Cubs Lineup: 6/24/16 vs. Cardinals

Cubs vs. Cardinals — Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (5-1, 2.31 ERA)
Giants Starter: Michael Wacha, rhp (2-4, 4.03 ERA)
TV: CSN, ESPN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, 3b
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Jorge Soler, lf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. David Ross, c
9. Jason Hammel, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/23/16

Tennessee won via walk-off, pitching powered Myrtle Beach, and South Bend kept its winning streak alive. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (18-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-6.0)

Iowa dropped its eighth straight game, falling 6-1 at home to El Paso.

  • C Willson Contreras (.328) homered in the first inning, his fourth of the year.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.250) went 2 for 3 for his ninth multi-hit game.
  • RHP Stephen Fife (3.18 ERA) struck out five batters in four scoreless innings in his first start since April 13.
  • RHP Felix Pena (1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) and RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (1 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO) combined for 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (21-14)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-6.5)

Billy McKinney hit a walk-off single in the 12th inning to lift the Smokies to a 3-2 win over Biloxi.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.234) finished 2 for 6.
  • RHP Brad Markey (2.64 ERA) gave up two earned runs in six innings, striking out four.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.309) went 3 for 6 with a double (3) and two runs scored.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.233) was 3 for 6 with an RBI (21). He has four multi-hit games in his last five contests (9 for 21).
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.241) also added a three-hit game, going 3 for 5.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) and RHP Miguel Mejia (2 IP, 2 H, 4 SO) each tossed multiple scoreless innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

The Pelicans collected just five hits but prevailed 3-1 over visiting Lynchburg.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.268) was 2 for 4 with a triple (3), a solo homer (2), two runs scored and two RBI (8). He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.
  • RHP Zach Hedges (2.70 ERA) surrendered just one earned run in seven innings of work to pick up the win. He has tossed six quality starts this season.
  • LHP Tommy Thorpe (2 IP, 3 SO) picked up his first save, tossing two perfect innings of relief.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert was named Carolina League Player of the Week for May 16-22.

South Bend Cubs (26-16)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+3.0)

First place South Bend earned its fourth straight victory, topping Lake County, 6-3.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.338) went 3 for 4 with a double (12), a walk and an RBI (25). He has hit safely in 10 straight games (.476/20 for 42) and has four homers in his last five games. He was named Midwest League Player of the Week for May 16-22.
  • C P.J. Higgins (.291) reached four times, going 2 for 3 with a double (11), two walks and a run scored.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.319) added two hits, finishing 2 for 4 with a double (7), a walk and two runs scored.
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.289) went 1 for 4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning.
  • LHP Carson Sands (3.38) pitched seven innings, giving up three runs and striking out three. He has won his last four starts, going 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA (4 ER/23 IP) in May.

 

Cubs Lineup: 5/23/16 vs. Cardinals

Cubs vs. Cardinals — Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 7:15 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (4-2, 3.31 ERA)
Giants Starter: Adam Wainwright, rhp (4-3, 5.92 ERA)
TV: CSN+; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Kris Bryant, rf
3. Ben Zobrist, 2b
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Jorge Soler, lf
6. Miguel Montero, c
7. Javy Baez, 3b
8. Addison Russell, ss
9. John Lester, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/22/16

It was a tough day for Cubs farm teams, as only South Bend was able to secure a victory Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (18-23)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-6.0)

Iowa dropped its seventh straight game, falling 8-1 in the finale of a four-game set at Tacoma.

  • CF Albert Almora (.331) collected his seventh three-hit game of the season, going 3 for 4 with a double (9) and an RBI (23).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.319) went 2 for 3 with a walk. He has reached in 14 of his last 15 games.
  • C Willson Contreras (.328) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk.

Tennessee Smokies (20-24)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-6.5)

Tennessee dropped both ends of its doubleheader vs. Biloxi. The Smokies went scoreless into extra innings in Game 1 before falling 5-0 in nine innings. They then dropped a back-and-forth 6-5 decision in Game 2.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn (0.96 ERA) threw six scoreless innings in Game 1, already his sixth outing this season of at least five innings with no earned runs allowed.
  • RHP Corey Black struck out five batters in two perfect innings of relief in Game 1.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.222) finished 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in the second game. He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests (8 for 15).
  • 1B Bijan Rademacher (.303) went 1 for 2 with two walks, one run scored and two RBI (19) in the second game.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.229) was 2 for 4 with a double (10) and run scored in Game 2.

Myrtle Beach (25-16)
Midwest League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

The Pelicans surrendered five eighth-inning runs and fell 7-4 at home to Lynchburg.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.250) finished 2 for 4 with a solo homer (2) and two RBI (12). He has hit safely in five straight games (9 for 17) with four multi-hit efforts.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.262) went 1 for 4 with a double (4), a run scored and his team-leading 35th RBI.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (3.35 ERA) tossed his fifth quality start of the season, fanning six in 6.1 innings and giving up just one earned run.

South Bend Cubs (25-16)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+2.0)

South Bend connected on three homers in a 6-4 victory at Lake County.

  • RHP Preston Morrison (3.96 ERA) gave up one earned run across five innings, striking out five.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.327) went 1 for 2 with two walks and a two-run homer (6). He has hit safely in nine straight games (17 for 38) and has four homers in his last four games.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.220) followed up Jimenez’ homer with a solo blast in the first inning (5).
  • DH P.J. Higgins (.282) went 2 for 4 with a walk, two runs and an RBI (16).
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.293) was 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI (31).

Cubs Lineup: 5/20/16 vs. Giants

Cubs vs. Giants — AT&T Park
First Pitch: 9:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (7-0, 1.29 ERA)
Giants Starter: Jake Peavy, rhp (1-4, 7.43 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, 3b
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Jorge Soler, lf
7. Miguel Montero, c
8. Javy Baez, ss
9. Jake Arrieta, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/19/16

One big inning was the difference for Tennessee, and Myrtle Beach claimed its series with a win Thursday. Iowa was edged out, and South Bend gave up late runs in a loss. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (18-20)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Third Place (-4.0)

Iowa dropped its fourth straight game, collecting four hits in a 2-1, series-opening setback at Tacoma.

  • RF John Andreoli (.210) collected both of the team’s extra-base hits, going 2 for 4 with a double (4) and a solo homer (4).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.320) went 1 for 3 with a walk.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (3.30 ERA) gave up one run in five innings for the no-decision. He has posted a 1.80 ERA (5 ER/25 IP) in his last four starts.
  • RHP Spencer Patton (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) has yet to allow a run in 14 innings with Iowa.

Tennessee Smokies (19-22)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

The Smokies pulled away with a five-run fifth inning, as they defeated visiting Biloxi, 7-2.

  • 2B Chesny Young (.308) went 2 for 4 with a team-high two runs scored.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.197) finished 2 for 4 with a double (13), a run scored and two RBI (13).
  • RF Billy McKinney (.234) went 2 for 4 with a triple (1), a run scored and two RBI (11).
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.291) added a double (9), two RBI (15) and a run scored. He is batting .414 (12 for 29) with a .541 OBP since May 11.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (22-17)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

Myrtle Beach took the rubber game against Winston-Salem, prevailing 4-3.

  • RHP Erick Leal (3.93 ERA) picked up the win, pitching seven innings and giving up three earned runs.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.263) was 2 for 4 with a two-run homer (7) in the fifth inning, his fourth homer in the past seven games.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.255) went 3 for 4 with two doubles (10). He is batting .349 (22 for 63) in 16 May games after batting .179 (14 for 78) in 21 April contests.
  • DH Ian Happ (.268) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.

South Bend Cubs (22-16)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

South Bend surrendered three unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth, falling 5-3 at Great Lakes.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.326) collected his second career multi-homer game, going 2 for 4 with two homers (4) and three RBI.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.299) went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • LHP Kyle Twomey (4.75) allowed just one earned run in five innings.

Cubs Lineup: 5/19/16 vs. Brewers

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 12:40 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (5-0, 1.77 ERA)
Brewers Starter: Junior Guerra, rhp (2-0, 4.00 ERA)
TV: CSN, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, 3b
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Jorge Soler, lf
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. Miguel Montero, c
9. Jason Hammel, p

Cubs Lineup: 5/18/16 vs. Brewers

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (4-2, 3.54 ERA)
Brewers Starter: Jimmy Nelson, rhp (4-3, 3.51 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, lf
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Tommy La Stella, 3b
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. David Ross, c
9. John Lackey, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/17/16

Tennessee overpowered its opponent, and South Bend pitching carried the load in wins Tuesday. Iowa couldn’t hold on, and Myrtle Beach was rained out, with a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (18-19)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

The I-Cubs could not overcome an early Reno lead and fell to the Aces, 5-3.

  • RF-CF Juan Perez (.292) went 2 for 5 with a solo homer (2). He has a hit in five consecutive games (6 for 15/.400).
  •  C Willson Contreras (.339) reached base three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks and an RBI (19).
  • CF Albert Almora (.333) went 1 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.268) finished 1 for 3 with a triple (1) and a walk.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB) finished the game and extended his scoreless innings streak to 26.2 IP, dating to last season.

Tennessee Smokies (18-21)
Southern League (Triple-A)
T-Third Place (-4.5)

The Smokies went 6 for 12 with runners in scoring position to top Birmingham, 9-4.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina (3.76) picked up the win, striking out seven and surrendering just one earned run on two his in six innings.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.230) reached base four times, going 3 for 3 with a walk. He had a pair of doubles (9), two RBI (18) and three runs scored.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.309) finished 3 for 4 with two doubles (5), two RBI (17) and a run scored.
  • 1B Ryan Dent (.138) notched his second multi-hit game of the season, going 2 for 4 with a double (1) and three RBI (6).

South Bend Cubs (22-14)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (—)

South Bend pitchers fanned 10 batters and only allowed five hits en route to a 2-1 victory.

  • CF Donnie Dewees (.304) went 1 for 4 with two RBI (28). He has knocked in nine runs in his last four games and leads the Midwest League in RBI.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.292) finished 2 for 4 with a double (6) and a hit-by-pitch.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.345) went 1 for 3 with a triple (1), a walk and a run scored.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.257) reached base three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks and a run scored.
  • LHP Carson Sands (3.26 ERA) pitched five innings, giving up one earned run. It’s the only run he’s surrendered in his last 16 innings.

Cubs Lineup: 5/17/16 vs. Brewers

Cubs vs. Brewers — Miller Park
First Pitch: 7:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (2-2, 3.03 ERA)
Brewers Starter: Chase Anderson, rhp (1-5, 6.11 ERA)
TV: CSN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, lf
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Addison Russell, ss
7. Javy Baez, 3b
8. Miguel Montero, c
9. Kyle Hendricks, p

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