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Wednesday’s games

Willson Contreras extended his hitting streak to 20 games in Iowa’s 6-5 win over Colorado Springs. He was batting .383 (31-for-81) during the streak, and his next game will be with the Cubs. Contreras, ranked No. 2 among MLB.com’s top 30 Cubs prospects, was to join the big league team for the series against the Pirates.

In Iowa’s game, Rob Zastryzny gave up three runs over five innings for the win. Jeimer Candelario went 3-for-3 with a triple and one RBI. John Andreoli, Mark Zagunis and Logan Watkins each had three hits.

Tennessee’s game at Jackson was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader on Friday.

Jake Stinnett threw seven shutout innings in Myrtle Beach’s 1-0 win over Frederick. Stinnett struck out seven and scattered eight hits. Rashad Crawford had two hits and a stolen base. Yasiel Balaguert scored the only run on a wild pitch.

South Bend lost, 3-2, to Dayton, going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Ian Rice had two hits, including a solo home run. Ryan Kellogg took the loss, giving up three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Eddy Martinez and Eloy Jimenez each had two hits.

Short-season Eugene beings its season Friday against Boise.

All-Star update: Myrtle Beach second baseman Ian Happ will participate in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on June 21. Happ will join his teammates Trevor Clifton, Zach Hedges and Jake Stinnett, as well as pitching coach Anderson Tavarez and athletic trainer Toby Williams for the game.

 

#Cubs and Hammel face Nats in finale

Jason Hammel will close the Cubs’ series against the Nationals on Wednesday. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Montero C

Almora Jr. CF

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Hammel P

Hammel is 9-0 with a 3.16 ERA (28 ER/78 2/3 IP) in 12 career starts against the Nationals. He’s the only active pitcher in baseball with at least nine wins against a team without a loss.

Since 1913, only 12 pitchers can boast a 9-0 or better record against a single opponent. In recent years, the list includes Randy Johnson (13-0 in 15 G/14 GS vs. the Cubs), Kevin Tapani (9-0 in 14 starts vs. the Twins), Bill Gullickson (10-0 in 12 starts vs. the Mariners) and Randy Tomlin (9-0 in 14 G/13 GS vs. the Mets).

The Nationals will counter with Stephen Strasburg, who is 0-1 with a 2.18 ERA (5 ER/20 2/3 IP) in three career starts vs. the Cubs.

The Cubs rotation currently features three of the top four Major League leaders in WHIP: John Lackey (second at 0.93), Jon Lester (third at 0.95) and Jake Arrieta (fourth at 0.95).

*Looking ahead to the Cubs’ series vs. the Pirates at Wrigley Field, here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (10-1, 1.86) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (4-6, 4.92)
Saturday: LHP Jon Lester (8-3, 1.89) vs. LHP Jonathan Niese (6-3, 4.60)
Sunday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-6, 3.05) vs. RHP Jameson Taillon (1-0, 1.93)

 

Liz Phair to headline FTBNL concert. #Cubs

The Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) will kick off its fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago, presented by the Chicago Trading Company and sponsored by CBRE, on Friday. The concert will feature a performance from Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Liz Phair, who will join Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper as part of the All-Star music lineup at the annual benefit concert celebrating music, baseball and giving back.

Limited tickets are still available at http://www.FTBNL.org. Proceeds benefit Cubs Charities and FTBNL, with the mission to help underserved youth in Chicago.

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Tuesday’s games

Iowa split a doubleheader against Colorado Springs. In the second game, Pierce Johnson picked up the win, giving up three runs over five innings. Willson Contreras extended his hitting streak to 19 games, going 2-for-4 in the first game. Logan Watkins was a home run shy of the cycle in the second game, finishing 4-for-5 with one RBI. Mark Zagunis had six hits in the two games. John Andreoli hit two home runs in the second game, and was 3-for-4 with four RBI.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one run over six innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 win over Chattanooga. Jacob Hannemann hit a solo home run for the second straight game. Chesny Young had three hits and two RBI.

Myrtle Beach lost to Frederick, 5-4. Ian Happ had three hits, including a double, and one RBI. Rashad Crawford had two hits and one RBI.

South Bend scored seven runs in the sixth inning to beat Dayton, 7-2. Adbert Alzolay gave up two runs over seven innings for the win. Carlos Sepulveda had two hits and two RBI. Eloy Jimenez had three hits and one RBI.

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The Cubs’ Class A Eugene team will begin the Northwest League season with 11 players back from last year. The Emeralds also will add players who were drafted last week by the Cubs. The first game is Friday vs. Boise.

The returning position players include third baseman Matt Rose, who batted .254 last season. He began this year at Class A South Bend, but was sent back to Eugene after hitting .178 with five homers. Three outfielders return, including Alex Bautista, Ricardo Marcano and Kevonte Mitchell. Catcher Alberto Mineo is the other returning position player. He batted .202 last season.

The pitching staff returns starter Jose Paulino, who went 4-6 with a 4.42 ERA last season. Alexander Santana was 2-1 with a 6.52 ERA and Tyler Peitzmeier was 2-3 with a 5.94 ERA. Jared Cheek had a 7.84 ERA for the Ems while Mark Malave was 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA.

Scott Frazier will begin his third season in the NWL after going 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA last season with the Ems. A sixth-round pick by the Cubs in 2013, Frazier began his pro career with Boise that summer.

#Cubs and Lackey face Nats

John Lackey starts Tuesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Nationals in Washington D.C. Since the calendar turned to May, Lackey has gone 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA (10 earned runs over 56 2/3 innings pitched) in eight starts. That’s the third-lowest ERA in all of baseball behind only Madison Bumgarner (0.96 ERA) and Clayton Kershaw (0.99 ERA). Tuesday will be Lackey’s 400th career start.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Ross C

Lackey P

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Monday’s games

Iowa’s game vs. Colorado Springs was postponed because of rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday and Pierce Johnson was slated to start the first game.

Jacob Hannemann had two hits, including a two-run homer, in Tennessee’s 4-2 loss to Chattanooga. Tyler Skulina gave up three runs over six innings, striking out six.

Gioskar Amaya and Charcer Burks each homered in Myrtle Beach’s 7-3 loss to Frederick. Erick Leal took the loss, giving up three earned runs over 3 2/3 innings.

Kyle Miller gave up one unearned run over six innings in South Bend’s 6-1 win over Dayton. Ian Rice had three hits, including a solo home run, and Eddy Martinez was 4-for-4 with one RBI.

#Cubs Minor moves: Peralta, Johnson

Triple-A Iowa added right-hander Joel Peralta to the roster and activated right-hander Pierce Johnson from the disabled list on Monday. Pitcher Alex Sanabia was released.

A 12-year Major League veteran, Peralta began the season with the Mariners and compiled a 1-0 record and 5.40 ERA in 26 games before he was released on June 4. He signed with the Cubs on June 9.

Johnson, 25, returns from his second stint on the DL. In his first start of the season on April 11, he was hit in the right arm by a line drive. He missed his next start and spent nine days on the disabled list with a right arm contusion. Upon activation, Johnson made three more starts, but then was placed back on the DL with a lat strain on May 5.

#Cubs and Hendricks face Nats

Kyle Hendricks will open the Cubs’ three-game series against the Nationals on Monday night from Washington D.C. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Coghlan LF

Montero C

Russell SS

Hendricks P

Hendricks is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three career starts against the Nationals. He threw six scoreless innings on May 5 at Wrigley Field and got the win. However, Hendricks is 1-4 with a 4.23 ERA on the road compared to 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA at Wrigley Field.

 

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Sunday’s games

Dan Vogelbach had three hits, including a home run, and two RBI and John Andreoli had two hits, including a lead-off home run in Iowa’s 10-7 loss to Round Rock. Drew Rucinski gave up four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings. Willson Contreras had a hit to extend his hitting streak to 18 games.

Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 5-4. Paul Blackburn gave up three runs over seven innings for the win. Victor Caratini had three hits, including a triple, and one RBI. In his first game with the Smokies, David Bote had two hits and one RBI.

Gioskar Amaya hit two home runs and Trevor Clifton gave up two runs over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 3-2 loss to Lynchburg. Clifton struck out six.

Carson Sands gave up three runs over two innings in South Bend’s 6-0 loss to Bowling Green. P.J. Higgins ended pitcher Michael Velasquez’ perfect game with a single in the seventh, and finished 2-for-4.

#Cubs and Lester vs. Braves in finale

Jon Lester will close the Cubs’ series against the Braves on Sunday in what will be the Cubs’ last game at Turner Field. Lester has a 2.06 ERA, the fifth-lowest mark in all of baseball and third-lowest mark among left-handers, trailing only Clayton Kershaw (1.52) and Madison Bumgarner (1.88). Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Coghlan LF

Baez SS

Ross C

Lester P

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