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Cubs Lineup: 9/2/15

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP (7-6, 3.42)
Reds Starter: Raisel Iglesias, RHP (3-6, 3.92)
TV: CSN Chicago; 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. Addison Russell, SS
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Tommy La Stella, 2B

Cubs open the month with a flurry of roster moves

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Javier Baez returns to the Cubs lineup. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs Tuesday recalled infielder Javier Baez and left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa, activated catcher David Ross off the family medical emergency leave list and added outfielder Austin Jackson to the active roster.  Additionally, the Cubs have selected the contracts of outfielder Quintin Berry (postgame last night) and right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill (today) from Triple-A.

To make room for Berry and Cahill on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher James Russell was designated for assignment and right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano was  activated from the 15-day disabled list and designated for assignment. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40, and the active roster is at 30 players.

Berry will wear uniform No. 5, Cahill will wear uniform No. 53 and Jackson will wear uniform No. 27.

Baez, 22, batted .324 (91-for-281) with 14 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 61 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 70 games with Iowa this season. He turned in a .385 on-base percentage and .527 slugging percentage, good for a .912 OPS, and joins the Cubs riding a 16-game hitting streak. Baez made his major league debut last season and batted .169 with six doubles, nine homers and 20 RBI in 52 games. He was Chicago’s first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2011 Draft.

Berry, 30, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 24 after spending the entire season with Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate, where he batted .228 with a .329 on-base percentage and 35 steals in 106 games. He has spent parts of three major league seasons with Detroit (2012), Boston (2013) and Baltimore (2014), batting .266 with a .337 on-base percentage in 117 games, and is a perfect 25-for-25 in stolen base attempts in the regular season and a perfect 5-for-5 in the postseason.

Cahill, 27, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 18 and turned in five scoreless relief outings with Iowa, covering 7.2 innings. The right-hander broke into the big leagues with Oakland in 2009 and was an 18-game winner a season later, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 starts, earning AL All-Star honors along the way. Overall, Cahill won 10 or more games in four straight seasons (2009-12) and is 64-72 with one save and a 4.16 ERA in 201 major league outings (28 in relief) with Oakland (2009-11), Arizona (2012-14) and Atlanta (2015).

Jackson, 28, was acquired Monday from Seattle, where he batted .272 with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 107 games this season. Since making his major league debut with Detroit in 2010, Jackson has batted .273 with 163 doubles, 47 triples, 54 home runs and 286 RBI in 831 career games, all of which have come in center field.

Ross, 38, is batting .190 with one home run and seven RBI in 57 games with the Cubs this season. He owns a 2.73 catchers’ ERA in his 44 games (35 starts) behind the plate.

Wada, 34, returns to the Cubs after going 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in seven starts earlier this season. With Iowa, Wada went 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 starts. He made his big league debut with the Cubs last year and has combined to go 5-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 20 major league starts over the last two years.

Russell, 29, went 0-2 with one save and a 5.29 ERA in 49 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

Soriano, 35, went 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in six relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 9/1/15

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Dan Haren, RHP (8-9, 3.90)
Reds Starter: Anthony Desclafani, RHP (7-10, 3.84)
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. Javier Baez, 2B
8. Dan Haren, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/31/15

Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend all reeled off victories Monday, while everybody else was off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (78-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-3.0)

Iowa extended its winning streak to six games, topping Oklahoma City, 9-3.

  • 1B Taylor Davis (.293) went 3-for-4, recorded three RBI (25), drew a walk and scored once. He has back-to-back three-hit games.
  • LF Mike Baxter (.279) finished 1-for-4 with two RBI (19), a walk and one run scored.
  • CF John Andreoli (.281) was 1-for-4, drew two walks, scored twice and swiped a bag (30).
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.264) went 1-for-2, drove in one (83), scored once and drew a season-high three walks. He extended his hitting streak to five games (.400/8-for-20).

Tennessee Smokies (34-40)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Tennessee claimed its sixth straight victory, rolling past Jacksonville, 9-1.

  • CF Albert Almora (.276) went 2-for-4 with a double (26), a triple (4), a walk, two runs scored and one RBI (46). He has hit safely in 12 straight games (.360/18-for-50).
  • SS Ryan Dent (.256) extended his hitting streak to six games (.545/12-for-22), going 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (24).
  • C Willson Contreras (.326) and 1B Dan Vogelbach (.284) each recorded two hits in five at-bats.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.260) went 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing triple (4), one run scored and a season-high four RBI (43).
  • RHP Ryan Williams (2.79) has allowed one earned run or fewer in at least 6.0 innings in five of his last six outings. He pitched 6.0 scoreless on Monday to secure the win.

South Bend Cubs (32-31)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend scored five runs in the second inning and cruised to a 10-4 victory over Bowling Green.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.287) went 2-for-5 with a grand slam (9) and two runs scored.
  • DH Charcer Burks (.266) went 3-for-5 with a double (22), three RBI (44), a stolen base (28) and two runs scored.
  • LF Ian Happ (.252) finished 2-for-5, including his eighth double.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.279) went 1-for-3 with a homer (4), two RBI (48), a walk and two runs scored.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.266) went 2-for-5, hit two doubles (16), plated one (42) and scored once.
  • RHP Trevor Clifton gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings, striking out three in the win.

Cubs Lineup: 8/31/15

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (6-6, 4.11)
Reds Starter: Michael Lorenzen, RHP (3-8, 5.46)
TV: CSN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/30/15

Every Cubs affiliate in action picked up a win Sunday, while Myrtle Beach was rained out. Mesa had the day off as Arizona League playoffs begin Monday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (77-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-4.0)

Iowa extended its winning streak to five games, topping Sacramento, 9-1. The I-Cubs picked up six doubles in the victory.

  • 3B Javier Baez (.324) went 4-for-5, drove in one (61) and scored twice. He extended his season-high hitting streak to 16 games (32-for-72/.444).
  • 2B Emilio Bonifacio (.333) also went 4-for-5 with two doubles, plated two runs and scored twice.
  • C Taylor Davis (.284) finished 3-for-5 with a double (15) and an RBI (22).
  • CF John Andreoli (.282) went 2-for-4, drew a walk, scored three times and stole a base. He leads the team with 29 swiped bags.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.263) went 2-for-4 with a double (21) and two RBI (82), extending his hitting streak to four games (.389/7-for-18) with seven RBI during that stretch.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (4.17) tossed a season high 8.0 innings and earned his sixth straight win. He struck out seven and walked just one, giving up no earned runs.

Tennessee Smokies (33-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Tennessee won its fifth straight game, defeating Jacksonville, 4-3. The Smokies look for the series sweep tonight.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.292) crushed a home run (4), going 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.
  • SS Ryan Dent (.249) went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to five games (10-for-20/.500).
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.267) went 2-for-4, swiped a base (9) and scored once.
  • RHP Felix Pena (3.89) snapped his six-game losing streak, earning the win after allowing just three runs (two earned) over 7.0 innings of work.

South Bend Cubs (31-31)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend topped Bowling Green in the series opener, 4-3.

  • CF Ian Happ (.246) went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double (7) and two runs scored.
  • DH Rashad Crawford (.279) went 1-for-4 with a double (15) and plated his 46th RBI.
  • 1B Kevin Encarnacion (.271) earned an RBI (15) despite going 0-for-4.
  • RHP Erick Leal (4.04) earned his third consecutive win, tossing 6.0 scoreless frames and giving up two hits.

Eugene Emeralds (19-13)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene avoided the series sweep, besting Hillsboro in the series finale, 10-4.

  • DH Ian Rice (.264) went 2-for-4, knocked a double (8) and a homer (2), drove in two (19) and scored twice.
  • 1B Blake Headley (.234) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.268) finished 2-for-5, drove in one (28), swiped a base (16) and scored once.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.284) went 2-for-5 and scored once, marking his second straight multi-hit game.
  • LHP Carson Sands (3.98) tossed his second quality start of the season, fanning five and giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings.

Cubs Lineup: 8/28/15

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Cubs vs. Dodgers — Dodger Stadium
First Pitch: 9:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP (7-5, 3.35)
Dodgers Starter: Clayton Kershaw, LHP (10-6, 2.29)
TV: WGN, MLB Network: Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/27/15

Iowa and Eugene continued their winning ways, and Tennessee rolled to a victory Thursday. But Myrtle Beach and South Bend were defeated in one-run games, while Mesa was rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (74-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa has won five of its last six games, after defeating Sacramento, 3-1.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (3.95) gave up one run in 6.2 innings to get the win.
  • 2B Javier Baez (.316) went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base (17), extending his hitting streak to 13 games (.439/25-for-57) with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI during that stretch.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.259) finished 2-for-4 with two RBI (77). He has 12 RBI in his last 11 games.
  • SS Chris Valaika (.268) went 2-for-3 with a solo home run.
  • 3B Mike Olt (.257) added a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 with a walk.

Tennessee Smokies (30-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

The Smokies claimed the rubber game of a five-game set at Chattanooga, 7-1.

  • DH Taylor Davis (.319) went 3-for-4 with a double (7), an RBI (14) and a walk.
  • C Willson Contreras (.329) was 2-for-4 with a double (32), two runs scored and two RBI (72). He has four multi-hit games in his last five contests and is batting .363 (37-for-102) in 27 August games.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.287) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (20).
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (4.50) recorded his longest scoreless outing of the season, allowing just four hits in 6.0 innings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-24)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Myrtle Beach dropped its series opener against Wilmington, 3-2.

  • 2B Chesny Young (.331) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.321/9-for-28) with a 2-for-4 effort.
  • C Victor Caratini (.249) went 2-for-4 with a double (26). It was his third-straight multi-hit game.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.252) finished 1-for-4 with a double (18), a run scored and an RBI (65).
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.86) gave up two earned runs and struck out five in 7.0 innings. He has tossed three straight quality starts, posting a 2.84 ERA (6 ER/19.0 IP).

South Bend Cubs (29-30)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-11.0)

South Bend dropped its third straight game, falling 4-3 in the series opener versus Great Lakes.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.277) went 2-for-5. He is batting .376 (38-for-101) in 22 August games.
  • 1B David Bote (.259) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI (38).
  • CF Charcer Burks (.267) reached three times, going 1-for-2 with a double (21), a run scored and two walks. He has five walks in his last two games after drawing five walks in his previous 19 contests.
  • RHP Dillon Maples (3.76) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and fanning two.

Eugene Emeralds (18-11)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+2.0)

First-place Eugene won its fourth straight game, topping visiting Spokane, 2-1.

  • 3B Adonis Paula (.267) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the fifth inning to open the scoring.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.321) finished 1-for-3 with a walk and scored the game-winning run in the eighth.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (2.09) collected his fifth win, tossing 6.0 innings of relief. He allowed two hits and one run while striking out nine batters. It was his seventh relief outing of at least 4.0 innings.

Cubs 12th Homestand Events and Promotions: 8/31/15-9/6/15

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field to host a series vs. the Reds from Aug. 31-Sept. 2 and the Diamondbacks from Sept. 4-6. Fans can enjoy events, new food offerings and entertainment throughout the homestand.

Following the game Wednesday, Sept. 2, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife, Jaye, will host Respect the Main Event at Ravenswood Event Center. The charity boxing event will feature several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout. Guests will be able to sit ringside with Cubs players and enjoy cocktails, hand-rolled cigars and spirits-tasting stations, dinner courtesy of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including wine and unique sports memorabilia. A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $300 at cubs.com/maddon. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit the Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood.

The popular #WeAreGood T-shirts will make a return appearance during the Sept. 4 game. The Cubs Wives will offer the T-shirts in the main concourse by Gate F. The shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero’s popular Twitter hashtag, will be available for a $25 donation benefiting Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Tickets remain available for each series at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Details of the homestand follow.

Promotions
On Aug. 31, the Cubs will celebrate Military Appreciation Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets will receive a Cubs Armed Forces baseball cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at cubs.com/specialevents.

The following night, Sept. 1, is Healthcare Professionals Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets receive a Cubs scrub top.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a fleece blanket presented by Reynolds Wrap.

Kids Sundays continue Sept. 6. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

Guests and Entertainment
On Monday, Aug. 31, members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press will throw the first pitch and sing the seventh-inning stretch.

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas will sing the stretch on the anniversary of his 1972 no-hitter against the Padres.

On Friday, Sept. 4, John Hermann from the band Widespread Panic will throw a first pitch, and comedian Jon Lovitz will lead the seventh-inning stretch.

Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Saturday, Sept. 5.

On Sunday, Sept. 6, Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling will toss a first pitch, and former Cubs broadcaster and current Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Bob Brenly will lead the stretch.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
Fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community this homestand as part of this season’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign.

Starting Sept. 1, Cubs Charities, along with the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, the Jason Motte Foundation, Jon Lester’s NVRQT campaign and Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation, will launch the #LetsGoGold initiative to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month through Sept. 19. Fans can visit cubscharities.org to take part in the fight against cancer by making a donation to the respective nonprofits. The top fundraiser from each nonprofit listed above will receive two tickets and the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch at the Sept. 20 game. Cubs players and coaches will wear gold batting practice jerseys and hats before the team takes on division rival St. Louis Sept. 20. The jerseys and hats, along with signed gold baseballs, will be available for purchase through Cubs Authentics with proceeds benefiting player foundations.

On Thursday, Sept. 3, Maddon and his wife, Jaye, will be back in the community hosting Spoxing for Charity, a one-day pop-up fitness event under the Wrigley Field Marquee. Spoxing is a group class, which combines spinning and boxing, with a warm-up on stationary spin bikes followed by a heavy bag and boxing glove workout. Participants will partake in a 45-minute version of the class, offered during four different sessions, starting at 10 a.m. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation. For more information, please visit cubs.com/popup.

On Friday, Sept. 4, the Cubs Wives will offer #WeAreGood T-shirts in the main concourse by Gate F. The shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero’s popular Twitter hashtag, will be available for a $25 donation benefiting Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Later that day, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his Respect Community charity T-shirt initiative during his postgame press conference. Maddon will represent the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI), whose mission is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community.  RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a “home away from home.”

Food Specials
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse will continue its rotating menu of homestand specials with a Chimichurri steak sandwich featuring marinated skirt steak, roasted garlic Chimichurri sauce and grilled onions on flattened torta bread. Guests also can order a breaded chicken sandwich with Cholula, featuring breaded chicken breast, honey ginger slaw and Cholula aioli on a toasted hoagie roll.

Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center-field scoreboard, will continue serving three Hot Doug’s sausages. This homestand will feature three new sausages including the “Gene Clines,” a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with sweet & spicy mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese; the “Dick Tidrow” is a Jamaican jerk pork sausage with cumin dijonnaise, smoked gouda cheese and fried plantain chips; and the “Larry Gura” is a bacon sausage with avocado mayonnaise, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes.

Homestand Recap, Aug. 31-Sept. 6
Monday, Aug. 31 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Military Appreciation Night (designated ticket includes Cubs Armed Forces baseball cap)
  • National Anthem: Cast of October Sky
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Sept. 1 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Healthcare Processionals Night (designated ticket includes Cubs scrub top)
  • National Anthem: Eirini Tornesaki from Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Sept. 2 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, Sept. 4 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: John Hermann from the band Widespread Panic
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Comedian Jon Lovitz
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotional Item: Fleece Blanket presented by Reynolds Wrap (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, Sept. 6 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)
  • First pitch: Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs broadcaster and current Diamondbacks television analyst Bob Brenly
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

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).
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