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1000 Words: Hot Stove Cool Music is another smash hit

Theo Epstein has repeatedly proven he knows how to run a baseball team. In recent years, he’s also demonstrated a unique ability to put on a good rock show.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder surprised fans Friday night when he took the stage at The Metro in Wrigleyville, joining an all-star roster of Chicago and Boston musicians who stepped up to the plate for Chicago-area youth at the fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. Vedder, a die-hard Cubs fan, joined the Hot Stove roster for the second consecutive year, helping raise more than $400,000 for Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.

Vedder joined Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and an all-star lineup featuring Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, Latin Grammy nominated jazz musician/former New York Yankee Bernie Williams, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and Avid Dancer.

Ensemble performances by the “Hot Stove All-Stars,” a host of distinguished Chicago and Boston musicians who anchor the Hot Stove Music line-up, rounded out the bill. The “All-Stars” include Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Jennifer Hall, Max Crawford, Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering), Gerald Dowd, Scott Stevenson (Robbie Fulks), Gail Greenwood (Belly, L7), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Hilken Mancini (Fuzzy), Liam Davis (Justin Roberts), Steve Frisbie (Frisbie), Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Matt Spiegel (Tributosaurus), Will Dailey, Chris Cote (Upper Crust), Jen D’Angora (Downbeat Five, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents), Ed Valauskas (Gravel Pit), Paul Ahlstrand, Phil Aiken, Gerald Dowd, Jen Trynin, and more.

“Once again Chicagoans stepped up and answered the call to support underserved youth and families in our community,” Epstein said. “The need has never been greater and so we deeply appreciate the support and dedication of all the musicians, sponsors, fans and volunteers whose tireless efforts ensure Hot Stove Cool Music raises funds to provide opportunities for kids across Chicago.”

Vedder took the stage with Epstein on guitar and tore through a set of solo and Pearl Jam favorites and covers including “Better Man,” “Big Hard Sun,” and his acoustic Cubs tribute “All The Way.” The iconic rocker electrified the crowd when he invited Cubs Manager Joe Maddon and coaches to the stage as backups on the tambourine and cowbells, closing his set with Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World.” He returned to the stage at midnight to close the show with the “Hot Stove All-Stars,” ending the evening with the Split Enz “I Got You.”

The annual event, presented by Chicago Trading Company, was hosted by Epstein and Gammons, with Mad Men actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer serving as emcees. Other special guests in attendance included Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel, Alumni Ryan Dempster, Chariman Tom Ricketts, Special Assistant Kevin Youkilis, coaches and other front office execs. The evening also included live auctions featuring signed music and sports memorabilia, including a signed Eddie Vedder guitar that sold for $26,000.

In addition to the concert, the Hot Stove Cool Music series of events featured a three-day leadership program for Chicago and Boston youth athletes, culminating into the Summer City Urban Baseball Classic June 18 at Jackie Robinson Park. The event, which shined a light on the importance of youth baseball and the role it plays in the development of successful young leaders, featured urban youth playing exciting baseball as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West, Garfield Park Baseball, Lou Collier Baseball Association and The Boston Astros faced-off.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/19/16

South Bend clinched a first-half title with a win Sunday, but the other affiliates were unable to secure victories. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (31-36)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-5.5)

The I-Cubs were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and fell to Memphis, 4-3.

  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.252) was the only Iowa batter to tally more than one hit, going 2 for 3 with a double (8), an RBI (20) and a walk.
  • LF Matt Murton (.315) went 1 for 4 with an RBI (22) and a run.
  • PH-RF Mark Zagunis (.381) hit a pinch-hit triple (2) to lead off the eighth inning. He also scored a run.
  • The Iowa bullpen combined to throw 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits over the span.

Tennessee Smokies (28-42)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-18.0)

The Smokies mustered just three singles in a 4-0 setback at Jackson to conclude the season’s first half.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.256), 3B David Bote (.200) and C Victor Caratini (.298) each collected hits.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.22 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings. He has posted a 1.48 ERA (4 ER/24.1 IP) in his last five starts.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-34)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.5)

The Pelicans finished the first half with a 4-3, 11-inning setback at Potomac.

  • DH Ian Happ (.296) went 3 for 4 with a double (16), a two-run homer (7) and a walk. He has four straight multi-hit games and is batting .361 (22 for 61) in June.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.271) was 2 for 4 with a walk and a double (18).
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.182) finished 2 for 5 with a stolen base (1).
  • RHP Michael Wagner (4 IP, 1 H, 6 SO) tossed four scoreless innings of relief in his first outing of the season with Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (41-28)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend defeated Lake County 3-1 to clinch a playoff berth and the Eastern Division first half title.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.341) extended his hitting streak to 14 games (.453/24 for 53), going 2 for 3 with two doubles (24) and two RBI (45). He has hit safely in 32 of his last 35 games and has multiple hits in six straight games.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.300) went 1 for 4 with a double (6), an RBI (8) and a run scored.
  • RHP Kyle Miller (1.35 ERA) struck out five in seven innings, giving up just one earned run in the win. He has gone 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA (3 ER/18 IP) in three starts this season.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (2 IP, 4 SO) struck out four batters in two perfect innings.

Eugene Emeralds (2-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Emeralds lost their first game of the season to Boise, 6-4 (13 inn.). It’s their second extra-inning game in as many days.

  • 3B Wladmir Galindo (.167) was 2 for 5 with a pair of solo homers (2).
  • 2B Yeiler Peguero (.250) went 2 for 5 with a homer (1), two RBI (2) and a run scored.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.154) and SS Andruw Monasterio (.357) both finished 2 for 6.
  • Jose Paulino (0.00 ERA) punched out five and allowed five hits over five scoreless frames.
  • RHP Alex Santana (2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) threw 2.1 scoreless innings.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/16/16

South Bend inched closer to a first-half title Thursday, but Iowa couldn’t hold a lead, and Tennessee’s bats never came alive. Myrtle Beach was rained out. Eugene begins its Short-Season A campaign Friday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (31-33)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

Iowa gave up a five-run ninth inning to lose to Colorado Springs, 9-8, in walk-off fashion (10 innings).

  • CF John Andreoli (.230) went 2 for 6 with a triple (5), a homer (10), an RBI (33) and two runs scored. He has three straight multi-hit games.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.312) homered (12), scored two runs and walked once.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.438) extended his multi-hit streak to six straight games, going 2 for 4 with a double (5), an RBI (4), a run and a walk.
  • LF Matt Murton (.314) finished 3 for 5 with a pair of runs.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.345) went 1 for 4 with a triple (2) and a walk.

Tennessee Smokies (28-38)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-14.0)

The Smokies could muster only four hits as they lost to first-place Jackson, 3-2.

  • DH Kelly Dugan (.212) went 1 for 3 with a double (6) and an RBI (21).
  • 3B Chesny Young (.295) finished 1 for 4 with a triple (2) and a run.
  • 1B Ben Carhart (.224) was 1 for 4 with a double (1) and a run.
  • C Victor Caratini (.294) reached base twice, going 0 for 2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch.
  • RHP David Berg (2.2 IP, 1 SO) faced the minimum eight batters in his 2.2 scoreless innings.

South Bend Cubs (40-26)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The SB-Cubs topped Lake County, 5-1, and are now one win away from clinching a first-half playoff spot.

  • RHP Preston Morrison (3.32 ERA) struck out nine in seven scoreless innings to secure the win. He has a 2.14 ERA (10 ER/42 IP) since the beginning of May, compared to a 6.11 ERA (12 ER/17.2 IP) in April.
  • DH P.J. Higgins (.284) was 2 for 4 with a double (14), an RBI (19), a run and a walk.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.329) went 2 for 4 with a double (22), an RBI (43) and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to 11 games (.429/18 for 42). He has hit safely in 29 of his last 32 games.
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.282) finished 2 for 3 with an RBI (32) and a walk.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.209) went 1 for 4 with a pair of RBI (15).

Cubs officially recall C Contreras from Triple-A Iowa, DFA C Federowicz

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The Cubs officially recalled catcher Willson Contreras from Triple-A Iowa Friday. Catcher Tim Federowicz has been designated for assignment.

Contreras, who will wear uniform No. 40, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they begin their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The 24-year-old joins the first major-league roster of his career after batting .350 (71 for 203) with 16 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 43 RBI in 54 games with Iowa. He has turned in a .439 on-base percentage and .591 slugging percentage, good for a 1.030 OPS. Among Pacific Coast League leaders, Contreras ranks third in on-base percentage and OPS and fifth in batting average and slugging. The right-handed hitter joins the Cubs riding a 20-game hitting streak, during which he posted a .383 (31 for 81) batting average.

Contreras was named Chicago’s 2015 Minor League Player of the Year after winning the Southern League batting title with Double-A Tennessee. Contreras batted .333 (151 for 454) with 34 doubles, four triples, eight homers and 75 RBI in 126 games during his first-ever stop at Double-A. He was named to both the midseason and postseason Southern League All-Star teams, as he ranked second in the league in doubles, RBI and on-base percentage (.413), and third with a .478 slugging percentage. Later in the year, he was named an Arizona Fall League All-Star.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound backstop went to major-league Spring Training this year with the Cubs for the first time in his career. Heading into 2016, he was named the No. 1 catching prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, who also listed him as the 51st-best prospect overall. Baseball America named Contreras as the second-best prospect in the Cubs organization.

Contreras originally signed with Chicago as a non-drafted minor-league free agent on July 2, 2009, out of Venezuela. He was primarily an infielder with some outfield exposure for the first three years of his pro career before catching 39 games for Single-A Boise in 2012, one of six positions he played that season.  He has caught more than 70 games in every season since and was utilized exclusively at catcher with Iowa this season.

In eight minor-league seasons, Contreras has batted .283 (536-for-1,895) with 97 doubles, 22 triples, 39 homers and 282 RBI in 516 career games.

Federowicz, 28, is batting .192 (5 for 26) with two RBI in 13 games for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 6/17/16 vs. Pirates

Cubs vs. Pirates — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, rhp (10-1, 1.86 ERA)
Pirates Starter: Francisco Liriano, lhp (4-6, 4.92 ERA)
TV: ABC-7, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Matt Szczur, lf
3. Ben Zobrist, 2b
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Albert Almora Jr., rf
6. Javy Baez, 3b
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. Miguel Montero, c
9. Jake Arrieta, p

Wintrust and Nuveen to donate money to Cubs Charities for home run balls

Cubs Legacy Partners Nuveen and Wintrust are providing one more reason to watch where Cubs home runs land this season, as each partner has committed to a sizeable donation—up to $1 million—to Cubs Charities if a batted baseball strikes their sign at Wrigley Field during the 2016 regular season or postseason.

Nuveen’s new sign down the left-field line shared the spotlight recently as Cubs catcher David Ross hit his 100th career home run off the second “N” of the sign last homestand. To help celebrate the milestone, Nuveen is donating $10,000 to Cubs Charities and offering another $10,000 for the next time a Cubs player hits the new fixture. The sign is a likely target, as it rests just inside the left-field foul pole behind the Budweiser Bleachers.

Additionally, if a Cubs batter hits the W of the Wintrust sign above the left-field video board, Cubs Charities will receive a $1 million donation from Wintrust for the feat. The W lights up after each Cubs home victory, adding to the ongoing tradition of flying a W flag after each home win.

“It is incredibly impactful when our corporate partners pledge their support to help us improve the health, fitness and education of children and families across Chicago,” said Cubs Charities Vice President of Development Connie Falcone. “We know Nuveen’s pledged $20,000 donation will make a big difference for our three signature programs—the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program, Cubs Scholars and the Diamond Project—and we’ll eagerly watch for that $1 million strike of the bat thanks to Wintrust.”

“We are delighted to honor David Ross’s 100th career home run with a $10,000 donation to Cubs Charities,” said Nuveen Co-President, Bill Adams. “What better way to christen our new outfield sign than with such a historic home run, and to celebrate alongside thousands of Cubs fans as it happened. In this spirit, we would like to challenge our Cubs to take another home run swing at our sign, and if successful, Nuveen will look forward to donating an additional $10,000 to Cubs Charities.”

Nuveen Co-President, Margo Cook added, “We’ve been proud to support a wide variety of cultural, social and educational organizations throughout the Chicagoland area. We believe this donation provides a great opportunity for us to continue that support through the Cubs organization in a way that celebrates our community. We look forward to exploring other potential opportunities to celebrate the Cubs’ success while supporting their charitable work this season.”

Nuveen, a leading provider of investment solutions designed to help secure the long-term goals of individual investors and the financial advisors who serve them, has been a partner of the Cubs since 2005. Its Legacy Partnership includes naming rights to the Nuveen Investments Suite Level at Wrigley Field, plus other in-park signage and special events.

“When we joined the Cubs as a Legacy Partner last year, we made a commitment to supporting the team’s efforts on the field and in the community,” said Ed Wehmer, Wintrust CEO and founder. “We were excited to help develop an idea that combined both possibilities and are rooting for a Cubs player to deliver that giant ‘W’ to the team and Chicagoland community through the efforts of Cubs Charities.”

Wintrust is a financial services holding company based in Rosemont, Illinois, with assets above $20 billion. Wintrust became the Official Banking Partner of the Chicago Cubs and Cubs Charities in late 2014 and their partnership includes ATM provider rights, logo placement on the team’s media backdrops, ballpark signage and sponsorship of Cubs Charities’ primary fundraising event, the Bricks and Ivy Ball.

Eligible home runs must be hit in-game by a Cubs player during the 2016 regular season or postseason to result in a donation. Official promotion rules are available at Fan Services at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/15/16

The bats came alive for Iowa, and Myrtle Beach claimed a narrow victory Wednesday. However, South Bend left too many men on base, while Tennessee was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (31-32)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Iowa tallied 15 hits in a 6-5 triumph over host Colorado Springs.

  • C Willson Contreras (.350) extended his hitting streak to 20 games (.383/31 for 81), going 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI (43).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.360) finished 3 for 3 with a triple (1), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (7).
  • CF John Andreoli (.227) went 3 for 5 with a triple (4), a run scored and an RBI (32). It’s his second straight three-hit game. He  has scored nine runs in his last five games.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.429) was 3 for 4 with two doubles (4), one walk and two runs scored. He has collected multiple hits in five straight games, going 11 for 19 with eight runs during that stretch.
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.246) went 3 for 4 with a walk, two RBI (19) and two stolen bases (7). He is 7 for 9 in his last two games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-31)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Myrtle Beach scored a run in the fourth inning and held on for a 1-0 shutout win over Frederick.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.254) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a double (15) and a stolen base (11).
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.228) went 0 for 3 with a walk and scored the game’s only run on a wild pitch.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.216) went 1 for 3 with a double (10).
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (3.78 ERA) tossed seven scoreless innings, fanning seven and walking just two to earn the win. It’s his longest scoreless outing of the season.
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (2 IP, 1 SO) has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances (6 IP).

South Bend Cubs (39-26)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position, falling 3-2 at Dayton.

  • DH Ian Rice (.327) went 2 for 4 with a solo homer (7) in the sixth inning. He has scored a run and driven in a run in each of his last three games.
  • CF Roberto Caro (.333) reached three times, going 2 for 3 with a walk.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.329) was 2 for 4 with a double (21) and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (.400/16 for 40). He has hit safely in 28 of his last 31 games.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.248) finished 2 for 4 with a double (11).

Cubs Fifth Homestand Events and Promotions: June 17-June 22, 2016

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The Chicago Cubs will square off against two National League Central Division rivals as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals June 17-22 at Wrigley Field. To honor the victims of the tragic shooting in Orlando, the Cubs will host a moment of silence prior to the team’s first home game since the incident.

This homestand begins with the second Budweiser Bleacher Friday of the season, June 17, featuring a “Save Ferris” T-shirt celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21 and older. Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner will transform into a Bud and Burgers pop-up restaurant, including specials like the Big W Burger, Mesa Burger, BBQ Burger and Cheddar Brat Burger. Fans can view the Bud Fridays promotional schedule and purchase tickets at cubs.com/budfridays.

That same evening, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and his Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) will kick off the fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago event at Wrigleyville’s Metro. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, joined by Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities. Mad Men actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer will serve as the evening’s emcees, helping celebrate music, baseball and giving back.

The Cubs will join all Major League Baseball teams in wearing Father’s Day-themed uniforms Sunday, June 19. These items will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

Immediately following the homestand on June 23, the Cubs will kick off the On Deck Luncheon Series with 670 The Score at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. The series, presented by XFINITY, RSM and TimberTech, begins with Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts as the featured guest. Tickets start at $50 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at cubs.com/ondeck.

Ticket availability is limited for the homestand. Fans can purchase at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Food Specials
Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner will transform into a “Bud and Burgers” pop-up restaurant this homestand to coincide with the second Bud Friday of the season. Guests can order four specialty burgers while supplies last, such as the Big W Burger topped with American and cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce and Levy sauce on a brioche bun; the Mesa Burger topped with jalapeño jack cheese and a relish of chorizo, charred green onions, tomatoes and jalapeños, served on a charred jalapeño crema on brioche bun; the BBQ Burger topped with white American cheese, pulled BBQ pork, applewood smoked bacon, crispy fried onions, sliced tomatoes and crispy lettuce; or the Cheddar Brat Burger smeared with beer cheese and topped with a Budweiser braised bratwurst and caramelized onions on a pretzel bun.

Hot Doug’s will continue its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Gene Clines is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with sweet and spicy mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese. The Pete LaCock is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese. The Jody Davis is a cheddar-stuffed bratwurst with Goose Island beer mustard, crispy fried onions and smoked gouda cheese.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
Music and baseball share the stage at Wrigleyville’s Metro Friday, June 17, when Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper join an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities for the fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, which will be emceed by actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer. The fifth annual event is presented by the Chicago Trading Company and sponsored by CBRE, with proceeds benefiting youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods through Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL). Tickets and more information are available at ftbnl.org.

As part of the weekend’s Hot Stove Cool Music events, Foundation To Be Named Later will host The Summer City Urban Baseball Classic June 18 at 11 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Park located at 10540 S. Morgan St. The event, which shines a light on the importance of youth baseball and the role it plays in the development of successful young leaders, features urban youth playing exciting baseball as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West and the Boston Astros face off. The event is free and open to the public.

Manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, June 17, Maddon will represent Urban Initiatives, which partners with Cubs Charities to help power the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program that encourages youth in Chicago to “Play Every Day.”

Homestand Recap, June 17-22
Friday, June 17, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pregame: Moment of silence for victims of Orlando shooting
  • Promotion: Bud Fridays “Save Ferris” T-Shirt, up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs outfielder Jose Cardenal
  • National anthem: JC Brooks from Chicago American indie soul band, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago

Saturday, June 18, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:15 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Mad Men actor Joel Murray
  • National anthem: Ariel Upton
  • Broadcast: FOX, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day), Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:08 p.m.

  • Promotion: Kids Hooded Towel presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger
  • National anthem: John Vincent
  • Seventh-inning stretch: ESPN broadcast team members
  • Broadcast: ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Monday, June 20, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, June 21, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Chicago Fire actress and 2016 Pride Parade Grand Marshal Monica Raymund
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Country music star Brett Eldredge
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, June 22, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: Ben Higgins from The Bachelor
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/14/16

Iowa split its doubleheader, Tennessee won in convincing fashion, and South Bend had one big inning in its victory Tuesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (30-32)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

  • C Willson Contreras (.354) extended his hitting streak to 19 games in the first contest. He was 2 for 4 with a double (16), an RBI (43) and a run scored.
  • 2B/SS Logan Watkins (.231) was a homer shy of the cycle in the second game, going 4 for 5 with a double (7), a triple (3), an RBI (17) and two runs.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.375) tallied six hits over the twin bill. He had a double in each contest.
  • CF John Andreoli (.219) slugged a pair of homers in the second game (9). He went 3 for 4 with four RBI (31), four runs scored and a walk.
  • RHP Joel Peralta (1 IP, 1 SO) pitched a clean frame in his Iowa debut during Game 2.

Tennessee Smokies (28-37)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-13.0)

The Smokies collected 10 hits in a 4-1 triumph over visiting Chattanooga.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.56) surrendered just one earned run in six innings of work to pick up the win.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.241) went 1 for 4 with a solo homer (8), his second-straight game with a homer.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.296) finished 3 for 4 with two RBI (15).
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.317) and RF Bijan Rademacher (.282) each went 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-31)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.5)

Myrtle Beach could not recover from a four-run third inning and lost to Frederick, 5-4.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.279) went 3 for 4 with a double (11) and an RBI (37). It’s his fifth three-hit game this year.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.249) was 2 for 5 with a double (14), an RBI (17) and a run scored.
  • RF Daniel Spingola (.200) finished 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) did not allow a run in 2.1 innings of relief.

South Bend Cubs (39-25)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The SB-Cubs put up seven runs in the sixth inning to top Dayton, 7-2. The squad has sole possession of first place with five games left in the first half.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.318) was 2 for 5 with two RBI (7) and a run scored. He has reached base in his last 10 games.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.326) finished 3 for 5 with an RBI (42) and a run scored. It extended his hitting streak to nine games (14 for 36/.389).
  • C P.J. Higgins (.284) was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (4.15 ERA) tossed a career-high seven innings, allowed only three hits and strikiing out five in the win.

Cubs Lineup: 6/15/16 vs. Nationals

Cubs vs. Nationals — Nationals Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (7-2, 2.36 ERA)
Nationals Starter: Stephen Strasburg, rhp (10-0, 3.03 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

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

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