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Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/16/15

Iowa, Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Mesa all picked up wins for the Cubs yesterday, while Tennessee and Eugene both struggled with the bats. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (48-43)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Iowa opened the season’s second half with a 4-1 victory over the Memphis Redbirds.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada made his second rehab start with Iowa, throwing 71 pitches in 6.0 innings. He walked none and struck out five.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano (0.00) made his first appearance with Iowa, striking out three batters and surrendering one hit in a scoreless inning of relief.
  • LF Junior Lake (.310) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.458/11-for-24), going 2-for-4 with a third-inning solo home run.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.261) went 2-for-4 with a double (16) and a run scored.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.219) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (6), one run scored and two RBI (6).

Tennessee Smokies (8-11)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

The Smokies surrendered nine runs on 11 hits as they dropped a 9-2 decision at Montgomery.

  • SS Elliot Soto (.275) reached base three times and scored both of the Smokies’ runs, going 1-for-3 with two walks.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.242), C Willson Contreras (.319) and 2B Sutton Whiting (.625) all collected a hit and drew two walks. As a team, the I-Cubs collected nine walks and left 11 runners on base.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (3.00) did not allow any hits or runs in 1.2 innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (10-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Myrtle Beach scored a run in the fourth inning and held on for a 1-0 shutout win at Potomac.

  • RHP Jonathan Martinez recorded his longest scoreless outing of the season, tossing 7.0 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He has allowed one or no runs in at least 7.0 innings in three of his last four outings and has won six straight decisions.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.270) went 1-for-4 with the team’s only run.
  • LHP Michael Heesch (1.48) collected his third save of the season, tossing a scoreless ninth inning. He has not allowed a run in his last three appearances (8.2 IP).

South Bend Cubs (11-10)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fourth Place (-2.5)

South Bend jumped out to a 9-0 lead after four innings and held on for a 10-6 win over Lansing.

  • LF Yasiel Balaguert (.301) extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.396/21-for-53), going 4-for-5 with a double (16), a solo homer and three runs scored. His four hits tied a season high.
  • 2B David Bote (.236) had his third straight multi-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI (18).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.308) tallied his 10th game this season with three or more hits, going 3-for-5.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.205) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI (15). He has hit safely in five straight games (.500/9-for-18).

Eugene Emeralds (15-13)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Third Place (-1.0)

Eugene mustered just four hits in a 4-0 shutout loss at home against Hillsboro.

  • CF Ian Happ (.269) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double (5). He is 10-for-25 (.400) in his last six games with four multi-hit efforts.
  • LHP Kyle Twomey has tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in each of his last two outings.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (3.93) fanned four batters in 2.0 perfect innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (12-8)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-0.5)

The Mesa Cubs snapped a two-game losing skid, defeating the AZL D-backs, 2-1.

  • CF Robert Garcia (.403) went a perfect 4-for-4 with a stolen base (5), extending his hitting streak to four games (9-for-14). This was his second four-hit game of the season.
  • RF Alex Bautista (.255) went 1-for-4 with his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth inning that accounted for both of the team’s runs.
  • RHP Dylan Cease has tossed 6.0 scoreless innings across his last two outings. He has allowed just one earned run in 11.2 innings this season, striking out 10 batters and walking four.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/15/15

Myrtle Beach continued its winning ways, while one big inning was enough to carry Eugene Wednesday. The bats were clicking for South Bend, but it wasn’t enough. Tennessee and Mesa also ended up on the losing end. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (47-43)

Iowa returns to action tonight against Memphis. Arismendy Alcantara and Carlos Pimentel represented the I-Cubs at the Triple-A All-Star Game last night in Omaha, Nebraska.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel was the starting pitcher for the PCL team. He tossed 2.0 innings, allowing two hits and one run, walking none and fanning four batters.
  • CF-2B Arismendy Alcantara earned the start in center field, going 1-for-4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies (8-10)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Tennessee opened its five-game series at Montgomery with a 4-1 setback.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.241) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.227) had the club’s only extra-base hit, going 1-for-4 with a double (14) and a run scored.
  • RHP Tayler Scott (3.52) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and fanning one.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Second Place (-3.0)

Myrtle Beach clubbed three homers in a 5-2 win over host Potomac. The Pelicans have won four of their last five games.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.67) gave up one earned run in 7.0 innings, striking out two batters.
  • DH Kevin Brown (.244) went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. He has six RBI in his last four games.
  • SS Chesny Young (.333) collected his first homer of the season with the Pelicans, finishing 2-for-4. He has three consecutive multi-hit games.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.258) went 1-for-4 with his team-leading 11th home run of the season.

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

South Bend collected 11 hits but fell 6-4 in the first of a three-game set at Lansing.

  • RHP Erick Leal (4.97) gave up two earned runs in 6.0 innings in the no-decision.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.291) extended his hitting streak to 12 games (.354/17-for-48), going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.299) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • 2B David Bote (.225) had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI (15) and a stolen base (4).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.200) went 2-for-3 with an RBI (13) and a stolen base (15). He also threw out two runners at home. He has now hit safely in four straight games (7-for-13).

Eugene Emeralds (15-12)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene scored seven runs in the fifth inning to pull away, defeating visiting Hillsboro, 8-4.

  • CF Ian Happ (.267) went 3-for-4 with a double (4), two runs scored and an RBI (10). He is 9-for-22 (.409) in his last five games with four multi-hit efforts.
  • DH Justin Marra (.204) drove in two runs, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.309) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI (15). He has six multi-hit games in his last eight contests.
  • RF Eloy Jimenez (.324), 3B Blake Headley (.239) and SS Ho-young Son (.213) all had multi-hit games.

Mesa Cubs (11-8)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-0.5)

The Mesa Cubs dropped their second straight game, falling 5-3 to the AZL Royals.

  • LHP Zac Rosscup made his first rehab appearance with Mesa, striking out two batters and surrendering no hits or walks. One baserunner reached via a fielding error.
  • CF Robert Garcia (.365) went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in three straight games (5-for-10).
  • RF Michael Foster (.250) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI (2).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/13/15

Myrtle Beach recorded a shutout win, and South Bend rolled to a victory Monday. Meanwhile, Tennessee, Eugene and Mesa were all dealt losses. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (47-43)

Iowa is off until Thursday due to the All-Star break. Arismendy Alcantara and Carlos Pimentel will represent Iowa at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday.

Tennessee Smokies (8-9)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Tennessee dropped the series finale to Biloxi, 9-2. The Smokies open a five-game series at Montgomery on Wednesday.

  • 1B Wes Darvill (.168) went 1-for-4 with a double (2) that plated one (15).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.239) went 1-for-4 and brought in a run for the Smokies (28).
  • SS Elliot Soto (.274) went 1-for-3, knocked a double (7), drew a walk and scored once. He extended his hitting streak to nine games (14-for-36/.389) and has drawn a walk in five straight games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

Myrtle Beach blanked Carolina, 5-0, to close out a five-game series. The Pelicans recorded 10 hits.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.258) went 3-for-4, clubbed a double (16) and drove in three runs (54).
  • 3B Chesny Young (.330) went 2-for-4 and scored twice.
  • DH Jeimer Candelario (.274) went 1-for-4 with a double (23) and two runs scored.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.228) went 1-for-4, swiped a base (5) and drove in one (21).
  • RHP Brad Markey (0.84) earned his first win with the Pelicans after tossing 4.2 scoreless innings of relief, scattering just two hits and fanning four batters.

South Bend Cubs (10-9)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-2.0)

South Bend cruised past Lake County in the series finale, 8-1. Eight Smokies recorded a hit, and four picked up an RBI for the team.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.193) went 3-for-4, crushed a double (6) and a home run (3), drove in a season-high three RBI (12), swiped a base (14) and scored twice.
  • 2B David Bote (.218) went 2-for-4 and scored twice.
  • CF Charcer Burks (.275) finished 2-for-5 with a triple (3) and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to five games (6-for-20/.300).
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.274) compiled two hits and walked once.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.305) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (45), a walk and one run scored.
  • RHP Zach Hedges (3.64) earned his second straight win and fanned a season-high seven batters against three walks. He has tossed quality starts in four of his last five outings.

Eugene Emeralds (14-12)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene dropped its fourth straight game at Tri-City, falling to the Dust Devils, 5-4.

  • 3B-1B Matt Rose (.250) went 1-for-4, knocked a double (3) and plated one (14).
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.304) finished 2-for-4 and walked once.
  • RF Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.281) went 1-for-5, swiped a bag (2) and scored once.

Mesa Cubs (11-7)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-0.5)

The Mesa Cubs surrendered six runs on 13 hits, falling to the AZL Royals, 6-1.

  • RF Robert Garcia (.356) went 2-for-5 and scored once, marking his seventh multi-hit game.
  • LF Alex Bautista (.255) recorded the team’s only RBI (5), despite going 0-for-4.
  • The Mesa Cubs went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/12/15

Tennessee tallied another win to move to .500 while Mesa picked up a 1-0 victory Sunday. Myrtle Beach split a doubleheader, but South Bend and Eugene couldn’t get it going in losses. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs

Iowa is off until Thursday due to the All-Star Break. C Kyle Schwarber and RHP C.J. Edwards participated in Sunday’s 2015 Futures Game in Cincinnati, where Schwarber was named Most Valuable Player after throwing out a runner and smacking a two-run triple to lead Team USA to a 10-1 victory. Edwards struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (8-8)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-5.0)

Tennessee won its second straight game, beating visiting Biloxi, 8-2.

  • RHP Pierce Johnson (1.26) picked up the victory, pitching 5.0 innings and striking out four batters while allowing just one earned run. He also recorded a career-high three RBI at the dish.
  • 3B Bryant Flete (.169) drove in his seventh run of the year and walked three times.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano (0.00) tossed a scoreless seventh inning of relief. He’s allowed an unearned run on just three hits in 4.0 innings with Tennessee this season.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.286) drove in two (4) with a pinch-hit double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

GM 1: Myrtle Beach beat visiting Carolina, 9-0, in the completion of Friday’s suspended game.

  • DH Kevin Brown (.242) went 2-for-5 with a home run and a season-high-tying four RBI (15).
  • C Victor Caratini (.251) and CF Trey Martin (.250) had two hits apiece.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.274) and 1B Jacob Rogers (.254) had two walks apiece.
  • LHP Michael Heesch (6-0, 1.51) earned the win after tossing 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP David Garner (0.00) struck out three and allowed one hit in 2.0 scoreless innings.

GM 2: Myrtle Beach couldn’t complete the doubleheader sweep, falling to Carolina, 2-1.

  • DH Chesny Young (.293) recorded two of Myrtle Beach’s five hits, going 2-for-3 with a double (8).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.274) went 1-for-3 with his 36th RBI of the campaign.

South Bend Cubs (9-9)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-2.5)

South Bend managed just five hits in a 3-1 loss to visiting Lake County.

  • RHP Trevor Clifton (4.73) fanned eight in 6.2 innings despite getting credited for the loss.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.277) went 2-for-3.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.273) went 1-for-4 with his 31st RBI of the campaign.
  • RHP Dillon Maples (3.24) struck out two in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Eugene Emeralds (14-11)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene dropped its third straight game at Tri-City, falling to the Dust Devils, 15-2.

  • CF Ian Happ (.259) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his first career triple.
  • DH Ian Rice (.300) and 1B Joe Martarano (.500) had two hits apiece.

Mesa Cubs (11-6)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs snuck past the AZL White Sox, 1-0.

  • RHP Austyn Willis struck out four in 5.0 innings, giving up no earned runs.
  • DH Shawon Dunston Jr. (.417) went 1-for-4 and tallied his second RBI of the season.
  • RHP Mark Malave (0.00) converted his second save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/8/15

The lower level clubs managed wins, but Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend were unable to secure victories Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (45-41)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Iowa had its three-game winning streak snapped, falling at Omaha, 7-2.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.351) homered for the second straight game, going 1-for-4 with a solo shot in the first inning.
  • LF Anthony Giansanti (.125) went 1-for-3 with a double and his first RBI of the campaign.
  • Iowa managed just one baserunner after the second inning. The club had three hits in the setback.

Tennessee Smokies (6-6)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

Tennessee lost for the fourth time in five games, falling at Birmingham, 4-3.

  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.249) had a game-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI (26).
  • RF Billy McKinney (.308) and 2B Sutton Whiting (.667) had two hits apiece.
  • C Willson Contreras (.328) recorded his first triple of the year while driving in his 40th run of the season.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano (0.00) tossed a scoreless eighth inning while walking one.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

Myrtle Beach managed just two hits in a 5-0 loss to visiting Winston-Salem.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.257) and CF Trey Martin (.247) each had a hit.
  • LHP Michael Heesch was dealt a no-decision in his first start of the year, giving up no runs in 5.0 innings. He is holding left-handed hitters to a .167 average (9-for-54) on the season.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (2.50) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief while striking out three.

South Bend Cubs (7-7)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fifth Place (-2.0)

South Bend lost for the third time in its last four games, falling at Fort Wayne, 3-1.

  • DH Jason Vosler (.265) went 1-for-4 with a sixth-inning, solo home run.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.289) went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to six games (9-for-22/.409).

Eugene Emeralds (13-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+2.0)

Eugene won its fourth straight contest, topping Vancouver, 8-4. The Emeralds scored eight runs in the sixth inning.

  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (1.64) fanned six in 6.0 innings, giving up one earned run.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.306) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles (7) and one RBI (7).
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.300) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles (6) and three RBI (14).
  • CF Ian Happ (.231) went 1-for-4 with an RBI (9) and stolen base (6).
  • LHP Heath Dwyer (4.15) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief while fanning two.

Mesa Cubs (8-6)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-0.5)

  • RHP Enrique De Los Rio gave up one earned run in 5.0 innings, striking out six.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.353) and RF Alex Bautista (.306) had three hits apiece while combining to score seven runs.
  • DH Joe Martarano (.261) and SS Marcus Monasterio (.235) combined to record seven RBI.
  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.277) went 1-for-5 with two runs scored, a walk and two RBI (9).
  • RHP Mark Malave (0.00) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief while fanning three.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/7/15

It was a successful day for Cubs minor league squads, with affiliates going 5-1 overall on Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (45-40)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Iowa won its third straight game, besting New Orleans, 8-3, and taking the five-game series, 3-2.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.358) went 3-for-5, blasted a solo homer (2) and two doubles (7) while plated two (9) and scoring twice. He has four games of three or more hits at Iowa.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.293) went 2-for-4 with a leadoff home run (5), a double (7), an RBI (19), two runs scored and one walk. He has a four-game hitting streak (5-for-14).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.257) had his sixth three-hit outing, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base (12) and two runs scored.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.267) went 2-for-5 with a three-run double (15).

Tennessee Smokies (6-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-2.0)

Tennessee snapped a three-game losing skid, topping Birmingham on the road, 3-1.

  • RHP Pierce Johnson (1.14) picked up his third straight win and tossed a season-high 7.0 innings, giving up just one earned run. He has allowed just three runs in his last three outings (15.2 innings) and has yet to surrender a home run.
  • C Willson Contreras (.329) went 2-for-4, crushed a double (19) and plated two (39).
  • SS Elliot Soto (.264) went 3-for-5 with an RBI (16), a double (6) and one run scored.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.333) went 2-for-4, knocked a double (8) and scored once.
  • DH Cael Brockmeyer went 2-for-4 and clubbed his first double with the Smokies.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-8)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach dropped its second straight game, falling to Winston-Salem, 3-1. The Pelicans were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.256) went 1-for-3 with a double (14), an RBI (51) and a walk.
  • DH Mark Zagunis (.308) went 2-for-5, knocked a double (18) and scored once.
  • RHP Brad Markey (1.50) drew a no-decision in his first outing with the Pelicans and tossed a quality start, allowing just one run on four hits and fanning two batters.

South Bend Cubs (7-6)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-2.0)

South Bend scored two runs in the seventh to top Fort Wayne in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.289) went 1-for-3 with a game-winning two-run homer in the seventh inning,  extending his hitting streak to five games (8-for-19/.421).
  • RHP Zach Hedges (3.84) earned the win and tossed a season-high 8.0 innings. It marked his fourth straight outing with 6.0 or more innings pitched and his third quality start in that stretch.
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (2.04) completed his second save of the season after tossing a hitless frame and fanning two batters.

Eugene Emeralds (12-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene won its third straight contest, topping Vancouver, 6-4. The Emeralds wrap up the five-game series against the Canadians tonight.

  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.288) went 2-for-3 with a double (4), RBI (11), a walk and one run scored. It extended his hitting streak to a team-leading 11 games (13-for-38/.342).
  • LHP Justin Steele (1.23) earned his third consecutive win, striking out six in 5.0 innings while giving up one earned run. He has fanned 27 batters in four games (22.0 innings).
  • 1B Matt Rose (.308) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double (2) that plated two (9) and one run scored.
  • CF Ian Happ (.230) earned an RBI (8), scored once and drew two walks, despite going 0-for-3.
  • DH Ian Rice (.350) went 2-for-4, knocked a double and an RBI (3).
  • 3B Adonis Paula (.259) went 2-for-4 with a double (3).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.119) went 1-for-3, knocked a triple and scoring once.

Mesa Cubs (7-6)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-2.0)

1B Jose Paniagua (.286) blasted the team’s first grand slam of the year in the third inning, helping the Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the AZL Padres.

  • All told, Paniagua went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
  • CF Robert Garcia (.372) went 2-for-5, crushed a triple (3), swiped a base (2) and scored twice.
  • RF Alex Bautista (.250) went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored.
  • RHP Jesus Camargo (1.29) earned his second win after tossing 4.0 scoreless innings of relief while fanning a season high seven batters. He has allowed just one earned run in 9.0 innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/6/15

Iowa took both games of its doubleheader and Eugene edged out a win Monday. But Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all lost one-run contests while Mesa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (44-40)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.5)

Iowa swept its doubleheader at New Orleans, rallying for three runs in the seventh to win 4-2 in Game One, and blanking the Zephyrs, 2-0 in the second game.

  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (3.42) earned the win in Game Two, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings and adding three strikeouts.
  • 2B-CF Arismendy Alcantara (.251) went a combined 3-for-7 with three doubles (13) and an RBI (26).
  • LF Junior Lake (.283) went a combined 2-for-6 and hit a two-run homer (2) in the seventh inning of Game One.
  • C Taylor Davis (.283) and RF Jonathan Mota (.258) each went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the nightcap.
  • 2B Angelo Amendolare (.400) collected his first two hits of the season for Iowa in the second game.

Tennessee Smokies (5-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

Tennessee dropped its third straight contest, falling 4-3 at Birmingham.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada made his first rehab start, allowing four runs in 4.0 innings. He threw 61 pitches, 42 for strikes, and struck out five batters.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano made his Cubs organizational debut, striking out three batters and allowing one hit in 1.0 inning of relief.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.257) went 2-for-5 and RF Billy McKinney (.302) went 2-for-4.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (2.08) fanned seven batters in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-7)
Carolina League (High-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

The Pelicans fell in walk-off fashion, 3-2 in nine innings at Carolina.

  • SS Carlos Penalver (.237) went 3-for-4 with his second three-hit game of the season.
  • 1B Chesny Young (.335) went 2-for-4, collecting his third multi-hit game in his last six contests.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.236) and CF Trey Martin (.245) each had RBI.
  • RHP Jeremy Null made his second start with Myrtle Beach, collecting his first quality start by pitching 6.0 innings, giving up two earned runs.

South Bend Cubs (6-6)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-2.0)

South Bend tallied nine runs and 14 hits but dropped a 12-inning contest against Fort Wayne, 10-9.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.275) went 4-for-5 with a walk, a three-run homer (3), three runs scored and three RBI (26). He is 11-for-22 (.500) in his last six games.
  • 1B David Bote (.213) went 3-for-6 with a double (11), two runs scored and an RBI (14).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.265) went 2-for-6 with a double (10) and two runs scored.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.277) went 2-for-6 with a double (15) and stolen base (17).

Eugene Emeralds (11-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene won its second straight contest, defeating visiting Vancouver, 6-5.

  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.109) went 1-for-2 with a double (2), two walks and three runs scored, including the game-winning run in the ninth inning.
  • 1B-3B Matt Rose (.314) went 2-for-4.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.268) and 2B Frandy Delarosa (.266) each went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/5/15

Myrtle Beach overpowered its way to a win, and Eugene recorded a shutout victory Sunday. Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend were all handed losses while Mesa was rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (42-40)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-11.0)

Iowa was blanked at New Orleans, recording just two hits in the 2-0 setback. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning due to rain.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.356) reached base twice, going 1-for-2 and walking once. He has reached base safely in six straight games.
  • 1B Taylor Davis (.281) also recorded a hit for the I-Cubs, going 1-for-3.
  • RHP Donn Roach tossed his sixth consecutive quality start but took the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work.

Tennessee Smokies (5-4)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee was unable to overcome Birmingham’s early lead and fell to the Barons, 9-4.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.232) went 2-for-5 and connected on his fourth triple of the season. He has had three multi-hit efforts and five extra-base hits in his last four games.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.250) went 1-for-4 and blasted a solo homer in his first game with the Smokies.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.237) went 1-for-2 with a double (7) and a season-high three walks, scoring once.
  • RF Billy McKinney went 1-for-3 with a double (13), an RBI (20) and a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-6)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Second Place (-1.5)

The Pelicans enjoyed their second consecutive game with 10 or more hits, blanking Carolina, 12-0. The game was called after the top of the eighth inning due to rain.

  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.80) tossed his second career compete game shutout, surrendering just three hits while fanning six batters and walking none in 7.0 scoreless frames.
  • C Victor Caratini (.248) went 2-for-3, blasted a homer (3), drove in three runs (32), walked twice and scored twice.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.311) went 1-for-4 with a double (17), three RBI (40), a walk and two runs scored. He has an RBI in five of his last six games (seven total RBI).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.285) went 2-for-4, knocked a double (21) and scored twice.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.235) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (19) and one run scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.256) went 1-for-3, plated two (50), walked twice and scored once.

South Bend Cubs (6-5)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-1.0)

South Bend dropped the series finale at Bowling Green, 9-4. The two teams split the series, 2-2.

  • DH Jason Vosler (.263) went 2-for-4, blasted a solo homer (3) and a double (9), and scored twice.
  • C Erick Castillo (.240) went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI (4) and a walk.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.263) went 1-for-3, drove in one (23) and walked once.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.183) earned an RBI (8) and scored once despite going 0-for-4.

Eugene Emeralds (10-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene blanked Vancouver, 6-0. The series will be decided in tonight’s rubber match.

  • DH Justin Marra (.243) went 2-for-5, crushed a homer in the fifth, plated three (6) and scored once.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.270) went 2-for-4 with a double (5), an RBI (6), a walk and one run scored.
  • 3B Blake Headley (.250) went 2-for-3, walked once and scored once.
  • 1B Matt Rose (.290) drew three walks and scored once despite going 0-for-2.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (0.00) earned his first win after tossing 4.0 hitless innings of relief and fanning four batters versus only one walk.

Cubs acquire pitching prospect, international slot money from Angels for C Rafael Lopez

The Cubs today acquired minor league left-handed pitching prospect Manny Rondon and international slot number four from the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Rafael Lopez.

Lopez, 27, was designated for assignment on June 27. He batted .276 (43-for-156) with eight doubles, one triple, no home runs and 17 RBI in 46 games with Iowa this season. Lopez made his big league debut with the Cubs last year and hit .182 (2-for-11) in seven games.

Rondon, 20, has gone 3-7 with a 2.94 ERA (38 ER/116.1 IP) in 36 appearances (18 starts) covering three pro seasons in the Angels organization. He was a 2014 Dominican Summer League All-Star when he went 0-5 with a 2.30 ERA (17 ER/66.2 IP) in 14 starts. The 2015 season marks Rondon’s first in the United States, and he made just two starts with the Angels’ rookie league club in Arizona prior to today’s trade.

The left-hander is a native of Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela, and signed with the Angels as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Cubs name Zagunis, Pimentel minor league player, pitcher of the month for June

The Cubs today named Single-A Myrtle Beach outfielder Mark Zagunis and Triple-A Iowa right-handed pitcher Carlos Pimentel the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for June, respectively.

Zagunis, 22, batted .326 (31-for-95) with 23 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, four home runs, 16 RBI and 14 walks compared to 13 strikeouts in 26 June games for Myrtle Beach. He recorded a .448 on-base percentage and a .537 slugging mark to contribute to a .985 OPS for the month. In nine games from June 10-19, Zaguins hit .439 with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBI while posting a 1.209 OPS.

The right-handed hitting Zagunis last month led the Carolina League in runs scored, tied for first in home runs, ranked second in total bases (51) and OPS, third in OBP, tied for third in hits and walks, ranked fourth in slugging, tied for fourth in RBI and tied for fifth in extra-base hits (11).

Zagunis was named a Carolina League midseason All-Star and was tabbed as the league’s Player of the Week for June 15-21. This season, he is batting .313 with 50 runs scored, 15 doubles, four triples, five homers, 35 RBI and 52 walks in 70 games for Myrtle Beach. He has a .446 on-base percentage and a .464 slugging mark.

Selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Virginia Tech, Zagunis owns a .302 average with 31 doubles, seven triples, seven homers, 67 RBI and 94 walks compared to 84 strikeouts in 127 career minor league contests.

Pimentel, 25, was 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA (3 ER/28.1 IP) in five June starts for Iowa, as he held opponents to a .192 batting average (19-for-99), a .287 on-base percentage and a .212 slugging mark. He walked 14 batters, struck out 22, did not allow a home run and recorded four quality starts, including three outings of at least 6.0 shutout innings.

Pimentel’s 0.95 June ERA led all Pacific Coast League hurlers while his four June victories tied for the league lead. His .192 average against was fourth lowest in the league. He is 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 games, all but one in a starting role, for Iowa this season. Pimentel has walked 38, struck out 70 and registered at least 6.0 innings in five of his last six starts.

Signed to a minor league deal by Chicago in November 2013 following seven seasons in the Texas Rangers farm system, Pimentel is 51-52 with a 4.06 ERA, one complete game and three saves in 216 career minor league games (147 starts). He has walked 406 and struck out 813 batters, including a career-high 133 in 2013 with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.

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