7/20 Wada to start Wednesday

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said that lefty Tsuyoshi Wada will start Wednesday. Kyle Hendricks will go Tuesday, as the Cubs try to find pitchers to fill vacancies created by the trade of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.

– Carrie Muskat

7/20 Extra bases

* Jake Arrieta is 5-1 with a 1.95 ERA (17 ER/78 1/3 IP) in 13 starts since making his season debut on May 3. Since the start of May, Arrieta has the third-best ERA in all of baseball behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (1.81) and the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez (1.88).

* Welington Castillo hit his seventh homer of the season Saturday, one shy of the career-high eight he hit in 113 games last season. Anthony Rizzo’s 22 home runs are one shy of his career mark 23, done last year. Speaking of Castillo, he has thrown out six of the last 12 baserunners attempting to steal on him dating to June 23 (spanning his last 15 games).

* Darwin Barney last night was 2-for-4 with a triple and is batting .385 (15-for-39) with a .923 OPS in 10 July games.

7/20 Minor matters – Saturday’s games

Chris Valaika, Eli Whiteside and Logan Watkins each homered in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Round Rock. All three home runs came in the second inning. Javier Baez added a two-run double. Eric Jokisch started, and gave up three earned runs over four innings. Chris Rusin gets the start Sunday.

Emilio Bonifacio committed an error in the fourth that allowed a run to score in Tennessee’s 1-0 loss to Huntsville in the first game of a doubleheader. Pierce Johnson took the loss, giving up four hits and two walks over five innings. Elliot Soto had two hits. In the second game, Stephen Bruno had two of the Smokies’ three hits in a 5-0 loss. Eduardo Figueroa gave up four runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Tayler Scott gave up four runs over five innings in Daytona’s 5-3 loss to Fort Myers. Gioskar Amaya, Albert Almora and Jordan Hankins each hit doubles, and Hankins finished with two RBIs.

Trey Martin had two hits and one RBIs in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Great Lakes. Paul Blackburn took the loss, giving up four runs over six innings.

Jesse Hodges had three hits, including his fifth home run, and a triple, plus one RBIs in Boise’s 12-9 win over Salem-Keizer. Hodges is batting .282. Ben Wells got the win, giving up two runs over five innings. Mark Zagunis added two doubles.

Mesa held on for a 5-4 win over the Brewers. Eloy Jimenez had two RBIs, and Varonex Cuevas had two hits and two walks.

7/20 Cubs vs. Padres

Looking ahead to the Cubs’ series vs. the Padres at Wrigley Field, here are the pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00) vs. LHP Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98)
Wednesday: TBD vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62)
Thursday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-10, 5.61) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85)

7/19 Cubs lineup

Arismendy Alcantara will start in center field Saturday night when the Cubs play the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Ruggiano RF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Castillo C
Lake LF
Olt 3B
Barney 2B
T. Wood P

* Rizzo hit two home runs Friday for his sixth career multi-homer game and second this year. He has homered in four of his last six road games.
* Luis Valbuena has scored 34 runs, which matches his 2013 season total.
* Alcantara stole two bases on Friday, the most by a Cubs player in a single game this season. Emilio Bonifacio also swiped two on April 2 and April 10 vs. Pirates.

7/19 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Javier Baez and Kris Bryant each homered for the second straight game and Tsuyoshi Wada struck out 10 to lead Iowa to a 4-1 win over Round Rock. It’s the fourth time the two have homered in the same game this year. The 10 Ks match Wada’s season and career high. It’s the third time this year he has reached that mark. Wada leads the PCL with 120 strikeouts and is second with 113 2/3 innings pitched. He ranks fourth in ERA (2.77) and fifth with a 1.16 WHIP. He picked up his 10th win Friday and joins Kyle Hendricks with double-digit wins this year. It’s the first time the Cubs have had multiple 10-game winners since 2010 when Jeff Samardzija and Jay Jackson each won 11 and Casey Coleman won 10.

Baez went 2-for-5 with a home run Friday. He has hit safely in 12 straight games. Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the third, and now has 11 home runs in 26 games with Iowa. He leads all of Minor League baseball with 33 home runs.

Tennessee’s game vs. Huntsville was postponed because of rain. The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader today.

Rock Shoulders hit a walk-off grand slam in the 17th inning to lift Daytona to an 11-7 win over Fort Myers. Daytona had rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the sixth to tie the game. Kyle Schwarber and Wilson Contreras both homered. It was Schwarber’s first since joining the D-Cubs. Albert Almora, Billy McKinney, Gioskar Amaya and Wes Darvill each had at least two hits.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one run over six scoreless innings to lead Kane County to a 10-1 win over Lansing. Jeimer Candelario and Cael Brockmeyer each homered. Brockmeyer finished with four RBIs. Shawon Dunston had three hits and two RBIs. Tseng was perfect through 14 batters and posted his fourth quality start.

Boise overcame a 7-1 deficit, scoring five runs in the sixth and four in the seventh, to beat Spokane, 10-7. Jason Vosler had two hits and two RBIs.

Mesa lost, 7-3, to the Brewers. Andrew Ely hit his second home run of the year.

7/18 Hendricks to start Tuesday

Manager Rick Renteria said Friday that Kyle Hendricks will be the Cubs’ fourth starter, and make his second big league start on Tuesday against the Padres at Wrigley Field. Renteria would not commit as to who his fifth starter will be. Hendricks made his ML debut July 10 against the Reds, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. HE struck out seven and did not get a decision.

– Carrie Muskat

7/18 Cubs lineup

Arismendy Alcantara is starting at second base and batting second, and the Cubs’ two All-Stars, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, are hitting third and fourth, as the team opens the second half Friday night against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Alcantara 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Ruggiano CF
Sweeney RF
Castillo C
Jackson P

Jackson has not won since June 20, and he’s coming off a bad loss to the Braves in which he gave up nine runs over 3 2/3 innings. He is 2-4 with a 4.80 ERA in nine career games (eight starts) against Arizona.

7/18 Castro rumors

The Cubs have plenty of depth as far as middle infielders go, and fans often ask what the team is going to do with all of them. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, other teams are inquiring as well. Morosi said the Cubs’ Starlin Castro has drawn some trade interest. But Morosi says sources tell him the Cubs do not plan on moving the shortstop before the Trade Deadline. Castro is in the second year of a seven-year, $60 million contract with the Cubs. Javier Baez did move from shortstop to second base on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa, and was expected to play there a little more regularly, according to manager Marty Pevey. The Cubs also have talented infielder Arismendy Alcantara, and acquired shortstop Addison Russell in the trade with the Athletics. As of today, Castro is the starting shortstop.

“The nice thing about having impact players who are athletic and can play in the middle of the field and can hit is that you have options,” Theo Epstein said when the Cubs acquired Russell. “You can never have too many shortstops. If you look around baseball, you see some of the best outfielders in the game came up as shortstops, some of the best third basemen in the game came up as shortstops, some of the best second basemen in the game came up as shortstops. Heck, some of the best first basemen in the game came up as shortstops.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/18 Minor matters – Thursday’s games

Dallas Beeler threw seven shutout innings, and Kris Bryant and Javier Baez each homered to lead Iowa to a 7-0 win over Round Rock. Baez, playing second base, went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Bryant was 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Beeler struck out four and walked two.

Tennessee held Huntsville to four hits in a 4-1 win. Corey Black gave up one run over six innings and struck out eight. Jorge Soler hit his sixth home run, Addison Russell hit his first, and Christian Villanueva hit his third.

Daytona lost, 7-5, to Fort Myers. Dan Vogelbach hit his ninth home run, a two-run shot, and Kyle Schwarber, starting in left field, had two hits. Nathan Dorris gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Jacob Rogers drove in two runs in the 10th to help Kane County beat Lansing, 3-0. Duane Underwood threw six shutout innings, giving up three hits.

Boise lost, 12-5, to Spokane. Jeffrey Baez extended his hitting streak to 20 games. Mark Zagunis, Jesse Hodges and Justin Marra each had two hits.

Eloy Jimenez had two hits in Mesa’s 3-2 loss to the D-Backs. Justin Steele started, and walked one.


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