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Chicago Cubs News: Holy Moly! Jake Arrieta loses a game, 3-2 vs. ‘Zona

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May 31, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) warms up before their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) warms up before their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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It was inevitable. Sometime, some game, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta would be the losing pitcher of record in a game. Yesterday, it happened against a struggling Arizona Diamondbacks team.

Arrieta went five innings, struck out a season-high 12 batters. But ‘Zona scored three times against him and the Chicago Cubs lost 3-2.

“Well, it was a good run,” said Arrieta. One that spanned nearly a year and stretched over 24 regular season starts. The last time he lost a game is when Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Cubs last July 25th at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs (39-16) lost for only the second time in 12 games and finished 8-2 on their homestand. Arrieta (9-1) gave up three runs, nine hits, on 108 pitches and fanned 12 while walking one.

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The last time Arrieta pitched, on this homestand,  he got a no-decision as the Cubs lost that game. This time, he was tagged for the loss.

Arizona was patient against him, working the count – getting nine hits. “Obviously, Jake is a human. He’s going to give it up sometimes,” said Miguel Montero his catcher via ESPN.

He still has a 1.80 ERA, and batters are hitting just .180 off him.

From last summer to this spring, he has pitched two no-hitters and has taken the Majors by storm. Nobody has seen the kind of numbers he has put up.

Last fall, he won the National League CY Young Award. Right now, he is in pretty good shape to start the National League All-Star game, unless he falls off a cliff, or gets injured.

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon wasn’t around to see the finish of this game as he was tossed by the umps for arguing a call in the seventh inning.

Corbin (3-5) went seven innings to help Arizona to only its second win in seven games. The lefty gave up two runs on five hits. “Everyone know’s about his story,” Corbin said. via MLB.com “It’s tough to go out and face a guy like that. It’s going to be tough. The team got a couple of runs early, which helped, was able to keep them off the board just enough.”

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It wasn’t a contending team like the Cardinals or the Giants that beat him, it was the Diamondbacks, who are currently 25-34.

Now is not the time to panic, Cubs fans. He lost a game. Arrieta is 9-1. He was virtually unhittable or unbeatable until Sunday. This is baseball. It is a game of percentages and indexes.

Hitters are playing great if they hit .290. Arrieta is still in the pitching stratosphere. His pitching coach Chris Bosio tinkered with him when he came over from Baltimore and the rest is Cubs history.

Let’s see how long this ride continues.

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