Game Ninety – Cubs 4, Braves 1
WP – Jake Arrieta (11-5) LP – Shelby Miller (5-6) Save – None
Jake Arrieta pitched seven shutout innings. Jonathan Herrera drove in the first two runs with a two-out, bases loaded single in the second. Jorge Soler hit a solo home run in the third and Chris Coghlan added a RBI double in the ninth as the Cubs beat the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field.
Jake Arrieta was excellent once again Sunday afternoon. One runner reached third base while Arrieta was on the mound and both times the Braves put two runners on at the same time, Arrieta broke off a nasty breaking ball and got out of the jam with a strikeout.
Jake Arrieta was rather shaky in the first inning before he settled in. Arrieta issued two of his three walks on the day in the first. Arrieta and David Ross found a rhythm in the second inning. And Arrieta went to work. Arrieta did not allow his first hit until the fourth inning, a two-out double by A.J. Pierzynski.
Arrieta scattered three hits over seven innings and issued three walks with 10 strikeouts. Arrieta made 112 pitches, 73 for strikes, and faced six over the minimum on the afternoon.
Pedro Strop worked around a leadoff double in the eighth and put a zero on the board. James Russell retired the first two batters in the ninth before walking Eury Perez and forcing Joe Maddon to call on Jason Motte. The Braves lone run scored on a double by Andrelton Simmons off Motte in the ninth.
Jonathan Herrera (2-for-4 with two RBI) gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Herrera delivered a bases loaded single with two outs that plated Chris Coghlan (2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) and Starlin Castro (1-for-5 with a run scored). The Braves helped out the Cubs for the second day in a row. An error by Jace Peterson allowed Castro to reach and gave the Cubs an extra out in the second inning.
Jorge Soler (1-for-4 with a home run) hit his first home run since May 29 in the third inning, a line drive bullet over the center field wall off Shelby Miller. And Chris Coghlan doubled in Anthony Rizzo (1-for-5 with a run scored) with two outs in the ninth.
The Cubs recorded nine hits walked six times and finished the game 2-for-12 with RISP and left 11 men on base.
The Cubs won its first series in Atlanta since Aug. 12-14, 2011 … and beat Shelby Miller for the first time.
With Sunday’s win (9-7 on Sunday in 2015), the Cubs improved to 49-41 on the season.
Chris Coghlan singled to center with one out in the second inning. Starlin Castro followed with a grounder to the hole at second. Jace Peterson fielded the ball cleanly but made a bad decision. Peterson tried to get the lead runner. His throw was high, Simmons caught the ball but could not get the out. The Braves error opened the door for the Cubs.
David Ross walked to load the bases with one out. Jake Arrieta struck out swinging (1-2 pitch) and left it up to Herrera.
Jonathan Herrera poked Shelby Miller’s first pitch into center. Coghlan and Castro scored, 2-0 Cubs. Dexter Fowler flied out to right center for the third out. The Cubs made Miller work … 33 pitches after two innings, 24 for strikes.
Jake Arrieta set down the Braves in order in the second inning. Arrieta made 36 pitches, 22 for strikes, in two innings.
The Cubs had a 2-0 lead after two innings.
Shelby Miller caught Kris Bryant looking at a 3-2 pitch for the first out in the third. Anthony Rizzo flied out to left (0-2 pitch).
Jorge Soler stepped in and smoked a 1-1 pitch out to center. The liner left the park in a hurry and Soler’s first longball since May 29 gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Coghlan struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) to end the inning. Miller made 54 pitches, 39 for strikes, in three innings.
Jake Arrieta struck out two of the three batters he faced in the third … 48 pitches for Arrieta after three innings, 31 for strikes.
The Cubs led 3-0 after three innings.
The Cubs could not cash in several run scoring opportunities in the middle innings and took the 3-0 lead into the ninth inning.
Former Cubs’ reliever Arodys Vizcaino made his second appearance of the series in the ninth inning. Bryant struck out swinging to start the inning. Anthony Rizzo reached on an infield single. Rizzo grounded a 1-1 pitch back up the middle. Simmons made a diving stop but Rizzo hustled down the line and beat his throw. A wild pitch with Soler at the plate allowed Rizzo to jog to second base. Soler popped a 2-2 pitch to first base for the second out.
Chris Coghlan added an insurance run with a double to left center. Rizzo scored, 4-0 Cubs. Castro popped out to center field to end the inning.
James Russell took the hill for the ninth inning with the Cubs up 4-0. Pierzynski lined out to Rizzo for the first out. Russell struck out Pedro Ciriaco swinging but walked Eury Perez. Maddon wasted no time and went to his pen for Jason Motte.
Eury Perez moved to second base on the first pitch to Simmons, defensive indifference. Andrelton Simmons broke up the shutout with a double to the right field corner on a 2-2 pitch. Perez scored, 4-1 Cubs. Jonny Gomes hit for Vizcaino and grounded the first pitch to Castro for the 27th out.
The Cubs open a four-game series with the Reds on Monday night (6:10pm CDT) in the Queen City. Clayton Richard is scheduled to face Michael Lorenzen in the first of four in three days.