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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

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