#Cubs Lackey vs Phillies in finale

John Lackey closes the Cubs’ series against the Phillies on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Montero C

Russell SS

Szczur LF

Lackey P

Lackey is coming off a no decision vs. the Cardinals in which he gave up three runs over seven innings. He is 3-4 with a 3.13 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Phillies.

Ben Zobrist has reached safely in his last 33 starts, and is riding a 14-game hitting streak. He’s batting .444 during that streak.

Kris Bryant is tied with Yoenis Cespedes for second in the NL in RBI with 36.

Looking ahead, here are the pitching matchups vs. the Dodgers:

Monday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-1, 2.17) vs. LHP Alex Wood (1-3, 4.03)
Tuesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (9-0, 1.72) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (4-3, 4.84)
Wednesday: LHP Jon Lester (5-3, 2.48) vs. RHP Mike Bolsinger (1-1, 4.50)
Thursday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.93) vs. RHP Kenta Maeda (4-3, 3.00)


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Saturday’s games

Pinch-hitter Juan Perez hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to lift Iowa to a 4-3 win over Albuquerque. John Andreoli hit his sixth home run, a two-out solo shot, and Logan Watkins had three hits. Perez is 4-for-8 off the bench this season.

Tennessee lost, 3-2, to Chattanooga. Tyler Skulina gave up one run over six innings. Mark Zagunis hit a solo home run in the sixth.

Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Wilmington was postponed because of rain, and the Pelicans will try to play a doubleheader on Sunday.

Preston Morrison gave up three runs over five innings in South Bend’s 17-3 win over Lansing. Ian Rice drove in five runs, hitting two home runs. Daniel Springola had three hits and two RBI and Eloy Jimenez extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Donnie Dewees had two hits and one RBI.

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Friday’s games

Willson Contreras and David Bote each hit home runs to lead Iowa to a 6-1 win over Albuquerque. Contreras hit a two-run homer in the seventh, and is batting .316, while Bote’s solo blast and finished with two RBI. Drew Rucinski retired the first 20 batters he faced before giving up a hit in the seventh. He went eight innings, gave up one run on three hits and struck out four. Matt Murton had three hits, including a double.

Tennessee lost, 6-5, in 11 innings to Chattanooga. Paul Blackburn started and gave up five runs over five innings. Chesny Young had three hits and one RBI and Billy McKinney reached base four times with two hits and two walks.

Jake Stinnett gave up two earned runs over seven innings in Myrtle Beach’s 3-1 loss to Wilmington. Stinnett struck out four.

Matt Rose had three hits in South Bend’s 4-2 win over Lansing. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and one RBI, and has hit in 14 straight games. Ryan Kellogg started and gave up two runs over six innings. Ian Rice and Tyler Alamo each had two hits. Alamo finished with three RBI.

#Cubs Rizzo meets fans

On Friday, Anthony Rizzo met with Michael, a cancer patient, and his family, and treated them to tickets to the Cubs’ game against the Phillies.


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Thursday’s games

Dan Vogelbach had two hits and one RBI in Iowa’s 6-3, 12-inning loss to El Paso. Carl Edwards Jr. threw two scoreless innings in relief. Juan Perez had two hits and a stolen base.

Duane Underwood gave up three runs over four innings in Tennessee’s 7-6 win over Chattanooga. David Freitas finished a double shy of the cycle, collecting three hits and driving in four runs. Jacob Hannemann hit his fifth home run.

Jeremy Null gave up four earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in Myrtle Beach’s 10-2 loss to Carolina. Jason Vosler had two hits and two RBI.

South Bend lost, 9-4, to Great Lakes. Bryant Flete had two hits and one RBI. Starter Adbert Adzolay gave up four runs over five innings. P.J. Higgins hit a double, drew two walks and scored a run.

#Cubs lineup vs Phillies

Jon Lester gets the start Friday when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Phillies. Neither Anthony Rizzo nor Jason Heyward were in the starting lineup. This will be the first time Rizzo has not started at first all season. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Zobrist 2B

Bryant 1B

Soler LF

Szczur RF

Russell SS

Baez 3B

Ross C

Lester P

Rizzo went 3-for-35 on the Cubs’ nine-game road trip, and was 0-for-4 on Wednesday. He is still tied for second in the NL with 35 RBI and his 11 home runs are tied for seventh in the NL.

#Cubs open 10-game homestand Friday

The Cubs begin a 10-game homestand on Friday when they play host to the Phillies. That three-game series will be followed by the Dodgers May 30-June 2, and the D-Backs June 3-5.

On Memorial Day, the Cubs will join other Major League teams in honoring those who have fallen while protecting the country through military service. The Cubs will wear Memorial Day jerseys and caps, and the bases used on the field will feature specialty base jewels. These items will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at http://www.cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

On June 1, the Cubs will commemorate “Conquer Cancer Day,” as declared through an official proclamation by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while kicking off June as “Conquer Cancer Month,” as declared through an official proclamation by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans will receive a Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation. In the middle of the eighth inning that day, the fans will be asked to turn their caps inside out, showing the orange bill underneath, to rally to conquer cancer. After the game, the Cubs will fly a “W” flag signed by cancer survivors.

Here are more homestand highlights:

Friday vs Phillies: Actor Dave Franco and Chicago native WWE Superstar Summer Rae will throw out ceremonial first pitches.

Saturday vs Phillies: Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will throw out a first pitch and lead the crowd in the seventh inning stretch.

Sunday vs Phillies: The first 1,000 kids 13 and under can run the bases.

Monday vs Dodgers: Ryne Sandberg will take part in a ceremonial first pitch and lead the crowd in the seventh inning stretch. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Ryne Sandberg retired number flag. Also, Tristan Hotchkin, son of fallen Pfc. Gunnar Hotchkin, will throw out a first pitch in conjunction with “Helping Hands for Freedom.” And, Ben Zobrist’s wife, Julianna, will sing the national anthem.

Also note that on June 2, actor and Chicago native Joe Mantegna will throw out a first pitch and players will take part in the Majestic “Jersey off their back” exchange, which will include two hand-selected fans. That night also is the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation Cook-Off for Cancer.


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Wednesday’s games

Iowa lost, 9-1, to El Paso. Jake Buchanan gave up six runs — three earned — over five innings. Arismendy Alcantara hit a triple, and is 5-for-11 in his last three games.

Jeimer Candelario had two hits and scored a run in Tennessee’s 6-2 loss to Chattanooga. Stephen Perakslis gave up two earned runs over four innings.

Erick Leal gave up two runs over seven innings and Gleyber Torres and Charcer Burks each homered in Myrtle Beach’s 6-2 win over Carolina. Torres went 3-for-5 and hit a solo homer in the first. He also stole two bases. Burks had two hits, including his solo home run, and stole a base. Leal now has gone at least seven innings in each of his last three starts. He leads all Cubs Minor League pitchers with six wins.

Kyle Twomey gave up four runs over five innings in South Bend’s 10-5 win over Great Lakes. Ian Rice and Jesse Hodges each drove in three runs. Rice hit a two-run homer. Eddy Martinez and Donnie Dewees each had multi-hit games and Eloy Jimenez extended his hitting streak to 12 games, hitting a double.

#Cubs and Arrieta face Cards in series finale

Jake Arrieta gets the start Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Cardinals. First pitch will be 12:45 p.m. CT from Busch Stadium. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

La Stella 3B

Montero C

Russell SS

Arrieta P

At 8-0, Arrieta is the first Cubs starter to begin a season with wins in his first eight decisions since Carlos Silva did so in 2010. The last Cub to begin a season 9-0 is Kenny Holtzman in 1967. That was the best start to a season by a Cub since Jim McCormick won his first 16 decisions in 1886.

Ben Zobrist, who turns 35 on Thursday, has reached safely in his last 30 starts since April 18. He’s the first Cub to reach safely in 30-straight starts within a single season since Bryan LaHair did so to begin the 2012 campaign. The last Cub to reach in at least 31-straight starts in a single campaign was Starlin Castro, who did so in 40 starts in 2011.


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Tuesday’s games

Willson Contreras hit his fifth home run in Iowa’s 8-3 win over El Paso. In his first start for the Triple-A team, Rob Zastryzny gave up two runs over seven innings and hit a double. Albert Almora had two hits and three RBI.

Tennessee had Tuesday off and begins a five-game series at Chattanooga on Wednesday.

Myrtle Beach beat Carolina, 3-2, in 14 innings. Ian Happ had three hits, including a three-run homer, and Gleyber Torres added two hits. Trevor Clifton threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

Justin Steele gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings in South Bend’s 8-3 win over Great Lakes. Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run homer in the first, his seventh, and Tyler Alamo added a two-run homer in the third. Andrew Ely had two doubles and scored three runs. Eddy Martinez had two hits and two RBI.


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