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1hJesse Rogers

Cubs turn record-tying 7 double plays in win

The Cubs tied an MLB record with seven double plays in their win over the Pirates on Friday night, joining the 1942 Yankees and 1969 Astros.

2:05

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cole Hamels discuss the Cubs 1-0 win over the Pirates on Friday. They turned 7 double plays, including the final one with 2 on in the ninth to end the game.

Cubs tie record with 7 double plays turned (0:51)
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Cubs turn record-tying 7 double plays, edge Pirates 1-0

The Chicago Cubs tied a major league record by turning seven double plays Friday night, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Pirates hit into 7 double plays, tying the franchise record.

Schwarber's solo HR all Cubs need for win (0:25)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cole Hamels is the first pitcher to induce 5+ double plays in a game since Luis Perdomo of the Padres had 6 on August 28, 2016 against the Marlins.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cole Hamels has induced three double plays in the first 3 innings tonight while tying a career high with 19 on the season now. He's had two ground balls go to the left side and one to the right resulting in two outs each time. He's thrown just 36 pitches through three innings.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Tonight's Cubs-Pirates game is expected to begin at 8:50pm.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

National League MVP candidate Javy Báez has already set career-high marks in hits (129), homers (25), doubles (32), triples (8), RBI (89) and stolen bases (19) and is nearing his career-high with 74 runs scored (75 in 2017).

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Tarp still on the field; light rain expected up until game time for Cubs-Pirates. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Cubs have had the third-most postponed games due to weather this season (7); Yankees and Orioles lead with 9 and 8, respectively.

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9hJesse Rogers

Cubs LHP Montgomery to DL with shoulder issue

The Cubs placed left-handed starter Mike Montgomery on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood will make at least one start, on Saturday against the Pirates, in Montgomery's place.

0:35

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Tyler Chatwood discuss returning to the rotation on Saturday in place of Mike Montgomery.

1:45

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Mike Montgomery discuss his shoulder issue which landed him on the DL on Friday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Montgomery goes on the DL with left shoulder inflammation retroactive to Aug. 14. He felt discomfort in his bullpen session on Thursday leading to the DL stint. It means Tyler Chatwood will start in his place. Randy Rosario was recalled to take Montgomery's place on the roster. Initial prognosis of the injury is encouraging, per the team.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Yu Darvish will leave Pittsburgh on Saturday to throw in a rehab start at Class-A South Bend as he recovers from an elbow injury which has sidelined him since May. He'll take things slow, checking off boxes along the way. It means he'll pitch in at least two games in the minors, if not three, as he won't "air things out" right away. Health is his main concern.

1:06

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his outing where he shutdown the Pirates over 6 innings on Thursday.

Lester dominates with 8 K's (0:38)
Happ launches homer to right (0:23)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester had a great bounce back game as he entered the night with a 10.32 second half ERA. That number came down considerably after he threw 6 shutout innings against the Pirates, allowing just five hits without issuing a walk. He struck out 8 using just 92 pitches. 60 of them were strikes. He looked like the first half pitcher who made the all-star team.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

All signs are a go for Cubs righty Yu Darvish to pitch in a minor league game on Sunday as he rehabs an elbow injury, according to manager Joe Maddon. The Cubs did not announce where he will pitch but Class-A South Bend is at home that day and close enough to Chicago that Cubs brass can make the quick trip to watch him if they desire. That's where Darvish pitched his last rehab start before being shut down. Maddon wouldn't commit to a number of starts in the minors for Darvish but said he wouldn't expect more than three: "He came in and said he felt great so he's ready to roll on Sunday."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"There's a Neanderthal aspect to our game that needs to go away." –Joe Maddon on José Ureña plunking Ronald Acuña Jr.

2d

Rizzo leads Cubs past Brewers 8-4

Anthony Rizzo homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot, and the Chicago Cubs restored their three-game lead in the NL Central by topping the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 on Wednesday.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs5857th
Batting Average.2642nd
On Base Percentage.3421st
Slugging Percentage.41911th
Earned Run Average3.8212th
Quality Starts5520th
WHIP1.3419th
BAA.2399th