Down on the Farm: Albert Almora, Jorge Soler promoted; Dallas Beeler shines
The Chicago Cubs promoted two of their top prospects Tuesday night, sending Albert Almora to Double-A Tennessee and Cuban slugger Jorge Soler to Triple-A Iowa following strong outings by each player.
Dallas Beeler threw seven shutout innings while the Iowa Cubs were no-hit through six innings, but won anyway and the Tennessee Smokies overcame a 6-1 deficit for a win in extra innings.
Iowa 1, New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins) 0
Marlins’ top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney retired the first 18 Cubs before Matt Szczur broke up the perfect game with a lead off single in the seventh. Brett Jackson followed with a bunt single, Kris Bryant walked to load the bases and Chris Valaika then walked to bring in the only of the game for 1-0 Iowa win.
Starter Dallas Beeler, who is being considered as an option for the Cubs rotation, allowed just six hits and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings.
Javier Baez went 0-for-3 to snap his 15-game hitting streak.
Tennessee 8, Mississippi Braves 7 in 10 innings
Hunter Cervenka and Frank Batista combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, and Jae-Hoon Ha hit a walk off double in the tenth for the 8-7 Smokies win.
It was a rough outing for starter Corey Black, who gave up runs in each of the first four innings with just one run being unearned. Black allowed six runs no four hits, striking out three and walking three over three and one-third innings. He threw three wild pitches and hit a batter too.
Cervenka allowed only one hit and struck out one over three scoreless innings and Batista followed with a one-hit performance in the ninth and tenth for the win.
The Smokies used the long ball to climb their way back into the game. Charles Cutler hit a two-run home run, his fourth of the season, in the fourth and pinch-hitter Dustin Geiger followed with a solo homer, his 12th of the season, the next innings. Luis Flores tied the game with a two-run shot in the eighth. It was Flores’ second homer of the year.
Cutler was 3-for-5 with three RBI and Flores was 1-for-5. Soler was 2-for-4 with a triple, one RBI, and a run scored in his final game with the Smokies.
Palm Beach Cardinals 9, Daytona 3
Palm Beach hit a two-run homer in the first off Juan Paniagua in his Daytona debut and scored three more runs to hand him the loss.
Albert Almora went out with a bang, hitting a solo shot in the eighth and a sacrifice fly to score two runs to total for all three Daytona runs. Almora was 2-for-3.
Billy McKinney was 2-for-4 with a double and Wes Darvill went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Kane County Cougars
The Cougars had an off day and will play the South Bend Silver Hawks Wednesday night.
Everett Aqua Sox (Mariners) 6, Boise 0
Everett pounced on Boise starter Trevor Clifton for five runs on four hits over just three and two-thirds innings for a 6-0 win. Clifon walked four and struck out three.
Boise managed only three hits and Mark Zagunis went 1-for-2 with two walks.
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