Game One Hundred Ten – Cubs 2, Giants 0
WP – Jake Arrieta (13-6) LP – Jake Peavy (2-5) Save – Hector Rondon (19)
Jake Arrieta kept the Giants off the scoreboard for 7 2/3 innings and scored the Cubs second run after he tripled in the second inning. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell drove in the two runs and Hector Rondon struck out the side in the ninth after he loaded the bases with no outs. The Cubs completed the improbable four-game sweep over the Giants with Sunday afternoon’s impressive victory.
Jake Arrieta was really, really good once again Sunday. Arrieta pitched his way out of a couple of jams and appeared to get stronger in the sixth and seventh innings before running out of gas with two outs in the eighth. Arrieta took a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning against one of the top offenses in the league.
Joe Maddon went to his bullpen with two down in the eighth after Arrieta gave up his fourth hit of the game, an infield single to Matt Duffy. Justin Grimm recorded the last out in the eighth when Hunter Pence flied out to Dexter Fowler a few feet from the ivy.
Jake Arrieta surrendered four hits and two walks. Arrieta hit Nori Aoki in the helmet in the third inning. Reports from the Giants indicated that Aoki is okay after a rather scary scene. Arrieta struck out six and threw 117 pitches, 74 for strikes, in 7 2/3 innings and left the field to a thunderous ovation.
Hector Rondon provided the drama in the ninth. After Brandon Belt singled and Brandon Crawford doubled, Rondon hit Ehire Adrianza to load the bases. Rondon struck out pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez (swinging), Angel Pagan (swinging) and Gregor Blanco (looking) to end the game.
Kris Bryant (1-for-2 with a walk and a RBI) blooped a single into right that allowed Kyle Schwarber (0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) to score in the first inning. Addison Russell (0-for-2 with a sac fly RBI) followed the triple by Jake Arrieta (1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored) in the second inning with a sac fly to center.
Jorge Soler (1-for-3) and Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3) recorded the other two hits. Dexter Fowler (0-for-4) did not reach base Sunday. Fowler’s on-base streak ended at 22 games after his 12-pitch at bat in the first inning set the tone and helped the Cubs jump out to an early lead.
The Cubs completed the first four-game sweep over the Giants at Wrigley Field since 1977. The Cubs have two, four-game series sweeps at Wrigley this year and three, four-game series sweeps this season. The Cubs won all four against the Mets at Wrigley in May (May-11-14) and took the four games in Milwaukee a week ago (July 30-Aug. 2)
With Sunday’s win (11-8 on Sunday in 2015), the Cubs improved to a season-high 14 games over .500 with a 62-48 record. And increased the lead over the Giants for the second NL Wild Card to 3 ½ games.
Jake Arrieta gave up a two-out triple to Matt Duffy in the first inning. Buster Posey grounded out to Russell at shortstop to end the inning. Arrieta made 13 pitches, nine for strikes, in the first inning.
Dexter Fowler set the tone in the first inning with an excellent 12-pitch at bat. Fowler struck out swinging for the first out. Kyle Schwarber followed with a walk (3-2 count). After Chris Coghlan was called out on strikes, Anthony Rizzo singled to left center (1-2 pitch) and put runners on the corners with two down.
Kris Bryant blooped a 0-2 pitch into right. The ball fell in front of Pence and Schwarber scored, 1-0 Cubs. Rizzo went to third on the play. Jorge Soler grounded out to third (3-2 pitch) to end the inning. The Cubs made Jake Peavy throw 38 pitches in the first inning, 25 for strikes.
After one, the Cubs led 1-0.
Jake Arrieta set the Giants down in order in the second inning … 22 pitches, 17 for strikes, for Arrieta after two innings.
Miguel Montero led off the second and flied out to right center. Jake Arrieta jumped on Peavy’s first pitch. Arrieta just missed a home run to right. The ball hit off the top of the wall. Arrieta ended up a third with a standing triple. Addison Russell did hit job. Russell lifted a 0-2 pitch to center. Arrieta tagged and scored, 2-0 Cubs. Fowler flied out to right (3-2 pitch) to end the inning. Peavy needed 52 pitches, 35 for strikes, to complete two innings.
The Cubs had a 2-0 lead after two innings.
Jake Arrieta pitched in and out of trouble in both the third and fourth innings. Arrieta struck out the side in order in the fifth. Arrieta made 72 pitches, 47 for strikes, in the first five innings.
While Arrieta was settling in, the Cubs were not able to string anything together against Jake Peavy. The Cubs could not cash in first and third and one out in the fourth and Peavy pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning.
Jake Arrieta completed a three up, three down sixth inning. Arrieta made 77 pitches, 50 for strikes, in six innings. Hunter Strickland replaced Peavy for the sixth and set the Cubs down in order.
The Cubs led 2-0 after six innings.
Jake Arrieta gave up his third hit of the game to Hunter Pence leading off the seventh, a bloop single to right center. Brandon Belt broke his bat and hit a soft liner to Russell in the shift for the first out. Pence stole second on a 2-2 pitch to Brandon Crawford. Arrieta walked Crawford and put two on with one out. Ehire Adrianza popped a 3-1 pitch to Bryant for the second out. Kelby Tomlinson batted for Strickland and fouled out to Rizzo to end the inning … 103 pitches for Arrieta after seven innings, 64 for strikes.
Jeremy Affeldt retired the Cubs in order in the bottom of the seventh.
After seven innings, the Cubs led 2-0.
As rain started falling, Jake Arrieta stayed in for the eighth inning. Arrieta picked up two quick outs. Pagan grounded out to first and Blanco lined out to center. Matt Duffy worked a full count. Duffy smacked the 3-2 pitch back up the middle. Jonathan Herrera made a diving stop behind the bag, but his throw to first was late. Joe Maddon made the slow walk and called in Justin Grimm.
Jake Arrieta walked to the dugout to a standing ovation.
Buster Posey ripped Grimm’s first pitch past a diving Bryant and into left field. With runners on first and second with two down, Hunter Pence drove Grimm’s first pitch to deep center. Fowler caught the ball a few feet from the wall to end the inning.
The Cubs went down 1-2-3 in the eighth against Jeremy Affeldt.
After eight complete, the Cubs led 2-0.
Hector Rondon took the mound for the ninth and Chris Denorfia replaced Soler in right field. Brandon Belt singled to left center on a 2-2 pitch. Brandon Crawford pulled a 2-2 pitch past a diving Rizzo and down the first baseline. Belt held at third on a double by Crawford. With runners on second and third with no outs, Rondon hit Adrianza on a 1-2 offering and loaded the bases with no outs.
Hector Sanchez hit for Affeldt and Rondon struck him out swinging. Angel Pagan chased a 2-2 pitch in the dirt for the second out. Gregor Blanco worked a full count after he was down 0-2. Rondon caught Blanco looking to end the game … Cubs Win!
Monday is an off day for the Cubs, the first since July 23. The Cubs finished the 17-day stretch with a 11-5 record and a rainout.
The Cubs begin a three-game series with the Brewers on Tuesday night (7:05pm CDT). Dan Haren is scheduled to face Taylor Jungmann in the opener.