Jake Arrieta and the Cubs hope to keep streak alive in Pittsburgh


In case you missed it, last night’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed due to a thunderstorm that pretty much came out of nowhere after a two-hour delay.

Both Jon Lester and Francisco Liriano exited the game once the first delay was lifted and the Cubs would eventually jump out in front with a one-run lead on an RBI single by first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

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The tarp would eventually find its way back onto the diamond with both teams being deadlocked at one apiece in the fifth inning. With no signs of rain in the Pittsburgh area, Jake Arrieta and the Cubs (57-47) will look to take advantage of San Francisco’s extra-innings loss to the Atlanta Braves last night.

Arrieta (11-6, 2.62 ERA) held the Milwaukee Brewers to two earned runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts in as many innings of work while picking up the no-decision.

The 29-year-old veteran began the month with a four-game winning streak until Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies rolled into town on a Saturday afternoon. Hamels worked a no-hitter that day while Arrieta was pulled after six frames.

Taking the mound, opposite Jake will be former Seattle Mariner, J.A. Happ. Happ, (4-6, 4.64 ERA) was acquired by the Pirates (61-43) on July 31 in exchange for pitcher Adrian Sampson.

His last win was on July 3 when the Mariners traveled to Oakland to take on Billy Beane‘s Athletics. Happ has only lasted a combined four innings over his previous two starts.

First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. central time and will air live on WGN, WBBM 780 AM.

Here’s a look at tonight’s starting lineup’s:

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