Jake Arrieta and the Cubs Fall Short of Preventing the Sweep – Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2

Game Ninety-Seven: Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 3

WP – Josh Collmenter (8-5) LP – Jake Arrieta (5-2) Save – Addison Reed (23)

The offense could not figure out Josh Collmenter, Jake Arrieta made three mistakes and the eventual winning run scored when Anthony Rizzo made an outstanding catch tumbling into the camera well as the Cubs were swept in the three-game series in the desert.

Jake Arrieta made his first start since Friday’s opener of the three-game series against the Braves at Wrigley Field on July 11. Arrieta was very sharp and put together a quality start. Arrieta threw strikes, (six strikeouts after three innings) and allowed only three baserunners over the first five innings.

PrintAfter Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a home run) broke up a scoreless game with a solo shot in the sixth, the Diamondbacks tied the game on two pitches in the bottom of the inning. Arrieta kept the ball down throughout his outing, except for those two offerings … one to Ender Inciarte and the other to David Peralta. Inciarte and Peralta both doubled and Peralta scored the go ahead run when Anthony Rizzo reached over the wall in foul ground to catch a pop up off the bat of Aaron Hill. Rizzo’s momentum carried him over the half-wall and into the camera well. Peralta scored before Rizzo could throw the ball to John Baker.

The Diamondbacks added a run in the seventh after Jake Arrieta walked pinch-hitter Mark Trumbo with two outs.

Jake Arrieta surrendered three runs on four hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Arrieta threw 105 pitches, 62 for strikes, in 6 2/3 innings.

James Russell allowed another inherited runner to score after he gave up an infield single to Ender Inciarte and a single to David Peralta. Ryan Sweeney made a sensational diving catch in deep center to take away extra bases and two RBI from Paul Goldschmidt and bail Neil Ramirez out of the inning.

Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Anthony Rizzo collected two of the Cubs six hits. Rizzo hit his 23rd home run of the season in the sixth inning that gave the Cubs a brief 1-0 lead. Rizzo tied his career best mark of 23 home runs that was set a year ago. Chris Coghlan (2-for-4 with a double and a runs scored) doubled in the seventh and scored on a double from Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI).

The Cubs scored two runs on six hits and a walk.

No excuses whatsoever for the Cubs performance this weekend, but absolutely nothing in the three games went the Cubs way. Even when Anthony Rizzo made an unbelievable catch, the Diamondbacks were able to score a run.

The Cubs finished the season series against the Diamondbacks with a 2-5 record.

With Sunday’s loss (4-11 on Sunday in 2014), the Cubs dropped to a season-low 17 games under .500 with a 40-57 record.

Jake Arrieta kept the Diamondbacks off the board for the first five innings. Arrieta was sharp and he threw 76 pitches, 47 for strikes, in five innings.

The Cubs did very little against Josh Collmenter through five innings and Arismendy Alcantara grounded out to short for the first out in the sixth inning. Anthony Rizzo crushed Collmenter’s first pitch. The ball got out of Chase Field in a hurry and Rizzo’s solo shot, No. 23 of the season, gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Collmenter retired Castro (pop out to second) and Valbuena (pop out to short) to end the inning.

Jake Arrieta took the hill in the sixth with a 1-0 lead that disappeared in two pitches. Ender Inciarte smoked Arrieta’s first pitch into the gap in left center. The ball one-hopped the wall and Inciarte cruised into second base with a double. David Peralta lined a double to left on Arrieta’s next pitch. Inciarte scored and tied the game at one. Goldschmidt grounded out to second. Peralta advanced to third with one out. With the infield in, Arrieta pitched around Montero and walked him on four pitches.

Aaron Hill popped Arrieta’s first pitch to the right side of the field. Rizzo raced in toward the camera well and reached over to make the catch. Rizzo caught the ball and fell into the well. Peralta tagged from third and scored on what was an unbelievable catch. Parra grounded out to second to end the inning. Arrieta made two mistakes in the sixth and it cost him two runs. Arrieta threw 91 pitches, 55 for strikes, in six innings.

The Cubs trailed 2-1 after six complete.

The Cubs did nothing in the seventh and Arrieta started the bottom of the seventh. Arrieta retired Prado and Gregorius to start the inning, but he walked pinch-hitter Mark Trumbo. Rick Renteria went to his pen for James Russell. With Inciarte at the plate, Trumbo took off for second on the first pitch. Trumbo swiped the bag easily but was called out. Kirk Gibson asked for the play to be reviewed and the call was overturned. Inciarte reached on a tapper toward third and put runners on the corners with two down. Russell was left in to face Peralta and he ripped a 2-1 pitch into right. Trumbo scored and the Diamondbacks took a 3-1 lead. With runners on first and second and Goldschmidt due up, Renteria went to his pen for Neil Ramirez. A 1-2 pitch skipped past Baker, both runners advanced and Goldschmidt launched a 3-2 pitch to deep center. Ryan Sweeney got on his horse and made an excellent diving catch to end the inning.

Brad Ziegler replaced Collmenter in the eighth inning and retired pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano on a grounder to second base. Chris Coghlan doubled to right center. Arismendy Alcantara lashed a 3-1 pitch into left center. Coghlan scored and Alcantara ended up at second with a double. With the Cubs down 3-2, Rizzo grounded out to first. Alcantara advanced to third but was stranded when Castro hit a lazy fly into left center.

Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless eighth and the game went to the ninth with the Cubs down 3-2.

Addison Reed made quick work of Valbuena, Sweeney and Schierholtz (10 pitches) to end the game.

Monday is an off day for the Cubs. Kyle Hendricks makes his second start of the season in the first of three Tuesday night against the Padres. Veteran lefty Eric Stults is scheduled to start for the Friars.

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  • GaryLeeT

    This year’s race to the bottom is much more impressive than the last.

    • Eugene Debs

      Yes, everyone seems on the same page. Lose often. Repeat.

  • Denver Mike

    On the bright side, we’re only 1.5 games back from the first pick. Any scouting reports for next year’s draft out yet?

    • GaryLeeT

      I hear Aiken could go #1

  • Larry Schwimmer

    As CUB fans, our objective ought to be: receiving one of the Top 4 draft picks next year (not trying to avoid the embarrassment of another 95-100 game season) Who cares about that? I’m against bringing up any minor league prospect — if the results would be that “their pay clock” begins prematurely because they were brought up during THIS season.

    Can anyone clarify for me what the rule is for “when” the clock starts for the max. years of control? I know that next year, the F.O. will want to wait until May 1st — to bring up talent. I’m for that!

    Remember: In today’s crazy market — an extra 1 year of control may save you $15 to $20 million. Therefore, if I owned the CUBs or if I was THEO…I would extend my years of control as far out as I could. Any thoughts from my fellow CUB supporters?

    • GaryLeeT

      I hear you. Good thing the Cubs have all those years of control over Rizzo and Castro.

      • Larry Schwimmer

        You’re absolutely right, Gary. It’s also a risk to sign a young player early-on. But if you’re right, a team can save itself millions of dollars that can used for other players.

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

      I pretty much agree. But I’ll support either way. I don’t necessarily want toget the top pick. I’ll settle for whatever we get. I’d like to see some of the guys not named Rizzo get going here soon. And I hope that we can get some return for a few of our not long term players. Even if it’s not a great prospect. Look at Corey Black. He’s turning into one of te best pitchers in AA. He was included because he isn’t the prototypical size. If he were taller he’d be a top 20 prospect.

      • GaryLeeT

        I counted 9 teams that are already out of it. There are just way too many sellers, and very few buyers. If anybody else from the Cubs gets moved, it will be an absolute giveaway. And if his name is James Russell, so be it.