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Josh Vitters was 2-for-4, hitting a home run and driving in two, in his first game back from the DL in Iowa’s 10-4 loss to Round Rock. Brooks Raley took the loss, giving up five runs over 4 2/3 innings.
Arismendy Alcantara hit a walkoff RBI double in the 10th to lift Tennessee to a 3-2 win over Jacksonville. Matt Szczur scored from first base on the hit. Javier Baez hit his fourth home run. Zach Rosscup picked up the win in relief.
Ivan Pineyro, whom the Cubs acquired from the Nationals in the Scott Hairston deal, gave up four hits and struck out three over six scoreless innings for Daytona in a game halted by rain. The two teams will resume play in the top of the seventh on Saturday.
Scott Baker gave up six runs over 2 2/3 innings in Kane County’s 8-6 loss to Great Lakes. Baker admittedly scuffled during his second rehab start. After 60 pitches, six runs, six hits, three walks and one strikeout, all Baker knew was his mechanics were off.
“I’ve been doing this for awhile, so I know to sit here and dwell over this outing or try to read into it too much just really is not going to do myself any good,” Baker told reporters. “Just try to make the adjustments, focus on the things that I need to work on, and really that’s all that matters right now.”
Gioskar Amaya and Jeimer Candelario each homered, and Dan Vogelbach had two hits and scored a run.
Dillon Maples gave up one run on three hits over three innings in Boise’s 9-2 win over Everett. David Bote hit two home runs, and finished with three RBIs. Lance Rymel had three hits, including a double, and one RBI. Cael Brockmeyer had three hits and three RBIs.
Mesa had Friday off, and returns to action Saturday against the Angels.
* Alfonso Soriano will likely have one more game as the designated hitter on Monday when the Cubs finish their crosstown Interleague series against the White Sox with a makeup game at U.S. Cellular Field. Soriano was batting .353 with three doubles, five homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.235 OPS in his last eight games since June 28. He pickedu up his 32nd career multi-homer game on Saturday, which is tied for eighth-most in baseball with Manny Ramirez and Andruw Jones. Jim Thome is seventh on the list with 33 multi-homer efforts.
“The one thing you notice is he’s hitting the fastball,” Dale Sveum said of Soriano. “When you have the confidence when you’re hitting fastballs and you lay off hitting breaking balls, or whatever it might be, and the bat speed is there, and you feel that good, you start doing a lot of good things because you’re laying off a lot of bad pitches.”
Soriano, 37, is 8-for-17 (.471) in four games this year as the designated hitter with two home runs and six RBIs. He has a career .379 average in 26 games as the DH.
* Starlin Castro has scuffled this season at the plate, including a .167 June, and Sveum said they’ve shown their support by letting the shortstop play.
“Part of it is putting him in the lineup every day, that’s the confidence you have in guys like that,” Sveum said Sunday. “Just put him in there, and it’s up to him to come out of it and start swinging the bat and start playing better.”
Castro began this season with a career .297 average in the big leagues. A two-time All-Star, he entered Sunday’s game batting .234.
“I haven’t seen him hanging his head or losing his confidence,” Sveum said.
* Third baseman Luis Valbuena has played better than his stats.
“On a whole, from last year to this year, he’s been so consistent, even though you’re not seeing a .300 batting average,” Sveum said of Valbuena, who was batting .247. “The on-base percentage and the walks seem to always be there on a consistent basis and the defense he’s played has been as good as anybody at third base.”
* Javier Baez, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2011, made quite an impression in his Double-A Tennessee debut Saturday, hitting a home run in his first at-bat on his first swing.
“It’s always nice for anybody to go to another league and your first swing is a home run,” Sveum said. “This guy still has to develop. It’s not just home runs we’re talking about, it’s getting ready and getting completely developed to play at this level.”
Baez led the Florida State League with 17 home runs while at Class A Daytona before he was promoted.
Meanwhile, Albert Almora, the Cubs’ 2012 top Draft pick had to leave Saturday’s game with Class A Kane County because of hemorrhoids. Almora was listed as day to day.
– Carrie Muskat
Jake Arrieta gave up one run on one hit and walked two in one inning in his Cubs debut for Triple-A Iowa in the first game of a doubleheader against Albuquerque. Logan Watkins had two hits and Junior Lake scored a run in a 10-3 loss. In the second game, Barret Loux gave up one run over six innings and took the loss, 1-0. Loux struck out six and walked four.
In his first at-bat with Double-A Tennessee, Javier Baez hit a solo home run, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies lost, 8-2. Baez, who hit 17 home runs for Class A Daytona, hit his first Double-A home run on his first swing. Austin Kirk (1-3) took the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits. Christian Villanueva also homered for the Smokies, his 11th.
Pierce Johnson threw five shutout innings in Daytona’s 6-5 win over Dunedin. Zeke DeVoss had three hits and three RBIs. Johnson struck out five and scattered five hits.
Jose Rosario gave up five runs over five innings in Kane County’s 5-0 loss to Quad Cities.
Jacob Rogers hit his third home run and Dan Lockhart had two hits but it wasn’t enough as Boise lost, 5-3, to Tri City. James Pugliese took the loss, giving up five runs over five innings.
Rashad Crawford had two hits, two stolen bases and one RBIs in Mesa’s 11-4 loss to the Rangers.
* GM Jed Hoyer said it was time for shortstop Javier Baez to be promoted from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. Baez was batting .274 and led the Florida State League with 17 home runs.
“He’s similar to [Starlin} Castro,” Hoyer said of Baez on defense. “I think he’s going to have to eliminate some careless errors. He’s got great hands and can certainly play the position. He’s run the bases well, he had a monster month at the plate, played better defense, has been a good teammate. It’s time for a better challenge for Javy.”
Hoyer said Baez is ahead of schedule by about a month. They did expect him to get to Double-A, just not this quickly.
“We thought it was time for a new challenge for him,” Hoyer said.
There will be some growing pains, Hoyer said. Is there a chance Baez could join the Cubs in September?
“I think it’s highly unlikely,” Hoyer said. “I hate saying ‘no chance’ to take the carrot away from someone. That’s not our plan. The best thing to do is go prove he can dominate at Double-A.”
* The July 12 deadline to sign Draft picks is fast approaching. The Cubs have yet to agree to terms with their first-round pick, third baseman Kris Bryant. He’s one of five first-round picks who have not signed with their respective teams.
“We’re optimistic it will get done on the 12th, or hopefully before that,” Hoyer said. “We’re going to be fair to him with what we offer. We want him to be a Cub, and hopefully our offer will enable that to happen.”
– Carrie Muskat
Javier Baez promoted to Double-A Tennessee after Friday’s game. The shortstop batted .274 at Class A Daytona, and led the Florida State League with 17 home runs and 59 runs scored. The first-round pick in 2011 was second in total bases, fourth in RBIs (57), fifth in slugging percentage (.535) and sixth in hits (82).
He was named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Month for June after batting .300 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs. That included a four-homer game June 10 against Fort Myers.
* Second-round pick Rob Zastryzny was added to Class A Boise’s roster. 10th-round pick Zack Godley also will join the Hawks along with Dae-Eun Rhee, who had been on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Jacob Hannemann and pitcher Carlos Martinez were each placed on the seven-day DL.
Brad Nelson, Junior Lake and Ty Wright hit back to back to back home runs in the fourth inning but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 6-5, to Memphis. They are the first trio of Iowa Cubs to hit consecutive homers in 14 years. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a double and a home run.
A.J. Morris threw six shutout innings in Tennessee’s 3-1 win over Montgomery. Christian Villanueva and Justin Bour each homered. Matt Szczur had two hits, including a double.
Javier Baez singled, walked and scored a run in Daytona’s 5-1 loss to Brevard County. Matt Loosen did not get a decision, striking out six over five scoreless innings.
Dan Vogelbach had three hits and two RBIs in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Wisconsin. Albert Almora singled, walked and scored a run.
Jacob Rogers had two hits in Boise’s 11-3 loss to Salem-Keizer. Loiger Padron took the loss, giving up seven runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings.
Mesa had Wednesday off, and plays host to the Angels on Thursday.
The Cubs named Class A Daytona infielder Javier Baez and Triple-A Iowa pitcher Chris Rusin the organization’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for June, respectively.
Baez, 20, batted .300 with seven doubles and a league-leading nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 24 June games. He became the second player in Florida State League history to hit four home runs in a game, doing so June 10 against Fort Myers. For the season, Baez was batting .272 with 19 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs and 57 RBIs in 73 games. The Cubs’ first-round pick in 2011, Baez has a .283 career batting average with 34 doubles, 10 triples, 33 home runs and 104 RBIs in 158 Minor League games.
Rusin, 26, went 3-3 with a 2.86 ERA in six June starts, striking out 26 and issuing eight walks. He gave up three home runs over 44 innings, limiting the opposition to a .234 batting average. On Monday, he was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team. The lefty threw his first-career, complete-game shutout in Iowa’s 2-0 victory June 17 against Omaha as part of a career-high, 24-inning scoreless streak spanning four starts, June 7-22.
It came down to the wire, but Javy Baez lost to Astros prospect Carlos Correa in the fan voting for the final spot on the World Team in the All-Star Futures Game. Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 Draft, edged Baez by one percent. Baez was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2011, and ninth player taken overall.
Chris Rusin gave up one run on five hits over seven innings in Iowa’s 5-1 win over Omaha. Logan Watkins was 4-for-5 with one RBIs and Dave Sappelt was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
The first game of a doubleheader between Tennessee and Jackson was suspended in the second inning because of unplayable field conditions. Game 2 was postponed. On Saturday, Eric Jokisch was scheduled to start. Also, left-handed pitcher Jeff Antigua was promoted from Kane County to Tennessee, while Trey McNutt was placed on the disabled list.
Javier Baez, Wes Darvill and Zeke DeVoss each homered to lead Daytona to a 13-6 victory over Tampa. Baez was 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBIs. It was his 17th home run and he’s now batting .273. DeVoss had two hits and one RBIs and Darvill had two RBIs.
Dan Vogelbach had two hits but it wasn’t enough as Kane County lost, 2-0, to Beloit. Michael Heesch took the loss, giving up one run over seven innings.
Jacob Hannemann, the Cubs’ third round pick in the June Draft, had two hits, including a triple in Boise’s 5-4, 10-inning win over Eugene. Shawon Dunston hit a double, walked twice, and stole a base.
Mesa had Friday off.
Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge Soler were named to the World Team for the 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 14 at Citi Field. The game features the top Minor League prospects, and will begin at 2:00 p.m. 1 p.m. CT and can be viewed live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and MLB.com.
For the first time, fans will determine the final player on both the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists (#FuturesFinalists) ballot, available exclusively on MLB.com/futuresfinalists and the Club sites. Fans may begin voting immediately and cast their ballots until Sunday at 10:59 p.m. CT.
Cubs top prospect Javier Baez is among the candidates for the final spot on the World Team. You can vote for the shortstop, who is playing for Class A Daytona. #VoteBaez
In addition to voting on the web, fans also may use their mobile phones to cast votes via text message. To receive the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot, text the word “VOTE” to 89269. Individual player votes may be cast directly via text by sending a player’s code to 89269. For example, Text “w1” to vote for Baez. All votes are final.