Results tagged ‘ Iowa Cubs ’

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

9/3 Minor matters

The Iowa Cubs bullpen gave up eight runs in the final three innings in a 13-3 loss to Albuquerque on Thursday. The I-Cubs and Memphis are tied for first in the PCL and will open a four-game series, starting Friday in Des Moines. On Thursday, Brad Snyder hit his 24th homer but it wasn’t enough.

Rafael Dolis gave up four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 6-2 loss to Jacksonville. Smokies catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielders Tony Campana and Brandon Guyer were named to the Southern League postseason All-Star team.

Nick Struck gave up three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in Daytona’s 5-4 win over Clearwater. Rebel Ridling and DJ LeMahieu each homered. Michael Brenly, Ridling and LeMahieu were named to the Florida State League All-Star team.

The Peoria Chiefs were officially eliminated from the Wild Card playoff race with a 5-3 loss to Kane County. Logan Watkins hit his first homer of the season in the first.

Brent Ebinger threw five shutout innings in Boise’s 1-0 win over Spokane. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter, giving up two hits.

– Carrie Muskat

9/2 Minor matters

On Wednesday, the Iowa Cubs scored nine runs in the ninth to beat Albuquerque, 15-13. Jason Dubois had two homers and Marquez Smith connected for the second straight game. Smith also drove in four runs. Dubois had six RBIs and was batting .444 in his last eight games.

Iowa has a tough final series against Memphis, starting Friday at Principal Park in Des Moines. The I-Cubs are in first place in the Northern Division.

* Brett Jackson hit his sixth home run to help Tennessee beat Jacksonville, 9-4. Jackson finished with three RBIs while Blake Lalli had two hits and was batting .391 in his last six games. Brandon Guyer and Russ Canzler each had three hits.

* Alberto Cabrera threw seven shutout innings to help Daytona beat Clearwater 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. Michael Brenly, Mario Mercedes and Evan Crawford each had two hits. In the second game, Alex Maestri picked up his first save in a 5-2 win. Chris Siegfried picked up the win, giving up two hits over 2 1/3 innings.

* Carlos Silva took the loss in Peoria’s 7-0 loss to Kane County. Silva gave up five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings and struck out four in his second rehab outing.

* Cam Greathouse gave up three hits over six shutout innings to help Boise beat Spokane, 11-2. Dustin Harrington went 5-for-5 with one RBIs and Pierre LePage and Arismendy Alcantara each had three hits.

– Carrie Muskat

8/30 Minor matters

Brad Snyder had three hits and two RBIs to lead Iowa to a 8-7 win over Omaha on Sunday. Snyder now has 95 RBIs, most on the team. Jason Dubois also had three hits and two RBIs. Jeff Gray picked up the win in relief, although he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Jeff Stevens converted the save.

Tennessee lost 16-1 to Birmingham but still clinched the Southern League North Division second-half title because Huntsville lost. The Smokies also won the first half title. Russ Canzler hit his 21st homer for Tennessee.

Brooks Raley gave up one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-1 win over Lakeland. DJ LeMahieu had two hits and one RBI.

Brett Wallach gave up four runs on four hits and four walks over two innings in Peoria’s 6-2 loss to Clinton in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Corey Martin picked up the win in relief as Peoria edged Clinton, 2-1. Justin Bour went 4-for-7 in the two games.

Alvaro Ramirez homered in the first inning but it wasn’t enough as Boise lost 5-4 to Spokane. Dustin Harrington had two hits and two RBIs.

Mesa beat the Athletics, 11-4, scoring seven runs in the eighth inning. Brian Shields had two hits and scored two runs.

– Carrie Muskat

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