Dallas Beeler was a bright spot on a not-so-good Saturday for the Cubs on a long day at the old ballyard. Even Rick Renteria admitted following Saturday’s second game it “was totally not our day.” While the offense managed a total of two runs on nine hits in 18 innings, the Cubs received a very good start in game one.
Dallas Beeler was poised on the mound and Rick Renteria said after the game that he looked like he belonged. Beeler tossed six very good innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits with three walks, one intentional, and six strikeouts.
Beeler found a rhythm and worked quickly with John Baker and those are keys to a sinkerballer’s success. Because if he doesn’t keep his defense on their toes, he going to have a bad day. Beeler and Baker appeared to be on the same page and he hit his spots. Baker noted after the game how much Beeler’s mechanics reminded him of Roy Halladay. And Beeler admitted he was calmer than he thought he would be. John Baker told him to pretend it was a Double-A game.
Dallas Beeler told the beat writers after his start that he would remember running on the field for the first time and “just picking up the baseball.”
Dallas Beeler became the 101st different player used by the Cubs during the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer Era.
The Cubs have an extremely rare Sunday day off. According to Carrie Muskat, today is the Cubs first scheduled day off during a homestand at Wrigley Field since 1916. And this is the first Sunday without a scheduled game since June 19, 1932. The Cubs changed the schedule in February to accommodate the Pride Parade at the request of Ald. Tom Tunney.
Jeff Samardzija did not have a good day and he finished June with a typical outing for him in the third month of the season. The Cubs needed for Samardzija to avoid the June swoon this year, and so far he has not.
Samardzija ended June with a 1-3 record in six starts with a 5.45 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP, and two earned runs were taken off his line due to a scoring change after his outing in Miami on June 17. Samardzija allowed 24 runs, 20 earned runs on 40 hits with 10 walks and 39 strikeouts in 33 innings.
At least his next start will happen in July … and Samardzija is 4-4 in 34 games, 10 starts, with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in his career during the month of July.
Jason McLeod is interviewing for the GM job in San Diego at some point this week. But the Padres will not be interviewing the Rangers Thad Levine. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Padres will interview A.J. Preller but will not talk to Levine. The Rangers other AGM was teammates with Josh Byrnes and Byrnes helped Levine get a job with the Rockies.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer feel Jason McLeod is ready to be a General Manager … and so does a majority of baseball.
Minor News and Notes
Pierce Johnson had a good rehab start with Kane County.
Mark Zagunis and Sam Wilson were promoted from AZL Cubs to the Boise Hawks.
This Day In Cubstory
2011 – Cubs released Doug Davis
2007 – Aramis Ramirez hit an improbable two-run walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth against Brewers’ closer Francisco Cordero and gave the Cubs a 6-5 win over Milwaukee. The Cubs were down 5-0 after the top of the first and never quit on a Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
2005 – Cubs released Joe Borowski
1970 – Cubs signed free agent Al Spangler
1970 – Braves purchased Jimmie Hall from the Cubs
1969 – Billy Williams Day at Wrigley Field. 41,060 saw Williams collect five hits in a doubleheader sweep over the Cardinals, 3-1 and 12-1. Williams passed Stan Musial as the National League’s All-Time Iron Man by playing in his 895th and 896th consecutive games.
1935 – Gabby Harnett went 4-for-4 and drove in the game winner in a 2-1 victory over the Pirates
1952 – Trailing the Reds 8-2 with two outs in the ninth and nobody on bases, the Cubs rallied for seven runs and a 9-8 victory over the Reds at Crosley Field. Ex-Red Johnny Pramesa drove in the winning run.
1951 – Bruce Kimm, born
1909 – Cubs played the Pirates in their last game at Exposition Park and lost to Pittsburgh 8-1. The Pirates began play at Forbes Field the next day in baseball’s first stadium to be built with concrete and steel
1897 – The Chicago National League Ballclub scored in every inning in route to a 36-7 victory over Louisville at West Side Grounds. The Cubs collected 30 hits, six by Barry McCormick and five by winning pitcher Jimmy Callahan