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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: 8/23/15

Myrtle Beach mounted a late-inning comeback, South Bend snapped a losing streak, and Mesa took the win in extras on Sunday. Only Eugene lost, and they did so surrendering a lead in extras. Iowa had the day off, while Tennessee was rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-22)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

The Pelicans scored four runs in the ninth and contained Frederick’s late rally, topping the Keys, 9-7.

  • 3B Ben Carhart (.258) enjoyed a 3-for-5 day with two home runs (6), four RBI (20) and three runs scored. He has homered in back-to-back games and extended his hitting streak to five games (.444/8-for-18).
  • C Victor Caratini (.244) went 2-for-4 with a double (25) and a two-run homer (4).
  • DH Cael Brockmeyer (.247) finished 2-for-4 with a double (6), a two-run homer (3) and two runs scored.
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.277) went 2-for-5 with an RBI single (29) and one run scored.
  • RHP Brad Markey (1.31) improved to a perfect 6-0 record, earning his third consecutive win and striking out six in 5.2 innings.

South Bend Cubs (28-27)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-8.0)

South Bend snapped a three-game skid, topping Fort Wayne in the series finale, 7-4.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.269) finished 3-for-4 with a three-run homer (3) and a stolen base (26).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.279) went 2-for-5 with a double (17), an RBI (27), a stolen base (29) and two runs scored.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.247) had two doubles (16), drove in one (31) and scored once.
  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.272) went 3-for-4, scored twice and swiped two bags (5).
  • 2B David Bote (.258) went 1-for-4 and crushed a solo homer in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to six games (8-for-24/.333).

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

Eugene surrendered two runs in the ninth and ultimately fell to Spokane in the 11th inning, 4-3.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.272) continued his tear with a 2-for-4 day that included a triple and one run scored. He has a 16-game hitting streak (.356/26-for-73) with 18 runs scored in that stretch.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.280) went 1-for-5, knocked a double (8), plated one (24) and scored once, extended his hitting streak to five games (.320/8-for-25).
  • SS Andrew Ely (.313) picked up his 12th RBI and added a hit.

Mesa Cubs (14-8)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-0.5)

Mesa scored in the 11th inning to best the AZL Giants, 1-0. Each team recorded just five hits.

  • 3B Ho-young Son (.667) went 2-for-3 and drew a walk in his first outing with Mesa.
  • LF Roberto Caro (.255) finished 1-for-3 and swiped a base (8).
  • DH Carlos Jimenez (.232) and C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.171) each recorded a hit.
  • RHP Duane Underwood (0.00) made his second scoreless start with Mesa, allowing just two hits in 3.0 frames.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (0.00) tossed 2.0 hitless innings of relief and fanned four batters.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/18/15

South Bend jumped out to an early lead, and Mesa scored some late runs in victories Tuesday. Iowa and Eugene both lost one-run games, while Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-56)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth to fall to Las Vegas in the series finale, 6-5.

  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.235) went 3-for-4 and scored once, marking his seventh three-hit game.
  • SS Javier Baez (.291) went 2-for-5 with one run scored, extending his hitting streak to four games (.421/8-for-19).
  • 1B Mike Olt (.247) recorded a double (12) and drove in two runs (20).
  • PH Adron Chambers (.270) went 1-for-1 with a two-run single in the fifth (27).

South Bend Cubs (26-24)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

South Bend jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and held on for a 7-2 win over Dayton.

  • RHP Erick Leal (4.27) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out four, to pick up the win.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.276) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base, marking his 12th three-hit game.
  • LF Ian Happ (.282) finished 2-for-3 with a double (5), a walk, a run scored and two RBI (17). Happ has 12 RBI in his last five games.
  • 2B David Bote (.255) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a two-run homer.
  • 1B Matt Rose (.344) and CF Rashad Crawford (.283) added multi-hit efforts.

Eugene Emeralds (11-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Eugene surrendered five runs in the third inning, falling at Boise, 5-4.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.257) recorded a season-high four hits (4-for-5), swiped two bases and scored three runs, extending his hitting streak to 11 games (16-for-48/.333).
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.268) went 1-for-5 with a double (18) and an RBI (24).
  • 3B Andrew Ely (.303) went 1-for-3 and plated one (9).

Mesa Cubs (11-7)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-1.0)

Mesa scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, topping the AZL Reds, 5-3.

  • LF Chris Pieters (.429) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (4), an RBI (4) and one run scored. He has recorded a hit in his first four games with Mesa (6-for-14), with four doubles during that stretch.
  • DH Daniel Spingola (.500) went 2-for-3, knocked a double (4), plated one (5) and scored once.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.288) also finished 2-for-3, drew a walk and scored once.
  • LHP Ariel Ovando (0.53) earned the win, fanning four batters in 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP Duane Underwood (0.00) drew a no decision in his first appearance since June 26.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/17/15

Eugene cruised to a victory, and Mesa secured both games of a doubleheader Monday. Meanwhile, Iowa couldn’t hang on in a loss, and Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all had the afternoon off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-55)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to fall to Las Vegas in 12 innings, 5-4.

  • SS Javier Baez (.291) collected his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with an RBI (48) and a run scored.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.296) went 2-for-5 and drew a walk.
  • 1B-LF Mike Baxter (.280) went 1-for-4 with a triple, an RBI (15), a walk and one run scored.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (4.85) drew a no-decision despite tossing his third consecutive quality start, giving up one earned run in 7.1 innings.

Eugene Emeralds (11-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene won its third straight contest, topping Boise, 7-4. The Emeralds recorded 14 hits in the victory.

  • RF Alex Bautista (.250) went 3-for-4, drove in two (6) and scored once. It marked his first three-hit game of the season.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.269) went 2-for-5 with two RBI (23) and one run scored.
  • DH Donnie Dewees (.244) went 2-for-5 and scored once, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (12-for-43/.279).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.277) went 2-for-4 with a double (7), an RBI (17) and a walk.
  • 3B Adonis Paula (.270) went 1-for-3 and crushed a two-run homer (1) in the fifth inning.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.306) went 2-for-5 and scored once.
  • RHP Casey Bloomquist (1.69) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings of relief, surrendering just two hits and fanning four batters. He has allowed just two runs over 10.2 innings with the Emeralds.

Mesa Cubs (10-7)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-1.5)

Mesa swept the doubleheader against the AZL White Sox.

  • LF Daniel Spingola (.455) went 2-for-3 with a double (3) and a triple, plated three runs (4), swiped a base and scored twice in Game 1.
  • DH Chris Pieters (.364) went 2-for-3 with a double (2), three RBI and one run scored in Game 1.
  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.271) went 1-for-3 and crushed a two-run homer (4) in the third inning in Game 2.
  • RHP Santiago Rodriguez (3.38) tossed 3.0 shutout innings of relief in Game 2 to earn his first win of the season.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/13/15

South Bend and Myrtle Beach cruised to victories Thursday, but the rest of the Cubs affiliates all came out on the losing end. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (65-53)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa gave up four unanswered runs in the final four frames, dropping an 8-4 decision to Nashville.

  • 2B Tommy La Stella (.500) went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in his first game with Iowa.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.300) extended his Iowa hitting streak to 14 games (.367/22-for-60), going 2-for-4 with a double (12).
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.268) reached base twice, going 0-for-2 with a run scored and two walks.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch made his first appearance with Iowa since June 9.

Tennessee Smokies (23-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

Tennessee scored twice in the ninth, but could not complete the comeback, falling 4-3 at Chattanooga.

  • CF Albert Almora (.270) went 2-for-3 with a double (20), a walk and a run scored. He has hit safely in 10-straight games (.513/20-for-39), including eight multi-hit efforts, and is batting .423 (22-for-52) in 13 August games.
  • LF Jacob Hannemann (.240) went 2-for-5 and is hitting .333 (17-for-51) in 12 August contests.
  • RHP Pierce Johnson has posted a 1.80 ERA (4 ER/20.0 IP) in three August starts.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (28-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Myrtle Beach scored five times in the fourth inning to roll to a 9-3 victory over Salem.

  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.273) went 1-for-4 with a double (13), an RBI (21) and two runs scored. He has hit safely in five-straight games (.364/8-for-22).
  • RF Chesny Young (.332) extended his hitting streak to six games (.346/9-for-26), going 2-for-5 with a run scored, two RBI (29) and a stolen base (9).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.283) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored. He has drawn a walk in nine-straight games.

South Bend Cubs (23-23)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fourth Place (-6.0)

South Bend cruised to a 7-1 victory at Beloit in the rubber game of a three-game series.

  • LF Ian Happ (.238) blasted a grand slam in the fifth inning, for his second home run with South Bend. He finished 1-for-4 with a run scored and five RBI (10).
  • 2B David Bote (.243) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk. It was his second straight multi-hit game.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.283) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.
  • RHP Dillon Maples (3.72) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and fanning four.

Eugene Emeralds (8-7)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Third Place (-2.0)

Eugene collected just three hits in a 7-0 shutout loss against Everett.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.242), 2B Frandy Delarosa (.274) and LF Eloy Jimenez (.273) each went 1-for-4 with a single.
  • RHP Scott Effross (0.00) tossed 3.2 scoreless innings of relief. He has not allowed a run in two appearances (4.2 IP) this season at Eugene.

Mesa Cubs (8-5)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs scored twice in the first but could not hold on, falling 3-2 against the AZL Giants.

  • 3B P.J. Higgins (.317) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer, accounting for all the team’s scoring. He is 5-for-8 with three runs and four RBI in his last two games.
  • LHP Carlos Rodriguez (4.76) tossed 3.1 scoreless innings of relief, fanning three batters. He has not allowed a run in seven of his last eight appearances.

Cubs Lineup: 8/13/15

Cubs vs. Brewers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Brewers Starter: Tyler Cravy, RHP
TV: ABC 7 Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/9/15

Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and Eugene all racked up victories Sunday, while South Bend gave up some runs late and Mesa couldn’t keep pace in a loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (64-51)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-4.0)

Iowa won its fourth straight game, blanking Omaha 3-0. The I-Cubs have allowed just one run in their last three games.

  • LF Adron Chambers (.268) went 1-for-3 with walk, a run scored and an RBI (23). He has driven in a run in five of the last six games.
  • 1B Mike Olt hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, finishing 1-for-3.
  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.05) tossed 7.0 scoreless frames, giving up no earned runs and fanning three. He has gone 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA (9 ER/29.1 IP) in five starts since the All-Star break.

Tennessee Smokies (21-21)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-6.0)

Tennessee improved to 7-2 in the month of August by defeating Jackson, 8-3.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.338) extended his hitting to six games (9-for-25), going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, one run scored and four RBI (18).
  • CF Albert Almora (.261) went 2-for-3 with a double (17), a walk, three runs scored and an RBI (38). He has a six-game hitting streak (.542/13-for-24), including five straight multi-hit games.
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (4.58) tossed his second straight quality start, striking out a season-high seven batters in 6.0 innings of work to pick up the win.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (26-18)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

The Pelicans tallied 14 hits and 10 runs to roll to their fifth win in six games, topping Frederick, 10-2.

  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.240) went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and four RBI (30). The four hits, three runs and four RBI were all season highs.
  • RF Chesny Young (.333) went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI (27).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.265) and C Cael Brockmeyer (.243) each added multi-hit games.
  • DH Jordan Hankins (.186) and CF Trey Martin (.238) each scored twice.
  • RHP Brad Markey (1.01) fanned five in 6.0 innings, giving up one run, to pick up the win. He has allowed four runs in six games (35.2 IP) with Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (21-22)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fourth Place (-5.0)

South Bend surrendered four runs in the eighth inning to drop a 9-5 decision to Clinton.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.269) went 3-for-5 with two doubles (14), one stolen base (25) and two runs scored. He is batting .474 (18-for-38) with six doubles in eight August contests.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.311) went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI (58). He has hit safely in five straight games (8-for-21).
  • LF Kevin Encarnacion (.270) added a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.

Eugene Emeralds (6-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Third Place (-1.0)

Eugene scored four runs in the first inning to cruise to a 6-3 victory at Boise.

  • SS Andrew Ely (.349) went 2-for-4 with a triple (1), a run scored and an RBI (2). He has seven multi-hit games in his last 10 contests.
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.168) went 2-for-4.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (0.87) picked up his third win, tossing 5.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just three hits and striking out two batters.

Mesa Cubs (6-4)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

The Mesa Cubs dropped an 8-4 decision at the AZL Indians.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.287) went 3-for-5 with an RBI (20), extending his hitting streak to eight games (.452/14-for-31) with seven RBI during that stretch.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.208) went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and one RBI (12).
  • RHP Jesus Castillo (4.20) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs activate C Montero; Option OF Szczur to Iowa

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs activated catcher Miguel Montero from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

Montero will be available for the Cubs this afternoon against the Giants at Wrigley Field.

The 32-year-old Montero has been on the disabled list recovering from a left thumb sprain suffered on July 11. He batted .188 (3-for-16) during a four-game rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee, including hitting a grand slam last night vs. Birmingham.

Montero joined the Cubs this past offseason in a trade with Arizona and is batting .230 (50-for-217) with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 73 games with Chicago this season. He has a .337 on-base percentage, 107 points higher than his batting average, and a .392 slugging percentage, good for a .729 OPS.

Szczur, 26, is batting .217 (13-for-60) with four doubles, one homer and eight RBI in 35 games with the Cubs this season. He has batted .295 (66-for-224) with 10 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 26 RBI in 58 games with Iowa this year.

Cubs Lineup: 8/7/15

Cubs vs. Giants — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Giants Starter: Ryan Vogelsong, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

Cubs Lineup: 8/6/15

Cubs vs. Giants — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Giants Starter: Chris Heston, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Chris Coghlan, LF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

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