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Cubs Minor League Report: 8/14/16

Iowa picked up a win and Eugene continued its streak Sunday, but every other affiliate was on the losing end. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (53-69)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Third Place (-16.0)

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.310) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple (3), a run scored and four RBI (36). He is batting .458 (11-for-24) with seven RBI in his last six games.
  • RF John Andreoli (.253) reached four times, going 1-for-3 with a season high three walks, a double (16), two runs scored and a stolen base (30).
  • DH Cael Brockmeyer (.228) reached three times, going 2-for-4 with a double (5), a triple (1), a walk and a run scored. It’s his second straight two-hit game.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2.1 IP, 2 H, 5 SO) recorded his first save of the season as he struck out a season-high-tying five batters in 2.1 scoreless innings.

Tennessee Smokies (19-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-11.0)

The Smokies could not hold on to a 4-0 lead, falling 10-7 at Pensacola.

  • C Victor Caratini (.298) went 3-for-4 with a double (23), a triple (2), a walk, a run and three RBI (43).
  • CF Trey Martin (.211) snapped a three-game hitless skid, going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.266) was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs. He has five runs in his last five games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (31-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (31-19)

The Pelicans allowed eight runs in the fourth inning and could not complete a rally, falling 8-6 at Carolina.

  • 1B David Bote (.313) finished 2-for-5 with a run scored, his second straight multi-hit game.
  • 2B Bryant Flete (.357) went 2-for-4 with a double (4), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (12). He is batting .357 (25-for-70) with 15 runs and 12 RBI in 19 games with Myrtle Beach.
  • DH Ian Rice (.241) reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI (23) and two walks.
  • C Tyler Pearson (.217) went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI (9).

South Bend Cubs (32-17)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

South Bend led 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but fell 6-5 in 10 innings at Dayton.

  • 3B Matt Rose (.223) went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer (8), extending his hitting streak to 12 games (.326/15-for-46). It’s is the longest active streak in the Cubs organization.
  • CF Connor Myers (.262) finished 2-for-4 with a solo homer (1) and two RBI (7). He has hit safely in four straight games (.529/9-for-17).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.336) was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
  • 2B Vimael Machin (.191) went 2-for-4 with a double (2) and a run scored.

Eugene Emeralds (12-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene earned its 10th straight victory, topping host Spokane, 4-2.

  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.267) went 2-for-4 with a double (15), a solo homer (8) and two runs scored. He has hit safely in seven straight games (.467/14-for-30).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.254) collected his second straight three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a double (8) and a run scored.
  • SS Zack Short (.292) went 2-for-3 with two RBI (13).
  • LHP Bryan Hudson (3.60 ERA) tossed five scoreless innings, striking out three in the win. It tied his longest outing of the season, and he allowed just two hits.

Mesa Cubs (5-9)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-4.0)

Mesa dropped to 1-5 in the last six games, falling 6-4 at the AZL Reds.

  • RF Ruben Reyes (.226) went 2-for-4 with a double (7) and an RBI (10).
  • C Michael Cruz (.263) went 1-for-2 with a solo homer (2), two runs scored and a walk.
  • LHP Yapson Gomez (3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) allowed just three hits in 3.2 innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/11/16

It was a successful day for Cubs affiliates, as Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Eugene all picked up wins Thursday. Tennessee was rained out, while Iowa and Mesa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (29-18)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.5)

Myrtle Beach took the series over Salem with a 3-2 victory.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.252) hit his organization-best 18th home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. He was 1-for-4 with one RBI (84) and a run scored.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.235) had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI (10).
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.271) and 3B Jesse Hodges (.235) both went 1-for-4 with a double. Hodges also scored once.
  • C Erick Castillo recorded five outs defensively, catching three stealing and making two pick-offs.
  • RHP Preston Morrison (1.37 ERA) gave up one earned run in 6.2 innings, striking out four. In nine starts (since June 16) at South Bend and Myrtle Beach, he is 6-1 with a 0.61 ERA (4 ER/59.2 IP). He has fanned 58 and walked only nine over that stretch.

South Bend Cubs (31-15)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

After plating four runs in the first inning, the SB-Cubs held on to defeat host Dayton, 7-4.

  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (0.61) threw five no-hit innings before being lifted. He tossed 76 pitches, 57 for strikes. In three starts at South Bend (14.2 IP), he has allowed five hits and only one run while striking out 22 and walking three. Opposing batters are batting .104 against him.
  • CF Connor Myers (.188) and SS Andruw Monasterio (.193) both went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Myers also swiped a bag (4).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI (21).
  • 1B P.J. Higgins (.276) and 3B Matt Rose (.221) each tallied doubles as their lone base hit.

Eugene Emeralds (9-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Ems had 10 hits—five of which were extra-base knocks—en route to a 7-4 win and a sweep over Salem-Keizer. Eugene has won seven straight.

  • RHP Dylan Cease (3.33 ERA) gave up one unearned run in 6.1 innings, striking out six and walking one.
  • C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.245) was 3-for-3 with a homer (3), three RBI (14), a run scored and a walk.
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.238) homered (3) in his second straight game, going 1-for-4.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.249) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (13), an RBI (25) and two runs scored.
  • LF Chris Pieters (.295) was 2-for-5 with a homer, RBI (25) and a run scored.

Cubs Lineup: 8/12/16 vs. Cardinals

Cubs vs. Cardinals — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (13-5, 2.59 ERA)
Cardinals Starter: Adam Wainwright, rhp (9-6, 4.34 ERA)
TV: ABC-7, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs recall RHP Grimm, place RHP Strop on 15-day DL

StropPhoto by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a left meniscus tear and recalled right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm from Triple-A Iowa. Strop is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Grimm will be available for the Cubs tonight as they begin a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

The 27-year-old Grimm is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA (18 ER/35.1 IP) in 46 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He has 40 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched, an average of 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings, while limiting opponents to a .235 batting average, including a .195 mark by right-handed hitters. Grimm has spent most of the season with the Cubs outside of one relief appearance for Iowa on Aug. 1.

Strop, 31, is 2-2 with 21 holds and a 2.89 ERA (14 ER/43.2 IP) in 50 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/10/16

Only Eugene managed to pick up a win Wednesday, with Tennessee and South Bend having the afternoon off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (51-68)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-15.0)

Iowa was blanked for the second straight game, falling 7-0 at home to Oklahoma City.

  • RHP Trevor Cahill (4.58 ERA) made his sixth rehab start with Iowa. He threw 36 pitches in two innings, allowing back-to-back homers in the first inning, accounting for all three runs.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.304) went 3-for-4, his second three-hit game of the season. He has hit safely in three straight games (.545/6-for-11).
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO) has a 0.56 ERA (1 ER/16.2 IP) since the beginning of July.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (28-18)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.5)

Myrtle Beach snapped its 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 setback (10 inn.) to Salem.

  • RHP Trevor Clifton (2.96 ERA) gave up no earned runs in six innings, striking out five for the no-decision. He has not allowed an earned run in back-to-back starts and has  allowed only four hits in his last 13 innings.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.243) hit a two-out, solo homer (7), accounting for the only Pelicans run. He also drew a walk, laid down a sacrifice bunt and swiped a bag (34).
  • LF Charcer Burks extended his hitting streak to six straight (.435/10-for-23), going 2-for-5.
  • 2B-3B David Bote (.308) went 1-for-4 with a double (16) and a walk.

Eugene Emeralds (8-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Emeralds put up double-digit runs for the second straight game, topping host Salem-Keizer, 12-4.

  • 1B Trent Giambrone (.277) reached base five times, going 4-for-4 with a walk. He recorded a homer (2), two doubles (7), two RBI (14) and three runs scored.
  • SS Zack Short (.274) went 1-for-2 with a double (3), four RBI (11), two runs scored, a walk and a sacrifice fly.
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.237) was 2-for-4 with a solo homer. He also drew a walk.
  • C Tyler Payne (.261) had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
  • RHP Bailey Clark (2.70 ERA) allowed only one earned run for the second straight start. He gave up one earned run in four innings.

Mesa Cubs (4-7)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-3.0)

A ninth-inning rally was not enough as the Mesa Cubs fell to the AZL Padres, 10-8.

  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.202) was 1-for-2 with a three-run homer (2) in the second inning.
  • CF Luis Ayala (.290) was 1-for-5, his lone hit a triple (4). He also scored once.
  • 2B-3B Jhonny Bethencourt (.228) reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with two walks. He drove in a run (7) and scored twice.

Cubs Lineup: 8/11/16 vs. Cardinals

Cubs vs. Cardinals — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (12-4, 2.93 ERA)
Cardinals Starter: Carlos Martinez, rhp (10-7, 3.29 ERA)
TV: CSN, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jason Heyward, rf
7. Chris Coghlan, lf
8. David Ross, c
9. Jon Lester, p

Cubs Lineup: 8/10/16 vs. Angels

Cubs vs. Angels — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (11-5, 3.07 ERA)
Angels Starter: Ricky Nolasco, rhp (4-8, 5.23 ERA)
TV: CSN+; Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs activate RHP Hammel, option RHP Grimm to Iowa

Hammel(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel off of the bereavement list. Right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Hammel is scheduled to make the start for the Cubs tomorrow night when they conclude their two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field. Hammel, 33, is 11-5 with a 3.07 ERA (41 ER/120.1 IP) in 21 starts with the Cubs this season.

Grimm, 27, is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA (18 ER/35.1 IP) in 46 relief appearances. He made one relief appearance for Iowa on Aug. 1 in Omaha, striking out three batters in a scoreless ninth inning.

Cubs Lineup: 8/9/16 vs. Angels

Cubs vs. Angels — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (8-7, 3.70 ERA)
Angels Starter: Jered Weaver, rhp (8-8, 5.11 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, 3b
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
5. Jorge Soler, lf
6. Jason Heyward, rf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. Willson Contreras, c
9. John Lackey, p

Cubs Lineup: 8/5/16 vs. Athletics

Cubs vs. Athletics — Oakland Coliseum
First Pitch: 9:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (11-4, 2.95 ERA)
Athletics Starter: Dillon Overton, lhp (1-2, 9.33 ERA)
TV: CSN+; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, lf
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Ben Zobrist, 2b
5. Addison Russell, ss
6. Jorge Soler, dh
7. Jason Heyward, rf
8. Javy Baez, 3b
9. David Ross, c

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