Game Eighty-Two – Cubs 7, Cardinals 4
WP – Jake Arrieta (9-5) LP – Tyler Lyons (2-1) Save – None
Jake Arrieta kept the Cardinals off the board for the first six innings while the offense built an early 3-0 lead on a two-run single by Chris Denorfia and a bases loaded walk by Jorge Soler. After the Cardinals made it a 3-2 game, the Cubs scored four runs in the eighth on a double by Dexter Fowler, a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo and a second run scoring hit by Chris Denorfia. The Cubs snapped their five-game losing streak against the Cardinals in game one of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon.
Jake Arrieta put together another solid outing. Arrieta was not as sharp as he has been in recent outings but he was effective. Arrieta picked off Tommy Pham from first base in the first inning and the Cubs defense turned two double plays in the first four innings. Arrieta was on cruise control until the seventh inning. Arrieta ran the bases in the bottom of the sixth and was not as sharp in the seventh. Arrieta gave up two runs before he could record three outs and Joe Maddon had to call on James Russell with the tying run on second base. Russell caught Matt Carpenter looking to end the inning.
Jake Arrieta allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Arrieta made 103 pitches, 60 for strikes, in 6 2/3 innings. And he contributed at the plate. Arrieta went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Arrieta trotted in from third on a bases loaded walk by Jorge Soler (0-for-4 with a walk and a RBI) in the sixth inning.
James Russell turned the game over to Pedro Strop in the eighth. Strop retired the side in order and kept it a one-run game. Neil Ramirez served up the two-run homer to Mark Reynolds in the ninth that made it a 7-4 games and forced Maddon to use Jason Motte for the last two outs. Motte, with help by a diving catch by Chris Denorfia, retired both batters he faced to end the game.
The Cubs offense woke up in the eighth inning and ended up with 12 hits and eight walks on the afternoon, the first time since June 26 the Cubs had at least 10 hits in a single game.
Chris Denorfia (2-for-4 with three RBI) drove in the first two runs with a two-out single in the third. Jorge Soler worked a bases loaded walk in the sixth that gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. After the Cardinals made it a 3-2 game, the Cubs scored four runs in the eighth on a double by Dexter Fowler (2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a RBI, a run scored and a stolen base) that plated Jonathan Herrera (2-for-4 with a run scored), a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo (2-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two RBI and two runs scored) and a second run scoring hit by Chris Denorfia.
Dexter Fowler played a big role in the game one victory. Maddon said Fowler needed a day off and at bats against lefties. Fowler appeared rejuvenated Tuesday afternoon and is going to see a lot of left handed pitching before the All-Star break.
Kris Bryant (1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored) and Miguel Montero (1-for-4 with a walk) collected a hit and a walk in game one.
With Tuesday afternoon’s win, the Cubs improved to 45-37 on the season.
Jake Arrieta retired the Cardinals in order in the third inning. Arrieta needed 30 pitches, 19 for strikes, to complete three innings.
Dexter Fowler led off the third inning of a scoreless game with a single to center (1-1 pitch). Anthony Rizzo followed with a single to left (0-2 pitch). With runners on first and second and no outs, Kris Bryant checked his swing on a 1-0 pitch. Bryant tapped the ball to the first base side of the mound. Fowler and Rizzo advanced as Bryant was thrown out at first base.
Jorge Soler smoked a 1-0 pitch down the third baseline. Mark Reynolds made the pick and threw home. Fowler was tagged out. He did not slide. Reynolds second outstanding play of the game at third.
A 0-2 pitch to Denorfia skipped past Tony Cruz. Tyler Lyons’ wild pitch allowed Rizzo and Soler to move up ninety feet. Chris Denorfia singled to center on a 1-2 offering. Rizzo and Soler scored, 2-0 Cubs and Denorfia moved up to second on the throw to the plate. Starlin Castro flied out to left to end the inning … 50 pitches for Tyler Lyons after three, 34 for strikes.
The Cubs led 2-0 after three innings.
Jake Arrieta worked around a two-out walk to Tommy Pham in the sixth inning. Arrieta made 72 pitches, 44 for strikes, in six innings and the Cubs had a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth.
Jake Arrieta led off the sixth with a single to right, his second hit of the game. Jonathan Herrera bunted back to the mound. Arrieta advanced to second as Lyons threw out Herrera at first. Dexter Fowler popped a 3-2 pitch into center for the second out. Anthony Rizzo walked and Mike Matheny went to his pen for former Cubs’ farmhand Marcus Hatley.
Kris Bryant walked on four pitches to load the bases for Soler.
Jorge Soler did not expand and took the walk. Arrieta jogged in and the Cubs took a 3-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Denorfia struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs had a 3-0 lead after six complete.
Jake Arrieta walked Jhonny Peralta to start the seventh. Dexter Fowler ran down a liner in right center off the bat of Jason Heyward for the first out. Mark Reynolds flied out to right center. Arrieta appeared to catch Bourjos looking at a 1-2 pitch. Arrieta did not get the call and the weak hitting Bourjos pulled a 3-2 pitch to left. Bourjos ended up with a double and another RBI against the Cubs as Peralta scored and made it a 3-1 game. Xavier Scruggs singled to center (3-1 pitch), Bourjos scored and the Cubs’ lead was down to 3-2.
Jake Arrieta appeared to catch Tony Cruz looking at a 1-2 pitch to end the inning. Once again, Arrieta did not get the ball. Cruz blooped Arrieta’s next pitch into left. Denorfia tried to make a diving catch running toward the infield. Denorfia trapped the ball. And with runners on first and second with two down, Maddon went to his pen for James Russell when Matt Carpenter was announced as the pinch-hitter for Hatley.
James Russell caught Carpenter looking to end the inning. Russell fooled Carpenter. The pitch was right down the middle, homeplate umpire Chris Conroy had no choice but to call it a strike.
The Cubs did nothing against Mitch Harris in the seventh … and after seven innings, the Cubs led 3-2.
Pedro Strop pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.
Jonathan Herrera singled to center off lefty Randy Choate to start the eighth. Dexter Fowler followed and just missed a home run. Fowler pulled a 2-0 pitch to deep left that cut through the wind and hit off the top of the ivy. Herrera scored on a double by Fowler and gave the Cubs a little breathing room.
Anthony Rizzo drove a 2-0 pitch out to left. Rizzo crushed the ball to the opposite field. The ball ended up two rows deep into the bleachers and the Cubs took a 6-2 lead.
Mike Matheny decided that was enough for Choate and called on former Cubs’ right hander Miguel Socolovich.
Kris Bryant singled to left. Soler tapped a 1-2 pitch back to the mound. Socolovich fielded the ball but threw it into center. And Denorfia cashed in a Cardinals’ error.
Chris Denorfia singled to center (2-2 pitch), Bryant scored and the Cubs took a 7-2 lead. Castro tapped back to the mound. Denorfia was forced at second and upset Peralta with his ‘Matt Holliday Slide’ into second base. With runners on the corners and one out, Montero struck out swinging. Mike Baxter hit for Pedro Strop and walked. Herrera grounded out to first base to end the inning.
The Cubs had a 7-2 lead after eight innings.
Neil Ramirez started the ninth and Jason Heyward greeted him with a single to center. Mark Reynolds obliterated a 1-0 pitch. The ball sailed to the back of the bleachers in left and the Cubs lead was cut to 7-4. Ramirez caught Bourjos looking at a 2-2 pitch for the first out.
Joe Maddon made the slow walk and replaced Ramirez with Jason Motte.
Motte did his job and picked up the last two outs. Scruggs lined out to a diving Denorfia in left and Cruz tapped back to the mound to end the game.
The Cubs and Cardinals play game two of the day-night doubleheader at 7:05pm CDT … Dallas Beeler versus lefty Tim Cooney.