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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.

7/29 Cubs 4, Rockies 3 (16 innings)

* Tuesday’s game lasted 6 hours, 27 minutes and marked the longest game by time in Cubs franchise history, breaking the 6:10 game, Aug. 17-18, 1982, vs. the Dodgers (21 innings).

* John Baker became the first Cubs position player to pitch in a game since Joe Mather did so Aug. 27, 2012, vs. Milwaukee. Baker is the first position player to earn a win since Baltimore’s Chris Davis did so, May 6, 2012, at Boston. The previous NL position player to earn a win was Philadelphia’s Wilson Valdez, May 25, 2011, against the Reds. According to Elias, Baker is the first Cubs position player ever to get the win as a pitcher in a game.

* Chicago’s bullpen tossed 12-scoreless innings, scattering just three hits while striking out 14.

* The Cubs improved to 5-6 in extra-inning games this season.

* Starlin Castro’s sac-fly RBI in the bottom of the 16th gave the Cubs their first walk-off win since July 11 vs. Atlanta.

* Anthony Rizzo has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-56 (.321). Rizzo is 15-for-43 (.349) with five home runs and nine RBI in 11 games since the All-Star break.

* Emilio Bonifacio went 4-for-7 and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 home games (.419/18-for-43). This was his fourth game with at least four hits. Bonifacio tied the game at 3-3 with a fourth-inning, two-run homer.

* Edwin Jackson did not get a decision. He gave up three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four in four innings. It was the fifth time in 22 starts this season where he did not last at least five innings. In six July starts, Jackson went 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA (25 ER/30.0 IP). Opponents hit .328 (40-for-122).

7/28 Cubs 4, Rockies 1

* Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his first Major League win Monday, giving up one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six. The lefty has increased his strikeout totals in each of his first three big league starts.

* Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs, and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, going 16-for-49 (.327). He is batting .315 at home this season, 63 points higher than his home batting average from last year (.252).

* Arismendy Alcantara has a .324 batting average with four doubles and six RBIs in nine games at second.

* Justin Ruggiano is batting .390 with 10 runs, eight doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI in his last 24 games since June 25.

* Emilio Bonifacio has hit safely in eight of his last nine games at Wrigley Field, going 14-for-36 (.389) with four multi-hit efforts during the stretch.

7/23 Rizzo’s get well wish

When Anthony Rizzo crossed home plate after hitting his 24th, and then his 25th home runs, he touched his fingers to his lips and then pointed to the sky. It was a message to a 22-year-old cancer patient who the Cubs first baseman had met earlier in the day.

On Tuesday, Rizzo made his monthly visit to the cancer ward at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and met one of the patients, Mike, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Mike is a “huge Cubs fan,” Rizzo said Wednesday, and the first baseman didn’t exactly promise he would hit a home run, but said he’d try.

Rizzo not only hit one, but notched his seventh career multi-homer game, and third this year, and has set a career high in homers this season, topping the old mark of 23, set last year.

Meeting Mike brought back some memories for Rizzo, 24, who was diagnosed in 2008 with Hodgkins lymphoma, and battled back.

“This one hit more at home for me,” Rizzo said about meeting Mike, his mother, and his girl friend. “I usually don’t get flashbacks, but I did this time.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/22 Rizzo hospital visit

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Anthony Rizzo took time Tuesday to visit patients at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital in Chicago.

7/21 Rizzo named NL Player of the Week

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending July 20. Rizzo, who made his first All-Star appearance last Tuesday, led the Majors with three home runs, 14 total bases and a 1.273 slugging percentage. He was tied for third in the NL in RBI with four. Rizzo hit two home runs on Friday against the D-Backs, then added his 23rd on Sunday. He has now matched his career high in home runs, set last year.

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