Chicago Cubs late power display leads to easy win for Arrieta
The Chicago Cubs got a vintage start from Jake Arrieta while the offense surged late to give the Cubs the 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
The Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta is on another one of those second half tears, although maybe not exactly what it was in 2015. Arrieta allowed just three hits and a run scattered over six innings in the win. The offense waited a little bit but eventually got it rolling late with the long ball. The Cubs hit three home runs including a three-run moon shot off the bat of Javier Baez to put away the win by a 7-2 final.
The Cubs (61-55) got home runs from Baez, Ian Happ and Kris Bryant to jump out to a big lead. The only hiccup came in the ninth when Wade Davis allowed a solo home run to Paul Goldschmidt as the Diamondbacks scored their second run of the game. But Arrieta (12-8, 3.73) was magnificent on the mound. His only blemish was a sac fly from David Peralta to make it a 2-1 game.
The D-backs (65-52) had another chance to show the Cubs what they gave up in Zack Godley (5-5, 2.95). Godley didn’t disappoint as he allowed just two runs over 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight. That included a four strikeout inning in the first.
With the game in a non-save situation, Joe Maddon went to Davis. Davis allowed the solo home run to Goldschmidt, then walked two more before striking out the final two to secure the win.
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The Cubs will head home to face the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on Monday. Jose Quintana (6-10, 4.42) will face Asher Wojciechowski (3-1, 4.23) as the Cubs open a seven-game homestand.