Villanueva leads Iowa to win; 5/21 Recap

Christian Villanueva led a power surge for Iowa as the third baseman hit two homers in the 6-2 win. Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara also homered. Jorge Soler is headed back to Mesa to rehab his hamstring. Marco Hernandez homered and knocked in three in Daytona's win while Duane Underwood tossed five shutout innings for Kane County.

Soler headed to DL

According to Carrie Muskat, the Cubs beat reporter for MLB.com, Jorge Soler will be placed on the disabled list with a hamstring issue in his right leg. Soler missed two weeks of spring training and then a month of the regular season, after a left hamstring problem. Soler hurt his leg making a catch on a fly ball in a May 15 game. He's only played in seven games this season, hitting .333/.407/.625 with seven doubles and seven RBI. Cubs Player Development Director Jason McLeod told Muskat that Soler is on a new program to promote better muscular balance and would join the Smokies after completing his rehab in Mesa.

Two pitchers promoted to Daytona, Cubs sign pitcher

Daytona added a pair of 2013 draft picks—LHP Tyler Ihrig and RHP Trevor Graham. Jose Rosario was assigned to Boise and Zach Cates was placed on the DL with arm soreness. Ihrig, a 23rd round pick from the College of Marin, spent last year impressing in the Arizona Rookie League (2-0, 0.72 ERA, 25 IP, 16 H, 4BB, 30 K). Graham was a 13th round pick from Franklin Pierce University and also spent last year at Mesa (0-0 2.01 ERA, 22.1 IP, 18 H, 5 BB, 17 K). Rosario has been scheduled to start for the past three games but a reported illness kept him off the mound. Daytona has a pair of doubleheaders this weekend and are in need of arms. Both Ihrig and Graham were expected to be part of Boise's starting rotation, so the promotion to the FSL may be temporary..........Ken Shepard of the Bridgeport Bluefish tweeted the Cubs have acquired RHP Julio Rodriguez and assigned him to AA Tennessee. The 23-year-old made three starts for the Atlantic League Independent team. He was a member of the 2012 Futures Game World team and was ranked as one of the top prospects in the Phillies organization. He was traded in '13 to the Orioles and started last year in AA but ended up in the Gulf Coast League, only throwing 27.2 innings.

AAA—Iowa 6, Round Rock 2

Iowa had a power surge in Texas as the I-Cubs smacked four homers, two from third baseman Christian Villanueva.

At the Dish: Iowa went deep on the second pitch of the game when Arismendy Alcantara ripped his fourth homer over the left field wall, his second right handed. Alcantara only hit one homer from the right side last year, 14 as a left-hander.........After a slow start, Villanueva is heating up and doubled his homer output with two long balls. He hit a two-run shot in the fourth and added a solo blast in the sixth......After striking out in his first three trips, Javier Baez launched his fifth homer and extended his hitting streak to six games..... Casper Wells went 2-4 and Justin Ruggiano was 0-4 in his third rehab start.

On the Hill: Eric Jokisch (304 3.98 ERA) worked seven innings, holding the Express to a pair of runs, one earned. The lefty allowed six hits and walked two, while throwing 97 itches, 65 for strikes, Jokisch recorded seven strikeouts. .......After Cabrera walked the first two hitters of the ninth, Jeffry Antigua got the first out and Frank Batista got the final two outs for his first career AAA save.....

I-Cubs Notes: Iowa looks to make it two straight over Round Rock in the final game of the series with Dallas Beeler getting his third start.


AA—Mobile 17, Tennessee 7

Mobile's Jon Griffin belted four homers, the second time in Southern League history, as the Bay Bears clubbed Tennessee.

At the Dish: Not a bad night at the plate for the Smokies, scoring seven runs......Kris Bryant lined his 12th homer of the year over the right field wall in the first for his only hit in four trips....Rafael Lopez went 2-4 and knocked in a pair as the catcher raised his average to .304........Wes Darvill launched a two-run homer in the ninth.....Jae-Hoon Ha doubled and drove in a run with a sac fly.

On the Hill: Tennessee pitching surrendered 18 hits, five of them left the yard.......Joel Pineiro didn't miss many bats in his second start as the Bay Bears scored eight times off the former big leaguer. The right-hander threw 88 pitches, 56 for strikes, and ended the night with aline of 4 IP, 10H, 8R, 5ER, 2BB 3K.....Austin Kirk gave up five runs (two earned in 2.2 frames while Lendy Castillo was charged with two runs in one-third of an inning....P.J. Francescon tossed a scoreless inning and utility player Anthony Giansanti pitched the ninth, allowing a two-run homer, Griffin's fourth of the night.

Smokies Notes: The Smokies and Bay Bears are right back at it on Thursday as Corey Black (2-4, 3.96 ERA) gets the the ball with a 11:30 a.m. EST start.


High A—Daytona 4, Bradenton 2,

Marco Hernandez drove in three runs, two on his first homer, and Trevor Graham got the win in his season debut as Daytona evened the series at Bradenton.

At the Dish: Big day for the 7-8-9 hitters as Willson Contreras, Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez combined for all four runs and were 7-12 combined.........Daytona snapped a 15-inning scoreless streak in the fifth when Hernandez doubled, scoring Contreras, who reached on a single and took third on Amaya's single.......Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the seventh and Amaya added a RBI single in the ninth, this third hit. /P>

On the Hill: The new kids in the clubhouse combined to shut down the Maurders....Tyler Ihrig made his first pro start on Wednesday morning after pitching out of the bullpen after being drafted. The left-hander was greeted with a leadoff double that eventually scored on a fly ball. He worked four innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. He fanned three and threw 50 pitches, 34 for strikes as he gave the Marauders a steady diet of curve balls........Trevor Graham retired the first six hitters he faced, four on strikes, before a leadoff walk in the 7th. After another walk to open the 8th, Graham got the next two hitters and was replaced after throwing 45 pitches. The Florida native finished with a line of 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0R, 2BB 4K.....Andrew McKirahan earned his third save recording the final four outs. He gave up a pair of hits in the ninth before recording his second strikeout to end the game.

D-Cubs Notes: Tayler Scott (2-3, 5.63 ERA) gets the start Thursday night in the third game of the series.


Low A—Kane County 8, Wisconsin 2

Duane Underwood tossed five shutout innings and the Cougars offense knocked out 13 hits to take the rubber game of the series.

At the Dish: Benjamin Carhart (.275) extended his hitting streak to six games, going 3-4 with a double, two runs, and a RBI........ Daniel Lockhart (.248) had a pair of double and knocked in two.......Will Remillard (.343) continued to impress at the plate with two RBI (25) to tie Yasiel Balaguert (2-5 RBI) for the team lead.....Carlos Penalver (.241) and Jacob Hannemann (.214) both had two hits and knocked in a run.

On the Hill: Duane Underwood threw his first shutout baseball of the year as the 19-year-old right-hander held the Rattlers scoreless for five frames. He worked around a season-high four walks and two hits, throwing 75 pitches, 41 for strikes. Underwood fanned five, matching his season-high in first start on April 13.......Corbin Hoffner made his season debut working two innings. After a leadoff walk, he put the Rattlers down in order in the sixth but gave up a run in the seventh and left the game after the first two hitters reached in the 8th. He threw 41 pitches, 23 for strikes, and finished with a line of 2 IP, 4H, 2ER, 1BB 3K......Tyler Bremer (4-0 2.25 ERA) finished the game, tossing the final two innings. He fanned four and allowed a hit..

Cougars Notes: Kane County kicks off a big Memorial Day weekend home stand with the top two teams in their division—third place Clinton (May 22-24) and second-place Peoria (May 25-27)


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