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Cubs Minor League Report: 7/15/16

South Bend split its doubleheader Thursday while Eugene and Mesa secured victories. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (41-51)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

The I-Cubs returned from the All Star Break and lost a one-run game to Las Vegas, 3-2.

  • RHP Joe Nathan (1 IP, 2 SO) made his first rehab appearance at Triple-A.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.281) went 2 for 4 with an RBI (17).
  • 2B-LF Juan Perez (.255) was 2 for 2 with a run scored and a stolen base (10).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.311) went 1 for 4 and added his organization-leading 61st RBI. He is riding a seven-game hitting streak.

Tennessee Smokies (9-11)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

The Smokies dropped the series-opening contest to host Montgomery, 6-1.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.371) tallied his 10th multi-hit game at Double-A (out of 18 games with an at bat) by going 2 for 4.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.298) went 2 for 4.
  • 1B Ben Carhart was 1 for 4 with a double (4), the lone extra-base hit for Tennessee.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (11-10)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach could not take advantage of a quality start and lost to Frederick, 4-3.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.227) and DH Erick Castillo (.237) both had two hits. Castillo also had an RBI (3).
  • 1B David Bote (.291) reached three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks. He also scored a pair of runs.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.269) went 1 for 4 with a double (25) and a run. His 25 doubles are tied for third place in the Carolina League.
  • Trevor Clifton (3.23 ERA) registered his fourth quality start of the season with a six-strikeout effort across six innings. He allowed three earned runs.

South Bend Cubs (14-7)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

The SB-Cubs split their doubleheader at Clinton. South Bend was held scoreless for 13 straight innings on the day before erupting for five runs in the seventh inning of the second game to top Clinton, 5-4.

  • Preston Morrison (2.40 ERA) fanned six in 5.1 innings, giving up one earned run. He extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 30.1 IP before allowing a pair of runs in the third inning. It is his first loss since June 3.
  • 1B P.J. Higgins (.283) went 3 for 4 with a double (21), two RBI (27) and a run in the second game.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.324) combined to go 3 for 6 with a run between the two contests.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.273) was 2 for 4 with a double (15), RBI (50) and a run in Game Two.
  • RHP Dillon Maples (0.2 IP, 1 BB) notched his second save of the season in Game Two. He has not allowed a hit or a run in 3.2 IP over four appearances with South Bend.

Eugene Emeralds (18-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

The Emeralds snapped their three-game losing streak by topping Tri-City, 4-2.

  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.220) went 2 for 4 with two doubles (5) and two RBI (13). It’s his third multi-RBI game of the season.
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.207) was 1 for 4 with two RBI (8).
  • CF Robert Garcia (.291) went 2 for 5 with a stolen base (4). He has a hit in six of his last seven games.
  • Jose Paulino (0.64 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings, fanning eight. He has allowed only two earned runs over 28.0 IP (five starts) so far this season. He has fanned 30 and has walked only two batters.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (1 IP, 1 SO) has converted all five save opportunities this year.

Mesa Cubs (9-10)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-2.0)

  • SS Isaac Paredes (.269) was 4 for 4 with two runs scored and a stolen base (1). He is 6 for 8 over his last two games.
  • C Jhonny Pereda (.231) went 1 for 4 with a triple (1). He also knocked in three runs (6) and scored a run.
  • 1B Kevin Zamudio (.241) and CF Zach Davis (.250) both went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
  • Javier Assad has not allowed an earned run in three of his four starts this season.
  • RHP Ho-young Son (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 SO) earned the win in his first professional pitching appearance since playing 65 games as an infielder with Mesa and Eugene in 2014-15.

Cubs Lineup: 7/15/16 vs. Rangers

Cubs vs. Rangers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (7-6, 2.55 ERA)
Rangers Starter: Martin Perez, lhp (7-5, 3.85 ERA)
TV: CSN, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Ben Zobrist, lf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Willson Contreras, c
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jason Heyward, rf
7. Javy Baez, 2b
8. Albert Almora Jr., cf
9. Kyle Hendricks, p

Cubs Seventh Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/15/16-7/20/16

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The Chicago Cubs return home from an eventful All-Star break to host the Texas Rangers July 15-17 and the New York Mets July 18-20. The homestand includes a number of promotional giveaways, charitable opportunities and special events, plus unique food specials like the Chicago-Style Hot Dog Deep Dish Pizza from Giordano’s and Vienna Beef, or Sunday Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito’s Vodka complete with a food pairing from Hot Doug’s in the Budweiser Bleachers.

Once again this season, fans can learn more about their favorite players while supporting Cubs Charities as players’ wives and girlfriends auction off Cubs Players’ Favorite Things Baskets in the main concourse at Wrigley Field Saturday, July 16, and online at cubs.com/auction July 17-24. Baskets feature autographed memorabilia and hand-picked items, such as players’ favorite movies, restaurant gift cards, snacks, team gear and much more.

Manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye will give back as well as they host the second annual Respect 90 Main Event July 20 at the Wintrust Bank Building downtown. The charity boxing event gives fans an opportunity to sit ringside with Cubs players and enjoy cocktails, spirits tasting stations, dinner from Chicago’s iconic Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including unique sports memorabilia. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit youth boxing programs in Chicago’s underserved communities. Tickets are available at cubs.com/mainevent.

Cubs fans have an opportunity to hear directly from Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer while enjoying a delicious lunch at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House during the second On Deck Luncheon presented by XFINITY, RSM and TimberTech Tuesday, July 19. Each On Deck Luncheon includes a live broadcast chat with featured Cubs guests, led by 670 The Score’s on-air personalities Matt Spiegel and Jason Goff. Tickets and more information are available at cubs.com/ondeck.

Once the homestand concludes, Wrigley Field will host the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, Saturday, July 23, 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. A Home Run Derby will take place before the game at 1:45 p.m., during which youth Cubs Baseball Summer Camps participants will have the opportunity to participate by catching baseballs in the outfield. Since the game’s inception in 2008, 71 Under Armour All-Americans have been selected in the first round of the MLB Draft, including All-Star Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who participated in the event in 2010. Fans can learn more about the game and secure complimentary tickets at baseballfactory.com/allamerica.

Ticket availability is limited for each game this homestand. Fans can purchase tickets at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions
Bud Fridays continue July 15 as up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans age 21-and-older receive a Bud Fridays Distressed Cubs Cap.

On Sunday, July 17, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger will receive Cubs Family Decals presented by Gonnella Baking Co. Up to the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

On Monday, July 18, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive Cubs Ear Buds and Case presented by Starwood Preferred Guest.

On Tuesday, July 19, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive Cubs Pajama Bottoms presented by American Airlines.

The homestand concludes Wednesday, July 20, with up to the first 10,000 fans receiving a Jake Arrieta Cy Young Award Bobblehead presented by Pepsi.

Food Specials
Two of the city’s most iconic food brands, Giordano’s and Vienna Beef, have teamed up to create a specialty Chicago-Style Hot Dog Deep Dish Pizza this homestand to help celebrate National Hot Dog Month. The tasty creation features Vienna Beef hot dogs baked inside Giordano’s famous stuffed deep dish pizza, served with Giordano’s signature pizza sauce and yellow mustard. Toppings include a mixed relish of chopped tomatoes, onions, pickles and sport peppers. This limited-edition pizza is available only at Wrigley Field, sold July 15-20 at the concession stand near aisle 122 in the main concourse.

Hot Doug’s continues its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers, including a Sunday Brunch at the Ballpark offering. The Jim Bullinger is a Vienna jalapeño-cheddar beef sausage topped with jalapeño mustard, pico de gallo and shredded pepper-jack cheese. The Bill Bonham is an atomic pork sausage topped with cherry marmalade and smoked Gouda cheese. The Les Lancaster is a beef and pork Thuringer sausage topped with Goose Island beer mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese.

On Sunday, July 17, Budweiser Bleacher guests can once again enjoy Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito’s Vodka, complete with a food pairing from Hot Doug’s. The Joe Borowski is a bacon sausage topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and chopped bacon, available at Platform 14. Fans also can order a Tito’s Bloody Mary made with America’s original craft vodka at the concession stands in the Right Field Porch.

Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner continues its rotating homestand specials as well, featuring a BBQ Brisket Sandwich with 18-hour smoked pulled beef brisket, BBQ sauce and crispy onions on a toasted onion roll with a side of coleslaw and french fries. Also available is the Gilbert’s Chicken Caprese Sausage featuring a chicken sausage topped with diced tomatoes, chopped basil, mozzarella pearls and balsamic glaze, served on a sausage roll with a side of french fries.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
Manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his Respect Community charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, July 15, Maddon will represent Crushers Club, which arms young people with the support and skills needed to restore their lives and improve their neighborhood. A portion of the proceeds from Maddon’s Respect 90 Main Event July 20 will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood.

Cubs wives and girlfriends will once again create and auction off Chicago Cubs Players’ Favorite Things Baskets. Each basket will contain one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia and hand-picked items, such as players’ favorite movies, restaurant gift cards, snacks, team gear and much more. The auction will launch online July 17-24 and also will be available inside the concourse at Wrigley Field Saturday, July 16. Net proceeds benefit Cubs Charities. For more information or to place a bid online, visit http://www.cubs.com/auction.

Before the game Tuesday, July 19, Cubs leadership and front office associates, including Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, will host a signing ceremony for the incoming 2016 Cubs Scholars class and celebrate the college selections of the 2015 graduates in Wrigley Field’s Audi Club. In addition to Cubs College Prep, Cubs Charities will sponsor each of the five Cubs Scholars in a five-year college preparation and persistence program offered by Chicago Scholars, an established mentoring program serving inner-city students.

Following the game Wednesday, July 20, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye will host the second annual Respect 90 Main Event at Wintrust Bank Building downtown. The charity boxing event will feature several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout. Guests will be able to sit ringside with Cubs players and enjoy cocktails, spirits tasting stations, dinner from Chicago’s iconic Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including unique sports memorabilia. A limited number of general admission tickets are available at cubs.com/mainevent. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit youth boxing programs in Chicago’s underserved communities.

Homestand Recap, July 15-20
Friday, July 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Bud Fridays Distressed Cubs Cap, up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, July 16, Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Cubs Charities: Players’ Favorite Things Baskets
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, July 17, Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Family Decals presented by Gonnella Baking Co., up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger
  • Food Special: Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito’s Vodka in the Budweiser Bleachers
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, TBS, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Monday, July 18, Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets, 6:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Ear Buds with Case presented by Starwood Preferred Guest, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch: Professional skateboarder and Chicago native Chaz Ortiz
  • Broadcast: WPWR, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 19, Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets, 6:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: On Deck Luncheon Series with 670 The Score at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
  • Promotion: Cubs Pajama Bottoms presented by American Airlines, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch: Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Actor, producer and Chicago native William Petersen
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 20, Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Jake Arrieta Cy Young Award Bobblehead presented by Pepsi, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch: Former Chicago Bulls center Brad Miller
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Main Event

Saturday, July 23, Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, 3:05 p.m.

Cubs Minor League Report: 7/13/16

Myrtle Beach battled back to pick up a win, but they were the only Cubs side to come out on top Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Tennessee Smokies (9-10)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-2.5)

The Smokies dropped the rubber game of the five-game set vs. Chattanooga, 11-1.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.364) was 2 for 4, snapping a three-game hitless skid.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.207) went 2 for 3 with an RBI (26). It was his first multi-hit game since June 5.
  • The Smokies collected seven hits, all singles, in the setback.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) tied a season-high with four scoreless innings pitched.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (11-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Myrtle Beach rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat visiting Frederick, 5-4.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.227) went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer (12) and two runs scored.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.236) finished 2 for 4 with a solo homer (7) and three RBI (22).
  • RHP James Pugliese (3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 SO) made his seventh relief outing of at least three innings.
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) collected his 13th save.

Eugene Emeralds (17-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene dropped its third straight game, falling 3-2 at Tri-City to open up a five-game set.

  • SS Yeiler Peguero (.284) went 2 for 4, his eighth multi-hit game of the season.
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.205) and C Tyler Payne (.289) each singled and scored a run. Payne has scored a run in four straight and five of the last six games.
  • RHP M.T. Minacci (2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) allowed just one hit in 2.1 innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/12/16

Tennessee was the only team that took the field Tuesday, though the Smokies couldn’t get the bats going. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Tennessee Smokies (9-9)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-4.5)

The Smokies stranded seven runners and were held scoreless, losing to Chattanooga, 4-0.

  • Clayton Richard completed his fourth rehab start, allowing four hits and walking none in three innings. He threw 43 pitches, 28 for strikes. He has an 0-1 record with a 2.13 ERA (3 ER/12.2 IP) between Double-A and Triple-A.
  • LHP Brian Matusz (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) followed Richard, fanning six batters over 3.1 IP in his Double-A debut.
  • LF Kelly Dugan (.192) went 2 for 3 while 3B Chesny Young (.290) reached three times, going 2 for 3 with a walk.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.250) was 1 for 4.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/11/16

Tennessee and Myrtle Beach both picked up wins Monday, while South Bend and Eugene both came out on the losing end. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (41-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

Iowa is off until Thursday for the All-Star Break. 1B Dan Vogelbach and RHP Armando Rivero will represent the Cubs at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tennessee Smokies (9-8)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-1.5)

The Smokies won their second straight one-run game, defeating visiting Chattanooga, 7-6.

  • C Victor Caratini (.293) went 2 for 3 with a go-ahead three-run homer and two runs scored.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.271) and CF Trey Martin (.210) each went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • SS Daniel Lockhart (.250) went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests.
  • RHP Joe Nathan (1 IP) made his seventh relief appearance, tossing a scoreless inning. He has allowed two runs on three hits while walking none in 6.2 innings (2.70 ERA).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (10-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach claimed its third-straight win with a 5-1 victory over host Wilmington.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.249) went 2 for 4 with a go-ahead three-run homer, two runs scored and a stolen base (17). He has two hits and two runs scored in each of his last three games.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.270) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 5 with a double (18), an RBI (37) and a stolen base (17).
  • 1B David Bote (.296) reached three times, going 1 for 3 with two walks.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (2.2 IP, H, 4 SO) has yet to allow an earned run in 8.1 innings with Myrtle Beach

South Bend Cubs (13-6)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

South Bend surrendered 14 hits in a 10-3 setback at home against Bowling Green.

  • 1B Josh Silver (.257) led the way offensively, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored. He has gone 7 for 14 with five runs scored in his last three games.
  • 2B Bryant Flete (.215) added two hits, going 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI (22).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.293) extended his hitting streak to five games (.429/9 for 21), going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.

Eugene Emeralds (17-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

The Emeralds collected just four hits in a 7-4 setback vs. Hillsboro, marking their first two-game losing streak of the season.

  • CF D.J. Wilson (.163) reached twice, going 1 for 4 with a double (2), a walk and two RBI (7).
  • C Tyler Payne (.286) and RF Connor Myers (.250) each singled, scored a run and drove in a run.
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.203) went 1 for 4 with a double (4), two runs and a steal (6).

Mesa Cubs (8-9)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-2.0)

Mesa had the day off. The Cubs return to action tomorrow at the AZL White Sox.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/10/16

Tennessee battled back, Myrtle Beach had a few big innings, and South Bend scored late as all registered wins Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (41-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.0)

Iowa closed out the season’s first half with a 7-4 setback at Colorado Springs.

  • LF Matt Murton (.339) went 2 for 5 with a run scored. He is batting .429 (15 for 35) in his last eight games, including six multi-hit efforts.
  • CF John Andreoli (.239) was 2 for 4 with a double (12), a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.275) went 0 for 2 but walked twice, scored a run and drove in a run (16). He has reached base in 12 straight games.
  • RHP Drew Rucinski (5.83 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings.

Tennessee Smokies (8-8)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-2.0)

The Smokies rallied from a 3-0 deficit to claim a 5-4 victory over the visiting Lookouts.

  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.302) finished 3 for 4 with a solo homer (7) and two runs scored. He is batting .433 (13 for 30) with a .452 OBP in nine July contests.
  • CF Trey Martin (.190) went 3 for 3 with a solo homer (1) and two RBI (5).
  • RHP James Farris (1.2 IP, 3 SO) retired all five batters he faced, and RHP Dave Berg (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB) collected his second save.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach scored three in the first and four in the third, cruising to a 9-1 win over Wilmington.

  • 2B David Bote (.295) went 2 for 4 with a triple (1), solo homer (1), walk and two RBI (10).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.232) and CF Rashad Crawford (.246) each added multi-hit games.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.269) drove in three runs, going 1 for 4 with a double (24) and a run scored. He has hit safely in six straight games (9 for 23) with six RBI.
  • RHP Zach Hedges tossed six scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none in the win. It’s his second start of at least six scoreless frames.

South Bend Cubs (13-5)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend scored in the final five frames, pulling away for a 10-6 win over Bowling Green.

  • LF Donnie Dewees (.274) extended his hitting streak to 15 games (.355/22 for 62), going 1 for 4 with two runs, one RBI (49) and a stolen base (16).
  • DH P.J. Higgins (.284) went 3 for 5 with two doubles (20), two runs and one RBI (24).
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.268) extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 2 for 4 with two doubles (19), a walk, one run scored and two RBI (46). He has five straight multi-hit games.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.293) and C Alberto Mineo (.333) each added multi-hit games. Mineo drove in three runs.

Eugene Emeralds (17-7)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.5)

The Emeralds allowed eight unanswered runs, falling 10-2 at home to Hillsboro.

  • SS Yeiler Peguero (.280) went 3 for 4 with a double (4), run scored and two steals (2).
  • RF Robert Garcia (.286) and LF Kevonte Mitchell (.200) each tripled.
  • RHP Michael Knighton (2.1 IP, 3 SO) retired all seven batters he faced.
  • LHP Wyatt Short (1 IP, SO) made his professional debut, retiring all three batters.

Mesa Cubs (8-9)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Mesa allowed a season-high tying 12 runs, falling 12-3 vs. the AZL Giants.

  • 2B Jhonny Bethencourt (.194) went 2 for 4 with a double (2), triple (2), run scored and RBI (2).
  • CF Luis Ayala (.354) went 2 for 5 with two RBI (11). He has hit safely in all 14 games (23 for 65).
  • 1B Gustavo Polanco (.424) added two singles, going 2 for 4. He has hit safely in five straight games (.500/10 for 20).

Cubs Lineup: 7/8/16 vs. Pirates

Cubs vs. Pirates — PNC Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (12-3, 2.33 ERA)
Pirates Starter: Francisco Liriano, lhp (5-8, 5.34 ERA)
TV: CSN, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Ben Zobrist, 2b
2. Kris Bryant, rf
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Willson Contreras, lf
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jason Heyward, cf
7. Javy Baez, 3b
8. Miguel Montero, c
9. Jake Arrieta, p

Cubs Lineup: 7/7/16 vs. Braves

Cubs vs. Braves — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (7-5, 3.45 ERA)
Braves Starter: Lucas Harrell, rhp (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
TV: ABC-7; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Tommy La Stella, 3b
2. Kris Bryant, lf
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, rf
5. Willson Contreras, c
6. Jason Heyward, cf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. Jason Hammel, p
9. Javy Baez, 2b

Cubs activate IF La Stella from 15-day DL, recall RHP Warren; place C Ross on 7-day DL, DFA RHP Peralta

Warren(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today activated infielder Tommy La Stella off of the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Adam Warren from Triple-A Iowa. In corresponding roster moves, catcher David Ross has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list and right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta has been designated for assignment.

Both La Stella and Warren started for the Cubs on Wednesday as they concluded their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

La Stella, 27, is batting .291 (23 for 79) with eight doubles, one triple, two homers and seven RBI in 38 games with the Cubs this season. He has a .378 on-base percentage and a .494 slugging percentage, good for an .872 OPS. La Stella was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 10 (retro to June 8) with a right hamstring strain. He batted .286 (6 for 21) with one homer and three RBI in a six-game rehab assignment with Iowa.

Warren, 28, is 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA (13 ER/25.2 IP) in 25 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. He was optioned to Iowa on June 21 and has since made two starts in Triple-A: June 25 at Oklahoma City (3.2 IP) and June 30 at Round Rock (5 IP), posting no record with a 4.15 ERA (4 ER/8.2 IP). Warren has made 20 starts in his major league career, including 17 with the New York Yankees last season in which he went 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA (39 ER/96 IP).

Ross, 39, is batting .234 (25 for 107) with six homers and 23 RBI in 43 games. He leads the majors with a 2.65 catchers ERA (min. 40 games played).

Peralta, 40, went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (4 ER/4 IP) in five relief outings with the Cubs.

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