Results tagged ‘ Kris Bryant ’

5/29 Minor matters

Dallas Beeler gave up one run over 6 1/3 innings but took the loss in Iowa’s 1-0 loss to Memphis in the first game of a doubleheader. Arismendy Alcantara singled to extend his hitting streak to four games. The second game of Iowa’s doubleheader was suspended in the sixth because of rain. It will resume Thursday with Iowa trailing, 2-1.

Kris Bryant went 4-for-4 and hit his Southern League leading 15th home run in Tennessee’s 2-1, 11-inning loss to Huntsville. Bryant is now batting .349, and is 40-for-97 in May. Arodys Vizcaino struck out two in one inning in relief. Dae-Eun Rhee started and struck out eight over seven innings.

Wilson Contreras had two hits in Daytona’s 7-2 loss to Palm Beach. Nathan Dorris took the loss, giving up five runs over 4 1/3 innings. Gioskar Amaya had two hits.

Kane County won its fourth straight, beating Clinton, 7-1. Daniel Lockhart and Trey Martin each had three hits. Zak Hermans struck out four over 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.

5/27 Minor matters

Eric Jokisch gave up three hits over 8 1/3 innings and picked up the win in Iowa’s 12-3 victory over Colorado Springs. Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Chris Valaika combined to go 11-for-12. Alcantara had four hits and scored four runs. Valaika also had four hits. Baez had three RBIs with two doubles.

Kris Bryant hit his 14th home run, tops in the Southern League, but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 5-4, to Huntsville. Bryant had two hits and was batting .337 overall. He is hitting .391 this month. Joel Pineiro gave up three runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Daytona had Monday off, and will play Palm Beach tonight. Tayler Scott is scheduled to start for the Cubs.

Jordan Hankins hit a pinch-hit solo homer in the bottom of the 11th to lift Kane County over Peoria, 5-4. Jacob Rogers also homered, his fourth this season. James Pugliese gave up two hits over three innings, and now has a 0.64 ERA in eight games this month.

5/24 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Tsuyoshi Wada gave up three runs over six innings in Iowa’s 10-2 loss to Colorado Springs. Justin Ruggiano was 0-for-3, and reached base twice on walks.

Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to nine games with a RBI double in the sixth in Tennessee’s 7-1 loss to Mobile. Bryant is batting .335 overall.

Ben Wells gave up four earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, and took the loss in Daytona’s 9-2 loss to Bradenton. Wells gave up two hits, walked three and threw two wild pitches. Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario each had two hits.

Tyler Skulina threw five shutout innings in Kane County’s 7-0 win over Clinton. Yasiel Balaguert hit his third homer, and second in as many games. He finished with three hits and two RBIs.

* NOTE: Bryant has extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Saturday, and hit his 13th homer for Tennessee.

5/20 Minor matters

Iowa scored two runs in the first but that was it in a 4-2 loss to Round Rock. Justin Ruggiano, assigned to Iowa for a Minor League rehab, singled in his first at-bat. Javy Baez doubled and Ruggiano scored on Chris Valaika’s groundout. Josh Vitters followed with a two-out RBI single, and that was it. Chris Rusin did post a quality start but took the loss, and now is 2-6.

Kris Bryant hit a pinch-hit, two-run double with two outs in the fifth and Charlie Cutler drove in a run in the seventh with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to lift Tennessee to a 3-1 win over Mississippi. Bryant was scratched from the starting lineup because he felt ill. But he batted for pitcher Pierce Johnson, and delivered a key hit. Tony Zych picked up the win.

Wilson Contreras hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the eighth to help Daytona beat Fort Myers, 4-2. Albert Almora had two hits and threw two runners out. He’s batting .279. Nathan Dorris, promoted from Kane County, blew a save but ended up with the win in relief.

Kane County’s game against Wisconsin was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader Tuesday.

5/14 Veras on Bryant: “He’s unbelievable”

Veteran reliever Jose Veras sounded like a Cubs fan when asked about top prospect Kris Bryant.

“He’s unbelievable,” Veras said Wednesday. “To see him play, to see [Jorge] Soler play, [Stephen] Bruno play. They’re unbelievable players. They know how to play the game.”

Veras watched the youngsters first-hand during a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee, which ended Tuesday night. He saw Bryant at his best. The third baseman, who is batting .324, was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week on Monday, and currently leads the league in home runs (11) and RBIs (33). He belted No. 11 on Tuesday.

“He hit a homer and center field was 400 feet away and the wall was 40 feet high, and he hit it over that thing like nothing,” Veras said. “It’s unbelievable the power that he has.”

The Cubs front office has told their prospects that they’ll be promoted if they dominate at their current level. Bryant is definitely dominating.

“He’s having a great year and we have a number of guys on that team playing well,” GM Jed Hoyer said of Bryant. “[Promoting him] is not something we’ve talked about. I think it’s important to know a ballpark you’re going to, who your teammates are. … It’s probably important to have a few ups and downs with the club before we have that discussion.”

Bryant is ranked No. 2 on’s list of top 10 Cubs prospects. Javier Baez, listed at No. 1, isn’t having as much success at Triple-A Iowa, and was batting .147 in 27 games with three homers and 11 RBIs. The shortstop batted .264 in spring with five home runs.

“There probably is emotionally a little bit of a let down after you audition, if you will, in Spring Training, and you have the adrenaline, and then go down [to the Minors],” Hoyer said. “I think we’re past that point. He’s in a big slump and he’ll have to figure his way out of it. He’ll be stronger for having gone through this. … Now it’s a matter of Javy figuring out what he needs to do to get through this.”

The Cubs have been strugging offensively. Did Veras try to talk them into letting him bring Bryant up to the big leagues?

“I can’t do that,” Veras said, laughing. “The only thing I did was try to worry about was being healthy and throwing strikes. Everybody loved him, he’s an unbelievable teammate. He’s humble, he’s a leader on the team. He’s an unbelievable player.”

– Carrie Muskat

5/14 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

* Chris Rusin gave up five runs — four earned — on eight hits over six innings in Iowa’s 8-0 loss to Nashville. The I-Cubs totaled two hits — one by Rusin and another by Logan Watkins. It was Rusin’s first start since throwing a no-hitter.

“I’m a pitcher that needs luck sometimes to keep the ball in the infield but today those balls were squeaking through that they were catching the other day,” Rusin told the Des Moines Register.

* Stephen Bruno was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Kris Bryant belted his league-leading 11th home run and drove in four in Tennessee’s 10-7 win over Jackson. P.J. Francescon picked up the win in relief of Jose Veras, who started the game and threw one inning.

* Albert Almora was 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs in Daytona’s 12-0 win over Charlotte. Ben Wells picked up the win, striking out eight over six innings.

* David Bote had two hits, including a RBI single, but it wasn’t enough as Kane County lost, 3-2, to Beloit. Daury Torrez did not get a decision, throwing six shutout innings. He gave up three hits and walked one.

5/12 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Chris Valaika had three hits and Lars Anderson and Logan Watkins each had three RBI to lift Iowa to a 12-11 win over Nashville. The I-Cubs overcame an eight-run deficit and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth. Eli Whiteside hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Blake Parker picked up the save, his sixth.

Tennessee rallied from a six-run deficit to beat Jackson, 17-13. Rubi Silva had four hits and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He scored two runs, hit two doubles, a triple and drove in five runs. Jorge Soler had two hits, both doubles, and scored two runs. He drove in four runs. Soler is 6-for-16 since coming off the DL. Kris Bryant had his third three-hit game and drove in three runs. He’s batting .432 in May. Jose Veras picked up the win, throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Daytona and Kane County both had Sunday off. Daytona returns to action against Charlotte on Monday, while Kane County faces Beloit.

5/12 Kris Bryant honored

The Southern League today named Kris Bryant the Hitter of the Week for May 5-12. Bryant is the second Double-A Tennessee player to be honored with a weekly award from the league. Starting pitcher Corey Black was honored as Pitcher of the Week last month.

Bryant compiled a .464 average (13-for-28) from May 5-12, and scored 12, hit four homers, a double and drove in 14 runs. On April 7, he recorded his first multi-homer game and also set single-game career-highs in runs (four) and RBI (six).

Overall this year, Bryant is batting .331 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 35 games. He leads the Southern League in batting average, homers, runs scored (33), slugging percentage (.624), total bases (83) and extra-base hits (19), and ranks second in hits (44), and on-base percentage (.437).

5/9 Minor matters

Kyle Hendricks struck out six over six innings and took the loss as Iowa dropped a 9-1 game to New Orleans. Hendricks is now 0-2 in May despite a 2.38 ERA in his two starts.

Kris Bryant hit his ninth home run to help Tennessee beat Birmingham, 5-4. Jorge Soler reached base four times in his first game back since April 3, drawing two walks and hitting two doubles. He also had two RBIs. Bryant had three hits, and leads the Southern League in homers. Jose Veras threw a scoreless eighth for the win in his second rehab appearance.

Daytona lost its fourth straight, losing 7-0 to Brevard County. Yao-Lin Wang took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits over five innings.

Duane Underwood gave up one run over five innings and did not get a decision in a 5-2, 11 inning win over Burlington. Jacob Rogers and Shawon Dunston had three hits each. David Bote had two RBIs.

5/8 Soler, Bryant help Smokies win

Jorge Soler reached base four times and drove in two runs, Kris Bryant hit his third homer in two nights and Jae-Hoon Ha hit game-winning two-run single in Double-A Tennessee’s 5-4 win over Birmingham. It was the Smokies’ 10th win in 11 games. Soler was playing in his first game since coming off the DL. He had two hits and two RBI, and reached base safely all four times he came to the plate. Bryant had three hits, including a home run.

Tennessee starter Pierce Johnson did not factor in the decision. He gaveup three runs on three hits over six innings and struck out eight. Jose Veras struck out one in one inning in his second rehab outing. Armando Rivero picked up his seventh save.


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