Cubs Not Able to Back Jake Arrieta – Brewers 3, Cubs 1

Game One Hundred Seventeen: Cubs 1, Brewers 3

WP – Yovani Gallardo (7-6) LP – Jake Arrieta (6-4) Save – Francisco Rodriguez (36)

Jake Arrieta bounced back from his rough outing at Coors Field and gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings Monday night, but the offense could not string together any hits against Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers’ pen as the Cubs dropped the first of four to Milwaukee at the old ballyard.

Jake Arrieta settled in after the second inning and retired 13 in row in between a Mark Reynolds home run in the second inning and a single by Ryan Braun to start the seventh. Arrieta was very efficient, pounded the strike zone and pitched into the eighth inning.

Jake Arrieta made three mistakes in 7 1/3 innings and two of the three cost him runs. Arrieta allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Arrieta threw 95 pitches, 62 for strikes.

Pedro Strop recorded two outs on two pitches to close out the eighth when he induced an inning ending double play (5-4-3) off the bat of Carlos Gomez. Justin Grimm was touched up for a run in the ninth after Aramis Ramirez doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Scooter Gennett.

PrintAfter striking out 44 times with only two walks against the Rays over the weekend, the offense struck out nine more times Monday night with no walks. That’s 53 strikeouts and two walks in four games.

Chris Coghlan (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) drove in the Cubs only run in the fifth inning. Coghlan doubled in Justin Ruggiano (1-for-3 with a run scored) and tied the game at one. But the offense could not push across another run and finished the game 1-for-6 with RISP while leaving five men on base.

Javier Baez (1-for-4 with a double), Starlin Castro (2-for-4), Welington Castillo (1-for-3) and Jake Arrieta (1-for-2) collected the Cubs other five hits.

With Monday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 50-67 on the season.

Jake Arrieta pitched his way out of a rough first inning and was able to keep the Brewers off the board. Arrieta fell behind Gomez 3-0 to start the game. Carlos Gomez ripped a single into center on a 3-2 pitch and immediately swiped second base. Jonathan Lucroy grounded out to third. Arrieta got Braun to chase a 2-2 pitch in the dirt. But Castillo was paying too much attention to Gomez streaking to third. The ball skipped past Castillo and not only did Gomez make it to third, but Braun reached first base. Aramis Ramirez stepped in with runners on the corners and one down. Ramirez rolled a 0-1 pitch to Valbuena … 5-4-3 inning ending double play. Arrieta threw 15 pitches in the first, 10 for strikes.

After the Cubs went down in order on 11 pitches, eight for strikes, in the first inning, Arrieta retired Gennett and Davis quickly for the first two outs in the second. Mark Reynolds tattooed Arrieta’s first pitch to the back of the bleachers in left … and the only thing that kept the ball in the park was a terrific catch by an older gentleman on the last row of the bleachers. Jean Segura lined out to left for the third out. Arrieta needed 28 pitches, 18 for strikes, to complete two innings.

Starlin Castro led off the second inning with a single to left. But Valbuena popped out to third and Alcantara flied out to right. Castro tried to steal second with Ruggiano at the plate. Lucroy’s throw just beat Castro, but the play was close enough to be reviewed and the call on the field was upheld.

At the end of two innings, the Cubs trailed 1-0.

Jake Arrieta settled in after the second inning and retired the Brewers in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Arrieta threw 56 pitches, 38 for strikes, in the first five innings.

Justin Ruggiano singled to left (2-2 pitch) with one out in the fifth. Welington Castillo followed with a single to left (2-1 pitch) and the Cubs had runners on first and second with one down. Jake Arrieta could not get the bunt down and struck out on a fouled bunt attempt. Chris Coghlan stepped in and pulled Yovani Gallardo’s first pitch past Mark Reynolds and into right field. The ball ate up Reynolds at first. Ruggiano scored and tied the game at one. But Castillo held at third on what was ruled a double for Coghlan. Javier Baez hit a 1-2 pitch off the end of his bat out to the gap in left center. Khris Davis made the catch to end the inning.

After five innings, the game was tied at one.

Ryan Braun led off the seventh with a single to center. Arrieta struck out Aramis Ramirez swinging but Braun stole second. Scooter Gennett drove a 1-0 pitch just to the left of straight away center. Alcantara went back to make the catch, but ran out of room as the ball hit the ivy. Braun went back to tag and tried to score on the play. Alcantara threw the ball into Castro, who threw a strike to Castillo to cut Braun down at the plate. The umpires checked to make sure Braun had a clear path to the plate, once the review confirmed the play, the Cubs had two outs with Gennett at second base and the game still tied at one. Khris Davis doubled to left (1-0 pitch) and Gennett scored, 2-1 Brewers. Arrieta retired Reynolds on a flyout to left (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing in the seventh.

After seven innings, the Cubs trailed 2-1.

Jake Arrieta started the eighth inning after throwing 85 pitches in seven innings, 57 for strikes. Jean Segura grounded out to Rizzo for the first out. Lyle Overbay hit for Yovani Gallardo and Arrieta walked him. Rick Renteria decided that was enough for Arrieta and went to his pen for Pedro Strop. Gomez grounded into a 6-4-3 inning ending double play.

The game went to the bottom of the eighth with the Cubs down by a run. Will Smith replaced Gallardo and set down pinch-hitter Chris Valaika, Coghlan and Baez in order on 12 pitches.

The Brewers added on in the ninth against Justin Grimm, and removed any doubt about the outcome on Monday’s game. Lucroy grounded out to second and Braun struck out swinging, but Aramis Ramirez doubled to left and scored on a single to center off the bat of Scooter Gennett, 3-1 Brewers. Davis flied out to right to end the inning.

Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging (3-2 pitch) on the 13th pitch from Francisco Rodriguez for the first out in the ninth. Castro collected his second hit of the game, an infield single to Ramirez at third. But Valbuena grounded into a 4-6 fielder’s choice and Arismendy Alcantara struck out swinging to end the game.

Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face Wily Peralta in game two of the four-game series on Tuesday night (7:05pm CDT).

Follow ChicagoCubsOnline on Twitter: @TheCCO and @TheCCO_Minors

Quote of the Day

"From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life." – Arthur Ashe