Chicago Cubs fall in extras; Ryne Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager


The Chicago Cubs found themselves with a late one-run lead until setup man Pedro Strop entered the game. Strop, who hasn’t been all that terrible as of late, gave up the game-tying pinch-hit home run to Greg Garcia in the eighth inning, allowing the St. Louis Cardinals to complete the comeback with a walk-off win in the 10th inning.

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Prior to Mike Baxter‘s throwing error at the plate which allowed Peter Bourjos to score, the Cubs were 2-for-2 when throwing out base runners at the plate. Kolten Wong became the first victim on a ground ball off the bat of Jhonny Peralta the was fielded by Starlin Castro who threw to Miguel Montero covering the dish.

Shortly after Randal Grichuk scored Yadier Melina on an RBI triple and would be later thrown out by first baseman Anthony Rizzo after fielding a ball that was hit by Jon Jay.

Starting pitcher, Jake Arrieta entered the game riding a complete game shutout over the Minnesota Twins on Father’s Day and continued to shine on the mound in the rematch with John Lackey. Arrieta held the Cardinals to only one earned run on three hits while striking out seven before he was pulled from the game.

Before the Cubs took the found against the first-place St. Louis Cardinals, Hall of Fame second baseman, Ryne Sandberg announced that he was stepping down as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

As you all know, Ryno made a name for himself after being traded to Chicago in 1982 following his debut with the Phillies in 1981. He was officially named the manager of the Cubs’ Class-A affiliate in December of 2006 and quickly climbed the ranks where he eventually won Manager of the Year with the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines.

Sandberg didn’t necessarily have the success he had been hoping for, finishing with an 119-159 record. This might have been his only shot at being a skipper at the big league level, but could serve as some sort of assistant or even scout with the Chicago Cubs in the near future.

That is if Theo Epstein has any interest in bringing him on board. Epstein gave Ted Lilly a shot until he fell into his little insurance issue, resulting in him being terminated.

Here’s more from around the league:

Detroit Tigers come out on top in back and forth affair‘ – Motor City Bengals

Vincent Velasquez works quality start in 3-2 loss to Yankees‘ – Climbing Tal’s Hill

Chris Young home run helps Yankees beat Astros, 3-2‘ – Yanks Go Yard

Ryne Sandberg steps down as Philadelphia Phillies manager‘ – Cubbies Crib

MLB Futures Game: Who to watch‘ – Grading The Curve

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