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Cubs recall OF Soler, IF Watkins from Iowa

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Jorge Soler will make his first major league start Wednesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs recalled outfielder Jorge Soler and infielder Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa Wednesday afternoon, placing outfielders Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with left ankle inflammation and a left hamstring strain, respectively.

Soler, 22, was the organization’s No. 5 preseason prospect, according to Baseball America and ranked the No. 49 prospect in all of baseball prior to the season. The right-handed batter and thrower combined to hit .340/.432/.700 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 23 doubles, 15 home runs and 57 RBI in 200 at-bats over 62 games this season across three minor league levels.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound player started the 2014 season at Double-A Tennessee, where, despite being slowed by hamstring injuries, he batted .415/.494/.862 in 65 at-bats over 22 games to earn a promotion to Triple-A Iowa on July 24. In just more than a month with Iowa, Soler batted .282/.378/.618 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 32 games.

Soler originally signed a nine-year major league deal with the Cubs in June of 2012 out of Cuba. He entered the 2013 campaign ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the organization and batted .281 (59-for-210) with 13 doubles, eight homers and 35 RBI after being limited to 55 games with Single-A Daytona due to a left shin fracture. He was named to the World Team in the Futures Game that year (though he did not play due to injury) and recovered to participate in the Arizona Fall League with the Mesa Solar Sox, playing in 20 games.

Overall in 151 career minor league games, Soler has batted .307 (167-for-544) with 300 total bases, 108 runs scored, 43 doubles, three triples, 28 home runs, 117 RBI, a .383 on-base percentage, a .551 slugging percentage and a .934 OPS.

Watkins, who turns 25 on Friday, returns to the Cubs for his second stint this season. He hit .300 (3-for-10) with a double and three RBI in four games with the Cubs last week before being optioned back to Iowa after the game on Sunday. At Triple-A this season, he is batting .256 (83-for-324) with 21 doubles, four home runs and 38 RBI in 103 games. He was the organization’s 2012 Minor League Player of the Year.

Ruggiano, 32, is batting .281 (63-for-224) with 13 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBI in 81 games with the Cubs this season.

Sweeney, 29, is batting .251 (52-for-207) with nine doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI in 77 games.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/26/14

Daytona battled back to secure a win, and Kane County set a franchise mark with its 88th victory Tuesday. The other four teams were in action, but each lost. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league games:

Iowa Cubs (69-70)
3rd Place (-4.0)

Iowa allowed five runs on 13 hits in a 5-3 loss to their host, the Tacoma Rainiers.

  • LF Junior Lake (.318) finished 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk, a double (2), a homer, two RBI (6) and a stolen base from the leadoff spot. His two hits extended his hitting streak to eight games (.350/14-for-40).
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.301) singled Lake in to put Iowa on the board in the first. His 109 RBI on the season (51 with Iowa) rank third in the minor leagues.

Tennessee Smokies (32-33)
T-1st Place (–)

Tennessee dropped its sixth-straight contest, a 6-5 comeback loss to visiting Jacksonville, to fall into a tie for first place.

  • CF Albert Almora (.256) doubled (7) and tripled (2) in his second game with multiple extra-base hits in the last four.
  • Five Smokies doubled in yesterday’s contest—Almora, SS-2B Anthony Giansanti (.237, 6 2B), 1B Lars Anderson (.330, 10 2B), C Charles Cutler (.313, 13 2B) and RF Rubi Silva (.257, 13 2B).
  • RHP Blake Cooper (1.49, 5 H) and LHP Hunter Cervenka (3.90, 14 H) each recorded a hold before RHP Frank Batista (4-2, 1.70) allowed three runs (two earned) in the ninth, suffering his second blown save and second loss.

Daytona Cubs (38-26)
1st Place (+2.0)

The D-Cubs maintained their first-place lead with a comeback 6-5 win at Dunedin.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.281) recorded all three Cubs extra-base hits, homering for the second-straight night, knocking two doubles (21) and driving in one (53).
  • 3B Wes Darvill (.251) singled twice in his first multihit game since July 29 vs. Bradenton.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.270) also tallied two singles and knocked in two (51).
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (5-0, 4.03) earned his fifth win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
  • Perakslis was followed by RHP Zack Godley (3.69), who allowed one run over 1.2 frames for his seventh save.

Kane County Cougars (43-21)
1st Place (+3.0)

The Cougars tied a franchise record with their 88th win of the season, a 6-1 victory over host Burlington.

  • RHP Duane Underwood pitched 5.1 innings, giving up one earned run, walking none and striking out four.
  • DH Chesny Young (.337) recorded the lone multihit game for the Cougars, which included his sixth double.
  • Each player in the Cougars’ starting nine recorded at least one hit. Five Cougars recorded a double—Young, 1B Jacob Rogers (.267, 26 2B), CF Trey Martin (.243, 15 2B), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.252, 18 2B) and LF Shawon Dunston (.272, 16 2B). Dunston drove in a team-high two runs (35).
  • LHP Michael Heesch (2.43) and RHP Michael Wagner (2.68) combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out a combined five Bees.

Boise Hawks (16-16)
3rd Place (-5.0)

Everett overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run ninth in Boise, topping the Hawks, 4-2.

  • DH Kevin Brown (.269) finished 2-for-4 with his second triple of the season and both Boise runs.
  • RHP Joshua Conway did not factor into the decision, throwing three perfect innings before exiting the game.
  • In relief, LHP Sam Wilson (5-1, 3.82) suffered the loss, recording three earned runs over two innings of work.
  • RHP Daniel Lewis (0.90) allowed three inherited runners to score, suffering his first blown save despite a line of one scoreless inning.

Mesa Cubs (8-16)
5th Place (-8.5)

Mesa scored first, but surrendered a two-run lead to lose at the AZL Dodgers, 8-3.

  • 2B Varonex Cuevas (.329) hit his third triple (3) in four games, adding a single and driving in one (5).
  • CF Kevonte Mitchell (.292) also recorded his third triple, scoring one of Mesa’s three runs.
  • RF Eloy Jimenez (.225, 3 SB) and SS Ho-young Son (.254, 12 SB) each stole a base despite both going hitless.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/25/14

Iowa pitching set a franchise record for shutouts in a win, Kane County got back on track, and Boise posted a shutout Monday. Tennessee and Daytona both lost, while Mesa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (69-69)
3rd Place (-3.0)

Iowa pitching set a franchise record with its league-best 14th shutout in an 8-0 win over host Tacoma.

  • RF Jorge Soler (.282) homered for the second time in as many games, a three-run shot in the third inning. Soler is 11-for-20 (.550) with 10 RBI over his five-game hitting streak, including 9-for-12 (.750) the last three games.
  • 1B Jonathan Mota (.248) went 2-for-3 with his second homer of the season and first since April 26.
  • DH Junior Lake (.293) singled twice and doubled (1) to extend his hitting streak to seven games (.324/12-for-37), dating back to his second game with Iowa on August 19.
  • RHP Alberto Cabrera (4-2, 3.39) provided 4.2 scoreless innings of relief for his fourth win.
  • Prior to the game, three 2014 Iowa Cubs were named to the All-PCL team: 2B Arismendy Alcantara, LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, and RHP Blake Parker.

Tennessee Smokies (32-32)
1st Place (+1.0)

Tennessee dropped its fifth-straight contest, a 2-1 home loss to Jacksonville.

  • RHP C.J. Edwards fanned eight over five innings, giving up one earned run.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.242) came off the bench to record the only Tennessee multihit game, his second such game in a row. Chen has hit safely in his last five games (.429/9-for-21).
  • SS Anthony Giansanti (.230) tallied his 16th RBI despite going hitless for the second-straight game. It was the third time he has knocked in a run in a hitless effort.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (0-3, 2.96) suffered his third loss, pitching two frames of relief and allowing the winning run.

Daytona Cubs (37-26)
1st Place (+2.0)

Daytona could not keep a five-game winning streak alive as the Cubs fell to host Dunedin, 8-7—after trailing 7-1 after five.

  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.275) tied a season high with seven total bases, blasting a solo homer in the fourth, adding his third triple of the year and knocking in two (35).
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.312) extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.440/22-for-50), going 1-for-4 with an RBI (28).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.276) led off the ninth with a solo shot, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI (52).

Kane County Cougars (42-21)
1st Place (+3.0)

Kane County took the lead in the top of the seventh with back-to-back blasts from DH Yasiel Balaguert and RF Jeffrey Baez, topping Burlington 8-3 on the road.

  • Balaguert (.243) went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double (16) and two RBI (48). Baez (.276) finished with just the one hit, driving in his 14th run.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.252) tallied three singles in his fourth multihit effort in the last six games.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.266) went 2-for-4 with his team-leading 25th double and two RBI (67).
  • RHP James Pugliese (4-0, 1.81) allowed an unearned run in the sixth, suffering a blown save (2) but earning his fourth win when the Cougars went ahead in the seventh.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (0.00) earned his first hold and extended his scoreless streak to 17.0 innings in 10 outings.
  • Prior to the game, Cougars Manager Mark Johnson was named the 2014 Midwest League Manager of the Year.

Boise Hawks (16-15)
3rd Place (-5.0)

Boise shut out visiting Everett, winning 3-0 despite being outhit by the AquaSox, 8-5.

  • RHP Trevor Clifton earned the win in his fourth quality start, delivering a season-high seven scoreless innings.
  • The shutout was completed by RHP Ryan McNeil (9.64), who earned his first hold, and RHP Corbin Hoffner (1.35), who recorded the final four outs for his second save.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.263) singled and doubled (11) for the only Boise multihit game. Four of the five Hawks hits were doubles—from Hodges, CF Rashad Crawford (.266, 12 2B), 1B Danny Canela (.282, 15 2B) and C Mark Malave (.273, 7 2B).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/24/14

It was a tough day for the Cubs’ affiliates, with only Daytona coming away victorious on Sunday. Boise had the day off and will resume play Monday night. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (68-69)
3rd Place (-4.0)

Iowa lost for the ninth time in its last 10 games, falling at Tacoma, 5-4 in 14 innings.

  • RHP Dallas Beeler pitched six strong innings, giving up no earned runs and fanning six.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.307) homered for the second-straight game, going 1-for-6 with a first-inning, two-run blast. His 43 total home runs on the season lead the minor leagues.
  • DH Jorge Soler (.278) reached base five times, going 3-for-5 with two walks and a seventh-inning, solo home run. He’s tallied eight hits in his last two games to go along with four RBI.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.286) and 1B Eli Whiteside (.202) recorded three hits apiece.

Tennessee Smokies (32-31)
1st Place (+1.0)

Tennessee lost its fourth-straight game, falling to visiting Jacksonville, 9-7. Tennessee pitching has allowed 50 runs in its last four games.

  • SS Addison Russell (.297) went 2-for-5 with a ninth-inning, two-run blast.
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.233) went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a double (7) and one stolen base (5).
  • 1B Lars Anderson (.347) went 3-for-5 with his 12th RBI of the season.
  • In his first start with the Smokies, Felix Doubront allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in 4.1 innings. He threw 95 pitches, with 59 of them going for strikes.

Daytona Cubs (37-25)
1st Place (+2.5)

Daytona won its fifth-straight game, beating host Lakeland, 7-1.

  • RHP Tayler Scott gave up one earned run over five innings.
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.314) extended his hitting streak to 12 games (.456/21-for-46) and homered for the fifth-straight game, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI (27). He’s clubbed six home runs over the last five games, and has recorded eight multihit efforts during his 12-game hit streak.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.308) went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and his 12th double of the year.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (1.29) struck out three hitters in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Kane County Cougars (41-21)
1st Place (+2.0)

Kane County had its 13-game winning streak snapped, falling at Burlington, 2-1.

  • RHP Daury Torrez gave up two unearned runs and struck out five in five innings.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.214) went 2-for-4 with a double (17) and his 37th RBI of the campaign.
  • C Mark Zagunis (.292) went 1-for-3 with a walk and his first triple of the season.
  • RHP David Garner (3.38) allowed two hits and fanned one in three scoreless innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (8-15)
5th Place (-7.5)

Mesa managed just two hits in a 5-1 loss at the AZL Angels.

  • 2B Varonex Cuevas (.319) and C Tyler Alamo (.205) recorded the two hits.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (2-4, 7.71) allowed one run and fanned three in two innings of work to suffer his fourth loss of the year.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/21/14

Daytona battled back, Kane County kept its streak alive, Boise improved to .500, and Mesa posted a shutout victory Thursday. Iowa’s ugly skid continued, while Tennessee couldn’t hold a lead. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-67)
3rd Place (-3.0)

Iowa fell to .500 with the team’s seventh-straight loss, a 7-2 decision at the Reno Aces.

  • CF Junior Lake (.316) hit a solo homer with two out in the fifth inning, his first at any level since June 17 at Miami with Chicago.
  • 2B Jonathan Mota (.224) went 2-for-4 with a run and his fourth double in his first multihit game since July 27 with Tennessee at Birmingham.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.206) snapped a three-game hitless skid (0-for-9) with two singles in four at-bats, knocking in his ninth run.

Tennessee Smokies (32-28)
1st Place (+3.0)

Tennessee jumped ahead with a three-run second, but surrendered the lead, falling 8-4 at Montgomery.

  • LF Lars Anderson (.341) went 2-for-4 with a run and his ninth double, extending his hitting streak to five games (.333/7-for-21).
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.277) has hit in 11 of his last 12 games, singling twice yesterday and driving in two (39). He is hitting .326 (14-for-43) over the stretch.
  • C Charles Cutler (.312) tallied his 24th multihit game of the year, finishing 2-for-3 with a run.
  • RHP Tony Zych (5.30), RHP Zach Cates (4.85) and LHP Jeff Lorick (3.84) combined to allow just one unearned run on two hits over 5.2 frames of relief.

Daytona Cubs (33-25)
1st Place (+2.0)

Daytona came back from down 2-0 to take the series finale over visiting Clearwater, 5-4.

  • LHP Rob Zastryzny gave up one earned run over seven innings, fanning five to pick up the win.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.271) hit a solo shot in Daytona’s three-run fifth. Rademacher has five homers since the beginning of July after hitting just three through the first three months.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.267) finished 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, his second with Daytona. Hannemann’s multi-RBI performance was his second since joining Daytona.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.281) extended his hitting streak to eight games (.393/12-for-30) with a solo homer to lead off the eighth, adding two walks and a stolen base (3). Schwarber has eight extra-base hits and four two-hit games during the streak.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.308) knocked his third triple with Daytona and fifth of the year.
  • LHP Austin Kirk (2.95) earned his first hold, allowing two unearned runs over 1.2 frames.
  • RHP Zack Godley (3.75) recorded the final out for his fifth save.

Kane County Cougars (39-20)
1st Place (+2.0)

Kane County set a new franchise record for home wins with their 51st such victory and season-high 11th win in a row. The Cougars took the series opener over Clinton, 7-3.

  • RHP Jonathan Martinez gave up three hits and no runs over five innings, striking out seven in the win.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.269) finished with a season-high four hits, a run and his team-leading 62nd RBI.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.240) recorded his 12th multihit effort with Kane County and second in as many games.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.338) doubled (5) and drove in two (6).
  • SS Danny Lockhart (.282) tripled for the third time this season.
  • DH Mark Zagunis (.250) doubled (3), scored three runs and stole his third base in just six games with the Cougars.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (2.16) recorded the final out for his fifth save of the season.

Boise Hawks (14-14)
3rd Place (-4.5)

Boise improved to .500, besting host Vancouver in a 13-inning marathon, 5-3.

  • DH David Bote (.276) doubled twice (11) and drove in three (16), including a two-run, game-winning double in the 13th inning. Three other Hawks—RF Charcer Burks (.326), 3B Jesse Hodges (.263) and SS Bryant Flete (.309)—recorded two-hit efforts.
  • 2B Jason Vosler (.275) hit his third triple of the season, finishing 1-for-5.
  • RHP Corbin Hoffner (1-1, 1.69) recorded his first win with Boise, tossing three innings of relief as part of a four-man, 10.2 scoreless-inning effort from the bullpen.

Mesa Cubs (8-12)
5th Place (-6.5)

Mesa shut out the visiting D-backs in a seven-inning contest, winning 6-0.

  • RHP Alex Santana gave up no earned runs over six innings, striking out four. Santana earned his third win in his first quality start. It was his third of four starts allowing zero earned runs.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.667) went 2-for-3 with an RBI (1) in his first game with Mesa.
  • 2B Ho-young Son (.321) tallied two hits, including his second double, and scored a run.
  • DH Eloy Jimenez (.240, 24 RBI) and C Alberto Mineo (.262, 23 RBI) drove in two runs apiece.
  • Rehabbing RHP Brian Schlitter completed the shutout with a perfect seventh inning before the game was called.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/20/14

Tennessee clinched a series win, Kane County made it 10 straight, and 2014 draft pick Jake Stinnett made his Boise debut in a victory Wednesday. Iowa and Daytona both lost, while Mesa had the night off and will resume play this afternoon. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-66)
3rd Place (-3.0)

Iowa surrendered a three-run lead to host Reno, dropping their sixth-straight game, 11-4.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.312) hit his minor league-leading 41st home run of the season, his 19th with Iowa, and finished 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and two RBI (47 with Iowa, 105 total).
  • LF Manny Ramirez (.209) hit his second double of the season, and C Rafael Lopez (.274) tallied his first triple of the year. Eight of the Iowa starting nine recorded at least one hit.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch’s loss snapped his streak of four-straight quality starts. At the plate, he recorded his second multihit game of the season (previously done, May 26 vs. Colorado Springs), going 2-for-3 and scoring a run.
  • RHP Marcos Mateo (3.82) allowed an inherited runner to score on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, suffering his first blown save.

Tennessee Smokies (32-27)
1st Place (+3.0)

Tennessee clinched the series win with a 4-1 victory over host Montgomery.

  • SS Addison Russell (.306) hit his third homer in as many games, a two-run shot in the first, and added a single in his sixth-straight game with at least one RBI (31). Russell is 9-for-23 (.391) with three homers and 11 RBI in his last five games.
  • CF Albert Almora (.245) has hit safely in eight of his last nine games (.371/13-for-35).
  • LHP Hunter Cervenka (3-3, 2.95) earned his third win with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (3.51) followed with two shutout frames to earn his seventh hold.
  • RHP Blake Cooper (1.64) recorded his first save with a scoreless ninth.

Daytona Cubs (32-25)
1st Place (+3.0)

Clearwater took the lead at Daytona with a five-run fifth, beating the Cubs, 7-3.

  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.270) hit his sixth triple (tied for second on the team and eighth in the league) and singled in his 22nd multihit game of the year.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.272) recorded his second-straight multihit game, going 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and an RBI (48).
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.277) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.393/11-for-28). Schwarber has doubled in five of his last six games, with four two-hit games in that span.

Kane County Cougars (38-20)
1st Place (+2.0)

Kane County tied a franchise record for home wins with their 50th such victory and 10th in a row. The Cougars scored five in the bottom of the eighth to beat visiting Burlington, 7-3.

  • CF Jeffrey Baez (.276) hit his fourth homer, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, as part of a 2-for-4 effort. He has three multi-RBI games on the season.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.235) and DH Yasiel Balaguert (.247) tallied two singles apiece. It was Candelario’s 11th multihit effort of the year, while Balaguert has had 18 such contests.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (3-0, 0.00) earned his third-consecutive win in relief, contributing 1.1 perfect frames to bring his scoreless streak to 14.0 innings over eight outings.

Boise Hawks (13-14)
3rd Place (-4.5)

Boise evened the series at one win apeice with a 4-1 victory at Vancouver.

  • RHP Jake Stinnett fanned four over 2.2 hitless innings in his Boise debut.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.303, 6 2B) and C Mark Malave (.274, 6 2B) each singled, doubled and scored twice.
  • RF Charcer Burks (.326) knocked in two (13).
  • RHP Jeremy Null (1-0, 1.86) contributed 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of the year.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/19/14

Daytona split a doubleheader, Kane County secured a win with a pair of late runs, and Mesa pitched a shutout Tuesday. Iowa, Tennessee and Boise were all on the losing end of the ledger. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-65)
3rd Place (-3.0)

A two-run homer by Manny Ramirez was not enough to top visiting Salt Lake. The Bees came back to beat Iowa, 4-2.

  • Ramirez (.206) launched his third homer and knocked in both Iowa runs (10).
  • After going 0-for-4 in his first game with Iowa this season, CF Junior Lake (.444) singled four times to record his first four-hit game at any level since August 2, 2013, with Chicago.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.307) doubled (14) and walked in his return to the Iowa lineup. His first-inning walk was his third walk in three consecutive plate appearances spanning three separate games.

Tennessee Smokies (31-27)
1st Place (+3.0)

After an Addison Russell grand slam, Tennessee’s bullpen could not hold a four-run lead in the ninth, as the team fell at Montgomery, 7-6, on a walk-off, three-run homer from Biscuits RF Taylor Motter.

  • RHP C.J. Edwards pitched five innings of scoreless ball, fanning seven.
  • SS Addison Russell (.301) hit his second homer in as many games, a two-out grand slam in the seventh, and knocked in five runs (29) in his fifth-straight game with at least one RBI. He added his ninth double to finish 2-for-5. Russell has 12 total bases and seven RBI in the last two games.
  • CF Albert Almora (.234, 5 2B) and 1B Lars Anderson (.338, 8 2B) tallied one double apiece.
  • RHPs Matt Loosen (5.74, 1 H) and Zach Cates (5.25, 4 H) each recorded a hold before RHP Frank Batista (4-1, 1.09) surrendered the lead, suffering his first loss and allowing four unearned runs.

Daytona Cubs (32-24)
1st Place (+3.0)

GAME 1: Daytona needed extra frames to take the first half of a home doubleheader vs. Clearwater, 4-3. C Kyle Schwarber tied the contest with a two-out homer in the seventh before the Cubs won on a walk-off error in the bottom of the eighth.

  • Schwarber (.270) finished 2-for-4 with the game-tying solo shot and his sixth double. His six total bases were the most he has had in one game since July 29 vs. Bradenton.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.255) doubled twice (7) to snap a three-game hitless skid (0-for-12). It marked his first multidouble game since June 4 with Kane County.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.266) recorded his seventh triple, tied for fifth in the league.
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (4-0, 4.02) earned his fourth win with three hitless innings of relief.

GAME 2: Daytona could not complete the doubleheader sweep, dropping the second game to visiting Clearwater, 5-2, despite outhitting the Threshers, 10-8.

  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.278) extended his hitting streak to six games (.417/10-for-24), including four-consecutive two-hit efforts.
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.272) and SS Marco Hernandez (.269) each tallied two of Daytona’s eight singles.

Kane County Cougars (37-20)
1st Place (+1.0)

Kane County scored twice in the eighth to top visiting Burlington, 4-3, for the Cougars’ ninth-straight win.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn gave up one earned run over five innings.
  • After hitting four homers in his first 191 minor league games, CF Trey Martin (.243) hit his third in the last five games, setting a new career high with four on the season.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.265) finished 1-for-3 with a double (24) and two RBI, bringing his total to a team-leading 61.
  • RHP Zak Hermans (3-3, 4.00) earned the win with three innings of one-run relief.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (2.25) recorded his fourth save, tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

Boise Hawks (12-14)
T-3rd Place (-4.5)

Boise was blanked by host Vancouver despite recording eight hits. The Hawks fell, 2-0.

  • LF Kevin Brown (.287) went 3-for-4 with his 10th double of the season. He has four extra-base hits in his last three games.
  • RF Charcer Burks (.325) finished 2-for-4 with his fifth double. He has seven hits and three RBI in his last three games (.583/7-for-12).
  • RHP Ryan Williams (1-1, 1.59) surrendered two unearned runs over four innings while fanning six. He recorded his first loss of the year in the relief effort.

Mesa Cubs (7-12)
5th Place (-6.5)

Mesa shut out the visiting AZL Giants, 7-0.

  • 2B-SS Varonex Cuevas (.313) finished 3-for-5 with his first triple and an RBI (4), his first since July 28 vs. the AZL D-backs.
  • RF Eloy Jimenez (.246) singled and drove in his 22nd run, good for second on the team (Gleyber Torres, 26).
  • LHP Carson Sands (3-0, 0.56) tossed three scoreless frames to earn his third win, tying him for the team lead. Sands has allowed just one earned run in 16 innings pitched over eight games.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/18/14

Tennessee scored a bunch of runs late, and Kane County was victorious on an extra-inning, walk-off single Monday. Iowa, Boise and Mesa were all handed losses, and Daytona was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-64)
3rd Place (-3.0)

Iowa fell to third place with the club’s fourth-straight setback, surrendering a 4-1 lead to lose to visiting Salt Lake, 7-5.

  • 2B Logan Watkins (.257) doubled twice (20) for the only Iowa extra-base hits. He also knocked in three runs (37) for the third time this season.
  • LF Ryan Kalish (.238) tallied three singles, a run and an RBI (25). He has seven hits in his last four games (.500/7-for-14), and has posted a .333 average (11-for-33) in 12 August games.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.273) recorded his third multihit game in his last six, going 2-for-4 and scoring a run.

Tennessee Smokies (31-26)
1st Place (+3.0)

Tennessee scored five runs in the eighth inning to secure a 7-1 win at Montgomery. It was the Smokies’ sixth-straight win.

  • RHP Corey Black gave up one run over five innings, striking out four to pick up the win.
  • SS Addison Russell (.297) hit his ninth homer in 38 games since joining Tennessee and recorded at least one RBI for the fourth-straight game. He finished 2-for-5 with two runs, a double (8) and two RBI (24).
  • CF Albert Almora (.236) went 2-for-5 with a double (4). He has six hits in his last three games (.400/6-for-15).
  • 1B Lars Anderson (.338), 3B Christian Villanueva (.246) and DH Charles Cutler (.308) all tallied two hits apiece. Both of Villanueva’s base hits were doubles (15).
  • RHP P.J. Francescon (3.62, 6 H), LHP Hunter Cervenka (3.04, 13 H) and RHP Blake Cooper (1.69, 4 H) combined for three frames of scoreless relief, each earning a hold.

Kane County Cougars (36-20)
1st Place (+1.0)

It took Kane County an extra frame to win the team’s eighth-straight contest on a walk-off single from LF Shawon Dunston in the bottom of the 10th. The Cougars topped visiting Burlington, 2-1.

  • Dunston (.284) finished 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and the club’s only RBI (33). It was his second consecutive multihit game and his seventh in 16 games this month.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.264) singled twice.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng spun his seventh quality start in 16 tries with Kane County, going six innings and giving up one earned run. He has allowed more than two earned runs just three times all season.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (2-0, 0.00) made his seventh appearance without allowing a run (12.2 IP). He tossed 1.2 hitless frames to earn his second win.

Boise Hawks (12-13)
3rd Place (-4.0)

Boise surrendered a three-run lead to fall 7-3 at Salem-Keizer.

  • LF Kevin Brown (.265) hit his second homer in as many days, a two-run shot in the third inning.
  • RF Charcer Burks (.316) tripled (2) for the second-straight night, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI (11). He has five hits and three RBI in his last two games (.675/5-for-8).
  • DH Justin Marra (.287) singled twice in his 14th multihit game of the year.

Mesa Cubs (6-12)
5th Place (-7.5)

Mesa managed just one run on four hits off the host AZL White Sox, dropping the decision, 4-1.

  • 3B Adonis Paula (.265) recorded the lone Mesa multihit game, singling, doubling (6) and knocking in his 15th run.
  • RF Eloy Jimenez (.238) and LF Ricardo Marcano (.269) recorded the remaining two Mesa hits, both singles.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/17/14

Tennessee continued its winning streak, Kane County claimed both games in its doubleheader, some late runs were enough for Boise and Mesa managed a doubleheader split Sunday. However, Iowa and Daytona both fell. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-63)
T-2nd Place (-2.0)

Iowa dropped its third-straight contest, falling at home to Salt Lake, 3-2.

  • LF Josh Vitters (.218) and C Eli Whiteside (.199) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP’s Marcos Mateo (3.86) and Armando Rivero (1.78) combined to toss three scoreless innings of relief.
  • Iowa hitters went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Tennessee Smokies (30-26)
1st Place (+3.0)

Tennessee extended its winning streak to five games with a 7-3 victory at Montgomery.

  • RHP Felix Pena gave up two earned runs over 6.1 innings, fanning four to get the win.
  • RF Jae-Hoon Ha (.229) went 3-for-4 with a fourth-inning, two-run homer.
  • DH Taylor Davis (.355) and CF Albert Almora (.226) had three hits apiece. Almora drove in one (7).
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.221) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI (7).
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.277) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his 26th double of the season.

Daytona Cubs (31-23)
1st Place (+2.0)

Daytona could not take advantage of five Tampa errors, as the D-Cubs fell on the road, 8-7.

  • C Willson Contreras (.233) homered for the second-straight game, going 2-for-4 with an eighth-inning, three-run blast.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.269) went 1-for-3 with a seventh-inning, solo shot.
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.262) went 2-for-5 with a double (5) and his first triple of the season.
  • RHP Zack Godley (3.79) tossed two scoreless innings of relief

Kane County Cougars (35-20)
1st Place (+1.0)

GM 1: Kane County held host Wisconsin to just two hits in a 9-0 victory.

  • RHP Daury Torrez gave up one hit over five innings, striking out three to earn his 11th win of the season.
  • CF Jeffrey Baez (.273) went 1-for-2 with a seventh-inning, solo home run.
  • C Victor Cartini (.256) went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a game-high three RBI (12).
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.246) and SS Carlos Penalver (.209) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP David Garner (3.12) tossed two scoreless frames to earn his first save of the year.

GM 2: Kane County completed the doubleheader sweep with a 2-0 victory at Wisconsin.

  • RHP Ben Wells pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits to pick up the win.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.275) went 1-for-3 while homering for the second time on the day.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.212) was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double (16).
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (2.57) struck out the side in the seventh for his third save of the year.

Boise Hawks (12-12)
3rd Place (-3.0)

Boise scored all seven of its runs in the last three innings, beating host Salem-Keizer, 7-6.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.269) went 2-for-4 with an eighth-inning, solo blast.
  • LF Kevin Brown (.266) went 2-for-5 with a ninth-inning, two-run shot.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.278), RF Charcer Burks (.293) and 1B Dan Canela (.301) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Daniel Lewis (1-0, 1.29) earned his first win while RHP Corbin Hoffner (3.86) earned his first save.

Mesa Cubs (6-12)
5th Place (-7.5)

GM 1: Mesa held the visiting AZL White Sox to just three hits in a 3-0 victory.

  • LHP Jose Paulino fanned eight batters, giving up no runs over five innings in the win.
  • 3B Adonis Paula (.257) went 1-for-3 with a fourth-inning, solo home run.
  • RHP James Pugliese (0.00) struck out two over two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save.

GM 2: The AZL White Sox defeated Mesa, 2-1, in a makeup game from July 13.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.279) and 2B Andrew Ely (.341) recorded both of Mesa’s hits.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (2.84) struck out four hitters while allowing an unearned run in two innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/14/14

Iowa and Tennessee both won in walk-off fashion, while Kane County and Boise also picked up wins Thursday. Daytona split a doubleheader, and Mesa was dealt a loss. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-60)
1st Place (+1.0)

3B Kris Bryant blasted a walk-off, two-run homer in the 12th inning to lift Iowa over Las Vegas, 6-5.

  • Bryant (.313) leads the PCL with 18 homers and 47 runs since joining Iowa on June 19. His 40 home runs on the season lead the minor leagues.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.333) went 2-for-5 and homered for the second-straight game. Olt’s seven homers and 18 RBI since July 31 lead the PCL.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.261) and 2B Logan Watkins (.260) had three hits apiece.
  • RHP Marcos Mateo (2-0, 3.97) allowed a run in two innings of relief to earn his second win.

Tennessee Smokies (27-26)
1st Place (+1.0)

Tennessee recorded its second-straight walk-off win, beating Huntsville 1-0 on a Dustin Geiger single.

  • RHP C.J. Edwards pitched six scoreless innings. He is holding opponents to a .192 batting average (23-for-120) this season.
  • 1B Geiger (.228) finished 2-for-4 with the walk-off RBI-single (44).
  • CF Albert Almora (.214) and C Taylor Davis (.327) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.16) tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fourth relief win of the year.

Daytona Cubs (30-21)
1st Place (+3.0)

GM 1: Daytona used a four-run first inning to beat host Brevard County, 6-2.

  • DH Billy McKinney (.322) went 1-for-3 with a double (8) and a season-high-tying four RBI (32).
  • 3B Ben Carhart (.667) went 2-for-3 and recorded his first RBI as a Daytona Cub.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (3.52) struck out four hitters over two scoreless innings of relief.

GM 2: Daytona managed just four hits in a 2-1 loss at Brevard County.

  • RHP Justin Amlung tossed five innings, giving up no earned runs.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.267) went 1-for-2 with Daytona’s lone RBI (39).
  • LHP Austin Kirk (3.32) tossed a scoreless sixth inning.

Kane County Cougars (32-20)
1st Place (+1.0)

Kane County won its fourth-straight contest with a 4-1 victory over visiting Quad Cities.

  • RHP Duane Underwood gave up no earned runs in five innings.
  • CF Trey Martin (.242) went 1-for-3 with an eighth-inning, three-run homer.
  • 3B Chesny Young (.390) recorded a game-high two hits, going 2-for-3 with a run and a double (4).
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (1-0, 0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win.

Boise Hawks (10-11)
T-3rd Place (-4.0)

Boise scored five runs in the second inning to beat host Hillsboro, 7-2.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.275) went 1-for-3 with his first professional homer, a second-inning, three-run shot.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.268) went a perfect 4-for-4 with a run scored.
  • 2B David Bote (.316) went 1-for-4 with a double (9) and two RBI (12).
  • RHP Trey Lang (2-0, 3.30) allowed one run over four innings of relief to earn his second win of the year.

Mesa Cubs (5-10)
5th Place (-6.5)

Mesa surrendered 14 hits in a 6-2 loss at the AZL D-backs.

  • C Tyler Pearson (.200) went 1-for-3 with a third-inning, solo home run.
  • RHP James Pugliese (0.00) struck out the side in his third inning of work.
  • RHP Hector Perez (4.26) tossed a scoreless eighth inning, fanning one.
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