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Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/12/16

Tennessee was the only team that took the field Tuesday, though the Smokies couldn’t get the bats going. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Tennessee Smokies (9-9)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-4.5)

The Smokies stranded seven runners and were held scoreless, losing to Chattanooga, 4-0.

  • Clayton Richard completed his fourth rehab start, allowing four hits and walking none in three innings. He threw 43 pitches, 28 for strikes. He has an 0-1 record with a 2.13 ERA (3 ER/12.2 IP) between Double-A and Triple-A.
  • LHP Brian Matusz (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) followed Richard, fanning six batters over 3.1 IP in his Double-A debut.
  • LF Kelly Dugan (.192) went 2 for 3 while 3B Chesny Young (.290) reached three times, going 2 for 3 with a walk.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.250) was 1 for 4.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/11/16

Tennessee and Myrtle Beach both picked up wins Monday, while South Bend and Eugene both came out on the losing end. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (41-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

Iowa is off until Thursday for the All-Star Break. 1B Dan Vogelbach and RHP Armando Rivero will represent the Cubs at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tennessee Smokies (9-8)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-1.5)

The Smokies won their second straight one-run game, defeating visiting Chattanooga, 7-6.

  • C Victor Caratini (.293) went 2 for 3 with a go-ahead three-run homer and two runs scored.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.271) and CF Trey Martin (.210) each went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • SS Daniel Lockhart (.250) went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests.
  • RHP Joe Nathan (1 IP) made his seventh relief appearance, tossing a scoreless inning. He has allowed two runs on three hits while walking none in 6.2 innings (2.70 ERA).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (10-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach claimed its third-straight win with a 5-1 victory over host Wilmington.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.249) went 2 for 4 with a go-ahead three-run homer, two runs scored and a stolen base (17). He has two hits and two runs scored in each of his last three games.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.270) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 5 with a double (18), an RBI (37) and a stolen base (17).
  • 1B David Bote (.296) reached three times, going 1 for 3 with two walks.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (2.2 IP, H, 4 SO) has yet to allow an earned run in 8.1 innings with Myrtle Beach

South Bend Cubs (13-6)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

South Bend surrendered 14 hits in a 10-3 setback at home against Bowling Green.

  • 1B Josh Silver (.257) led the way offensively, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored. He has gone 7 for 14 with five runs scored in his last three games.
  • 2B Bryant Flete (.215) added two hits, going 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI (22).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.293) extended his hitting streak to five games (.429/9 for 21), going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.

Eugene Emeralds (17-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

The Emeralds collected just four hits in a 7-4 setback vs. Hillsboro, marking their first two-game losing streak of the season.

  • CF D.J. Wilson (.163) reached twice, going 1 for 4 with a double (2), a walk and two RBI (7).
  • C Tyler Payne (.286) and RF Connor Myers (.250) each singled, scored a run and drove in a run.
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.203) went 1 for 4 with a double (4), two runs and a steal (6).

Mesa Cubs (8-9)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-2.0)

Mesa had the day off. The Cubs return to action tomorrow at the AZL White Sox.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/10/16

Tennessee battled back, Myrtle Beach had a few big innings, and South Bend scored late as all registered wins Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (41-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

Iowa closed out the season’s first half with a 7-4 setback at Colorado Springs.

  • LF Matt Murton (.339) went 2 for 5 with a run scored. He is batting .429 (15 for 35) in his last eight games, including six multi-hit efforts.
  • CF John Andreoli (.239) was 2 for 4 with a double (12), a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.275) went 0 for 2 but walked twice, scored a run and drove in a run (16). He has reached base in 12 straight games.
  • RHP Drew Rucinski (5.83 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings.

Tennessee Smokies (8-8)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-2.0)

The Smokies rallied from a 3-0 deficit to claim a 5-4 victory over the visiting Lookouts.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.302) finished 3 for 4 with a solo homer (7) and two runs scored. He is batting .433 (13 for 30) with a .452 OBP in nine July contests.
  • CF Trey Martin (.190) went 3 for 3 with a solo homer (1) and two RBI (5).
  • RHP James Farris (1.2 IP, 3 SO) retired all five batters he faced, and RHP Dave Berg (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) collected his second save.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach scored three in the first and four in the third, cruising to a 9-1 win over Wilmington.

  • 2B David Bote (.295) went 2 for 4 with a triple (1), solo homer (1), walk and two RBI (10).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.232) and CF Rashad Crawford (.246) each added multi-hit games.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.269) drove in three runs, going 1 for 4 with a double (24) and a run scored. He has hit safely in six straight games (9 for 23) with six RBI.
  • RHP Zach Hedges tossed six scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none in the win. It’s his second start of at least six scoreless frames.

South Bend Cubs (13-5)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend scored in the final five frames, pulling away for a 10-6 win over Bowling Green.

  • LF Donnie Dewees (.274) extended his hitting streak to 15 games (.355/22 for 62), going 1 for 4 with two runs, one RBI (49) and a stolen base (16).
  • DH P.J. Higgins (.284) went 3 for 5 with two doubles (20), two runs and one RBI (24).
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.268) extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 2 for 4 with two doubles (19), a walk, one run scored and two RBI (46). He has five straight multi-hit games.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.293) and C Alberto Mineo (.333) each added multi-hit games. Mineo drove in three runs.

Eugene Emeralds (17-7)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.5)

The Emeralds allowed eight unanswered runs, falling 10-2 at home to Hillsboro.

  • SS Yeiler Peguero (.280) went 3 for 4 with a double (4), run scored and two steals (2).
  • RF Robert Garcia (.286) and LF Kevonte Mitchell (.200) each tripled.
  • RHP Michael Knighton (2.1 IP, 3 SO) retired all seven batters he faced.
  • LHP Wyatt Short (1 IP, SO) made his professional debut, retiring all three batters.

Mesa Cubs (8-9)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Mesa allowed a season-high tying 12 runs, falling 12-3 vs. the AZL Giants.

  • 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.194) went 2 for 4 with a double (2), triple (2), run scored and RBI (2).
  • CF Luis Ayala (.354) went 2 for 5 with two RBI (11). He has hit safely in all 14 games (23 for 65).
  • 1B Gustavo Polanco (.424) added two singles, going 2 for 4. He has hit safely in five straight games (.500/10 for 20).

Cubs Lineup: 7/8/16 vs. Pirates

Cubs vs. Pirates — PNC Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (12-3, 2.33 ERA)
Pirates Starter: Francisco Liriano, lhp (5-8, 5.34 ERA)
TV: CSN, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs Lineup: 7/7/16 vs. Braves

Cubs vs. Braves — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (7-5, 3.45 ERA)
Braves Starter: Lucas Harrell, rhp (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
TV: ABC-7; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Tommy La Stella, 3b
2. Kris Bryant, lf
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, rf
5. Willson Contreras, c
6. Jason Heyward, cf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. Jason Hammel, p
9. Javy Baez, 2b

Cubs activate IF La Stella from 15-day DL, recall RHP Warren; place C Ross on 7-day DL, DFA RHP Peralta

Warren(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today activated infielder Tommy La Stella off of the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Adam Warren from Triple-A Iowa. In corresponding roster moves, catcher David Ross has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list and right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta has been designated for assignment.

Both La Stella and Warren started for the Cubs on Wednesday as they concluded their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

La Stella, 27, is batting .291 (23 for 79) with eight doubles, one triple, two homers and seven RBI in 38 games with the Cubs this season. He has a .378 on-base percentage and a .494 slugging percentage, good for an .872 OPS. La Stella was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 10 (retro to June 8) with a right hamstring strain. He batted .286 (6 for 21) with one homer and three RBI in a six-game rehab assignment with Iowa.

Warren, 28, is 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA (13 ER/25.2 IP) in 25 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. He was optioned to Iowa on June 21 and has since made two starts in Triple-A: June 25 at Oklahoma City (3.2 IP) and June 30 at Round Rock (5 IP), posting no record with a 4.15 ERA (4 ER/8.2 IP). Warren has made 20 starts in his major league career, including 17 with the New York Yankees last season in which he went 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA (39 ER/96 IP).

Ross, 39, is batting .234 (25 for 107) with six homers and 23 RBI in 43 games. He leads the majors with a 2.65 catchers ERA (min. 40 games played).

Peralta, 40, went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (4 ER/4 IP) in five relief outings with the Cubs.

Cubs Lineup: 7/6/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Adam Warren, rhp (3-1, 4.56 ERA)
Reds Starter: Anthony DeSclafani, rhp (2-0, 1.78 ERA)
TV: CSN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Ben Zobrist, 2b
2. Kris Bryant, rf
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Willson Contreras, lf
5. Tommy La Stella, 3b
6. Jason Heyward, cf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. Miguel Montero, c
9. Adam Warren, p

Celebrate 100 Years of the Cubs at Wrigley Field

100ScorecardCommemorative scorecard honoring 100 years of Cubs baseball at Wrigley Field.

On Wednesday, the Cubs will celebrate a Century of the Cubs at Wrigley Field (which originally hosted the Federal League’s Chi-Feds and Whales from 1914-15) and both the Cubs and visiting Reds will wear 1916 throwback uniforms for the game. The two teams matched up April 20, 1916, in the Cubs first game at the ballpark, then named Weeghman Park. Up to the first 30,000 fans will receive a 1916 Chicago Cubs Replica Throwback Jersey. Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams will lead the seventh-inning stretch. The game’s scorecard, in-game video board graphics and entertainment will highlight the team’s 100 years of history at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs have worn a commemorative patch featuring a version of the team’s 1916 logo on home uniforms throughout the season, and the logo has been featured on base jewels and as a stamp on baseballs used during 2016 home games. Bases used July 6 will be adorned with custom base jewels featuring the Cubs’ and Reds’ 1916 logos.

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/4/16

Iowa’s offense led the way, Tennessee had a big inning to secure a win and Eugene also racked up most of its runs in one frame to pick up the victory Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (40-44)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.5)

The I-Cubs tallied 12 hits and defeated Omaha 4-3.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella (.386) was 2 for 3 with a walk and a pair of runs in his sixth rehab game.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.288) went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer (3) in the first. He has a hit in five straight contests.
  • C David Freitas (.309) led the team with three hits, going 3 for 4.
  • LF Matt Murton (.327) was 2 for 4 with an RBI (26).
  • RHP Armando Rivero (1 IP, 2 H, 2 SO) has not allowed a run in 10 consecutive innings.

Tennessee Smokies (7-4)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

A three-run second inning was pivotal to Tennessee’s 4-3 triumph over Jackson.

  • C Ben Carhart (.241) delivered the go-ahead, three-run shot (1) in the second inning.
  • 3B Chesny Young (.284) was 1 for 3 with a homer (3) and a walk.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.432) went 1 for 3 with a double (3) and a stolen base (3).
  • Jen-Ho Tseng (2.98 ERA) gave up three earned in seven innings to get the win.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-7)
Carolina League (High-A)
Third Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach hitters could not plate a run as the Pelicans fell to host Winston-Salem, 8-0.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.237) reached base three times, going 2 for 3 with a double (16) and a walk. He also added a stolen base (14).
  • 3B David Bote (.339) went 1 for 3 and has a hit in nine of his last 10 games. He is 15 for 33 (.455) over the span.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) has only allowed one earned run in 23.2 IP between South Bend and Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (9-3)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The SB-Cubs were outhit 16 to six and lost to Fort Wayne, 6-3.

  • DH Jesse Hodges (.283) went 1 for 4 with a triple (3), two RBI (16) and a run scored. He has a hit in four straight games.
  • C Tyler Alamo (.267) reached base twice, going 1 for 3 with a free pass.
  • CF Alberto Caro (.147) was 1 for 4 with a triple (1).
  • RHP John Williamson (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) has had five straight scoreless outings, totaling seven IP.

Eugene Emeralds (13-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

Thanks to a five-run sixth inning, Eugene beat Everett, 7-5.

  • C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.222) went 2 for 4 with a pair of homers (2), including a sixth-inning grand slam. He finished with five RBI and two runs.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.324) was 3 for 4 with a run scored. He has seven multi-hit games in 17 efforts.
  • 1B Chris Pieters (.339) went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.
  • LF Michael Foster (.133) finished with a double (2).
  • RHP Tommy Nance (1.2 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO) recorded every out in his appearance via the strikeout.

Mesa Cubs (6-6)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-2.0)

The Mesa Cubs lost their third straight game, falling to the host AZL Indians, 14-2.

  • LF Ruben Reyes (.296) was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles (4) and a run scored.
  • DH Isaac Paredes (.214) went 2 for 3 with a double (1), an RBI (3) and a run scored.
  • 1B Gustavo Polanco (.385) snapped his nine-game hitting streak, but drove in a run (6). He was 0 for 1 with a walk overall.

Cubs Lineup: 7/5/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (7-4, 3.27 ERA)
Reds Starter: Brandon Finnegan, lhp (3-7, 4.48 ERA)
TV: CSN, MLB Network (out-of-market only); Radio: 670 The Score

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

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