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Cubs Lineup: 5/13/16 vs. Pirates

Cubs vs. Pirates — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (4-0, 1.85 ERA)
Padres Starter: Francisco Liriano, lhp (3-1, 3.60 ERA)
TV: WGN, MLB Network (out-of-area 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. David Ross, c
9. Jason Hammel, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/11/16

Iowa and South Bend collected wins Wednesday, but Tennessee and Myrtle Beach were on the losing end of their matchups. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (16-15)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-2.0)

Iowa claimed its seventh win in the last nine games, topping visiting Nashville, 4-2.

  • DH Miguel Montero (.286) went 2 for 4 with two RBI in his second rehab game. He is 2 for 7 with Iowa.
  • CF Albert Almora (.322) finished 2 for 5 with two doubles (6), two runs scored and an RBI (17). He has hit safely in eight straight games (13 for 39) with multi-hit games in three of his last four.
  • SS Kristopher Negron (.300) went 2 for 4 with a double (4) and run scored.
  • 3B Taylor Davis (.344) extended his hitting streak to six games (9 for 21), going 2 for 4.

Tennessee Smokies (15-18)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-5.0)

The Smokies lost their third straight game at Montgomery, falling 8-1.

  • LF Mark Zagunis (.265) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2 for 4.
  • 1B David Freitas (.261) went 1 for 4 with a double (3) and an RBI (7).
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.246) and DH Kelly Dugan (.269) each walked twice.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (16-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-6.5)

The Pelicans collected just five hits in a 5-1 setback at home against Winston-Salem.

  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.189) hit a solo homer (3) in the third inning for the only Pelicans run. He has an RBI in each of his last four games.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.261) went 2 for 4 with a double (6).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.324) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk. He is batting .355 (11 for 31) in May.
  • RHP Zach Hedges (1.89 ERA) gave up two earned runs in six innings, striking out six. He tossed his fifth straight quality start, posting a 1.38 ERA (5 ER/32.2 IP) during that stretch.

South Bend Cubs (19-12)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

South Bend blanked host Dayton, 2-0. The SB-Cubs have won five of their last six games.

  • 2B Andrew Ely (.301) went a perfect 4 for 4 with three doubles (5), a run scored and a stolen base (1).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.385) added a season-high three hits, going 3 for 4 with an RBI (4).
  • LHP Justin Steele (7.08 ERA) fanned six in five scoreless innings for the win.
  • RHP Kyle Miller (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) has allowed just one earned run in 8.1 innings (1.08 ERA) this year.

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/10/16

Myrtle Beach picked up the win behind another strong starting effort, and South Bend secured a split in a doubleheader Tuesday. Iowa couldn’t hang on, and Tennessee lost in walk-off fashion again. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (15-15)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-2.0)

Iowa struck first, scoring three in the second frame, but Nashville came back to beat the I-Cubs, 8-5.

  • C Miguel Montero (.000) went 0 for 3 in his first rehab appearance.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.250) knocked in four runs (4), going 2 for 4 with a three-run homer (4) and a run scored.
  • RF Shane Victorino (.294) went 2 for 4 with a triple (1), an RBI (4) and a run scored.
  • CF Albert Almora (.319) went 2 for 5 with a stolen base (4) and a run. He has hit in seven straight.
  • RHP Spencer Patton (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO) has not allowed a run in 11 appearances at Triple-A.

Tennessee Smokies (15-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-5.0)

The Smokies lost in walk-off fashion for the second straight day, falling 4-3 (11 inn.) at Montgomery.

  • RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (3.86 ERA) fanned six and gave up two earned runs in five innings for the no-decision.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.215) went 3 for 4 with a walk, a double (3), a run scored and an RBI (7).
  • 1B Kelly Dugan (.280) went 2 for 4 with a double (1), a solo homer (5) and two runs scored. He has five homers in his last eight games and has driven in a run in eight of 10 games this season.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (2 IP, 3 SO) tossed two scoreless innings, striking out three. He has not allowed a run in 10 appearances this season (17.2 IP), surrendering just five hits.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (16-14)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

The Pelicans notched 11 hits and stole six bases en route to a 5-2 victory over Winston-Salem.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.324) was 2 for 4 with a triple (2), two RBI (13) and a run scored. He has reached base in 10 out of his last 11 games.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.245) did not record an out, going 3 for 3 with a double (7), a run scored, a walk and a stolen base (4). He has had three straight multi-hit games, going 8 for 12 (.667) over the span.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.264) and RF Shawon Dunston Jr. (.230) both swiped a pair of bags.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (3.00) gave up one earned run in six innings, fanning one batter. He allowed only one run for the second straight start.
  • RHP Jeremy Null (1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) fanned three in his season debut at Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (18-12)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

South Bend shut out Dayton in the first game, 2-0. In the nightcap, an SB-Cubs comeback attempt in the top of the seventh fell short, and Dayton won, 5-4.

  • DH/RF Eloy Jimenez (.306) went 3 for 6 over the two games, including a double in each affair (10).
  • LF/CF Eddy Martinez (.250) finished 2 for 6 combined, hitting a two-run homer in Game 1.
  • CF/LF Donnie Dewees (.300) hit his first homer at South Bend, a two-out, two-run shot in Game 2.
  • LHP Carson Sands threw his second straight scoreless outing (11 IP combined).
  • RHP Casey Bloomquist (2 IP, 1 SO) relieved Sands and extended his scoreless inning streak to 15 IP. He has only allowed three hits over this stretch.

 

Cubs Lineup: 5/11/16 vs. Padres

Cubs vs. Padres — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 12:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (2-2, 3.10 ERA)
Padres Starter: Colin Rea, rhp (3-1, 3.82 ERA)
TV: CSN; Radio: 670 The Score

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

Cubs Lineup: 5/10/16 vs. Padres

Cubs vs. Padres — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, lhp (3-1, 1.58 ERA)
Padres Starter: Cesar Vargas, rhp (0-1, 1.10 ERA)
TV: WPWR; 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. Javy Baez, 3b
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. David Ross, c
9. Jon Lester, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/9/16

Iowa got off to a fast start and claimed a victory Monday, but Tennessee suffered a walk-off loss. Myrtle Beach had the day off, and South Bend was postponed due to rain. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (15-14)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-1.5)

Iowa scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-3 victory at Omaha.

  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.337) went 2 for 4 with two homers (5) and four RBI. He has nine RBI in his last five games.
  • CF John Andreoli (.216) went 3 for 5 with two runs scored.
  • C Willson Contreras (.348) reached base three times, going 1 for 3 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base (2).
  • RF Shane Victorino (.231) and 1B Taylor Davis (.296) each went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI.
  • RHP Jake Buchanan (4.24 ERA) gave up three earned runs in seven innings, striking out four in the win. He has gone 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) in his last three starts.

Tennessee Smokies (15-16)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-4.0)

The Smokies suffered a walk-off defeat to Montgomery, 2-1.

  • 1B Victor Caratini (.289) went 2 for 3 with a double (5), stolen base (1), walk and run scored. It was his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.263) added a triple (2), going 1 for 3 on the day.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.269) was 1 for 4 with his fifth double of the year.
  • DH Kelly Dugan (.238) went 1 for 3 with an RBI (12).
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny surrendered just one earned run in seven innings in the no-decision.

Cubs Charities and Cubs Care grant more than $1 million to Chicago-area nonprofits

Chicago-Scholars-Foundation

Cubs Charities today teamed up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to announce more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area. McCormick Foundation’s Cubs Care has donated more than $20 million to Chicago nonprofit organizations since its inception. This is the 12th consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to Chicago communities through Cubs Care and Cubs Charities. Cubs Care grants help organizations to provide youth health and wellness programs and education programs.

“Cubs Charities is proud to team up with the McCormick Foundation to support deserving nonprofit organizations serving those in need in our community,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “Through our shared commitment to helping our community thrive, we are able to leave a lasting impact felt far beyond the Friendly Confines.”

Events such as the Bricks and Ivy Ball and Race to Wrigley Charity Run, along with activities such as the gameday 50/50 raffle, personal video board messages and contributions from Cubs players, fans and partners help raise funds for Cubs Care grants.

“Chicago is filled with passionate fans and caring neighbors,” said David Hiller, President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “For more than 25 years, the McCormick Foundation and Chicago Cubs have shared a commitment to supporting amazing community organizations that work to improve the lives of underserved youth and families across Chicagoland. Together, we will continue to build a stronger community for all of us in the years to come.”

Wood hitting a homer with his foundation’s fundraising event

Battle-of-Bats-Preview-0040(Photo Courtesy Wood Family Foundation)

Cubs fans don’t need another reason to spend an afternoon at the Friendly Confines, especially this year. But Kerry Wood is offering up an opportunity that may just be too good to miss.

On May 25, the Wood Family Foundation is hosting its second-annual Kerry Wood and Friends Battle of the Bats Home Run Derby. The event gives fans a chance to live out their childhood dreams by stepping into the batter’s box and taking their hacks at Wrigley Field.

“I think both Cubs Charities and my foundation realized what kind of an event it can be,” said former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood. “Last year, we had a great turnout, a great event. We raised a lot of money for charities, so I think we’re looking to do bigger and better this year.”

What makes the event truly special is that participants get to do something unique and possibly something they have been dreaming of their whole lives. Though Wood was able to step into the Wrigley Field batter’s box on 190 regular-season occasions throughout his 14-year big-league career, what this opportunity means to fans isn’t lost on the ex-Cub. With money being raised for his foundation and participants having a good time, the event becomes twice as rewarding.

“I think when you’re running a foundation or you’re doing it for charity or anything to raise money, you do [make]… experiences,” Wood said. “You get the emails after it’s over, and they all had great stories.

“We had people in bare feet in the grass in the outfield, walking around. I don’t think I’ve done that—walk around in the outfield in my bare feet.”

Former Cubs players Ted Lilly and Derrek Lee will be on hand, and Wood said others will likely make an appearance. Contestants will each get 10 outs—that’s any swing that isn’t a home run. The top 10 qualifiers will reach the second round, with the top three going to the finals.

Interested parties can sign up in teams of four with a $15,000 minimum donation, or as individuals for $3,500. New this year, the top six high school-aged fundraisers will also get an opportunity to compete.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Cubs Charities and the Wood Family Foundation’s Pitch In Program. The Pitch In Program partners young students, fourth grade and up, with a caring adult who will serve as a mentor throughout the school year. The goal is for the students, currently in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood, to have guidance until they reach high school. The program started in October 2014 and is continuing to grow.

“I feel like we’re getting a chance to affect multiple kids in the neighborhood,” Wood said. “It’s been great for us. It’s been a great learning experience for us. I know the kids are really enjoying it. I know the families are really enjoy us being there. We’re all going through this together.”

Last year’s home run derby raised more than $100,000 and will play a big role in Pitch In’s summer program, which kicks off this year.

“Any time you can get fans out, get a chance to get out on the field and take some hacks, it’s a pretty special day,” Wood said.

For more information or to sign up, visit cubs.com/derby. Or visit wffpitchin.org for more information on the Pitch In program.

—Phil Barnes

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/8/16

Iowa held on for the win, and Tennessee claimed a shutout victory Sunday. Myrtle Beach fell in extras, while South Bend had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (14-14)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-2.5)

Iowa surrendered three runs in the ninth inning, but held on for a 6-5 victory over host Omaha.

  • RHP Ryan Williams (3.86 ERA) fanned five in eight innings, giving up two earned runs in the win.
  • LF Kristopher Negron (.305) went 2 for 3 with three RBI (14), his second three-RBI game in his last three contests.
  • CF Albert Almora (.318) finished 2 for 5 with a run scored. He has now hit safely in five straight games.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.349) was 2 for 3 with a hit-by-pitch and an RBI (13).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.250) went 1 for 4 with a solo homer (3) in the fourth inning.

Tennessee Smokies (15-15)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-4.0)

The Smokies tossed their third shutout of the year, blanking visiting Mississippi, 2-0.

  • RHP Brad Markey (2.64 ERA) tossed five scoreless innings, fanning three in the win.
  • 1B Anthony Giansanti (.229) went 2 for 3 with an RBI (3).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.202) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a double (8) and run scored. He has hit safely in four straight games (5 for 16), with doubles in three straight contests.
  • RHP Corey Black (1 IP, 1 SO) picked up his fourth save and has not allowed a run in his last four outings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (15-14)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

Myrtle Beach rallied to tie the game with two runs in the ninth, but fell in 13 innings, 6-5 at Wilmington.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.223) went 3 for 5 with a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning, a walk and three runs scored. It marked his second straight multi-hit game and first three-hit game this season. He is 8 for 21 in his last five games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.280) also tallied three hits, going 3 for 5 with a walk, double (7), run scored and stolen base (5).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.316) went 2 for 4 with an RBI (11).
  • RHP James Farris (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO) tossed two scoreless innings of relief. He has allowed just two earned runs in 18 innings this season (1.00 ERA).

Young, Blackburn named organization’s Minor League Player, Pitcher of the Month for April

ChesneyYoung-Homer(Courtesy Tennessee Smokies)

The Chicago Cubs today named Double-A Tennessee infielder Chesny Young and right-handed pitcher Paul Blackburn the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for April, respectively.

Young, 23, batted .402 (33 for 82) with two doubles, one triple, two homers, 13 runs scored and nine RBI in 22 games for Tennessee in the month of April. He drew 16 walks, contributing to a .505 on-base percentage, and posted a 1.029 OPS. He led the Southern League in batting average and on-base percentage, ranked second in stolen bases (11) and tied for third in total bases (43).

Young was named Southern League Player of the Week, April 18-24, and followed that up by batting .636 (14 for 22) with a triple and four walks in a five-game stretch, April 24-29. He was also named the Southern League Player of the Month for April.

Young was selected by the Cubs in the 14th round of the 2014 draft out of Mercer University and is in his first season at the Double-A level. In 200 minor-league contests over three seasons, Young has batted .326 (249 for 764) with 34 doubles, seven triples, three homers and 90 walks. Last season, Young was named a Carolina League Year-End All-Star after batting .321 (129 for 402) in 102 games with Single-A Myrtle Beach.

Blackburn, 22, went 3-0 with a 0.29 ERA (1 ER/31 IP) in five April starts with Tennessee, his first outings at the Double-A level. After allowing one earned run in 5 innings in his season debut, April 8, Blackburn did not allow an earned run in his next four starts, totaling 26 innings of work. Blackburn struck out 15 and walked five, while limiting opponents to a .210 batting average in his five starts.

Blackburn was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week, April 18-24, after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 15 innings. He tossed a season high 8 innings, April 23, at Mobile, as the Smokies claimed a 5-2 victory. His 0.29 ERA in the month ranked tops among Southern League pitchers.

Blackburn was selected by the Cubs in the sandwich round (56th overall) of the 2012 draft out of Heritage High School in Brentwood, California. In five seasons, the right-handed pitcher has gone 23-12 with a 2.93 ERA (99 ER/304.1 IP) in 69 appearances, all but four as a starter. He has walked just 94 batters in 304.1 innings, while fanning 204.

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