Post-game notes from #Cubs win

The Cubs beat the Brewers, 7-2, on Thursday at Wrigley Field. Here are some post-game notes courtesy of the Cubs media relations department:

JAKE ARRIETA now has won his last 16 decisions, tied for the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher in franchise history along with Rick Sutcliffe’s 16-game winning streak spanning the 1984-85 seasons. Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher to go 5-0 in his first five starts since Greg Maddux in 2006.

The Cubs have won Jake Arrieta’s last 18 regular season starts, a new franchise record. They’ve outscored the opponent, 99-22, in those 18 games.

Arrieta did give up a run in the fifth inning to snap a streak of 52 2/3-consecutive scoreless innings at home, the second-longest streak by a Major League pitcher in the modern era. The White Sox’s Ray Herbert holds the record with 54-straight scoreless innings at home during the 1962-63 seasons.

However, Thursday was Arrieta’s first non-quality start since allowing four runs in five innings on June 16, 2015, vs. Cleveland.

ANTHONY RIZZO reached base four times for the second time this season. He drove in his 23rd run, tying him for the most RBI by a Cubs player in April since Derrek Lee had 28 RBI in April 2005.

DEXTER FOWLER now has driven in a run in a career-best five-straight games.

NOTES: The Cubs are 16-5, and it’s their best 21-game start since going 17-4 in 1907.

They drew a season-high 11 walks, and now have drawn at least 10 in three games this year. However, the Cubs also left a season-high 14 runners on base.

The Cubs saw a season-high 199 pitches. The previous high was 198 pitches by Reds pitchers last Thursday at Great American Ball Park.

KRIS BRYANT extended his hitting streak to six games with a third inning single. He was pulled to undergo an MRI on his right ankle after rolling it while running the bases.



What an incredible accomplishment by Arrieta! And it’s great seeing the Cubs wear out opposing pitchers by taking such a patient approach at the plate. Seems like it’s contagious as they’re always drawing walks no matter who they play. Here’s hoping it only gets better & continues! Hope KB is okay.

Even the very best players in the game can have tough days. Such was the case with Bryce Harper Thursday. {Trust me; I`m going to connect this post to the Cubs eventually.} Bryce came to the dish twice with RISP, and failed to produce twice. Also, Bryce got a poor jump on the fly ball along the right field line in the ninth which led to the only scoring for either team in the contest. The relief pitcher who served up the pitch, Papelbon, peered at Bryce immediately afterward, and his facial expression and body language clearly demonstrated that he thought Harper should have caught the baseball. (You`ll recall the incident in the dugout last season when Papelbon and Harper engaged in a physical altercation.) Papelbon may the single most selfish player in the game, and Harper may be a close second. We discussed on here last season that Papelbon was available at one point, and he was a possible option for the Cubs. Theo knows Jonathon better than anyone, as they have a history, and my impression was the President of Cubs` Baseball Operations wanted no part of that ingrate. We Cubs fans should be ever so pleased Mr. Epstein declined to consider Papelbon. Jonathon has a reputation as a “cancer” in the clubhouse. {Did I mention I`m ecstatic the Phils swept the Nats in the Nats` building three games, and the Marlins vanquished the mighty Dodgers four times at Chavez Ravine?}

Thumps up jhosk. Nice post.

@jhosk you bring up a great point! Despite all of the talent the Cubs have, I haven’t seen one example of “clubhouse cancer” you referred to. And that’s something the Cubs used to have regularly. Theo & Co. have often commented on the type of teammate a player is and stressed its importance. It’s easy to see whenever a Cubs player is interviewed, they consistently talk about the team winning as their number one priority, and that’s a beautiful thing to see. Kudos to Theo & Co, Maddon, the coaches, and the veterans for guiding the young players in this direction. It’s already paying dividends and will for years to come.

Those are cogent observations you make, Judson. The Cubs` regime currently in place is solid and accountable. It is all about finding players and other personnel who are compatible and willing to collaborate to seek the common good, namely a World Series Championship. It will be achieved the right way, and will not include players or others who are self-absorbed, and single- minded. I loved when I first learned that Theo Epstein had admired Joe Maddon`s management skills for many years, and then he and Jed Hoyer went out of their way to seek those services, because I had felt the same way about the manager for many years, and expressed that sentiment on this blog many times, and received zero support, I might add. That was an intelligent comment, Judson, and I value your judgment.

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