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Cubs Lineup: 6/1/15

Cubs vs. Marlins — Marlins Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Marlins Starter: Jose Urena, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. Chris Coghlan, LF
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/31/15

One big inning boosted Iowa, and Myrtle Beach continued its winning ways Sunday. Tennessee couldn’t get the bats going in a loss while South Bend’s game was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain. It will be continued today, with the regularly scheduled game to follow. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (25-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa scored seven runs in the seventh inning to defeat host El Paso, 8-4.

  • RHP Felipe Paulino gave up one earned run over 4.0 innings pitched in the no-decision.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.337) has now hit safely in six straight games (10-for-24), after going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored yesterday. He finished May with a .364 average (20-for-55) in 16 games.
  • SS Javier Baez (.306) collected his fourth three-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He batted .314 (33-for-105) with five doubles and five homers in 29 May games.
  • RF Jonathan Mota (.284) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He tied a season high with three RBI.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.272), C Taylor Teagarden (.289) and PH Adron Chambers (.245) each collected a multi-hit game and scored a run.

Tennessee Smokies (27-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.0)

Tennessee dropped the final game of its five-game homestand against Mobile, falling 5-1.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.327) collected his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. He has gone 11-for-22 (.500) in his last six games.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.298) went 2-for-3 and has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (4.24) allowed just one run on three hits in 4.0 innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach (31-16)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+6.5)

Myrtle Beach won its fifth game in the last six contests, cruising past Potomac, 7-2.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina (4.07) gave up two earned runs in 6.0 innings of work, striking out three to pick up the win.
  • LF Chesny Young (.362) went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.247) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.267) drove in a team-high three runs, going 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • RHP Fernando Cruz (0.00) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, picking up a save in his first appearance with Myrtle Beach.

Now Playing: Keeping Score with the late Lennie Merullo

On Saturday, the oldest living Cub, Lennie Merullo, died at the age of 98. In memory of Merullo, we’re reposting an interview we conducted last summer with the memorable ballplayer. Below is a statement from Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts regarding Merullo’s death:

“We were saddened to hear the news our oldest living Cub Lennie Merullo passed away earlier today. While I have experienced many joys as owner of this great franchise, one of the most memorable was meeting Lennie last season. When the Cubs last appeared in a World Series in 1945, Lennie was a 28-year-old shortstop. Nearly 70 years later, he brought the same youthful spirit and excitement, as he threw out the first pitch and led the entire ballpark in singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ joined by family and friends. If there was any doubt Wrigley Field does make dreams come true, you could look into Lennie’s eyes beaming with joy as he visited his beloved ballpark for what would be the last time. He told everyone he would never forget that day. To his family, friends and loved ones, our organization will never forget him.”

Cubs Lineup: 5/29/15

Cubs vs. Royals – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Royals Starter: Edinson Volquez, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. Junior Lake, LF
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/28/15

Myrtle Beach swept a doubleheader Thursday, and Iowa was victorious in walk-off fashion. But Tennessee couldn’t get the bats going, and South Bend fell in a one-run game. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (23-23)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-9.0)

Matt Szczur hit a walk-off, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift Iowa over Reno, 3-2.

  • RHP Donn Roach (2.18) gave up two earned runs in 7.0 innings in the no-decision. He’s now allowed two runs or fewer in eight of 10 starts this season.
  • LF Matt Szczur (.314) went 2-for-4 with the three-run homer and a stolen base. He is batting .333 (14-for-42) with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and eight RBI in 13 May contests.
  • 3B Arismendy Alcantara (.252) went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base.

Tennessee Smokies (25-22)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-4.5)

Tennessee was blanked by Mobile, 3-0. The Smokies recorded just three hits in the setback.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.231) went 1-for-2 and walked once.
  • 1B Anthony Giasanti (.236) went 1-for-3 and has now recorded a hit in nine of his last 10 games.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.51) took his first loss of the season, giving up three runs in 5.0 innings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (29-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+5.5)

GM 1: Myrtle Beach topped Carolina in Game 1 of the doubleheader, 5-3.

  • C Victor Caratini (.233) went 3-for-3, knocked a double, walked once and scored once.
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.310) went 1-for-3 with two RBI, a stolen base and one run scored.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.275) went 1-for-4, hit a double, plated one and scored once. He extended his hitting streak to five games (8-for-20/.400).

GM 2: Myrtle Beach swept the doubleheader, besting Carolina in the nightcap, 6-3.

  • LF Kevin Brown (.226) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and one run scored.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.239) went 2-for-4, plated one and scored once.
  • DH Chesny Young (.348) went 1-for-3, drove in two and walked once.

South Bend Cubs (20-28)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-8.0)

South Bend was swept at Dayton, dropping the final game, 5-4. The team is on a four-game skid.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.288) went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, an RBI and two runs scored. He extended his hitting streak to seven games with a season-high four hits (16-for-28/.571).
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.341) went 4-for-5 with a home run and two doubles. He plated two and scored once. He has recorded four extra-base hits in the last two games.
  • CF Charcer Burks (.293) went 2-for-5 and scored once.
  • RF Kevin Encarnacion (.500) went 2-for-3.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (1.17) drew a no-decision, giving up four earned runs in 8.0 innings.

Cubs announce start time for 6/14 game vs. Reds

The Cubs announced that the Sunday, June 14, game versus the Reds at Wrigley Field is scheduled to begin at 7:08 p.m. CST and will be aired nationally on ESPN. The game was previously listed as “TBD.”

Additionally, the Sunday, June 28 game against the Cardinals in St. Louis has been selected for an exclusive national telecast by ESPN and is scheduled to begin at 7:08 p.m. CST.  This game was originally scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m.

The start times for the remaining “TBD” games on the Cubs schedule will be determined at a later date.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/27/15

Kyle Schwarber led Tennessee to a walk-off win, while South Bend fell in a one-run game and Iowa lost both sides of a doubleheader Wednesday. Myrtle Beach was rained out and will play a doubleheader Thursday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (22-23)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second (-9.0)

Game 1: Iowa surrendered 16 hits in a 13-1 defeat to Reno in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.256) went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to nine games (.361/13-for-36). The streak was snapped in the second game (0-for-3, BB).
  • CF Matt Szczur (.306) went 1-for-3 with a triple, improving his May average to .316 (12-for-38).

Game 2: Iowa committed three errors, which led to two unearned runs in a 3-2 loss.

  • SS Chris Valaika (.233) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.275) and LF Jonathan Mota (.291) each went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies (25-21)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

C Kyle Schwarber hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning as the Smokies defeated Mobile, 3-2.

  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (2.97) pitched 5.2 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out four in the no decision.
  • Schwarber (.307) went 2-for-6 with the game-winning RBI. He leads the team with 27 RBI.
  • CF Albert Almora (.271) hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, finishing 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
  • RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (2.66) tossed 2.0 scoreless frames, striking out two batters.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (4.66) collected his first win, allowing no hits in 1.2 scoreless innings.

South Bend Cubs (20-27)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.0)

South Bend dropped its third straight contest, falling 4-3 on the road at Dayton.

  • DH Yasiel Balaguert (.265) went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games (12-for-23/.522). He has recorded five consecutive multi-hit games.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.278) went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.264) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (4.50) tossed 2.0 scoreless frames, fanning two batters and tying his longest scoreless outing of the season. He has struck out 16 batters while walking just three this season (14.0 IP).

Cubs Lineup: 5/27/15

LesterBanksCubs ace Jon Lester takes on the Nats Max Scherzer in the series finale.

Cubs vs. Nationals – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Nationals Starter: Max Scherzer, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Dexter Fowler, CF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Junior Lake, RF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/27/15

South Bend’s struggles continued with a shutout loss Tuesday. The SB-Cubs were the only team in action as Iowa was rained out. Tennessee and Myrtle Beach both had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

South Bend Cubs (20-26)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.0)

South Bend was blanked in the series opener at Dayton, 4-0. The SB-Cubs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

  • LF Yasiel Balaguert (.248) went 2-for-3 with a double, extending his hitting streak to five games (9-for-19/.474). He has recorded four consecutive multi-hit games.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.340) went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to four games (7-for-14/.500).
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.324) went 1-for-3. He now has a seven-game hitting streak (10-for-25/.400).

 

Cubs Lineup: 5/26/15

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In his last outing, Kyle Hendricks twirled a complete-game shutout versus the Padres. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty)

Cubs vs. Nationals – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Padres Starter: Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, ESPN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. Chris Coghlan, LF
8. Kyle Hendricks, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

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