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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.

5/13 Minor matters – Monday’s games

* Javy Baez hit a walk off single with one out in the 10th to lift Iowa to a 2-1 victory over Nashville Monday. Lars Anderson homered in the ninth to tie the game. He now has hit in six of his last eight games, and was batting .318 in that stretch. Baez’s single came after an eight-pitch at-bat. He also hit a go-ahead two-run homer against Nashville in April. The I-Cubs have 11 comeback wins this season, and have won five games in the last at-bat.

Baez has gotten off to a slow start, but he has done that the last two seasons. Asked by the Des Moines Register about Baez, Iowa manager Marty Pevey said: “He just wants to impress us. He wants to impress himself. He doesn’t like to struggle. It’s hard for him.”

* Austin Kirk suffered his first blown save in Tennessee’s 8-6 loss to Jackson. Kirk pitched a scoreless seventh but in the eighth, he walked two before serving up a game-tying RBI double to John Hicks. Mike Dowd followed with a two-run homer. Smokies starter Dae-Eun Rhee gave up four runs (three earned) over five innings. Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with a home run, and batting .472 in May.

* Gioskar Amaya hit a first inning solo homer but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 11-5, to Charlotte. Bijan Rademacher posted his third three-hit game, and also had an RBI.

* Kane County totaled three hits in a 6-1 loss to Beloit. Tyler Skulina took the loss, giving up four runs over five innings.

5/5 Minor League updates

Here’s an update on the Cubs’ “core four” top Minor League prospects through Sunday, May 5:

Javier Baez: 20 Gs at Iowa, .149 (11 for 74), 3 HR, 1 2B, 1 3B, 10 RBI, 31 Ks

Kris Bryant: 29 Gs at Tennessee, .295 (31-for-105), 6 HR, 8 2B, 0 3B, 15 RBI, 35 Ks

Jorge Soler: 1 G at Tennessee, 1.000 (1-for-1), 1 2B (On DL, hamstring strain)

Albert Almora: 23 Gs at Daytona, .247 (23-for-93), 1 HR, 6 2B, 0 3B, 11 RBI, 10 Ks

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Top batters (minimum 70 at-bats):

Triple-A Iowa
Chris Valaika .322/.416/.483
Arismendy Alcantara .275/.290/.490
Matt Szczur .267/.337/.347

Double-A Tennessee
Rafael Lopez .310/.456/.521
John Andreoli .310/.430/.402
Kris Bryant .295/.417/.543

Class A Daytona
Bijan Rademacher .350/.429/.513
Marco Hernandez .305/.345/.354
Tim Saunders .253/.315/.410

Class A Kane County
Yasiel Balaguert .282/.309/.350
Danny Lockhart .262/.328/.299
Carlos Penalver .259/.331/.324

4/29 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Javier Baez hit a three-run homer to back Eric Jokisch who posted his third quality start and help Iowa beat Omaha, 6-3, on Monday. Lars Anderson and Luis Flores combined for five hits and three RBIs. It was Iowa’s sixth straight win, and the Cubs have outscored opponents, 48-15, in that stretch. Jokisch struck out eight and gave up two earned runs on six hits. Baez connected in the first, his first homer since April 10. He also walked twice. Anderson homered in the fourth.

Corey Black, named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week on Monday, gave up one earned run over six innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 win over Huntsville. Black struck out five and walked one, scattering three hits. Kris Bryant hit a run-scoring double to extend his on-base streak to 24. John Andreoli and Rafael Lopez each had two hits.

Black, 22, was honored after throwing six no-hit innings April 23 against Birmingham. He was acquired from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano deal last July.

Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a grand slam, and finished with six RBIs but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost 11-10 to Lakeland. Candelario also hit a two-run double. Bijan Rademacher had three hits. Rob Zastryzny took the loss, giving up eight runs on eight hits and four walks over four innings. Arodys Vizcaino pitched one inning in relief, and has a 1.13 ERA.

Paul Blackburn gave up one run on three hits over five innings in Kane County’s 1-0 loss to Cedar Rapids. The game was shortened to six innings because of the weather. Blackburn struck out four. Kane County totaled three hits.

4/20 Extra bases: Baez, Riz, Olt & more

* Top prospect Javier Baez was activated from Triple-A Iowa’s disabled list on Sunday and in the lineup as the designated hitter. Baez had not played since April 10. He injured his left ankle taking ground balls on April 11. In eight games, Baez was 4-for-26 with two home runs and 10 strikeouts.

* Anthony Rizzo entered Sunday’s game batting .464 at Wrigley Field, while teammate Starlin Castro was hitting .424 at home. They rank among the National League leaders in home batting average.

“Their two-strike approaches are pretty good,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Rizzo and Castro. “‘Riz’ in particular with two strikes is choking up a little now and trying not to be so pull conscious and takes what they give him. It’s more of a mindset. You have to make an adjustment and as you improve as big league players, you know there are things you have to work on.

“He’s come to a conclusion that some of the things he’s doing are helping him,” Renteria said. “With offense, there are peaks and valleys to them, but so far, he’s had a consistent approach.”

* Renteria abandoned his usual lefty-righty platoon on Sunday, and has Mike Olt starting at third base against righty Homer Bailey.

“I’ve been trying over time with all the guys to give them some days when they go back to back,” Renteria said. “It gives them a better view and a little more comfortable. The reality is they’re going to face lefties and righties, and you’ve got to give them an opportunity to use some games back to back to get some kind of comfort.”

* The Cubs will celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary on Wednesday. Sue Quigg, grand-niece of former Cubs owner Charles Weeghman, will throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch, and use the 100-year-old ball her grandmother Dessa Weeghman threw at a Chi-Feds game a century ago. The first 30,000 fans will receive replica Chi-Feds jerseys, and the first 10,000 fans will get a birthday cupcake.

– Carrie Muskat

4/16 Minor matters

Monday’s games
Iowa’s game at Memphis was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a makeup doubleheader on May 28.

Dustin Geiger and Rafael Lopez each homered in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Jackson. C.J. Edward started and gave up three runs over five innings, and struck out seven. Edwards served up the second homer of his young career in the second. He’s now given up two homers in 198 pro innings.

Daytona lost 1-0 to Dunedin. Felix Pena gave up one run on three hits over eight innings. It was his second career complete game.

Kane County’s game was postponed because of rain.

Tuesday’s games
Logan Watkins drove in two runs in Iowa’s 8-4 loss to New Orleans. Carlos Pimentel took the loss, giving up seven runs over five innings on six hits and five walks. Chris Valaika had two hits.

Tennessee’s game versus Jackson was postponed because of rain, and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday.

Daytona lost 10-3 to Dunedin, going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Rock Shoulders hit a solo home run. Tim Saunders had three hits, including two doubles.

Kane County swept a doubleheader against Bowling Green, winning 2-0 in the first game, and 1-0 in the nightcap behind Paul Blackburn’s one-hitter. Jen-Ho Tseng threw 5 1/3 shutout innings in the first game, and Blackburn struck out six over six innings in the second.

* BAEZ Update:
Javier Baez said he was afraid he’d broken his ankle when he injured it during batting practice last Friday. He is currently on Iowa’s seven-day disabled list. It’s been tough for him to sit on the side.

“I don’t like being in the dugout and not playing and seeing what I can do,” Baez told the Des Moines Register.

4/14 Minor matters

IOWA: Matt Szczur hit a two-run homer in the seventh to help Iowa beat Memphis, 6-3, on Sunday. Luis Flores had two hits. Alberto Cabrera threw three scoreless innings in relief for the win.

Javier Baez, placed on the seven-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained left ankle, assured fans he’ll be OK. Baez posted: “I’ll be back soon people. Promise. RT” on his Twitter account.

TENNESSEE: Zeke DeVoss and Stephen Bruno hit back to back home runs to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 8-2. Matt Loosen picked up the win, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks over five innings. Wes Darvill was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Kris Bryant reached base three times and scored two runs.

DAYTONA: Bijan Rademacher had two hits and two RBIs in Daytona’s 7-3 loss to Tampa. Ben Wells took the loss, giving up two runs over four innings. Tim Saunders had two hits and one RBI.

KANE COUNTY: Top prospect Duane Underwood gave up one run on three hits over three innings in Kane County’s rain-shortened 6-1 win over Lake County. Underwood struck out five. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits and scored two runs.

4/13 Extra bases

* The addition of Blake Parker gives the Cubs another option for save situations, joining Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm. The Cubs are trying to fill in for Jose Veras, who will be used in a different role after his struggles in his first four games. Parker is the career saves leader at Iowa, and knows how hard it is to get the last three outs.

“It’s an unbelievably hard role, especially in the big leagues with the crowd involved and the umpires are a little bit tighter and the quality of the hitters is way better,” Parker said. “It’s the hardest job for a pitcher to get those last three outs. To just be able to come in and get outs is my thing, whether it’s the ninth or the sixth.”

The Cubs have seen two pitchers – Strop and Rondon – each record a save within the first 11 games of the season. Last April, the Cubs had three different pitchers record a save within the month of April for the first time since the save became an official MLB statistic in 1969.

“They give me various options,” Renteria said of Strop, Parker, Rondon and Grimm. “You still have to put them in situations where they feel comfortable.”

* The Cubs have two off days this week but will not tweak their rotation, which means Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Villanueva and Edwin Jackson will start next weekend against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Villanueva will stay in the rotation despite lasting three innings Saturday against the Cardinals.

* After an off day Monday, the Cubs play the Yankees in the first of eight Interleague series this season at Yankee Stadium. This will be the Cubs’ first-ever regular season games at the new Yankee Stadium, which will be the 122nd different ballpark in which the team will have played. After Tuesday, the Cubs will have played a regular-season game in every current Major League city and a game in every active ballpark.

“It was a little more traditional, and it was more of a pitcher’s ballpark,” Jose Veras said of the old Yankee Stadium. “The [new one] is a hitters ballpark now. It’s way different now.”

The Cubs did play the first two games in the history of new Yankee Stadium, however, when the teams met in exhibition action prior to 2009. The Yankees won both games.

* Top prospect Javier Baez was placed on the seven-day disabled list with Triple-A Iowa because of a sprained left ankle, injured while taking ground balls on Friday. Baez was 4-for-26 (.154) with two home runs in eight games this season.

* This weekend was manager Rick Renteria’s first exposure to the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.

“I noticed, looking outside my hotel room, that there were a lot of people waiting to get into [Busch] stadium and that was early in the morning,” Renteria said. “It’s neat. I think the fan base here and in Chicago are unique. I like my fan base.”

– Carrie Muskat

4/13 Minor League roster moves

* Javier Baez was placed on Iowa’s seven-day disabled list because of a sprained left ankle, suffered Friday while taking ground balls during batting practice. He was 4-for-26 with a double, two home runs and three RBIs in eight games so far.

* Outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha has been transferred to Tennessee from Triple-A Iowa. Ha has played for Tennessee in each of the last three seasons. In a corresponding move, infielder Giuseppe Papaccio has been transferred from Tennessee to Extended Spring Training. He was hitless in two pinch-hit appearances. Left-hander Austin Kirk has been transferred from High-A Daytona to Tennessee. In two relief outings for Daytona, Kirk gave up four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. Right-handed reliever Frank Batista has been transferred to Extended Spring Training from Tennessee.

* Pitcher Duane Underwood has joined Kane County from the Cubs’ spring training complex in Arizona while pitcher Scott Frazier has been transferred to Arizona. Underwood is active and scheduled to start Sunday’s game. Underwood, a second round pick in 2012, went 3-4 with a 4.97 ERA at Short-A Boise in 2013. Underwood is one of three 19 year olds on the roster, joining fellow starting pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng and infielder Carlos Penalver.

4/11 Minor matters

Javier Baez hit his second homer of the season to back Kyle Hendricks and lead Iowa to a 5-1 win over Nashville on Thursday. Hendricks gave up five hits and walked one over seven innings, striking out five. Chris Valaika had two hits and two RBI, and Marr Szczur and Arismendy Alcantara each had two hits.

Jake Arrieta gave up three hits and walked two over 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Tennessee, which lost 1-0 to Chattanooga. Arrieta struck out four, and threw 66 pitches, 44 strikes.

Tayler Scott gave up eight runs — four earned — on 11 hits over three innings in Daytona’s 12-2 loss to Dunedin. Bijan Rademacher was 3-for-3.

Tyler Skulina gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings and got the win in Kane County’s 7-5 victory over Fort Wayne. Skulina struck out six. Daniel Lockhart and Carlos Penalver combined to go 4-for-10 and scored five runs. Yasiel Balaguert had three RBI.

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