One night after exploding for a season-high 16 runs, the Cubs were held to just three hits on Wednesday night against Arizona. Arizona’s Zack Godley and Chicago’s Jake Arrieta traded scoreless frames for the first five innings, with neither pitcher looking like they were ready to blink. However, the Diamondbacks were able to push two runs across in the top of the sixth inning, and that proved to be all the offense they needed.
After Arrieta struck Godley out looking to begin the sixth, David Peralta lined a base hit back up the middle. A.J. Pollock followed with a grounder into the hole between short and third, but Addison Russell’s throw was in the dirt and got by Rizzo at first, allowing Peralta to advance to third. With runners on the corners, Jake Lamb lined a ball past Rizzo down the right field line for a two-run double. Arrieta was able to get J.D. Martinez to ground into a double play to get out of the inning.
The former Cy Young winner then pitched a scoreless seventh before being replaced by the newest member of the Cubs’ bullpen, Justin Wilson, in the eighth. Arrieta (10-8) looked more like his usual self despite being handed the loss in this one. He finished with a line of seven innings pitched, three hits allowed, two walks allowed, and eight strikeouts.
Arizona’s Zack Godley (5-4) also pitched a strong game, going six shutout innings and allowing just three hits and two walks, while also striking out five. The Diamondbacks wrapped up the scoring in the top of the eighth inning when Jake Lamb drove in his third run of the game on a one-out double following a walk to David Peralta. Former Cub Fernando Rodney came on in the ninth inning to nail down his 23rd save of the season.
The newest members of the Cubs’ roster, Alex Avila and Justin Wilson, both made their Cubs’ debuts in this one. Avila went 0-2 with a strikeout and a groundout before being replaced by pinch hitter Willson Contreras in the eighth inning. Justin Wilson allowed one earned run in one inning of work, striking out one and walking two.
The Brewers lost to the Cardinals tonight at Miller Park, so the Cubs (57-49) remain 2.5 games ahead in the NL Central. The Cubs and DBacks play the rubber match of their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field at 1:20 P.M. It will be Zack Greinke (13-4, 2.84 ERA) going for the DBacks, and Jose Quintana (6-9, 4.16 ERA) will make his second Wrigley Field start as a Cub.