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Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/27/15

Iowa edged out a win, Tennessee cruised, and Eugene’s pitching dominated Wednesday. South Bend surrendered a late lead and couldn’t battle back, while Myrtle Beach was rained out and Mesa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (73-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

RHP Carlos Pimentel collected his league-leading 12th victory as Iowa topped visiting Fresno, 3-2.

  • 3B Javier Baez (.317) went 2-for-4 with two RBI (60), extending his hitting streak to 12 games (.453/24-for-53) with 11 runs scored and 13 RBI during that stretch.
  • CF John Andreoli (.283), 2B Emilio Bonifacio (.250) and C Luke Carlin (.147) all had a hit and a run scored.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano (0.00) struck out one batter in a perfect inning of relief in his first rehab appearance with Iowa.
  • RHP Carlos Pimentel is 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA (6 ER/30.2 IP) in five August starts.

Tennessee Smokies (29-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee scored five runs in the fourth inning and cruised to an 8-4 victory over host Chattanooga.

  • CF Albert Almora (.270) went 2-for-4 with a double (25), a home run (6), two runs scored and a season-high four RBI. He has hit safely in seven straight games (.345/10-for-29).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.282) went 2-for-4 with a double (14), a home run (7), a walk, two runs scored and one RBI (36). He now has three homers in his last eight games.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.259), 2B Stephen Bruno (.268) and 3B Wes Darvill (.176) all had multi-hit games.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (3.00) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings, striking out three and improving to 9-3 on the season. He has won his last four decisions, allowing one earned run or fewer in 6.0 innings in each of those starts.

South Bend Cubs (29-29)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-10.0)

South Bend surrendered three runs in the bottom of the eighth, falling 4-3 at West Michigan.

  • DH Charcer Burks (.266) didn’t record a hit, but walked three times and stole a base (27).
  • LF Ian Happ (.248) went 1-for-5 with a triple (3), a run scored and an RBI (19).
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe allowed just two hits and no earned runs in 7.0 innings. He has a 1.76 ERA in his last seven starts.

Eugene Emeralds (17-11)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene allowed just one hit in a 4-1 victory over visiting Spokane.

  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (2.96) struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed just one hit in seven innings.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.321) had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • DH Alex Bautista (.265) finished 1-for-4 with two RBI (11). He has hit safely in three straight games (4-for-11).

Cubs Lineup: 8/27/15

Cubs vs. Giants — AT&T Park
First Pitch: 2:45 CST
Cubs Starter: Dan Haren, RHP (8-8, 3.76)
Giants Starter: Madison Bumgarner, LHP (15-6, 3.02)
TV: CSN Chicago: Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Chris Denorfia, LF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Kris Bryant, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Starlin Castro, 2B
6. Addison Russell, SS
7. Matt Szczur, CF
8. Dan Haren, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 3B

Cubs Lineup: 8/26/15

Cubs vs. Giants — AT&T Park
First Pitch: 9:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (6-5, 4.03 ERA)
Giants Starter: Jake Peavy, RHP (3-6, 4.35 ERA)
TV: CSN-Chicago, ESPN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/25/15

Myrtle Beach battled from behind, Eugene swept a doubleheader, and Iowa split a twinbill Tuesday. Tennessee, on the other hand, lost a one-run game, and South Bend struggled offensively. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (72-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa split a twinbill with Fresno, topping the Grizzlies in Game 1, 3-2, but dropping Game 2, 7-3.

  • 3B-SS Javier Baez (.314) went 2-for-7 on the day with one run scored and an RBI (58), extended his hitting streak to 11 games (22-for-49/.448) with 11 runs scored and 11 RBI during that stretch.
  • DH Matt Szczur (.292) crushed a solo home run (8) in his lone at-bat in the first game.
  • LF Mike Baxter (.275) went 2-for-3 with a triple (2) and two RBI (17) in Game 1.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.254) finished 2-for-3 in Game 2.

Tennessee Smokies (28-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee fell at Chattanooga, 4-3, despite outhitting the Lookouts, 11-7.

  • C Willson Contreras (.328) went 2-for-4 and drove in one (70), marking his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • DH Taylor Davis (.297) was 2-for-4.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.257) finished 2-for-4 with a double (2) and scored once, extending his hitting streak to six games (10-for-19/.526).
  • CF Albert Almora (.268) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (40) and one run scored, extending his hitting streak to six games (.320/8-for-25).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-23)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Myrtle Beach scored four runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and top Winston-Salem, 4-2.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.258) went 2-for-3 with a double (6), an RBI (15), a walk and a run scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.247) had a 2-for-4 day and scored once, marking his second straight multi-hit game.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.55) recorded a season-high nine strikeouts versus only one walk in 7.0 frames to pick up the win.

South Bend Cubs (29-28)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend fell at West Michigan, 7-2. The SB-Cubs were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

  • Midwest League Prospect of the Year SS Gleyber Torres (.296) went 2-for-4.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.281) was 1-for-3 and plated two runs (45).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.266) went 1-for-4 with a double (20).
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.265) finished 1-for-3 and scored once.

Eugene Emeralds (16-11)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene swept a doubleheader against Spokane, recording 11 runs and 20 hits in the two games. The first game was a continuation of the previous night’s contest, which was suspended in the fourth inning.

  • LF-DH Eloy Jimenez (.285) went a combined 3-for-7 with three home runs (6), five RBI (27) and three runs scored. It extended his hitting streak to seven games (11-for-32/.344).
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.272) finished 2-for-4 with a double (12), a stolen base (15) and two runs scored in Game 2. He has an 18-game hitting streak (29-for-82/.354) with 21 runs scored in that stretch.
  • 3B Blake Headley (.221) went a combined 3-for-6 with two doubles (9), an RBI (17) and one run scored.
  • 2B P.J. Higgins (.333) was 2-for-4, picked up an RBI and scored once in Game 2.
  • 2B-SS Andrew Ely (.320) finished 2-for-4 with a double (9), a triple (2) and one run scored in Game 1.
  • RHP Jose Paulino (4.06) earned the win and tossed 4.2 scoreless innings of relief in the first game.

Cubs Lineup: 8/25/15

Cubs vs. Giants — AT&T Park
First Pitch: 9:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP (15-6, 2.30 ERA)
Giants Starter: Matt Cain, RHP (2-3, 5.66 ERA)
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Tommy La Stella, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/24/15

Iowa, South Bend and Mesa all grabbed victories Monday, while Tennessee salvaged a doubleheader split. Myrtle Beach’s offense was held in check, and Eugene’s game was suspended due to a power outage. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (71-57)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-6.5)

Iowa scored eight runs in the fourth and blanked Fresno, 9-0.

  • 3B Javier Baez (.315) went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double (14), a home run (13), a walk, a stolen base (16), two RBI (57) and three runs scored. Baez extended his hitting streak to nine games (20-for-42/.476) with eight multi-hit games in that stretch.
  • C Taylor Teagarden (.319) went 2-for-4 with a double (8), plated three runs (26) and scored once, extending his hitting streak to six games (.565/13-for-23).
  • LF John Andreoli (.286) finished 2-for-5, swiped a base (28) and scored once.
  • RF Adron Chambers (.275) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch (4.26) earned the win and tossed a season high 6.0 scoreless frames.

Tennessee Smokies (28-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Tennessee split a twinbill at Chattanooga. The Smokies surrendered three runs in the third inning of Game 1, falling 4-2, but topped the Lookouts in Game 2, 4-1.

  • C-DH Willson Contreras (.326) compiled a 4-for-6 day with a solo homer (8) and a walk in Game 1 and a double (31), stolen base (2) and run scored in Game 2.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.242) had three hits on the day in five at-bats, blasting a solo homer (1), driving in two (13) and scoring once.
  • PH-RF Anthony Giansanti (.240) went 1-for-1 with an RBI double (4) that plated two (19) in Game 2.
  • RHP Pierce Johnson (2.22) tossed a complete game, 6.0-inning effort but took the loss in the first game.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-23)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach recorded just six hits in a 5-1 setback in the series opener against Winston-Salem.

  • RF Mark Zagunis (.278) went 2-for-4, knocked a triple (5) and drove in one (53).
  • DH Ben Carhart (.260) extended his hitting streak to six games (.429/9-for-21), as he went 1-for-3 and drew a walk.
  • SS Chesny Young (.329) finished 1-for-4 with one run scored.

South Bend Cubs (29-27)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

South Bend won its second straight contest, topping West Michigan, 4-2.

  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.283) went 3-for-4, drove in one (13) and scored once, marking his second consecutive three-hit game.
  • 1B Matt Rose (.308) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (10).
  • 2B-1B David Bote (.259) finished 1-for-3, knocked a double (18) and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to seven games (9-for-27/.333).
  • RHP Erick Leal (3.29) surrendered two earned runs in 5.0 innings, fanning seven in the win.
  • RHP Michael Wagner (3.22) earned the save and tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (15-8)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

Mesa scored four runs in both the first and sixth innings, rolling to a 9-2 victory over the AZL Angels.

  • 1B Chris Pieters (.258) went 1-for-5 with a double (5), two RBI (6) and one run scored.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.281) finished 1-for-4, drew a walk, plated one (24) and scored twice.
  • RF Robert Garcia (.331) went 2-for-5 and scored once.
  • 3B Angelo Amendolare (.268) went 1-for-2 with an RBI (6). He has recorded a hit in five straight games.
  • RHP Dylan Cease (2.63) tossed his sixth scoreless outing and fanned a season-high five batters.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/23/15

Myrtle Beach mounted a late-inning comeback, South Bend snapped a losing streak, and Mesa took the win in extras on Sunday. Only Eugene lost, and they did so surrendering a lead in extras. Iowa had the day off, while Tennessee was rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-22)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

The Pelicans scored four runs in the ninth and contained Frederick’s late rally, topping the Keys, 9-7.

  • 3B Ben Carhart (.258) enjoyed a 3-for-5 day with two home runs (6), four RBI (20) and three runs scored. He has homered in back-to-back games and extended his hitting streak to five games (.444/8-for-18).
  • C Victor Caratini (.244) went 2-for-4 with a double (25) and a two-run homer (4).
  • DH Cael Brockmeyer (.247) finished 2-for-4 with a double (6), a two-run homer (3) and two runs scored.
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.277) went 2-for-5 with an RBI single (29) and one run scored.
  • RHP Brad Markey (1.31) improved to a perfect 6-0 record, earning his third consecutive win and striking out six in 5.2 innings.

South Bend Cubs (28-27)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-8.0)

South Bend snapped a three-game skid, topping Fort Wayne in the series finale, 7-4.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.269) finished 3-for-4 with a three-run homer (3) and a stolen base (26).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.279) went 2-for-5 with a double (17), an RBI (27), a stolen base (29) and two runs scored.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.247) had two doubles (16), drove in one (31) and scored once.
  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.272) went 3-for-4, scored twice and swiped two bags (5).
  • 2B David Bote (.258) went 1-for-4 and crushed a solo homer in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to six games (8-for-24/.333).

Eugene Emeralds (14-11)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene surrendered two runs in the ninth and ultimately fell to Spokane in the 11th inning, 4-3.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.272) continued his tear with a 2-for-4 day that included a triple and one run scored. He has a 16-game hitting streak (.356/26-for-73) with 18 runs scored in that stretch.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.280) went 1-for-5, knocked a double (8), plated one (24) and scored once, extended his hitting streak to five games (.320/8-for-25).
  • SS Andrew Ely (.313) picked up his 12th RBI and added a hit.

Mesa Cubs (14-8)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-0.5)

Mesa scored in the 11th inning to best the AZL Giants, 1-0. Each team recorded just five hits.

  • 3B Ho-young Son (.667) went 2-for-3 and drew a walk in his first outing with Mesa.
  • LF Roberto Caro (.255) finished 1-for-3 and swiped a base (8).
  • DH Carlos Jimenez (.232) and C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.171) each recorded a hit.
  • RHP Duane Underwood (0.00) made his second scoreless start with Mesa, allowing just two hits in 3.0 frames.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (0.00) tossed 2.0 hitless innings of relief and fanned four batters.

Cubs place OF Soler, RHP Motte on DL; Recall IF La Stella, LHP Rosscup

The Cubs placed outfielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and placed right-handed pitcher Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain on Monday. Infielder Tommy La Stella and left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup have been recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

Both La Stella and Rosscup will be available for the Cubs this afternoon for the club’s make-up game against the Indians at Wrigley Field.

La Stella, 26, was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster but was placed on the disabled list on April 14 with a right oblique strain first suffered on April 10 and re-aggravated in May. He saw action in two games with the Cubs prior to his initial injury, going 1-for-6 (.167). He batted .250 (9-for-36) with three doubles and three RBI in 10 games covering a pair of rehab assignments with Double-A Tennessee before being activated from the disabled list and optioned to Iowa on Aug. 11, where he has hit .333 (11-for-33) with one homer and six RBI in nine games.

The left-handed hitter was acquired from Atlanta for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino last Nov. 16. La Stella made his major league debut with the Braves last season and led National League rookies with 36 walks and a .328 on-base percentage (min. 300 plate appearances). In 93 games, he hit .251 (80-for-319) with 16 doubles, one home run and 31 RBI, and compiled a .984 fielding percentage (6 E/368 TC) in 88 games at second base.

Rosscup, 27, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He went 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA (11 ER/23.0 IP) in 26 relief appearances before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17 with left shoulder inflammation. He was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Iowa on Aug. 14. With the Cubs, Rosscup has struck out 25 batters in 23.0 innings while limiting foes to a .241 batting average, including a .111 average (3-for-27) and .384 OPS by left-handed hitters.

With Iowa this year, Rosscup has posted no record with a 7.36 ERA in eight relief outings, fanning 13 hitters in 7.1 innings pitched. A season ago, Rosscup went 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA in 18 appearances covering seven stints with the Cubs, striking out 21 batters in 13.1 innings pitched. Overall, Rosscup is 3-1 with a 5.44 ERA in 54 relief appearances with the Cubs covering the last three seasons (2013-15).

Soler, 23, is batting .265 (91-for-343) with 18 doubles, seven home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined from June 3-July 5 with a sprained left ankle.

Motte, 34, is 8-1 with nine holds, six saves and a 3.91 ERA (21 ER/48.1 IP) in 57 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 8/24/15

Cubs vs. Indians — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Indians Starter: Corey Kluber, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Tommy La Stella, 2B
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. David Ross, C
9. Jon Lester, P

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/20/15

Iowa, Eugene and Mesa all won behind strong offensive showings, while Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend each came out on the losing end. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (69-56)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-6.0)

Iowa bested Salt Lake, 13-2. Eight I-Cubs recorded an RBI, and 10 players picked up hits in the victory.

  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.262) went 3-for-6 with a home run (16), two RBI (71) and three runs scored. He has recorded an RBI in five straight games (six total).
  • DH Javier Baez (.303) finished 2-for-6 with a double (13), two RBI (51) and one run scored, extending his hitting streak to six games (.448/13-for-29) with six-consecutive multi-hit efforts.
  • 2B Tommy La Stella (.360) went 3-for-5, crushed a triple, drove in one (5) and scored once.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.246) recorded a two-run homer (7) and a double (13), finishing 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
  • C Taylor Teagarden (.303) went 2-for-5 and hit his fifth homer, a two-run shot in the fifth.
  • SS Chris Valaika (.270) went 2-for-5, hit an RBI double (21) and scored once.
  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (2.98) has earned a win in four straight outings.

Tennessee Smokies (25-27)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Tennessee surrendered a season-high 17 runs, falling to Montgomery, 17-4.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.245) compiled a 2-for-5 day with a two-run homer (5), a triple (8) and two runs scored.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.258) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.288) each went 2-for-4 with a double. Rademacher extended his hitting streak to five games (8-for-20/.400)
  • 1B-P Wes Darvill (.169) finished 1-for-4, plated two (23) and scored once. He also made his first career pitching appearance, tossing a scoreless inning of relief while allowing just one hit.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-21)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

Myrtle Beach allowed three runs in the final two frames, falling at Winston-Salem, 5-4, in walk-off fashion.

  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.274) went 2-for-5 with a double (15), an RBI (25) and a run scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.259) finished 2-for-4 and drove in one run (14).
  • C Victor Caratini (.244) went 2-for-4.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.274) went 1-for-5, knocked a double (23), earned a RBI (49) and scored once.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.93) recorded his fourth straight 6.0-inning outing and 11th quality start.

South Bend Cubs (27-25)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

South Bend saw its three-game winning streak snapped, falling to Dayton, 7-2.

  • DH Ian Happ (.294) had a 2-for-3 day with a triple (2), an RBI (18), a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Jeffry Baez (.278) went 2-for-5 and scored once, extending his hitting streak to four games (.444/8-for-18).
  • 2B David Bote (.259) finished 1-for-4 with an RBI (36).

Eugene Emeralds (13-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene’s offense recorded its second straight double-digit output, rolling to a 12-5 victory over Salem-Keizer.

  • DH Eloy Jimenez (.278) went 2-for-6 with a home run (4), three RBI (22) and two runs scored. He has collected an RBI in four consecutive games.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.281) went 2-for-6 with two RBI (29) and two runs scored. He extended his hitting streak to six games (11-for-30/.367) with eight RBI during that stretch.
  • RF Alex Bautista (.277) finished 3-for-4 with an RBI (7), a walk and two runs scored.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.257) went 2-for-6 with an RBI (25), a stolen base (11) and two runs scored. He has a 13-game hitting streak (.322/19-for-59) with 15 runs scored.

Mesa Cubs (13-7)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

Mesa blanked the AZL D-backs, 11-0. The AZL Cubs outhit their opponents, 18-4.

  • RHP Austyn Willis (3.05) gave up one hit in 4.0 innings, striking out two in the no-decision.
  • 3B Carlos Jimenez (.221) went 3-for-5 with a double (4), drove in three runs (9) and scored twice.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.262) recorded a season-high four hits, going 4-for-5 with a double (6), an RBI (16), a stolen base (5) and one run scored.
  • LF-CF Roberto Caro (.253) went 2-for-4, drew a walk and scored a season-high three runs.
  • C Yohan Matos (.158) recorded his first three-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a double (2) and two RBI (11).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.287) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (23), a walk and two runs scored.
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