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Down on the farm: Cubs, White Sox weekly minor league report

Down on the farm: Cubs, White Sox weekly minor league report

Each week, CSNChicago.com goes down on the farm for a minor-league report from both the Cubs and White Sox system, presented by Service King.

CUBS

The Cubs signed Joe Nathan to a major-league deal earlier this week, but if they're looking for some bullpen help, they don't need to look any further than Triple-A Iowa.

Spencer Patton was called up to the big leagues when Neil Ramirez went on the bereavement list and surrendered a hit to the only batter he faced. But in the minors, Patton hasn't allowed a run in 13 innings, picking up five saves.

Patton and Carl Edwards, Jr. have combined to strike out 42 batters in 27.1 innings.

Edwards (2.51 ERA, 1.256 WHIP in 14.1 innings for Triple-A Iowa) was also promoted to the big leagues for the Cubs' doubleheader last week, but did not appear in either game. 

He had a 3.86 ERA and 1.286 WHIP in five games with the big club last season and figures to be one of the first names called up to Chicago if the Cubs need bullpen help down the line.

To boot, the Iowa Cubs also have a trio of other relievers turning heads with Felix Pena (1.86 ERA, 0.724 WHIP, 11.6 K/9 in 19.1 innings), Brandon Gomes (2.76 ERA in 16.1 IP) and Jean Machi (3.10 ERA in 20.1 IP).

WHITE SOX

Tim Anderson's hot streak continued over the past week.

The White Sox shortstop was named the International batter of the week on Monday.

In the last 10 games, Anderson is batting .426 with three homers, six RBIs, a triple and four stolen bases. His season average has also jumped from .231 to .300 during that span.

If he continues at this pace, he could reach the majors this season.

The White Sox acquired 26-year-old pitcher Anthony Ranaudo last week in exchange for reliever Matt Ball.

In Ranaudo's first start for the Charlotte Knights, he pitched four innings, allowing three hits, one run and striking out four. He earned a no decision.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: