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7/18 Minor League highlights

Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, three of the Cubs’ top prospects, all homered Thursday. Bryant and Baez went deep in Triple-A Iowa’s 7-0 victory at Round Rock, while Russell’s home run helped Double-A Tennessee defeat Huntsville, 4-1.

Baez and Bryant were playing their first game for Iowa in nearly a week after playing against each other in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game and then getting a few days off for the Triple-A All-Star break. The rest didn’t seem to faze them. Baez, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games. And he was playing second base, and Iowa manager Marty Pevey said Baez “looked like an All-Star.”

Bryant, No. 8 on the Top 100, finished the game 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two runs. His home run was his 32nd of the season between Tennessee and Iowa, giving him sole possession of first place on the Minor League leaderboard. He had been tied at 31 with Rangers’ No. 2 prospect Joey Gallo.

Russell, No. 11 on the Top 100, went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and an RBI. It was his second home run of the season and first since he was traded to the Cubs as part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s.

Baez, Bryant and Russell weren’t the only prominent Cubs prospects to homer Thursday. Tennessee outfielder Jorge Soler (No. 6), Class A Advanced Daytona first baseman Dan Vogelbach (No. 12) and Tennessee third baseman Christian Villanueva (No. 13) all hit long balls as well.

7/14 Baez hits two-run homer in Futures Game

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer and Kris Bryant went 0-for-3 in the All-Star Futures Game Sunday in Minneapolis. Bryant played for the U.S. team, which won, 3-2, behind Joey Gallo’s two-run home run. Baez connected in the sixth, which gave the World team a brief, 2-1, lead.

7/12 Extra bases

* The Cubs have utilized six rookie pitchers this season who have combined to post a 2.23 ERA (23 ER/92 1/3 IP) in 79 games (four starts) with three saves and 21 holds. The list includes Dallas Beeler, Kyle Hendricks, Neil Ramirez, Zac Rosscup, Brian Schlitter and Tsuyoshi Wada.

* Last Thursday, the Cubs completed a stretch in which three starting pitchers (Beeler, Wada and Hendricks) made their Major league debut in a 13-day stretch starting June 28. According to Elias, it was the first time the Cubs had three starting pitchers make their big league debut in a 13-day span or less for the first time since 1948, when Bob Rush (April 22), Cliff Chambers (April 24) and Dutch McCall (April 27) did so in a six-day span.

* Kris Bryant is on the U.S. roster and Javier Baez is on the World roster for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field. Both Bryant and Baez play for Triple-A Iowa.

* With two games remaining prior to the All-Star break, the Cubs have a 3.70 team ERA (341 ER/828 2/3 IP). The Cubs last had a lower ERA heading into the break in 1992 when they sported a 3.16 ERA. Last season, the Cubs had a 3.94 ERA at the All-Star break.

* The Cubs are 15-27 in games decided by two runs or less this season. Those 42 close games represent about 46 percent of the games the Cubs have played this year, as the club is 25-25 in 50 games decided by three runs or more.

7/5 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Kris Bryant and Javier Baez both homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 4-3, to Oklahoma City. Bryant had three hits, including a solo homer in the fourth, and Baez hit his 12th home run in the first. Eric Jokisch threw seven shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out seven, and did not get a decision. It was his 10th quality start of the year.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up four runs over six innings in Tennessee’s 6-0 loss to Birmingham.

Daytona’s game vs. Brevard County was postponed for the second straight day because of unplayable field conditions. They will play a makeup doubleheader Aug. 14.

Juan Paniagua gave up one run on four hits over six innings in Kane County’s 2-1 win over Clinton. Kyle Schwarber had two hits, including a double, and drove in his 11th run.

Mark Malave had two hits in Boise’s 7-1 loss to Eugene.

Jorge Soler went 1-for-5 with a double and one RBIs in Mesa’s 7-1 win over the Angels. Eloy Jimenez had two hits, including a double and a triple, and three RBIs.

6/24 Minor matters – Tuesday’s game

Iowa beat Albuquerque, 6-2, on Tuesday. Kris Bryant hit his fifth home run, a three-run shot in the first, and Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Josh Vitters each drove in a run. Tsuyoshi Wada picked up the win, giving up one run on four hits over six innings. Bryant now is 5-for-21 at Iowa, and all five hits have been home runs.

* Bryant and Baez were named to the All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 6-2 win over Jackson. Christian Villanueva had three doubles and two RBIs, and Stephen Bruno had two hits and scored three runs.

Albert Almora hit a solo home run in the eighth to lift Daytona to a 6-5 win over Dunedin. It was Almora’s third homer, and third hit of the game. He’s batting .254. Apparently, the home plate umpire wasn’t feeling well, and asked Almora to just swing. Almora obliged, and connected on his home run.

Kane County scored six runs in the first three innings to beat Wisconsin, 9-3. Paul Blackburn picked up the win, giving up three runs over five innings. Jacob Hannemann had three hits and two RBIs. Trey Martin set a team record with five stolen bases.

Boise lost its seventh straight game on the road, a 7-3 decision to Spokane. The Hawks have been outscored 50-27 in their seven game skid. Jesse Hodges had two hits, including his first home run, a two-run shot in the seventh.

Luis Hernandez threw five shutout innings in Mesa’s 4-2 win over the Angels. Gleyber Torres and Tyler Alamo each had two hits.

6/24 Baez, Bryant named to Futures Game

Half of the Cubs’ so-called core four, shortstop Javier Baez and third baseman Kris Bryant, will showcase their talents at the All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Baez and Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round picks in 2011 and ’13, respectively, who are now teammates on Triple-A Iowa, were named to the event on Tuesday. Baez will play for the World team and Bryant will play for the U.S. team.

Heading into today’s game in Des Moines, Baez, 21, was batting .226 with 11 home runs, 11 doubles, two triples and 42 RBIs at Iowa. Bryant, 22, hit his fifth home run on Tuesday in the first inning of Iowa’s game. At Double-A Tennessee, Bryant led the Southern League in batting average (.355), home runs (22), and RBIs (58). He was promoted last Thursday.

Bryant has been on the fast track since he was selected second overall in last year’s First-Year Player Draft. In less than a year, he has moved up in the Cubs organization, beginning at short-season Boise. He played in the Arizona Fall League last October, and won Most Valuable Player honors. Bryant won the Golden Spikes Award as the top collegiate player in the country after hitting 31 home runs at San Diego.

– Carrie Muskat

6/21 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Kyle Hendricks gave up one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 8-3 win over El Paso. Logan Watkins hit a two-run home run and Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Arismendy Alcantara and Matt Szczur had two hits each. Welington Castillo went 1-for-5 with one RBIs in his first rehab game with Iowa.

Rubi Silva and Jonathan Mota hit back to back home runs in the fourth and Charlie Cutler drew a bases-loaded walk-off walk in the 11th to lift Tennessee to a 5-4 win over Chattanooga. It was the third straight walk-off win for the Smokies.

Dan Vogelbach had two hits and two RBIs in Daytona’s 9-3 loss to Brevard County. Gioskar Amaya had two singles and stole a base.

Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run double in the eighth to lift Kane County to a 6-4 win over Cedar Rapids. Jacob Hannemann hit his fourth home run and Kyle Schwarber hit his first since joining the Cougars on Thursday. Schwarber, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick this year, had two hits, including a double.

Kevin Brown had two hits, both doubles, and three RBIs in Boise’s 9-5 loss to Eugene. Erick Leal took the loss, giving up six earned runs over three innings.

6/9 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Dallas Beeler threw seven shutout innings to help Iowa post a 3-0 win over Colorado Springs. Javier Baez had two hits and drove in his 29th run, and Zac Rosscup pitched a scoreless eighth in the second game of his rehab assignment. Blake Parker picked up his 13th save.

Kris Bryant hit his 21st home run, tops in the Southern League, and Dustin Geiger hit his eighth but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 6-5, to Jacksonville. Bryant is batting .356 and leads the league with 54 RBIs.

Clearwater scored five runs in the seventh to beat Daytona, 8-7. Albert Almora, Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez each had two RBIs.

Ben Carhart had three hits and scored a run in Kane County’s 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Paul Blackburn took the loss, giving up two earned runs over five innings.

6/8 MInor matters

Javier Baez hit a RBI single in the third but that was all Iowa could manage in a 5-1 loss to Colorado Springs. Eric Jokisch gave up three runs over seven innings, striking out six, and took the loss. In his first rehab appearance, Zac Rosscup struck out two in one inning.

Kris Bryant hit his 20th home run and Charlie Cutler hit his second and drove in three runs to lead Tennessee to a 5-0 win over Jacksonville. Dae-Eun Rhee threw seven shutout innings for the win.

Nathan Dorris gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 8-0 loss to Clearwater. Bijan Rademacher singled, and now has hit in eight of his last nine games.

Juan Paniagua threw six shutout innings in Kane County’s 5-2 win over Cedar Rapids. With the win, Kane County clinched the first-half Western Division championship. Ben Carhart hit his first home run.

6/7 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer to back Chris Rusin and lead Iowa to a 2-1 win over Colorado Springs in front of a season-high 11,087 fans in Des Moines. Rusin gave up six hits over eight innings and struck out two. He was efficient, throwing 85 pitches. Blake Parker picked up his 12th save. Baez crushed his homer in the third, his eighth of the year.

Eduardo Figueroa hit a home run in the third and Jeudy Valdez added a two-run single in the sixth to lead Tennessee to a 4-0 win over Jacksonville. Figueroa, making his first start, was pulled after his pitch count reached 53. The homer was the first of his professional career and just his second hit as a pro.

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