Jake Arrieta takes the mound Tuesday night at AT&T Park as the Cubs open a West Coast road trip with three games against the Giants. Here’s the lineup:
La Stella 2B
Arrieta will go for his MLB-leading 16th win of the season. He would be the first Cubs pitcher with 16 wins in
a season since 2008 (Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster each won 17). Arrieta has three scoreless outings in four August starts, going 4-0, 0.66 ERA this month.
He’s thrown 12 consecutive quality starts, the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher since Greg Maddux (14 QS) in his 1992
NL Cy Young season. Arrieta is 9-1 with a 1.26 ERA and just one home run allowed during that 12-game stretch.
Javier Baez went 4-for-4, including a home run, and drove in two runs, in Iowa’s 9-0 win over Fresno. Eric Jokisch gave up one hit over six innings. Baez is now batting .315, and riding a nine-game hitting streak. He has eight multi-hit games in that stretch.
Tennessee split a doubleheader against Chattanooga, losing the first game, 4-2, and winning the second, 4-1. Willson Contreras was 4-for-6 in the two games with a solo home run. Jonathan Mota homered in the second game and finished with three hits in the two games. Anthony Giansanti hit a two-run double in the second game.
Myrtle Beach lost, 5-1, to Winston-Salem. Mark Zagunis had two hits and drove in one.
Erick Leal gave up two runs over five innings in South Bend’s 4-2 win over West Michigan. Kevin Encarnacion had three hits for the second straight game.
Eugene’s game against Spokane was suspended because of a power outage. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Dylan Cease gave up one hit over three shutout innings in Mesa’s 9-2 win over the Angels. Chris Pieters drove in two runs. Cease struck out five.
Kris Bryant hit his second career walk-off home run Monday with two outs in the ninth to lead the Cubs to a 2-1 win over the Indians. Bryant now has three home runs in his last two games, and is the first Cubs rookie with 20 homers since Tyler Colvin hit 20 in 2010. Bryant is the first Cubs rookie with 75 RBI since Geovany Soto drove in 86 in 2008. Monday also was the Cubs’ Major League-leading 12th walk-off of the season.
Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the seventh. He finished the seven-game homestand with nine RBI.
Jon Lester went 8 2/3 innings for the first time in his career. It was his longest outing as a Cub. He has given up two runs of less in six of his last seven starts, and has a 2.66 ERA in his last 10 starts since July 1. Lester is the first Cubs pitcher to make six-consecutive starts at Wrigley Field since Fergie Jenkins made seven in a row, June 14-July 20, 1982.
Hector Rondon got the win, and now is 2-0 with 11 saves and a 0.46 ERA (1 ER/19 2/3 IP) in his last 19 outings since July 17.
The Cubs are 20-4 since July 29, the best record in MLB in that span. They now have a 6 1/2 game lead over the Giants for the second Wild Card spot.
Jon Lester starts Monday in the Cubs’ makeup game against the Indians. But the team got some bad news Monday.Jorge Soler was place on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain, while Jason Motte was put on the DL with a strained right shoulder. Addison Russell also is battling a groin strain. Tommy La Stella and Zac Rosscup were added to the roster. Here’s the lineup:
La Stella 2B
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has two charity events coming up on back to back days as part of his “Respect 90” foundation. On Sept. 2, fans can join Maddon and some of the Cubs players for a charity boxing event at Ringisde at Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 Ravenswood Ave., Chicago. It’ll be a night of amateur boxing, good food and a chance to help Chicago’s youth.
The event will feature several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout. Tickets are
$300 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood. Maddon’s event was
created to provide Chicago’s inner city children and young adults with opportunities to develop championship attitudes
through sports while encouraging fitness, academic and community engagement.
*On Sept. 3, Maddon and his wife, Jaye, will host a “Spoxing for Charity” pop-up fitness event at Wrigley Field. Spoxing is
a group class which combines spinning and boxing, with a warm-up on stationary spin bikes followed by a heavy bag and
boxing glove workout. Participants will partake in a 45-minute version of the class at historic Wrigley Field.
Epic Boxing & Fitness teamed up with Chicago’s Fitness Formula Club and Everlast to supply attendees with spin bikes and
freestanding heavy bags for the roving Epic “Pop-Up” studio. Chicago’s WADE Yoga will provide a post-workout cool-down
after each session. Each “Spoxer” will receive his or her own boxing wraps, protein bar, water and an Epic workout towel.
Epic Boxing & Fitness will provide the use of boxing gloves and instruction.
Registrants will also be eligible for gift giveaways and VIP swag bags. A donation of $30 is suggested. The event will be
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. Some time slots are already sold out.
Looking ahead, here are the pitching match ups for the Cubs’ makeup game Monday vs. the Indians and the upcoming series in San Francisco against the Giants:
At Wrigley Field
Monday: LHP Jon Lester (8-9, 3.58) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (8-13, 3.58)
At San Francisco
Tuesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (15-6, 2.30) vs. RHP Matt Cain (2-3, 5.66)
Wednesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (6-5, 4.03) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (3-6, 4.35)
Thursday: RHP Dan Haren (8-8, 3.76) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (15-6, 3.02)
Dan Haren starts Saturday for the Cubs in Game 3 of their four-game series against the Braves. First pitch will be 3:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:
*On Friday, the Cubs bullpen threw four scoreless innings. It was the 16th time this season in which the Cubs relievers have
totaled at least four innings without giving up a run in a game. Last year, the bullpen did that 11 times (and eight times
*Speaking of relief, Jason Motte improved to 8-1 with the win Friday, and has the most relief victories in the Majors this season. The eight wins are the most by a Cubs reliever since Jeff Samardzija had eight in 2011. The last Cubs reliever with more victories in a season was Lee Smith, who won nine in 1986.
*The Cubs have hit 42 home runs since the All-Star break, second-most in the NL behind the Mets (43). In the last
nine games, the Cubs have hit 19 long balls for an average of 2.1 homers per contest.
*If you think the Cubs are hitting better, you’re right. The Cubs are batting .270 (144-for-534) with 91 runs scored in their last 16 games since Aug. 4, good for an average of 5.7 runs per game. That includes a .307 average (42-for-137) with runners in scoring position.
Prior to this 16-game stretch, the Cubs batted .225 (260-for-1,157) and averaged 3.5 runs per games in 35 contests from June 27-Aug. 6. That included a .212 mark (61-for-288) with runners in scoring position.
Javier Baez had two hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in four runs in Iowa’s 12-8 loss to Salt Lake. Mike Olt
and Christian Villanueva also homered. Tsuyoshi Wada gave up five runs over three innings.
Willson Contreras had two hits, including a game-tying solo home run in the seventh, and Albert Almora Jr. hit a walk-off
RBI single in the 12th to lead Tennessee to a 7-6 victory over Montgomery. Anthony Giansanti had three hits and one RBI.
Jeremy Null gave up four runs over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-3 loss to Frederick. Ben Carhart and Trey Martin had
two hits each. Tyler Ihrig threw two scoreless innings of relief and has not given up a run over his last five outings (14
James Norwood gave up four runs over five innings in South Bend’s 6-2 loss to Fort Wayne. Matt Rose had two hits. Daniel
Lewis threw two hitless innings of relief. It was his eighth hitless outing.
Eugene beat Salem-Keizer, 7-6. Andrew Ely was 4-for-4 with one RBI. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and one RBI. Donnie Dewees had three hits and one RBI and stole three bases.
Mesa had Friday off and faces the Athletics on Saturday.
Carlos Pimentel gave up two runs over five innings in Iowa’s 13-2 win over Salt Lake. Christian Villanueva, Taylor Teagarden and Mike Olt each homered. Villanueva had three hits and two RBI. Javier Baez had two hits and two RBI. Tommy La Stella had three hits, including a triple. Olt hit a two-run homer in the eighth.
Jacob Hannemann hit a two-run homer and a triple in Tennessee’s 17-4 loss to Montgomery. Rob Zastryzny took the loss, giving up six runs over three innings.
Myrtle Beach lost, 5-4, to Winston-Salem. Pin-Chieh Chen, Jason Vosler and Victor Caratini each had two hits. Daury Torrez posted a quality start.
South Bend lost 7-2 to Dayton. Gleyber Torres hit a home run. Ian Happ had two hits, including a triple. Jeffry Baez also had two hits.
Eloy Jimenez had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI in Eugene’s 12-5 win over Salem-Keizer. Frandy Delarosa and Donnie Dewees each had two hits. Dewees now has a 13 game hitting streak.
Carlos Jimenez had three hits and three RBI in Mesa’s 11-0 win over the D-backs. Andruw Monasterio had four hits.
Sammy Sosa was one of six players named to the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday. Sosa will be joined by Orlando “El
Duque” Hernandez, Jesse Orosco, Edgar Renteria, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and Omar Vizquel. The Latino Hall of Fame was
inaugurated in the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic in 2010. Induction ceremonies will be Dec. 2-5. Sosa
finished with 609 home runs, and was the 1998 NL MVP with the Cubs. The announcement was made on MLB Network on Friday.