Jake Arrieta Deals a W for the Cubs – Cubs 3, Rockies 1

Game One Hundred-Seven: Cubs 3, Rockies 1

WP – Jake Arrieta (6-2) LP – Pedro Hernandez (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (14)

wflag-pub2014Jake Arrieta took a perfect game into the fifth inning and ending up limiting the Rockies to one run over seven innings while the offense was patient enough in the sixth inning to take the finale of the four-game series against the Rockies. The Cubs won their first series at Wrigley since June (June 6-8) and posted a 5-5 record on the 10-game homestand.

Jake Arrieta was very, very good once again. Arrieta allowed one hit and one baserunner through six innings. Arrieta ran into a little trouble in the seventh inning and loaded the bases after surrendering a run on two hits to start the inning. Arrieta pitched out of the jam and turned the game over to the pen with a two-run lead.

Jake Arrieta allowed one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Arrieta threw 96 pitches, 59 for strikes, over seven innings.

Brian Schlitter tossed a perfect eighth and Hector Rondon left the tying run in scoring position by striking out the last two batters he faced to end the game.

The Cubs offense could not figure out Pedro Hernandez, but were very patient in the sixth and scored three runs without a run-scoring hit.

Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-4 with a run scored) and Chris Coghlan (2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) led off the sixth with infield singles. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and a HBP) walked to load the bases. Starlin Castro (0-for-3 with a RBI and a walk) walked to force in Alcantara with the game’s first run. Justin Ruggiano (0-for-2 with a SF RBI) followed with a sac fly to center that plated Coghlan and Luis Valbuena (0-for-3 with a RBI) bounced into a fielder’s choice that allowed Rizzo to score.

With Thursday’s victory, the Cubs finished July with a 10-16 record and improved to 45-62 on the season.

While Jake Arrieta was busy retiring one batter after the other, the Cubs managed only three hits over the first four innings of the game. Arrieta gave up his first hit in the fifth inning on a bloop single to center that Junior Lake misplayed then dropped as a hit the grass. Arrieta retired the Rockies in order in the sixth and needed just 67 pitches, 46 for strikes, to complete six innings.

Arismendy Alcantara led off the bottom of the sixth with an infield single to third. Chris Coghlan followed and reached on an infield single to first. Coghlan pulled a smash down the line that Justin Morneau slowed down but the ball trickled under his glove. With runners on first and second with no outs, Anthony Rizzo worked a walk and loaded the bags for Starlin Castro. Pedro Hernandez fell behind Castro and to Castro’s credit he did not chase. Starlin Castro walked and forced in Alcantara with the first run of the game. Justin Ruggiano lifted a fly ball into center. Coghlan tagged and scored, 2-0 Cubs. Rizzo advanced to third on the play. Luis Valbuena hit a chopper over the mound that Culberson fielded and threw out Valbuena at first base, Rizzo scored and the Cubs took a 3-0 lead. Walt Weiss decided that was enough for Hernandez and went to his pen for Matt Belisle. Welington Castillo grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Cubs led 3-0 after six innings.

PrintJake Arrieta gave up his second hit of the game to Corey Dickerson leading off the seventh inning. Nolan Arenado doubled to left, Dickerson scored and cut the Cubs lead to 3-1. Arrieta walked Morneau. But Carlos Gonzalez flied out to center and Wilin Rosario popped out to Alcantara at second for the second out. Arrieta walked Charlie Culberson to load the bases. D.J. LeMahieu grounded out to Castro for the third out.

The Cubs were not able to add on in either the seventh or eighth innings. Brian Schlitter retired all three batters he faced in the eighth and Hector Rondon took the hill in the ninth with a 3-1 lead.

Nolan Arenado led off the ninth with a single and moved to second when Justin Morneau singled to left. Carlos Gonzalez pulled Rondon’s first pitch toward first. Rizzo fielded the ball and threw to Castro at second to force Morneau. Wilin Rosario stepped in with runners on the corners and one down. Gonzalez swiped second before Rosario struck out swinging for the second out. With the tying runs in scoring position and two outs, Hector Rondon caught Charlie Culberson looking at a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

The Cubs make the trip west and open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Friday night (9:10pm CDT). Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face Dan Haren in the opener.

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  • John_CC

    Three runs on two infield singles…

    Good thing Arrieta was dealing today.

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

    How many perfect games or no hitters has Arietta take into the 5th inning this year? I know he’s done it at least 3 times. His evolution this season has been remarkable. I’m so happy for him and the Cubs. The day we got him I started looking into him and went around and around with people that thought he wasn’t any good and never would be. I know some of my predictions are a little on the rosy side, but I called this one. I said he could have Cy Young type stuff and he has. Not saying he will win it this year or ever. But he certainly pitches well enough to be in the discussion. Thank you Scott Feldman, thank you Orioles, thank you Arietta and than you Theo!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      You are correct on your count.

      If he would have made it through the fifth, it would have been the third different start he took a perfect game into the sixth inning.

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

        That is seriously impressive. He’s started what, 10 games? So he’s averaging over 30% of starts being perfect games into the 5th inning.

        Not too bad. If he keeps this up he may become a true ace, or at the very least a TOR starter. If he isn’t already.

        His acaenaion is huge for our progress. Without him we probably have to pay Shark a crazy, over priced contract. Or not? Imagine where our rotation would look right now without Arietta? I’ll agree with ST on this fact, one pitcher can impact a franchise as much as two or three position players. But those are tough to find and hard to acquire. And then you gotta keep them healthy. High maintenance like a model girlfriend or a Saab!

        • J Daniel

          His stuff has been really good, no doubt! I would still be in the cautious mode before I proclaim him a TOR, especially if trying to top legit team. If it were me I would pencil in him and Hendricks as a #4 and #5 and if they end up better then a great staff. I would still trying to acquire #1-3.

          Not saying they will not be … just say give it time as it is a little to early.

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

            I get what your saying. But I think he’s no lower than a #3. On a WS team, he could be a #3 right now. I’d love to have 3 guys better but that’s a huge luxury. With him at 3 we could compete with anyone. Probably at 2. But I do understand your point. Detroit with Scherzer, Price and Verlander is scary 1, 2, 3. But on any given night he could beat any one of them. They are better, but not far and away.

          • J Daniel

            Still a small sample size though. Have not seen him in real “pressure” situations and how he will react. A long ways to go. Early returns show a GREAT trade for sure with him being a possible closer to the top TOR type pitcher but still more to prove, at least for me, before I get to excited.

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

            True stuff. Good point. No pressure really…

            But I think you can get excited J. At least a little…

          • J Daniel

            Board man, I am getting really excited actually because their plan, IMO, is working and we are starting to see the results at Clark and Addison. I truly believe that we will finally start to watch really good baseball for a very long time.

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

            Totally agree J…

  • BigJonLilJon

    I’d love him as a 2. Go get a TOR guy and we could do some damage in 2015. If Theo allows the kids a chance……………….

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    I see that Bryant, Baez and Olt have all hit HR’s tonight.

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

    I’ve started checking the minor affiliate websites daily. Was this deja vu or did Baez and Bryant both go yard again!? And soler had a hit. And Olt is hitting everything in sight.

    I still believe we haven’t seen the last of Olt.