May 2016

#Cubs and Arrieta face Dodgers

Jake Arrieta takes the mound Tuesday night for the Cubs vs. the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. It’s Arrieta’s first start against L.A. since he no-hit the Dodgers last Aug. 30. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Montero C

Arrieta P

Ben Zobrist has a .418 batting average (41-for-98) in May, with six homers and 25 RBI. Elias reports that he is the first player to produce at least 40 hits and 25 or more RBI for the Cubs in a calendar month since Alfonso Soriano did so in May 2008 (.345, 40-for-116, 10 HR, 29 RBI).

Arrieta has started 23 games, and the Cubs have won all 23. Arrieta is 20-0, 1.05 ERA in 162.1 innings during that stretch.

The Cubs have outscored their opponents 40-16 in their last six games, all victories.

Roster move: The Brewers claimed right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez off waivers. Ramirez was designated for assignment on May 21.

#Cubs Minor League report: Contreras 2 HRs

Monday’s games

Willson Contreras hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth, to help Iowa beat Albuquerque, 11-0. Jake Buchanan got the win, pitching six shutout innings. Contreras went 4-for-5 with five RBI. He’s hit in nine straight games. Matt Murton had two hits, both doubles, and scored a run. Albert Almora had three hits and stole a base.

Tennessee had Monday off. The Smokies open a five-game homestand against Jackson on Tuesday.

Trevor Clifton gave up two runs and struck out six over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-2 win over Wilmington. Gleyber Torres hit a solo home run in the first. Trey Martin was 3-for-3 with one RBI.

Justin Steele gave up two runs over three innings in South Bend’s 5-4 loss to Lansing. Andrew Ely and Tyler Alamo each had two hits. Eloy Jimenez extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

Happy Memorial Day. #Cubs

#Cubs and Hammel vs Dodgers

Jason Hammel gets the start Monday when the Cubs play host to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Dexter Fowler is not starting to give him a day to rest a sore right heel. Manager Joe Maddon said Fowler was available to pinch-hit if needed. Here’s the lineup:

Zobrist RF

Heyward CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soler LF

Russell SS

Baez 2B

Ross C

Hammel P


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Sunday’s games

Matt Murton had three hits and one RBI in Iowa’s 6-4 win over Albuquerque. Murton was batting .387 (12-for-31) in 11 games this month, and was 7-for-13 in his last three games. Rob Zastryzny gave up three runs over five innings. John Andreoli had two hits.

Brad Markey gave up one run over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-1 win over Chattanooga. Bijan Rademacher and Cael Brockmeyer each hit solo home runs. Mark Zagunis had three hits and two RBI. Markey finished May with a 2-1 record, 2.05 ERA in six games (five starts).

Myrtle Beach lost both games of a doubleheader against Wilmington, losing 8-4 in the first game, and 3-1 in 10 innings in the second. In the second game, Zach Hedges gave up one unearned run over seven innings. Ian Happ was a combined 3-for-7 in the two games, and Jeffrey Baez had three hits and one RBI.

Eloy Jimenez hit a walk-off solo home run in the ninth to give South Bend a 1-0 victory over Lansing. With the blast, Jimenez extended his hitting streak to 16 games. He’s batting .444 in that stretch and has hit seven home runs. Carson Sands started and gave up two hits over six scoreless innings. It was his third quality start.


#Cubs Lackey vs Phillies in finale

John Lackey closes the Cubs’ series against the Phillies on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Montero C

Russell SS

Szczur LF

Lackey P

Lackey is coming off a no decision vs. the Cardinals in which he gave up three runs over seven innings. He is 3-4 with a 3.13 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Phillies.

Ben Zobrist has reached safely in his last 33 starts, and is riding a 14-game hitting streak. He’s batting .444 during that streak.

Kris Bryant is tied with Yoenis Cespedes for second in the NL in RBI with 36.

Looking ahead, here are the pitching matchups vs. the Dodgers:

Monday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-1, 2.17) vs. LHP Alex Wood (1-3, 4.03)
Tuesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (9-0, 1.72) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (4-3, 4.84)
Wednesday: LHP Jon Lester (5-3, 2.48) vs. RHP Mike Bolsinger (1-1, 4.50)
Thursday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.93) vs. RHP Kenta Maeda (4-3, 3.00)


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Saturday’s games

Pinch-hitter Juan Perez hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to lift Iowa to a 4-3 win over Albuquerque. John Andreoli hit his sixth home run, a two-out solo shot, and Logan Watkins had three hits. Perez is 4-for-8 off the bench this season.

Tennessee lost, 3-2, to Chattanooga. Tyler Skulina gave up one run over six innings. Mark Zagunis hit a solo home run in the sixth.

Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Wilmington was postponed because of rain, and the Pelicans will try to play a doubleheader on Sunday.

Preston Morrison gave up three runs over five innings in South Bend’s 17-3 win over Lansing. Ian Rice drove in five runs, hitting two home runs. Daniel Springola had three hits and two RBI and Eloy Jimenez extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Donnie Dewees had two hits and one RBI.

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Friday’s games

Willson Contreras and David Bote each hit home runs to lead Iowa to a 6-1 win over Albuquerque. Contreras hit a two-run homer in the seventh, and is batting .316, while Bote’s solo blast and finished with two RBI. Drew Rucinski retired the first 20 batters he faced before giving up a hit in the seventh. He went eight innings, gave up one run on three hits and struck out four. Matt Murton had three hits, including a double.

Tennessee lost, 6-5, in 11 innings to Chattanooga. Paul Blackburn started and gave up five runs over five innings. Chesny Young had three hits and one RBI and Billy McKinney reached base four times with two hits and two walks.

Jake Stinnett gave up two earned runs over seven innings in Myrtle Beach’s 3-1 loss to Wilmington. Stinnett struck out four.

Matt Rose had three hits in South Bend’s 4-2 win over Lansing. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and one RBI, and has hit in 14 straight games. Ryan Kellogg started and gave up two runs over six innings. Ian Rice and Tyler Alamo each had two hits. Alamo finished with three RBI.

#Cubs Rizzo meets fans

On Friday, Anthony Rizzo met with Michael, a cancer patient, and his family, and treated them to tickets to the Cubs’ game against the Phillies.


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Thursday’s games

Dan Vogelbach had two hits and one RBI in Iowa’s 6-3, 12-inning loss to El Paso. Carl Edwards Jr. threw two scoreless innings in relief. Juan Perez had two hits and a stolen base.

Duane Underwood gave up three runs over four innings in Tennessee’s 7-6 win over Chattanooga. David Freitas finished a double shy of the cycle, collecting three hits and driving in four runs. Jacob Hannemann hit his fifth home run.

Jeremy Null gave up four earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in Myrtle Beach’s 10-2 loss to Carolina. Jason Vosler had two hits and two RBI.

South Bend lost, 9-4, to Great Lakes. Bryant Flete had two hits and one RBI. Starter Adbert Adzolay gave up four runs over five innings. P.J. Higgins hit a double, drew two walks and scored a run.