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Cubs Lineup: 6/19/15

Cubs vs. Twins – Target Field
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Twins Starter: Phil Hughes, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/18/15

Iowa looked impressive in a win, but South Bend gave up a run in the 10th for a loss. The Short-Season Eugene Emeralds also opened up their 2015 campaign yesterday, falling by a score of 6-1. Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were both rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (35-31)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa snapped a two-game skid with a 7-2 victory at Round Rock.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.45) gave up one earned run in 6.1 innings, striking out four to pick up the win.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.292) went 3-for-5 with a run scored.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.273) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (11) and two RBI (30).
  • LF Adron Chambers (.285) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (13) and two RBI (16).
  • CF John Andreoli (.316) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and one RBI (10).

South Bend Cubs (27-37)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Eighth Place (-11.5)

Visiting Dayton tallied a run in the 10th inning to beat South Bend, 2-1.

  • RHP Jake Stinnett (5.29) pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, fanning four in the no-decision.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.303) and C Cael Brockmeyer (.297) both had three hits apiece.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.262) went 2-for-5 with two doubles (12) and one RBI (22).
  • RHP David Garner (5.40) fired 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, striking out three hitters.

Eugene Emeralds (0-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)

Eugene began the 2015 campaign with a 6-1 setback at Everett.

  • LHP Carson Sands (3.60) gave up two earned runs in 5.0 innings, striking out two.
  • RF Eloy Jimenez (.500) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (1).
  • SS Ho-Young Son (.333) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a run scored, a double and a walk.
  • LHP Sam Wilson struck out two hitters in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Seventh Homestand Events and Promotions: 6/22/15-6/25/15

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Comedian Tom Dreesen throws out the first pitch at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs will make a brief return trip home to host the Dodgers from June 22-25.

The Cubs 2015 Special Group Nights kick off Tuesday, June 23, as teachers and their family members are invited to celebrate the start of summer during the fifth annual Teacher Appreciation Night at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are offering $30 tickets in the Terrace Reserved Outfield to teachers and their family members to watch the Cubs take on the Dodgers at 7:05 p.m. Participants will receive a commemorative messenger bag.

The fun continues Wednesday, June 24, as youth baseball and softball teams are invited to catch a game together at the Friendly Confines during this year’s Youth Baseball and Softball Appreciation Night. The Cubs are offering $24 tickets in the Terrace Reserved Outfield for youth baseball and softball teams and their families. Participants will receive a Cubs rope twist necklace. To learn more about the Cubs 2015 Special Group Nights and to purchase tickets, visit cubs.com/specialevents.

In addition, the Cubs will help raise awareness for autism spectrum disorders with a special group promotion June 24. Tickets for this promotion can be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased for this promotion will be donated to Autism Speaks.

The Cubs and Cubs Charities continue this year’s “Let’s Give” charitable campaign during the homestand. On Wednesday, June 24, the Cubs leadership team and front office associates will host a signing ceremony for the incoming 2015 Cubs Scholars class and celebrate the college selections of the 2014 graduate class in Wrigley Field’s Audi Club. The Cubs Scholars program, launched in 2013, offers Chicago inner-city high school students financial contributions and a team-sponsored mentorship program designed to promote academic achievement and post-secondary educational advancement.

Also, the Hornitos Hacienda—formerly the Left-Field Well—will make its debut during the homestand as Hornitos becomes the Official Tequila of the Chicago Cubs and naming rights partner of the recently launched left-field group space.

The Hornitos Hacienda features space close to the field in the first two rows above the left-field wall with designated standing room and limited seating for groups of approximately 15-50 fans. This space offers guests the best view in the Budweiser Bleachers to catch all the action and is perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties and special events. The Hornitos Hacienda is available for group reservations by calling 773-404-4242.

As part of the partnership, Hornitos will have a branding presence at Wrigley Field, including signage on the left-field wall and in-game promotion on the left-field video board.

Hornitos Tequila, which has been available in the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers since their reopening in May, will continue to be available for fans in the bleachers. Premium cocktails featuring Hornitos Tequila also will be available at various locations throughout the ballpark.

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

Guests and Entertainment:
On Monday, June 22, University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly will throw a first pitch and lead the seventh-inning stretch.

On Tuesday, June 23, former Chicago Bears tight end Tim Wrightman will throw a first pitch.

Comedian and Chicago native Tom Dreesen will throw a first pitch and lead the seventh-inning stretch Thursday, June 25.

Food Specials:
This homestand, the Decade Diner located in the right-field concourse will serve an Asian Pork Burger featuring a pork burger patty glazed with sweet chili sauce and Asian slaw on a toasted Hawaiian bun. The Salmon Burger homestand special features a grilled salmon burger, candied red onions, avocado, arugula and herb aioli.

Homestand Recap, June 22-25:
Monday, June 22 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • The newly named Hornitos Hacienda will make its debut
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, June 23 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Fifth Annual Teacher Appreciation Night
  • First pitch: Former Chicago Bears tight end Tim Wrightman
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, June 24 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Youth Baseball and Softball Appreciation Night
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN2, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, June 25 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Comedian and Chicago native Tom Dreesen
  • Broadcast: WLS, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Cubs Lineup: 6/18/15

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In his first major league start, rookie Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-5 with a triple, three runs scored and two RBI. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty)

Cubs vs. Indians – Progressive Field
First Pitch: 6:10 p.m. CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Indians Starter: Danny Salazar, RHP
TV: CSN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs sign top pick Ian Happ

Ian-Happ(Photo courtesy University of Cincinnati)

The Chicago Cubs today announced they have signed outfielder Ian Happ, the club’s first-round pick (ninth overall) of the 2015 Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Overall, the Cubs have signed 10 selections (including Happ): left-hander Ryan Kellogg (fifth round), right-hander Dave Berg (sixth round), right-hander Craig Brooks (seventh round), infielder Vimael Machin (10th round), infielder Blake Headley (20th round), right-hander Jared Cheek (21st round), left-hander John Williamson (23rd round), catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni (25th round) and infielder Angelo Amendolare (27th round).

Happ, 20, batted .369 (73-for-198) with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBI for the Cincinnati Bearcats this season. He walked 49 times to contribute to a .492 on-base percentage, and his .672 slugging mark gave him a 1.164 OPS. Happ led the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and tied for the lead in walks. He also led his team in runs, hits, doubles, homers and RBI.

Named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the switch-hitting Happ was recognized as the 2015 AAC Player of the Year, named First-Team Academic All-American, Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-American and was a unanimous First-Team All-Conference member as voted on by the league’s head coaches. He was listed as one of the top three pure college hitters in this year’s draft by Baseball America.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Happ batted .338 (194-for-574) with 120 runs, 44 doubles, two triples, 25 home runs and 107 RBI in three seasons at Cincinnati. He drew more walks (128) than strikeouts (116), contributing to a .463 on-base percentage, and, along with his .552 slugging mark, has recorded a 1.015 OPS through his junior season. Happ has seen time in both right field and center field, as well as at second base, third base and shortstop.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/17/15

Myrtle Beach captured its series with Winston-Salem, and Tennessee’s winning streak continued on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Iowa and South Bend both came out on the losing end. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (34-31)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa held a 4-0 lead after five innings but could not hold on, falling 7-4 on the road at Omaha.

  • C Taylor Teagarden (.286) went 2-for-4. He has hit safely in three straight games (4-for-10).
  • DH Junior Lake (.250) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his first of the season.
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.270) reached twice, going 1-for-4 with a triple (7), a walk and a run scored.

Tennessee Smokies (36-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

The Smokies won their fourth straight game, blanking visiting Mississippi, 8-0.

  • RHP Neil Ramirez (0.00) tossed a perfect inning of relief in his first rehab appearance.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.237) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI (23). He has scored five runs in the last four games.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.279) extended his hitting streak to four games (8-for-16), going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI (20).
  • SS Bryant Flete (.184) went 2-for-3 with a double (1) and three RBI (4).
  • RHP Pierce Johnson tossed 5.0 scoreless innings in his second outing of the season. He has yet to allow a run in 8.0 innings (6 H, 2 BB, 6 SO).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (38-27)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.0)

Myrtle Beach claimed the rubber game of a three-game set, defeating Winston-Salem, 5-2.

  • RF Mark Zagunis (.312) went 3-for-4 with a triple (4), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (30). He has hit safely in five straight games (9-for-22).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.266) went 2-for-5 with an RBI (22).
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.262) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (40) and is now 5-for-8 in his last two games.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (2.84) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings to pick up his second win.
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.47) collected his fifth save, striking out one in 2.2 scoreless innings. He has thrown at least 2.0 scoreless frames in six of his last seven appearances.

South Bend Cubs (27-36)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Eighth Place (-10.5)

South Bend dropped its second straight game to Dayton by a score of 3-1.

  • LF Rashad Crawford (.287) went 2-for-3 with a double (4) and a run scored. He has a six-game hitting streak (8-for-21).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.313) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • RHP Michael Wagner (0.00) fanned six batters in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer, C Gioskar Amaya and RHP Trevor Clifton were all ejected in the fourth inning.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/15/15

Iowa and Tennessee each secured wins while Myrtle Beach couldn’t get out of an early deficit Monday. South Bend’s game was cancelled in the third inning due to weather. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (34-29)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-8.0)

Iowa claimed its fourth win in its last five contests, defeating host Omaha, 6-3.

  • LHP Drake Britton (3.42) picked up the win with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched, giving up two earned runs.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.277) went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs (10), his first multi-homer game of the season. He is batting .316 (18-for-57) with five doubles and three homers in June.
  • 1B Chris Valaika (.260) went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI (16).
  • LF John Andreoli (.298) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, his second straight multi-hit game.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.274) went 2-for-4 with a double (8), a run scored and an RBI (17).

Tennessee Smokies (35-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-4.5)

The Smokies won their third straight game versus Jacksonville, 5-1, and outscored the Suns 21-5 during that span.

  • RHP Ryan Williams (2.93) fanned seven batters in 6.0 innings, giving up one earned run to pick up the win.
  • LF Jacob Hannemann (.207) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. He has five runs in his last five games.
  • CF Albert Almora (.254) went 2-for-4 with a triple (2), run scored and RBI (17).
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.320) went 2-for-5 with double (10) and a run scored.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.294) reached twice, going 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI (27).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-27)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.0)

The Pelicans fell behind 6-1 in the third inning and could not recover, falling 7-4 at Winston-Salem.

  • 2B Chesny Young (.368) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI (12). He has hit safely in eight straight games (.387/12-for-31).
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.275) went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. He has scored six runs in his last six games.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (2.70) fanned two batters in a scoreless inning of relief.

 

Cubs Lineup: 6/15/15

Cubs vs. Indians – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Indians Starter: Trevor Bauer, RHP
TV: WPWR-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/14/15

It was a good day for Cubs affiliates as all four teams picked up wins Sunday. Iowa won in extras, Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were carried by solid pitching and South Bend ended a losing streak. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (33-29)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-8.0)

Iowa took three of four games from visiting Colorado Springs, winning the finale, 8-7 in 10 innings.

  • RHP Dallas Beeler (7.57) gave up one earned run in 5.0 innings, striking out six in the no-decision.
  • SS Chris Valaika (.249) hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning, finishing 1-for-5 with a run and RBI.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.277) started the scoring with a three-run homer (8) in the first inning, finishing 2-for-4 with a walk, home run, run scored and three RBI (28).
  • CF John Andreoli (.292) reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks, one run scored and an RBI (8).
  • RHP Gonzalez Germen improved to 4-0 as he tossed 2.0 scoreless innings (0 H, 1 SO).

Tennessee Smokies (34-29)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-4.5)

The Smokies collected their second straight win, topping host Jacksonville, 4-1.

  • Making his second rehab start, RHP Jacob Turner (2.00) threw 63 pitches in 5.0 scoreless innings.
  • CF Albert Almora (.249) went 2-for-5 with a double (8) and run scored.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.272) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI (19) and a stolen base (6). He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games and is batting .350 (14-for-40) in June.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.318) went 0-for-2 but tied a season high with three walks and scored a run.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.232) scored two runs, going 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI (22).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-26)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.0)

The Pelicans surrendered just two hits as they rolled past visiting Lynchburg, 7-1.

  • RF Mark Zagunis (.303) went 2-for-5 with a double (13), run scored and two RBI (24).
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.276) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI (14).
  • CF Trey Martin (.240) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, his sixth multi-hit game.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (2.62) surrendered one earned run in 6.0 innings in the win. He has gone 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16.0 IP) in three June starts.
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.56) has gone at least 2.0 innings in 14 of his 19 relief appearances and has held the opponent scoreless in 10 of those outings.

South Bend Cubs (27-34)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Eighth Place (-9.0)

South Bend snapped a five-game losing skid, defeating host Peoria, 7-3.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.319) collected a career-best five hits as he went 5-for-5 with a double (11), two-run homer (1), two runs scored and three RBI (35).
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.295) went 3-for-5 with a double (12) and run scored. Balaguert has hit safely in five straight games (9-for-22), including two three-hit efforts.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.259) went 2-for-5 with a double (7) and two runs scored.
  • 1B Jesse Hodges (.238) went 2-for-4, his 10th multi-hit game of the season.

Cubs Lineup: 6/12/15

Cubs vs. Reds – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Reds Starter: Johnny Cueto, RHP
TV: WGN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

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