Jake Arrieta starts for the Cubs in Father’s Day rubber-match vs Twins


The Chicago Cubs will close out their weekend series with a Father’s Day rubber-match against the Minnesota Twins after evening things up on a 10th inning two-run single by Starlin Castro.

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Today, Joe Maddon will send ace pitcher, Jake Arrieta to lock up the series before heading back to Wrigley Field with the Los Angeles Dodgers coming into town for a four-game series.

Arrieta (6-5, 3.40 ERA) took a loss while hosting the Cleveland Indians, surrendering four earned runs on three hits including a huge three-run shot by Carlos Santana.

He had trouble keeping things together, issuing six walks while managing to record six strikeouts in only five innings. Chicago (36-30) returned the favor by destroying the Indians with a 17-0 win behind multiple home runs throughout the lineup.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo had himself a two-run shot to right field and added a two home run game during Friday’s 7-2 loss in the series opener with the Twins. Rizzo got his team on the board yesterday with an RBI double following a Kurt Suzuki dinger off southpaw starter Jon Lester.

Rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber will see his brief stay with the Cubs (for now) come to an end as he’ll report to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs once the game wraps up. Schwarber picked up his first career start against the Indians on Wednesday, recording an RBI triple on his first hit and clubbed his first home run the next day.

He’s currently 1-for-8 entering today’s series finale and should get things going again after cooling off.

Taking the mound for the home team will be 27-year-old right-hander, Kyle Gibson. Gibson (4-5, 3.33 ERA) is riding a two-game losing streak to begin the month of June, allowing a total of seven earned runs behind 11 hits while posting a 10/4 K/BB ratio across 12 frames.

He picked up four starts in April, six starts in May and is expected to end this month with five for Minnesota (37-31) as they continue to push forward in the A.L. Central.

And before the game begins, we here at Cubbies Crib would like to wish all you Dad’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!

Here’s a look at tonight’s starting lineup’s for both clubs:

First pitch is slated for 1:10 p.m. central time and will air live on ABC-7, WBBM 780 AM.

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