Arrieta Breaks Off a Win in San Diego – Cubs 5, Padres 1

Game Forty-Five: Cubs 5, Padres 1

WP – Jake Arrieta (1-0) LP – Eric Stults (2-5) Save – Carlos Villanueva (1)

wflag-pub2014Jake Arrieta pitched a season-high six innings, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and the offense scored five runs in the fourth and fifth innings as the Cubs started the 10-game road trip with a win in San Diego on Thursday night. The Cubs played a solid nine innings and Rick Renteria picked up a victory against his former team in his first game back at PETCO Park.

Jake Arrieta put together an excellent outing. Arrieta made one mistake over six innings of work and Seth Smith deposited the ball over the wall in right field. Arrieta had good command of his fastball and curveball on Thursday night. Arrieta faced only two over the minimum through five innings (two hits, one walk) before he started elevating his fastball in the sixth inning.

Jake Arrieta gave up one run on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Arrieta threw 94 pitches, 66 for strikes, in six innings.

Carlos Villanueva picked up his first save since 2010 when he was in Milwaukee with three scoreless innings in relief of Jake Arrieta. Villanueva was very effective and was able to give his bullpen mates a much-needed night off. Villanueva allowed three hits with no walks and three strikeouts on 53 pitches, 34 for strikes.

The Cubs did not record their first hit until the fourth inning, but they came in bunches once the offense figured out Eric Stults. The Cubs scored all five runs in the fourth and fifth innings and Eric Stults became the first Padres’ pitcher to allow five runs in a start at PETCO Park this season.

Anthony Rizzo (2-for-3 with a home run, a double, two RBI and a HBP) had a huge night against his former team. Rizzo hit a mammoth home run off the lefty Stults in the fourth inning with Junior Lake (2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) on board. Rizzo’s eighth longball of the season gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead.

The Cubs scored three runs in the fifth after Nate Schierholtz (1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a walk) lead off with a double and scored on a single to center by Darwin Barney (1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored). After Jake Arrieta bunted Barney to second, Emilio Bonifacio (1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored) singled him in. And Bonifacio scored on a double to center off the bat of Junior Lake.

The Cubs managed only seven hits, but four went for extra bases, and the offense finished the night 3-for-7 with RISP and left four men on base.

With Thursday’s victory, the Cubs have won four of five and improved to 17-28 on the season.

Eric Stults plunked Anthony Rizzo in the first inning, but that was all for the Cubs in the opening frame. Jake Arrieta took the hill in the home half and retired Cabrera and Maybin for the first two outs. The red-hot Seth Smith stepped in and launched a 1-1 pitch to deep right. The ball left the huge yard and the Padres took a 1-0 lead. Arrieta caught Chase Headley looking at a 1-2 pitch to end the inning. Arrieta threw 21 pitches, 15 for strikes, in the first inning.

After one complete, the Cubs trailed 1-0.

The Cubs did nothing against Eric Stults in the second and third innings while Jake Arrieta settled in, threw strikes and kept the Padres off the bases. Arrieta threw 46 pitches in three innings, 33 for strikes, and at the end of three, the Padres had a 1-0 lead.

Junior Lake led off the fourth with a bunt single up the third baseline. Headley let the ball roll, it hit the bag, and the Cubs had their first hit of the game. Anthony Rizzo crushed a 3-1 pitch from Stults over the wall in right center. Rizzo’s eighth longball of the season traveled an estimated 417 feet and the Cubs took a 2-1 lead. Jedd Gyorko and Everth Cabrera took hits away from Castro and Olt to end the fourth inning.

Jake Arrieta issued a one out walk to Seth Smith in the bottom of the fourth. But that was all. Arrieta threw strikes (66 pitches, 46 for strikes) and the Cubs led 2-1 after four innings.

Nate Schierholtz led off the fifth with a double into the right field corner off of Eric Stults. Darwin Barney followed with a single to center, Schierholtz scored and the Cubs took a 3-1 lead. Arrieta bunted Barney to second and he scored on a single to right off the bat of Emilio Bonifacio, 4-1 Cubs. A wild pitch with Lake at the plate allowed Bonifacio to move up ninety feet. Junior Lake cranked a 2-1 pitch to deep center. Cameron Maybin could not run it down. Lake ended up at second, Bonifacio scored and the Cubs took a four-run lead. Rizzo grounded out to second, Lake went to third and Dave Roberts popped out of the Padres dugout. With Bud Black out for the night, Roberts was calling the shots for the Friars and he went to his pen for right hander Nick Vincent. Castro flied out to right center to end the inning.

Jake Arrieta gave up a leadoff single to Gyorko in the fifth. But Will Venable rolled into a 4-6-3 double play and Nick Hundley grounded out to third to end the inning. Arrieta faced the minimum in the fifth and needed 75 pitches, 31 strikes, to complete five innings on Thursday night.

At the end of five, the Cubs had a 5-1 lead.

Jake Arrieta worked his way out of a small jam in the sixth inning by striking out Chase Headley swinging with men on second and third to end the inning.

The Cubs offense managed only one hit and a walk off the Padres’ pen and Carlos Villanueva allowed three hits over the last three innings in relief of Jake Arrieta.

Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Tim Stauffer in game two in San Diego under the Friday night lights (9:10pm CDT).

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