Results tagged ‘ Chicago Cubs ’

Cubs Minor League Report: 4/12/16

South Bend won in walk-off fashion for the second straight night, but Tennessee and Myrtle Beach both fell in one-run games on Tuesday. Iowa couldn’t hang on either. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action.

Iowa Cubs (1-5)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-4.0 games back)

Iowa fell for the fifth time in its first six games, dropping a 4-2 decision at home to New Orleans.

  • RHP Ryan Williams (7.88 ERA) gave up one earned run in 5 innings of work, striking out three in the no-decision.
  • LF Javier Baez went 0 for 4 in his second rehab appearance but recorded an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home on a single. He played six innings in left field before moving to second base.
  • C Willson Contreras (.478) extended his season-opening hitting streak to six games (11 for 23), going 2 for 4 with a double (3) and a run scored.
  • SS Kristopher Negron (.381) went 1 for 3 with a solo homer (1) in the third inning. He’s 5 for 10 in his last three games.

Tennessee Smokies (2-4)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Third Place (-2.5)

Tennessee surrendered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, falling 5-4 at Birmingham.

  • 2B Ryan Dent (.333) collected his first three hits of the season, going 3 for 4 with a run scored.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.150) drove in two runs (2), going 1 for 4 with a walk and a double (1).
  • 1B Taylor Davis (.294) went 1 for 4 with a triple (1), a run scored and an RBI (3).
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (3 IP, BB, SO) tossed 3 scoreless innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-3)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

Myrtle Beach fell 4-3 at home to Winston-Salem. The Pelicans allowed all four runs in the third inning.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.412) finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 3 for 5 with a double (1), homer (1), two runs scored and one RBI (1). He has a four-game hitting streak to begin his season.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.292) also recorded a three-hit game, going 3 for 5 with a double (3) and two RBI (5).
  • RHP James Farris (3 IP, 4 SO) fanned four batters in 3 perfect innings.

South Bend Cubs (3-2)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Fourth Place (-0.5)

South Bend won in walk-off fashion for the second-straight day as Eddy Martinez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, lifting the Cubs to a 3-2 victory.

  • LHP Carson Sands (3.60 ERA) fanned four while giving up two earned runs in 5 innings.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.333) went 4 for 5 with a double (1), an RBI (3) and two stolen bases (2).
  • DH Donnie Dewees (.381) went 2 for 4 with a triple (2), a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (2). It marked his third-straight multi-hit game.
  • LHP Kyle Twomey (2 IP, H, 2 SO) and RHP Casey Bloomquist (2 IP, 3 H, SO) each tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Report: 4/11/16

Iowa picked up its first win of the season while Myrtle Beach and South Bend each claimed victories in walk-off fashion Monday. Tennessee’s offense was there, but it couldn’t secure the win. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action.

Iowa Cubs (1-4)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-3.0 games back)

Iowa claimed its first victory of the season, cruising past visiting New Orleans, 9-1.

  • RHP Pierce Johnson (0.00) pitched three scoreless innings, striking out five and giving up two hits.
  • In his first rehab appearance, 3B Javier Baez (.333) went 1 for 3 with a solo homer (1) in the fifth inning.
  • C Willson Contreras (.474) went 4 for 5 with a double (2) and four RBI (4). He has hit safely in all five games this season (9-for-19).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.421) finished 3 for 4 with a walk, a double (2), a run scored and an RBI (5).
  • RF John Andreoli (.263) reached base three times and scored three times, going 1 for 3 with two walks, an RBI and a stolen base (1).
  • RHP Felix Pena (2 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) and RHP Brandon Gomes (2 IP, 2 SO) each tossed two scoreless frames.

Tennessee Smokies (2-3)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Tennessee out-hit Mobile 15-7 but dropped the rubber game of the five-game set, 5-4.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (0.00) pitched three scoreless innings, fanning four. He had to exit the game early after getting hit with a line drive.
  • 2B Chesny Young went 2 for 4 with a walk and his second homer of the season, a solo shot.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.333) went 3 for 4 with a double (2).
  • CF Bijan Rademacher (.500), RF Billy McKinney (.235) and 1B Victor Caratini (.214) all tallied multi-hit efforts. Rademacher has started the season 6 for 12.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (3-2)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

Myrtle Beach rallied for three runs in the ninth inning, highlighted by an Ian Happ two-run, walk-off double, to defeat Winston-Salem, 5-4.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.211) went 1 for 5 with the walk-off two-RBI double in the ninth inning.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.389) reached three times, going 1 for 2 with two walks.
  • The Pelicans collected 11 walks, but just six hits.
  • RHP Dave Berg (1 IP) collected the win, tossing a scoreless top of the ninth inning.

South Bend Cubs (2-2)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-Fourth Place (-0.5)

RF Eloy Jimenez hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift South Bend to a 7-6 victory.

  • CF Eddy Martinez (.375) went 2 for 4 with a solo homer (1) in the fourth inning, his first professional home run. He has three multi-hit efforts in four games this season.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.353) went 2 for 5 with a double (1) and two RBI (3).
  • SS Bryant Flete (.625) went 2 for 3 with a double (1) and two runs scored. He has gone 5 for 8 in his first three games.
  • All nine starters either reached base or scored a run.

Cubs acquire LHP Giovanni Soto from Cleveland

The Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto from the Cleveland Indians for a cash consideration. Soto has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, catcher Kyle Schwarber has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Soto, 24, made his major-league debut with the Indians last season and turned in six scoreless relief appearances, covering 3.1 innings pitched. He limited opponents to a .231 batting average (3-for-13) and a .462 OPS, and tallied a 0.90 WHIP.

With Triple-A Columbus last year, Soto went 2-1 with two saves and a 2.68 ERA (16 ER/53.2 IP) in 46 appearances, all but one in relief.  He limited opponents to a .187 batting average and allowed only one home run while striking out 51 batters in 53.2 innings pitched.

Soto was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round of the 2009 Draft and was acquired by the Indians for Jhonny Peralta a year later. In seven minor-league seasons, Soto is 25-25 with four saves and a 3.10 ERA (160 ER/465.0 IP) in 167 minor-league appearances, including 64 starts.

Cubs Lineup: 4/11/16 vs. Reds

Cubs vs. Reds — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Reds Starter: Brandon Finnegan, LHP
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. Addison Russell, SS
8. David Ross, C
9. Jon Lester, P

Cubs Minor League Report: 4/10/16

Myrtle Beach edged out its opponent Saturday, but Iowa and Tennessee couldn’t do enough to secure victories. South Bend’s game was snowed out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 4. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action:

Iowa Cubs (0-4)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-3.0 games back)

Iowa surrendered seven runs in the eighth inning to fall 10-4 to Round Rock. Iowa was swept in its season-opening four-game set.

  • SS Kristopher Negron (.333) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • CF John Andreoli (.250) and 1B Dan Vogelbach (.333) each went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Andreoli also recorded a walk.
  • RHP Spencer Patton (1 IP, 3 SO) struck out three batters in a perfect ninth frame.

Tennessee Smokies (2-2)
Southern Division (Double-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

The Smokies mustered just four hits in a 4-1 setback against Mobile.

  • C David Freitas (.600) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.
  • RHP Tyler Skulina (1.50 ERA) allowed just one run in 6 innings in his season debut but took the loss. He struck out three and walked one while surrendering just four hits.
  • RHP David Garner (1 IP, H, BB, 3 SO) fanned three batters in a scoreless inning of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2-2)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

The Pelicans evened up their record at 2-2, defeating visiting Frederick, 7-5.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.375) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI (2).
  • LF Shawon Dunston Jr. (.300) hit a go-ahead bases-clearing triple in the fourth inning. He finished 2-for-4 with three RBI (3).
  • 2B Ian Happ (.214) went 1-for-4 with a triple (1), a run scored and an RBI (1).
  • LHP Jordan Minch (2 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 SO) did not allow a run in two scoreless innings.

Cubs place Schwarber on DL with knee injury; recall Kawasaki

SchwarberHR
The Cubs today placed catcher Kyle Schwarber on the 15-day disabled list with torn ligaments in his left knee (ACL and LCL) and a severe left ankle sprain, and recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa.

Kawasaki, who will wear uniform No. 66, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their four-game series at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 34-year-old Kawasaki signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last offseason after spending part of the last four years with the Seattle Mariners (2012) and Toronto Blue Jays (2013-15), batting .234 (143-for-612) with 16 doubles, one homer and a .314 on-base percentage in 262 major league games. The versatile Kawasaki has played in 109 games at second base, 102 games at shortstop and 23 games at third base.

The left-handed hitter played in a career-high 96 games for the Blue Jays in 2013. He batted .214 (6-for-28) with two doubles and two RBI in 23 games for Toronto last season. Kawasaki was Iowa’s starting shortstop last night vs. Round Rock (0-for-3).

Kawasaki played professionally in Japan for 11 seasons for the Fukuoka Hawks, earning All-Star honors in each of his final eight seasons through the 2011 campaign. He played for Japan in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Schwarber, 23, was hitless in four at-bats this season prior to suffering his injury in the second inning of last night’s game. In his rookie campaign last season, he batted .246 (57-for-232) with 16 home runs and 43 RBI in 69 games. He hit five postseason home runs to set the all-time franchise record.

Cubs Lineup: 4/8/16 vs. Diamondbacks

Cubs at Diamondbacks — Chase Field
First Pitch: 8:40 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Diamondbacks Starter: Robbie Ray, LHP
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jason Heyward, RF
3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Jorge Soler, LF
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. David Ross, C
9. Jason Hammel, P

Cubs Minor League Report: 4/8/16

Tennessee claimed a season-opening win behind a boost from the offense, while starting pitching gave Myrtle Beach a lead it wouldn’t surrender Thursday. Iowa and South Bend were both on the losing end. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Iowa Cubs (0-1)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-3rd Place (-1.0 games back)

Iowa allowed five runs in the third inning as it dropped the season opener to Round Rock, 7-3.

  • 3B Kristopher Negron (.750) led the team with three hits, going 3-for-4.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.667) went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI (1).
  • C Willson Contreras (.500) added a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
  • LHP Scott Barnes (2 IP, H, 2 BB, SO) and RHP Brandon Gomes (2 IP, 2 BB, SO) each tossed 2 scoreless frames in relief.

Tennessee Smokies (1-0)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-1st Place (–)

The Smokies blasted three homers as they rolled to a 7-3 Opening Day victory against Mobile.

  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (3.00 ERA) picked up the win, giving up two earned runs in 6 innings and striking out five.
  • 2B Chesny Young (1.000) reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with a first-inning solo homer (1) and two walks. He scored two runs and swiped a base.
  • C Victor Caratini (.250) went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer (1) in the first inning.
  • PH Bijan Rademacher (1.000) hit a pinch-hit solo homer (1) in the sixth inning.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.500) finished 2-for-4 with two stolen bases (2).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.333) recorded a hit with a walk and two runs scored.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.333) went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and two RBI (2).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (1-0)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-1st Place (–)

Myrtle Beach opened its 2016 campaign with a 5-2 home victory over Frederick.

  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (1.80) surrendered one earned run in 5 innings to pick up the win.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.250) went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI (1) and two runs scored.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.333) added a double, going 1-for-3 with a run scored.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (2 IP, H, R, SO) did not allow an earned run in 2 innings, and RHP Dave Berg (IP, H, 2 SO) earned his first save of the season.

South Bend Cubs (0-1)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-6th Place (-1.0)

South Bend fell behind 8-0 after three frames and could not come back, losing 9-4 to West Michigan.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.500) went 2-for-4 with a triple (1), a run scored and an RBI (1).
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.500) also went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.400), C P.J. Higgins (.400) and SS Andrew Ely (.667) all added two-hit games. South Bend combined for 12 hits, including 11 singles.
  • LHP Kyle Twomey (4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 7 SO) fanned seven batters in relief, allowing just one run on three hits.

Cubs Lineup: 4/7/16 vs. Diamondbacks

Cubs at Diamondbacks — Chase Field
First Pitch: 8:05 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, RHP
Diamondbacks Starter: Rubby De La Rosa, RHP
TV: CSN+; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jason Heyward, RF
3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Kyle Schwarber, LF
7. Miguel Montero, C
8. Addison Russell, SS
9. John Lackey, P

Cubs Lineup: 4/5/16 vs. Angels

Cubs at Angels — Angel Stadium
First Pitch: 9:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Angels Starter: Andrew Heaney, LHP
TV: CSN+; 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, DH
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Matt Szczur, LF
9. David Ross, C

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 10,937 other followers