Back in 2015 a couple of the businesses which sell seats on top of the buildings just outside of Wrigley Field sued the Cubs, alleging that their ballpark renovations — including the big video board in right field — blocked views inside the park. Which, yes, the Cubs could totally do, the rooftop owners said, if it were not for an agreement between the Cubs and the rooftop owners which allegedly said they could not do.
The Cubs position on that was that, per the agreement, they could block views if it was part of a government-approved ballpark renovation or expansion, which is what has been going on at Wrigley for several years now. The devil always being in the details, the sides tried to negotiate over it, failed to reach a settlement and the lawsuit was subsequently field.
The suit did not go well for the rooftop owners. The trial court dismissed it and then the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed the dismissal. The last shot was to try to get the Supreme Court to hear it. That was always a tall order — the Supreme Court rejects most appeals without hearing — and today the matter came to an end, with the Supreme Court refusing to hear the case.
Guess the rooftop guys will have to free ride off of someone else.
Just one week after Taylor Cole and Felix Peña tossed a combined no-hitter against Seattle, Mariners right-hander Mike Leake worked on his own perfect game through eight innings against the Angels.
It was an ambitious form of revenge, and one that Leake served up perfectly as he held the Angels scoreless in frame after frame. He sprinkled a handful of strikeouts throughout the first eight innings, catching Matt Thaiss on a called strike three in the third and getting two whiffs — called strikeouts against both Brian Goodwin and Shohei Ohtani — in the fourth.
The Mariners, meanwhile, put up a good fight against the Angels, backing Leake’s attempt with 10 runs — their first double-digit total since a 13-3 rout of the Orioles on June 23. Daniel Vogelbach led things off in the fourth with a three-run homer off of reliever Jaime Barria, then repeated the feat with another three-run shot off Barria in the fifth. Tom Murphy and J.P. Crawford helped pad the lead as well with a two-RBI single and two-RBI double, respectively.
In the ninth, with just three outs remaining, the Angels finally managed to break through. Luis Rengifo worked a 1-1 count against Leake, then returned an 85.3-m.p.h. changeup to right field for a base hit, dismantling the perfecto and the no-hitter in one fell swoop. Leake lost control of the ball following the hit, issuing four straight balls to Kevan Smith in the next at-bat and giving the Angels their first runner in scoring position. Still at a pitch count of just 90, however, he induced the next two outs in quick fashion and polished off the win with a triumphant eight-pitch strikeout against Mike Trout for the first one-hitter (and Maddux) of his career.
Had Leake successfully closed out the perfecto, it would’ve been the first of his decade-long career in the majors and the first the Mariners had seen since Félix Hernández’s perfect game against the Rays in August 2012. For their part, the Angels have yet to be on the losing end of a perfecto. The last time they were shut out in a no-hitter was 1999, at the hands of then-Twins pitcher Eric Milton.