The 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.
- 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.