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#Cubs and Lester vs. Padres

Let’s try again. Jon Lester is scheduled to start Tuesday night for the Cubs who hope Mother Nature cooperates. The series was delayed because of rain on Monday. Lester and the Cubs will face the Padres at Wrigley Field, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Ross C

Lester P

The Cubs are off to their best 30-game start since opening their 1907 World Series title season with wins in 24 of their first 30 games. It’s the best 30-game start for any club since the 1984 Tigers won 26 of their first 30 games.

The Cubs have scored 184 runs, the most in the Majors. They’ve given up 82 runs, the fewest in the Majors. Their plus 102 run differential is the highest thru 30 games by any team since 1903, the year of the first modern World Series.

The Cubs have won 11 of their last 12 games, including seven straight. Over the last dozen contests, Cubs’ starters are 7-0 with a 1.76 ERA.

 

#Cubs Minor League report

Monday’s games

Dan Vogelbach hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs in Iowa’s 10-3 win over Omaha. Jake Buchanan got the win, giving up three runs over seven innings. John Andreoli had three hits. Shane Victorino and Taylor Davis each had two hits and two RBIs.

Tennessee lost, 2-1, to Montgomery. Rob Zastryzny gave up one run over seven innings and did not get a decision. Victor Caratini had two hits and a stolen base.

Myrtle Beach had the day off and returns to action Tuesday against Winston-Salem.

South Bend’s game was postponed because of rain, and was to be made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, weather permitting.

#Cubs vs Padres ppd – DH on Wed

Monday night’s game between the Cubs and Padres was postponed because of inclement weather, and the two teams will play a split doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game will begin at 12:05 p.m. CT, and be followed by the regularly scheduled game at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Jon Lester (3-1, 1.58 ERA) will start Tuesday for the Cubs against the Padres’ Cesar Vargas. On Wednesday, Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.10 ERA) will start the first game and be followed by John Lackey (4-1, 4.02 ERA) in the night game.

This was the first game postponed by the weather for the Padres this season. The Cubs have already had two games in late April rescheduled because of the weather, and will play a make-up game July 7 against the Braves and a make-up split doubleheader Aug. 16 against the Brewers.

Separate tickets are required for each game Wednesday. The gates will re-open approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Tickets to Monday’s game at Wrigley Field will be honored for the 12:05 p.m. CT game on Wednesday. No ticket exchange is necessary.

#Cubs Kalish visits patients

Cubs outfielder Ryan Kalish stopped to visit patients in the Center for Advanced Care at Advocate Illinois Masonic.  Kalish and his girlfriend gave hats and t-shirts to the patients and families they met and he signed autographs, took photos, and talked baseball.

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#Cubs Zobrist named co-Player of the Week

On Monday, the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist was named co-NL Player of the Week with the Mets’ Bartolo Colon. Zobrist led the Majors with 15 RBI in seven games last week. He was tied for second among NL hitters with four home runs and eight runs scored, while collecting 22 total bases and posting an .880 slugging percentage. Zobrist, 34, hit .360 on the week (9-for-25) and posted a .455 on-base percentage. He had at least one RBI in six consecutive games, including a two home run, four-RBI game Friday against the Nationals. Zobrist also drove in four runs Thursday.

With 11 RBI in a three-game span, May 4-6, Zobrist became the first Cubs player to accomplish the feat since Sammy Sosa drove in 16 from Aug. 10-12, 2002.

This is the third career weekly honor for Zobrist and his first as a member of the Cubs. He has twice been named American League Player of the Week as a member of the Rays.

#Cubs Lester faces Padres

Jon Lester will open the Cubs’ series against the Padres at Wrigley Field Monday night. Lester is 3-1, and has yet to win at home. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Ross C

Lester P

The Cubs have three of the top four pitchers in National League ERA: Jake Arrieta 1.13 ERA, Lester 1.58 ERA, the Dodgers’ Maeda 1.66 ERA, and Hammel 1.85.

The Cubs have scored 184 runs, the most in the Majors. They’ve allowed 82 runs, the fewest in the Majors. Their plus 102 run differential is the highest thru 30 games by any team in the World Series era.

The Cubs have won 11 of their last 12 games, including seven straight. Over the last 12 contests, Cubs’ starters are 7-0 with a 1.76 ERA (14 ER/71.2 IP).

 

#Cubs Minor League report

Sunday’s games

Ryan Williams gave up two runs over eight innings in Iowa’s 6-5 win over Omaha. Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run and Kristopher Negron drove in three runs. Williams struck out five and walked one, and now has a 3.86 ERA. He’s won each of his last four starts.

Brad Markey threw five shutout innings in Tennessee’s 2-0 victory over Mississippi. Anthony Giansanti had two hits and one RBI, and Jeimer Candelario had two hits and scored a run. Corey Black picked up his fourth save.

Gleyber Torres had three hits, including a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth, in Myrtle Beach’s 6-5, 13-inning loss to Wilmington. Jake Stinnett started and gave up four runs over five innings. Ian Happ had three hits, including a double, and stole a base.

South Bend had the day off and returns to action Monday at Dayton. Carson Sands is scheduled to start.

Ramirez rejoins #Cubs

Cubs right-hander Neil Ramirez was reinstated from the bereavement list Sunday, replacing right-hander Spencer Patton who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Ramirez, who has a 4.50 ERA in six appearances this season, was placed on the bereavement list Thursday to attend his grandmother’s funeral. Patton allowed one run in his lone appearance for the Cubs on Saturday.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Arrieta vs. Nats in finale

Jake Arrieta will close the Cubs series against the Nationals on Sunday at Wrigley Field. At 23-6, the Cubs are off to their best start through 29 games since the team was 24-5 to start the 1907 season. This is the best start for any NL team since the 1977 Dodgers went 23-6 to begin the year.

The Cubs have outscored their opponents this season by 101 runs (180-79), the best run differential in the Majors. Since 1900, it’s the second-highest run differential by any Major League team through 29 games.

The Cubs have won Jake Arrieta’s last 19 starts, extending a franchise record that surpassed 17-straight by Ed Reulbach (1906-07) and Pat Luby (1890-91). Only five pitchers since 1913 have had their teams win 20-consecutive starts made by them: Philadelphia’s Lefty Grove in 1931 (21-straight team wins), the New York Giants Carl Hubbell in 1936-37 (22), the Yankees Whitey Ford in 1950-53 (22), the Yankees Roger Clemens in 2001 (20) and Atlanta’s Kris Medlen in 2010-12 (23). Thanks to STATS Inc. for the info.

Here’s Sunday’s lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Federowicz C

Arrieta P

 

#Cubs Minor League report: Remember Alamo

Saturday’s games

Logan Watkins had three hits and scored a pair of runs in Iowa’s 5-4 loss to Omaha. Michael Wagner started and gave up two runs over three innings. Munenori Kawasaki drove in three runs with a double.

Tyler Skulina gave up two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 5-3 win over Mississippi. Kelly Dugan hit his fourth homer in his last five games, a two-run shot in the sixth.

Myrtle Beach split a doubleheader against Wilmington, winning the first game, 4-0, and losing the second, 2-0. Erick Leal won the first gme, giving up four hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Daniel Lockhart had three hits in the first game and was a home run shy of the cycle. Gleyber Torres had two hits in the first game as well.

Tyler Alamo drove in four runs in South Bend’s 6-3 win over Beloit. Alamo went 3-for-4 and is batting .345. Preston Morrison started and gave up one earned run over 5 1/3 innings. Donnie Dewees had two hits and one RBI.

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