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Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/10/15

Myrtle Beach topped Winston-Salem, 4-3, to tie up the three-game series. The Pelicans face the Dash at home tonight with the winner advancing to the Mills Cup Championship Series.

  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.333) went 3-for-5, knocked a double, plated two runs and scored once.
  • DH Chesny Young (.250) finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
  • LF Jeffrey Baez (.571) went 2-for-4, swiped a bag and scored once.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.143) was 1-for-4 with an RBI single.
  • RHP Brad Markey (0.00) took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, allowing just one unearned run and fanning eight batters in a season-high 8.0 innings.
  • RHP David Berg (0.00) earned the save, tossing a perfect ninth inning.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/7/15

South Bend closed out its campaign with a win, and Tennessee salvaged a doubleheader split to end the year. Both Iowa and Myrtle Beach finished the regular season on a losing note. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (80-64)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second (-6.0)

Iowa allowed seven runs in the final two innings, falling 7-4 in the season finale at Round Rock. Iowa finished 80-64, the fifth-most wins in Iowa’s Pacific Coast League history.

  • CF John Andreoli (.277) went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base (33). It was his second straight multi-hit game. He led the team in stolen bases.
  • DH Mike Baxter (.279) finished 2-for-4 with a triple (3) and a run scored.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.259) went 1-for-4 with his team-high 18th home run.

Tennessee Smokies (37-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

Tennessee closed out its 2015 season by splitting a doubleheader at Biloxi.

  • C Willson Contreras went 4-for-4 in Game 1 to raise his batting average to .333, clinching the Southern League batting title. Contreras is the first Smokies player to win the batting title since Joe Gate in 1978 and the sixth overall in club history. He finished the season with a six-game hitting streak (.444/12-for-27).
  • RHP Neil Ramirez fanned one batter in 1.0 scoreless inning of relief, collecting the win in Game 1.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.195) and C Tyler Pearson (.150) each tripled in Game 2, the only extra-base hits on the day for Tennessee.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (40-29)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

Myrtle Beach allowed five runs in the second inning, dropping a 5-4 decision at Wilmington in the regular season finale. The Pelicans will face Winston-Salem in the best-of-three Southern League Division Championship Series beginning Wednesday.

  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.268) went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI (34).
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.249) finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI (69).
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.271) reached three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks, one run scored and one RBI (54).
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (2.86) fanned four batters in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just two hits.

South Bend Cubs (36-34)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend closed out the 2015 season with a 3-0 shutout victory at Lake County.

  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.276) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (17).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.238) went 2-for-4 with a double (18), a run scored and an RBI (34).
  • RHP Trevor Clifton went 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA (8 ER/36.2 IP) in his final six starts.

Cubs name OF Almora, RHP De La Cruz August players of the month

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Photo by Stephen Green

The Cubs named Double-A Tennessee outfielder Albert Almora and Single-A Eugene right-handed pitcher Oscar De La Cruz the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August on Thursday.

Almora, 21, batted .352 (44-for-125) with 14 doubles, one triple, one home run, 22 runs scored, 15 RBI and 11 walks in 31 August games for Tennessee. He recorded a .413 on-base percentage and a .504 slugging percentage, good for a .917 OPS. The right-handed hitter also logged a 13-game hitting streak (.434/23-for-53) from Aug. 4-16 that included seven-straight multi-hit games. He finished the month with 14 multi-hit games and hit safely in 28 of his 31 contests.

For the month, Almora led the Southern League in batting average and doubles, as well as tied for first in hits, second in runs scored, fourth in OPS, and seventh in OBP and slugging percentage. This season he is hitting .276 with 26 doubles, four triples, six homers and 69 runs scored in 104 games, all with Tennessee.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Almora was selected by the Cubs in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2012 draft. In his fourth season of professional baseball, he has batted .289 with 82 doubles, 13 triples and 20 home runs in 323 minor league games.

De La Cruz, 20, went 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA (9 ER/29.2 IP) in five starts with Eugene, striking out 32 batters and walking just five. He held opponents to a .209 average and a .250 on-base percentage while posting a 0.94 WHIP. He allowed zero earned runs in three of his five outings and did not walk more than one batter in four of his five starts.

De La Cruz led the Northwest League in August in innings pitched, strikeouts, opponents average and WHIP, while tying for the lead in wins and ranking sixth in ERA. He earned Pitcher of the Week honors for Aug. 24-30 after striking out a career-high 13 batters in 7.0 innings on Aug. 26 versus Spokane. He picked up the win that day, as he allowed just one hit and one unearned run in the Emeralds 4-1 triumph.

After spending each of the last two seasons with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team, De La Cruz is in his first season with Eugene and was named a Northwest League Midseason All-Star. He has gone 6-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 starts for the Emeralds, striking out 73 batters and walking just 17. He has recorded a 1.00 WHIP and held opponents to a .211 average. Originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in October of 2012, the Dominican Republic native has gone 15-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 31 career minor league outings, all but three as a starter.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/2/15

Myrtle Beach held on to grab a win, but Iowa, South Bend and Eugene all were on the losing end Wednesday. Tennessee had the day off, while Mesa’s season finished up Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (78-61)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa was officially eliminated from playoff contention, falling 11-3 on the road at Oklahoma City.

  • C Taylor Davis (.303) went 3-for-4 with a double (18), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (27). He has hit safely in five straight games (.520/13-for-25), including four three-hit efforts.
  • LF Emilio Bonifacio (.429) went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored and has gone 10-for-15 with five walks and six runs scored in his last four games.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (5.23) tossed a perfect inning of relief, striking out two batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (37-26)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-4.0)

Myrtle Beach scored three runs in the sixth inning and held on for a 4-2 victory over Potomac.

  • C Victor Caratini (.253) went 1-for-4 with a double (29), two RBI (52) and a run scored.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.000) made his Myrtle Beach debut, going 0-for-2 with a walk.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (2.58) has gone 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA (1 ER/30.0 IP) in his last five starts. He picked up the win Wednesday, pitching 6.0 scoreless innings. He has not allowed a run in 18.0 consecutive innings.

South Bend Cubs (33-32)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend surrendered 15 hits in a 10-1 setback against Dayton.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.266) went 2-for-4 with a triple (4) and a run scored. He has five runs in his last three games.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.266) finished 2-for-4 with two doubles (18) and an RBI (43).
  • SS Vimael Machin (.165) went 1-for-2 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds (20-14)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene dropped a 3-2 decision at Salem-Keizer. The Emeralds hold a one-game lead in the division with four games remaining.

  • SS Andrew Ely (.315) went 3-for-4 with a double (13). It was his third game with at least three hits.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.268) went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI (14).
  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (2.84) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings. He has allowed one run or fewer in four of his last six starts.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/31/15

Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend all reeled off victories Monday, while everybody else was off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (78-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-3.0)

Iowa extended its winning streak to six games, topping Oklahoma City, 9-3.

  • 1B Taylor Davis (.293) went 3-for-4, recorded three RBI (25), drew a walk and scored once. He has back-to-back three-hit games.
  • LF Mike Baxter (.279) finished 1-for-4 with two RBI (19), a walk and one run scored.
  • CF John Andreoli (.281) was 1-for-4, drew two walks, scored twice and swiped a bag (30).
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.264) went 1-for-2, drove in one (83), scored once and drew a season-high three walks. He extended his hitting streak to five games (.400/8-for-20).

Tennessee Smokies (34-40)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Tennessee claimed its sixth straight victory, rolling past Jacksonville, 9-1.

  • CF Albert Almora (.276) went 2-for-4 with a double (26), a triple (4), a walk, two runs scored and one RBI (46). He has hit safely in 12 straight games (.360/18-for-50).
  • SS Ryan Dent (.256) extended his hitting streak to six games (.545/12-for-22), going 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (24).
  • C Willson Contreras (.326) and 1B Dan Vogelbach (.284) each recorded two hits in five at-bats.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.260) went 1-for-3 with a bases-clearing triple (4), one run scored and a season-high four RBI (43).
  • RHP Ryan Williams (2.79) has allowed one earned run or fewer in at least 6.0 innings in five of his last six outings. He pitched 6.0 scoreless on Monday to secure the win.

South Bend Cubs (32-31)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend scored five runs in the second inning and cruised to a 10-4 victory over Bowling Green.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.287) went 2-for-5 with a grand slam (9) and two runs scored.
  • DH Charcer Burks (.266) went 3-for-5 with a double (22), three RBI (44), a stolen base (28) and two runs scored.
  • LF Ian Happ (.252) finished 2-for-5, including his eighth double.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.279) went 1-for-3 with a homer (4), two RBI (48), a walk and two runs scored.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.266) went 2-for-5, hit two doubles (16), plated one (42) and scored once.
  • RHP Trevor Clifton gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings, striking out three in the win.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/30/15

Every Cubs affiliate in action picked up a win Sunday, while Myrtle Beach was rained out. Mesa had the day off as Arizona League playoffs begin Monday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (77-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-4.0)

Iowa extended its winning streak to five games, topping Sacramento, 9-1. The I-Cubs picked up six doubles in the victory.

  • 3B Javier Baez (.324) went 4-for-5, drove in one (61) and scored twice. He extended his season-high hitting streak to 16 games (32-for-72/.444).
  • 2B Emilio Bonifacio (.333) also went 4-for-5 with two doubles, plated two runs and scored twice.
  • C Taylor Davis (.284) finished 3-for-5 with a double (15) and an RBI (22).
  • CF John Andreoli (.282) went 2-for-4, drew a walk, scored three times and stole a base. He leads the team with 29 swiped bags.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.263) went 2-for-4 with a double (21) and two RBI (82), extending his hitting streak to four games (.389/7-for-18) with seven RBI during that stretch.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (4.17) tossed a season high 8.0 innings and earned his sixth straight win. He struck out seven and walked just one, giving up no earned runs.

Tennessee Smokies (33-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-6.0)

Tennessee won its fifth straight game, defeating Jacksonville, 4-3. The Smokies look for the series sweep tonight.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.292) crushed a home run (4), going 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.
  • SS Ryan Dent (.249) went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to five games (10-for-20/.500).
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.267) went 2-for-4, swiped a base (9) and scored once.
  • RHP Felix Pena (3.89) snapped his six-game losing streak, earning the win after allowing just three runs (two earned) over 7.0 innings of work.

South Bend Cubs (31-31)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend topped Bowling Green in the series opener, 4-3.

  • CF Ian Happ (.246) went 2-for-4 with a homer, a double (7) and two runs scored.
  • DH Rashad Crawford (.279) went 1-for-4 with a double (15) and plated his 46th RBI.
  • 1B Kevin Encarnacion (.271) earned an RBI (15) despite going 0-for-4.
  • RHP Erick Leal (4.04) earned his third consecutive win, tossing 6.0 scoreless frames and giving up two hits.

Eugene Emeralds (19-13)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene avoided the series sweep, besting Hillsboro in the series finale, 10-4.

  • DH Ian Rice (.264) went 2-for-4, knocked a double (8) and a homer (2), drove in two (19) and scored twice.
  • 1B Blake Headley (.234) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.268) finished 2-for-5, drove in one (28), swiped a base (16) and scored once.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.284) went 2-for-5 and scored once, marking his second straight multi-hit game.
  • LHP Carson Sands (3.98) tossed his second quality start of the season, fanning five and giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/27/15

Iowa and Eugene continued their winning ways, and Tennessee rolled to a victory Thursday. But Myrtle Beach and South Bend were defeated in one-run games, while Mesa was rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (74-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa has won five of its last six games, after defeating Sacramento, 3-1.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (3.95) gave up one run in 6.2 innings to get the win.
  • 2B Javier Baez (.316) went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base (17), extending his hitting streak to 13 games (.439/25-for-57) with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI during that stretch.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.259) finished 2-for-4 with two RBI (77). He has 12 RBI in his last 11 games.
  • SS Chris Valaika (.268) went 2-for-3 with a solo home run.
  • 3B Mike Olt (.257) added a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 with a walk.

Tennessee Smokies (30-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

The Smokies claimed the rubber game of a five-game set at Chattanooga, 7-1.

  • DH Taylor Davis (.319) went 3-for-4 with a double (7), an RBI (14) and a walk.
  • C Willson Contreras (.329) was 2-for-4 with a double (32), two runs scored and two RBI (72). He has four multi-hit games in his last five contests and is batting .363 (37-for-102) in 27 August games.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.287) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (20).
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (4.50) recorded his longest scoreless outing of the season, allowing just four hits in 6.0 innings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-24)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Myrtle Beach dropped its series opener against Wilmington, 3-2.

  • 2B Chesny Young (.331) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.321/9-for-28) with a 2-for-4 effort.
  • C Victor Caratini (.249) went 2-for-4 with a double (26). It was his third-straight multi-hit game.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.252) finished 1-for-4 with a double (18), a run scored and an RBI (65).
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.86) gave up two earned runs and struck out five in 7.0 innings. He has tossed three straight quality starts, posting a 2.84 ERA (6 ER/19.0 IP).

South Bend Cubs (29-30)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-11.0)

South Bend dropped its third straight game, falling 4-3 in the series opener versus Great Lakes.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.277) went 2-for-5. He is batting .376 (38-for-101) in 22 August games.
  • 1B David Bote (.259) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI (38).
  • CF Charcer Burks (.267) reached three times, going 1-for-2 with a double (21), a run scored and two walks. He has five walks in his last two games after drawing five walks in his previous 19 contests.
  • RHP Dillon Maples (3.76) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and fanning two.

Eugene Emeralds (18-11)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+2.0)

First-place Eugene won its fourth straight game, topping visiting Spokane, 2-1.

  • 3B Adonis Paula (.267) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the fifth inning to open the scoring.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.321) finished 1-for-3 with a walk and scored the game-winning run in the eighth.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (2.09) collected his fifth win, tossing 6.0 innings of relief. He allowed two hits and one run while striking out nine batters. It was his seventh relief outing of at least 4.0 innings.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/27/15

Iowa edged out a win, Tennessee cruised, and Eugene’s pitching dominated Wednesday. South Bend surrendered a late lead and couldn’t battle back, while Myrtle Beach was rained out and Mesa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (73-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

RHP Carlos Pimentel collected his league-leading 12th victory as Iowa topped visiting Fresno, 3-2.

  • 3B Javier Baez (.317) went 2-for-4 with two RBI (60), extending his hitting streak to 12 games (.453/24-for-53) with 11 runs scored and 13 RBI during that stretch.
  • CF John Andreoli (.283), 2B Emilio Bonifacio (.250) and C Luke Carlin (.147) all had a hit and a run scored.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano (0.00) struck out one batter in a perfect inning of relief in his first rehab appearance with Iowa.
  • RHP Carlos Pimentel is 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA (6 ER/30.2 IP) in five August starts.

Tennessee Smokies (29-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee scored five runs in the fourth inning and cruised to an 8-4 victory over host Chattanooga.

  • CF Albert Almora (.270) went 2-for-4 with a double (25), a home run (6), two runs scored and a season-high four RBI. He has hit safely in seven straight games (.345/10-for-29).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.282) went 2-for-4 with a double (14), a home run (7), a walk, two runs scored and one RBI (36). He now has three homers in his last eight games.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.259), 2B Stephen Bruno (.268) and 3B Wes Darvill (.176) all had multi-hit games.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (3.00) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings, striking out three and improving to 9-3 on the season. He has won his last four decisions, allowing one earned run or fewer in 6.0 innings in each of those starts.

South Bend Cubs (29-29)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-10.0)

South Bend surrendered three runs in the bottom of the eighth, falling 4-3 at West Michigan.

  • DH Charcer Burks (.266) didn’t record a hit, but walked three times and stole a base (27).
  • LF Ian Happ (.248) went 1-for-5 with a triple (3), a run scored and an RBI (19).
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe allowed just two hits and no earned runs in 7.0 innings. He has a 1.76 ERA in his last seven starts.

Eugene Emeralds (17-11)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene allowed just one hit in a 4-1 victory over visiting Spokane.

  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (2.96) struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed just one hit in seven innings.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.321) had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a walk.
  • DH Alex Bautista (.265) finished 1-for-4 with two RBI (11). He has hit safely in three straight games (4-for-11).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/25/15

Myrtle Beach battled from behind, Eugene swept a doubleheader, and Iowa split a twinbill Tuesday. Tennessee, on the other hand, lost a one-run game, and South Bend struggled offensively. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (72-58)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa split a twinbill with Fresno, topping the Grizzlies in Game 1, 3-2, but dropping Game 2, 7-3.

  • 3B-SS Javier Baez (.314) went 2-for-7 on the day with one run scored and an RBI (58), extended his hitting streak to 11 games (22-for-49/.448) with 11 runs scored and 11 RBI during that stretch.
  • DH Matt Szczur (.292) crushed a solo home run (8) in his lone at-bat in the first game.
  • LF Mike Baxter (.275) went 2-for-3 with a triple (2) and two RBI (17) in Game 1.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.254) finished 2-for-3 in Game 2.

Tennessee Smokies (28-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee fell at Chattanooga, 4-3, despite outhitting the Lookouts, 11-7.

  • C Willson Contreras (.328) went 2-for-4 and drove in one (70), marking his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • DH Taylor Davis (.297) was 2-for-4.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.257) finished 2-for-4 with a double (2) and scored once, extending his hitting streak to six games (10-for-19/.526).
  • CF Albert Almora (.268) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (40) and one run scored, extending his hitting streak to six games (.320/8-for-25).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-23)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Myrtle Beach scored four runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and top Winston-Salem, 4-2.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.258) went 2-for-3 with a double (6), an RBI (15), a walk and a run scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.247) had a 2-for-4 day and scored once, marking his second straight multi-hit game.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.55) recorded a season-high nine strikeouts versus only one walk in 7.0 frames to pick up the win.

South Bend Cubs (29-28)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

South Bend fell at West Michigan, 7-2. The SB-Cubs were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

  • Midwest League Prospect of the Year SS Gleyber Torres (.296) went 2-for-4.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.281) was 1-for-3 and plated two runs (45).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.266) went 1-for-4 with a double (20).
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.265) finished 1-for-3 and scored once.

Eugene Emeralds (16-11)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene swept a doubleheader against Spokane, recording 11 runs and 20 hits in the two games. The first game was a continuation of the previous night’s contest, which was suspended in the fourth inning.

  • LF-DH Eloy Jimenez (.285) went a combined 3-for-7 with three home runs (6), five RBI (27) and three runs scored. It extended his hitting streak to seven games (11-for-32/.344).
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.272) finished 2-for-4 with a double (12), a stolen base (15) and two runs scored in Game 2. He has an 18-game hitting streak (29-for-82/.354) with 21 runs scored in that stretch.
  • 3B Blake Headley (.221) went a combined 3-for-6 with two doubles (9), an RBI (17) and one run scored.
  • 2B P.J. Higgins (.333) was 2-for-4, picked up an RBI and scored once in Game 2.
  • 2B-SS Andrew Ely (.320) finished 2-for-4 with a double (9), a triple (2) and one run scored in Game 1.
  • RHP Jose Paulino (4.06) earned the win and tossed 4.2 scoreless innings of relief in the first game.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/24/15

Iowa, South Bend and Mesa all grabbed victories Monday, while Tennessee salvaged a doubleheader split. Myrtle Beach’s offense was held in check, and Eugene’s game was suspended due to a power outage. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (71-57)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-6.5)

Iowa scored eight runs in the fourth and blanked Fresno, 9-0.

  • 3B Javier Baez (.315) went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double (14), a home run (13), a walk, a stolen base (16), two RBI (57) and three runs scored. Baez extended his hitting streak to nine games (20-for-42/.476) with eight multi-hit games in that stretch.
  • C Taylor Teagarden (.319) went 2-for-4 with a double (8), plated three runs (26) and scored once, extending his hitting streak to six games (.565/13-for-23).
  • LF John Andreoli (.286) finished 2-for-5, swiped a base (28) and scored once.
  • RF Adron Chambers (.275) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch (4.26) earned the win and tossed a season high 6.0 scoreless frames.

Tennessee Smokies (28-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Tennessee split a twinbill at Chattanooga. The Smokies surrendered three runs in the third inning of Game 1, falling 4-2, but topped the Lookouts in Game 2, 4-1.

  • C-DH Willson Contreras (.326) compiled a 4-for-6 day with a solo homer (8) and a walk in Game 1 and a double (31), stolen base (2) and run scored in Game 2.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.242) had three hits on the day in five at-bats, blasting a solo homer (1), driving in two (13) and scoring once.
  • PH-RF Anthony Giansanti (.240) went 1-for-1 with an RBI double (4) that plated two (19) in Game 2.
  • RHP Pierce Johnson (2.22) tossed a complete game, 6.0-inning effort but took the loss in the first game.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-23)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach recorded just six hits in a 5-1 setback in the series opener against Winston-Salem.

  • RF Mark Zagunis (.278) went 2-for-4, knocked a triple (5) and drove in one (53).
  • DH Ben Carhart (.260) extended his hitting streak to six games (.429/9-for-21), as he went 1-for-3 and drew a walk.
  • SS Chesny Young (.329) finished 1-for-4 with one run scored.

South Bend Cubs (29-27)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

South Bend won its second straight contest, topping West Michigan, 4-2.

  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.283) went 3-for-4, drove in one (13) and scored once, marking his second consecutive three-hit game.
  • 1B Matt Rose (.308) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (10).
  • 2B-1B David Bote (.259) finished 1-for-3, knocked a double (18) and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to seven games (9-for-27/.333).
  • RHP Erick Leal (3.29) surrendered two earned runs in 5.0 innings, fanning seven in the win.
  • RHP Michael Wagner (3.22) earned the save and tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (15-8)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

Mesa scored four runs in both the first and sixth innings, rolling to a 9-2 victory over the AZL Angels.

  • 1B Chris Pieters (.258) went 1-for-5 with a double (5), two RBI (6) and one run scored.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.281) finished 1-for-4, drew a walk, plated one (24) and scored twice.
  • RF Robert Garcia (.331) went 2-for-5 and scored once.
  • 3B Angelo Amendolare (.268) went 1-for-2 with an RBI (6). He has recorded a hit in five straight games.
  • RHP Dylan Cease (2.63) tossed his sixth scoreless outing and fanned a season-high five batters.
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