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Cubs Minor League Report: 8/15/16

Iowa’s bullpen picked up the slack, Tennessee and Myrtle Beach each scored convincing wins, South Bend edged out Bowling Green, and Eugene extended its streak Monday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (54-69)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-16.0)

Iowa took the series over Fresno with a 6-4 victory, thanks in part to four scoreless innings from the bullpen.

  • C Tim Federowicz (.290) was 2-for-5 with a homer (7), three RBI (31), two runs scored and a stolen base (3). It’s his third homer in his last four games. In 38 games since rejoining Iowa on July 2, he is batting .288 (40-for-139) with five homers, four doubles and 24 RBI.
  • SS Kristopher Negron (.251) was 1-for-2 with a homer (7), two RBI (41), a run scored and a sacrifice bunt.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.222) had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a walk.
  • LF Juan Perez (.276) recorded a double (26) and scored once.
  • RHP Spencer Patton (1 IP) notched his 11th save of the season and extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings pitched by tossing a perfect frame.

Tennessee Smokies (20-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-10.0)

Tennessee staved off a sweep with a 9-4 victory over host Pensacola.

  • CF Lane Adams (.225) socked his first homer with Tennessee, a two-run shot in the seventh inning. He was 3-for-4 with three RBI (3) and three runs scored.
  • LF Kelly Dugan (.232) also had a three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with an RBI (32), two runs scored and a walk.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.215) and 2B Chesny Young (.295) both had two hits, including a double. Young drove in two runs (28), while Penalver dove in one (32) and scored twice.
  • RHP Zach Hedges (1.50 ERA) tossed his third straight scoreless outing, going five innings and striking out four. He has not allowed a run in 19 consecutive innings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.5)

  • 2B David Bote (.317) was 2-for-4 with two doubles (19) and two RBI (26). It’s his third straight multi-hit game.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.253) and RF Jeffrey Baez (.247) both were 2-for-4. Baez added a double (14).
  • LF Daniel Spingola (.215) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk. He also scored once.
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (4.27 ERA) picked up the win, tossing seven innings of one-run ball and fanning six. He has gone six or more innings in nine of his 20 starts this season.

South Bend Cubs (33-17)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Despite being outhit, South Bend came from behind to top host Bowling Green, 3-2.

  • RF Eddy Martinez (.261) was 1-for-3 with a double (21), the lone South Bend extra-base hit. He also scored a run and walked once.
  • CF Connor Myers (.266) was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI (9) and a sacrifice bunt. This year’s 27th-round pick out of Old Dominion has driven in six runs in his last five games.
  • LF Roberto Caro (.242) reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and one run scored.
  • RHP Casey Bloomquist (2.72 ERA) surrendered one earned run in seven innings, striking out two and walking none in the win. In nine starts this season, he has yet to allow more than three earned runs.

Eugene Emeralds (13-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+3.0)

The Ems extended their winning streak to 11 straight by beating Spokane, 6-3.

  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.368) was 4-for-5 with three RBI (5) and a run scored. He has played six games with Eugene as part of a minor-league rehabilitation assignment from Tennessee.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.263) was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles (12) and three runs scored.
  • SS Yeiler Peguero (.257) went 2-for-4 with a double (9), an RBI (16), a run scored and a walk.
  • C Tyler Payne (.260) was 1-for-4 with a double (5) and a run scored.
  • RHP Erling Moreno has yet to allow an earned run in three starts (15 IP) with Eugene. He has punched out 11 compared to only three walks.

Mesa Cubs (5-11)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-5.5)

Mesa was swept in a twinbill against the AZL Giants. The second game was a makeup of a postponed contest from Aug. 2.

  • C/PH Jhonny Pereda (.302) went a combined 3-for-4 with a double (4) and an RBI (19) between the two contests.
  • C Gustavo Polanco (.317) slugged a solo homer (1) in the second game. He was 1-for-4.
  • SS Isaac Paredes (.294) was a combined 3-for-7 with an RBI (18), a walk and a stolen base (4). He has a hit in an organization-best 13 straight games.
  • RHP Javier Assad (2.60 ERA) gave up no runs in five innings, striking out three and walking one. He has not allowed an earned run in five of his last seven starts.
  • RHP Duane Underwood Jr. tossed one scoreless inning, making his first appearance with Mesa. He is currently on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment from Tennessee. He struck out two.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/14/16

Iowa picked up a win and Eugene continued its streak Sunday, but every other affiliate was on the losing end. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (53-69)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Third Place (-16.0)

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.310) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple (3), a run scored and four RBI (36). He is batting .458 (11-for-24) with seven RBI in his last six games.
  • RF John Andreoli (.253) reached four times, going 1-for-3 with a season high three walks, a double (16), two runs scored and a stolen base (30).
  • DH Cael Brockmeyer (.228) reached three times, going 2-for-4 with a double (5), a triple (1), a walk and a run scored. It’s his second straight two-hit game.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2.1 IP, 2 H, 5 SO) recorded his first save of the season as he struck out a season-high-tying five batters in 2.1 scoreless innings.

Tennessee Smokies (19-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-11.0)

The Smokies could not hold on to a 4-0 lead, falling 10-7 at Pensacola.

  • C Victor Caratini (.298) went 3-for-4 with a double (23), a triple (2), a walk, a run and three RBI (43).
  • CF Trey Martin (.211) snapped a three-game hitless skid, going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.266) was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs. He has five runs in his last five games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (31-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (31-19)

The Pelicans allowed eight runs in the fourth inning and could not complete a rally, falling 8-6 at Carolina.

  • 1B David Bote (.313) finished 2-for-5 with a run scored, his second straight multi-hit game.
  • 2B Bryant Flete (.357) went 2-for-4 with a double (4), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (12). He is batting .357 (25-for-70) with 15 runs and 12 RBI in 19 games with Myrtle Beach.
  • DH Ian Rice (.241) reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI (23) and two walks.
  • C Tyler Pearson (.217) went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI (9).

South Bend Cubs (32-17)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

South Bend led 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but fell 6-5 in 10 innings at Dayton.

  • 3B Matt Rose (.223) went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer (8), extending his hitting streak to 12 games (.326/15-for-46). It’s is the longest active streak in the Cubs organization.
  • CF Connor Myers (.262) finished 2-for-4 with a solo homer (1) and two RBI (7). He has hit safely in four straight games (.529/9-for-17).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.336) was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
  • 2B Vimael Machin (.191) went 2-for-4 with a double (2) and a run scored.

Eugene Emeralds (12-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene earned its 10th straight victory, topping host Spokane, 4-2.

  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.267) went 2-for-4 with a double (15), a solo homer (8) and two runs scored. He has hit safely in seven straight games (.467/14-for-30).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.254) collected his second straight three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a double (8) and a run scored.
  • SS Zack Short (.292) went 2-for-3 with two RBI (13).
  • LHP Bryan Hudson (3.60 ERA) tossed five scoreless innings, striking out three in the win. It tied his longest outing of the season, and he allowed just two hits.

Mesa Cubs (5-9)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-4.0)

Mesa dropped to 1-5 in the last six games, falling 6-4 at the AZL Reds.

  • RF Ruben Reyes (.226) went 2-for-4 with a double (7) and an RBI (10).
  • C Michael Cruz (.263) went 1-for-2 with a solo homer (2), two runs scored and a walk.
  • LHP Yapson Gomez (3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) allowed just three hits in 3.2 innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/11/16

It was a successful day for Cubs affiliates, as Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Eugene all picked up wins Thursday. Tennessee was rained out, while Iowa and Mesa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (29-18)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.5)

Myrtle Beach took the series over Salem with a 3-2 victory.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.252) hit his organization-best 18th home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. He was 1-for-4 with one RBI (84) and a run scored.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.235) had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI (10).
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.271) and 3B Jesse Hodges (.235) both went 1-for-4 with a double. Hodges also scored once.
  • C Erick Castillo recorded five outs defensively, catching three stealing and making two pick-offs.
  • RHP Preston Morrison (1.37 ERA) gave up one earned run in 6.2 innings, striking out four. In nine starts (since June 16) at South Bend and Myrtle Beach, he is 6-1 with a 0.61 ERA (4 ER/59.2 IP). He has fanned 58 and walked only nine over that stretch.

South Bend Cubs (31-15)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

After plating four runs in the first inning, the SB-Cubs held on to defeat host Dayton, 7-4.

  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (0.61) threw five no-hit innings before being lifted. He tossed 76 pitches, 57 for strikes. In three starts at South Bend (14.2 IP), he has allowed five hits and only one run while striking out 22 and walking three. Opposing batters are batting .104 against him.
  • CF Connor Myers (.188) and SS Andruw Monasterio (.193) both went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Myers also swiped a bag (4).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI (21).
  • 1B P.J. Higgins (.276) and 3B Matt Rose (.221) each tallied doubles as their lone base hit.

Eugene Emeralds (9-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Ems had 10 hits—five of which were extra-base knocks—en route to a 7-4 win and a sweep over Salem-Keizer. Eugene has won seven straight.

  • RHP Dylan Cease (3.33 ERA) gave up one unearned run in 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking one.
  • C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.245) was 3-for-3 with a homer (3), three RBI (14), a run scored and a walk.
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.238) homered (3) in his second straight game, going 1-for-4.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.249) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (13), an RBI (25) and two runs scored.
  • LF Chris Pieters (.295) was 2-for-5 with a homer, RBI (25) and a run scored.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/10/16

Only Eugene managed to pick up a win Wednesday, with Tennessee and South Bend having the afternoon off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (51-68)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-15.0)

Iowa was blanked for the second straight game, falling 7-0 at home to Oklahoma City.

  • RHP Trevor Cahill (4.58 ERA) made his sixth rehab start with Iowa. He threw 36 pitches in two innings, allowing back-to-back homers in the first inning, accounting for all three runs.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.304) went 3-for-4, his second three-hit game of the season. He has hit safely in three straight games (.545/6-for-11).
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO) has a 0.56 ERA (1 ER/16.2 IP) since the beginning of July.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (28-18)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.5)

Myrtle Beach snapped its 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 setback (10 inn.) to Salem.

  • RHP Trevor Clifton (2.96 ERA) gave up no earned runs in six innings, striking out five for the no-decision. He has not allowed an earned run in back-to-back starts and has  allowed only four hits in his last 13 innings.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.243) hit a two-out, solo homer (7), accounting for the only Pelicans run. He also drew a walk, laid down a sacrifice bunt and swiped a bag (34).
  • LF Charcer Burks extended his hitting streak to six straight (.435/10-for-23), going 2-for-5.
  • 2B-3B David Bote (.308) went 1-for-4 with a double (16) and a walk.

Eugene Emeralds (8-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Emeralds put up double-digit runs for the second straight game, topping host Salem-Keizer, 12-4.

  • 1B Trent Giambrone (.277) reached base five times, going 4-for-4 with a walk. He recorded a homer (2), two doubles (7), two RBI (14) and three runs scored.
  • SS Zack Short (.274) went 1-for-2 with a double (3), four RBI (11), two runs scored, a walk and a sacrifice fly.
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.237) was 2-for-4 with a solo homer. He also drew a walk.
  • C Tyler Payne (.261) had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
  • RHP Bailey Clark (2.70 ERA) allowed only one earned run for the second straight start. He gave up one earned run in four innings.

Mesa Cubs (4-7)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-3.0)

A ninth-inning rally was not enough as the Mesa Cubs fell to the AZL Padres, 10-8.

  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.202) was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer (2) in the second inning.
  • CF Luis Ayala (.290) was 1-for-5, his lone hit a triple (4). He also scored once.
  • 2B-3B Jhonny Bethencourt (.228) reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with two walks. He drove in a run (7) and scored twice.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/1/16

All four affiliates in action picked up victories on Monday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (47-63)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-16.0)

Iowa batters collected seven extra-base hits and went 7 for 13 with runners in scoring position en route to a 13-0 rout over Omaha.

  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (4.37 ERA) threw five perfect innings while striking out eight. He has allowed only two hits and two earned runs over his last three appearances (11 IP).
  • RF Juan Perez (.281) was 3 for 5 with a double (23), a grand slam (8), five RBI (46) and a run scored.
  • SS-LF Kristopher Negron (.238) went 1 for 4 with a three-run homer. Overall, he had four RBI (34), two runs scored and a walk.
  • CF John Andreoli (.253) and DH Taylor Davis (.259) both collected three hits.
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.210) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.303) each had two-hit games. Brockmeyer had two doubles (4) and two runs, while Candelario added a double (12), a homer, two RBI (26) and a run.
  • RHP Justin Grimm (1 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) made his first appearance since being optioned.

Tennessee Smokies (15-22)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-6.0)

The Smokies scored all three of their runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Birmingham, 3-2.

  • LF Jorge Soler (.087) was 0 for 4 with a walk in his ninth rehab game.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.201) went 2 for 4 with a double (15), an RBI (27) and a run.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.288) was 1 for 5 with a double (15) and an RBI (23). He has a hit in 24 of his last 29 games.
  • C Victor Caratini (.292), DH David Freitas (.304) and 3B Gioskar Amaya (.167) each had multi-hit games.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.06 ERA) has allowed two or fewer runs in four-consecutive starts. He is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA (6 ER/23 IP) over the stretch.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (21-17)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach used a seventh-inning rally to defeat host Frederick, 5-4.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.407) was 2 for 4 with a double (3), two RBI (5), two runs scored and two stolen bases (6). He has a hit in six of his seven games with Myrtle Beach.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.245) tripled (4), scored a run, walked and recorded a stolen base (22).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.314) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4. It extended his hitting streak to seven straight games (.407/11 for 27).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.225) finished 1 for 4 with a double (9) and an RBI (27).

South Bend Cubs (24-13)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

South Bend and Great Lakes both had seven hits but the SB-Cubs prevailed, 5-1.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.342) finished 2 for 5 with two doubles (35) and two RBI (72). His 72 RBI are nine more than the next-closest Midwest League batter. He also extended his hitting streak to eight games (.567/17 for 30).
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.272) was 2 for 4 with an RBI (59) and a walk.
  • 1B Alberto Mineo (.354) reached base three times, going 1 for 3 with two walks. He also scored twice.
  • LHP Justin Steele is 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA (7 ER/17.2 IP) over five starts since rejoining South Bend from Eugene after pitching five scoreless innings Monday. He struck out seven in the win.

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/31/16

Iowa, Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Eugene all racked up victories Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (46-63)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-17.0)

Iowa scored four runs in the first and added three more in the eighth, topping Omaha, 8-3.

  • CF Albert Almora Jr. (.320) went 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI (35). He is 11 for 33 (.333) with five runs scored in seven games since returning to Iowa.
  • RF Juan Perez (.276) finished 2 for 4 with a walk, a run scored, an RBI (41) and two stolen bases (14). He extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.412/14 for 34).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.299) and SS Munenori Kawasaki (.276) each walked twice, collected a hit and scored two runs.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2 IP, 1 H, 5 SO) struck out five batters in two scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (14-21)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-6.5)

The Smokies outhit Birmingham, but dropped the game, 6-2.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.285) was 2 for 5 with a double (10) and a run scored.
  • 1B David Freitas (.298) went 2 for 4 with an RBI (22). He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games.
  • LF Kelly Dugan (.209) finished 2 for 4 with a stolen base (1), his first multi-hit game since July 12.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (20-17)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach collected 12 hits in a 3-1 victory over host Salem.

  • RHP Jeremy Null (4.89 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings of work to pick up the win. He struck out three batters.
  • 2B Bryant Flete (.522) continued his hot start with Myrtle Beach, going 3 for 4 with a two-run homer (1) and a walk. He has gone 12 for 23 in his first six games with the club and is riding an 18-game hitting streak (.431/28 for 65) spanning his last 12 games with South Bend.
  • 1B David Bote (.320) went 2 for 5 with two doubles (13). He is 5 for 9 in his last two games.
  • DH Yasiel Balaguert (.252) finished 2 for 5 with a run scored, his third straight multi-hit game.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.217) was 2 for 3 with a walk.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.245) finished 1 for 5 with a leadoff homer (9) in the first inning.

South Bend Cubs (23-13)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

South Bend improved to 23-13 in the second half, winning a pitcher’s duel over Great Lakes, 2-1.

  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (4.58 ERA) recorded his longest scoreless outing of the season, allowing just five hits and one walk in six innings to secure the win. He also fanned seven batters.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.269) went 2 for 4, extending his hitting streak to five games (.368/7 for 19).
  • C P.J. Higgins (.274) was 1 for 3 with a double (23), a walk and a run scored.
  • DH Alberto Mineo (.356) went 1 for 2 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI (13). He has scored a run in six straight games.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.342) drove in his team-leading 70th RBI on the year.

Eugene Emeralds (2-4)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Fourth Place (-4.0)

Eugene held on for a 7-6 win over host Boise, snapping a three-game losing streak.

  • CF D.J. Wilson (.243) was 4 for 4 with a double (6), an inside-the-park home run (2) and two runs scored. He has three straight games with at least three hits, going 10 for 13 (.769).
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.226) went 2 for 4 with a double (8), a solo homer (6), two runs scored and two RBI (19). He has scored six runs in his last four games.
  • SS Zack Short (.273) finished 2 for 4 with a triple (1), a run scored and an RBI (4).
  • LHP Wyatt Short (1 IP, 1 SO) has allowed just two hits and no earned runs in seven innings this season.

Mesa Cubs (1-3)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-2.5)

Mesa surrendered a seven-run fourth inning in its 11-5 setback at the AZL Angels.

  • DH Yohan Matos (.242) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • 1B Jhonny Pereda (.235) went 0 for 2 but walked twice and scored a run.
  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.207) had the team’s only extra-base hit, going 1 for 4 with a double (4) and a run scored.

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.