#Cubs wrap: Schwarb vs Peavy, Jake & Rondon
Kris Bryant drove in his team-leading 65th RBI to back Jake Arrieta, who notched his career-high 13th win, and
power the Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday over the Giants, completing a sweep of the defending World Champions.
It was the Cubs’ 10th win in their last 11 games, and they now have a 3 1/2 game lead over the Giants in the National
League Wild Card standings.
Jake Peavy took the loss. San Francisco’s starters posted a 7.94 ERA in the series, giving up 15 earned runs over 17 innings. Peavy also was miffed at Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber, barking at the rookie after his third at-bat in the fifth.
“I just asked him to get in the box, not kick dirt around out of the box,” Peavy said. “I’m not trying to start anything. Just play baseball. We’re in this pace-of-game thing.”
*There also was some tension in the third when Nori Aoki was hit in the head by a pitch from Arrieta. Aoki had to leave the game.
“Obviously, you don’t want to hit anybody, especially in the head,” Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said. “It was a cutter/slider type of pitch. [Hunter] Pence came up and [Arrieta] threw a change up and it was up, high. I said, ‘Man, it was a change up.'”
Said Arrieta: “You never want to see somebody get hit like that. It was obviously not intentional. I was trying to in with a cutter there. He’s on the plate pretty good. It spun away from me a little bit and bored in on him in that situation. I made them call over to make sure he’s OK. I hope he’s back in the lineup tomorrow for them. I hope he’s all right.”
*The crowd of 39,939 at Wrigley gave Arrieta a huge ovation when he was pulled from the game in the eighth.
“That’s the best ovation I’ve had since the Fenway game last year,” Arrieta said. “You saw me look around behind the plate and left field. It’s a special feeling. That’s why you play this game is for moments like that. I’m sure we’ll be fortunate to be in those types of situations even more often as the season continues to progress. It’s kind of a position where you’re speechless.”
The Fenway game was June 30, 2014, when he threw 7 2/3 no-hit innings before giving up a single against the Red Sox. The Boston crowd saluted his effort with a loud ovation.
Arrieta now has 10 straight quality starts, and a 1.23 ERA in that stretch.
*Hector Rondon threw 36 pitches in the ninth, but held on for the save. It was his 19th save this season.
“He was under control the entire time,” Montero said of Rondon. “He made a lot of good pitches. He was able to come back and get the strikeout and then we were looking for a ground ball double play. He threw the ball well.”
— Carrie Muskat