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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.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/11/16

Tennessee and Myrtle Beach both picked up wins Monday, while South Bend and Eugene both came out on the losing end. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (41-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

Iowa is off until Thursday for the All-Star Break. 1B Dan Vogelbach and RHP Armando Rivero will represent the Cubs at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tennessee Smokies (9-8)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-1.5)

The Smokies won their second straight one-run game, defeating visiting Chattanooga, 7-6.

  • C Victor Caratini (.293) went 2 for 3 with a go-ahead three-run homer and two runs scored.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.271) and CF Trey Martin (.210) each went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • SS Daniel Lockhart (.250) went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests.
  • RHP Joe Nathan (1 IP) made his seventh relief appearance, tossing a scoreless inning. He has allowed two runs on three hits while walking none in 6.2 innings (2.70 ERA).

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

Myrtle Beach claimed its third-straight win with a 5-1 victory over host Wilmington.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.249) went 2 for 4 with a go-ahead three-run homer, two runs scored and a stolen base (17). He has two hits and two runs scored in each of his last three games.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.270) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 5 with a double (18), an RBI (37) and a stolen base (17).
  • 1B David Bote (.296) reached three times, going 1 for 3 with two walks.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (2.2 IP, H, 4 SO) has yet to allow an earned run in 8.1 innings with Myrtle Beach

South Bend Cubs (13-6)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

South Bend surrendered 14 hits in a 10-3 setback at home against Bowling Green.

  • 1B Josh Silver (.257) led the way offensively, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored. He has gone 7 for 14 with five runs scored in his last three games.
  • 2B Bryant Flete (.215) added two hits, going 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI (22).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.293) extended his hitting streak to five games (.429/9 for 21), going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.

Eugene Emeralds (17-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

The Emeralds collected just four hits in a 7-4 setback vs. Hillsboro, marking their first two-game losing streak of the season.

  • CF D.J. Wilson (.163) reached twice, going 1 for 4 with a double (2), a walk and two RBI (7).
  • C Tyler Payne (.286) and RF Connor Myers (.250) each singled, scored a run and drove in a run.
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.203) went 1 for 4 with a double (4), two runs and a steal (6).

Mesa Cubs (8-9)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-2.0)

Mesa had the day off. The Cubs return to action tomorrow at the AZL White Sox.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/10/16

Tennessee battled back, Myrtle Beach had a few big innings, and South Bend scored late as all registered wins Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (41-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

Iowa closed out the season’s first half with a 7-4 setback at Colorado Springs.

  • LF Matt Murton (.339) went 2 for 5 with a run scored. He is batting .429 (15 for 35) in his last eight games, including six multi-hit efforts.
  • CF John Andreoli (.239) was 2 for 4 with a double (12), a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.275) went 0 for 2 but walked twice, scored a run and drove in a run (16). He has reached base in 12 straight games.
  • RHP Drew Rucinski (5.83 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings.

Tennessee Smokies (8-8)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-2.0)

The Smokies rallied from a 3-0 deficit to claim a 5-4 victory over the visiting Lookouts.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.302) finished 3 for 4 with a solo homer (7) and two runs scored. He is batting .433 (13 for 30) with a .452 OBP in nine July contests.
  • CF Trey Martin (.190) went 3 for 3 with a solo homer (1) and two RBI (5).
  • RHP James Farris (1.2 IP, 3 SO) retired all five batters he faced, and RHP Dave Berg (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) collected his second save.

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

Myrtle Beach scored three in the first and four in the third, cruising to a 9-1 win over Wilmington.

  • 2B David Bote (.295) went 2 for 4 with a triple (1), solo homer (1), walk and two RBI (10).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.232) and CF Rashad Crawford (.246) each added multi-hit games.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.269) drove in three runs, going 1 for 4 with a double (24) and a run scored. He has hit safely in six straight games (9 for 23) with six RBI.
  • RHP Zach Hedges tossed six scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none in the win. It’s his second start of at least six scoreless frames.

South Bend Cubs (13-5)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend scored in the final five frames, pulling away for a 10-6 win over Bowling Green.

  • LF Donnie Dewees (.274) extended his hitting streak to 15 games (.355/22 for 62), going 1 for 4 with two runs, one RBI (49) and a stolen base (16).
  • DH P.J. Higgins (.284) went 3 for 5 with two doubles (20), two runs and one RBI (24).
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.268) extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 2 for 4 with two doubles (19), a walk, one run scored and two RBI (46). He has five straight multi-hit games.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.293) and C Alberto Mineo (.333) each added multi-hit games. Mineo drove in three runs.

Eugene Emeralds (17-7)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.5)

The Emeralds allowed eight unanswered runs, falling 10-2 at home to Hillsboro.

  • SS Yeiler Peguero (.280) went 3 for 4 with a double (4), run scored and two steals (2).
  • RF Robert Garcia (.286) and LF Kevonte Mitchell (.200) each tripled.
  • RHP Michael Knighton (2.1 IP, 3 SO) retired all seven batters he faced.
  • LHP Wyatt Short (1 IP, SO) made his professional debut, retiring all three batters.

Mesa Cubs (8-9)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Mesa allowed a season-high tying 12 runs, falling 12-3 vs. the AZL Giants.

  • 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.194) went 2 for 4 with a double (2), triple (2), run scored and RBI (2).
  • CF Luis Ayala (.354) went 2 for 5 with two RBI (11). He has hit safely in all 14 games (23 for 65).
  • 1B Gustavo Polanco (.424) added two singles, going 2 for 4. He has hit safely in five straight games (.500/10 for 20).

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/4/16

Iowa’s offense led the way, Tennessee had a big inning to secure a win and Eugene also racked up most of its runs in one frame to pick up the victory Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (40-44)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.5)

The I-Cubs tallied 12 hits and defeated Omaha 4-3.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella (.386) was 2 for 3 with a walk and a pair of runs in his sixth rehab game.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.288) went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer (3) in the first. He has a hit in five straight contests.
  • C David Freitas (.309) led the team with three hits, going 3 for 4.
  • LF Matt Murton (.327) was 2 for 4 with an RBI (26).
  • RHP Armando Rivero (1 IP, 2 H, 2 SO) has not allowed a run in 10 consecutive innings.

Tennessee Smokies (7-4)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

A three-run second inning was pivotal to Tennessee’s 4-3 triumph over Jackson.

  • C Ben Carhart (.241) delivered the go-ahead, three-run shot (1) in the second inning.
  • 3B Chesny Young (.284) was 1 for 3 with a homer (3) and a walk.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.432) went 1 for 3 with a double (3) and a stolen base (3).
  • Jen-Ho Tseng (2.98 ERA) gave up three earned in seven innings to get the win.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-7)
Carolina League (High-A)
Third Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach hitters could not plate a run as the Pelicans fell to host Winston-Salem, 8-0.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.237) reached base three times, going 2 for 3 with a double (16) and a walk. He also added a stolen base (14).
  • 3B David Bote (.339) went 1 for 3 and has a hit in nine of his last 10 games. He is 15 for 33 (.455) over the span.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) has only allowed one earned run in 23.2 IP between South Bend and Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (9-3)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The SB-Cubs were outhit 16 to six and lost to Fort Wayne, 6-3.

  • DH Jesse Hodges (.283) went 1 for 4 with a triple (3), two RBI (16) and a run scored. He has a hit in four straight games.
  • C Tyler Alamo (.267) reached base twice, going 1 for 3 with a free pass.
  • CF Alberto Caro (.147) was 1 for 4 with a triple (1).
  • RHP John Williamson (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) has had five straight scoreless outings, totaling seven IP.

Eugene Emeralds (13-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

Thanks to a five-run sixth inning, Eugene beat Everett, 7-5.

  • C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.222) went 2 for 4 with a pair of homers (2), including a sixth-inning grand slam. He finished with five RBI and two runs.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.324) was 3 for 4 with a run scored. He has seven multi-hit games in 17 efforts.
  • 1B Chris Pieters (.339) went 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.
  • LF Michael Foster (.133) finished with a double (2).
  • RHP Tommy Nance (1.2 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO) recorded every out in his appearance via the strikeout.

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

The Mesa Cubs lost their third straight game, falling to the host AZL Indians, 14-2.

  • LF Ruben Reyes (.296) was 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles (4) and a run scored.
  • DH Isaac Paredes (.214) went 2 for 3 with a double (1), an RBI (3) and a run scored.
  • 1B Gustavo Polanco (.385) snapped his nine-game hitting streak, but drove in a run (6). He was 0 for 1 with a walk overall.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/27/16

Iowa split its doubleheader, Tennessee cruised to a win, Eugene continued its streak, and Mesa put its opponent away early on Monday. South Bend was unable to pick up a win, while Myrtle Beach was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (37-39)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-4.5)

Iowa split its doubleheader at Oklahoma City with both games going into extra innings. The I-Cubs lost a slugfest in Game 1, 10-9 in nine innings. But it rebounded to win Game 2, 3-2 in eight innings.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella (.667) made his first rehab appearance in Game 1, going 2 for 3 with a two-run homer (1) in the third inning.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.313) went a combined 5 for 7 with two doubles, a two-run homer (15), two runs scored and four RBI (55). He has four straight multi-hit games, including three homers.
  • RF-CF John Andreoli (.237) reached multiple times in each game, going a combined 3 for 7 with a double (9), three runs scored and two walks.
  • LF Matt Murton (.336) was 2 for 4 with a walk, a double (9) and two runs scored in the first game.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.316) went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer (2) and a walk in Game 2.
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.269) also added a two-hit game in the nightcap.
  • RHP Jake Buchanan (4.48 ERA) surrendered two earned runs and fanned eight in seven innings to pick up the Game 2 win.

Tennessee Smokies (3-2)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Smokies rolled past Pensacola, 12-1, in a rain-shortened six-inning contest.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.733) recorded his third straight three-hit game, going 3 for 3 with a two-run homer (2), two runs scored, a sac fly and three RBI (6). In four starts with Tennessee, he has gone 11 for 15 with two doubles, two homers, six runs scored and six RBI.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.264) went 2 for 3 with a triple (2), a walk, two runs scored and a season-high four RBI (26). He has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
  • 3B Chesny Young (.289) was 2 for 3 with a double (9), a walk and three runs scored.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.247) and 1B Victor Caratini (.295) each collected two-hit games.
  • RHP Brad Markey (2.34 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings for the win. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in his last nine starts.

South Bend Cubs (4-1)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend dropped its first game of the second half, falling 6-1 at home against Lake County.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.321) went 2 for 4, extending his hitting streak to eight games (.394/13 for 33). He is batting .349 (30 for 86) in 21 June contests.
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.266) went 2 for 4.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.237) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI (33).
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3 IP, 1 R, 4 SO) allowed just one unearned run and no hits in three innings.

Eugene Emeralds (8-3)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+2.0)

The Emeralds won their fourth straight game, prevailing over Spokane, 8-2.

  • 3B Matt Rose (.300) went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer (2) and three RBI (10). He has hit safely in all eight games this season (9 for 30).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.171) finished 1 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI (5).
  • RHP Jesus Castillo (1.80 ERA) allowed one hit and struck out 11 batters in five innings.

Mesa Cubs (4-2)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

Mesa led 4-0 after two innings and cruised to a 7-2 victory over the AZL Giants.

  • RF Jose Gonzalez (.273) was 3 for 5 with two RBI (2).
  • CF Luis Ayala (.385) went 2 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI (7) and a stolen base (2).
  • 1B Gustavo Polanco (.400) finished 2 for 4 with an RBI (2).
  • RHP Erling Moreno (1.64 ERA) picked up the win, tossing six scoreless innings, striking out six.