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David DeJesus is back in the leadoff spot on Saturday as the Cubs play Game 2 of their weekend series against the Cardinals. Welington Castillo is batting fourth. Here’s the lineup:
* With 3-0 victories both on July 11 at Wrigley Field and Friday at Busch Stadium, the Cubs have shut out the Cardinals twice in the same season for the first time since 2010, and the second time in the last 16 years.
* The Cubs look for their first series victory at Busch Stadium since sweeping the Cardinals in a three-game set, Sept. 13-15, 2010. Chicago is 0-6-1 in the last seven series in St. Louis.
* Welington Castillo is hitting .405 (15-for-37) with three doubles, a home run, four RBI and a .522 on-base percentage (eight walks/six strikeouts) in his last 13 games since July 25. His .405 average since July 25 ranks first among big league catchers and fifth overall in the Majors.
* Carlos Villanueva is looking for his first victory in a starting role since April 18 vs. Texas. He’s left four starts with a lead since then. The Cubs have scored two or fewer runs while Villanueva’s been in the game in nine of his 14 starts while he’s received no-decisions in six starts that he’s left with the lead.
* J.C. Boscan, selected Thursday from Triple-A Iowa, looks to become the 50th player to appear for the Cubs this season. The record for a single-season is 53, set last year.
* Friday’s win was the Cubs’ first in which it did not record an extra-base hit since April 23, 2012, in a 3-2 win vs. the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
Adam Wainwright will be skipped, and not start Saturday when the Cubs play a weekend series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-1, 3.98) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.78)
Saturday: RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-8, 4.16) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (1-0, 4.58)
Sunday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-12, 4.96) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (3-3, 2.98)
Carlos Villanueva dropped his fourth straight loss despite posting his seventh quality start in Sunday’s 1-0 Cubs loss to the Dodgers. Villanueva is winless in his last 11 starts.
* Logan Watkins (1-for-4) recorded his first Major League hit with a sixth-inning single to left field. With Watkins making his ML debut and Donnie Murphy (0-for-2, BB) making his Cubs debut, the Cubs have utilized 48 players this season, five shy of the franchise record 53 players who appeared last year.
* The Cubs were shut out for the second consecutive game and eighth time this season. They have been blanked in back to back games for the first time since Oct. 1-2, 2012, vs. the Astros.
* With the loss, the Cubs are 15-24 in one-run games and finished the eight-game homestand, 1-7.
* The Cubs had opportunities. They out-hit the Dodgers in two of the games and in the total series, 34-33, including 7-2 on Sunday. They were outscored, 16-6, in the four games, and left 30 runners in base, going 5-for-27 with runners in scoring position.
Logan Watkins was promoted from Triple-A Iowa and will start at second base in the Cubs’ finale vs. the Dodgers. Donnie Murphy also gets his first start at shortstop. Here’s the lineup:
* The Cubs need a win Sunday to prevent the Dodgers from netting their first series sweep of four or more games at Wrigley since taking a five-game set, July 14-18, 1988.
* The Cubs have played 38 one-run games, going 15-23, tied for third-most in the Majors (the Royals and Mets have played 39 one-run games apiece). The Cubs are 27-32 in games decided by two or fewer runs.
* With 26 victories on the road and 23 at Wrigley Field, the Cubs are one of three teams to sport more road wins than home wins this season.
The Cubs play host to the Dodgers for a four-game series, starting Thursday. Here are the pitching matchups:
Thursday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-0, 2.93) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.72)
Friday: LHP Travis Wood (7-7, 2.79) vs. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3, 3.14)
Saturday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.75) vs. LHP Chris Capuano (3-6, 4.54)
Sunday: RHP Carlos Villanueva (2-7, 4.33) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.43)
It did not take long for Milwaukee’s John Axford to vent his anger at former teammate Carlos Villanueva. Unfortunately for the Cubs pitcher, the Brewers had the last laugh. Villanueva singled off Axford, one of four consecutive RBI hits by the Cubs in the fifth, but the Brewers rallied with four runs in the seventh to post a 6-5 win Tuesday in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Jean Segura hit a solo home run and a tie-breaking RBI double, and Khris Davis belted a game-tying three-run homer for the win.
“It’s heart breaking, it’s a heart breaking loss today,” Villanueva said of the defeat, which dropped the Cubs’ record to 15-22 in one-run games, and 15-30 against the National League Central.
“To say it’s frustrating — it’s baseball,” Villanueva said. “We all go out there and try to do our jobs and sometimes it doesn’t happen the way we want it to. When it happens more than once, more than twice — obviously, it’s difficult the day of. Maybe in five days, we’ll have a little better luck.”
In the first four innings, the Cubs couldn’t deliver a run-scoring hit, stranding seven baserunners and going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. They loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth against Yovani Gallardo, but he had to leave with a 1-2 count against Darwin Barney because of tightness in his left hamstring.
Barney greeted Axford with a two-run single to center to tie the game. Castillo, Villanueva and David DeJesus each followed with RBI singles to open a 5-2 lead. Villanueva’s hit resulted in the 24th RBI by a Cubs pitcher, the most in the National League, and that’s what prompted the angry message from Axford.
“I have no idea how I hit that ball,” Villanueva said. “He threw me the first fastball, and I saw 98 [mph] out there. I swung at the second one, and I didn’t even see it. I got a little short [on my grip].
“I already got a text from Axford — he yelled at me and called me a jerk,” Villanueva said of the good-natured message. “I deserve it. I’d probably do the same thing if it was the other way around. It was a fun inning. I wish we could’ve made it stand.”
But they couldn’t. Villanueva exited with one out in the seventh and two runners on. Davis launched the first pitch from James Russell into the right-field bleachers to tie the game at 5. Why Russell vs. Davis? For one, the Cubs’ bullpen was a little short-handed at the back end. The Brewers slugger was batting .214 against lefties, and in the Minor Leagues, had hit 11 of his 13 home runs off right-handers.
“We had the bullpen set up the way we wanted it today with some guys down, and obviously just couldn’t get it done,” said Sveum, who was a little short-handed at the back end of the ‘pen.
Said Milwaukee’s Ron Roenicke: “You’re in a situation in a doubleheader that you do things you’re not usually accustomed to doing. So Dale, when he brings in his left hander, there’s a good reason for doing what he did. I don’t know what it is, but [Russell] is a guy he obviously trusts and likes.”
Segura added a RBI double off Russell, who had not given up a run over his last 12 appearances. It was the 21st blown save by the Cubs’ bullpen, most in the NL.
– Carrie Muskat
Carlos Villanueva takes the mound Tuesday at Wrigley Field in the first game of a makeup doubleheader. Here’s the lineup:
* Dioner Navarro seemed a good candidate to fill the fourth spot in the Cubs’ lineup Saturday against southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Navarro was 17-for-33 (.515) against left-handed pitching. Manager Dale Sveum is mixing and matching in that spot in the lineup following Alfonso Soriano’s departure via trade.
“[Navarro's] numbers against left-handed pitching are as good as anybody,” Sveum said.
* Shawon Dunston Jr. was batting .328 at Class A Boise, and had more walks (18) than strikeouts (15) in 33 games. That’s the opposite of what his father, former Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston, would do. In his 18 year career, Shawon senior struck out 1,000 times and drew 203 walks. Dunston now is a coach on the Giants staff. What gives?
“First, he hits left-handed,” said Dunston of his son. “The patience is from my wife.”
* Carlos Villanueva will start the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Brewers and Jake Arrieta will be called up to pitch in the night cap. Arrieta was currently on Triple-A Iowa’s staff. Teams can add a 26th player for a doubleheader.
– Carrie Muskat
Alfonso Soriano was scratched from Thursday’s lineup, and apparently is headed to the Yankees. Here’s the new lineup vs. lefty Wade Miley:
* The Cubs have hit 39 home runs off left-handed pitchers, the most by any team in the Majors. The Cubs hit 29 homers off southpaws all of last season. Anthony Rizzo has hit six home runs off lefties this year, fourth-most among NL left-handed hitters, trailing only the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez (eight), and the Reds’ Jay Bruce and Joey Votto (seven). Dioner Navarro was hitting .515 (17-for-33) with a .610 on-base percentage, a .998 slugging percentage and a 1.519 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season.