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happy cubs old logoThe weekend was loaded with impressive performances and wins down on the farm. That includes Billy McKinney reaching base in 10 straight plate appearances at one point, Mark Zagunis hitting a couple homers, and Ian Happ debuting with some power.

Scores From Friday

Iowa – A five run seventh put this game out of reach and secured a 9-3 Cubs win.
Tennessee – The Smokies had to complete one game, which they lost 6-3, before earning a 4-2 win in Game Two.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans led by five after the third inning as they went on to win this one 7-4.
South Bend – Struggles on the mound and in the field led to this 8-4 loss.
Eugene – The Emeralds got their first win of the season with this 7-5 final.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Donn Roach threw 99 pitches in his 7 innings on the mound. He allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked no one, and struck out one. Carl Edwards Jr. allowed no hits over the final 2 innings.

  • [Iowa] Matt Szczur finished 1 for 4 and stole 2 more bases in this one. He now has 16 in Iowa. Junior Lake (1 for 2, double, walk) stole his 4th bag.
  • [Iowa] Even though he had just one hit in this game, a double, John Andreoli did score 3 times.
  • [Tennessee] Felix Pena got off to a very good start in the first game. He struck out 6 over 4 innings while allowing just 3 hits and a walk.
  • [Tennessee] Billy McKinney finished the first contest 3 for 3 with a double. He added 2 more hits in Game Two.
  • [Tennessee] Jacob Hannemann doubled and finished 2 for 5 in the first contest. In Game Two he tacked on another double.
  • [Tennessee] Frank Batista pitched a very Frank Batista kind of game in Game Two. Over 6 innings he allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out one. His first half ERA is 1.70.

  • [Myrtle Beach] Tyler Skulina pitched 4 no-hit innings, but thanks to 6 walks he gave up 3 runs (none of them earned).
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jasvir Rakkar continues to do well as the closer for Myrtle Beach. He threw 1.2 hitless innings and struck out 3 to wrap up this one.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Mark Zagunis homered twice (numbers 4 and 5) and finished 4 for 4. Jeimer Candelario hit his 5th homer in this game as well.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young and Pin-Chieh Chen both had 2 hits. In the case of Chen, those 2 hits were doubles.
  • [South Bend] Charcer Burks, Gleyber Torres, and Kevin Encarnacion all finished with 2 hits in this game.
  • [South Bend] Jeremy Null did not have his best stuff as he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits over 3 innings. Ryan McNeil added 3 innings in which he struck out 3, but allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks. Jordan Minch struck out 4 over the final 3 innings while allowing 3 runs (none of them earned) on 2 hits.

  • [Eugene] Adonis Paula doubled twice and finished with 3 hits in this one. Ho-young Son also doubled.
  • [Eugene] Justin Steele struck out 9 over 5 innings in this one. He allowed 2 runs, none of them earned, on 2 hits and 2 walks.

Scores From Saturday

Iowa – In a rather soggy game, the Cubs lost 1-0.
Tennessee – The Smokies scored a mountain of runs in the sixth, and they won 11-2 as a result.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans were shutout 2-0 in the first game of the doubleheader, but they jumped to an early lead in Game Two and won it in eight innings 5-4.
South Bend – This was a nail biter, but the Cubs came away with a 3-2 win.
Eugene – Five errors really hurt the cause in this 10-4 loss.
Arizona – The Cubs were shutout in their opener. The final was 4-0.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] A lengthy rain delay cut short this game for Dallas Beeler. He allowed a hit, a walk, and got 3 of his 4 outs via the strikeout. Yoanner Negrin (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) was the standout in a solid performance by the bullpen.
  • [Iowa] The Cubs had just 4 hits in this one, and none of them went for extra bases. Thanks to some walks, though, Matt Szczur, Rafael Lopez, and Chris Valaika each reached base twice.
  • [Tennessee] Billy McKinney stayed hot with a double, a homer (his 2nd), and a total of 3 hits.
  • [Tennessee] Albert Almora came off the bench to triple (his 3rd) and finished 2 for 2.
  • [Tennessee] Bijan Rademacher almost matched McKinney’s game. The left fielder doubled and homered (his 3rd) and finished 2 for 5.
  • [Tennessee] On the mound, Ivan Pineyro struck out 4 as he allowed just 3 hits over 6 innings. His groundout to flyout ratio was an excellent 11-2.
  • [Tennessee] Consistency continues to be the trouble for Corey Black. He struck out 2 in his 2 innings of relief, but he also allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.
  • [Myrtle Beach] The only extra base hit in Game One was a double from Victor Caratini.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Mark Zagunis did walk twice in Game One, and he also stole 2 more bases. He has 9 for the Pelicans.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jonathan Martinez exited his Game Two start after 3 innings having already allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks. He also struck out 4.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Josh Conway came on in relief and struck out 2 over 2 innings while allowing 2 hits and a walk. Juan Paniagua finished the game up with a hitless inning that contained 2 strikeouts.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Daniel Lockhart finished 2 for 3 in the second game. Jeimer Candelario had only one hit, but he did walk twice.
  • [South Bend] Gleyber Torres picked up another 2 hit day in this one. Cael Brockmeyer and Andrew Ely matched him in the hit column.
  • [South Bend] Brad Markey (2 IP, 1 K) and James Farris (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) pitched very well in relief.
  • [Eugene] Oscar De La Cruz struck out 6 in his 4 innings on the mound, but he also gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks.
  • [Eugene] Dillon Maples, working 2 innings of relief, walked no one and struck out 2. He allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, but none of those runs were earned.
  • [Eugene] The pitching debut of Jae-Hoon Ha was not a smooth one. Ha did strike out 2 in his inning on the mound, but he allowed allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.
  • [Eugene] Frandy Delarosa doubled and finished 2 for 5. Alberto Mineo, catching in this one, tripled and walked.
  • [Eugene] Ho-young Son stole his first base of the season.
  • [Eugene] Ian Happ made his professional debut in center field for the Emeralds. He struck out, walked, and drilled his first home run.
  • [Arizona] Austyn Willis struck out 5 and allowed 2 hits and 2 walks in his 5 inning start. Erling Moreno followed with 2 relief innings in which he allowed a hit, a run, and a walk. He also notched a strikeout.
  • [Arizona] Joey Martarano had the only multi-hit day for the Cubs. He finished 2 for 4.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The Cubs rallied late, but ultimately lost 14-8.
Tennessee – Two big innings carried the Smokies to 9-2 win.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans ended their first half on a high note with this 4-1 win.
South Bend – The Cubs never trailed on the way to a 5-1 win.
Eugene – A disastrous sixth inning put the Emeralds behind, and their late rallies came up just short. They lost 9-8.
Arizona – Arizona had the day off.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Blake Cooper had the only scoreless appearance on the mound for the Cubs. He struck out 2 and allowed nothing in his one inning of work.
  • [Iowa] Arismendy Alcantara doubled and finished with 3 hits. Junior Lake also had 3 hits, and his 5th steal of the Iowa season.
  • [Iowa] Long balls were provided by Chris Valaika (his 4th) and Rubi Silva (his 6th).
  • [Tennessee] Ryan Williams pitched another strong game for the Smokies. The 2014 10th round draftee (who was drafted as a senior and signed for an even thousand bucks) only struck out 2, but he held the damage to one run on 4 hits and a walk.
  • [Tennessee] Neil Ramirez, on a rehab assignment, struck out the side in the seventh.
  • [Tennessee] Stephen Bruno doubled and finished with 3 hits in this game. Billy McKinney also doubled.
  • [Tennessee] Two hits were earned by Jacob Hannemann, Dan Vogelbach, and Willson Contreras.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Daury Torrez gave up a first inning run, then cruised through the sixth. He gave up just the one run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young, Pin-Chieh Chen, and Jeimer Candelario all finished with 2 hits for the Pelicans. Chen also stole his 9th base.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jacob Rogers had just one hit, but it was his 9th homer of the year.
  • [South Bend] Tommy Thorpe took a turn in the starting rotation, and the results were good. Over 5 innings he allowed 4 hits and struck out 5.
  • [South Bend] Jesse Hodges homered (his 4th) and finished with 2 hits. Rashad Crawford also had 2 hits.
  • [Eugene] Jose Paulino pitched 5 shutout innings, but in the sixth the wheels started to come off. He finished having allowed 3 runs on 5 hits over 5.2 innings with 7 strikeouts.
  • [Eugene] Most of the nine runs scored against Eugene in the sixth came off Alex Santana. After allowing 6 runs on 6 hits over a third of an inning, his ERA stands at 40.50. Corbin Hoffner finished the up the game without drama.
  • [Eugene] Varonex Cuevas, playing first base, doubled and led Eugene with a 4 for 4 day at the plate.
  • [Eugene] Ian Happ continued his campaign to make his stay in the Pacific Northwest a short one with another home run. He finished 2 for 4 with a double, his 2nd homer, and a walk.
  • Ho-young Son also doubled and finished with 2 hits. Eloy Jimenez singled twice.

Other News

  • It is official. Kyle Schwarber is on his way to Iowa. Iowa fans haven’t seen a prospect this significant since… earlier this season!
  • Mike Olt has reported to Tennessee for a rehab assignment, and he came out swinging. On Saturday, playing third base, he doubled and tripled in addition to striking out twice. He followed that up with a double, two walks, and two strikeouts on Sunday.
  • With Schwarber moving up, it was Taylor Davis who was sent to Tennessee from Iowa to help pick up some of the catching duties.

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