#Cubs Candelario, Jimenez to Futures Game

Iowa third baseman Jeimer Candelario and South Bend outfielder Eloy Jimenez will participate in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego, part of the All-Star festivities. South Bend pitching coach David Rosario will be on the World Team coaching staff. Moises Alou is the World Team manager. Candelario is ranked seventh on MLB.com’s list of top 30 Cubs prospects, while Jimenez is 10th.

Here’s a photo of Cubs prospects Gleyber Torres (left) and Jimenez (right)


#Cubs and Lester face Reds

What will Kris Bryant do for an encore? Bryant and the Cubs face the Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. On Monday, Bryant hit three home runs and two doubles, the first time that’s been done in Major League history. Bryant is batting third on Tuesday and playing third. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Baez SS

Szczur CF

Ross C

Lester P

Noteworthy: Bryant (21 homers) has surpassed 20 homers for the season at 24 years and five plus months old, becoming the youngest Cubs player to reach 20 home runs prior to the All-Star break since a nearly identically aged 24-year-old Ernie Banks did so in 1955. Anthony Rizzo was the last Cub to reach 20 homers before the break in 2014, doing so one month prior to his 25th birthday.

According to Elias, Bryant is only the fifth Cub in franchise history to record five multi-homer games before his 25th birthday.

Also on Monday, Jake Arrieta picked up the win. He’s the ninth pitcher in franchise history to reach 12 wins before the All-Star break, the first since Rick Sutcliffe in 1987.



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Monday’s games

Iowa split a doubleheader at Oklahoma City, dropping the first game, 10-9, in nine innings, and winning the second, 3-2, in eight innings. Jake Buchanan gave up two runs over seven innings in the nightcap for the win. In the first game, Tommy La Stella, Dan Vogelbach and Juan Perez each homered. La Stella also hit a single in his first game as part of a rehab assignment. Vogelbach was a combined 5-for-7 with two doubles, a two-run homer and four RBI.

Tennessee defeated Pensacola, 12-1, in a rain-shortened game. Brad Markey gave up one run over six innings for the win. Ian Happ had three hits, including a two-run homer, and finished with three RBI.

Myrtle Beach’s game at Salem was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Adbert Alzolay gave up four earned runs over five innings in South Bend’s 6-1 loss to Lake County. Carlos Sepulveda and Tyler Alamo each had two hits.

Jesus Castillo gave up one hit and struck out 11 over five scoreless innings in Eugene’s 8-2 win over Spokane. Matt Rose had two hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBI.

Erling Moreno struck out six and gave up three hits over six scoreless innings in Mesa’s 7-2 win over the Giants. Jose Gonzalez had three hits and two RBI.

About last night … #Cubs notes from the Bryant game

On Monday night, Kris Bryant became the first player in MLB baseball to ever hit two doubles and three homers in a game. The five hits were a career high for Bryant, who is the top vote getter among NL third basemen in the latest All-Star balloting.

With 16 total bases, Bryant set a new franchise record for the Cubs; the previous record was 14. Also, became the youngest player in Cubs history with three homers in a game (10 days younger than Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who hit three in 1955).

He is the third player in modern Major League history to slug an extra base hit in each at bat in a game, with at least five at-bats and three home runs in that game. The others were Josh Hamilton (May 8, 2012, 5-for-5, 2B, 4 HR) and Joe Adcock (July 31, 1954, 5-for-5, 2B, 4 HR)

Bryant has hit safely in all five games at Great American Ball Park this year, batting .542 (13-for-24) with four doubles, five homers and 14 RBI.


This was Bryant’s second multi-homer game of the season, fifth of his career. Both multi-homer games this year have come at Great American Ball Park.

Bryant’s home run stats for the night:

Third inning: Solo homer off Dan Straily, 1-0 count. Distance: 410 feet to center field
Fourth inning: Three-run homer off Straily, 1-0 count. Distance 444 feet to left field
Eighth inning: Solo homer off Ohlendorf, 1-2 count. Distance 403 feet to left field

*With 21 home runs and 57 RBIs, Bryant is tied with the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado for most home runs in the NL and is third in RBIs behind Arenado (65) and the Reds’ Jay Bruce (59). Bryant does lead the league in runs scored (59). His slash line now is .278/.367/.567

And, Bryant did all this while playing three different positions in the game, playing third base, left field and right field.



#Cubs and Arrieta face Reds

Jake Arrieta opens the Cubs series against the Reds in the ballpark where he threw his second career no-hitter back on April 21. He is the first Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter in consecutive seasons. The Cubs won 16-0 that day, and it was the second-most lopsided no-hitter in Major League history.

Here’s Monday’s lineup vs. the Reds:

Zobrist 2B

Heyward CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras LF

Montero C

Russell SS

Coghlan RF

Arrieta P

Arrieta has a 1.74 ERA, the lowest mark in all of baseball. He will try to become the first 12-game winner in the National League and the second to reach the mark in the Majors (the White Sox’s Chris Sale is 13-2).

The Cubs are 21-9 vs. NL Central teams this year, including a 6-1 record vs. the Reds.

In case you missed it, here are the pitching matchups for this series in Cincy:

Monday: RHP Jake Arrieta (11-2, 1.74) vs. RHP Dan Straily (4-4, 3.83)
Tuesday: LHP Jon Lester (9-3, 2.10) vs. LHP John Lamb (1-4, 4.78)
Wednesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-6, 2.76) vs. LHP Cody Reed (0-1, 6.75)


#Cubs Minor League report

Sunday’s games

Rob Zastryzny gave up three earned runs over seven innings and Dan Vogelbach hit a solo home run in Iowa’s 6-5 win over Oklahoma City. Mark Zagunis had two hits. Iowa’s second game was postponed because of the weather.

Paul Blackburn gave up two hits over six scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over Pensacola. Ian Happ had three hits and one RBI.

Charcer Burks and Ian Rice each hit home runs to back Jake Stinnett in Myrtle Beach’s 2-1 win over Carolina. Stinnett struck out five and gave up four hits over eight innings. Rice hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth.

Kyle Miller gave up one run over five innings in South Bend’s 11-1 win over Dayton. Tyler Alamo hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI. P.J. Higgins had three hits and three RBI and Eloy Jimenez had two hits and two RBI.

Eugene won its third straight, beating Spokane, 4-1. Manuel Rondon gave up one run over five innings and Kevonte Mitchell hit a two-run homer.

Mesa had the day off and resumes play vs. the Giants on Monday.

#Cubs Warren makes 1st start for Iowa

Adam Warren gave up two runs on three hits and four walks and struck out three over 3 2/3 innings for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday in a 6-5 loss to Oklahoma City. The right-hander threw 59 pitches, 31 strikes, as he continues to tune up for one start with the Cubs prior to the All-Star break. He was expected to make one more Minor League start. Mark Zagunis, Jeimer Candelario and Dan Vogelbach each hit solo home runs for Iowa.

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Friday’s games

Logan Watkins was 4-for-4 and scored two runs and Drew Rucinski gave up three earned runs over five innings in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Nashville. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and one RBI. Munenori Kawasaki had two RBI. Matt Murton had three hits.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one run over six innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 win over Pensacola. Jacob Hannemann had two hits and Kelly Dugan hit a home run. Tseng has given up one or fewer runs in each of his last five starts.

Charcer Burks hit a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth to help Myrtle Beach beat Carolina, 4-3. Erick Leal gave up three runs over six innings. Jason Vosler and Yasiel Balaguert each had two hits.

Preston Morrison gave up three hits over seven scoreless innings in South Bend’s 4-0 win over Dayton. He struck out six. P.J. Higgins had two hits and Bryant Flete hit a triple and drove in a run. Eloy Jimenez’s hitting streak ended, but he did drive in a run.

Bryan Hudson threw five scoreless innings in Eugene’s 6-0 win. Andruw Monasterio had two RBI and two hits.

Javier Assad gave up three hits over five scoreless innings in Mesa’s 4-3 win over the Angels. Rafael Mejia had two hits.

#Cubs and Lackey vs. Marlins

John Lackey gets the start on Saturday against the Marlins. In his last 10 starts, Lackey has gone 4-2 with a 1.97 ERA (15 ER/68 2/3 IP), the sixth-lowest ERA in the NL in that span and lowest among the Cubs starters.

The Cubs enter Saturday’s game with a 48-24 record, the best 72-game record since a 50-22 start in 1918. The Cubs have won at least 48 of their first 72 games two other times: the 1906 Cubs were also 50-22 while the 1907 squad started off 55-17

Joe Maddon enters Saturday’s game having managed 1,744 Major League games. That’s the exact same number of games managed as his friend and former Cubs manager Don Zimmer. Saturday will be game No. 1,745, and Maddon will move into sole possession of 70th place on the all time list for games managed.

Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer and RBI single on Friday. He now has a six-game hitting streak to begin his Major League career, going 7-for-17 (.412) with three home runs, eight RBI and a .941 slugging percentage. Between the Majors and Triple-A, he’s hit safely in his last 26 games.

Please note: I’ve been unable to access the blog at Marlins Park for the last two days, which is why I have not posted the lineups. Please go to Cubs.com or check my Twitter feed for the lineup.

#Cubs snap skid with win over Marlins

Willson Contreras smacked a two-run homer in the first and a tie-breaking RBI single in the seventh to lift the Cubs to a 5-4 victory Friday night over the Marlins in Miami and snap a four-game losing streak. The three RBIs were a career high for Contreras, whose young career is just seven games old. Kris Bryant also homered in a four-run first. He now has 50 RBIs.

Kyle Hendricks gave up one hit over five innings — a grand slam — and walked four. He did not get a decision.

Ben Zobrist had to leave the game with a bruised left ankle after he was hit by a pitch in the seventh. He was not expected to play Saturday.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Miguel Montero will start Saturday. He’s been bothered by a sore right knee. Anthony Rizzo also  could return to the lineup. He’s been sidelined for two straight games because of a tightness in his lower back.



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