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Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/5/15

Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Mesa all secured wins Wednesday while Iowa had its winning streak snapped and Eugene had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (60-51)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa had its six-game winning streak snapped, falling to Omaha in the series opener, 9-5.

  • LF Adron Chambers (.268) went 2-for-5, knocked a triple (2), plated two runs (21) and scored twice.
  • C Taylor Davis (.283) went 2-for-4 with a double (13), recorded an RBI (20) and scored once.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.272) went 1-for-4, hit a double (19), drew a walk and plated one run (59).

Tennessee Smokies (18-20)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Tennessee cruised to a 13-1 victory over Birmingham. The Smokies recorded 18 hits.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella (.348) went 2-for-5, plated one (3), and scored once.
  • C Miguel Montero (.167) went 1-for-5 in his third rehab appearance with Tennessee.
  • LF Jacob Hannemann (.234) went 2-for-5, crushed a three-run homer (3), drew a walk and scored three runs, extending his hitting streak to five games (8-for-21/.381).
  • DH Willson Contreras (.338) went 4-for-5 with a double (27) and three RBI (57). He has a nine-game hitting streak (.556/20-for-36), including five straight multi-hit efforts.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.269) went 3-for-3 with a double (14), an RBI (41), two walks and three runs scored.
  • CF Albert Almora (.240) and 1B Jacob Rogers (.256) each added multi-hit efforts.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (2.98) allowed just three hits and fanned one in 6.0 scoreless frames to pick up the win.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (23-17)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

1B Jason Vosler (.256) blasted a two-run homer in the ninth to send the game into extras. The Pelicans went on to top Wilmington in walk-off fashion, 3-2 in 10 innings.

  • Vosler (.256) went 1-for-3 and drew a walk in addition to his game-tying homer.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.236) went 2-for-4 with a double (14) and the game-winning RBI (26).
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.41) tossed his second consecutive quality start and fanned six batters.
  • RHP Josh Conway (3.00) earned the win after tossing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.

South Bend Cubs (19-20)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fourth Place (-4.0)

South Bend won its third game in its last four contests, topping Kane County, 10-2.

  • 1B David Bote (.236) went 3-for-5 and plated two runs (26).
  • DH Gioskar Amaya (.267) went 2-for-3, hit a double (10) and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to five games (7-for-20/.350).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.257) went 1-for-4, knocked an RBI triple (4) that plated three runs (25), drew a walk, swiped a bag (22) and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to seven games (13-for-32/.406).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.306) went 1-for-4 with two RBI (53), a stolen base (18) and one run scored.
  • 2B Vimael Machin (.185) went 1-for-3, plated two (3), drew a walk and scored once.

Mesa Cubs (5-3)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

The Mesa Cubs bested the AZL Dodgers in walk-off fashion, 2-1.

  • C Tyler Payne (.214) went 1-for-3 and drew a walk. He has recorded a hit in his last five appearances.
  • LF Michael Foster (.302) went 0-for-3, drew a walk and scored once.
  • RHP Luis Hernandez (0.82) earned the win, tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowed just one hit and fanned six batters.

Cubs 10th Homestand Events and Promotions: 8/6/15-8/13/15

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Fans can get their Ron Santo flag on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Wrigley Field

The Cubs look to keep their postseason push going as they return to Wrigley Field for series against the Giants from Aug. 6-9 and the Pirates from Aug. 11-13. Fans can enjoy a number of promotional giveaways, events and entertainment throughout the homestand.

Following the game Thursday, Aug. 13, Cubs pitcher and cancer survivor Jon Lester and his wife, Farrah, will host NVRQT Night at Metro Chicago. The night will include a celebrity “3 Up, 3 Down” tic-tac-toe-themed game show featuring Jon and Farrah, Cubs players Anthony Rizzo and David Ross, former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, Chicago native and former professional wrestler CM Punk, along with other celebrities, coaches and teammates. Attendees can watch the excitement, partake in live and silent auctions, and enjoy dinner and cocktails. A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $200 at cubs.com/NVRQT. Tickets include food and beverage. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Lester’s NVRQT campaign, run by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), which helps raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research.

Once the homestand concludes, Wrigley Field will host the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 3:05 p.m. The game features a collection of the country’s top high school prospects during a weekend of intense competition, instruction and national exposure. Since the game’s inception in 2008, 217 of the 255 draft-eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 60 first-round picks. Fans can learn more about the game and secure complimentary tickets at baseballfactory.com/allamerica.

Tickets remain available for both the Giants and Brewers series at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Details of the homestand follow.

Promotions
On Thursday, Aug. 6, up to the first 10,000 fans at the game will receive a Cubs water bottle presented by Comcast SportsNet. As part of Cholesterol Awareness Night, AstraZeneca will offer free lipid screenings and cholesterol education to fans 18-and-older across from Wrigley Field on Addison Street from 4 p.m. through the third inning.

On Friday, Aug. 7, up to the first 10,000 fans 21-and-older will receive a Cubs floppy hat presented by RumChata.

Up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Ron Santo Retired Number Flag presented by StubHub on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Kids Sundays continue on Sunday, Aug. 9, with up to the first 5,000 children age 13 and younger receiving a “Construction Clark” Plush Bear. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the Cubs invite Girl Scouts and their family members to join Girl Scout Night at Wrigley Field. Participants who attend this Special Group Night receive a commemorative Cubs-themed scout patch with their ticket, available at cubs.com/specialevents.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, is Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. Fans can show their support of Chicago area law enforcement as each designated ticket in the Terrace Reserved Outfield section includes a special Cubs law enforcement baseball cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at cubs.com/specialevents.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
As part of this year’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign, fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community.

Following the game on Friday, Aug. 7, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing the Breakthrough Youth Network. Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity. The Breakthrough Youth Network, with the support of a grant from Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, serves more than 780 students through education and sports programming for at-risk youth. Breakthrough recently opened a FamilyPlex in East Garfield Park, including an indoor baseball training facility funded by a Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant.

Guests and Entertainment:
On Thursday, Aug. 6, Chicago-native actor Joel Murray will throw a ceremonial first pitch and lead the seventh-inning stretch.

On Friday, Aug. 7, Hall of Fame Chicago Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch.

Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Northwestern University men’s basketball coach Chris Collins will throw a pitch and lead the stretch on Sunday, Aug. 9.

Chicago-native rock band Umphrey’s McGee will join the team for the National Anthem, first pitch and seventh-inning stretch on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, will lead the stretch on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse will continue its rotating menu of homestand specials with a BBQ Brisket Sandwich featuring 18-hour-smoked beef brisket, Levy Restaurant’s signature BBQ sauce, lettuce and tomato on a Martin’s famous potato roll. Fans also can order a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich with a breaded chicken breast, housemade marinara sauce and provolone on a toasted garlic hoagie roll.

Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center-field scoreboard, will continue serving three rotating selections of Hot Doug’s sausages. New this homestand are the “Mick Kelleher,” a bacon cheeseburger sausage with ketchup aioli, chopped bacon and Swiss cheese, and the “Ray Burris,” a chicken chorizo sausage with jalapeño dijonnaise and Chihuahua cheese. Returning is the “Champ Summers,” a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

Homestand Recap, August 6-13
Thursday, Aug. 6 vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Water Bottle presented by Comcast SportsNet (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • Cholesterol Awareness Night presented by AstraZeneca: Free lipid screenings and cholesterol education to fans 18-and-older across from Wrigley Field on Addison Street (4 p.m. through third inning)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago-native actor Joel Murray
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, Aug. 7 vs. San Francisco Giants, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Floppy Hat presented by RumChata (up to the first 10,000 fans 21-and-older)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Hall of Fame Chicago Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley
  • Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, Aug. 8 vs. San Francisco Giants, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Ron Santo Retired Number Flag presented by StubHub (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, Aug. 9 vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: “Construction Clark” Plush Bear (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger); Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Northwestern University men’s basketball coach Chris Collins
  • Broadcast: CSN, TBS, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Aug. 11 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Girl Scout Night (designated tickets include a Cubs-themed scout patch)
  • National Anthem, first pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago-native rock band Umphrey’s McGee
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Aug. 12 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (designated tickets include a Cubs Law Enforcement baseball cap)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • NVRQT Night at Metro Chicago

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/2/15

Iowa, Tennessee, South Bend and Mesa all picked up wins while Myrtle Beach and Eugene were both handed losses Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (58-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Iowa won its fourth straight contest, topping Colorado Springs, 9-7, despite being outhit 17-13.

  • LF Adron Chambers (.265) went 2-for-3 with a double (16), two RBI (18) and a sacrifice fly.
  • CF John Andreoli (.288) went 2-for-4, crushed a double (15) and a triple (5), plated one (19), drew a walk and scored three times. He extended his hitting streak to six games (11-for-27/.407).
  • 3B Mike Olt (.300) went 2-for-5 with a double (10), an RBI (17), and one run scored, extending his hitting streak to 12 games (20-for-47/.426).
  • C Taylor Davis (.279) went 2-for-3 with a triple (2), a two-out RBI (19), a walk, and two runs scored.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.240) went 2-for-4 and scored twice.

Tennessee Smokies (16-19)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee plated five runs in the third inning and held on to top Birmingham, 5-2.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella and C Miguel Montero both made rehab appearances. La Stella (.250) went 1-for-4 with a double (2) and an RBI (2) while Montero (.333) went 1-for-3.
  • RF Jacob Hannemann (.228) recorded a three-run double (17), a walk and a run scored.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.324) went 2-for-4 with an RBI double (26), extending his hitting streak to six games (11-for-23/.478).
  • SS Ryan Dent (.223) finished 3-for-3, drew a walk and scored once.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.243) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.266) had two doubles (13) and one run scored.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (3.99) tossed 6.0 scoreless frames and fanned a season-high eight batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (21-17)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Second Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach was blanked by Frederick, 2-0. The Pelicans were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.231) went 2-for-4 and collected his 13th double.
  • DH Jordan Hankins (.200) went 1-for-3 with a double (3) and a walk. He has hit a double in three-straight games and extended his hitting streak to six games (7-for-18/.389).
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (4.29) tossed his first quality start with the Pelicans, pitching 6.0 shutout innings and striking out three.

South Bend Cubs (18-19)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Sixth Place (-4.0)

2B David Bote (.227) blasted a two-out grand slam in the eighth inning to lift South Bend to a 7-2 victory at Dayton. Bote went 1-for-4 on the day.

  • LF-RF Ian Happ (.290) went 2-for-5 and plated two runs (2).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.291) finished 2-for-4 with two doubles (10) and one run scored.
  • 1B-LF Yasiel Balaguert (.274) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • RF Jeffry Baez (.252) was 2-for-5, knocked a double (9), plated one (22) and scored once.

Eugene Emeralds (4-3)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene dropped the series finale at Spokane, falling to the Indians, 4-1.

  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (2.72) gave up no earned runs in 5.2 innings, fanning three.
  • 1B Blake Headley (.261) went 2-for-3 and scored once, extending his hitting streak to nine games (12-for-31/.387).
  • 3B Andrew Ely (.357) went 2-for-5 with two doubles (5).
  • LF Ricardo Marcano (.281) went 1-for-2, plated one (10) and drew two walks.

Mesa Cubs (3-2)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs topped the AZL Giants, 7-3. They face the Giants at home tonight.

  • 3B P.J. Higgins (.324) went 3-for-5, plated two runs (5), swiped a base and scored twice.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.254) went 2-for-5, earned two RBI (16) and stole a base (6).
  • 1B Ben Carhart (.667) went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a double and one run scored in his first game with the Mesa Cubs.

Cubs acquire RHP Haren from Marlins

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The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Dan Haren and a cash consideration from the Marlins for minor league right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro and minor league infielder Elliot Soto.

Haren, 34, is 149-129 with a 3.75 ERA (983 ER/2,361.1 IP) in 380 appearances (369 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with St. Louis (2003-04), Oakland (2005-07), Arizona (2008-10), the Angels (2010-12), Washington (2013), the Dodgers (2014) and Miami (2015). Among active pitchers, he ranks in the top 10 in innings pitched, games started, wins, strikeouts (1,965) and WHIP (1.18). He has seven top 10 finishes in his league in both strikeouts and innings pitched.

A three-time All-Star, Haren has reached 30 starts and double digits in victories while surpassing 175.0 innings pitched in each of the last 10 seasons starting in 2005, numbers that are within reach for an 11th straight campaign in 2015. Haren’s 350 starts since the beginning of the 2005 campaign are most in the majors, while his 143 victories in that span rank third.

Haren broke into the big leagues with the Cardinals in 2003 at the age of 22 and joined Oakland as part of a four-player trade prior to the 2005 season. He earned his first All-Star selection in 2007 with Oakland when he went 15-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 34 starts. He was also an All-Star with Arizona in 2008 and 2009.

Haren has gone 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA (49 ER/129.0 IP) in 21 starts with the Marlins this season. He has issued only 25 walks in 129.0 innings pitched, an average of 1.74 walks per nine innings, the seventh-lowest average in the National League. Haren also has turned in a 1.09 WHIP, 10th lowest in the league, while limiting opponents to a .286 on-base percentage.

Pineyro, 23, was acquired by the Cubs from the Washington Nationals for outfielder Scott Hairston on July 8, 2013. The right-hander has gone 7-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Tennessee this season after going 0-4 with a 5.55 ERA in 11 starts with Tennessee last year.

Soto, 25, is batting .275 with no home runs and 18 RBI in 88 games with Tennessee this season. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 15th round of the 2010 Draft. He combined to bat .244 with one home run and 23 RBI in 69 games between Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/30/15

Iowa and Myrtle Beach won in dramatic fashion while Eugene and Mesa also claimed wins Thursday. Tennessee and South Bend both were on the wrong side of one-run games. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league recap:

Iowa Cubs (55-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.5)

Iowa scored two runs in the 12th inning to defeat host Nashville, 5-4.

  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.277) reached base four times, going 2-for-4 with two walks, one run scored and one RBI (55).
  • LF John Andreoli (.274) went 2-for-6 with a double (14) and an RBI (16).
  • SS Javier Baez (.305) went 1-for-5 with a double (8) and two runs scored. He has scored five runs in his first three games since returning to Iowa.
  • RHP Frank Batista tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief to collect his first win of the season.

Tennessee Smokies (14-18)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Tennessee surrendered three solo home runs to Montgomery’s Tyler Goeddel in a 4-3 setback.

  • DH Willson Contreras (.317) went 1-for-3 with a double (25), a walk and a run scored.
  • The Smokies collected just five hits (four singles) in the loss.
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (4.64) gave up two earned runs in 5.1 innings, fanning four. He has posted a 2.25 ERA (4 ER/16.0 IP) across his last three starts.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (20-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

SS Carlos Penalver hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Pelicans won their fifth straight game, defeating Potomac, 4-3.

  • RHP Jeremy Null (4.33) gave up two earned runs in 5.0 innings for the no-decision.
  • Penalver finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. The walk-off blast was his first homer since May 31 of last season with Kane County.
  • DH Chesny Young (.339) went 2-for-4 with a triple (3), a run scored and an RBI (24).
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.225) went 2-for-4 with a double (1) and an RBI (10). He has consecutive multi-hit games and three multi-hit efforts in his last four games.

South Bend Cubs (16-18)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-3.5)

South Bend allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth, falling in walk-off fashion, 3-2, at Great Lakes.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.314) went 2-for-5 with a stolen base (17).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.292) extended his hitting streak to six games (.400/8-for-20), going 2-for-3 with a walk and a season-high three stolen bases (18).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.247) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run (5) in the second inning.
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe (3.67) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings. He has posted a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17.0 IP) in his last three starts.

Eugene Emeralds (2-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene won its second straight game at Spokane, defeating the Indians, 6-4.

  • RHP Adbert Alzolay entered in the third inning and allowed zero hits or runs in 6.0 innings. He walked just one batter and struck out three, collected his second win.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.235) went 2-for-5 with a double (9), a home run (4), two runs scored and three RBI (19). It’s his second three-RBI game in his last four contests.
  • 3B Andrew Ely (.400) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (1), his third straight multi-hit game.

Mesa Cubs (2-2)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place

The Mesa Cubs claimed a 4-2 victory over the AZL Angels.

  • DH Varonex Cuevas (.360) went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and two stolen bases (3). It’s his first three-hit game of the season.
  • RF Robert Garcia (.358) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • RHP Trey McNutt collected his second win, allowing just one hit in 1.0 inning of relief.

Cubs Lineup: 7/30/15

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Brewers Starter: Jimmy Nelson, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/29/15

Tennessee and Myrtle Beach jumped out to early leads and secured victories, while Eugene claimed a one-run win Wednesday. Iowa, South Bend and Mesa were all handed losses. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (54-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-8.5)

Iowa surrendered four runs in the bottom of the eighth, falling on the road at Nashville, 6-4.

  • RF Rubi Silva (.283) went 2-for-4 with a double (12), a home run (11), two runs scored and one RBI (42). He has hit safely in eight of the last nine games.
  • 1B Junior Lake (.319) reached twice, going 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI (31).
  • RHP Felipe Paulino struck out a career-high 12 batters in six innings of work for the no-decision. He’s the first I-Cub since Esmailin Caridad on Aug. 5, 2009, to strike out at least 12 batters.

Tennessee Smokies (14-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee plated four runs in the second inning and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Montgomery.

  • SS Elliot Soto (.276) went 2-for-4 with a walk. He is batting .309 (29-for-94) in 26 July games.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.280) went 2-for-5 with a double (21), a run scored and an RBI (28).
  • 2B Tommy La Stella (.250) went 1-for-2 with two runs scored in a rehab outing with Tennessee.
  • CF Albert Almora reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with a season-high three walks and two steals (6).
  • RHP Pierce Johnson pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out seven. He has allowed one run or fewer in eight of his nine starts with the Smokies.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (19-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

The Pelicans jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 win over visiting Potomac.

  • CF Trey Martin (.242) went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base (12). He is 4-for-6 with four RBI in his last two games.
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.194) went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.243) and DH Daniel Lockhart (.230) each had multi-hit games.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.92) tossed his ninth quality start of the season.

South Bend Cubs (16-17)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-3.0)

South Bend mustered just four hits in a 5-0 shutout loss at Great Lakes.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.313) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.275) went 1-for-4 with a double (18) for the team’s only extra base hit.

Eugene Emeralds (2-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene collected 11 hits in a 4-3 win over host Spokane.

  • LF Ricardo Marcano (.244) collected a season-high three hits, going 3-for-3 with a run scored, two RBI (7) and a stolen base (2).
  • SS Andrew Ely (.364) went 2-for-4 for his second straight multi-hit game.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (2.05) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings to collect the save.
  • RHP Preston Morrison (1.17) and LHP Kyle Twomey (3.00) each pitched 2.0 scoreless innings.

Mesa Cubs (1-2)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs dropped a 5-1 decision to the AZL D-Backs.

  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.224) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch made his first appearance with the Mesa Cubs, allowing no earned runs (three unearned) in 2.1 innings.
  • LHP Ariel Ovando (0.79) tossed 2.1 scoreless frames, and RHP Scott Effross (1.80) added 2.0 hitless innings.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/28/15

Iowa and Tennessee posted shutout wins, Myrtle Beach held on for a victory, and Mesa took both games of a doubleheader Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (54-49)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-8.5)

Iowa scored seven runs in the second inning and rolled to a 9-0 win over Nashville.

  • SS Javier Baez (.317), playing in his first game with Iowa since June 7, went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs (10). It marked his third two-homer game of the season.
  • LF Junior Lake (.321) went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his seventh of the season.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.290) went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to nine games (15-for-34/.441).
  • LHP Clayton Richard (0.00) tossed 7.0 scoreless frames and earned the win in his first outing with Iowa. He struck out four batters while walking none and scattering just three hits.

Tennessee Smokies (13-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee cruised past Montgomery with two four-run innings, blanking the Biscuits, 8-0.

  • DH Willson Contreras (.317) went 3-for-5, blasted a grand slam in the sixth inning (6), knocked a double (24) and scored twice. His four RBI marked a season high.
  • CF Albert Almora (.242) went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the third inning (5) and two runs scored. He has recorded a hit in his last four outings, picking up two home runs and five RBI in that stretch.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.276) went 2-for-5 and plated one (4), marking his second straight multi-hit game with Tennessee.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.277) went 2-for-5 and had a double (20).
  • C Tyler Pearson (.150) went 2-for-5 with a double (2). It was his first multi-hit game of the season.
  • RHP Ivan Pineyro (3.69) earned his second straight win and quality start, tossing 7.0 shutout frames.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (18-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

The Pelicans allowed three runs in the ninth, but held on for a 4-3 victory over Potomac.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.313) hit two home runs (3), going 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI (7). He has homered in back-to-back games.
  • DH Kevin Brown (.266) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
  • CF Trey Martin (.237) went 2-for-3 with a double (12) and an RBI (22).
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez allowed just three hits and walked none in a season high 8.0 scoreless frames to collect his seventh win.

South Bend Cubs (16-16)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-2.5)

South Bend could not come back from an early three-run deficit, falling 4-1 at Great Lakes.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.238) hit his sixth home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.287) went 2-for-3 with a stolen base (15). He has recorded a hit in nine of his last 10 outings.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.249) went 2-for-3.
  • RHP Erick Leal (4.52) tossed his fourth consecutive quality start, but took the loss after surrendering three runs in the first inning.

Eugene Emeralds (1-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene fell to Boise in the series finale, 5-1. The Emeralds dropped the series, 2-1.

  • LF Alex Bautista (.333) went 1-for-2 and crushed a solo home run in the ninth inning (2). He has two homers and three RBI in just three games with Eugene.
  • 2B-3B Andrew Ely (.286) went 2-for-4 in his second game with the Emeralds.
  • LHP Jose Paulino (4.73) tossed his first quality start of the season, but took the loss.

Mesa Cubs (1-1)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs swept a doubleheader at the AZL D-backs, topping the D-backs 12-1 in the first
game and 8-4 in Game 2.

  • LF-1B P.J. Higgins (.600) went 3-for-5, crushed a homer (1) and a double, plated two and scored twice in
    the completion of the July 5 game.
  • LF-1B Jose Paniagua (.302) went 3-for-5 with two doubles (4), a triple (2), two RBI (5) and a walk in the
    the completion of the July 5 game. He crushed a three-run homer (3) in the second game.
  • 3B Angel Amendolare (.300) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI (5) in the second game.

Cubs promote RHP Medina, RHP Rowen; place RHP Ramirez on DL, option RHP Beeler to Iowa

The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with left abdominal soreness and optioned right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. The club recalled right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen from Iowa. To make room for Rowen on the 40-man roster, infielder/outfielder Mike Baxter has been designated for assignment.

Both Medina and Rowen, who will wear uniform No. 51, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon in their series finale against the Rockies at Wrigley Field.

Medina, 27, returns to the Cubs after being optioned to Iowa yesterday. He has no record and a 7.00 ERA (7 ER/9.0 IP) in five relief appearances with the Cubs this season and is 0-2 with one save and an 8.68 ERA (18 ER/18.2 IP) in 16 relief outings with Iowa this year. Medina has posted a 3.08 ERA in 146 career relief appearances between the Mariners (2013-15) and Cubs (2015), turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander, who was acquired from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on May 19, broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he went 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA in 66 relief outings while ranking 12th in the league in holds.

Rowen, 26, joins the Cubs after combining to go 4-0 with one save and a 1.93 ERA (10 ER/46.2 IP) in 34 relief outings for three affiliates between the Orioles and Cubs organizations. He went to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee with the Dodgers before being acquired by Baltimore as part of a four-player deal on April 9. He went 2-0 with one save and a 2.28 ERA (7 ER/27.2 IP) in 20 appearances for Double-A Bowie and posted no record and a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) in six outings for Triple-A Norfolk before being released and signing a minor league deal with the Cubs on July 4. He has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP) in eight appearances with Iowa.

Rowen was originally selected by Texas in the 22nd round of the 2010 Draft and made his big league debut with the Rangers last season, posting no record and a 4.15 ERA in eight relief outings. He spent the majority of the 2014 campaign with Triple-A Round Rock, going 3-0 with five saves and a 3.45 ERA.

Overall, Rowen has gone 25-5 with 41 saves and a 1.75 ERA in 211 minor league relief appearances covering the last six seasons. Rowen was a Carolina League All-Star in 2012 and the Rangers organization’s relief pitcher of the year after recording a league-leading 19 saves with Single-A Myrtle Beach. He also earned Texas League All-Star honors in 2013. He has allowed only seven homers and posted a 1.00 WHIP in 308.2 minor league innings.

Ramirez, 26, is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA (3 ER/8.2 IP) in 13 appearances with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation from April 17-June 28.

Beeler, 26, is 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA (9 ER/8.1 IP) in three starts with the Cubs this season.

Baxter, 30, has batted .246 (14-for-57) with one double and two RBI in 34 games with the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 7/29/15

Cubs vs. Rockies — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Rockies Starter, Eddie Butler, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

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