#Cubs Lester gets start vs Bucs

Jon Lester takes the mound Friday in the first game of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Pirates. The Cubs can clinch a playoff berth with a win Friday. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Coghlan RF

Russell SS

Ross C

Lester P

La Stella 2B

Lester, has 192 strikeouts this season, third-most in a single season for a Cubs lefty in franchise history. He’s 10 away from Ken Holtzman, who set the mark with 202 strikeouts in 1970. Lester has recorded four double-digit strikeout games this season, a franchise mark for a left-hander. Lester’s 192 strikeouts this season are tied for seventh-most in the NL with today’s opposing starter, Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole.

The Cubs have won 13 of their last 17 home games, and 20 of the last 26.

#Cubs Castro visits patients at Lurie’s

Starlin Castro spent his off day visiting patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. He took time to make some individual room visits for some children who were in isolation and could not come down to see him. Castro brought Cubs hats and teddy bears, signed autographs, and took photos. SCLCH92405

#Cubs Kid K and Lane Tech kids


New Kerry Wood #Cubs Field opens

On Thursday, the new Kerry Wood Cubs Field was dedicated. The new $5 million ballpark, located next to Lane Tech High School, will provide a much needed baseball diamond in the city of Chicago. The project, which has been in the works for nine years, was a combined effort of Wood, the city of Chicago, the Park District, the Cubs, Turner Construction, and Chicago public schools. It will be available to both high school teams and for the public through the park district.

Wood, who was drafted out of high school at the age of 17, said he felt like a big leaguer when he first stepped onto the high school field in Texas. Chicago kids didn’t have that opportunity, and when they played in the Illinois High School Association playoffs, they had to go to the suburbs. What was key was creating a regulation pitching mound. The scoreboard is designed similar to the Wrigley Field marquee. Cubs historians know Lane Tech was home to Phil Cavarretta, who played and managed the Cubs, so the location of the new diamond is perfect.

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Cubs Charities board chair Laura Ricketts, and others took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The field is positioned perfectly so fans can see the Chicago skyline over the center field fence.

“This is a great day for my family and I, and an even greater day for Chicago area high school baseball players,” Wood said.


#Cubs Deshaies recalls 8 K anniversary

On Sept. 23, 1986, Jim Deshaies started for the Houston Astros in what turned out to be a record-breaking day. Deshaies, now the analyst on the Cubs television broadcasts, struck out the first eight batters he faced, and finished with a complete game two-hitter in a win over the Dodgers.

“It’s September of ’86, and we’re on the verge of clinching a division that we weren’t supposed to win and there was a
great vibe going on in Houston,” Deshaies said Wednesday on the anniversary of his event. “I had missed my previous start with a tender elbow, I believe. By some twist of fate, I struck out the first eight guys in the ballgame.

“The best story associated with that is what happened the next two days,” Deshaies said. “I go complete game, two-hitter, strike out the first eight. So for one day, I’m kind of like the hero. Next day, Nolan [Ryan] comes out, eight innings of one-hit ball, and strikes out 14. I think Charlie Kerfeld pitched the ninth.

“That night, after the game, I’m shaving next to Alan Ashby, and I make some crack to Ashby, ‘Geez, you think Nolan, with
all that he’s accomplished, would let me have the limelight for more than 24 hours.’ And I swear to God this is true, Ashby
says, ‘Well, I’ve got a feeling Scotty will show you both up,’ and Mike [Scott] comes out the next day and throws a no-
hitter to clinch the division, so we go two-hitter, one-hitter, no-hitter in three days and Mike’s no-hitter is over the
Giants. [Ashby] was very prophetic.”

Was one pitching working for Deshaies that day?

“I threw high fastballs,” he said. “I wasn’t a hard thrower, but I had deception and a sneaky fastball. I used to throw a lot of high fastballs and have swings and misses up there. When I had good games, that was my best pitch. The more memorable sequence was Pedro Guerrero had a long at-bat — I think double-digit pitches at-bat. He kept fouling pitches off. I finally struck him out looking. I finally threw him a change up on 3-2, and he took it. It was called a strike — it was probably a ball. Dave Pallone was the [home plate] umpire. He had a pretty generous zone, so that helped. The other thing is I finished with 10 strikeouts. I had eight in a row to start the game and only ended up with 10.”

Does he celebrate the anniversary of his record eight Ks to start a game?

“My wife [Lori] actually wished me happy anniversary today,” Deshaies said. “Every now and then I’ll get a text. I got a text from an old teammate today, Jimmy Pankovits. As long as we were teammates the rest of that year, every game, once somebody put the ball in play, he’d come down and give me a high five and say, ‘OK, your record is safe.'”

Last year, the Met’s Jacob deGrom tied the mark with 8 straight Ks to open a game.

“It’s OK that it’s tied,” Deshaies said. “The ninth guy for me popped up. His ninth guy was the pitcher who got a base hit.
So I claim tiebreaker status, however, he did go on to win the Rookie of the Year. He may have a more legitimate claim to

— Carrie Muskat

Day 2 at the zoo with the #Cubs

On Tuesday, there was a penguin, flamingo, snow leopards and some other animals at Wrigley Field for the Cubs players and their families. On Wednesday, the Cubs players got to meet Bibi, a 2 1/2 year old cheetah. Cubs pitcher Travis Wood was giving Joe Maddon some grieve for not having animals in the clubhouse this year. The Columbus Zoo was behind the animal project.

“This time of the year, things tend to get a little bit up tight and I don’t want that at all — there’s no reason to be,” Maddon said. “These little sojourns from the normal moment I think are good for everybody.”


#Cubs Hendricks faces Brewers

The Cubs will try to complete a sweep of the Brewers on Wednesday, sending Kyle Hendricks to the mound at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Montero C

Baez 2B

Russell SS

Hendricks P

The Cubs have gone 38-16 since July 27, and the 38 wins are the most in the Major Leagues in that span, two ahead of the Blue Jays. The Cubs also have scored 125 runs in the last 22 games, the most in MLB in that stretch.

Starlin Castro is batting .416 with seven doubles, five homers and 17 RBI in his last 26 games.

Kris Bryant is batting .359 in his last 33 games with 11 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 32 RBI.

#Cubs Rizzo asks patients to sign a jersey


#Cubs Rizzo visits kids at Lurie’s

Anthony Rizzo took time this week to meet with pediatric cancer patients and their families at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Rizzo brought Cubs hats, teddy bears, and blankets. He also continued his new tradition of having the patients sign one of his jerseys, which he wants to frame.ARLCH92204

#Cubs Arrieta goes for 20th win

Jake Arrieta takes the mound Tuesday night in his bid to become the Major League’s first 20-game  winner. The right-hander has posted 17 straight quality starts, and is 13-1 with a 1.01 ERA in that stretch. He has a 0.95 ERA since the All-Star break, which is the second lowest ERA after the break in ML history.

The Cubs and Arrieta face the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Castro 2B

Coghlan RF

Montero C

Baez SS

Arrieta P


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