History was made on Wednesday night as Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw tossed a no-hitter, the first of his big league career. He also notched a career-high 15 strikeouts, including the final out of the ballgame, in an absolutely dominant outing against the Colorado Rockies.
The Cubs also put together an impressive all-around win over the Miami Marlins in the series finale yesterday, running away with a 6-1 win – sealing the club’s second straight road series win; something the team had not accomplished in over a year. Jake Arrieta was dominant once again, lowering his earned run average to below 2.00 on the year with another strong performance. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo both led the way offensively with a trio of hits apiece.
Multiple reports indicated that right-hander Jeff Samardzija rejected the Cubs’ latest contract offer that spanned five years and was worth just over $85 million; all but ensuring the staff’s ace will be dealt before the July trade deadline.
In other big league news, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli went back-to-back in the bottom of the tenth at Fenway to lead the Boston Red Sox to a come-from-a-behind win, White Sox rookie Jose Abreu hit his 20th home run of the season – becoming the third-fastest rookie to ever hit that mark and the Kansas City Royals just kept rolling – picking up their tenth straight win on Wednesday.
Here’s more from around the league.
Arrieta fans career-high 11 as Cubs win rubber match – Cubbies Crib