Tuesday, 13 October 2015

CHICAGO CUBS Cubs' Young Offense Upstages Jake Arrieta with Star-Making Slugfest in G3 Win

Based on recent headlines, you'd think the Chicago Cubs' rise to power has had everything to do with Jake Arrieta and little to do with, well, anything else.
In reality, however, the bats have also had a lot to do with that. And on Monday evening at Wrigley Field, they made that clear by upstaging none other than Arrieta himself.

After throwing a shutout to lead the Cubs to victory over thePittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game, Arrieta was considerably less effective in Game 3 of the NLDS. The St. LouisCardinals limited his outing to 5.2 innings and got to him for four earned runs, matching the number of he'd given up in his last 97.1 innings coming into the game.
And yet, the Cubs still pulled out an 8-6 win. The reason why, in a word: dingers.
The Cubs scored all eight of their runs via the home run, in a process that looked like this:
  • Second inning: Kyle Schwarber solo homer
  • Fourth inning: Starlin Castro solo homer
  • Fifth inning: Kris Bryant two-run homer
  • Fifth inning: Anthony Rizzo solo homer
  • Sixth inning: Jorge Soler two-run homer
  • Eighth inning: Dexter Fowler solo homer

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