Iowa couldn’t get the bats going, and South Bend blew a late lead Sunday. Meanwhile, Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were both rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:
Iowa Cubs (4-5)
Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Third Place (-3.5)
Iowa was blanked by Oklahoma City 4-0. The game was called due to rain with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. The I-Cubs will round out the series with the Dodgers in a doubleheader today.
- RHP Barret Loux struck out five in five innings of work, giving up one earned run.
- CF Adron Chambers (.269) hit his fourth double.
- RF Rubi Silva (.240) also recorded a double.
- The I-Cubs were held to a season-low two hits and did not draw any walks Sunday.
South Bend Cubs (4-7)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-4.0)
South Bend fell to Great Lakes, 4-1, after the Loons scored four runs in the ninth inning for the second consecutive day. Sunday marked the fourth time this season the SB Cubs have surrendered the lead in the final three innings.
- RHP Trevor Clifton pitched five scoreless innings, striking out seven and giving up just one hit.
- 3B Jesse Hodges (.222) went 2-for-3, plating Jeffrey Baez in the fifth to give South Bend the lead.
- SS Gleyber Torres (.278) also finished 2-for-3, marking his fourth multi-hit game this season.
Iowa captured a win in New Orleans, and Tennessee was victorious in its home opener Friday. South Bend was on the losing end of a one-run contest, while Myrtle Beach was rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:
Iowa Cubs (4-3)
Third Place (-1.5)
Third baseman Kris Bryant (.321) crushed his third homer of the season and drove in his 10th RBI, helping the I-Cubs to a 10-7 victory at New Orleans. The second game of the doubleheader was rained out.
- 2B Addison Russell (.355) went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. He has brought in a run in three of the last four games.
- CF Junior Lake (.250) went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
- RF Rubi Silva (.263) went 2-for-4 with a sixth inning, run-scoring double.
- 1B Jonathan Mota (.500) went 2-for-3, driving in a run and scoring twice. He is 7-for-12 with four runs in his last four games.
Tennessee Smokies (4-2)
Second Place (-1.0)
Tennessee topped Pensacola 5-4 in its home opener. Three Smokies players had multi-hit games.
- C Willson Contreras (.500) went 2-for-4 with a double and scored once. This is his third consecutive multi-hit game.
- 2B Stephen Bruno (.389) went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored.
- 1B Dan Vogelbach (.476) went 2-for-3, walked once and scored once. He is 7-for-11 with three runs
in his last three appearances.
- RHP Michael Jensen (0.00) earned the win, pitching 2.0 shutout innings, giving up two hits and
fanning two batters.
South Bend Cubs (3-5)
Sixth Place (-4.0)
South Bend got out to an early lead with a two-run homer from 3B Jesse Hodges (.207) in the second inning, but Fort Wayne rallied in the eighth, topping the Cubs 7-6 in extras.
- C Cael Brockmeyer (.423) had his third multi-hit game of the season, walked once and scored twice. He has a four-game hitting streak.
- 2B Jason Vosler (.304) went 2-for-4, hit a double and scored once.
- LF Charcer Burks (.296) went 3-for-4 and plated one.
- CF Trey Martin (.290) had his third consecutive multi-hit game.
- RHP Jeremy Null (1.64) tossed a quality start, giving up two earned runs off seven hits and fanning six batters.
Iowa lost on a walk-off hit, and South Bend’s comeback bid wasn’t enough on Wednesday. Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were both rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:
Iowa Cubs (3-3)
Third Place (-1.5)
Iowa saw its three-game winning streak snapped as the club fell 3-2 in walk-off fashion at New Orleans in 10 innings.
- 2B Jonathan Mota (.462) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. He is 5-for-9 with two runs in his last three games.
- 1B Chris Valaika (.240) snapped a two-game hitless skid as he went 2-for-4 with a double.
- 3B Kris Bryant (.333) reached base for the fourth straight game, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
- RHP Donn Roach retired the first 12 batters he faced and allowed just one base runner in six innings.
South Bend Cubs
T-Fourth Place (-3.0)
After falling behind 9-0 in three innings, South Bend rallied, but it wasn’t enough. They lost to Fort Wayne, 10-7.
- 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.409) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run scored. He has six doubles and five RBI in six games and has a three-game hitting streak (.455/5-for-11).
- CF Trey Martin (.269) and 2B Chesny Young (.259) each went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Martin has hit safely in five straight games (.304/7-for-23).
- C Gioskar Amaya (.238) hit his first double of the season, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Myrtle Beach split a doubleheader, but South Bend was unable to come away victorious on Tuesday. Iowa was rained out, while Tennessee had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-3)
Second Place (-1.5)
GM 1: Myrtle Beach jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning and hung on to top Salem 5-3.
- RHP Jen-Ho Tseng picked up the win, giving up two earned runs in five innings, striking out five and walking none.
- SS Carlos Penalver (.333) went 1-for-2 with a double that plated two runs (4) in the second. He scored once and walked once.
- RF Mark Zagunis (.222) went 1-for-2, walked once and earned one RBI.
- RHP Tayler Scott (3.00) recorded his first save, giving up one earned run on three hits, walking one and fanning three batters in the final two innings.
GM 2: Myrtle Beach fell 3-1 to Salem in the second game of the doubleheader, recording only four hits.
- RHP Jonathan Martinez struck out four across five innings, giving up one earned run in the no-decision.
- RF Mark Zagunis (.286) went 2-for-3 with a double in the first inning.
- SS Daniel Lockhart (.333) hit a double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Pelicans were unable to capitalize.
- DH Billy McKinney (.154) earned the only RBI of the game and walked once.
South Bend Cubs (3-3)
T-Third Place (-2.0)
Center fielder Trey Martin (.238) recorded his first double and second triple of the season, but South Bend fell 3-2 at Dayton.
- C Cael Brockmeyer (.389) hit his fifth double, walked once and scored once.
- SS Gleyber Torres (.348) had his third multihit game, walked once, drove in a run (3) and swiped a base (2).
- RHP Ryan Williams (1.13) tossed a quality start, allowing only one hit and one earned run in six innings. He also fanned seven batters.
Pitching and hitting came together to drive Iowa and Tennessee to wins, while South Bend was on the losing end Monday. Myrtle Beach was rained out, with a doubleheader now scheduled for Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:
Iowa Cubs (3-2)
Third Place (-1.0)
Iowa took the first game of the series, 4-1, at New Orleans. Four I-Cubs had multihit games, and the pitching staff allowed no earned runs, helping the team to their third-straight victory.
- RHP Yoanner Negrin gave up no earned runs across 4.2 innings of work, striking out five in the no-decision.
- 3B Kris Bryant (.381) had his second three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base.
- 1B Mike Baxter (.538) went 2-for-2, walked twice, scored once and hit a double in the second that plated one. He has hit safely in all four games to begin the season with three multihit outings.
- C Rafael Lopez (.364) and LF Junior Lake (.227) also added multihit games.
- RHP Gonzalez Germen (0.00), LHP James Russell (0.00) and LHP Joseph Ortiz (0.00) combined for 4.1 shutout innings of relief, giving up one hit, walking none and fanning three batters.
Tennessee Smokies (3-2)
Second Place (-1.0)
Third baseman Christian Villanueva homered twice as the Smokies cruised past Mississippi, 10-4. Villanueva (.238) went 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBI (7), two walks and three runs scored.
- RHP Frank Batista picked up the win, giving up an earned run on three hits and no walks over six innings. He also struck out three.
- 1B Dan Vogelbach (.444) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (4). He also walked twice and scored once.
- CF Albert Almora (.261) went 2-for-6, hit a double (2), drove in a run and scored once.
- LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.235) hit a triple that plated three runs in the third inning (7).
- Six Smokies had at least one RBI. All eight position player starters recorded a hit.
South Bend Cubs (3-2)
Third Place (-1.0)
The South Bend Cubs fell 6-1 at Dayton, evening up the three-game series at a game apiece.
- 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.400) went 2-for-4, hit his fourth double and recorded an RBI (4).
- 2B Chesny Young (.278) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
The offense drove Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend to victories on Sunday, but a solid start on the mound wasn’t enough for Myrtle Beach. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:
Iowa Cubs (2-2)
Third Place (-1.0)
Third baseman Kris Bryant (.313) blasted a homer and drove in three runs for the second consecutive game as the I-Cubs topped Memphis 7-2.
- SS Addison Russell (.389) went 3-for-5 with his first Triple-A homer, two runs scored and two RBI (3).
- 1B Jonathan Mota (.500) went 3-for-4, hit a solo homer in the fourth and scored twice.
- CF Adron Chambers (.308) went 2-for-3 including a double (3) that brought in a run in the second inning.
- LHP Drake Britton (4.91) earned the win, pitching 2.1 shutout innings and walking just one batter.
Tennessee Smokies (2-2)
T-Second Place (-1.0)
Six Smokies had multihit games, helping the team to a 6-3 win at Mississippi.
- 1B Dan Vogelbach (.400) went 3-for-5, hitting two doubles, driving in two runs and scoring once.
- 3B Christian Villanueva (.167) went 2-for-5 with three RBI (4) and scored once.
- CF Albert Almora (.235) went 2-for-5 with a walk, a double and two runs.
- SS Elliot Soto (.214), C Willson Contreras (.500) and LF Anthony Giansanti (.500) also had multihit games.
- The Smokies had 16 hits and were 6-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2-2)
Second Place (-1.0)
Myrtle Beach was blanked by Wilmington, falling 5-0 in the last game of the series.
- RHP Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run over five innings of work, striking out five in the loss.
- LF Chris Denorfia (.500) went 1-for 2 in his first game of a rehabilitation assignment, hitting a double in the first inning.
- RF Mark Zagunis (.188) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.250) each had a hit.
South Bend Cubs (3-1)
T-Second Place (-0.5)
The South Bend Cubs topped Dayton 8-3. Five players had RBI, and the team swiped three bases.
- RHP Zach Hedges secured a win, giving up two earned runs over five innings. He struck out two.
- LF Rashad Crawford (.400) went 2-for-2, walked twice, drove in three runs and scored three times.
- SS Gleyber Torres (.313) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored.
- 3B Jason Vosler (.333) went 3-for-5 and scored twice.
- CF Trey Martin (.313), Vosler and Torres each had a stolen base.
- RHP Jasvir Rakkar (2.25) earned his second hold, pitching 2.0 shutout innings, giving up no hits, walking one and fanning three batters.
Pitching powered Tennessee to a victory, the bats came alive in Myrtle Beach’s organizational debut, and South Bend captured a win in walk-off fashion in its first game with the Cubs on Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:
Iowa Cubs (0-1)
T-Third Place (-1.0)
Iowa scored four runs in the third inning, but could not hold on to the lead as it fell 7-4 at Memphis in the season opener.
- SS Addison Russell (.500) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
- 1B Mike Baxter (.500) also added two hits and a run scored.
- 3B Kris Bryant (.250) went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
- RHP Gonzalez Germen (0.00) walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning of work.
Tennessee Smokies (1-0)
T-First Place (–)
The Smokies kicked off their 2015 campaign with a 7-2 win over host Mississippi.
- RHP Corey Black pitched five innings, giving up one earned run on four hits and three walks. He struck out four.
- C Kyle Schwarber (.333) went 1-for-3 with two walks, a triple (1), two runs scored and an RBI.
- SS Elliot Soto (.250) and LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.250) each doubled and scored a run. Chen also added an RBI.
- 2B Stephen Bruno (.250) went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.
- RHP C.J. Edwards (3.86) allowed one run on two hits in 2.1 innings of relief. He struck out two batters.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (1-0)
T-First Place (–)
Myrtle Beach collected nine runs and 15 hits as they rolled over Wilmington 9-1 in their first game as a Cubs affiliate.
- RHP Duane Underwood pitched five scoreless innings to pick up the win. He surrendered four hits and struck out five.
- 1B Jacob Rogers (.750) fell a triple shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI.
- CF Jacob Hannemann (.600) and SS Carlos Penalver (.750) each collected three hits and scored a run.
- DH Shawon Dunston (.333) and 2B Daniel Lockhart (.500) each tripled in the victory.
- RHP Jonathan Martinez (1.0 IP), RHP James Pugliese (2.0 IP) and RHP Starling Peralta (1.0 IP) combined to allow just four hits and no runs in four innings of relief.
South Bend Cubs (1-0)
First Place (+0.5)
First baseman Cael Brockmeyer hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to lift South Bend to a 2-1 victory over Bowling Green in their first game as a Cubs affiliate.
- RHP Jake Stinnett gave up one run over five innings and struck out four in the no-decision.
- 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.750) went 3-for-4 with the walk-off homer, two doubles, one run and one RBI.
- RF Jeffrey Baez (.250) started the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning.
- RHP James Farris (0.00) collected the win as he tossed two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
Cubs vs. Rangers (SS) @ Surprise
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Eric Jokisch, LHP
Rangers Starter: Derek Holland, LHP
Broadcast: MLB Network (delay), Listen live at MLB.com
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jorge Soler, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Welington Castillo, C
6. Mike Olt, 3B
7. Matt Szczur, LF
8. Eric Jokisch, LHP
9. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
The Cubs have assigned three high-profile players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 38 to 35 players.
Infielder Javier Baez has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Two nonroster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: infielders Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.
Chicago’s spring roster of 35 players consists of 18 pitchers (one nonroster invitee), four catchers (one nonroster invitee), six infielders (one nonroster invitee) and seven outfielders.
The Cubs assigned 12 players to minor league camp Thursday, reducing their spring roster from 52 players to 40.
Right-handed pitcher Blake Parker and left-handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Ten nonroster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: Right-handed pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon and Gonzalez Germen; left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno; infielder Chris Valaika; outfielders Albert Almora, Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers; and catcher Kyle Schwarber.
Chicago’s spring roster of 40 players consists of 20 pitchers (one nonroster invitee), four catchers (one nonroster invitee), nine infielders (three nonroster invitees) and seven outfielders.