Chris Valaika hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th and Christian Villanueva and Taylor Teagarden each homered in Iowa’s 8-7 win over Colorado Springs. Villanueva hit a three-run homer in the first. Dallas Beeler started and gave up one earned run over five innings, striking out six. Gonzalez Germen picked up the win in relief, and now is 4-0.
In his second rehab start, Jacob Turner gave up two hits over five shutout innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 win over Jacksonville. Turner walked one and struck out three. He threw 63 pitches. Albert Almora had two hits and Stephen Bruno had two hits and two RBIs.
Jonathan Martinez gave up two hits over six scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 7-1 win over Lynchburg. Martinez, who the Cubs acquired from the Dodgers in the July 2014 trade for Darwin Barney, struck out one. He’s now 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts this month. Victor Caratini hit a home run and Mark Zagunis had two hits and two RBIs.
Gleyber Torres went 5-for-5 with a double, two-run homer and three RBIs and Erick Leal gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings in South Bend’s 7-3 win over Peoria. Cael Brockmeyer hit his fifth home run, Yasiel Balaguert had three hits and Jesse Hodges and Andrew Ely each had two hits.
Short-season Class A Eugene opens its season Thursday at Everett while the Arizona Rookie League team starts Saturday in Mesa.
The Cubs have reportedly signed their first-round pick, outfielder Ian Happ, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis.
Happ and the Cubs have agreed to a $3 million signing bonus, which is just under the $3,351,000 slotted for his spot as the No. 9 overall pick.
The Cubs did not confirm the report on Monday. The signing is pending a physical.
Happ became the highest Cincinnati player ever drafted — the program had never had a player taken in the first two rounds — after being named a 2015 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and a unanimous All-American. This year for the Bearcats, the outfielder led the team with a .369 average and belted 14 home runs, 18 doubles and 44 RBIs.
* Jorge Soler, on the DL with a left ankle sprain, was able to play catch on Sunday, and could get the boot off his ankle soon, possibly as early as Monday. He has yet to start hitting. Soler has been sidelined since June 3. He has added Michael Jordan “jump” logo stickers to his walking boot.
* Cubs manager Joe Maddon met with starter Tsuyoshi Wada, who is winless in five starts, and has not finished the fourth inning in his last two outings. Maddon said he got the lefty to smile during their chat. Wada’s next start is Tuesday against the Indians.
“I’m really eager to see him play now,” Maddon said.
* Cubs rookie Kris Bryant knows all about the butterflies top prospects Brian Buxton of the Twins and Francisco Lindor of the Indians must be feeling as they made their Major League debuts Sunday. Bryant made his debut on April 17. Any advice?
“Enjoy it,” Bryant said. “I think that’s the best thing. Enjoy it. You only have one debut, you only have one first pitch in the big leagues, you only have one play. Enjoy it and take it all in. That’s what I told [teammate] Addison [Russell], too.”
* In his second rehab start for Double-A Tennessee, Jacob Turner gave up two hits and walked one over five scoreless innings, striking out three. The right-hander, who has been on the disabled list since March 27 with right shoulder inflammation, threw 63 pitches, 36 for strikes, and got the win as the Smokies beat Jacksonville, 4-1.
— Carrie Muskat
Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn’t sure what to expect Monday night when the Cubs play the Indians at Wrigley and the Blackhawks try to clinch the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center in Chicago. The two sports facilities are about six miles apart but the Wrigleyville area is a hot spot for fans to celebrate if the Blackhawks win.
Saturday’s Cubs game was delayed 2 hours 48 minutes because of rain, and during that time, the hockey game was broadcast on the new video boards at Wrigley.
“[Saturday], the rain delay could not have been more perfectly timed,” Maddon said. “Fans got to see a doubleheader here. Great TV to watch [the Blackhawks game] on, concessions, and the romance of being at the ballpark with the rain going on. It was a pretty cool venue last night.”
Can he imagine how Cubs fans might celebrate if they win a World Series?
“I know that our fans will react in an extraordinary way,” Maddon said. “I’m locked into today, and I don’t worry about that stuff. I think our fans are great as they are. We take care of business, it’ll bloom even more.”
— Carrie Muskat
Jon Lester gets the start Sunday night as the Cubs close their four-game series against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:
* Fans watching the Cubs game tonight may hear the team called “surprising” because of the success by the young talent. Manager Joe Maddon isn’t surprised.
“I think it’ll be that way all year regardless,” Maddon said. “That’s OK. I think we know who we are and what we’re capable of doing. We are young. As the season progresses, these guys are going to get better.”
Maddon said he’s seen young players make “quantum leaps” in performance from April to August and expects the same.
“By August, you’ll be saying ‘wow’ with some of these guys,” Maddon said.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter from Triple-A Iowa and optioned outfielder Junior Lake to Triple-A. Schlitter will be available Sunday night.
This is Schlitter’s third stint with the Cubs this year. He was 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA (6 ER/6.2 IP) in nine appearances so far. In 14 relief appearances at Iowa, he’s 2-0 with five saves and a 1.13 ERA (2 ER/16.0 IP).
Lake, 25, is batting .224 (13-for-58) with four doubles, one home run and five RBI in 21 games with the Cubs this season.
Donn Roach gave up two earned runs over six innings in Iowa’s 4-1 loss to Colorado Springs. It was Roach’s first loss, and his ERA now is 2.14. Taylor Davis hit a double and drove in Iowa’s only run.
Jacob Hannemann was 4-for-6 and missed hitting for the cycle by a single in Tennessee’s 12-3 win over Jacksonville. Hannemann had two doubles, a triple, a grand slam, and drove in six runs. Billy McKinney and Stephen Bruno also homered. It was McKinney’s first homer at the Double-A level.
Jacob Rogers hit a three-run homer in Myrtle Beach’s 14-5 loss to Lynchburg. Jen-Ho Tseng took the loss, giving up six runs over 4 2/3 innings.
David Bote had two hits, including a two-run homer, in South Bend’s 7-6 loss to Peoria. Jeremy Null gave up three runs over six innings. He’s now 6-1 with a 2.01 ERA.
Kyle Hendricks will start Saturday night when the Cubs face the Reds in the third game of their four-game series at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:
* Kris Bryant is 17-for-59 (.288) batting fourth this season.
* The Cubs have won three of Hendricks’ last four starts. He’s 2-1, 2.33 ERA in that span. The right-hander made his big league debut vs. the Reds last July 10, giving up four runs over six innings, and getting a no-decision
in a 6-4 Cubs win in 12 innings.
* Chris Coghlan is 9-for-11 with three doubles and two homers lifetime vs. Leake.
Iowa blanked Colorado Springs in both games of a doubleheader, winning 2-0 in the first game and 1-0 in the second. Felipe Paulino gave up three hits over six innings for the win in the first game while Carlos Pimentel matched that feat for the “w” in the second. Rubi Silva was a combined 3-for-5 in the two games. Carl Edwards Jr. picked up his first save of the
season in the second game.
Tennessee lost, 2-0 to Jacksonville. Frank Batista gave up two runs over seven innings and took the loss. He is 6-1 with a
1.60 ERA this season. Kyle Schwarber notched the Smokies only hit, a double.
Myrtle Beach lost, 1-0, to Lynchburg. Tyler Skulina gave up two hits over seven scoreless innings and did not get a
decision. He struck out seven.
South Bend lost both games of a doubleheader against Burlington, losing 5-3 in the first game and 6-5 in the second. Yasiel
Balaguert, Cael Brockmeyer and Gioskar Amaya each finished with two hits in the two games.
Jason Hammel takes the mound Friday as the Cubs face the Reds in Game 2 of their four-game series at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup: