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Sunday’s games

Iowa lost, 7-2, to Omaha. Stephen Fife gave up seven runs over four innings. Jeimer Candelario had a hit, and is batting .354 this month.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two earned runs over six innings in Tennessee’s 11-5 win over Birmingham. Lane Adams was 3-for-3, and four RBI plus two stolen bases. He has hit safely in 11 straight games.

Myrtle Beach beat Wilmington, 8-7. Erick Castillo had three hits. Yasiel Balaguert and Ian Rice each drove in a run.

South Bend lost, 2-0, to Great Lakes. Duane Underwood gave up two runs over 3 2/3 innings.

Eugene beat Salem-Keizer, 6-5. Kevonte Mitchell and Tyler Payne each hit home runs, and Jose Gonzalez had two hits, both doubles, and scored two runs.

Mesa lost, 5-3, to the Athletics. Jhonny Bethencourt had two hits and one RBI.

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The Cubs and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans have signed a four-year extension of their Player Development Contract. The agreement will keep the Pelicans as the Class A affiliate through the 2020 season.

#Cubs and Arrieta face Pirates

Jake Arrieta takes the mound on Monday for the Cubs, who open a homestand against the Pirates. Arrieta is 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA (6 ER/27 1/3 IP) over his last four starts. The right-hander is 8-2 with a 1.63 ERA in 12 starts against the Pirates, including last season’s Wild Card win.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Heyward RF

Contreras C

Baez SS

Arrieta P

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Saturday’s games

Jake Buchanan gave up five hits over six innings in Iowa’s 4-0 win over Omaha. Kristopher Negron had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Chris Coghlan went 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Tennessee lost, 4-2, to Birmingham. Zach Hedges gave up one earned run over six innings. Kelly Dugan had three hits and Lane Adams drove in two runs.

Myrtle Beach beat Wilmington, 7-1, for its sixth straight win. James Pugliese struck out a season-high nine over six scoreless innings. Charcer Burks had three hits, including a leadoff home run, and finished with two RBI.

South Bend lost, 7-2, to Great Lakes. Eddy Martinez hit a solo homer. Dillon Maples pitched in relief, and has not given up an earned run over seven innings in his last four outings.

Eugene rallied to score six runs in the sixth to beat Salem-Keizer, 14-9. Bryan Hudson gave up eight runs over five innings and got the win. Trent Giambrone had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Jose Paniagua had two hits, including a three-run blast.

Brian Matusz gave up one run on one inning in Mesa’s 6-4 win over the D-backs. Edgar Rondon had two hits and one RBI.

#Cubs and Hammel face LA

Jason Hammel starts Saturday for the Cubs against the Dodgers. Hammel is 6-1 with a 2.18 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star Break, the third-lowest ERA of any pitcher in the NL behind teammate Kyle Hendricks (1.52) and Cincinnati’s Dan Straily (1.98).

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist RF

Russell SS

Soler LF

Contreras C

Baez 2B

Hammel P

*In case you missed it, Jon Lester faces Brock Stewart (0-2, 11.25) on Sunday in the series finale.

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Friday’s games

Jeimer Candelario went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a solo home run and drove in three runs in Iowa’s 6-5 win over Omaha. Tommy La Stella and Chris Coghlan both went 2-for-4.

Tennessee’s game vs. Jackson was cancelled because of rain and will not be made up. The Smokies face Birmingham Saturday.

Jeremy Null gave up two hits over seven scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-0 win over Wilmington. Yasiel Balaguert and Ian Rice both went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

South Bend lost, 2-0, to Great Lakes. Jose Paulino gave up one run over six innings.

Eugene beat Salem-Keizer, 6-4. Wladimir Galindo went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Mesa had the day off, and will play the D-backs on Saturday.

#Cubs and Montgomery face LA

Mike Montgomery will make his second start of the season for the Cubs on Friday night when  they face the Dodgers. Last Saturday vs. the Rockies, Montgomery took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before departing one out later after giving up a solo homer to Nick Hundley. Montgomery got a no-decision in the Cubs’ 9-2 victory. Here’s the lineup for Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Soler LF

Montero C

Montgomery P

The Cubs have won 22 of their last 27 games, and the starting pitchers are 18-2, 2.04 ERA in those 27 contests.

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Thursday’s games

Jeimer Candelario had two hits and one RBI in Iowa’s 8-1 loss. Drew Rucinski gave up four runs over seven innings. Chris Coghlan was 1-for-3 and scored a run in his first rehab game.

Tennessee beat Jackson, 5-4, in 10 innings. Lane Adams had two hits and one RBI. Kelly Dugan had two hits, both doubles, and two RBI, including the game-winner. Ben Carhart hit his fifth homer of the season, and third in his last four games, and finished with two RBI.

Myrtle Beach won its fourth in a row, beating Carolina, 8-4. Jonathan Martinez gave up four runs over six innings. David Bote hit two doubles and a two-run homer, and finished with three RBI.

Justin Steele gave up two runs over six innings in South Bend’s 2-1 loss to West Michigan. Eloy Jimenez hit a double.

Eugene had the day off and opens a three-game series at Salem-Keizer on Friday.

Mesa scored three runs in the third for a 3-2 win over the Angels. Isaac Paredes had two hits, including a triple.

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Tuesday’s games

Josh Collmenter gave up three hits over four scoreless innings in Iowa’s 3-2 win over Memphis. It was Collmenter’s second start. Jack Leathersich threw a scoreless inning. Tommy La Stella was 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run. Stephen Bruno hit a solo homer.

Tennessee swept a doubleheader against Jackson, and Kelly Dugan and Ben Carhart had amazing days. Dugan combined to go 5-for-8 with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and five runs scored. Carhart also homered in both games and was 5-for-8. He drove in five runs and scored three. His two-run homer with two outs in the first game was the game-winner.

Myrtle Beach shutout Carolina, 7-0. Trevor Clifton struck out 10 and gave up three hits over 6 2/3 innings. David Bote had three hits and one RBI. Ian Rice had three RBI.

Eloy Jimenez, who was named the Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year, hit a solo home run in South Bend’s 6-5 loss to West Michigan. Jimenez is batting .335. Oscar De La Cruz gave up five hits over five scoreless innings.

Eugene lost, 3-1, to Everett. Dylan Cease gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out seven over four innings. Jose Paniagua hit a double and drove in the only run.

Mesa beat the Giants, 5-3. Michael Rucker, the Cubs’ 11th round pick, struck out three over two innings and has yet to give up an earned run in 8 2/3 innings.

 

#Cubs and Hendricks face Padres

Kyle Hendricks will close the Cubs’ series in San Diego on Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo gets a day off. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Contreras C

Hendricks P

Cubs starting pitchers are 14-1 with a 1.78 ERA (27 ER/136 2/3 IP) in 21 games in August, totaling 16 quality starts.

Cubs batting since the All-Star break: Bryant .331; Szczur .316; Rizzo .295; Soler .286; Russell .283; Baez, .280, Zobrist .280.

The Dodgers have yet to announce their rotation for the Cubs series. Here are the Cubs starters:

Fri: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-1, 2.77) vs. TBD
Sat: RHP Jason Hammel (13-6, 3.07) vs. TBD
Sun: LHP Jon Lester (14-4, 2.81) vs. TBD

 

#Cubs and Arrieta face Padres

Jake Arrieta starts Tuesday night in the second game of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego. The Cubs have won 20 of their last 25 games, and the starting rotation is 16-2 with a 2.11 ERA during that span.

 

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist LF

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 2B

Contreras C

Arrieta P

Anthony Rizzo is batting .450 with six runs scored in his last nine games. Kris Bryant is batting .480 with four home runs and 11 RBI in his last five games.