Iowa catcher Luis Flores was activated off the disabled list and C Chad Noble was sent back down to AA Tennessee. LHP pitcher Jeffry Antigua, who's played at all four full-season affiliates this year, was promoted to AAA Iowa, his third stint with the I-Cubs. Here's a recap of Antigua's journey this summer: Kane County-Iowa-Kane County-Tennessee-Iowa-Daytona-Tennessee-Iowa........Kane County made their moves official on Wednesday, adding OF Trevor Gretzky (Boise) and IF Brad Zapenas (Daytona) to the roster. Dan Vogelbach was promoted to Daytona and C Neftali Rosario was placed on the DL.....Josh Vitters woes continue as he re-injured his hamstring Tuesday night and could return to the disabled list.
AAA—Iowa 2, Sacramento 1
Casey Colman tossed five innings of one-hit ball and Jae-Hoon Ha homered to lead Iowa (58-67) over Sacramento (68-57).
At the Plate: The Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first as Dave Sappelt (.242/.291/.349) single and took third on Ha's single. Sappelt scored on a Edgar Gonzalez groundout to third. Ha (.262/.314/.395) led off the fifth with his fourth homer, a blast over the left field wall. Ty Wright (.266/.323/.424), Brad Nelson (.269/.346/.467) and Edwin Maysonet (.218/.273/.394) all singled.
On the Mound: Casey Coleman (4-3 3.15 ERA) threw one-hit ball for five innings in an emergency start as Jake Arrieta's start was scratched and Arrieta will start for the Cubs on Friday against St. Louis. All Coleman did was hold the River Cats to a single, sending five hitters down on strikes in his first start of the season. Coleman threw 84 pitches, 52 for strikes......Marcus Mateo (0-0 2.35) gave up the only run by Cubs' pitching on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts..... Zach Rosscup (0-0 0.00) fanned two in the eighth and Brian Schlitter (1-3 3.15) earned his 17th save after a leadoff walk—coaxing a double play and recording a strikeout to end the game.
AA—Tennessee 6, Chattanooga 2
Tennessee (64-55) won their fourth straight beating Chattanooga and hold a five game lead for first place.
At the Plate: Javier Baez (.280/.337/.587) continues to terrorize Southern League pitching ripping a pair of doubles to drive in three runs. Christian Villanueva (.269/.322/.472) may be the most complete third baseman in the Cubs system as the 22-year-old also had two doubles and added a RBI. Justin Bour (.231/.315/.478) delivered a two-out RBI single while Arismendy Alcantara (.271/.348/.441) walked three times and scored twice, including a straight steal of home, his 27th stolen base. John Andreoli (.293/.357/.420) had two hits, including a double and scored once. The Smokies had a good day at the plate drawing eight walks to go along with eight hits.
On the Mound: Dae-Eun Rhee (4-1 3.64 ERA) matched his longest outing of the year working into the seventh allowing seven hits and two walks. The right-hander threw 104 pitches and fanned two, earning the win. Tony Zych (3-4 2.52) continues to get stronger as the season gets longer, a great sign for the relief pitcher. He threw 1.2 innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. It was his sixth straight appearance without allowing a run. Frank Batista (3-3 2.72) fanned the side in the ninth.
High A—Game 1—Daytona 5, Clearwater 1; Game 2—Clearwater 2, Daytona 0
For the second straight day Kris Bryant homered and Daytona spilt a doubleheader with Clearwater.
At the Plate: GAME 1—The Cubs did the damage in the second as Kris Bryant (.222/.222/889) got the party started with a solo homer, his second in as many days and his 17th straight game with a hit. Chadd Krist (.238/.344/.342) and Zeke DeVoss (.259/.407/.369) delivered RBI singles and two runs scored on Wes Darvill's (.248/.331/.374) ground ball to second when the throw to first on the double play attempt got by the first baseman. The Cubs stole three bases in the inning, drew three walks and got hit by a pitch. Dustin Geiger (.284/.369/.449) and Krist both finished with two hits. GAME 2— Not much offense in the night-cap as the Cubs managed two hits—singles by Anthony Giansanti (.296/.374/.383) and Yaniel Cabezas (.247/.310/.299). Bryant had his 17-game hitting streak snapped, going 0-3 with three strikeouts.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Ben Wells (8-6 3.39 ERA) worked into the sixth inning allowing only one run to the Threshers. He yielded six hits and two walks and didn't have any strikeouts. Wells coaxed eight ground ball outs and the Cubs turned three double plays. Frank Del Valle (3-3 2.42) got the final five outs, two on strikes. GAME 2—Kyler Burke (4-1 3.38) made his seventh start, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. He fanned three. Lendy Castillo (1-0 3.21) tossed the final three fames surrendering a run on three hits with three punchouts.
Low A—Burlington 5, Kane County 4
A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth gave Burlington (47-69) the victory over Kane County (48-68).
At the Plate: All of the Cougars runs came via the homer as they were held to five hits. Reggie Golden (.238/.289/.413) hit his 8th of the season, a three-run shot with two outs in the fourth scoring Wilson Contreras (.238/.310/.421) and Marco Hernandez (.251/.290/.328). Jeimer Candelario (.258/.348/.399) launched his 9th of the year in the eighth, a solo shot.
On the Mound: Starling Peralta (2-0 1.42) allowed his first runs in the MWL as the Bees scored four times in the first on four singles, two walks, and an error. He settled down and finished with a line of 5.1 IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K. Sheldon McDonald (2-0 1.21) tossed 1.2 innings of no-hit ball. After not allowing an earned run in 19 innings this season, Michael Hamann (1-2 1.26) was scored on for the second straight outing. After a 1-2-3 eighth, Hamann walked the leadoff hitter and an errant pickoff throw sent the runner to third. The Cougars walked the bases full and after getting an out on a fielder's choice at home, a sacrifice fly ended the game.
Short-Season—Boise 13, Eugene 2
Boise's (33-25) offense hit double-figures for the second straight day with a 15-hit attack to beat Eugene (22-36)
At the Plate: Cael Brockmeyer (.329/.424/.412) was impressive in his return from a AAA vacation collecting three hits and scoring three times. Kevin Encarnacion (.344/.435/.516) homered (3), tripled and drove in four while David Bote (.254/.340.405) got into the long-ball (6) act driving in three and scoring three times. Daniel Lockhart (.299/.353/.342), Yasiel Balaguert (.292/.369/.500), Rony Rodriguez (.267/.347/.429) and Carlos Penalver (.246/.304/.335) all had two hits. Penalver extended his hit streak to nine games.
On the Mound: James Pugliese (4-3 2.32 ERA) tossed six strong inning to earn the win. The right-hander allowed a run on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Zach Godley (2-0 2.37) fanned four in his two innings of relief surrendering run on two his. Scott Frazier (1-1 1.47) worked a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 13, Diamondbacks 4
The Cubs (22-22) erupted for 13 hits in the win over the Diamondbacks (23-21)
At the Plate: 2B Trevor Stevens (.265/.419/.412) paced the offense with three hits while 3B Jesse Hodges (.221/.283/.305) knocked in four runs. RF Jeffrey Baez (.281/.358/.385) doubled twice and scored three times. SS Francisco Sanchez (.215/.254/.392) added a pair of doubles while C Wilfredo Petit (..194/.237/.222) ripped a two-run double. CF Brian Bogusevic (.263/.391/.368) continued his rehab in Mesa going 1-5 with a RBI and a run. 1B Kevin Brown (.213/.352/.292) and RF Garrett Schlecht (.200/.250/.273) added RBI.
On the Mound: 20-year-old Daury Torrez (3-2 3.46 ERA) turned in his best performance of the year tossing five shutout inning with seven strikeouts while allowing only two hits and one walk. Juan Francisco (0-1 6.03) threw a scoreless sixth but Josh Davis (3-0 3.46) got touched up for three runs on two hits and three walks in the seventh. Luis Villalba (0-1 2.18) pitched the final two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
Cubs Notes: It was reported today that Cubs third-round pick Jacob Hannemann has slight tear in right non-throwing elbow and surgery will not be necessary. Hannemann was assigned to Mesa from Boise while he recovers.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1, Orioles II 0
Cubs (43-18) pitching blanked the Orioles (29-33) on four hits for their fifth straight win.
At the Plate: The Cubs scored the only run of the game when Antonio Gonzalez (.195/.359/.280) tripled and scored on Jenner Emeterio's single. Emeterio (.250/.403/.292) finished with two hits and Shamil Ubiera (.294/.372/.445) added a single as the Cubs were held to four hits.
On the Mound: Four Cub pitchers held the O's scoreless for nine innings as Jose Zapata fanned six in five innings. Pedro Silverio walked the bases loaded in the sixth but Gilberto Abreu (2-2 3.62) got the Cubs out of the jam. He earned the win with two walks and a hit in 2.2 innings. Luiz Escanio (1-0 2.28) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.
Cubs Notes: Roney Alcala (.353/.386/.544) was promoted from the VSL to the DSL and RHP Jose Morel was assigned to the Cubs.