For six innings Tuesday night, Chicago Cubs Jake Arrieta flirted with history.
Entering the seventh, the right-hander carried a perfect resume, but Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder Billy Hamilton lined a single back up the middle to break it up, ending Arrieta’s chance at becoming the first pitcher in Cubs history to throw a perfect game. After surrendering two runs in the seventh, the Chicago starter was pulled for a pinch-hitter, but led the way with another dominant outing in the Cubs’ win.
In other mound-related news, Clayton Kershaw, making his first start since firing a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, tossed eight shutout innings, extending his scoreless innings streak to 21. Tampa Bay Rays’ southpaw David Price is reportedly upset and “in a bad mood” over constantly swirling trade rumors as the July trade deadline approaches, and the front office is ready to deal their ace if the right deal presents itself, according to reports.
Recently released outfielder Grady Sizemore inked a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies recently and son of big league legend and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, Tony Gwynn, Jr., received a standing ovation in his return to Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia.
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