits and two walks

Hawks Notes: Boise trails Salem-Kaiser by one game but since the Volcanoes won the first half, the Hawks have the inside track for the final playoff spot as they hold an 11-game lead over Eugene (best overall record) with 16 games to play..

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 9, Reds 7

The Cubs (24-23) rallied for three runs in the 8th and 9th to beat the Reds (15-32).

At the Plate: Albert Mineo (234/.280/.298) delivered a bases loaded double in the eighth and Kevin Brown (226/.363/.301) stroked a RBI single to tie the game in the ninth. The Cubs scored the deciding runs on a error by the right fielder allowing two runs to score in the ninth with two outs.. Charcer Burks (.273/.343/.295), Jeffrey Baez (291/.360/.392) and Brown all had two hits. Kelvin Freeman (.288/.392/.327) had a RBI single, walked twice and scored twice.

On the Mound: Erick Leal (3-2 2.98), acquired in the Tony Campana trade, got the start and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in five innings. The 18-year-old right-hander fanned six. Ethan Elias (1-1 6.92) gave up four unearned runs in his two innings on four hits with two strikeouts. Luis Villalba (1-1 1.99) recorded six strikeouts in his two shutout innings of relief yielding two hits and a walk.

Cubs Notes: The Cubs (24-23) are 12 games out of first place in the East Division but trail the Angels (1.5) and Diamondbacks (.5), and are tied with the Indians for the final wild card spot. After Saturday night's game, there are nine games left in the regular season.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 3, Nationals 2

Cubs (45-19) plated two runs in the top of the 12th to beat the Nationals (35-29)

At the Plate: Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the second when they loaded the bases on two singles and walk with C Carlos Ramirez delivering a RBI single. The Cubs needed some help to score in the 12th. PH Jenner Emeterio reached on a third strike wild pitch, took second on a wild pitch, stole third (34), and scored the go-ahead run on an error on a grounder to second. 2B Bryant Flete added a RBI single. 1B Roney Alcala had his first two hits in the DSL after joining the team from the VSL.

On the Mound: 2013 International signee Jefferson Mejia (0-0 5.40), an 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic, made the second start of his pro career tossing three innings. He allowed a run on two hits and three walks with a strikeout. Mejia did a good job keeping the ball down getting five ground ball outs of the 12 hitters he faced. Hector Perez (3-3 2.03) worked five scoreless innings allowing four hits with five strikeouts. The 20-year-old has put together a good season with 57 K in 53.1 IP with a BAA of .244. Pedro Arroyo (5-0 1.19) got the win working 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed a hit and fanned four. Yomar Morel (1-0 0.79) struck out two in the bottom of the 12th to earn his first save

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Cubs Notes: The Cubs hold a four-game lead over the Pirates II with six games remaining on the schedule. The two teams meet for two games on Aug. 19-20.

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