Before Kris Bryant put together an historic night at the plate in a game Jason Heyward drove in the game-winning run and Anthony Rizzo homered, Major League Baseball released its final update on the All-Star voting for the American League and National League on Monday afternoon.
The Cubs are inching close to becoming only the second team in history to have its entire infield start an All-Star Game, joining the ’63 St. Louis Cardinals.
1B Anthony Rizzo (2,630,049), 2B Ben Zobrist (2,474,852), 3B Kris Bryant (2,479,704) and SS Addison Russell (1,741,182) lead the voting in the NL for the four infield positions. And Dexter Fowler (2,320,877) is still the leading vote getter in the outfield. Bryce Harper (2,253,083) and Yoenis Cespedes (2,249.489) are catching up with Fowler.
Yadier Molina (1,568,930) holds a slim lead over Buster Posey (1,563,800) to be the starting catcher for the Senior Circuit.
With three days left to vote, Nolan Arenado is catching up to Kris Bryant. Daniel Murphy is not too far behind Ben Zobrist and Trevor Story is right behind Addison Russell.
The 2016 Esurance All-Star Selection Show is one week from today (Tuesday, July 5 at 6:00pm CDT) on ESPN.
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Kris Bryant might have turned in The Kris Bryant Game on Monday night in Cincinnati. But with only a year and a half in the big leagues under his belt and the immense talent, Bryant may one day surpass his 5-for-5 performance with three home runs and two doubles. Even if he tops it one day what Bryant did at the plate, on the bases and in the field will not be forgotten.
Kris Bryant put his name in the record books Monday. For those unaware of the historic significance of what he did, click here for the stats and list of accomplishments.
Bryant’s three home run night ran his longball total to 21 for the season. Bryant is the first Cubs’ player to reach 20 home runs in the team’s first 75 games since Derrek Lee (2005).
And Monday was the fifth time this month that ‘Bryzzo’ hit homers in the same game, sixth time this season. Anthony Rizzo went back-to-back with Bryant in the eighth inning. As Christopher Kamka noted, that was the 10th game the duo hit homers in the same game. The Cubs are 9-1 when ‘Bryzzo’ goes yard.
Here are the post-game reports, and recap, from Monday night filled with facts and video of Bryant’s historic night …
- CCO – Kris Bryant Puts on a Show, Three Homers Lift Cubs Over the Reds (includes video)
- CCO – Kris Bryant Makes History with Three Home Runs, Two Doubles in Cubs Win (includes video)
- ESPN Chicago – Krist Bryant’s historic night is just part of what he’s becoming
- ESPN Chicago – Kris Bryant youngest Cub to belt three, first in modern MLB with three home runs, two doubles
- The Sun-Times – Kris Bryant makes baseball history with power-hitting show to beat the Reds
- The Tribune – Kris Bryant vows to keep wearing torn pants after record-setting night
- Comcast SportsNet – Kris Bryant’s three-homer, two-double night powers Cubs’ win over the Reds (includes video)
- ESPN – Kris Bryant blasts Reds again
Jake Arrieta picked up win No. 12 on Monday in the 11-8 victory in Cincinnati. Arrieta struggled with his command and mechanics and lasted only five innings. Arrieta did hit his second home run, a shot to the stands in right center in the fifth inning. Arrieta finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored.
On the mound, Arrieta faced 24 batters in five innings and needed almost 20 pitches per inning to record 15 outs. Arrieta allowed five runs, all earned, on four hits with five walks and four strikeouts. It was the first time he allowed five runs in a single start since Aug. 28, 2014, also in Cincinnati. Arrieta made 93 pitches, 54 for strikes. Arrieta walked a season-high five batters and has issued 15 walks in his last 28 innings (five starts).
It would be unrealistic to expect Arrieta to be as good as he was in the second half last year. Arrieta pitched like no one in the history of the game ever has after an All-Star break. With that said, the walks have become rather concerning.
Arrieta has walked 40 batters this season in 103 innings. Last year, Arrieta walked 48 batters in 229 innings. A realistic expectation for Arrieta this season would be the way he pitched two years ago. During the 2014 season, Arrieta completed 156 2/3 innings at the Major League level and walked 41 batters.
The Cubs have to get him right. Arrieta is going to give up runs. He is not the machine that he appeared to be last season. The Cubs have to get more than five innings per start from him. In order for the Cubs to reach the first goal, Arrieta, Jon Lester and John Lackey must pitch deep into games or the bullpen will be spent by August.
Christopher Kamka pointed out Arrieta has walked four or more batters six times this season. Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel have done that twice, John Lackey once and Jon Lester has walked three batters in three different starts this season.
After the game, Arrieta said the command issues he needs to work on are an “easy fix” and said he didn’t get shelled. Arrieta admitted he was his own worst enemy. Four of the five walks he issued scored. Arrieta said he was not happy with his performance.
As would be expected, Joe Maddon said Arrieta’s problem is fixable. And Maddon knows Arrieta will get back on-track.
Before the game, news surfaced Jake Arrieta had been nominated for two ESPY Awards … Best Breakthrough Athlete and Best MLB Player.
Tommy La Stella
Tommy La Stella batted second and played third base in game one of Iowa’s doubleheader against Oklahoma City.
Tommy La Stella was 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a strikeout in his first rehab game. La Stella is on track to be activated from the DL prior to Thursday’s opener at Citi Field.
Pierce Johnson and Dallas Beeler
The I-Cubs activated RHP Pierce Johnson from the DL prior to Monday’s doubleheader and he started game one.
Johnson had a rough night. Johnson allowed five runs, all earned, on four hits with three walks and no strikeouts in two innings. Johnson threw a wild pitch and committed a balk. Johnson threw 47 pitches, 24 for strikes.
Pierce Johnson is now 1-3 in seven starts with a 6.92 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. Johnson has allowed 21 runs, 20 earned, on 30 hits with 16 walks and 23 strikeouts in 26 innings.
Dallas Beeler faced five batters in game one before leaving with an injury. Randy Wehofer reported the I-Cubs trainer checked on Beeler on the mound in game one of the doubleheader. Beeler then left game and was replaced C.J. Riefenhauser. Wehofer did not provide any more updates.
Beeler was nearing the end of his rehab assignment but could be forced back on the DL.
News, Notes and Rumors
• The Cubs are betting on Joel Peralta to help the bullpen according to the Tribune. But the Tribune also reported relief help for Cubs likely won’t arrive until late next month. Joe Nathan is rehabbing with Double-A Tennessee and he’s enjoying the road back to The Show according to Mark Harris.
• Before Kris Bryant’s historic night, Comcast SportsNet reported there is no need to overreact when best years should be in front of Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.
• Jorge Soler took batting practice and tested his hamstring on the field prior to Monday’s game … and the Tribune posted video.
• According to Jeff Passan, All-Star voting is down by more than half, but one thing hasn’t changed: Cubs fans want ballot-box anarchy.
• Ken Rosenthal thinks the A’s should “keep the core together” and not trade Josh Reddick, Sonny Gray, Steven Vogt and Sean Doolittle. Reddick is looking for a four-year, $60 million extension. The A’s are only willing to go three years and $36 million according to one of Rosenthal’s sources. Gray, Vogt and Doolittle are all under club control past this season.
• Ken Rosenthal reported the Yankees could receive a young player, such as Jeimer Candelario from the Cubs, as part of a package for Andrew Miller if they “hold out for premium talent” and decide to trade the lefty reliever.
• According to multiple reports, two of the dynamic young starters in the game are dealing with bone spurs in their pitching elbows … LHP Steven Matz and RHP Noah Syndergaard. Mets’ lefty Steven Matz’s elbow ligament is not damaged but the bone spur is causing a lot of pain. Noah Syndergaard denied the reports that stated he is also dealing with bone spurs in his elbow. According to the New York Daily News, Matz and Syndergaard are trying to avoid in-season surgery.
• And speaking of Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ right-hander has allowed the most stolen bases of any other pitcher in baseball. Teams have swiped 28 bases while ‘Thor’ is on the hill … next on the list, tied at 14, the Orioles’ Ubaldo Jimenez and Jake Arrieta. Jon Lester has allowed 10 stolen bases this season.
• The Nationals released OF Tony Campana on Monday. Campana played in 43 games for Triple-A Syracuse and batted .225/.301/.242 with a .542 OPS.
And last, but not least, two of the best organizations in the game (Cardinals, Marlins) were involved in a bench clearing brawl at the Triple-A level as the stadium PA blared ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’
This Day in Cubstory
2010 – The Cubs honored Ron Santo for his 50 years in baseball with the Chicago Cubs
2010 – Cubs placed Carlos Zambrano on the restricted list after he was suspended for three games following a dugout altercation with Derrek Lee.
1999 – Hack Wilson is credited with one more RBI in his historic 1930 season. The history books are changed from 190 RBI for Wilson in 1930 to 191 RBI. The missing run batted in was found in a doubleheader between the Cubs and Reds on July 28, 1930 when Charlie Grimm was credited with an extra RBI and Wilson did not receive credit, at the time, for a RBI.
1995 – Cubs traded Rick Wilkins to the Astros for Luis Gonzalez and Scott Servais
1991 – Cubs signed free agent Dave LaPoint
1988 – Cubs held a telephone lottery for 13,000 seats for the first night game scheduled at Wrigley on August 8. More than 1.5 million fans tried to buy seats
1983 – Cubs signed free agent Rick Reuschel
1979 – Cubs purchased Ken Henderson from the Reds
1972 – Athletics purchased Art Shamsky from the Cubs
1970 – Cubs were swept in a doubleheader in the final games at Forbes Field, 3-2 and 4-1. Forbes Field was the home of the Pirates since 1909
1968 – Cubs traded Lou Johnson to the Indians for Willie Smith
1967 – Dodgers signed free agent Von Joshua
1964 – Mark Grace, born
1950 – Roy Smalley hit for the cycle and Phil Cavarretta and Andy Pafko homered in a 15-3 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field
1949 – Don Baylor, born
1933 – Billy Herman recorded five hits and set a Major League record with 16 put-outs at second base in a doubleheader, 11 in the first game, as the Cubs swept the Phillies 9-5 and 8-3 at Baker Bowl
1929 – The Cubs hit five home runs, three in the second inning by Hack Wilson, Pat Malone and Rogers Hornsby. The Cubs took over first place with a 9-5 win over the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park. Wilson hit another home run in the fifth.
1916 – Cubs catcher Bill Fischer set a Major League record by catching all 27 innings of a doubleheader
1910 – Joe Tinker stole home twice as the Cubs beat the Reds 11-1 behind Mordecai Brown at West Side Grounds