#Cubs Minor League report: Olt 2R double

Thursday’s games

Tsuyoshi Wada gave up one run on five hits over six innings in Iowa’s 4-1 win over Memphis. Mike Olt hit a two-run double to break a 1-1 tie. Junior Lake hit a solo home run in the third. Rafael Soriano made his first appearance with Iowa, striking out three and giving up one hit.

Ivan Pineyro gave up six earned runs over five innings in Tennessee’s 9-2 loss to Montgomery.

Jonathan Martinez threw seven shutout innings in Myrtle Beach’s 1-0 win over Potomac. Martinez struck out four and did not walk anyone, scattering four hits. Jeimer Candelario drove in the only run.

Jake Stinnett gave up one run on five hits over five innings in South Bend’s 10-6 win over Lansing. Yasiel Balaguert and David Bote each hit home runs. Balaguert finished with four hits and scored three runs. Bote had three hits and three RBI.

Eugene totaled four hits in a 4-0 shutout loss to Hillsboro. Ian Happ hit a double, and now is 10-for-25 in his last six games.

Dylan Cease gave up two hits over three innings and Alex Bautista hit a home run, a two-run shot, in Mesa’s 2-1 win over the D-Backs.

Rafael Soriano joins #Cubs AAA team

Rafael Soriano, who signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs in June, was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Soriano, 35, recorded five scoreless outings with Tennessee. He gave up one unearned run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings.

The Iowa Cubs also announced that outfielder Anthony Giansanti was place on the 7-Day disabled list (hamstring) and left-handed pitcher Jeffry Antigua was reassigned to Tennessee.

Additionally, catcher Cael Brockmeyer has rejoined Iowa from Tennessee, Carl Edwards Jr. has been activated from the Temporary Inactive List, and Iowa has activated infielder/outfielder Mike Baxter. Edwards was on the list so he could take part in the Futures Game.

The I-Cubs need another catcher following the promotion of Kyle Schwarber to the big league team. Brockmeyer, 23, was hitting a combined .260 with six home runs and 40 RBIs in 77 games across four levels this season. He appeared in 63 games for Class A South Bend before a promotion to high A Myrtle Beach on June 29. After a four-game stint with the Pelicans, he was promoted again on July 4 to Tennessee where he’s played in four games for the Smokies. He had a two-day stint with Iowa, July 10-11, before going back to Tennessee for four days. This is Brockmeyer’s third career stint with the I-Cubs. He went 1-for-6 with a walk in two games for Iowa in 2013.

Edwards Jr., 23, recorded two outs and struck out one in the eighth inning to help the U.S. Team defeat the World Team, 10-1, in the Futures Game. With Iowa this year, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.06 ERA (6ER/17 2/3 IP), one save and 23 strikeouts in 11 games.

Schwarber to join #Cubs; Montero to see specialist

Catcher Kyle Schwarber will be called up to the Cubs on Friday while Miguel Montero may be out an extended amount of time with a thumb injury.

Montero, who jammed his left thumb last Saturday in the first inning, was to see a hand specialist on Friday. He was expected to miss more than 15 days, so the Cubs decided to go with three catchers, including Schwarber, Taylor Teagarden, and David Ross, who was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Sunday.

The Cubs’ No. 2 prospect, and No. 38 overall, Schwarber will not be the team’s every day catcher. His bat will certainly come in handy. Named the Futures Game MVP this past Sunday in Cincinnati, Schwarber was batting a combined .323/.430/.591 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs in 75 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this season, his first full one as a professional.

He was promoted to the big leagues in June for a six-game stint, including five games in American League ballparks where he was the designated hitter, and Schwarber went 8-for-22 with a home run, a triple and six RBIs.

Montero underwent an MRI last Saturday, and the Cubs had hoped the injury was not too serious. The team expected more details after Montero sees the specialist Friday.

Last Sunday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the team had not discussed promoting Schwarber, but obviously, that changed with the medical diagnosis on Montero.

“Schwarber’s always in consideration for what we’re doing in the future,” Maddon said last Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Minor League report: Happ 3 Hs

Thursday’s games

Iowa’s Carlos Pimentel gave up one run on two hits over two innings and struck out four for the Pacific Coast League All-Stars, who lost, 4-3, to the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Iowa’s Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-4 with a double.

Tennessee lost, 4-1, to Montgomery. Jacob Hannemann hit a double and scored a run. Felix Pena took the loss, giving up three earned runs on five hits over five innings.

Myrtle Beach beat Potomac, 5-2. Chesny Young, Kevin Brown and Jacob Rogers each homered. Brown’s blast was a two-run shot in the third. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one earned run on four hits and three walks over seven innings for the win.

South Bend lost, 6-4, to Lansing. Yasiel Balaguert, Kevin Encarnacion, David Bote and Jeffrey Baez each had two hits. Starter Erick Leal gave up two earned runs over six innings. Jordan Minch took the loss in relief.

Eugene beat Hillsboro, 8-4. Ian Happ was 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI, and four other players had two hits including Eloy Jimenez and Frandy Delarosa. Francisco Carrillo picks up the win in relief, giving up one run on four hits over 3 2/3 innings.

The Mesa Cubs lost, 5-3, to the Royals. Zac Rosscup started in a rehab assignment, and struck out two over one innings. Enrique De Los Rio took the loss, giving up three earned runs over three innings. Robert Garcia and Michael Foster each had two hits.

#Cubs HR Derby


#Cubs Minor League report: Rogers 3 RBIs

Monday’s games

Iowa had Monday off for the All-Star break.

Tennessee lost, 9-2, to Biloxi. Rob Zastryzny gave up four runs over 4 1/3 innings and took the loss. Rafael Soriano walked two and struck out one in one inning of relief. In five games, he’s given up three hits, walked three and struck out four over five innings.

Myrtle Beach shut out Carolina, 5-0. Jacob Rogers was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Paul Blackburn gave up two hits over three innings and Brad Markey struck out four and gave up two hits over 4 2/3 innings in relief.

South Bend beat Lake County, 8-1. Jeffrey Baez went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, hitting a two-run homer in the sixth and a double. Charcer Burks, Gioskar Amaya and David Bote each had two hits. Zach Hedges gave up one run on four hits and three walks over seven innings, striking out seven.

Eugene lost, 5-4, to Tri-City. Matt Rose hit a RBI double, and the Emeralds took advantage of errors to score. Justin Steele gave up three runs — none earned — on four hits and three walks over three innings. Eloy Jimenez had two hits.

Mesa lost, 6-1, to the Royals. Jose Paniagua had two hits. James Norwood gave up three runs on six hits over three innings.

#Cubs Rizzo to start for NL All-Star team

Anthony Rizzo will start for the National League team in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Rizzo, who is participating in the Home Run Derby on Monday night, will be the designated hitter and bat sixth. He’ll be the first Cubs All-Star starter since catcher Geovany Soto and outfielder Kosuke Fukudome did in 2008. That year, the Cubs had eight players on the NL team.

Here’s the lineup for Tuesday’s game:

Andrew McCutchen CF
Todd Frazier 3B
Bryce Harper RF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Buster Posey C
Anthony Rizzo DH
Jhonny Peralta SS
Joc Pederson LF
DJ LeMahieu 2B

Zack Greinke P

#Cubs Minor League report: Johnson 3 RBIs and W

Sunday’s games

Iowa is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. In case you missed it, catcher Kyle Schwarber and pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. participated in the Futures Game. Schwarber was named MVP after throwing out a runner and hitting a two-run triple to lead Team USA to a 10-1 win. Edwards struck out one in a scoreless eighth.

Tennessee won its second straight game, beating Biloxi, 8-2. Pierce Johnson gave up one run on five hits and four walks over five innings for the win. He also drove in three runs. Rafael Soriano threw a scoreless seventh inning in relief. He’s given up one unearned run on three hits over four innings for Tennessee.

Myrtle Beach split a doubleheader against Carolina, winning 9-0 in the first game and losing, 2-1, in the second. Kevin Brown had two hits, including his second home run, and drove in four in the first game. Michael Heesch picked up the win in relief. In the second game, Jeremy Null gave up two runs over six innings but took the loss. Jeimer Candelario drove in his 36th RBI of the season.

South Bend totaled five hits in a 3-1 loss to Lake County. Trevor Clifton took the loss, giving up three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Rashad Crawford had two of the hits. Dillon Maples struck out two in 2 1/3 innings in relief.

Carson Sands gave up six runs — none earned — on four hits over 2 2/3 innings in Eugene’s 15-2 loss to Tri-City. Ian Happ had two hits, including his first career triple, and now is batting .259.

Austyn Willis gave up three hits over five scoreless innings in Mesa’s 1-0 win over the White Sox. Shawon Dunston Jr. drove in the only run.

#Cubs Rizzo, Bryant to compete in HR Derby

Here are the pairings for Monday night’s Home Run Derby in Cincinnati:

#1 seed Albert Pujols vs. #8 seed Kris Bryant
#2 seed Todd Frazier vs. #7 seed Prince Fielder
#3 seed Josh Donaldson vs. #6 seed Anthony Rizzo
#4 seed Joc Pederson vs. #5 seed Manny Machado

* The 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby will introduce a new streamlined format featuring brackets and timed rounds. The eight-player contest will be conducted as a single-elimination tournament in which the loser of each bracket is immediately

Brackets in the first round were seeded based on 2015 home run totals through July 7, with ties broken by awarding the
higher seed to the batter with more home runs hit since June 15. In each matchup, the higher seed will hit second.

During each of the three rounds, each batter will have five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible, and any swings
that do not result in a home run will not be counted. Timers will count down from five minutes beginning with the release
of the first pitch, and any home run hit after the timer reaches one minute remaining will stop the timer immediately when
the ball lands in home run territory. The timer will not start again until the batter hits a ball that does not land in
home run territory, or swings and misses at a pitch.

Batters may be awarded bonus time during their turn based on the length of their home runs hit. If a batter hits two home
runs during a turn that each equal or exceed 420 feet, one minute of bonus time will be added. If one home run during a
turn equals or exceeds 475 feet, 30 seconds of bonus time will be added. It is possible for a batter to earn a total bonus
of 1 minute 30 seconds. All distances will be measured using MLB Advanced Media’s Statcast system.

The batter with the most home runs hit in each matchup will advance to the next round. Ties in any round will be broken by
a 90-second swing-off with no stoppage of time or additional time added. If the batters remain tied after the 90-second
swing-off, they will engage in successive three-swing swing-offs until there is a winner.

Once the second batter in any matchup hits one more home run than the first batter, the second batter will be declared the
winner of the matchup and will not attempt to hit any additional home runs. In addition, each batter will be entitled to
one “time out” per round.

Cubs highlights from past Home Run Derbys:

2002: Sammy Sosa puts on a show with several 500-foot shots (including a 528 foot HR), a homer off Bernie Brewer’s slide and a few balls that left Miller Park thru a window

Home Run Derby Winners
1985: Dave Parker
1986: Wally Joyner
1986: Darryl Strawberry
1987: Andre Dawson
1989: Eric Davis, Ruben Sierra
1990: Ryne Sandberg
1991: Cal Ripken, Jr.
1992: Mark McGwire
1993: Juan Gonzalez
1994, 1998, 1999: Ken Griffey, Jr.
1995: Frank Thomas
1996: Barry Bonds
1997: Tino Martinez
2000: Sammy Sosa
2001: Luis Gonzalez
2002: Jason Giambi
2003: Garret Anderson
2004: Miguel Tejada
2005: Bobby Abreu
2006: Ryan Howard
2007: Vlad Guerrero
2008: Justin Morneau
2009: Prince Fielder
2010: David Ortiz
2011: Robinson Cano
2012: Prince Fielder
2013: Yoenis Cespedes
2014: Yoenis Cespedes

#Cubs Coghlan’s iron man streak over

Even though Chris Coghlan was not in the starting lineup Sunday, Maddon planned on getting him an at-bat. Coghlan entered Sunday’s game having played in 150 straight, the longest current streak in the Major Leagues. But Jake Arrieta threw a complete game in a 3-1 win over the White Sox, and Coghlan did not get a single at-bat, ending his streak. Next longest is the Royals’ Kenrys Morales, who played in his 123rd consecutive game on Sunday.

On Saturday, Maddon kept Coghlan’s streak alive when the outfielder got the last at-bat of the game.

“National League, baby,” Maddon said. “There’s always a way [to keep it going].”

— Carrie Muskat


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