Cubs Lineup: 6/4/15

Cubs vs. Nationals – Nationals Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Nationals Starter: Gio Gonzalez, LHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Junior Lake, RF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Matt Szczur, LF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Bryant named NL Rookie of the Month for May

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Photo by Stephen Green

Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has been named the National League Rookie of the Month for May.

Bryant, 23, led major league rookies with 22 RBI during the month, and his seven home runs ranked second. He is the first Cubs rookie to record at least 22 RBI in the month of May since Bob Speake had 29 RBI in 1955 and Ernie Banks had 27 RBI in 1954. All told, Bryant hit .265 (27-for-102) with two doubles, a triple, seven homers, 22 RBI, 20 runs scored, 16 walks, three stolen bases, a .369 on-base percentage and a .510 slugging percentage last month.

The Cubs first-round selection and second-overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bryant is batting .273 (42-for-154) with seven homers, seven doubles, one triple, 33 RBI, 28 runs scored and 27 walks in 42 games since making his big league debut on April 17. The right-handed batter recorded a 12-game hitting streak from May 11-23, in which he hit .349 with a 1.108 OPS. The 12-game streak tied fellow rookie Addison Russell for the longest by a Cub this season and is tied for the longest by a Cubs rookie since Jerome Walton’s 30-game hitting streak in 1989.

Bryant enters tonight tied for eighth in the NL in walks and ranks 13th in the NL in RBI. Additionally, he leads all rookies in RBI and on-base percentage (.387) and ranks among the top five NL rookies in batting average, home runs, runs scored, hits, total bases (72), walks, steals (5) and slugging (.468).

Cubs Lineup: 6/3/15

Cubs vs. Marlins – Marlins Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Marlins Starter: Dan Haren, RHP
TV: WPWR-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Junior Lake, RF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/2/15

Iowa and Tennessee each won 9-3 Tuesday, while Myrtle Beach lost both sides of its doubleheader 4-3. South Bend had the day off and will resume play Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (27-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa blasted four homers to defeat Albuquerque by a score of 9-3 on Tuesday.

  • SS Javier Baez (.325) went 4-for-5, crushed two home runs and picked up a season high four RBI.
  • LF Adron Chambers (.280) recorded a season high four hits, including a double, drove in one and scored twice. It extended his hitting streak to six games (11-for-24/.458).
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.279) went 3-for-4 with a home run, one walk and a season high four runs scored. He has recorded multi-hit games in four of his last five.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.290) went 2-for-5 and hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, marking his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • RHP Donn Roach (2.12) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings pitched and improved to a perfect 6-0 record, tossing his ninth quality start.

Tennessee Smokies (29-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Tennessee picked up its second straight win at Chattanooga, topping the Lookouts 9-3.

  • 1B Wes Darvill (.152) went 3-for-3, knocked his first home run and double, scored once and earned a career high four RBI.
  • CF Albert Almora (.258) went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.329) went 3-for-5 and plated one, marking his second consecutive three-hit game.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.67) earned the win, giving up just two runs off six hits in 5.2 innings of work.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (31-18)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+6.0)

G1: Myrtle Beach fell to Potomac in 11 innings, dropping the third game of the series 4-3.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (4.14) gave up two earned runs in 5.1 innings in the no-decision.
  • DH Chesny Young (.371) went 2-for-4, swiped a base, walked once and scored twice.
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.271) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.306) went 2-for-5 and added a walk and a run scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.233) went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a walk.

G2: Myrtle Beach got out to an early lead, but dropped the second game of the day to Potomac 4-3.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.273) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and one run scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.247) went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
  • C Victor Caratini (.241) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.254) recorded a double and scored once, finishing 2-for-3.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (2.86) delivered a season high six strikeouts and walked none in 5.0 innings to get the no-decision.

Cubs name C Schwarber, RHP Williams organization’s player, pitcher of the month

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Cubs farmhand Kyle Schwarber was named the organization’s player of the month for May. (Photo by Stephen Green)

On Wednesday, the Cubs named Double-A Tennessee catcher Kyle Schwarber and Single-A South Bend right-handed pitcher Ryan Williams the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively.

Schwarber, 22, batted .297 (27-for-91) with eight homers, two doubles, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored in 28 games for Tennessee. He drew 24 walks and delivered a 1.026 OPS thanks to a .443 on-base percentage and a .582 slugging mark. He ranked first in the Southern League in walks, second in home runs, third in OPS and OBP, and fourth in slugging percentage during the month. Additionally, Schwarber led all Cubs prospects in homers, walks, slugging and OPS, while ranking second in OBP.

In 47 games for Tennessee this season, Schwarber is hitting .312 (49-for-157) with seven doubles, one triple, 12 homers, 32 RBI, 31 runs scored and 37 walks. He leads the Southern League with a .439 OBP, .599 slugging mark, a 1.038 OPS and 37 walks, while ranking second with 12 home runs and third with 94 total bases.

Schwarber was selected by Chicago in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University where he was a two-time First-Team All-American. He has batted .332 (139-for-419) with 30 homers, 25 doubles, 85 RBI and 86 runs scored in 119 minor league contests. The left-handed hitter has a .621 career slugging mark and a .432 OBP, thanks in part to 76 walks.

Williams, 23, went 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA (6 ER/34.0 IP) in five starts for South Bend during the month of May. He struck out 23 batters without issuing a walk to any of his 125 batters faced. He tossed four quality starts and twice tied a season high with 8.0 innings pitched, including 8.0 scoreless frames in the club’s 3-2 win on May 22 versus Bowling Green. The right-handed pitcher led the Midwest League in WHIP (0.76), while ranking third in ERA.

Williams began the season 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA (7 ER/53.2 IP) in nine games (eight starts) with South Bend. Entering today, he struck out 37 batters compared to two walks and held the opposition to a .190 batting average and a .461 OPS. His ERA and opponent batting average are both second-lowest in the Midwest League.

Williams was selected by the Cubs in the 10th round of the 2014 draft out of East Carolina University, where he was a Third-Team All-America selection in 2014. He entered today 6-2 with a 1.23 ERA (11 ER/80.1 IP) in 20 minor league appearances, including eight starts. He’s fanned 66 batters, while walking just five, and held opponents to a .201 batting average. Opponents hit just two home runs of him in 80.1 innings of work in the last two seasons.

Cubs Lineup: 6/2/15

Cubs vs. Marlins – Marlins Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Marlins Starter: Brad Hand, LHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, LF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Junior Lake, RF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Addison Russell, 2B
7. David Ross, C
8. Kyle Hendricks, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 3B

Minor League Recap: 6/1/15

It was a good day all around for the Cubs minor league affiliates Monday, as Iowa and Tennessee each won by 10 runs and South Bend took both games of a doubleheader. Myrtle Beach was suspended due to rain with the game tied in the 10th inning. They will resume play prior to tonight’s game. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (26-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-8.0)

Iowa scored 14 runs on 15 hits to top El Paso, 14-4. Every I-Cub in the starting lineup recorded a hit.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.99) picked up the win, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings and striking out five.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.286) went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple, a double, three RBI and a season-high three runs scored.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.330) crushed a three-run homer in the third inning, extending his hitting streak to seven games (11-for-29/.379).
  • LF Adron Chambers (.255) went 2-for-4, plated two and scored twice.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.267) went 2-for-5 with a triple, swiped a base and scored twice.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.272) recorded a triple, two RBI and one run, going 2-for-5.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.262) went 2-for-4, plated one and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies (28-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee cruised to a 13-3 victory over Chattanooga. The Smokies drew 11 walks in the game.

  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (3.22) gave up three earned runs in 5.1 innings, but struck out seven and walked none to pick up the win.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.255) went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI, two walks and three runs.
  • C Willson Contreras (.321) went 3-for-6, plated one and scored twice.
  • 1B Anthony Giansanti (.240) went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.305) went 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and three walks.

South Bend Cubs (23-28)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.5)

G1: South Bend scored four runs in the sixth inning to come from behind and top Lake County, 5-4.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.234) went 2-for-3, plated one and scored once.
  • LF Kevin Encarnacion (.273) went 1-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and one run scored.

G2: South Bend blanked Lake County in the second game of the day, topping the Captains, 4-0.

  • RHP Erick Leal (4.27) gave up no earned runs in 5.0 innings to pick up the win.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.353) went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double, plating two and scoring once. It extended his hitting streak to five games (10-for-20/.500).
  • LF Rashad Crawford (.270) went 2-for-3, swiped a base and scored once.

Cubs Lineup: 6/1/15

Cubs vs. Marlins — Marlins Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Marlins Starter: Jose Urena, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/31/15

One big inning boosted Iowa, and Myrtle Beach continued its winning ways Sunday. Tennessee couldn’t get the bats going in a loss while South Bend’s game was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain. It will be continued today, with the regularly scheduled game to follow. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (25-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa scored seven runs in the seventh inning to defeat host El Paso, 8-4.

  • RHP Felipe Paulino gave up one earned run over 4.0 innings pitched in the no-decision.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.337) has now hit safely in six straight games (10-for-24), after going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored yesterday. He finished May with a .364 average (20-for-55) in 16 games.
  • SS Javier Baez (.306) collected his fourth three-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. He batted .314 (33-for-105) with five doubles and five homers in 29 May games.
  • RF Jonathan Mota (.284) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. He tied a season high with three RBI.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.272), C Taylor Teagarden (.289) and PH Adron Chambers (.245) each collected a multi-hit game and scored a run.

Tennessee Smokies (27-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.0)

Tennessee dropped the final game of its five-game homestand against Mobile, falling 5-1.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.327) collected his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. He has gone 11-for-22 (.500) in his last six games.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.298) went 2-for-3 and has hit safely in six of his last seven games.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (4.24) allowed just one run on three hits in 4.0 innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach (31-16)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+6.5)

Myrtle Beach won its fifth game in the last six contests, cruising past Potomac, 7-2.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina (4.07) gave up two earned runs in 6.0 innings of work, striking out three to pick up the win.
  • LF Chesny Young (.362) went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.247) went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.267) drove in a team-high three runs, going 1-for-4 with a homer.
  • RHP Fernando Cruz (0.00) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, picking up a save in his first appearance with Myrtle Beach.

Now Playing: Keeping Score with the late Lennie Merullo

On Saturday, the oldest living Cub, Lennie Merullo, died at the age of 98. In memory of Merullo, we’re reposting an interview we conducted last summer with the memorable ballplayer. Below is a statement from Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts regarding Merullo’s death:

“We were saddened to hear the news our oldest living Cub Lennie Merullo passed away earlier today. While I have experienced many joys as owner of this great franchise, one of the most memorable was meeting Lennie last season. When the Cubs last appeared in a World Series in 1945, Lennie was a 28-year-old shortstop. Nearly 70 years later, he brought the same youthful spirit and excitement, as he threw out the first pitch and led the entire ballpark in singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ joined by family and friends. If there was any doubt Wrigley Field does make dreams come true, you could look into Lennie’s eyes beaming with joy as he visited his beloved ballpark for what would be the last time. He told everyone he would never forget that day. To his family, friends and loved ones, our organization will never forget him.”

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