Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Anderson Espinoza and 3 relievers fire combined No-Hitter; Young and Slaughter hit their 12th HRs; Palencia tosses 4.2 shutout innings

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Anderson Espinoza and 3 relievers fire combined No-Hitter; Young and Slaughter hit their 12th HRs; Palencia tosses 4.2 shutout innings

Jared Young (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Iowa 7, Columbus 2

Game Recap

A four-run 1st proved to be all the scoring the Cubs would need in this one. Darius Hill tripled in Levi Jordan, Narciso Crook followed with a single to drive Hill home, and then Jared Young capped off the inning with a two-run shot, his 12th HR on the season.

Jared Young is your @EMCInsurance Player of the Game. pic.twitter.com/u1ltmQLH9E

— Iowa Cubs (@IowaCubs)

June 29, 2022

Matt Dermody continued his June turnaround with another five solid innings. He struggled in May, but is now back on track and providing stability to an Iowa rotation constantly in flux as the rotation and bullpen issues in Chicago have forced Iowa to shuffle guys in and out all season. Fellow left-handed veteran Brandon Leibrandt finished the game off with four shutout innings to earn his first save with Iowa. He faced only one above the maximum during his time on the mound.

Top Performers

Matt Dermody: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 2 K (W, 3-3, 4.98)Brandon Leibrandt: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (S, 1, 5.40)Jared Young: 3-4, HR (12), 2 R, 2 RBI (.258)Levi Jordan: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI (.230)Darius Hill: 1-4, 3B, R, RBI (.386)Narciso Crook: 1-4, R, RBI, SB (11) (.273)Tyler Payne: 2-4, R (.329)Greg Deichmann: 2-4 (.244)Nelson Maldonado: 1-3, R, BB (.229)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Seiya Suzuki is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week.

AA

Tennessee 2, Rocket City 0

Game Recap

Jake Slaughter hit a solo homer in the 1st to put the Smokies out front, and then Alexander Canario hit a double in front of an RBI single by Bryce Ball in the 2nd to expand their lead to two. It would be the only three hits of the night. For either side.

Jake Slaughter continues his hot streak with a solo shot in the bottom of the first! Smokies lead 1-0. pic.twitter.com/eJ5ILAJeoR

— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball)

June 28, 2022

Yes, for the second time this season the Tennessee Smokies have thrown a combined No-Hitter. It wasn’t always pretty (3 BB, HBP) and as a No-Hitter typically does, required a bit of help from the defense:

Hey @SportsCenter, what about this play? @Bradleelow #SmokiesBaseball pic.twitter.com/8NlXij8DGp

— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball)

June 29, 2022

Once again for old times sake, do not steal on Bryce Windham. @b_windy20 pic.twitter.com/TzSIHQo5WS

— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball)

June 29, 2022

But it was certainly the best outing of the season for starter Anderson Espinoza. He’s struggled with consistency and from preventing the big inning, but overcame those issues yesterday. He set season highs with 5 innings and 7 Ks, while earning his first win.

5 hitless innings for Anderson Espinoza tonight. 7 Ks, 1 BB, 72 pitches. Easily his best start of the year. pic.twitter.com/0MSaFokBvI

— Brad (@ballskwok)

June 29, 2022

The bullpen trio of Samuel Reyes, Bryan King, and Nicholas Padilla finished the job. Padilla continues to look good as he pushes for a potential 40-man roster spot this offseason.

The final out and call by @BroadcasterMick! Are you proud of us, dad? @Cubs pic.twitter.com/Rb0bRhu4yl

— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball)

June 29, 2022

Top Performers

Anderson Espinoza: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, HBP, 7 K (W, 1-4, 7.27)Samuel Reyes: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (2.57)Bryan King: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K (1.26)Nicholas Padilla: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (S, 2, 2.51)Jake Slaughter: 1-4, HR (9), R, RBI (.369)Alexander Canario: 1-3, 2B, R (.216)Bryce Ball: 1-3, RBI (.266)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jake Slaughter (.312/.391/.592 with 12 HR in just 41 combined games between SB/TN) extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his solo home run in the 1st. The power surge is just crazy. Slaughter’s previous career high for home runs was 4. He hit just 3 in 102 games last season.

High-A

South Bend 6, Beloit 3

Game Recap

1st inning triples by Pete Crow-Armstrong and Yohendrick Pinango, followed by a two run homer by Jake Washer staked the Cubs to a 3-0 lead.

Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong leads off the game with a triple for the South Bend Cubs pic.twitter.com/SrBpJpGF3F

— James Weisser (@JWeisser88)

June 29, 2022

Yohendrick Pinango gets in on the triple action in Beloit. pic.twitter.com/An0CZsXay9

— Itsacon (@thats_so_cub)

June 28, 2022

Jake Washer does PCA and Pinango one base better. pic.twitter.com/K7sDIOGbqF

— Itsacon (@thats_so_cub)

June 28, 2022

Luis Verdugo continues his hot streak. Love the sound off the bat. pic.twitter.com/k4XO2dLJdq

— Itsacon (@thats_so_cub)

June 29, 2022

Daniel Palencia was effectively wild on the mound, holding he Sky Carp scoreless through 4.2 innings. Yeison Sanatana’s second RBI single of the game extended the lead to 4-0. Adam Laskey would allow them to pull within a run in the 6th, but the pen held the rest of the way, and the Cubs would add a couple late insurance runs.

Top Performers

Jake Washer: 1-4, HR (8), R, 2 RBI (.280)Yohendrick Pinango: 2-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI (.274)Luis Verdugo: 2-4, 2 2B, R (.251)Pete Crow-Armstrong: 2-5, 3B, 2 R (.196)Yeison Santana: 2-4, 2 RBI, CS (6) (.301)Daniel Palencia: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K (3.80)Gabriel Jaramillo: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (2.84)Hunter Bigge: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (S, 6, 6.84)

Low-A

Charleston 5, Myrtle Beach 4

Top Performers

Felix Stevens: 2-4, 2B, HR (7), R, 2 RBI (.245)Ezequiel Pagan: 2-3, 2 RBI, BB (.292)Kevin Alcantara: 1-3, 2 R, BB (.275)Josue Huma: 2-4 (.302)Jacob Wetzel: 1-3, BB (.194)Porter Hodge: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K (3.20)Angel Gonzalez: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (4.63)Alfredo Zarraga: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (1.04)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Another spotless, 3 K inning for Alfredo Zarraga tonight. That’s 18 Ks through his first 8.2 IP as a pro. 52.9 K%.

— Brad (@ballskwok)

June 29, 2022

ACL

Rockies 10, Cubs 2

Top Performers

Moises Ballesteros: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB (.333)Cristian Hernandez: 2-4 (.321)

Video of Moises Ballesteros home run from the other day:

#cubs Moises Ballesteros becoming must see baseball. His 3rd #ACL HR was a “meat and cheese only” oppo taco that went to left center field. Whispers say he called the shot in the dugout prior to the AB. 06-27-2022. pic.twitter.com/wbHb0XTilC

— John Antonoff (@baseballinfocus)

June 28, 2022

DSL

Cubs Blue 8, Dodgers 4

Mets 13, Cubs Red 6

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