#Cubs finish 1st half with win
Jake Arrieta threw a two-hit complete game and hit his first ML home run on Sunday to lead the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the White Sox and finish the first half, 47-40. That’s the best record at the break since 2008 (57-38). Arrieta struck out nine in his second complete game of the season. He also has now matched his career high in wins with 10. He joins Gerrit Cole, Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha as one of four NL pitchers with at least 10 wins.
“His stuff is definitely in the elite level of all Major League pitchers,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Arrieta.
As for his homer, Arrieta fell behind 0-2 against the White Sox’s Jose Quintana in the fifth when he connected. It’s the first blast by a Cubs pitcher this season and first since Travis Wood hit one last July 25 against the Cardinals.
“I would’ve liked to have hit the first one knowing it was a homer instead of having to sprint to first,” Arrieta said. “It was cool to do it at home during a day game right before the break and finish the whole game. It’s a special day.”
How could it not be? The Cubs were all wearing No. 14 on throwback uniforms from 1958 to honor Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who passed away earlier this year.
“Everybody was wearing No. 14 today — you can’t lose, can you?” Maddon said.
— Carrie Muskat