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#Cubs Soler scratched; new lineup

Jorge Soler has an ingrown toenail, and was scratched from Saturday’s Cubs lineup. Here’s the new lineup vs. the Giants:

Fowler CF

Bryant 1B

Zobrist RF

Russell SS

Contreras C

Baez 2B

Szczur LF

Arrieta P

La Stella 3B

Note: Anthony Rizzo is just getting a day off.

#Cubs and Arrieta face Giants

Jake Arrieta faces Madison Bumgarner on Saturday in the third game of the Cubs’ four-game series against the Giants. Anthony Rizzo gets the day off vs. the Giants lefty. Arrieta, has gone 7-0 with a microscopic 0.15 ERA (1 ER/59 2/3 IP) in his last eight starts against California-based teams since the start of last season.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler RF

Russell SS

Contreras C

Baez 3B

Szczur LF

Arrieta P

#Cubs Minor League report

Friday’s games

Iowa beat Colorado Springs, 3-2. Juan Perez hit a two-run homer in the second. Jeimer Candelario singled and drew two walks and Albert Almora Jr. hit a double and finished with one RBI.

Tennessee lost, 10-5, to Montgomery. Ian Happ had three hits, including two home runs, and three RBI and Ben Carhart added a solo home run. Gioskar Amaya had two hits and a walk.

Myrtle Beach won, 2-1. Duane Underwood Jr. started and gave up one run over 4 2/3 innings. Yasiel Balaguert hit a triple. Underwood, who will play in the Arizona Fall League, has a 1.89 ERA in his last five games, striking out 16 in 14 1/3 innings combined.

South Bend lost, 3-0, to West Michigan. Adbert Alzolay gave up three hits over five scoreless innings. Matt Rose had three hits and P.J. Higgins had two hits and stole a base.

Eugene won its franchise-best 54th game, a 9-3 win. Bryan Hudson gave up two hits over five innings, striking out seven. Tyler Payne drove in three runs. D.J. Wilson had three hits and one RBI.

#Cubs Chapman visits kids

The Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman took time on Thursday to visit patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. He brought Cubs hats and teddy bears, and signed autographs and posed for photos.

 

#Cubs and Montgomery face Giants

Mike Montgomery makes his third start for the Cubs on Thursday night in the first of four games against the Giants. Chris Coghlan is back, and starting in left field. It’ll be a familiar face on the mound for San Francisco as Jeff Samardzija gets the start.

The Cubs went 22-6 in August, while the Giants posted their worst month of the season (11-16). When these two teams met at AT&T Park in May, the Giants took two out of three.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Heyward RF

Russell SS

Coghlan LF

Ross C

Montgomery P

#Cubs Minor League report

Wednesday’s games

Jordan Pries gave up one run over seven innings in Iowa’s 10-1 win over Nashville. Albert Almora Jr. had four hits and one RBI, and Jeimer Candelario had three hits and one RBI.

Tennessee won its home finale, 8-7. In his first start with the Double-A team, Jonathan Martinez gave up three runs over five innings. Ian Happ had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI. Trey Martin made a home run robbing catch to end the game.

Myrtle Beach lost, 3-0, to Lynchburg. Starter Preston Morrison gave up three hits over six scoreless innings. In his last 19 appearances, Morrison is 11-2 with a 1.47 ERA while striking out 107 over 110 1/3 innings.

South Bend lost, 3-1, to West Michigan. P.J. Higgins had two hits and one RBI.

Eugene posted a 3-2 walk-off win over Tri-City. Manuel Rondon gave up three hits over five innings, striking out seven.

#Cubs prospects named to AFL

Ian Happ and Eloy Jimenez, the top two prospects in the Cubs organization, according to MLB.com’s rankings, will play for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. They’ll be joined by catcher Victor Caratini, ranked No. 15 on the top 30 Cubs list, and four pitchers, including right-hander Duane Underwood, who is ranked sixth.

The other pitchers on the Mesa roster include right-handers James Farris, Ryan McNeil and Stephen Perakslis.

Jimenez was named the Midwest League Most Valuable Player, Prospect of the Year, and an end of the season All-Star. He has led the league in doubles, slugging percentage, OPS, and RBIs and was among the top five in batting average and extra base hits.

Happ, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2015 Major League Draft, played at Class A Myrtle Beach and also Double-A Tennessee this season.

#Cubs and Hammel face Pirates

Jason Hammel will start Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Tommy La Stella is back, and starting at second base. La Stella was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and right-hander Spencer Patton optioned to Iowa, although Patton may not need to join the Minor League team. Rosters expand on Thursday.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler LF

Heyward RF

Russell SS

La Stella 2B

Contreras C

Hammel P

La Stella opted to go home rather than report to Triple-A Iowa when he was optioned to the Minor League team on July 28, and the Cubs gave the infielder time to decide what to do. La Stella eventually reported to Double-A Tennessee on Aug. 17, and played in two games before joining Iowa. In six games with Iowa, he was 6-for-23 (.261) with two doubles.

#Cubs and Hendricks face Pirates

Kyle Hendricks takes the mound Tuesday in the Cubs’ second game of a three-game set against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Hendricks leads the Majors with his 2.19 ERA. He has not given up more than three earned runs since May 17. That’s a streak of 17 consecutive starts allowing three-or-fewer earned runs. It’s the second-longest streak by a Cubs pitcher over the last 20 years (Arrieta, 29 straight).

Here’s the lineup:

Baez 2B

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler LF

Heyward RF

Russell SS

Montero C

Szczur CF

Hendricks P

#Cubs Minor League report

Monday’s games

Iowa lost, 3-2, in 11 innings to Nashville. Chris Coghlan went 3-for-4 with three doubles and scored a run. Joe Smith also threw a scoreless inning in his second rehab outing. John Andreoli and Jeimer Candelario each hit a double and drove in a run. Josh Collmenter started, and gave up two runs over five innings.

Tennessee lost, 3-0, to Birmingham. Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run over 6 2/3 innings. Ben Carhart had two hits and has hit in seven straight games.

Myrtle Beach had the day off.

South Bend beat Great Lakes, 2-1. Connor Myers hit a solo homer in the third. Roberto Caro smacked a walk-off RBI single in the ninth.

Eugene won its franchise record 50th game, a 4-2 win over Tri-City. Tyson Mmiller gave up one earned run over five innings. Kevonte Mitchell had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI.

Mesa lost its final regular season game, 4-3, to the Athletics in 12 innings. Brian Matusz started, and struck out one over one inning.