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Cubs News, Notes and Game Recaps from April 28

Cubs have added catcher Tim Federowicz to the 25-man roster after placing Miguel Montero on the 15-day DL. Albert Almora smacked a three-run homer to lead Iowa to a win.

Cubs promote Federowicz

Jed Hoyer said after the Kyle Schwarber injury if another catcher on the 25-man roster went down, it would be Tim Federowicz, not Willson Contreras that would get the call. On Thursday, the Cubs placed Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of Federowicz from Iowa.

The 28-year-old spent parts of four seasons with the Dodgers (2011-14) and he’s appeared in 90 big league games (.194/.246/.298). In 11 games with Iowa, Federowicz hit .303/.415/.515 with a homer and six RBI, after batting .324 with a pair of homers in 18 games during spring training.

Montero has been dealing with a stiff back and the trip to the DL is being done as more of a precautionary measure  to help him recover. Cubs front office as well as Montero do not consider the injury serious and he’s expected back soon. The Cubs 40-man roster is now at 40 players. 

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 10, Colorado Springs 5

Albert Almora had three hits, including a three-run homer as Iowa beat Colorado Springs in the series opener.

Hitting Recap: CF Albert Almora (.362) added three more hits to his AAA resume on Thursday night, including a three-run homer in the 8th, his third of the season. Almora added a pair of singles and stole a base. RF Ryan Kalish  (.413) continues to square up AAA pitching as the outfielder was a homer shy of the cycle and scored four times. C Willson Contreras (.368) drew four walks and Daniel Vogelbach  (.365) went 1-for-4 with a two RBI.

Pitching Chart: Ryan Williams (2-1, 5.30 ERA) earned his second win as the right-hander worked into the sixth, throwing 96 pitches. He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Brandon Gomes allowed a  homer in the 6th and Giovanni Soto got the final out of the 7th. Carl Edwards Jr. and Spencer Patton both tossed a scoreless frame.

I-Cubs Notes: Cubs have not named a starter for Friday night at Principal Park against the Sky Sox.

Southern League—AA—Biloxi 6, Tennessee 5

Biloxi used a four-run fourth inning to down the Smokies and snap their five-game win streak.

Hitting Recap: Smokies grabbed a 3-0 lead in the 3rd on a RBI single from 2B Chesny Young (.384) and a two-run single from RF Billy McKinney (.219). CF Jacob Hannemann (.247) smacked an opposite field solo homer, his fourth, and 1B Taylor Davis (.329) added a RBI single. Hannemann finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored while Young, McKinney and Davis all had two hits. 

Pitching Chart: Rob Zastryzny (2-1, 4.34 ERA) set down the Biloxi lineup the first time through the order, allowing only a walk over the first three innings. In the fourth, he allowed four hits, including a three-run homer as they scored four times. Zastryzny allowed a run in the fifth and finished with a line of 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K in the 78-pitch outing. Stephen Perakslis gave up a run in the 7th and David Garner tossed a scoreless 8th.

Smokies News: The Smokies have not named a starter for Friday night at Biloxi but Duane Underwood is with the team and could make his ’16 debut.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach at Potomac—Postponed

The game at Potomac was postponed due to wet grounds and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 16 in Potomac. The Pelicans return home for three games with Salem as Trevor Clifton (0-2, 4.15 ERA) gets the start on Friday night.

Midwest League—Low A—Game 1—Quad Cities 11, South Bend 2; Game 2—Quad Cites 3, South Bend 0

Quad Cities (9-12) pitching held the Cubs (12-9) to just two runs in the twin-bill sweep.

Hitting Recap: GAME 1—South Bend took a 1-0 lead in the first on three straight singles by 2B Andrew Ely (.235), DH P.J. Higgins (.310) and CF Donnie Dewees (.356), the final one plating Ely. 1B Tyler Alamo (.351) added a RBI single in the 4th. Higgins finished 2-for-3 to extended his on-base streak to 17 games and hit streak to eight......... GAME 2—LF Daniel Spingola (.390) went 2-for-3 to extended his hit streak to 10 games. The Cubs outhit the Bandits 7-4 but were 0-for-10 with RISP.

Pitching Chart: GAME 1—Making his fourth start, Justin Steele (1-3, 9.49 ERA) got tagged for seven hits and six runs but didn’t get much help from his defense as three of the runs were unearned (two errors). Steele walked two, fanned one and threw 64 pitches in 1.2 innings. Kyle Miller made his MWL debut, allowing two hits and two walks in three shutout innings. He threw 47 pitches, stranded two inherited runners and fanned three. Scott Effross surrendered five runs on five hits in the sixth, including a homer.......GAME 2—Ryan Kellogg(2-2, 2.95 ERA) recorded the Cubs first complete game as the left-hander fanned eight over six innings. He allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in the 85-pitch outing.

SB-Cubs News: South Bend heads to Cedar Rapids for a three-game set with the Kernals with Kyle Twomey (0-1, 7.20 ERA) getting the start on Friday night.

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