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Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/30/15

South Bend picked up a win, but Iowa, Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were all on the losing end Thursday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (9-11)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-6.5)

Iowa fell to Oklahoma City in 13 innings by a score of 4-2.

  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.275) went 2-for-4, plated one, walked once and scored twice. He extended his hitting streak to five games.
  • RF John Andreoli (.261) went 2-for-5 in his second consecutive multi-hit game.
  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (7.47) tossed his first quality start of the campaign, giving up just one hit and one run, while walking two and fanning three in 6.0 innings of work.

Tennessee Smokies (11-8)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Tennessee’s comeback bid fell short as it fell at Birmingham, 5-3. The Smokies knocked four doubles, three of which scored runs in the final four innings.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.357) went 2-for-4 and scored twice.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.290) went 2-for-3, hit two doubles, plated one and walked once.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.375) went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the eighth inning and walked once, extending his hitting streak to nine games (.447/17-for-38).
  • 3B Anthony Giansanti (.192) had a two-out, RBI double in the ninth inning.

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

Myrtle Beach was unable to hang on to an early lead, suffering a 6-4 loss at Wilmington.

  • LF Mark Zagunis (.254) knocked his first triple and scored a run. He has recorded an RBI in four of his last five games.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.246) went 2-for-4 with a double and scored once.
  • CF Trey Martin (.273) had an RBI double in the second inning to give the Pelicans an early lead.
  • RHP Daury Torres (3.57) earned his second consecutive quality start, giving up just two runs off six hits in 6.0 innings and fanning one.

South Bend Cubs (11-10)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-3.0)

South Bend picked up its second straight win at Michigan, taking the series with a 6-3 victory.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.352) had four hits, tying his career high. He also hit his third double, plated one, swiped a base and scored once. He has had multi-hit games in five of his last eight appearances.
  • DH Jason Vosler (.271) went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
  • C Justin Marra (.132) had a multi-hit game, recording an RBI and scoring once.
  • RHP Erick Leal (2.25) picked up his third straight win with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (5.25) collected his first save of the season, giving up just one hit and fanning three in 3.0 innings of relief.

Cubs Lineup: 5/1/15

LesterBanksStarter Jon Lester will be looking for his first Cubs win in an afternoon tilt at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Brewers – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Brewers Starter: Wily Peralta, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/29/15

Late runs made the difference in all three minor league games Wednesday, with Cubs affiliates pulling out victories on two occasions. Myrtle Beach and South Bend each scored a pair of eighth-inning runs in wins, but Tennessee surrendered a pair in the ninth in a loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (11-7)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+2.5)

Tennessee surrendered two ninth-inning runs as it fell 3-1 at home to Chattanooga.

  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.310) went 2-for-4, marking his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.377) went 1-for-4 with a double, extending his hitting streak to eight games (.457/16-for-35).
  • RHP Felix Pena struck out seven batters in 7.0 innings of work, giving up just one run. He has allowed four runs in 24.2 innings this season, fanning 23 and walking seven.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (10-8)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach scored two runs in the eighth inning to come from behind and defeat Wilmington 2-1.

  • LF Mark Zagunis (.255) went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. He has three RBI in his last four games.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.310) collected his sixth multi-hit game in the last 10 contests, going 2-for-4.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez allowed just two hits in 6.0 scoreless frames, lowering his ERA to 2.12.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (1.69) collected his first save, pitching 2.0 scoreless innings.

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

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.318) hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the eighth inning. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI (12).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.259) went 2-for-4 and has now hit safely in five of the last six games.
  • RHP Jeremy Null (0.79) gave up no earned runs in 5.2 innings, striking out six in the no-decision. He has struck out 23 batters while walking none in 22.2 innings this season, allowing just two runs.

Cubs Care grants total more than $1 million

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Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts and All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro present a check to Union League Boys and Girls Club President and CEO Mary Ann Mahon-Huels and RBI commissioner Emilia Nichols. (Photo courtesy Chicago Cubs)

The Cubs teamed up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to announce more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area on Wednesday. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Cubs Care, a McCormick Foundation Fund, through which more than $20 million has been donated to Chicago nonprofit organizations since its inception. The luncheon marks the 11th consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to Chicago communities through Cubs Care. Cubs Care grants help organizations to provide youth health and wellness programs and education programs.

“We’re proud to achieve this milestone as we celebrate 25 years of giving and partnership with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation,” said Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts. “Our annual Cubs Care grants provide necessary resources for Chicago nonprofits to make an impact in the lives of children and families in our community.”

“Chicago is filled with passionate fans and caring neighbors,” said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “For the last 25 years, the McCormick Foundation and Chicago Cubs have shared a commitment to supporting amazing community organizations that work to improve the lives of underserved youth and families across Chicagoland. Together, we will continue to build a stronger community for all of us in the years to come.”

Among the beneficiaries of Cubs Care since its inception 25 years ago is the Chicago Park District, which has received more than $6.5 million dollars for its programs across the city. The Chicago Park District provides safe and beautifully maintained parks and facilities as well as recreation and leisure opportunities for children and families in Chicago.

“We are grateful to Cubs Care for 25 years of supporting our programs and capital projects,” said Michael P. Kelly, Chicago Park District general superintendent and CEO. “From Cubs Care Rookie League, inner city youth baseball, programming for athletes with special needs and new fields and playgrounds, Cubs Care has constantly been there, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Chicago youth.”

Events such as the Bricks and Ivy Ball, Race to Wrigley Charity Run and Catch in the Confines, along with activities such as the Cubs Convention, personal scoreboard messages and contributions from Cubs players and fans, have helped raise funds for Cubs Care grants since 1991.

Cubs Lineup: 4/29/15

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Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs will host hard-throwing phenom Gerritt Cole and Pittsburgh. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Pirates — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Pirates Starter: Gerrit Cole, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/28/15

Iowa claimed both games of its doubleheade while hot bats carried Tennessee to a win Tuesday. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach continued its recent struggles and South Bend had a bad inning in a loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (9-10)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

GM 1: Iowa cruised past Colorado Springs in a 7-1 victory.

  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.182) blasted his first home run and triple of the season, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.342) went 2-for-3, plated two, walked once and scored once.
  • RHP Donn Roach (2.31) tossed his third consecutive quality start, giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings. He has allowed two runs over 18.0 innings in his last three starts.

GM 2: 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.200) crushed his second home run of the day as the I-Cubs topped Colorado Springs, 6-3, to sweep the doubleheader.

  • RF John Andreoli (.244) went 2-for-3, hit two triples and scored twice.
  • 1B Mike Baxter (.381) went 2-for-2, walked twice and scored once.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.225) plated three with the eventual game-winning double (3) in the top of the seventh inning.

Tennessee Smokies (11-6)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+3.0)

Tennessee notched a season-high three homers in a 7-6 victory over Chattanooga.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.388) went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, three RBI and one run. He has recorded a hit and RBI in his last seven appearances, five of which were multi-hit games.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.750) went 3-for-4 in his first game with the Smokies, including a solo homer.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.271) went 2-for-4, hit a home run, two RBI and scored twice.
  • C Willson Contreras (.327) and SS Elliot Soto (.273) also had multi-hit games. Soto drove in a run as well.

Myrtle Beach (9-8)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

Myrtle Beach suffered its fourth straight loss, falling 3-2 at Wilmington in 10 innings.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.14) surrendered just one earned run on three hits in 5.0 innings of work, striking out two.
  • 2B Wes Darvill (.214) hit his second double of the campaign.
  • C Victor Caratini (.200) and LF Mark Zagunis (.231) each picked up an RBI for the Pelicans.
  • RHP James Pugliese (2.45) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and fanning two.

South Bend Cubs (9-10)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend fell 8-5 in the series opener at West Michigan after giving up three runs in the sixth inning.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.328) went 3-for-4, plated one, swiped a base and scored once.
  • CF Rashad Crawford hit his first triple of the season, recorded an RBI and scored once.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.302) added a run-scoring double and scored a run.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.299) also knocked a double, recorded an RBI and scored once.

Cubs Lineup: 4/28/15

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Junior Lake will get the start in left field on Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Pirates – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Travis Wood, LHP
Pirates Starter: Jeff Locke, LHP
TV: WPWR; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Junior Lake, LF
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Travis Wood, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/27/15

The Cubs’ two Single-A affiliates had the day off Monday, while the higher-level teams both fell despite several notable performances. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (7-10)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-6.5)

Iowa was blanked at Colorado Springs 7-0, as the I-Cubs collected just four hits. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed due to rain and will be played tonight.

  • SS Chris Valaika (.259) went 2-for-2 and drew a walk.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.233) hit his second double of the season and walked once.

Tennessee Smokies (10-6)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Tennessee’s four-game winning streak was snapped by Chattanooga, as the Smokies fell 5-3 in the third game of the five-game home series.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.370) went 2-for-3, walked once and knocked a sixth-inning solo homer. Schwarber has recorded a hit in his last six starts, four of which were multi-hit games.
  • 2B Ryan Dent (.262) blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning. He has earned an RBI in four of the last five games for a total of eight on the season.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (1.35) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and fanning three batters.

Cubs Lineup: 4/27/15

AddRussAddison Russell makes his Wrigley Field debut Monday. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty)
Cubs vs. Pirates – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Pirates Starter: Vance Worley, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM
Lineups
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jorge Soler, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. Chris Coghlan, LF
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Vogelbach again named Southern League Player of the Week

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(Photo by Roger C. Hoover)

Cubs first base prospect Dan Vogelbach was named the Double-A Southern League Player of the Week for his efforts between April 20-26. This is the second consecutive week the 22-year-old has claimed the award.

During the six-game span, he hit .391/.517/.913 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 23 at-bats with three homers, three doubles, six walks, 10 RBI and eight runs scored. Vogelbach’s .552 on-base percentage leads all of minor league baseball, and he also tops the Southern League in hits (24), total bases (40), walks (13), extra-base hits (10) and RBI (13). He has reached base in all 15 games played this season.

Vogelbach becomes the first player in the Southern League to receive this honor in back-to-back weeks since third baseman Kris Bryant achieved the feat for his strong two-week stretch from May 26-June 9.

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