Somchai and Cassandra Rollins of Sumter, SC, were at a Myrtle Beach game when Cassandra went into labor. The couple was taken to Conway Medical Center and welcomed a baby girl, Alexandria Catherine Rollins, who checked in at 8 pounds 15 ounces.
The Myrtle Beach mascot Splash presented the Rollins family and baby Allie with a gift basket, courtesy of the team.
“This is a first for us,” said Mike Snow, Pelicans assistant general manager operations. “We wanted to do something special for baby Allie and her parents.”
Myrtle Beach president Andy Milovich said they contemplated changing the name of the team to the “Storks” for a day.
“Inspiration for promotional nights can come from anywhere,” Milovich said.
The Pelicans will add a Labor Day Night to their promotional calendar, celebrating on Sept. 1 (the team does not play on Labor Day). The event will include pampering stations offering massages, manicures and pedicures for mothers to be, free season tickets for life to women who go into labor at the game, and a college fund donation to the first woman who does go into labor at the game. Food specials will include pickles and ice cream to handle in-game cravings. There also will be a Lamaze breathing contest for dads. Fans also will be able to donate car seats, diapers and other items to benefit mothers in need.
Jordan Pries made his Cubs debut, and gave up two runs over six innings in Iowa’s 6-2 victory over Memphis. Pries was acquired from the Mariners along with Mike Montgomery last week. Mark Zagunis, Logan Watkins and Kristopher Negron each had two hits. In his first game back with Iowa, Albert Almora Jr. went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored a run.
Tennessee had the day off and faces Chattanooga on Tuesday.
Myrtle Beach beat Carolina, 9-5. Erick Castillo had two hits, including a solo home run. Yasiel Balaguert had three hits and one RBI.
South Bend swept a doubleheader against Peoria. Eloy Jimenez was a combined 4-for-4 with a double, solo home run, two walks and four RBI. Eddy Martinez had two hits, including a solo homer, and five RBI in the two games. Donnie Dewees had three hits.
Eugene rallied to win, 7-6, in 12 innings. Chris Pieters had two hits and one RBI. Vimael Machin had two hits and two RBI. Jared Cheek picked up the win, pitching three hitless innings in relief.
Mesa lost, 7-4, to the Brewers. Matt Swarmer made his first start, and struck out six over three innings.
Jake Arrieta gets the start Monday night when the Cubs face the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in the first game of the home and road Interleague series. Here’s the lineup:
On Monday, the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees in exchange for four players: Adam Warren, Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. Chapman began this season serving a 30-game suspension covered by Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy after a dispute with his girlfriend in South Florida. Both Chapman and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued statements.
“I want to thank the New York Yankees for trusting and supporting me, and I wish nothing but the best for the Yankees organization and my former teammates,” Chapman said in the statement. “I am excited about today’s trade and look forward to joining the Chicago Cubs and meeting my new teammates. It is a privilege to wear the Cubs uniform and to play for the fans of Chicago.
“As you know, earlier this year I accepted and served a 30-game suspension from Major League Baseball resulting from my actions of October 30, 2015. I regret that I did not exercise better judgment and for that I am truly sorry. Looking back, I feel I have learned from this matter and have grown as a person. My girlfriend and I have worked hard to
strengthen our relationship, to raise our daughter together, and would appreciate the opportunity to move forward without revisiting an event we consider part of our past. Out of respect for my family, I will not comment any further on this matter.
“I cannot wait to take the mound at Wrigley Field and look forward to helping my teammates deliver a championship to Chicago.”
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts also issued a statement.
“Obviously, we are aware of the circumstances surrounding Aroldis Chapman’s suspension earlier this season,” Ricketts said. “We are also aware that he cooperated fully with the league investigation and takes responsibility for his actions.
“Today, prior to completing the trade, Theo, Jed and I spoke with Aroldis. I shared with him the high expectations we set for our players and staff both on and off the field. Aroldis indicated he is comfortable with meeting those expectations.
“Finally, my family, this team and Major League Baseball take the issue of domestic violence very seriously and support efforts to reduce domestic violence through education, awareness and intervention.”
— Carrie Muskat
Iowa lost, 5-1, to Memphis. Drew Rucinski gave up three runs over four innings. Jeimer Candelario had two hits.
Tennessee lost, 8-5, to Mississippi. In his first start for Tennessee, Zach Hedges gave up four runs over six innings. Chris Coghlan was 1-for-3 with two RBI and Jorge Soler went 1-for-3 with a walk and one RBI. Trey Martin had three hits and one RBI.
Jonathan Martinez gave up three earned runs in Myrtle Beach’s 6-4 win over Wilmington. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits, both doubles, and three RBI.
South Bend beat Peoria, 4-3. Bryant Flete hit a solo home run. Donnie Dewees and Matt Rose each had two hits. Casey Bloomquist gave up one run over six innings.
Eugene beat Vancouver, 5-3. Oscar De La Cruz struck out seven over 4 1/3 innings.
Mesa beat the Athletics, 3-2. Junior Marte gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings. Isaac Paredes had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBI.
Jon Lester makes the start Sunday at Miller Park in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers. A win on Sunday would give the Cubs three-straight series wins to begin a “second half” of a season for the first time in 80 years (1936).
This will be Lester’s first career start at Miller Park. The only active ML park he hasn’t pitched in is PETCO Park in San Diego.
Here’s the lineup:
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The Cubs have a 2.28 ERA in eight games since the break, best mark in the NL, and second best in MLB to the Yankees.
Dexter Fowler is not in the lineup. He played two straight games coming off the DL, and manager Joe Maddon has said he wants to be careful with the outfielder so he doesn’t aggravate his hamstring.
Iowa lost both games of a doubleheader against Memphis. Brian Matusz threw 4 1/3 shutout innings in the first game. John Andreoli and Mark Zagunis each had three hits. Tim Federowicz had two hits and two RBI. Trevor Cahill started the second game, and gave up two earned runs on nine hits over four innings. Andreoli had three more hits in the nightcap.
Brad Markey gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 3-0 loss to Memphis. Chris Coghlan was 1-for-3 with a double and Jorge Soler went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in their rehab outings. Trey Martin had two hits.
James Pugliese gave up five hits over five scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 9-0 win over Wilmington. David Bote and Ian Rice both hit two-run homers. Rice finished with three RBI. Yasiel Balaguert and Gleyber Torres each had two hits. Daniel Lewis threw two scoreless innings in relief.
South Bend’s game vs. Peoria was postponed because of rain.The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Monday.
Eugene beat Vancouver, 11-4. Michael Knighton gave up three hits over four innings. Tyler Payne hit a three-run homer and Vimael Machin had two hits and two RBI. Duncan Robinson picked up his first win, giving up two runs on three hits over two innings of relief.
Mesa beat the White Sox, 7-4. Jose Gonzalez had two hits and four RBI. Gustavo Polanco had three hits and one RBI. Tyson Miller picked up the win in relief, pitching three innings.
John Lackey gets the start Saturday night at Miller Park where the Cubs will face the Brewers in the second game of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs are 6-2 in their last eight games, and 5-2 since the All-Star break. The pitching has been sharp, compiling a 1.71 ERA in seven games since the break, the best mark in the Majors. Overall, the Cubs starting rotation leads the Majors with a 2.98 ERA and a .215 opponent batting average against.
Iowa’s game against Memphis was postponed because Memphis had travel issues. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.
Michael Wagner struck out seven and gave up two hits over five scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 2-1 victory over Mississippi. Kelly Dugan hit a pinch-hit solo homer in the fifth. In his first rehab game, Chris Coghlan went 1-for-3. Jorge Soler joined the Smokies and was expected to play Saturday. Ian Happ had two hits, including a double.
Trevor Clifton struck out six and gave up three runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-3 win over Wilmington. Charcer Burks had three hits, including two doubles, and one RBI. David Bote had three hits and scored two runs.
Carlos Sepulveda delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 10th to give South Bend a 4-3 victory over Burlington. P.J. Higgins had two hits. John Williamson struck out three over two innings.
Eugene rallied to post an 8-5, 11-inning win over Vancouver. D.J. Wilson was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Chris Pieters had three hits and two RBI.
Mesa had the day off and will face the White Sox on Saturday.
Dexter Fowler is back at the top of the Cubs lineup for Friday’s game against the Brewers. Fowler was activated from the disabled list, and Albert Almora Jr. optioned to Triple-A Iowa. New Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery also joined the team, and Spencer Patton was optioned to Iowa to make room.
Jason Hammel gets the start on Friday at Miller Park. Here’s the lineup: