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Right-hander Jeff Samardzijled Cubs pitchers with 26 strikeouts July but he had 5.28 ERA month. | Getty Images

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija led Cubs pitchers with 26 strikeouts in July, but he had a 5.28 ERA in the month. | Getty Images

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Updated: September 5, 2013 6:36AM



THE JULY REPORT ON CHICAGO BASEBALL

• The Cubs were 14-13 (.519) in July. They were 15-10 last July.

• The White Sox were 8-18 (.308) in July, tied with the Astros for the most losses in the majors and their worst record in the month since they went 9-21 in 1956.

CHICAGO HITTING NINE TO KNOW

1. Alfonso Soriano and Adrian Beltre led the majors with nine home runs in July. Soriano hit eight with the Cubs; no other Cubs player hit more than three. Adam Dunn, Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo led the Sox with four homers each.

2. Starlin Castro led the Cubs with 33 hits in July; Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza led the Sox with 31 each.

3. The Cubs whiffed 200 times in July; the Sox struck out 170 times.

4. The Sox hit .258 in July; the Cubs hit .241. But the Cubs outscored the Sox 98-92.

5. Adam Dunn hit .370 with runners in scoring position and .217 with the bases empty in July; Starlin Castro hit .343 with the bases empty and .190 with runners in scoring position.

6. The Sox hit .282 with runners in scoring position in July; the Cubs hit only .223.

7. The Tigers led the majors with 37 homers in July; the White Sox hit 21. The Brewers led the National League with 32 homers in July; the Cubs hit 30.

8. From the seventh inning on, Adam Dunn hit .348 in July; Anthony Rizzo hit only .103.

9. Cubs batters chased 585 pitches out of the zone in July, the most in the NL; the Sox chased 511.

CHICAGO PITCHING NINE TO KNOW

1. Cubs pitchers walked 107 batters in July, the most in the National League; Sox pitchers walked 76.

2. Jeff Samardzija led Cubs pitchers with 26 strikeouts in July, but he had a 5.28 ERA. Edwin Jackson was next with 22 whiffs and had a 1.83 ERA.

3. John Danks allowed 21 runs/20 earned in July; Carlos Villanueva allowed 19/19 and Jeff Samardzija 19/18.

4. The Cubs had a 3.72 ERA in July; the Sox had a 3.83 ERA. Sox pitchers allowed 117 runs in the month; Cubs pitchers allowed 107.

5. Hector Santiago and Edwin Jackson each had a .197 batting average against in July, the lowest for starters in Chicago. Travis Wood had a .246 batting average against and a .400 batting average.

6. The Cubs’ staff had a 1.62 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the worst in the NL; Sox pitchers were at 2.83.

7. Sox pitchers had a .253 batting average
against in July, which was the major-league average; Cubs pitchers had a .247 batting average against.

8. The Sox allowed 16 unearned runs in July; the Cubs allowed seven.

9. Sox pitchers allowed 29 homers in July, 11 with runners on base; Cubs pitchers allowed 23 gopher balls, nine with runners on base.

Chicago-gram: Wishing this ex-Sox and Cubs pitcher a perfectly happy birthday this week — NO SLANDER (answer to the anagram is below).

The Week ahead : The Cubs head to Philadelphia, then to St. Louis to play some Cards. The Sox host the Yankees and Alfonso Soriano, then the Twins and Joe Mauer (who just became the father of twins).

Chicago-GRAM ANSWER: Don Larsen.



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