#Cubs 6, Rockies 2: Arrieta gets W

The Cubs topped the Rockies 6-2 on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler hit back to back home runs and Dexter Fowler added a three-run blast. Jake Arrieta was the star of the game. With eight shutout innings Saturday, Arrieta extended his franchise record consecutive quality starts streak to 23 games. It’s the longest streak in the Majors since Bob Gibson tossed a MLB record 26-straight quality starts during the 1967-68 seasons. Arrieta now is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA this season.

Arrieta has not given up a run in his last 48 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field, dating to the fourth inning, July 25, 2015. According to STATS Inc., it’s the longest streak in Wrigley history and the longest for any Major League pitcher at his home ballpark since at least 1974.

The Cubs have won Arrieta’s last 16 regular season starts, the longest streak in franchise history since at least 1913 (surpassing a 15-game run with Rick Sutcliffe in 1984).

Arrieta has gone at least seven innings in each of his first three starts this season for the first time in his career. He joins Jeff Samardzija (2014) as the only Cubs pitchers in the last nine seasons to begin the campaign with three-straight starts of at least seven innings.

Arrieta now has won 14-consecutive decisions, only two behind Sutcliffe’s franchise record 16-game winning streak spanning the 1984-85 seasons.

Arrieta has a 1.94 ERA (49 ER/227 2/3 IP) in his career at Wrigley Field, the lowest ERA by a Cubs pitcher in Wrigley Field history.

(Information courtesy of the Cubs)


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Nice game for the Szczur. A nice throw to 2nd, a single with a stolen base, tagged & moved to third on a medium depth fly ball, a walk and a run scored. Pretty busy day. Great game for the whole team!

You are a reliable Szczur supporter, Mat B, and I respect that. It was good to see both Heyward and Zobrist rested today. You`ll see Russell given a blow at times too, even though he`s very young. Joe Maddon has suggested as much. Sometimes fans forget that baseball is a mental game as much as it`s physical. Everyone needs to sit at times. Ross contributed today too. He scored a run, and drove one in, if memory serves. He`s not the `automatic out` some view him as. David has his moments, and his intangibles are off the charts. We are blessed to have him. {I was one of those who was most critical of Ross when he initially came to us as part of the Lester package. I only looked at the offensive stats. I was as wrong as I could be. David`s leadership component is huge.}

One more thing about Rossy. Recall it was he who broke up Brandon Finnegan`s no-no recently, and started the Cubs` comeback versus that pesky Redlegs club that night. And speaking of the Reds, did y`all note they took down the Cardinals last night?

The Reds are my second favorite team this weekend.

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