2017 Cubs victories revisited, July 26: Cubs 8, White Sox 3

This was the Jake show.

The Cubs took their second straight over the White Sox and improved to 10-2 since the All-Star break. They improved overall to 53-47, a season high six games over .500, and took over first place, half a game ahead of the Brewers. They would not leave first place in the N.L. Central the rest of the season (one day tied).

Jake Arrieta‘s timing, I think, is just perfect.

The Cubs are on a roll, winning 10 of their 12 games since the All-Star break.

And Wednesday night, Jake looked about as close to the 2015 Jake! as we’ve seen him. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and allowed just two hits and a pair of walks and the Cubs’ offense, also stymied by James Shields early, broke loose with a four-run fifth on the way to an 8-3 victory over the White Sox.

Early on, the story was defense. With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Melky Cabrera sent a ball into the left-center field gap. Jon Jay: “Not on my watch!”

Jon Jay with the diving catch, Melky Cabrera can’t believe it. #Cubs #WhiteSox …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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