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#Cubs Minor League update: Iowa loses to New Orleans

Chris Valaika and Jonathan Mota each had two hits, and Mota and Kevin Brown each drove in a run in Iowa’s 3-2 loss Wednesday to New Orleans. Kris Bryant was 0-for-3, drawing a walk, and scored a run. He’s batting .333 so far. Donn Roach started and threw six scoreless innings, giving up one hit. Drake Britton took the loss.

* In other Cubs Minor League news, left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny was placed on Double-A Tennessee’s disabled list, retroactive to April 13, and lefty Jeffry Antigua was transferred from Triple-A Iowa to Tennessee.

#Cubs Minor matters for Thu 4/9

Four of the Cubs Minor League affiliates open their seasons on Thursday.

* The Iowa Cubs made a series of roster moves. Left-hander Jeff Antigua and outfielder Kevin Brown were added to the roster, and will be active for the season opener Thursday in Memphis. Javier Baez was placed on the temporary inactive list; he is away following the death of his sister, Noely. Left-hander Joseph Ortiz was placed on the suspended list.

Here’s Iowa’s starting lineup for Thursday:

Andreoli RF
Chambers CF
Russell SS
Bryant 3B
Lake LF
Valaika 2B
Lopez C
Baxter 1B
Roach P

* Corey Black opens Double-A Tennessee’s season at Mississippi; Class A Myrtle Beach plays host to Wilmington with Duane Underwood getting the start; and Class A South Bend holds its home opener against Bowling Green. Jake Stinnett was slated to start for the South Bend team.

12/2 Congrats to Iowa’s Sam Bernabe

Triple-A Iowa general manager Sam Bernabe was named Minor League executive of the year by Baseball America, and will be honored next week at the baseball Winter Meetings. Bernabe will be presented with the award during a special ceremony hosted by Baseball America in San Diego on Dec. 9.

Bernabe has worked for the Iowa Cubs for 31 seasons, and became president and part-owner of the club in 1999. In addition to his duties overseeing the day to day operations of the ballclub, Bernabe is chairman of the Board of Trustees of Minor League Baseball as the Pacific Coast League representative. He also serves on the joint Triple-A Marketing Committee, the National Association of Professional Baseball Marketing Committee, and the Professional Baseball Playing Rules Committee. Bernabe was named the American Association Executive of the Year in 1993, the PCL Executive of the Year in 2008, and the John H. Johnson President’s Award winner from Minor League Baseball in 2002.

9/16 Cubs agree to new deal with Iowa

The Cubs agreed Tuesday on a two-year player development contract extension with Triple-A Iowa through the 2018 season. The current agreement had run through the 2016 campaign. With the new agreement, the extension guarantees at least 38 years of partnership between the Chicago team and the Iowa Cubs.

The affiliation between Iowa and Chicago began in 1981, and Iowa adopted the Cubs’ nickname in 1982. Of the 160 teams in Minor League Baseball, this is the eighth-longest current affiliate relationship between a Major League team and a Minor League club.

Earlier this year, the Cubs announced a four-year extension with Double-A Tennessee that runs through 2018.

The Cubs have terminated the PDC with Daytona, Kane County and Boise. No updates yet regarding the Class A teams.

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Elliot Soto hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to give Iowa a 5-4 victory over Oklahoma City and keep their playoff hopes alive. Chris Rusin started, and did not get a decision, giving up three runs over four innings. Junior Lake had two singles. Carlos Pimentel picked up the win in relief. Dallas Beeler gets the start Saturday.

Anthony Giansanti had two hits, including a home run, to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 6-5. Corey Black started, and gave up four earned runs over three innings. Christian Villanueva was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. C.J. Edwards gets the start Saturday.

Dan Vogelbach hit his 16th home run and Marco Hernandez hit his third in Daytona’s 8-4 win over Tampa. Tayler Scott gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Vogelbach had two hits and two RBIs. He leads the team with 75 RBIs. Yao-Lin Wang gets the start Saturday.

Kane County won its 90th game of the season, a 6-1 rain-shortened win over Cedar Rapids. Jonathan Martinez gave up one run over 5 1/3 innings. Trey Martin and Jeimer Candelario each homered. Daury Torrez gets the start Saturday.

Boise lost, 2-1, to Everett. Danny Canela had two hits and an RBI. Erick Leal gaveup one run over 5 1/3 innings. James Norwood gets the start Saturday.

Eloy Jimenez tripled and drove in two runs in Mesa’s 7-6 loss to Arizona. Jose Paulino gave up two unearned runs over five innings.

8/28 Minor matters – Wednesday’s games

Jae-Hoon Ha and David Bote each homered for Iowa in a 3-2 win over Tacoma. Dae-Eun Rhee threw 6 1/3 shutout innings, striking out six. Kris Bryant hit his first triple. Iowa has an off day Thursday, then begins a key series Friday. With four games left to play, the I-Cubs are four games behind Oklahoma City in the American Northern Division. Iowa plays host to the RedHawks in a four-game series starting Friday night in Des Moines. While the Cubs must win all of their remaining games, Omaha also has to lose at least three of their five games against Colorado Springs at home this weekend in order for Iowa to win the division. Chris Rusin (8-13, 4.24) will start Friday night.

Tennessee had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against Chattanooga.

Wilson Contreras homered to back Juan Paniagua in Daytona’s 8-2 win over Dunedin. Paniagua gave up one run over five innings. Kyle Schwarber extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Dan Vogelbach, who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, had three hits and an RBI.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one run over six innings in Kane County’s 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Four of the Cougars five hits were doubles (Mark Zagunis, Jeimer Candelario, Victor Caratini and Trey Martin).

Boise scored six runs in the second inning en route to a 12-8 win over Everett. Alex Tomasovich had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in four runs. Charcer Burks had three singles and drove in three runs.

Mesa split a doubleheader against the Athletics, losing 4-3 in the first game, and winning, 3-2, in the second. In the first game, Tyler Alamo had two hits and drove in a run. In the second game, Tyler Pearson had two hits, including his second home run. Kevonte Mitchell hit a triple and Eloy Jimenez had a double.

8/27 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

Tacoma beat Iowa, 5-3, on Tuesday, but the I-Cubs playoff hopes are still alive. Omaha lost Tuesday, but Oklahoma City won to take over sole possession of first in the American Northern Division. With five games left to play, the Cubs are four games behind the RedHawks. The I-Cubs and RedHawks play head-to-head for the final four games of the regular season, starting on Friday night at Principal Park in Des Moines.

On Tuesday, Kris Bryant hit a RBI single in the first, but that was the only run off spot-starter Andrew Carraway through five innings. Carraway (8-5) was a last minute replacement when scheduled starter Erasmo Ramirez was scratched. Dan Straily (7-8) took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits, three walks over five innings. He struck out six.

Junior Lake hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and doubled in the sixth. He has scored at least one run in seven straight games. Brian Schlitter worked one scoreless inning in relief and Jeff Antigua finished with two scoreless innings for the I-Cubs.

Dae-Eun Rhee gets the start in the series finale on Wednesday.

8/25 Three Iowa Cubs honored

Arismendy Alcantara, Tsuyoshi Wada and Blake Parker named to the 2014 All-PCL team today, as announced by the Pacific Coast League. It’s the first time the Iowa Cubs have had three players named to the post-season All-Star team.

Alcantara batted .307 (103-for-335) with 25 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs, 41 RBI, and 21 stolen bases in 89 games with Iowa before he was called up to the Cubs on July 9. At the time of his promotion, he was leading the PCL in triples and extra-base hits (46). His 11 triples are still tops in the league.

Wada was named as the top left-handed starter in the league this year. In 19 games, including 18 starts with Iowa, Wada was 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA. He gave up 104 hits, walked 28, and struck out 120. At the time of his promotion, Wada led the PCL in strikeouts, was fourth in ERA, fifth in WHIP (1.16), and tied for sixth in innings pitched. In eight starts with the Cubs, Wada is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA (13ER/45 2/3 IP).

Parker is 0-1 with a 1.91 ERA (7ER/33 IP) and leads the PCL with 23 saves in 33 games with Iowa this year. He ranks fifth in the league with 30 games finished. Parker has been called up to Chicago five times during the year and is 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA (9ER/13 1/3 IP) in 10 big league appearances. His 23 saves are second on Iowa’s single-season list and he is the franchise’s all-time leader with 64 career saves.

8/19 Bryant 1-for-3 with Iowa

Kris Bryant returned to Triple-A Iowa’s lineup on Tuesday, his first game back since Saturday, and went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Bryant was sidelined with a bruise on his left foot, which forced him out of Saturday’s game. He had X-rays Saturday night and an MRI on Sunday, which revealed the contusion. On Monday, Bryant was used as a pinch-hitter and drew a walk, but was lifted for a pinch-runner. Bryant is tied with Rangers prospect and close friend Joey Gallo for first in the Minor Leagues with 40 homers each this season. Bryant was batting .306 with 18 home runs, 13 doubles and 45 RBIs at Iowa. He hit 22 homers at Double-A Tennessee.

4/14 Wada PCL Pitcher of Week

Iowa Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for April 3-13. Wada becomes the first I-Cub to earn the honor since Chris Rusin did so, May 7-13, 2012. In his first week in the Cubs organization, Wada went 2-0 in starts against Nashville and Memphis. He allowed one earned run in 13 1/3 innings (0.68 ERA), walked one and struck out 18, throwing 132 of his 187 pitches for strikes (70.5 percent). His 10 strikeouts against the Redbirds on Saturday night matched his career-high. Wada enters today ranking second in the PCL in ERA, third in strikeouts, second in WHIP (0.60) and second in batting average against (.149).