The Daily CCO: Baez Extends Hitting Streak to Seven Games and Bryant Stays Hot

The Daily CCO returns after a brief hiatus due to the announcement the Cubs are moving forward with expanding, restoring and renovating Wrigley Field. And while many spent Thursday saying, it’s about time, the neighborhood and Ald. Tom Tunney are not very happy with the team that resides on the corner of Clark and Addison.

The big league team kicked off a long road trip with a solid performance in San Diego. Jake Arrieta was very good and Anthony Rizzo hit a mammoth two-run shot that put the Cubs in the lead for good.

But the story that was being followed closely Thursday night was on the minor league level. Javier Baez is streaking and went 4-for-5 on Thursday night with two doubles, a home run and two RBI. Baez extended his hitting streak to seven games with a season-high four hits. During his streak, Javier Baez is 12-for-28 with five doubles, three home runs, one walk and four strikeouts … and three of the four strikeouts came in a single game on Wednesday (May 21). Three of Baez’s six homers this season have been hit over the last seven games.

A day after Kris Bryant hit his league leading 12th home run, Bryant went 3-for-3 on Thursday with one double, three RBI, two walks, a run scored and a stolen base. Bryant is 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts this season. In 45 games, Bryant is hitting .335/.431/.623 with 12 doubles, 12 home runs and a 1.054 OPS.

Jason Hammel

Jason Hammel does not think he will miss his start on Sunday in San Diego against Ian Kennedy. But Hammel showed up late to Wrigley Field on Wednesday with his right hand bandaged after being hit on the back of his right hand with a comebacker off the bat of Brett Gardner on Tuesday night.

X-Rays on his hand came back negative and revealed a deep bone bruise, but no break.

Jason Hammel told the beat writers when he was first hit he thought his hand exploded. Hammel could only use his left hand to pack for the Cubs  trip.

News and Notes

The Cubs have removed the mural that incorrectly featured a photo of Charles Lindbergh claiming he was part of the history of Wrigley Field.

Jose Veras is back to where he was prior to going on the disabled list according to a report from ESPN Chicago. Veras is continuing to struggle and has not pitched well since he put on a Cubs jersey.

Anthony Rizzo has more walks (35) than strikeouts (32) this year in 45 games … and a .275/.410/.463 slash line with a .873 OPS.

Carlos Villanueva’s three-inning save on Thursday night was the first three-inning save for the Cubs since Sean Gallagher in 2007. Gallagher pitched the last three innings of a game started by Carlos Zambrano. The Cubs beat Matt Cain and the Giants 12-1 at Wrigley Field.

Jeff Samardzija has changed as FanGraphs pointed out. He is more efficient and a different pitcher than in the previous two seasons.

The Sporting News’ Jesse Spector ranked Jed Hoyer as the 20th best GM in the game.

This Day In Cubstory

May 22

1991 – Andre Dawson was walked five times intentionally in a 2-1 win over the Reds in 16 innings at Wrigley Field. Dawson set the Major League record for intentional walks in a single game surpassing Roger Maris’ record (4) set in on May 22, 1962 and tied by Garry Templeton in 1985.

1985 – Pete Rose became the All-Time Leader in National League history for runs scored. Rose crossed the plate for the 2,108th time in a 7-4 Cubs win over the Reds at Wrigley Field

1983 – Cubs traded Willie Hernandez to the Phillies for Dick Ruthven and Bill Johnson

1968 – At Wrigley Field, Willie Stargell hit three home runs and just missed a fourth in a 13-6 victory over the Cubs. Stargell also hit a single and a double that afternoon in the Pirates victory.

1925 – Cubs traded a player to be named later to the Brooklyn Dodgers to Tommy Griffith. The Cubs sent Bob Barrett to the Robins as the PTBNL

1920 – The Brooklyn Robbins purchased Bill McCabe from the Cubs

1905 – The Reds purchased Shad Berry from the Cubs

May 23

1991 – Andre Dawson stole second base in the fourth inning of the game at Shea Stadium and became the third member of the 300/300 club with his 300th stolen base. Dawson had hit 354 home runs at the time joined Bobby Bonds and Willie Mays as the only three players in Major League history to accomplish the feat.

1991 – Cubs signed Amaury Telemaco

1979 – Cubs traded Ray Burris to the Yankees for Dick Tidrow

1967 – Cubs purchased Lee Elia from the Chicago White Sox

1957 – Cubs acquired Don Elston from the Brooklyn Dodgers for Jackie Sollum and Vito Valentinetti

1926 – Hack Wilson hit a fifth inning home run off the centerfield scoreboard at Wrigley Field. The scoreboard was located at ground level. The Cubs scored seven runs in the eighth inning of a 14-8 victory over the Braves. Wilson and “a few others” were arrested later that night at a friend’s apartment for drinking beer in violation of the Prohibition Act. The scoreboard was moved to left field in 1937 while the structure for the current location was being built that season.

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