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Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/21/15

It was a rough day in the standings for the Cubs minor league affiliates Thursday, as all four clubs lost. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (19-20)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa dropped the series opener against Tacoma, 5-3. The I-Cubs went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

  • LF Arismendy Alcantara (.238) went 2-for-4, blasted a homer and a triple, plated one and walked once.
  • C Taylor Davis (.358) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored. It marked his third consecutive multi-hit game (8-for-11/.727).
  • CF Matt Szczur (.327) recorded a double, walked once and scored once to extend his hitting streak to five games (8-for-16/.500).

Tennessee Smokies (22-19)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

Tennessee’s ninth-inning rally fell short as the Smokies dropped the series opener at Montgomery, 4-3.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.320) had his third multi-hit game with the Smokies, going 2-for-3.
  • C Willson Contreras (.305) went 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.328) went 0-for-2, but walked once, earned an RBI and scored once. He has drawn 31 walks over 39 games this season.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (3.21) took the loss, snapping his two-game winning streak.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+4.5)

The Pelicans allowed two runs in the eighth inning as they fell to Frederick in the series finale, 4-3.

  • RF Mark Zagunis (.328) went 4-for-4 with an RBI, a double and one run scored. He tied his career high with four hits and extended his hitting streak to 11 games (20-for-45/.444).
  • DH Chesny Young (.480) went 3-for-4, hit a double, plated one and walked once. Young has recorded a hit in every game with the Pelicans, including five consecutive multi-hit games (12-for-25/.480).
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.212) went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.86) tossed his third quality start but drew a no-decision after surrendering two earned runs in 6.0 innings.

South Bend Cubs (18-23)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.0)

South Bend allowed a season high 17 runs in the series finale at Lansing. The SB-Cubs’ 17-2 setback marked their fifth consecutive loss.

  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.305) went 1-for-4 with a two-run blast in the fourth inning.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.250) went 2-for-4 and with a run scored.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/20/15

Myrtle Beach came back from an early deficit to pick up the win, but Tennessee and South Bend were both on the losing side Wednesday. Iowa had the day off and returns to action tonight. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (22-18)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.0)

Tennessee surrendered three home runs in a 6-4 setback at home against Jackson.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.333) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and walk. He has 30 walks in 38 games.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.307) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
  • 2B Elliot Soto (.295) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-13)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+4.5)

Myrtle Beach overcame an early 3-0 deficit to defeat visiting Frederick, 6-4.

  • 3B Chesny Young (.429) went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. He has four consecutive multi-hit games and has hit safely in all five games with Myrtle Beach (9-for-21).
  • CF Trey Martin (.208) went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.262) tied a season high with three walks, going 1-for-2 with a run scored.
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.96) tossed a season-high 3.0 innings and collected his third save. He’s allowed four hits and one run while striking out five batters.

South Bend Cubs (18-22)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.0)

South Bend dropped its seventh game in the last eight contests, falling 8-1 at Lansing.

  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.216) went 2-for-4 with a double and walk. He has hit safely in six of the last seven games.
  • 2B Jason Vosler (.266) has multi-hit games in five of his last seven contests, going 2-for-4 with a double.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.254) went 2-for-4 with a double. Hodges is 5-for-8 in the last two games.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/19/15

Tennessee’s pitching powered the team to victory, but Myrtle Beach had its winning streak snapped and South Bend continued to struggle on Tuesday. Iowa was rained out and will be made up on Sept. 1 as part of a doubleheader. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Tennessee Smokies (22-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee recorded its second shutout in the last four games, blanking Jackson 3-0.

  • RHP Ivan Pineyro (2.70) struck out six in 7.0 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and walked three.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.294) went 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
  • 2B Ryan Dent (.240) went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, tying a season high.
  • RHP Ivan Pineyro has gone 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA (4 ER/26.0 IP) in his last four starts.
  • RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (3.20) collected his third save, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief (0 H, 3 BB).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (23-13)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.5)

Myrtle Beach had its five-game winning streak snapped, falling 6-2 at home to Frederick.

  • 2B Chesny Young (.389) went 2-for-5 with a stolen base. He has three consecutive multi-hit games and has hit safely in all four games with Myrtle Beach (7-for-18).
  • C Victor Caratini (.213) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.311) reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with three walks. He’s now hit safely in nine straight games (.417/15-for-36).
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (0.00) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings. In five appearances with Myrtle Beach, he has allowed zero runs on four hits in 11.1 innings, fanning 12 batters and walking three.

South Bend (18-21)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Sixth Place (-5.0)

South Bend dropped its sixth game in its last seven contests, falling 7-3 at Lansing.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.245) recorded a season-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI (15).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.321) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. He has hit safely in 10 straight games (.311/14-for-45).
  • SS Jason Vosler (.257) went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He has multi-hit games in four of his last six contests.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/18/15

Iowa edged out a win, but Tennessee couldn’t get the bats going and South Bend continued its skid on Monday. Myrtle Beach had the day off and will return to action Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (19-19)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

CF Matt Szczur went 4-for-4 with a run scored as the I-Cubs defeated Oklahoma City, 3-2.

  • Szczur (.327) has gone 5-for-7 with a double, two walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored in his first two games back with Iowa.
  • 1B Taylor Davis (.347) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. He’s 6-for-7 with five doubles in his last two games.
  • RHP Donn Roach tossed his seventh straight quality start, as he improved to a perfect 5-0 after pitching 6.0 innings and giving up just one earned run Monday. He has posted a 1.40 ERA (7 ER/45.0 IP) in those seven starts.

Tennessee Smokies (21-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee was blanked for the second straight game, falling 11-0 to visiting Jackson.

  • The Smokies mustered just three hits. DH Willson Contreras recorded the only extra-base hit, going 1-for-4 with a triple.
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (0.57) tossed a scoreless ninth inning. He has allowed just one earned run in 15.2 innings (11 games) this season.

South Bend Cubs (18-20)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Sixth Place (-4.0)

South Bend dropped its fifth game in the last six contests, falling 7-5 at Lansing.

  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.316) collected his fifth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.
  • 1B-C Gioskar Amaya (.214) extended his hitting streak to five games (.333/7-for-21), going 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI.
  •  LF Charcer Burks (.316) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base. He’s hit safely in nine straight games (.293/12-for-41).
  • RF-1B Yasiel Balaguert (.218) went 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • The SB-Cubs collected 11 hits, all singles, in the loss.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/17/15

Myrtle Beach completed a comeback to keep its winning streak alive, and Tennessee split a doubleheader on Sunday. Iowa and South Bend each rallied, but neither could battle all the way back in losing efforts. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (18-19)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-8.0)

Iowa rallied in the fifth inning but was unable overcome the Dodgers’ early lead. The I-Cubs dropped their second consecutive game to Oklahoma City, 7-5.

  • SS Jonathan Mota (.293) blasted a solo homer in the fifth inning to kick off a four-run Iowa rally.
  • LF Arismendy Alcantara (.229) went 2-for-4, walked once, swiped a base and scored once.
  • PH-1B Taylor Davis (.311) went 3-for-3 with three doubles, one RBI and one run scored.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.258) went 2-for-4 and scored once, extending his hitting streak to four games.

Tennessee Smokies (21-16)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

GM 1: Tennessee blanked Jackson, 5-0, behind a strong pitching performance.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.340) went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored. It marked his third consecutive multi-hit game (8-for-13/.615).
  • RF Albert Almora (.304) went 2-for-3, walked once and scored once. He extended his hitting streak to five games, including three consecutive multi-hit games (8-for-20/.400).
  • SS Ryan Dent (.242) went 3-for-3, giving him two three-hit games this season.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.28) tossed his first career complete-game shutout (7.0 innings). He has allowed six earned runs in seven starts (42.1 IP) this season.

GM 2: Tennessee fell to Jackson, as the Generals picked up a 1-0 victory after scoring a run in the eighth inning.

  • RHP Andres Santiago (5.51) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings in the no decision, striking out four.
  • LF Billy McKinney (.357) went 2-for-2, walked once and knocked a double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (23-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.5)

Myrtle Beach extended its winning streak to five games, topping Carolina in a 6-5 comeback victory.

  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.583) went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.280) went 2-for-5 and plated one. He has recorded a hit in his last five appearances, with four multi-hit games (10-for-24/.417).
  • SS Chesny Young (.385) had a multi-hit game, walked once and scored twice.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (4.00) earned his third win after tossing 2.0 scoreless innings and giving up just one hit.

South Bend (18-19)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend rallied to tie the game in the fifth inning but ultimately fell to Great Lakes, 7-4.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.338) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and plated three.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.289) finished 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • 2B David Bote (.283) went 2-for-4.
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.298) went 2-for-5 with a double. It marked his 10th multi-hit game of the season.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/14/15

Iowa and Tennessee secured wins, but South Bend couldn’t hold on to an early lead Thursday. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach was postponed. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (17-17)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa won its second straight game, holding off a ninth-inning rally to defeat Nashville, 6-4.

  • DH Javier Baez (.281) went 2-for-4, picking up a season-high three RBI. He extended his hitting streak to five games (8-for-18/.444).
  • RF Rubi Silva (.247) went 2-for-3 with a double, plated two and scored once.
  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2.86) earned his first win and second quality start of the season, pitching 7.0 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out six. He has fanned 17 batters while walking three over his last three appearances (19.2 innings).

Tennessee Smokies (18-15)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

Tennessee bested Montgomery 8-1 to take the series. The two teams will wrap up their five-game set tonight at Tennessee.

  • RHP Ivan Pineyro (3.18) gave up one earned run in 5.0 innings and struck out seven to pick up his third win of the year. He’s fanned 17 batters and walked none in his last 12.0 innings of work.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.347) went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.200) went 2-for-4 including a double and three RBI.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.500) had a multi-hit game that included two doubles, one RBI and one run scored in his debut with the Smokies.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.316) went 3-for-5 and scored once.

South Bend Cubs (17-17)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fourth Place (-3.0)

South Bend got out to an early lead with four runs in the first inning, but ultimately fell to Lansing, 8-6.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.339) went 2-for-5, plated one and scored once. He extended his hitting streak to four games (8-for-17/.471).
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.310) went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.263) went 2-for-5, plated one and scored once. It marked his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.204) had a multi-hit game, swiped a base and drove in two runs.
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.209) plated one, extending his RBI streak to four games.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/13/15

Iowa battled back to win in walk-off fashion, while South Bend’s comeback efforts fell short Wednesday. Tennessee had the day off, and Myrtle Beach was postponed. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (16-17)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-6.0)

The I-Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat visiting Nashville, 3-2.

  • RHP Donn Roach (2.03) surrendered one run in 7.0 innings, striking out three in the no-decision. He has gone 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last six starts.
  • DH Junior Lake (.266) went 2-for-3 with a two-run walk-off single in the ninth inning. He also doubled and walked.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.283) went 1-for-3 with a double.
  • LHP Joe Ortiz (4.20) tossed a scoreless ninth inning to collect his first win of the season.

South Bend Cubs (17-16)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fifth Place (-3.0)

South Bend scored two runs in the ninth inning, but could not complete the comeback, falling 6-4 at home to Lansing.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.336) went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. He extended his hitting streak to three games (6-for-12).
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.295) went 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (4.58) allowed two hits and no runs in 2.2 innings of relief, fanning one.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/12/15

South Bend’s bats carried the Cubs to a win, while Tennessee split a doubleheader on Tuesday. Iowa came up short against Nashville, and Myrtle Beach was postponed. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (15-17)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa dropped the first game of a four-game home series against Nashville, 6-3.

  • 2B Javier Baez (.265) went 2-for-4 and crushed a solo home run in the sixth inning.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.281) went 3-for-4, blasting his third homer of the season in the seventh inning.
  • LF John Andreoli (.293) hit a double, extending his hitting streak to five games (8-for-19/.421).
  • SS Arismendy Alcantara (.235) drove in a run. He has recorded a hit in the last six games.

Tennessee Smokies (17-15)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Game 1: Tennessee rallied in the eighth inning to top Montgomery, 7-6.

  • RHP Frank Batista (1.53) gave up two earned runs in 5.0 innings, striking out six.
  • C Willson Contreras (.337) went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. He extended his hitting streak to five games (7-for-16/.438).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.352) went 3-for-3, walked once and scored twice.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.300) went 2-for-5 with an RBI double in the eighth inning.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.311) blasted his sixth homer and walked once.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.180) hit an RBI triple in the eighth inning to give the Smokies the lead.

Game 2: Myrtle Beach gave up 10 runs in the eighth inning, falling to Montgomery, 14-0.

  • RHP Corey Black (3.68) gave up two earned runs and struck out six in 6.0 innings.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.298) and CF Albert Almora (.279) recorded the lone hits for the Smokies.

South Bend Cubs (17-15)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-3.0)

South Bend knocked five doubles and a triple in a 5-3 victory over Lansing.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.211) and 2B Jason Vosler (.256) each went 2-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.324) went 2-for-3, hit a double, walked once and scored once.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.288) had a multi-hit game and earned his 14th RBI.
  • RHP Jeremy Null (0.74) collected his fourth win and fourth quality start, giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings and striking out four. He has allowed just three earned runs over 36.2 innings of work this season (six games).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/11/15

Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all picked up wins yesterday behind strong hitting, but Iowa fell despite scoring seven against Colorado Springs.

Iowa Cubs (15-16)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa surrendered a season-high 13 runs in a 13-7 setback against Colorado Springs.

  • LF John Andreoli (.295) blasted a triple (3), drove in two (5), walked once, scored twice and swiped three bases (12). He extended his hitting streak to four games (7-for-15/.467).
  • C Rafael Lopez (.254) went 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI (8), one walk and one run scored. This marked his second-consecutive multi-hit game.
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.231) and 1B Chris Valaika (.233) each recorded a double and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies (16-14)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee blanked Montgomery 4-0 to snap a three-game losing streak. The Smokies crushed back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.333) blasted a solo homer (4) in the eighth inning and walked twice.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.330) also hit a solo home run (2) in the eighth and scored twice.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.273) had a multi-hit game and plated one (11).
  • SS Elliot Soto (.284) went 1-for-1 and walked a season high three times.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (2.95), RHP Michael Jensen (0.61) and RHP P.J. Francescon (0.71) combined for 9.0 shutout innings, giving up just two hits apiece and fanning three batters apiece.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (20-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach bested Winston-Salem 8-5 in the rubber game of the five-game series.

  • DH Billy McKinney (.340) collected his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with three RBI (25).
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.294) went 2-for-4, hit a double (6), drove in a run (10), walked once and scored once. He extended his hitting streak to five games (8-for-19/.421).
  • CF Trey Martin (.218) blasted a triple, walked once and scored once.
  • RHP Zach Cates (0.00) picked up his first save, tossing 2.0 hitless innings, walking two and fanning two. He has not given up a run over his last 5.0 innings of work (three games).

South Bend Cubs (16-15)
Midwest League (High-A)
T-Fourth Place (-3.0)

South Bend topped Lansing 7-4 in the series opener at home. Five different SB Cubs players earned an RBI.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.247) went 2-for-3 with a solo homer (2) in the sixth inning and walked once. He has recorded a hit in his last five games (7-for-17/.412).
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.189) blasted a two-run homer in the second inning to give the SB Cubs the lead.
  • C Gioskar Amaya (.194) went 2-for-3, hit a double (3), drove in one (7) walked once and scored once.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.315) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI (14).
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe (4.60) and RHP James Farris (2.87) combined for 4.0 scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit and fanning five batters.

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.
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