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8/19 Rizzo and friends

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8/19 Smile

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8/19 Good cause

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Anthony Rizzo visited patients and their families at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday. Rizzo stopped by the pediatric oncology floor playroom, and waiting room, and made individual room visits, as well saying hello in the Family Life Center. He distributed Cubs hats, bears, and other goodies, took photos, and signed autographs for the patients and their families.

Photo courtesy of Chicago Cubs

8/18 Cubs 4, Mets 1

* Kyle Hendricks posted his sixth straight quality start Monday, leading the Cubs to a 4-1 win over the Mets. He gave up one run over seven innings. He’s the first Cubs rookie to have six straight QS since Kerry Wood put together two seven-game streaks in 1998. Hendricks has a 5-1 record and 1.05 ERA in his last six games.

* Javier Baez hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot into the upper deck, in the ninth. He has tied Kevin Roberson (1993) and Carmelo Martinez (1983) as Cubs with five home runs in their first 14 games.

* Anthony Rizzo hit his 28th home run in the eighth inning. It’s his third in his last seven games. He trails the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, who has 32 homers.

* With the win, the Cubs now have won more games in August than they did last year, when they were 8-20 in August 2013.

* Matt Szczur made his first Major League start in left field, subbing for Chris Coghlan, who has been battling a sore left big toe.

8/13 Cubs 4, Brewers 2

* Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to a team-high 12 games. He and the Braves’ Freddie Freeman are the only two players in the National League with 15 three-hit games. Castro’s 135 hits are tops among NL shortstops.

* Anthony Rizzo hit his second home run in as many games in the third. It’s the sixth time this season in which he’s homered in consecutive games (most previously done, July 20-22 at Arizona and vs. San Diego).

* The Javier Baez and Rizzo hit back to back homers in the third, the fifth time the Cubs have done that this year.

* Tsuyoshi Wada earned his second consecutive win, throwing 6 2/3 innings of five-hit, two-run ball. He walked one and struck out five. He is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four starts.

* Cubs starting pitchers have posted a 2.09 ERA in their last seven games and recorded quality starts in each game.

* Chris Coghlan posted his third game with three or more hits. He batted .202 average in his first 44 games of the season, and now is batting .366 (48-for-131) with 16 doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI in his last 38 contests since June 30.

* Javier Baez hit his first-career homer at Wrigley Field, a solo shot onto Waveland Avenue in the third inning. Baez has hit safely in six of his last seven games, going 10-for-31 (.323) during the stretch.

8/13 Numbers game

Some numbers to think about:

Mike Trout vs LHP: 33-for-117, 9 doubles, 8 homers, 17 RBIs, 31 Ks, .282/.400/.564

Anthony Rizzo vs. LHP: 38-for-123, 3 doubles, 8 homers, 21 RBIs, 23 Ks, .309/.411/528

8/11 Making contact

The Cubs set a franchise record with 44 strikeouts in three games against the Rays Friday through Sunday, and struck out nine times against the Brewers on Monday. No. 8 came in the ninth when Francisco Rodriguez out-dueled Anthony Rizzo in a 13-pitch at-bat.

“I just wanted to put him away,” Rodriguez said. “I was, ‘Here, hit it as hard as you can.’ He put up a battle. That’s what I expected. He’s a really good, young hitter.”

The at-bat was so long, Rodriguez said, he even invented a cutter, which he had never thrown before.

“I was just trying to get him to put the ball in play,” Rodriguez said. “It was like, ‘Oh, wow. This can be a long inning.’ So I gave him something out over [the plate] so he could put it in play. He just kept missing it.”

One other head-scratching stat: The Cubs have drawn two walks in the last four games.

“They’re chasing balls out of the zone a little bit,” manager Rick Renteria said. “They’re facing guys who have pretty good stuff — [Yovani] Gallardo is no slouch, and the relief corps is pretty good.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/9 Rays 4, Cubs 3 (10 innings)

Tsuyoshi Wada gave up two runs on four hits and one walk over six plus innings, striking out six, in the 4-3, 10-inning loss on Friday at Wrigley Field. Wada is holding left-handers to a .130 batting average (3-for-23) with one walk and seven strikeouts. He retired 12 in a row at one point.

* Anthony Rizzo extended his Wrigley Field hitting streak to six games with a double off the right field wall in the first inning. His .315 mark (62-for-197) at Wrigley this season is 63 points higher than his .252 average from a year ago.

* In his first-career at-bat at Wrigley Field, Javier Baez singled to left. He is 4-for-9 in his last two games after going 1-for-10 in his first two.

* Starlin Castro hit a RBI single in the first. He’s hit safely in seven-straight games (.414/12-for-29).

* Arismendy Alcantara has hit safely in six straight home games.

* The Cubs are 5-7 in 12 Interleague games this season.

8/7 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo gets a day off Thursday as the Cubs close their three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Valbuena 3B
Valaika 1B
Hendricks P

8/1 July numbers

* Anthony Rizzo tied for the Major League lead with eight home runs in July. He scored 19 runs, tied for fourth in the NL in the month.

* Chris Coghlan led the Majors with a .376 batting average in July. The White Sox’s Jose Abreu was second at .374. Coghlan’s batting average was the highest by a Cubs player in July since Michael Barrett batted .386 in 2006.

* Jake Arrieta held opponents to a .168 batting average in July, third lowest in the NL. Matt Garza led the league with a .156 opponent batting average.

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