If that wasn’t a hall of fame victory by Jake Arrieta, I don’t know what it. In case you folks have been living under a rock, Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game but not only that, he hit his first career home run as the Chicago Cubs stole one from the White Sox 3-1 in 10 innings and now Arrieta is included in some pretty special company this year after recording his tenth victory.
“The individual accolades are great,” Arrieta said, “but my teammates, they can count on me to come up big for us when the moment arises. I thought about [not being included] a little bit several days ago. I’m looking forward to having a couple days off and doing some things with the kids. I think it was a positive first half for us. We have to continue to get better.”
It was a pretty special day as well. The Cubs put on those nifty 1958 jerseys to honour the late Ernie Banks and the White Sox donned their respective jerseys to pay homage to the late Minnie Minoso both who passed away earlier this year.
So, tonight is the Home Run Derby. I have a lot to cheer for with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Toronto Blue Jays 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson. My dad’s going for Josh and well, Team Gauthier’s going for Rizzo and Bryant. However, I do want to see Bryant beat Rizzo. If Kris Bryant can seal his legacy with a Home Run Derby victory, then that would be awesome.
“If Bryant just gets it and squares the ball up and stays true like he’s capable of with a controlled swing, in that ballpark if the wind’s favorable — if he gets it up in the air, it’ll go,” Cubs’ Hitting Coach John Mallee said. “He doesn’t have to try to hit it over the boat in center field.”
So as the Cubs head into the All Star break, their record is 47-40 and are 8 games behind St. Louis. Sitting smack dab in the middle of the National League Central division, the Cubs are poised to make a Wild Card appearance.
What do you think of Chicago’s performance this year? Are they living up to expectations, succeeding? I believe they’re doing a great job and it’s been a while since the excitement was back at Wrigley Field.