Game Sixty-Two – Cubs 0, Indians 6
WP – Trevor Bauer (6-3) LP – Jake Arrieta (6-5) Save – None
Jake Arrieta lasted only five innings and tied a career-high with six walks. The Indians first three runs scored on just one hit while the Cubs did nothing against Trevor Bauer. The Cubs dropped the last game of the homestand (3-2) and started the series with the Indians on a bad note.
Jake Arrieta did not have it Tuesday night. While the numbers might not look that bad, Arrieta put together arguably his worst outing at Wrigley Field. Arrieta could not find a rhythm and really battled himself throughout the long five-inning outing.
Arrieta walked at least two batters in three different innings. Arrieta’s lack of command caught up to him in the third inning. After walking Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley, the Indians first hit of the game left the park. Carlos Santana hit a towering homer to right. And gave the Indians a commanding 3-0 lead. Arrieta muddled through the last two innings of his outing and allowed the Indians to tack on in the fifth.
Jake Arrieta allowed four runs on three hits with six walks and six strikeouts Tuesday night. Arrieta made 112 pitches, 66 for strikes, in five innings.
Edwin Jackson gave up a run in the seventh. Jackson ended up pitching two innings and it was a balk in the seventh that gave the Indians a free base. Jackson was charged with one run on two hits and a balk without a walk or a strikeout.
James Russell gave up two hits and a walk in the eighth but not runs.
Zac Rosscup left the game in the ninth with shoulder stiffness. Rosscup surrendered the Indians sixth and final run before leaving in the middle of Brandon Moss’ at bat. Maddon said after the game that Rosscup could not get loose. Justin Grimm recoded the final two outs.
The Cubs offense was non-existent and managed only one baserunner after Addison Russell led off the fifth with a single.
Addison Russell (2-for-3), Kris Bryant (1-for-4) and Chris Denorfia (1-for-4) recorded the Cubs’ four hits while Dexter Fowler (0-for-3 with a walk), Anthony Rizzo (0-for-3 with a walk), Starlin Castro (0-for-3 with a walk) and Chris Coghlan (0-for-3 with a HBP) collected the free passes.
Kyle Schwarber (0-for-1 with a strikeout) made his big league debut off the bench Tuesday night. Schwarber replaced Miguel Montero behind the plate for the ninth. Montero was ejected in the eighth for arguing balls and strikes. Schwarber struck out looking in his only plate appearance leading off the ninth inning.
The Cubs were shut out for the fifth time this year.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 34-28 on the season.
Jake Arrieta avoided trouble in the first inning after issuing a pair of two out walks, but he took him 28 pitches, 16 for strikes, to get through the opening frame. After pitching a 1-2-3 second inning, Arrieta’s lack of command caught up to him in the third inning.
Arrieta struck out Trevor Bauer looking at a 1-2 pitch to start the third inning. Jason Kipnis walked (3-2 pitch). Arrieta struck out Francisco Lindor for the second out. Kipnis swiped second with Brantley at the plate. Arrieta walked Michael Brantley and the Indians had two on without the benefit of putting the ball in play.
Carlos Santana launched a 1-0 pitch into the bleachers in right. And the Indians first hit of the game left the park and gave them a 3-0 lead. Arrieta retired Brandon Moss on a flyout to left center to end the inning. Arrieta made 69 pitches, 41 for strikes, in three innings.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the third inning. Addison Russell singled to center with one down for the Cubs first hit. Dexter Fowler walked. But Anthony Rizzo popped out to short (infield fly). Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an infield single. Jason Kipnis made a diving stop behind the second base bag and kept Russell from scoring.
Miguel Montero stepped in with the bases loaded and two outs. Montero put together a very good at bat before chasing a 3-2 fastball up and out of the zone to end the inning.
After three complete, the Cubs trailed 3-0.
The Indians added on in the fifth after Jake Arrieta gave them an extra out. Trevor Bauer led off the inning with a single to center (3-2 pitch), the first hit of his career. Kipnis hit a one-hopper back to the mound. Arrieta rushed the play. His throw to second was well off the mark and Starlin Castro had to make a lunging catch while keeping his foot on the bag. Castro made a throw to first but it was too late. Kipnis stole second on the first pitch to Lindor.
Francisco Lindor singled to center (2-0 pitch), Kipnis scored and the Indians took a 4-0 lead. Chris Coghlan made a diving catch on a sinking liner in left to take away a hit from Brantley. Arrieta walked Carlos Santana, even though he appeared to strike him out. Moss walked to load the bases. Arrieta ended the long inning by retiring Yan Gomes on a flyout to left.
Addison Russell singled to left to start the fifth. But that was for the Cubs.
The Indians led 4-0 after five innings. And Jake Arrieta left the game after making 112 pitches.
The Indians added a run in the seventh. Edwin Jackson tossed a three up, three down sixth. Jason Kipnis started the inning with a single to right. Lindor lined out to right center. A balk with Brantley at the plate moved Kipnis up 90 feet. Brantley doubled to right. Kipnis scored and the Indians went up 5-0. Miguel Montero threw out Brantley trying to swipe third base and Santana flied out to center to end the inning.
While the Cubs offense continued to make routine outs, the Indians added a sixth and final run in the ninth inning.
Miguel Montero was ejected from the game in the middle of the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes.
Zac Rosscup started the ninth with Kyle Schwarber behind the plate and surrendered a single to Lindor. Brantley flied out to right. Carlos Santana doubled to left. Coghlan could not get a handle on the ball. Lindor scored, 6-0 Indians.
Zac Rosscup left the game during Brandon Moss’ at bat. After a visit from Chris Bosio, Joe Maddon and trainer P.J. Mainville, Rosscup could not get loose. Rosscup pointed to his left shoulder and was taken out of the game.
Justin Grimm had to make an appearance. Grimm walked Moss. Gomes grounded into a 5-4 force out and Grimm caught David Murphy looking to end the inning.
Kyle Schwarber led off the ninth and struck out looking on three pitches from Marc Rzepczynski. Chris Coghlan was plunked with two outs, the Cubs first baserunner since the fifth inning. Chris Denorfia grounded out to first to end the game.
Even with Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs finished the homestand with a 3-2 record.
The Cubs and Indians take the show to Cleveland. The next two games are at Progressive Field. Tsuyoshi Wada takes on Shaun Marcum in game one on Wednesday night (6:10pm CDT).