Iowa took a 5-2 lead early on, but couldn’t hold on for the win. They dropped to 29-32.
Willson Contreras was batting 2nd and was 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Mark Zagunis continues to hit since being promoted to Iowa last week. He was 2-3 with a double, walk and run scored. Jeimer Candelario and Dan Vogelbach were each 0-2 with a walk, RBI, run scored and a strikeout.
Michael Wagner got the start and lasted 2.2 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 2 runs. He walked 3 and struckout 3. Corey Black pitched 1.1 innings of hitless and scoreless baseball. He struckout a batter. Black is a 24-year old reliever who strikes out a lot of guys, but has some control issues. I expect we’ll see him in Chicago at some point this season.
Felix Pena blew the save in spectacular fashion. In 1.1 innings, he gave up 6 hits, walked a batter, surrendered 4 runs and struckout 2. Miguel Mejia picked up the pieces and threw the final 0.2 innings.
Prior to this game, 26-year old Felix Pena had been dominating AAA batters. In 18 games totaling 29.1 innings, he had struckout 10.74 batters per 9 innings and walked only 2.76 per 9. He’d allowed just 1 home run and his ERA was 1.84 and his FIP was 2.80. This is Pena’s first year in the bullpen since 2012. The Cubs moved him to the rotation full time in 2013. He pitched well enough in that role, but has proven to be much better suited for relief.
Iowa scored 3 in the 1st and then at the end of the top half of the 2nd inning, the Cubs led 12-0.
It started at the top of the order with John Andreoli who was 3-4 with 2 home runs and a walk. He drove in 4 and scored 4 runs. Logan Watkins was batting 2nd and playing SS. He was 4-5 with a double, triple, RBI and 2 runs scored. Mark Zagunis keeps improving his value with a 2-4 performance in the game. He doubled, walked, struckout, drove in a run and scored 2 runs. Dan Vogelbach was 1-1 with a home run and a walk. He left this one early after being hit by a pitch. Jeimer Candelario was 2-5 with a home run, 2 strikeouts, 3 RBI and a run scored. Juan Perez, David Freitas and Vimael Machin each added a hit. Perez tripled while Freitas hit a home run.
It was Pierce Johnson‘s return to the rotation. Johnson had been out for over a month. He threw 5 innings, allowed 5 hits and 3 runs. He walked 2 and struckout 2. I’m beginning to wonder if the Cubs have put a strikeout limit on their starting pitchers in the minor leagues.
In 5 starts for Johnson this year at AAA, it hasn’t gone too well. His best start was his second of the season and he followed that up with two consecutive games of allowing 4 runs and not making it through 5 innings. He’s allowed 23 hits in 20.2 innings so far and has given up 12 run, a home run, 10 walks and he’s struckout 22. He has a 5.23 ERA and a 3.81 FIP on the season.
Jacob Hannemann was 1-4 with a home run and a strikeout. That was Hannemann’s 8th home run of the season. Chesny Young was 3-4 with 2 RBI. Victor Carotin was 1-4 and Billy McKinney was 0-3. Cael Brockmeyer and Bijan Rademacher were each 2-4.
Jen-Ho Tseng improved to 2-2 with 6 strong innings. He allowed 5 hits and a run while striking out 2 and walking 1. Stephen Perakslis picked the 7th and allowed a hit and a walk while striking out a batter. Jose Rosario picked up the 2 inning save. He didn’t allow any hits or runs and walked a batter. He also struckout 1.
Rashad Crawford was 2-4 with a double, RBI and strikeout. He also scored a run. Ian Happ was 3-4 with a double, RBI and strikeout. Daniel Spingola was 2-4 with a run scored. Gleyber Torres pinch hit and was 0-1.
Jeremy Null fell to 2-3. He pitched 5 innings, allowed 9 hits and 5 runs. He didn’t walk anybody and to the surprise of nobody who has been paying attention, only struckout 1. Daury Torrez pitched 2.1 innings, allowed 2 hits and no runs. He walked a batter and struckout 2. Jordan Minch finished the game off with 1.2 innings of 1-hit baseball. He didn’t allow any runs and struckout 2.
The Cubs improved to 39-25 and are with a few games of nailing down a playoff spot at the end of the season.
The Cubs had 11 hits in this one, but only 2 extra-base hits. Carlos Sepulveda was 2-4 with a double, 2 RBI and a run scored. P.J. Higgins was 2-5 with 2 strikeouts and Ian Rice was 1-5 with a double, RBI and run scored. Eloy Jimenez was 3-5 with an RBI, strikeout and run scored. Donnie Dewees, Eddy Martinez and Josh Silver each had hits.
Adbert Alzolay improved to 5-3 behind 7 very good innings. He allowed just 3 hits and 2 runs and a home run. He walked none and struckout 5. John Williamson pitched a clean 8th. He struckout a batter. Craig Brooks struckout 2 in a perfect 9th inning.
The Cubs1 team improved to 4-5 with this 4-1 win over the Yankees1.
DH Jose Gutierrez led the game off and was 3-5 with a triple, 2 RBI, a run scored and a strikeout. Jose Jules was 3-3 with a triple and a walk. The following players each had 1 hit: Jonathan Sierra, Richard Nunez, Samir Lara, Raymond Pena and Rafael Narea. Sierra and Narea each walked.
Eury Ramos threw 4 innings, allowed 4 hits, a run, walked 4 and struckout 2. Jose Mac Donna threw the next 4 inning and allowed just 2 hits. He didn’t allow any runs, didn’t walk anybody and struckout 4. Elvis Diaz picked up the save with 1 inning of work. He allowed a hit and struckout a batter.
The Cubs2 improved to 5-4 after this win.
Everybody in the lineup except for a replacement with only 1 plate appearance had a hit.
- Fidel Mejia: 2-4, RBI, strikeout
- Yovanny Cuevas: 1-3, walk
- Aramis Ademan: 1-4
- Luis Diaz: 1-4, strikeout
- Abraham Rodriguez: 1-3, strikeout, 2 runs scored
- Miguel Amaya: 2-4, home run, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, strikeout
- Luis Ubiera: 1-3, double, 2 RBI, walk
- Fidel Matos: 1-3, walk
- Henrry Pedra: 1-4, run scored
Faustino Carrera threw 6 great innings. he allowed 3 hits and an unearned run. He walked a batter and struckout 8. He did not get the memo. Omar Ventura threw 2 innings, allowed 3 hits and no runs. He walked 2 and struckout 2. Jhon Romero pitched the 9th and allowed a hit and 2 runs (1 earned). He didn’t walk or strikeout anybody.