The Cubs flipped the script in win over Orioles

The Cubs flipped the script in win over Orioles
August 22, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

This is just how you draw it up: Solid pitching, great defense and timely hitting.

The Cubs (56-72) flipped the script on the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles (73-53) Friday afternoon, pulling off a 4-1 win in front of 33,761 fans at Wrigley Field, a large number of which were wearing Orioles orange.

"All around [good game]," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We got enough offense, hit some balls out of the yard, and got some good defense. It's a good recipe."

Jake Arrieta showcased his stuff against his former team, tossing seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball and netting his seventh victory.

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The Cubs played great defense behind him, including some stellar plays at second base from rookie Logan Watkins, who was just recently called up from Triple-A Iowa.

"Awesome," reliever Pedro Strop said. "That gives you more confidence as a pitcher when guys are making amazing plays behind you."

After Luis Valbuena's solo homer in the fourth inning, the Cubs scored their next three runs on clutch two-out hits, including Logan Watkins' first big-league RBI later in the fourth inning.

Javier Baez also went deep, getting reacquainted with Waveland Ave. and depositing Kevin Gausman's pitch out of the ballpark in the fifth inning.

"It feels great," Baez said. "I'm going to keep fighting to hit the ball hard. I mean, I'm not afraid to strike out. ... I'm just gonna keep doing what I'm doing."

A little over two weeks into his big-league career, Baez is still impressing his teammates.

"You want to see every one of that kid's at-bats, that's for sure," Arrieta said. "It's starting to get to the point, even though it's so early in his career, that nothing really surprises me anymore with what he does at the plate.

"Everyone knows that if he connects with that swing, he's gonna hit it a long way. I don't know if many of his homers here [at Wrigley] will touch the seats, honestly."

The fans at Wrigley have seen the ups and downs with Baez, watching as he struck out four times in Thursday night's game against the Giants.

Cubs fans will also get to see what the young players can do against some good competition like the Orioles, who are streaking toward the playoffs while pacing the AL East.

The Orioles fans traveled well for the weekend series, peppering the stands at Wrigley with black and orange.

"I saw and heard it," Arrieta said. "Especially warming up in the outfield. I like that kinda stuff. The fans are passionate about their team. They're in a great place right now, eight or so games up on the AL East, so their fans have a lot to be happy about. It's good they're getting that kinda support."