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#Cubs vs Braves ppd.

Saturday’s game between the Cubs and Braves was postponed because of inclement weather. No make up date was announced.

The two teams do have a mutual off day July 7 before Atlanta starts a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Cubs and Braves will close this series on Sunday. John Lackey will start for the Cubs and Julio Teheran will go for the Braves.

#Cubs Minor League report

Friday’s games

Logan Watkins hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to lift Iowa to a 1-0 win over Colorado Springs. Jake Buchanan gave up one hit over six innings and struck out five. It was his first quality start of the season.

Tennessee scored eight runs in the eighth to beat Biloxi, 8-3. Chesny Young had four hits and two RBI, Jacob Hannemann had three hits and one RBI, Carlos Penalver had two hits. Duane Underwood made his first start and gave up one run on four hits over four innings.

Myrtle Beach lost, 4-3, to Salem. Yasiel Balaguert had three hits and two RBI. Ian Happ had two hits and one RBI.

South Bend went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and lost, 4-1, to Cedar Rapids. Kyle Twomey gave up one earned run over five innings. Daniel Spingola had two hits.

#Cubs lineup vs Braves

The Cubs open a three-game series against the Braves at Wrigley Field on Friday. Jon Lester gets the start against rookie Aaron Blair with first pitch scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Zobrist 2B

Rizzo 1B

Soler LF

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Ross C

Lester P

 

#Cubs Bryant day to day re: ankle

An MRI confirmed Kris Bryant has a mild right ankle sprain, and he was not in Friday’s lineup. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman might be available later in the game.

Bryant had to leave Thursday’s game after four innings when he rolled his ankle while running the bases. He was to receive treatment during the Cubs’ game against the Braves.

“If [athletic trainer PJ Mainville] thinks [Bryant] can help us in the latter part, he’ll let us know,” Maddon said. “We’ll know game in progress whether or not he’s able to hit late if we need that.”

The Cubs’ biggest concern is that Bryant doesn’t aggravate his ankle and the injury becomes worse.

“I think if we just rest him a little bit right now and aren’t really abusing it right now, it should go away relatively fast,” Maddon said. “The thing with sprained ankles is to not re-jam it somehow. That’s the problem with an ankle. He could be feeling fine after a week or two weeks, and then you hit it wrong and feel it.”

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Minor League report

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.

#Cubs Minor League report

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.

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