Cubs 7, Brewers 2: Walkathon

The Cubs had a lot of baserunners Thursday afternoon. Many of them scored!

It’s a credit to Jake Arrieta that he managed to keep the Brewers to one run on three hits in five innings when he clearly didn’t have his best stuff, nor command. That’s how good a pitcher he is, I think.

Any chance of a second straight no-hitter were eliminated just a couple of minutes into Thursday’s game, when Jonathan Villar hit a broken-bat single into left. Jake held the Brewers to just that one hit until the fifth, when he allowed a two-out single to Villar, who stole second and scored on a double by Alex Presley.

In between Jake issued four walks, matching the total from his no-hitter, and piled up 92 pitches, leading to Joe Maddon taking him out after the fifth inning. By then the Cubs had run out to a 5-1 lead, and it was the right thing to do on a cold, breezy afternoon on which the Cubs drew 11 walks on their way to a 7-2 win over the Brewers.

It’s the third time this season that the Cubs have had 10 or more walks in …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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