Game One Hundred Thirty-Six – Cubs 7, Phillies 1
WP – Jake Arrieta (2-1) LP – Kyle Kendrick (10-12) Save – None
Jake Arrieta threw strikes, six different Cubs drove in runs and the Cubs started September with a convincing victory over Ryne Sandberg’s Phillies. The Cubs took two of three from the Phillies and won their first series at Wrigley Field since winning two of three from the Pirates in early July.
Jake Arrieta struggled with his command in the first inning before he settled down and put together a quality start. Arrieta did not allow a leadoff hitter to reach base in the seven innings he started. Arrieta made only one mistake and Darin Ruf deposited it into the basket in left center in the fourth inning. Arrieta allowed two other hits over his 6 2/3 innings of work. Arrieta walked three and struck out four batters on 102 pitches, 57 for strikes. The Phillies put two runners on base one time (sixth inning) against Arrieta on Sunday.
James Russell, Pedro Strop and Blake Parker tossed the final 2 1/3 innings and allowed two baserunners … a single in the eighth and a walk in the ninth.
The Cubs scored seven runs on Sunday without hitting a ball out of the park. And while the Phillies managed four hits, the Cubs collected nine hits and worked five walks on the afternoon.
Ryan Sweeney (1-for-3 with a RBI, a run scored and a walk) drove in Darwin Barney (1-for-4 with a sac fly RBI and a run scored) with a single in the first inning. Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a walk) doubled in Starlin Castro (1-for-3 with a sac fly RBI and a run scored) with the Cubs’ second run in the third inning.
The Cubs’ scored three runs in the fourth inning and Welington Castillo delivered the big hit, a two-run double that plated Donnie Murphy (1-for-4 with a run scored) and Brian Bogusevic (2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored).
Luis Valbuena (walk, RBI) hit for Pedro Strop with the bases loaded in the eighth and worked a walk that forced in Ryan Sweeney. And the Cubs seventh run scored after Starlin Castro hit a sacrifice fly to right that allowed Bogusevic to tag and score from third.
Seven of Dale Sveum’s starting eight recorded at least one hit on Sunday while working counts all afternoon.
With Sunday’s victory (8-14 on Sundays in 2013), the Cubs split the six-game season series with the Phillies (3-3) and improved to 58-78 on the season.
Jake Arrieta struggled with his command in the first inning. Arrieta pitched from behind in the count to each of the first four batters he faced but allowed just a one-out walk to Jimmy Rollins. Arrieta threw 19 pitches in the first inning, 10 for strikes.
After Castro smoked a 2-2 pitch down the third baseline that Cody Asche caught for the first out, Darwin Barney singled to center (2-2 pitch) and Anthony Rizzo walked. Kyle Kendrick caught Schierholtz looking at a 1-2 pitch for the second out.
Ryan Sweeney, in his first big league game in two months, blooped a 2-1 pitch over Rollins and into left center. Barney scored, 1-0 Cubs. Donnie Murphy lined back to the mound for the third out. The Cubs made Kendrick throw 31 pitches in the first inning, 19 for strikes.
Arrieta retired the side in order in the second … 27 pitches for Arrieta after two innings, 14 for strikes.
Kyle Kendrick struck out the side in order in the second inning. Kendrick needed 44 pitches, 29 for strikes, to complete two frames on Sunday.
Arrieta gave up an infield single to Bernadina with two down in the third. But that was all. Arrieta threw 43 pitches, 25 for strikes, over his first three innings.
Starlin Castro led off the third with an infield single to the hole at short. Barney tried to check his swing, could not and hit a slow roller toward second. Utley fielded the ball and threw out Barney at first. Castro advanced to second on the play and scored after Anthony Rizzo doubled off the top of the vines in right. Rizzo just missed a home run and had to settle for a RBI double … 2-0 Cubs. Schierholtz popped out to right (3-2 pitch) and Sweeney lined out to right (3-1 pitch) to end the inning. Kendrick threw 63 pitches, 40 for strikes, in three innings … and after three complete, the Cubs led 2-0.
Jake Arrieta struck out two of the four batters he faced in the fourth, but Darin Ruf hit a solo homer into the basket in left center that cut the Cubs lead to 2-1. Arrieta needed 59 pitches, 37 for strikes, to complete four frames on Sunday.
Donnie Murphy led off the fourth with a single to left. Brian Bogusevic worked a full count before driving a ball into the gap in left center. The ball stuck in the ivy and the Cubs had to settle for second and third with no outs after the ground rule double.
Welington Castillo drilled a 3-1 pitch into left center. Murphy and Bogusevic scored, 4-1 Cubs. With Castillo at second after the Cubs’ third straight hit, Arrieta flied out to right. Castillo tagged and advanced to third on the play. Kendrick plunked Castro and put runners on the corners with one out for Barney.
Darwin Barney lifted Kendrick’s first pitch out to right. Ruf caught the ball and made a strong, accurate throw to the plate. Castillo was out by a mile, but Erik Kratz did not secure the ball before he tried to tag Castillo … and the Cubs added to their lead, 5-1. Rizzo popped out to short for the third out. Kendrick threw 85 pitches, 53 for strikes, in four innings.
Jake Arrieta retired the side in order in the fifth … 73 pitches for Arrieta after five, 44 for strikes.
The Cubs did nothing in the fifth and the game remained 5-1 Cubs through the sixth and seventh innings.
After James Russell and Pedro Strop kept the Phillies off the board in the eighth, the Cubs added to their lead in the bottom of the inning.
J.C. Ramirez started the eighth and issued a walk to Ryan Sweeney. Murphy fouled out to Utley in the Phillies pen for the first out. Brian Bogusevic reached on an infield single. Bogusevic hit a chopper to Utley. Sweeney avoided Utley’s tag and Frandsen could not keep his foot on the bag. Utley’s throw was off the mark and to the homeplate side of the bag. Welington Castillo walked to load the bases.
Luis Valbuena made his first appearance in nearly month. Valbuena hit for Strop and worked a walk that forced in Sweeney from third … 6-1 Cubs. Starlin Castro lifted a 2-2 pitch out to right. Bogusevic tagged and scored the seventh run of the afternoon. With runners on the corners and two out, Barney struck out swinging to end the inning.
Blake Parker retired three of the four batters he faced in the ninth to close out the win for Jake Arrieta.
The Cubs open a three-game series against the Marlins on Labor Day … Travis Wood against Henderson Alvarez in game one.