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Tennessee was unable to overcome an early deficit and lost, 7-1, to Birmingham in Game Two of the North Division Championship Series. The loss gave the Barons a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Birmingham scored four runs in the second inning against Tennessee starter Dae-Eun Rhee. Dan Black led off with a home run, and a run scored on an error by Javier Baez. Trayce Thompson hit a two-run double as well. Rhee gave up one more run in the fifth, and was lifted after 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked four.
John Andreoli hit a RBI double in the ninth for Tennessee’s only run.
Tennessee will try to keep the series alive Saturday when it shifts to Smokies Park. Lefty Eric Jokisch (11-13, 3.42) will face another lefty, Spencer Arroyo (9-7, 3.42).
Greg Rohan hit a 10th inning solo home run to lift Iowa to a 3-2 victory over Nashville. Edwin Maysonet had two RBIs, tying the game with a two-run single in the ninth. Ty Wright and Edgar Gonzalez each had two hits. Justin Grimm started, and gave up one run over six innings, striking out six.
Javier Baez hit his 20th home run, connecting for the second straight game, to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 4-3. Baez was batting .377 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs with runners in scoring position this season. Brett Jackson had two hits, including a double, and one RBI. Matt Loosen picked up the win in relief.
Kyler Burke gave up four runs over four innings, striking out six, in Daytona’s 7-4 win over Brevard County. Kris Bryant had two hits, including a double and a triple, and two RBIs. He’s hit safely in 13 of 16 games with Daytona. Dustin Geiger, Dan Vogelbach and Chadd Krist each had two hits.
Nathan Dorris gave up one run over five innings in Kane County’s 11-2 win over Peoria. Trevor Gretzky hit his first home run, a solo shot in the fifth. Rock Shoulders had three hits, including a double, and three RBIs.
Hillsboro totaled 18 hits to beat Boise, 14-3. Kevin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the third for Boise, which begins playoff action on Tuesday against Salem-Keizer.
Dave Sappelt had two hits and a stolen base and Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a double, and two stolen bases in Iowa’s 7-2 loss to Nashville. Yoanner Negrin gave up two runs over 1 2/3 innings.
Nick Struck gave up three runs over five innings in Tennessee’s 4-3 win over Chattanooga. Javier Baez posted his 14th multi-hit game in August, hitting a two-run homer in the first. Baez finished the month batting .357 with 11 doubles, eight homers and 30 RBIs. Christian Villanueva also hit a first inning home run, a solo shot.
Daytona dropped a 5-1 loss to Brevard County. Wes Darvill had three hits, including a double, and one RBIs.
James Pugliese gave up five runs over three innings in Kane County’s 9-0 loss to Peoria. Ryan Sweeney was 1 for 4 and Luis Valbuena 1 for 3 with a walk in their rehab outings.
Hillsboro’s Kyle Schepel threw a nine inning no-hitter to beat Boise, 5-0. Dillon Maples took the loss, giving up two earned runs over five innings. Yasiel Balaguert was the only Boise player to draw a walk.
Fans who can’t wait to see Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler play for the Cubs will have their chance in October.
Baez, Almora and Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round picks in the last three First-Year Player Drafts, will join Soler on the Mesa Solar Sox roster and participate in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play Oct. 8. Almora, limited to 61 games with Class A Kane County because of injuries, will be on Mesa’s taxi squad, and play Wednesdays and Sundays.
Other Cubs on the Mesa AFL roster include pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino. Beeler, Loosen and Rivero were pitching for Double-A Tennessee, while Vizcaino, acquired from the Braves in July 2012 in the Paul Maholm deal, has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
It’s been a whirlwind summer for Bryant, the second pick overall in the June Draft. The third baseman, who led the country with 31 home runs at San Diego, began the season at short-season Boise, and batted .354 in 18 games with four home runs, eight doubles and 14 RBIs, and was promoted to Class A Daytona, where he was batting .368 in 10 games with three home runs, three doubles and nine RBIs.
“I’m very excited,” Bryant said. “I don’t much about [the AFL]. I’m new to this whole process, but I know there are lot of good players who have gone to the Fall League. I’m excited I get to continue playing baseball. The games will only help me in my development against some very good competition.”
The Cubs project Bryant, Almora, Baez and Soler to be key pieces in the team’s future. Now, they’ll be teammates.
“That’s huge,” Bryant said about being with the other prospects. “To get to play 30 plus games with these guys, it’ll only help us in the future. Hopefully, we can develop chemistry so heading into next year, we can make things easier for ourselves.”
* This will be Baez’s second turn in the AFL. Last year ended early because of a thumb injury that limited him to 14 AFL games. This season, the 20-year-old shortstop has been on fire. He batted .274 in 76 games with 17 home runs, 19 doubles and 57 RBIs at Class A Daytona, and was batting .308 with 18 home runs, 14 doubles and 48 RBIs in 48 games with Double-A Tennessee.
* Almora, 19, an outfielder, was batting .329 in 61 games with Kane County before being sidelined with a groin injury. Soler, 21, the Cuban outfielder who signed a nine-year, $30 million deal in June 2012, was limited to 55 games because of a stress fracture in his left tibia. He batted .281 with eight home runs and 13 doubles with Daytona before he was hurt.
* Beeler made nine starts at Tennessee before being sidelined in late May when he tore a tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand.
* Loosen was 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in nine starts with Daytona, and 2-3 with a 6.53 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) with Tennessee. On Monday, he gave up three hits over seven shutout innings in a win over Mobile.
* Rivero has pitched in relief, appearing in 18 games at Kane County, Daytona and Tennessee combined. The Cuban right-hander has given up 13 earned runs over 27 2/3 innings and struck out 43.
“We’re taking pride in what we’ve done,” said player development and scouting director Jason McLeod. “There’s a lot to be excited about, though it’s in Daytona and in Double-A. But we have the opportunity to get some [impact players] to the big leagues, guys with stuff and tools.”
– Carrie Muskat
Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round picks in the last three First-Year Player Drafts, will both participate in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play Oct. 8. Almora will be on Mesa’s taxi squad, and play Wednesdays and Sundays. Other Cubs on the Mesa AFL roster include pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino.
“It’s really exciting for us,” said Jason McLeod, Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development. “Javier has had a great year, and he didn’t get to play as much last year in the AFL because of the injury. Kris is ready to be pushed. Soler was going to go [to make up for lost time]. Albert missed time, so he’ll go to instructs and then the taxi squad, which will be good for him.”
This will be Baez’s second turn in the AFL. Last year ended early because of an injury. This season, the shortstop batted .274 in 76 games with 17 home runs, 19 doubles and 57 RBIs at Class A Daytona, and was batting .308 with 18 home runs, 14 doubles and 48 RBIs in 48 games with Double-A Tennessee.
Yoanner Negrin threw his first complete game, giving up one run on six hits and striking out six to help Iowa beat Omaha, 2-1. Ty Wright had three hits, including two doubles, and one RBI.
Matt Loosen threw seven shutout innings and Javier Baez hit his 18th home run to help Tennessee beat Mobile, 6-0, and clinch the Southern League second-half title. The Smokies are headed to the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. Baez homered for the fourth time in his last six games, and finished with four RBIs. He’s batting .390 this month. Matt Szczur scored two runs.
Daytona’s game against Dunedin was suspended in the top of the fourth. The game was to be completed Tuesday.
James Pugliese gave up three runs over six innings in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Wisconsin. Wilson Contreras had three hits and a stolen base. With the loss, the Cougars (52-76) have tied a franchise record for losses in a season set by the 1992 team that finished 61-76.
Boise moved into a three-way tie in the Northwest League South Division with a 4-3 win over Hillsboro. Kevin Encarnacion hit a solo home run, his sixth. Shawon Dunston and Dan Lockhart each drove in a run.
Mesa’s game against the Giants was cancelled because of rain.
Javier Baez hit his 18th home run and drove in four runs to back Matt Loosen and help Tennessee beat Mobile, 6-0, on Monday to clinch the second half North Division and a spot in the Southern League playoffs. Loosen gave up three hits and walked three over seven innings, striking out six.
Dave Sappelt had two hits, including his fifth home run, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 11-5, to Memphis. Brooks Raley gave up seven runs on seven hits over two innings. Raley had a blister on his pitching hand, but Iowa manager Marty Pevey thought the lefty would be OK. Iowa is six games behind first-place Omaha in the PCL’s Northern Division with eight games to play.
Nick Struck gave up two runs over six innings in Tennessee’s 2-0 loss to Mobile. Javier Baez had one hit, and now has hit safely in 19 of 24 games in August. Yeiper Castillo threw three innings of scoreless relief. The Smokies’ magic number to take the second-half title remains at two.
Ivan Pineyro gave upone run over six innings in Daytona’s 11-2 win over Tampa. Kris Bryant had two RBIs and two hits to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He’s batting .368. Ben Carhart and Wes Darvill also each had two hits and two RBIs.
Starling Peralta gave up three runs — two earned — over 5 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 3-1 loss to Wisconsin. Wilson Contreras had two hits and one RBIs. With the loss, the Cougars were officially eliminated from playoff contention with eight games remaining in the 2013 regular season.
Dillon Maples gave up four runs — none earned — over five innings in Boise’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to Hillsboro. Kevin Encarnacion hit a double and drove in two runs.
Kevin Brown hit his first pro home run in Mesa’s 5-1 loss to the Reds. Brown also hit a double. Jesse Hodges added a triple.
* Welington Castillo has been nursing sore ribs but Dale Sveum said he expected the catcher back in the lineup on Sunday.
* Javier Baez has made the transition from high A ball to Double-A look relatively easy. Baez, the Cubs’ top prospect, batted .274 with 17 home runs and 57 RBIs in 76 games for Class A Daytona before he was promoted to Double-A Tennessee, and in 45 games, he was batting .310 with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs. GM Jed Hoyer said they expected Baez to go through “more of a process.”
“He’s had more success than we expected,” Hoyer said of the Cubs’ 2011 first-round Draft pick. “He got over that initial Double-a hurdle quickly and he’s been on a hot streak. Good for him. It’s been impressive that he adjusted as quick as he did.”
The shortstop is finishing on a high note.
“Hopefully, he’ll carry that forward into next year, the confidence he had in Double-A,” Hoyer said. “I think when he made the jump from high A to Double-A, we felt giving him the challenge was the right thing to do and he’s responded.”
Baez will not play in the Arizona Fall League, but top prospects Jorge Soler and Albert Almora will. The official AFL rosters were expected to be released later this month, and Hoyer said the Cubs will have an impressive group.
* The Cubs have yet to finalize who will be called up to the big league roster in September but the team will likely add players who are not currently on the 40-man roster but expected to be added this offseason. The Cubs also hope to add Luis Valbuena (right oblique strain) and Ryan Sweeney (left rib fracture), who were both on the disabled list.
– Carrie Muskat
Kyle Hendricks threw seven shutout innings in Iowa’s 2-0 win over Memphis. Hendricks now has a quality start in three of his four outings with Iowa this season. He’s holding right-handed batters to a .197 average.
Javier Baez hit his 17th home run and Rubi Silva added his 14th but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 3-2 to Mobile. Baez had two hits, and was batting .404 in 22 games this month. He also hit 17 home runs at Daytona before he was promoted to Double-A. Brett Jackson reached base three times, hitting a triple and drawing two walks.
C.J. Edwards struck out eight over four shutout innings in Daytona’s 5-1 win over Tampa. Edwards now has struck out 28 batters over 18 2/3 innings. Chadd Krist had two hits, including a three-run homer in the second. Dustin Geiger drove in one run.
Scott Baker gave up one run on a solo home run over four innings in Kane County’s 5-2 win over Beloit. Baker, making his fourth rehab start with the Cougars, walked two and struck out three. Rock Shoulders hit his 18th home run, a two-run shot in the seventh. Trevor Gretzky had two hits.
Paul Blackburn gave up one hit over five scoreless innings in Boise’s 8-1 win over Salem-Keizer. Blackburn did walk six. Kevin Encarnacion was 5-for-5, hitting a home run and driving in two. Justin Marra hit a three-run homer in the first.
Mesa had Friday off and returns to action Saturday against the Angels.