Chicago Cubs reach 90 wins after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates


The Chicago Cubs reached 90 wins for the first time since the 2008 campaign after they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates by the final score of 4-0 behind another Jake Arrieta game yesterday evening.

Not only did Arrieta take a perfect game into the seventh inning of the contest, but he hammered his second home run of the campaign off Pirates veteran, A.J. Burnett.

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Jake nearly went deep for the second time of the night later on. The ball died down on the warning track and outfielder Andrew McCutchen was right there waiting for it to retire him.

Third baseman Kris Bryant recorded his 99th RBI of the year on a first inning base knock that scored Dexter Fowler from second. Fowler later came around to score on a two-run double off the bat of Starlin Castro that was originally called as a three-run homer to left field.

This weekend’s series basically sealed this team’s fate regarding the N.L. Wild Card game that will be played on Oct. 7th on TBS. They’ll find themselves in either Pittsburgh or St. Louis as both clubs will battle it out in a three-game series beginning today.

The Cubs will play their final home game of the regular season as they welcome in the 2014 American League Champions Kansas City Royals for a makeup game from late May.

Kansas City recently clinched the A.L. Central and hold one of the best records in all of baseball along with the Cubs who sit at the top of MLB’s overall standings with the Cardinals, Pirates, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Young right-hander Kyle Hendricks will get the nod before the Cubs wrap up the regular season with a six-game road trip. They’ll end up in Cincinnati tomorrow evening and look to end on a high note in Milwaukee against Ryan Braun’s Brewers.

Jake has at least one more start sometime this weekend, but it would be smart to have someone like Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, Clayton Richard or Trevor Cahill fill in.

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