Game One Hundred-Seven: Cubs 3, Rockies 1
WP – Jake Arrieta (6-2) LP – Pedro Hernandez (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (14)
Jake 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.
Jake 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.