The Daily CCO: The Outstanding Arrieta and Other Cubs News

Jake Arrieta was pretty good once again Tuesday. Arrieta took a perfect game into the seventh inning before giving up a leadoff single to Billy Hamilton. Arrieta gave up two runs on three hits in the seventh after shutting down a Reds offense that was clicking on all cylinders, and then some, since Joey Votto was activated from the disabled list.

Arrieta said after the game that he was gassed when he took the mound for the seventh inning after running the bases in the bottom of the sixth. Arrieta led off a long inning, in which the Cubs scored two runs, with a walk and was on base for a majority of the inning. Arrieta scored when Homer Bailey plunked Starlin Castro with the bases loaded.

Jake Arrieta completed seven innings for the third straight start and he is 3-0 in his last five starts with a 1.14 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed four runs on 20 hits with five walks and 38 strikeouts in his last 31 2/3 innings.

Anthony Rizzo

During an interview on 670 The Score last week, Theo Epstein revealed Anthony Rizzo worked out with Joey Votto in the off-season. Joey Votto downplayed his relationship with Rizzo when he was asked about it Tuesday night. And according to a report from ESPN Chicago, Rizzo did as well.

Anthony Rizzo said that he, Votto and Padres’ pitcher Casey Kelley worked out together in Sarasota and he got to know Votto “a little better off the field.”

Rizzo was being labeled as Votto-light earlier in the season due to his improved approach at the plate, similar to that of Joey Votto. Rizzo was asked about the comparison to Votto Tuesday night and he said “it’s an honor.”

According to the ESPN Chicago report, Rizzo does not take much satisfaction in walking. “I don’t really take pride in walking … I don’t really want to walk. I’d rather drive the ball in the gap. But if I get a free pass, I get a free pass. It just depends on the situation. It really comes down to me swinging at the right pitches, and it I don’t get them and I have to walk, then I’ll walk.”

Anthony Rizzo is making his case to be at the Mid-Summer Classic at Target Field according to a report from ESPN Chicago. And the improvements Rizzo has made at the plate this season have been done in a lineup with not much around him other than Starlin Castro.

And Anthony Rizzo’ 17 home runs is the most by a Cubs lefty through the team’s first 75 games since Billy Williams hit 23 in 1970, plus, as the Sun-Times pointed out, nine of Rizzo’s 11 home runs since May 8 have given the Cubs a lead and one tied the game.

Jason McLeod

The Padres have asked the Cubs for permission to interview Jason McLeod for the GM job in San Diego. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Padres plan to interview A.J. Hinch, Fred Uhlman Jr. and Omar Minaya, who are running things in San Diego right now. Former Marlins’ GM Larry Beinfest is also on the Padres’ list.

Along with Jason McLeod, the Padres have asked permission to interview Billy Eppler (Yankees), Mike Hazen (Red Sox), Thad Levine (Rangers), David Forst (Athletics) and Mike Girsch (Cardinals).

Rosenthal reported other interviews are also being requested and the Padres consider it a longshot to have the GM in place before July 31 but it is possible that the Padres identify or hire the new GM by the end of July.

Nick Cafardo reported Tuesday that Andy MacPhail is looking to get back into the game and would have interest in the Padres’ job.

The Padres have received permission to talk to two candidates. Corey Brock did not report which two candidates that Ron Fowler has been given permission to speak with but he did say the process is underway in San Diego.

Kane County Cougars

Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were at the Kane County game Tuesday night. According to reports from Kevin Druley, Hoyer and McLeod met with the Cougars new owner, Dr. Bob Froehlich. The Cubs and Cougars are discussing Player Development Contract extension that would keep the Cubs Low-A affiliate in Geneva. Dr. Froehlich said last week that there’s not a higher priority for him than maintaining the affiliation with the Cubs.

The Cubs and Smokies announced a four-year extension on their PDC earlier this month.

News and Notes

Eli Whiteside cleared waivers Tuesday after being designated for assignment Sunday. Whiteside was assigned to Triple-A Iowa. The I-Cubs currently have two catchers on the roster in Rafael Lopez and Luis Flores, plus Yorvit Torrealba is in Mesa preparing to play after he signed a minor league contract with the Cubs.

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Emilio Bonifacio has not begun baseball activities yet and there is not a timetable for when he will return. Rick Renteria said Bonifacio “was making progress” prior to Tuesday’s game.

Rick Renteria said Jeff Samardzija deserves to be on the NL All-Star pitching staff.

Minor News and Notes

Albert Almora went 3-for-5 with a home run Tuesday night. Almora is riding a six-game hitting streak and has multi-hit games in three of his last four games. Almora is 10-for-27 over his last six games with a double, a home run and a walk.

Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, a walk and two strikeouts Tuesday night. Schwarber is 6-for-15 with two doubles, one home run, two walks, three strikeouts and 11 total bases in five games with Kane County … .400/.500/.733/1.233.

This Day In Cubstory

2013 – Cubs released Ian Stewart

2010 – Carlos Zambrano was suspended indefinitely after throwing a tantrum in the dugout that involved Derrek Lee at the Cell. Zambrano blamed Lee for the White Sox scoring six runs on him in the first inning.

2010 – Edwin Jackson no-hit the Tampa Bay Rays. The D-Backs beat the Rays 1-0 and it took Jackson 149 pitches to complete nine innings

2007 – A distraught fan jumped onto the field and charged the mound toward Bob Howry after he blew an 8-3 lead to the Rockies at Wrigley Field. The fan made it a few feet from his intended target before security guards tackled him. Howry picked up the victory after Alfonso Soriano hit a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the ninth. The Cubs won the game 10-9.

1998 – Sammy Sosa broke the Major League record for home runs in a month. Sosa hit his 19th longball in June and passed the mark set by Rudy York of the Tigers in August of 1937. Sosa ended with 20 home runs in June of 1998.

1982 – Paul Maholm, born

1978 – Aramis Ramirez, born

1967 – Ernie Banks hit two home runs to back rookie Joe Niekro’s three-hitter in the Cubs 8-0 win over the Astros

1950 – Hank Sauer drove in four runs with two home runs and two doubles and Roy Smalley and Phil Cavarretta hit homers as the Cubs beat the Phillies 11-8 at Shibe Park.

1949 – Hank Sauer hit a second inning home run for his fourth home run in as many days and his fifth in the last six games. Sauer led the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Giants at Wrigley Field.

1939 – Cubs purchased Bill Nicholson from the Senators for $35,000

1937 – Augie Galan became the first switch hitter in Major League history to hit a home run left-handed and right-handed in the same game. The Cubs beat the Dodgers at Wrigley Field 11-2.

1930 – Gabby Hartnett drove in seven runs, including the game winner in the ninth inning by hitting two singles and two homers as the Cubs beat the Phillies 13-12 at Wrigley Field

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