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Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/28/15

Iowa battled back for a win and Tennessee split a doubleheader, but everybody else was on the losing end Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action:

Iowa Cubs (40-35)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat New Orleans, 6-5.

  • LF Junior Lake (.306) went 2-for-4 with a double (7), two RBI (16) and a run scored. He has gone 9-for-14 (.643) with three doubles and four runs scored in his last four games.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.286) finished 2-for-4 with a double (3) and a run scored in his sixth rehab game with Iowa.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.268) collected two hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • SS Ryan Dent (.269) went 2-for-4 with a triple (1), a run scored and a season-high two RBI (5).

Tennessee Smokies (3-1)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

The Smokies split their doubleheader at Mobile, taking Game 1, 5-4, before falling in Game 2, 7-3.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.286) went a combined 2-for-4 with a double (13), a home run (5), three walks, two runs scored and three RBI (34). His home run was a two-run shot in the second game.
  • C Taylor Davis (.348) went 2-for-3 with a solo home run (3) in Game 2. He is 6-for-12 with two doubles and three home runs in his last three starts.
  • C Willson Contreras (.330) and 2B Stephen Bruno (.293) each went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Game 1.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-4)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

Myrtle Beach dropped its fourth straight game to begin the second half, falling 3-2 at Winston-Salem.

  • SS Chesny Young (.348) went 2-for-5 for his 11th multi-hit game in June.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.222) extended his hitting streak to six games (9-for-22), going 2-for-4 with a double (8) and an RBI (15).
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez struck out five in 7.0 innings, giving up one earned run in the no-decision. He has allowed just one earned run in four of his last five outings and went 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA (7 ER/26.0 IP) in five June starts.

South Bend Cubs (3-1)
Midwest League (Low-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend dropped its first game of the second half, falling 6-3 at Lake County.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.319) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, a run scored and two RBI (42).
  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.267) went 2-for-4.
  • C Erick Castillo (.273) collected his first multi-hit game at South Bend, going 2-for-4.

Eugene Emeralds (5-6)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene surrendered eight runs in the eighth and ninth innings, falling 8-2 vs. Tri-City.

  • CF Ian Happ (.278) hit his third home run, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
  • C Ian Rice (.333) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • LHP Andin Diaz has allowed just two earned runs on six hits in 9.2 IP in his first two starts after pitching 5.2 scoreless innings Sunday.

Mesa Cubs (4-3)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

Mesa had its four-game winning streak snapped, dropping an 11-6 contest against the Giants.

  • SS Carlos Sepulveda (.296) went 2-for-5 with two RBI (3). He has hit safely in all six games (8-for-27).
  • CF Robert Garcia (.333) went 2-for-3 with a triple (1), a run scored and two RBI (7). Garcia is 5-for-8 with a double, a triple, three runs scored and six RBI in his last two games.
  • RHP Dylan Cease threw 2.0 perfect innings, fanning two batters.

Eddie Vedder joins the Hot Stove Cool Music concert lineup

Vedder140724_Cubs_021Pearl Jam frontman and rock icon Eddie Vedder will take the stage at the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert on July 9 at Wrigleyville’s Metro. Vedder will join Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper as part of the all-star music lineup at the annual event celebrating music, baseball and charitable giving.

“We are thrilled and honored Eddie Vedder has volunteered to play the show and help raise money for deserving nonprofits in Chicago,” said Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations and Foundation To Be Named Later co-founder Theo Epstein. “Hot Stove Cool Music revolves around the power of music, baseball and community involvement. There’s no better person to represent that spirit than Eddie. He’s a rock legend, a tried-and-true Cubs fan and he has a tremendous heart. It will be a memorable night for everyone.”

The fundraiser will feature ensemble performances by Chicago and Boston rockers including John Stirratt (Wilco), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Jennifer Hall, Matt Spiegel and Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Jake Smith (Mysteries of Life), Gerald Dowd, Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould), Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey’s McGee), Will Dailey, Chris Cote, Phil Aiken, Paul Ahlstrand and more. WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, actor Joel Murray and actor/comedian Mike O’Malley will serve as the evening’s emcees.

A limited amount of general admission tickets will be released today at noon. Tickets will be available for $75 online at www.metrochicago.com or in person at the Metro box office located at 3730 N. Clark St. There will be no service fees for cash purchases at the Metro box office. VIP tickets can also be purchased online at www.metrochicago.com.

Proceeds benefit Cubs Charities and Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL). Both nonprofit organizations share the same mission to help underserved youth in Chicago.

Cubs Lineup: 6/26/15

Cubs vs. Cardinals – Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 7:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta
Cardinals Starter: John Lackey, RHP
TV: ABC-7, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Chris Coghlan, LF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. Mike Baxter, RF
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/25/15

Iowa took both games of a doubleheader, and Tennessee, South Bend, Eugene and Mesa all captured victories as well on Thursday. Only Myrtle Beach was on the losing side. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (38-34)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-10.0)

Iowa swept a doubleheader against visiting Omaha, winning Game 1, 3-2, in 10 innings on a Kyle Schwarber walk-off double. The I-Cubs then blanked the Storm Chasers in Game 2, 1-0.

  • RHP Dallas Beeler (6.79) struck out six in 6.1 innings of the first game, giving up two earned runs in the no-decision.
  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.15) fanned nine batters in 6.0 scoreless innings to pick up his sixth win of the year. He’s gone 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA in five June starts.
  • 3B Mike Olt (.429) went 3-for-4 with a home run (1) in Game 1 and followed that up with a pair of walks in the second game. He is 3-for-9 with a double and a home run in three rehab games at Iowa.
  • RHP Neil Ramirez (0.00) allowed one hit and fanned one batter in 0.2 scoreless innings in Game 1. It was his first rehab outing with Iowa (third overall).
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.222) went 2-for-5 with a triple (1) and a walk-off RBI double in Game 1.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.277) went 2-for-2 and drove in the only run in the nightcap.

Tennessee Smokies (1-0)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Taylor Davis hit two solo home runs to lift the Smokies past host Mobile, 2-1.

  • C Taylor Davis (.286) went 2-for-4 with the two home runs (2). He has five RBI in four games with the Smokies after starting the season at Triple-A Iowa.
  • LF Billy McKinney (.319) went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to six games (13-for-20), including three three-hit efforts. McKinney is batting .339 (20-for-59) in 18 June contests.
  • RHP Tayler Scott (2.30) collected his third win, striking out four batters in 2.1 scoreless frames.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-1)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-1.0)

The Pelicans dropped a 2-1 decision at Carolina to open the season’s second half.

  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.294) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base (10). He has five multi-hit games in his last nine contests and is hitting .321 (26-for-81) in 23 June games.
  • DH Daniel Lockhart (.214) went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to three games (5-for-11).
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.319) went 1-for-4 and scored the Pelicans only run.

South Bend Cubs (1-0)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend opened the second half with a 4-3 victory at Lake County.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.261) went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the season and two RBI (16).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.315) went 2-for-4 with a triple (3) and a run scored. He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests.
  • RHP Zach Hedges tossed his fourth quality start of the season to collect the win, striking out five in 6.2 innings.

Eugene Emeralds (3-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Eugene won its second straight game, topping visiting Boise, 3-1.

  • DH Justin Marra (.278) went 2-for-3 with a double (1), a triple (1), a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.235) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • LHP Justin Steele (0.82) has allowed one earned run in 11.0 innings to begin his campaign. He struck out six in 6.0 innings, giving up just one earned run.

Mesa Cubs (3-2)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a 6-4 win over the Angels.

  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.316) has doubled in three straight games, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored last night.
  • 1B Joe Martarano (.294), LF Jose Paniagua (.267) and SS Carlos Jimenez (.429) all had multi-hit games.

Cubs sign second-round pick Dewees

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Photo courtesy University of North Florida

On Thursday, the Cubs announced they have signed outfielder Donnie Dewees, the club’s second-round pick (47th overall) of the 2015 Draft.

Dewees, 21, was named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and was named the 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year. The redshirt sophomore batted .422 (106-for-251) with 88 runs, 12 doubles, eight triples, 18 home runs and 68 RBI in 60 games for North Florida this season. The left-handed hitter recorded a .483 on-base percentage, thanks to 30 walks compared to just 16 strikeouts, and a .749 slugging percentage, good for a 1.232 OPS. He led the nation in hits (106), runs, slugging percentage and total bases (188).

Earlier in 2015, Dewees held the nation’s longest hitting streak of 31 games, and he recorded two hitting streaks of 16 games or more this season, helping the Ospreys to their first-ever Atlantic Sun regular season championship.

In 2014, Dewees hit .340 (51-for-150) with 31 runs, nine doubles, one triple, three homers, 20 RBI and 20 walks for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League. In 2013 with North Florida, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 180-pounder was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. A native of Crystal River, Fla., Dewees graduated from Crystal River High School.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/24/15

Eugene had a pair of big innings to secure its second win, and the Mesa bats led the way in a victory Wednesday. Iowa was rained out, while Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend wrapped up their All-Star breaks and will return to play Thursday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Eugene Emeralds (2-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Fourth Place (-2.0)

Eugene rallied for eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat visiting Boise, 8-3.

  • LHP Carson Sands (4.09) fanned six in 6.0 innings, giving up three earned runs in the no-decision.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.240) went 2-for-4 with a triple (1) and a team-high four RBI (5).
  • SS Ho-young Son (.308) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base (2). He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests.
  • RF Ricardo Marcano (.308) went 2-for-4, his first multi-hit game of the season.
  • RHP Jae-Hoon Ha collected his first victory, striking out four batters in 2.0 hitless innings.

Mesa Cubs (2-2)
Arizona League (Rookie League)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs collected 11 hits to win their second straight, defeating the Angels, 6-5.

  • C Yohan Matos (.143) went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.250) went 3-for-4 with a double (2).
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.300) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (2) and a run scored.
  • LHP Carlos Rodriguez tossed 2.0 perfect frames to earn the win, fanning one.

Cubs Lineup: 6/25/15

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Dodgers Starter: Carlos Frias, RHP
TV: ABC-7, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Chris Denorfia, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Chris Coghlan, LF
5. Addison Russell, SS
6. Mike Baxter, RF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B

Cubs announce Fourth of July weekend plans

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs invite fans to watch America’s pastime, honor military heroes and celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Wrigley Field. The team will lead a celebratory toast to the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers July 3 and host military tributes and postgame fireworks inside Wrigley Field July 4. Kids Sundays continue July 5 with a youth giveaway and kids run the bases postgame to complete the three-game series vs. the Marlins.

The Fourth of July fireworks show presented by Weber Sauces and Seasonings will headline a holiday celebration that also includes a Cubs Camo Cap presented by Magellan Corporation for the first 10,000 fans. The Magellan Military Heroes Day will feature an extended pregame ceremony featuring an oversized American flag displayed on the field by 100 members of the USO of Illinois, a military Take the Field experience, decorative bunting in the ballpark and patriotic uniforms for both teams.

Fans can enjoy postgame fireworks exactly 100 years to the date after the Chicago Whales held an evening of entertainment at then-Weeghman Park in 1915 that included music, dancing and a fireworks show. Fans may remain in their seats during a short intermission after the game, and fireworks will be launched from various points inside the ballpark. This year’s celebration, weather permitting, will mark the first ever postgame fireworks show hosted by the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The day prior, the team will open its homestand by celebrating the newly enhanced Budweiser Bleachers and opening Platform 14, a new outdoor concession area located behind the historic center-field scoreboard. Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older will receive a patriotic Cubs tank top (available in two sizes) as part of the afternoon’s Red, White and Brew Budweiser Friday event, which also includes patriotic music, lively summer hits and classic American fare. Guests 21-and-older also will receive a commemorative stein for an honorary toast to the Budweiser Bleachers, led by former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, to kick off the seventh-inning stretch. Broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will lead the television broadcast from the new Left Field Porch in the bleachers that afternoon.

On Sunday, July 5, Kids Sundays will continue with an Anthony Rizzo Life-Size Fabric Growth Chart presented by ATI Physical Therapy for the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-younger can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

“Between our postgame fireworks, exciting promotional giveaways and a toast to the famous Budweiser Bleachers, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago than watching America’s pastime at Wrigley Field,” said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner.

Tickets remain available for the holiday weekend at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Cubs Lineup: 6/24/15

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Dodgers Starter: Mike Bolsinger, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, ESPN 2; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/23/15

Mesa picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, Iowa got off to a slow start and couldn’t battle back, and Eugene continued its early-season struggles. Members of Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend competed in their respected leagues’ All-Star Games.

Iowa Cubs (36-34)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-11.0)

Iowa was unable to overcome Omaha’s early lead and ultimately fell to the Storm Chasers, 4-2.

  • RF John Andreoli (.299) went 1-for-4 with a home run (2).
  • SS Ryan Dent (.278) went 1-for-3 with a double (3) and an RBI (3). He has recorded a hit in his last three appearances.
  • RHP Felipe Paulino (4.67) took the loss, but fanned a six batters in 5.2 innings.

Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. Willson Contreras, Dan Vogelbach, Frank Batista, Corey Black, P.J. Francescon and Felix Pena represented the Smokies yesterday at the All-Star Game in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach crushed a three-run homer in the second inning to give the North All-Stars the lead. He also walked once, finishing 1-for-4.
  • C Willson Contreras went 1-for-2 and walked once.
  • RHP Felix Pena tossed a hitless frame and fanned one batter.
  • RHP Frank Batista tossed a scoreless frame, giving up just one hit and walking one batter.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. Jeimer Candelario, Duane Underwood, Jonathan Martinez and Mark Zagunis represented the Pelicans at the All-Star Game yesterday in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • RF-CF Mark Zagunis went 2-for-5 and plated one.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez tossed a shutout inning, allowing just one hit and fanning one batter.

South Bend Cubs

South Bend is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. Cael Brockmeyer, Charcer Burks, Gleyber Torres, Jeremy Null and James Farris represented the SB-Cubs at the All-Star Game yesterday in Peoria, Illinois.

  • RHP Jeremy Null earned the win and was named game MVP after giving up just one hit and fanning three batters in a scoreless first inning.
  • RF Charcer Burks walked once and earned an RBI despite going 0-for-1.

Eugene Emeralds (1-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Eighth Place (-11.5)

  • CF Ian Happ (.350) went 2-for-3 with a double (2), a stolen base, a walk and a run scored. He has recorded a hit in his first five games with the Emeralds.
  • SS Ho-young Son (.273) went 2-for-3 and walked once.
  • DH Alberto Mineo (.214) went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI (3) and one run scored.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (0.00) took the loss in his first outing of the season. He allowed one run off two hits and fanned four batters in 2.0 innings on the mound.

Mesa Cubs (1-2)
Arizona League (Rookie League)
T-Fourth Place (-2.0)

  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.167) went 1-for-2, knocked a triple, plated three, walked twice and scored once.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.083) went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
  • LF Jose Paniagua (.286) went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
  • DH Miguel Rico went 2-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.308) went 2-for-5 and scored once.
  • CF Roberto Caro (.300) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (2), a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (1).
  • RHP Jesus Camargo (1.80) earned the win after allowing just one run off three hits and fanning three in 5.0 innings of work.
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