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.
Jake Arrieta faces Madison Bumgarner on Saturday in the third game of the Cubs’ four-game series against the Giants. Anthony Rizzo gets the day off vs. the Giants lefty. Arrieta, has gone 7-0 with a microscopic 0.15 ERA (1 ER/59 2/3 IP) in his last eight starts against California-based teams since the start of last season.
Here’s the lineup:
Iowa beat Colorado Springs, 3-2. Juan Perez hit a two-run homer in the second. Jeimer Candelario singled and drew two walks and Albert Almora Jr. hit a double and finished with one RBI.
Tennessee lost, 10-5, to Montgomery. Ian Happ had three hits, including two home runs, and three RBI and Ben Carhart added a solo home run. Gioskar Amaya had two hits and a walk.
Myrtle Beach won, 2-1. Duane Underwood Jr. started and gave up one run over 4 2/3 innings. Yasiel Balaguert hit a triple. Underwood, who will play in the Arizona Fall League, has a 1.89 ERA in his last five games, striking out 16 in 14 1/3 innings combined.
South Bend lost, 3-0, to West Michigan. Adbert Alzolay gave up three hits over five scoreless innings. Matt Rose had three hits and P.J. Higgins had two hits and stole a base.
Eugene won its franchise-best 54th game, a 9-3 win. Bryan Hudson gave up two hits over five innings, striking out seven. Tyler Payne drove in three runs. D.J. Wilson had three hits and one RBI.
Mike Montgomery makes his third start for the Cubs on Thursday night in the first of four games against the Giants. Chris Coghlan is back, and starting in left field. It’ll be a familiar face on the mound for San Francisco as Jeff Samardzija gets the start.
The Cubs went 22-6 in August, while the Giants posted their worst month of the season (11-16). When these two teams met at AT&T Park in May, the Giants took two out of three.
Here’s the lineup:
Jordan Pries gave up one run over seven innings in Iowa’s 10-1 win over Nashville. Albert Almora Jr. had four hits and one RBI, and Jeimer Candelario had three hits and one RBI.
Tennessee won its home finale, 8-7. In his first start with the Double-A team, Jonathan Martinez gave up three runs over five innings. Ian Happ had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI. Trey Martin made a home run robbing catch to end the game.
Myrtle Beach lost, 3-0, to Lynchburg. Starter Preston Morrison gave up three hits over six scoreless innings. In his last 19 appearances, Morrison is 11-2 with a 1.47 ERA while striking out 107 over 110 1/3 innings.
South Bend lost, 3-1, to West Michigan. P.J. Higgins had two hits and one RBI.
Eugene posted a 3-2 walk-off win over Tri-City. Manuel Rondon gave up three hits over five innings, striking out seven.
Ian Happ and Eloy Jimenez, the top two prospects in the Cubs organization, according to MLB.com’s rankings, will play for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. They’ll be joined by catcher Victor Caratini, ranked No. 15 on the top 30 Cubs list, and four pitchers, including right-hander Duane Underwood, who is ranked sixth.
The other pitchers on the Mesa roster include right-handers James Farris, Ryan McNeil and Stephen Perakslis.
Jimenez was named the Midwest League Most Valuable Player, Prospect of the Year, and an end of the season All-Star. He has led the league in doubles, slugging percentage, OPS, and RBIs and was among the top five in batting average and extra base hits.
Happ, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2015 Major League Draft, played at Class A Myrtle Beach and also Double-A Tennessee this season.