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Cubs Minor League Report: 7/27/16

The Cubs farm squads went 3-2 Wednesday, with Iowa, Myrtle Beach and Eugene all picking up wins. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (45-60)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-15.5)

Iowa scored seven runs in the first three innings to defeat host New Orleans, 8-2.

  • 1B Taylor Davis (.246) went 2 for 5 with a two-run homer and three RBI (8).
  • RF Juan Perez (.272) went 2 for 4 with a double (21) and an RBI (40). He has hit safely in seven straight games (.435/10 for 23).
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.286) reached three times, going 2 for 4 with a walk, a triple (4), an RBI (30) and two runs scored.
  • SS Kristopher Negron (.240) picked up his first homer since May 14. He was 1 for 3 with a walk.
  • RHP Spencer Patton (2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) picked up his first win of the season with Iowa, He has not allowed a run in 10 consecutive innings at Triple-A.

Tennessee Smokies (13-18)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-5.5)

The Smokies were 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position and lost to Chattanooga, 8-4.

  • RF Chris Coghlan (.500) was 3 for 4 with two doubles (4), two RBI (6), a run scored and a walk in his fifth rehab game. He is 8 for 16 with four doubles and five walks during his stint with Tennessee.
  • DH Jorge Soler (.083) went 0 for 2 but drew three walks and scored once in his sixth rehab game (fourth with Tennessee).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.303) went 2 for 5 with a double (14) and a run scored.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.293) was 1 for 5 with a pair of RBI (15).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (18-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Every Pelicans batter reached base en route to a 10-7 victory over Carolina.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.249) slugged a pair of homers, his first career two-homer game. He was 3 for 5 with three RBI (72) and two runs scored. The Cuban-born player is batting .340 (34 for 100) with five homers and 25 RBI in July after hitting at a .182 clip (36 for 198) between May and June.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.429) hit his first homer at Myrtle Beach. He was 1 for 3 with an RBI (1), two runs, a walk and a stolen base (2).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.244) went 2 for 5 with a triple (3), two RBI (31), a run scored and a stolen base (20).
  • C Erick Castillo (.235) went 2 for 3 with an RBI (6).

South Bend Cubs (20-12)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

South Bend let a four-run lead slip away, losing to host Lake County, 5-4.

  • DH Alberto Mineo (.323) went 2 for 4 with a walk and a three-run homer.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.317) went 2 for 5 with an RBI (20) and a run.
  • 1B Matt Rose (.204) reached four times, going 3 for 3 with a walk, a double (5) and a run scored.
  • LHP Jose Paulino made his first start with South Bend, allowing only five hits over 5 IP.

Eugene Emeralds (1-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene scored three first inning runs in a 4-1 victory over visiting Salem-Keizer.

  • RF Robert Garcia (.299) went 2 for 4 with an RBI (14) and a stolen base (5).
  • 1B Chris Pieters (.298) went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • DH Jose Paniagua (.272) went 1 for 3 with a triple (2), a run scored and two RBI (12). He has scored a run in five straight games.
  • LHP Manuel Rondon improved to 4-0 on the season. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in all seven starts, and one or fewer earned runs in four straight starts.

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/25/16

Iowa’s early lead was enough, Myrtle Beach’s bats came through, South Bend swept its doubleheader, and Eugene picked up the win in extra innings on Monday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (44-59)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-15.0)

Iowa led 5-1 after three innings and cruised to a 6-2 victory over host Memphis.

  • RHP Jordan Pries (3.52 ERA) made his first start in the Cubs organization, allowing two earned runs in six innings and collecting the win.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.280) went 2 for 3 with two runs scored.
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.284) and SS Kristopher Negron (.239) each finished 2 for 4 with two singles.
  • CF Albert Almora Jr. (.317) recorded a hit and a run scored in his first game back with Iowa.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-14)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach scored the game’s final eight runs, rallying for a 9-5 victory over Carolina.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.245) was 3 for 4 with a double (13), two runs scored and one RBI (69). He has driven in 15 runs in his last seven games.
  • C Erick Castillo (.227) finished 2 for 3 with a solo homer (1) and three runs scored.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.209) was 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored, his third multi-hit game in his last four contests.
  • 2B David Bote (.320) and CF Jeffrey Baez (.233) each added two hits.
  • RHP Craig Brooks (2 IP, 1 BB, 4 SO) struck out four in two hitless innings to collect the win.

South Bend Cubs (20-11)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.5)

South Bend completed a doubleheader sweep of Peoria, including a thrilling 9-8 victory in Game 1 in which the Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.330) went a combined 4 for 4 with a double (30), a solo homer (11), two walks, two runs scored and four RBI (64).
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.263) finished a combined 2 for 5 with a solo homer (9), three runs scored, five RBI (57) and one walk. He has nine RBI in his last four games.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.282) was a combined 3 for 5 with three runs scored and one walk.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.220), 1B Alberto Mineo (.296) and CF Roberto Caro (.238) added multi-hit games in Game 2.

Eugene Emeralds (28-10)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene claimed its sixth straight victory, rallying from a 5-0 deficit to win 7-6 in 12 innings.

  • 1B Chris Pieters (.301) was 2 for 5 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (21). He has a hit and an RBI in each of his last four games.
  • 3B Vimael Machin (.429) finished 2 for 5 with two RBI (5) and a stolen base (2). He is 6 for 13 in his last three games, all multi-hit efforts.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (3 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO) tossed three hitless innings to collect his first win. He has not allowed a run in his last eight outings (12.1 IP).

Mesa Cubs (16-12)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+1.0)

Mesa could not hold on to a 4-2 lead, dropping a 7-4 decision at the AZL Brewers.

  • RHP Matt Swarmer made his first start of the season, striking out six batters in three innings.
  • 3B Jhonny Bethencourt (.232) was 2 for 4 with a double (3), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (6).
  • LF Ruben Reyes (.250) went 2 for 4 with a RBI (9).

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/21/16

It was a tough day for Cubs affiliates, as only Eugene was able to secure a win Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (43-56)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-13.0)

Iowa out-hit the Bees, 12-10, but fell short in the runs column, losing 5-4 vs. Salt Lake.

  • LF Jorge Soler (.143) went 1 for 4 with a single in his second rehab game.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.279) was 3 for 3 with a walk, his third three-hit game of the season.
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.290) finished 3 for 4 with an RBI (28).
  • DH Tim Federowicz (.330) was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
  • 1B Jeimer Candelario (.310) went 2 for 4 with a double (9) and two runs scored.

Tennessee Smokies (11-15)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-4.5)

The Smokies allowed four runs in the seventh inning and fell 5-3 at home to Mississippi.

  • 3B Gioskar Amaya (.185) was 3 for 4, his first three-hit game with the Smokies.
  • 1B David Freitas (.295) went 2 for 4 with a double (8), two runs scored and an RBI (19). He has four multi-hit games in his last six contests, including three straight two-hit games.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.03 ERA) gave up one unearned run in six innings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-14)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

The Pelicans fell behind 7-1 in the third inning and could not rally back, as they lost 9-4 vs. Wilmington.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.255) was 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (20). He is batting .352 (25 for 71) with 25 runs scored in 17 July games.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.236) went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer (13). He has eight RBI in his last three games.
  • RHP Tommy Nance (2 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) tossed two scoreless innings in his first outing with Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (16-11)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-Second Place (-1.5)

South Bend collected just five hits, all singles, in a 3-1 setback vs. Burlington.

  • RHP Preston Morrison (2.24 ERA) fired six scoreless innings, striking out six versus just one walk. He has allowed just one earned run in his last six starts (39.2 IP).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.317) went 1 for 4 with a run scored, his fourth straight game with a hit.

Eugene Emeralds (24-10)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+7.0)

Eugene scored four runs in the first inning and held on for an 8-7 win over Vancouver.

  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.273) finished 3 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (9).
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.229) went 2 for 5 with a solo homer (2), two runs scored, two RBI (12) and a stolen base (10). He has six RBI in his last six games.
  • CF Connor Myers (.296), 2B Vimael Machin (.400), SS Zack Short (.200) and C Sam Tidaback (.286) all recorded two-hit games.

Mesa Cubs (14-11)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+1.0)

Mesa lost in walk-off fashion for the second straight day, allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth and falling 5-4 at the AZL Indians.

  • RF Ruben Reyes (.254) went 2 for 4 with an RBI (8).
  • RHP Dakota Mekkes (2 IP, 1 H, 4 SO) struck out four batters in two scoreless innings.
  • CF Jose Gonzalez (.099) and C Jhonny Pereda (.264) each collected a hit and scored a run.

 

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/20/16

Iowa split a doubleheader, Eugene posted a shutout win and Mesa battled back for a victory Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (43-55)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-12.0)

The I-Cubs split a doubleheader vs. Salt Lake, falling 5-0 in game one and winning 6-3 in the nightcap.

  • CF-DH Dexter Fowler appeared in both games as part of a rehab assignment. He played center field in Game 1, going 0 for 3. He served as the DH in Game 2, going 1 for 2 with a double (1), a walk and two runs scored.
  • LF Jorge Soler made his first rehab appearance in Game 1, going 0 for 3.
  • RHP Joe Nathan (0.1 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB) walked three and allowed two runs in 0.1 innings.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.272) went 2 for 2 with a double (12), walk, two runs scored and three RBI (23) in Game 2.

Tennessee Smokies (11-14)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-4.5)

The Smokies allowed four first inning runs and ultimately fell, 8-2 vs. Mississippi.

  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.302) went 2 for 4 with two doubles (13) and a run scored.
  • 1B David Freitas (.286) was 2 for 4, his third multi-hit game in the last five games.
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) tossed three scoreless innings of relief, striking out four batters.

South Bend Cubs (16-10)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

South Bend allowed three runs in the ninth inning, falling 7-5 vs. Burlington.

  • RF Eddy Martinez (.267) finished 3 for 4 with a double (20), a triple (2), a solo homer (8), two runs scored and three RBI (51). He is batting .397 (25 for 63) in 18 July games.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.281) went 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (53). He is batting .373 (25 for 67) with 16 runs scored in 16 July contests.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.319) went 1 for 3 with a double (9), two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base (3).

Eugene Emeralds (23-10)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+7.0)

Eugene clinched the first half South Division title with a 4-0 blanking of visiting Hillsboro.

  • Jose Paulino (0.51 ERA) struck out seven and walked one, giving up two hits in seven innings. He has tossed four straight quality starts and has allowed just two earned runs in 35 innings this season.
  • DH Wladimir Galindo (.229) was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • LF Robert Garcia (.296) ripped his second home run of the season.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (1 IP) has not allowed a run in his last six outings (8.1 IP).

Mesa Cubs (14-10)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+1.0)

Mesa scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with a 7-6 victory over the AZL Angels.

  • LHP Eugenio Palma (2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) earned the win, tossing two scoreless innings. He has allowed just three runs in 18 innings (1.50 ERA) this season.
  • 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.222) finished 2 for 4 with two RBI (5).
  • LF Yohan Matos (.302) was 2 for 4 with a triple (2), two runs scored and a RBI (6).
  • CF Luis Ayala (.348) went 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI (16), his fourth straight multi-hit game.

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/19/16

Only Mesa was able to pick up a victory Tuesday, while Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend all had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-13)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

Myrtle Beach collected 12 hits, all singles, in a 13-7 setback at Winston-Salem.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.236) went 4 for 4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI (60). He has hit safely in five straight games (.409/9 for 22) with seven RBI.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.255) was 3 for 5 with three runs scored, his second three-hit game in three days. He is batting .353 (24 for 68) in 16 July games.
  • 2B David Bote (.314) went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, his third straight multi-hit game.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.188) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 5.

Eugene Emeralds (22-10)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+6.0)

The Ems could only muster three hits as they lost to Hillsboro, 8-2. Eugene can clinch the first-half South Division title with a win tonight.

  • 1B Chris Pieters (.297) connected for a two-run homer (2) in the first inning. He was 1 for 4 with two RBI (16) and a run scored.
  • RF Robert Garcia (.298) was 1 for 4 with a run scored. He his lone hit was a double (9).
  • 2B Yeiler Peguero (.264) went 1 for 4 with a stolen base (3).
  • LHP Bryan Hudson (3.51 ERA) gave up one earned run in four innings. He has allowed one or fewer earned runs in four of his six starts this season.

Mesa Cubs (13-10)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs put up a three-run eighth inning to top the host AZL Dodgers, 7-6.

  • RHP Jed Carter (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO), the 15th round pick from Auburn University-Montgomery, made his professional debut in relief.
  • SS Isaac Paredes (.309) was 4 for 5, drove in a run (11) and scored once. He is 13 for 24 in his last six games.
  • RF Luis Ayala (.345) finished 2 for 5 with a double (3) and two runs scored.
  • 1B Kevin Zamudio (.234) was 1 for 5 with a double (7), two RBI (14) and a run scored.
  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.196) and C Michael Cruz (.234) both tallied a double.

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/18/16

Tennessee had a late rally, the bats were on full display for Myrtle Beach, a big inning propelled Eugene, and Mesa was timely with its hitting. Here are some notes from Monday’s Cubs minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (42-54)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

The I-Cubs went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and lost the series opener to Salt Lake, 12-7.

  • Trevor Cahill allowed three runs over 2.2 IP in his first rehab appearance. He threw 57 pitches, 30 of which were strikes.
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.318) tied a career-high with four hits, going 4 for 5 with a homer (16), an RBI (64) and a run scored. His .425 OBP is tops in the Pacific Coast League and is fourth-best among all qualifying full-season minor leaguers.
  • CF John Andreoli (.239) went 2 for 5 with a triple (7), three RBI (43), a run scored and a stolen base (23). He has a hit in six of his last seven games with an at-bat.
  • 1B Taylor Davis (.271) and 2B Kristopher Negron (.245) both had multi-hit games with a run scored. Davis added a triple (1).

Tennessee Smokies (11-13)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-3.5)

Tennessee scored two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to sneak past Montgomery, 4-2.

  • C Ben Carhart (.236) was 2 for 4, his first multi-hit game since June 18.
  • CF Trey Martin (.212) went 1 for 3 with a double (1) and two RBI (12). He has six RBI in his last two games.
  • 1B Victor Caratini (.286) went 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI (33).
  • RHP Paul Blackburn (3.17 ERA) struck out seven in six innings, surrendering just one unearned run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

The Pelicans set a season-high with 18 hits as they routed host Winston-Salem, 15-2.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.275) went 4 for 5 with two doubles (22), a triple (3), three RBI (46), three runs scored and a walk. He is 7 for 13 with four doubles and seven RBI in his last three games. In his last 30 games, he owns a slash line of .333/.406/.470 with 11 extra-base hits and 23 RBI.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.227) drove in a season-high-tying four runs (58). He went 2 for 6 with a pair of doubles (9).
  • CF Jeffrey Baez (.235) reached base six times, going 4 for 4 with two walks. He had a double (8), scored three runs and swiped a bag (28).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.241) was 3 for 6 with a double (17), two RBI (25) and two runs scored.
  • 3B David Bote (.306) reached five times, going 2 for 3 with three walks. He scored twice and is batting .315 (17 for 54) with 10 walks in July.

South Bend Cubs (16-9)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend allowed runs in each of the first three innings and fell 5-2 at Kane County.

  • 3B Bryant Flete (.224) homered for the second straight game, going 2 for 4 with a solo homer and two RBI (30). He has hit safely in an organizational-best eight straight games (.414/12 for 29).
  • DH Jesse Hodges (.291), LF Roberto Caro (.225) and C Tyler Alamo (.258) each hit a single.
  • LHP Tyler Peitzmeier (2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Eugene Emeralds (22-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+7.0)

Thanks in part to a four-run sixth inning, the Emeralds topped Hillsboro, 6-4. Eugene is now one win away from clinching the first-half South Division title.

  • Oscar De La Cruz (0.00) fanned seven batters and allowed only two hits over four innings in his Eugene debut.
  • LF Robert Garcia (.300) was 2 for 4 with a double (8), the lone extra-base hit for the Ems. He added a run scored.
  • 1B Chris Pieters (.299) had a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • DH Kevonte Mitchell (.224) was 1 for 4 with two RBI (10) and a run.

Mesa Cubs (12-10)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

Mesa went 4 for 7 with runners in scoring position and beat the AZL A’s, 3-2.

  • LHP Jack Leathersich (1.13 ERA) pitched in his 10th game with Mesa. He has allowed only one run and four hits over eight innings, while fanning 16 and walking only three.
  • RHP Dakota Mekkes (1 IP, 2 SO) and LHP Marc Huberman (1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) made their professional debuts. Mekkes was the 10th round pick out of Michigan State, and Huberman was the 18th round selection from Southern California. Huberman picked up the win.
  • RF Luis Ayala (.341) and C Jhonny Pereda (.261) had multi-hit games. Pereda also knocked in a pair of runs (9).
  • 3B Kevin Zamudio (.237) had a double (6), two runs scored and a walk.
  • SS Jhonny Paredes (.270) was 1 for 4 with a double (6).

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/17/16

Tennessee scored late, while both South Bend and Eugene held on for wins Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (42-53)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

Iowa allowed four runs in the ninth inning, falling 6-2 at home vs. Las Vegas.

  • LHP Brian Matusz made his first start with Iowa, surrendering two earned runs while striking out five in five innings.
  • RHP Joe Nathan (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SO) pitched for the second straight day, striking out one in a scoreless inning. He has a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9 IP) in 10 rehab outings between Tennessee and Iowa.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.275) was 1 for 4 with a game-tying solo homer in the seventh inning. It’s his sixth straight game with an RBI.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.310) went 1 for 3 with an RBI (63).

Tennessee Smokies (10-13)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-3.5)

The Smokies rallied for six runs over the final four frames, defeating host Montgomery, 6-4.

  • CF Trey Martin (.207) was 2 for 4 with a two-run homer (2) and a season-high four RBI (10).
  • 2B Ian Happ finished 2 for 5 with a double (6) and two runs scored. He is batting .333 (28 for 84) with six doubles and two homers in 22 games with Tennessee.
  • C David Freitas (.276) and SS Carlos Penalver (.207) each added multi-hit games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (12-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

The Pelicans collected just five hits in a 7-2 setback at Winston-Salem.

  • 2B Andrew Ely (.169) was 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo homer, his first with Myrtle Beach.
  • 1B David Bote (.295) went 2 for 3 with an RBI (11) and a hit-by-pitch.
  • LF Yasiel Balaguert (.225) reached base three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks.

South Bend Cubs (16-8)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend took a 6-0 lead in the third inning and held on for an 8-5 win over Kane County.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.281) went 3 for 4 with a run scored. He is batting .383 (23 for 60) in 14 July contests.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.320) and 1B P.J. Higgins (.281) each tallied multi-hit games. Sepulveda has seven multi-hit games in his last nine.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.220) connected on a three-run homer (2) in the third inning.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 SO) picked up the win, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. It marked his sixth relief outing this season of at least three innings.

Eugene Emeralds (21-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+6.0)

Eugene held on for a 7-6 win in a back-and-forth affair against Tri-City.

  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.223) was 2 for 4 with a walk, two stolen bases (8) and three runs scored.
  • DH Michael Foster (.120) finished 1 for 2 with two walks and three RBI (3).
  • 1B Chris Pieters (.290) went 2 for 5 with a run scored, an RBI (14) and a stolen base (10).
  • RHP Michael Knighton (3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO) picked up his second win of the season, allowing just one hit and one run in three innings.

 

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/15/16

South Bend split its doubleheader Thursday while Eugene and Mesa secured victories. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (41-51)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

The I-Cubs returned from the All Star Break and lost a one-run game to Las Vegas, 3-2.

  • RHP Joe Nathan (1 IP, 2 SO) made his first rehab appearance at Triple-A.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.281) went 2 for 4 with an RBI (17).
  • 2B-LF Juan Perez (.255) was 2 for 2 with a run scored and a stolen base (10).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.311) went 1 for 4 and added his organization-leading 61st RBI. He is riding a seven-game hitting streak.

Tennessee Smokies (9-11)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

The Smokies dropped the series-opening contest to host Montgomery, 6-1.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.371) tallied his 10th multi-hit game at Double-A (out of 18 games with an at bat) by going 2 for 4.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.298) went 2 for 4.
  • 1B Ben Carhart was 1 for 4 with a double (4), the lone extra-base hit for Tennessee.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (11-10)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach could not take advantage of a quality start and lost to Frederick, 4-3.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.227) and DH Erick Castillo (.237) both had two hits. Castillo also had an RBI (3).
  • 1B David Bote (.291) reached three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks. He also scored a pair of runs.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.269) went 1 for 4 with a double (25) and a run. His 25 doubles are tied for third place in the Carolina League.
  • Trevor Clifton (3.23 ERA) registered his fourth quality start of the season with a six-strikeout effort across six innings. He allowed three earned runs.

South Bend Cubs (14-7)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

The SB-Cubs split their doubleheader at Clinton. South Bend was held scoreless for 13 straight innings on the day before erupting for five runs in the seventh inning of the second game to top Clinton, 5-4.

  • Preston Morrison (2.40 ERA) fanned six in 5.1 innings, giving up one earned run. He extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 30.1 IP before allowing a pair of runs in the third inning. It is his first loss since June 3.
  • 1B P.J. Higgins (.283) went 3 for 4 with a double (21), two RBI (27) and a run in the second game.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.324) combined to go 3 for 6 with a run between the two contests.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.273) was 2 for 4 with a double (15), RBI (50) and a run in Game Two.
  • RHP Dillon Maples (0.2 IP, 1 BB) notched his second save of the season in Game Two. He has not allowed a hit or a run in 3.2 IP over four appearances with South Bend.

Eugene Emeralds (18-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

The Emeralds snapped their three-game losing streak by topping Tri-City, 4-2.

  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.220) went 2 for 4 with two doubles (5) and two RBI (13). It’s his third multi-RBI game of the season.
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.207) was 1 for 4 with two RBI (8).
  • CF Robert Garcia (.291) went 2 for 5 with a stolen base (4). He has a hit in six of his last seven games.
  • Jose Paulino (0.64 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings, fanning eight. He has allowed only two earned runs over 28.0 IP (five starts) so far this season. He has fanned 30 and has walked only two batters.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (1 IP, 1 SO) has converted all five save opportunities this year.

Mesa Cubs (9-10)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-2.0)

  • SS Isaac Paredes (.269) was 4 for 4 with two runs scored and a stolen base (1). He is 6 for 8 over his last two games.
  • C Jhonny Pereda (.231) went 1 for 4 with a triple (1). He also knocked in three runs (6) and scored a run.
  • 1B Kevin Zamudio (.241) and CF Zach Davis (.250) both went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
  • Javier Assad has not allowed an earned run in three of his four starts this season.
  • RHP Ho-young Son (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 SO) earned the win in his first professional pitching appearance since playing 65 games as an infielder with Mesa and Eugene in 2014-15.

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/13/16

Myrtle Beach battled back to pick up a win, but they were the only Cubs side to come out on top Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Tennessee Smokies (9-10)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-2.5)

The Smokies dropped the rubber game of the five-game set vs. Chattanooga, 11-1.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.364) was 2 for 4, snapping a three-game hitless skid.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.207) went 2 for 3 with an RBI (26). It was his first multi-hit game since June 5.
  • The Smokies collected seven hits, all singles, in the setback.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) tied a season-high with four scoreless innings pitched.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (11-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Myrtle Beach rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat visiting Frederick, 5-4.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.227) went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer (12) and two runs scored.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.236) finished 2 for 4 with a solo homer (7) and three RBI (22).
  • RHP James Pugliese (3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 SO) made his seventh relief outing of at least three innings.
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) collected his 13th save.

Eugene Emeralds (17-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene dropped its third straight game, falling 3-2 at Tri-City to open up a five-game set.

  • SS Yeiler Peguero (.284) went 2 for 4, his eighth multi-hit game of the season.
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.205) and C Tyler Payne (.289) each singled and scored a run. Payne has scored a run in four straight and five of the last six games.
  • RHP M.T. Minacci (2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) allowed just one hit in 2.1 innings of relief.

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.
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