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Thursday’s games

Munenori Kawasaki hit his first Minor League home run, a two-run shot, and Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a solo homer in Iowa’s 4-3 win over Sacramento. Josh Collmenter made his first start for the Iowa Cubs and gave up one run on one hit and walked four over two innings. Joe Thatcher also made his Cubs debut, giving up one hit over one inning and striking out three. Candelario is batting .312 and has hit safely in six straight games.

Tennessee lost 11-7 to Jacksonville. Jen-Ho Tseng gave up five earned runs over five innings. Kelly Dugan hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer. Chesny Young had four hits, including a double, and one RBI.

Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Winston-Salem was cancelled because of rain and will not be made up. The Pelicans play Lynchburg on Friday.

South Bend rallied to beat Bowling Green, 6-4. Matt Rose had two hits, including a solo home run, and two RBI. Duane Underwood Jr. started and walked one over two innings. Alberto Mineo had two hits, including a double, and Andruw Monasterio had two hits and two RBI.

Eugene won its 14th straight game with a 1-0 victory over Boise. Manuel Rondon gave up five hits over six scoreless innings. Trent Giambrone had three hits, including two doubles. D.J. Wilson had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI.

Mesa lost, 6-2, to the Reds. Jhonny Pereda had two hits, including a double.

#Cubs and Arrieta face Brewers

Jake Arrieta will close the Cubs’ homestand and series against the Brewers on Thursday at Wrigley Field. Arrieta has a 2.14 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. Rookie Willson Contreras will be behind the plate for the game. First pitch will be at 1:20 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

Szczur CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist RF

Russell SS

Soler LF

Contreras C

Baez 2B

Arrieta P

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Wednesday’s games

Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI in Iowa’s 8-7 win over Sacramento. Logan Watkins had two hits and two RBI.

Tyler Skulina gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 5-1 loss to Jacksonville. Tommy La Stella singled in his first at-bat, but then left the game after he was hit on the foot by a pitch. Ian Happ was 3-for-3 and stole a base.

Preston Morrison gave up three runs over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-5 win over Winston-Salem. Charcer Burks had two hits, both doubles, and scored two runs. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits and one RBI.

South Bend lost 8-5 to Bowling Green. Adonis Paula hit a two-run homer and Matt Rose hit a three-run blast.

Dylan Cease and Duncan Robinson combined for 7 2/3 hitless innings in Eugene’s 3-2 win over Boise. Trent Giambrone smacked a walk-off RBI single for the game-winner. He finished with two hits, including a double.

Mesa beat the White Sox, 15-7. Isaac Paredes had three hits, including two doubles and a home run, and five RBI.

#Cubs roster moves

The Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton from Triple-A Iowa, placed outfielder Chris Coghlan on the 15-day disabled list with a right rib contusion. The Cubs also placed right-handed pitcher Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

 

 

Coghlan, 31, was batting .222 with four doubles and five RBI in 27 games since returning to the Cubs in June.

 

Smith, 32, was acquired from the Angels on Aug. 1 and has posted no record with a 7.36 ERA (3 ER/3.2 IP) in six appearances with the Cubs.

With Smith going on the DL, Trevor Cahill will stay on the Cubs’ 25-man roster.

#Cubs and Lester face Brewers

Jon Lester starts Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Cubs’ series against the Brewers at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have won Lester’s last five starts, in which he is 3-0, 2.64 ERA. In his last start, he gave up two runs over six innings against the Cardinals.

Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson is making his fourth start against the Cubs this season. He went 0-2, 1.53 ERA in his first three.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Soler LF

Heyward RF

Ross C

Lester P

The Cubs have won 16 of their last 19 games, and 22 of 30 since the All-Star break. The rotation has a 2.09 ERA since the break. The next-best starting rotation has been the Rays’, which has a 2.96 ERA since the break.

 

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Tuesday’s games

Jake Buchanan gave up one run over seven innings in Iowa’s 5-1 win over Sacramento. Stephen Bruno had two hits and a stole base. John Andreoli had two hits and one RBI, and Juan Perez had two hits and two RBI.

Tennessee had the day off and opens a series vs. Jacksonville on Wednesday.

Myrtle Beach beat Winston-Salem, 4-3, in 10 innings. Yasiel Balaguert had three hits, and a pair of RBI. David Bote had two hits. Trevor Clifton started and gave up three runs over six innings, striking out six.

Ryan Kellogg gave up one run over five innings in South Bend’s 3-2 win over Bowling Green. Roberto Caro had two hits, including a triple, and one RBI.

Eugene won its 12th straight with a 13-8 victory over Spokane. Chris Pieters had two hits and three RBI.

Mesa had the day off, and will play host to the White Sox on Wednesday.

#Cubs Smith to DL; Cahill stays

Cubs reliever Joe Smith was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a left hamstring strain. With the move, Trevor Cahill, who was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and was the 26th man for Chicago’s doubleheader, will stay with the big league team.

Smith, acquired from the Angels on Aug. 1 for a Minor League player, has given up three home runs over 3 2/3 innings in six games with the Cubs.

Cahill started the first game of the Cubs’ doubleheader on Tuesday, and went five innings to pick up the win in a 4-0 victory over the Brewers. He had been on the disabled list since July 9 with patellar tendinitis in his right knee.

#Cubs La Stella joins Smokies

Tommy La Stella has ended his hold out, and joined the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee team on Wednesday. La Stella, who refused to report to the Minor Leagues after he was optioned on July 28, was playing second base and batting second for the Smokies.

La Stella had gone home to New Jersey rather than report to the Minor Leagues. The infielder was batting .295 when he was optioned to make room for outfielder Chris Coghlan on the 25-man roster. The Cubs placed La Stella on the temporarily inactive list.

Let’s play 2: #Cubs Hammel to start

Jason Hammel will start the second game of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader against the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Szczur CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Zobrist 2B

Contreras LF

Baez SS

Ross C

Hammel P

The Cubs won the first game, 4-0, as Trevor Cahill, Mike Montgomery, Hector Rondon, Joe Smith and Aroldis Chapman combined on a three-hit shutout. Cubs starting pitchers are 9-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 13 games this month.

#Cubs and Cahill vs Brewers in Game 1

Trevor Cahill will start the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and the Brewers. Cahill is the eighth starting pitcher to be used by the Cubs this season. Three NL teams have used a fewer number of starting pitchers: the Cardinals (7), Giants (7) and Mets (6).

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Coghlan LF

Heyward RF

Montero C

Cahill P

Anthony Rizzo hit his 25th homer on Sunday, and is the third left-handed hitter in Cubs history to record three 25-homer seasons, joining Hall of Famer Billy Williams (done 10 times) and Bill Nicholson (five times).

In case you missed it, here are the pitching matchups for this series:

Tue 1st game: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-3, 3.07) vs. RHP Matt Garza (4-4, 4.83)
Tue 2nd game: RHP Jason Hammel (12-5, 2.90) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (7-10, 4.93)
Wed: LHP Jon Lester (12-4, 2.93) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (6-12, 4.07)
Thu: RHP Jake Arrieta (14-5, 2.55) vs. RHP Zach Davies (9-5, 3.80)

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