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9/13 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta takes the mound Friday at PNC Park as the Cubs play Game 2 of their four-game series against the Pirates. Pittsburgh is currently tied for first in the NL Central with St. Louis. Here is the lineup:

Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Bogusevic LF
Barney 2B
Arrieta P

9/11 Cubs vs. Pirates

Looking ahead, the Cubs will travel to Pittsburgh for a four-game series against the Pirates, starting Thursday. The team is going with a six-man rotation to give Scott Baker two more starts. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.89) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (9-5, 3.23)
Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-2, 4.28) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.44)
Saturday: RHP Scott Baker (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (7-7, 3.48)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (9-11, 3.05) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (16-7, 2.92)

9/7 Brewers 5, Cubs 3

The Cubs out-hit and out-homered the Brewers, but also walked too many. Logan Schafer tripled with the bases loaded in the fourth inning to lead the Brewers to a 5-3 victory Saturday over the Cubs in front of 34,929 at Wrigley Field.

Jake Arrieta was cruising until the fourth. The Cubs had a 2-0 lead after Luis Valbuena’s homer in the second. Jonathan Lucroy singled to lead off the fourth and Aramis Ramirez walked to set up Scooter Gennett’s RBI single. Arrieta threw first-pitch strikes to the first three batters in the inning, then four straight balls to Caleb Gindl to walk him and load the bases. Arrieta settled down and struck out Juan Francisco on three pitches, then served up a triple to Schafer, which cleared the bases and gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead.

“First and foremost, I got a little too fine with a couple of those walks, and then I got myself into a situation,” Arrieta said of the inning. “When Schafer came up, I went 2-0 [in the count], and tried to be too fine rather than just pound the zone. When it was 2-0, bases loaded, I had to come at him, and I left a sinker right in the middle of the plate.

“He didn’t try to do too much, he just shot a ball in the gap in the right spot to clear the bases,” Arrieta said. “I backed myself into a corner with those walks.”

Arrieta now has walked three or more in five of his six starts, while holding opponents to a .178 batting average against. In the game, six Chicago pitchers combined to walk seven batters.

The Cubs did out-hit the Brewers, 6-5, including Brian Bogusevic’s solo home run with two outs in the sixth to close to 4-3. Chicago now has 95 home runs at Wrigley, and lead the National League in homers at home.

But Norichika Aoki reached on an error by Starlin Castro in the Brewers’ ninth and scored on Lucroy’s RBI triple with two outs, and the Cubs lost for the 13th time in the last 20 games, and 20th time in the last 27 home games.

* The game marked the debut of Korean pitcher Chang-Yong Lim, 37, the 54th player the Cubs have used this season. That sets a franchise record, topping the old mark of 53 set last year. He walked pinch-hitter Sean Halton and served up a single to his former teammate in Japan, Norichika Aoki, but he escaped trouble when Jean Segura grounded into a double play. At 37 years 3 months 4 days, Lim is the second-oldest pitcher since at least 1901 to make his Major League debut with the Cubs.

“He didn’t have a lot of control either,” Dale Sveum said of Lim. “That seemed to be the story of the day.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Cubs lineup

Junior Lake hit his first career grand slam on Friday, but he’s not in the starting lineup on Saturday as the Cubs play the Brewers in the second game of the three-game series. Jake Arrieta makes the start, his sixth overall and fifth at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup against Brewers right-hander Johnny Hellweg:

Castro SS
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Bogusevic LF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Arrieta P

9/1 Cubs 7, Phillies 1

Welington Castillo smacked a two-run double and Anthony Rizzo added a RBI double to back Jake Arrieta and lead the Cubs to a 7-1 victory over the Phillies and take the series at Wrigley Field. After a dismal 8-20 August, the Cubs were happy to turn the calendar. They have now won back to back games at home for the first time since winning three straight, July 6-9. Arrieta gave up three hits over 6 2/3 innings in his fifth start for Chicago.

The Cubs added three players Sunday when Major League rosters could expand, including Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena, who were activated from the disabled list. Sweeney delivered in his first-bat, hitting a RBI single with two outs in the first off Kyle Kendrick, who needed 31 pitches to get through the inning. Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI double in the third, his 34th. and Castillo connected in the fourth.

James Russell pitched in relief, his 70th appearance this year. He’s the fifth Cubs lefty to record multiple 70-game seasons for the Cubs.

The Cubs won their first home series since July 5-7.

– Carrie Muskat

9/1 Cubs lineup

Ryan Sweeney is activated from the DL and in the lineup Sunday for the Cubs in the series finale against the Phillies. Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Sweeney CF
Murphy 3B
Bogusevic LF
Castillo C
Arrieta P

8/28 Looking ahead …

The Cubs play host to the Phillies and Ryne Sandberg this weekend at Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81)
Saturday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 4.40)

8/26 Dodgers 6, Cubs 2

The Cubs couldn’t skip Zack Greinke on Monday. Greinke hit a RBI single in the fourth and held the Cubs to five hits over 8 2/3 innings, and Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig each hit solo home runs to lead the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory for their 47th win in the last 59 games. The Cubs have now lost eight straight to the Dodgers. How good is Greinke? He struck out nine, and improved to 5-0 in five starts this month.

Jake Arrieta took the loss in his fourth start for the Cubs. The right-hander had faced the Dodgers April 21 in Baltimore while with the Orioles, giving up five runs on two hits and five walks over four innings. That was a different Dodger lineup, without Puig, who joined the team in June, or Ramirez, who was injured. Puig wasn’t the problem Monday for Arrieta; walks were. With one out in the Dodgers’ fourth, A.J. Ellis walked on four pitches, and one out later, Nick Punto walked on five to set up Greinke’s RBI single. Carl Crawford followed with a ground-rule double that bounced over the left field fence to open a 2-0 lead.

Arrieta walked Mark Ellis to open the sixth and he scored on Punto’s double. Arrieta was pulled, and Punto moved up on Greinke’s sacrifice against Carlos Villanueva and scored on Crawford’s sacrifice fly.

Ramirez connected on his 14th homer with one out in the seventh against Villanueva, and Puig added his 13th with two outs in the eighth off Michael Bowden.

Rizzo doubled with two outs in the ninth, Greinke hit Nate Schierholtz with a pitch, and Brian Bogusevic then drove both in with a double to chase the Dodgers starter.

– Carrie Muskat

8/24 Looking ahead …

After the Cubs complete their series against the Padres on Sunday, they head north up I-5 to Los Angeles to face the red-hot Dodgers. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 3.71) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (12-3,2.91)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 3.22) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (13-7, 1.72)
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-13, 5.00) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (10-9, 3.42)

8/18 Cubs vs Nationals

After the Cardinals leave town, the Cubs finish the homestand with four games against the Nationals. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.29) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (14-6, 3.02)
Tuesday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.06) vs. RHP Dan Haren (7-11, 4.82)
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.69) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.85)
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 3.13) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.93)

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