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#Cubs Hammel, Heyward face Cards

Jason Heyward is back  in the Cubs lineup, and will play for the first time since he crashed into the wall last Friday at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Heyward will back Jason Hammel, who gets the start Tuesday night in the second game of this three-game  set vs. the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. It’s a 6 p.m. CT start and the game will be broadcast on ESPN and Comcast SportsNet. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Ross C

Hammel P

The Cubs have lost six of their last eight games, scoring 22 runs in that span. On Tuesday,  they will try to avoid losing four straight games for the first time since the Mets eliminated them in the NLCS.

Anthony Rizzo was hitting .067 (2-for-30) with no extra-base hits in the last eight games.

If the Cubs win on Tuesday, it would be the quickest they’ve reached 30 wins (44 games) since 1918, when they notched their 30th win in their 42nd game of the season.

 

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Monday’s games

Willson Contreras hit a solo home run, his fourth, in Iowa’s 6-1 loss to El Paso. Stephen Fife struck out five over four scoreless innings. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits.

Billy McKinney hit a walk-off single in the 12th to lift Tennessee to a 3-2 victory over Biloxi. Chesny Young had three hits and scored two runs and Jeimer Candelario had three hits and one RBI. Brad Markey started and gave up two runs over six innings.

Zach Hedges gave up one run over seven innings in Myrtle Beach’s 3-1 win over Lynchburg. Rashad Crawford had two hits, including a solo home run and a triple. Tommy Thorpe picked up the save, picking two innings.

Carson Sands gave up three runs over seven innings in South bend’s 6-3 win over Lake County. Tyler Alamo hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Eloy Jimenez had three hits, including a double, and one RBI. He was named Midwest League Player of the Week for May 16-22. Sands has won his last four starts, going 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA.

#Cubs Lackey opens series vs Cards

John Lackey will open the Cubs’ three-game series at Busch Stadium Monday night against the Cardinals. Lackey is 14-4 with a 1.82 ERA in 25 career starts at Busch, including the postseason. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant RF

Zobrist 2B

Rizzo 1B

Soler LF

Montero C

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Lackey P

The Cubs look to avoid losing three in a row for the first time all season. They’ve dropped seven of the last 11 games, and scored 13 runs in the seven losses. They’re batting .190 in the last 11 games.

 

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Sunday’s games

Albert Almora notched his seventh three-hit game of the season in Iowa’s 8-1 loss to Tacoma. Dan Vogelbach had two hits. Drew Rucinski took the loss, giving up five runs over three innings.

Tennessee was swept in a doubleheader by Biloxi, losing 5-0 in the first game and then 6-5 in the night cap. Paul Blackburn did not give up a run over six innings in the first game. Corey Black struck out five in two innings of relief. Jeimer Candelario had two hits in the second game and Bijan Rademacher drove in two runs.

Jeffrey Baez had two hits including a solo home run and finished with two RBI in Myrtle Beach’s7-4 loss to Lynchburg. Jonathan Martinez gave up one run over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six.

Preston Morrison gave up one run over five innings in South Bend’s 6-4 win over Lake County. Eloy Jimenez, Eddy Martinez and Donnie Dewees each homered. Jimenez has hit safely in nine straight games.

#Cubs Hendricks starts vs Giants

Kyle Hendricks will close the Cubs’ series in San Francisco against the Giants on Sunday night. The Giants will start Madison Bumgarner, who is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last four starts vs. the Cubs. For his career, Bumgarner is 6-2, 2.44 ERA in 10 starts vs. the Cubs. The Giants have won seven of those 10 games.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Szczur RF

Ross C

Hendricks P

*The Cubs and Giants have split this series so far. The Cubs have lost two series the entire season.

The Cubs have lost four of their last six games. They’ve scored 19 runs in the six games but eight of them came Friday night. Cubs’ hitters are 6-for-44 (.136) with runners in scoring position over the last six games.

*Kris Bryant homered on Saturday for the second-straight game, and has three homers in his last five games and four in his last eight since May 13. Five of his nine homers this season have come on the road. Last season, he hit five of his 26 home runs away from Wrigley Field.

Anthony Rizzo is 1-for-22 (.045) with one RBI in his last six games. Addison Russell isn’t faring much better; he has one hit in his last 18 at-bats.

Ben Zobrist has reached base safely in six of seven career plate appearances vs. Bumgarner, going 5-for-6 with a double and a triple. Zobrist is batting .400 during an eight-game hit streak.

*After Sunday’s game, the Cubs head to St. Louis where they’ll open a three-game series against the Cardinals. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP John Lackey (4-2, 3.31) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (4-3, 5.92)
Tuesday: RHP Jason Hammel (5-1, 2.31) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (2-4, 4.03)
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (8-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.56)

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Saturday’s games

Juan Perez had two hits, including a home run, and Dan Vogelbach hit a two-out, two-run homer in the sixth in Iowa’s 7-6 loss to Tacoma. Alex Sanabia gave up six runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Jeimer Candelario had four hits, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs in Tennessee’s 10-9 win over Biloxi. Duane Underwood Jr. gave up three runs over five innings. Ben Carhart had two hits and one RBI.

Jake Stinnett gave up three runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-3 loss to Lynchburg. Jeffrey Baez had two hits, including a home run, and Gleyber Torres hit a triple.

South Bend topped Lake County, 10-6. Matt Rose had three hits, including a solo home run, and three RBI and Andrew Ely had four hits, including a three-run homer, and four RBI. Ryan Kellogg gave up four earned runs over five innings.

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Friday’s games

John Andreoli had two hits, including his fifth home run, in Iowa’s 9-4 loss to Tacoma. Jake Buchanan took the loss, giving up nine runs over five innings. Kristopher Negron had three hits and Willson Contreras had two hits and one RBI. Taylor Davis went 3-for-4.

Tennessee’s game vs. Biloxi was postponed because of rain, and the two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday.

Gioskar Amaya had two hits and two RBI in Myrtle Beach’s 5-3 loss to Lynchburg. Amaya has a hit in six of his last seven games. Jeremy Null gave up one run over 5 1/3 innings. Ian Happ had two hits, including a triple.

Eloy Jimenez hit his third home run in his last two games in South Bend’s 7-5 win in 10 innings over Lake County. Matt Rose hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBI, and Andrew Ely added a two-run homer. Jimenez is batting .329 overall, and .484 in his last seven games. Adbert Alzolay gave up two runs over six innings.

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Thursday’s games

John Andreoli had two hits, including a solo home run, in Iowa’s 2-1 loss to Tacoma. Ryan Williams gave up one run over five innings. He now has a 1.80 ERA in his last four starts. Spencer Patton has not given up a run in 14 innings in relief.

Rob Zastryzny gave up two runs over 7 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 7-2 win over Biloxi. Chesny Young had two hits and scored two runs, Jeimer Candelario had two hits and two RBI. Billy McKinney and Mark Zagunis also each drove in two runs.

Erick Leal gave up three runs over seven innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-3 win over Winston-Salem. Yasiel Balaguert hit a two-run homer, his fourth in the last seven games, and Gleyber Torres had three hits, including two doubles.

Eloy Jimenez hit two home runs, driving in three, in South Bend’s 5-3 loss to Great Lakes. Jimenez now is batting .326. Kyle Twomey gave up one run over five innings.

#Cubs and Arrieta face Giants

Jake Arrieta gets the start Friday night at AT&T Park in San Francisco against the Giants. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Montero C

Baez SS

Arrieta P

*The Cubs are batting .169 in their last four games, scoring eight runs.

*The Cubs also have won each of Arrieta’s last 21 regular season starts. He’s 18-0 in that stretch with a 0.84 ERA. His last regular season defeat was July 25 when Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter at Wrigley Field.

*Arrieta’s run of 18 consecutive regular season winning decisions ranks as the fifth-longest such streak in the Modern Era (since 1900). The right-hander enters Friday’s game with a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.

*The Giants have given up 14 runs in their last eight games (all wins). That’s 8-0 with a 1.66 ERA for the staff. The starters are 5-0, 1.34 ERA in the last eight games

*Chicago’s Ben Zobrist is batting .488 with a .600 OBP in his last 13 games.

 

#Cubs Hammel vs Brewers in finale

Jason Hammel will close the Cubs’ series in Milwaukee on Thursday. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF
Heyward RF
Bryant 3B
Rizzo 1B
Zobrist 2B
Soler LF
Russell SS
Montero C
Hammel P

*If you’re looking ahead to the Cubs series in San Francisco vs. the Giants, here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (7-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (1-4, 7.43)

Saturday: LHP Jon Lester (4-2, 1.88) vs. RHP Matt Cain (0-5, 5.87)

Sunday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-3, 3.51) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-2, 2.45)

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