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Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/10/15

Only two games were played Sunday, but both Iowa and Myrtle Beach secured victories. Tennessee and South Bend had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (15-15)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.5)

Iowa scored eight runs in the fourth inning to roll past visiting Colorado Springs, 14-2.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (4.28) picked up the win, giving up no earned runs while striking out five in 5.2 innings. He’s allowed just one run in his last 19.2 innings of work.
  • C Taylor Teagarden (.333) went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a walk, a run scored and four RBI.
  • RF John Andreoli (.293) went 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI.
  • LF Junior Lake (.283) drove in three runs as part of a 2-for-4 outing. He also walked.
  • 2B Javier Baez (.238) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.333) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, two runs and three RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (19-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach collected 10 hits to defeat host Winston-Salem, 4-3.

  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (2.25) gave up one earned run and struck out two in 5.0 innings in the no-decision.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.333) collected his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, two runs scored and an RBI.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.299) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.261) went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Fourth Homestand Promotions and Guests: 5/11/15-5/17/15

Pinkout

Fans supported last year’s Pink Out event in the bleachers. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Budweiser Bleacher seating option will return to Cubs fans for the first time in 2015 as the North Siders host the Mets from May 11-14 and the Pirates from May 15-17. The bleachers in left field and center field open for occupancy starting May 11.

The homestand opener coincides with Cubs Charities’ “Pink Out” presented by Advocate Health Care on the first Cubs home game following Mother’s Day. Each guest in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a “Pink Out” T-shirt to promote breast cancer prevention awareness while celebrating moms and women everywhere who are survivors. Fans who aren’t sitting in the bleachers but would still like to participate may visit Gate F, where wives of Cubs players and coaches will accept donations in exchange for a “Pink Out” shirt. These donations will help provide mammograms for under- and uninsured women through Cubs Charities and Advocate Charitable Foundation.

In support of the event, Cubs players will wear pink batting practice jerseys that will later be available by auction through Cubs Authentics, with proceeds also funding mammograms for under- and uninsured women. The bases used on the field—also available through Cubs Authentics—will feature commemorative #PinkOut base jewels, and guests are encouraged to share pictures from the evening using the hashtag to promote breast cancer prevention awareness.

Ginny Cooper, a 10-year survivor, will serve as MLB’s Honorary Bat Girl and deliver the game’s lineup card. She was selected based on her story about “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer.” She will be joined by other breast cancer survivors and volunteers who will throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch, sing the National Anthem and lead the seventh-inning stretch. Overall, Advocate will bring more than 50 survivors to enjoy the game in the stands.

In addition to Monday’s “Pink Out,” Cubs Charities will continue this year’s Let’s Give campaign by supporting the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s Third Annual Cook-Off for Cancer on May 14. The event will feature upscale versions of ballpark food prepared by notable Chicago chefs and served by Cubs players at Revel Downtown. Tips and event net proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research as well as provide support to children and their families battling the disease. For more information, visit cubs.com/cook.

On Friday, May 15, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his Respect Community charity T-shirt initiative by representing Cubs Rookie League Baseball during his postgame press conference.

Tickets remain available for the upcoming homestand at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow:

Promotions
The homestand will begin May 11 with all fans in the Budweiser Bleachers receiving a Cubs Charities “Pink Out” T-shirt presented by Advocate Health Care. On Saturday, May 16, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame Sunday, May 17.

Food Specials
This homestand, the Decade Diner located in the right-field concourse will serve a Turkey Club Sandwich—a triple decker with toasted bread, sliced turkey, bacon, sliced tomatoes, crisp lettuce and mayo—as well as the Reuben Sandwich with warm pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Louie dressing on toasted marble rye bread.

Homestand Recap and Guests, May 11-17
Monday, May 11 vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Charities “Pink Out” T-shirt presented by Advocate Health Care, all Budweiser Bleacher fans
  • First pitches and seventh-inning stretch: Breast cancer survivors
  • MLB Honorary Bat Girl: Ginny Cooper, 10-year breast cancer survivor
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, May 12 vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: WNBA Chicago Sky guard Allie Quigley
  • Broadcast: CSN+, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, May 13 vs. New York Mets, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass
  • Broadcast: WGN, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, May 14 vs. New York Mets, 1:20 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: DePaul Men’s Basketball Coach Dave Leitao
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s Third Annual Cook-Off for Cancer

Friday, May 15 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: UIC Men’s Basketball Coach Steve McClain
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 16 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network, first 20,000 fans
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs infielder Bill Madlock
  • Broadcast: WLS-TV, FS1, WBBM 780-AM, ESPN Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 17 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: WGN, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases post-game, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Cubs Lineup: 5/8/15

Hammel

Jason Hammel takes to the mound as the Cubs take on NL Central rivals Milwaukee Friday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Brewers – Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Brewers Starter: Jimmy Nelson, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/7/15

Iowa battled back to claim a victory, and Myrtle Beach and South Bend each came away winners in one-run games on Thursday. Tennessee, on the other hand, was unable to retain its early lead. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (13-14)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa rallied in the seventh inning to come from behind and top Nashville, 4-1, in the series finale.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada gave up one earned run in 5.2 innings, striking out six in the no-decision.
  • LF Arismendy Alcantara (.233) blasted a two-run homer in the seventh-inning, walked once and swiped a base.
  • DH Mike Baxter (.314) went 2-for-4 and scored once. It marked his second multi-hit game of the series.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.315) had a pair of hits.
  • RHP Gonzalez Germen (3-0, 0.00) tossed 1.1 hitless innings to collect his third win at Iowa. He has not given up a hit in five games (6.0 innings).

Tennessee Smokies (15-12)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Tennessee got off to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, but was unable to hold on, falling to Pensacola, 5-4.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.232) hit a double, drove in three and scored once.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.284) went 2-for-3 with an RBI. It marked his seventh multi-hit game this season.
  • RHP Corey Black took a no-decision after 5.0 innings of work. Black has fanned 22 batters over his last three appearances (15.2 innings).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-10)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

LF Billy McKinney (.313) blasted a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to beat Salem, 2-1. The Pelicans have won seven of their last eight games.

  • McKinney also walked a career-high four times and scored twice. He has earned at least one RBI in the last six games and has recorded a hit in five of his last six appearances.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.286) plated a run in the sixth inning to tie the game at one.
  • RHP Duane Underwood (1.29) tossed a quality start, giving up just one run on three hits, walking one and fanning four batters in 7.0 innings of work.

South Bend Cubs (15-13)
Midwest League (High-A)
T-Third Place (-2.0)

South Bend opened up a three-game road set at Bowling Green with a 3-2 victory.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.341) went 1-for-3, drove in two runs and walked twice. Burks extended his hitting streak to five games (10-for-20/.500).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.232) hit his fifth double, scored once and walked once.
  • DH Justin Marra (.170) also knocked a double and walked once. He has recorded a hit in his last five appearances.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.273) picked up his 12th RBI for the SB-Cubs.
  • RHP Zach Hedges (2.77) fanned a season-high four batters in 5.0 innings of work to pick up the win. He allowed no earned runs.

 

Cubs early season rainout rescheduled for July 7

The April 7 game between the Cubs and Cardinals that was postponed due to weather is scheduled to be made up on Tuesday, July 7, as the first game of a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The makeup game will be played at 12:20 p.m. and will be followed by the regularly scheduled game at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets to the April 7 game at Wrigley Field will be honored for the 12:20 p.m. July 7 game. No ticket exchange is necessary.

Separate tickets are required for each game, and gates will reopen approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Tickets for both July 7 games are available for sale at cubs.com, by phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS or at the Wrigley Field ticket windows.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/6/15

Tennessee secured both games of a doubleheader, and Myrtle Beach was able to salvage a split with a victory in its second game of the day. Iowa and South Bend both dropped games on Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (12-14)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa’s bats were silenced in a 6-0 loss to the Nashville Sounds.

  • 3B Chris Valaika (.238) tallied two of Iowa’s five hits, going 2-for-4.
  • LHP Joe Ortiz (3.09) tossed a scoreless frame. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last three games (4.0 IP).

Tennessee Smokies (15-11)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.5)

GM 1: Tennessee ended a two-game skid with a 2-1 victory at Pensacola.

  • CF Albert Almora (.313) went 2-for-3.
  • RHP Frank Batista tossed his third straight quality start, giving up no earned runs in 6.0 innings of work. He’s holding opponents to a .176 average (19-for-108) this season.
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (0.90) earned his third save of the year with a scoreless seventh inning.

GM 2: Tennessee scored four runs in the top of the seventh to sweep the doubleheader with a 4-1 win.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.358) went 3-for-4 and had a three-run double in the seventh to lift the Smokies.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.231) went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI.
  • RHP C.J. Edwards (1-2, 3.55) tossed a scoreless inning to earn his first victory of the year.
  • RHP Michael Jensen (0.71) worked a scoreless seventh inning to record his first save of the season.

Myrtle Beach (16-10)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

GM 1: Myrtle Beach had its five-game winning streak snapped in a 5-4 loss to visiting Salem.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.271) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double.
  • C Victor Caratini (.231) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.260) and 2B Wes Darvill (.190) each walked twice.

GM 2: Myrtle Beach avoided a doubleheader sweep with a 4-2 win over visiting Salem.

  • 2B Wes Darvill (.217) went 2-for-4 with a first-inning solo home run.
  • DH Mark Zagunis (.272) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • RHP Zach Cates (1-0, 0.00) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings to earn the win.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (0.90) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save of the year.

South Bend (14-13)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fourth Place (-3.0)

Visiting Great Lakes scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to beat South Bend 4-3.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.341) went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases (8).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.228) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double (4).
  • 2B David Bote (.282) and 1B Gioskar Amaya (.177) each had one RBI.

Cubs Lineup: 5/6/15

Cubs vs. Cardinals – Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 7:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Cardinals Starter: Lance Lynn, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup

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

Cubs active RHP Grimm; recall OF Szczur

Grimm

Justin Grimm returns to the Cubs after a stint on the DL. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs activated right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm off the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. Outfielder Junior Lake has been optioned to Triple-A and right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro has been designated for assignment.

The 26-year-old Grimm returns to the Cubs after landing on the disabled list on April 10 with right forearm inflammation. He made one rehab appearance as part of his return, tossing a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts on Monday for Iowa. Grimm made Chicago’s Opening Day roster for the second season in a row, but has yet to make his 2015 debut.

The right-hander went 5-2 with 11 holds and a 3.78 ERA (29 ER/69.0 IP) in 73 relief appearances last year with the Cubs, his first full season in the majors. Grimm tied for ninth in the National League in appearances while striking out 70 batters and walking only 27 in 69.0 innings. Overall, he stranded 25 of 30 inherited runners last year and posted a 2.60 ERA in 29 games following the All-Star break.

Grimm joined the Cubs as part of the five-player deal that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers on July 22, 2013. He was the American League Rookie of the Month with Texas in April 2013, and posted a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) in 10 relief appearances with the Cubs following the trade that summer.

Szczur, 25, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster and batted .200 (2-for-10) with one double and one RBI in eight games before being optioned to Iowa on April 19. With Iowa, Szczur has batted .262 (11-for-42) with two homers, a triple and seven RBI in 11 games this season.

The outfielder made his major league debut with the Cubs last August and batted .226 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 33 games. Szczur has played 14 games in left field, nine games in center field and 13 games in right field during his big league career. Overall, he has batted .222 with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI in 41 career major league games.

Lake, 25, is hitting .286 (4-for-14) with one double and one RBI in four games with the Cubs this season. He is batting .289 (13-for-45) with two doubles and eight RBI in 13 games with Iowa this year.

Varvaro, 30, was claimed off waivers from Boston on Sunday and was added to the 25-man roster yesterday. He did not appear in Tuesday’s game. He was traded to the Red Sox on Dec. 17, 2014, and went 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in nine relief appearances this season before being designated for assignment on April 29.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/5/15

Iowa and Myrtle Beach each kept winning streaks alive, and South Bend picked up a victory behind a dominating pitching performance Tuesday. Tennessee couldn’t hang on in the loss. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (12-13)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa won its third straight game, blanking host Nashville 4-0. It marks the I-Cubs’ second shutout this year.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (5.40) fanned seven in 6.0 innings, giving up no runs on three hits.
  • DH Adron Chambers (.255) went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk, adding two RBI and a run scored.
  • 3B Chris Valaika (.224) snapped a six-game hitless skid (0-for-14), going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and his eighth RBI of the season.
  • RF John Andreoli (.271) went 2-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases.
  • LF Mike Baxter (.323) went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in three straight games (4-for-12).

Tennessee Smokies (13-11)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Tennessee surrendered four runs in the sixth inning, dropping a 4-3 decision at Pensacola.

  • SS Elliot Soto (.277) went 2-for-5 with a run scored. It’s his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
  • 3B Anthony Giansanti (.206) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (1.13) allowed just three hits in 2.1 scoreless innings. He has allowed one run in 8.0 innings of work this season.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (15-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Myrtle Beach won its fifth straight game as the Pelicans scored five runs in the fourth inning to win 5-2 over visiting Salem.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.299) went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.267), DH Ben Carhart (.222), 1B Jacob Rogers (.300) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.258) all had one hit and a run scored.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez picked up the win, giving up two earned runs in 6.0 innings. He has tossed back-to-back quality starts, allowing two earned runs in 12.0 innings.

South Bend Cubs (14-12)
Midwest league (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-2.0)

RHP Jeremy Null tossed 8.0 scoreless innings as South Bend blanked Great Lakes 3-0.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.321) went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.333) went 1-for-4 with an RBI (16). It’s his seventh RBI in the last eight games.
  • RHP Jeremy Null has not allowed a run in his last three starts (19.2 IP). He walked his first batter of the season last night and has 26 total strikeouts.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/4/15

Iowa edged out a win, while Myrtle Beach slugged its way to victory on Monday. Runs were limited in Tennessee and South Bend losses. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (11-13)
Pacific Coast League
Third Place (-7.5)

Iowa defeated host Nashville, 2-1, in the first of a four-game series.

  • LHP Eric Jokisch (4.00) gave up one earned run in six innings of work, striking out five in the win.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.262) went 1-for-2 with a home run, two walks and two RBI.
  • DH Taylor Davis (.333) collected his second multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-4.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.277) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.379/11-for-29) with a 1-for-4 night. He also scored once and walked once.
  • RHP Justin Grimm (0.00) made his first rehab appearance of the season, striking out two batters and walking one in a scoreless eighth inning.

Tennessee Smokies (13-10)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Tennessee lost in walk-off fashion at Birmingham, falling 4-3 in 13 innings.

  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.269) reached base all seven times, going 2-for-2 with a home run, five walks, one run scored, one stolen base and one RBI.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.333) hit two doubles (7), going 3-for-5 with a walk.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.293) went 2-for-6, his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (5.84) faced the minimum over 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, striking out three batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (14-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach registered 17 hits and drew seven walks as they defeated Lynchburg, 14-6, to sweep the four-game series.

  • 1B Jacobs Rogers (.299) went 3-for-5 with a home run, a walk and four RBI. He extended his hitting streak to five games (10-for-20), including four multi-hit efforts.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.301) collected his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a run scored and three RBI.
  • LF Wes Darvill (.195) went 1-for-3 with a triple, two walks, two runs scored and three RBI.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.250) went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.
  • CF Mark Zagunis (.268), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.256), DH Kevin Brown (.267) and 2B Daniel Lockhart (.222) all had multi-hit games.
  • C Alberto Mineo (.250) was the only Pelicans starter not to collect a hit, but he walked twice and scored a team-high three runs.

South Bend Cubs (13-12)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fourth Place (-2.0)

South Bend was blanked, 2-0, by Great Lakes in the first of a three-game home set.

  • The SB-Cubs collected five hits, all singles, in the defeat.
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (5.85) tied a season high with 5.0 innings pitched. He struck out a season-best five batters.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (4.20) allowed one hit in 3.0 scoreless innings, striking out one batter.
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