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Cubs Lineup: 4/15/15

Wood_Cubs_035Travis Wood looks to give the Cubs a series win versus the Reds. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Reds – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Travis Wood, LHP
Reds Starter: Jason Marquis, RHP
Broadcast: TV: WPWR; Radio: WBBM 780 AM
Event: Jackie Robinson Day

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Chris Coghlan, LF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
8. Travis Wood, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 3B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/14/15

Myrtle Beach split a doubleheader, but South Bend was unable to come away victorious on Tuesday. Iowa was rained out, while Tennessee had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-3)
Second Place (-1.5)

GM 1: Myrtle Beach jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning and hung on to top Salem 5-3.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng picked up the win, giving up two earned runs in five innings, striking out five and walking none.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.333) went 1-for-2 with a double that plated two runs (4) in the second. He scored once and walked once.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.222) went 1-for-2, walked once and earned one RBI.
  • RHP Tayler Scott (3.00) recorded his first save, giving up one earned run on three hits, walking one and fanning three batters in the final two innings.

GM 2: Myrtle Beach fell 3-1 to Salem in the second game of the doubleheader, recording only four hits.

  • RHP Jonathan Martinez struck out four across five innings, giving up one earned run in the no-decision.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.286) went 2-for-3 with a double in the first inning.
  • SS Daniel Lockhart (.333) hit a double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Pelicans were unable to capitalize.
  • DH Billy McKinney (.154) earned the only RBI of the game and walked once.

South Bend Cubs (3-3)
T-Third Place (-2.0)

Center fielder Trey Martin (.238) recorded his first double and second triple of the season, but South Bend fell 3-2 at Dayton.

  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.389) hit his fifth double, walked once and scored once.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.348) had his third multihit game, walked once, drove in a run (3) and swiped a base (2).
  • RHP Ryan Williams (1.13) tossed a quality start, allowing only one hit and one earned run in six innings. He also fanned seven batters.

Cubs place IF La Stella on DL; recall LHP Rosscup

The Chicago Cubs today placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 9) with right rib cage inflammation and recalled left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Rosscup will be available for the Cubs tonight when they play the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

The 26-year-old Rosscup has tossed two scoreless appearances with Iowa this season, last pitching on Sunday in Memphis when he struck out three in an inning of work. The southpaw posted no record and a 2.70 ERA in 10 appearances with the Cubs during Spring Training before being optioned to Iowa on April 1.

Rosscup went 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA in 18 appearances covering seven stints with the Cubs last season, striking out 21 batters in 13.1 innings pitched. He spent most of the 2014 campaign with Iowa, where he went 2-0 with four saves and a 2.10 ERA in 29 relief outings. Rosscup made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2013, posting no record and a 1.35 ERA in 10 relief outings.

La Stella, 26, is batting .167 (1-for-6) in two games with the Cubs this season. He was acquired from Atlanta in a trade for Arodys Vizcaino on Nov. 16, 2014.

Cubs Lineup: 4/14/15

Cubs vs. Reds – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Reds Starter: Anthony Desclafani, RHP
Broadcast: CSN Chicago, Listen Live at WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Chris Coghlan, LF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 3B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/13/15

Pitching and hitting came together to drive Iowa and Tennessee to wins, while South Bend was on the losing end Monday. Myrtle Beach was rained out, with a doubleheader now scheduled for Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (3-2)
Third Place (-1.0)

Iowa took the first game of the series, 4-1, at New Orleans. Four I-Cubs had multihit games, and the pitching staff allowed no earned runs, helping the team to their third-straight victory.

  • RHP Yoanner Negrin gave up no earned runs across 4.2 innings of work, striking out five in the no-decision.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.381) had his second three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base.
  • 1B Mike Baxter (.538) went 2-for-2, walked twice, scored once and hit a double in the second that plated one. He has hit safely in all four games to begin the season with three multihit outings.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.364) and LF Junior Lake (.227) also added multihit games.
  • RHP Gonzalez Germen (0.00), LHP James Russell (0.00) and LHP Joseph Ortiz (0.00) combined for 4.1 shutout innings of relief, giving up one hit, walking none and fanning three batters.

Tennessee Smokies (3-2)
Second Place (-1.0)

Third baseman Christian Villanueva homered twice as the Smokies cruised past Mississippi, 10-4. Villanueva (.238) went 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBI (7), two walks and three runs scored.

  • RHP Frank Batista picked up the win, giving up an earned run on three hits and no walks over six innings. He also struck out three.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.444) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (4). He also walked twice and scored once.
  • CF Albert Almora (.261) went 2-for-6, hit a double (2), drove in a run and scored once.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.235) hit a triple that plated three runs in the third inning (7).
  • Six Smokies had at least one RBI. All eight position player starters recorded a hit.

South Bend Cubs (3-2)
Third Place (-1.0)

The South Bend Cubs fell 6-1 at Dayton, evening up the three-game series at a game apiece.

  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.400) went 2-for-4, hit his fourth double and recorded an RBI (4).
  • 2B Chesny Young (.278) went 2-for-4 and scored once.

Cubs Lineup: 4/13/15

DexterHRSunday’s hero Dexter Fowler leads things off for the Cubs. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty)

Cubs vs. Reds – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Reds Starter: Mike Leake, RHP
Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780

Cubs Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Chris Coghlan, LF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Mike Olt, 3B
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/12/15

The offense drove Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend to victories on Sunday, but a solid start on the mound wasn’t enough for Myrtle Beach. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (2-2)
Third Place (-1.0)

Third baseman Kris Bryant (.313) blasted a homer and drove in three runs for the second consecutive game as the I-Cubs topped Memphis 7-2.

  • SS Addison Russell (.389) went 3-for-5 with his first Triple-A homer, two runs scored and two RBI (3).
  • 1B Jonathan Mota (.500) went 3-for-4, hit a solo homer in the fourth and scored twice.
  • CF Adron Chambers (.308) went 2-for-3 including a double (3) that brought in a run in the second inning.
  • LHP Drake Britton (4.91) earned the win, pitching 2.1 shutout innings and walking just one batter.

Tennessee Smokies (2-2)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

Six Smokies had multihit games, helping the team to a 6-3 win at Mississippi.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.400) went 3-for-5, hitting two doubles, driving in two runs and scoring once.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.167) went 2-for-5 with three RBI (4) and scored once.
  • CF Albert Almora (.235) went 2-for-5 with a walk, a double and two runs.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.214), C Willson Contreras (.500) and LF Anthony Giansanti (.500) also had multihit games.
  • The Smokies had 16 hits and were 6-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2-2)
Second Place (-1.0)

Myrtle Beach was blanked by Wilmington, falling 5-0 in the last game of the series.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run over five innings of work, striking out five in the loss.
  • LF Chris Denorfia (.500) went 1-for 2 in his first game of a rehabilitation assignment, hitting a double in the first inning.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.188) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.250) each had a hit.

South Bend Cubs (3-1)
T-Second Place (-0.5)

The South Bend Cubs topped Dayton 8-3. Five players had RBI, and the team swiped three bases.

  • RHP Zach Hedges secured a win, giving up two earned runs over five innings. He struck out two.
  • LF Rashad Crawford (.400) went 2-for-2, walked twice, drove in three runs and scored three times.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.313) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.333) went 3-for-5 and scored twice.
  • CF Trey Martin (.313), Vosler and Torres each had a stolen base.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (2.25) earned his second hold, pitching 2.0 shutout innings, giving up no hits, walking one and fanning three batters.

Cubs to collect funds for Illinois tornado victims

The Cubs announced Monday that the organization and its fans will help those affected by tornadoes that swept through Fairdale and Rochelle, Illinois, last week, during Tuesday night’s game against the Reds.

Cubs associates will collect monetary donations at the gates at Wrigley Field before the start of the game. Money raised during the evening will benefit the Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation to support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the tornadoes.

Proceeds from the night’s Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle also will benefit the cause.

The Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation, supports nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the tornadoes. The McCormick Foundation will match the first $500,000 raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs are paid by the foundation and its partners, allowing 100 percent of all funds raised, plus the match, to be granted directly to nonprofit organizations helping those most affected by the storm.

Fans who cannot attend the game but would like to make a donation to the tornado disaster relief effort can give through Sunday, April 19, by visiting cubs.com/give.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/9/15

Pitching powered Tennessee to a victory, the bats came alive in Myrtle Beach’s organizational debut, and South Bend captured a win in walk-off fashion in its first game with the Cubs on Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (0-1)
T-Third Place (-1.0)

Iowa scored four runs in the third inning, but could not hold on to the lead as it fell 7-4 at Memphis in the season opener.

  • SS Addison Russell (.500) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • 1B Mike Baxter (.500) also added two hits and a run scored.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.250) went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
  • RHP Gonzalez Germen (0.00) walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning of work.

Tennessee Smokies (1-0)
T-First Place (–)

The Smokies kicked off their 2015 campaign with a 7-2 win over host Mississippi.

  • RHP Corey Black pitched five innings, giving up one earned run on four hits and three walks. He struck out four.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.333) went 1-for-3 with two walks, a triple (1), two runs scored and an RBI.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.250) and LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.250) each doubled and scored a run. Chen also added an RBI.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.250) went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.
  • RHP C.J. Edwards (3.86) allowed one run on two hits in 2.1 innings of relief. He struck out two batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (1-0)
T-First Place (–)

Myrtle Beach collected nine runs and 15 hits as they rolled over Wilmington 9-1 in their first game as a Cubs affiliate.

  • RHP Duane Underwood pitched five scoreless innings to pick up the win. He surrendered four hits and struck out five.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.750) fell a triple shy of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.600) and SS Carlos Penalver (.750) each collected three hits and scored a run.
  • DH Shawon Dunston (.333) and 2B Daniel Lockhart (.500) each tripled in the victory.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (1.0 IP), RHP James Pugliese (2.0 IP) and RHP Starling Peralta (1.0 IP) combined to allow just four hits and no runs in four innings of relief.

South Bend Cubs (1-0)
First Place (+0.5)

First baseman Cael Brockmeyer hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to lift South Bend to a 2-1 victory over Bowling Green in their first game as a Cubs affiliate.

  • RHP Jake Stinnett gave up one run over five innings and struck out four in the no-decision.
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.750) went 3-for-4 with the walk-off homer, two doubles, one run and one RBI.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.250) started the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning.
  • RHP James Farris (0.00) collected the win as he tossed two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

Bricks and Ivy Ball raises more than $1.3 million for Cubs Charities

On Wednesday night, guests gathered at Union Station to show their support for Cubs Charities at the fifth annual Bricks and Ivy Ball. The evening featured the 2015 Chicago Cubs team and coaching staff mingling with more than 700 guests in attendance and collected more than $1.35 million to support Cubs Charities’ programs.

“Each year, we look forward to our Bricks and Ivy Ball as a way to celebrate the impact Cubs Charities is making in communities all across Chicago,” said Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts. “We are proud of the success of this event over the last five years. The support from our fans, corporate Chicago, and our coaches, players and front office help to fuel our community outreach and charitable giving. Together, we are creating a brighter future for Chicago’s next generation of all-stars.”

Cubs Charities sponsors three ongoing Signature Programs to further its mission to increase access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Program promotes a fitness plan and healthy eating campaign while encouraging kids to “Play Every Day.” The Cubs Charities Diamond Project expands opportunities for children to play baseball by creating or preserving green space and baseball facilities. Finally, the Cubs Scholars program offers quality scholarship and financial contributions for Chicago area high school students, coupled with a program that promotes academic achievement and encourages post-secondary educational advancement.

Last year, the Cubs and Cubs Charities combined to support donations of more than $4.5 million in addition to giving thousands of autographed items, experiences and tickets to deserving nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit www.cubscharities.org.

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