The Daily CCO returns after an All-Star break and a huge night for the Cubs farm system. Not only did Javier Baez make his first start at second base, but six of the top prospects in the system went yard.
Dan Vogelbach hit the first homer of the night, a two-run homer in the third inning for the D-Cubs. Around the time Kris Bryant hit a monster shot over the wall in right center, Addison Russell cranked his first homer with the Cubs organization. Javier Baez launched a solo shot to center, about the same time Jorge Soler hit a homer in Huntsville for the Smokies. And lost in all of the earlier longballs, Christian Villanueva hit a solo home run in the ninth inning for the Smokies.
Kris Bryant (3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two runs scored) and Javier Baez (2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI) seemed to benefit from the breather the two received during the All-Star break. Bryant and Baez also doubled and Baez just missed his second longball of the game. Baez had to settle for a double after the ball hit off the top of the wall. Baez played a good game in the field and was in the middle of three double plays turned by the I-Cubs Thursday night.
And not to be outdone by Longball Thursday, several pitchers in the system had good games. Duane Underwood tossed six shutout innings for Kane County. Underwood walked a batter and struck out three. Corey Black recorded eight strikeouts in six innings for the Smokies. Black allowed one run on four hits with two walks. Dallas Beeler threw seven innings of three-hit shutout ball. Beeler struck out four batters and walked two. Marcus Hatley and Armando Rivero helped finish Iowa’s shutout over Round Rock … and Rivero was throwing heat in the ninth inning.
Kyuji Fujikawa could be getting close to returning to the Cubs bullpen. The Cubs transferred Fujikawa’s rehab assignment from the AZL Cubs to the Kane County Cougars Thursday. Fujikawa appeared in four games in Arizona and allowed one hit with a walk and five strikeouts in four innings. Fujikawa pitched an inning Thursday for the Cougars. Fujikawa did not allow a run or a hit but he walked a batter and struck out two.
Emilio Bonifacio played in his second rehab game for the Smokies Thursday night. Bonifacio went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. In two games, Bonifacio is 0-for-8 with two strikeouts.
Bonifacio is working his way back from the oblique strain that sidelined him last month. Bonifacio has played five total rehab games and is 3-for-18 with a walk and four strikeouts.
The Cubs have not given a timeframe on when Emilio Bonifacio will be activated from the DL.
The recently promoted Kyle Schwarber did not participate in homer night, but he collected his first two hits with the D-Cubs Thursday. Schwarber, playing in his second game since the promotion, both in left field, went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Schwarber is 2-for-6 with two walks and two strikeouts with Daytona.
Kyle Schwarber is hitting .404/.484/.725 in 30 games with nine doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 15 walks, 22 strikeouts, 13 multi-hit games and a 1.209 OPS.
Jorge Soler went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks Thursday night. The reigning Southern League Hitter of the Week has not slowed down at the plate. Soler is 14-for-29 in his last 10 games with two doubles, six home runs, five walks, nine strikeouts and 14 RBI. Soler has put together a .483/.543/1.172 line with a 1.715 OPS.
In 17 games with the Smokies this season, Jorge Soler is hitting .415/.484/.925 with nine doubles, six home runs, eight walks, 14 strikeouts and a 1.408 OPS.
Addison Russell went 2-for-4 Thursday with a home run and two runs scored. Russell has hit safely in three of his last four games and is batting .229/.250/.343 with a double and a home run since the trade.
News, Notes and Rumors
According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Mariners are talking to the Rays about David Price and Ben Zobrist. Seattle has revisited talks with the Rays for Price after the discussions with the Phillies for Marlon Byrd stalled. Morosi pointed out a deal was not imminent. Seattle is believed to be one of the teams interested in Justin Ruggiano.
This Day In Cubstory
2005 – Cubs traded Jason Dubois to the Indians for Jody Gerut
1979 – For the second straight year, Cubs fireman Bruce Sutter was the winning pitcher in the All-Star Game when the NL topped the AL 7-6 in Seattle. Sutter struck out three batters.
1957 – Ernie Banks and Chuck Tanner both hit inside-the-park home runs at Forbes Field as the Cubs beat the Pirates 6-5.
1916 – With the game tied 4-4 in the tenth, umpire Bill ‘Lord’ Byron forfeited a game to Brooklyn when Hippo Vaughn, as a protest to alleged sign stealing by baserunners, refused to pitch.
1912 – Gavvy Cravath stole home in the 11th inning as the Phillies beat the Cubs 9-8 in the first of two in Chicago. The Cubs won the second game 4-2 on back-to-back home runs by Johnny Evers and Vic Saier
1910 – Cubs purchased Vic Saier from Lansing for $1,500
This Day In Baseball History
1927 – Ty Cobb became the first player to collect 4,000 hits
1921 – Babe Ruth became the All-Time Home Run leader when he launched the 139th homer of his career. A monster shot that reportedly traveled over 500 feet. Ruth passed Roger Connor, the previous record holder with his 36th dinger of the season. Connor hit 138 longballs over his 18-year career in the National League