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#Cubs host kids in PLAY event

Pitcher Jason Motte helped the Cubs athletic trainers teach kids from Chicago Boys and Girls Clubs about the importance of exercise, nutrition and the dangers of performance enhancing drugs during a seminar at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. The Cubs athletic trainers hosted the event in conjunction with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the Taylor Hooton Foundation and Major League Baseball charities. It’s all part of the PLAY campaign — Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth.

The 80 plus kids took part in exercises on the field, then got to ask Motte questions. One kid, who is part of an RBI team, asked Motte how hard he could throw.

“Ninety six,” Motte said.

“Is that good?” the kid asked.

“It’s not bad,” Motte said.


#Cubs Minor League report: 3 HRs back Wada at Iowa

Monday’s games

Tsuyoshi Wada gave up two runs, none earned, over six innings in Iowa’s 8-3 win over Memphis. Mike Olt, Chris Valaika and Christian Villanueva each homered. Olt was 3-for-5, Valaika drove in three, and Villanueva had two RBI. Wada struck out six and walked one, giving up four hits. It was his fourth quality start with Iowa.

Tennessee had Monday off and resumes action Tuesday against Montgomery.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up three runs over seven innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-3 win over Carolina. Jason Vosler hit a three-run homer in the sixth. Trey Martin’s sacrifice fly in the seventh was the game-winner.

South Bend had Monday off, and resumes action Tuesday against Great Lakes.

Donnie Dewees had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs in Eugene’s 9-5 win over Boise. OScar De La Cruz gave up five runs over five innings and got the win.

Mesa had Monday off and resumes action Tuesday, finishing a July 5 game against the D-Backs that was postponed, and then playing the originally scheduled game as well.

#Cubs Bryant hits 1st career walk-off HR


#Cubs Coghlan takes time for patients

Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan and his wife Corrie visited Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., on Monday and spent time with patients and their families. Coghlan brought Cubs hats, teddy bears, replica batting helmets, and
photos to those that he met with, and signed autographs and posed for photos as well.


#Cubs Hendricks faces Rockies at Wrigley

Kyle Hendricks will start Monday night when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Rockies at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber C

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Denorfia LF

Castro SS

Hendricks P

Russell 2B

* The Cubs will face lefty Jorge De La Rosa MOnday. He’s the ninth southpaw starter the Cubs have faced in a 17-game stretch since July 7.

* Dexter Fowler is batting .333 with 11 walks and five Ks in his last 10 games.

* After batting .267 in 18 games from June 7-26, the Cubs are batting .210 and averaging three runs per game since June 27.

#Cubs Minor League report: Olt homers

Sunday games

Mike Olt had two hits, including a solo home run, in Iowa’s 2-1 loss to Memphis. Jeffry Antigua gave up one hit over six scoreless innings. Matt Szczur had two hits.

Tennessee lost, 8-0, to Chattanooga. Felix Pena gave up three earned runs over five innings. Jacob Rogers and Jeimer Candelario each had two hits.

Myrtle Beach beat Carolina, 3-1. Brad Markey picked up the win, giving up three hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out 10. Jason Vosler had two hits and one RBI, and Daniel Lockhart and Trey Martin each had a hit and RBI.

Zach Hedges gave up five runs over five innings in South Bend’s 5-1 loss to West Michigan. Gioskar Amaya drove in the only run. Ian Happ had two hits, including a double.

Eugene gave up four runs in the ninth to los, 6-4, to Boise. Matt Rose had four hits and two RBI. Eloy Jimenez had two hits, both doubles.

Mesa lost, 4-0, to the Brewers. Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. He has a hit in four straight games in his rehab. Jose Paniagua was 2-for-2.

#Cubs Maddon and no-no’s

With Cole Hamels’ no-hitter on Saturday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon now has been part of seven no-no’s in the Major Leagues. He’s only been on the winning side of one, and that was in 2010 when Matt Garza shut down the Tigers. Here’s the list::

July 25, 2015: Phillies’ Cole Hamels vs Cubs

Aug. 15, 2012: Mariners’ Felix Hernandez vs Rays

July 26, 2010: Rays’ Matt Garza vs Tigers

June 25, 2010: D-Backs’ Edwin Jackson vs Rays

May 9, 2010: Athletics’ Dallas Braden vs Rays

July 23, 2009: White Sox’s Mark Buehrle vs Rays

Sept. 11, 1999: Twins’ Eric Milton vs Angels

#Cubs lineup vs Phillies

The Cubs will try to avoid being swept Sunday at Wrigley Field when Jason Hammel takes the mound in the series finale against the Phillies. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber C

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Coghlan LF

Castro SS

Hammel P

Russell 2B

* Hammel is 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA (24 ER/91 1/31 IP) in his last 15 starts after posting a 5.19 ERA (10 ER/17 1/3 IP) in his first three outings of the season. Since this stretch began on April 27, Hammel’s 2.36 ERA is sixth-lowest in the National League, behind only Zack Greinke (1.29), Jacob deGrom (1.98), Clayton Kershaw (2.18), Shelby Miller (2.31) and Gerrit Cole (2.34).

* Looking ahead to the Cubs’ three-game series vs. the Rockies, here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 3.66) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 4.62)
Tuesday: TBD vs. TBD
Wednesday: LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 3.32) vs. RHP Eddie Butler (3-6, 4.77)

Right-hander Dallas Beeler was expected to start Tuesday night for the Cubs.

#Cubs Minor League report: Olt HRs

Saturday’s games

Mike Olt hit a home run and drove in three runs in Iowa’s 7-5 loss to Memphis. Drake Britton took the loss, giving up seven runs over six innings. Junior Lake had three hits. Matt Szczur had two hits and two RBI.

Tennessee lost, 4-3, to Chattanooga. Billy McKinney, Jeimer Candelario and Stephen Bruno each had two hits.

Paul Blackburn gave up one run over 5 1/3 innings in Myrtle Beach’s 1-0 loss to Carolina. Chesny Young singled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

South Bend beat West Michigan, 3-1. Gleyber Torres had three hits and one RBI, and Ian Happ singled and drew two walks in his first game with the Class A team.

Carson Sands gave up three runs, none earned, over five innings in Eugene’s 5-4 loss to Salem-Keizer. Alberto Mineo had three hits. Donnie Dewees had a hit and one RBI, and now has driven in a run in three straight games.

Austyn Willis gave up two hits over five innings in Mesa’s 11-0 win over the Brewers. Carlos Sepulveda had two hits and four RBI. Javier Baez had two hits, including a double, drew a walk, and scored twice. He has a hit in three straight games.

#Phillies Hamels throws no-no vs #Cubs

Cole Hamels threw his first career no-hitter Saturday in the Phillies’ 5-0 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were no-hit for the first time since Sept. 9, 1965, when Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game at Dodger Stadium.

It’s the first time the Cubs have been no-hit at Wrigley Field since Aug. 19, 1965, vs. the Reds Jim Maloney.

Saturday’s game snapped a Major League record 7,920 consecutive games (of at least nine innings) with at least one hit. The Cubs had gone 49 full seasons without being no-hit, the longest span in Major League history.

This was the first no-hitter overall at Wrigley Field since Sept. 2, 1972, when Milt Pappas no-hit the Padres in a 8-0 Cubs win.

Jake Arrieta took the loss, although he did notch his seventh consecutive quality start, and has a 1.37 ERA in that span. He gave up a three-run homer with two outs in the third inning, snapping a streak of 10-consecutive home games in which the Cubs starting pitcher had not surrendered a home run.

For Hamels, it was the 13th no-hitter in Phillies history and his first career complete game no-hitter. He also was involved in the Phillies’ previous no-hit effort, a combined no-no, Sept.1, 2014, in Atlanta.


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