Game One Hundred Nine – Cubs 4, Athletics 0
WP – Jake Arrieta (13-5) LP – Sonny Gray (5-11) Save – None
Jake Arrieta tossed eight innings of shutout ball. The Cubs scored three of the four runs on two-out knocks from Ben Zobrist and Jorge Soler. And the Cubs blanked the A’s on Saturday afternoon in Oakland.
Jake Arrieta was very sharp throughout his eight innings. Arrieta lost his release point in the fourth which led to the A’s only walk in the game. Arrieta got back on track and allowed only two other runners the rest of his outing.
Arrieta threw strikes and kept the struggling A’s team off balance. Arrieta gave up very little hard contact and only one of the three hits he allowed went for extra bases.
Jake Arrieta took a two-hit shutout into the eighth. Ryon Healy singled to center with two down in the eighth, the A’s third hit. Arrieta retired Coco Crisp on a flyout to left to end the eighth and his afternoon.
Jake Arrieta gave up three hits (two singles and a double) and one walk with four strikeouts. Arrieta made 108 pitches, 66 for strikes, in eight innings.
Travis Wood kept the A’s off the board in the ninth to complete the Cubs 10th shutout of the season.
The Cubs scored runs in only two innings Saturday. And it was a pair of two-out basehits by Ben Zobrist and Jorge Soler that drove in three of the Cubs’ four runs.
The Cubs could not push across any runs in the first or second innings. The Cubs put two runners on again in the third. And Ben Zobrist (2-for-5 with a double and two RBI) delivered the first clutch hit of the game.
Willson Contreras (1-for-4 with a run scored) started the third with a single to right. The A’s defense could not make a play on a high-pop up to left by Dexter Fowler (1-for-5 with a run scored). The defensive miscue gave Fowler a bloop singe and allowed the Cubs to put runners on first and second with no outs. Kris Bryant (0-for-3 with a walk and a HBP) struck out swinging.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored) did his job and his productive out, a grounder to first, put runners on second and third with two down.
Ben Zobrist lined a 1-2 pitch from Sonny Gray back up the middle and into center field. Contreras and Fowler scored, 2-0 Cubs.
The Cubs tacked on two runs in the sixth and it was another productive out that led to a run.
Liam Hendriks replaced Sonny Gray for the sixth. The A’s announced later in the game he left early with right extensor muscle soreness.
Anthony Rizzo doubled off the top of the right center field wall. Zobrist grounded out to second base. Rizzo went to third on Zobrist’s productive out. Addison Russell (2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI) dribbled a 1-1 pitch up the third baseline. The ball stayed fair as Rizzo rumbled down the line and scored, 3-0 Cubs. Russell reached on an infield single. With Jason Heyward (0-for-3 with a walk) at the plate, Russell swiped second base. Heyward struck out.
Jorge Soler (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) pulled a 2-1 pitch down the third line. Soler smoked another ball, pulled it past Ryon Healy and down the third baseline. Russell scored, 4-0 Cubs, on Soler’s double. Miguel Montero (0-for-4) struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs offense did just enough Saturday to back Jake Arrieta. The Cubs had eight hits, two for extra bases, but played excellent defense once again. The Cubs made contact, struck out only six times, and hit behind runners. The Cubs finished the game 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
With Saturday’s win, the Cubs improved to 68-41 on the season.
The Cubs wrap up the series with the A’s on Sunday afternoon (3:05pm CDT). Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to square off against lefty Sean Manaea.