#Cubs Arrieta nearly perfect vs Pirates
Jake Arrieta won his Major League-leading 21st game on Sunday night, giving up one hit over seven scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 4-0 win over the Pirates. The right-hander had a perfect game over six innings. Gregory Polanco ended that with a leadoff single in the seventh.
*This was Arrieta’s 19th consecutive quality start, a franchise record. He is 15-1 with a 0.89 ERA in that stretch with 140 strikeouts.
*His 0.80 ERA in 14 starts since the All-Star break is the lowest mark in Major League history. Arrieta has given up nine earned runs over 101 1/3 innings in that span.
*Arrieta improved to 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA in five starts against the Pirates this season, and is 6-1 with a 1.68 ERA in nine career starts.
*And, he topped off the win by hitting his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the second.
“He’s impressive,” Cubs catcher Miguel Montero said. “He’s from another planet. This guy, there’s no doubt in my mind, he’s the best right-handed pitcher in the game right now. He showed it. He keeps on showing everybody what he brings to the table every time he takes the mound.”
— Carrie Muskat