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8/20 MLB upholds Giants’ protest

Major League Baseball announce that Tuesday’s Cubs game against the giants will resume on Thursday at Wrigley Field, starting at 4:05 p.m. CT, with the Cubs batting in the bottom of the fifth. Following the conclusion of the game, the Cubs and Giants will play their regularly-scheduled game at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Ticket holders from Tuesday’s game may redeem their tickets for Thursday’s 4:05 p.m. game and remain for the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. contest against the Giants. Ticket holders for Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. game may also attend the 4:05 p.m. game from their ticketed seats.

To redeem tickets, fans must present the Tuesday game ticket at the Wrigley Field Ticket Office. Tickets may be redeemed for the best comparable seats and are subject to availability. Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged for cash value.

Tuesday ticket holders who cannot make Thursday’s game may opt for a complimentary weeknight game at Wrigley Field during the remainder of the 2014 season.

Major League Baseball announced that Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre has upheld a protest filed by the Giants regarding the calling of their rain-shortened game against the Cubs on Tuesday.

An examination of the circumstances of the game has led to the determination that there was sufficient cause to believe that there was a “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club” within the meaning of Official Baseball Rule 4.12(a)(3). Available video of the incident, and conversations with representatives of the Cubs, demonstrate that the Cubs’ inability to deploy the tarp appropriately was caused by the failure to properly wrap and spool the tarp after its last use. As a result, the grounds keeping crew was unable to properly deploy the tarp after the rain worsened. In accordance with Rule 4.12(a)(3), the game should be considered a suspended game that must be completed at a future date.

In addition, Major League Baseball has spoken with the crew chief, Hunter Wendelstedt, and has concluded that the grounds crew worked diligently in its attempt to comply with his direction and cover the field. Thus, there is no basis for the game to be forfeited by the Cubs pursuant to Rule 4.16.

8/20 Minor matters

Manny Ramirez hit a two-run homer but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 4-2, to Salt Lake. Dallas Beeler gave up three runs over seven innings. Junior Lake posted his first four-hit game and Kris Bryant returned to the lineup and hit a double and drew a walk. Iowa plays at Reno on Wednesday.

Addison Russeel hit a grand slam but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 7-6, to Montgomery. C.J. Edwards struck out seven over five scoreless innings. Russell hit his second home run in as many games.

Daytona beat Clearwater, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader. Kyle Schwarber tied the game with a two-out home run in the seventh and the Cubs won on a walk-off error in the eighth. It was Schwarber’s fourth home run, and he is batting .270. In the second game, Schwarber had two more hits, but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 10-8.

Trey Martin hit his third homer in his last five games in Kane County’s 4-3 win over Burlington. Jacob Rogers drove in two runs. Zak Hermans picked up the win in relief.

Kevin Brown had three hits but it wasn’t enough as Boise lost, 2-0, to Vancouver. Charcer Burks finished with two hits, including a double.

Justin Steele gave up one hit over three innings and struck out four in Mesa’s 7-0 win over the Giants. Varonex Cuevas had three hits, and Eloy Jimenez drove in his 22nd run, second most on the team to Gleyber Torres, who has 26 RBI. Carson Sands threw three scoreless innings for the win. He’s given up one earned run over 16 innings.

8/20 Cubs 2, Giants 0 – Tuesday

* Anthony Rizzo homered for the second-straight game, hitting a two-run shot in the first over the right field bleachers onto Sheffield Ave. It’s the seventh time this season in which he’s homered in consecutive games. Rizzo’s 239 total bases are second-best in the National League. He had 254 total bases in 160 games last season. Javier Baez drew a walk to set up Rizzo’s home run.

* Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his third straight win, throwing a rain-shortened five-inning complete game. Wada has a 2.08 ERA (7 ER/30 1/3 IP) while walking five and striking out 26 over his last five starts.

* Arismendy Alcantara has hit safely in four of his last five games (.250/4-for-16).

* The Cubs have won three-straight games for the first time since winning four in a row, June 30-July 4.

* Tuesday marked the Cubs’ first suspended game since May 1, 2007, at Pittsburgh, when the game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh with one out and the Cubs leading, 6-5. That game was completed the next day, and the Cubs won, 8-6.

* Tuesday’s game was delayed 4 hours 34 minutes before it was called.

8/20 Tennessee update

Addison Russell drove in five runs and C.J. Edwards threw five scoreless innings, but it wasn’t enough as Double-A Tennessee lost, 7-6, to Montgomery. Russell, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, hit an RBI double in the first inning and hit a grand slam in the seventh. He finished the game 2-for-5 and scored twice.

The grand slam was Russell’s second home run in as many days. Since he was acquired from the A’s in the Jeff Samardzija deal, Russell was hitting .301/.348/.556 with 10 home runs in 39 games.

Edwards, No. 56 on the Top 100, was making his fourth start since returning from a three-month stay on the disabled list. He struck out seven, walked two and held the Biscuits to two hits. He threw 80 pitches and extended his shutout streak to 14 innings. In eight starts for Tennessee this season, Edwards is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA. The 22-year old has struck out 37 batters and walked 15 in 39 innings.

8/19 Hit parade

Cubs pitching held the Mets to four hits in each of the four games in their just-completed series. It’s the second time since 1914 that the Cubs allowed four or fewer hits in four-straight games. The other time came in 1983 — April 28 vs. the Padres and April 29-May 1 vs. the Dodgers. According to Elias, the Cubs are the first big league team to hold their opponent to four or fewer hits in four-consecutive games since 2008 when the Mets had a five-game streak in July. The Cubs are the first to turn the trick in four-straight games in a single series since the Houston Colt 45’s did so in September 1963 against the Mets at the Polo Grounds. In at least the last 100 years, the Cubs have never allowed four or fewer hits in five-straight games.

8/19 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Chris Rusin gave up six runs over 6 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-5 loss to Salt Lake. Logan Watkins had two hits, both doubles, and Ryan Kalish had three hits.

Corey Black gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 7-1 win over Montgomery. Addison Russell hit his ninth home run, driving in two runs. Albert Almora had two hits, including a double.

Daytona’s game against Clearwater was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Shawon Dunston Jr. hit a walk off single in the 10th to lift Kane County to a 2-1 win over Burlington. Dunston finished with two outs. Jen-Ho Tseng started, and gave up one run over six innings, striking out five. He’s 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA.

Kevin Brown hit a two-run homer in Boise’s 7-3 loss to Salem-Keizer. Charcer Burks had three hits and one RBI.

Mesa totaled four hits in a 4-1 loss to the White Sox. Adonis Paula had two hits, and drove in the only run.

8/19 Rizzo and friends

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8/19 Good cause

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Anthony Rizzo visited patients and their families at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday. Rizzo stopped by the pediatric oncology floor playroom, and waiting room, and made individual room visits, as well saying hello in the Family Life Center. He distributed Cubs hats, bears, and other goodies, took photos, and signed autographs for the patients and their families.

Photo courtesy of Chicago Cubs

8/19 Cubs lineup

Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start Tuesday night as the Cubs open a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the Giants. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Sweeney RF
Wada P

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