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 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

Second Homestand Promotions and Guests: 4/13/15-4/19/15

Cubs _Winter_Aviator_HatThe first 10,000 fans on Friday, April 17 will go home with a Cubs winter aviator hat.

After a short three-game set in Colorado, the Cubs return home for the second homestand of the year at Wrigley Field. From April 13-19, the Cubs welcome the division-rival Reds and the rebuilt and reloaded Padres squad. They’ll also welcome the cast of the Book of Mormon and The Second City Mainstage.

Here are the other guests and promotions you’ll find at the Friendly Confines during the six-game set.

Homestand Recap, April 13-19

Monday, April 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM,
  • National Anthem and first pitch: Book of Mormon star David Larsen (Elder Price)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Book of Mormon stars David Larsen and Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham)

Tuesday, April 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: WNBA Chicago Sky guard Cappie Pondexter
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM,

Wednesday, April 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame ceremony and seventh-inning stretch: Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars
  • Broadcast: WPWR-TV, WBBM 780-AM,

Friday, April 17, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Winter Aviator Hat presented by Pepsi (first 10,000 fans)
  • Broadcast: WLS-TV, WBBM 780-AM,

Saturday, April 18, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM,

Sunday, April 19, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: Cast members from The Second City Mainstage
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM 780-AM,
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13 and under)

Cubs to honor Jackie Robinson during next homestand


(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs return to Wrigley Field to host the Reds and Padres for their second homestand of the season, which will stretch from April 13-19.

On Wednesday, April 15, the Cubs will join all of Major League Baseball when they host Jackie Robinson Day at Wrigley Field. Jackie Robinson’s legacy is memorialized each year on April 15 to recognize the anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking baseball’s color barrier.

Uniformed players and personnel at each major league ballpark will wear Jackie Robinson’s retired No. 42 on their jerseys that day. The bases used at Wrigley Field will feature a commemorative Jackie Robinson Day base jewel, and these game-used bases and No. 42 jerseys will be available through Cubs Authentics to benefit Cubs Charities.

A pregame ceremony will include a video highlighting Jackie Robinson’s career and legacy. The team will also present the ninth-annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award, which recognizes diverse business partners who continue the legacy of Jackie Robinson. Finally, several Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars will be recognized on the field, and these students will have the honor of leading the evening’s seventh-inning stretch.

Food Specials
This homestand, the Decade Diner—located in the right field concourse—will serve a Loaded Grilled Cheese with Smoked Brisket special, featuring two grilled cheese sandwiches, gourmet mac and cheese and smoked brisket. The Caprese Flatbread special features grilled flatbread, light tomato sauce, fresh ovalini mozzarella and fresh basil.

Tickets remain available for the upcoming homestand at or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Cubs place Grimm on 15-day DL; recall Schlitter from Iowa

Schlitter_Brian_YB15(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 2) with right foreman inflammation and recalled right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter from Triple-A Iowa.

Schlitter will be available for the Cubs Friday afternoon when they play the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

The 29-year-old Schlitter went 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA (26 ER/56.1 IP) in 61 appearances for the Cubs last season, his first big league action since the 2010 campaign. He turned in a 2.98 ERA in 43 appearances prior to the All-Star Break before being slowed by right shoulder inflammation that led to a stint on the disabled list in August. Overall, he allowed one earned run or less in 54 of his 61 appearances, including 48 scoreless outings.

Schlitter was originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 16th round of the 2007 Draft and was acquired by the Cubs the next season for left-hander Scott Eyre. Schlitter made his big league debut in 2010 with seven relief appearances. He is a native of Oak Park in suburban Chicago.

Grimm, 26, has yet to appear in a game for the Cubs this season. He went 5-2 with a 3.78 ERA (29 ER/69.0 IP) in 73 relief appearances for the Cubs last season.

Cubs Lineup: 4/10/15

Wood_TravisTravis Wood takes the mound for the Cubs first road game of the season. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Rockies – Coors Field
First Pitch: 3:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Travis Wood, LHP
Cardinals Starter: Tyler Matzek, LHP
Broadcast: WGN-TV (local), Listen Live at WBBM 780

Cubs Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jorge Soler, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Mike Olt, 3B
6. Matt Szczur, LF
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Travis Wood, P
9. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B

New sound system causes glitch in seventh-inning stretch performance


(Photo courtesy of Chicago Cubs)

As most people certainly know by now, historic Wrigley Field is undergoing a massive facelift as the 1060 Project restoration continues. And while the upgrades promise to make the ballpark experience even better down the line, fans should understand that—like with anything new—some of the kinks are still being worked out.

On Wednesday afternoon, Kristian Bush of the country group Sugarland faced some backlash after performing what sounded like a rather out-of-tune rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” The Cubs would like to clarify that the tough performance was of no fault of the singer’s, but rather a sound system issue.

While some fans guessed Bush may have celebrated his appearance a little too much before taking the mic, rest assured, he had only hot dogs and Diet Pepsi at the game. The tough performance was the result of different timing between the organ and the music being played over the loudspeakers on the new sound system.

The Cubs say they are working out the details for future singers so the stretch goes back to being a pleasant break in the action for everyone.

Cubs lineup: 4/8/15


Jake Arrieta makes his 2015 debut against the Cardinals. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Cardinals – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Cardinals Starter: Lance Lynn, RHP
Broadcast: ABC 7, Listen Live at WBBM 780

Cubs Lineup

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


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