Cubs dominate Orioles as Arrieta trumps former club


by - Correspondent -
Discuss on Cubs Boards   Print   | CubsHQ Facebook ChicagoCubsHQ Twitter CubsHQ RSS Feed
Cubs ace Jake Arrieta pitched well against his former club on Saturday night, giving up only four hits in 6.2 innings.
Cubs ace Jake Arrieta pitched well against his former club on Saturday night, giving up only four hits in 6.2 innings.

BALTIMORE – Another day, another win. The Cubs climb back to .500 after a 10-3 blowout of the Orioles marking the first time all year they have scored 9+ runs in consecutive games. That could be because they are facing the most inept rotation in all of baseball, or because they have found their stride to start the second half. Jake Arrieta pitched well in his return to Camden Yard going 6.2 innings and giving up just two runs (one earned) on four hits and three strikeouts.

Albert Almora Jr. slotted into center field tonight making the most of his first start in the second half by homering in the third to give the Cubs a 1-0 edge. Since Ian Happ was called up to the big league, Almora’s time in the outfield has been cut back. With Kyle Schwarber sitting and Jon Jay in the designated hitter role, Almora reminded the Cubs why he is a special player. Two hits and two RBIs from the nine-hole gave the rest of the lineup a boost considering Jon Jay went 0-for-5.


Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javy Baez all had three hits and Addison Russell extended his home run streak to two. One thing the Cubs did well today that they have been doing poorly all year is hitting with runners in scoring position. Tonight, they were 5-for-8 (.625) with seven RBI in that spot. If they don’t get any of those runs this game would have gone into extra innings. Quite a few extra games in the first half would have been won if they hit this well with a runner on second.


Tomorrow marks Jose Quintana’s (4-8, 4.49 ERA) Cubs debut. He will face Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4, 6.67 ERA) who has regressed horribly from last year. Game time is 12:35 PM CDT.


Thanks for visiting CubsHQ.com. Follow our Facebook page to get updates on your news feed!
Rate this Story:
0 votes

Send Feedback to Colin Halm: Email | Comment
Discuss on Cubs Boards   Print   | CubsHQ Facebook ChicagoCubsHQ Twitter CubsHQ RSS Feed
Javy Baez on ejection: "We're not animals"
Javy Baez on ejection: "We're not animals"
Cubs lineup vs. Cardinals, Rizzo at leadoff
Cubs lineup vs. Cardinals, Rizzo at leadoff
WATCH: Maddon adamant Baez wrongfully ejected, MLB needs to say something
WATCH: Maddon adamant Baez wrongfully ejected, MLB needs to say something
Baez, Maddon ejected as Cubs blow late lead in frustrating loss to Cardinals
Baez, Maddon ejected as Cubs blow late lead in frustrating loss to Cardinals
WATCH: Baez, Maddon furious after controversial strike call, both ejected
WATCH: Baez, Maddon furious after controversial strike call, both ejected
WATCH: Almora, Jr., lays out for jaw-dropping diving catch
WATCH: Almora, Jr., lays out for jaw-dropping diving catch
Commentary: Why is it always Joe Maddon's fault?
Commentary: Why is it always Joe Maddon's fault?
WATCH: Cubs fan embarrasses himself with awful dancing
WATCH: Cubs fan embarrasses himself with awful dancing
WATCH: Highlights of Cubs' convincing win over Cardinals
WATCH: Highlights of Cubs' convincing win over Cardinals
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest