Day off for Rizzo in series opener vs. Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- It’s a game off for first baseman Anthony Rizzo tonight as the Cubs resume their 10-game road trip tonight at Miller Park. Rizzo has started all 51 games until today. Mike Olt gets the start at first base, with Luis Valbuena playing third. It’s possible shortstop Starlin Castro will get one of the next two games off this weekend.
The Cubs made another roster move today, placing closer Hector Rondon on the paternity list and activating reliever Pedro Strop off the disabled list. Strop went on the DL May 7 with a groin strain. Earlier this week, reliever Wesley Wright went on the paternity list, but he’s back, and Blake Parker has been sent back to Iowa.
Travis Wood goes for the Cubs tonight against right-hander Marco Estrada, who beat the Cubs 5-3 here on April 26. The Cubs beat Estrada 4-2 May 18 at Wrigley Field. Wood (5-4, 4.35 ERA) is aiming to win his fifth game in May. Only three Cubs pitchers in the last 20 years have recorded five wins in May: Carlos Silva and Sean Marshall in 2010 and Kevin Foster in 1997.
From the game notes: The Cubs enter tonight having been held scoreless in their last 20 inning at-bat. They’ve been shut out in two straight games for the second time this year. The Yankees shut out the Cubs in both games of a doubleheader on April 16. The Cub aim to avoid being shut out for a third straight game since being blanked in four straight, April 27-May 1, 1992.
The big story in the minors continues to be third baseman Kris Bryant, last year’s top pick by the Cubs. In Thursday’s 4-3 loss for Class AA Tennessee to Huntsville, Bryant hit his 16th home run, going 1-for-4. Bryant has homered in three of his last four games and is batting .406 (41-for-101) with 28 runs, 6 doubles, 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 27 games in May.
In Thursday’s game, Joe Gardner was the starting pitcher. He got no decision, working 6.1 innings and giving up 1 hit and no runs. Wes Darvil and Charles Cutler each had 2 hits.
Class AAA Iowa fell 2-1 to Memphis in the completion of a suspended game from Wednesday. In the regularly scheduled game, Memphis lefty Tim Cooney took a no-hitter through two outs in the top of the ninth before Arismendy Alcantara singled to left. Memphis won the game 4-0.
In the first game, Carlos Pimentel got no decision, as he worked 5 innings and gave up 3 hits and 1 run while walking five and striking out six. Javier Baez was 2-for-3.
In the second game, Tsuyoshi Wada took the loss as he worked 6 innings and gave up 8 hits and 4 runs. He walked two and struck out eight in falling to 4-3 with a 2.70 ERA. Alcantara extended a hit streak to five games.
Class A Daytona gave up 11 hits in an 8-1 loss to Palm Beach. Starling Peralta lasted 4.1 innings and gave up 3 hits and 2 runs as he fell to 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA. Chadd Krist had Daytona’s lone multihit, going 2-for-4.
The Kane County Cougars had hits four-game winning streak snapped in a 5-0 loss to Clinton. Tyler Skulina took the loss. He worked 5 innings, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs while walking three and striking out one. Skulina is 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA. Ben Carhart reached four times, going 3-for-3 with a walk. Bael Brockmeyer was 3-for-4.