AAA— Round Rock 10, Iowa 2
Round Rock (55-45) used a five-run fifth to beat Iowa (49-51).
At the Plate: Josh Vitters homered in his first game back from the DL, a two-run shot in the sixth. Jae-Hoon Ha had a RBI single and the Cubs other run scored on a passed ball. Donnie Murphy, Edgar Gonzalez, Vitters and Ha all had two hits.
On the Mound: Brooks Raley (6-7 5.09 ERA) cruised through four innings retiring 11 in a row but ran into trouble in the fifth as the Express scored five times ending Raley's night. The left-hander was charged with five runs on six hits and three walks. Nick Struck gave up three runs in 1.1 innings and Jeffry Antigua allowed a two-run homer in his inning. Casey Coleman tossed a scoreless eighth.
Cubs Notes: 3B Josh Vitters was added to the roster after returning from Mesa on his rehab stint. RHP Henry Rodriguez has cleared waivers and been assigned to Iowa. Rodriguez was acquired from Washington for minor league RHP Ian Dickson.
AA—Tennessee 3, Jacksonville 2—10 innings
Arismendy Alcantara hit a walk-off double in the 10th to give Tennessee (17-9) the win over Jacksonville (14-12).
At the Plate: Tennessee cut the lead in half in the fourth when Justin Bour walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored on John Andreoli's double. Javier Baez took a pitch over the right-field fence in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game. It was Baez's fourth homer at AA and his 21st overall. With two outs in the 10th, Matt Szczur walked and scored on Alcantara's game-winning double to right.
On the Mound: Dae-Eun Rhee (1-0 1.93) made his first appearance in Tennessee since going on the DL in April. The right-hander made rehab starts in Mesa and Boise before joining the Smokies. The South Korean went 3.2 frames but allowed homers to the first two hitters. He fanned three and didn't issue a free pass. Yeiper Castillo had his fifth straight strong outing as the 25-year-old right hander fanned five in 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. Tony Zych worked a scoreless 8th and Zach Rosscup shut the Suns down for two innings, earning the win.
High A—Game 1—Daytona 0, Charlotte 0, Suspended by rain; Game 2—Postponed
The scoreless game was suspended due to rain in the top of the seventh. It will be completed on Saturday as a seven-inning game beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST and a second nine-inning game will follow.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Ivan Pineyro (1-0 0.00 ERA) retired 12 straight after allowing a first-inning single as the right-hander hasn't been scored on (11 IP) since joining the Cubs organization. Acquired in the trade with Washington for Scott Hairston, Pineyro finished the night allowing four hits with three strikeouts. In his second game with the Cubs, his fastball was 88-92 with a 80 mph change-up, and an even slower breaking ball.
Low A—Great Lakes 8, Kane County 6—7 innings (Called due to rain)
Great Lakes (18-10) broke a 6-6 tie with two runs in the seventh and then the rain guaranteed the Loons a sweep of Kane County (5-21)
At the Plate: Gioskar Amaya and Jeimer Candelario hit two-run homers to pace the Cougars offense. Amaya went 2-3 and added a double with 3 RBI. Daniel Vogelbach was 2-4 extending his hitting streak to six games (11-23).
On the Mound: Scott Baker (0-1 15.88) continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery pitching in his second game since the 2011 season. The right-hander threw 60 pitches but the Loons had six hits and scored six times. You shouldn't read too much into the stats but at some point of the rehab, Baker needs to start getting hitters out. He walked the leadoff man in all three innings. Nathan Dorris got the the final out of the third inning on strikes. Michael Heesch (3-8 3.56) took the loss in relief allowing two runs in 4.1 IP on four walks and three hits.
Cougars Notes: Baker said after the game he did not know when his next rehab start would be.
Short-Season—Boise 9, Everett 2
Boise (19-16) won their seventh in a row banging out 15 hits to beat Everett (22-13) for the second straight night.
At the Plate: David Bote has his best night as a pro blasting a pair of homers with three RBI. Cael Brockmeyer upped his average to to .326 going 3-4 with 3 RBI. Lance Rymel extended his hitting streak to seven games and is hitting a career-high .306 after a 3-5 night. He was also deadly behind the plate picking two runners off base in back-to-back innings Jacob Rogers had two hits and two RBI while Rony Rodriguez was 2-4. Carlos Penalver extended his hitting streak to six games.
On the Mound: Dillon Maples (0-0 ERA) walked the bases full in his NWL debut July 15 leaving the game after three batters. Maples was a different pitcher Friday night featuring a fastball in the mid-90s and exhibiting better control. The right-hander tossed three innings allowing a run on three hits and two walks. Corbin Hoffner blanked the AquaSox for three frames with three punchouts to earn his second win. Carlos Martinez allowed a solo homer in two innings and Tyler Bremer fanned two in the ninth.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 9, Mets I 1
Cubs' (28-12) pitching held the Mets (17-23) to three hits and scored five times in the first inning
At the Plate: Shamil Ubiera (.272) gave the Cubs all the runs they would need clearing the bases with a grand-slam, his second homer of the season in the first inning. He also walked three times and scored twice. Jhonny Pena (.223) and Dalfis Ortiz (.333) both had two hits and a RBI.
On the Mound: Andin Diaz (1-0 1.80) got his first pro win fanning six in five innings allowing a run on three hits. Diaz was activated from the restricted list. Wagner Disla (2BB 1K) and Enderson Mercedes (1BB 3K) both tossed two scoreless frames. Disla, 17, made his pro debut July 17 and was a July 2 signing last year for $100,000 out of the Dominican.
Cubs Notes: OF Robert Garcia, signed as a free agent on July 6, has been assigned to the Cubs DSL squad. The 19-year-old switch-hitting outfielder is from the Dominican.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 6, Phillies 2
The Cubs (28-24) ran their win streak to eight games downing the Phillies (26-27).
At the Plate: The Cubs used their speed to score twice in the first as Bryant Flete (.286/.398/.384) walked, stole second (15), took third on a throwing error, and scored on Ricardo Marcano‘s single. Marcano (.278/.345/.454) stole second (12) and trotted home when the throw went into the outfield and past the centerfielder. The Cubs lead the VSL with 69 SB in 52 games. Jesus Gonzalez (.091/.286/.182) had a RBI triple in the second and 3B Rony Acala (.335/.369/.505) doubled in a run in the third. Flete doubled and scored on a RBI groundout by Marcano, his 36th. The Cubs final run came when Arnaldo Calero (.260/.305/.412) reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
On the Mound: LHP Victor Garcia (2-2 4.17 ERA/1.17 WHIP), who started the season in Mesa, fanned seven in six innings as the 21-year-old allowed two runs on four hits and two walks to earn the win. Victor Salazar (3-2 3.31/1.10) gave up a hit in two scoreless frames and Yomar Pacheco (2-2 2.62/1.08) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth.