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Cubs Lineup: 8/23/16 vs. Padres

Cubs vs. Padres — Petco Park
First Pitch: 9:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (15-5, 2.75 ERA)
Padres Starter: Christian Friedrich, lhp (4-9, 4.69 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, lf
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jason Heyward, rf
7. Javy Baez, 2b
8. Willson Contreras, c
9. Jake Arrieta, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/22/16

Iowa and Tennessee both picked up wins behind big innings, South Bend’s pitching carried the load, and Eugene was victorious in walk-off fashion Monday. Myrtle Beach had the day off and will resume play tonight. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (59-71)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-13.0)

  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.288) went 2-for-3 with a walk, double (2), solo homer (1) and two runs scored. He has hit safely in six straight games (.450/9-for-20).
  • C Tim Federowicz (.291) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer (8). He is batting .351 (13-for-37) with four homers and 11 RBI in his last nine games.
  • 2B Tommy La Stella (.280) finished 1-for-4 with a double (1) and run scored.
  • RHP Stephen Fife (3.26 ERA) pitched four scoreless innings, striking out four.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO) earned the win, striking out five batters in two scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (22-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-13.0)

The Smokies scored five runs in the last two innings to defeat host Jackson, 10-7.

  • CF Lane Adams (.267) went 3-for-5 with two doubles (4), one run scored and two RBI (9).
  • 1B Victor Caratini (.297) reached three times, going 2-for-4 with a double (24), a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Kelly Dugan (.236) and DH Chesny Young (.302) each registered multi-hit games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.270) hit a two-run homer (5) in the second inning, and C David Freitas (.284) added a solo shot in the eighth inning (4). Freitas has homered in consecutive games and has scored two runs in three straight contests.
  • The Smokies had 10 extra-base hits in the game, including eight doubles.

South Bend Cubs (37-20)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

South Bend allowed just two hits in an 8-2 win over West Michigan.

  • C P.J. Higgins (.273) went 3-for-5 with an RBI (33), his first three-hit game since July 14.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.261) was 2-for-5 with three runs scored, one RBI (65) and a stolen base (7).
  • DH Sam Tidaback (.375) went 2-for-4 with a double (1) and two RBI (2).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.320), LF Eloy Jimenez (.337) and SS Andruw Monasterio (.209) all added multi-hit games. Jimenez appeared in his first game since Aug. 14.
  • RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (0.00 ERA) has yet to allow a hit in two outings (5 IP) with Sound Bend, walking two batters and fanning seven in total.

Eugene Emeralds (18-7)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+3.0)

Eugene snapped a two-game skid with a 1-0 walk-off victory in nine innings over Everett.

  • CF D.J. Wilson (.262) recorded a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning.
  • LF Chris Pieters (.274) went 2-for-4, his 17th multi-hit game of the season.
  • RHP Michael Knighton (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) recorded his 10th relief outing of at least two innings.
  • RHP Tyson Miller pitched a season-high 4.1 innings and recorded his first scoreless outing.

Mesa Cubs (9-13)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-4.5)

Mesa collected 10 hits, all singles, in a 6-3 setback vs. the AZL Athletics.

  • RF Ruben Reyes (.254) went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (11). He has hit safely in five straight games (.500/8-for-16) with seven runs scored.
  • CF Luis Ayala (.277) went 2-for-5 with an RBI (18) and two stolen bases (18).
  • DH Gustavo Polanco (.331) went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Cubs Lineup: 8/22/16 vs. Padres

Cubs vs. Padres — Petco Park
First Pitch: 9:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (13-4, 2.86 ERA)
Padres Starter: Edwin Jackson, rhp (3-2, 5.20 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, lf
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jason Heyward, rf
7. Javy Baez, 3b
8. David Ross, c
9. Jon Lester, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/21/16

Only Myrtle Beach was able to secure a victory on Sunday, but the other Cubs affiliates weren’t as lucky. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (58-71)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-13.0)

Iowa allowed two runs in the first inning and could not rally back, falling 4-1 vs. Memphis.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.316) extended his hitting streak to nine games (.400/16-for-40), going 2-for-4. He has 14 RBI during the nine-game stretch.
  • C Tim Federowicz (.286) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (32).
  • RHP Jake Buchanan (4.53 ERA) fanned six, giving up two earned runs in seven innings of work. It’s his third quality start in his last four outings.

Tennessee Smokies (21-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-14.0)

The Smokies lost 5-2 vs. Jacksonville, their eighth loss in the last 10 games.

  • 1B David Freitas (.285) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo homer (3) and two runs scored.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.272) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • RF Lane Adams (.236) went 1-for-3 with a double (2) and a walk. He has hit safely in four straight games (.286/4-for-14).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-21)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

The Pelicans scored two in the ninth and one in the 10th to walk-off with a 7-6 win over Lynchburg.

  • DH Ian Rice (.248) was 3-for-5 with a game-tying two-run homer (6) in the ninth inning and the game-winning RBI single in the 10th frame. He scored twice and collected three RBI (26).
  • SS Andrew Ely (.248) had his first three-hit game with Myrtle Beach, going 3-for-4 with a RBI (12).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.245) went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo homer (8) and two runs scored.
  • RHP Tommy Nance (3 IP, 1 H, 4 SO) threw three scoreless innings to collect the win. He has not allowed a run in his last five outings (8.1 IP).

South Bend Cubs (36-20)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

South Bend collected 12 hits but left 13 runners on base in a 3-2 setback at Lansing.

  • LF Roberto Caro (.248) went 4-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI (17) and two stolen bases (4). It marked his first four-hit game of the season.
  • C Alberto Mineo (.250) went 2-for-5 with an RBI (22), his third multi-hit game in his last four contests.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.259) was 2-for-4 with a double (23).
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) recorded his third straight outing of at least three innings. He has not allowed an earned run in his last five outings (13.2 IP).

Eugene Emeralds (17-7)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+3.0)

Eugene lost its second straight game, registering just two hits in a 4-1 setback vs. Everett.

  • 2B Trent Giambrone (.308) collected both of the team’s hits, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer (3). He has hit safely in six straight games (.571/12-for-21).
  • RHP Erling Moreno (0.45 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings. It’s the first run he’s allowed in 20 innings with the Emeralds this season.

Cubs put Lackey, Rondon on DL; bring up Pena, Zastryzny

The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 15) with a right shoulder strain and right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 17) with a right triceps strain. In corresponding roster moves, the Cubs have selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Felix Pena and left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler and Aaron Brooks have been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Both Pena, who will wear uniform No. 60, and Zastryzny, who will wear uniform No. 29, join the first major-league roster of their careers and will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Pena, 26, is 3-4 with three saves and a 3.41 ERA (24 ER/63.1 IP) in 36 relief appearances with Iowa this season. He has struck out 81 batters and walked only 23 in 63.1 innings pitched, good for 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and a 3.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Pena has posted a 1.09 WHIP and limited opponents to a .203 batting average, including a .217 mark by right-handed hitters and a .180 mark by left-handed hitters. He has a 2.89 ERA (6 ER/18.2 IP) in 10 relief outings since the Triple-A All-Star Break.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Pena originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on March 9, 2009, out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He is only three seasons removed from spending the entire 2013 with Low-A Kane County, where he earned midseason All-Star honors, before moving on to earn midseason All-Star honors with High-A Daytona in 2014 and Double-A Tennessee in 2015. Overall, Pena is 29-39 with seven saves and a 3.79 ERA (265 ER/628.2 IP) in 179 minor-league appearances (78 starts) covering eight seasons.

Zastryzny, 24, has combined to go 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA (65 ER/135.2 IP) in 24 outings, all but one as a starter, between Tennessee and Iowa this season. He began the year by making nine starts with Tennessee (3-2, 4.28) before earning his first promotion to Iowa on May 24 and going 7-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 15 Triple-A appearances (14 starts). With Iowa, Zastryzny has limited foes to a .229 batting average, including a .190 mark to left-handed hitters, and has gone 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP) in his last four outings, fanning 25 in 20 innings.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Zastryzny was originally selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Missouri. Like Pena, Zastryzny is only two seasons removed from Single-A Daytona. Overall, he is 17-16 with a 4.60 ERA (171 ER/334.1 IP) in 73 minor-league appearances, including 68 starts, in four campaigns.

Cubs Lineup: 8/19/16 vs. Rockies

Cubs vs. Rockies — Coors Field
First Pitch: 7:40 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (11-7, 2.19 ERA)
Rockies Starter: Tyler Anderson, lhp (4-4, 3.42 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Jorge Soler, rf
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Matt Szczur, lf
7. Willson Contreras, c
8. Javy Baez, 2b
9. Kyle Hendricks, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/18/16

Iowa and Eugene continued their impressive winning streaks Thursday, while South Bend rallied late for a victory. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (57-69)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-14.0)

Iowa won its sixth straight game, defeating host Sacramento, 4-3.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.312) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his second-straight game with a homer. He has hit safely in six straight games (.407/11-for-27) with four multi-hit efforts. He has reached base in 25-straight games.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.269) went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, his first-career homer in 222 minor-league games.
  • C Tim Federowicz (.288) went 2-for-4, his fourth multi-hit game in his last six contests.
  • RHP Josh Collmenter made his first start in the Cubs organization.
  • LHP Joe Thatcher (1 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) also made his Cubs debut.
  • RHP Pierce Johnson (2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 5 SO) collected the win with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (20-31)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-12.0)

The Smokies scored six runs in the final two frames, but still suffered an 11-7 setback vs. Jacksonville.

  • LF Chesny Young (.300) went 4-for-5 with a double (20), two runs and one RBI (29). This marked his fifth four-hit game of the season.
  • C Victor Caratini (.297) went 3-for-5 with two RBI (45).
  • PH Kelly Dugan (.237) hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.275) went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (5). He extended his hitting streak to five games (.400/8-for-20).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Winston-Salem was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up.

South Bend Cubs (35-18)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.5)South Bend scored runs in the eighth and ninth innings to defeat host Bowling Green, 6-4.

  • 1B Matt Rose (.222) homered for the second-straight game, going 2-for-4 with a solo shot, two runs scored and two RBI (33).
  • 3B Vimael Machin (.220) reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (7).
  • C Alberto Mineo (.243) went 2-for-5 with a double (5) and a run scored.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.199) went 2-for-4 with two RBI (9).

Eugene Emeralds (16-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

Eugene won its 14th straight game, tying the Northwest League record for consecutive wins. The Ems defeated visiting Boise, 1-0, in a pitcher’s duel.

  • DH Trent Giambrone (.286) went 3-for-3 with two doubles (10) and a run scored. He has gone 6-for-10 with three runs scored in his last three games.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.271) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (14), an RBI (25) and a stolen base (15). He has hit safely in seven-straight games (.417/10-for-24).
  • LHP Manuel Rondon has tossed three-straight scoreless outings (16 IP) and has allowed just three total earned runs in his last seven starts.

Mesa Cubs (6-12)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-5.5)

Mesa collected just five hits in a 6-2 setback vs. the AZL Reds.

  • 1B Jhonny Pereda (.298) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double (5).
  • CF Tolly Filotei (.179) went 0-for-1 with three walks and an RBI (5).
  • RHP Michael Rucker (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO) has not allowed an earned run in 6.2 innings pitched.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/17/16

Iowa and Myrtle Beach were both able to secure one-run wins, Eugene’s pitching was dominant, and Mesa scored a season-high in runs on Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (56-69)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-15.0)

The I-Cubs extended their winning streak to five games by defeating host Sacramento, 8-7.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.308) was 2-for-4 with a double (14), a homer (7), two RBI (39) and two runs. He has three multi-hit games in his five-game hitting streak.
  • 2B-1B Logan Watkins (.282) went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI (38) and a run scored.
  • C Taylor Davis (.258) and RF Juan Perez (.281) each collected two hits and drove in a run. Perez also scored once.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.237) was 1-for-2 with a double (1), two runs scored and a walk.
  • RHP Felix Pena (2.2 IP, 2 SO) tossed 2.2 perfect frames and has not allowed a run in his last eight innings.

Tennessee Smokies (20-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-11.0)

The Smokies went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and lost to Jacksonville, 5-1.

  • 2B Tommy La Stella (1.000) went 1-for-1 in his first game back to minor-league ball. He was also hit by a pitch.
  • RF Ian Happ (.276) reached base all four times, going 3-for-3 with a walk and scoring a run. He also swiped a bag (4).
  • SS Chesny Young (.294) was 1-for-4, his lone hit a double (19).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.273) drove in the only Tennessee run (8) of the game via a sacrifice fly.
  • RHP Jack Leathersich (1 IP, 1 SO) has not allowed a hit in his last three outings (3 IP).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.5)

The Pelicans staved off a ninth-inning Winston-Salem rally to win, 6-5. It’s their 21st win in their last 26 games.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.248) was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles (24) and two runs scored.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.259) extended his hitting streak to 14 games, going 2-for-4 with an RBI (88) and a run scored. It’s his third straight multi-hit game.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.247) had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
  • DH Ian Rice (.243) went 1-for-3 with a double (9).
  • 3B David Bote (.319) reached three times, going 1-for-3 with two walks. He also knocked in a run (27) and scored twice.

South Bend Cubs (34-18)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+2.5)

South Bend batters struck out 13 times en route to an 8-5 setback at Bowling Green.

  • 3B Matt Rose (.217) was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer (9) in the fifth inning.
  • DH Adonis Paula (.187) went 1-for-4 with a two-run, two-out shot (2) in the fourth.
  • C Alberto Mineo (.235) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk. He added a double (4) and a run.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.189) registered his fifth double of the season for South Bend.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 SO) has not allowed an earned run over three appearances (7.1 IP) since rejoining South Bend.

Eugene Emeralds (15-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+4.0)

RHP Dylan Cease and RHP Duncan Robinson combined for 7.2 hitless innings to start the game. The Emeralds walked off against Boise, 3-2, and picked up their 13th straight win.

  • 3B Trent Giambrone (.267) delivered the walk-off hit, an RBI single. He was 2-for-3 with a double (8), an RBI (15), a run scored, a walk and a stolen base (3).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.254) went 2-for-4 with a double (9) and a run scored.
  • LF Chris Pieters (.282) was 1-for-3 with a double (7), a walk and an RBI (30).
  • RHP Dylan Cease (2.93 ERA) fanned a career-high eight batters in 3.2 innings and has not allowed an earned run in back-to-back outings.

Mesa Cubs (6-11)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-5.0)

The Mesa Cubs picked up a season high 15 runs en route to a 15-7 defeat of the host AZL White Sox.

  • SS Isaac Paredes (.305) tallied eight total bases, going 3-for-5 with two doubles (13), a homer (1), five RBI (23) and two runs scored.
  • DH Gustavo Polanco (.325) went 3-for-6 with three doubles (6), four RBI (20) and two runs scored.
  • RF-CF Tolly Filotei (.185) reached base five times, going 3-for-4 with two walks. He added two RBI (4), four runs scored and a stolen base (2).
  • PR-RF Ruben Reyes (.230) and 2B Edgar Rondon (.273) both had multi-hit games. Reyes was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Rondon went 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs scored and a stolen base (5).

Cubs Lineup: 8/18/16 vs. Brewers

Cubs vs. Brewers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (14-5, 2.55 ERA)
Brewers Starter: Zach Davies, rhp (9-5, 3.80 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Matt Szczur, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, rf
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jorge Soler, lf
7. Willson Contreras, c
8. Javy Baez, 2b
9. Jake Arrieta, p

Cubs Lineup: 8/17/16 vs. Brewers

Cubs vs. Brewers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (12-4, 2.93 ERA)
Brewers Starter: Jimmy Nelson, rhp (6-12, 4.07 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jorge Soler, lf
7. Jason Heyward, rf
8. David Ross, c
9. Jon Lester, p

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