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#Cubs and Hendricks face Phillies

Kyle Hendricks gets the start Tuesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series vs. the Phillies. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

La Stella 3B

Montero C

Russell SS

Hendricks P

Cubs starting pitchers have given up three or fewer runs in 11-straight games, posting a 1.32 ERA (11 ER/75 IP) in this stretch while going 8-1.

Cubs starters have a 2.33 ERA (93 ER/360 IP), by far the lowest mark in the Majors. The Mets starting rotation is second with a 3.17 ERA.

The Cubs join the Cardinals and Nationals as the only Major League clubs to utilize five starting pitchers this season.

The Cubs are the first team to reach 40 wins this season. The 40-16 record is the franchise’s second-best start to a season since 1900. This is bested only by the 1907 Cubs who won 44 of their first 56 contests (44-12). This is the best start by a Major League team since the Mariners were 44-12 to begin 2001.

 

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Sunday’s games

Matt Murton had two hits, including a solo home run, and David Frietas hit a two-run homer in Iowa’s 6-1 win over Memphis. Alex Sanabia gave up one run over five innings for the win. Juan Perez had two hits and finished with two RBI, and Murton finished with two RBI. Iowa now has won nine in a row, its longest streak since 1991.

Jacob Hannemann hit a two-run homer and finished with four RBI and Jeimer Candelario added a solo blast in Tennessee’s 11-6 win over Mississippi. Miguel Mejia earned the win in relief.

Trevor Clifton struck out six and gave up four hits over six scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 15-0 win over Potomac. Yasiel Balaguert, Gioskar Amaya and Ian Happ each homered. Happ’s blast was a three-run shot. Daniel Lockhart finished with three hits and one RBI.

Kyle Twomey gave up one run over five innings in South Bend’s 2-1 win over West Michigan. P.J. Higgins and Jesse Hodges each hit a double and each scored a run.

#Cubs and Arrieta face D-Backs in finale

Jake Arrieta will close the Cubs series and homestand on Sunday when he faces the D-Backs at Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward both get the day off. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Zobrist 2B

Bryant 1B

Soler LF

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Szczur RF

Montero C

Arrieta P

The Cubs are 8-1 so far on the 10-game homestand, and a win on Sunday would give them a homestand of at least 10 games with one or fewer losses for the first time since April 14-26, 1970, when the team was unbeaten in a 10-game homestand. (Thanks to STATS Inc.)

The Cubs are off to the best start by a Major League team since the Mariners were 42-12 to begin 2001.

Arrieta is 9-0 in 11 starts this season, and will try to become the fifth pitcher in the last 75 years to total 10 wins within his first 12 starts of a campaign. Others who have accomplished the feat include Roger Clemens in both 1986 and 1997; Andy Hawkins in 1985; Juan Marichal in 1966; and Don Newcombe in 1955.

A win on Sunday would make Arrieta the quickest Cub to 10 wins by calendar date since Grover Alexander recorded his 10th victory of the 1920 campaign on May 28.

Looking ahead, the Cubs open a three-game series in Philadelphia on Monday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: LHP Jon Lester (6-3, 2.29) vs. LHP Adam Morgan (1-4, 7.07)

Tuesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 2.84) vs. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (2-8, 3.93)

Wednesday: RHP John Lackey (6-2, 2.88) vs. RHP Vince Velasquez (5-2, 3.67)

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Saturday’s games

Jake Buchanan gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings in Iowa’s 4-0 win over Memphis. Willson Contreras hit a double and drove in a run. Arismendy Alcantara stole four bases and had two hits. Matt Murton had two RBI.

Cael Brockmeyer hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh to help Tennessee beat Jackson, 2-1. Victor Caratini had two hits. Brad Markey started and gave up one run over six innings.

Zach Hedges gave up 10 hits but only two runs over 6 2/3 innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-2 win over Potomac. Jason Vosler and Yasiel Balaguert each homered. Vosler hit a solo homer in the second and Balaguert hit a two-run homer in the third. Rashad Crawford had three hits and one RBI.

South Bend swept its doubleheader against West Michigan. Ian Rice hit a two-run homer in the first inning of both games. He now has 13 RBI in his last nine games. Carlos Sepulveda had three hits and one RBI in the first game. Donnie Dewees had three hits and three RBI in the first game. Casey Bloomquist made his first start of the season in the second game and gave up one run over five innings.

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Friday’s games

Willson Contreras hit a three-run homer in the sixth to lead Iowa to a 7-5 victory over Oklahoma City. Contreras is batting .335 and has hit in 12 straight games. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, including a double, and Dallas Beeler earned the win in his first rehab appearance. He pitched two innings in relief.

Tennessee lost, 2-1, to Jackson. Tyler Skulina gave up two runs over four innings adn walked six. Cael Brockmeyer had two hits.

Jonathan Martinez gave up seven runs over 4 2/3 innings in Myrtle Beach’s 11-10 loss to Salem. Gleyber Torres had three hits, all doubles, one RBI and scored three runs. Jason Vosler had three hits and three RBI and Gioskar Amaya had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in three runs.

Preston Morrison gave up one unearned run over six innings in South Bend’s 2-1 loss to West Michigan. Ian Rice drove in the only run. Donnie Dewees hit a double.

Jimenez, Clifton earn #Cubs Minor League honors

The Cubs named Class A South Bend outfielder Eloy Jimenez and Class A Myrtle Beach right-handed pitcher Trevor Clifton the Minor League player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively.

Jimenez, 19, batted .364 (40-for-110) with eight doubles, seven homers, 17 runs scored and 23 RBI in 28 games in May. He drew seven walks, contributing to a .407 OBP, and posted a 1.034 OPS. His .364 average and 23 RBI ranked second in the Midwest League, while his seven homers tied for second.

Clifton, 21, went 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA (4 ER over 28 IP) in five May starts, striking out 35 batters while walking seven. He tossed three consecutive scoreless outings, May 12-24, giving up 11 hits over 17 innings. His 1.29 ERA and 35 strikeouts both ranked second-best in the Carolina League, while his three wins were tied for third most.

 

#Cubs and Lackey face D-Backs

John Lackey will open the Cubs’ weekend series against the D-Backs on Friday at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

La Stella 3B

Montero C

Baez SS

Lackey P

*Javier Baez is back in the lineup after a stellar day at second base on Thursday. Baez hit his third home run  of the season, and made two nice defensive plays.

*Cubs starting pitchers have a 1.17 ERA in the last seven games, giving up six earned runs over 48 1/3 innings. The Cubs also are 20-7 at Wrigley Field, and the only Major League team with 20 home wins.

*In case you missed it, here are the pitching matchups for the three-game series:

Friday: RHP John Lackey (5-2, 3.16) vs. RHP Archie Bradley (2-0, 6.11)
Saturday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-1, 2.09) vs. LHP Edwin Escobar (0-1, 18.90)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (9-0, 1.56) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (2-5, 4.96)

 

#Cubs Szczur meets fans

Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur and his wife Natalie visited patients at Advocate Children’s Hospital at Lutheran General in Park Ridge, Ill., this week. One of the patients, Jesus, had a Cubs-themed B-day party and will be an honorary bat kid at a game June 22.

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Thursday’s games

Iowa’s game against Oklahoma City was postponed because of rain. No makeup date was announced.

Tennessee lost, 8-4, to Jackson. Paul Blackburn gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings, striking out seven. Mark Zagunis had two hits and two RBI. Victor Caratini had two hits.

Myrtle Beach lost a doubleheader against Salem. Jeremy Null took the loss in the first game, although he gave up zero earned runs over five innings. Jake Stinnett took the loss in the second game, giving up eight earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Charcer Burks had two hits in the first game. Ian Happ had an RBI in both games.

South Bend lost, 4-3, to Fort Wayne. Eddy Martinez had two hits, including a solo home run, and Ian Rice had two hits and two walks. Ryan Kellogg gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven.

#Cubs and Hendricks vs. LA

Kyle Hendricks gets the start Thursday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Dodgers. First pitch will be 1:20 p.m. CT from Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

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

Ben Zobrist, who batted .406 in May, gets the day off.

 

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