#Cubs Minor League report: Penalver walk-off HR

Thursday’s games

Christian Villanueva had two hits and one RBI in Iowa’s 5-4, 12-inning win over Nashville. Javier Baez was 1-for-5 with a double and scored two runs. He’s scored five runs in three games with Iowa. Frank Batista picked up the win in relief.

Tennessee lost 4-3 to Montgomery as Tyler Goeddel hit three solo home runs. Rob Zastryzny gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings, and now has a 2.25 ERA in his last three starts.

Carlos Penalver hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the ninth to give Myrtle Beach a 4-3 win over Potomac. Jeremy Null started and gave up two earned runs over five innings. Penalver’s homer was his first since May 31 of last season with Kane County. Chesny Young had two hits, including a triple.

South Bend gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to los, 3-2, to Great Lakes. Jesse Hodges hit his fifth home run and Gleyber Torres had two hits.

Donnie Dewees hit his fourth homer and finished with three RBI in Eugene’s 6-4 win over Spokane. Adbert Alzolay gave up zero hits over six innings in relief.

Varonex Cuevas was 3-for-3 with two stolen bases in Mesa’s 4-2 win over the Angels. Trey McNutt picked up the win in relief.


Meanwhile Matt Szczur gets on base two mute times, scored another run and collects another outfield assist.

MatB…I take it you are advocating a promotion for Szczur? With Fowler seemingly finding his bat of late and Schwarber getting time in LF I don’t see that promotion happening until Sept.1st call ups but for the most part the way Fowler played (disappointed…?) most of the year Szczur would have given him a run for his money and he may deserve a shot at CF next year. I certainly wouldn’t entertain bringing Fowler back at millions of dollars when there is a good chance you can get at least the same lackluster play from Szczur with a better upside and chance of surpassing the numbers Fowler put up this year. Either way, Szczur or not I believe we will see a different center fielder next season than Fowler, how about you MatB?

I know. I wanted to see them put Szczur out there every day while Fowler was on the disabled list. I want to see the kid succeed. I don’t know if it will happen with the Cubs. I’m guessing he will be part of any trade the Cubs put together today.

You never know MatB, they may have him in mind as an option for CF next season, letting Fowler walk, saving money on that position and putting that saved payroll money in the pitching staff…(Price, closer etc.).

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Dan Haren to the Cubs from Marlins…??? Not bad…

Glad the FO is sticking with the plan and not trading the farm away! It’s about building this team so they are competitive every year. Expectations for next year will be high!

AGREED! Not for Tyson Ross who leads MLB in walks.

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