Cubs can't quite come through for Arrieta in loss to Brewers

Cubs can't quite come through for Arrieta in loss to Brewers
August 11, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

It'd be easy to look at the final score and say the Cubs let down Jake Arrieta.

But that wasn't quite the case.

Chicago's new ace took his start into the eighth inning against the Brewers, but the Cubs ultimately lost 3-1 in front of 28,927 rain-soaked fans at Wrigley Field Monday night.

The Cubs only managed to push across one run against Yovani Gallardo and two Brewers relievers. But that one run - an RBI double from Chris Coghlan in the fifth - could've been two if Arrieta had helped himself.

The pitcher failed to lay down a sacrifice bunt in that inning, meaning slow-footed catcher Welington Castillo couldn't score with Justin Ruggiano on Coghlan's extra-base knock. But if Arrieta gets the bunt down and Castillo moves up to second, he would have crossed the plate easily on the two-out hit.

The Cubs also bailed out Arrieta in the seventh when centerfielder Arismendy Alcantara and Starlin Castro executed a perfect relay to nab Ryan Braun at home plate on a Scooter Gennett double.

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Arrieta gave up the go-ahead run to the Brewers on the next batter anyways, as Khris Davis looped a double to left.

The first run in the game came on a moonshot from Milwaukee first baseman Mark Reynolds in the second inning that elicited a fantastic catch from a fan in the left-field bleachers. The Brewers added to the lead when Gennett drove home former Cub Aramis Ramirez with a ninth-inning single.

After getting banged around at Coors Field last time out, Arrieta put together a nice bounceback start, but took the tough-luck loss. He tossed 7.1 innings, allowing only five hits, one walk and the two earned runs while striking out four.

Javier Baez doubled in his seventh career MLB game and Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-4 day.