On a night when the bullpen imploded, the Chicago Cubs dropped its second straight contest north of the border to the Toronto Blue Jays, a club that is just 4 1/2 games out of a Wild Card spot in the American League. Jake Arrieta pitched into the seventh, allowing just two earned runs, but it proved to not be enough – guaranteeing the Jays a series win against Chicago.
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In other Cubs-related news, Kris Bryant was named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year, after he put together one of the most consistent campaigns in recent memory. Oakland Athletics right-hander Jeff Samardzija told reporters that he would be open to rejoining the Cubs when he reaches free agency following the 2015 season, raising many questions over whether or not Chicago would be interested in a reunion.
Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer led the Tigers to a win over the Kansas City Royals, pulling Detroit into a first-place tie atop the American League Central with three weeks left in the regular season.
“Tigers beat Royals, pull into first place tie” – Motor City Bengals
“Kris Bryant named Baseball America Player of the Year” – Cubbies Crib
“Angels steamroll Rangers in sixth-straight win” – Halos Hangout
“Craig Gentry leaves early in 11-2 Athletics win” – Swingin’ A’s
“Welington Castillo collects three hits in Cubs’ 9-2 loss to Jays” – Cubbies Crib