It was another nasty weather day in Chicago and the Cubbies were even nastier on the diamond. The Cubs got off to a great start, scoring in the first three frames. In the first, Zobrist singled to drive in Fowler and Bryant. In the second, Ross hit a BOMB to left field to put the Cubs up 3-0. Then, in the third, RBI doubles from Rizzo and La Stella plated two more runs.
In the fifth, Jake Arrieta’s home-field scoreless inning streak was snapped, marking the first time in 52.2 innings that Arrieta allowed a run at Wrigley. After exiting in the same inning, Arrieta’s streak of 24 consecutive starts of at least 6 innings was snapped, leaving Jake 2 shy of Cardinals’ legend Bob Gibson. Jake pitched a solid game today and could have very well gone deeper, but Maddon opted to let him rest considering the large lead already accumulated by the Cubs at that point in the ballgame.
In the bottom of the fifth, Dexter Fowler drove in another Cubs run, and in the 6th Addison Russell would tack on one more after grounding into a fielder’s choice.
Tim Federowicz made his first appearance in the bigs in over 2 seasons as he got the nod to replace Ross in the 8th. Interestingly, Jason Hammel came in to pinch hit in Ross’ spot, as pretty much all of the position players available had already been used. Hammel went down swinging, but looked to have a good time up there.
Atlanta comes to town next. The Braves will face off against the Cubs in 3 straight afternoon matchups at Wrigley.