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5/22 Minor matters

Christian Villanueva hit two home runs, and Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara each hit one homer to help Iowa beat Round Rock 6-2 Wednesday. Eric Jokisch gave up one earned run on six hits over seven innings for the win. He struck out seven. Baez now has hit in six straight games and was batting .178 for the season.

Mobile first baseman Jon Griffin hit four home runs to tie a Southern League record and beat Tennessee, 17-7. Kris Bryant did hit his 12th home run, a solo shot in the first. Joel Pineiro took the loss, giving up eight runs — five earned — on 10 hits over four innings. Wes Darvill also homered. It was the second time in Southern League history a player has homered four times. On July 1, 1969, George Kalafatis of the Montgomery Biscuits did so.

Marco Hernandez had two hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in three runs in Daytona’s 4-2 win over Bradenton. Gioskar Amaya had three hits and one RBI.

Duane Underwood gave up two hits over five shutout innings in Kane County’s 8-2 win over Wisconsin. The Cougars have won 30 games, tops in the Midwest League. Ben Carhart had three hits and one RBI. Daniel Lockhart had two RBI.

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On Thursday, Charlie Cutler hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth and drove in three runs in the game to lead Tennessee to a 6-5 win over Mobile. Bryant reached base five times, and drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double. Corey Black started and gave up one run on three hits and three walks over five innings. Arodys Vizcaino picked up the win in relief.

4/8 Minor matters – UPDATED

* Christian Villanueva hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth to back Tsuyoshi Wada and lead the Iowa Cubs to a 4-1 victory over Nashville on Monday. Wada retired 20 of the 24 Sounds hitters he faced, struck out eight and walked one over 6 2/3 innings. He did serve up a second inning home run to Eugenio Velez.

Nashville starter Ariel Pena took a no-hitter into the fifth, when Iowa finally scored. Brett Jackson snapped an 0-for-12 start with a triple and he scored on Eli Whiteside’s single. The Iowa Cubs rallied off reliever Kyle Heckathorn with two outs in the sixth. Matt Szczur walked and Chris Coghlan singled to set up Villanueva’s first home run.

Blake Parker struck out two in the ninth for the save. The I-Cubs stole four bases. On Tuesday, the two teams square off again as Chris Rusin makes his second start against Mike Fiers.

* Michael Lorenzen struck out seven over seven scoreless innings as Pensacola beat Tennessee, 3-2. Lorenzen had a perfect game through four, and Dustin Geiger broke up the no-hit bid with a single to start the fifth. Geiger also hit a home run in the ninth. Smokies starter Matt Loosen gave up three runs on six hits over five innings.

* Rock Shoulders had two hits, including a double, and two RBI but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost 5-4 to Brevard County. Jeimer Candelario also had two hits, including a triple, and one RBI.

11/21 Winter League updates

* Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3, scored two runs and drove in another in Lara’s 7-2 victory over Zulia in Venezuela. Valbuena, who has only played second base, is now batting .346.

* Junior Lake hit a double and drove in two runs in Estrellas’ 4-2 win over Licey in the Dominican Republic.

* Christian Villanueva had one hit and one RBIs in Obregon’s 10-3 loss to Los Mochis in Mexico.

11/18 Winter league play

Sunday’s games

* Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 in Lara’s 9-8 loss to Caracas in Venezuelan winter league play. Valbuena started his fourth straight game at second base.

* Christian Villanueva was 1-for-2 in Obregon’s 4-3, 10-inning loss to Hermosillo in Mexican winter league play. Villanueva is batting .256.

11/13 AFL and winter league updates

* Albert Almora and Jorge Soler each drove in a run to help the Mesa Solar Sox beat Peoria, 8-1, on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Kris Bryant also started, and went 1-for-4. It was the Solar Sox’s fourth straight win and they improved to 17-11-1 with two games to play. On Wednesday, the Solar Sox play host to Glendale at HoHoKam Stadium, and they wrap up the regular season Thursday at Glendale. The AFL championship game will be played Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium. The Surprise Saguaros have clinched the West Division. The Solar Sox have a slight edge in the East over the Salt River Rafters.

* Christian Villanueva went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and one RBI in Obregon’s 7-4 win Tuesday over Mexicali in Mexican Winter League play.

* Junior Lake was 2-for-4 with one RBI in Estrellas de Oriente’s 3-2 loss Tuesday to Toros del Este in Dominican Winter League play. Lake was batting .314 in nine games.

– Carrie Muskat

10/30 Winter League updates

Some updates on Cubs prospects currently playing winter ball:

* Arismendy Alcantara was batting .167 in six games with Licey in the Dominican Winter League.

* Christian Villanueva was batting .296 (8-for-27) with two home runs in eight games for Obregon in the Mexican Winter League.

* Marcus Hatley has struck out 10 and walked one over 6 2/3 innings and given up one earned runs in seven relief appearances for the Tomateros in Mexico.

* Hector Rondon has given up two hits in three scoreless innings in three appearances for Leones in Venezuela Winter League play.

10/24 Extra bases

* Cubs prospect Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and one RBIs in Yaquis de Obregon’s 8-3 loss to Los Mochis in Mexican Winter League play on Wednesday. It was Villanueva’s second homer of the winter league season.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with a double and scored a run in Licey’s 7-4 win over Estrellas in Dominican Winter League play. Alcantara batted .271 this season for Double-A Tennessee.

* Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, who has interviewed for the Cubs’ job, also is a candidate for the Nationals’ managerial vacancy, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

* According to a survey of 26 music insiders by Rolling Stone magazine, Wrigley Field ranked second among rock stadiums and arenas in the U.S. Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Police, Jimmy Buffett, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson have all performed at the ballpark. Madison Square Garden in New York ranked No. 1, and Fenway Park was No. 3. The list is part of a “Venues that Rock” series.

* Got a question about the Cubs? The Cubs mailbag is back. Send your questions to CubsInbox@gmail.com, and please include your full name and hometown. Don’t bother sending your resume if inquiring about the vacant manager’s job. I’ll leave that to Theo Epstein & Co.

– Carrie Muskat

9/3 Villanueva honored

Tennessee’s Christian Villanueva was named the Southern League “Hitter of the Week” for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 3. The award is Villanueva’s first of the season and the first league award for any Smokies hitter. He paced the Smokies offense last week with a .304 average (7-for-23), belting three home runs and driving in six. All three of his home run came in the team’s final five-game series with Chattanooga. Villanueva ended the week riding a seven-game hitting streak. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native originally signed with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. He was then traded to the Cubs, along with Kyle Hendricks, in 2012 for RHP Ryan Dempster.

8/13 Minor matters

Monday’s games

Josh Vitters and Mike Olt each homered to help Iowa beat Sacramento, 2-1. Justin Grimm picked up the win, giving up one run over 5 1/3 innings. It was Vitters’ first game back from being on the disabled list. Edgar Gonzalez had two hits, including a double.

Javier Baez hit a game-tying solo home run in the sixth and Taylor Davis smacked a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh to lift Tennessee to a 3-2 win over Montgomery in the first game of a doubleheader. Christian Villanueva hit a three-run homer and Jonathan Mota added a two-run shot in the second game, a 9-4 Smokies win to complete the sweep. Jeff Antigua picked up the win in relief in the nightcap.

Ivan Pineyro gave up one run over six innings in Daytona’s 5-4 win over Tampa. Anthony Giansanti had two hits, including a double.

Dan Vogelbach had two hits to help Kane County snap a three-game losing streak and beat Cedar Rapids, 4-3. Reggie Golden and Rock Shoulders each drove in a run. Vogelbach was promoted to Daytona after the game.

Boise had Monday off, and will resume play Tuesday against Eugene. Third baseman Kris Bryant was promoted to Daytona on Monday, but prior to that, he was named the Northwest League Player of the Week. The Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick was 9-for-17 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games.

Erick Leal threw five shutout innings in Mesa’s 7-0 win over the Mariners. Brian Bogusevic had one hit, a double, and one RBI in his fourth rehab game. Jeffrey Baez had three hits, including a double and a triple, and one RBIs. Jesse Hodges had two hits and one RBI.

7/18 Where are they now?

Last year, the Cubs front office was busy dealing at the Trade Deadline. They made three moves on July 31, 2012. Where are those players now? Here’s an update:

* The Cubs traded RHP Ryan Dempster to the Rangers for RHP Kyle Hendricks and 3B Christian Villanueva. Dempster went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA for the Rangers, then signed a two-year, $26.5 million deal with the Red Sox. He’s 5-8 with a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts for Boston. Hendricks is 9-3 with a 2.03 ERA in 18 starts at Double-A Tennessee and was the starting pitcher in the Double-A All-Star game for the North team. He also was the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the month in May. Villanueva was in the Cubs’ Major League spring camp, and batted .167, hitting three home runs. In 89 games with Tennessee, he’s batting .257 with 12 home runs, 23 doubles, two triples, and 47 RBIs.

* The Cubs traded LHP Paul Maholm and OF Reed Johnson to the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Jaye Chapman. Maholm went 4-5 with 3.54 ERA in 11 starts for the Braves last season, and this year, he’s 9-8 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 starts with Atlanta. Johnson hit .270 in 43 games with the Braves last season, and this year, he’s batting 258 in 58 games with Atlanta. Vizcaino was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and the Cubs thought he might be able to pitch this season but he needed a debridement procedure on his right elbow in late May. He’s still rehabbing. Chapman appeared in 14 games for the Cubs last season, and opened this year at Triple-A Iowa but was shut down after four games and giving up 12 runs over 6 1/3 innings because of a left hip injury.

* The Cubs traded C Geovany Soto to the Rangers for RHP Jacob Brigham. Soto batted .196 in 47 games with the Rangers last year. This year, he’s batting .185 in 30 games with four home runs and nine RBI, and has taken a back seat to A.J. Pierzynski on the Rangers. Brigham was traded back to the Rangers on Nov. 20, 2012, for RHP Barret Loux, who is 4-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 16 games (13 starts) at Triple-A Iowa. He has 65 strikeouts over 63 2/3 innings. Brigham, by the way, pitched in seven games at Double-A Frisco this year and did not give up a run, and was 3-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 17 games with Triple-A Round Rock.

– Carrie Muskat

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