7/27 Minor matters & roster moves
* Justin Grimm gave up seven runs on eight hits and two walks in two innings in Iowa’s 10-6 loss to Oklahoma City. Donnie Murphy, Edgar Gonzalez and Brad Nelson each had two hits. Gonzalez drove in four runs. Barret Loux gets the start Saturday.
* Christian Villanueva, Rafael Lopez and Justin Bour each homered in Tennessee’s 9-8 loss to Huntsville. Villanueva had three hits, and Bour homered for the third straight game. Lopez was 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
* Matt Loosen served up six hits over five scoreless innings in Daytona’s 4-2 win over Palm Beach. Loosen has given up two earned runs over 32 innings in his last five starts, and was promoted to Double-A Tennessee on Saturday.
* Felix Pena gave up one run over six innings in Kane County’s 4-1 win over Beloit. Wilson Contreras homered, and Marco Hernandez posted his second straight three-hit game. Reggie Golden had two hits and one RBIs.
* Kris Bryant hit his first professional home run, a three-run shot in the third, and Rob Zastryzny gave up one run on four hits over two innings in Boise’s 9-1 win over Spokane. For Bryant, it was a nice game after going 0-for-5 in his first game with Boise, striking out five times.
“It felt great to get it out of the way, that first one, no matter what level, is the hardest,” Bryant told reporters in Boise. “My parents were here, home debut — that was pretty fun.”
The second player taken overall in the June Draft, Bryant hit 31 home runs in his final season for the University of San Diego.
“It can only get better from here, and that [first] game might wind up the worst I ever have, so maybe I can look back at it and have a good laugh,” he said.
Bryant says he has lots to work on.
“I expect a lot of myself, but I’m not going to pressure myself to hit a home run every day,” Bryant said. “If I did that, it’d be pretty boring. It’s a game where you get out more often than not, you fail and fail, then when you succeed, it tastes so good. College was last season, so to do anything like that at this level would be pretty amazing.”
* Jesse Hodges hit his second home run, a solo shot in the fourth, in Mesa’s 13-4 loss to the Angels. Carlos Rodriguez gave up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings and took the loss. Brett Jackson was 0-for-4 in his second rehab outing.
* The Giants traded for right-hander Guillermo Moscoso, 29, who was pitching at Triple-A Iowa. Moscoso compiled a 3.38 ERA and 1.094 WHIP with the Athletics in 2011, and was then traded to the Rockies for Seth Smith. He struggled at Coors Field, and was claimed on waivers three times over the winter, ultimately by the Cubs. In 17 starts at Iowa, he was 7-5 with a 3.93 ERA.
* The Cubs have promoted reliever Chang-Yong Lim, 37, to Triple-A Iowa, one of a series of roster moves. On Friday, reliever Eduardo Sanchez was promoted to the big league team, and outfielder Dave Sappelt was added to Iowa’s roster. Lim, a native of South Korea, signed a two-year Minor League contract in December. He has a 2.45 ERA in 10 games in the Cubs Minor Leagues.