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8/29 Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

Jorge Soler belted two home runs and Javier Baez smacked a tie-breaking two-run double to power the Cubs to a 7-2 victory Friday night and wake up the Cardinals.

“They have some studs,” St. Louis starter Shelby Miller said of the revamped. “They’ve done a good job of rebuilding that offense. They’re tough, man. They have a lot of power in that lineup, and even have guys who are a little scrappy and can run. They’re definitely a tough lineup to face.”

Playing just his third big league game, Soler led off the seventh inning with his second career home run to tie the game, and he added a two-run, 442-shot in the eighth that landed on the concourse behind the left-field bleachers at Busch Stadium.

Soler is the second Cubs player in history with a multi-homer game in his first three career games; the first was Baez, who did so on Aug. 7 against the Rockies. It’s now the 24th time it’s happened in MLB history (Baez was No. 23). The last player to do so who wasn’t a Cubs rookie was the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, who hit two homers in his second game.

Baez delivered his double with two on and nobody out in the eighth, lining a 2-2 pitch from Neshek into the gap in left-center. Neshek served up four runs in two-thirds of an inning. He had given up five runs over 55 1/3 innings this season.

“I think that’s my greatest at-bat since I came up,” Baez said. “Hopefully I keep doing it to get better.”

Kyle Hendricks was vying to become the first Cubs rookie pitcher to win five games in August, but instead did not get a decision. He did post his fifth quality start in six outings this month, and closed the month 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA. Hendricks had to work against the Cardinals, who took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta. Hendricks needed 26 pitches that inning, and then settled into a groove where he retired 16 of the next 17 batters he faced.

“There are some innings, you go out there and make pitches and give up runs, and you can live with that,” Hendricks said. “The first inning, I wasn’t throwing any pitches with conviction.”

He talked to Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio after the first, and, with a better mindset, went to work.

“It’s not just picking the right pitch in the right situation, it’s picking a pitch and throwing it to the glove,” he said. “The first inning I really wasn’t doing that and was just lobbing it over.”

Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run in the second and rookie Arismendy Alcantara added a solo shot in the ninth. The Cubs now have 34 home runs this month, most in the National League.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Reds 7, Cubs 5

* In his first career start with the Cubs, Jacob Turner gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings. He was on a pitch count limit because he had not started since Aug. 3.

“I would’ve liked to have gotten a little deeper in the game,” Turner said. “That part is definitely frustrating. At the same time, you’ve got to build the pitch count up, too.”

* Jorge Soler made a good first impression, hitting a solo homer in his first Major League at-bat, and adding a RBI single in the eighth. He finished 2-for-4.

“I’m real, real happy about it,” said Soler, who admitted to being a little nervous. “First time in the big leagues, first at-bat. I was very excited and happy about that.”

He’s the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat since Starlin Castro did so at Great American Ball Park on May 7, 2010.

* Castro made one of three errors by the Cubs in the game. In the eighth, the Cubs tallied against Jonathan Broxton on a two-run double by Javier Baez. Castro then smacked a long hit off the center-field wall, but only made it to first base while sending Baez to third. It may have proved costly as Soler then drove in Baez from third on a single before Welington Castillo grounded into an inning-ending double play.

“He feels bad,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Castro, who returned from the bereavement list on Tuesday. “He knows. He’s apologizing to everybody about not getting over there. He’s got a lot of things on his mind, and he’s out there doing the best he can.

“When a young man tells you he’s made a mistake, it’s very hard to do anything other than accept it,” Renteria said. “Quite frankly, there were a host of things prior to that and part of that whole ballgame that put us in the position we were in.”

Baez nearly made up for the mistake with two outs and two on in the ninth when he flew out to deep center.

“It sounded good,” Renteria said.

“I had to take a couple of steps back and I got a little scared; it sounded so loud and it was really high, but, the ball jumps off his bat no matter where he hits it to,” Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton said. “I was just talking to [someone] about how his foul balls go up in the third deck every time he hits a foul ball off to the right. The guy has some power. And he had power coming in at him; all he had to do was touch it a little bit. But we got the win and we did a good job.”

* The Cubs have homered in 11 straight games for the first time since Sept. 8-17, 2007.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Soler power

Jorge Soler didn’t waste any time proving he was ready for the Major Leagues. The Cubs prospect homered in his first big league at-bat in the second inning Wednesday, crushing a 2-1 pitch from the Reds Mat Latos to center field.

Soler is the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat since Starlin Castro did so, also at Great American Ball Park, on May 7, 2010. Castro finished that game with six RBIs.

Javier Baez also homered in his Major League debut on Aug. 5, but his blast came in the 12th inning against the Rockies, not his first at-bat. Told that he had to match Baez, Soler smiled.

“I’ve waited two years for this moment,” Soler said before the game.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Cubs lineup

Jorge Soler is starting in right field and batting fifth Wednesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Reds. Soler will be the eighth Cubs player to make his Major League debut this season. Jacob Turner makes his first start. Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup. He came out of Tuesday’s game because of lower back tightness. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Valaika 1B
Turner P

8/26 Soler to start Wednesday

Manager Rick Renteria said Jorge Soler will likely bat fifth or sixth on Wednesday and make his Major League debut in right field.

“I think it’s pretty exciting for the whole organization,” Renteria said Tuesday about Soler’s promotion. “A young man that has been talked about quite a bit will be joining us tomorrow, and everybody’s pretty excited about it. Their teammates are excited about it, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Why promote him on the road?

“Just getting their feet wet — I couldn’t say if it’s detrimental or advantageous one way or the other,” Renteria told reporters in Cincinnati. “I think they’re still coming out here to play the game of baseball. So I think they’re more concerned about what they’ve got to do between the lines.”

Why was Soler promoted before Sept. 1?

“I’m sure that the organization feels that he’s been moving along and that they’d like to get him up here to start experiencing some big league baseball, kind of get his feet wet and kind of chip away and see how he goes,” Renteria said.

Soler is the second member of the so-called “core four” to be promoted to the big leagues, joining Javier Baez.

“The development system, we’re very proud of, because they’ve had a lot of these guys and they’ve done a good job with them,” Renteria said. “And when they get here, we’re very comfortable when they get here. Just like everything, once a guy breaks into the big leagues, they have hiccups; it could be just about anything. But we’re hoping they’ll be able to handle both successes and failures as best as they can.”

8/25 Soler to join Cubs

Cubs fans have had a chance to see a glimpse of the future with recent call-ups of Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Arismendy Alcantara. Now, Jorge Soler will join the group. Soler, 22, will join the Cubs in Cincinnati, and was expected to be at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday.

Ranked No. 5 on’s top 20 Cubs prospects, Soler belted a three-run homer in the third inning Monday in Iowa’s game against Tacoma, and was then pulled from the game after two innings. The right-fielder was batting .282 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs with Iowa, including a .373 average with runners on base.

Soler began the season with Double-A Tennessee, but suffered a leg injury after his first game April 3. He went on the disabled list and return in May, but again played sporadically. After rehabbing in Mesa, he rejoined the Smokies in July, and batted .463 in 15 games before he was promoted to Triple-A. In nine games in July with Iowa, he hit .304, and was batting .271 this month.

The Cuban outfielder signed a nine-year, $30 million contract in June 2012, and is on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. He’s part of the so-called “core four” that also includes Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora. Bryant is at Iowa, and leads all Minor League hitters with 43 home runs, while Almora is playing for Tennessee.

Because the team is on the west coast, Soler will need Tuesday to travel.

– Carrie Muskat

8/25 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler both homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 5-4, to Tacoma in 14 innings for its ninth loss in the last 10 games. Bryant connected in the first inning with a two-run homer, his 43rd of the season in the Minor Leagues. Soler went 3-for-5 with a solo shot in the seventh. Dallas Beeler started, and threw six shutout innings.

Felix Doubront gave up three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 9-7 loss to Jacksonville. Doubront walked three and struck out five in his rehab start. Addison Russell had two hits, including a two-run home run in the ninth. Pin-Chieh Chen had four hits and Lars Anderson had three.

Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs to help Daytona beat Lakeland, 7-1. Schwarber finished with three RBIs, and was batting .314. Tayler Scott got the win, giving up one run over five innings. Billy McKinney had two hits.

Daury Torrez gave up two unearned runs over five innings in Kane County’s 2-1 loss to Burlington. Carlos Penalver had two hits, including a double.

Boise had the day off, and resumes play Monday against Everett.

Mesa totaled two hits in a 5-1 loss to the Angels.

8/12 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Dan Straily threw six shutout innings in Iowa’s 3-0 win over Oklahoma City. Straily gave up two hits and walked three while striking out four. He’s now 7-6 with a 4.06 ERA. Jorge Soler extended his hit streak to six games with a double. Josh Vitters and Matt Szczur had two hits each.

Tennessee had Monday off, while Daytona’s game against Lakeland was postponed because of weather. The D-Cubs will play a doubleheader on Tuesday. Kane County had Monday off and resumes play against Quad Cities.

Danny Canela went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in Boise’s 11-6 win over Eugene. James Norwood started and gave up one run on three hits over four innings.

Jose Paulino threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out six, in Mesa’s 8-1 win over the Rangers. Kevonte Mitchell, Yasiel Balaguert and Ho-Young Son each tripled. Son finished with three RBIs.

8/9 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Jorge Soler homered and drove in three runs to help Iowa beat Oklahoma City, 8-5, on Friday. Dallas Beeler posted a quality start for the win in his first pro start in his home state. Rafael Lopez hit a two-run single in the second and Soler connected in the third, driving in Kris Bryant, who was hit by a pitch. Mike Olt added a RBI double. Soler added a RBI double in the sixth. Blake Parker picked up his 22nd save.

8/6 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

Mike Olt hit a grand slam and Jorge Soler was a triple shy of the cycle in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Omaha. Olt went 2-for-4, and has hit safely in 10 straight games. Soler had three hits, including his fourth home run, and drove in three runs. He’s now batting .286. Kris Bryant had two hits and extended his hitting streak to nine games. He’s 12-for-30 in that stretch. Dan Straily picked up the win, giving up six hits over seven innings while striking out nine.

Tennessee had Tuesday off, and returns to action against Mobile on Wednesday.

Rob Zastryzny gave up one run over five innings but did not get a decision in Daytona’s 3-1 win over Clearwater. Daytona scored three runs in the top of the eighth. Billy McKinney had two RBIs.

In the first game of a doubleheader, Kane County lost, 4-1, to Peoria. Duane Underwood gave up two runs on two hits over two-thirds of an inning. In the second game, Kane County held Peoria to four hits in a 4-1 win. Ben Wells gave up one run over six innings and Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run.

Boise is off for the All-Star break. Mark Zagunis hit a double for one of the South team’s four hits.

Mesa had the day off.


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