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#Cubs roster moves

The Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton from Triple-A Iowa, placed outfielder Chris Coghlan on the 15-day disabled list with a right rib contusion. The Cubs also placed right-handed pitcher Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

 

 

Coghlan, 31, was batting .222 with four doubles and five RBI in 27 games since returning to the Cubs in June.

 

Smith, 32, was acquired from the Angels on Aug. 1 and has posted no record with a 7.36 ERA (3 ER/3.2 IP) in six appearances with the Cubs.

With Smith going on the DL, Trevor Cahill will stay on the Cubs’ 25-man roster.

#Cubs and Lester face Brewers

Jon Lester starts Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Cubs’ series against the Brewers at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have won Lester’s last five starts, in which he is 3-0, 2.64 ERA. In his last start, he gave up two runs over six innings against the Cardinals.

Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson is making his fourth start against the Cubs this season. He went 0-2, 1.53 ERA in his first three.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Soler LF

Heyward RF

Ross C

Lester P

The Cubs have won 16 of their last 19 games, and 22 of 30 since the All-Star break. The rotation has a 2.09 ERA since the break. The next-best starting rotation has been the Rays’, which has a 2.96 ERA since the break.

 

#Cubs Minor League report

Tuesday’s games

Jake Buchanan gave up one run over seven innings in Iowa’s 5-1 win over Sacramento. Stephen Bruno had two hits and a stole base. John Andreoli had two hits and one RBI, and Juan Perez had two hits and two RBI.

Tennessee had the day off and opens a series vs. Jacksonville on Wednesday.

Myrtle Beach beat Winston-Salem, 4-3, in 10 innings. Yasiel Balaguert had three hits, and a pair of RBI. David Bote had two hits. Trevor Clifton started and gave up three runs over six innings, striking out six.

Ryan Kellogg gave up one run over five innings in South Bend’s 3-2 win over Bowling Green. Roberto Caro had two hits, including a triple, and one RBI.

Eugene won its 12th straight with a 13-8 victory over Spokane. Chris Pieters had two hits and three RBI.

Mesa had the day off, and will play host to the White Sox on Wednesday.

#Cubs Smith to DL; Cahill stays

Cubs reliever Joe Smith was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a left hamstring strain. With the move, Trevor Cahill, who was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and was the 26th man for Chicago’s doubleheader, will stay with the big league team.

Smith, acquired from the Angels on Aug. 1 for a Minor League player, has given up three home runs over 3 2/3 innings in six games with the Cubs.

Cahill started the first game of the Cubs’ doubleheader on Tuesday, and went five innings to pick up the win in a 4-0 victory over the Brewers. He had been on the disabled list since July 9 with patellar tendinitis in his right knee.

#Cubs La Stella joins Smokies

Tommy La Stella has ended his hold out, and joined the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee team on Wednesday. La Stella, who refused to report to the Minor Leagues after he was optioned on July 28, was playing second base and batting second for the Smokies.

La Stella had gone home to New Jersey rather than report to the Minor Leagues. The infielder was batting .295 when he was optioned to make room for outfielder Chris Coghlan on the 25-man roster. The Cubs placed La Stella on the temporarily inactive list.

Let’s play 2: #Cubs Hammel to start

Jason Hammel will start the second game of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader against the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Szczur CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Zobrist 2B

Contreras LF

Baez SS

Ross C

Hammel P

The Cubs won the first game, 4-0, as Trevor Cahill, Mike Montgomery, Hector Rondon, Joe Smith and Aroldis Chapman combined on a three-hit shutout. Cubs starting pitchers are 9-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 13 games this month.

#Cubs and Cahill vs Brewers in Game 1

Trevor Cahill will start the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and the Brewers. Cahill is the eighth starting pitcher to be used by the Cubs this season. Three NL teams have used a fewer number of starting pitchers: the Cardinals (7), Giants (7) and Mets (6).

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Coghlan LF

Heyward RF

Montero C

Cahill P

Anthony Rizzo hit his 25th homer on Sunday, and is the third left-handed hitter in Cubs history to record three 25-homer seasons, joining Hall of Famer Billy Williams (done 10 times) and Bill Nicholson (five times).

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

Tue 1st game: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-3, 3.07) vs. RHP Matt Garza (4-4, 4.83)
Tue 2nd game: RHP Jason Hammel (12-5, 2.90) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (7-10, 4.93)
Wed: LHP Jon Lester (12-4, 2.93) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-12, 4.07)
Thu: RHP Jake Arrieta (14-5, 2.55) vs. RHP Zach Davies (9-5, 3.80)

#Cubs Minor League report

Monday’s games

Iowa won, 6-4, over Fresno. Jordan Pries gave up four runs over five innings, walking seven. Kristopher Negron and Tim Federowicz both homered. Spencer Patton picked up his 11th save.

Tennessee beat Pensacola, 9-4. Zach Hedges threw five scoreless innings. Lane Adams hit a two-run homer and finished with three hits and three RBI. Kelly Dugan also had a three-hit game.

Jake Stinnett gave up one run over seven innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-1 win over Winston-Salem. David Bote had two hits and two RBI.

Casey Bloomquist gave up one run over seven innings in South Bend’s 3-2 win over Bowling Green. Eddy Martinez hit a double, scored a run and drew a walk. Connor Myers had two RBI.

Erling Morena gave up two unearned runs over five innings in Eugene’s 6-3 win over Spokane. Stephen Bruno had four hits and three RBI. Moreno has not given up an earned run in three starts (15 innings).

Mesa lost a doubleheader to the Giants. Gustavo Polanco hit a solo homer in the second game. Javier Assad gave up three hits over five innings in the second game. Duane Underwood, on a Minor League rehab assignment, gave up one hit over one inning and struck out two.

#Cubs Minor League report

Sunday’s games

Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a triple, and four RBI in Iowa’s 9-5 win over Fresno. The I-Cubs pitchers combined to strike out 16. Drew Rucinski fanned seven over 4 2/3 innings. John Andreoli hit a double and drew three walks and Cael Brockmeyer had two hits, including a double and a triple.

Tennessee lost, 10-7, to Pensacola. Victor Caratini had three hits, including a double and a triple, and three RBI.

Myrtle Beach lost, 8-6, to Carolina. Tyler Pearson hit a solo home run and David Bote and Bryant Flete each had two hits.

South Bend lost, 6-5, in 10 innings to Dayton. Jose Paulino gave up two earned runs over six innings. Matt Rose and Connor Myers both homered. Rose hit a three-run blast, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Myers added a solo shot and finished with two RBI.

Bryan Hudson gave up two hits over five innings in Eugene’s 4-2 win over Spokane. Wladimir Galindo had two hits, including a solo homer. Kevonte Mitchell had three hits, including a double.

Michael Cruz hit a solo homer in Mesa’s 6-4 loss to the Reds. Ruben Reyes had two hits, including a double, and one RBI.

#Cubs and Lackey vs. Cards in finale

John Lackey will close the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals on Sunday night at Wrigley Field vs. Mike Leake. Lackey is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA (5 ER/21 innings) in his last three starts. He was 0-5 with a 6.12 ERA in seven prior to that. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Coghlan LF

Heyward RF

Contreras C

Lackey P

The Cubs have not lost back to back games since July 25-26 vs White Sox.

Addison Russell has 71 RBI, tied for sixth most by a Cubs player age 22 or younger with Howard Freigau (1925). Vic Saier leads that category with 92 RBI at age 22 in 1913.

*Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Brewers, here are the pitching matchups:

Tue: Game 1, TBD vs. RHP Matt Garza (4-4, 4.83)
Tue: Game 2, RHP Jason Hammel (12-5, 2.90) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (7-10, 4.93)
Wed: LHP Jon Lester (12-4, 2.93) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-12, 4.07)
Thu: RHP Jake Arrieta (14-5, 2.55) vs. RHP Zach Davies (9-5, 3.80)

*Just for fun: The Sun-Times’ Dan McGrath referenced the Cubs’ lineup from 2013. I wanted to see how many changes there have been since 2011 (before Rizzo). Here you go:

Aug. 14, 2015 at White Sox: Fowler CF, Schwarber DH, Coghlan LF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Montero C, Denorfia RF, Castro 2B, Russell SS

Aug. 14, 2014 vs Brewers: Coghlan LF, Baez 2B, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Valbuena 3B, Alcantara CF, Ruggiano RF, Castillo C, E. Jackson P

Aug. 14, 2013 vs Reds: DeJesus CF, McDonald LF, Rizzo 1B, Castillo C, Schierholtz RF, Murphy SS, Watkins 2B, Ransom 3B, Rusin P

Aug. 14, 2012 vs Astros: DeJesus RF, Vitters 3B, Rizzo 1B, Soriano LF, Castro SS, Castillo C, B. Jackson CF, Barney 2B, Volstad P

Aug. 14, 2011 at Atlanta: Castro SS, Barney 2B, Ramirez 3B, Pena 1B, Byrd CF, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Soto C, Garza P

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