Game Sixty – Cubs 8, Braves 2
WP – Jake Arrieta (10-1) LP – Matt Wisler (2-7) Save – None
The Cubs launched four home runs with Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo, Miguel Montero and Kris Bryant playing a little longball on a hot day in Atlanta. And Jake Arrieta completed seven strong innings, picking up his 10th win on the season as the Cubs beat the Braves on Saturday afternoon.
With Anthony Rizzo (1-for-5 with a home run) back in the lineup, the Cubs offense pounded out 13 hits with each starter collecting at least one hit against the Braves pitching staff. The Cubs’ first seven runs scored on the four home runs. And Jake Arrieta (2-for-3 with a run scored) even got into the action offensively with a pair of hits and a run scored.
Jason Heyward (3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two runs scored) had a three-hit game and gave the Cubs a lead in the first inning with a solo home run to right. Anthony Rizzo led off the fourth inning with a solo homer to right, but that was just the first of two long home runs in the inning.
After Ben Zobrist (1-for-5 with a run scored) and Chris Coghlan (1-for-3 with a run scored) singled, Miguel Montero (1-for-4 with three RBI) drilled a 1-1 pitch from Matt Wisler just over the wall in right center. Montero’s three-run shot would give Arrieta all the runs he would need. But the offense was not done.
With Heyward at first base following a leadoff single in the fifth against lefty Eric O’Flaherty, Kris Bryant (2-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk and two RBI) pulled a 1-0 pitch to left. Bryant’s rocket shot, a two-run blast gave the Cubs a 7-1 lead.
The Cubs added a jug run with two outs in the sixth. Jake Arrieta singled to right. Dexter Fowler (1-for-5 with a double and a RBI) smoked a 3-2 pitch from Eric O’Flaherty to center. The ball sailed over Ender Inciarte’s head in center. Arrieta scored from first base, the Cubs eighth and final run of the day.
The Cubs had chances to add to the lead in the seventh and ninth innings but were not able to string together any more hits. The Cubs scored eight runs on 10 hits (seven for extra bases) and one walk. The Cubs went 1-for-10 with RISP and left six men on base.
Jake Arrieta had a good outing. Arrieta was efficient on the mound on a day he spent time running the bases. Arrieta pitched as would be expected against a Braves lineup that typically struggles to score runs. Arrieta pitched around a couple of errors, one in the first when he dropped a throw from Rizzo. And the second run he was charged with scored after Jerry Meals ruled Addison Russell did not touch second base on an inning ending double play in the seventh inning.
Jake Arrieta allowed a run in the fourth inning on a single from Adonis Garcia that plated Nick Markakis. Arrieta was charged with two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Arrieta made 105 pitches, 61 for strikes, in seven innings.
Travis Wood and Trevor Cahill closed out the game with two scoreless innings.
On the 30th Anniversary of the day Ferris Bueller was released, the Cubs came with a run of scoring nine times in a game against the Braves.
With Saturday’s win, the Cubs improved to 42-18.
The Cubs play the franchise’s last game at Turner Field on Sunday afternoon (12:35pm CDT). Jon Lester is scheduled to face rookie right-hander John Gant in what will be his first big league start.