May 3: Cubs Smack 7 Runs on Pirates AGAIN, This Time 7-1 is Final

Jake Arrieta took the hill tonight for Chicago, and he did some more of what he does. In 7 innings, Arrieta allowed no runs, and struck out 5. After a shaky start, allowing back to back walks to start the game, Arrieta settled in and was straight up nasty. Allowing only 2 hits, Jake did exactly what one would expect, picking up his 6th win of the season along the way.

In the runs department, this one got going on a Javier Baez RBI groundout, followed by a single up the middle by none other than Jake Arrieta. While we’re on the subject, Arrieta looks like a hitter up there. He’s no joke a guy opposing pitchers should be a little wary of, which is exactly what happened when Jon Niese walked Arrieta later in the game in an at-bat where he would swing at a 3-0 pitch…#baller

But anyway, moving on. In the 4th, the Cubs busted out again for 4 runs. After a wild pitch with the bases juiced, Soler hit an RBI single, then Kris Bryant came up and hit a shot to straight away center which popped out of McCutchen’s glove at the wall, falling for a 400+ foot single. Anthony Rizzo would come up next, capping the inning with an RBI double. Finally, Zobrist would come through with a sac fly in the 9th to score the 7th and final run of the night for Chicago.

But my story of the night was Javier Baez. Dude killed it in the field, making 3 especially sick plays. First, Baez turned a quick double play, later he made a smooth barehand and fired it to 1st, later he busted out a clean backhand. Great stuff. Baez gets the ball out of the glove quick, and throws darts across the diamond. Love it.

Another all around good win for the good guys. We go for the sweep tomorrow, bright and early around noon.