8/22 Minor matters – Thursday’s games

Junior Lake hit his first home run in the big leagues and the Minors since June 17 but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 7-2, to Reno. Dan Straily started, and gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. Jonathan Mota had two hits.

Tennessee lost, 8-4, to Montgomery. Lars Anderson and Charles Cutler each had two hits. Ivan Pineyro gave up seven runs over 2 1/3 innings.

Bijan Rademacher, Jacob Hannemann and Kyle Schwarber each homered in Daytona’s 5-4 win over Clearwater. Schwarber extended his hitting streak to eight games with a solo blast. Rob Zastryzny picked up the win, giving up one earned run over seven innings.

Jonathan Martinez threw five shutout innings in Kane County’s 7-3 win over Clinton. He struck out seven. Jacob Rogers finished with four hits.

Boise beat Vancouver, 5-3, in 13 innings. David Bote delivered the game-winning two-run double in the 13th.

Alex Santana threw six shutout innings in Mesa’s 6-0 win over the D-Backs. Rubi Silva had two hits.

8/22 Cubs lineup

Logan Watkins, called up Thursday from Triple-A Iowa, gets the start on Friday in the Cubs Interleague opener against the Orioles. It’ll be a big start for Jake Arrieta, who will be facing his former team for the first time. Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Valbuena 3B
Coghlan LF
Sweeney RF
Watkins 2B
Baker C
Arrieta P

8/22 Arrieta vs. O’s

Jake Arrieta was drafted by the Orioles and came up through their system, and on Friday, he was scheduled to make his first start against them as the Cubs opened an Interleague series.

“It’ll be fun to face guys I played with for a long time,” Arrieta said. “I know they’re going to come out and compete as best as they possibly can and I’m sure they expect the same from me.”

Arrieta guessed that the last time he faced the Orioles hitters was in Spring Training scrimmages.

“I don’t know if there’s an edge or not,” he said. “I know if I execute pitches, I like my chances. If I make a lot of mistakes, their success will go up. I think it’s going to be a good one.”

This is the third series between the Cubs and Orioles, and second at Wrigley Field. Baltimore took two of three in Chicago June 24-26, 2008, after the Cubs went 2-1 at Camden Yards in June 2003.

– Carrie Muskat

8/22 Kane County sets mark

Class A Kane County set a single-season franchise record for home wins following Thursday’s 7-3 victory over Clinton, which was their 51st at home. The Cougars have surpassed the 2001 team which compiled a 50-20 home mark en route to winning the Midwest League championship. The Cougars have now won 84 games this season and are 51-15 at home, which leads both Major League and Minor League Baseball. With 11 regular season games remaining, the Cougars must win five more games to break the franchise record for most wins in a season, set by the ’01 Cougars which went 88-50 during the regular season. Kane County is riding a season-high 11-game win streak.

* PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Fans can purchase tickets for the Cougars’ first home playoff game, to be held at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. CT. That will be Game 2 of a best-of-three series in the Midwest League Playoff’s opening round. The Cougars will play the Western Division second half wild card winner, which will be determined later this season.

8/21 Vitters to DL

Infielder Josh Vitters, the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2007, was placed on Triple-A Iowa’s disabled list thursday. Vitters suffered a broken ring finger on his right hand while reaching for second base on an awkward slide on Wednesday. He was batting .213 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, and 38 RBIs in 112 games with Iowa.

8/21 Final: Cubs 2, Giants 1

Tuesday’s suspended game was completed on Thursday, although it took 6 hours 31 minutes of rain delays. There was a 4:34 delay on Tuesday, and a 1:57 delay on Thursday.

* Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer proved to be the difference. He connected in the first inning on Tuesday.

* Tsuyoshi Wada still got the win, his third straight. He threw five scoreless innings. It’s the first time in seven starts that he did not walk a batter. In his last five starts, Wada has a 2.08 ERA (7 ER/30 1/3 IP) while walking five and striking out 26.

* The Cubs totaled three hits, the fewest in a win since totaling three hits on April 4 of last year at Pittsburgh.

* Thursday marked the Cubs’ first suspended game since May 1, 2007, at Pittsburgh (game suspended in the bottom of the seventh with one out and the Cubs leading, 6-5 … game was finished the following day with the Cubs winning, 8-6).

* It’s the first suspended game at Wrigley Field since July 10, 1987, vs. the Dodgers (game suspended with two out in the bottom ninth due to darkness with the score tied at 4-4 … game was finished the following day with the Dodgers winning 5-4 in 10 innings).

8/21 One more roster move

The Cubs recalled Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa to be the 26th man for Thursday’s second game.

8/21 Game time – UPDATED

The start of the suspended game between the Cubs and Giants was to have been at 4:05 p.m. CT, but rain delayed that for 1 hour 57 minutes. Add that delay to the 4 hour 34 minute delay on Tuesday, and total delay time is 6 hours 31 minutes. The regularly scheduled game Thursday is expected to start 40 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game.

8/21 Jackson: “I still have a lot of upside”

Edwin Jackson says he could no longer pitch through the discomfort, and on Thursday, the Cubs pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain. It’s been a struggle this season for the right-hander, who lasted 2 2/3 innings on Wednesday against the Giants, giving up seven runs, to tall to 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA. He led the National League in losses last year, and was on pace to do so again.

“It’s been the last few starts and something I’ve tried to work through,” Jackson said Thursday. “I figured it was in the best interest of myself and the team as well to try not to fight through it any more before something major happens. It’s one of those things that you try to work through and it didn’t work out for me.”

Jackson ended the 2013 season with a similar injury, and was pulled from his final start against the Cardinals on Sept. 28 after 2 2/3 innings to end the year, 8-18 with a 4.98 ERA. Those aren’t exactly the type of numbers the Cubs envisioned when the signed him to a four-year, $52 million contract in December 2012. Jackson has two years remaining on that deal.

“I don’t think I’ve proven to the fans or the organization of Chicago what I can do, what I’m capable of doing,” Jackson said. “I still think I have a lot of upside and a lot to bring to the table. I just haven’t proved it.

“At the end of the day, you have to go out and do it on the field,” he said. “Regardless of what anyone says about confidence … I haven’t lost any confidence. When I take the field, I feel like I’m the best pitcher on the field and it just hasn’t shown. I feel I have a lot to prove to the organization and I still have a lot to prove to the fans of Chicago and I feel I owe them a lot being paid a lucrative contract. I still owe a lot to the team.”

Jackson said the injury will not force him to miss the rest of the season but there is no timetable for his return. He will simply take it day to day.

“He’s not a guy who complains,” manager Rick Renteria said. “I think he just tried to push his way through it. That’s him, that’s his makeup. Obviously, it’s just prudent for him not to keep pushing through it and we’ll make adjustments.”

Jackson’s next start was scheduled for Tuesday against the Reds, but who will start that game is still to be determined. Among the candidates are Jacob Turner or Dan Straily.

– Carrie Muskat

8/21 Roster moves

The Cubs placed shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list and recalled Logan Watkins from Triple-A iowa. They also placed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain. Zac Rosscup was called up from Iowa. No word on who will step into Jackson’s spot in the rotation.

– Carrie Muskat

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