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#Cubs and Hammel face LA

Jason Hammel starts Saturday for the Cubs against the Dodgers. Hammel is 6-1 with a 2.18 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star Break, the third-lowest ERA of any pitcher in the NL behind teammate Kyle Hendricks (1.52) and Cincinnati’s Dan Straily (1.98).

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist RF

Russell SS

Soler LF

Contreras C

Baez 2B

Hammel P

*In case you missed it, Jon Lester faces Brock Stewart (0-2, 11.25) on Sunday in the series finale.

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Friday’s games

Jeimer Candelario went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a solo home run and drove in three runs in Iowa’s 6-5 win over Omaha. Tommy La Stella and Chris Coghlan both went 2-for-4.

Tennessee’s game vs. Jackson was cancelled because of rain and will not be made up. The Smokies face Birmingham Saturday.

Jeremy Null gave up two hits over seven scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-0 win over Wilmington. Yasiel Balaguert and Ian Rice both went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

South Bend lost, 2-0, to Great Lakes. Jose Paulino gave up one run over six innings.

Eugene beat Salem-Keizer, 6-4. Wladimir Galindo went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Mesa had the day off, and will play the D-backs on Saturday.

#Cubs and Montgomery face LA

Mike Montgomery will make his second start of the season for the Cubs on Friday night when  they face the Dodgers. Last Saturday vs. the Rockies, Montgomery took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before departing one out later after giving up a solo homer to Nick Hundley. Montgomery got a no-decision in the Cubs’ 9-2 victory. Here’s the lineup for Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Soler LF

Montero C

Montgomery P

The Cubs have won 22 of their last 27 games, and the starting pitchers are 18-2, 2.04 ERA in those 27 contests.

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Thursday’s games

Jeimer Candelario had two hits and one RBI in Iowa’s 8-1 loss. Drew Rucinski gave up four runs over seven innings. Chris Coghlan was 1-for-3 and scored a run in his first rehab game.

Tennessee beat Jackson, 5-4, in 10 innings. Lane Adams had two hits and one RBI. Kelly Dugan had two hits, both doubles, and two RBI, including the game-winner. Ben Carhart hit his fifth homer of the season, and third in his last four games, and finished with two RBI.

Myrtle Beach won its fourth in a row, beating Carolina, 8-4. Jonathan Martinez gave up four runs over six innings. David Bote hit two doubles and a two-run homer, and finished with three RBI.

Justin Steele gave up two runs over six innings in South Bend’s 2-1 loss to West Michigan. Eloy Jimenez hit a double.

Eugene had the day off and opens a three-game series at Salem-Keizer on Friday.

Mesa scored three runs in the third for a 3-2 win over the Angels. Isaac Paredes had two hits, including a triple.

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Tuesday’s games

Josh Collmenter gave up three hits over four scoreless innings in Iowa’s 3-2 win over Memphis. It was Collmenter’s second start. Jack Leathersich threw a scoreless inning. Tommy La Stella was 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run. Stephen Bruno hit a solo homer.

Tennessee swept a doubleheader against Jackson, and Kelly Dugan and Ben Carhart had amazing days. Dugan combined to go 5-for-8 with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and five runs scored. Carhart also homered in both games and was 5-for-8. He drove in five runs and scored three. His two-run homer with two outs in the first game was the game-winner.

Myrtle Beach shutout Carolina, 7-0. Trevor Clifton struck out 10 and gave up three hits over 6 2/3 innings. David Bote had three hits and one RBI. Ian Rice had three RBI.

Eloy Jimenez, who was named the Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year, hit a solo home run in South Bend’s 6-5 loss to West Michigan. Jimenez is batting .335. Oscar De La Cruz gave up five hits over five scoreless innings.

Eugene lost, 3-1, to Everett. Dylan Cease gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out seven over four innings. Jose Paniagua hit a double and drove in the only run.

Mesa beat the Giants, 5-3. Michael Rucker, the Cubs’ 11th round pick, struck out three over two innings and has yet to give up an earned run in 8 2/3 innings.

 

#Cubs and Hendricks face Padres

Kyle Hendricks will close the Cubs’ series in San Diego on Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo gets a day off. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Contreras C

Hendricks P

Cubs starting pitchers are 14-1 with a 1.78 ERA (27 ER/136 2/3 IP) in 21 games in August, totaling 16 quality starts.

Cubs batting since the All-Star break: Bryant .331; Szczur .316; Rizzo .295; Soler .286; Russell .283; Baez, .280, Zobrist .280.

The Dodgers have yet to announce their rotation for the Cubs series. Here are the Cubs starters:

Fri: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-1, 2.77) vs. TBD
Sat: RHP Jason Hammel (13-6, 3.07) vs. TBD
Sun: LHP Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81) vs. TBD

 

#Cubs and Arrieta face Padres

Jake Arrieta starts Tuesday night in the second game of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. The Cubs have won 20 of their last 25 games, and the starting rotation is 16-2 with a 2.11 ERA during that span.

 

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 2B

Contreras C

Arrieta P

Anthony Rizzo is batting .450 with six runs scored in his last nine games. Kris Bryant is batting .480 with four home runs and 11 RBI in his last five games.

 

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Monday’s games

Tim Federowicz and Bijan Rademacher each homered in Iowa’s 7-2 win over Memphis. Rademacher went 2-for-3 with a double as well as a solo homer. Federowicz hit a two-run blast. Tommy La Stella was 1-for-4 with a double. Stephen Fife gave up two hits over four innings, striking out four.

Tennessee beat Jackson, 10-7. Ian Happ hit a two-run homer and David Freitas added a solo shot in the eighth. Lane Adams went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.

Myrtle Beach had the day off, and opens a three-game series at Carolina on Tuesday.

South Bend pitchers gave up two hits in an 8-2 win over West Michigan. P.J. Higgins had three hits and one RBI, Eddy Martinez had two hits and one RBI, and Sam Tidaback had two hits and two RBI. Duane Underwood started and walked one while striking out five over three innings.

D.J. Wilson smacked a walk-off RBI single in the ninth to give Eugene a 1-0 win over Everett. Chris Pieters had two hits.

Mesa lost 6-3 to the Athletics. Ruben Reyes had three hits and one RBI.

#Cubs and Lester face Padres

Jon Lester gets the start Monday night in San Diego when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Padres. Jason Heyward is back in the lineup after getting three days off vs. the Rockies. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Ross C

Lester P

Heyward is batting .162/.205/.229 over his last 27 games. His .313 slugging percentage on the season is the lowest mark among 156 qualified players.

The Padres will counter with Edwin Jackson, who is making $13 million this season. The Cubs are paying more than $12 million of that—all but the Major League minimum, in fact. Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs that runs through this season. Chicago had released him in July 2015. The Cubs are paying just four players more than Jackson this season: Lester, Heyward, John Lackey, and Miguel Montero.

The Cubs have won each of Lester’s last six starts. Lester is 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA and .193 opponents’ batting average during that stretch.

Monday is a milestone night for Lester, who has made a regular season start in 29 of the 30 active Major League venues. This will be his first game at PETCO Park. Lester did make an appearance at PETCO in this year’s All-Star Game, in which he recorded two outs and did not give up a run.

 

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Sunday’s games

Jake Buchanan gave up two earned runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 4-1 loss to Memphis. Jeimer Candelario and Tim Federowicz each had two hits.

Tennessee lost, 5-2, to Jacksonville. David Freitas had two hits, including a solo home run. Zach Hedges gave up four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Ian Rice hit a game-thing two-run homer in the ninth and delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 10th to lead Myrtle Beach to a 7-6, 10-inning win over Lynchburg. Rice finished with three hits and three RBI. Jeffrey Baez hit a solo homer. James Pugliese started, and gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings.

South Bend lost, 3-2, to Lansing. Roberto Caro went 4-for-4 with one RBI and two stolen bases. Alberto Mineo had two hits and one RBI.

Trent Giambrone had two hits, including a solo home run, in Eugene’s 4-1 loss to Everett. Erling Moreno gave up one run over five innings.

Mesa had the day off and will face the Athletics on Monday.

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