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Tuesday’s games

Iowa was held to one hit — a single by Jeimer Candelario — in a 6-0 loss to Oklahoma City. Jordan Pries gave up five runs over four innings.

Zach Hedges gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 7-0 win over Montgomery. Jason Vosler hit a two-run homer in the third and Ian Happ had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI. Kelly Dugan finished with three hits.

Jake Stinnett gave up four runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 7-4 win over Salem. Stinnett struck out six. Yasiel Balaguert hit his 17th home run, a solo shot. He finished with two RBI. Jeffrey Baez had two hits and one RBI.

South Bend beat Great Lakes, 4-1, to complete a four-game sweep. Ryan Kellogg gave up one run over five innings. Tyler Alamo had two hits and three RBI.

Erling Moreno gave up one hit over five innings in Eugene’s 11-5 win over Salem-Keizer. Wladimir Galindo had four hits, including a double and a home run, and finished with three rBi. Kevonte Mitchell had three hits and two RBI.

Mesa lost, 8-4, to the Indians. Kevin Zamudio had two hits, including a home run and a double, and scored two runs. Rafael Mejia hit a two-run homer as well.

#Cubs make Cooper smile

Cruz Cooper, a guest of the Cubs and Make-A-Wish of Illinois, came to Wrigley Field on Tuesday to watch batting practice from the dugout. Cooper also got to meet some of his favorite Cubs, including Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Aroldis Chapman, and David Ross.


#Cubs and Lackey face Angels

Jorge Soler will start in left field Tuesday night when the Cubs open a two-game Interleague series against the Angels at Wrigley Field. John Lackey gets the start against this former team. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Heyward RF

Russell SS

Contreras C

Lackey P

The Cubs have swept three Interleague series so far (at Angels, vs White Sox, at A’s). They are 16-7 in their last 23 Interleague games dating to July 12, 2015, including an 11-4 record this season.

Here are the pitching  matchups for the series:

Tuesday: RHP John Lackey (8-7, 3.70) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (8-8, 5.11)
Wednesday: RHP Jason Hammel (11-5, 3.07) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.23)

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Monday’s games

Drew Rucinski struck out five and gave up one run over six innings in Iowa’s 3-2 win over Oklahoma City. Tim Federowicz had two hits and two RBI. Kristopher Negron, Taylor Davis and Jeimer Candelario each had two hits. Corey Black finished the game for his fifth save.

Ben Carhart hit a solo homer in Tennessee’s 5-3 loss to Montgomery. Carlos Penalver had three hits and Trey Martin drove in a run. Brad Markey gave up two earned runs over five innings.

Myrtle Beach had Monday off, and plays host to Salem on Tuesday.

Jose Paulino struck out seven and gave up one run over seven innings in South Bend’s 3-1 win over Great Lakes. Paulino, named the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July, retired 21 of his final 23 batters. Tyler Alamo had two hits and P.J. Higgins hit a two-run single.

Eugene beat Vancouver, 4-3, on a walk-off RBI double by Tyler Paine in the ninth. Robert Garcia and Yeiler Peguero each had three hits. Bryan Hudson gave up one run over five innings.

Mesa lost, 7-6, to the Athletics. Stephen Fife gave up three runs over three innings. Isaac Paredes hit a double, drew two walks and scored two runs.

#Cubs Hendricks co-Player of the Week

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks was named National League co-player of the week, sharing the honor with Ichiro Suzuki, who collected his 3,000th hit on Sunday. Hendricks was 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA in two starts last week.

The right-hander gave up one earned run over 16 1/3 innings in two games, striking out nine. Last Monday, Hendricks tossed his third career complete game and second career shutout in a 5-0 win over the Marlins. He threw a career-high 123 pitches in the outing.  The right-hander followed that on Sunday with a win over the A’s, going 7 1/3 innings. He gave up three hits and held the A’s scoreless into the eighth inning before Marcus Semien hit a solo home run.

Hendricks’ 2.17 ERA is the second-lowest ERA among qualifying Major League pitchers this season.


#Cubs name Minor League July stars

The Cubs named Class A South Bend outfielder Eddy Martinez and left-handed pitcher Jose Paulino the organization’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively.

Martinez, 21, hit .362 with six doubles, two triples, three homers, 17 runs scored and 22 RBI in 27 games in July. He drew 15 walks, contributing to a .446 OBP and a 1.010 OPS, both of which led the Cubs organization.

Martinez had a 10-game hitting streak in the first 10 games of July, batting .487 (19-for-39) with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBI. This is his first professional season.

Paulino, 21, went 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA (5 ER/30 IP) in five July games between Single-A Eugene and South Bend, allowing just 17 hits, four walks and striking out 31. He held batters to a .160 clip and recorded a 0.70 WHIP. Before being promoted to South Bend on July 25, he was 4-0 with a 0.72 ERA in four games with short-season Eugene and had walked two batters compared to 27 strikeouts.


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Sunday’s games

Rob Zastryzny gave up two hits over six scoreless innings in Iowa’s 6-4 win over Oklahoma City. Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and scored two runs. Zastryzny has not given up an earned run in his last three starts.

Kelly Dugan hit a two-run homer in Tennessee’s 7-5, 12-inning loss to Montgomery. David Freitas had three hits and one RBI. Michael Wagner gave up five runs over five innings, striking out five.

James Pugliese scattered five hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-0 win over Carolina. It was the Pelicans’ ninth straight win. Jeffrey Baez hit a three-run homer.

Justin Steele gave up one run over six innings in South Bend’s 5-2 win over Great Lakes. Matt Rose had three hits, including a solo home run, and P.J. Higgins had two hits.

Sam Tidaback, a 21st-round pick out of North Georgia, hit his first professional home run, a solo shot in the seventh, in Eugene’s 6-2 win over Vancouver. Chris Pieters had two hits and two RBI.

Kevin Zamudio had two hits, including a solo home run, in Mesa’s 1-0 win over the White Sox. Kwang-Min Kwon had two hits. Matt Swarmer walked one and struck out six over three innings.

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Saturday’s games

Trevor Cahill gave up four hits over 3 1/3 scoreless innings in Iowa’s 6-1 win over New Orleans. Cahill now has struck out 21 over 17 2/3 innings. Taylor Davis and Logan Watkins each had three-hit games.

Tennessee lost, 7-5, to Montgomery. In his first game with the Smokies, Jason Vosler was 4-for-4 with a double, two RBI and scored a run.

Yasiel Balaguert hit his 16th home run in Myrtle Beach’s 4-3, 11 inning win over Carolina. Charcer Burks had three hits and two walks.

South Bend beat Fort Wayne, 5-4. Eloy Jimenez was 1-for-4 and scored two runs, including the game-winner. Eddy Martinez had two hits and two RBI.

Manuel Rondon gave up three hits over five scoreless innings in Eugene’s 5-4 win over Vancouver. D.J. Wilson had two hits, including a home run and a double, and drove in three runs.

Mesa had Saturday off.

#Cubs add Soler vs. A’s

The Cubs open a three-game Interleague series against the Athletics in Oakland on Friday night, sending Jon Lester to the mound. Jorge Soler was activated from the disabled list prior to the game and pitcher Joe Nathan designated for assignment. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF
Bryant LF
Rizzo 1B
Zobrist 2B
Russell SS
Soler DH
Heyward RF
Baez 3B
Ross C

*The Cubs are 13-7 in their last 20 Interleague games, dating to July 12, 2015. That includes an 8-4 record this year vs. AL teams.

*Here are the pitching matchups for Cubs at A’s:
Friday: LHP Jon Lester (11-4, 2.95) vs. LHP Dillon Overton (1-2, 9.33)
Saturday: RHP Jake Arrieta (12-5, 2.75) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (5-10, 5.84)
Sunday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (10-7, 2.22) vs. LHP Sean Manaea (3-6, 4.68)

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Thursday’s games

Jordan Pries gave up three earned runs over five innings in Iowa’s 7-4 win over New Orleans. Taylor Davis had two hits, including a home run and a double, and two RBI. Albert Almora Jr. had two hits, including a double, and three RBI. Spencer Patton struck out two over one inning and has not give up a run in 13 consecutive innings pitched.

Zach Hedges gave up four hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 5-1 win over Birmingham. Ben Carhart had two hits and Trey Martin had two RBI. Hedges has given up one earned run over his last 12 innings.

Preston Morrison gave up two earned runs over seven innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-4 win over Carolina. Morrison struck out seven. Jeffrey Baez had two hits, including a double and a triple, and two RBI. Charcer Burks had two hits and one RBI.

South Bend lost, 2-1, to Fort Wayne. Casey Bloomquist gave up two runs over 6 2/3 innings. Connor Myers, the Cubs’ 27th round pick, had two hits and a stolen base. P.J. Higgins had two hits.

Eugene lost, 8-4, to Vancouver. Zack Short had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI. Kevonte Mitchell had two hits and stole a base. Pitchers Bailey Clark and Tyson MIller both made their Eugene debuts in the game.

Eugenio Palma gave up one run over five innings in Mesa’s 4-3 win over the Padres. Michael Rucker, the 11th-round pick out of Brigham Young, picked up the win in relief in his pro debut.


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