AAA—GAME 1—Memphis 5, Iowa 4; GAME 2—Memphis 6, Iowa 4
Javier Baez launched a three-run homer in the first inning of each game but Memphis swept the I-Cubs.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Hitting over .300 for July, Javier Baez launched a three-run homer in the first, his 18th of the season and 4th in his last 10 games. He added his 24th double in the 9th with two outs but was stranded when Kris Bryant grounded out to SS to end the game. Bryant was 1-4. Mike Olt doubled and scored on Ryan Kalish’s RBI single in the sixth. Cubs had 11 hits as Matt Szczur went 3-4 and Jorge Soler was 2-3. GAME 2—Baez clubbed his 19th homer in the first, another three-run shot. He finished 1-3 with a walk. Josh Vitters added a solo homer in the second, his 9th. Ryan Kalish went 2-3 with a run while Logan Watkins singled and scored.
On the Hill: GAME 1—Dan Straily’s struggles as a Cubs continued, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. Straily (4-6, 4.99 ERA) fanned eight but allowed two homers and has surrendered 18 runs in 20 innings in four starts. Kyuji Fujikawa (0-0, 3.00 ERA) worked around two hits and a walk in a scoreless sixth in his second AA rehab game while Zach Rosscup (2-0 2.38 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 seventh; GAME 2—Yoanner Negrin (0-3, 4.85 ERA) only gave up two earned runs but three more crossed home in five innings. He surrendered six hits and walked two. Alberto Cabrera gave up a run over the final two frames.
AA—Tennessee 7, Birmingham 4—10 innings
Taylor Davis (.300) knocked in five runs, including a three-run double in the 10th as the Smokies beat Birmingham in the series opener.
At the Dish: C Taylor Davis’ bases loaded double in the 10th gave the Smokies the win in extras. The catcher had three hits on the night, delivering a two-run homer in the 7th to tie the game at 3-3. SS Addison Russell smashed his seventh home since the trade and his third in two nights. Russell (.277) went 3-5 and added a double. OF Jae-Hoon Ha (.219) was on base four times with a single and three walks while 2B Stephen Bruno (.276) doubled and scored twice.
On the Hill: Matthew Loosen fanned seven and worked into the sixth, throwing 80 pitches, 52 for strikes, He allowed three runs on five hits and a walk. P.J. Francescon got the Smokies out of the sixth but allowed a run in the seventh before getting out of a bases laded jam. He finished with a line of 2.1 IP, 3 H 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K. After an intentional walk with a runner on third and a righty at the plate, Jeffrey Lorick fanned the next hitter to end the 8th. Tony Zych worked a scoreless ninth and got the win while Frank Batista retired the side in order for his 7th save.
Smokies Notes: Corey Black (5-6, 3.02 ERA) takes the mound on Sunday afternoon.
High A—GAME 1—Daytona 6, St. Lucie 3; GAME 2—Daytona 9, St. Lucie 1
Jacob Hannemann went 6-for-8 in his Florida State League debut helping Daytona sweep St. Lucie.
At the Dish: GAME 1—Jacob Hannemann made an impressive FSL debut as last year’s third-round pick had three singles, scored twice, knocked in a run and stole a base. Daniel Vogelbach (.278) knocked in a pair, Kyle Schwarber (.282) had a RBI single, and Billy McKinney(.309) tripled in a run and walked. Marco Hernandez (.289) singled twice, had a RBI, and scored a run while Jordan Hankins (.260) went 1-3 with a double and a run. GAME 2—Every starter scored a run while Hannemann and Vogelbach had three hits each. Hernandez went 2-4 with 3 RBI and McKinney ripped two hits and plated a run. Schwarber and Hankins were both 1-3 with a RBI
On the Hill: GAME 1—Felix Pena (4-6, 3.19 ERA) fanned six in five innings, earned the win and a plane ticket to Tennessee to join the Smokies after the game. The right-hander scatter six hits and two walks, giving up three runs, two earned. Stephen Perakslis (1-0, 4.93 ERA) earned his third save, retiring all six hitter he faced, three on strikes.; GAME 2—Taylor Scott (6-7, 4.63 ERA) fanned a career-high eight hitters as the South African right-hander tossed five scoreless innings with no walks and five hits. Tyler Bremer allowed a run in the sixth and Austin Kirk pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Low A—West Michigan 7, Kane County 5
West Michigan scored two runs in the fifth to take the lead for good and won the opening game of the series.
At the Dish: OF Shawon Dunston (.279) recorded his third straight multi-hit game with a double, triple, RBI and two runs. OF Trey Martin (.254) and 2B Chesny Young (.429) had two hits each while SS Carlos Penalver (.217) was 1-5 with 2 RBI. Kevin Brown (.319) knocked in a run with a single.
On the Hill: Paul Blackburn made his 19th start (8-4 3.19 ERA) and didn’t make it past the fifth, working 4.1 innings. Blackburn gave up five runs but only two were earned, yielding six hits and two walks. Corbin Hoffner allowed an inherited runner to score in the fifth and then gave up another run in 2.2 innings. The Whitecaps added an unearned run off Jose Arias in his two innings. Kane County made five errors, three on the pitchers on pickoffs.
Cougars Notes: Tyler Skulina (4-6, 3.38 ERA) gets the ball on Sunday afternoon.
Short-Season—Boise 7, Eugene 6
Boise broke 6-6 tie with a RBI double from David Bote and hung on for the win.
At the Dish: 2B David Bote (.324) delivered what proved to be the game-winner in the sixth, his second double and second RBI of the game. He finished 2-4 with two runs and a walk. CF Rashad Crawford (.295), 1B Alex Tomasovich (.288), RF Charcer Burks (.462) and LF Calvin Graves all had two hits. DH Mark Zagunis was 1-2, walked four times and scored twice.
On the Hill: Dillon Maples made his first start in the NWL and had a tough first innings with two walks, two hit batters, a throwing error, a wild pitch and a single led to four runs. The right-hander ended the night with two scoreless frames, including a 1-2-3 second. Ryan Williams (1-0, 2.25 ERA) allowed his first earned runs as a pro, giving up a pair on four hits, including a solo homer, in two innings. Williams did earn the win. David Garner (1-1, 3.60) tossed two scoreless innings for his second hold and Brad Markey (0-0, 1.93 ERA) held the AquaSox hitless the final two innings for his first pro save.
Hawks Notes: Erick Leal (3-2, 5.40 ERA) take the mound Sunday for Boise at Everett.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 7, Cubs 3
Phillies scored four times in the third and after the Cubs pulled to within one, added three more in the fifth.
At the Dish: Cubs did all their scoring in the fourth as a throwing error on a pickoff plated the first run. C Jhonny Pedera (.241) singled in a run and 2B Danny Gutierrez (.271) added a RBI double. Gutierrez had three hits, including another double, while SS Andruw Monasterio (.291) and Wladimir Galindo (.284) had two hits each.
On the Hill: Gabriel Lima (0-2, 4.70 ERA) only lasted three innings as the 18-year-old right-hander gave up four runs on five hits and a walk. Angel Mejias surrendered three runs in 1.1 innings while Eugenio Palma (2.2 IP) and Yomar Pacheco (1 IP) kept the Phillies off the board.
Dominican Summer League—Yankees II 9, Cubs 7
Yankees scored in each of the final six innings to down the Cubs.
At the Dish: CF Roberto Caro (.295) led the offense with three singles and RBI while DH Frandy Delarosa (.259) knocked in a pair. 2B Franklin Tineo (.216) had two hits, scored twice and plated a run while C Yohan Matos (.298) singled in five trips. RF Jenner Emeterio was on base four times with a single and three walks, scoring once.
On the Hill: Pedro Silverio (2-1, 2.34 ERA) allowed five runs over six innings on eight hits while fanning four in his sixth start. Junior Marte didn’t retire any of the three hitters he faced in the seventh as two scored. Aneuris Rosario (0-4, 3.91 ERA) got charged for the blown save and also took the loss, allowing a run in two innings.. Luiz Escanio allowed an unearned run in the 9th.