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8/16 Cubs 7, Cardinals 0

Jake Arrieta struck out seven over seven scoreless innings and drove in a run Friday and Nate Schierholtz knocked in three runs to lift the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the Cardinals and even their season series at 7. This was Arrieta’s second start with the Cubs and 65th in the Major Leagues. Acquired July 2 from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal, he had started the second game of a July 30 doubleheader against the Brewers, and gave up one run on two hits over six innings. Before that game, the right-hander said he wasn’t going back to the Minor Leagues but he did, and made two more starts for Triple-A Iowa. Now, the Cubs want to see what Arrieta can do in the final six weeks of the season. The Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2012, he gave up an infield single by Carlos Beltran in the second that Arrieta knocked down, and a ground rule double by Carlos Beltran with one out in the seventh, and that was it.

Jake Westbrook walked the first three Cubs batters in the first, and Schierholtz followed with a two-run single. After Welington Castillo grounded into a double play, Donnie Murphy hit a RBI single for a 3-0 lead. In the fifth, Schierholtz added a sacrifice fly. Murphy was hit by a pitch to start the sixth, and one out later, scored on Darwin Barney’s double. Barney eventually scored on Arrieta’s sacrifice for his second career RBIs, and 25th by a Cubs pitcher, tops in the National League.

The Cardinals, who lead the NL Wild Card standings, may have been a little weary after a tough series against the Pirates, which included two extra inning games, both St. Louis wins. Westbrook was pulled after throwing 124 pitches over 6 2/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Cubs vs. Cardinals

The Cubs have scuffled vs. the NL Central this year, compiling an 18-35 record prior to Friday’s game against the Cardinals. They’ve also won more games against the Redbirds than any other team in the division, posting a 6-7 record so far.

“Every game right now is meaningful, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing,” Dale Sveum said. “A weekend series with the Cardinals is great for the fans, great for us. We have pulled out some games and played pretty well against them and a lot better than some of the other teams in our division. They’re one of the better elite teams in the game and you have to be your best to beat them.”

Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (0-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Jake Westbrook (7-7, 4.11)
Saturday: LHP Travis Wood (7-9, 3.00) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (3-3, 3.14)
Sunday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-12, 5.05) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (13-7, 2.71)

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta makes his second start for the Cubs on Friday in the series opener against the Cardinals. Here’s the lineup:

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

* The Cubs have been shut out in four of their last five home games dating to Aug. 3, and were blanked in two of three games vs. the Reds.

* Chicago is batting .183 (30-for-164) in its last five home games with a .230 on-base percentage and a .105 average (2-for-19) with runners in scoring position. The Cubs batted .255 (138-for-541) with a .320 on-base percentage in their previous 16 home games from June 23-Aug. 2.

* The Cubs have used 50 players this seaosn, most in the Majors, but they’ve relied on eight starting pitchers. That’s tied for second-fewest in the Majors with the Diamondbacks and Reds. The Rockies, Brewers and Pirates have used 11 starting pitchers each.

– Carrie Muskat

8/13 Rotation update

The Cubs have tweaked their rotation. Jake Arrieta will be promoted from Triple-A Iowa and start on Friday against the Cardinals, and be followed by Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson. Jeff Samardzija will open the Cubs’ series against the Nationals on Monday and be followed by Chris Rusin and Arrieta. With the moves, Carlos Villanueva goes back to the bullpen.

“Not that Villanueva was doing horrible, but Rusin was doing really, really well, and it was hard to bump a guy who’s given up one run or no runs every outing since he’s been here,” Dale Sveum said. “‘Villa’ has done it before. Losing [Matt] Guerrier, he can be that guy in the sixth or seventh inning when we’re winning and get people out.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/10 Minor matters

Friday’s games

Jake Arrieta gave up two runs over three innings in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Fresno. Ty Wright hit his sixth home run, and Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits, including a double, and one RBI. Brad Nelson went 3-for-3, and Julio Borbon, Edwin Maysonet and Chad Noble each had two hits. Casey Coleman earned the win in relief.

Javier Baez hit a broken bat RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth to lift Tennessee to an 11-10 win over Montgomery on Friday. The two teams combined for 33 hits, including two-run homers by Justin Bour (16th) and Christian Villanueva (15th) in the fourth. Arismendy Alcantara added a RBI single that inning to go ahead, 6-4. Alcantara, Rubi Silva and Villanueva each totaled three hits apiece, while Baez, Brett Jackson, Rafael Lopez and John Andreoli each had two hits. Nick Struck gets the start on Saturday.

This should sound familiar: Daytona’s game against Clearwater was canceled because of rain. On Saturday, C.J. Edwards gets the start — weather permitting — against Tampa. It’s Garden Gnome Giveaway on Saturday for the first 1,000 fans.

Tyler Skulina gave up two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to Burlington. Carlos Escobar had two hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs. Marco Hernandez had three hits, including a double and triple, and scored two runs. Rob Zastryzny gave up two hits over three scoreless innings in relief. Said Zastryzny: “It felt good to be back on the field, especially for a new team so close to Wrigley, you know.”

Kris Bryant hit a walkoff sac fly in the ninth and James Pugliese gave up one unearned run over four innings in Boise’s 5-4 win over Vancouver. Bryant had two hits, inlcuding a double, and was now batting .315 for the season. He has a 12-game hitting streak. Carlos Penalver hda two hits, and Kevin Encarnacion had three. The Hawks rallied from a 4-0 deficit and won despite tying a Northwest League record by hitting into six double plays.

Ryan Searle gave up two runs over 2 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Angels. Jeff Baez had two hits and Brian Bogusevic had a hit and scored a run in his first rehab game. He’s been battling a strained left hamstring.

8/5 Minor matters

Sunday’s games

Jake Arrieta threw five scoreless innings to help Iowa snap a 12-game road losing streak with a 8-4 win over Tacoma. Arrieta struck out 11 and walked three, giving up two hits. Darnell McDonald had three hits, including a double, and scored three runs. Jae-Hoon Ha had three RBIs and three hits. Mike Olt had two hits, including a double and a triple, and two RBIs. In his first game with the Iowa Cubs, Daniel Lockhart had two hits, including a double.

A.J. Morris gave up seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 10-4 loss to Jacksonville. Javier Baez had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Brett Jackson had two hits and scored two runs.

Daytona’s doubleheader against Bradenton was postponed. The two teams will try to play a doubleheader Monday. Scott Baker was slated to start the second game, his fifth rehab outing. Daytona has lost eight games to weather this year.

Tyler Skulina gave up three runs over two innings in Kane County’s 11-1 loss to Clinton. Giuseppe Papaccio was 3-for-3.

Rob Zastryzny gave up four runs over 2 1/3 innings in Boise’s come from behind 10-5 win over Everett. The Hawks totaled 15 hits. Kris Bryant was 3-for-5 with two doubles, scored two runs and drove in two. Rony Rodriguez had three hits, including two home runs.

Ryan Searle gave up two runs — one earned — over one inning in Mesa’s 7-3 win over the Athletics. Jesse Hodges had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs.

7/30 Brewers 3, Cubs 2 – 2nd game

The Cubs were swept in Tuesday’s doubleheader by the Brewers, losing the second game, 3-2. In his Cubs debut, Jake Arrieta posted a quality start, giving up two hits over six innings. He’s the 45th player to appear for the Cubs this year, eight shy of the franchise record of 53 set last season. As well as Arrieta did, he’s headed back to Triple-A Iowa. Michael Bowden struck out four over two innings of scoreless relief. The Brewers scored the game winning runs against Kevin Gregg. Chicago lost both games of the twinbill by one run, and now are 15-23 in one-run games, including a 4-11 mark at Wrigley. It’s the first time the Cubs were swept in a doubleheader since June 28, 2011, when the Giants took two. Also, Chicago now is 15-31 against NL Central teams.

7/30 Cubs lineup – Game 2

Jake Arrieta makes his Cubs debut Tuesday night in the second game of the doubleheader. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Valbuena 2B
Castro SS
Ransom 3B
Gillespie RF
Arrieta P

7/30 Extra bases

Updates on Arrieta, Baker, Lake and Rizzo

* The Cubs recalled right-hander Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Iowa, and he will be the 26th man for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Brewers. Arrieta will make his Cubs debut, starting the second game of the twinbill. Arrieta, 27, was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2012. He was acquired from Baltimore as part of the Scott Feldman deal on July 2. In five starts at Triple-A Iowa, Arrieta was 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA.

* Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader was the Cubs first at Wrigley Field since June 28, 2011, when they played two against the Giants. Chicago did play a twinbill in Cincinnati last Aug. 18.

* Scott Baker can take his time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The Cubs had hoped the right-hander would start this year, but there isn’t as much of a need as last season when they were scrambling to find starters. In his fourth rehab start on Monday, Baker gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings for Class A Daytona against Fort Myers. Baker threw 65 pitches, struck out two, and served up a solo home run to Matt Koch in the fourth. In three previous rehab outings with Class A Kane County, Baker was charged with 13 runs on 17 hits and six walks over 8 2/3 innings.

Dale Sveum said Tuesday that Baker’s velocity was a little better in Monday’s outing.

“Sixty five pitches in 3 1/3 innings, that’s 20 pitches per inning again,” Sveum said. “He’s still not getting quick outs and what you want done in a 65-pitch outing.”

The Cubs have dealt two-fifths of their rotation — Matt Garza and Scott Feldman — but were better prepared this season to fill the gaps, inserting Carlos Villanueva and promoting lefty Chris Rusin. Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Feldman deal, started the second game of the Cubs’ doubleheader Tuesday.

“We’re not too concerned [about Baker] because right now, we don’t have a need right now, and we’re OK with everything,” Sveum said. “It’s just kind of a slow development for him right now. We don’t have a big need right now for a starting pitcher and we’re OK with things progressing at a slow rate.”

* The best way for Junior Lake to learn how to play the outfield is by playing. Lake, who had been an infielder primarily coming up through the Cubs system, has played only in the outfield since he was promoted July 19.

“You can’t replace the reps in a game in center field and the outfield,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “You can kind of simulate infield because of ground balls but the outfield. It’s very difficult to simulate balls over your head and in the gap and other outfielders running for the same ball. Outfield is a lot of reps to get going out there.”

The Cubs are hoping Lake gets more playing time in the outfield in winter ball. Sveum wouldn’t rule out having the athletic Lake switch to third if needed.

“He’s the kind of guy you want covering a lot of space,” Sveum said. “It looks like he can go get ‘em.”

* Anthony Rizzo will host his first “Cook-Off for Cancer” on Aug. 14 at Cafe Brauer in Chicago. Notable Chicago chefs will prepare ballpark food as only they can, and the dishes will be served by Cubs players. Guests will vote for their favorite chef by tipping their Cubs server. All tips and event proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research, care and support. The event will take place from 6-10 p.m. CT. Among the chefs participating are Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish and Oyster; Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno; Nate Henssler of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab; Cosmo Goss of Publican; Jimmy Bannos of the Purple Pig; Mark Sparacino of Proseco; and David Burns, Wrigley Field’s executive chef. Tickets are $200, and available on

Rizzo also will celebrate being cancer free for five years when he hosts his second Walk-Off for Cancer on Dec. 15 in Parkland, Fla., at Pine Trails Park. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. ET.

– Carrie Muskat

7/29 Welcome to the Cubs

Jake Arrieta will make his Cubs debut on Tuesday in the second game of a doubleheader against the Brewers. The right-hander was acquired from the Orioles on July 2 in the Scott Feldman deal along with right-hander Pedro Strop.

“I think it’s a very good change for me,” Arrieta said Monday.

He had three stints with the Orioles this season, going 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts. The right-hander was Baltimore’s Opening Day starter in 2012, and has had a lot of expectations.

“It was almost like a weight off my shoulders, really,” he said of the deal. “I felt like I was able to do a lot of good things over there but there were some things that kept me from being able to do it on a consistent basis. My time there was great, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. There came the point where they felt a move needed to be made to better their team and better this team as well.

“I’ve got a lot to offer,” he said. “I feel I’m a guy who can go out there and be a bulldog and pitch deep in games and I know I can do it on a consistent basis, so it’s just a matter of finally going out there and doing it.”

The problem this season has been not being on a consistent schedule. He’s shuttled between the big league team and the Minors, and been in the bullpen. As he said, his routine was thrown out of whack.

“I need to get out there every five days and continue to battle,” he said. “I think my career is as a starter, and I’m going to show I can keep it that way.”

Arrieta has been pitching for Triple-A Iowa. As of now, he’s scheduled to make Tuesday’s start, and that’s it.

“I think the performance will do the speaking, that will determine whether I stay here or go back to Iowa,” he said. “I don’t plan on going back. I plan on making it tough for them to decide and just go from there. I just think first and foremost, it’s great to be here. First time in Wrigley, and as soon as I walked up those [dugout] steps, I got some chills. It’s a park that I’ve heard about and knew a lot about as a kid. It’s just special. I’m thankful for this opportunity.”

– Carrie Muskat


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