It was noticeable from the beginning – Arrieta was on his B game tonight, while the D’Backs were on their A game. Even though, Jake Arrieta‘s B-game is better than most people’s B-games, it was obvious that he didn’t have his stuff.
The defense didn’t have their stuff, either. A couple of errors messed things up a bit. They were dumb, annoying errors, too, not even the ones where you can argue “but he has such great range” or whatever other excuses folks come up with. They were just boneheaded errors. The Cubs were looking like fools on defense.
Interestingly enough, Edwin Jackson pitched a clean inning. Who would have thought the between he and Schlitter, they’d both still be on the big league roster? And that Jackson is pitching… dare I say… well? (An aside – Brian Schlitter‘s middle name is Patrick. What a nerd.)
By the 8th inning, the score was 6-4, Katie (that’s me), was nearly asleep, and then Jorge Soler did a thing where he hit the ball, the guys on base advanced, two runs scored, and he wound up on second base. Then, wouldn’t you know, the game was tied up!
There was a long time of the ballgame being tied, and then this awesome thing happened:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 24, 2015
And then the bottom of the ninth was quick and painless. Rizzo had 6 RBIs, so Arrieta’s rough outing didn’t matter.
October is coming. Let’s go.
THIS DAY IN CUBS HISTORY
1957 – In his first big league at-bat, Frank Ernaga hits a third inning home run to deep left field off future Hall of Fame southpaw Warren Spahn in Chicago’s 5-1 victory over Milwaukee. The rookie right fielder follows his Wrigley Field round tripper with a three bagger in the following frame to become the first Cubs player to have hit a home run and a triple in his major league debut.
1969 – For the first time since the start of the season, a span of forty-one games, Don Kessinger does not reach base. The Cubs Gold-Glove shortstop grounds out four times and hits into a fly-ball double play in his last at-bat during Chicago’s 7-5 loss to the Padres at San Diego Stadium.
2001 – Cincinnati is finally shut out when Cubs’ starter Jon Lieber one-hits the Reds on 79 pitches, 3-0. The span of 208 of games without being blanked establishes a new National League record, with the 1931-33 Yankees (308) and the 1978-79 Milwaukee Brewers (212) being the only teams with longer streaks.
2011 – Jo-Jo Reyes makes his 28th straight start without recording a victory, tying the major league record shared by Cliff Curtis (1910-11, Braves, Cubs, Phillies) and Matt Keough (1978-79, A’s). The Blue Jays southpaw, who leaves the game trailing 5-0 to New York after just three innings of work, hasn’t won a start since June 13, 2008.