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Hot-hitting Junior Lake looks like prize student for Cubs

Junior Lake

Junior Lake

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Dodgers first M.Ellis flied out. Punto lined out. Ad.Gonzalez doubled. Puig singled, Ad.Gonzalez scored. One run. Dodgers 1, Cubs 0.

Cubs second St.Castro lined out. Ransom struck out. Gillespie doubled. Barney doubled, Gillespie scored. T.Wood struck out. One run. Dodgers 1, Cubs 1.

Dodgers third M.Ellis doubled. Punto doubled, M.Ellis scored. Ad.Gonzalez flied out, Punto to third. Puig walked on a full count. Punto was caught stealing, Punto out, Puig to second. Van Slyke walked on a full count. Ethier walked on four pitches, Puig to third, Van Slyke to second. A.Ellis walked on a full count, Puig scored, Van Slyke to third, Ethier to second. Two runs. Dodgers 3, Cubs 1.

Dodgers fourth Ryu singled. M.Ellis struck out. Punto infield single, Ryu to second. Ad.Gonzalez singled, Ryu to third, Punto to second. On DeJesus’s error, Ryu scored, Punto to third, Ad.Gonzalez to second. Bowden pitching. Puig was hit by a pitch. Van Slyke hit a sacrifice fly, Punto scored. Two runs. Dodgers 5, Cubs 1.

Cubs fourth St.Castro doubled. Ransom struck out. Gillespie doubled, St.Castro scored. One run. Dodgers 5, Cubs 2.

Dodgers fifth E.Sanchez pitching. Uribe singled, stole second. Ryu safe on sacrifice plus fielder’s choice to first baseman Rizzo, Uribe to third. Schumaker grounded out, Ryu to second. Punto hit a sacrifice fly, Uribe scored. One run. Dodgers 6, Cubs 2.

Updated: September 4, 2013 6:16AM

Team president Theo Epstein counts progress in the Cubs’ player-development system among his second-season successes.

‘‘Everyone is on the same page,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s a lot of great teaching going on, a lot of hard work going on. We see a lot of players getting better and grabbing onto some of the concepts we’re trying to teach.’’

Epstein points to outfielder Junior Lake as one of the most improved.

‘‘He’s another good example of young players getting better,’’ he said. ‘‘Junior is a really hard worker. He can do so many different things on the baseball field.’’

Lake had another four-hit game Friday in a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming the first Cub since 1916 to have a pair of four-hit games in his first 16. He’s the first player in the majors to do it in the last 10 years.

‘‘I feel good,’’ Lake said. ‘‘I have a better approach at the plate. I feel good, but I have to keep working.’’

His 4-for-5 game came a day after he hit a pair of homers Thursday, giving him seven multi-hit games in his first 16.

‘‘I told [manager] Dale [Sveum], ‘‘He’s going to do things on the baseball field that you’ve never seen before, both good and bad, before he fully develops and matures,’’ Epstein said. ‘‘But he’ll be fun to watch.’’

Wood loses

Cubs All-Star left-hander Travis Wood had his worst outing of the season, lasting only 3 1/3 innings and giving up five walks, tying his season high.

‘‘I was battling [control problems] all day,’’ he said after falling to 7-8. ‘‘I couldn’t command anything.’’

The Cubs out-hit the Dodgers 14-9. Each team stranded 10 runners.

‘‘That’s been the m.o. all season — out-hit teams and don’t get runs across the plate,’’ Sveum said.

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu improved to 10-3.

Former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol entered in the ninth, his first appearance at Wrigley Field since being traded. He gave up a leadoff double to Julio Borbon, but Borbon was out trying to take third on a short-hop pitch to David DeJesus. DeJesus walked, and Marmol retired the next two.

Not too bright

Sveum was visibly angry about Borbon’s unexplainable attempt to take third. The pitch didn’t get past catcher A.J. Ellis.

After the game, the reserve outfielder was designated for assignment, with a corresponding roster move to come Saturday.

‘‘Not the brightest thing I’ve ever seen,’’ Sveum said of Borbon. ‘‘First and second with nobody out changes that ballgame around.’’

Major minors

Class A first baseman Dan Vogelbach and Class  AA right-hander Matt Loosen are the Cubs organization’s player and pitcher of the month for July.

Vogelbach, 20, hit .330 for Kane County with four homers, 19 RBI and a .417 on-base percentage in 27 games. Loosen, 24, was 3-0 with an 0.96 ERA in six starts between Class A Daytona and Class AA Tennessee, holding opponents to a .162 batting average. He threw a no-hitter on July 8 for Daytona, the first for that franchise in 17 years.

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