#Cubs Minor League report: Baez 3 H, 1 RBI

Wednesday’s games

Felipe Paulino gave up two runs over five innings in Iowa’s 8-2 win over Salt Lake. John Andreoli had three hits, one RBI and two stolen bases. Javier Baez had three hits and one RBI, and now has a five-game hitting streak in which he’s 11 for 23 (.478).

Tennessee split a doubleheader against Montgomery, winning the first game, 7-6, with a walk-off hit in the ninth, and then losing, 4-2, in the second game, which ended after five innings because of rain. Pierce Johnson gave up three runs over 6 1/3 innings in the first game and Taylor Davis hit a solo home run.

Myrtle Beach swept a doubleheader against Winston-Salem, giving up three runs over 16 innings. Kevin Brown hit a solo home run in the first game. Jonathan Martinez gave up one hit over four innings in Game 1, and Jen-Ho Tseng gave up two runs over six innings in Game 2. Tseng struck out seven, a season high.

Trevor Clifton gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings in South Bend’s 8-3 win over Dayton. Clifton struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer. Rashad Crawford drove in four runs.

Eugene scored five runs in the first in an 11-5 win over Boise. Frandy Delarosa had three hits and three RBi. Sutton Whiting and Richardo Marcano also each had three hits.

Mesa shut out the Padres, 6-0. Daniel Spingola had two hits and two RBI. Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-1 with a double and three walks.

#Cubs Lester faces Tigers

Jon Lester takes the mound on Wednesday as the Cubs close their brief two-game Interleague series against the Tigers. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler RF

Castro 2B

Ross C

Lester P

Russell SS

The Cubs and Tigers will wear throwback uniforms from the 1945 season, which is when these two teams met in the World Series. The Tigers won, 4-3.

The Cubs are 14-8 all-time when wearing throwback uniforms, including a 4-0 mark this season.

On Tuesday, Addison Russell collected his 30th extra-base hit with a fifth inning triple, his first career triple. He joins fellow rookie Kris Bryant, who has 39 extra-base hits, as the third Cubs rookie duo in the last 25 years since 1990 to reach 30 extra-base hits. Geovany Soto (60 extra-base hits) and Kosuke Fukudome (38) turned the trick in 2008 while Tyler Colvin (43) and Starlin Castro (39) did so in 2010.

Jorge Soler has 25 extra-base hits. The last time the Cubs had a trio of rookies reach 30 extra-base hits in a season was in 1966 when Adolfo Phillips (46), Randy Hundley (44) and Byron Browne (38) did so.

Just fyi, Kyle Schwarber has 14 extra-base hits.

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Tuesday’s games

Eric Jokisch gave up two earned runs over four innings in Iowa’s 6-5 loss to Las Vegas. Javier Baez had two hits and is
batting .291 overall. Mike Olt drove in two runs.

Tennessee’s game against Montgomery was postponed because of rain. The two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday.

Myrtle Beach’s game at Winston-Salem was postponed because of rain. The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader
Wednesday.

Erick Leal gave up three hits over five innings in South Bend’s 7-2 win over Dayton. David Bote had two hits, including a
two-run homer. Jeffrey Baez had three hits and Ian Happ had two hits and two RBI. Happ has 12 RBI in his last five games.

Eugene gave up five runs in the third to lose, 5-4, to Boise. Carson Sands gave up five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Donnie
Dewees went 4-for-5 and scored three runs.

Duane Underwood gave up one hit over two innings in Mesa’s 5-3 win over the Reds. It was Underwood’s first game since June 26. Chris Pieters had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI.

#Cubs feel good about 2B options

The Cubs have been mentioned as a possible match for the Phillies’ Chase Utley, but both Chicago manager Joe Maddon and general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday the team has in-house candidates to help at second base, including Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella.

“I think we have some really nice pieces who aren’t even here yet,” Maddon said. “Regarding Chase Utley, I know that’s been talked about a lot but I’m anticipating playing with the guys here and I really like what we’re doing. Don’t just look at outside, look at inside.”

Baez was batting .291 at Triple-A Iowa with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs. La Stella, who has missed time because of a strained right oblique, was batting .222 at Iowa.

“Giving [La Stella] at-bats every day makes sense,” Hoyer said. “We could bring him up here and he could be a bench player for us now but given the fact he hasn’t had a [full] season, we thought the most prudent thing was to give him at-bats and at some point, he’ll help us. That day is not today.”

In order to get another left-handed bat in the lineup, the Cubs moved Chris Coghlan from left field to second. He made his seventh start there on Tuesday.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs lineup: Hammel time vs Tigers

Jason Hammel starts Tuesday night for the Cubs in the first of two Interleague games against the Tigers at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Coghlan 2B

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Soler RF

Montero C

Hammel P

Russell SS

The Cubs are 9-1 in their last 10 games, and 15-2 in their last 17 contests since July 29. The nine-game winning streak was their longest since a nine-game stretch, May 26-June 3, 2008.

ESPN Stats & Info notes this was the first time the Cubs have won at least nine in a row in August or later since winning 10-straight in September 1953.

The nine-game winning streak was the Cubs’ third of at least six games this season. The last time that happened was in 2008.

So far in Interleague play, the Cubs are 8-8, and have four games remaining, including Tuesday. Besides the two-game series vs. the Tigers, the Cubs will play the Indians on Aug. 24 and the Royals on Sept. 28.

#Cubs homestand details: hats, vets and ’90s salute at Wrigley

After a three-game series on the South Side, the Cubs return to Wrigley Field Tuesday night for a seven-game homestand, beginning with a two-game series against the Tigers. The Cubs will play the Braves Thursday through Sunday, and have a makeup game Monday against the Indians.

On Wednesday, the National WW II Museum will commemorate the 1945 World Series match up between the Cubs and Tigers, which was the year World War II came to an end. Both teams will sport 1945 throwback jerseys for the game. “The Victory Belles,” an a cappella group from the museum, will sing the national anthem plus there will be a flyover. World War II veteran Richard Duchossois will throw a ceremonial first pitch and a group of World War II veterans will be honored on the field for a fourth inning military recognition.

On Friday, it’s Budweiser Bleacher Friday with ’90s Day and each bleacher guest 21-and-older will receive a ‘90s re-issue Cubs hat in neon pink or yellow. Guests will hear many of their favorite songs from the decade, including Cubs player selections as their walk-up music. Budweiser Bleacher guests can play some of their favorite ‘90s arcade games behind the bleachers and may even enjoy a treat from the past with some popular ‘90s candies distributed on-site.

Fans 21-and-older can enter the #BudFridays social media contest by sharing their best ‘90s-themed photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #BudFridays hashtag. One winner will be selected to receive four tickets to the final Budweiser Bleacher Friday event Sept. 18. Official rules, prize value and details are available at the team’s #BudFridays contest page.

Tickets remain available for each series at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

*Thursday is Firefighter Appreciation Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets receive a Cubs Firefighter Baseball Cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at www.cubs.com/specialevents.

*On Saturday, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Jon Lester Cubs Debut bobblehead presented by Las Vegas.

*On Sunday, a Cubs Toy Airplane presented by American Airlines will be given to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases post-game, weather permitting.

*On Tuesday, pro golfer and 2015 British Open champion Zach Johnson will throw a ceremonial first pitch and lead the seventh inning stretch.

*As part of this year’s “Let’s Give” campaign, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative during his post game press conference on Friday. He’ll represent the Crushers Club, whose mission is to restore high-risk youth toward a path of maturity by using boxing, peer mentoring and music to engage and surround them with hope. A portion of the proceeds from Maddon’s upcoming Respect 90 The Main Event will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood. Tickets and more information for the Sept. 2 event are available at www.cubs.com/maddon.

*On Sunday, Cubs Charities and Baseball Tomorrow Fund will host an equipment drive to benefit the Bronzeville Little League. Fans can bring their new or gently used baseball and softball equipment to Wrigley Field’s Gate D from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

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Monday’s games

Iowa lost, 5-4, to Las Vegas in 12 innings. Dallas Beeler gave up one run over 7 1/3 innings for his third consecutive quality start. Javier Baez had two hits and one RBI. Tommy La Stella was 0-for-5 and Mike Olt 0-for-4 with a walk.

Tennessee had Monday off and resumes play Tuesday against Montgomery.

Myrtle Beach had Monday and returns to play Tuesday against Winston-Salem.

South Bend had Monday off and opens a six-game home stand Tuesday, facing Dayton.

Adonis Paula hit a two-run homer in Eugene’s 7-4 win over Boise. Alex Bautista had three hits and two RBI. Frandy Delarosa had two hits and two RBI.

Mesa swept a doubleheader against the White Sox, totaling 21 hits in the two games. Jose Paniagua hit a two-run homer in the second game. Daniel Spingola had two hits, including a double and a triple, and three RBIs in the first game.

#Cubs vs Cards on Sept. 20 to start at 1:20 pm CT

The Cubs announced the Sept. 20 game against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field will start at 1:20 p.m. CT. The game had been listed as “TBD” on schedules.

No word yet on when the Cubs will make up the Aug. 3 game against the Pirates that was cancelled because of rain. The game will most likely be played as a doubleheader during the Cubs’ next series in Pittsburgh, Sept. 15-17.

Want to play your October, #Cubs fans? Here’s postseason sked

MLB announced the schedule for the 2015 postseason, which will open with the American League Wild Card Game on Oct. 6. Game One of the 2015 World Series is scheduled for Oct. 27 in the AL champions ballpark.

Following the scheduled Oct. 4 conclusion to the regular season, any necessary regular season tiebreaker games would be play Oct. 5. The Oct. 6 AL Wild Card game would be followed on Oct. 7 by the National League Wild Card game.

Both AL Division Series will begin on Oct. 8. The first full slate of Division Series games, featuring two NL Division Series openers and a pair of ALDS Game Twos, will be held on Oct. 9.

Overall, the Division Series are scheduled from Oct. 8-15, with two potential Game Fives on Oct. 14 (ALDS) and Oct. 15 (NLDS).

The AL Championship Series will begin on Oct. 16, and the NL Championship Series will begin on Oct. 17. A potential Game Seven of the ALCS would be Oct. 24, while a Game Seven of the NLCS would be Oct. 25.

Game One of the 2015 World Series is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the ballpark of the AL Champions. The 111th Fall Classic will shift to the ballpark of the NL Champions on Oct. 30.

A Game Seven, if necessary, would be scheduled for Nov. 4 at the AL ballpark. The scheduled off days during the World Series are Oct. 29 and Nov. 2, if necessary.

#Cubs Minor Leagues: 4 Eugene pitchers combine on no-no

Sunday’s games

Taylor Teagarden was 3-for-3 with one RBI and Javier Baez had two hits and a stolen base in Iowa’s 4-3 win over Las Vegas. Tsuyoshi Wada started, and gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings.

Tennessee gave up 10 unanswered runs in the last five innings to lose 11-4 to Chattanooga. Willson Contreras had two hits and one RBI.

Brad Markey gave up three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 2-0 win over Lynchburg. Chesny Young had three hits.

Zach Hedges gave up one run over five innings in South Bend’s 4-1 win over Wisconsin. Ian Happ hit his fourth home run and a triple, plus drove in three runs. He now has four home runs and 13 RBIs in his last eight games.

Four pitchers combined for the fifth no-hitter in franchise history as Eugene blanked Everett, 3-0. Preston Morrison started and went three innings, Kyle Twomey threw three innings, Luis Hernandez two innings, and Trey Masek finished with one inning for the Emeralds first no-no since 1968. Kevonte Mitchell had two hits and one RBI. Morrison now has given up one run over 13 2/3 innings.

Mesa had Sunday off and returns to action Monday with a doubleheader against the White Sox.

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