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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

Cubs Lineup: 7/4/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (6-6, 2.76 ERA)
Reds Starter: Cody Reed, lhp (0-2, 9.00 ERA)
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Javy Baez, 2b
2. Kris Bryant, lf
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Willson Contreras, c
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jason Heyward, rf
7. Jeimer Candelario, 3b
8. Kyle Hendricks, p
9. Albert Almora Jr., cf

Cubs Lineup: 7/1/16 vs. Mets

Cubs vs. Mets — Citi Field
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (7-4, 2.58 ERA)
Mets Starter: Jacob deGrom, rhp (2-4, 2.69 ERA)
TV: WGN-TV, MLB Network (out-of-market only); Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs Sixth Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/4/16-7/7/16

CUBS_071013-078(Photo by Steve Green)

The Chicago Cubs will kick off their next homestand while celebrating Independence Day as the Reds visit July 4-6 and the Braves return July 7 for a makeup of the April 30 postponement due to inclement weather. Both the Cubs and Reds will wear Stars and Stripes uniforms July 4 to celebrate the patriotic holiday.

The team will celebrate a Century of the Cubs at Wrigley Field (which originally hosted the Federal League’s Chi-Feds and Whales from 1914-15) Wednesday, July 6, 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 presented by Ideal Industries Inc., which is celebrating its 100th anniversary as well. 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. Game-used jerseys, hats and helmets will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics, while bases and baseballs will be available for preorder or purchase at the Cubs Authentics kiosk during the game. Net proceeds benefit Cubs Charities. Fans can purchase licensed merchandise and collectibles with the celebratory logo at team stores throughout this season.

Each game this homestand features a promotional giveaway for fans. Ticket availability is limited. Fans can purchase tickets at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions
Up to the first 10,000 fans celebrating the Fourth of July at Wrigley Field will receive a Cubs Camo Apron presented by Magellan Corporation.

The following day, July 5, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive an Anthony Rizzo “Tarp Catch” Bobblehead presented by Reynolds Wrap.

Ideal Industries Inc. celebrates its 100th anniversary along with a Century of Cubs at Wrigley Field by presenting a 1916 Chicago Cubs Replica Throwback Jersey for up to the first 30,000 fans Wednesday, July 6.

On Thursday, July 7, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive the Ron Santo Replica Statue presented by TransUnion that was originally scheduled for April 30.

Food Specials
Hot Doug’s will continue its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Turk Wendell is a gyro sausage topped with tzatziki, feta cheese and chopped tomatoes. The Rick Wrona features a smoked Hungarian sausage topped with smoked paprika mustard and smoked Gouda cheese. The Carmen Fanzone is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with spicy brown mustard and caramelized onions.

Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner features a rotating selection of homestand specials. This homestand, fans can order a Footlong Chili Cheese Dog, which is a footlong Vienna Beef hot dog served with traditional Cincinnati chili, diced onions, cheddar cheese and yellow mustard with a side of french fries. The Grilled High Plains Bison Burger is available as well, topped with bacon, cheddar and American cheese, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, onions and Louis dressing on a sesame bun with a side of french fries.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
Following the game Wednesday, July 6, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester and his wife Farah will be joined by teammates and coaches for a night of live country music, carnival games, great food and more at the NVRQT Goes Country fundraiser at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street. Net proceeds from the sold-out event will benefit Lester’s NVRQT campaign, run by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), which helps raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research. Fans can learn more about the event at cubs.com/nvrqt.

Following the homestand on Sunday, July 10, the Wood Family Foundation will join Cubs Charities to host the second annual Kerry Wood and Friends Battle of the Bats Charity Home Run Derby at Wrigley Field. This date is a make-up from the original May 25 event, which was postponed due to inclement weather. Kerry Wood and other Cubs alumni will coach participants to swing for the fences while competing for the ultimate title of Home Run Derby Champion. Individuals will fundraise a minimum of $3,500, which will benefit underserved youth in Chicago through Cubs Charities and the Wood Family Foundation. For more information or to participate, visit cubs.com/derby.

Homestand Recap, July 4-7
Monday, July 4, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Camo Apron presented by Magellan Corporation, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • Pregame: Large flag display and Military Take the Field
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Comedian, actor and Chicago native Jeff Garlin
  • Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 5, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Anthony Rizzo “Tarp Catch” Bobblehead presented by Reynolds Wrap, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and National Anthem: Actor Ryan Bondy from the Broadway hit Book of Mormon
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 6, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

  • Century of Cubs at Wrigley Field Celebration
  • Promotion: 1916 Chicago Cubs Replica Throwback Jersey presented by Ideal Industries, Inc., up to the first 30,000 fans
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Thursday, July 7, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Ron Santo Replica Statue presented by TransUnion, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • National anthem: Indie-pop band AJR
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs third baseman Bill Madlock
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

About the Century of Cubs at Wrigley Field Celebration
The Chicago Cubs franchise–originally chartered as the Chicago White Stockings, then called the Colts and Orphans before officially adopting the Cubs moniker in 1907–played in five different ballparks between 1876 and 1915 before moving in 1916 to the team’s current home at the corner of Clark and Addison streets. Originally named Weeghman Park after Chicago Federals owner Charles Weeghman, the ballpark was first home to the Chi-Feds (later the Chicago Whales) of the Federal League. The park hosted its first game April 23, 1914, with the Chi-Feds defeating the Kansas City Packers 9-1, and hosted the Federal League-champion Chicago Whales in 1915. After the Federal League folded in December of 1915, Weeghman assembled a group of 10 investors, including William Wrigley Jr., to purchase the Chicago Cubs and move them to Weeghman Park for the 1916 season. The Cubs played their first home game at Weeghman Park vs. the Cincinnati Reds April 20, 1916, emerging victorious by a 7-6 score in 11 innings. By 1919, Wrigley Jr. gained controlling interest in the club, and the park was renamed Cubs Park, eventually becoming Wrigley Field after the 1926 season. The team celebrated 100 Years of Wrigley Field with a yearlong campaign during the 2014 season.

Cubs Lineup: 6/30/16 vs. Mets

Cubs vs. Mets — Citi Field
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (7-4, 3.29 ERA)
Mets Starter: Steven Matz, lhp (7-3, 3.29 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, c
5. Javy Baez, 2b
6. Matt Szczur, lf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. John Lackey, p
9. Albert Almora Jr., cf

Cubs Lineup: 6/29/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Great American Ball Park
First Pitch: 11:35 a.m. CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (5-6, 2.76 ERA)
Reds Starter: Cody Reed, lhp (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Ben Zobrist, rf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Willson Contreras, c
5. Javy Baez, 2b
6. Matt Szczur, lf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. Kyle Hendricks, p
9. Albert Almora Jr., cf

Cubs Lineup: 6/28/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Great American Ball Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (9-3, 2.10 ERA)
Reds Starter: John Lamb, lhp (1-4, 4.78 ERA)
TV: CSN; Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/27/16

Iowa split its doubleheader, Tennessee cruised to a win, Eugene continued its streak, and Mesa put its opponent away early on Monday. South Bend was unable to pick up a win, while Myrtle Beach was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (37-39)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-4.5)

Iowa split its doubleheader at Oklahoma City with both games going into extra innings. The I-Cubs lost a slugfest in Game 1, 10-9 in nine innings. But it rebounded to win Game 2, 3-2 in eight innings.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella (.667) made his first rehab appearance in Game 1, going 2 for 3 with a two-run homer (1) in the third inning.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.313) went a combined 5 for 7 with two doubles, a two-run homer (15), two runs scored and four RBI (55). He has four straight multi-hit games, including three homers.
  • RF-CF John Andreoli (.237) reached multiple times in each game, going a combined 3 for 7 with a double (9), three runs scored and two walks.
  • LF Matt Murton (.336) was 2 for 4 with a walk, a double (9) and two runs scored in the first game.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.316) went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer (2) and a walk in Game 2.
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.269) also added a two-hit game in the nightcap.
  • RHP Jake Buchanan (4.48 ERA) surrendered two earned runs and fanned eight in seven innings to pick up the Game 2 win.

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

The Smokies rolled past Pensacola, 12-1, in a rain-shortened six-inning contest.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.733) recorded his third straight three-hit game, going 3 for 3 with a two-run homer (2), two runs scored, a sac fly and three RBI (6). In four starts with Tennessee, he has gone 11 for 15 with two doubles, two homers, six runs scored and six RBI.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.264) went 2 for 3 with a triple (2), a walk, two runs scored and a season-high four RBI (26). He has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
  • 3B Chesny Young (.289) was 2 for 3 with a double (9), a walk and three runs scored.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.247) and 1B Victor Caratini (.295) each collected two-hit games.
  • RHP Brad Markey (2.34 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings for the win. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in his last nine starts.

South Bend Cubs (4-1)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend dropped its first game of the second half, falling 6-1 at home against Lake County.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.321) went 2 for 4, extending his hitting streak to eight games (.394/13 for 33). He is batting .349 (30 for 86) in 21 June contests.
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.266) went 2 for 4.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.237) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI (33).
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3 IP, 1 R, 4 SO) allowed just one unearned run and no hits in three innings.

Eugene Emeralds (8-3)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+2.0)

The Emeralds won their fourth straight game, prevailing over Spokane, 8-2.

  • 3B Matt Rose (.300) went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer (2) and three RBI (10). He has hit safely in all eight games this season (9 for 30).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.171) finished 1 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI (5).
  • RHP Jesus Castillo (1.80 ERA) allowed one hit and struck out 11 batters in five innings.

Mesa Cubs (4-2)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

Mesa led 4-0 after two innings and cruised to a 7-2 victory over the AZL Giants.

  • RF Jose Gonzalez (.273) was 3 for 5 with two RBI (2).
  • CF Luis Ayala (.385) went 2 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI (7) and a stolen base (2).
  • 1B Gustavo Polanco (.400) finished 2 for 4 with an RBI (2).
  • RHP Erling Moreno (1.64 ERA) picked up the win, tossing six scoreless innings, striking out six.

Cubs select contract of RHP Peralta, option LHP Concepcion to Triple-A Iowa

The Chicago Cubs selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta from Triple-A Iowa Monday. To make room for Peralta on Chicago’s 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion was optioned to Triple-A Iowa following yesterday’s game. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40.

Peralta, who will wear uniform No. 62, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they open their three-game series in Cincinnati.

The 40-year-old Peralta signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on June 13 after beginning the season with the Seattle Mariners, where he went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (14 ER/23.1 IP) in 26 relief appearances before being designated for assignment on June 2. With Seattle, Peralta limited left-handed hitters to a .209 batting average (9 for 43) and a .261 on-base percentage. With Iowa, Peralta posted no record with two saves and a 4.50 ERA (2 ER/4 IP) in five relief appearances, limiting all foes to a .176 batting average against.

Peralta has pitched 12 major leagues seasons and posted a 20-34 record with 169 holds, 15 saves and a 4.00 ERA (286 ER/644.0 IP) in 615 appearances, all in relief, with the Los Angeles Angels (2005), Kansas City (2006-08), Colorado (2009), Washington (2010), Tampa Bay (2011-14), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015) and Seattle (2016). He has limited all opponents to a .232 batting average, including a .225 batting average by lefties and a .238 average by righties.

The right-hander arguably turned in his best big league seasons during his time with Tampa Bay, totaling 97 holds in a three-season span from 2011-13, including a major-league best 37 holds in 2012 and a career-high, major-league leading 41 holds in 2013. Overall, Peralta posted a 3.58 ERA (107 ER/269.1 IP), struck out 293 batters in 269.1 innings and limited left-handed hitters to a .187 batting average (99 for 530) during those four seasons pitching for Tampa Bay in the American League East.

Concepcion, 24, has no record and a 3.86 ERA (1 ER/2.1 IP) in three relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He has combined to go 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA (5 ER/35 IP) in 22 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this year.

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