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5/8 Minor matters

It was a big day Wednesday for Chris Rusin and Kris Bryant.

Rusin became the first Triple-A Iowa pitcher to throw a no-hitter in 30 years in a 3-0 win over New Orleans on Wednesday. Rusin struck out three and walked two. It was the seventh Triple-A no-hitter in Iowa franchise history, and first since the club joined the Pacific Coast League in 1998. Rusin helped himself, hitting a two-run single in the second. It’s the first no-no by a Cubs Minor Leaguer since Eric Jokisch did so last Aug. 8. Javier Baez had three hits and Josh Vitters had two hits to back up Rusin.

Bryant hit two home runs and drove in six runs to lead Tennessee to a 12-1 win over Birmingham. Dae-Eun Rhee got the win, giving up one run on three hits over seven innings. Bryant was 3-for-4, and also hit a double. His eight homers lead the Southern League. Stephen Bruno had three hits and two RBIs. Arodys Vizcaino struck out two in one inning in his Smokies debut.

Rob Zastryzny gave up four runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 5-1 loss to Lakeland.

Yasiel Balaguert drove in his 22nd run of the season but it wasn’t enough as Kane County lost, 5-3, to Wisconsin. Jacob Rogers and David Bote each had two hits.

5/7 Minor matters – Wednesday’s games

Kris Bryant hit two home runs and a double and drove in six runs to lead Tennesseeto a 12-1 victory Wednesday night over Birmingham. Dae-Eun Rhee picked up the win, going seven innings. Bryant homered in the first and fifth innings. It’s the first multi-homer game of his pro career. His double in the eighth was off the top of the left field wall and gave Bryant a new career-high with six RBI.

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

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

5/4 Minor matters

Kyle Hendricks struck out eight and gave up three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 3-1 loss to Nashville. Iowa totaled three hits in the game.

Kris Bryant hit his sixth home run and Charlie Cutler had three hits and drove in four runs to back Pierce Johnson and lift Tennessee to a 8-4 win over Chattanooga on Saturday. It was Tennessee’s sixth straight win. Cutler hit a three-run double in the first and a RBI single in the fifth. Johnson gave up two runs on five hits over six innings. Bryant hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

Daytona’s doubleheader was postponed because of bad weather. The two teams were to try and play two on Sunday.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two runs over six innings in Kane County’s 4-2 win over Burlington. Jacob Rogers had two hits, both doubles, and Cael Brockmeyer had two hits and two RBIs.

4/27 Minor matters

Chris Valaika, Jonathan Mota and Eli Whiteside all homered to lift Iowa to a 9-6, 13-inning win over Colorado Springs on Saturday. Arismendy Alcantara had five hits, including a triple, and three RBIs. Valaika had three hits and two RBIs. Blake Parker picked up his second save.

Kris Bryant and Jeudy Valdez each homered but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 4-3, in 13 innings. It was Bryant’s fifth homer, and he’s now hit in nine straight games. Jake Arrieta started for the Smokies and gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits over two innings. He was scheduled to go shorter, which starters usually do in their last game of Spring Training. Ryan Searle struck out three over three scoreless innings.

Jose Rosario threw six shutout innings in Daytona’s 2-0 win over Brevard County. Rosario struck out six and walked three. Tim Saunders had two RBI.

Kane County scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off win against Wisconsin. Starter Duane Underwood gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits over 3 2/3 innings. Yasiel Balaguert had two RBI, and drove in the winning run in the ninth. Gerardo Concepcion threw four scoreless innings in relief.

4/23 Minor matters

Arismendy Alcantara homered to back Eric Jokisch and help Iowa beat Round Rock 10-3. Jokisch gave up three runs over seven innings and struck out eight. Alcantara had two hits and two RBI. Javier Baez also had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs.

Pierce Johnson was activated from the DL, and made his first start for Tennessee. Johnson took the loss in a 14-3 decision against Birmingham. Kris Bryant had three hits, including a double, and was batting .311.

Tayler Scott gave up three runs — one earned — over 5 1/3 innings in Daytona’s 18-5 win over Clearwater. Rock Shoulders had three hits, including his second home run, and four RBIs. Pin-Chieh Chen had four hits, including two triples and a double, and three RBIs.

Paul Blackburn gave up one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 5-4 win over Beloit. Yasiel Balaguert drove in a run and his 15 RBIs rank second in the league.

4/13 Minor matters

Tsuyoshi Wada struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 5-0 win over Memphis. Wada retired the first six batters he faced. Brian Schlitter, optined to Iowa earlier in the day, threw a scoreless ninth. Brett Jackson had one RBI and Matt Szczur delivered a two-run pinch-single in the ninth.

Kris Bryant hit his third home run and Zeke DeVoss hit a two-run triple to lead Tennessee to a 5-1 victory over Chattanooga. Bryant and Dustin Geiger are tied for the Southern League lead with three homers each. Ryan Searle picked up the win in relief.

Albert Almora drove in three runs in Daytona’s 7-1 win over Tampa. Rob Zastryzny gave up one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Almora hit his first home run of the season and also hit a double. Dan Vogelbach had two RBI.

Jacob Rogers had four RBI in Kane County’s 9-8 win over Lake County. Rogers hit a two-run homer and a double. David Bote also homered and drove in two runs.

4/5 Minor matters

Matt Szczur had two hits, but that was all Iowa totaled in a 9-0 loss to Memphis. Marcos Mateo and Blake Parker combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Zac Rosscup struck out two in the ninth.

Kris Bryant hit his second homer in as many games to lead Tennessee to a 1-0 win over Pensacola. Bryant connected in the seventh. C.J. Edwards gave up one hit and walked one while striking out four over four innings.

Pin-Chieh Chen had three hits and one RBI but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 4-3, in 10 innings to Brevard County. Bijan Rademacher hda two hits.

Kane County’s game against Quad Cities was postponed because of cold weather. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

4/4 Minor matters

Chris Rusin gave up five runs on six hits and walked four over 3 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 10-2 loss to Memphis. Josh Vitters hit a solo home run and Christian Villanueva had two hits, including a double.

Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat, Zeke DeVoss tripled in a run in the second, but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 6-5 to Pensacola on Thursday in the Double-A season opener. Tony Zych took the loss, giving up five hits and two earned runs. Smokies starter Dae-Eun Rhee walked four, struck out four and gave up two hits over four innings. Bryant’s home run to left came on a 3-0 pitch from Mat Latos, who was making a rehab start. DeVoss extended the lead to 3-0 with his triple off Latos.

Gioskar Amaya had two hits in Daytona’s 1-0 loss to Brevard County. Felix Pena gave up three hits over six innings and took the loss.

Yasiel Balaguert had four hits, including three doubles, and drove in two runs in Kane County’s 8-4 win over Quad Cities. Carlos Penalver was 3-for-3 with one RBI.

3/12 Roster moves – UPDATED

The Cubs made the first roster cuts of spring on Wednesday. Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur were optioned to the Minor League camp. Kris Bryant, Jeudy Valdez, Albert Almora, Carlos Pimentel and Eric Jokisch were assigned to the Minor League camp. Outfielder Aaron Cunningham was granted his release. The Cubs now have 56 players in camp.

Alcantara, Watkins, and Szczur were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; Soler was optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Bryant, the second player selected overall last June, hit a home run in his first spring at-bat, and was 2-for-9 in seven Cactus League games. His other hit also was a home run. Almora, the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2012, had appeared in six games, and was 5-for-9. Soler, coming back from a leg injury last season, was 2-for-8 in eight games.

“We’re glad they’re Cubbies,” Renteria said of the top trio. “They’ve shown their ability to be professionals here in terms of how they carried themselves, some of the performances they had in the course of the spring. Now it’s time for them to get down there and start getting more at-bats and start getting ready for the regular season for themselves and continue to develop and improve on their skill sets. It’s like anything, all players are a little disappointed, but they know there’s a reason and purpose for what we do.”

Bryant, Almora and Soler handled themselves well in big league camp, and often had more interview requests than the veteran players on the Cubs roster.

“They showed maturity beyond their age, the way they deal with people, the way they deal with the press, the way they interact with teammates,” Renteria said. “It was pretty good.”

– Carrie Muskat


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