Jake Arrieta took the ball for the Chicago Cubs Sunday, and the slumbering bats woke up in a big way, bashing their way past the Colorado Rockies 7-5.
The wind was blowing straight out Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the perfect opportunity for a struggling Chicago Cubs‘ offense to get started. That’s exactly what happened, as the team erupted for a dozen hits to close out a 10-game homestand.
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The home run was Russell’s first since May 16.
Jon Jay provided the Cubs what they needed atop the lineup, doubling and going 2-for-5. The first four Cubs hitters went 6-for-16 with four RBI.
Jake Arrieta, who has pitched much better of late, continued his fine form early on before succumbing to trouble in the fifth inning. A no-out, bases-loaded walk to DJ LeMahieu opened the Rockies’ scoring. Mark Reynolds and Ian Desmond each had RBI singles.
On the day, Arrieta allowed four runs on five hits and struck out three. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, breaking a string of five consecutive six-inning starts.
The Chicago Cubs hit the road as they battle the New York Mets. First pitch from Citi Field is at 6:10 p.m. CT.