Kyle Schwarber was 0-for-4 and Mike Olt 0-for-3 in their first games with Triple-A Iowa Tuesday night. Iowa lost, 4-2, to Omaha. Schwarber was just starting his stint with the Triple-A team after his six-game call-up to the big league team in which he was 8-for-22 (.364) with a home run, triple and six RBIs as the designated hitter. This was Olt’s first game after going 4-for-9 with Double-A Tennessee on a rehab assignment. Reliever Neil Ramirez also has joined Iowa as part of his rehab but he did not pitch Tuesday.
Cubs pitcher Jon Lester hosted a group of pediatric cancer patients and their families on Tuesday, and met with them during batting practice. Lester gave each child a NVRQT drawstring bag full of goodies, took photos, signed autographs, and brought teammates Jason Motte and David Ross over to say hello.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro visited patients and their families in the Family Life Center and outpatient clinics at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday. He brought Cubs hats and teddy bears, signed autographs, took photos, and helped make signs for those patients who were not well enough to come see him.
Kerry Wood hosted a “Battle of the Bats” at Wrigley Field last Thursday, and the event raised more than $121,000 for the Wood Family Foundation and Cubs Charities. Nearly 40 participants spent the day at Wrigley and received fielding, hitting and throwing instructions from Wood, Todd Wellemeyer and Jon Lieber. All three former Cubs players took turns pitching to participants over three rounds. Jason Schwab was crowned champion of the derby.
Today marks the anniversary of the Sandberg Game. Where were you on June 23, 1984, when Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg went 5-for-6, hitting two game-tying home runs in the ninth and 10th innings off the Cardinals’ Bruce Sutter? Here are some responses from Twitter followers:
@Jacob_Cohen88: “I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents’ eyes as they hadn’t met yet. Sad to have missed it! :)”
@KevinRogers98 “At a game here in NY – happy to hear what happened as I was driving to a BBQ where I met my future wife. #PrettyGoodDayForMe”
@arkapsengupta “One of the best days of my childhood. I thought Harry was gonna have a heart attack”
@PaulBadertscher “Stalling from getting my afternoon paper route done, watching the Game of the Week in Winnipeg, Manitoba #Cubs”
@Davetye18 “coming home from little league at Shabbona park, listened end of game on radio. People forget Dave Owen had game winner”
@368tothegaps “pitching in a Babe Ruth 13-15 yo game, my buddy was listening on his transistor radio updating me from the stands”
@LeeRich1970 “13 years old watching the game on my couch cheering them on!”
@schirmblack “probably just getting out of diapers”
@bamaq23 “Out playing ball. Came home in time for the ninth inning home run. #Cubs”
@Crambo954 “I was only 2 but know for a fact I was watching the game with my dad!”
@moviesnostalgia “In my backyard with my family celebrating my sister’s birthday. I kept going back in the house to watch
@Schnek64 “At the game listening to the cardinal fans yelling BRUCE until Ryno connected … twice. Then we started yelling BRUCE lol”
@TkFoSho “In my mom’s stomach, down the 3rd base line. My first Cubs game #GoCubsGo”
@CubsWinSomeday “Serving in the Army West Germany”
— Carrie Muskat
* Kris Bryant hit his ninth and 10th home runs in his first multi-homer game. Four of his 10 homers have come with two strikes on him. He’s hit safely in eight-straight home games. This was the sixth time this year a Cubs player hit multiple home runs in a game.
* Matt Szczur, called up from Triple-A Iowa before the game, hit his first home run with a solo shot in the seventh.
* Travis Wood picked up the win, his second this year, giving up one hit over 3 1/3 innings in relief. He has a 1.65 ERA (3 ER/16 1/3 IP) in 12 relief appearances this season.
* Anthony Rizzo singled in the first, and now has hit in four straight games. He leads the Cubs with 78 hits and is batting .310 in 42 night games this season.
* Dexter Fowler had to leave the game in the bottom of the fifth with a sprained left ankle. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
* Tsuyoshi Wada left the game in the third with cramping in his left deltoid muscle. He gave up one run on two hits while striking out one in two-plus innings.
* With the win, the Cubs now are a season-high eight games over .500. They are 15-7 in their last 22 games against teams
* Pedro Strop has not given up a run in his last 10 appearances dating to May 31.
* David Ross threw out two runners trying to steal for the second time this season.
* Jason Motte celebrated his birthday by picking up his second save of the season.
* The Cubs played the game under protest after some of the lights went out during the game. The lights eventually came back on.
(Information provided by Cubs media relations)
The Cubs Monday recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa and optioned catcher Kyle Schwarber to the Minor League team. Szczur was in the Cubs starting lineup Monday vs. the Dodgers.
Szczur, 25, joins the Cubs for the fourth time this season. He was a member of the Opening Day roster until April 19, was with the club from May 6-15, and again June 2-6. With Iowa, Szczur has batted .287 (37-for-129) with six doubles, two triples, four home runs and 18 RBI in 36 games this season. In 23 games with the Cubs, he was batting .167 (6-for-36) with two doubles and six RBI.
Schwarber, 22, batted .364 (8-for-22) with one triple, one home run and six RBI in six games with the Cubs.
Chris Valaika and Rubi Silva each homered in a 14-8 loss to Round Rock. Drake Britton took the loss, giving up 11 runs on eight hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings. Silva finished with three hits and three RBIs and Arismendy Alcantara had three hits and one RBI.
Tennessee closed the first half with a 9-2 win over Mississippi. Ryan Williams gave up one run on four hits over six innings. Mike Olt was 1-for-3 in his third rehab start, hitting a double and walking twice. He’s now 4-for-9 with two doubles, a triple and five runs scored in three games. Neil Ramirez struck out all three batters he faced in his second rehab outing. Stephen Bruno had three hits and three RBIs and Dan Vogelbach had three RBI.
Myrtle Beach totaled 12 hits in a 4-1 win over Lynchburg to complete the first half of the season. Daury Torrez gave up one run on four hits over six innings for the win. Chesny Young had two hits and was batting .366 this month.
Tommy Thorpe threw five shutout innings in South Bend’s 5-1 win over West Michigan. Jesse Hodges homered, a two-run shot.
Eugene gave up nine runs in the sixth to los, 9-8, to Everett. Ian Happ, the Cubs’ first-round pick, homered for the second straight game, and also hit a double. Varonex Cuevas had four hits and one RBI and Eloy Jimenez had two hits.
The Mesa rookie league team returns to action Monday against Arizona.
The Cubs return to Wrigley Field to host the Dodgers for a four-game series, starting Monday. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.68) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 3.29)
Tuesday: RHP Jason Hammel (5-2, 2.89) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (5-2, 1.81)
Wednesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 4.28) vs. RHP Mike Bolsinger (4-2, 2.87)
Thursday: LHP Jon Lester (4-5, 3.80) vs. RHP Carlos Frias (4-5, 4.68)
* The “Hornitos Hacienda” — formerly the Left Field Well — will make its debut during this homestand. The left field space has designated standing room and limited seating for groups of approximately 15 to 50 fans.
* The Cubs 2015 Special Group Nights kick off on Tuesday as teachers and their family members are invited to celebrate the start of summer during the fifth annual Teacher Appreciation Night at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are offering $30 tickets in the Terrace Reserved Outfield to teachers and their family members to watch the game.
* On Wednesday, youth baseball and softball teams are invited to catch a game together. The Cubs are offering $24 tickets in the Terrace Reserved Outfield for youth baseball and softball teams and their families. Participants will receive a Cubs rope twist necklace.
Iowa totaled four hits in a 1-0 loss to Round Rock. Matt Szczur, Christian Villanueva, Rafael Lopez and Chris Valaika each
notched a hit. Yoanner Negrin struck out three over 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Ivan Pineyro gave up three hits over six scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 11-2 win over Mississippi. Billy McKinney and
Bijan Rademacher each hit home runs. McKinney finished with three hits and three RBI. Mike Olt also had two hits and Albert Almora had two hits and three RBI.
Myrtle Beach totaled three hits in a 2-0 loss to Lynchburg in the first game of a doubleheader. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two
runs on seven hits over five innings and took the loss. In the second game, Myrtle Beach clinched the first half Southern
Division championship with a 5-2 win. Jonathan Martinez gave up three runs on three hits and five walks over three innings.
South Bend snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over West Michigan. Erick Leal gave up two runs over six
innings for the win. Cael Brockmeyer, Andrew Ely and Gleyber Torres each had two hits.
First-round pick Ian Happ hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, his first as a pro, but it wasn’t enough as Eugene lost,
10-4, to Everett. Happ now is 2-for-9 in his first two games with the short-season team.
Mesa opened the rookie league season with a 4-0 loss to the Brewers. Austyn Willis gave up two hits over five innings and
struck out five.