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9/17 Cubs 3, Reds 1

In his first start against the Reds since his Major League debut in Cincinnati on July 10, Kyle Hendricks notched his eighth quality start in 12 outings this season. The Cubs are 10-2 in those 12 starts. This was his sixth start of at least seven innings and his fourth in which he has allowed one or fewer runs in seven plus innings. Hendricks is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA (6 ER/35 1/3 IP) in six starts at Wrigley Field.

* Luis Valbuena has hit safely in seven of his last eight games at home, and delivered an RBI single in the eighth.

* Hector Rondon has converted 11 straight save opportunities.

* The Cubs swept the Reds in a three-game set at Wrigley for the first time since July 24-26, 2009. It’s the Cubs third three-game sweep since Aug. 22 (Baltimore and Milwaukee) and their fifth of the season.

* Jorge Soler (0-for-2, 2 BB, R) has collected a run or RBI in 12 of his 15 games. He went hitless for just the second time in his career, but drew two walks for the first time.

* Anthony Rizzo (0-for-2, 2 BB, R) has reached base in nine of his last 10 games and has scored a run in three-consecutive games.

* The Cubs are 38-36 in 74 games at Wrigley Field this season compared to a 29-45 home mark though 74 contests last season.

9/17 Cubs lineup

Kyle Hendricks makes the start Wednesday as the Cubs go for a sweep of their three-game series against the Reds. Anthony Rizzo is back, too. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez SS
Rizzo 1B
Soler RF
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Valaika 2B
Kalish CF
Hendricks P

9/10 Extra bases

* The Cubs current five-game losing streak is one shy of their season-long six-game losing streak, July 5-9. The Cubs are one loss shy of guaranteeing a fifth-straight season below .500, which would be their first five-season stretch of sub .500 baseball since 1978-83. The Cubs also are three wins away from surpassing their win total from all of last season.

* There are 17 games remaining this season, with all but three of the games against teams in contention for the playoffs.

* Kyle Hendricks gets the start Wednesday. He has a 1.60 ERA (10 ER/56 1/3 IP) in nine starts since the All-Star Break, the fourth-best ERA among starting pitchers in all of baseball since the break and trailing only Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (1.56 ERA) among all NL starters. Hendricks earned NL Rookie of the Month honors in August after going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in six starts … he is the first Cubs pitcher to ever be named a Rookie of the Month winner.

* Looking ahead to Cubs vs. Pirates this weekend:

Friday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2, 2.95) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (8-5, 3.89)
Saturday: LHP Felix Doubront (1-1, 2.25) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (7-4, 3.60)
Sunday: RHP Jacob Turner (5-9, 5.84) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.36)

* Also, Game 1 of the best-of-five Midwest League championship series between Kane County and Lake County will begin Wednesday night. The Cougars are looking to win their second league championship in franchise history (previously done, 2011).

9/3 Cubs 6, Brewers 2

* With a two-run double in the third, Jorge Soler has recorded at least one RBI in six of his first seven big league games (10 total RBI). Soler is the first Cub to hit safely in his first seven career games since Junior Lake, July 19-25, 2013, and is just the second Cub in franchise history to have 10 or more RBI in his first seven career games since Mandy Brooks had 12 from May 30-June 7, 1925. Soler is the first player since Joe Buzas (who played for the Yankees in 1945) to record at least one RBI and/or one extra-base hit in each of his first seven career games.

* Kyle Hendricks earned his fifth straight win, giving up two runs on a career-high nine hits while not walking or striking out a hitter in 5 2/3 innings. This was his third start in which he didn’t issue a walk. He is now 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts at Wrigley Field. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Hendricks was voted the NL Rookie of the Month for August after going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA (7 ER/37 1/3 IP).

* Chris Valaika gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead with a second-inning, two-run home run. He’s hit two home runs in his last six games after hitting one in his first 21 contests this season.

* Luis Valbuena is batting .324 (12-for-37) with four home runs and six RBI in his last 10 games, while hitting safely in nine of those contests.

* Logan Watkins extended his hitting streak to four games and posted his third career multi-hit effort.

* Welington Castillo gave the Cubs a 5-1 lead with a RBI double in the third. So far, 14 of his 17 doubles have come at Wrigley.

* Javier Baez snapped a 0-for-13 hitless skid dating to Aug. 30 with a first-inning double to right-center field.

* The Cubs recorded their first home series sweep of at least three games against the Brewers since Aug. 23-25, 2004. The Cubs have now won a season high six-straight home games for the first time since June 29-July 15, 2002, vs. Houston (3-0) and Arizona (3-0).

9/3 Hendricks named NL Rookie of the Month

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks was voted the National League Rookie of the Month for August. Hendricks, who made his Major League debut in July, led NL rookies in wins during his first full calendar month in the big leagues. The 24-year-old posted a 4-0 record while the Cubs went undefeated in all six of his August outings. Hendricks also led qualifying NL rookie pitchers with a 1.69 ERA (7 ER/37 1/3 IP) and ranked second in innings pitched and opponents’ batting average (.206). He struck out 20, which was eighth in the NL, and walked six.

This is the first monthly award for Hendricks, who becomes the first Cubs player to be voted NL Rookie of the Month since Anthony Rizzo in July 2012. Hendricks is the first Cubs rookie pitcher to garner the honor since the award’s inception in 2001.

9/3 Cubs lineup

With both All-Stars Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro sidelined, the Cubs will have a different look. Kyle Hendricks gets the start in the series finale against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup:

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

8/31 Extra bases

* According to Elias, Jorge Soler is the first player in Major League history, since the RBI was invented in 1920, to record an extra base hit and an RBI in each of his first four Major League games.

* Travis Wood is the third left-handed pitcher to start for the Cubs, closing the series Sunday against the Cardinals. It’s the first time they’ve had three consecutive left-handed starting pitchers since Rich Hill, Sean Marshall and Ted Lilly started Aug. 17-18 and August 20, 2007. The Cubs have not started four straight lefties since 1966 (Ken Holtzman, Dave Dowling, Curt Simmons and Dick Ellsworth).

* The Cubs are 16-13 heading into the last day of August, guaranteeing the first .500 or better record this calendar month since going 16-13 in August 2011. The Cubs have reached 17 wins in August just once in the last 20 years (20-8 in 2008).

* Kyle Hendricks leads all NL rookies with four wins and a 1.69 ERA this month. He is one of only three unbeaten NL starters at 4-0 this month (Jeff Locke and Jordan Zimmermann).

* Javier Baez has seven home runs in August, trailing only Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (eight) for most in the NL this month.

* Hector Rondon has eight saves this month, tied for most in the NL.

* Starlin Castro’s .379 batting average is fourth-best in the NL.

* The Cubs pitching staff have given up four hits or less in seven games in August for the first time in a calendar month since May 2002. The Cubs have only twice in the last 100 years recorded eight games with allowing four hits or less within a calendar month: July 1976 and May 1952.

8/29 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo was not in the Cubs lineup Friday, missing the third straight game because of lower back tightness. Kyle Hendricks gets the start. Here’s the lineup:

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

8/18 Cubs 4, Mets 1

* Kyle Hendricks posted his sixth straight quality start Monday, leading the Cubs to a 4-1 win over the Mets. He gave up one run over seven innings. He’s the first Cubs rookie to have six straight QS since Kerry Wood put together two seven-game streaks in 1998. Hendricks has a 5-1 record and 1.05 ERA in his last six games.

* Javier Baez hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot into the upper deck, in the ninth. He has tied Kevin Roberson (1993) and Carmelo Martinez (1983) as Cubs with five home runs in their first 14 games.

* Anthony Rizzo hit his 28th home run in the eighth inning. It’s his third in his last seven games. He trails the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, who has 32 homers.

* With the win, the Cubs now have won more games in August than they did last year, when they were 8-20 in August 2013.

* Matt Szczur made his first Major League start in left field, subbing for Chris Coghlan, who has been battling a sore left big toe.

8/18 Cubs lineup

Kyle Hendricks gets the start Monday in the Cubs series finale against the Mets. Chris Coghlan is still bothered by a sore toe on his left foot, so Arismendy Alcantara will lead off. And Matt Szczur gets his first Major League start. Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara CF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Ruggiano RF
Castillo C
Szczur LF
Hendricks P

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