8/16 Minor League report
Chris Rusin threw six shutout innings in Iowa’s 4-0 win over Tucson. Rusin struck out four and gave up four hits. He’s now 8-8 with a 4.59 ERA. Rusin helped himself with two hits and scoring a run. This was his 10th quality start of the season. Blake Parker, continuing his rehab, also pitched in the game.
Justin Bour drove in RBIs No. 102 but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 4-2, to Birmingham. Nick Struck did not give up an earned run over six innings, striking out six.
Roni Torreyes hit a two-out RBI double in the seventh to help Daytona beat Lakeland, 3-2, in the first game of a doubleheader. A.J. Morris picked up the win in relief. In the second game, Frank Del Valle gave up one hit over six innings and did not get a decision as Daytona lost, 1-0. Javier Baez snapped a four-game hitless streak, going 1-for-4.
Jeffrey Antigua gave up five runs, none earned, over 3 1/3 innings in Peoria’s 5-1 loss to Burlington. The Chiefs made four errors in the game.
Albert Almora hit a solo home run in his Boise debut but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks lost, 13-5, to Salem-Keizer. Almora, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in the June Draft, went 2-for-5. Rock Shoulders also homered, hitting his eighth. He finished with three RBIs.
Duane Underwood gave up two runs on two hits and one walk over two innings in Mesa’s 3-1 loss to the Angels.
News & notes:
* Right-hander Ryan Searle was promoted to Iowa from Daytona. The Cubs also released Frankie De La Cruz so he could sign with a Taiwan baseball team. Searle was 5-3 with one save and a 5.01 ERA in 28 outings at Daytona. In August, he had a 1.13 ERA in three outings. De La Cruz was 1-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 27 games for the Iowa Cubs.
* Peoria’s Paul Hoilman went on the DL because of a dislocated finger suffered Sunday. Right-hander Zach Cates also was placed on the DL. Jacob Rogers was promoted from Mesa to replace Hoilman and pitcher Willington Cruz rejoined the Chiefs from Boise to replace Cates on the roster.
— Carrie Muskat