* Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his first Major League win Monday, giving up one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six. The lefty has increased his strikeout totals in each of his first three big league starts.
* Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs, and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, going 16-for-49 (.327). He is batting .315 at home this season, 63 points higher than his home batting average from last year (.252).
* Arismendy Alcantara has a .324 batting average with four doubles and six RBIs in nine games at second.
* Justin Ruggiano is batting .390 with 10 runs, eight doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI in his last 24 games since June 25.
* Emilio Bonifacio has hit safely in eight of his last nine games at Wrigley Field, going 14-for-36 (.389) with four multi-hit efforts during the stretch.
The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley will travel to Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School in Chicago on Tuesday with infielder Arismendy Alcantara tentatively scheduled to join Cubs mascot Clark on board. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley, sponsored by Sports Authority and Athletico, has been visiting communities across Chicago to encourage youth to “Play Every Day.” Students will participate in a group warm-up, followed by baseball and sports stations directed by Urban Initiatives (a Cubs Charities-sponsored nonprofit) and Cubs front office associates. At the end of each visit, kids board the trolley for a discussion and receive healthy snacks provided by Aquafina and Testa Produce, a fitness log and their prize for being active throughout the week. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley will make two more final stops later in the week at Jacob Beidler Elementary Wednesday, July 30, and Charles Kozminski Elementary Community Academy Thursday, July 31.
Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley visits are part of Cubs Charities’ 100 Gifts of Service, which represents a yearlong program featuring Cubs players and associates engaging in community service in celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday season.
Jorge Soler hit his first home run since joining Triple-A Iowa but it wasn’t enough as Memphis won, 4-2, in the first game of a doubleheader. Dallas Beeler took the loss, giving up four runs over six innings. Soler connected on a two-run shot in the sixth. Memphis completed a sweep and handed Iowa its fifth straight loss with a 2-0 win in the nightcap. Mike Olt had two hits, including a double, in the second game. Carlos Pimentel took the loss, giving up one earned run over four innings.
Jae-Hoon Ha hit his third home run in Tennessee’s 6-5 loss to Birmingham. An error by Jonathan Mota led to Birmingham’s winning run. Corey Black started and did not get a decision, giving up one run over six innings.
Daytona beat St. Lucie, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader. Dan Vogelbach hit a RBI single in the first, Wes Darvill added a two-run single. In the second game, Vogelbach hit his 12th home run in a 6-5 win. He now has hit in eight straight games.
Tyler Skulina gave up one run over seven innings but took the loss in Kane County’s 2-1 loss to West Michigan. Shawon Dunston had two hits. It was Skulina’s sixth quality start.
Boise lost, 4-3, to Hillsboro on a walkoff homer by Pedro Ruiz in the 10th. Charcer Burks had three hits and Mark Zagunis had two hits.
Mesa beat the Diamondbacks, 12-2. Andrew Ely had three hits, including a home run. Gleyber Torres had four hits and two RBIs.
The Cubs open a four-game series against the Rockies on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start. This is also the first of four straight games against left-handed starters. Justin Ruggiano is back after missing some time because of a sore groin. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs traded Darwin Barney and cash consideration to the Dodgers for a player to be named later. The Cubs had designated Barney for assignment on July 22 when Emilio Bonifacio was activated from the disabled list. They’ve decided to go with Arismendy Alcantara and Bonifacio at second for now. The Cubs players will get to see Barney this weekend when they travel to Los Angeles for a three-game series.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs will face four left-handed starters when the Rockies come to town, starting Monday night. So far, the Cubs have faced 18 southpaw starters all season. Expect to see some different lineups as manager Rick Renteria does some mixing and matching. Switch-hitting Emilio Bonifacio could start at third instead of left-handed hitting Luis Valbuena.
– Carrie Muskat
Javier Baez hit a three-run homer in the first but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 5-4, to Memphis in the first game of a doubleheader. Dan Straily took the loss, giving up five runs over five innings. Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 in his third game, hitting a double. Kyuji Fujkikawa threw one inning in relief, giving up two hits and walking one. In the second game, Baez connected again, hitting a three-run homer in the first but again it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 6-4. Josh Vitters also homered. Baez leads Iowa with 19 home runs and 73 RBIs.
Addison Russell hit his sixth home run and third in the last two games in Tennessee’s 7-4 win over Birmingham in 10 innings. Russell led off the fourth with his blast. Taylor Davis drove in five runs, hitting his second home run. He also hit two doubles.
Daytona won the first game of a doubleheader against St. Lucie, 6-3. Felix Pena got the win. Jacob Hannemann had three hits in his first game with the team. In the second game, Hannemann had three hits again, and stole his second base of the day. Tayler Scott picked up the win in the 9-1 victory, throwing five shutout innings.
Shawon Dunston had two hits but it wasn’t enough as Kane County lost, 7-5, to West Michigan.
Dillon Maples gave up four runs, one earned, on three hits over three innings in Boise’s 7-6 win over Everett.
Mesa had the day off.
Kyle Hendricks has had two days to watch the Cardinals prior to his start Sunday for the Cubs. That should help the right-hander, who will be making his third big league start.
“This is a very bright young man who has shown us that he can pitch,” manager Rick Renteria said of the right-hander. “He knows how to use the skills he has, he knows how to apply a game plan, I think he knows how to read what hitters are trying to do with him. I think he makes adjustments. This is a great challenge. I’m sure he’s not thinking of anything other than him going out there and doing what he’s supposed to do. It’ll be a fun match up.”
Hendricks has to face the Cardinals’ ace, Adam Wainwright.
“I think he’s been able to slow things down,” Renteria said of the rookie. “That is something you worry about with young players. He goes into it with a pretty calm demeanor and has a real good idea of how he wants to go about his business. I think that’s preparation.”
– Carrie Muskat
After the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals, they will play host to the Rockies for four games at Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 5.00) vs. LHP Yohan Flande (0-2, 7.20)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-11, 5.68) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (11-6, 4.19)
Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (7-9, 5.06) vs. LHP Brett Anderson (1-3, 3.24)
Thursday: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-2, 2.18) vs. LHP Tyler Matzek (2-4, 4.28)
Kyle Hendricks gets the start Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup: