The Chicago Cubs were scrambling around looking for anything that would help them avoid a sweep to the Milwaukee Brewers. Well, I think Jake Arrieta found it with the start he had today at Miller Park that led the Cubs to a 5-1 victory.
Arrieta went a very strong seven innings, gave up just three hits, and the one earned run. Arrieta seemed to have everything working for him throughout the entire game and consistently had Brewer hitters confused. Most importantly, Arrieta kept the ball on the ground as he recorded 10 ground ball outs in the game.
The Brewers starter, Kyle Lohse, wasn’t terrible, but just didn’t really get any help from his guys. Lohse went five innings, gave up seven hits, and three earned runs. Lohse was also tagged with the loss which now puts him at an even 10-10 on the year.
The Cubs offense got things going early as Luis Valbuena, the second batter of the game, hit a solo home run to right to give the Cubs the early 1-0 lead. In the third, Nate Schierholtz helped the cause when he hit a big two run home run to right center to score Anthony Rizzo and give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. In the sixth, Arrieta helped his own cause a little bit with a suicide squeeze bunt back to the pitcher that scored Junior Lake from third. That moved the lead to 4-0.
The Brewers got on the board in the seventh inning when Carlos Gomez hit his 21st home run of the year to make the score 4-1. The Cubs added some insurance in the top of the ninth inning when Brian Bogusevic went pinch hit solo home run on us to push the lead back to four.
Pedro Strop and Kevin Gregg made sure the score stayed that way as the pair each pitched an inning and struck out a combined three batters while allowing just one hit.
Other than Gomez’s home run the Brewers didn’t have much hit wise as it looked like they had switched roles with this Cubs team after beating them in the first three games of the series. The Cubs however were led by Anthony Rizzo who had three hits in five trips including a double in the ninth inning. Other than that, Logan Watkins had three hits in the game, all of them singles and Junior Lake chipped in two hits as well. Lake’s hits were also just singles.
The Cubs will now turn their attention to tomorrow afternoon as they will welcome the NL East leading Atlanta Braves into town for a three game series. The Cubs have no easy task the rest of the way. After the three with Atlanta, they get three against Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field and then three against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium to wrap up the regular season.
First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 1:20 PM CDT and the probable starters are going to be, Paul Maholm (10-10) for the Braves and Scott Baker (0-0) for the Cubs.
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