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Tuesday’s games

Trevor Cahill struck out six, gave up two hits and walked two over four innings in Iowa’s 1-0 loss to Omaha. It was Cahill’s fourth rehab appearance. He’s given up seven runs over 14 1/3 innings, walking nine and striking out 19. Logan Watkins and John Andreoli each had two hits.

Michael Wagner gave up one run over seven innings in Tennessee’s 9-1 win over Birmingham. Bijan Rademacher and Chesny Young each homered. Jorge Soler went 1-for-4 with two walks and scored twice. He has a .342 OBP in eight games. Young was 4-for-5 with two RBI and Rademacher finished with three hits and three RBI.

Myrtle Beach beat Frederick, 5-4, in 13 innings. David Bote hit a game-winning RBI single in the 13th. Daniel Spingola had two hits, including a solo homer. Jake Stinnett started and gave up one earned run over 5 2/3 innings.

Jose Paulino gave up zero earned runs over seven innings in South Bend’s 5-2 win over Great Lakes. Matt Rose hit a two-run homer in the second. Eloy Jimenez had three hits.

It’s All-Star break time for Eugene.

Mesa’s game was postponed because of rain. The Cubs will play the Giants on Wednesday.

#Cubs and Hammel face Marlins

Jason Hammel will start Tuesday night against Jose Fernandez at Wrigley Field in the second game of this three-game series against the Marlins. Kris Bryant, who is 0-for-9 in his last two games, is not in the starting lineup for a breather. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF
Contreras C
Rizzo 1B
Zobrist 2B
Heyward RF
Russell SS
Coghlan LF
Baez 3B
Hammel P

Fernandez defeated the Cubs on June 26 in Miami, giving up one earned run over seven innings while striking out 13. He’s 12-5 for the season, and 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA over his last five starts.

 

#Cubs Contreras visits kids

The Cubs’ Willson Contreras took time Tuesday to visit patients and their families at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. He brought them hats and gifts. Contreras took photos and signed autographs for them, as well

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#Cubs Rizzo visits kids at hospital

The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo visited patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday, and brought them hats, mini bats, teddy bears, and smiles. Rizzo posed for photos and also asked the patients to sign his jersey.

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Monday’s games

Jeimer Candelario, Juan Perez and Kristopher Negron each homered to back Rob Zastryzny in Iowa’s 13-0 win over Omaha. Zastryzny struck out six over five perfect innings. Perez hit a grand slam and finished with five RBI. Negron hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBI. In his first appearance with Iowa, Justin Grimm struck out three and gave up one hit in one inning.

Tennessee beat Birmingham, 3-2, scoring all three runs in the ninth. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two runs over six innings. Jorge Soler went 0-for-4 in his ninth rehab game.

James Pugliese gave up three runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-4 win over Frederick. Donnie Dewees had two hits, two RBI, two stolen bases and scored two runs.

Justin Steele gave up three hits and struck out seven over five scoreless innings in South Bend’s 5-1 win over Great Lakes. Eloy Jimenez had two hits, both doubles, and two RBI. Eddy Martinez had two hits and one RBI.

It’s the All-Star break for Eugene. Outfielders Chris Pieters and Robert Garcia and pitchers Jose Paulino, Jared Cheek and Jesus Castillo were selected to represent the team. Castillo was traded on Monday to the Angels for pitcher Joe Smith.

Mesa had Monday off and will play the Giants on Tuesday.

#Cubs and Hendricks face Marlins

Kyle Hendricks will start Monday night when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Marlins. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Baez 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Contreras C

Szczur LF

Hendricks P

*The Cubs went 12-14 in July, the first sub .500 month since September 2014 (12-13). Here are the leaders for July:

RBI: Addison Russell 22; Anthony Rizzo 21

Home runs: Rizzo 5; Bryant and Russell 4 each

Batting average: Javier Baez .325; Bryant .309; Rizzo .282

Wins: Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks, 3 each

ERA: Hendricks 1.07

Innings pitched: John Lackey 32; Jake Arrieta 31.1; Hammel 27

Strikeouts: Lackey 30; Arrieta 28; Hammel 27

The Cubs did lead the NL in walks (96) and the .332 on-base percentage ranked second in the NL.

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Sunday’s games

Jake Buchanan gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 8-3 win over Omaha. Albert Almora Jr. had two hits and one RBI, and was batting .333 since returning to Iowa. Juan Perez had two hits and one RBI. Armando Rivero struck out five over two innings.

Tennessee lost, 6-2, to Birmingham. Tyler Skulina gave up six runs over six innings. Ian Happ had two hits, and is batting .285.

Jeremy Null gave up one run over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 3-1 win over Salem. Bryant Flete had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Charcer Burks smacked a leadoff homer in the first.

Adbert Alzolay scattered five hits over six innings and struck out seven in South Bend’s 2-1 win over Great Lakes. Eddy Martinez had two hits. Eloy Jimenez drove in his 70th run of the season.

D.J. Wilson went 4-for-4 with an inside the park home run in Eugene’s 7-6 win over Boise. Bryant Hudson gave up three runs over five innings. Wladimir Galindo had two hits, including a solo homer.

Mesa lost, 11-5, to the Angels. Junior Marte gave up four runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Matusz to make#Cubs debut vs Mariners

Brian Matusz will make his Cubs debut on Sunday night when the team closes its three-game Interleague series against the Mariners at Wrigley Field. This will be the lefty’s first big league start since July 1, 2012.

Matusz was traded by the Orioles to the Braves in late May and was released without seeing the field for Atlanta. He signed with the Cubs on June 14 and has been getting stretched out as a starter. He posted a 2.13 ERA at Double-A and Triple-A combined.

Matusz will be the seventh pitcher to start for Cubs this year. Four teams have used fewer starters: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Giants and Mets (six each).

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Contreras C

Coghlan LF

Matusz P

*Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Marlins series, here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-7, 2.39) vs. LHP Adam Conley (7-5, 3.38)
Tuesday: RHP Jason Hammel (10-5, 3.23) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (12-5, 2.79)
Wednesday: RHP John Lackey (8-7, 3.69) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (8-8, 4.18)

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Saturday’s games

Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs in Iowa’s 6-4 loss to Omaha. Almora is 9-for-28 since returning to Iowa. Jordan Pries took the loss, giving up five runs over 3 2/3 innings. Tim Federowicz had two hits. Pierce Johnson struck out four over 2 1/3 innings in his second relief appearance.

Zach Hedges gave up one earned run over five innings in Tennessee’s 9-1 loss to Chattanooga. Jorge Soler went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored a run. He has seven walks over six rehab games. Bijan Rademacher drove in a run.

Myrtle Beach set season highs in hits (19) and runs scored in a 15-4 win over Salem. Jonathan Martinez gave up two runs over six innings for the win. Jesse Hodges had three hits, including a two-run homer. Donnie Dewees went 4-for-5 with two RBI. David Bote had three hits and two RBI.

South Bend lost, 2-1, to Great Lakes. Oscar De La Cruz struck out seven and gave up two hits over 4 2/3 innings in his first start for South Bend. Eloy Jimenez had three hits and one RBI. Alberto Mineo had two hits.

Eugene lost, 5-3, to Boise. Pedro Silverio gave up three earned runs over two innings. Tyler Peitzmeier gave up one hit over four scoreless innings in relief. Robert Garcia had three hits and two RBI.

Mesa gave up 13 hits in a 10-4 loss to the Angels. Jhonny Bethencourt had two hits and scored a run.

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Friday’s games

Drew Rucinski gave up seven runs over six innings in Iowa’s 7-5 loss to New Orleans. Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a two-run homer. He finished with three RBI. Albert Almora also had two hits.

Tennessee rallied for a 7-6, 11-inning win over Chattanooga. Bijan Rademacher had four hits, including a double and a two-run homer. Jorge Soler went 0-for-4 with a walk in his seventh rehab game.

Preston Morrison gave up five hits over six scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 3-1 loss to Salem. Morrison struck out six. He is 5-1 and has given up one earned run over 45 2/3 innings in his last eight starts. Bryant Flete and Yasiel Balaguert each had two hits.

Kyle Miller gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings in South Bend’s 11-7 win over Lake County. Eloy Jimenez was a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a grand slam and a single. He drove in four runs and scored four times. Alberto Mineo had three  hits.

Yeiler Peguero and Trent Giambrone each  had three hits in Eugene’s 8-7, 10-inning loss. Dylan Cease started and walked four in one-third of an inning.

Mesa’s game was suspended because of rain.

 

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