8/16 Cubs 7, Cardinals 0
Jake Arrieta struck out seven over seven scoreless innings and drove in a run Friday and Nate Schierholtz knocked in three runs to lift the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the Cardinals and even their season series at 7. This was Arrieta’s second start with the Cubs and 65th in the Major Leagues. Acquired July 2 from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal, he had started the second game of a July 30 doubleheader against the Brewers, and gave up one run on two hits over six innings. Before that game, the right-hander said he wasn’t going back to the Minor Leagues but he did, and made two more starts for Triple-A Iowa. Now, the Cubs want to see what Arrieta can do in the final six weeks of the season. The Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2012, he gave up an infield single by Carlos Beltran in the second that Arrieta knocked down, and a ground rule double by Carlos Beltran with one out in the seventh, and that was it.
Jake Westbrook walked the first three Cubs batters in the first, and Schierholtz followed with a two-run single. After Welington Castillo grounded into a double play, Donnie Murphy hit a RBI single for a 3-0 lead. In the fifth, Schierholtz added a sacrifice fly. Murphy was hit by a pitch to start the sixth, and one out later, scored on Darwin Barney’s double. Barney eventually scored on Arrieta’s sacrifice for his second career RBIs, and 25th by a Cubs pitcher, tops in the National League.
The Cardinals, who lead the NL Wild Card standings, may have been a little weary after a tough series against the Pirates, which included two extra inning games, both St. Louis wins. Westbrook was pulled after throwing 124 pitches over 6 2/3 innings.
– Carrie Muskat