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Cubs Ninth Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/24/15-7/29/15

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The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for their first home series following the All-Star break when they host the Phillies July 24-26 and the Rockies July 27-29. The homestand features several promotional giveaways, new food offerings and #WeAreGood T-shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero’s popular Twitter hashtag, available July 25 to benefit Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Fans can purchase tickets for the Phillies and Rockies series at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Details of the homestand follow.

Promotions:
On Friday, July 24, up to the first 10,000 fans in the ballpark will receive a Billy Williams replica statue presented by Pepsi.

The following day, July 25, up to 10,000 fans will receive a Jorge Soler Cubs debut bobblehead presented by Illinois Pork Producers.

Kids Sundays continue July 26 with a Cubs replica batting helmet presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital for up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger, while Kids Run the Bases continues postgame for the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under. Fans can also visit the Blue Lizard Sunscreen booth inside Gate G during the game for a free sunscreen sample and useful tips to help strikeout skin cancer, the most common of all cancers.

On Tuesday, July 28, the Cubs invite all youth Scouts and their friends and families to Scout Night at Wrigley Field. Participants who purchase a ticket through the dedicated Special Group Nights page at cubs.com/specialevents will receive a Cubs-themed Scout Patch.

Food Specials:
As a tribute to Hot Dog Month in July, the Decade Diner in the right field concourse will offer a unique foot-long Philly Cheese Steak Dog that features a foot-long Vienna Beef hot dog topped with sautéed beef, onions and white American cheese. Guests also may order a Next Level BLT made with slab-cut Nueske’s bacon, avocado mayonnaise, thick-cut vine ripened tomatoes and arugula on grilled sourdough bread.

Platform 14, the new outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center field scoreboard, will serve a new rotation of Hot Doug’s sausages as well. The “Champ Summers” is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions. The “Pete LaCock” is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese. The “Bill Bonham” is an atomic pork sausage with cherry marmalade and smoked gouda cheese.

Guests and Entertainment:
On Friday, July 24, former USA Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson and former USA Olympic silver medalist gymnast Alicia Sacramone will throw a ceremonial first pitch. Aaron Bruno, frontman of the band AWOLNATION, will throw a ceremonial first pitch and the band will lead the afternoon’s seventh-inning stretch.

Cubs National Anthem singer Wayne Messmer will lead the stretch Sunday, July 26.

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Monday, July 27.

Chicago Fire defender Eric Gehrig will throw a first pitch and later will be joined by midfielders Michael Stephens and Chris Ritter to lead the stretch Tuesday, July 28.

On Wednesday, July 29, the Cubs will host a pregame jersey exchange with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson. Aon, a partner of both clubs, is the presenting partner of Manchester United’s Summer Tour, which stops at Soldier Field later that evening for a match vs. Paris Saint-Germain. Robson will throw a ceremonial first pitch as well.

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.

Following the game Friday, July 24, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing the Cubs Scholars program. The Cubs Scholars Program offers quality scholarship and financial contributions for Chicago inner-city high school students, coupled with a program designed to promote academic achievement and encourage post-secondary educational advancement. Five high school seniors are selected as Cubs Scholars each year based on their academic achievement and potential, community participation, need, leadership potential and demonstrated ability to be a team player. Each class of Cubs Scholars collectively receives $100,000 in scholarships and participates in a Cubs College Prep program, where they are paired with a Cubs associate who serves as a mentor as they prepare for college.

On Saturday, July 25, 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.

Homestand Recap, July 24-29:
Friday, July 24 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 3:05 p.m.
First pitches: Former USA Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson, former USA Olympic silver medalist gymnast Alicia Sacramone and AWOLNATION frontman Aaron Bruno
Seventh-inning stretch: Members of the band, AWOLNATION
Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Promotional Item: Billy Williams Replica Statue presented by Pepsi, up to the first 10,000 fans

Saturday, July 25 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 3:05 p.m.
Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Promotion: Jorge Soler Cubs Debut Bobblehead presented by Illinois Pork Producers, up to the first 10,000 fans
Cubs Wives offering #WeAreGood T-shirts by Gate F to benefit Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Sunday, July 26 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.
National Anthem and 7th inning stretch: Wayne Messmer
Promotional Item: Cubs Replica Batting Helmet presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger
Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Kids Run the Bases post-game, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Monday, July 27 vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:05 p.m.
First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller
Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 28 vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:05 p.m.
Special Group Night: Scout Night, participants receive Cubs-themed Scout Patch
First pitch: Chicago Fire defender Eric Gehrig
Seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Fire midfielders Michael Stephens and Chris Ritter and defender Eric Gehrig
Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 29 vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.
Pregame jersey exchange with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson
First pitch: Manchester United legend Bryan Robson
Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Cubs recall RHPs Beeler, Medina; DFA LHP Richard

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Dallas Beeler was recalled by the Cubs Wednesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs recalled right-handed pitchers Yoervis Medina and Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa Wednesday. Left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard has been designated for assignment.

Both Medina and Beeler, who will serve as the club’s 26th man today, will be available for the Cubs today, as Beeler will make the start in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Cincinnati.

Beeler, 26, joins the Cubs for the second time this season, as he served as the 26th man on July 7 vs. St. Louis and recorded a no-decision after limiting the Cardinals to two runs on four hits in five innings in Chicago’s 5-3 victory. Beeler made his major league debut with the Cubs last year and went 0-2 in his two big league starts despite posting a 3.27 ERA (4 ER/11.0 IP).

Beeler is 2-5 with a 6.02 ERA (43 ER/64.1 IP) in 14 starts with Iowa this season, though he is 1-0 with a 2.01 ERA (7 ER/31.1 IP) in his last six minor league starts. Beeler began the season on the major league 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and was activated and optioned to Triple-A on May 18. He has pitched six innings or more in four of his last six outings while allowing two earned runs or less in all six, including zero or one earned run in three starts. He has struck out 31 batters and walked only three in his last 31.1 innings.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Beeler went 9-6 with a 3.40 ERA (47 ER/124.1 IP) with Iowa last year. He struck out 83 batters and walked only 32 in 124.1 innings pitched during his first-career season in Triple-A. Beeler is 23-29 with a 3.89 ERA (213 ER/492.2 IP) in 100 career minor league outings (92 starts).

Medina, 26, begins his second stint with the Cubs as he produced 5.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts in three relief appearances for Chicago, June 17-26. He was acquired from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on May 19, and in two stints with Iowa has an 0-2 record with one save and an 8.68 ERA (18 ER/18.2 IP) in 16 relief outings, striking out 21 and walking 12 in 18.2 innings.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander has posted a 2.73 ERA (43 ER/142.0 IP) in 144 career relief appearances between the Mariners (2013-15) and Cubs (2015), turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves. He has struck out 143 batters in 142.0 innings while limiting opponents to a .212 batting average, including a .227 mark vs. right-handed hitters and a .193 mark vs. left-handers. Medina has held opponents to a .320 on-base percentage and only a .319 slugging percentage, good for just a .639 opponents OPS.

Medina broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA (22 ER/68.0 IP) in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he improved upon those numbers by going 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA (17 ER/57.0 IP) in 66 relief outings while leading the Mariners and ranking 12th in the league in holds. This year, Medina was 1-0 with three holds, one save and a 3.00 ERA (4 ER/12.0 IP) in 12 relief outings for Seattle prior to the trade.

Richard, 31, is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (9 ER/15.0 IP) in three appearances (two starts) with the Cubs this season. He was acquired from the Pirates on July 3 for a cash consideration.

Cubs Lineup: 7/22/15 Game 1

Cubs vs. Reds — Great American Ball Park
First Pitch: 11:35 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Reds Starter, Mike Leake, RHP
TV: ABC 7 Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Jorge Soler, RF
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Chris Denorfia, CF
7. Jonathan Herrera, 2B
8. Kyle Hendricks, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs Lineup: 7/21/15

Cubs vs. Reds — Great American Ball Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Reds Starter, Raisel Iglesias, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/20/15

Iowa’s winning streak reached six games and Myrtle Beach’s hot stretch includes seven straight wins after victories Monday night. South Bend, Eugene and Mesa were all dealt losses while Tennessee was rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (52-43)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-9.0)

CF Rubi Silva (.277) homered in his third consecutive game as Iowa topped Round Rock, 7-1. The I-Cubs have won six straight contests.

  • All told, Silva went 2-for-4 with his ninth home run of the season, three RBI (37), and two runs scored.
  • DH Matt Szczur (.280) went 2-for-5, knocked a double (8), swiped a base (17) and scored twice.
  • RF Junior Lake (.325) went 2-for-4, plated one (27) and scored once, extending his hitting streak to 11 games (18-for-39/.462).
  • 3B Mike Olt (.234) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.272) went 1-for-4 with a double (18) and a RBI (50). He is currently riding a five-game hitting streak (9-for-19/.474) and a four-game RBI streak (10 total).
  • LHP Drake Britton (4.39) tossed a season-high 7.0 frames and fanned a season-high six batters to pick up the win.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (14-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Myrtle Beach won its seventh straight game, besting Salem, 4-1. Four Pelicans drove in a run.

  • C Victor Caratini (.240) went 2-for-2, knocked a double (17), drew a walk and scored once.
  • 3B Chesny Young (.346) went 1-for-4 and plated one (23), extended his hitting streak to nine games (17-for-36/.472). He has reached base in a league record 39 straight games.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.282) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double (20) and two runs scored.
  • DH Jeimer Candelario (.270) and 2B Daniel Lockhart (.232) each hit a double and plated one.
  • RHP Brad Markey (1.08) earned his second consecutive win, giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings.

South Bend Cubs (13-12)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fourth Place (-3.5)

South Bend dropped its second straight game as it was blanked by West Michigan, 4-0.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.319) went 2-for-3 including a double (19), extending his hitting streak to seven games (14-for-30/.467).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.225) went 1-for-4 and swiped two bases (17), extending his hitting streak to nine games (17-for-36/.472) with four stolen bases in that stretch.
  • The SB-Cubs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Eugene Emeralds (16-16)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Third Place (-3.0)

Eugene was shutout by Vancouver, 8-0. The Emeralds were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

  • RF Ricardo Marcano (.229) went 2-for-3, marking his second multi-hit game of the season.
  • DH Justin Marra (.208) went 1-for-4 and knocked a double (2).
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.280) went 1-for-3 and drew a walk.
  • RHP Trey Masek (6.43) tossed 2.0 hitless frames of relief while fanning one batter.

Mesa Cubs (12-11)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-1.5)

The Mesa Cubs fell to the AZL Angels, 5-4. The AZL Cubs recorded 10 hits in the setback.

  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.301) went 2-for-4, knocked a double (4), plated one (10) and scored twice. He extended his hitting streak to six games (9-for-23/.391).
  • SS Carlos Sepulveda (.230) went 2-for-4, marking his second consecutive multi-hit game.
  • RF Michael Foster (.308) went 2-for-3, marking his second multi-hit game of the campaign.

Cubs promote RHP Soriano from Iowa; DFA RHP Jackson

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(Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson has been designated for assignment.

Soriano, who will wear uniform number 29, will be available for the Cubs Monday when they begin their four-game series in Cincinnati.

The 35-year-old Soriano is 22-28 with 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA (200 ER/630.2 IP) in 585 big league appearances—all but eight in relief—covering 13 seasons with Seattle (2002-06), Atlanta (2007-09), Tampa Bay (2010), the New York Yankees (2011-12) and Washington (2013-14). Across the last three seasons, Soriano has combined to record 117 saves, an average of 39 per season, with a 9-5 record and 2.84 ERA (62 ER/196.1 IP) in 201 relief outings.

Soriano signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on June 9 and tossed seven scoreless appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa. He struck out seven in 7.0 innings while limiting opponents to a .174 batting average.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound right-hander primarily served as a set-up man the first seven seasons of his major league career before saving 27 games for the Braves in 2009 and recording a career-high 45 saves for Joe Maddon’s Rays in 2010, his first of three seasons with more than 40 saves. He joined the Yankees in 2011 and recorded 23 holds as a set-up man to Mariano Rivera that season and saved 42 games for the Yankees in 2012. He notched 43 saves in 2013 and 32 saves last year with the Nationals.

Soriano went 4-1 with 32 saves and a 3.19 ERA (22 ER/62.0 IP) in 64 relief appearances for the Nationals last season. He has turned in a 3.19 ERA or lower in 10 of his 13 seasons. Soriano is a native of San Jose, Dominican Republic.

Jackson, 31, went 16-34 with a 5.37 ERA (207 ER/347.0 IP) in 82 appearances, including 58 starts, with the Cubs since joining the club on a four-year deal prior to the 2013 campaign. He was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA (11 ER/31.0 IP) in 23 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/19/15

Iowa and Myrtle Beach continued winning streaks through the weekend, but all the other affiliates were on the losing end Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (51-43)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa swept the four-game series, besting Memphis, 4-2. The I-Cubs have won five straight contests.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.14) fanned four and gave up two earned runs in 6.0 innings to pick up the win.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.273) went 2-for-3 and blasted a three-run homer (12) while marking his fourth straight multi-hit game (8-for-15/.533). He has hit three homers and plated nine runs in that stretch.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.274) homered in his second consecutive game, going 1-for-3 with an RBI (34) and one run scored.
  • LF Junior Lake (.321) went 2-for-4 and scored once, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (16-for-35/.457).
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.252) went 2-for-4, marking his 14th multi-hit game of the season.

Tennessee Smokies (8-14)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Tennessee dropped its sixth straight game, falling to Montgomery in the series finale, 12-3. The Smokies were swept for the first time this season.

  • 2B Sutton Whiting (.438) went 2-for-4 and picked up his first RBI with the Smokies.
  • 1B Wes Darvill (.181) finished 2-for-3, drew a walk and scored once. It marked his second consecutive multi-hit game.
  • DH Varonex Cuevas (.240) went 1-for-4 and plated one run.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.256) recorded a triple, walked once and scored once, finishing the day 1-for-3.
  • C Willson Contreras (.317) went 2-for-4, marking his 25th multi-hit game of the campaign.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Myrtle Beach won its sixth straight game, blanking Salem in the series-opener, 4-0.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn (4.02) struck out five in 4.2 innings and gave up no earned runs in the no-decision.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.266) went 2-for-3, plated one (17), drew a walk and swiped a base (12). He has recorded a hit in his last seven contests (8-for-27/.296).
  • SS Chesny Young (.348) went 2-for-5 with an RBI (22) and one run scored. He extended his hitting streak to eight games (16-for-32/.500) with 11 runs scored in that stretch. He has reached base in a league-record 38 straight games.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.257) went 1-for-4 and plated two runs. He leads the team with 61 RBI.

South Bend Cubs (13-11)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fourth Place (-2.5)

South Bend’s three-game winning streak was snapped by West Michigan, as the SB-Cubs fell in the series opener, 10-5.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.286) went 2-for-4, blasted a home run (2) and a triple (3), plated a season-high four runs (37) and scored twice. He has compiled 10 RBI in the last four games.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.224) went 2-for-5 and plated one run (19). It extended his hitting streak to eight games (16-for-32/.500) with 11 RBI in that stretch.
  • C Erick Castillo (.294) went 3-for-4 with two doubles (4) and two runs scored.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.316) went 2-for-5 and knocked a double (18), extending his hitting streak to six games (12-for-27/.444), including four straight multi-hit games.

Eugene Emeralds (16-15)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Third Place (-2.0)

Eugene surrendered a season-high 16 runs to Vancouver, 10 of which came in the first inning. The Emeralds fell to the Canadians, 16-5.

  • CF Ian Happ (.283) went 2-for-4 with a double (8), an RBI (11), a walk and two runs scored. He has knocked a double in five consecutive games, going 9-for-20 (.450) in that stretch.
  • DH Eloy Jimenez (.303) went 2-for-5, hit a double (2) and scored once.
  • C Tyler Alamo (.321) went 2-for-4 and plated one (7).
  • 1B Matt Rose (.243) went 1-for-4 with a RBI double that plated three runs (20).

Mesa Cubs (12-10)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-1.5)

The Mesa Cubs were blanked by the AZL Dodgers, 3-0. They recorded seven hits in the setback.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.217) went 2-for-3 and drew a walk.
  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.290) went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to five games (7-for-19/.368).
  • RHP James Norwood (3.60) tossed 4.0 hitless innings and fanned a season-high six batters.

Cubs Lineup: 7/17/15

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Kyle Hendricks carries his string of 22.1 scoreless innings into Atlanta to kick off the season’s second half.

Cubs @ Braves – Turner Field
First Pitch: 6:35 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (4-4, 3.55 ERA)
Braves Starter: Julio Teheran, RHP (6-4, 4.56 ERA)
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/16/15

Iowa, Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Mesa all picked up wins for the Cubs yesterday, while Tennessee and Eugene both struggled with the bats. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (48-43)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Iowa opened the season’s second half with a 4-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada made his second rehab start with Iowa, throwing 71 pitches in 6.0 innings. He walked none and struck out five.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano (0.00) made his first appearance with Iowa, striking out three batters and surrendering one hit in a scoreless inning of relief.
  • LF Junior Lake (.310) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.458/11-for-24), going 2-for-4 with a third-inning solo home run.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.261) went 2-for-4 with a double (16) and a run scored.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.219) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (6), one run scored and two RBI (6).

Tennessee Smokies (8-11)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

The Smokies surrendered nine runs on 11 hits as they dropped a 9-2 decision at Montgomery.

  • SS Elliot Soto (.275) reached base three times and scored both of the Smokies’ runs, going 1-for-3 with two walks.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.242), C Willson Contreras (.319) and 2B Sutton Whiting (.625) all collected a hit and drew two walks. As a team, the I-Cubs collected nine walks and left 11 runners on base.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (3.00) did not allow any hits or runs in 1.2 innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (10-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Myrtle Beach scored a run in the fourth inning and held on for a 1-0 shutout win at Potomac.

  • RHP Jonathan Martinez recorded his longest scoreless outing of the season, tossing 7.0 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He has allowed one or no runs in at least 7.0 innings in three of his last four outings and has won six straight decisions.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.270) went 1-for-4 with the team’s only run.
  • LHP Michael Heesch (1.48) collected his third save of the season, tossing a scoreless ninth inning. He has not allowed a run in his last three appearances (8.2 IP).

South Bend Cubs (11-10)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fourth Place (-2.5)

South Bend jumped out to a 9-0 lead after four innings and held on for a 10-6 win over Lansing.

  • LF Yasiel Balaguert (.301) extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.396/21-for-53), going 4-for-5 with a double (16), a solo homer and three runs scored. His four hits tied a season high.
  • 2B David Bote (.236) had his third straight multi-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI (18).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.308) tallied his 10th game this season with three or more hits, going 3-for-5.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.205) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI (15). He has hit safely in five straight games (.500/9-for-18).

Eugene Emeralds (15-13)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Third Place (-1.0)

Eugene mustered just four hits in a 4-0 shutout loss at home against Hillsboro.

  • CF Ian Happ (.269) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double (5). He is 10-for-25 (.400) in his last six games with four multi-hit efforts.
  • LHP Kyle Twomey has tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in each of his last two outings.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (3.93) fanned four batters in 2.0 perfect innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (12-8)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-0.5)

The Mesa Cubs snapped a two-game losing skid, defeating the AZL D-backs, 2-1.

  • CF Robert Garcia (.403) went a perfect 4-for-4 with a stolen base (5), extending his hitting streak to four games (9-for-14). This was his second four-hit game of the season.
  • RF Alex Bautista (.255) went 1-for-4 with his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth inning that accounted for both of the team’s runs.
  • RHP Dylan Cease has tossed 6.0 scoreless innings across his last two outings. He has allowed just one earned run in 11.2 innings this season, striking out 10 batters and walking four.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/15/15

Myrtle Beach continued its winning ways, while one big inning was enough to carry Eugene Wednesday. The bats were clicking for South Bend, but it wasn’t enough. Tennessee and Mesa also ended up on the losing end. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (47-43)

Iowa returns to action tonight against Memphis. Arismendy Alcantara and Carlos Pimentel represented the I-Cubs at the Triple-A All-Star Game last night in Omaha, Nebraska.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel was the starting pitcher for the PCL team. He tossed 2.0 innings, allowing two hits and one run, walking none and fanning four batters.
  • CF-2B Arismendy Alcantara earned the start in center field, going 1-for-4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies (8-10)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Tennessee opened its five-game series at Montgomery with a 4-1 setback.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.241) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.227) had the club’s only extra-base hit, going 1-for-4 with a double (14) and a run scored.
  • RHP Tayler Scott (3.52) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and fanning one.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Second Place (-3.0)

Myrtle Beach clubbed three homers in a 5-2 win over host Potomac. The Pelicans have won four of their last five games.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.67) gave up one earned run in 7.0 innings, striking out two batters.
  • DH Kevin Brown (.244) went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. He has six RBI in his last four games.
  • SS Chesny Young (.333) collected his first homer of the season with the Pelicans, finishing 2-for-4. He has three consecutive multi-hit games.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.258) went 1-for-4 with his team-leading 11th home run of the season.

South Bend Cubs (10-10)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fourth Place (-3.0)

South Bend collected 11 hits but fell 6-4 in the first of a three-game set at Lansing.

  • RHP Erick Leal (4.97) gave up two earned runs in 6.0 innings in the no-decision.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.291) extended his hitting streak to 12 games (.354/17-for-48), going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.299) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • 2B David Bote (.225) had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI (15) and a stolen base (4).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.200) went 2-for-3 with an RBI (13) and a stolen base (15). He also threw out two runners at home. He has now hit safely in four straight games (7-for-13).

Eugene Emeralds (15-12)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene scored seven runs in the fifth inning to pull away, defeating visiting Hillsboro, 8-4.

  • CF Ian Happ (.267) went 3-for-4 with a double (4), two runs scored and an RBI (10). He is 9-for-22 (.409) in his last five games with four multi-hit efforts.
  • DH Justin Marra (.204) drove in two runs, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.309) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI (15). He has six multi-hit games in his last eight contests.
  • RF Eloy Jimenez (.324), 3B Blake Headley (.239) and SS Ho-young Son (.213) all had multi-hit games.

Mesa Cubs (11-8)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-0.5)

The Mesa Cubs dropped their second straight game, falling 5-3 to the AZL Royals.

  • LHP Zac Rosscup made his first rehab appearance with Mesa, striking out two batters and surrendering no hits or walks. One baserunner reached via a fielding error.
  • CF Robert Garcia (.365) went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in three straight games (5-for-10).
  • RF Michael Foster (.250) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI (2).
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