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* Jake Arrieta did not have his command, or ability to stop the Reds running game Thursday. Cincinnati collected six hits and drew four walks off Arrieta, and then stole six bases over four innings.
“I was bad at controlling the running game today,” Arrieta said. “That’s my fault, not giving Baker any opportunity to throw those guys out. Putting them in scoring position sets them up for some of those hits.”
Five of the Reds runs came with two outs, and he couldn’t get the strikeout in big situations when needed.
“Arrieta, we knew, was going to be very hard to score on,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “So I felt we needed to create some scoring opportunities by running. He’s a little bit slower and more deliberate to the plate, and we were able to take advantage of that.”
Said manager Rick Renteria: “He just didn’t have his ‘Jake like’ command today.”
* With the loss, the Cubs are 20-34 against NL Central teams, and 5-11 against the Reds.
Jake Arrieta gets the start in the Cubs’ series finale against the Reds. No Anthony Rizzo. He’s still bothered by tightness in his lower back. Here’s the lineup:
Logan Watkins, called up Thursday from Triple-A Iowa, gets the start on Friday in the Cubs Interleague opener against the Orioles. It’ll be a big start for Jake Arrieta, who will be facing his former team for the first time. Here’s the lineup:
Jake Arrieta was drafted by the Orioles and came up through their system, and on Friday, he was scheduled to make his first start against them as the Cubs opened an Interleague series.
“It’ll be fun to face guys I played with for a long time,” Arrieta said. “I know they’re going to come out and compete as best as they possibly can and I’m sure they expect the same from me.”
Arrieta guessed that the last time he faced the Orioles hitters was in Spring Training scrimmages.
“I don’t know if there’s an edge or not,” he said. “I know if I execute pitches, I like my chances. If I make a lot of mistakes, their success will go up. I think it’s going to be a good one.”
This is the third series between the Cubs and Orioles, and second at Wrigley Field. Baltimore took two of three in Chicago June 24-26, 2008, after the Cubs went 2-1 at Camden Yards in June 2003.
– Carrie Muskat
Looking ahead, the Cubs will play the Orioles at Wrigley Field in an Interleague series, starting Friday. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday: RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.61) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (7-4, 3.70)
Saturday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-1, 1.48) vs. RHP Bud Norris (11-7, 3.69)
Sunday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1, 2.75) vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (6-6, 3.80)
Jake Arrieta missed the first month of the season because of tightness in his right shoulder and has been monitored all year, but the Cubs have no plans to shut down the right-hander before the regular season ends. Manager Rick Renteria said before Arrieta’s start on Sunday that they were keeping an eye on Arrieta, and wanted to clarify that they do that for all of the pitchers.
“There’s no plan in shutting Jake down,” Renteria said Monday. “That’s not something we’re considering. We’re not shutting him down. We’re not looking to shut him down, we haven’t talked about shutting him down.”
Arrieta has 13 quality starts this season, and threw seven shutout innings on Sunday in a 2-1 win over the Mets. After the game, he said he’d like to finish the season.
“I want to make every start that I have lined up throughout the end of September,” Arrieta said. “If something comes up, I guess that will be addressed. I’d love to stay in the mix and finish out on a high note.”
Arrieta struck out nine, and the first eight Ks ended on curveballs.
“Jake’s stuff is so good that days like [Sunday], the scouting report doesn’t even matter,” catcher John Baker said.
Most scouting reports have Arrieta throwing his curve about 15 percent of the time.
“He threw more [Sunday],” Baker said Monday. “Against the last batter he faced [Matt den Dekker], I kept calling curveballs so maybe we could strike him out and get a 10th strikeout.
“That’s how fun the game was — you’re trying to call the game to strike somebody out instead of trying to get them to put the ball in play on three pitches or less, which is how I usually call a game,” Baker said. “That breaking ball — it was like he was throwing Wiffle balls up there. I felt bad for the opposing hitters because that’s something you don’t usually see is somebody throwing an 82 mile an hour curveball that’s that big.”
Arrieta’s last strikeout in the sixth came on a fastball.
“He struck out [Daniel] Murphy looking on the fastball because we thought he was looking for a curveball at that point,” Baker said.
– Carrie Muskat
* Jake Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out nine in the Cubs’ win. Since June 3, he has given up more than three runs in one start, and compiled a 2.45 ERA in that stretch. What was working? His curve, which was his strikeout pitch on his first eight Ks.
* Starlin Castro hit a game-winning home run leading off the ninth. He has hit in 15 of his 16 games, and is batting .400 in that stretch. His home run was his first career go-ahead homer in the ninth or later.
“We’ve played a lot of extra inning games, and I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive,” Castro said.
He is now one homer shy of matching his career high of 14, set in 2012.
* Javier Baez drew two walks, his first since he was called up on Aug. 5.
* Matt Szczur made his Major League debut, pinch-running in the eighth. He grounded out in the ninth in his only plate appearance.
Jake Arrieta gets the start Sunday as the Cubs face the Mets in the third game of their four-game series. Luis Valbuena is back after missing two games because of a sinus infection. Here’s the lineup:
* Jake Arrieta gave up two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings and took the loss. Despite the loss, he has a 1.94 ERA and 48 strikeouts in eight starts at Wrigley Field. This was his 11th quality start out of his last 12.
* Chris Coghlan tied the game with an RBI double in the fifth. After batting .202 in the first 44 games, he’s batting .354 in the last 36.
* Javier Baez doubled in the fourth, and extended his hitting streak to five games. This was his seventh big league game.
* Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games with a single in the second. He has 131 hits, most among NL shortstops.
* Yovani Gallardo picked up the win, and Mark Reynolds hit a solo home run for the Brewers.
Jake Arrieta takes the mound Monday as the Cubs play host to the first place Brewers at Wrigley Field in the first of four games. Here’s the lineup: