Cubs Lineup: 6/26/15

Cubs vs. Cardinals – Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 7:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta
Cardinals Starter: John Lackey, RHP
TV: ABC-7, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Chris Coghlan, LF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. Mike Baxter, RF
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/25/15

Iowa took both games of a doubleheader, and Tennessee, South Bend, Eugene and Mesa all captured victories as well on Thursday. Only Myrtle Beach was on the losing side. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (38-34)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-10.0)

Iowa swept a doubleheader against visiting Omaha, winning Game 1, 3-2, in 10 innings on a Kyle Schwarber walk-off double. The I-Cubs then blanked the Storm Chasers in Game 2, 1-0.

  • RHP Dallas Beeler (6.79) struck out six in 6.1 innings of the first game, giving up two earned runs in the no-decision.
  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.15) fanned nine batters in 6.0 scoreless innings to pick up his sixth win of the year. He’s gone 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA in five June starts.
  • 3B Mike Olt (.429) went 3-for-4 with a home run (1) in Game 1 and followed that up with a pair of walks in the second game. He is 3-for-9 with a double and a home run in three rehab games at Iowa.
  • RHP Neil Ramirez (0.00) allowed one hit and fanned one batter in 0.2 scoreless innings in Game 1. It was his first rehab outing with Iowa (third overall).
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.222) went 2-for-5 with a triple (1) and a walk-off RBI double in Game 1.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.277) went 2-for-2 and drove in the only run in the nightcap.

Tennessee Smokies (1-0)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Taylor Davis hit two solo home runs to lift the Smokies past host Mobile, 2-1.

  • C Taylor Davis (.286) went 2-for-4 with the two home runs (2). He has five RBI in four games with the Smokies after starting the season at Triple-A Iowa.
  • LF Billy McKinney (.319) went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to six games (13-for-20), including three three-hit efforts. McKinney is batting .339 (20-for-59) in 18 June contests.
  • RHP Tayler Scott (2.30) collected his third win, striking out four batters in 2.1 scoreless frames.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-1)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-1.0)

The Pelicans dropped a 2-1 decision at Carolina to open the season’s second half.

  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.294) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base (10). He has five multi-hit games in his last nine contests and is hitting .321 (26-for-81) in 23 June games.
  • DH Daniel Lockhart (.214) went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to three games (5-for-11).
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.319) went 1-for-4 and scored the Pelicans only run.

South Bend Cubs (1-0)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend opened the second half with a 4-3 victory at Lake County.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.261) went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the season and two RBI (16).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.315) went 2-for-4 with a triple (3) and a run scored. He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests.
  • RHP Zach Hedges tossed his fourth quality start of the season to collect the win, striking out five in 6.2 innings.

Eugene Emeralds (3-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Eugene won its second straight game, topping visiting Boise, 3-1.

  • DH Justin Marra (.278) went 2-for-3 with a double (1), a triple (1), a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.235) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • LHP Justin Steele (0.82) has allowed one earned run in 11.0 innings to begin his campaign. He struck out six in 6.0 innings, giving up just one earned run.

Mesa Cubs (3-2)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a 6-4 win over the Angels.

  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.316) has doubled in three straight games, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored last night.
  • 1B Joe Martarano (.294), LF Jose Paniagua (.267) and SS Carlos Jimenez (.429) all had multi-hit games.

Cubs sign second-round pick Dewees

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Photo courtesy University of North Florida

On Thursday, the Cubs announced they have signed outfielder Donnie Dewees, the club’s second-round pick (47th overall) of the 2015 Draft.

Dewees, 21, was named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and was named the 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year. The redshirt sophomore batted .422 (106-for-251) with 88 runs, 12 doubles, eight triples, 18 home runs and 68 RBI in 60 games for North Florida this season. The left-handed hitter recorded a .483 on-base percentage, thanks to 30 walks compared to just 16 strikeouts, and a .749 slugging percentage, good for a 1.232 OPS. He led the nation in hits (106), runs, slugging percentage and total bases (188).

Earlier in 2015, Dewees held the nation’s longest hitting streak of 31 games, and he recorded two hitting streaks of 16 games or more this season, helping the Ospreys to their first-ever Atlantic Sun regular season championship.

In 2014, Dewees hit .340 (51-for-150) with 31 runs, nine doubles, one triple, three homers, 20 RBI and 20 walks for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League. In 2013 with North Florida, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 180-pounder was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. A native of Crystal River, Fla., Dewees graduated from Crystal River High School.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/24/15

Eugene had a pair of big innings to secure its second win, and the Mesa bats led the way in a victory Wednesday. Iowa was rained out, while Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend wrapped up their All-Star breaks and will return to play Thursday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Eugene Emeralds (2-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Fourth Place (-2.0)

Eugene rallied for eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat visiting Boise, 8-3.

  • LHP Carson Sands (4.09) fanned six in 6.0 innings, giving up three earned runs in the no-decision.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.240) went 2-for-4 with a triple (1) and a team-high four RBI (5).
  • SS Ho-young Son (.308) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base (2). He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests.
  • RF Ricardo Marcano (.308) went 2-for-4, his first multi-hit game of the season.
  • RHP Jae-Hoon Ha collected his first victory, striking out four batters in 2.0 hitless innings.

Mesa Cubs (2-2)
Arizona League (Rookie League)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs collected 11 hits to win their second straight, defeating the Angels, 6-5.

  • C Yohan Matos (.143) went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.250) went 3-for-4 with a double (2).
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.300) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (2) and a run scored.
  • LHP Carlos Rodriguez tossed 2.0 perfect frames to earn the win, fanning one.

Cubs Lineup: 6/25/15

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Dodgers Starter: Carlos Frias, RHP
TV: ABC-7, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Chris Denorfia, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Chris Coghlan, LF
5. Addison Russell, SS
6. Mike Baxter, RF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B

Cubs announce Fourth of July weekend plans

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs invite fans to watch America’s pastime, honor military heroes and celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Wrigley Field. The team will lead a celebratory toast to the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers July 3 and host military tributes and postgame fireworks inside Wrigley Field July 4. Kids Sundays continue July 5 with a youth giveaway and kids run the bases postgame to complete the three-game series vs. the Marlins.

The Fourth of July fireworks show presented by Weber Sauces and Seasonings will headline a holiday celebration that also includes a Cubs Camo Cap presented by Magellan Corporation for the first 10,000 fans. The Magellan Military Heroes Day will feature an extended pregame ceremony featuring an oversized American flag displayed on the field by 100 members of the USO of Illinois, a military Take the Field experience, decorative bunting in the ballpark and patriotic uniforms for both teams.

Fans can enjoy postgame fireworks exactly 100 years to the date after the Chicago Whales held an evening of entertainment at then-Weeghman Park in 1915 that included music, dancing and a fireworks show. Fans may remain in their seats during a short intermission after the game, and fireworks will be launched from various points inside the ballpark. This year’s celebration, weather permitting, will mark the first ever postgame fireworks show hosted by the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The day prior, the team will open its homestand by celebrating the newly enhanced Budweiser Bleachers and opening Platform 14, a new outdoor concession area located behind the historic center-field scoreboard. Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older will receive a patriotic Cubs tank top (available in two sizes) as part of the afternoon’s Red, White and Brew Budweiser Friday event, which also includes patriotic music, lively summer hits and classic American fare. Guests 21-and-older also will receive a commemorative stein for an honorary toast to the Budweiser Bleachers, led by former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, to kick off the seventh-inning stretch. Broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will lead the television broadcast from the new Left Field Porch in the bleachers that afternoon.

On Sunday, July 5, Kids Sundays will continue with an Anthony Rizzo Life-Size Fabric Growth Chart presented by ATI Physical Therapy for the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-younger can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

“Between our postgame fireworks, exciting promotional giveaways and a toast to the famous Budweiser Bleachers, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago than watching America’s pastime at Wrigley Field,” said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner.

Tickets remain available for the holiday weekend at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Cubs Lineup: 6/24/15

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Dodgers Starter: Mike Bolsinger, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago, ESPN 2; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Chris Denorfia, RF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. Matt Szczur, CF
8. Kyle Hendricks, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/23/15

Mesa picked up its first win of the season Tuesday, Iowa got off to a slow start and couldn’t battle back, and Eugene continued its early-season struggles. Members of Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend competed in their respected leagues’ All-Star Games.

Iowa Cubs (36-34)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-11.0)

Iowa was unable to overcome Omaha’s early lead and ultimately fell to the Storm Chasers, 4-2.

  • RF John Andreoli (.299) went 1-for-4 with a home run (2).
  • SS Ryan Dent (.278) went 1-for-3 with a double (3) and an RBI (3). He has recorded a hit in his last three appearances.
  • RHP Felipe Paulino (4.67) took the loss, but fanned a six batters in 5.2 innings.

Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. Willson Contreras, Dan Vogelbach, Frank Batista, Corey Black, P.J. Francescon and Felix Pena represented the Smokies yesterday at the All-Star Game in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach crushed a three-run homer in the second inning to give the North All-Stars the lead. He also walked once, finishing 1-for-4.
  • C Willson Contreras went 1-for-2 and walked once.
  • RHP Felix Pena tossed a hitless frame and fanned one batter.
  • RHP Frank Batista tossed a scoreless frame, giving up just one hit and walking one batter.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. Jeimer Candelario, Duane Underwood, Jonathan Martinez and Mark Zagunis represented the Pelicans at the All-Star Game yesterday in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • RF-CF Mark Zagunis went 2-for-5 and plated one.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez tossed a shutout inning, allowing just one hit and fanning one batter.

South Bend Cubs

South Bend is off until Thursday for the All-Star break. Cael Brockmeyer, Charcer Burks, Gleyber Torres, Jeremy Null and James Farris represented the SB-Cubs at the All-Star Game yesterday in Peoria, Illinois.

  • RHP Jeremy Null earned the win and was named game MVP after giving up just one hit and fanning three batters in a scoreless first inning.
  • RF Charcer Burks walked once and earned an RBI despite going 0-for-1.

Eugene Emeralds (1-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Eighth Place (-11.5)

  • CF Ian Happ (.350) went 2-for-3 with a double (2), a stolen base, a walk and a run scored. He has recorded a hit in his first five games with the Emeralds.
  • SS Ho-young Son (.273) went 2-for-3 and walked once.
  • DH Alberto Mineo (.214) went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI (3) and one run scored.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (0.00) took the loss in his first outing of the season. He allowed one run off two hits and fanned four batters in 2.0 innings on the mound.

Mesa Cubs (1-2)
Arizona League (Rookie League)
T-Fourth Place (-2.0)

  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.167) went 1-for-2, knocked a triple, plated three, walked twice and scored once.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.083) went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
  • LF Jose Paniagua (.286) went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
  • DH Miguel Rico went 2-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.308) went 2-for-5 and scored once.
  • CF Roberto Caro (.300) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (2), a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (1).
  • RHP Jesus Camargo (1.80) earned the win after allowing just one run off three hits and fanning three in 5.0 innings of work.

On This Day in 1984: The Sandberg Game

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Photo by Stephen Green

Thirty-one years ago today, Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg had arguably the most memorable game of his career. “The Sandberg Game” not only put the second baseman on the baseball map, it gave the 1984 Cubs the spark they needed to reach the postseason.

Impressive single-game performances by unproven players should generally be taken with a grain of salt. Over a long season, even the most below-average hitter or spottiest of spot starters occasionally has his day. Mario Mendoza, whose name is synonymous with offensive mediocrity, had one four-hit game in his major league career.

Sometimes, though, there is a perfect storm of circumstances that make a single-game performance stand out above the 162-game grind—a performance that launches a Hall of Fame career and helps define a player’s legacy.

On June 23, 1984, Ryne Sandberg had such a performance. His 5-for-6, seven-RBI outburst certainly looks impressive on paper, but his day was about much more than the stat sheet.

Start with the fact that he took the game’s elite closer deep twice, tying the game in both the ninth and 10th innings. Throw in the setting (a beautiful Saturday at Wrigley Field) and the matchup (an afternoon showdown against the NL East rival Cardinals). Consider the game’s viewership as NBC’s nationally televised Game of the Week. Finally, pile on the fame it brought Sandberg, the playoff boost it gave a struggling organization, and the sustained steady bump in attendance at Wrigley Field, and the Sandberg Game was a seminal moment in both his career and in the enduring popularity of the Chicago Cubs.

* * * *

“While the performance was great, the reason it resonates was that the context was so different,” said broadcaster Bob Costas, who was in his third year on NBC’s baseball broadcast team when he called the Sandberg Game in 1984.

The broadcast landscape was dramatically different in the mid-1980s. Sports on TV were not the 24-hour, 365-day-a-year industry they are today, and cable had not yet taken hold, so most viewers had limited options when it came to what they watched. The National Game of the Week on NBC was a big deal to both baseball and its fans. Every Saturday, the network arranged a premier game to be broadcast in an afternoon time slot, which meant it was often the only matchup going, as most clubs played their weekend games at night.

“The Game of the Week really was the Game of the Week then,” said Costas, who admitted the Sandberg Game was his favorite regular season broadcast of his illustrious career. “No matter how well a game is telecast today, there’s no one game outside of the postseason that rivets everyone’s attention.”

This combination of factors lent Wrigley Field a Monday Night Football-type atmosphere, with a huge audience tuning in and ratings reaching as high as 10, a number today’s postseason games struggle to match. Even with the WGN Superstation broadcasting Cubs games to viewers across the country, there was still reason to get excited about the weekly NBC tilt.

“There’s only one National Game of the Week on Saturday,” said former Cubs catcher Jody Davis, who started behind the plate that day. “Of course, you didn’t get to play in many every year, so you’re lucky to get into one.”

Sandberg shared similar sentiments and said he relished the idea of the national spotlight shining on him and his teammates for an afternoon.

“Every game on television was a big deal to me,” Sandberg said. “I knew that everybody back home was watching. That really got me fired up to play every game. It brought the most out of my abilities.”

* * * *

This particular Saturday was one of those picturesque afternoons that happen only a few times a summer. With temperatures in the low 80s and a slight breeze off the lake, Wrigley Field was made-for-TV perfection.

A series of roster moves—including the addition of right-hander Rick Sutcliffe just 10 days prior—was doing wonders for a team that hadn’t exactly lit up the decade. On the morning of  June 23, 1984, the Cubs sat 1.5 games out of first place and were in striking distance of their first postseason berth in 39 years, further raising expectations for the 38,000 fans in attendance and the millions of people tuning in across the nation. It didn’t hurt that the rival Cardinals, the 1982 world champs, were in town.

Steve Trout toed the rubber for the Cubs, but it wasn’t one of his better outings. The right-hander lasted just 1.1 innings and was on the hook for seven earned runs, spotting St. Louis an early six-run lead.

“You mean to tell me that because of me, [Sandberg] became [a key] in one of the most famous games ever,” Trout said with a laugh, reflecting on his start that afternoon.

Momentum temporarily shifted when the Cubs got two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but they promptly gave them both back in the top of the sixth. Trailing 9-3 entering the bottom of the inning, the North Siders injected some much-needed excitement into the stadium when they plated five behind a run-scoring single from Richie Hebner, a two-run double from Bobby Dernier and a two-run single from Sandberg.

Leading 9-8 with two outs in the seventh, St. Louis called out the big guns, enlisting lockdown closer Bruce Sutter to carry them the rest of the way. The eventual Hall of Famer, who would amass 300 saves in his stellar career, was the elite back-end arm of his generation, earning a Cy Young Award for his efforts in 1979 as a member of the Cubs. Sutter relied heavily on a split-finger fastball, a devastating pitch that was still new to players at the time.

“It was just a pitch that nobody had seen before,” Davis said of the splitter. “He brought [it] out, and nobody knew what it did. And he was the best at it. It was just really tough facing him, and he was a true competitor.”

Sutter fanned Gary Matthews to wrap up the seventh and set the Cubs down 1-2-3 in the eighth, putting an apparent damper on any comeback hopes. The outcome seemed a foregone conclusion as Sandberg stepped into the box to start the bottom of the ninth inning with the first and third basemen guarding the lines and the infield shifted slightly to the left side.

Sandberg was having a great season in 1984 and was already 3-for-4 on the day with four RBI. After two-plus major league years, he was seen as a good player with a solid glove at second, having claimed his first Gold Glove Award in 1983, but few had him pegged as an eventual Hall of Famer.

“Though he had already emerged as a very good player, he was still early in his career,” Costas said. “That one just propelled him onto the national stage.”

The first pitch came in low and away for ball one. Sandberg took the second pitch on the outside corner for a strike. But the third pitch was on the inner third of the plate, and Sandberg didn’t miss it, sending the ball screaming into the last row of the left-center-field bleachers.

Tie game. Extra innings.

“I said, ‘You know what this is, Tony? It’s a telephone game,’” Costas said, referring to his broadcast partner, Tony Kubek. “It’s the kind of game where as a baseball fan, you pick up the phone and call your baseball buddy, and you go, ‘Are you watching this? Put on NBC.’”

Cards outfielder Willie McGee was having quite a day himself, with a homer, triple and single to his credit. He’d already compiled five RBI and two runs heading into extra innings. The eventual 1985 NL MVP would complete the cycle with a run-scoring double in the top of the 10th and score two batters later, giving the Cards a two-run lead and shifting momentum back into the visitors’ dugout.

After two quick outs in the bottom of the 10th, Dernier took all six pitches he saw to record a full-count walk. As Costas and Kubek thanked the sponsors and crew for their day’s work, up stepped Ryno.

On the third pitch of the sequence, Costas bellowed: “He hits it to deep left-center. Look out! Do you believe it? It’s gone!”

With Sandberg’s bomb, Wrigley Field was up for grabs. The broadcast duo went silent for nearly a full minute to capture the jubilation of the ecstatic crowd.

“I’m sure there was a lengthy period where I called it as ‘gone,’ and we went quiet because the crowd and the pictures said everything,” Costas said. “We had just seen something that almost defied words. And I think the way the second home run was called, it was not just excitement, but amazement.”

* * * *

Just like that, Sandberg became a household name. Few remember that Dave Owen drove in the winning run an inning later on a bases-loaded single to complete the comeback and give the Cubs a 12-11 win.

“I went inside [the clubhouse], and I could barely get to my locker because there were so many people to talk to,” Sandberg said in the book Banks to Sandberg to Grace. “That was the start of my first experience with the media. It was pretty cool.”

With his talent on full display for the nation to see, Sandberg soon became a marquee attraction in Major League Baseball. The first example of his enhanced reputation came with the 1984 All-Star voting. In a matter of days, Ryno surpassed Steve Sax, who had been the leading vote-getter at the keystone position.

“That game really told me that I could do that,” Sandberg said. “It was really a different mind-set that game gave me, and it’s something I wanted to live up to—not only the rest of that year … but it also brought new standards for me each and every year, as far as winning a Gold Glove, a silver bat and an MVP.”

When the ’84 campaign came to a close, Sandberg was a nearly unanimous choice for National League MVP, capturing 22 of 24 first-place votes. According to FanGraphs, he compiled a Wins Above Replacement rating of 8.0, hitting .314/.367/.520 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 19 homers and a league-best 114 runs, all while playing a key middle-infield position at an elite level.

* * * *

The dramatic win didn’t benefit just the Cubs’ now-star second baseman. The team was showing signs of ending a 39-year postseason drought and used the comeback as a rallying cry for the season.

“That was kind of our exclamation point,” Davis said. “It was still early enough in the season. We were off to a good start, [and we were] in the pennant race, which fans weren’t too used to [us] being. The excitement was starting to build, and that day made all of the fans start to believe that we did have a chance.”

The team went 59-34 the rest of the way, including an 18-10 record in July and a 20-10 mark in August. They finished 31-24 in one-run ballgames and won 11 games in walk-off fashion en route to an NL-best 96 wins. The North Siders were fun to watch, and, for the first time in a long while, Wrigley Field became the hottest ticket in town, as more and more fans flocked to the North Side to see the miracle Cubs and their soon-to-be MVP second baseman.

“In ’84, the fans came alive, and you saw the first fans on the rooftops,” Sandberg said. “Just to see that whole transformation and see it be a tough ticket here for the rest of my career [was exciting].”

According to Baseball-Reference, the Cubs hit the 2 million mark in attendance for the first time ever that season. Individual game sales were up nearly 8,000 from the previous year and nearly 11,000 from 1982. At least 2 million people have attended games at Wrigley Field in all but three seasons since.

In that single game, a future Hall of Famer emerged from the shadows into full-fledged stardom, a dormant franchise was catapulted to its first postseason berth in nearly four decades, and the fan base was energized for decades to come.

—Phil Barnes

Cubs Lineup: 6/23/15

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Dodgers Starter: Zack Greinke, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Mike Baxter, RF
7. Matt Szczur, CF
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

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