#Cubs Arrieta: “We know we’re on a good run”
Jake Arrieta posted his 11th straight quality start Saturday in the Cubs’ 6-3 win over the White Sox. Arrieta now has a 1.35 ERA in those 11 games, and is 8-1.
“He’s extremely good,” White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said of the Cubs right-hander. “He’s in an upper tier that I haven’t seen very much at this level to be honest with you.
“My second strikeout, after I put my helmet down, I kind of smiled because I realistically didn’t know if I would have done anything different in those circumstances because of how explosive his ball is out of his hand and how he delivers the pitch,” Eaton said. “Hats off to him. We had some chances but he bears down in situations. He’s a heck of a competitor.”
Jorge Soler drove in two runs and Kyle Schwarber, Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo each recorded an RBI for the Cubs who have won 14 of their last 15 games and nine in a row.
“We know we’re on a good run,” Arrieta said. “We don’t necessarily know how many in a row it is, We just know we’re winning. We’re not going to win them all but when we keep playing the way we are, we’ll win a lot.”
Schwarber’s RBI single in the fifth was big because the White Sox had intentionally walked Fowler with a runner at second and nobody out to face the rookie. He delivered.
“There’s nothing personal there — it’s a smart decision to not face the righty and go after the lefty,” Schwarber said. “It does get a little fire under you and you want to have success a little more.”
He also survived having a beer can thrown at him after he chased down Alexei Ramirez’s double.
“I guess that’s what this series is all about,” Schwarber said.
The game was a little sloppy at times. Manager Joe Maddon had cautioned that they would not all be oil paintings.
“This was more paint by numbers,” Maddon said.
— Carrie Muskat