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Jorge Soler is starting in right field and batting fifth Wednesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Reds. Soler will be the eighth Cubs player to make his Major League debut this season. Jacob Turner makes his first start. Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup. He came out of Tuesday’s game because of lower back tightness. Here’s the lineup:
* In his first career start against the Orioles, Tsuyoshi Wada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Steve Pearce connected for a lead off solo home run. Wada struck out a career-high eight batters. He gave up one earned run on one hit over 7 1/3 innings. Wada also picked up his first ML hit with the first hit of the day for either team, a swinging bunt single in the third inning. With three scoreless innings to start the game, Wada has posted a 1.13 ERA (3 ER/24 IP) through the first three innings of his eight starts this season.
* The Cubs starting lineup featured five rookies (Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Matt Szczur, and Tsuyoshi Wada) for the first time since Oct. 3, 2012 against Houston at Wrigley Field. The Cubs last started five rookies before rosters expand on Sept. 1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 18, 2012, in Cincinnati (Steve Clevenger, Anthony Rizzo, Adrian Cardenas, Brett Jackson, and Brooks Raley).
* Cubs pitching held the Orioles to just one hit Sunday. The last time the Cubs held their opponents to one hit was June 13, 2010 vs. the White Sox (1-0 Cubs victory).
* Chris Coghlan is batting .306 (19-for-62) when leading off an inning that isn’t the first.
* Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run in the fifth. He has multiple hits and a stolen base in each of his last two games, and seven hits in his last four games (.438/7-for-16).
* Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI double, and leads the Cubs with 52 extra-base hits and 70 RBI. Rizzo has hit safely in eight of his last nine games at Wrigley Field, going 11-for-32 (.344) during the stretch.
* With the win, the Cubs completed their third sweep of the season, and first since June 30-July 2 in Boston.
Tuesday’s suspended game was completed on Thursday, although it took 6 hours 31 minutes of rain delays. There was a 4:34 delay on Tuesday, and a 1:57 delay on Thursday.
* Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer proved to be the difference. He connected in the first inning on Tuesday.
* Tsuyoshi Wada still got the win, his third straight. He threw five scoreless innings. It’s the first time in seven starts that he did not walk a batter. In his last five starts, Wada has a 2.08 ERA (7 ER/30 1/3 IP) while walking five and striking out 26.
* The Cubs totaled three hits, the fewest in a win since totaling three hits on April 4 of last year at Pittsburgh.
* Thursday marked the Cubs’ first suspended game since May 1, 2007, at Pittsburgh (game suspended in the bottom of the seventh with one out and the Cubs leading, 6-5 … game was finished the following day with the Cubs winning, 8-6).
* It’s the first suspended game at Wrigley Field since July 10, 1987, vs. the Dodgers (game suspended with two out in the bottom ninth due to darkness with the score tied at 4-4 … game was finished the following day with the Dodgers winning 5-4 in 10 innings).
* Anthony Rizzo homered for the second-straight game, hitting a two-run shot in the first over the right field bleachers onto Sheffield Ave. It’s the seventh time this season in which he’s homered in consecutive games. Rizzo’s 239 total bases are second-best in the National League. He had 254 total bases in 160 games last season. Javier Baez drew a walk to set up Rizzo’s home run.
* Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his third straight win, throwing a rain-shortened five-inning complete game. Wada has a 2.08 ERA (7 ER/30 1/3 IP) while walking five and striking out 26 over his last five starts.
* Arismendy Alcantara has hit safely in four of his last five games (.250/4-for-16).
* The Cubs have won three-straight games for the first time since winning four in a row, June 30-July 4.
* Tuesday marked the Cubs’ first suspended game since May 1, 2007, at Pittsburgh, when the game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh with one out and the Cubs leading, 6-5. That game was completed the next day, and the Cubs won, 8-6.
* Tuesday’s game was delayed 4 hours 34 minutes before it was called.
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.
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* 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.
* 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.
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