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News, Notes and Game Recaps from July 4

Ian Happ and Preston Morrison honored, Thomas Hatch to sign, and Eugene’s Marcus Mastrobuoni slugs a pair of homers in win.

Happ, Morrison honored for June performances

Second Baseman Ian Happ was named the Chicago Cubs Player of the Month for June while South Bend’s Preston Morrison took the honor for the pitchers.

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Happ, 21, hit .422 with nine doubles, four homers, 13 runs scored and 21 RBI in a combined 26 games with Tennessee and Myrtle Beach.  He drew 16 walks between the two clubs, contributing to a .500 OBP, and posted a 1.199 OPS.

Happ, who began the month at Myrtle Beach before heading to AA on June 23, was named Carolina League Player of the Week for June 13-19 after batting .520 with six doubles, one home run and six RBI in seven games.  Happ reached base safely in all seven of his games with Tennessee in June, posting a .615 OBP. He recorded three-straight, three-hit games from June 25-27, going 9-for-11 (.818) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI during the stretch.

Happ was selected by the Cubs in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2015 Draft out of the University of Cincinnati. He owns a .288 batting average (151-for-525) with 35 doubles, seven triples, 18 home runs and 83 RBI in 146 games in two professional seasons with the Cubs.

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Morrison, 22, went 4-1 with a 0.83 ERA in five June starts (32.2 IP), striking out 26 batters while walking five. He tossed three-consecutive scoreless outings, June 16-30, allowing 14 hits in 21.1 innings. His 0.83 ERA ranked first in the Midwest League while his four wins were tied for second-most.

Morrison has gone 8-3 with a 2.68 ERA (22 ER/74.0 IP) in 14 games (13 starts) this season at South Bend. He has surrendered just two home runs in 74.0 innings while recording quality starts in four of his last five outings. He struck out a season-high nine batters in  seven scoreless innings, June 16 vs. Lake County, allowing just five hits in South Bend's 5-1 victory.  

Morrison the Cubs in the 8th round pick in 2015 Draft out of TCU. In two professional seasons and 23 games (17 starts), the right-hander is  9-4 with a 2.24 ERA  in 96.1 IP

Cubs have deal with Thomas Hatch

According to reports, the Cubs and third-round pick Thomas Hatch have agreed to terms. The right-hander had two years of eligibility left at Oklahoma State and is expected to have his physical on Tuesday and officially sign. Teammate Trey Cobb, the Cubs 12th round pick, has announced he will return to OSU for his senior year.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 4, Omaha (Royals) 3

I-Cubs treated over 13,000 fans to a 4th of July win at Principal Park.

Hitting Recap: LF Matt Murton’s RBI single in the 5th scored 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.303) to give the Cubs the wining run. Iowa tied the game in the 5th when 3B Tommy La Stella (.286) walked and scored on Vogelbach’s RBI double. Iowa took a 2-0 lead in the 1st on a two-run homer from Mark Zagunis (.288), his third. C David Freitas (.309) went 3-for-4 while La Stella, Murton (.327) and Zagunis all finished with two hits.

Pitching Chart: Aaron Brooks worked into the 4th, allowing three runs on six hits, two leaving the yard. He fanned five and threw 71 pitches. Starling Peralta struckout two in three shutout frames and Armando Rivero worked around a pair of hits in a scoreless 8th. Corey Black wiggled out of a bases loaded jam in the 9th for his third save.

I-Cubs Notes: Heading into play on Monday, Iowa was 7.5 games behind first-place Oklahoma City (46-36). The PCL doesn’t do halves...... Drew Rucinski (5-6, 5.79 ERA) takes the mound on Tuesday night s Iowa looks to make it two straight.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee 4, Jackson (Mariners) 3

Smokies snapped a five-game losing streak to Jackson and took the series opener.

Hitting Recap: Smokes used the long ball for the win. 3B Chesny Young (.284) smacked his third homer of the year in the first, a solo shot, and C Benjamin Carhart (.241) launched a three-run bomb in the second, his first. 2B Ian Happ (.432) went 1-for-3 with double and was hit by a pitch.

Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng (5-3, 2.98 ERA) tossed a season-high seven innings, allowing three runs, two coming on a homer in the 7th. The Generals collected seven hits, drew one walk and fanned three times in the 93-pitch outing. Game score 54. David Garner retired all three hitters he faced in the 8th and Jose Rosario fanned the side in the 9th for his 4th save.

Smokies News: Duane Underwood (0-5, 4.85 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night.

Carolina League—High A—Winston-Salem (White Sox) 8, Myrtle Beach 0

Two Dash pitchers blanked the Pelicans on five hits.

Hitting Recap: Not much offense for the Pelicans as CF Rashad Crawford (.237) was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. LF Charcer Burks (.226), 3B David Bote (.339) and Andrew Ely (.167) all singled. 

Pitching Chart: Zach Hedges allowed a season-high seven runs (five earned) on nine hits, one leaving the yard. The right-hander worked 5.1 innings and threw 87 pitches. Game score 31. Pedro Araujo got charged with an unearned run over the final 2.2 frames, giving up two hits and walk.

Pelicans News: Pelicans look to even the series on Tuesday night and send Jonathan Martinez (4-5, 4.35 ERA) to the mound.

Midwest League—Low A—Fort Wayne (Padres) 6, South Bend 3

The Tin Caps collected 16 hits in the series opening win over South Bend. 

Hitting Recap: South Bend scored all their runs in the 2nd as LF Eloy Jimenez (.328) and RF Eddy Martinez (.244) opened the inning with singles. 3B Jesse Hodges (.283) cleared the bases with a triple and scored on a throwing error by the third baseman on a pop out. Only six hits for the Cubs, one a single by 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.303) who’s hit in 12 of his last 13 games.

Pitching Chart: Carson Sands (6-2, 3.72 ERA) got tagged for eight hits over 2.2 innings, allowing four runs, one coming on a homer. He threw 69 pitches, 37 for strikes, and fanned one. Game score 21. Greyfer Eregua surrendered two runs over 3.1 innings on seven hits and a walk. John Williamson tossed two shutout frames. 

SB-Cubs News: Cubs have not named a starter for Tuesday night.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 7, Everett (Mariners) 5

Eugene rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Aqua Sox. 

Hitting Recap: C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.222) hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam, in the Ems five-run 6th. He added a solo blast in the 8th. SS Andruw Monasterio (.324) went 3-for-4 and added a sacrifice bunt in the 7th that led to the wining run being scored with the help of an Everett error. 1B Chris Pieters (.339) had two hits and 3B Wladimir Galindo (.237) added a RBI. 

Pitching Chart: Pedro Silverio surrendered a pair of solo homers, one to the M’s first-round pick Kyle Lewis, over the first two innings and a balk led to the third run. The right-hander fanned five over four innings. Enrique De Los Rio allowed two runs in 1.2 innings of relief. Tommy Nance (2-0, 0.00 ERA) fanned five in 1.2 frames for the win and Jared Cheek recorded the final five outs for his third save. 

Emeralds Notes: Eugene has taken control of the South Division with a five-game lead over Hillsboro......Dylan Cease (0-0, 3.00 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night.

Arizona Rookie League—Indians 14, Cubs 2

Indians (6-5) scored seven runs in the first and whipped the Cubs (6-6)

Hitting Recap: DH Isaac Paredes (.214) went 2-for-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk. LF Ruben Reyes (.296) had a pair of doubles and scored a run while 1B Gustavo Polanco (.385) went 0-for-1 with a RBI and had his hit streak snapped at nine games. 

Pitching Chart: RH Jordan Brink (0-1, 13.50 ERA) only got one out in the first, giving up two homers and five runs on three hits and a walk. Junior Marte fanned seven over 3.1 innings but got tagged for five runs on three hits and three walks. Yapson Gomez went the final 5.1 innings, recording eight punchouts and giving up four runs, two earned. 

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1 (5), Pirates 4

Jonathan Sierra tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 8th to give the Cubs the win.

Hitting Recap: 1B Luis Hidalgo (.213) smacked his 6th homer, a two-run shot, and added another RBI (14) while SS Rafael Narea (.276) went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. LF Jonathan Sierra (.217) tripled and scored the winning run in the 8th and 2B Orian Nunez (.247) added a RBI (8)

Pitching Chart: Riger Fernandez (4.15 ERA) got the start and lasted three innings, yielding two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. Miguel Estevez (5.84 ERA) blanked the Pirates for two frames and Luis Silva (1.42 ERA) gave up two runs over 2.2 innings. Jose Mac Donna  (3-1, 2.16 ERA) recorded the final five outs and got credit for the win.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 2 (8), Giants (6)

Cubs (17-8) built an 8-1 lead and withstood a late charge from the Giants (14-11).

Hitting Recap: C Miguel Amaya (.292) went 2-for-4 with two RBI while SS Fidel Mejia (.352) had two hits, scored twice and knocked in a run. 1B Richard Nunez (.293) was 2-for-5 with a RBI while CF Yovanny Cuevas (.213), LF Abraham Rodriguez (.358), and 3B Henrry Pedra (.222) all knocked in a runs.

Pitching Chart: RH Carlos Ocampo made his fifth start and lasted three innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and three walks. The 17-year-old Columbian fanned five and had a game score of 48. Yan De La Cruz (2-0, 3.72 ERA) got the win, allowing three hits over three scoreless innings. Omar Ventura surrendered five runs on five hits and four walks in 2.2 frames. Luiz Escanio got the final out for his third save, stranding two inherited runners.


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