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Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/30/15

Iowa and Myrtle Beach won in dramatic fashion while Eugene and Mesa also claimed wins Thursday. Tennessee and South Bend both were on the wrong side of one-run games. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league recap:

Iowa Cubs (55-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-7.5)

Iowa scored two runs in the 12th inning to defeat host Nashville, 5-4.

  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.277) reached base four times, going 2-for-4 with two walks, one run scored and one RBI (55).
  • LF John Andreoli (.274) went 2-for-6 with a double (14) and an RBI (16).
  • SS Javier Baez (.305) went 1-for-5 with a double (8) and two runs scored. He has scored five runs in his first three games since returning to Iowa.
  • RHP Frank Batista tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief to collect his first win of the season.

Tennessee Smokies (14-18)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Tennessee surrendered three solo home runs to Montgomery’s Tyler Goeddel in a 4-3 setback.

  • DH Willson Contreras (.317) went 1-for-3 with a double (25), a walk and a run scored.
  • The Smokies collected just five hits (four singles) in the loss.
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (4.64) gave up two earned runs in 5.1 innings, fanning four. He has posted a 2.25 ERA (4 ER/16.0 IP) across his last three starts.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (20-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

SS Carlos Penalver hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Pelicans won their fifth straight game, defeating Potomac, 4-3.

  • RHP Jeremy Null (4.33) gave up two earned runs in 5.0 innings for the no-decision.
  • Penalver finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. The walk-off blast was his first homer since May 31 of last season with Kane County.
  • DH Chesny Young (.339) went 2-for-4 with a triple (3), a run scored and an RBI (24).
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.225) went 2-for-4 with a double (1) and an RBI (10). He has consecutive multi-hit games and three multi-hit efforts in his last four games.

South Bend Cubs (16-18)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-3.5)

South Bend allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth, falling in walk-off fashion, 3-2, at Great Lakes.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.314) went 2-for-5 with a stolen base (17).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.292) extended his hitting streak to six games (.400/8-for-20), going 2-for-3 with a walk and a season-high three stolen bases (18).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.247) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run (5) in the second inning.
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe (3.67) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings. He has posted a 1.59 ERA (3 ER/17.0 IP) in his last three starts.

Eugene Emeralds (2-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene won its second straight game at Spokane, defeating the Indians, 6-4.

  • RHP Adbert Alzolay entered in the third inning and allowed zero hits or runs in 6.0 innings. He walked just one batter and struck out three, collected his second win.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.235) went 2-for-5 with a double (9), a home run (4), two runs scored and three RBI (19). It’s his second three-RBI game in his last four contests.
  • 3B Andrew Ely (.400) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (1), his third straight multi-hit game.

Mesa Cubs (2-2)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place

The Mesa Cubs claimed a 4-2 victory over the AZL Angels.

  • DH Varonex Cuevas (.360) went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and two stolen bases (3). It’s his first three-hit game of the season.
  • RF Robert Garcia (.358) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • RHP Trey McNutt collected his second win, allowing just one hit in 1.0 inning of relief.

Cubs Lineup: 7/30/15

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Brewers Starter: Jimmy Nelson, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Chris Coghlan, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. David Ross, C
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/29/15

Tennessee and Myrtle Beach jumped out to early leads and secured victories, while Eugene claimed a one-run win Wednesday. Iowa, South Bend and Mesa were all handed losses. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (54-50)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-8.5)

Iowa surrendered four runs in the bottom of the eighth, falling on the road at Nashville, 6-4.

  • RF Rubi Silva (.283) went 2-for-4 with a double (12), a home run (11), two runs scored and one RBI (42). He has hit safely in eight of the last nine games.
  • 1B Junior Lake (.319) reached twice, going 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI (31).
  • RHP Felipe Paulino struck out a career-high 12 batters in six innings of work for the no-decision. He’s the first I-Cub since Esmailin Caridad on Aug. 5, 2009, to strike out at least 12 batters.

Tennessee Smokies (14-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee plated four runs in the second inning and cruised to a 5-2 victory over Montgomery.

  • SS Elliot Soto (.276) went 2-for-4 with a walk. He is batting .309 (29-for-94) in 26 July games.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.280) went 2-for-5 with a double (21), a run scored and an RBI (28).
  • 2B Tommy La Stella (.250) went 1-for-2 with two runs scored in a rehab outing with Tennessee.
  • CF Albert Almora reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with a season-high three walks and two steals (6).
  • RHP Pierce Johnson pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out seven. He has allowed one run or fewer in eight of his nine starts with the Smokies.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (19-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

The Pelicans jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 win over visiting Potomac.

  • CF Trey Martin (.242) went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base (12). He is 4-for-6 with four RBI in his last two games.
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.194) went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.243) and DH Daniel Lockhart (.230) each had multi-hit games.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.92) tossed his ninth quality start of the season.

South Bend Cubs (16-17)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-3.0)

South Bend mustered just four hits in a 5-0 shutout loss at Great Lakes.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.313) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.275) went 1-for-4 with a double (18) for the team’s only extra base hit.

Eugene Emeralds (2-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene collected 11 hits in a 4-3 win over host Spokane.

  • LF Ricardo Marcano (.244) collected a season-high three hits, going 3-for-3 with a run scored, two RBI (7) and a stolen base (2).
  • SS Andrew Ely (.364) went 2-for-4 for his second straight multi-hit game.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (2.05) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings to collect the save.
  • RHP Preston Morrison (1.17) and LHP Kyle Twomey (3.00) each pitched 2.0 scoreless innings.

Mesa Cubs (1-2)
Arizona Rookie League
Third Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs dropped a 5-1 decision to the AZL D-Backs.

  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.224) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch made his first appearance with the Mesa Cubs, allowing no earned runs (three unearned) in 2.1 innings.
  • LHP Ariel Ovando (0.79) tossed 2.1 scoreless frames, and RHP Scott Effross (1.80) added 2.0 hitless innings.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/28/15

Iowa and Tennessee posted shutout wins, Myrtle Beach held on for a victory, and Mesa took both games of a doubleheader Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (54-49)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-8.5)

Iowa scored seven runs in the second inning and rolled to a 9-0 win over Nashville.

  • SS Javier Baez (.317), playing in his first game with Iowa since June 7, went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs (10). It marked his third two-homer game of the season.
  • LF Junior Lake (.321) went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his seventh of the season.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.290) went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, extending his hitting streak to nine games (15-for-34/.441).
  • LHP Clayton Richard (0.00) tossed 7.0 scoreless frames and earned the win in his first outing with Iowa. He struck out four batters while walking none and scattering just three hits.

Tennessee Smokies (13-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.0)

Tennessee cruised past Montgomery with two four-run innings, blanking the Biscuits, 8-0.

  • DH Willson Contreras (.317) went 3-for-5, blasted a grand slam in the sixth inning (6), knocked a double (24) and scored twice. His four RBI marked a season high.
  • CF Albert Almora (.242) went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in the third inning (5) and two runs scored. He has recorded a hit in his last four outings, picking up two home runs and five RBI in that stretch.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.276) went 2-for-5 and plated one (4), marking his second straight multi-hit game with Tennessee.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.277) went 2-for-5 and had a double (20).
  • C Tyler Pearson (.150) went 2-for-5 with a double (2). It was his first multi-hit game of the season.
  • RHP Ivan Pineyro (3.69) earned his second straight win and quality start, tossing 7.0 shutout frames.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (18-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

The Pelicans allowed three runs in the ninth, but held on for a 4-3 victory over Potomac.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.313) hit two home runs (3), going 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI (7). He has homered in back-to-back games.
  • DH Kevin Brown (.266) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
  • CF Trey Martin (.237) went 2-for-3 with a double (12) and an RBI (22).
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez allowed just three hits and walked none in a season high 8.0 scoreless frames to collect his seventh win.

South Bend Cubs (16-16)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-2.5)

South Bend could not come back from an early three-run deficit, falling 4-1 at Great Lakes.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.238) hit his sixth home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.287) went 2-for-3 with a stolen base (15). He has recorded a hit in nine of his last 10 outings.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.249) went 2-for-3.
  • RHP Erick Leal (4.52) tossed his fourth consecutive quality start, but took the loss after surrendering three runs in the first inning.

Eugene Emeralds (1-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene fell to Boise in the series finale, 5-1. The Emeralds dropped the series, 2-1.

  • LF Alex Bautista (.333) went 1-for-2 and crushed a solo home run in the ninth inning (2). He has two homers and three RBI in just three games with Eugene.
  • 2B-3B Andrew Ely (.286) went 2-for-4 in his second game with the Emeralds.
  • LHP Jose Paulino (4.73) tossed his first quality start of the season, but took the loss.

Mesa Cubs (1-1)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs swept a doubleheader at the AZL D-backs, topping the D-backs 12-1 in the first
game and 8-4 in Game 2.

  • LF-1B P.J. Higgins (.600) went 3-for-5, crushed a homer (1) and a double, plated two and scored twice in
    the completion of the July 5 game.
  • LF-1B Jose Paniagua (.302) went 3-for-5 with two doubles (4), a triple (2), two RBI (5) and a walk in the
    the completion of the July 5 game. He crushed a three-run homer (3) in the second game.
  • 3B Angel Amendolare (.300) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI (5) in the second game.

Cubs promote RHP Medina, RHP Rowen; place RHP Ramirez on DL, option RHP Beeler to Iowa

The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with left abdominal soreness and optioned right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. The club recalled right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen from Iowa. To make room for Rowen on the 40-man roster, infielder/outfielder Mike Baxter has been designated for assignment.

Both Medina and Rowen, who will wear uniform No. 51, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon in their series finale against the Rockies at Wrigley Field.

Medina, 27, returns to the Cubs after being optioned to Iowa yesterday. He has no record and a 7.00 ERA (7 ER/9.0 IP) in five relief appearances with the Cubs this season and is 0-2 with one save and an 8.68 ERA (18 ER/18.2 IP) in 16 relief outings with Iowa this year. Medina has posted a 3.08 ERA in 146 career relief appearances between the Mariners (2013-15) and Cubs (2015), turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander, who was acquired from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on May 19, broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he went 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA in 66 relief outings while ranking 12th in the league in holds.

Rowen, 26, joins the Cubs after combining to go 4-0 with one save and a 1.93 ERA (10 ER/46.2 IP) in 34 relief outings for three affiliates between the Orioles and Cubs organizations. He went to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee with the Dodgers before being acquired by Baltimore as part of a four-player deal on April 9. He went 2-0 with one save and a 2.28 ERA (7 ER/27.2 IP) in 20 appearances for Double-A Bowie and posted no record and a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) in six outings for Triple-A Norfolk before being released and signing a minor league deal with the Cubs on July 4. He has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP) in eight appearances with Iowa.

Rowen was originally selected by Texas in the 22nd round of the 2010 Draft and made his big league debut with the Rangers last season, posting no record and a 4.15 ERA in eight relief outings. He spent the majority of the 2014 campaign with Triple-A Round Rock, going 3-0 with five saves and a 3.45 ERA.

Overall, Rowen has gone 25-5 with 41 saves and a 1.75 ERA in 211 minor league relief appearances covering the last six seasons. Rowen was a Carolina League All-Star in 2012 and the Rangers organization’s relief pitcher of the year after recording a league-leading 19 saves with Single-A Myrtle Beach. He also earned Texas League All-Star honors in 2013. He has allowed only seven homers and posted a 1.00 WHIP in 308.2 minor league innings.

Ramirez, 26, is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA (3 ER/8.2 IP) in 13 appearances with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation from April 17-June 28.

Beeler, 26, is 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA (9 ER/8.1 IP) in three starts with the Cubs this season.

Baxter, 30, has batted .246 (14-for-57) with one double and two RBI in 34 games with the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 7/29/15

Cubs vs. Rockies — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Rockies Starter, Eddie Butler, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Chris Coghlan, RF
6. Addison Russell, SS
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B

Cubs Lineup: 7/28/15

Cubs vs. Rockies — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Dallas Beeler, RHP
Reds Starter, Yohan Flande, LHP
TV: CSN+; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Chris Denorfia, LF
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. Dallas Beeler, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/27/15

There were only three minor league teams in action Monday, but Iowa, Myrtle Beach and Eugene all secured wins. Tennessee, South Bend and Mesa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (53-49)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.5)

Iowa snapped a six-game skid, topping Memphis, 8-3. The I-Cubs blasted three homers in the victory.

  • 3B Mike Olt (.284) went 3-for-5, homered in his third straight game (5), knocked a double (8), plated one (14) and scored three times. It extended his hitting streak to eight games (13-for-29/.448).
  • SS Chris Valaika (.249) went 2-for-3, crushed a two-run homer (5), drove in three (24) and scored once.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.279) went 2-for-5 with a home run (14), two RBI (54) and one run scored.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.304) went 2-for-5, extending his hitting streak to seven games (13-for-29/.448).
  • RF John Andreoli (.273) went 1-for-3 with a double (12), drove in one (14), drew a walk and scored once.
  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (3.11) earned the win and tossed his fourth quality start with Iowa, giving up no earned runs in 6.0 innings and striking out six.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (17-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach won its second straight game, topping Carolina in the series finale, 4-3.

  • 1B Jason Vosler (.231) went 1-for-3 and blasted a three-run homer (1) in the sixth inning to tie the game.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.279) went 2-for-4 with a double (9), a stolen base (16) and one run scored, extending his hitting streak to 14 games (18-for-53/.340).
  • CF Trey Martin (.231) plated the game-winning run (21) on a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.48) earned his third straight win and fourth quality start of the season.

Eugene Emeralds (1-0)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene opened the second half of the season with a 9-5 victory over Boise.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.237) went 2-for-4, blasted a homer (3), plated three (16), drew a walk, swiped two bases and scored twice. It extended his hitting streak to seven games (8-for-29/.276).
  • 1B Matt Rose (.275) went 2-for-4 with a double (7), an RBI (27), a walk and one run scored. He now has a six-game hitting streak (11-for-24/.458).
  • DH Ian Rice (.266) went 2-for-5 with a double (3) and plated one run (5).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.276) went 1-for-5 with a double (5), an RBI (12) and two runs scored.
  • 3B Blake Headley (.230) went 1-for-3 with a double (4), plated one (9), drew a walk and scored once.

 

Cubs Lineup: 7/27/15

Cubs vs. Rockies — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Reds Starter, Jorge De La Rosa, LHP
TV: CSN+; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, C
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Jorge Soler, RF
6. Chris Denorfia, LF
7. Starlin Castro, SS
8. Kyle Hendricks, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/26/15

With all six affiliates taking the field Sunday, only Myrtle Beach was able to secure the victory. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (52-49)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-10.5)

Iowa allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth and fell to Memphis, 2-1. The I-Cubs have dropped six straight contests.

  • 3B Mike Olt (.268) went 2-for-4 and homered in his second straight game (4), a solo blast in the second inning. He also extended his hitting streak to seven games (10-for-24/.417).
  • CF Matt Szczur (.302) went 2-for-3 and drew a walk, extending his hitting streak to seven games (13-for-29/.448).
  • RF Rubi Silva (.280) went 2-for-4.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (2.61) scattered just one hit in six innings and tossed his first quality start with Iowa. He’s currently riding a 11.0-inning scoreless streak.

Tennessee Smokies (12-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-8.5)

Tennessee was blanked by Chattanooga in the series finale, 8-0. The Smokies committed five errors in the setback.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.263) went 2-for-4 and knocked his first double with the Smokies.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.250) also went 2-for-4 with a double (2). He has recorded a hit in five of seven games with the Smokies.
  • Tennessee was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (16-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach snapped a four-game skid and topped Carolina, 3-1.

  • RHP Brad Markey (0.76) earned his third straight win, tossing 7.0 scoreless frames and fanning a career-high 10 batters.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.200) went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and one run scored.
  • DH Kevin Brown (.266) went 2-for-3, knocked a double (8), drew a walk and scored once. He has recorded a hit in eight straight games (12-for-28/.429).
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.230) and CF Trey Martin (.233) each went 1-for-3 and plated one run.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.276) went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases (15) and one run scored, extending his hitting streak to 13 straight games (16-for-49/.327).

South Bend Cubs (16-15)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Second Place (-2.5)

South Bend fell at West Michigan in the series finale, 5-1. The SB-Cubs took the series, 2-1.

  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.269) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (33), a stolen base (11) and a walk.
  • CF Ian Happ (.500) went 2-for-4, knocked a double and scored once.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.282) went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to seven games (9-for-24/.375).
  • 3B Vimael Machin (.205) reached base safely four times, going 1-for-1 and drawing three walks.

Eugene Emeralds (17-21)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Third Place (-5.0)

Eugene surrendered four runs in the ninth inning and fell to Boise, 6-4. The Emeralds outhit the Hawks 11-6, finishing the first half of the season in third place.

  • 1B Matt Rose (.265) went 4-for-5, plated two (26) and scored once, extending his hitting streak to five games (9-for-20/.450). His four hits marked a season high.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.280) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (4), a walk and two runs scored.
  • DH Alberto Mineo (.205) went 1-for-3, knocked a double (2), drew a walk and plated one (5).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.141) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (7), a walk and one swiped bag (5).

Mesa Cubs (0-1)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs were blanked to open the second half of the season, falling to the AZL Brewers, 4-0.

  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.301) went 2-for-2 and drew a walk.
  • SS Javier Baez (.417) went 1-for-3 and swiped a base. He has recorded a hit in four straight games.
  • RHP Jesus Camargo (2.42) tossed 5.0 scoreless frames and scattered just three hits.
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