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Thursday’s games

Ryan Williams gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings and Albert Almora hit a three-run home run in Iowa’s 10-5 win over Colorado Springs. Ryan Kalish finished a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and one RBI. He scored four runs. Almora finished with three hits.

Jacob Hannemann had two hits, including a solo home run, in Tennessee’s 6-5 loss to Biloxi. Rob Zastryzny took the loss, giving up five runs over six innings. Billy McKinney had two hits and two RBI.

Myrtle Beach’s game at Potomac was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader June 16.

South Bend lost two seven-inning games to Quad Cities. Justin Steele took the loss in the first game, giving up three earned runs over 1 2/3 innings. Ryan Kellogg took the loss in the second game, giving up three earned runs over six innings.

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Wednesday’s games

Iowa had the day off. The I-Cubs open a four-game home stand against Colorado Springs on Thursday.

Tennessee had the day off, and will begin a five-game series in Biloxi on Thursday.

Zach Hedges gave up one run over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-1 win over Potomac. Ian Happ had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Cael Brockmeyer hit a two-run homer.

South Bend’s game at Quad Cities was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader Thursday.

Post-game notes from #Cubs win

The Cubs beat the Brewers, 7-2, on Thursday at Wrigley Field. Here are some post-game notes courtesy of the Cubs media relations department:

JAKE ARRIETA now has won his last 16 decisions, tied for the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher in franchise history along with Rick Sutcliffe’s 16-game winning streak spanning the 1984-85 seasons. Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher to go 5-0 in his first five starts since Greg Maddux in 2006.

The Cubs have won Jake Arrieta’s last 18 regular season starts, a new franchise record. They’ve outscored the opponent, 99-22, in those 18 games.

Arrieta did give up a run in the fifth inning to snap a streak of 52 2/3-consecutive scoreless innings at home, the second-longest streak by a Major League pitcher in the modern era. The White Sox’s Ray Herbert holds the record with 54-straight scoreless innings at home during the 1962-63 seasons.

However, Thursday was Arrieta’s first non-quality start since allowing four runs in five innings on June 16, 2015, vs. Cleveland.

ANTHONY RIZZO reached base four times for the second time this season. He drove in his 23rd run, tying him for the most RBI by a Cubs player in April since Derrek Lee had 28 RBI in April 2005.

DEXTER FOWLER now has driven in a run in a career-best five-straight games.

NOTES: The Cubs are 16-5, and it’s their best 21-game start since going 17-4 in 1907.

They drew a season-high 11 walks, and now have drawn at least 10 in three games this year. However, the Cubs also left a season-high 14 runners on base.

The Cubs saw a season-high 199 pitches. The previous high was 198 pitches by Reds pitchers last Thursday at Great American Ball Park.

KRIS BRYANT extended his hitting streak to six games with a third inning single. He was pulled to undergo an MRI on his right ankle after rolling it while running the bases.

 

#Cubs Bryant to be evaluated

The Cubs’ Kris Bryant left Thursday’s game to be evaluated because he rolled his right ankle running the bases in the third inning. Bryant, who started in left field, was lifted after four innings and replaced by Javier Baez against the Brewers. Bryant was hit by a pitch on the left elbow in the first inning, and singled in the third, then was and plunked again on the leg in the fourth.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Montero to DL

Miguel Montero is headed to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday. The Cubs catcher has been bothered by lower back stiffness since the weekend.

“It’s a little tight,” Montero said Thursday. “It’s not fair for me to go out there and try to push it harder and be even worse for the rest of the year.”

The Cubs were to call up Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Iowa to take Montero’s spot. The roster move was not formally announced until Federowicz arrived from Des Moines.

Montero, 32, did undergo an MRI on his back. He was surprised it had not loosened up after not playing for four days and they need to get the inflammation down.

“I wish I had the right answer for why it happens — I guess it’s age,” Montero said. “It’s something that’s there, it’s been there. I’ve been able to control it and do my core exercises. Sometimes I play the whole year without any problems and sometimes it gets a little bit annoying because it’s a really uncomfortable feeling.”

David Ross, 39, was to catch Jake Arrieta on Thursday and be matched up with Jon Lester on Friday. Federowicz would likely catch John Lackey on Saturday.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Arrieta vs Brewers at Wrigley

Weather permitting, Jake Arrieta will get the start Thursday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

La Stella 3B

Russell SS

Ross C

Arrieta P

Arrieta is 20-1 with an 0.86 ERA over his last 24 regular season starts. His only loss in that span came when Cole Hamels threw his no-hitter against the Cubs on July 25.

Arrieta has a streak of 24 quality starts in a row, second longest streak since Bob Gibson established the MLB record when he threw 26 straight from September 1967 to July 1968.

Arrieta hasn’t allowed a run in 48 2/3 consecutive regular season innings at Wrigley Field, the longest streak in the ballpark’s history and the longest for any pitcher at his home park since the Phillies’ Ray Herbert threw 54 straight scoreless innings at Connie Mack Stadium spanning 1962-63.

#Cubs vs Brewers ppd.

Wednesday night’s game between the Cubs and Brewers was postponed because of inclement weather. No make up date was set.

The two teams will try to complete the series on Thursday with the first pitch scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. Jake Arrieta, who threw a no-hitter in his last outing against the Reds, will start against Milwaukee’s Taylor Jungmann.

The Brewers return to Wrigley Field Aug. 16-18, and Sept. 15-18.

It’s the first game postponed by weather for both teams this season.

#Cubs Rizzo visits kids at Lurie

Anthony Rizzo visited patients on the oncology floor at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday. He brought teddy bears, signed autographs, posed for photos — and asked some of the patients to sign his jersey.

#Cubs lineup vs Brewers

What will Jake Arrieta do for an encore? On Wednesday night against the Brewers, the right-hander makes his first start since throwing his second no-hitter. Arrieta is 20-1 with an 0.86 ERA over his last 24 regular season starts. His only loss in that span came when Cole Hamels threw his no-hitter against the Cubs on July 25.

Arrieta has a streak of 24 quality starts in a row, second longest streak since Bob Gibson established the MLB record when he threw 26 straight quality starts from September 1967 to July 1968. In his start after his first no-no last Aug. 30, Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings against the D-backs on Sept. 5.

Miguel Montero is not starting. He was scratched from Tuesday’s game with a stiff back. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

La Stella 3B

Russell SS

Ross C

Arrieta P

 

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Tuesday’s games

Pierce Johnson gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 4-2 loss to Oklahoma City. Matt Murton had two hits and two RBI. Dan Vogelbach and Albert Almora also each had two hits.

Jeimer Candelario drove in six runs, hitting a three-run home run, in Tennessee’s 11-2 win over Mobile. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two runs over five innings for the win. Chesny Young had three hits and one RBI. Anthony Giansanti hit a solo home run.

Jonathan Martinez gave up five runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 7-4 loss to Potomac. Daniel Lockhart had two hits, including a double and a triple.

Daniel Spingola had two hits and two RBI and Eloy Jimenez had two hits and one RBI in South Bend’s 7-5 win over Quad Cities. Preston Morrison started, and gave up four runs over five innings.

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