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7/7 Extra bases

* Alfonso Soriano will likely have one more game as the designated hitter on Monday when the Cubs finish their crosstown Interleague series against the White Sox with a makeup game at U.S. Cellular Field. Soriano was batting .353 with three doubles, five homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.235 OPS in his last eight games since June 28. He pickedu up his 32nd career multi-homer game on Saturday, which is tied for eighth-most in baseball with Manny Ramirez and Andruw Jones. Jim Thome is seventh on the list with 33 multi-homer efforts.

“The one thing you notice is he’s hitting the fastball,” Dale Sveum said of Soriano. “When you have the confidence when you’re hitting fastballs and you lay off hitting breaking balls, or whatever it might be, and the bat speed is there, and you feel that good, you start doing a lot of good things because you’re laying off a lot of bad pitches.”

Soriano, 37, is 8-for-17 (.471) in four games this year as the designated hitter with two home runs and six RBIs. He has a career .379 average in 26 games as the DH.

* Starlin Castro has scuffled this season at the plate, including a .167 June, and Sveum said they’ve shown their support by letting the shortstop play.

“Part of it is putting him in the lineup every day, that’s the confidence you have in guys like that,” Sveum said Sunday. “Just put him in there, and it’s up to him to come out of it and start swinging the bat and start playing better.”

Castro began this season with a career .297 average in the big leagues. A two-time All-Star, he entered Sunday’s game batting .234.

“I haven’t seen him hanging his head or losing his confidence,” Sveum said.

* Third baseman Luis Valbuena has played better than his stats.

“On a whole, from last year to this year, he’s been so consistent, even though you’re not seeing a .300 batting average,” Sveum said of Valbuena, who was batting .247. “The on-base percentage and the walks seem to always be there on a consistent basis and the defense he’s played has been as good as anybody at third base.”

* Javier Baez, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2011, made quite an impression in his Double-A Tennessee debut Saturday, hitting a home run in his first at-bat on his first swing.

“It’s always nice for anybody to go to another league and your first swing is a home run,” Sveum said. “This guy still has to develop. It’s not just home runs we’re talking about, it’s getting ready and getting completely developed to play at this level.”

Baez led the Florida State League with 17 home runs while at Class A Daytona before he was promoted.

Meanwhile, Albert Almora, the Cubs’ 2012 top Draft pick had to leave Saturday’s game with Class A Kane County because of hemorrhoids. Almora was listed as day to day.

– Carrie Muskat

7/2 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Monday’s games

Barret Loux gave up one run over five innings and struck out six in Iowa’s 4-2 win over Memphis. Anthony Giansanti drove in two runs in his Iowa debut. Brian Schlitter converted his eighth save of the season.

Matt Szczur had two hits and one RBIs in Tennessee’s 7-2 loss to Montgomery. Austin Kirk took the loss, giving up six runs over 5 2/3 innings. Arismendy Alcantara hit a double, and his 138 total bases are a team high.

Daytona’s doubleheader against Clearwater was postponed because of rain and unplayable field conditions. The games will be played as part of doubleheaders Aug. 13 and Aug. 15.

Albert Almora had two hits in Kane County’s 4-3 loss to Wisconsin. Almora was batting .346 for the season, and posted his 13th multi-hit game.

Jacob Hannemann had two hits and one RBIs in Boise’s 3-2 win over Salem-Keizer. His two-out RBI single in the ninth scored the game-winning run. James Pugliese gave up one run over six innings.

On Monday, Yasiel Balaguert was named Northwest League Player of the Week. He batted .348 with three home runs and nine RBIs.

Kevin Freeman had two RBIs in Mesa’s 10-2 win over the Dodgers.

6/26 Minor matters

Tuesday’s games

Yoanner Negrin gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits over two-thirds of an inning in Iowa’s 7-0 loss to Memphis. The I-Cubs were held to one hit in the game, a single by Jae-Hoon Ha.

Matt Szczur had three hits, including a walkoff RBI double in the 14th, and Christian Villanueva and Elliot Soto each hit home runs to lift Tennessee to a 7-6 extra inning victory over Jackson. Justin Bour had two hits, and one RBI.

Matt Loosen gave up one run on one hit and one walk over seven innings in Daytona’s 5-2 win over Lakeland. Loosen struck out eight, and retired the last 18 batters faced. Wes Darvill had two hits and three RBIs.

Albert Almora had two hits, both doubles, and scored two runs in Kane County’s 9-5 loss to Beloit. The Cougars are 0-5 in the second half. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and stole a base, his fourth. Jeimer Candelario and Rock Shoulders had two hits each.

Boise’s game against Hillsboro was postponed becasue of rain. On Monday, Paul Blackburn was named Northwest League Pitcher of the Week. He gave up one unearned run over 10 innings in two starts and struck out 12.

Anthony Prieto gave up five runs on thre hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings in Mesa’s 14-4 loss to the Giants. Erick Castillo had two hits.

6/23 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

* Chris Rusin gave up six runs over six innings in Iowa’s 6-2 loss to Memphis. Brian Bogusevic had two hits and stole a base. Brad Nelson also had two hits, including a double.

* Matt Szczur went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in Tennessee’s 11-8 loss to Chattanooga. Ty Wright was 2-for-3 and Jonathan Mota went 2-for-5.

* Javier Baez hit his 16th home run, a solo shot in the first, and Zach Cates gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 2-1 win over Dunedin. Baez had two hits, and two RBIs. His 52 RBIs are tied for fifth in the Florida State League. Dustin Geiger had two hits and a stole a base.

Baez connected off Kyle Drabek, who was making his first start since elbow surgery. Baez also hit a RBI single in the third.

“It doesn’t matter who is on the mound — he has to throw strikes,” Baez told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Baez now is tied for first in the Florida State League with 16 home runs. He’s the active leader, as the other two players were promoted to Double-A.

Jorge Soler still sidelined with a sore left shin.

* Albert Almora and Rock Shoulders both homered in Kane County’s 6-5, 11-inning loss to Quad Cities. Shoulders had two hits and scored two runs.

* Justin Marra hit his first home run in Boise’s 3-2 loss to Spokane in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Shawon Dunston Jr. hit his first home run in a 4-3 loss.

* Alexander Santana gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 7-5, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks. The Rookie League team committed three errors.

6/16 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

Steve Clevenger went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to help Iowa beat Omaha, 9-5, in the completion of Friday’s suspended game. Brooks Raley started but did not get a decision, giving up five runs over five innings. Brad Nelson drove in two runs.

Clevenger went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs in the regular game Saturday, helping Iowa beat Omaha, 8-7. Clevenger now is batting .417, and has hit safely in nine of his 10 games. Donnie Murphy also hit a two-out grand slam in the sixth. Junior Lake had two hits and two stolen bases. Barret Loux picked up the win, throwing three innings in relief.

Kyle Hendricks gave up one run on eight hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 5-2 win over Mississippi. Jonathan Mota hit his fifth home run and drove in two runs. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, both doubles, and two RBIs.

The Florida State League South All-Star team defeated the North, 8-1. Javier Baez was 2-for-4 with two doubles for the North team. John Andreoli had an RBIs. Daytona returns to action Monday against Clearwater.

Bijan Rademacher had three hits, including his second home run, in Kane County’s 11-5 loss to Wisconsin. Albert Almora had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He’s batting .411 in the streak.

Paul Blackburn threw five shutout innings but Henry Charles hit a pinch-hit walkoff homer in the ninth to lead Eugene to a 1-0 win over Boise. Blackburn struck out eight, retiring the last 13 batters he faced. Shawn Dunston, Kevin Encarnacion and Jose Dore each had a hit.

6/15 Minor matters

Iowa’s game vs. Omaha was suspended because of rain. The teams will resume action Saturday, tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth. Steve Clevenger was 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs before the rain.

Jonathan Mota had three hits and one RBIs in Tennessee’s 4-3 loss to Mississippi. Austin Kirk gave up three runs over five innings. Ronald Torreyes had three hits, including a double, and one RBIs and a stolen base.

Daytona is off this weekend for the All-Star break, and will return to action Monday at Clearwater.

Albert Almora extended his hitting streak to 12 games but it wasn’t enough as Kane County lost, 5-1, to Wisconsin. Wilson Contreras had two hits. Shawn Camp threw two scoreless innings in his second rehab outing, striking out three of the eight batters he faced.

James Pugliese threw five shutout innings as Boise opened the season with a 7-0 victory over Eugene. Shawon Dunston Jr. went 4-for-6 with a double, Jacob Rogers hit his first home run and Daniel Lockhart had two hits and one RBIs.

6/14 Minor matters

Thursday’s games

Dave Sappelt had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs, in Iowa’s 9-8, 12-inning loss to Oklahoma City. Steve Clevenger was 2-for-5 with a double and one RBIs in the eighth game of his rehab assignment.

Rubi Silva had two hits and Alberto Cabrera gave up two runs over seven innings in Tennessee’s 3-2 loss to Mississippi.

Dustin Geiger and Tim Saunders each had two hits in Daytona’s 5-1 win over Fort Myers.

Tayler Scott gave up one run on two hits over 7 2/3 innings in Kane County’s 4-1 win over Burlington. Albert Almora had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in three runs. Almora was batting .430.

6/9 Minor matters

Ian Stewart hit three home runs and drove in all eight runs in Iowa’s 8-5 win over Round Rock in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Stewart’s last four hits have been home runs. He’s batting .170 overall. Nick Struck started and gave up four runs over 6 2/3 innings.

In the second game, Brent Lillibridge hit his fifth homer and Junior Lake was 3-for-4 in a 5-4 victory to complete the sweep. Barret Loux started and gave up one run over three innings.

Rafael Lopez had two hits, including his fourth home run, in Tennessee’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to Mobile. Kyle Hendricks gave up one run on four hits over six innings and did not get a decision. Christian Villanueva had two hits. It was Hendricks’ sixth quality start. He’s 3-0 with a 1.01 ERA in his last four games.

Daytona’s game against Brevard County was postponed because of rain. The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader Sunday.

Albert Almora had four hits, including his first home run, and Michael Heesch gave up one run over 6 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 15-1 win over Cedar Rapids. Almora was one of four players to homer, joining Jeimer Candelario and Dan Vogelbach. Almora drove in four runs and is now batting .435.

6/8 Minor matters

Chris Rusin gave up two runs on three hits over eight innings but took the loss in Iowa’s 3-1 loss to Round Rock. Rusin struck out seven and has a 3.67 ERA this season. Steve Clevenger was 1-for-4 with a double in his fourth rehab game. Brent Lillibridge had three hits and Junior Lake had two hits, including a double, in his second game with Iowa. The I-Cubs also announced Barret Loux has been activated from the DL.

Austin Kirk gave up six runs on 10 hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 6-1 loss to Mobile. Jonathan Mota hit his third home run and Matt Szczur had three hits.

Daytona lost 7-6 to Brevard County. Matt Loosen gave up six runs over five innings. Zeke DeVoss had three hits and three stolen bases. Javier Baez was 2-for-5 and batting .476 in five June games.

Tayler Scott gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings in Kane County’s 3-2 win over Burlington. Jeimer Candelario hit his second home run. Albert Almora was 1-for-4, and batting .404 this season.

6/7 Minor matters

Wednesday games
Iowa had Wednesday off.

Tennessee’s game vs. Jackson was postponed because of weather.

Daytona’s game against Bradenton was postponed because of rain.

Pierce Johnson gave up two earned runs on five hits over five innings in Kane County’s 8-6 win over Burlington. Reggie Golden had three hits and two RBIs and Oliver Zapata had two hits, one RBI and a stolen base. Dan Vogelbach had two hits, including his ninth home run, and a double, and drew two walks.

Thursday’s games
Guillermo Moscoso gave up three runs over six innings in Iowa’s 6-0 loss to Round Rock Thursday. Logan Watkins extended his hitting streak to nine games with a double, and Steve Clevenger was 1-for-3 with a double in his third rehab game. Clevenger has hit safely in all three games he’s played.

Alberto Cabrera gave up five runs over five innings in Tennessee’s 5-0 loss to Jackson in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Eric Jokisch gave up one earned run but took the loss in a 2-1 decision. Ronald Torreyes and Rafael Lopez each had two hits.

Daytona’s game against Bradenton was canceled because of rain. On Friday, the Cubs play Brevard County.

Jose Rosario gave up one earned run over five innings in Kane County’s 9-0 loss to Burlington. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and Albert Almora was 1-for-4, and batting .415 so far.


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