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* Jake Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out nine in the Cubs’ win. Since June 3, he has given up more than three runs in one start, and compiled a 2.45 ERA in that stretch. What was working? His curve, which was his strikeout pitch on his first eight Ks.
* Starlin Castro hit a game-winning home run leading off the ninth. He has hit in 15 of his 16 games, and is batting .400 in that stretch. His home run was his first career go-ahead homer in the ninth or later.
“We’ve played a lot of extra inning games, and I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive,” Castro said.
He is now one homer shy of matching his career high of 14, set in 2012.
* Javier Baez drew two walks, his first since he was called up on Aug. 5.
* Matt Szczur made his Major League debut, pinch-running in the eighth. He grounded out in the ninth in his only plate appearance.
Tsuyoshi Wada gave up two runs on four hits and one walk over six plus innings, striking out six, in the 4-3, 10-inning loss on Friday at Wrigley Field. Wada is holding left-handers to a .130 batting average (3-for-23) with one walk and seven strikeouts. He retired 12 in a row at one point.
* Anthony Rizzo extended his Wrigley Field hitting streak to six games with a double off the right field wall in the first inning. His .315 mark (62-for-197) at Wrigley this season is 63 points higher than his .252 average from a year ago.
* In his first-career at-bat at Wrigley Field, Javier Baez singled to left. He is 4-for-9 in his last two games after going 1-for-10 in his first two.
* Starlin Castro hit a RBI single in the first. He’s hit safely in seven-straight games (.414/12-for-29).
* Arismendy Alcantara has hit safely in six straight home games.
* The Cubs are 5-7 in 12 Interleague games this season.
Edwin JAckson takes the mound Sunday as the Cubs close their three-game series against the Dodgers. Starlin Castro is not starting the first game he is not in the lineup this year. Here’s the lineup:
* Until his first-inning error last night, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had gone a career-high 38-straight games without an error (149 total chances) dating to June 18. It was the longest errorless stretch by a Cubs shortstop since Ryan Theriot had a 46-game errorless streak from April 28-July 25, 2007.
* The Cubs have used six rookie pitchers this season who have combined to post a 2.88 ERA (43 ER/134 1/3 IP) in 99 games (nine starts) with three saves and 23 holds: Dallas Beeler, Kyle Hendricks, Neil Ramirez, Zac Rosscup, Brian Schlitter and Tsuyoshi Wada.
* Wada is the first Japanese-born starting pitcher in franchise history and last time out earned his first major league win vs. Colorado. He is the second Japanese-born pitcher to earn a victory with the Cubs, joining Kyuji Fujikawa who picked up a win in relief last year.
* Tuesday’s game lasted 6 hours, 27 minutes and marked the longest game by time in Cubs franchise history, breaking the 6:10 game, Aug. 17-18, 1982, vs. the Dodgers (21 innings).
* John Baker became the first Cubs position player to pitch in a game since Joe Mather did so Aug. 27, 2012, vs. Milwaukee. Baker is the first position player to earn a win since Baltimore’s Chris Davis did so, May 6, 2012, at Boston. The previous NL position player to earn a win was Philadelphia’s Wilson Valdez, May 25, 2011, against the Reds. According to Elias, Baker is the first Cubs position player ever to get the win as a pitcher in a game.
* Chicago’s bullpen tossed 12-scoreless innings, scattering just three hits while striking out 14.
* The Cubs improved to 5-6 in extra-inning games this season.
* Starlin Castro’s sac-fly RBI in the bottom of the 16th gave the Cubs their first walk-off win since July 11 vs. Atlanta.
* Anthony Rizzo has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-56 (.321). Rizzo is 15-for-43 (.349) with five home runs and nine RBI in 11 games since the All-Star break.
* Emilio Bonifacio went 4-for-7 and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 home games (.419/18-for-43). This was his fourth game with at least four hits. Bonifacio tied the game at 3-3 with a fourth-inning, two-run homer.
* Edwin Jackson did not get a decision. He gave up three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four in four innings. It was the fifth time in 22 starts this season where he did not last at least five innings. In six July starts, Jackson went 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA (25 ER/30.0 IP). Opponents hit .328 (40-for-122).
Starlin Castro entered Tuesday’s game batting .225 in July (20-for-89), with four doubles, seven RBIs, and zero home runs. Manager Rick Renteria talked to Castro on Monday about the possibility of the shortstop taking a day off.
“I think his at-bats, even though the results haven’t been what he was doing previous, his at-bats have still been pretty good,” Renteria said.
On Monday, Castro did hit a double, but he hasn’t been as productive as he was prior to the All-Star break.
“I’m not worried about Starlin,” Renteria said. “He wants to play every single day. I spoke to him [Monday], and said, ‘Hey, maybe I’m thinking about giving you a day off,’ and he went out and took a half hour of ground balls like it was the end of time. He said, ‘Do I look tired?’ He wants to play every day.
“He deserves the courtesy of me talking to him and saying, ‘Let’s get together and talk about what might be a good day [for a breather] if there’s a day.’ We’ll sit down and talk about it.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have plenty of depth as far as middle infielders go, and fans often ask what the team is going to do with all of them. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, other teams are inquiring as well. Morosi said the Cubs’ Starlin Castro has drawn some trade interest. But Morosi says sources tell him the Cubs do not plan on moving the shortstop before the Trade Deadline. Castro is in the second year of a seven-year, $60 million contract with the Cubs. Javier Baez did move from shortstop to second base on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa, and was expected to play there a little more regularly, according to manager Marty Pevey. The Cubs also have talented infielder Arismendy Alcantara, and acquired shortstop Addison Russell in the trade with the Athletics. As of today, Castro is the starting shortstop.
“The nice thing about having impact players who are athletic and can play in the middle of the field and can hit is that you have options,” Theo Epstein said when the Cubs acquired Russell. “You can never have too many shortstops. If you look around baseball, you see some of the best outfielders in the game came up as shortstops, some of the best third basemen in the game came up as shortstops, some of the best second basemen in the game came up as shortstops. Heck, some of the best first basemen in the game came up as shortstops.”
– Carrie Muskat
Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija were both named to the National League All-Star team. Both were elected by player votes. This is Castro’s third All-Star selection.
“After that bad year last year, that’s what we’re looking for — make it a good year this year,” Castro said in Washington after the Cubs’ game. “Make it to the All-Star Game. And come back on that level.
“[It feels] awesome,” Castro said. “Everybody in my family is happy, too. I called them right away and they celebrated at home.”
Samardzija, who picked up a win in his first start for Oakland on Sunday, will be able to attend the game as a member of the NL squad, but he will not play in the game because of the trade. The right-hander, who was 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA in 17 starts with the Cubs, will be replaced on the roster in the same way a pitcher who throws the Sunday before the All-Star Game is replaced.
“I think that the fact that he was recognized for his performance in and of itself speaks to that,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Samardzija. “Good for him.”
“He’s done a great job,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said of Castro. “He’s not trying to hit home runs or anything. It’s not about that, it’s about getting on base and letting other guys do the job.”
Rizzo could also get to the All-Star Game but needs fans’ help. He’s one of five candidates in the Final Vote. Go to MLB.com for more info.
Castro, 24, is the third shortstop in franchise history to be selected to at least three All-Star teams, joining Ernie Banks (nine times as a shortstop) and Don Kessinger (six times). Castro is one of only six shortstops to be named an All-Star in franchise history, joining Banks, Kessinger, Billy Jurges (once), Woody English (once) and Shawon Dunston (twice).
In 2011, Castro became the youngest player in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team at the age of 22. Castro, Dunston and Kessinger are the only three Cubs shortstops to earn All-Star honors in the last 50 years.
– Carrie Muskat
* The Cubs signed veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a Minor League deal, and he was to report to the team’s complex in Mesa, Ariz. A career .256 hitter, Torrealba, 35, had signed with the Angels in January, but was released on March 23. He has played for the Rockies, Giants, Rangers, Padres, Mariners, Brewers, and Blue Jays, and last season, appeared in 61 games with the Rockies, batting .240 with eight doubles and 16 RBIs. There was no timetable for how long he’ll work out in Mesa.
* The Cubs will continue to carry 13 pitchers, and so far, manager Rick Renteria said he hasn’t missed having an extra player on the bench. Most teams carry 12 pitchers.
“It’s actually possibly helped us to have the guys we have so we can gain some length,” Renteria said. “It also allows us to give guys some days off with the usage in certain instances.”
* Last season, shortstop Starlin Castro batted everywhere but fourth in the lineup, including one game when he was hitting ninth. This year, Castro has a few games at other spots, but has settled into the No. 4 spot. But Renteria says Castro isn’t a No. 4 hitter.
“He isn’t,” Renteria said Thursday. “But he’s doing well. All things being equal and looking at how they’re performing, I’ll leave him where he’s at. For us, for our club, he’s the one who seems to fit there the best.
“He’s not bothered by it,” Renteria said of Castro, who was batting .272 in the No. 4 spot. “He doesn’t think about it in any way shape or form of being the quote-unquote fourth hitter. He just sees himself as being there to hit, whether he’s in the fourth slot or the second. I don’t think he thinks about it.”
* The Cubs will wear throwback uniforms from 1964 on Friday when they play the Phillies. It’s part of a retro weekend.
– Carrie Muskat