Jake Arrieta (5-6, 5.26 ERA) toed the rubber against Yu Darvish (6-1, 2.25 ERA) in the series finale, looking for his first quality start since May 14 against Detroit. Over his last seven outings, Arrieta is 2-5 with a 6.97 ERA, allowing 37 hits and 14 walks in 31 innings.
Arrieta’s day ended in the 6th when he was pulled for a pinch hitter. He went five innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts.
After Ian Happ opened up the 7th inning with a walk, Anthony Rizzo pushed him across to score the go-ahead run with a ground-out into a double play. Sergio Alcántara gave the Cubs some much-needed insurance with a solo shot to right in 8th.
That was all the Cubs’ offense would need as the bullpen dominated once again, securing a series win by a final of 3-1. (Box Score)
Why the Cubs Won
A great start from Arrieta, timely hitting, and another lockdown effort by the bullpen resulted in today’s victory.
In the 7th inning, with runners on the corners and the score tied 1-1, Rizzo grounded into a double play, giving Chicago the lead. This ultimately turned out to be the game-winning run as the bullpen kept San Diego at bay from that point forth.
Stats That Matter
- Since May 1, Pederson ranks 2nd in hard-hit rate (58.0), defined as a ball that is struck at 95 mph or higher.
- Alcántara went 1-for-3 with a home run. Since being called up, he’s slashing .304/.320/1.016.
- Cubs pitching retired the last 15 batters in a row, eight of which were via the strikeout.
Arrieta bounced back in a significant way. He consistently pitched ahead in the count and attacked the Padres hitters with aggression. He had been scuffling since mid-May, and this kind of performance against one of the best teams in the league should go a long way towards building his confidence.
The Cubs are off tomorrow and then return home to host St. Louis on Friday. Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 4.59 ERA) will take the mound against Johan Oviedo (0-2, 5.25) in game one of the series. Wrigley Field will be at 100 percent capacity for the first time since 2019, so this should be a lot of fun. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 pm CT on Marquee, MLB Network, 670 The Score, and WRTO for Spanish speakers.