The Cubs had a very good weekend at Wrigley Field. The Cubs took two of three from the Pirates with two dominating wins over the division rivals. Joe Maddon had to settle for meat loaf without any gravy after the ninth inning rally fell short Sunday. The Cubs lost 2-1 and were unable to complete the three-game sweep.
The Cubs wrapped up the 10-game homestand with a 7-3 record and are 5-1 in the first six games of the season against the Pirates.
The Cubs will spend Monday’s off-day in Chicago with the best record in baseball (27-9) after taking another series from the Pirates. The Cubs begin a three-city, nine-game road trip on Tuesday night in Milwaukee with the first of three against the Brewers.
While the big league team was busy at Wrigley, several of the prospects had a good weekend and extended streaks down on the farm.
Willson Contreras has become an on-base machine. Dan Vogelbach went yard again. Albert Almora Jr. extended his hitting streak. And Gleyber Torres has figured things out, for now, in the Carolina League.
Here are all the headlines from the last three-plus days filled with all of the news, notes, recaps and videos from the weekend of the Cubs beating up the Bucs …
Checking In on Shane Victorino
Shane Victorino is playing the Cubs system at the Triple-A level with Iowa. Victorino’s numbers looked good a week in to the process of him working his way back to the majors.
Victorino has played left and right field, is switch-hitting again. And has a decent slash line (.250/.280/.417) after six games in the Cubs’ system.
Jake Arrieta Addressed Questions about Contract, Extension Talks with Cubs
Jake Arrieta had to field more questions about his contract and extension talks with the Cubs in the wake of Stephen Strasburg signing an extension with the Nationals.
Arrieta does not shy away from questions when he’s asked … a refreshing change from the cliché and canned answers most athletes give to the media.
Click on the report for the latest on Arrieta and his thoughts about staying with the Cubs.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/13/16
Pitching dominated Tom’s end of the week Down on the Farm Report. Trevor Clifton and Justin Steele were very good in A-ball. For Triple-A Iowa, Dan Vogelbach kept hitting home runs.
If you missed any of the minor league action while suffering from a Cubs’ hangover, this report will get you back up to speed.
The Daily CCO: Patience with Jorge Soler and Other Cubs News and Notes
Jorge Soler found his way into the headlines for the wrong reasons Wednesday as he continued to struggle at the plate. Fingers pointed incorrectly at Soler for the loss in game two of the doubleheader with the Padres.
Soler has shown how good he can be. It’s up to him to make the necessary adjustments, physically and mentally, to have consistent success in the big leagues.
The Daily Report includes an update on Miguel Montero before he was activated from the DL.
Gerardo Concepcion (remember him?) was promoted to Triple-A Iowa.
All of the news, notes, links and This Day in Cubs History made the way into Friday’s report before the series started with the Pirates.
Dan Vogelbach Launches Sixth Homer of the Season for I-Cubs
Dan Vogelbach likes hitting in the Pacific Coast League and the numbers prove it. Vogelbach is hitting and hitting for the I-Cubs. Vogelbach smacked his sixth longball of the season Thursday.
Report includes video.
Cubs Hammel Three Longballs, Get Back in Win Column – Cubs 9, Pirates 4
Addison Russell, Kris Bryant and David Ross hit home runs. Jason Hammel completed his longest outing of the season in the victory.
Recap includes home run video … including No. 99 of David Ross’ career.
Cubs Prospect Willson Contreras Keeps Getting On Base
Willson Contreras has put together excellent numbers in the first month and a half in Triple-A. Contreras is improving defensively by all accounts. And a majority of the fanbase and media know he is considered one of the top, if not the best, catching prospect in all of baseball.
Many did not realize how many games he reached base safely with either a hit or a walk. The number is included in this report and is pretty, pretty good.
Report includes quotes from Theo Epstein about his catcher.
The Daily CCO: David Ross is Awesome, Jorge Soler, Rosscup and Acevedo Updates and Other Cubs News
David Ross had his first three-hit game of the season in Friday’s opener with the Pirates. Ross also cracked the 99th homer of his career, one short of reaching a personal goal. Ross talked to the beat writers after the game and answered one of the questions by simply stating ‘because I’m awesome.’
Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon addressed questions about Jorge Soler and backed their player.
Zac Rosscup had shoulder surgery and will not pick-up a baseball for three months. Andury Acevedo had season ending knee surgery. And the Cubs pitching depth continues to be tested.
Gerardo Concepcion was rather impressive in his Triple-A debut.
Daily Report includes all of the news, notes, links and This Day in Cubstory.
From the Wire: Cubs Activate Miguel Montero from DL, Designate Ryan Kalish for Assignment
Miguel Montero returned to the Cubs’ lineup, as expected, for Saturday’s game. Montero was activated from the DL. The Cubs decided to keep three catchers on the active roster and designated Ryan Kalish for assignment.
Rizzo, Russell and Arrieta Power Cubs Past the Pirates – Cubs 8, Pirates 2
The Cubs secured a series win against the Pirates with the second consecutive win over the Bucs at Wrigley.
Recap includes, as usual, video … including the inning ending double play that got Arrieta out of trouble in the fourth inning.
Jake Arrieta Strikes Out Season-High 11 Batters in Cubs Win
Jake Arrieta limited the damage in a shaky fourth inning and dominated the Pirates from the fifth inning through the eighth. Arrieta set a season-high in strikeouts and ended up two short of his career-high.
Arrieta re-wrote more history with his start at the old ballyard.
Report includes highlight video of Jake Being Jake.
Gleyber Torres is Clicking Offensively for High-A Myrtle Beach
Gleyber Torres is widely considered the top prospect in the Cubs’ system. After a slow start, Torres has adjusted extremely well to the Carolina League.
Report includes all of the impressive numbers and of course a video.
The Daily CCO: Ben Zobrist Has Been Better Than Advertised and Other Cubs News
Ben Zobrist is showing why the front office tried to acquire him for several years. Zobrist is a professional baseball player that has made a difference for the Cubs offensively and defensively this season.
Anthony Rizzo is quietly putting up loud numbers for the Cubs.
Saturday’s roster moves are recapped along with an update on Matt Szczur.
The Daily Report includes the Pirates accusations about Jake Arrieta … and all of the news, notes, links and This Day in Cubstory.
Albert Almora Jr. Extends Hitting Streak to 11 Games, Tied for Most Hits in PCL
The headline says it all and the report provides the details.
Albert Almora Jr. is the second best defensive outfielder in the organization. And now he’s hitting.
Report also includes video … one of Almora Jr.’s walk-off double and one of his triple on Saturday night in Reno.
Cubs on Wrong End of Pitcher’s Duel – Pirates 2, Cubs 1
Jon Lester took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The Pirates scored a run on a pair of hits in the seventh and added on in the ninth with a solo homer off Hector Rondon. Jung Ho Kang drove in both runs. Gerrit Cole outpitched Lester. The Cubs could not put anything together for eight innings against Cole.
The Cubs scored a run in the ninth and left the tying run in scoring position. Despite what the Pirates said, the Cubs won a series and came very close to completing the three-game sweep.
Ryan Kalish Clears Waivers, Reporting to Triple-A Iowa Cubs
A day after being designated for assignment to clear a spot on the roster for Miguel Montero, Ryan Kalish cleared waivers and will report to Triple-A Iowa.