June 2014

6/30 Cubs 2, Red Sox 0

In his previous start, Jake Arrieta threw six perfect innings against the Reds. On Monday, Arrieta threw nearly eight no-hit innings against the Red Sox. He combined with two other pitchers on a two-hitter in a 2-0 Cubs win.

It was quite the night at Fenway Park.

* Cubs pitchers Arrieta, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon combined to allow three base runners. It’s the fewest in a game since giving up two hits and one walk in a 2-0 victory on July 23, 2012, at Pittsburgh. It’s the fewest hits given up in a game this season and fewest since the Cardinals totaled two hits off the Cubs on Aug. 16, 2013.

* Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, his second straight start with a no-no through at least six innings. He is the first Cubs pitcher since at least 1974 to carry a no-hitter through six innings in back to back starts. The last big league pitcher to do so was Toronto’s Dave Stieb on June 24 and June 30, 1988.

* Arrieta’s 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball were the longest by a Cubs pitcher since Ted Lilly worked eight no-hit innings on June 13, 2010, against the White Sox.

* With Arrieta’s 10 strikeouts Monday, he now has recorded at least nine K’s in four straight starts. It matches the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher since at least 1914. Kerry Wood did so from July 24-Aug. 11, 2003; and Rich HArden did so from July 12-31, 2008.

* Arrieta has given up two runs or less in six straight starts, and has a 0.92 ERA over that stretch. It’s the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher this season, and longest since Matt Garza also accomplished the feat in six straight from June 16-July 13, 2013.

* Who threw the last no-hitter against the Red Sox? It was Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio when he pitched for the Mariners.

6/30 Cubs lineup

Ryan Sweeney will be the designated hitter tonight when the Cubs open their three-game Interleague series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Sweeney DH
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Lake CF
Barney 2B

Arrieta P

* Cubs designated hitters have batted .279 (144-for-517) with 24 home runs and 90 RBI in 130 games at AL ballparks. The 24 homers have been hit by 14 players, including a franchise-record six by Alfonso Soriano.

6/30 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Tsuyoshi Wada threw 6 2/3 shutout innings in Iowa’s 2-0 win over Colorado Springs. Wada struck out eight and improved to 9-4 with a 2.55 ERA. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, including a double. Javier Baez had two hits and one RBIs.

Tennessee scored four runs in the eighth to beat Montgomery, 6-1. Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one run on seven hits over seven innings, and struck out 10. Jae-Hoon Ha had three RBIs.

Daytona rallied for a 9-8 win over Lakeland. Dan Vogelbach had two hits, including a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. Bijan Rademacher had three RBIs. Marco Hernandez and Albert Almora each had two hits and two RBIs.

Cael Brockmeyer hit for the cycle in Kane County’s 9-7 win over Beloit. Brockmeyer went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. He hit a two-run homer in the third and a two-run triple in the ninth. Jacob Hannemann also homered and finished with three RBI.

Trevor Graham gave up two unearned runs over six innings in Boise’s 6-2 win over Tri-City. Jeffrey Baez hit a two-run homer and Dan Canela had four hits.

Jorge Soler had a hit and scored a run in Mesa’s 5-4 walk-off win over the Giants. Kevonte Mitchell had three hits.

6/30 June numbers

Lowest ERA in National League in June:
3. Jake Arrieta 1.14 (4 ER/31 2/3 IP) in 5 starts

18. Travis Wood 3.19 ERA (11 ER/31 IP) in five starts

24. Jason Hammel 3.45 ERA (12 ER/31 1/3 IP) in five starts


Highest ERA in NL in June:
3. Edwin Jackson 6.23 (18 ER/26 IP) in five starts

9. Jeff Samardzija 5.45 (20 ER/33 IP) in six starts

Cubs batting averages in June:
Anthony Rizzo .307, 7 HR, 16 RBI
Starlin Castro .295, 4 HR, 21 RBI
Luis Valbuena .284, 2 HR, 8 RBI
Justin Ruggiano .237, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Chris Coghlan .231, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Darwin Barney .214, 0 HR, 4 RBI
Ryan Sweeney .204, 0 HR, 2 RBI
Junior Lake .200, 3 HR, 6 RBI
John Baker .189, 0 HR, 5 RBI
Nate Schierholtz .179, 1 HR, 11 RBI
Mike Olt .057, 1 HR, 1 RBI

6/29 Minor matters – Saturday’s games

Kris Bryant had three hits but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 6-0, to Colorado Springs. Eric Jokisch took the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings. Bryant is batting .351 with Iowa, and has hit in seven straight games. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, and also has hit in seven straight games.

Tennessee lost, 2-1, to Jacksonville. Joe Gardner gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings and took the loss. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits.

Dan Vogelbach hit his eighth home run, a three-run shot in the third, to help Daytona beat Lakeland, 8-7. Marco Hernandez and Albert Almora each had three hits.

Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam and a solo home run to lead Kane County to a 10-2 win over Beloit. Schwarber is batting .467 with the Cougars. Duane Underwood picked up the win, giving up one run over five innings. Yasiel Balaguert had three hits and three RBIs.

Jesse Hodges had two hits in Boise’s 3-1 loss to Hillsboro.

Richardo Marcano hit a two-run homer in the eighth but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost, 7-5, to the Athletics. It was Marcano’s first home run.

6/28 Cubs vs Red Sox

After a rare off day on Sunday, the Cubs return to action Monday against the Red Sox in Boston to play a three-game Interleague series. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jake Arrieta (4-1, 2.05) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (1-6, 4.93)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (5-8, 5.22) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (3-4, 6.75)
Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (7-6, 4.52) vs. RHP Brandon Workman (1-1, 3.27)

This will be the Cubs’ first visit to Fenway Park since May 20-22, 2011, which was their first trip to the Red Sox’s home park since the 1918 World Series. Boston won that series in six games, led by Babe Ruth, who was the winning pitcher in two of the games.

6/28 Nationals 3, Cubs 0 – First game

* Dallas Beeler took the loss in his Major League debut, but made an great first impression. The right-hander gave up four hits over six innings and was charged with one unearned run, which scored on a wild pitch. He struck out six and walked three. He’s the fifth Cubs starting pitcher to go at least six innings and not allow an earned run in his Major League debut. Others to do so include Jeff Pico (May 31, 1988), Bob Scanlan (May 7, 1991), Amaury Telemaco (May 16, 1996) and Ryan O’Malley (Aug. 16, 2006).

“He just pitched against one of the leading clubs in the East with quite a few good ballplayers on the other side and I think he managed himself well through this outing,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He looked very composed. He didn’t look like he was flustered at all. Just a sense of calm out there. He looked like he belonged.”

* The Cubs have been shut out 10 times this season.

— Carrie Muskat

6/28 Cubs lineup – second game

Jeff Samardzija gets the start in the second game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Sweeney CF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Barney 2B
Samardzija P

6/28 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Chris Rusin hit his first home run of the season and posted a quality start in Iowa’s 16-3 win over Colorado Springs. The I-Cubs totaled 19 hits, including three by Kris Bryant, who went 3-for-6 with two doubles. Chris Valaika and Arismendy Alcantara both homered. Alcantara finished with four RBIs.

Tennessee scored four runs in the eighth to beat Jackson, 6-5. Charles Cutler, Luis Flores, Jonathan Mota and Elliot Soto each drove in a run in the eighth.

Nathan Dorris threw seven shutout innings in Daytona’s 1-0 win over Lakeland. Dorris struck out eight and gave up four hits. Wes Darvill drove in the only run with a RBI double.

Shawon Dunston hit a RBI single in the 10th to give Kane County a 3-2 win over Beloit. Jacob Hannemann had two hits and two stolen bases.

Trevor Clifton gave up one hit over six innings in Boise’s 11-1 win over Hillsboro. Daniel Canela hit a home run and drove in two runs.

Jorge Soler was 2-for-2 in Mesa’s 6-5 win over the Giants. In four games, Soler is 7-for-12 with four runs, two doubles, a home run and four RBI.

6/28 Cubs lineup – first game

Dallas Beeler makes his Major League debut Saturday in the first game of the Cubs’ day-night doubleheader against the Nationals. The teams are playing two games Saturday and will have Sunday off. The schedule was announced in February to avoid congestion in the area because of Sunday’s Pride Parade. Here’s the lineup for the first game:

Lake CF
Ruggiano RF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Olt 3B
Coghlan LF
Barney 2B
Baker C
Beeler P