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Cubs Lineup: 6/28/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Great American Ball Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (9-3, 2.10 ERA)
Reds Starter: John Lamb, lhp (1-4, 4.78 ERA)
TV: CSN; Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/27/16

Iowa split its doubleheader, Tennessee cruised to a win, Eugene continued its streak, and Mesa put its opponent away early on Monday. South Bend was unable to pick up a win, while Myrtle Beach was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (37-39)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-4.5)

Iowa split its doubleheader at Oklahoma City with both games going into extra innings. The I-Cubs lost a slugfest in Game 1, 10-9 in nine innings. But it rebounded to win Game 2, 3-2 in eight innings.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella (.667) made his first rehab appearance in Game 1, going 2 for 3 with a two-run homer (1) in the third inning.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.313) went a combined 5 for 7 with two doubles, a two-run homer (15), two runs scored and four RBI (55). He has four straight multi-hit games, including three homers.
  • RF-CF John Andreoli (.237) reached multiple times in each game, going a combined 3 for 7 with a double (9), three runs scored and two walks.
  • LF Matt Murton (.336) was 2 for 4 with a walk, a double (9) and two runs scored in the first game.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.316) went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer (2) and a walk in Game 2.
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.269) also added a two-hit game in the nightcap.
  • RHP Jake Buchanan (4.48 ERA) surrendered two earned runs and fanned eight in seven innings to pick up the Game 2 win.

Tennessee Smokies (3-2)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Smokies rolled past Pensacola, 12-1, in a rain-shortened six-inning contest.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.733) recorded his third straight three-hit game, going 3 for 3 with a two-run homer (2), two runs scored, a sac fly and three RBI (6). In four starts with Tennessee, he has gone 11 for 15 with two doubles, two homers, six runs scored and six RBI.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.264) went 2 for 3 with a triple (2), a walk, two runs scored and a season-high four RBI (26). He has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
  • 3B Chesny Young (.289) was 2 for 3 with a double (9), a walk and three runs scored.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.247) and 1B Victor Caratini (.295) each collected two-hit games.
  • RHP Brad Markey (2.34 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings for the win. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in his last nine starts.

South Bend Cubs (4-1)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend dropped its first game of the second half, falling 6-1 at home against Lake County.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.321) went 2 for 4, extending his hitting streak to eight games (.394/13 for 33). He is batting .349 (30 for 86) in 21 June contests.
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.266) went 2 for 4.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.237) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI (33).
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3 IP, 1 R, 4 SO) allowed just one unearned run and no hits in three innings.

Eugene Emeralds (8-3)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+2.0)

The Emeralds won their fourth straight game, prevailing over Spokane, 8-2.

  • 3B Matt Rose (.300) went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer (2) and three RBI (10). He has hit safely in all eight games this season (9 for 30).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.171) finished 1 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI (5).
  • RHP Jesus Castillo (1.80 ERA) allowed one hit and struck out 11 batters in five innings.

Mesa Cubs (4-2)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

Mesa led 4-0 after two innings and cruised to a 7-2 victory over the AZL Giants.

  • RF Jose Gonzalez (.273) was 3 for 5 with two RBI (2).
  • CF Luis Ayala (.385) went 2 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI (7) and a stolen base (2).
  • 1B Gustavo Polanco (.400) finished 2 for 4 with an RBI (2).
  • RHP Erling Moreno (1.64 ERA) picked up the win, tossing six scoreless innings, striking out six.

Cubs select contract of RHP Peralta, option LHP Concepcion to Triple-A Iowa

The Chicago Cubs selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta from Triple-A Iowa Monday. To make room for Peralta on Chicago’s 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion was optioned to Triple-A Iowa following yesterday’s game. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40.

Peralta, who will wear uniform No. 62, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they open their three-game series in Cincinnati.

The 40-year-old Peralta signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on June 13 after beginning the season with the Seattle Mariners, where he went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (14 ER/23.1 IP) in 26 relief appearances before being designated for assignment on June 2. With Seattle, Peralta limited left-handed hitters to a .209 batting average (9 for 43) and a .261 on-base percentage. With Iowa, Peralta posted no record with two saves and a 4.50 ERA (2 ER/4 IP) in five relief appearances, limiting all foes to a .176 batting average against.

Peralta has pitched 12 major leagues seasons and posted a 20-34 record with 169 holds, 15 saves and a 4.00 ERA (286 ER/644.0 IP) in 615 appearances, all in relief, with the Los Angeles Angels (2005), Kansas City (2006-08), Colorado (2009), Washington (2010), Tampa Bay (2011-14), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015) and Seattle (2016). He has limited all opponents to a .232 batting average, including a .225 batting average by lefties and a .238 average by righties.

The right-hander arguably turned in his best big league seasons during his time with Tampa Bay, totaling 97 holds in a three-season span from 2011-13, including a major-league best 37 holds in 2012 and a career-high, major-league leading 41 holds in 2013. Overall, Peralta posted a 3.58 ERA (107 ER/269.1 IP), struck out 293 batters in 269.1 innings and limited left-handed hitters to a .187 batting average (99 for 530) during those four seasons pitching for Tampa Bay in the American League East.

Concepcion, 24, has no record and a 3.86 ERA (1 ER/2.1 IP) in three relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He has combined to go 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA (5 ER/35 IP) in 22 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this year.

Cubs Lineup: 6/27/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Great American Ballpark
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (11-2, 1.74 ERA)
Reds Starter: Dan Straily, rhp (4-4, 3.83 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/26/16

It was a big day for Cubs affiliates as everyone in action secured wins Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (36-38)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-4.5)

Iowa defeated Oklahoma City, 6-5 in eight innings in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday. Game 2 was postponed due to inclement weather and will be played as part of a doubleheader tonight.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.301) went 2 for 3 with a solo homer (14), a walk and two runs scored.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.314) was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
  • 2B Vimael Machin (.364) finished 2 for 3 with a walk, an RBI (1) and two runs scored.
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (5.05) tossed his second quality start of the season with Iowa, fanning three in seven innings.

Tennessee Smokies (2-2)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-1.0)

The Smokies allowed just three singles in a 3-0 blanking of visiting Pensacola.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.667) recorded his second straight three-hit game, going 3 for 4 with a double (2) and an RBI (3). He has three multi-hit games in his first three starts with the Smokies.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.244) went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base (25).
  • RF Billy McKinney (.259) finished 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • RHP Paul Blackburn (2.35 ERA) fanned five in six scoreless innings, picking up his fifth win of the year. He notched his seventh start of the season without allowing an earned run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2-2)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Third Place (-1.0)

Myrtle Beach hit two solo home runs in a 2-1 victory over Carolina.

  • C Ian Rice (.455) went 2 for 4 with a game-winning homer in the bottom of the eighth inning, his first longball with Myrtle Beach.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.222) was 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo homer (6).
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (3.36 ERA) did not allow an earned run in a season-high eight innings. He has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/15.0 IP) in his last two starts.

South Bend Cubs (4-0)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (–)

SB jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning and cruised to an 11-1 victory over host Dayton.

  • C P.J. Higgins (.295) reached base five times, going 3 for 4 with two walks, a double (16), three runs scored and three RBI (23).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.342) was 2 for 2 with two RBI (54) and a stolen base (5). He is batting .370 (30 for 81) in 21 June contests.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.315), CF Donnie Dewees (.257) and RF Eddy Martinez (.236) all tallied two-hit games with a double.
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.261) went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer and three RBI (35).

Eugene Emeralds (7-3)
Northwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The Emeralds won their third straight game, prevailing over Spokane, 4-1.

  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.158) was 1 for 4 with a two-run homer, his first of the season.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.386) extended his hitting streak to six games (.500/11 for 22), going 1 for 3 with a run scored.
  • LHP Manuel Rondon (0.90 ERA) has allowed one run in 10 innings in his first two starts.

Cubs Lineup: 6/24/16 vs. Marlins

Cubs vs. Marlins — Marlins Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (5-6, 2.94 ERA)
Marlins Starter: Tom Koehler, rhp (6-6, 3.92 ERA)
TV: CSN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Jason Heyward, rf
2. Kris Bryant, 1b
3. Ben Zobrist, 2b
4. Willson Contreras, c
5. Chris Coghlan, lf
6. Javy Baez, 3b
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. Kyle Hendricks, p
9. Albert Almora Jr., cf

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/23/16

Iowa split a doubleheader, and South Bend was powered by its offense in a win Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (34-37)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-4.5)

Iowa split a doubleheader against Nashville, shutting out the Sounds for a 3‐0 win in Game 1. The I‐Cubs dropped the second contest, 7‐4.

  • LF Mark Zagunis (.321) was 1 for 3 with a double (7) and a run in Game 1.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.261) had the team’s lone multi‐hit effort, going 2 for 3.
  • RHP Aaron Brooks made his third rehab start and tossed three shutout innings, walking none and striking out one.
  • RHP Corey Black (1.93) picked up his first save at the Triple‐A level.
  • In Game 2, LF Matt Murton (.331) was 2 for 3 with two runs (19).
  • 1B Jeimer Candelario (.354) had two hits, and 2B Vimael Machin (.250) was 1 for 1 with a run scored and two walks (4).

Tennessee Smokies (0-1)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Fourth Place (-1.0)

CF Jacob Hannemann belted two home runs, but Tennessee opened the season’s second half with a 6‐4 setback against Pensacola.

  • RHP Joe Nathan made his first rehab outing of the season, striking out two in a scoreless fifth inning. He threw 17 pitches, 11 for strikes.
  • Hannemann (.239) finished 2 for 4 with two homers (10), two RBI, two runs, a walk and a steal (24). He has 25 extra‐base hits this year (12 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR), and has four homers in his last six games.
  • 3B Chesny Young (.295) was 2 for 4 with a run. He’s hitting .333 (12 for 36) in his last 10 games.
  • RHP David Berg (3.63) spun two scoreless innings (1 H, 2 SO).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-1)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

Myrtle Beach opened its second half with a 2‐1 loss against Carolina.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.256) went 2 for 4 and now has a seven‐game hitting streak in which he is batting .346 (9 for 26).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.218) was 2 for 3 with a double (11). He is batting .281 (9 for 32) in his last 10 games.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.220) drove in the team’s lone run, finishing 1 for 3 with walk and an RBI (17).
  • LHP Jordan Minch (3.49) finished the game with 1.2 scoreless frames, striking out two without allowing a hit or a walk.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (4.70 ERA) pitched 7.1 innings, striking out eight and surrendering two earned runs.

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

South Bend had 11 hits and nine walks in an 11‐1 drubbing of Dayton to start the second half of the Midwest League season.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.342) was 2 for 5 with two runs, three RBI and a two‐run homer (9). He has recorded seven straight multi‐hit efforts (.517/15 for 29) and enters today with a 15‐game hitting streak in which he’s batting .433 (26 for 60) with a 1.110 OPS.
  • 1B Josh Silver (.250) finished 2 for 2 with a run, an RBI and three walks, while DH Ian Rice was 1 for 2 with two runs and three free passes.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.304), C P.J. Higgins (.283) and SS Bryant Flete (.212) also had two hits apiece.
  • LHP Ryan Kellogg (3.68) fanned seven in six innings, giving up no earned runs in the outing.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3.98) earned the win with two shutout innings in relief of Kellogg, while LHP Tyler Peitzmeier (0.00) spun a scoreless ninth.

Eugene Emeralds (4-3)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene (16 hits) and Spokane (12) combined for 28 hits, but the Emeralds fell, 11‐9. Eugene’ss RHP Dylan Cease walked none, struck out seven and allowed just one run in four innings.

  • 2B Yeiler Peguro (.346) was 3 for 4 with three runs and a walk.
  • RF Robert Garcia (.286) went 2 for 5 with a run, two RBI and a triple.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.344) was 3 for 5 with two runs, a double and two RBI.
  • DH Wladimir Galindo (.280) was 2 for 5.

Mesa Cubs (2-1)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

Mesa held a 6‐1 lead through four innings, but allowed 11 runs in the final five frames to fall, 12‐6, against the AZL Diamondbacks.

  • RHP Aaron Crow (0.00 ERA) made his second scoreless one‐inning rehab outing with Mesa.
  • LHP C.J. Reifenhauser made his first rehab outing with Mesa, following Crow. He allowed one run on one hit and one walk in one inning.
  • RF Ruben Reyes (.333) finished 1 for 3 with two runs, two RBI, a double and a walk.
  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.300) was 1 for 2 with a run and two walks.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/22/16

Iowa, Eugene and Mesa racked up wins Wednesday, while all other affiliates enjoyed the final day of their All-Star breaks. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (33-36)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-5.0)

The I-Cubs slugged five doubles in a 3-2 victory over visiting Nashville.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.333) was 2 for 4 with a double (5). He has doubled in two straight games.
  • C David Freitas (.282) went 2 for 2 with a double (4), an RBI (9), a run and a walk. He has a hit in seven of his last eight games.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.253) doubled (9) and drove in a run (21).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.302) and LF Mark Zagunis (.347) also recorded doubles.
  • Jake Buchanan (4.67 ERA) tied a season high with seven strikeouts in the win.

Eugene Emeralds (4-2)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Emeralds scored a season-high eight runs in an 8-1 victory over host Hillsboro.

  • C Tyler Payne (.455) went 3 for 4 with a run scored, his second-straight multi-hit game.
  • CF Robert Garcia (.250) reached base three times and scored three runs, going 1 for 3 with two walks and two stolen bases (2).
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.296) went 2 for 5 with a triple (1), a run scored and an RBI (5).
  • DH Ian Rose (.250) and 1B Jose Paniagua (.214) each drove in two runs.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.250) added a two-hit game.
  • RHP Pedro Silverio (1.80 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings to earn the win, striking out two.

Mesa Cubs (2-0)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

Mesa allowed four ninth-inning runs but held on for a 5-4 victory over the AZL D-backs.

  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.250) was 2 for 4 with a double (1) and a run scored.
  • DH Kevin Zamudio (.250) and C Michael Cruz (.333) each added a double.
  • LHP Jack Leathersich (1 IP, 2 SO) picked up the win, striking out two batters in a perfect inning.
  • LHP Eugenio Palma (2 IP) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP Jose Albertos (0.00 ERA) fanned seven in four innings, giving up just one hit and walking one.

Cubs Lineup: 6/23/16 vs. Marlins

Cubs vs. Marlins — Marlins Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (9-3, 2.06 ERA)
Marlins Starter: Wei-Yin Chen, rhp (4-2, 5.22 ERA)
TV: CSN, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Ben Zobrist, 2b
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, lf
4. Willson Contreras, 1b
5. Javy Baez, 3b
6. Addison Russell, ss
7. Albert Almora Jr., cf
8. David Ross, c
9. Jon Lester, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/21/16

Iowa was rained out, while Eugene couldn’t get the bats going Tuesday. Mesa had the day off, but the other affiliates had plenty of players participating in their respective All-Star Games.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies are currently on a three-day All-Star Break and return to action Thursday vs. Pensacola.

The Southern League All-Star Game took place last night in Pearl, Mississippi. Eight Smokies were named to the All-Star Game: RHP Paul Blackburn, INF Jeimer Candelario, C Victor Caratini, RHP Brad Markey, RHP Juan Paniagua, RHP Tyler Skulina, INF Chesny Young and OF Mark Zagunis. The Southern Division won, 5-1.

  • C Victor Caratini entered as a defensive replacement and went 1 for 2 with a double, which was the lone extra-base hit for the North All-Stars. He also scored a run.
  • RHP Paul Blackburn (1 IP, 2 SO) pitched the third inning and fanned a pair of batters.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (0.1 IP, 1 SO) punched out the only batter he faced.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Pelicans are currently on a three-day All-Star Break and return to action Thursday vs. Carolina.

The California/Carolina League All-Star Game took place last night in Lake Elsinore, California. The Pelicans had four players selected to the All-Star Game: RHP Trevor Clifton, INF Ian Happ, RHP Zach Hedges and RHP Jake Stinnett. The Carolina League notched a 6-4 victory.

  • RHP Zach Hedges (1 IP, 1 SO) pitched a clean third inning.
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (1 IP) retired the side in the seventh.
  • RHP Trevor Clifton (0.2 IP, H) picked up the save after recording a pair of outs in the ninth.

South Bend Cubs

The SB-Cubs are currently on a three-day All-Star Break and return to action Thursday at Dayton.

  • The Midwest League All-Star Game took place last night in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The SB-Cubs had six players selected to the All-Star Game: RHP Adbert Alzolay, OF Donnie Dewees, INF Andrew Ely, INF Jesse Hodges, OF Eloy Jimenez and LHP Carson Sands. The Eastern Division came from behind to win, 11-10.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez went 1 for 5 with a homer and four RBI. He clubbed a game-tying, three-run homer to center field in the ninth inning. He was named MVP of the game.
  • CF Donnie Dewees went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a team-high three runs scored.
  • LHP Carson Sands (0.2 IP, 2 H) did not allow a run in his outing.

Eugene Emeralds (3-2)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Emeralds could only muster three hits, falling to Hillsboro, 4-1.

  • C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.286) went 1 for 3 with a double (1), run scored, walk and stolen base (1).
  • 3B Matt Rose (.267) finished 1 for 4 with a double (1).
  • 1B Chris Pieters (.286) drew a pair of walks.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.190) was 1 for 3 with a free pass.
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