Ian Happ smacked a two-run homer to highlight a five-run fifth inning and Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs as the Cubs opened the second half with a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals on Thursday at Wrigley Field.
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes versatile players, and he picked up one for his bullpen on Thursday with the addition of right-hander Jesse Chavez, who was acquired from the Rangers for Minor League left-hander Tyler Thomas, a seventh-round Draft pick in 2017.
The Cubs placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with right elbow inflammation.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
All-Star Jon Lester will make his first start of the second half when the Cubs face the Cardinals today at 1:20 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. He is tied with Aaron Nola and Max Scherzer for the most wins in the National League (12) and has the fourth-best ERA (2.58). There's no place like the Friendly Confines for the lefty, who is 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA in nine home starts. He's 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three outings vs. the Cardinals.
Cubs first-round Draft pick Nico Hoerner felt something in his left elbow after diving for a ball while playing for Class A South Bend, but the shortstop stayed in the game and later hit a home run. That was his last Minor League game of the season, however, as Hoerner has been shut down because of an injury to ligaments in his elbow.
The All-Star Game has come and gone, and the non-waiver Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away. Until July 31, much of the talk in baseball will be focused around buyers and sellers, blockbuster moves and small deals and an endless buzz of trade rumors.
Who do the Cubs have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Chicago's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
The Cubs head into the second half of the season on a roll, boasting the best record in the National League despite not having two of their biggest offseason free-agent signings contributing as expected.
The Cubs will open the second half of the season with reliever Carl Edwards Jr. and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. back on the roster.
Willson Contreras cried when he found out he was starting Tuesday night's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard in Washington, D.C. Javier Baez had the opposite reaction when he got the good news -- he laughed. Different reactions aside, it was a night of firsts as the two Cubs made their Midsummer Classic debuts.
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
Kyle Schwarber hit more home runs than anyone else in Monday's T-Mobile Home Run Derby, but unfortunately for the Cubs slugger, Bryce Harper hit one more when it counted most. Schwarber, who clubbed 55 homers on the night, fell to the Nationals' hometown hero in a memorable final round, 19-18, as Harper hit a walk-off homer in bonus time to snap the tie and win the event in front of a packed house at Nationals Park.
Cubs second baseman Javier Baez stepped into the batter's box at Nationals Park and took a few pitches. Then the National League All-Star soon found his groove, and the result was 16 home runs in the first round of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, the longest of which traveled 479 feet, the longest of the night thus far.
During their cross-country flight from San Diego on Sunday night, Javier Baez began asking Jon Lester questions about what to expect during his first All-Star experience. Lester, Baez and Willson Contreras will represent the Cubs in the 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
Kyle Schwarber flipped his bat after buzzer-beater HR
Javy Baez wore a Roberto Clemente jacket at Derby
All-Stars Jon Lester and Javier Baez both closed the first half on high notes, as did the Cubs. Lester picked up his 12th win, striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings, and Baez raised his league-leading RBI total to 72 in a 7-4 victory on Sunday over the Padres at Petco Park to help the Cubs finish the first half with the best record in the National League at 55-38. Baez smacked an RBI single in a three-run first while Jason Heyward hit a two-run single in the second for the Cubs.
The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park. Here is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
The Cubs will close the first half with the best record in the National League for the first time since 2008. What will be the key for them in the second half to maintain that? Getting the starting pitching on track, manager Joe Maddon said.
Kyle Schwarber and All-Star Javier Baez look like they're ready for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. Schwarber hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Baez drove in five runs, including three on a home run in the ninth, to power the Cubs to an 11-6 come-from-behind victory over the Padres at Petco Park on Saturday night and open a 1-1/2 game lead in the Central Division. Baez, who also hit a two-run double in the fifth, matched a season-high with five RBIs.
It's been a frustrating first half for Yu Darvish, who hopes to begin throwing off the mound soon. No matter what the right-hander's status is, the Cubs know they need more pitching as they approach the non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager Jed Hoyer said Saturday.
Javier Baez did it again. With one out in the 10th inning, Baez stole second, then took advantage of two errors by the Padres to score the go-ahead run and lift the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. Anthony Rizzo had tied the game with an RBI double with two outs in the ninth for the Cubs. In the 10th, Baez reached on an infield single. The All-Star second baseman then stole second, ran to third on an errant throw by catcher Austin Hedges and scored when center fielder Manuel Margot bobbled the ball.
Baez proves he's 'El Mago' with game-winner
Anthony Rizzo collected three hits, including a clutch game-tying RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning, to help propel the Cubs to a 5-4, 10-inning victory over the Padres on Friday at Petco Park.
We spend a lot of time and effort at this time of year looking ahead to what teams might do as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. But perhaps a different approach is in order.
The Cubs have done well in the past in the international market -- Willson Contreras, Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez are examples -- and hope they have struck gold with five prospects they signed on July 2.
With Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber in the lineup together for the first time since June 22, the Cubs offense flashed its lofty potential but lacked timely hitting in a 5-4, 13-inning loss on Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park.
Kris Bryant returned to the Cubs' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park, playing third base and hitting third. He launched a two-run homer in the fifth inning off Giants starter Johnny Cueto.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
In Tuesday's 2-0 Cubs win vs. the Giants, Jose Quintana pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three and walking two in what was undeniably his best outing since May 31. The Cubs' offense was finally able to pick up Quintana with a two-run rally in the seventh, evening the series at a game apiece.
Before we talk about Kyle Schwarber (and a little Bryce Harper), let's point out that in the old days, a defender built a reputation and kept it more or less forever.
Kyle Hendricks finally looked like himself. On a brisk Monday night at AT&T Park, the right-hander didn't look the part of a pitcher who had not gone past the sixth inning since May 25. Rather, Hendricks looked rejuvenated in the 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Giants.
Ken Ravizza, a pioneer in sports psychology who worked closely with Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Angels skipper Mike Scioscia, passed away Sunday night. He was 70.
An error by Reds first baseman and NL All-Star Joey Votto loaded the bases and set up David Bote's walk-off walk in the 10th as the Cubs rallied once again in the rubber game. Addison Russell drove in the first three runs for Chicago, which has won eight of its last nine all in comeback fashion. Adam Duvall had belted a tying home run in the top of the ninth for Cincinnati.
Anthony Rizzo's RBI groundout capped the decisive four-run eighth inning in the Cubs' comeback victory over the Reds. Javier Baez homered and hit an RBI comebacker for Chicago, which had lost five in a row to Cincinnati. Eugenio Suarez hit a homer for the Reds, who once led by five.
Jason Heyward was removed from Saturday's 8-7 victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field after his third-inning at-bat in which he fouled a ball off his groin. Albert Almora Jr. replaced Heyward in center field to start the fourth.
The Cubs ran out of comebacks on Friday.
Yu Darvish has yet to resume throwing since he received a cortisone shot in his right arm one week ago, but the pitcher's uncertain status does not mean the Cubs are in the market for another frontline starter by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Friday.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Cubs prospect Oscar De La Cruz has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.