With OF Julio Borbon designated for assignment, the Cubs called up SS Donnie Murphy from AAA Iowa for today's game with the Dodgers. Murphy, 30, is no stranger to the big leagues playing for the Royals, A's, Marlins, and last year 52 games for Milwaukee. His MLB career slash is .205/.270/.373 in 244 games. Signed as a free agent on April 3, the right-handed hitting infielder played 89 games at Iowa hitting. 256/.338/.457 with 12 homers and 41 RBI. Murphy hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games, including a season-high 13-game hit streak from July 10-26. Murphy hit .286 (22-for-77) with five multi-hit games during this stretch. Murphy will likely sub for Castro and Barney during the dog says of August.…...Iowa has placed RHP Henry Rodriguez on the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis and activated IF Tim Torres from the DL…..With Murphy headed to Wrigley and Bourbon likely to be released after he clears waiver, the roster spot will likely be filled by RHP Kyle Hendricks
AAA— Tacoma 5, Iowa
Tacoma blanked Iowa on five hits to send the I-Cubs to their ninth straight loss.
On the Mound: Brooks Raley (6-7 4.70 ERA) allowed four runs, two earned, on eight hits in five innings. The lefty threw 91 pitches and fanned three. Yoanner Negrin (3-5 4.95) and Marcus Hatley (2-1 4.88) tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Marcos Mateo (0-0 3.86) allowed his first run at AAA on two hits in the eighth.
AA—Jacksonville 4, Tennessee 3
Jacksonville (25-16) downed Tennessee (24-17) for the second straight night.
At the Plate: Tennessee won the hit battle 7-5 and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a RBI groundout from Justin Bour (.233/.327/.500) and then Christian Villanueva (.263/.315/.453) followed with a double to score Javier Baez (.224/.291/.570). The Smokies wouldn't be able to score until the ninth when Baez grounded to short and the throw to second was wild, allowing Arismendy Alcantara (.270/.346/.446) to score. On the play, Baez got caught between second and third, getting tagged out to end the game. Baez was 2-4 with a double and a walk while Alcantara finished 1-4 with a walk and a run.
On the Mound: Dae-Eun Rhee (3-1 2.93) took the loss getting charged with four runs on four hits and three walks in 5.1 innings. He threw 74 pitches and fanned three. Yeiper Castillo (1-2 3.42) came into the game in the sixth and promptly walked the first three hitters he faced, forcing in two runs before getting out of the inning without anymore damage. Zach Rosscup (2-1 2.30) fanned the side in the seventh and Kevin Rhoderick (1-5 5.65) worked a scoreless eighth.
High A—Daytona vs. Bradenton
Low A—Kane County 6, Clinton 1
Kane County (14-26) smacked three homers to down Clinton (19-22) in the opening game of the series.
At the Plate: Kane County only had five hits but three of them left the yard. Wilson Contreras (.243/.314/.429) launched a two-run bomb (10) to put Kane County on the board and Giuseppe Papaccio (.218/.283/.309) hit his first career homer over the left-field wall. Jeimer Candelario (.253/.339/.382) lifted a sacrifice fly to score Oliver Zapata (.249/.313/.387) in the third and Marco Hernandez (.248/.287/.324) followed with his third homer of the year, a two-run shot.
On the Mound: Starling Peralta (1-0 0.00 ERA) turned in his best performance of 2013 working five scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Peralta started the season at Daytona (0-1 12.86, 14 IP) but was injured and put on the disabled list. He pitched 13.1 innings at Mesa during his rehab with 14 K and a 1.35 ERA. It was his second game for Kane County…..LHP Sheldon McDonald (1-0 1.19) pitched two innings of relief yielding Clinton's only run on three hits with two strikeouts…...Michael Hamann (1-0 0.00) extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings blanking the Lumberkings on one hit while the right-hander fanned two. Between Boise and Kane County, Hamann hasn't allowed an earned run in 18.2 innings with 17 K and 4 BB.
Cougars Notes: Albert Almora (332/.379/.470) had the night off.
Short-Season—Game 1—Boise 4, Everett 0; Game 2—Everett 3, Boise 1
Boise (26-24) and Everett (31-19) split a doubleheader with the Hawks blanking the Aqua Sox in the opener.
At the Plate: GAME 1—Kris Bryant (.256/.327/.535) gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a RBI single, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Jacob Rogers (.282/.389/.424) worked a 13-pitch at-bat with the bases loaded before hitting a sacrifice fly to center. Rony Rodriguez (.218/.299/.333) followed with a RBI single scoring David Bote (.232/.316/.371) and a Everett error allowed the final run to score. GAME 2—Bryant provided the only offense in the night cap blasting his third home run of the season extending his hit streak to nine games. The ball ladned on the street past the centerfield wall. The Hawks managed only four other hits, a pinch-hit double by Cael Brockmeyer (.316/.422/.395) and singles from Carlos Penalver (.209/.278/.277), Kevin Encarnacion (.313/.413/.453) and Bote.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Dillon Maples (3-0 1.00 ERA) and Corbin Hoffner (2-0 1.14 ERA) combined on a three-hit shutout. Maples tossed five frames allowing two hits and a walk with one strikeout. Maples got eight ground ball outs. Hoffner fanned two in his two innings giving up a hit and a walk. GAME 2—Michael Wagner (0-1 2.61) made his first pro start going 2.2 inning yielding four hits and three runs, only one earned. He walked one and fanned three. Juan Paniagua made his first appearance in the NWL after being sent to the Hawks from Kane County. The right-hander worked 2.1 frames allowing a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. Scott Frazier (1-1 1.62) fanned a pair in one inning.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 16, Brewers 4
Cubs (36-17) scored six times in the topped of the first and whipped the Brewers (16-36).
At the Plate: Adonis Paula (277/.379/.383) had a big day going 4-6 with 6 RBI. Varonex Cuevas (.290/.385/.407) was 2-3 with two RBI, scored four times and walked four times. Shamil Uberia (.286/.375/.449) and Jenner Emeterio (.236/.399/.279) both went 3-5 as the Cubs pounded out 15 hits and drew 14 walks.
On the Mound: Hector Perez (3-3 2.40) earned the win fanning six in six innings. He gave up five hits and walked one. Enderson Mercedes (0-0 0.82) and Gilberto Abreu (1-1 3.33) kept the Brewers off the board in their appearances.
Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 11, Cubs 3
The Phillies (34-32) stayed alive in the playoff race in the VSL beating the Cubs (36-29). Cubs hold a two-game lead for second place with two games left on the schedule.
At the Plate: Cubs only had five hits but one of those left the yard, Delbris Alcala (.322/.394/.536) 10th homer. Roney Alcala (.351/.385/.544) went 2-4 while Bryant Flete (.270/.387/.354) and Humberto Garcia (.250/.313/.320) each had a hit.
On the Mound: The Cubs used seven pitchers in the loss as Victor Garcia (2-4 4.91 ERA) didn't make it past the second allowing five runs on six hits and a walk. The Cubs committed six errors and only five of the 11 runs were earned.