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Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/19/15

Cubs affiliates racked up seven victories Wednesday, with every team picking up at least one win. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (68-56)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

Iowa scored four runs in the second and cruised to an 8-2 victory at Salt Lake.

  • RF John Andreoli (.286) went 3-for-5 with an RBI (28), two stolen bases (26) and two runs scored.
  • SS Javier Baez (.302) went 3-for-4, drove in one (49), drew a walk and scored once, extending his hitting streak to five games (.478/11-for-23) with five consecutive multi-hit efforts.
  • 2B Chris Valaika (.267) went 2-for-4 with a double (20), an RBI (31) and one run scored.
  • DH Tommy La Stella (.300) went 1-for-1, knocked a double (2), plated one (4), drew two walks and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies (25-26)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-6.0)

Tennessee split a doubleheader with Montgomery. The Smokies secured a 7-6 walk-off victory in the ninth inning of the first game, but fell to the Biscuits, 4-2, in a rain-shortened Game 2.

  • DH Taylor Davis (.342) blasted a solo homer (5) in Game 1 and went 1-for-2 with an RBI single (12) in Game 2. It extended his hitting streak to six games (8-for-20/.400).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.255) went 2-for-3 and scored twice in the first game.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.156) finished 1-for-3 and plated two runs (7) in Game 1.
  • RHP Felix Pena (4.10) tossed a complete game (5.0 innings) but took the loss.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-20)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+0.5)

Myrtle Beach swept a doubleheader at Winston-Salem, allowing just three runs in 16.0 innings.

  • LF Kevin Brown (.240) crushed a solo home run (4) in Game 1.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.247) went 1-for-3 in Game 1 with an RBI (13) and one run scored.
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.272) went 1-for-5 and knocked his 14th double in Game 2.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.62) fanned a season-high seven batters and tossed his sixth quality start.

South Bend Cubs (27-24)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Third Place (-7.0)

South Bend won their third straight contest, topping Dayton, 8-3.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.286) went 2-for-4, knocked a triple (4) and plated a season-high-tying four runs (43).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.302) hit a two-run homer (4) in the sixth inning for his lone hit of the day.
  • 3B Matt Rose (.353) went 1-for-2 with an RBI (8), two walks and one run scored. He has recorded a hit in his first nine outings with South Bend (12-for-34).
  • RHP Trevor Clifton (4.34) tossed his third consecutive quality start and has fanned seven batters in back-to-back starts.

Eugene Emeralds (12-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene scored five runs in the first to roll to an 11-5 victory at Boise. Five Emeralds had doubles and six recorded RBI.

  • DH Frandy Delarosa (.274) finished 3-for-6 with a double (19), three RBI (27), a stolen base (10) and a run scored. He has six RBI in his last three games.
  • RF Ricardo Marcano (.253) went 3-for-5 with a double (3), two RBI (12) and two runs scored.
  • 2B Sutton Whiting (.250) went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.

Mesa Cubs (12-7)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-0.5)

Mesa blanked the AZL Padres, 6-0, despite being outhit 9-8.

  • RF Daniel Spingola (.529) went 2-for-3 with a triple (2) and plated two runs (7). He has recorded three consecutive multi-hit efforts with two doubles, two triples and six RBI during that stretch.
  • LF Roberto Caro (.242) went 1-for-3, earned an RBI (9) and scored twice.
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.455) went 1-for-1 with a double (2) and three walks.
  • LHP Carlos Rodriguez (4.21) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief and fanned a season-high eight batters without issuing a single walk.

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 Lineup: 8/18/15

Cubs vs. Tigers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Tigers Starter: Anibal Sanchez, 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. Miguel Montero, C
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, SS

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: 8/16/15

It was a successful day for Cubs affiliates, as Iowa, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all claimed victories on Sunday. Eugene also picked up a win as four pitchers combined for a no-hitter. Tennessee couldn’t keep up in a loss while Mesa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (67-54)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa scored a run in the ninth inning to claim its second straight victory, topping Las Vegas, 4-3.

  • C Taylor Teagarden (.299) went 3-for-3 with a double (7), a walk and an RBI (21). It was his second-straight multi-hit game and fourth three-hit game of the season.
  • RF John Andreoli (.288) extended his hitting streak to five games (.389/7-for-18), going 2-for-5 with a double (18) and a run scored.
  • SS Javier Baez (.289) collected his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double (12), a walk, a run scored and a stolen base (14).

Tennessee Smokies (24-25)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

Tennessee allowed 10 unanswered runs over the final five frames, falling 11-4 at Chattanooga.

  • DH Willson Contreras (.331) went 2-for-4 with a double (30), two runs scored and an RBI (65). He is batting .397 (25-for-63) with 15 RBI in 16 August contests.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.284) and SS Jonathan Mota (.143) each singled and drew a walk.
  • LF Albert Almora (.268) and 2B Stephen Bruno (.271) each scored a run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-20)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Myrtle Beach took the rubber match against Lynchburg, blanking the Hillcats, 2-0.

  • RF Chesny Young (.335) recorded his seventh three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a double (15) and a run scored. He is batting .321 (17-for-53) with five doubles in 13 August games.
  • DH Jordan Hankins (.227) went 2-for-4 with a double (5) and a run scored.
  • RHP Brad Markey pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, fanning four. He has allowed zero or one run in each of his seven appearances with Myrtle Beach, posting a 0.85 ERA (4 ER/42.1 IP) and earning victories in five of his last six outings.

South Bend Cubs (25-24)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-7.0)

South Bend earned a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin in the rubber match of a three-game set.

  • DH Ian Happ (.267) went 2-for-3 with a triple (1), a home run (4), a walk, two runs scored and three RBI (15). He has four homers and 13 RBI in his last eight games.
  • 1B Matt Rose (.321) went 2-for-4 and has hit safely in all seven games (9-for-28) with South Bend.
  • RHP Zach Hedges (3.73) gave up one earned run in 5.0 innings, striking out two.
  • RHP Michael Wagner (3.30) and RHP Alex Santana (3.09) each tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Eugene Emeralds (10-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene recorded its fifth no-hitter in franchise history as four pitchers combined to blank Everett, 3-0.

  • RHP Preston Morrison (3.0 IP, 4 K), LHP Kyle Twomey (3.0 IP, BB, 3 K), RHP Luis Hernandez (2.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 K) and RHP Trey Masek (1.0 IP, 1 K) contributed to the Ems first no-hitter since 1968. Morrison has allowed just one run in 13.2 innings this season, including four consecutive scoreless appearances (10.0 IP).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.171) went 2-for-3 with a double (6), a run scored and an RBI (9).

 

Cubs 11th Homestand Events and Promotions: 8/18/15-8/24/15

90s Day Reissue Caps Neon Pink and Yellow
The Chicago Cubs travel to the South Side this weekend for the Crosstown Cup series versus the Chicago White Sox. When they return home, they will host an Interleague matchup with the Detroit Tigers from Aug. 18-19, followed by a series with the Atlanta Braves from Aug. 20-23 and a makeup of the June 15 postponement with the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 24.

When fans return to Wrigley Field, they will be able to visit the new DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone, formerly the Captain Morgan Club, at the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue. DraftKings, the Official Fantasy Sports Partner of the Chicago Cubs and Official Daily Fantasy Baseball Game of Major League Baseball, will expand its presence at Wrigley Field and offer ballpark experiences as prizes to game participants. The DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone will sport a new look but continue to serve fans’ favorite foods and beverages, including new drink specials and traditional favorites at the Captain Morgan Bar inside. Guests ordering the DraftKings-themed signature drink special during the grand opening this Tuesday, Aug. 18, will receive a DraftKings Cubs koozie with their order.

As the Cubs host the Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 19, the National WWII Museum will commemorate the 1945 World Series matchup played between the Cubs and Tigers the year World War II came to an end. Both teams will sport 1945 throwback jerseys for the game. “The Victory Belles,” an a cappella group from the museum, will sing the National Anthem with a flyover and lead the seventh-inning stretch. World War II veteran Richard Duchossois will throw a ceremonial first pitch, and a group of World War II veterans will be honored on the field for a fourth-inning military recognition.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue on Friday, Aug. 21, with ‘90s Day, where each Budweiser Bleacher guest 21-and-older will receive a ‘90s re-issue Cubs hat in neon pink or yellow. Guests will hear many of their favorite songs from the decade, including Cubs player selections as their walk-up music. Budweiser Bleacher guests can play some of their favorite ‘90s arcade games behind the bleachers and may even enjoy a treat from the past with some popular ‘90s candies distributed on-site. Fans 21-and-older can enter the #BudFridays social media contest by sharing their best ‘90s-themed photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #BudFridays hashtag. One creative winner will be selected from all eligible entries to receive four tickets to the final Budweiser Bleacher Friday event on Sept. 18. Official rules, prize value and details are available at the team’s #BudFridays contest page.

Tickets remain available for each series at http://www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Promotions
On Wednesday, Aug. 19, up to the first 10,000 adults age 21-and-older will receive a wine tumbler presented by Barefoot Wine.

The following night, Aug. 20, is Firefighter Appreciation Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets will receive a Cubs firefighter baseball cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at http://www.cubs.com/specialevents.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue with ‘90s Day on Aug. 21, as Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older will receive a ‘90s re-issue Cubs hat in neon pink or yellow.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Jon Lester Cubs debut bobblehead presented by Las Vegas.

Kids Sundays continue on Aug. 23 with a Cubs toy airplane presented by American Airlines for up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
As part of this year’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative during his postgame press conference on Friday, Aug. 21. Maddon will represent the Crushers Club, whose mission is to restore high-risk youth toward a path of maturity by using boxing, peer mentoring and music to engage and surround them with hope. A portion of the proceeds from Maddon’s upcoming Respect 90 The Main Event will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood. Tickets and more information for the Sept. 2 event are available at http://www.cubs.com/maddon.

On Sunday, Aug. 23, Cubs Charities and Baseball Tomorrow Fund will host an equipment drive to benefit the Bronzeville Little League. Fans can bring their new or gently used baseball and softball equipment to Wrigley Field’s Gate D from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse will continue its rotating menu of homestand specials with a Monte Cristo Sandwich featuring sliced turkey, ham and aged cheddar on Texas toast dipped in egg batter, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with a side of raspberry jam. Guests also can order a Breaded Pork Sandwich featuring a breaded pork loin with herbs and caramelized onions on a toasted ciabatta roll with spicy mustard.

Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center-field scoreboard, will continue serving three Hot Doug’s sausages. The “Champ Summers” is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions; the “Pete LaCock” is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese; and the “Bill Bonham” is an atomic pork sausage with cherry marmalade and smoked gouda cheese.

Homestand Recap, Aug. 18-24:
Tuesday, Aug. 18 vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Professional golfer and 2015 British Open champion Zach Johnson
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Aug. 19 vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Wine Tumbler presented by Barefoot Wine (up to the first 10,000 adults age 21-and-older)
  • National Anthem and seventh-inning stretch: “The Victory Belles” a cappella group from the National WWII Museum
  • Broadcast: WPWR-TV, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, Aug. 20 vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:05 p.m.

  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Special Group Night: Firefighter Appreciation Night
  • Designated tickets include Cubs firefighter baseball cap
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Famous chef and TV personality Anne Burrell

Friday, Aug. 21 vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: ‘90s day (‘90s re-issue Cubs hat, neon pink or yellow, Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • First pitch: Actress Kristy Swanson, who played Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Saturday, Aug. 22 vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.      

  • Promotion: Jon Lester Cubs debut bobblehead presented by Las Vegas (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Sports analyst and former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, Aug. 23 vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs toy airplane presented by American Airlines (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger)
  • Baseball and softball equipment drive benefiting Bronzeville Little League
  • First pitch: Comedian Tom Papa
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Actor and Chicago native Jake Johnson
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Monday, Aug. 24 vs. Cleveland Indians, 1:05 p.m. (makeup of June 15 postponement)

  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Cubs Lineup: 8/14/15

Crosstown
Cubs vs. White Sox — U.S. Cellular Field

First Pitch: 3:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (6-5, 3.73 ERA)
White Sox Starter: Jeff Samardzija, RHP (8-7, 4.62 ERA)
TV: CSN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

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 Minor League Recap: 8/12/15

Iowa continued its hot streak, Tennessee and South Bend both edged out wins, and Mesa rolled its way to victory Wednesday. Myrtle Beach lost a one-run game, and Eugene couldn’t get the bats going. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (65-52)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-5.0)

Iowa won its fifth game in its last six contests, topping Nashville, 3-1. The I-Cubs have won 13 of 16 games.

  • RHP Dallas Beeler (5.16) gave up one earned run in 6.2 innings to pick up his fifth win.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.233) went 1-for-3 and hit a solo home run in the seventh inning (12).
  • SS Javier Baez (.292) went 1-for-2 with a triple (2), an RBI (46), a walk and a run scored.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.269) also picked up an RBI (65), despite going 0-for-2.

Tennessee Smokies (23-22)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

Tennessee scored two runs in the top of the 13th to beat Chattanooga, 4-2.

  • RHP Felix Pena (3.96) pitched 5.0 scoreless innings in a no-decision.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.286) went 2-for-5, knocked a double (26), drove in three runs (38) and drew a walk, extending his hitting streak to seven games (.379/11-for-29) with 10 RBI during that stretch.
  • DH Jacob Rogers (.242) went 1-for-5 and crushed his first homer with the Smokies, a solo shot in the seventh inning.
  • RHP Fernando Cruz (5.47) earned his second win, tossing 3.0 hitless and scoreless innings of relief, walking three and fanning one batter.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (27-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Myrtle Beach was unable to overcome an early deficit and fell at Salem, 5-4.

  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.273) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (12), an RBI (20), a walk and one run scored. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
  • 1B Ben Carhart (.234) finished 1-for-4, plated one (12) and scored once.
  • DH Jordan Hankins (.210) went 2-for-3 with a double (4) and drew a walk.
  • The Pelicans tallied seven doubles in the setback.

South Bend Cubs (22-23)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fourth Place (-6.0)

South Bend topped Beloit, 2-1. The two teams face off in the series rubber match tonight.

  • RHP Trevor Clifton (4.45) pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, fanning seven to pick up the win.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.273) went 2-for-5 with a double (15), a triple (5) and one run scored. He is hitting .458 (22-for-48) with 12 runs scored in 10 August contests.
  • 3B Matt Rose (.250) went 1-for-4 and blasted his first homer with South Bend. He has recorded a hit and an RBI in his first three games with the SB Cubs.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.268) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple (2) and an RBI (37). He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games.

Eugene Emeralds (8-6)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Eugene fell to Northwest League North leader Everett, 6-1. The Emeralds mustered just five hits.

  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.274) went 2-for-4, knocked two doubles (16) and scored once. It marked his third consecutive multi-hit game with four doubles during that stretch.
  • DH Ian Rice (.281) went 1-for-3, drove in one (12) and drew a walk. Rice has picked up six RBI in his last three contests.

Mesa Cubs (8-4)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs rolled over the AZL Rangers, 11-5. Seven AZL Cubs earned an RBI in the victory.

  • 3B P.J. Higgins (.317) went 4-for-5 and fell a homer short of the cycle, hitting a double (4), a triple (3) and two singles. He also recorded two RBI (7) and scored twice.
  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.275) finished 3-for-5, plated two (23) and scored once.
  • CF Darryl Wilson (.316) also went 3-for-5, belted a triple (2) and scored twice.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.285) recorded a 2-for-4 day with a double (4), an RBI (22), a walk and three runs scored.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.221) went 2-for-5, blasted a two-run homer and scored twice.
  • DH Daniel Springola (.500) was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk and one run scored.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (0.00) earned the save in his first game with Mesa, fanning two batters in 2.0 shutout innings of relief.

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

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