Jake Arrieta Was Wicked Good – Cubs 2, Red Sox 0

Game Eighty-One: Cubs 2, Red Sox 0

WP – Jake Arrieta (5-1) LP – Jake Peavy (1-7) Save – Hector Rondon (10)

wflag-pub2014Jake Arrieta was outstanding again Monday night. Arrieta took a no-hitter into the eighth inning that Stephen Drew broke up with two outs in the eighth on a 2-2 pitch. Arrieta did more than follow-up his previous outing against the Reds in which he took a perfect game into the seventh inning, he topped it. And Nate Schierholtz gave Arrieta all of the runs he would need with a two-run homer in the fourth as the Cubs shutout the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Jake Arrieta kept the Red Sox off balance all night with excellent command and movement on his fastball. Arrieta was perfect through four innings and faced just one over the minimum through seven innings. The Red Sox made little, if any, hard contact against Arrieta as he pounded the strike zone. Arrieta’s only blemish through seven innings was a walk to Mike Napoli with one out in the fifth.

Jake Arrieta caught Mike Napoli looking at a 2-2 pitch for the first out in the eighth and retired Xander Bogaerts on a flyout to center on a 1-2 pitch. Stephen Drew ripped a 2-2 pitch into right with two outs in the eighth for the first and only hit Arrieta allowed on the night.

Rick Renteria went to get Arrieta as soon as he gave up the hit to Drew. Arrieta topped his career high in pitches thrown (114 in 2010, 2012) and there was no reason to leave him in the game. The Red Sox’s fans gave Arrieta a standing ovation as he left the field … and Arrieta tipped his cap in appreciation.

Jake Arrieta was four outs short of being the first pitcher to no-hit the Red Sox since Chris Bosio, his pitching coach, in 1993 when he pitched for the Seattle Mariners. The last time the Sox were no hit at Fenway Park was on July 20, 1958 by Jim Bunning of the Tigers. And the 27th out that day was Ted Williams.

Jake Arrieta ended his night with 7 2/3 innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Arrieta issued one walk and struck out 10 batters. And Arrieta beat the Red Sox for the first time in his career.

Pedro Strop threw one pitch for the last out in the eighth and Hector Rondon faced the minimum in the ninth after giving up the second hit of the game to who else but A.J. Pierzynski.

Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon combined on the Cubs sixth shutout of the season.

As Jim Deshaies said, Jake Arrieta is becoming must see TV.

Nate Schierholtz (2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBI) supplied Jake Arrieta all of the runs he would need. After Welington Castillo (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) worked a two-out walk in the fourth, Schierholtz launched his fourth longball of the season into the bullpen beyond the right field wall.

Starlin Castro (1-for-3 with a walk), Chris Coghlan (1-for-4) and Ryan Sweeney (1-for-3 with a walk) collected the Cubs other three hits.

With Monday’s victory, the Cubs finished June with a 15-13 record, the team’s first winning month of the season … and improved to 35-46 on the season.

The game was scoreless going into the fourth. The Cubs managed three hits off Jake Peavy while Jake Arrieta retired the first nine batters he faced on 46 pitches, 29 for strikes.

Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena went down swinging to start the fourth. Jake Peavy jumped ahead of Castillo but could not put the Cubs’ catcher away. Welington Castillo worked a walk. Nate Schierholtz stepped in and pulled Peavy’s first pitch to deep right. Schierholtz’s fourth home run of the season gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Junior Lake struck out swinging to end the inning … and he snapped the bat over his knee after he went down swinging for the second time on the night.

PrintJake Arrieta retired the Sox in order in the fourth … 60 pitches for Arrieta after four, 37 for strikes.

After four innings, the Cubs led 2-0.

And that is how the game ended. Jake Arrieta allowed two baserunners and the Red Sox managed a total of three baserunners on the night.

Edwin Jackson takes on Clay Buchholz in game two at Fenway Park under the lights Tuesday night (6:10pm CDT).

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  • jtrain23

    Every start he makes just makes this trade look better. It is truly a case of changing scenario making all of the difference. (Change didn’t hurt Strop either.). As long as he can stay healthy and prove that his consistency will stay that way, this guy could win a lot of big games for the Cubs over the next several seasons. As it sits right now, the earliest he could become a free agent is 2018. If he keeps pitching this way, it makes lack of pitching prospects in the system much less of an issue.

    • Larry Schwimmer

      Well said, jtrain. As CUB fans we have a reality that we all need to accept: The first priority for THEO was re-building the farm system and that’s done through the draft + foreign signings + trading our best performers mid-season and cashing them in for young prospects. None of us wants 1 or 2 big F.As to be signed just so the CUBS can have a 70-75 win season. Who cares about that? The CUBS are becoming a sleeping giant who will awaken in 2015 and 2016 and be a competitive club and maybe in the pennant race. That’s when THEO will go out an sign 1 or 2 F.As that can make a difference.

      But the reality is most of the big name signings have been “over-paid” and “under-performing. Other than a young guy like Trout and maybe Cabrera…the overwhelming majority of players and pitchers who have been signed are not worth the huge and lengthy contracts they’ve signed. And our boy THEO learned a valuable lesson in BOSTON after he signed CRAWFORD and GONZALEZ and a few others that were a bust. That’s why he’s not chasing FAs. Let the other foolish teams tie up their Team Budget giving $100m to $200m contracts for guys like Puljols, Fielder, Sabathia and the rest.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Well said. Exactly what te plan has been. No expensive FA’s until we have infrastructure for their signings to make a difference. No reason to just be a little better and not go all the way. Now, thanks to the patience of the FA we are going to have a deep pipeline of talent that will produce for ears. We’ll sign a guy here and there and trade when we need a guy for the stretch run. And we’ll have the assets to do it! Everyone was wantin to say we were failing when the big legue club was the last step in te process. In this day and age that how’s you do it when the system is completely barren. You have to build te house from the ground up. At least if you wan long term success. It was always what Thei wanted to do. Tito detailed how that was what he wanted to do in Boston but instead he was told to sign guys when the team wasn’t that good and they ended up saddled with contracts like Beckett, Agon and Crawford. Theo made those deals while holding his nose I. Disgust. Knowing there was a better way but it would take patience. Hey, they eventually got another title and have a system. But we had to start from nothing. And in 3 years were becoming absokuteky LOADED with future studs. Some will flame out but it’s fine. We have depth. Other guys will surprise. It’s a blueprint for how you build a long term winner.

        If Arietta keeps this up it solves soooo many problems. An speeds things up even more. We will be goood next year. Maybe not championship good but much improved and way fun to watch. Some fans have seen these days coming and been excited for te ride. Soon enough the Cubs will be the toast of Chicago and have even more fans added from around the globe.

      • John_CC

        Yes. Im glad read that you understand the plan LARRY. You nailed it.

      • GaryLeeT

        There is nothing amazing about the Cub’s 5 or 6 year Pirate like rebuild on the cheap. I am not saying the Cubs won’t be successful, but if they had the $160+ mil payroll like a team with their market size should, it did NOT have had to take this long. How would this team look with Darvish, and Tanaka added to the rotation? Or Nelson Cruz in right? Guys like you always love to hold up the Pujol’s contract (who is having a good year), but never mention the short term contracts being made out there too that are helping teams win. When Theo finds a Trout at #20, instead of a Bryant at #3, and fills a hole in right with a Cruz, instead of a Schierholtz, then I’ll be impressed. But right now, he’s doing what any GM/Pres without money would do.

        • cubtex

          So true

        • cubtex

          Or a Cespedes,Puig,Abreu,Darvish instead of a Gerardo Concepcion and Soler.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Totally. He is looking like a potential ace. Which was always his potential.

    • Tony_H

      Can you believe that people even as we were into May were still saying that this trade was bad? 3 1/2 months of Feldman for 4 1/2 years of Arrieta and 4 1/2 years of Strop. Even if Arrieta stayed a 4/5 and Strop in the bullpen until then, this was a win. With the way these guys have performed, it is a huge Cubs Win!

      • GaryLeeT

        Speaking Arrieta. The FO should get into talks with him sooner rather than later, because his price tag is climbing faster than the debt clock.

        • Tony_H

          Arrieta is not a FA until 2018 when he will be going into his age 32 season. He will be arbitration eligible starting next year. If they could get him to sign a contract that pays him more sooner, yet gets another year or 2 of his FA years, that could be a win/win.

  • John_CC

    If you haven’t seen this Deadspin document re: the inner workings of the Astros at the trade deadline last year you’ve got to give it a look.

    1. I don’t want to hear about what a genius Luhnow is any more.
    2. If you think Theo is being greedy about what he wants in return for Jeff wait till you see what they wanted for Bud Norris.
    3. Baez and Almora could return Stanton.

    • Vivid_Reality

      I’ve been seeing that a lot of that report was fabricated. And even if the Marlins did want Correa and Springer, that was coming off Stanton’s injury filled down year. He’s crushing now so I doubt Almora and Baez even come close.

  • triple

    The Cubs last 2 wins have been good ones… and it was all done by guys not named Castro and Rizzo.

    • cubtex

      and your point? have the Cubs found 2 other core players besides Castro and Rizzo or did a borderline major league player actually contribute to a rare win(and it is a rare win…since the Cubs have the fewest in all of baseball) That is baseball Triple. Short term success happens all the time……it is not a sprint but a marathon. Cream rises to the top. Track record etc. Is that enough cliche’s for you? lol

      • triple

        The point is you don’t win with 9 core players on the field every day. That a good team is built around guys who all pitch in and do their jobs at other times. That’s what this team is capable of. You are upset because this team is playing decent ball with players that don’t cost absorbent amounts of money like you wish they’d spend.

        The point is also, that my statement if completely true. Since you are challenging my on the factual statement I made, I will point out how you make statements filled with absolutes that are completely false and show your posting from an emotional place filled with hate towards the THEO AND THE BOYZ.

        Here’s a little taste of things Cubtex says…. “Wesley Wright and James Russell is like pouring gasoline on a fire. Strop has zero command and Rondon is inconsistent. The bullpen is not going to be very good looking at all the parts. That is why it is puzzling to me not to give Cabrera a shot. Rondon? Schlitter? Strop? Grimm? Can anyone honestly say these guys would be fixtures on any mlb team?”

        Funny that these guys are all major contributers to the 4th best bullpen in the NL. It’s almost impossible on how you were wrong on that one on all accounts.

        • cubtex

          I didn’t know we crowned All Stars on July 1st? The absolute truth is this Triple. The Cubs have the fewest wins in all of baseball on July 1st. You cannot win with 2 players and a bunch of crap sprinkled in. I think you have been watching Major League too much. That was a comedy.

          • triple

            You are right. We don’t crown allstars on July 1st. This year it’s July 5th! However, one shouldn’t crown an entire bullpen failing on March 29th either. Because 3 months later, who’s the one looking like the fool? Welcome to Foolsville, population You.

          • cubtex

            thank you Clark the Cub.