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7/14 Baez hits two-run homer in Futures Game

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer and Kris Bryant went 0-for-3 in the All-Star Futures Game Sunday in Minneapolis. Bryant played for the U.S. team, which won, 3-2, behind Joey Gallo’s two-run home run. Baez connected in the sixth, which gave the World team a brief, 2-1, lead.

7/13 Minor matters – Saturday’s games

In the first game of a doubleheader, Eli Whiteside hit a walk-off RBI single to lift Iowa to a 6-5 win over Oklahoma City. Ryan Kalish hit a three-run homer, his fifth, and Dan Straily gave up four earned runs over four innings. Oklahoma City won the night cap, 2-1. Logan Watkins had two hits. Yoanner Negrin gave up two runs over six innings.

Pierce Johnson gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 2-0 loss to Jacksonville. Elliot Soto had two hits.

Daytona beat Jupier, 7-4 in a rain-shortened, eight-inning game. Rock Shoulders had three hits.

Tyler Skulina gave up two runs on five hits over innings in Kane County’s 7-0 loss to Beloit. Kyle Schwarber and Jeimer Candelario combined for four of the Cougars’ five hits, each hitting two.

Trevor Graham gave up four runs over five innings in Boise’s 5-2 loss to Eugene.

Emilio Bonifacio was 0-2 with a walk and scored a run in Mesa’s 3-1 loss to the White Sox. Alex Santana threw four scoreless innings.

7/13 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Jorge Soler hit two home runs and drove in a career-high five runs in Tennessee’s 14-8 win over Jacksonville. Stephen Bruno had three hits and three RBIs for the Smokies. It’s the first time in Soler’s Minor League career that he has hit two home runs in a game. Overall, the Smokies combined for 14 runs and 15 hits, while each of the first seven batters in the order scored at least one run.

7/13 Braves 10, Cubs 7

* Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-5, hitting his first big league home run in the sixth. He’s hit safely in four straight games and was batting .391 (9-for-23) with six runs, three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games since making his big league debut.

* After posting a .147 average in May and a .232 mark in June, Chris Coghlan was batting .435 (20-for-46) with eight doubles, three homers, and 12 RBIs in 13 July games.

* Travis Wood took the loss, giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four over six innings. It’s the most runs Wood has allowed at Wrigley Field since giving up eight in five innings on July 27, 2012, vs. the Cardinals. Wood issued lead-off walks in three straight innings.

* The Cubs have given up 10 or more runs in back-to-back home games for the first time since May 12 (13 vs. MIL) and May 21 (12 vs. PIT) in 2002.

* The Cubs have lost back-to-back games despite scoring six or more runs for the first time since losing four-straight from Aug. 27-30, 2006.

7/12 Braves 11, Cubs 6

* Edwin Jackson dropped his team-leading 10th loss Saturday, giving up a season-high nine earned runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out three. He is 0-4 with a 5.44 ERA (26 ER/43 IP) in nine games (seven starts) against the Braves. Jackson gave up three home runs in the same start for the first time since Aug. 1, 2012, vs. the Phillies. He was pulled after throwing 74 pitches, the fewest he’s thrown since Sept. 28 last year vs. the Cardinals.

* Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 and scored two runs. He led off the game with his first career extra-base hit at Wrigley Field, a double to left-center field. He has hit safely in his last three games, including two doubles and a triple, scoring four runs.

* Justin Ruggiano posted his third three-hit game of the month. Since returning from the disabled list on May 27, Ruggiano is hitting .319 (37-for-116) with 10 doubles, a triple, three homers, and 14 RBI.

7/12 Extra bases

* The Cubs have utilized six rookie pitchers this season who have combined to post a 2.23 ERA (23 ER/92 1/3 IP) in 79 games (four starts) with three saves and 21 holds. The list includes Dallas Beeler, Kyle Hendricks, Neil Ramirez, Zac Rosscup, Brian Schlitter and Tsuyoshi Wada.

* Last Thursday, the Cubs completed a stretch in which three starting pitchers (Beeler, Wada and Hendricks) made their Major league debut in a 13-day stretch starting June 28. According to Elias, it was the first time the Cubs had three starting pitchers make their big league debut in a 13-day span or less for the first time since 1948, when Bob Rush (April 22), Cliff Chambers (April 24) and Dutch McCall (April 27) did so in a six-day span.

* Kris Bryant is on the U.S. roster and Javier Baez is on the World roster for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field. Both Bryant and Baez play for Triple-A Iowa.

* With two games remaining prior to the All-Star break, the Cubs have a 3.70 team ERA (341 ER/828 2/3 IP). The Cubs last had a lower ERA heading into the break in 1992 when they sported a 3.16 ERA. Last season, the Cubs had a 3.94 ERA at the All-Star break.

* The Cubs are 15-27 in games decided by two runs or less this season. Those 42 close games represent about 46 percent of the games the Cubs have played this year, as the club is 25-25 in 50 games decided by three runs or more.

7/12 Minor matters – Friday’s games

* Chris Rusin gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Oklahoma City. Rusin struck out a season-high nine batters, and notched his 11th quality start. Chris Valaika hit his ninth home run. Javier Baez hit his 19th double, and drove in two runs. Iowa will play a doubleheader on Saturday with Dan Straily scheduled to start the first game.

Note: Lars Anderson was activated from the disabled list and Jonathan Mota returned from Tennessee. The two will take the spots of Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, who are playing in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sunday. Anderson has been on the DL since May 17, and last played in a game on May 12. Mota is in his second stint with Iowa after starting the season with Tennessee. He hit .224 (15-for-67) with nine runs scored, one home run and eight RBI in 26 games.

* Christian Villanueva hit his second home run since joining Tennessee in a 4-2 loss to Jacksonville. Corey Black gave up two runs over seven innings and struck out eight, but took the loss. It was his fourth quality start. Addison Russell had his second straight multi-hit game, and drove in a run. Dustin Geiger also had multiple hits for the second straight game.

* Dan Vogelbach, Bijan Rademacher and Wes Darvill each had two hits and one RBIs, but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 8-5, to Jupiter. Starling Peralta took the loss, giving up five runs (three earned) over 1 1/3 innings in relief.

* Ben Carhart hit two home runs, Jacob Rogers added a solo shot and Jacob Hannemann connected to lead Kane County to a 6-3 win over Beloit. Duane Underwood picked up the win, giving up two runs over six innings and striking out a career-high eight batters.

* Jesse Hodges had three hits in Boise’s 5-3 win over Eugene. Mark Zagunis had two RBIs.

* Five Mesa pitchers combined to shut out the Mariners, 2-0. Carson Sands, the Cubs’ fourth round pick in the June Draft, started and struck out two over one inning. He combined with Tommy Thorpe, Jesus Castillo, Pedro Araujo and Yomar Morel on the shutout. Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-4 with three singles in his first rehab game.

7/12 Cubs lineup

Edwin Jackson was scheduled to start Saturday in the second game of the Cubs’ series against the Braves. Here is the lineup:

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

7/11 All-Stars


Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo show off their National League All-Star jerseys on Friday at Wrigley Field.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Corbin)

7/11 Roster moves

* The Cubs activated Darwin Barney from paternity leave on Friday. Pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Blake Parker were both optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Pitcher Zac Rosscup was recalled from Iowa. The Cubs decided to keep infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara on the 25-man roster for now. They do not need a fifth starter until July 22, after the All-Star break.


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