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#Cubs Minor League roundup: Britton shines

Monday’s games

Drake Britton gave up one run over seven innings and Rubi Silva homered for the third straight game in Iowa’s 7-1 win over Round Rock. Britton struck out six. Silva finished with three RBI. Junior Lake extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 2-for-4.

Tennessee’s game vs. Birmingham was postponed because of rain and the two teams were to play a doubleheader Tuesday.

Brad Markey gave up one run over three innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-1 win over Salem. Victor Caratini had two hits.

South Bend lost, 4-0, to West Michigan. Gleyber Torres had two hits, including a double,.

Justin Steele gave up five earned runs over five innings in Eugene’s 8-0 loss to Vancouver.

Mesa lost, 5-4, to the Angels. Jose Paniagua had two hits, including a double.

* Third basebman Jeimer Candelario, first baseman Jacob Rogers and right-handed pitcher Juan Paniagua were promoted from Class A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Tennessee.

* Also, lefty Jeffry Antigua has been promoted from Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa. He has a 3.55 ERA in 12 games, including eight starts.

#Cubs lineup: Schwarber to catch

Lefty Clayton Richard will be on the mound and rookie Kyle Schwarber behind the plate as the Cubs open a three-day series in Cincinnati against the Reds. Manager Joe Maddon said expect to see Schwarber behind the plate for three of the  four games the Cubs will play in the next three days. They have a day/night doubleheader on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.

Here’s Monday’s lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber C

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Coghlan LF

Castro SS

Richard P

Russell 2B

#Cubs Minor League report: Villanueva HRs again

Sunday’s games

Rubi Silva and Christian Villanueva each homered to back Carlos Pimentel and lead Iowa to a 4-2 win over Memphis.
Villanueva hit a three-run homer, and was named PCL Player of the Week. He’s batting .273. Pimentel gave up two runs over six innings.

Tennessee lost, 12-3, to Montgomery. Ryan Williams took the loss, giving up four earned runs over five innings. Wes Darvill
had two hits, his second straight multi-hit game.

Paul Blackburn threw 4 2/3 shutout innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-0 win over Salem. Chesney Young had two hits and one RBI, and has an eight-game hitting streak. Jacob Rogers drove in two runs, and leads the team with 61 RBI.

South Bend lost, 10-5, to West Michigan. Rashad Crawford hit his second homer and a triple, driving in four runs. Erick
Castillo had three hits, including two doubles.

Eugene gave up 16 runs — 10 in the first inning — in a 16-5 loss to Vancouver. Carson Sands had a rough outing, giving up
nine runs on eight hits. Ian Happ and Eloy Jimenez each had two hits, both hitting a double.

Carlos Sepulveda had two hits in Mesa’s 3-0 loss to the Dodgers. James Norwood threw four scoreless innings, striking out

#Cubs add Soriano, say goodbye to EJax

The Cubs made it official Monday, announcing they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano from Triple-A Iowa. To make room on the roster, right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson was designated for assignment.

Soriano, who will wear No. 29, will be available Monday night in Cincinnati.

Soriano, 35, signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs on June 9, and threw seven scoreless appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa. He struck out seven over seven innings, and held opponents to a .174 batting average.

Jackson, 31, went 16-34 with a 5.37 ERA in 82 appearances (58 starts) for the Cubs. This year, he was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 23 relief appearances. Jackson will be missed by the players. Anthony Rizzo, Jason Motte and Jason Hammel posted goodbyes on Twitter:

@ARizzo44 “This one is tough. Ejax is one of the best teammates I’ve had. Taught me so much over the years. The ultimate professional! Best of luck”

@JMotte30 “This was second time I got to play with @EJ36 & I enjoyed every second. Gonna be missed in the pen & clubhouse. Best of luck down the road!”

@HammelTime39 “Rough day 4 me personally. @EJ36 is 1 of the best teammates u could ask 4. Grinded w/him for years. Best of luck EJax! C u down the road.”

#Cubs DFA Edwin Jackson

The Cubs made a switch in the bullpen Sunday and decided to add veteran Rafael Soriano, while Edwin Jackson was designated for assignment. Soriano will join the team in Cincinnati. This was the third year of a four-year deal Jackson had signed with the Cubs, and his first in the bullpen with the team. He had a 3.19 ERA in 23 games.

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#Cubs lineup vs Braves: Arrieta starts

Jake Arrieta starts Sunday night for the Cubs as they wrap up their series in Atlanta against the Braves. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Coghlan LF

Castro SS

Ross C

Arrieta P

Herrera 2B

* The Cubs have won nine of their last 15 games. In that span, Cubs’ starting pitchers are 7-3, 1.39 ERA.

* Arrieta has 14 quality starts, tied for fifth most in the NL. The Cubs are 36-10 when starters post quality starts, 12-31 when they do not. Cubs starters are 27-5 with a 1.51 ERA (54 ER/322 IP) in those 46 quality efforts. Arrieta has won each of his last three starts. He tossed a complete game, two-hitter in his last outing vs. the White Sox, giving up one run in a 3-1 Cubs win.

* Addison Russell got Sunday off. The rookie is 6-for-47 (.128) with 15 strikeouts in his last 16 games. His batting average on the year has dropped from .251 down to .228 in that span.

* Manager Joe Maddon said he was toying with the idea of having rookie Kyle Schwarber start at catcher, but opted instead for veteran David Ross behind the plate.

#Cubs Minor League report: Szczur hits 2 HRs

Saturday’s games

Matt Szczur hit two home runs and Junior Lake smacked his sixth to lead Iowa to a 10-4 win over Memphis. Szczur finished with three RBI. Felipe Paulino gave up one run over five innings for the win.

Tennessee lost, 2-1, in 10 innings to Montgomery. Bijan Rademacher and Wes Darvill each had two hits. Rob Zastryzny gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings.

Jeremy Null gave up three runs over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 7-4 win over Potomac. Jordan Hankins had two hits,
including a three-run homer, and Jacob Rogers drove in four RBI.

Jeffry Baez homered for the second straight game as South Bend beat West Michigan, 5-3. Gleyber Torres had two hits,
including a RBI triple. Gioskar Amaya had two hits and drove in two.

Eugene beat Vancouver, 4-3, in 11 innings. Adonis Paula had two hits, including a double and a triple, and one RBI. Eloy
Jimenez had two hits and one RBI. Ian Happ hit a double.

Mesa lost, 10-2, to the Athletics. Yohan Matos drove in two runs.

#Cubs lineup: Lester starts vs Braves

Jon Lester takes the mound Saturday night for the Cubs as they try to split the series vs. the Braves. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF
Bryant 3B
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Denorfia LF
Castro SS
Ross C
Lester P
Russell 2B

* The Cubs have lost eight straight games in Atlanta dating to July 5, 2012, the club’s longest losing streak since the
Braves moved to the city, and the club’s longest winless streak on the road vs. the Braves franchise since going 0-7-1 in an
eight-game stretch in Boston from June 26, 1946-June 10, 1947.

* Lester is 0-3 despite a 2.35 ERA (10 ER/38 1/3 IP) in his last six starts. The Cubs have scored a total of nine runs in
his last six starts, including three runs during his 38 1/3 innings while in the game during those six starts. Lester has pitched at least seven innings in four of his last six starts and allowed one or zero earned runs in four of his last six outings.

* The Cubs will face the Braves’ Manny Banuelos, the sixth left-handed starting pitcher they’ve dealt with in their last eight games. In a 46-game stretch from May 16-July 6, the Cubs faced a total of four lefty starting pitchers.

* Over their last 14 games dating back to June 30, Cubs starters have combined for an MLB-best 1.50 ERA.

#Cubs Minor League report: Villanueva 2 HRs

Friday’s games

Christian Villanueva hit two home runs and drove in three runs while Rubi Silva added a homer and drove in three in Iowa’s 9-7 win over Memphis. Dallas Beeler got the win, giving up two earned runs over six innings. He struck out five. It was Beeler’s third straight quality start.

Tennessee lost, 4-3, to Montgomery. Pierce Johnson gave up one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings, and did not get a decision. He’s now 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA. Bijan Rademacher had two hits and two RBI. Wilson Contreras had two hits, including a RBI double.

Daury Torrez gave up one run over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 7-2 win over Potomac. Chesny Young was 5-for-5 with a triple and scored three runs. Jeimer Candelario had three hits, including a double, and drove in two.

Jeffry Baez homered to help South Bend beat Lansing, 10-3. Michael Wagner got the win, giving up one run over six innings. Gleyber Torres had three hits and two RBI. Rashad Crawford had three hits and three RBi.

Preston Morrison gave up one run on four hits over two innings in Eugene’s 2-0 loss to Hillsboro. Ian Happ had two of the team’s three hits, including a double.

#Cubs Hendricks’ streak ends

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks’ scoreless innings streak ended quickly Friday night. The right-hander entered with a 22 1/3-inning scoreless streak dating to the fourth inning, June 24, against the Dodgers, and it was over in the Braves’ first when Kelly Johnson hit a RBI single. It was the longest scoreless streak by a Cubs pitcher since Ryan Dempster’s 33-inning run in June-July 2012, and was the second-longest active streak behind the Dodgers Zack Greinke’s 35 2/3 stretch.

— Carrie Muskat


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