Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/28/15

Iowa claimed both games of its doubleheade while hot bats carried Tennessee to a win Tuesday. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach continued its recent struggles and South Bend had a bad inning in a loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (9-10)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

GM 1: Iowa cruised past Colorado Springs in a 7-1 victory.

  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.182) blasted his first home run and triple of the season, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
  • SS Jonathan Mota (.342) went 2-for-3, plated two, walked once and scored once.
  • RHP Donn Roach (2.31) tossed his third consecutive quality start, giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings. He has allowed two runs over 18.0 innings in his last three starts.

GM 2: 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.200) crushed his second home run of the day as the I-Cubs topped Colorado Springs, 6-3, to sweep the doubleheader.

  • RF John Andreoli (.244) went 2-for-3, hit two triples and scored twice.
  • 1B Mike Baxter (.381) went 2-for-2, walked twice and scored once.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.225) plated three with the eventual game-winning double (3) in the top of the seventh inning.

Tennessee Smokies (11-6)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+3.0)

Tennessee notched a season-high three homers in a 7-6 victory over Chattanooga.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.388) went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, three RBI and one run. He has recorded a hit and RBI in his last seven appearances, five of which were multi-hit games.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.750) went 3-for-4 in his first game with the Smokies, including a solo homer.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.271) went 2-for-4, hit a home run, two RBI and scored twice.
  • C Willson Contreras (.327) and SS Elliot Soto (.273) also had multi-hit games. Soto drove in a run as well.

Myrtle Beach (9-8)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

Myrtle Beach suffered its fourth straight loss, falling 3-2 at Wilmington in 10 innings.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.14) surrendered just one earned run on three hits in 5.0 innings of work, striking out two.
  • 2B Wes Darvill (.214) hit his second double of the campaign.
  • C Victor Caratini (.200) and LF Mark Zagunis (.231) each picked up an RBI for the Pelicans.
  • RHP James Pugliese (2.45) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and fanning two.

South Bend Cubs (9-10)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend fell 8-5 in the series opener at West Michigan after giving up three runs in the sixth inning.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.328) went 3-for-4, plated one, swiped a base and scored once.
  • CF Rashad Crawford hit his first triple of the season, recorded an RBI and scored once.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.302) added a run-scoring double and scored a run.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.299) also knocked a double, recorded an RBI and scored once.

Cubs Lineup: 4/28/15

Junior-Lake
Junior Lake will get the start in left field on Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Pirates – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Travis Wood, LHP
Pirates Starter: Jeff Locke, LHP
TV: WPWR; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Junior Lake, LF
7. Welington Castillo, C
8. Travis Wood, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/27/15

The Cubs’ two Single-A affiliates had the day off Monday, while the higher-level teams both fell despite several notable performances. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (7-10)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-6.5)

Iowa was blanked at Colorado Springs 7-0, as the I-Cubs collected just four hits. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed due to rain and will be played tonight.

  • SS Chris Valaika (.259) went 2-for-2 and drew a walk.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.233) hit his second double of the season and walked once.

Tennessee Smokies (10-6)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Tennessee’s four-game winning streak was snapped by Chattanooga, as the Smokies fell 5-3 in the third game of the five-game home series.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.370) went 2-for-3, walked once and knocked a sixth-inning solo homer. Schwarber has recorded a hit in his last six starts, four of which were multi-hit games.
  • 2B Ryan Dent (.262) blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning. He has earned an RBI in four of the last five games for a total of eight on the season.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (1.35) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and fanning three batters.

Cubs recall OF Lake; option RHP Schlitter to Iowa

Junior-Lake

The Chicago Cubs today recalled outfielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter to Triple-A.

Lake will be available for the Cubs tonight in their series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The 25-year-old Lake has played parts of the last two seasons with the Cubs and is a career .243 (132-for-544) hitter with 26 doubles, 15 home runs and 41 RBI in 172 games. He has played 85 games in left field, 63 games in center field and one game in right field.

Lake is batting .289 with two doubles and eight RBI in 13 games with Iowa this season. He hit .319 with one homer and nine RBI in 22 Cactus League games with the Cubs this spring.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Lake broke into the big leagues with the Cubs shortly after the All-Star break in 2013 and batted .284 with 16 doubles, six homers and 16 RBI in 64 games the rest of the way.  He was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster in 2014 and batted .211 with 10 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 25 RBI in 108 games last year. He also hit .262 in 14 games with Iowa last year.

Schlitter, 29, is 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA (6 ER/5.2 IP) in seven relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 4/27/15

AddRussAddison Russell makes his Wrigley Field debut Monday. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty)
Cubs vs. Pirates – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Pirates Starter: Vance Worley, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM
Lineups
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jorge Soler, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Miguel Montero, C
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. Chris Coghlan, LF
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Vogelbach again named Southern League Player of the Week

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(Photo by Roger C. Hoover)

Cubs first base prospect Dan Vogelbach was named the Double-A Southern League Player of the Week for his efforts between April 20-26. This is the second consecutive week the 22-year-old has claimed the award.

During the six-game span, he hit .391/.517/.913 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 23 at-bats with three homers, three doubles, six walks, 10 RBI and eight runs scored. Vogelbach’s .552 on-base percentage leads all of minor league baseball, and he also tops the Southern League in hits (24), total bases (40), walks (13), extra-base hits (10) and RBI (13). He has reached base in all 15 games played this season.

Vogelbach becomes the first player in the Southern League to receive this honor in back-to-back weeks since third baseman Kris Bryant achieved the feat for his strong two-week stretch from May 26-June 9.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/26/15

Tennessee and South Bend captured wins, while Myrtle Beach took a loss in a rain-shortened affair on Sunday. Meanwhile, Iowa was postponed due to inclement weather. The I-Cubs have a doubleheader scheduled for tonight. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (10-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Tennessee won its fourth straight game, defeating Chattanooga 5-2. Five different Smokies drove in runs.

  • RF Albert Almora (.306) went 2-for-4, plated one, swiped a base and scored once.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.340) went 2-for-4 with a double and scored once.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.275) had a multi-hit game, drove in a run and scored once.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.02) tossed his second quality start in 7.0 innings of work. He gave up only one earned run on three hits, walking two and fanning a season-high eight batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-7)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach fell to Winston-Salem in the series finale by a score of 6-1. The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning due to rain.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.240) went 2-for-3, hit his third double and earned his eighth RBI.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.328) went 2-for-3 and scored once. It marked his third multi-hit game in his last four appearances.
  • RHP Josh Conway (3.52) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, giving up only one hit, walking two and striking out one batter.

South Bend Cubs (9-9)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fourth Place (-3.0)

South Bend defeated Fort Wayne, 7-1, in the rubber game of the three-game series.

  • CF Trey Martin (.250) went 2-for-4, plated two, swiped two bases, walked once and scored once.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.305) went 3-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and a run.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.228) hit his third double of the season and drove in a run.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (0.46) picked up his second straight win and second quality start of the season. He tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and fanning three batters.

Cubs Lineup: 4/24/15

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Dexter Fowler returns to the lineup after missing Thursday’s game with a groin issue. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Cubs at Reds – Great American Ball Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Reds Starter: Mike Leake, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM
Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jorge Soler, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Kris Bryant, 3B
5. Chris Coghlan, LF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

 

Third Homestand Promotions and Guests: 4/27/15-5/3/15

Bears

The Cubs return home for a continued stretch of games against NL Central opponents when the Pirates and Brewers come to Wrigley Field from April 27-May 3.

In conjunction with Chicago hosting the 2015 NFL Draft next weekend, the Friendly Confines will celebrate its football history. The first 10,000 fans at the game on Friday, May 1, will receive a Wrigley Field Football that commemorates 50 seasons of Chicago Bears games at the historic ballpark. NFL legends Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner will throw out ceremonial first pitches on Tuesday, April 28, while NFL Network personalities Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Melissa Stark will lead the seventh-inning stretch.

Former NFL great Ickey Woods will throw a first pitch the following day, while former Chicago Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams sings the stretch. Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould wraps up the homestand with a first pitch and seventh-inning stretch on Sunday, May 3.

The Cubs and Cubs Charities will continue this year’s “Let’s Give” campaign through several events and recognitions during the homestand. On Tuesday, April 28, the team will present a check to the Illinois Tornado Relief Fund from last week’s fundraising efforts at Wrigley Field. Firefighters from Kirkland, Illinois, who have aided in tornado recovery efforts, will be recognized on the field pregame.

On Wednesday, April 29, the Cubs and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cubs Care during the annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon in the Audi Club at Wrigley Field. Cubs Charities and Cubs Care will grant more than $1 million to nonprofit organizations serving those in need around the Chicago area. That evening, Cubs Charities will recognize personal fundraising efforts from individuals running Saturday’s Race to Wrigley Charity Run. Proceeds from personal fundraising will support critical care needs for pediatric patients in Chicago. The top fundraising team and individual will be recognized during a pregame ceremony on the field.

On Friday, May 1, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing Misericordia Heart of Mercy, a Cubs Charities grantee, during his postgame press conference.

Tickets remain available for the upcoming homestand at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow:

Promotions
The first 10,000 fans attending the game on Friday, May 1, at 1:20 p.m. vs. the Brewers will receive a Wrigley Field football. Beginning in the seventh inning, fans can visit the Cubs Store across from Wrigley Field to inflate the football after they depart the ballpark.

Wintrust is rallying Cubs fans to support Cubs Charities and beat the rival White Sox in the process through its “You Decide” crosstown campaign. For each fan who opens a Wintrust Cubs checking account, Wintrust will donate $25 to Cubs Charities. Fans also can participate in the competition by tweeting with the #DecideCubs hashtag. With each use, Wintrust will donate 25 cents to Cubs Charities. Wintrust will donate an additional $25,000 to the charity of the team whose fans open the most accounts. Fans may visit wintrust.com/youdecide to participate.

On Sunday, May 3, the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting, as part of the team’s ongoing Kids Sundays at Wrigley Field.

Guests and Entertainment
The upcoming homestand welcomes several NFL legends and broadcasters in conjunction with the 2015 NFL Draft taking place in Chicago from April 30-May 2. NFL legends Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner will throw ceremonial first pitches on Tuesday, April 28, while NFL Network personalities Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Melissa Stark will lead the seventh-inning stretch. Former NFL great Ickey Woods will throw a first pitch the following day.

MLB Network Intentional Talk hosts Kevin Millar and Chris Rose lead off the homestand by singing the stretch on Monday, April 27. The show will film live from Wrigley Field on Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28, from 4-5 p.m. CDT.

On Friday, May 1, several actresses from A League of Their Own will throw ceremonial first pitches, while Chicago-native comedian Jeff Garlin will lead the seventh-inning stretch.

Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould wraps up the homestand with a first pitch and seventh-inning stretch on Sunday, May 3.

Food Specials
This homestand, the Decade Diner located in the right field concourse will serve a Schnitzel Whistler featuring a tall stack of breaded Bavarian style chicken, toasted peppercorn mayo, haystack onions and a toasted flour bap. The Italian Grinder homestand special features sliced capicola, salami, ham, provolone cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and red wine vinaigrette on a toasted hoagie roll.

Homestand Recap, April 27-May 3
Monday, April 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: MLB Network Intentional Talk hosts Kevin Millar and Chris Rose
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, April 28 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame recognition: Firefighters from Kirkland, Illinois, and check presentation for Illinois Tornado Relief Fund
  • First pitches: NFL legends Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner
  • Seventh-inning stretch: NFL Network personalities Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Melissa Stark
  • Broadcast: WPWR-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, April 29 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Former NFL great Ickey Woods
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Chicago Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, May 1 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Wrigley Field football presented by Wintrust Community Banks (first 10,000 fans)
  • Pregame recognition: Race to Wrigley Charity Run personal fundraisers
  • First pitches: Actresses from A League of Their Own
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Chicago-native comedian Jeff Garlin
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 2 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Promotion: Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/23/15

Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all cruised to victories on Thursday, while Iowa gave up an early lead and couldn’t fight back. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (6-8)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

Iowa fell to New Orleans 9-2 after giving up a season-high six runs in the first inning.

  • SS Chris Valaika hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and walked once. It marked his seventh RBI and second home run this season.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (0.00) threw 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, walking two and fanning two batters.

Tennessee Smokies (8-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Tennessee cruised to a 9-2 victory at Jackson, drawing a season high 12 walks.

  • RHP Felix Pena (1.53) secured the win, giving up two earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. He struck out eight and walked two.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.371) went 3-for-6 with a home run and a double, plating two and scoring twice. It was his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • C Willson Contreras (.333) went 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, two walks and two runs scored. Contreras had his fourth multi-hit game this season.
  • 3B Ryan Dent (.290) went 3-for-4 and picked up three RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-4)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.0)

Myrtle Beach pulled away with a four-run fifth inning to top Winston-Salem 6-0 in the first game of the series. The Pelicans are now 4-0 against Winston-Salem this season.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.280) went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base (6) and two runs. It marked his fifth multi-hit game this season.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.325) also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
  • C Ben Carthart (.235) hit a two-run double in the fifth inning. Carhart also walked and scored a run.
  • RHP Daury Torrez threw his first quality start to pick up the win, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings, giving up four hits and fanning one batter.

South Bend Cubs (7-8)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend blanked Lake County 10-0 in the rubber game of the series. The SB Cubs outscored Lake County 26-3 over the final two games.

  • RHP Erick Leal picked up the win after pitching 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out six and walking just one batter.
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.188) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a three-run double to go along with one run scored.
  • CF Trey Martin (.267) picked up his sixth multi-hit game this season.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.275) went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two stolen bases and one run scored.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.340) went 2-for-5, swiped a base and scored twice. Young is currently on an eight-game hitting streak (13-for-31) and has six multi-hit games on the season.
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (0.96) earned his first save after throwing 4.0 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and fanning five batters.
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