Arrieta earns 16th win as Cubs defeat Padres
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[August 24, 2016]
SAN DIEGO -- After Jake Arrieta
departed Tuesday night, the Padres made a game of it.
Lost in the final line of the Cubs' 5-3 win at Petco Park was the
brilliance of Arrieta over the first eight innings of the game.
"The story line is Jake," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. "He hardly
ever lost the plate. His fastball command kept getting better as the
game progressed. He was in command."
Arrieta shut out the Padres on two hits over eight innings Tuesday
and Kris Bryant and Addison Russell each hit their second homers in
as many nights at Petco Park as the Cubs held on through a shaky
bottom of the ninth.
The Padres' first hit was a clean single to right by left fielder
Alex Dickerson leading off the second. Catcher Christian Bethancourt
doubled with two out in the eighth after Arrieta had retired 10
"Arrieta kept us under wraps," said Padres manager Andy Green. "We
didn't really have many good at-bats against him."
In addition to the two hits, Arrieta issued three walks. And the few
runners the Padres did get against the Cubs' ace were quickly
eliminated by a Chicago defense that turned three sharp double plays
in a span of four innings after catcher Willson Contreras picked off
the only Padre to reach third against Arrieta.
"I was mad at Joe for taking me out," said Arrieta, who had thrown
only 99 pitches in the first eight innings. After all, this probably
would have been his second, complete-game shutout of the season --
the first being the no-hitter he threw at Cincinnati back on April
"At the same time, Joe told me, 'remember last year ... let's save
something for October.' "
Arrieta improved to 16-5 -- he now leads the National League in wins
-- and lowered his ERA to 2.62. He struck out six and faced only one
batter over the minimum thanks to the defense that eliminated the
Padres' first four runners.
Offensively, the Cubs were again led by Bryant and Russell.
Bryant drove in two Cubs' runs with his 33rd homer and a sacrifice
fly and scored the first of their three run in the fifth after
drawing a leadoff walk. Russell capped a three-run fifth with a
Meanwhile, the Cubs powered their way to a 5-0 lead against Padres
starter Christian Friedrich in 5 1/3 innings.
University of San Diego grad Bryant started the assault by lining a
1-and-2 pitch 354 feet into the left-field stands with one out in
the third. The homer was Bryant's 33rd of the season, keeping him in
a tie with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the National League lead.
The 33 homers are the most by a Cub since Derrek Lee hit 35 in 2009.
Two innings later, Bryant triggered a three-run rally by drawing an
inning-opening walk. Bryant scored on a double to right-center by
Ben Zobrist. Russell followed with his 401-foot drive to left
Russell's 19th homer was his third in as many games, marking the
first time in the shortstop's career that he homered in three
Arrieta joined in on the scoring in the sixth with help from Padres
right fielder Patrick Kivlehan, who misplayed the pitcher's high
drive toward the right-field corner into a triple. Arrieta scored on
Bryant's sacrifice fly off reliever Brandon Morrow after Friedrich
left the game.
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Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) pitches during the first
inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit:
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Friedrich allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks with two
strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings while losing his eighth straight
decision to fall to 4-10. Padres manager Andy Green has said Tuesday
night might have been Friedrich's last start of the season due to
his innings count.
"I'm hoping they let me keep pitching," Friedrich said after the
Stymied by both Arrieta and the Cubs' defense over eight innings,
the Padres rallied for three in the bottom of the ninth against
right-handed Cubs reliever Felix Pena.
Luis Sardinas, who made his first start at shortstop, drew a leadoff
walk and reached second on a single by Adam Rosales.
With one out, Wil Myers singled to right, sending Sardinas home.
Sardinas was originally called out by plate umpire Nic Lentz, but
the call was quickly reversed on appeal (49 seconds) to end the
Closer Aroldis Chapman replaced Pena and gave up a sacrifice fly to
Yangervis Solarte for the Padres' second run. Myers then scored on a
wild pitch to make it 5-3. After issuing walks to Dickerson and Ryan
Schimpf to put the tying run on, Chapman struck out Christian
Betancourt to end the game on a 101-mph fastball.
The save was Chapman's eighth with the Cubs and 28th on the season.
Travis Jankowski drew a walk to open the game, advanced to second on
a grounder and stole third ... only to be picked off by a rocket
throw by Contreras. The Cubs then ended three of the next four
innings on double-play grounders.
NOTES: Padres RHP Tyson Ross, who hasn't appeared in a game since
Opening Day due to shoulder and then ankle issues, will make a
45-pit rehab outing with Class A Lake Elsinore Thursday with hopes
of pitching for the Padres in September. ... Padres 2B Jemile Weeks,
made his first game appearance since May 8 Monday with the Arizona
Rookie Padres. Weeks has been sidelined with a hamstring injury . .
. The Cubs are 17-4 in August, their highest winning percentage for
the month since 1932. ... The Cubs starting pitchers are 14-1 in
August with a 1.81 ERA.
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