Trevor Clifton gave up one run over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 8-1 win over Salem in the first game of the best of three playoffs. Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run and finished with two RBI. The Pelicans scored six runs in the third inning. David Bote had two hits and two RBI. Preston Morrison starts on Thursday in Game 2.
South Bend lost, 3-2, to West Michigan in the first game of their best of three playoff series. Oscar De La Cruz gave up one earned run over six innings, striking out seven. Eddy Martinez had two hits and Alberto Mineo drove in a run. Lefty Jose Paulino starts in Game 2 on Thursday.
Eugene lost, 4-3, in 10 innings to Hillsboro in the first playoff game. Manuel Rondon gave up two runs over five innings and Robert Garcia hit a solo home run in the third inning. Lefty Bryan Hudson is scheduled to start Game 2 on Thursday.
Mike Montgomery will start Wednesday night in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo was supposed to get the day off but manager Joe Maddon decided the first baseman looked pretty good on Tuesday when he hit two home runs. Rizzo is the 14th Cub in franchise history with at least 12 multi-homer efforts.
With a win on Wednesday, the Cubs will be MLB’s first team to get to 90 wins. The last time the Cubs won 90 games in consecutive seasons was 1929-1930.
Here’s the lineup:
Looking ahead to the Cubs series against the Astros, here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: LHP Jon Lester (15-4, 2.61) vs. RHP Joe Musgrove (2-3, 5.06)
Saturday: RHP John Lackey (9-7, 3.36) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (9-10, 4.96)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (16-6, 2.84) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (10-6, 4.29)
Myrtle Beach begins the Southern Division Championship series Wednesday night at home against Salem. Right-hander Trevor Clifton, who was just named the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August, gets the start in the best of three series.
South Bend opens a best-of-three quarterfinal series at West Michigan Wednesday night. Right-hander Oscar De La Cruz is scheduled to start. The South Bend Cubs won the Eastern Division first half title with a 41-28 record, and went 43-27 in the second half.
Eugene opens the first round of the Northwest League playoffs Wednesday at Hillsboro. Eugene won both the South Division first half and second half titles. Lefty Manuel Rondon is scheduled to start.
Jason Hammel starts Tuesday night for the Cubs in the second game of their three-game series against the Brewers. Hammel is 10-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 14 career starts against the Brewers. Looks like Kris Bryant is getting a breather. He went 0-for-5 on Monday to snap a career-high 21-game on-base streak. Bryant is still batting .375 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in his last 28 games.
Here’s the lineup:
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The Cubs were expected to activate Hector Rondon from the disabled list on Tuesday and call up outfielder Albert Almora Jr., infielder Munenori Kawasaki, catcher Tim Federowicz and right-handed reliever Spencer Patton from Triple-A Iowa.
Rondon, 28, has been on the DL since Aug. 17 with a right triceps strain.
Almora, 22, batted .303 in 80 games at Iowa with four home runs, 18 doubles, three triples and 43 RBIs. He appeared in 34 games with the Cubs from June 7-July 20, and hit .265.
Kawasaki, 35, who was up with the Cubs briefly and appeared in three games, hit .255 in 102 games at Iowa, stealing 20 bases.
Federowicz, 29, who appeared in 13 games for the Cubs from late April to early June, batted .293 in 65 games at Iowa, hitting eight home runs and 12 doubles and driving in 39 runs.
Patton, 28, appeared in 35 games at Iowa, and compiled a 1.00 ERA, giving up three earned runs over 36 innings while striking out 59. In 12 games with the Cubs, the right-hander has given up nine earned runs over 17 1/3 innings.
Iowa ended its season with a 12-3 win over Colorado Springs. The I-Cubs finished 67-76. Jordan Pries gave up three runs over six innings. Tim Federowicz had three hits, including a double, and two RBI. Juan Perez had three hits, including a triple, and three RBI. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and two RBI. He finished the season batting .333.
Tennessee finished its season with a 6-2 loss to Montgomery to close at 58-81. Jonathan Martinez gave up four earned runs over seven innings, striking out seven. Chesny Young clinched the Southern League batting title with a .303 average. He is the second straight Smokies player to do so after Willson Contreras won the title last year. Kelly Dugan had two hits and one RBI.
Myrtle Beach lost, 3-1, to Potomac. The Pelicans begin the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series on Wednesday vs. Salem. In Monday’s game, Andrew Ely reached twice with a single and a walk, and drove in the only run.
South Bend closed the regular season with a 3-0 victory and finished 84-55. The Cubs will open a best-of-three quarterfinal series at West Michigan on Wednesday. In Monday’s game, Ryan Kellogg gave up five hits over six innings and struck out six. Connor Myers hit a solo home run. Tyler Alamo drove in a run.
Eugene lost 6-1 to Hillsboro to close the regular season. The Emeralds open the Northwest League playoffs on Wednesday at Hillsboro. On Monday, Dylan Cease struck out 10 and gave up one hit over five innings.
Happy Labor Day. Kyle Hendricks will open the Cubs’ three-game series at Miller Park against the Brewers on Monday. Just FYI, Hendricks has started after three extra inning games, and he’s 3-0 in those games. The right-hander has given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his last 18 starts. The Brewers are coming off a sweep against the Pirates, and Zach Davies will start. First pitch is 12:10 p.m. CT from Milwaukee. Here’s the lineup:
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John Lackey returns to action on Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Giants at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT. Lackey has been on the DL with a right shoulder strain. Here’s the lineup:
Josh Collmenter gave up one run over five innings in Iowa’s 5-1 win over Colorado Springs. Jeimer Candelario had three hits and one RBI and Taylor Davis drove in a run and stole a base.
Tennessee lost, 3-2, to Montgomery. Kelly Dugan hit a solo homer in the seventh. Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run over seven innings, striking out five. Victor Caratini hit a game-tying sac fly in the ninth.
Myrtle Beachclinched the Southern Division second half title with a 5-4, 14-inning win. David Bote hit a three-run homer in the first. Donnie Dewees hit an RBI single in the top of the 14th for the game-winner. He finished with two hits. Yasiel Balaguert was a home run shy of the cycle.
Tyler Alamo and Matt Rose both homered in South Bend’s 7-4 win over Dayton. Alamo finished with two RBI. P.J. Higgins also drove in two runs.
Eugene lost, 1-0, to Hillsboro. Wladimir Guerrero had two hits and a walk.
Jorge Soler has an ingrown toenail, and was scratched from Saturday’s Cubs lineup. Here’s the new lineup vs. the Giants:
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Note: Anthony Rizzo is just getting a day off.