#Cubs Minor League report: Happ homers

Monday’s games

Iowa’s game at Round Rock was postponed because of wet grounds. On Tuesday, Ryan Williams is scheduled to start at New Orleans.

Paul Blackburn gave up two hits over seven scoreless innings in Tennessee’s 4-0 win over Montgomery. Carlos Penalver had two hits and three RBI.

Ian Happ hit two home runs and Tommy Thorpe gave up one run over 5 1/3 innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-4 win over Winston- Salem. Happ went 4-for-5 with four RBI and a stolen base. He’s 6-for-8 in his last two games.

Carson Sands gave up two runs over five innings in South Bend’s 9-3 win over Bowling green. Daniel Spingola had three hits and two stolen bases. Matt Rose hit a two-run homer.

#Cubs lineup: Lackey vs. Cardinals

John Lackey pitched two seasons with the Cardinals but has never faced them in the regular season. That will change Monday night when the right-hander opens the Cubs’ three-game series in St. Louis. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Zobrist 2B

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Montero C

Soler LF

Russell SS

Lackey P

Lackey was 11-4 with a 2.03 ERA (35 ER/155 1/3 IP) in 22 regular season starts at Busch Stadium in his two seasons with the Cardinals. That’s the lowest ERA of any pitcher who has made 10 or more starts at the new Busch Stadium. The right-hander picked up the win in his last start on Wednesday against the Reds, giving up two runs over 6 2/3 innings.

Although he’s never faced the Cardinals in the regular season, he’s 1-1, 2.57 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against them in the 2013 World Series.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:09 p.m. CT, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN, WPWR and 670 AM radio.

It’s all about pitching for #Cubs

In each of the first 12 games, Cubs starting pitchers have gone at least six innings, something the franchise hasn’t accomplished in 106 years since the 1910 club had its starters go at least six innings in each of the first 14 games of the season. Baseball historian Ed Hartig gets credit for that nugget.

According to STATS Inc., the previous Major League team to have its starters go at least six innings in its first 12 games of the season was the 1999 Braves while the 1988 Astros (22 games) and Indians (17) were the last teams to carry a streak of at least 13 games to start the season.

Cubs starters have recorded a 2.37 ERA (21 ER/79 2/3 IP) in the first 12 games, the second-best mark in MLB. According to STATS Inc., the Cubs have 11 quality starts in its first 12 games for the first time since 1978. That ’78 team also had 12 quality efforts in its first 13 games of the season.

The Cubs’ 11 quality starts lead MLB. The Cubs’ bullpen has worked 28 innings, tied for the fewest in MLB with the White Sox.

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Sunday’s games

Iowa’s game at Round Rock was postponed because of rain, and will be made up later this summer. Ryan Williams was scheduled to start Monday against Round Rock.

Carlos Penalver had two hits and two RBI in Tennessee’s 5-3 loss to Montgomery. Rob Zastryzny gave up two earned runs over six innings. Gerardo Concepcion threw two scoreless innings in relief and has yet to give up a run over seven innings.

Jake Stinnett gave up two earned runs over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-3 win over Carolina. Jason Vosler had three hits and two RBI. Ian Happ had two hits, two runs, two walks and a stolen base.

Eloy Jimenez had two hits, scored two runs and drove in a run in South Bend’s 5-4 win over Fort Wayne. Donnie Dewees had two hits, both doubles, and scored a run. Adbert Alzolay gave up three runs over 6 1/3 innings.

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Saturday’s games

Iowa shut out Round Rock, 7-0. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and two RBI, and Willson Contreras had three hits. Michael Wagner, promoted from South Bend, gave up three hits over 3 2/3 innings, striking out four.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two runs on two hits and three walks over four innings in Tennessee’s 6-1 loss to Birmingham. Jacob Hannemann had two hits and two stolen bases.

Erick Leal gave up one unearned run over five innings in Myrtle Beach’s 6-1 win over Carolina. Jason Vosler had two hits, and Jeffrey Baez and Yasiel Balaguert each drove in two runs.

Kyle Twomey gave up five earned runs over four innings in South Bend’s 14-1 loss to Fort Wayne. Sutton Whiting had two hits.

#Cubs lineup vs Rockies & more

Jon Lester gets the start Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Rockies at Wrigley Field. Javier Baez will start at shortstop, giving Addison Russell a day off.  Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Zobrist 2B

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Soler LF

Baez SS

Ross C

Lester P

More Jake Arrieta notes: Arrieta extended his franchise record to 23-straight quality starts and now has thrown 48 2/3-consecutive scoreless innings at Wrigley Field dating to last season.

Elias reports that Arrieta became the first pitcher in Major League history to make six-straight regular-season home starts (either spanning seasons or within one season) without being charged a run.

Elias adds that Arrieta’s 48 2/3-consecutive scoreless innings at home are the longest for any pitcher at his home park since the Phillies Ray Herbert threw 54 straight scoreless innings at Connie Mack Stadium spanning 1962-63.
*Looking ahead to Cubs at Cardinals series, here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP John Lackey (2-0, 5.68) vs. RHP Mike Leake (0-1, 6.97)
Tuesday: RHP Jason Hammel (1-0, 0.75) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (1-0, 2.40)
Wednesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 2.84) vs. RHP Carlos Martinez (2-0, 3.46)


#Cubs 6, Rockies 2: Arrieta gets W

The Cubs topped the Rockies 6-2 on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler hit back to back home runs and Dexter Fowler added a three-run blast. Jake Arrieta was the star of the game. With eight shutout innings Saturday, Arrieta extended his franchise record consecutive quality starts streak to 23 games. It’s the longest streak in the Majors since Bob Gibson tossed a MLB record 26-straight quality starts during the 1967-68 seasons. Arrieta now is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA this season.

Arrieta has not given up a run in his last 48 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field, dating to the fourth inning, July 25, 2015. According to STATS Inc., it’s the longest streak in Wrigley history and the longest for any Major League pitcher at his home ballpark since at least 1974.

The Cubs have won Arrieta’s last 16 regular season starts, the longest streak in franchise history since at least 1913 (surpassing a 15-game run with Rick Sutcliffe in 1984).

Arrieta has gone at least seven innings in each of his first three starts this season for the first time in his career. He joins Jeff Samardzija (2014) as the only Cubs pitchers in the last nine seasons to begin the campaign with three-straight starts of at least seven innings.

Arrieta now has won 14-consecutive decisions, only two behind Sutcliffe’s franchise record 16-game winning streak spanning the 1984-85 seasons.

Arrieta has a 1.94 ERA (49 ER/227 2/3 IP) in his career at Wrigley Field, the lowest ERA by a Cubs pitcher in Wrigley Field history.

(Information courtesy of the Cubs)

#Cubs Arrieta makes 1st home start

Here are some notes re: Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta to prep you for Saturday’s game.

*This will be Arrieta’s first start at Wrigley Field in 2016. He has thrown 40 2/3 consecutive scoreless regular season innings at home, the longest regular season scoreless innings streak in a home ballpark since Cal Eldred (41 2/3 IP in 1992).

*With a scoreless outing on Saturday, Arrieta would become the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) with six consecutive scoreless regular season home starts.

*In his last outing, Arrieta gave up three earned runs over seven innings in the Cubs’ 7-3 win over the D-backs.

*The Cubs have won each of Arrieta’s last 15 regular season starts, with the right-hander going 13-0 with a 0.75 ERA in those outings.

*In two starts against the Rockies, Arrieta is 1-1 with a 7.50 ERA, and both of those came in 2014. In his last start against Colorado on Aug. 6, 2014, he went just five innings, giving up a career-worst tying nine earned runs and took the loss.


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Friday’s games

Dan Vogelbach hit a three-run homer in Iowa’s 8-6 loss to Round Rock. Drew Rucinski took the loss, giving up seven runs over 4 1/3 innings. Munenori Kawasaki rejoined the team, and drove in three runs.

Tyler Skulina gave up two runs over five innings in Tennessee’s 4-2 win over Birmingham. Jacob Hannemann had two hits and one RBI.

Trevor Clifton gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in Myrtle Beach’s 2-0 loss to Carolina.

South Bend lost, 10-3, to Fort Wayne. Ryan Kellogg gave up four runs over 4 1/3 innings. Ian Rice and Daniel Spingola each had two hits.

Injury update: Iowa pitchers Pierce Johnson and Stephen Fife were both placed on the disabled list, and Stephen Perakslis was promoted to Iowa from Tennessee. Fife was injured during his second start of the season against New Orleans on April 13. He was removed mid-at bat after pitching 4 1/3 innings of two-hit ball and has been diagnosed with a left side strain. Johnson was hit by a comebacker in the third inning on April 11. He faced two more batters to finish the inning. He’s sidelined with a forearm bruise on his pitching arm.

#Cubs lineup vs Rockies: Arrieta starts

Jake Arrieta makes his Wrigley Field debut Saturday when the Cubs play host to the Rockies in the second game of their three-game series. Last season, Arrieta was 9-5 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts at Wrigley. Ben Zobrist gets the day off, and Javier Baez, activated from the disabled list on Friday, is in the lineup at second base. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Baez 2B

Russell SS

Szczur LF

Ross C

Arrieta P


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