Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/10/14

It was a pretty successful Sunday for the Cubs minor league system, with everybody in play securing a win. Mesa had the day off and will resume play Monday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (65-58)
T-1st Place (–)

Iowa jumped ahead to a 5-0 lead after two innings and never looked back, winning at Oklahoma City, 10-2. Each Iowa hitter had at least one of the team’s 12 hits.

  • 1B Mike Olt (.338) hit his third homer in two days with a two-run shot in the first. He has 12 RBI in his last six games (19 total) and has slugged .757 in nine games in the month of August.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.226) went 3-for-4 with his first homer of the year, and the third of his career.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.322) went 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs, and his 40th RBI. He has recorded at least one hit and one run in 13 straight games, batting .381 (16-for-42) while scoring 20 runs during the streak. Bryant’s 40 RBI with Iowa bring him to 98 on the season, tied for fifth in the minors.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch extended his scoreless innings streak to 18.1 before allowing a run with two outs in the fourth. His 131 strikeouts lead the Pacific Coast League.
  • RHP Alberto Cabrera (3.71) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief for his second save.
  • Since July 1, the I-Cubs have 51 home runs, best in the Pacific Coast League.

Tennessee Smokies (25-25)
1st Place (+1.0)

GAME 1: RHP Pierce Johnson and LHP Andrew McKirahan combined to one-hit the BayBears in Mobile, as the Smokies won the first game of a doubleheader, 3-0.

  • SS Addison Russell (.301) and C Luis Flores (.277) each recorded their fifth double of the year. Flores recorded his second-straight multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-2 with his 13th RBI.
  • RHP Pierce Johnson struck out eight for the third time in four games, giving up no runs on just one hit over six innings. He has 11.25 strikeouts per nine innings over that stretch (30 SO/24.0 IP).
  • McKirahan’s perfect seventh inning earned him his first save with Tennessee and ninth of the year.

GAME 2: The Smokies could not complete the doubleheader sweep, falling 9-8 at Mobile on a walk-off homer from Mobile 2B Gerson Montilla in the bottom of the ninth.

  • RF Jae-Hoon Ha (.220) finished 2-for-5 with his fourth homer of the year, a two-run shot in the second inning. He had two hits in his previous 24 at-bats (.083) before the multi-hit effort.
  • SS Addison Russell (.308) extended his hitting streak to five games (.500/7-for-14), going 2-for-4.
  • C Taylor Davis (.319) went 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk, a double (9) and an RBI (23). He is hitting .333 (16-for-48) with eight extra-base hits and 13 RBI in 17 away games.
  • LHP Jeff Lorick (2-3, 4.19) allowed the walk-off homer, suffering his third loss of the year.

Daytona Cubs (28-19)
1st Place (+3.5)

1B Dan Vogelbach ended a 13-inning marathon with a walk-off single, giving Daytona the 4-3 win over visiting Lakeland.

  • RF Rock Shoulders (.229) hit a solo shot in the fifth, his third in four games. In those contests, Shoulders is 6-for-13 with six runs, a double, three homers, and three RBI (41 total).
  • Vogelbach (.267) finished 1-for-5 with a walk and two RBI. His 57 walks and 65 RBI lead Daytona.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in his third outing with Daytona, hurling three scoreless innings.

Kane County Cougars (29-20)
1st Place (+1.0)

DH-P Ben Carhart earned the win as Kane County scored three time in the top of the 15th inning to beat Cedar Rapids, 7-4.

  • Carhart (1-0, 0.00) went 2-for-6 with a run and a walk at the plate and contributed two hitless frames of relief, walking two, to earn the win in his first professional pitching appearance.
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.282) went 3-for-7 with his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the third.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.267) went 2-for-7 with two RBI (35), including a go-ahead, two-run triple (2) in the 15th.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.313) finished 3-for-7 with two RBI (35), one coming off a double (11) in the 15th.
  • 2B Danny Lockhart (.290) recorded his fifth multi-hit effort in his last six games (.500/12-for-24), going 3-for-6 with two runs and a walk.
  • RHP Zak Hermans (4.06) blew his third save, allowing two runs (one earned) over 1.1 innings pitched.
  • The Chicago Cubs and their minor league affiliates played a total of 15 extra innings yesterday, going 3-1 in four extra-inning games.

Boise Hawks (7-10)
4th Place (-5.0)

After falling 16-3 to Salem-Keizer on Saturday, Boise beat visiting Eugene, 17-3.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.256) went 4-for-5 with a double (7), a grand slam and a career-high seven RBI (32). He had been 1-for-17 (.059) before his first career four-hit affair. His seven RBI are the most for a single Boise player in the 14 years since the team became affiliated with the Cubs.
  • Each of the first four Hawks hitters—CF Rashad Crawford (.278), RF Charcer Burks (.288), LF Mark Zagunis (.301), and 1B Danny Canela (.298)—tallied two hits. Zagunis knocked in three (26), while Canela plated two (34).
  • Boise’s 17 runs were the team’s most since beating Everett 17-5 on July 6, 2007.

Home Series No. 19 Preview: Cubs vs. Brewers

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Jonathan Lucroy has emerged as an NL MVP candidate. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The Brewers’ hot start to the season may have come as a surprise, but it’s their continued excellence that’s really catching people’s attention. Milwaukee is led by its very impressive offense, which is making the Upper Midwest look a lot like the Mile High City. While the starting staff doesn’t boast a true ace, all five arms are quality rotation pieces. The bullpen came into the season as a major question mark, but it has managed to be strong thus far—though that isn’t a complete surprise considering how variable relief arms can be from year to year. The major issue for the pitching staff is the lack of depth in the minor league system. This kept the Brewers relatively quiet in the trade market, and it also likely means they won’t be able to inject much youth into their playoff push.

PITCHING
(4.0 RA/G, 9TH IN NL)

Wednesday starter Kyle Lohse has continued his late-career renaissance, as he looks to compile his fourth-consecutive sub-3.50 ERA season. As the de facto staff ace, he has delivered his usual steady performance. Tuesday’s starter Wily Peralta has also emerged as a strong mid-rotation arm. Monday night’s starter Yovani Gallardo has not have lived up to the lofty, early-career hype, but continues to produce solid starts. The bullpen has been anchored by resurgent closer Francisco Rodriguez and a breakout performance from fireballing setup man Will Smith. The biggest issue in the ’pen may be what happens if the wheels fall off for Rodriguez down the stretch.

HITTING
(4.3 RS/G, 2ND IN NL)

The Brewers trail only the Coors Field-aided Rockies when it comes to scoring runs. The offense is led by three MVP-caliber players in Ryan Braun (who isn’t firing on all cylinders, but has still been strong), Carlos Gomez (who announced his presence with an elite 2013 season on both sides of the ball) and breakthrough performer Jonathan Lucroy. The backstop gets plenty of accolades for his abilities behind the plate, but his above-.860 OPS is also impressive, along with his 18 homers and 82 driven in. His 5.0 wins above replacement total is the fourth-highest among NL hitters. That trio has overshadowed another strong season from Aramis Ramirez and a solid year from Scooter Gennett. Add the power of Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds, and this is truly one of the more impressive offensive units in baseball.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/7/14

Daytona won in extras, while Mesa salvaged a split Thursday. Iowa, Kane County and Boise were all handed losses, and Tennessee had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (63-57)
1st Place (+0.5)

Iowa lost at Oklahoma City, 16-4, after surrendering seven runs in the first two innings.

  • DH Manny Ramirez (.211) doubled (1) and homered (2) in four at-bats, knocking in two (6). It was
    his third multihit game and first game with two extra-base hits.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.323) launched his 37th homer and walked twice. His 37 homers tie Joey Gallo for
    the minor league lead. Despite having played just 47 of Iowa’s 120 games, Bryant has the second
    most homers of all Iowa players this season (15) and the fourth-most RBI (38).

Daytona Cubs (27-17)
1st Place (+4.5)

Two big innings—a six-run second and a seven-run fifth—helped Daytona rout the Threshers in Clearwater, 18-2.

  • RHP Tayler Scott fanned seven over seven innings, giving up two earned runs in the win.
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.268) finished 3-for-4 with three runs, two walks, a homer and three RBI (14).
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.283) and DH Billy McKinney (.330) added three singles apiece.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.269) hit a three-run homer with two out in the fifth inning. It was his eighth
    homer in 177 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting five in 221 at-bats before the break.
  • RF Rock Shoulders (.221) led off the third inning with his 10th home run. He has also drawn five free passes in
    his last two games.

Kane County Cougars (27-19)
T-1st Place (–)

Cedar Rapids beat the Cougars, 4-3, in 11 innings, on a walk-off double from Kernels 3B Bryan Haar.

  • RHP Duane Underwood struck out seven in six innings, giving up one earned run.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.409) finished 2-for-5 with his third double since joining the Cougars, and one RBI
    (4). He has an eight-game hitting streak (.441/15-for-34), including multiple hits in each of his last
    five games (.524/11-for-21).
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.280, 6 3B) and C Victor Caratini (.263, 1 3B) each tripled. Dunston’s six triples
    lead the team.
  • RHP David Garner (5.79) allowed two runs over 1.2 innings to blow his first save.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (0-1, 18.00) allowed the game-winner without retiring a batter to suffer his first loss.

Boise Hawks (6-8)
4th Place (-4.0)

Boise dropped the series opener at Salem-Keizer, 9-5.

  • C Mark Zagunis (.308) belted a two-run shot in the seventh to cut a 6-2 deficit in half. It marked
    Zagunis’ sixth multi-RBI game of the season.
  • Starting 2B David Bote (.347) went 3-for-5 and scored two runs. Bote has posted multiple hits in
    eight of his 20 games with Boise this year.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.326) went 2-for-4 with a double (2) and an RBI (6). He has five multihit efforts in
    his last seven games (.462/ 12-for-26).

Mesa Cubs First Half: (13-14), Second Half: (3-4)
4th Place (-5.5)

GAME 1: In the makeup of a rained-out July 3 contest at the AZL Padres’ Peoria Stadium, Mesa fell, 5-3. The loss finalized the club’s first-half record at 13-14.

  • LF Varonex Cuevas hit two doubles in two at-bats, while DH Kevonte Mitchell singled twice and stole two bases.
  • LHP Jose Paulino (2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) suffered the loss.

GAME 2: Mesa took a 4-1 decision over the Padres in the second game at Peoria Stadium.

  • LF Ricardo Marcano (.280) went 2-for-3 with a double (7) to extend his hitting streak to 16 games
    dating back to July 9 (.328/20-for-61).
  • CF Kevonte Mitchell (.333) tallied three singles for his third three-hit game of the campaign.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.351) finished 2-for-3 with a run, a walk, his first double and an RBI (6). After
    recording three extra-base hits in his first 12 games with Mesa, he has tallied three more in his last
    four contests.
  • RHP Tanner Griggs (1-1, 4.26) tossed 2.1 scoreless frames and fanned five for his first win.
  • LHP Jordan Minch (10.13) allowed one run over two innings for his first save in his second professional
    appearance.

The Cubs acquire former top prospect RHP Jacob Turner from Miami

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(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty)

The Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins for minor league right-handed pitchers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer.

To make room for Turner on the 40-man roster, outfielder Ryan Kalish was designated for assignment.

Turner, 23, was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2009 Draft and was the centerpiece of the July 23, 2012, five-player trade that sent pitcher Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. After starting 2013 at Triple-A New Orleans, Turner joined the Marlins at the end of May and went 3-8 despite a 3.74 ERA (49 ER/118.0 IP) in 20 major league starts. Turner has split the 2014 campaign between Miami’s rotation and bullpen, going 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA (52 ER/78.1 IP) in 20 appearances, 12 as a starter.

After making his big league debut for Detroit with a brief three-start stint as a 20-year-old in 2011, Turner entered 2012 ranked as Detroit’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America. Upon joining the Marlins organization in July, Turner made two starts for Triple-A New Orleans before earning a promotion to the Marlins, for whom he went 1-4 despite a 3.38 ERA (16 ER/42.2 IP) in seven starts.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Turner is a native of St. Charles, Mo., and was drafted by the Tigers out of Westminster Christian Academy after being named the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri. He made his professional debut in 2010, pitched in the Futures Game in 2011 and made his big league debut a couple of weeks later on July 30, 2011, at 20 years, 2 months and 9 days, becoming the youngest Tigers pitcher in more than 30 years.

Turner is 9-21 with a 4.77 ERA (140 ER/264.0 IP) in 53 major league appearances (45 starts) covering the last four seasons with Detroit (2011-12) and Miami (2012-14).

Home Series No. 18 Preview: Cubs vs. Rays

Archer

(Photo by Marilyn Indahl/Getty)

After making the postseason with a young and talented nucleus in 2013, the Rays got off to a terrible start this year before rebounding around the trade deadline. But even with their improved play of late, they still sit four games under .500 and 10 games back in the AL East entering the series with the Cubs. A combination of injuries, underperformance, and plain old bad luck has left Tampa Bay looking more like the team that was consistently among the worst in the game for a decade than the last few seasons’ perennial playoff contenders. However, unlike previous struggling Tampa teams, the 2014 Rays had actual assets to sell off at the deadline. The Rays rotation took a big hit last month when the team moved longtime ace and former Cy Young winner David Price to Detroit.

PITCHING
(3.9 RA/G, 5TH IN AL)

The Rays’ real strength this season lies on the mound. Things haven’t gone as expected, but with a core of former Cub, and Friday starter, Chris Archer, Alex Cobb (Saturday) and Jake Odorizzi (Sunday), the future of the pitching staff appears sound. Add to that a healthy Jeremy Hellickson, and Matt Moore, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, and there is plenty of hope for the Rays to bounce back strong in 2015. Grant Balfour’s struggles in the closer role have just added to the list of things that haven’t gone right for Tampa Bay in 2014. Jake McGee has recently taken over that role.

HITTING
(3.9 RS/G, 12TH IN AL)

Tampa Bay’s offense has never been a world beater, but this year it has been particularly poor. Wil Myers has been hurt, but even when healthy, he hasn’t lived up to the hype that accompanies being a reigning Rookie of the Year. And Desmond Jennings is in the same boat. For some reason, the Rays consistently struggle to develop their own hitters. Perennial MVP candidate Evan Longoria has proven to be the exception to that rule, but even he has been unspectacular this year. Ben Zobrist has provided his valuable versatility in the field along with a solid hit tool, and Matt Joyce has been one of the Rays’ best offensive weapons. James Loney continues to hit better with Tampa than he did with the Dodgers, but the Rays’ offense is still something less than formidable.

1000 Words: Happy 25th to Anthony Rizzo

Cubs vs. Cardinals

(Photo by Stephen Green)

If you’re coming out to Wrigley Field Friday, make sure to wish Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo a happy 25th birthday. The 2014 All-Star is having a career year so far, posting a .281/.384/.506 (AVG/OBP/SLG) line with 25 home runs and 61 RBI in 111 games.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/6/14

Tennessee secured a shutout win, and Kane County recaptured first place Wednesday. Meanwhile Daytona was shut out, and Mesa couldn’t get things going in a loss. Iowa and Boise had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (24-22)
1st Place (+1.5)

Tennessee recorded its eighth shutout of the season, blanking host Mobile, 5-0.

  • RHP Felix Pena fanned eight batters over 5.1 innings, giving up three hits and no earned runs to pick up the win.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.234) recorded two hits from the leadoff spot, including his second double, and knocked in one run (4). He has hit safely in his last four games (.357/5-for-14).
  • SS Addison Russell (.295) reached base three times, finishing 2-for-4 with a run, a walk, a double (4) and an RBI (19). Russell has tallied 10 multihit efforts in 27 games with Tennessee.
  • Three Smokies relievers recorded holds en route to the combined shutout: RHP Tony Zych (5.36, 4 H), LHP Andrew McKirahan (2.41, 3 H) and RHP P.J. Francescon (3.88, 5 H).

Daytona Cubs (26-17)
1st Place (+4.5)

Daytona was held to two hits by host Clearwater, falling 4-0. In their last five games, the Cubs have been blanked four times and have been outscored by their opponents, 30-3.

  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.239) collected his second double of the season, the lone Daytona extra-base hit.
  • DH Billy McKinney (.312) singled and walked. He has reached safely in 25 of his 27 games with Daytona this season (.312/.402/.452).
  • LHP Austin Kirk (3.57) tossed 2.2 hitless innings of relief. He has posted a 1.17 ERA (2 ER/15.1 IP) in his last eight outings.

Kane County Cougars (27-18)
1st Place (-1.0)

Kane County captured sole possession of first place with a 4-2 win at Peoria.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.255) recorded three singles in four at-bats in his third three-hit game of the campaign.
  • CF Jeffrey Baez (.262) added two singles of his own and drove in one (5). He also contributed defensively, recording an outfield assist in the fourth inning.
  • RHP Jose Arias (1.77) recorded his fifth hold of the season with three scoreless frames of work, fanning five.
  • RHP Tyler Bremer (2.43) earned his 12th save, striking out two in a scoreless ninth.

Mesa Cubs (2-6)
4th Place (-3.0)

The host AZL Reds jumped ahead with a two-run first inning and never looked back, beating Mesa, 10-4.

  • SS Ho-young Son (.310) went 3-for-4 with a run, two RBI (6) and two stolen bases (8). His eight stolen bases in 15 games rank third on the team.
  • RF Ricardo Marcano (.275) singled and doubled (6) to extend his hitting streak to 15 games dating back to July 9 (.310/18-for-58).

 

Cubs Minor League Recap: 8/5/14

Iowa powered its way to a win, Daytona scored three runs late, and Kane County split a doubleheader Tuesday. Boise had a representative in the Northwest League All-Star Game, while Tennessee and Mesa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (63-56)
1st Place (+1.5)

Iowa improved to a PCL-best 28-7 in day games this season, beating host Omaha, 7-4.

  • RHP Dan Staily struck out nine in seven innings, giving up no earned runs in the win. He hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last two starts and has fanned 14 (13.0 IP).
  • 1B Mike Olt (.345) went 2-for-4 with a third-inning grand slam. He’s hit safely in 10-straight games, batting .400 (16-for-40) with five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI during the stretch.
  • RF Jorge Soler (.286) fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with two runs, a double (5), a home run and three RBI (12). He’s hit four homers and driven in 12 in his first 14 games with Iowa.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.321) extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-3 with two runs. He’s batting .400 (12-for-30) with 14 runs, three doubles, three homers and seven RBI during the streak.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.52) recorded the final out of the game to earn his fourth save of the campaign.

Daytona Cubs (26-16)
1st Place (+5.0)

Daytona scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to sneak past host Clearwater, 3-1.

  • LHP Rob Zastryzny gave up one earned run over five innings, striking out five.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.279) went 2-for-5 with a run and a stolen base (4).
  • DH Billy McKinney (.308) went 1-for-4 with a game-high two RBI (25).
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (3-0, 4.47) tossed three scoreless innings to earn his third win of the year.
  • RHP Zack Godley (4.26) worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his fourth save.

Kane County Cougars (26-18)
T-1st Place (–)

GM 1: Kane County dropped the first game of a doubleheader at Peoria, 4-1.

  • 3B Chesny Young (.389) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and his first stolen base of the season.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.281) went 2-for-3 with his 14th double of the year.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng allowed just one run on two hits and fanned two in 6.1 innings of work.

GM 2: Kane County limited Peoria to just four hits in the second game, beating the Chiefs, 4-1.

  • RHP Ben Wells pitched six innings, giving up one earned run, to pick up the win.
  • CF Jeffry Baez (.237) went 1-for-3 with a seventh-inning, solo home run.
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.283) and 2B Chesny Young (.410) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Tyler Bremer (2.50) worked a scoreless seventh inning for his 11th save of the season.

Boise Hawks (6-7)
4th Place (-3.0)

The North and South teams combined for just nine hits in a 0-0 tie in the Northwest League All-Star Game Tuesday at Swede Johnson Stadium. Boise’s Mark Zagunis doubled for one of the South’s four hits and finished 1-for-2 in a game that was called after 10 innings.

1980s Homestand Promotions and Guests: 8/8/14-8/14/14

First-Night

The first night game at Wrigley Field on Aug. 8, 1988. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The 1980s brought Ryno, Dawson, the Boys of Zim and the first night game at historic Wrigley Field. Starting Friday, Aug. 8, the Cubs welcome the Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers to town for a 1980s-themed celebration. Fans can relive the decade along with Jody Davis, Bill Bonham, Fergie Jenkins and many more.

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

1980s Homestand Recap, August 8-14

Friday, Aug. 8, Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: First Night Game Bobblehead presented by Las Vegas (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Jody Davis, former Cubs catcher
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, Aug. 9, Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Retro Headphones presented by Athletico (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Digger Phelps, former Notre Dame men’s basketball coach and retired ESPN college basketball analyst
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, Aug. 10, Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: ‘80s Throwback Cubs Rubik’s Cube presented by Comcast SportsNet (first 5,000 kids 13-and-under)
  • First pitch: Bill Bonham, former Cubs pitcher
  • Seventh-inning stretch: TBD
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Monday, Aug. 11, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Fergie Jenkins, Hall of Fame Cubs pitcher
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Aug. 12, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Event: Cubs Scout Night
  • First pitch: Willy Roy, two-time champion Chicago Sting coach
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Members of the Chicago Sting 1981 championship team
  • Military recognition: U.S. Navy Leap Frogs
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Aug. 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Throwback uniforms: Retro 1988 home uniform
  • Special Event: ‘80s Rock Night/Zubazpalooza 2
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Steve Trout, former Cubs pitcher
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, Aug. 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Fathead presented by Pepsi (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitches: Miss Illinois, Marisa Buchheit, and actor Joel Murray
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Joel Murray, actor
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

For more information on Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday celebration, please visit www.wrigleyfield100.com.

 

Cubs activate RHP Fujikawa; designate OF Schierholtz for assignment

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Nate Schierholtz has been designated for assignment.

Fujikawa will be available for the Cubs Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Fujikawa, 34, returns to the Cubs following an almost 14-month recovery from Tommy John surgery on June 11, 2013. He made his major league debut with the team last season after pitching 12 years for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan’s Central League. Fujikawa appeared in 12 games in 2013, recording the save on Opening Day, and went 1-1 with two saves and a 5.25 ERA (7 ER/12.0 IP) overall. He twice landed on the disabled list, first on April 13 with a right forearm strain and again on May 27, the day after walking off the mound due to injury. Soon after, he underwent Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander combined to make 12 rehab appearances with three minor league clubs during the past month, posting no record and a 0.77 ERA (1 ER/11.2 IP). He struck out 13, walked three and limited opponents to a .171 batting average.

Schierholtz, 30, batted .192 (60-for-313) with six homers and 33 RBI in 99 games for the Cubs this season. He signed with the team prior to the 2013 campaign, when he went on to hit a career-high 21 home runs.

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