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Arrieta rewriting #Cubs history

0422JakePitchJake Arrieta is 20-1 with a 0.86 ERA (17 ER/178 IP) with 33 walks and 173 strikeouts in his last 24 starts since June 21, which is the best 24-start stretch in Cubs history. It may be the best stretch in Major League history. Baseball historian Ed Hartig points out some facts during Arrieta’s streak:

*Arrieta is the first pitcher in franchise history to win 20 games in a 24-start stretch, passing the 19 wins turned in by Rick Sutcliffe during a stretch that ended 1985.

*Arrieta has given up 91 hits in this stretch, better than the previous low of 92 hits in 24 starts by Dick Drott that ended in 1961.

*Arrieta has served up 20 runs, half of the previous best of 40 runs in 24 starts by Grover Alexander that ended in 1920.

*Arrieta has allowed 17 earned runs, nearly half the prior best of 33 earned runs in 24 starts by Hippo Vaughn that ended in 1919.

*Arrieta has a 0.86 ERA, far lower than Hippo Vaughn’s 24-game run with a 1.43 ERA that ended in 1919.

 

#Cubs vs. Reds lineup and notes

John Lackey starts Saturday night in the third game of the Cubs’ series against the Reds. Lackey will try to join Jake Arrieta in winning his first four starts of the season, a feat previously not accomplished by a Cubs pitcher since Greg Maddux in 2006. The Cubs have not had two pitchers each win their first four starts in the same season since Hippo Vaughn and Phil Douglas each did so in 1918. Lackey has never done it in his career.

First pitch will be 6:10 p.m. CT from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Montero C

Baez 3B

Russell SS

Lackey P

The Reds have lost eight straight against the Cubs, and they’ve been outscored 65-14 in that span. It’s the Reds’ longest losing streak vs. the Cubs since 1945-46 (nine games).

Kris Bryant is 8-for-21 (.381 AVG) with 10 RBI against the Reds this season. All four of his home runs this year have come against the Reds.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Minor League report

Friday’s games

Iowa beat New Orleans, 4-1, in the first game, which was a completion of a suspended game started on Thursday. In the second game, Iowa pitchers combined for a shutout in a 5-0 win. Ryan Williams got the win in the second game, giving up three hits over five innings. Willson Contreras had two hits and two RBI in the second game, extending a 12-game on-base steak.

Rob Zastryzny gave up one run over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-4 win over Mobile. Jeimer Candelario and Jacob Hannemann each homered. Zastryzny struck out six.

Ian Happ had two hits and one RBI in Myrtle Beach’s 6-3 loss to Carolina. Jeffrey Baez had two hits and one RBI.

Donnie Dewees had two hits and two RBI and stole a base in South Bend’s 7-6 win over Fort Wayne. Carlos Sepulveda had two hits. Casey Bloomquist threw four perfect innings of relief.

#Cubs host Race to Wrigley

The Cubs had great weather Saturday for the Race to Wrigley. Proceeds benefited Cubs Charities.0423Race1

#Cubs Minor League report

Thursday’s games

Iowa’s game vs. New Orleans was suspended in the seventh inning with Iowa leading 2-1. The game was to be completed Friday.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up seven runs over five innings in Tennessee’s 8-3 loss to Montgomery. Taylor Davis had two hits and one RBI.

Yasiel Balaguert had three hits, including a three-run walk off home run to help Myrtle Beach beat Carolina, 6-5. Balaguert’s 12 RBI are third most in the Carolina League. Jason Vosler and Shawon Dunston each had two hits.

Ryan Kellogg gave up one unearned run over six innings in South Bend’s 7-2 win over Fort Wayne. Eddy Martinez had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI. Bryant Flete had three hits.

 

#Cubs vs Reds lineup

Jake Arrieta opened the Cubs’ series vs. the Reds with a no-hitter. What will Jon Lester do? Lester starts Friday night at Great American Ball Park with David Ross behind the plate. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF
Heyward RF
Bryant LF
Rizzo 1B
Zobrist 2B
Baez 3B
Russell SS
Ross C
Lester P

About last night: More #Cubs Arrieta notes

Jake Arrieta threw his second career no-hitter Thursday night in the Cubs’ 16-0 win over the Reds. Here are some more facts regarding Arrieta’s feat, courtesy of the Cubs media relations department:

*Arrieta is only the fourth reigning Cy Young Award winner to throw a no-hitter, joining elite company that includes Sandy Koufax (1964), Bob Gibson (1971) and Clayton Kershaw (2014).

*According to Elias, Arrieta is the eighth pitcher in Major League history to throw a no-hitter in consecutive seasons, the first since Tim Lincecum in 2013-14. The Cubs right-hander is the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter on the road in consecutive seasons, joining Kansas City’s Steve Busby from 1973 (at Detroit) and 1974 (at Milwaukee).

*Only two pitchers in big league history went fewer starts between no-hitters: Johnny Vander Meer, the only pitcher to throw no-hitters in consecutive starts (1938) and Warren Spahn, who had five starts between no-hitters on September 16, 1960 and April 28, 1961. Arrieta and Vender Meer are the only two pitchers to toss a pair of no-hitters without a loss inbetween.

*The only more lopsided no-hitter in MLB history took place more than 130 years ago when the Buffalo Bisons scored 18 runs in support of Pud Galvin’s no-no vs. the Detroit Wolverines on Aug. 4, 1884. The Cubs are the first team in big league history to hit five home runs in support of a no-hitter.

*According to Elias, the Cubs have now won Arrieta’s last 17 starts, matching the franchise record already held by Ed Reulback (1906-07) and Pat Luby (1890-91).

*Arrieta also is 14-0 in his last 14 road decisions. According to Elias, in the Wild Card Era (starting in 1994), only two pitchers have won 14-consecutive road decisions: Greg Maddux (twice, 1994-95 and 1997-98) and Johan Santana (2004-05).

*According to STATS Inc., Arrieta is the first pitcher to record 24-consecutive quality starts in more than 40 years, and his predecessor inspired a rule change as Bob Gibson tossed 26-straight scoreless starts in 1967-68, leading MLB to lower the mound.

*Arrieta is 20-1 with a 0.86 ERA (17 ER/178 IP) with 33 walks and 173 strikeouts in his last 24 starts since June 21. He’s 15-0 with a 0.53 ERA (7 ER/119 1/3 IP) in 16 starts since last Aug. 1.

*Arrieta became the first Cubs starting pitcher to win his first four starts since Greg Maddux in 2006. He’s also the fifth defending Cy Young Award winner to win his first four starts of the following season, joining Tim Lincecum (first four in 2010), Randy Johnson (first seven in 2000 and first six in 2002) and Pedro Martinez (first five in 2000).

 

#Cubs vs Reds: Arrieta starts

Jake Arrieta will try to improve to 4-0 on Thursday when the Cubs open a four-game series against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF
Heyward RF
Bryant 3B
Rizzo 1B
Soler LF
Zobrist 2B
Russell SS
Ross C
Arrieta P

*The Cubs are 7-2 on the road this season, matching their best road start in franchise history. The 1934, 1946, 1987 and 1995 Cubs also began 7-2 on the road.

*Arrieta is riding a streak of 23-consecutive quality starts dating to last June 21. The right-hander is 19-1 with a 0.91 ERA (17 ER/169 IP) with 29 walks and 167 strikeouts in those 23 starts. He has hit as many home runs (2) as he has allowed (2) in this stretch.

Arrieta is 14-0 with a 0.57 ERA (7 ER/110 1/3 IP) in 15 starts since August 1 of last season.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT, and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Plus and 670 AM radio.

#Cubs Minor League report: Almora HR

Wednesday’s games

Albert Almora and Juan Perez each homered in Iowa’s 3-2 loss to New Orleans. Almora finished with three hits, including a double, and now has hit in six straight games. Drew Rucinski started, and gave up two runs over six innings. Matt Murton, making his first start of the season, had two hits.

Chesny Young had four hits, one RBI and two stolen bases in Tennessee’s 6-5 loss to Montgomery. Tyler Skulina started, and gave up three runs over 3 2/3 innings.

Zach Hedges gave up one run over seven innings and David Bote hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth in Myrtle Beach’s 4-1 win over Winston-Salem. Daniel Lockhart had two hits.

Justin Steele served up two earned runs over five innings in South Bend’s 8-4 win over Bowling Green. Tyler Alamo had three hits and one RBI and now has hit safely in all six games this season with three multi-hit games. Eloy Jimenez and Eddy Martinez each had two hits.

#Cubs vs Cardinals series finale

Kyle Hendricks will close the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals in a matinee at Busch Stadium. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Heyward RF

Zobrist 2B

Rizzo 1B

Bryant LF

La Stella 3B

Montero C

Baez SS

Hendricks P

The Cubs’ 11-3 record through their first 14 games is tied for the second-best start in franchise history since 1900, surpassed only by the 1907 squad that started 12-2 (and 13-2 through 15 games).

The Cubs are the first team in the Majors to reach 11 wins, and are the only club yet to lose consecutive games this year.

Chicago is 7-1 on the road. It’s the first time since at least 1914 that the team has won seven of its first eight road games to begin a campaign.

 

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