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Thursday’s games

Iowa lost, 3-2, to Las Vegas. Joe Nathan made a relief appearance and struck out two. He threw 11 pitches, eight strikes. Rob Zastryzny started and gave up three runs over five innings. Mark Zagunis and Juan Perez each had two hits.

Tennessee lost, 6-1, to Montgomery. Brad Markey gave up three earned runs over six innings.Ian Happ had two hits, his 10th multi-hit game at Double-A.

Myrtle Beach lost, 4-3, to Frederick. Trevor Clifton gave up three runs over six innings for his fourth quality start of the season. Jeffrey Baez and Erick Castillo each had two hits.

South Bend split a doubleheader at Clinton. Preston Morrison took the loss in the first game, giving up one earned run over 5 1/3 innings. Justin Steele started the second game and gave up one run over three innings. P.J. Higgins had three hits and two RBI in the second game. Donnie Dewees had two hits and one RBI. Carlos Sepulveda had three hits in the two games. Dillon Maples picked up the save in the second game.

Eugene beat Tri-City, 4-2. Jose Paulino gave up one run over six innings. Wladimir Galindo had two hits and two RBI. Kevonte Mitchell also drove in two runs.

Mesa beat the Royals, 8-2. Isaac Paredes was 4-for-4 with two runs scored.

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Clayton Richard gave up two runs over three innings in Tennessee’s 4-0 loss Tuesday to Chattanooga. It was Richard’s fourth rehab start. The lefty threw 43 pitches, 28 for strikes. So far, he’s given up three earned runs over 12 2/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. Brian Matusz followed Richard and struck out six over 3 1/3 innings in his Double-A debut. Kelly Dugan and Chesny Young each had two hits.

*The other Cubs affiliates had Tuesday off.

Iowa is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. Dan Vogelbach and Armando Rivero will represent the Cubs at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Charlotte, NC.

Myrtle Beach had Tuesday off and will play host to Frederick Wednesday.

South Bend had Tuesday off and will play at Clinton on Wednesday. Preston Morrison gets the start.

Eugene had the day off and will play at Tri-City on Wednesday

Mesa had the day off and returns to action Wednesday at the White Sox in Glendale, AZ.

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Monday’s games

Iowa is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. Dan Vogelbach and Armando Rivero will represent the I-Cubs at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Charlotte, NC.

Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 7-6. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up four runs over five innings and Victor Caratini hit a three-run homer. Billy McKinney and Trey Martin had two hits and one RBI each. Joe Nathan made his seventh relief appearance and threw a scoreless innings. He’s given up two runs on three hits over 6 2/3 innings so far.

Jonathan Martinez struck out eight and gave up one run over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-1 win over Wilmington. Rashad Crawford had two hits, including a three-run homer. Gleyber Torres had two hits, one RBI and a stolen base.

South Bend lost, 10-3, to Bowling Green. Ryan Kellogg gave up two runs over six innings. Josh Silver had three hits.

Dylan Cease gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in Eugene’s 7-4 loss to Hillsboro. D.J. Wilson had two RBI.

Mesa had the day off and returns to action on Wednesday against the White Sox.

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Sunday’s games

Iowa closed out the first half with a 7-4 loss to Colorado Springs. Drew Rucinski gave up one earned run over six innings. Matt Murton and John Andreoli each had two hits.

Trey Martin and Bijan Rademacher each homered in Tennessee’s 5-4 win over Chattanooga. Tyler Skulina gave up three runs over five innings. Rademacher had three hits and scored two runs, while Martin had three hits and two RBI.

Zach Hedges struck out eight and gave up three hits over six scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 9-1 win over Wilmington. David Bote had two hits, including a solo home run. Jason Vosler drove in three runs.

Carson Sands gave up six runs over five innings in South Bend’s 10-6 win over Bowling Green. P.J. Higgins had three hits, including two doubles, and one RBI. Eddy Martinez had two hits.

Eugene lost, 10-2, to Hillsboro. Yeiler Peguero had three hits and two stolen bases. Robert Garcia and Kevonte Mitchell each tripled.

Junior Marte gave up six earned runs over 3 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 12-3 loss to the Giants. Jhonny Bethencourt had two hits, including a double and a triple, and one RBI.

#Cubs and Lackey face Bucs

John Lackey will start Sunday against the Pirates in the Cubs final game before the All-Star break. The Cubs have lost nine of their last 10 games, and hope to snap a five-game losing streak.

Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist 2B

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Contreras C

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Almora Jr. CF

Lackey P

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Saturday’s games

Pinch-hitter Tim Federowicz hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth to lift Iowa over Colorado Springs, 8-5. Mark Zagunis and Cael Brockmeyer also homered. For Brockmeyer, it was his first at Triple-A. Federowicz is 8-for-14 with five RBI in his last four games.

Brad Markey gave up five hits over six scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 1-0 loss to Chattanooga. Joe Nathan gave up a solo homer in the ninth in his sixth rehab appearance. Markey has given up one or zero earned runs in eight of his 15 starts. Billy McKinney had three hits.

Myrtle Beach rallied for an 8-7 win over Wilmington. Jake Stinnett gave up six runs over five innings. Gleyber Torres had two hits, three RBI and two stolen bases. Rashad Crawford had two hits, including a double and a triple, plus one RBI. Tyler Pearson had two hits and one RBI.

South Bend trailed 11-5 in the ninth, sent 11 batters to the plate, and rallied for a 12-11 walk-off win over Bowling Green. Donnie Dewees delivered the game-winning RBI single. He finished 3-for-5. Eddy Martinez had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI.

Eugene beat Hillsboro, 5-2. Jesus Castillo gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings. Robert Garcia had two hits and two RBI.

Erling Moreno gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 6-0 loss to the Rangers. Sam Tidaback hit a double and drew a walk.

#Cubs recall Kawasaki

The Cubs recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Jeimer Candelario to Iowa. Kawasaki was in uniform in Pittsburgh for Saturday’s game. He also entertained the players in the clubhouse pre game. Cubs manager Joe Maddon was asked if he had considered a magician to lighten things up. They got Kawasaki instead.

“It’s a lot more inexpensive and easier to find,” Maddon quipped.

Kawasaki, 35, was batting .271 (55-for-203) with nine doubles, one triple and 11 stolen bases in 61 games with Iowa this season.

 

 

Candelario, 22, went 1-for-11 with the Cubs. Although he was named to the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, he will not play in the event.

 

#Cubs and Lester face Pirates

Jon Lester will start Saturday night at PNC Park as the Cubs play the Pirates in Game 2 of a three-game series. The Cubs have lost eight of their last nine games. The starting pitchers are 1-5 with 7.71 ERA (38 earned runs over 44 1/3 innings) in that stretch. Chicago is looking to avoid its first five-game losing streak since losing five in a row June 24-28, 2015.

Lester enters the game with a 2.67 ERA, the fourth lowest mark among left-handed pitchers in all of baseball and trailing only Clayton Kershaw (1.79 ERA), Madison Bumgarner (2.09) and Drew Pomeranz (2.47).

Here’s the lineup:

La Stella 2B

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist RF

Contreras C

Heyward CF

Russell SS

Baez 3B

Lester P

#Cubs Fowler will not play in ASG

Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler, who is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, will not play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday to give him more time to recover.

Fowler, named to his first All-Star team, began a rehab assignment Friday night at Class A South Bend and went 0-for-2 with two walks. He did not have a setback in the game but decided he needed more time and would not be ready for Tuesday’s game.

Fowler, 30, was to play in the outfield Saturday night for the Minor League team but will instead return to Chicago. He will go to San Diego on Sunday to take part in the All-Star Game festivities along with his six Cubs teammates also named to the NL team.

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes also cannot play in the All-Star Game because of an injury, and on Saturday, NL manager Terry Collins named Pirates outfielder Starling Marté and Reds outfielder Jay Bruce to the active roster as replacements for Cespedes and Fowler.

Fowler was expected to resume his rehab assignment after the All-Star break.

— Carrie Muskat

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Friday’s games

Tim Federowicz had three hits and one RBI in Iowa’s 15-5 loss to Colorado Springs. Pierce Johnson gave up five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Cael Brockmeyer drove in two runs.

Tennessee lost both games of a doubleheader. Daniel Lockhart hit a solo home run in the first game and finished with three RBI. Paul Blackburn gave up five earned runs over three innings. Clayton Richard started the second game and gave up one run on three hits while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings. Chesny Young went 2-for-4 in both games.

Erick Leal gave up one run over six innings and lost in Myrtle Beach’s 1-0 loss to Wilmington. Leal struck out six. Charcer Burks hit a double.

South Bend lost, 5-3, to Bowling Green in 10 innings. Kyle Miller gave up three runs over six innings, and is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the rotation. Dexter Fowler went 0-for-2 and drew two walks in his first rehab appearance. Carlos Supulveda had three hits and three RBI.

Eugene swept both games of a doubleheader against Everett. Jose Paulino gave up one hit over six scoreless innings in the first game and Manuel Rondon gave up four hits over five scoreless innings in the second. Matt Rose was 4-for-7 with two homers and four RBI in the two games.

Mesa beat the A’s, 6-3. Pablo Ochoa gave up two runs over 3 2/3 innings. Luis Ayala had two hits.

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