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Jake Arrieta Returns, Cubs Win in Extras

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Jake Arrieta Returns, Cubs Win in Extras

Javier Baez’s was down to his last strike and hit a RBI single in the ninth to tie the game. In extras, Kris Bryant stepped up to the plate and hit a colossal game-winning home run. All the madness during the final few innings, some forgot Jake Arrieta even started the game. Arrieta returns to a team in first place holding a tight lead over the Milwaukee Brewers. The series against the Brewers is vital for the Cubs to win if they plan to take the Central division from the Brew Crew and Cards.

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Recap Moments

The offense came alive in the second inning with help of a rather hot-hitting Kyle Schwarber. Scwarber who’s had his past struggles have seemed to left them in his past and is slugging his way through September right into the playoffs. Schwarber hit his 5th home run of the month (28th of the season) off Kyle Davies to put the Cubs on top 1-0.

After three innings, the Cubs were holding onto a two-run lead but the Brewers soon back. Arrieta allowed a solo home run to Domingo Santana to get the Brewers on the scoreboard.

Zack Davies night finished after going seven innings while only giving up two runs on seven hits to the Cubs.

In the bottom of the seventh, Keon Broxton Eric Sogard’s RBI single off of Pedro Strop to right fielder Ian Happ. Quintin Berry advanced to second and Sogard headed to second on the throw, both would be left stranded.

The eighth inning, Domingo Santana continued his solid night with a double of off Justin Wilson. Santana took third after getting a larger than normal lead at second thanks to Wilson. Cubs trying to preserve the run moved their infield in but it didn’t work. Eric Thames was able to drive in Santana with a single right over Javier Baez.

Jeremy Jeffress had Javier Baez down his last strike with Ian Happ on base. Fans were seen already counting the Cubs out and felt they had won the game. They spoke too soon, with a full count Baez hit a hard groundball to Broxton in center which scored Happ and ties the game.

Wade Davis enters the game for the five out save but has to work out of a jam in the ninth. Davis got Orlando Arcia to strikeout to end the game and send it to extras.

Oliver Drake came into to start the tenth since Antony Swarzak and Corey Knebel were used for three straight nights. Drake didn’t fear well. Jon Jay led things off with his 17th double of the season. Kris Bryant stepped to the plate and got himself in a tight spot when he worked the count 3-2 but it paid out as he launches a deep home run to take the lead. Wilson closed out the game and got Jett Bandy, Keon Broxton, and Andrew Susac to strikeout to earn his fourth win this season.

The intensity brought a playoff environment and gave the team and the fans mixed emotions all night long. This Cubs teams know that anything is possible and they will make sure they take advantage of every out available.

After the game, Bryant said, “We’ve done that so many times. It is experience. The heartbeats aren’t going too fast.”

Arrieta Returns

Jake Arrieta made his first start since September 4 when he left early due to a hamstring injury in the third inning. Thursday, Arrieta looked sharp. He went five innings while allowing five hits, one run with a walk and two strikeouts. The run came Domingo Santana’s 28th home run of the year. Arrieta only pitched 71 pitches with 43 pitches for strikes.

What’s Next

Last night’s win was a roller coaster of emotion for both Brewers and the Cubs. The Cubs walked away with the upper hand a much needed pennant race win. John Lackey is on the mound for the Cubs while the Brewers are giving their #4 prospect Brandon Woodruff the mound in the pennant race.

John Lackey (11-11) is coming off his shortest start of the season but not because of injury or giving up a lot of runs, he was ejected. He pitched 4 2/3 innings while giving two runs on three hits while striking out four against the St. Louis Cardinals. This season, Lackey is 1-2 in three starts with a 3.79 ERA against the Brewers this season.

James Woodruff (2-2) has a grand opportunity ahead but will be tasked with needing to get through this potent Cubs lineup. Woodruff has started six games this season since his early August call-up and has gone 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA. During his last start, he went seven innings while allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts

Cubs are holding to a 4.5 lead over this Brewers with the magic number at six.

Game time is 7:35 pm ET at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Arrieta returns to a team in first place holding a tight lead over the Milwaukee Brewers. The series against the Brewers his vital