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Cubs Eighth Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/3/15-7/12/15

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The Chicago Cubs will return to Wrigley Field to host the Miami Marlins July 3-5, the St. Louis Cardinals July 6-8 and the Chicago White Sox during the Crosstown Cup series July 10-12. The team will kick off its homestand by celebrating the recently enhanced Budweiser Bleachers and opening Platform 14, a new outdoor concession area located behind the historic center-field scoreboard.

Fans will be able to enjoy a postgame fireworks display exactly 100 years to the date after the Chicago Whales held an evening of entertainment at then-Weeghman Park 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 Cubs-Cardinals series features a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field Tuesday, July 7, which includes the April 7 makeup game at 12:20 p.m. CDT followed by the regularly scheduled game at 7:05 p.m. CDT.

The Crosstown Cup will return to Wrigley Field when the Cubs take on the Chicago White Sox for a three-game series. Fans on the North and South Side will be able to cheer on their respective teams by using the #CrosstownCup hashtag and engaging in social media promotions unveiled by each team.

Fans can purchase tickets for the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals series at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). A limited amount of tickets are available for the Chicago White Sox series.

Promotions
Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue this homestand with Red, White and Brew, July 3, when fans 21-and-older in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a patriotic Cubs tank top (available in two sizes) presented by Budweiser. Red, White and Brew includes patriotic music, décor and entertainment, including bag toss games available in the new Right Field Porch before first pitch. Guests 21-and-older also will receive a commemorative Budweiser Bleachers stein. Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster will lead an honorary toast from the bleachers to kick off a special seventh-inning stretch. Television broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will call the game from the new Left Field Porch in the bleachers that afternoon.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays will continue July 10 with the Extra Innings Show by Fitz & The Tantrums. Fans 21-and-older in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive an Extra Innings glow-in-the-dark Koozie and enjoy a live Fitz & The Tantrums performance from the Right Field Porch. The show is open to all game attendees.

Fans in the Budweiser Bleachers will have the opportunity to enter the #BudFridays social media contest during both July Budweiser Bleacher Fridays. Fans 21-and-older in the Budweiser Bleachers are encouraged to wear their favorite patriotic attire July 3 and show off their best game and concert selfies July 10 by sharing photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #BudFridays hashtag. One creative winner from each date will be selected from all eligible entries to receive four tickets to the next Budweiser Bleacher Friday event. Official rules, prize value and details are available at the team’s #BudFridays contest page.

The Fourth of July fireworks show presented by Weber Sauces and Seasonings will headline a holiday celebration that also includes a Military Heroes Day presented by Magellan Corporation. The 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 on the field. Five active members of the U.S. armed forces will lead the seventh-inning stretch. Up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Cubs Camo Cap presented by Magellan Corporation.

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

Up to 10,000 early arriving fans Wednesday, July 8, will receive a Cubs Cooler presented by Comcast SportsNet.

On Saturday, July 11, up to the first 10,000 fans attending the Crosstown Cup series game against the Chicago White Sox will receive a Let’s Go Mobile Power Bank presented by Starwood Preferred Guest. The following day, July 12, up to 5,000 early arriving children age 13-and-under will receive a Color Your Own Cubs Insulated Lunch Bag presented by Vienna Beef. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
As part of this year’s Let’s Give campaign, fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community during the homestand. Following the Friday, July 3, and Friday, July 10, games, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his Respect Community charity T-shirt initiative by representing Urban Initiatives (July 3) and Cubs Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (July 10) during his postgame press conferences. Urban Initiatives partners with Cubs Charities to help power the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program, encouraging youth in Chicago to Play Every Day. Cubs RBI, a Cubs Care grant program, is a youth outreach initiative designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball for underserved youth with the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Let’s Give campaign rolls on as the Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley hits the road this summer starting July 6, making stops at Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Elementary School, Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School, National Teachers Elementary Academy and Jacob Beidler Elementary School. The trolley will stop at each school four times during the month of July. Cubs Charities partners with Urban Initiatives to provide sports-based programming at no cost to students in the program. Students will participate in team-building games, take the Run the Bases Challenge and learn about healthy lifestyles.

On July 7, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will donate a portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Cook-Off for Cancer event to help fight pediatric cancer and support those battling the disease. The foundation will present a check for $150,000 to three local organizations during Tuesday night’s pregame ceremony.

Theo Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) will kick off the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago event, July 9, with the Urban Baseball Classic game at Jackie Robinson West Field. Teen athletes from Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West and the Boston Astros will take the field for a baseball game. Later in the evening, Pearl Jam frontman and rock icon Eddie Vedder will take the stage at the Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert at Wrigleyville’s Metro. Vedder will join Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper as part of the all-star music lineup at the annual event celebrating music, baseball and giving back.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later and Cubs Charities. Both nonprofit organizations share the same mission to help underserved youth in Chicago.

Starting Saturday, July 11, Cubs wives will be selling baskets filled with favorite items from Cubs players. The baskets will be sold in the main concourse near Gate F, from 1:05 p.m. through the seventh inning, as well as online. The online basket auction will launch July 11 and end Sunday, July 19, at 8 p.m. CDT. To place an online bid, please visit cubs.com/authentics. Proceeds will benefit Cubs Charities.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner, located in the right-field concourse, will serve a traditional Cuban Sandwich, which includes smoked pork, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, pickle and spicy mustard aioli on toasted torta bread. A Meatball Grinder also will be available, featuring beef meatballs with housemade marinara, toasted garlic hoagie roll, melted provolone cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.

Homestand Recap, July 3-12
Friday, July 3 vs. Miami Marlins, 1:20 p.m.

  • Opening of Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers
  • Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: Red, White and Brew
  • Patriotic Cubs tank top (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • An honorary toast to the Budweiser Bleachers, led by former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, to kick off the seventh-inning stretch
  • Commemorative stein (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN2, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Game broadcast from the Left Field Porch in the Budweiser Bleachers

Saturday, July 4 vs. Miami Marlins, 6:15 p.m.

  • Magellan Military Heroes Day: Pregame ceremony with oversized American Flag displayed by 100 members of the USO of Illinois and military Take the Field experience
  • Promotion: Cubs Camo Cap presented by Magellan Corporation (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Five active members of the U.S. armed forces
  • Broadcast: FOX, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Postgame fireworks show presented by Weber Sauces and Seasonings

Sunday, July 5 vs. Miami Marlins, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Anthony Rizzo Life-Sized Fabric Growth Chart presented by ATI Physical Therapy (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-under)
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Hall of Fame Cubs pitcher Fergie Jenkins
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Monday, July 6 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Dryden Mitchell, lead singer of Alien Ant Farm
  • Seventh inning stretch: Alien Ant Farm
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 7 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:20 p.m. (April 7 makeup game)

  • First pitch, national anthem and seventh-inning stretch: Zac Brown Band member Clay Cook
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 7 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 8 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Cooler presented by Comcast SportsNet (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch: Former PGA Masters Champion Craig Stadler
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, July 10 vs. Chicago White Sox, 3:05 p.m.

  • Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: Extra Innings Show – Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Extra Innings glow-in-the-dark Koozie (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, July 11 vs. Chicago White Sox, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Mobile Power Bank presented by Starwood Preferred Guest (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Northwestern University football coach Pat Fitzgerald
  • Broadcast: WLS-TV, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, July 12 vs. Chicago White Sox, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Color Your Own Cubs Insulated Lunch Bag presented by Vienna Beef (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-under)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Hall of Fame Cubs outfielder Billy Williams
  • Broadcast: WLS-TV, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Cubs Lineup: 7/1/15

Cubs vs. Mets – Citi Field
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Mets Starter: Bartolo Colon, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/30/15

Myrtle Beach snapped its losing streak, Eugene rallied for a win, and Mesa secured a victory with a walk-off homer Tuesday. Iowa faltered late, and South Bend’s rally wasn’t enough. Tennessee had the day off and resumes play today. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (40-37)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-10.0)

Iowa got out to an early lead, but was unable to hang on, falling to Round Rock, 6-4.

  • DH Christian Villanueva (.269) and C Kyle Schwarber (.250) each went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
  • CF Rubi Silva (.267) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (27) and one run scored.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (6.33) tossed his second consecutive quality start, allowing just two earned runs off five hits in 6.0 innings of work.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (1-5)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

Myrtle Beach snapped its four-game skid, besting Winston-Salem, 8-4. RHP Jeremy Null drew a no-decision in his first start with the Pelicans.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.277) went 4-for-4, plated two (28) and scored once. His four hits ties a career high set on May 20, 2013.
  • 1B Victor Caratini (.242) went 1-for-4 with a double (15) and two RBI (29).
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.312) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (34), a walk and a season-high three runs scored.
  • DH Daniel Lockhart (.227) went 2-for-4 and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to eight games (12-for-30/.400).
  • LF Kevin Brown (.236) went 2-for-5, marking his sixth multi-hit effort.

South Bend Cubs (4-2)
Midwest League (Low-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend’s eighth-inning rally fell short, and the SB-Cubs were topped by Lansing, 5-4.

  • 1B Jesse Hodges (.251) went 3-for-4, crushed a double (9) and drove in two runs (23).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.320) went 2-for-5 with a double (12), extending his hitting streak to six games (10-for-25/.400).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.279) went 3-for-5 for his fifth three-hit game of the season.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.248) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (13), a walk and one run scored.
  • RF Kevin Encarnacion (.275) went 2-for-5 and scored twice.

Eugene Emeralds (7-6)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene rallied in the eighth inning to top Tri-City, 9-4. The Emeralds took the five-game series, 4-1.

  • DH Donnie Dewees (.333) went 3-for-5 with three doubles (4), four RBI (4), one stolen base (1) and a run scored.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.288) went 2-for-4, blasted a solo homer (1), swiped a base (3) and walked once.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.256) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (8), a walk and two runs scored.
  • SS Ho-young Son (.250) went 1-for-4, plated one and scored once.
  • LHP Carson Sands (2.81) earned his first win of the season, allowing just one run (unearned) off three hits and fanning four batters in 5.0 innings of work.

Mesa Cubs (5-4)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs topped the AZL Mariners, 9-8. Jose Paniagua (.258) crushed a walk-off solo home run to seal the game in the ninth inning.

  • RF Robert Garcia (.346) went 2-for-5 with a triple (2) and scored twice.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.200) went 2-for-4 and recorded two RBI (5).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.265) added two RBI (5), swiped a base, walked once and scored once, despite going 0-for-3.
  • 3B Carlos Jimenez (.357) went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Cubs Lineup: 6/30/15

Cubs vs. Mets – Citi Field
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Mets Starter: Jon Niese, LHP
TV: CSN Chicago, ESPN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/29/15

South Bend had a late rally to earn a victory, and Eugene held off its opponent to grab a win Monday. All the other affiliates were in action but were handed losses. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (40-36)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Iowa fell to New Orleans in 12 innings in the series finale, 2-1. The two teams split the series, 2-2.

  • RF Jorge Soler (.000) went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game with Iowa, but drove in the team’s only run with an RBI ground out in the fifth inning.
  • C-1B Taylor Teagarden (.279) went 2-for-5, marking his seventh multi-hit game of the campaign.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.270) went 0-for-3, but drew a season-high two walks.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (4.29) allowed just one run on three hits in 5.0 frames. He has allowed just two earned runs in his last three appearances (10.0 innings).

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

Ryan Williams (2.30) tossed his third straight quality start for Tennessee, but the Smokies fell to Mobile in the series finale, 3-2.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.310) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • 3B Taylor Davis (.333) went 1-for-4 with an RBI (8).
  • 2B Stephen Bruno went 0-for-2 and plated one (31). He has earned 11 RBI in his last seven appearances.
  • RHP Ryan Williams fanned four in 6.0 innings, surrendering one run in the no-decision. In his last four starts (22.0 innings), Williams has allowed just four runs while fanning 16.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-5)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-4.5)

Myrtle Beach dropped its fifth straight game to begin the second half, falling 2-1 at Winston-Salem.

  • LF Chesny Young (.346) went 1-for-4, knocked a double (5) and plated one (16).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.265) went 1-for-4 with a double (19). He has hit a double in his last three starts.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (4.14) tossed his second consecutive quality start, allowing just one run off seven hits while fanning six batters.
  • The Pelicans were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

South Bend Cubs (4-1)
Midwest League (Low-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend rallied with three runs in the seventh inning to top Lansing, 4-2.

  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.254) went 3-for-4 with two doubles (6), a stolen base (8) and one run scored.
  • DH Yasiel Balaguert (.286) went 3-for-4 and plated one (31), marking his fifth three-hit game.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.273) went 1-for-5 and crushed his first home run, a solo blast to tie the game in the third inning.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.271) went 2-for-4.

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

Eugene held off a late Tri-City rally to best the Dust Devils, 5-4.

  • 1B Matt Rose (.462) went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI (4) and two runs scored.
  • 3B Adonis Paula (.297) went 2-for-4 and plated two runs (6).
  • DH Donnie Dewees (.231) went 2-for-5 with a double and scored once.
  • CF Ian Happ (.282) went 1-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base (4) and one run scored.
  • PH Justin Marra (.318) went 1-for-1 with an RBI (3).

Mesa Cubs (4-4)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-1.0)

Mesa dropped its second straight game following a four-game winning streak, falling to the AZL Mariners, 3-1.

  • LF Alex Bautista (.308) went 2-for-4 and drove in one run (2).
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.310) went 1-for-4 with a double (4) and one run scored.
  • RHP Jesus Camargo (1.80) gave up just one run while fanning five batters in 5.0 innings of relief.
  • RHP Jesus Castillo (7.36) tossed 2.0 scoreless frames and allowed just two hits.

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.

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.
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