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* Jason Hammel picked up his first win in June on Friday as the Cubs beat the Nationals, 7-2. Hammel scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings, and is now 7-0 with a 3.12 ERA in nine career starts against the Nats. He’s thrived at Wrigley Field, posting a 4-1 record and 2.35 ERA in seven outings.
* John Baker went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, hitting a three-run double in the seventh. He tied career highs with his hits and RBI totals.
“The main focus for me and for us is to win the game,” Baker said. “When you get a couple extra hits, it’s like the cherry on top of the sundae.”
* Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-5, and now is batting .321 in 20 games against NL East teams. The Cubs may want to switch divisions. With the win, they now are 12-8 against National League East teams. Chicago is 15-24 vs. NL Central foes.
* Ryan Sweeney snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single in the fourth. It’s his first multi RBI game since June 23, 2013, vs. the Astros.
Jason Hammel is 6-0 in his career against the Nationals, and will take the mound Friday at Wrigley Field in the second game of the Cubs’ three-day, four-game series vs. Washington. Here’s the lineup:
* Note no Junior Lake. He crashed into a metal door in the outfield wall in Thursday’s game and he was to be re-evaluated Friday.
* Starlin Castro has 21 RBI this month, third-most in the NL. He’s the fourth Cubs shortstop to reach at least 21 RBI in the month of June, joining Hall of Famer Ernie Banks (26 RBI in June 1959 and 32 RBI in June 1960), Roy Smalley (25 RBI in June 1950) and Shawon Dunston (21 RBI in June 1988).
* The Cubs’ bullpen has a 3.11 season ERA, which ranks fourth-lowest in the NL. It’s also more than a full run lower than the bullpen’s 4.22 ERA through its first 77 games of last year.
* Dallas Beeler is slated to make his Major League debut in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. He’ll be the first pitcher to make his big league debut in a starting role for the Cubs since Chris Rusin did so, Aug. 21, 2012, in Milwaukee, and just the 17th since the start of the 2000 season.
* Anthony Rizzo has 14 homers since April 30, the most in the NL and tied for fifth in the Majors. Rizzo racked up his sixth game of three or more hits this season on Thursday. According to Elias, the only players with more three-hit games as a first baseman this season are Freddie Freeman (nine) and Miguel Cabrera (eight).
— Carrie Muskat
Jason Hammel will open the Cubs’ three-game series in Miami against the Marlins. Miami changed its Tuesday starter, and will go with right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, while Jacob Turner is moved to the bullpen. Here are the updated pitching matchups:
Monday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-4, 2.81) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.68)
Tuesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.77) vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-1, 2.09) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.71)
And here’s Monday’s lineup:
* Valbuena is batting .360 (32-for-89) with 11 doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a 1.009 OPS in his last 26 games since May 13. The .360 average is second in the NL in that span, trailing only the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy (.368)
Jason Hammel starts tonight in the third game of the Cubs’ four-game series against the Pirates. Here’s the lineup:
* Hammel enters the game with a 14-inning scoreless stretch, tied with Jeff Samardzija for the team season high. Travis Wood last had a longer scoreless innings stretch by a Cubs starter, spinning 16 2/3 consecutive shutout frames in May of 2013.
Hammel has a 0.88 WHIP in his first 12 starts this season, second-lowest in the Majors. Since 1914, it’s the lowest WHIP for any hurler in his first 12 starts as a Cub, percentage points ahead of George McConnell, who had a 0.88 WHIP (0.8808 vs. 0.8843) in his first 12 starts as a Cub in 1914-16 (thanks to STATS Inc.)
* Luis Valbuena is batting .362 with nine doubles, two homers, eight RBIs and a 1.023 OPS in his last 21 games since May 13. His average is second best in the NL in that span (min. 75 PA), surpassed only by Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy (.373).
The Cubs play host to the Marlins at Wrigley Field. Game time is at 3:05 p.m. CT. Jason Hammel gets the start. Here’s the lineup:
* Anthony Rizzo posted his fifth career multi-homer game on Saturday, hitting a pair of two-run homers. It’s his first multi-homer game since Aug. 21, against the Nationals.
* Jason Hammel has thrown 14 scoreless innings at Miller Park in two starts, and struck out 15 over that stretch.
* Since May 12, the Cubs bullpen has a 1.96 ERA, giving up 12 runs over 55 1/3 innings.
* Jeff Samardzija faces Kyle Lohse on Sunday in the series finale.
One day after getting a breather for the first time this season, Anthony Rizzo crushed a pair of two-run homers on Saturday to back Jason Hammel and lift the Cubs to an 8-0 victory over the Brewers in front of a sellout crowd of 42,332 at Miller Park.
Hammel continued his love affair with Miller Park. When he most recently pitched here on April 27, he did not give up a hit until one out into the sixth. The Brewers didn’t wait that long Saturday, collecting a single with two outs in the first, but they mustered only four hits off the right-hander over seven innings.
“He set the tone and gave us seven really, really good innings,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “He kept the ball down, mixed up his pitches, very calm, very poised. He’s a veteran. He commands his emotions and is very meticulous in his preparations and just attacks the hitters.”
Whether the right-hander will still be pitching for the Cubs after the Trade Deadline remains to be seen.
“I know my own value,” Hammel said. “My value is here for the Cubs and that’s the way I see it. I’m not going to play into the trade talk — it is what it is. The only way you can’t get traded in baseball is if you have a no-trade clause. It can happen to anybody.”
Rizzo apparently benefitted from the respite. Emilio Bonifacio singled to lead off the Chicago fourth, and he was safe at second on Junior Lake’s grounder despite a challenge from Roenicke. Rizzo then smacked a 3-2 pitch from Wily Peralta into the right-field seats for his ninth homer and a 2-0 lead.
“Having a day off is kind of weird,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do with myself.”
He knew what to do at the plate. Hammel singled to lead off the Chicago sixth, and two outs later, Rizzo launched his second homer of the game, again off a 3-2 pitch from Peralta, to put the Cubs ahead, 4-0. It was Rizzo’s fifth career multihomer game and his first since Aug. 21 against the Nationals.
Starlin Castro followed Rizzo with a double, and Nate Schierholtz walked to chase Peralta. Zach Duke took over and served up RBI singles to Chris Coghlan and Baker, as well as an RBI double to Barney as Chicago opened a 7-0 lead.
— Carrie Muskat
Anthony Rizzo is back after a one-game break. Jason Hammel gets the start against the Brewers at Miller Park. Here’s the lineup:
* Jason Hammel enters today’s start with a 0.90 WHIP, third-lowest in MLB, and trailing the Reds’ Johnny Cueto (0.75) and the Giants’ Tim Hudson (0.88). The last time Hammel pitched at Miller Park was April 27. In that game, he had a no-hitter with one out in the sixth when he had a brain cramp and forgot the signs. Carlos Gomez doubled for the first of three Milwaukee hits. The Cubs held on for a 4-0 win.
“Honestly, when guys say they weren’t thinking of [a no-hitter], they’re lying through their teeth,” Hammel said after the game. “I was, too, but I don’t really care. I was more frustrated with what happened in the sixth. I screwed myself going back and forth with signs. … Basically, I mixed myself up and lost my rhythm. The no-hit problem was my fault.”
Cubs catcher John Baker could only shake his head, then laugh.
“He forgot,” Baker said of Hammel during Gomez’s at-bat. “We were laughing about it, and so of course, he gave up a hit. It cost me a watch. I should’ve figured out a way to use my mind to give him the signs with telepathy but that didn’t work.”
* After batting .273 in nine games from May 11-21, the Cubs were hitting .207 in eight games on this road trip, including a .238 mark with RISP.
* The Cubs have scored three runs or less in 30 of their 52 games (58 percent), and are 4-26 when scoring three runs or less, and 0-19 when scoring two runs or less.
* The Cubs today close out May, and enter with a 10-16 record for the month. Last year, they were 13-14 in May. The Cubs have had two three-game winning streaks during the month (counting the April 30 win), but have had four losing streaks of at least three games, including their current slide.
Anthony Rizzo is tied for the third in the NL with 20 walks this month. Luis Valbuena’s .295 batting average (23-for-78) leads the club in May while Mike Olt’s five homers and Junior Lake’s 15 RBI have paced the club.
Travis Wood leads the team with four victories this month. Neil Ramirez has posted a 0.93 ERA (1 ER/9.2 IP) in 11 contests this month.
— Carrie Muskat
Jason Hammel still had the seam marks on his right hand to prove the Cubs pitcher was struck by Brett Gardner’s line drive on Tuesday night. Gardner was the Yankees’ leadoff man, and it wasn’t a good way to start the game.
“When it hit me, I thought my hand exploded,” Hammel said Wednesday.
But the right-hander stayed in the game, and went 5 2/3 innings in a 6-1 win over the Yankees. On Wednesday, he arrived late at the clubhouse because he could only pack for the team’s road trip with his left hand. X-rays taken Tuesday were negative, and Hammel pronounced he was good to go for his next start Sunday against the Padres.
“It’s just swollen,” he said. “I would assume a couple days of soreness. I think it’ll be all right.”
Manager Rick Renteria said it was “scary” to watch Hammel get struck with the liner, and was encouraged after talking to the pitcher Wednesday.
“He feels better than he thought he would and the swelling isn’t as significant as he thought it would be,” Renteria said. “Fortunately, for us he’s a gamer. He stayed in there.”
— Carrie Muskat