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Cubs Lineup: 5/29/15

Cubs vs. Royals – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Royals Starter: Edinson Volquez, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Jorge Soler, RF
7. Junior Lake, LF
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs announce start time for 6/14 game vs. Reds

The Cubs announced that the Sunday, June 14, game versus the Reds at Wrigley Field is scheduled to begin at 7:08 p.m. CST and will be aired nationally on ESPN. The game was previously listed as “TBD.”

Additionally, the Sunday, June 28 game against the Cardinals in St. Louis has been selected for an exclusive national telecast by ESPN and is scheduled to begin at 7:08 p.m. CST.  This game was originally scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m.

The start times for the remaining “TBD” games on the Cubs schedule will be determined at a later date.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/27/15

Kyle Schwarber led Tennessee to a walk-off win, while South Bend fell in a one-run game and Iowa lost both sides of a doubleheader Wednesday. Myrtle Beach was rained out and will play a doubleheader Thursday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (22-23)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second (-9.0)

Game 1: Iowa surrendered 16 hits in a 13-1 defeat to Reno in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.256) went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to nine games (.361/13-for-36). The streak was snapped in the second game (0-for-3, BB).
  • CF Matt Szczur (.306) went 1-for-3 with a triple, improving his May average to .316 (12-for-38).

Game 2: Iowa committed three errors, which led to two unearned runs in a 3-2 loss.

  • SS Chris Valaika (.233) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.275) and LF Jonathan Mota (.291) each went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies (25-21)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

C Kyle Schwarber hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning as the Smokies defeated Mobile, 3-2.

  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (2.97) pitched 5.2 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out four in the no decision.
  • Schwarber (.307) went 2-for-6 with the game-winning RBI. He leads the team with 27 RBI.
  • CF Albert Almora (.271) hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, finishing 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
  • RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (2.66) tossed 2.0 scoreless frames, striking out two batters.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (4.66) collected his first win, allowing no hits in 1.2 scoreless innings.

South Bend Cubs (20-27)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.0)

South Bend dropped its third straight contest, falling 4-3 on the road at Dayton.

  • DH Yasiel Balaguert (.265) went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games (12-for-23/.522). He has recorded five consecutive multi-hit games.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.278) went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.264) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (4.50) tossed 2.0 scoreless frames, fanning two batters and tying his longest scoreless outing of the season. He has struck out 16 batters while walking just three this season (14.0 IP).

Cubs Lineup: 5/27/15

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Cubs vs. Nationals – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Nationals Starter: Max Scherzer, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Dexter Fowler, CF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Junior Lake, RF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/27/15

South Bend’s struggles continued with a shutout loss Tuesday. The SB-Cubs were the only team in action as Iowa was rained out. Tennessee and Myrtle Beach both had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

South Bend Cubs (20-26)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.0)

South Bend was blanked in the series opener at Dayton, 4-0. The SB-Cubs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

  • LF Yasiel Balaguert (.248) went 2-for-3 with a double, extending his hitting streak to five games (9-for-19/.474). He has recorded four consecutive multi-hit games.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.340) went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to four games (7-for-14/.500).
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.324) went 1-for-3. He now has a seven-game hitting streak (10-for-25/.400).

 

Cubs Lineup: 5/26/15

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In his last outing, Kyle Hendricks twirled a complete-game shutout versus the Padres. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty)

Cubs vs. Nationals – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Padres Starter: Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, ESPN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/25/15

Myrtle Beach recorded a shutout victory, and Tennessee earned a win in a rain-shortened game Monday, but both Iowa and South Bend couldn’t get it done. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (22-21)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-8.0)

Iowa dropped the series opener to Reno, 8-3. The I-Cubs belted two homers in the setback.

  • 1B Taylor Davis (.371) blasted a solo homer in the second inning. It extended his hitting streak to seven games (15-for-28/.536, 11 XBH)
  • RF Rubi Silva (.279) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the second inning and a stolen base. He has driven in eight runs in the last four games.
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.252) went 3-for-4, swiped a base and scored once, extending his hitting streak to eight games (12-for-34/.352).
  • LF Adron Chambers (.241) went 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Tennessee Smokies (24-21)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-4.5)

Tennessee took the final game of the five-game series, topping Montgomery, 6-4. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning due to rain.

  • DH Willson Contreras (.317) went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double. He recorded three RBI and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to six games (9-for-22/.409).
  • LF Jacob Hannemann (.196) went 1-for-3, plated two and walked once.
  • RHP Felix Pena (3.33) tossed his fourth quality start and fanned a season-high nine batters in 6.0 innings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (27-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+5.5)

Myrtle Beach blanked Potomac in the series finale, 3-0. The Pelicans took the four-game series, 3-1.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.276) went 2-for-4, knocked a double and plated two. He went 6-for-17 (.352 AVG) with two home runs, a double and four RBI in the series.
  • SS Chesny Young (.366) went 2-for-4 with a double and one run scored.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.314) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (4.26) had his first scoreless outing, holding Potomac to just two hits while fanning a season-high six batters in 6.0 innings of work.

South Bend Cubs (20-25)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.0)

South Bend split the four-game series with Bowling Green after suffering a 12-8 loss. Five SB-Cubs had multi-hit games, and the team recorded 15 hits in the loss.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.340) went 3-for-5, plated two and scored twice.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.324) went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, extending his hitting streak to six games (9-for-22/.409).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.240) crushed a solo homer in the second inning.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.236) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. It marked his third consecutive multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to four games (7-for-16/.438).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.204) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • DH Gioskar Amaya (.231) went 3-for-5 and scored once, marking his second three-hit game of the campaign.

Cubs Fifth Homestand Promotions and Guests: 5/25/15-5/31/15

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University of Illinois basketball coach John Groce returns to Wrigley Field on May 30. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs return home on Memorial Day to host the Nationals from May 25-27 and the Royals from May 29-31. The homestand features several promotional giveaways, including a Cubs hat presented by the Conquer Cancer Foundation, a Chicago Whales replica throwback jersey presented by Benjamin Moore, a Clark W Flag bobblehead presented by Jewel-Osco and summer sunglasses presented by Budweiser during the debut of the team’s Budweiser Bleacher Fridays.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays kick off in true summer style with a Beach Bash on May 29. Each guest in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a pair of summer sunglasses for the game, as well as free Blue Lizard Sunscreen, while enjoying special entertainment, music and a beach-themed postgame party in Wrigleyville. Fans in the Budweiser Bleachers are encouraged to wear their favorite beach attire for the event and share photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #BudFridays hashtag. One creative winner will be selected to take home four tickets to the following Budweiser Bleacher Friday (Country Day, June 12 vs. the Cincinnati Reds).

May 29 also marks Jersey Day in Chicago and at Wrigley Field. Majestic Athletic, makers of the official on-field uniform of Major League Baseball, created Jersey Day in partnership with MLB and its 30 clubs to encourage baseball fans to celebrate their teams by donning their official jerseys to work, school, games and all over town. Cubs fans can stake their claim as the best fans in baseball by posting the #JerseyDayCHC hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, with votes being gathered at MajesticJerseyDay.com. Majestic is running a Superfan Sweepstakes on the microsite as well.

The following day, May 30, marks 100 years to the date of when the Federal League-champion Chicago Whales hosted the Kansas City Packers at then-Weeghman Park. The Cubs will wear throwback Chicago Whales uniforms that day, and the first 10,000 fans at the game will receive a Chicago Whales replica throwback jersey presented by Benjamin Moore. The Royals will wear throwback Kansas City Federal League uniforms, while the bases used during the game will feature Weeghman Park commemorative base jewels.

Following the game on Friday, May 29, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing the USO of Illinois Discovery Kids Program during his postgame press conference. The program helps lift the spirits of children whose parents are training or deployed through year-round educational, recreational and cultural events and programs.

Tickets remain available for the upcoming homestand at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions:
The first 10,000 fans at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, May 27, will receive a Cubs hat presented by the Conquer Cancer Foundation. The Conquer Cancer Foundation, established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), is a charitable organization that supports clinical research in the field of oncology, patient education and patient advocacy programs.

Each guest in the Budweiser Bleachers on Friday, May 29, will receive a pair of summer sunglasses, as well as free Blue Lizard Sunscreen, during the first Budweiser Bleacher Friday of the season. The Beach Bash also will include special entertainment, music and a beach-themed postgame party in Wrigleyville. Invitations to the postgame party will be shared on-site.

On Saturday, May 30, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Chicago Whales replica throwback jersey presented by Benjamin Moore. The Cubs will wear throwback Chicago Whales uniforms on the field to mark 100 years to the date of when the Federal League-champion Whales hosted the Kansas City Packers at then-Weeghman Park.

The homestand concludes on Sunday, May 31, when the first 5,000 children age 13 and younger will receive a Clark W Flag bobblehead presented by Jewel-Osco. The first 1,000 kids in the ballpark can run the bases postgame, weather permitting, as part of the team’s ongoing Kids Sundays.

Food Specials:
This homestand, the Decade Diner located in the right-field concourse will serve a Beef Kabob Gyro, featuring juicy grilled skewered beef, pickled sweet onions, fresh cucumbers, vine ripe tomatoes and garlic yogurt aioli served with warm pita bread. In addition, the Classic Tuna Melt will feature Levy Restaurants’ signature tuna salad and cheddar cheese on toasted caraway rye bread.

Homestand Recap, May 25-31:
Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) vs. Washington Nationals, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitches: Principal cast members of Broadway Chicago’s On Your Feet!, Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Country music artist, to be announced leading up to their upcoming surprise concert in Wrigleyville
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, May 26 vs. Washington Nationals, 6:05 p.m.

  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, May 27 vs. Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs hat presented by the Conquer Cancer Foundation (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch: Host of TLC’s Overhaulin, Chris Jacobs
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Star of CNBC’s reality series The Profit, Marcus Lemonis
  • Broadcast: CSN+, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, May 29 vs. Kansas City Royals, 3:05 p.m.

  • Budweiser Bleacher Fridays Beach Bash: Summer sunglasses presented by Budweiser, all Budweiser Bleacher guests 21 and older
  • First pitch: United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 30 vs. Kansas City Royals, 6:15 p.m.

  • Promotion: Chicago Whales replica throwback jersey presented by Benjamin Moore (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: University of Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce
  • Broadcast: FOX, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 31 vs. Kansas City Royals, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Clark W Flag bobblehead presented by Jewel-Osco (first 5,000 children age 13 and younger)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Actor and Chicago native Joe Mantegna
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 children 13 and under)

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/21/15

It was a rough day in the standings for the Cubs minor league affiliates Thursday, as all four clubs lost. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (19-20)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa dropped the series opener against Tacoma, 5-3. The I-Cubs went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

  • LF Arismendy Alcantara (.238) went 2-for-4, blasted a homer and a triple, plated one and walked once.
  • C Taylor Davis (.358) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored. It marked his third consecutive multi-hit game (8-for-11/.727).
  • CF Matt Szczur (.327) recorded a double, walked once and scored once to extend his hitting streak to five games (8-for-16/.500).

Tennessee Smokies (22-19)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

Tennessee’s ninth-inning rally fell short as the Smokies dropped the series opener at Montgomery, 4-3.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.320) had his third multi-hit game with the Smokies, going 2-for-3.
  • C Willson Contreras (.305) went 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.328) went 0-for-2, but walked once, earned an RBI and scored once. He has drawn 31 walks over 39 games this season.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (3.21) took the loss, snapping his two-game winning streak.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+4.5)

The Pelicans allowed two runs in the eighth inning as they fell to Frederick in the series finale, 4-3.

  • RF Mark Zagunis (.328) went 4-for-4 with an RBI, a double and one run scored. He tied his career high with four hits and extended his hitting streak to 11 games (20-for-45/.444).
  • DH Chesny Young (.480) went 3-for-4, hit a double, plated one and walked once. Young has recorded a hit in every game with the Pelicans, including five consecutive multi-hit games (12-for-25/.480).
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.212) went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.86) tossed his third quality start but drew a no-decision after surrendering two earned runs in 6.0 innings.

South Bend Cubs (18-23)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.0)

South Bend allowed a season high 17 runs in the series finale at Lansing. The SB-Cubs’ 17-2 setback marked their fifth consecutive loss.

  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.305) went 1-for-4 with a two-run blast in the fourth inning.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.250) went 2-for-4 and with a run scored.

Cubs Lineup: 5/21/15

Cubs vs. Padres – Petco Park
First Pitch: 8:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Padres Starter: Odrisamer Despaigne, RHP
TV: CSN+, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

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