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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

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/16/16

It was a tough day for the Cubs farm teams, as all three squads in action took a loss. South Bend had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s games.

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

Iowa dropped to .500 with a 5-3 setback on the road at Reno.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.331) reached base twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk. He has drawn a base on balls in seven straight games, contributing to his .432 on-base percentage.
  • CF Albert Almora (.336) extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.361/22-for-61), going 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI (22).
  • LF John Andreoli (.205) and PH Juan Perez (.286) each collected a double.

Tennessee Smokies (17-21)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Fourth Place (-5.5)

The Smokies left the tying run at third base in the ninth inning, falling 3-2 to Birmingham.

  • SS Chesny Young (.321) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 3 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. It’s his fifth game this season with at least three hits.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.261) and DH Kelly Dugan (.279) each went hitless but drew two walks apiece.
  • RHP Paul Blackburn (1.08 ERA) surrendered just one earned run in six innings. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of his eight starts and has now allowed just six earned runs in 50 innings this season.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (20-16)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-6.5)

The Pelicans had their four-game winning streak snapped, dropping a 5-2 decision to Frederick.

  • DH Yasiel Balaguert (.260) went 2 for 4 with a double (3) and an RBI (28).
  • 2B Ian Happ (.274) reached twice, finishing 1 for 3 with a double (9), walk and run scored.
  • LHP Jordan Minch (2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) tossed two scoreless innings of relief, his fourth outing this season of at least two scoreless frames.

Cubs agree to deal with RHP Joe Nathan

Nathan(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Joe Nathan have agreed to terms on a 2016 major-league contract.

Nathan has been placed on the 60-day disabled list as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery that took place in April 2015.

Nathan, 41, is a six-time All-Star who has earned 377 saves, eighth most in major-league history, during his 15 seasons with San Francisco (1999-2000, 2002-03), Minnesota (2004-09, 2011), Texas (2012-13) and Detroit (2014-15). He surpassed 30 saves in nine of 10 seasons from 2004-14, including four seasons with more than 40 saves, and recorded 35 saves with Detroit in 2014, his last full big-league campaign. He made only one appearance with the Tigers last year before enduring his elbow injury in April and missing the rest of the season.

Overall, the right-hander is 62-34 with 377 saves and a 2.89 ERA (294 ER/917 IP) in 777 major-league appearances, all but 29 in relief.

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/15/16

Tennessee cruised to a win, and Myrtle Beach earned a shutout victory to continue its streak Sunday. Iowa and South Bend both fell, however. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (18-17)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

Iowa surrendered seven runs in the first two frames and lost 9-3 at Reno.

  • SS Kristopher Negron (.294) finished 2 for 4 with a double (5), a triple (2) and two runs scored.
  • C Taylor Davis (.325) went 2 for 4 with a double (3).
  • RF Shane Victorino (.231) reached twice, going 0 for 2 with two walks and a run scored. He has reached base in six of his seven games played.
  • RHP Felix Pena (2 IP, 2 BB, 1 SO), RHP Brandon Gomes (1 IP, 1 SO) and RHP Spencer Patton (1 IP, 2 BB, 1 SO) combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (20-15)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

The Smokies led 9-3 after four innings and cruised to a 12-4 victory over visiting Birmingham.

  • C Victor Caratini (.288) finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI (14).
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.268) reached base four times, going 2 for 3 with two walks, a double (6), three runs scored and two RBI (13). He has six walks in the last three games.
  • DH Kelly Dugan (.293) went 2 for 2 with a double (3), two walks and two RBI (18). He has scored or driven in a run in 13 of 15 games this season.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.197) and RF Billy McKinney (.228) each added multi-hit games, and CF Jacob Hannemann (.245) walked twice and scored three runs.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (3 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO) picked up his first win, tossing three scoreless frames.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (20-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

The Pelicans earned their fourth straight victory, defeating host Frederick, 8-5.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.200) finished 2 for 3 with a walk, triple (2), solo home run (3) and two runs scored.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.252) went 2 for 4 with a walk, double (8), run scored and two RBI (18).
  • 2B Ian Happ (.273), 3B Jason Vosler (.331) and RF Jeffrey Baez (.212) all added two-hit games.
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (2.94 ERA) gave up two earned runs in six innings to pick up the win. He struck out five in his third quality start of the season.

South Bend Cubs (21-14)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

South Bend led 6-4 before allowing three unanswered runs, falling 7-6 at Lansing.

  • 2B Sutton Whiting (.235) had the only multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI (4).
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.237) went 1 for 2 with two walks, a double (5), a run scored, an RBI (20) and a stolen base (3).
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.325) drove in two runs (16), going 1 for 4 with a run scored.
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