In a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox Monday, Chicago Cubs’ right-hander Jake Arrieta narrowly missed history for the second straight start, taking a no-hitter into the bottom of the eighth inning before a line drive single off the bat of Stephen Drew spelled the end of the right-hander’s night at Fenway.
In other Cubs news, Jason McLeod has withdrawn himself from consideration for the San Diego Padres’ general manager vacancy in order to continue working with Chicago’s front office and Jim Deshaies made a spectacular one-handed grab on a foul ball hit back into the press box in Monday’s series opener.
Throughout the league, the Los Angeles Dodgers moved into sole possession of first place in the National League West after yet-another dominant pitching performance by its staff, Taijuan Walker pitched well enough to pick up a win for the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis launched a walk-off grand slam at home to down the red-hot Oakland Athletics.
Here’s more from around the league:
“Deshaies’ barehanded grab.” – Cubs.com
“Arrieta loses no-no in eighth as Cubs beat Red Sox” – Cubbies Crib
“Jason McLeod to stay with Cubs” – ESPN Chicago
“One-hitter puts Dodgers on top” – Dodgers.com