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4/28 Live from Des Moines

It’s 52 degrees in Des Moines for the start of the Iowa Cubs game Saturday night against the Nashville Sounds at Principal Park, and a chance to see Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo. Jackson entered the game batting .241 in 20 games with 25 strikeouts. He notched No. 26 in the first inning. Talking to scouts before the game, they all agree both Jackson and Rizzo need more time.

“Brett Jackson is like everybody else here,” Iowa manager Dave Bialas said. “They’re working to try to get to the next level and get to the big leagues. There’s a reason they’re all here. Brett, he works hard, plays all the time. Never have to say anything to him. He’s hit a lot of balls hard. You see the numbers but he’s hit a lot of balls hard at people. His average is deceiving. He’s swung the bat well. His defensive play has been good.”

What about the high strikeouts?

“He knows he needs to cut his strikeouts down,” Bialas said. “The two-strike approach needs to improve. That’s normal. It’s that way with a lot of Minor League players.”

Rizzo was batting .380 with seven homers and 21 RBIs. Nashville used a defensive shift against Rizzo in the second, and he surprised them with a bunt single. He’s also impressed scouts and the Iowa staff with how hard he works on defense. Rizzo has a routine he sticks to, and many feel he could be a Gold Glove winner someday. But right now, Bryan LaHair is doing well at first, so Rizzo knows there isn’t a spot for him. He and LaHair talked about being in the same lineup.

“I’d catch if I had to,” Rizzo said about getting to the show. “I’d pitch, too.”

How much do the Minor Leaguers think about the big leagues? The players got an update on the Cubs catching situation — Welington Castillo was called up, Steve Clevenger on the DL, and Geovany Soto scratched — and Blake Lalli, Iowa’s catcher, said don’t be surprised if he has to leave Saturday’s game if needed in Philadelphia.

– Carrie Muskat

8/7 Jackson hits 2 HRs for Iowa

Brett Jackson hit two solo home runs and Scott Moore drove in two runs to help the Iowa Cubs beat Sacramento, 6-1, on Sunday. The River Cats took the lead in the first when Andy LaRoche launched a pitch from Iowa starter Dave Bush and deposited it on the roof of the left field skybox suites. But Jackson connected leading off the Iowa first, and Brad Snyder tripled and scored on Moore’s sacrifice fly to go ahead. Bush (1-2, 6.14) went five innings and picked up his first win in five starts. He gave up one run on three hits, walked two and struck out two.

– Carrie Muskat

 

5/29 Sunday minor matters

Triple-A Iowa lost, 9-8, to Round Rock on Sunday as Brad Nelson hit a walkoff sacrifice fly in the ninth. The I-Cubs opened a 5-0 lead as Steve Clevenger hit a two-run homer in the first and Fernando Perez and Tyler Colvin each hit RBI doubles and Bryan LaHair added a RBI single, all in the second. Colvin also tripled and scored on a passed ball in the fourth and Jonathan Mota hit a solo homer in the fifth. Alberto Cabrera, making his Iowa debut, threw three scoreless innings before Round Rock scored three runs in the fourth.

* Anthony Giansanti hit two homers and drove in six runs to lead Peoria to an 8-1 win over Cedar Rapids. Giansanti hit a grand slam in the second and a two-run homer in the seventh. Matt Szczur also hit his first career homer. Graham Hicks picked up the win, giving up one run on one hit over five innings and striking out five.

* Pitcher Robert Whitenack has a strained elbow. He left his start Friday after 2 2/3 innings. His status was day to day.

– Carrie Muskat

11/10 Snyder now a free agent

Outfielder Brad Snyder cleared waivers and was outrighted off the Cubs’ 40-man roster. He is now a free agent. The Cubs’ 40-man roster is now at 36 players. Snyder, 28, appeared in 12 games with the Cubs, and batted .185 with five RBIs. In 132 games at Triple-A Iowa, he hit .308 with 25 homers, 37 doubles and drove in 106 runs. A left-handed hitter, he has a career .279 average in eight Minor League seasons.

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Minor matters

Jason Dubois hit two homers and Jay Jackson gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost to Memphis, 7-6, on Monday. Both Iowa and Memphis finished tied for the PCL’s best record at 82-62 but the Redbirds earned the playoff berth because they had a better record against Northern Division foes than Iowa did (Memphis 24-24; Iowa 20-28). The first tiebreaker is head to head, and Iowa and Memphis split their 16 games this season.

“It’s heartbreaking not to be going to the playoffs,” said Dubois, who was named the PCL Player of the Week on Tuesday. He hit .529 with four doubles, a triple, six home runs and 18 RBIs. In 72 games with Iowa, Dubois batted .300.

The Iowa Cubs held or shared the division lead for the final 50 days of the season. Manager Ryne Sandberg was asked if he’ll be back next season with the Triple-A team.

“I’m not sure what happens next year,” Sandberg said. “But I’ll tell you this, I’ve had a good experience here and it’s been a fun summer for me.”

* Iowa infielder Marquez Smith was named Topps Player of the Month for August.  During the month, Smith played in 27 games and hit .363 (37-for-102). He drove in 28 runs, had seven doubles, 12 home runs and one stolen base. His .363 average was 10th-best in the PCL.

* Craig Muschko gave up one run on five hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 3-2 win over Carolina in the regular season finale. The win gave the Smokies the best record in franchise history at 86-53. Tennessee will begin the North Division Championship Series on Thursday against West Tenn. Brandon Guyer homered Monday and Brett Jackson had two hits.

* Daytona’s season ended Sept. 5 at 75-64 overall, including a 41-28 record in the second half.

* Robinson Lopez threw three scoreless inings in Peoria’s 9-4 win over Quad Cities in the regular season finale. Yohan Gonzalez picked up the win in relief.

– Carrie Muskat

9/6 Iowa Cubs season ends

Mark Hamilton homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Memphis to a 7-6 victory Monday over Iowa and end the I-Cubs season. Hamilton connected off Hung-Wen Chen, who was the third pitcher in the game for Iowa. Jay Jackson started and gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings, striking out two. He exited with the lead. Jason Dubois hit a pair of solo homers for Iowa, which ended the season with the same record as Memphis, but lost the bid to go to the playoffs because of a tiebreaker.

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Iowa Cubs FINAL

Allen Craig hit a RBI single with one out in the 15th inning off Jeff Gray to lift Memphis to an 8-7 win over the Iowa Cubs on Sunday. Iowa starter Jeff Gray gave up seven runs on eight hits over six innings, including four runs in the first. The loss was Gray’s first this season. Jason Dubois, Matt Camp and Bryan LaHair each had two RBIs. Iowa faces a must-win game Monday vs. Memphis to get to the playoffs. Both Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg and Memphis’ skipper were ejected in Sunday’s game.

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Development vs. winning

Cubs manager Mike Quade has 17 seasons and more than 2,300 games as a manager at the Minor League level. He likes the idea of emphasizing not only player development in the Minors but also winning.

“There’s always the fallback position that we’re here for development and development first,” Quade said Sunday. “I would argue, let’s go 51-49 on the percentages, 51 [percent] development, 49 [percent] winning, just because it’s very difficult to develop winning players day in and day out when you’re losing. I don’t know if that’s an oxymoron or whatever. You develop like a son of a gun but that development also involves teaching people how to win and hopefully winning. Does it happen every year? Does it happen at every level? No, but more is better.”

How hard is it to manage at Triple-A when rosters are changing constantly because of the big league team’s needs?

“Ryno’s finding out,” Quade said of Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg. “It is arguably the toughest level. I remember getting fired in Philadelphia after two years of Triple-A and going back to Grand Rapids and [Class A] ball with Oakland. The farm director said, ‘You’re going to find this the most refreshing thing’ and he was dead right and I had a blast. Triple-A is tough. If you’re a fan at Triple-A you can’t get too fond of people. You know you’re going to get the call on a Tuesday that a starter is going up to Chicago.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Minor matters

Jeff Samardzija will start Sunday for the Iowa Cubs, who are one win away from the playoffs following an 8-5 win Saturday over Memphis in front of 9,420 fans in Des Moines. Jason Dubois hit a two-run double in the first and Bobby Scales hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth on Saturday. Brad Snyder added a two-run double and Scales added an RBI single in the seventh to secure the win. Mitch Atkins picked up the win, giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits. Game 3 of this four-game series will be played at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

Steve Clevenger hit his fifth home run and Russ Canzer drove in five runs to help Tennessee beat Carolina, 10-5 on Saturday. Canzler went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Brandon Guyer also had three hits. Kyle Smit picked up the win, throwing a scoreless inning in relief.

Oswaldo Martinez gave up one run on two walks over three innings in Daytona’s 3-1 loss to Lakeland. Kyler Burke had two hits.

Ryan Searle gave up two runs on two hits and three walks over five innings in Peoria’s 8-2 win over Quad Cities. Nelson Perez hit his 11th home run, a solo shot, and Justin Bour drove in three runs.

Boise committed five errors in a 3-2 loss to Yakima. Dustin Fitzgerald took the loss, giving up two unearned runs over four innings.

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Iowa Cubs update

Bobby Scales celebrated his 1,200th pro game in style on Saturday. The Iowa Cubs are one win away from the playoffs following an 8-5 win Saturday night over Memphis in front of 9,420 fans in Des Moines. Jason Dubois hit a two-run double in the first and Scales hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth. Brad Snyder added a two-run double and Scales added an RBI single in the seventh to secure the win. Mitch Atkins picked up the win, giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits. Jeff Samardzija will start Game 3 of this four-game series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

– Carrie Muskat

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