Game One Hundred Sixty – Cubs 6, Brewers 1
WP – Jake Arrieta (22-6) LP – Ariel Pena (2-1) Save – None
Jake Arrieta completed his historic second half with six shutout innings. Arrieta faced three over the minimum and recorded his 22nd win of the season. Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in three runs. Both Starlin Castro and Addison Russell had two doubles and the Cubs improved to a season-high 30 games over .500 with Friday night’s win over the Brewers at Wrigley North.
Jake Arrieta finished the regular season with another dominating performance. Arrieta allowed just two hits with no walks and struck out seven. Arrieta made 72 pitches, 48 for strikes, in six innings. The only hard hit ball off Arrieta was by Scooter Gennett, the first batter he faced and it was a solid single to center. Arrieta found his groove and set the Brewers down.
Addison Russell (2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored) and Tommy La Stella (2-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) gave Arrieta all the run support he needed in the third inning. Russell’s first of two doubles on the night started the third and La Stella doubled him in for the game’s first run.
Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI and two runs scored) launched home run No. 31 on the season in the fourth. Rizzo added to the lead with a bases loaded, two-run single in the fifth that plated La Stella and Kyle Schwarber (1-for-3 with a HBP and a run scored).
The Cubs scored again in the sixth on a single by Dexter Fowler (1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI) and Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with two doubles and a RBI) doubled in Rizzo in the seventh to cap the scoring.
Six of the Cubs’ 10 hits on the night went for extra bases, five doubles and a home run. The Cubs walked six times and went 3-for-16 with RISP, leaving eight men on base.
Trevor Cahill surrendered the only run. Khris Davis took him deep leading off the seventh. Cahill, Travis Wood and Carl Edwards Jr. allowed one run on two hits, a walk and three strikeouts in relief of Jake Arrieta on Friday night.
With Friday’s win, the Cubs improved to 95-65 on the season.
Ariel Pena struck out five of the first six batters he faced and Jake Arrieta gave up a leadoff single to Scooter Gennett in the first, the Brewers lone hit the first two innings. The game was scoreless into the third inning.
Addison Russell started the third with a deep fly to left on a 2-2 pitch. The ball hit off the top of the wall. Russell missed a home run by less than six inches. Russell settled for a double. Arrieta grounded out to third base. Russell held at second.
Tommy La Stella pulled a 1-2 pitch into right. Russell rounded third and scored on a double by La Stella, 1-0 Cubs. A wild pitch with Fowler at the plate allowed La Stella to move up 90 feet. Fowler walked and put runners on the corners for Schwarber. After not getting the call on a 3-1 pitch, Kyle Schwarber grounded into a 3-6-3 inning ending double play. The Cubs made Pena work in the third, the big right hander threw 27 pitches in the inning and needed 52 pitches, 35 for strikes, to complete three frames.
Jake Arrieta set the side down in order in the third … 37 pitches for Arrieta after three innings, 25 for strikes.
The Cubs had a 1-0 lead after three complete.
After Kris Bryant rolled out to second for the first out in the fourth inning, Anthony Rizzo launched a 1-1 pitch into the Cubs’ bullpen beyond the right field wall, 2-0 Cubs. Starlin Castro followed with a double to left center, the ball one-hopped the wall. Miguel Montero fouled out to Nevin Ashley. Russell was intentionally walked. With two on and two out, Arrieta went down swinging to end the inning.
Jake Arrieta surrendered his second hit of the night in the fourth, a two-out single by Khris Davis. Arrieta struck out Santana swinging (3-2 pitch) for the third out. Arrieta made 50 pitches in four innings, 33 for strikes.
It was 2-0 Cubs after four innings.
Tommy La Stella led off the fifth with a single to right center (3-1 pitch). Fowler flied out to left. Pena grazed Schwarber with a 0-1 offering. Bryant stepped in with runners on first and second with one down. Kris Bryant lifted a 3-0 pitch to right center. Both Schafer and Santana converged on the ball. Schafer appeared to be in position and calling it when Santana bumped into him and knocked the ball away. La Stella and Schwarber moved up 90 feet on E 9 and the bases were loaded with one out for Rizzo.
Craig Counsell went and got his right hander. Counsell replaced Pena with David Goforth.
Anthony Rizzo laced a 0-2 pitch back up the middle into center. La Stella and Schwarber scored, 4-0 Cubs. With runners on the corners, Castro struck out swinging. Montero lined out to left for the third out.
Jake Arrieta set the Brewers down in order in the fifth. Arrieta made 60 pitches, 40 for strikes, in five innings.
The game went to the sixth with the Cubs leading 4-0.
Addison Russell just missed a home run to center leading off the sixth. Russell lined a 1-1 pitch over Schafer’s head. The ball hit off the base of the wall and Russell cruised into second with a double. Arrieta grounded out to third base. La Stella flied out to left.
Dexter Fowler bounced a 1-2 pitch back up the middle. Russell scored, 5-0 Cubs. Fowler took off for second on a 2-1 pitch to Schwarber. Segura made an excellent diving stop on a ball ticketed for center. Segura tried to make a throw to first sitting on the infield dirt. The ball hit Fowler in the shoulder and ricocheted toward right field. The ball rolled into foul ground, Fowler went to third and Schwarber ended up at second. Bryant popped out to third to end the inning.
Javier Baez took over at third base and Austin Jackson in right for the sixth. Arrieta pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning.
It was 5-0 Cubs after six innings.
Tyler Cravy started the seventh for the Brewers. And he walked Rizzo to begin the inning. Starlin Castro smoked a 1-0 pitch into the gap in left center. The ball rolled all the way to the wall. Rizzo scored on another Cubs’ extra basehit, 6-0 Cubs. Montero was robbed of a hit by a diving Gennett behind the second base bag. Castro went to third on the play. Russell fouled out to Ashley. Chris Coghlan batted for Arrieta and was called out on strikes for the third out.
Trevor Cahill replaced Arrieta for the seventh and Khris Davis greeted him with a home run to right center, 6-1 Cubs. Cahill walked Santana. After a visit from Chris Bosio, Cahill struck out Segura swinging. Perez hit a dribbler to the third base side of the mound. Cahill made a nice barehand pick up and threw out Hernan Perez at first base. Rizzo tried to make a play, threw toward second behind Santana. The ball ended up in left field and Santana went to third. Ashley grounded out to Baez at third to end the inning.
The Cubs had a 6-1 lead after seven innings.
Trevor Cahill and Travis Wood combined on a scoreless eighth. The Cubs did not add on in the ninth. Wood recorded the first out in the ninth. Lind grounded out to Castro. Carl Edwards Jr. replaced Wood. Davis flied out to right. Santana reached on a single to right. But Edwards Jr. caught Segura looking at a 1-2 pitch to end the game.
Kyle Hendricks takes the hill on Saturday night (6:10pm CDT) against rookie right hander Tyler Wagner.