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


Let`s continue to stymy this club. Would much prefer the Pirates win this division. Let`s continue to aid Pittsburg in that worthy endeavor. Since we are irrelevant this season, let`s help a team which has endured so many consecutive seasons below .500, I think the number is too high to count.

Way to go Arrieta! Welcome aboard. Winning is such a mood changer – fun game. On to the next! Really really hate the FOX flubs blocking us out on Saturdays. Because they do so I block them out the rest of the time. Enough other stations to watch without them!

P.S. Murphy WAS hit by the catcher’s shoulder and it looked like he did it on purpose. Not cool!

Please platoon Watkins and Castro. Casto will not improve his concentration until he relishes each moment on the field. Make him share the position the rest of the season. He may come back more determined next year.

What ever happened to Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. I haven’t heard much about them all season.

There have been sporadic reports on this site regarding both these athletes, Pete. Both have spent considerable time on the DL as I recollect. I am not counting on either to be impact players at major league level. I believe the Cubs` brass see the Vitters pick as a mistake and was wasted, and Jackson is surely a work in progress who fans far too often and has challenges staying healthy. There are plenty of other more promising prospects in the organization in whom we can place legitimate hope for future prosperity.

True that Both were hurt this year. But early in season they stated Jackson would not be up this year. At this point he’s a fringe prospect, just too many Ks. Writing is on the wall for Vitters after his poor Sept last year. Job was his for the taking and he hit .150 with no pop. Drafted stud hitting 3b and traded for Olt, another 3b. Last box I looked at Vitters played first to make room for another prospect at third. Trade bait in off-season, has no future here.

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