Another no-hitter for Daytona
Little did Ben Wells know that when he retired Dunedin 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first back on Aug. 21 in Dunedin he would be part of history. Wells never got to throw another pitch as rain suspended the game after one inning. One week later and at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, the game was completed and Dunedin went without a hit. Kyler Burke held the Blue Jays in check for five innings allowing only a pair of walks in the fourth. The left-hander retired the final eight hitters he faced and ended the night with four punchouts. Zach Cates made his second save of the season historic pitching the ninth, getting the final batter on strikes to preserve the no-hitter. The ninth inning had some dramatics as shortstop Elliot Soto's web gem of a deflected ball off the glove of Cates was turned into a out at first, getting the runner by a half-a-step. Matt Loosen no-hit Dunedin back on July 7 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Arizona Fall League roster
Cubs top prospects Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant have been named to the Arizona Fall League roster and Albert Almora as been named to the taxi squad. Pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matthew Loosen, Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino will also represent the Cubs in the AFL. Soler, Almora, Beeler, and Vizcaino are all coming off injuries and did not finish the season on a team's active roster. As a member of the taxi squad, Almora will only be allowed to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
AAA—Iowa 7, Omaha 6
Iowa (63-75) stayed alive in the playoff hunt beating Omaha (67-71) for the second straight night.
At the Plate: Iowa scored in their first three innings and finished the game with 11 hits, including Luis Flores' fifth homer of the year, a solo shot in the third. Every Iowa starter had at least one hit with Dave Sappelt and Edgar Gonzalez with two each. Edwin Maysonet was 1-3 with RBI while Mike Olt had a RBI single and walked twice.
On the Mound: Justin Grimm (3-3 4.50 ERA) earned his first win as a Cub allowing two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. The right-hander fanned two threw and 89 pitches. Chang-Yong Lim (0-0 0.96) had a pair of strikeouts in his second appearance since coming off the DL working the sixth. Marcus Hatley (2-1 4.08) pitched around two hits in a scoreless seventh. Zach Rosscup (0-1 0.00) didn't make it out of the eighth getting charged with four unearned runs on a hit and a walk as the I-Cubs committed two errors....Brain Schlitter (1-4 3.18) got the final four outs, two on strikes, to earn his 19th save.
AA—Tennessee 4, Mobile 2
Eric Jokisch tossed six scoreless innings and Tennessee (72-61) made the most of their five hits beating Mobile (75-59) for the second straight night
At the Plate: The Smokies scored three times in the second drawing bases loaded walks by Rafael Lopez (.252/.353/.402) and John Andreoli (.280/.346/.392), and scored the third run on a RBI ground out by Matt Szczur (.278/.346/.366). Arismendy Alcantara (.268/.349/.448) smacked his 15th homer of the year, a solo shot in the fifth. Jonathan Mota (.274/.347/.405) had two hits while Justin Bour (.237/.319/.461) and Lopez both singled.
On the Mound: Eric Jokisch (11-12 3.37) threw 72 pitches in his six-inning gem allowing two singles and a walk while striking out two. A.J. Morris (4-2 4.91) and Hunter Cervenka (5-1 3.16) both threw a scoreless inning of relief. Tony Zych (5-5 3.15) only got one out in the ninth allowing two runs on two hits. Frank Batista (3-3 2.66) recorded final two outs for his 18th save of the season.
High A—Game 1—Daytona 6, Dunedin; Game 2—Daytona 1, Dunedin 0
It took a week and three pitchers but Daytona (70-50) pitching tossed its second no-hitter of the season against Dunedin (60-65). The Cubs swept the double header of suspended games.
At the Plate: GAME 1—Pin-Chieh Chen's two-run single on Monday night gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead before the game was suspended. On Tuesday, the Cubs took a 3-1 lead on Dustin Geiger's 15th homer and Geiger added a RBI single in the two-run seventh. Chadd Krist continues to show power as the right-handed hitting catcher crushed a 3-2 offering over the left field wall, his 5th. Krist was on base three times and is hitting .367/.462/.633 in his last 10 games. GAME 2—The only run came in the third as Dustin Geiger delivered his 82nd RBI of the season, a run-scoring single plating Elliot Soto, who doubled. Anthony Giansanti added two doubles and Kris Bryant went 1-3 with a double.
On the Mound: GAME 1—It was shaky in the ninth as the Blue Jays scored three runs with the aid of two Daytona errors (one on Bryant later changed to a hit) and had the bases loaded with one out. Jeffrey Lorick started the ninth but could only get one out and was taken out after walking in two runs. Frank Del Valle (3-3 2.29) saved the day, his ninth, striking out the two batters he faced. Ben Wells (9-6 3.31) got the win working 2.1 innings allowing a hit with two strikeouts. Austin Reed threw scoreless frames of relief and Lendy Castillo (1-0 3.86) was charged with a run after Wells gave up a hit, scoring one of the runners on base when the game was suspended. Pierce Johnson (6-1 2.22) started the suspended game striking out three in three scoreless frames. GAME 2—Three Cubs pitchers combined for the second no-hitter of the year, a seven-inning variety. Final lines for the three history makers are; Ben Wells 1 IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K; Kyler Burke 5 IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB 4K; and Zach Cates 1 IP, 0H, 0R, 0 BB, 2K.
Low A—Wisconsin 8, Kane County 7
Wisconsin (30-34, 59-70) took advantage of six Kane County (22-41, 52-77) errors and won it with a walk-off double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
At the Plate: Kane County ripped Rattlers' pitching for 13 hits as Giuseppe Papaccio (.266/.321/.363), Jeimer Candelario (.252/.343/.391), Marco Hernandez (.253/.287/.341), Jose Dore (225/.278/.352), and Reggie Golden (.225/.279/.387) all had two hits. Golden scored twice and smacked a two-run homer, his 9th. Candelario tied the game in the ninth with his 10th long ball.
On the Mound: After 34 straight relief appearances, LHP Nathan Dorris (6-3 2.95) got the start as the Cougars got the bullpen some work. Dorris pitched into the fourth but allowed six runs on two hits and four walks. Only two of the runs were earned. Justin Amlung (5-4 3.78) had the best outing of the day throwing three scoreless frames yielding three hits with two strikeouts. Matt Iannazzo (1-1 4.66) gave up two hits and an unearned run in one inning while Michael Hamann (2-4 2.89) took the loss allowing a single and walk-off double in the ninth.
Boise had the day off. The Hawks are tied with Hillsboro and Salem-Keizer for the top spot in the Northwest League South Division as all three teams are 19-13. The only way Boise doesn't make the playoffs is if Hillsboro wins the second half. Salem-Keizer won the first half and the Hawks have a 10-game lead over Hillsboro for the best overall record. Boise starts a six-game home stand on Wednesday, three games each with Salem-Keizer and Hillsboro.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 8, Mariners 3
Cubs (26-28) scored five times in the first beating the Mariners (22-32).
At the Plate: Cubs pounded out 13 hits and batted around in the first inning scoring five times. Ryan Sweeney had two hits, knocked in a run and scored twice. Luis Valbuena made his first rehab appearance going 2-3 with a RBI double and a run. Kelvin Freeman was 2-4 with 2 RBI and Mark Malave ripped two doubles, plating two runs and scoring twice.
On the Mound: With only one game left in the season, the Cubs opened up the bull pen as eight pitchers were used. Johermyn Chavez, converted from outfielder to pitcher a month ago, earned his first pro win in his best outing tossing two no-hit innings with a walk and a strikeout. Other Cubs pitchers getting work were Rafael Dolis (1IP 1K), Zak Hermans (1IP, 1H 1K), Erick Leal (1IP), Trevor Graham (1IP, 2H 2K), Carlos Rodriguez (.2IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 2K), Trey Lang (1.1 IP, 1K), Orbandy Rodriguez (1IP, 1H, 1ER, 1BB, 1K).
Cubs Notes: The Cubs have Wednesday off and play their final game of the season on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off as they await an opponent for the semi-finals of the DSL championship.