#Cubs Minor League report: Iowa out of playoffs

Wednesday’s games

Taylor Davis had three hits, including a double, and one RBI in Iowa’s 11-3 loss to Oklahoma City. With the loss, the Iowa Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention. Making his Triple-A debut, Fernando Cruz gave up 10 runs on 10 hits and two walks over four innings. Zac Rosscup pitched a perfect inning in relief, striking out two. Emilio Bonifacio had two hits, and now is 10-for-15 in his last four games.

Tennessee had Wednesday off, and opens its final series of the regular season Thursday at Biloxi. Andres Santiago is scheduled to start.

Jonathan Martinez threw six shutout innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-2 win over Potomac. Martinez improved to 9-2 with a 2.58 ERA. He has gone 3-0 with an 0.30 ERA in his last five starts. Victor Caratini hit a double and drove in two runs. In his Myrtle Beach debut, Gleyber Torres was 0-for-2 with a walk.

South Bend lost, 10-1, to Dayton. James Norwood gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings. Charcer Burks had two hits, including a triple. Gioskar Amaya had two hits, both doubles.

Eugene lost, 3-2, to Salem-Keizer. Oscar De La Cruz gave up one run over six innings. Andrew Ely had three hits. Donnie Dewees had two hits and one RBI.

Mesa’s season ended Tuesday, finishing 16-9 in the second half.
Tuesday’s games

Iowa was swept in a doubleheader by Oklahoma City. Taylor Davis was 3-for-9 with two doubles in the first game, which went 19 innings. Carlos Pimentel gave up three runs over six innings in the second game. He’s 12-6 with a 2.99 ERA.

Tennessee lost, 11-0, to Jacksonville. Bijan Rademacher had three hits.

Myrtle Beach lost, 4-3, to Potomac. Jacob Rogers hit a RBI double. Tyler Skulina gave up one hit over five scoreless innings and did not get a decision.

Tommy Thorpe gave up one run over six innings in South Bend’s 9-2 win over Bowling Green. Gleyber Torres had three hits, including two doubles, and one RBI. Angelo Amendolare had two hits and three RBI.

Eugene scored four runs in the fourth in a 5-4 win over Salem-Keizer. Justin Steele gave up one hit over four innings. Blake Headley had three hits.

Mesa lost its playoff game to the Mariners, 3-1, and finished the season 31-23, winning the East Division second half title. Carlos Jimenez had three hits. Dylan Cease gave up one run over three innings.

(My note: Sorry for late posting of Tuesday’s games)

#Cubs Schwarber scratched

Rookie Kyle Schwarber was scratched from Wednesday’s game because of right rib soreness. He apparently felt some discomfort while batting prior to Wednesday’s game, and was taken for a precautionary MRI. The hope is that with Thursday’s off day, he’ll be ready to go on Friday.

Here’s the new Cubs lineup:

Fowler CF

Coghlan LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Montero C

Jackson RF

Russell SS

Hammel P

La Stella 2B

#Cubs Hammel closes series vs Reds

Jason Hammel gets the start Wednesday in the Cubs series finale against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Russell SS

Hammel P

La Stella 2B

In his last start, Hammel took the loss against the Dodgers, giving up three runs over five innings. This will be his seventh start against the Reds. He’s faced them twice this year, and has not gotten a decision in either game. Hammel has a 3.52 ERA in 13 home starts so far.

#Cubs Maddon hosts “Respect the Main Event” Wednesday

Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye will host “Respect the Main Event” at Ravenswood Event Center on Wednesday.The charity boxing event will feature several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout.

Guests will be able to sit ringside with Cubs players and enjoy cocktails, hand-rolled cigars and spirits tasting stations, dinner courtesy of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including wine and unique sports memorabilia. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood. For more information, please visit www.Cubs.com/Maddon.

*On Thursday, Joe and Jaye Maddon will host “Spoxing for Charity,” a one-day pop-up fitness event under the Wrigley Field marquee at Clark and Addison streets. “Spoxing” is a group class, which combines spinning and boxing with a warm-up on stationary spin bikes followed by a heavy bag and boxing glove workout. Participants will partake in a 45-minute version of the class, offered during several sessions throughout the day. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation. For more information, please visit www.Cubs.com/Popup.

#Cubs lineup vs Reds – Game 2

Dan Haren gets the start Tuesday night at Wrigley for Game 2 of the three-game series between the Cubs and Reds. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Baez 2B

Haren P

Russell SS

*The Cubs didn’t waste any time getting Javier Baez into the lineup. The infielder said his hand injury may have helped him.

“Right when I got hurt, I could only swing with one hand, and that’s what I was doing was swinging with one hand, and I
finally got my swing back,” Baez said.

*Other roster moves: both  James Russell and Rafael Soriano were designated for assignment to open spots on the 40-man roster for Quintin Berry and Trevor Cahill. David Ross was activated from the family medical emergency list. Outfielder Austin Jackson joined the team.

#Cubs Rizzo and kids at Lurie’s

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#Cubs Rizzo asks kids for autographs

Anthony Rizzo stoopped by Lurie Children’s Hospital on Tuesday to see patients. It’s also fitting because September is
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Rizzo brought teddy bears and hats, signed autographs and posed for photos. He also has ARLCH9105started a new tradition, asking the children he visits to sign his jersey. Someday, he’ll get it framed.

#Cubs Rizzo visits children at Lurie’s

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8 #Cubs prospects named to AFL Mesa team

The Arizona Fall League rosters were announced on Tuesday, and the Cubs will have eight prospects participating. The list includes pitchers Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny, catchers Cael Brockmeyer and Willson Contreras, infielder Jeimer Candelario, and outfielder Mark Zagunis. They’ll play for the Mesa Solar Sox, and be managed by Cubs’ Class A Myrtle Beach skipper Mark Johnson.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Minor League report: Jeffrey Baez grand slam

Monday’s games

Felipe Paulino gave up three runs over five innings in Iowa’s 9-3 win over Oklahoma City. Taylor Davis was 3-for-4 with
three RBIs and Mike Baxter drove in two runs. The two teams play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Ryan Williams threw six shutout innings in Tennessee’s 9-1 win over Jacksonville. Albert Almora Jr. had two hits, including
a double and a triple, plus one RBI. Ryan Dent had two hits and one RBI. Bijan Rademacher drove in four runs.

Myrtle Beach had Monday off, and returns to action Tuesday against Potomac. Tyler Skulina is scheduled to start for the
Pelicans.

Jeffrey Baez hit a grand slam and Trevor Clifton gave up one run over six innings in South Bend’s 10-4 win over Bowling
Green. Rashad Crawford also homered. Charcer Burks had three hits and three RBI. Gioskar Amaya had two doubles and one RBI.

Eugene had Monday off and returns to action Tuesday against Salem-Keizer. Justin Steel was scheduled to start.

Mesa’s playoff game against the Mariners was suspended because of wet grounds. The game will be completed on Tuesday.

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