TONIGHT'S GAME: The Iowa Cubs and New Orleans Zephyrs play the final game of a four-game series. The Zephyrs are the Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Miami Marlins. This is the fourth of nine games in seven days for the Cubs on this home stand. The Memphis Redbirds will be in town tomorrow and the teams will play double-headers on Saturday and Sunday to complete this stretch.
TAKE FIVE: An E-5 led to five unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, helping the Cubs to a 13-4 win over the Zephyrs yesterday afternoon. RF Ryan Kalish capped the rally with a two-run triple and finished with three RBI in the game. 1B Lars Anderson had an RBI single in the fifth and added a two-run homer in the seventh inning. SS Logan Watkins and 2B Javy Baez each scored three runs. The Cubs improved to 27-5 in day games, including an 18-3 mark at home.
THE RHEE-MIX: RH Dae-Eun Rhee allowed one unearned run and one hit in six innings yesterday to earn his first triple-A win in his third game (second start) since joining the I-Cubs on July 8. The Cubs now have 59 quality starts this season. This is most quality starts for an Iowa pitching staff since 2010 when the team finished with 59. The 2006 team finished the season with 73 quality starts and ranked sixth in the league with a 3.91 ERA (555ER/1278.1IP) that year. The Cubs rank second in the league with a 3.77 ERA (380ER/906.0IP) this year.
LUCKY 13: Yesterday's 13-run outburst was the Cubs' seventh game reaching double digits for runs in a game this year. The Cubs have won all seven of those games. The Cubs have scored 448 runs this season and enter play today tied with Nashville for the fewest runs scored in the PCL. The Cubs scored 223 runs in 53 games in April and May and have scored 216 runs in 51 games in June and July.
BAEZ BACK AT IT: IF Javy Baez had his 15-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, but was right back at it yesterday, going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, two walks, and three runs scored. Baez has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games and is batting .309 (21-for-68) with seven doubles, five home runs, 12 runs scored, and 16 RBI during this stretch. He enters play today with his batting average at a season-high .253.
VS. NEW ORLEANS: The Cubs lead this series 2-1 and lead the season series 6-4. These teams split a four-game series at Principal Park in early April, and the Cubs won two games in a rain-shortened three-game series at Zephyr Field in May. The Cubs make their second trip to New Orleans to finish off the season series, July 29-August 1, including a double-header on July 30. Last year, the Zephyrs won the season series 11-5, including a 5-3 mark at Principal Park. The all-time PCL series is tied 114-114. The Cubs lead 68-53 at home.
MEN OF STEAL: OF Ryan Kalish and INF Logan Watkins each stole a base yesterday. For Kalish it was his 10th of the season, giving the Cubs five different players with 10 or more stolen bases this season. The Cubs are second in the league with 102 stolen bases. Omaha leads the league with 106. This is the third straight season that the Cubs have topped the 100 stolen base mark. The team stole 108 in 2012 and 106 last year.
OLT, SOLER JOIN I-CUBS: The I-Cubs have added INF Mike Olt and OF Jorge Soler to the active roster today. Olt was optioned from Chicago yesterday when LHP Tsuyoshi Wada was recalled to start against the Padres. Olt batted .139 (26-for-187) with 12 homers and 30 RBI in 72 games with Chicago. He leads all National League rookies in home runs. Soler comes up from double-A Tennessee where he was batting .415 (27-for-65) with six home runs and 22 RBI in 22 games. He has had two stints on the DL with hamstring strains this year. The Cubs also re-assigned INF Lars Anderson to Tennessee and placed OF Manny Ramirez on the disabled list with a right calf strain.
FUJIKAWA ON REHAB: RH Kyuji Fujikawa pitched a perfect inning and struck out two yesterday in the second game of his Major League rehab assignment. Fujikawa joined the I-Cubs on July 21. In two appearances, he has allowed a run on two hits and struck out two in two innings. Fujikawa underwent Tommy John surgery last June after appearing in 12 games with Chicago. Prior to joining the I-Cubs this year, he made six rehab appearances between Rookie Mesa and single-A Kane County, and didn't allowed an earned run in 5.2 innings. He struck out nine and walked two.
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