National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Chicago|
(Friday, August 16th)
Final Score: Chicago 7, St. Louis 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs rediscovered their offense at
Wrigley Field, and Jake Arrieta stifled the St. Louis bats in his return from
Nate Schierholtz drove in three of Chicago's runs in a 7-0 victory.
The Cubs entered Friday's series opener having been shut out in four of their
last five home games, but capitalized on Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook's
early wildness to score three first-inning runs.
Donnie Murphy and Darwin Barney also had an RBI for Chicago, which snapped a
four-game skid that began with Sunday's setback at St. Louis and notched just
its second home win in 13 tries.
Arrieta (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Iowa to make his second start with the
club since being acquired from Baltimore on July 2, surrendered only two
Carlos Beltran hits and struck out seven over seven innings.
"I think the atmosphere at Wrigley is going to be pretty intense every time I
take the mound," Arrieta said. "I know all about the rivalry and it's
something I'm excited to be a part of."
Westbrook (7-8) lost his fifth consecutive road start after allowing seven
runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings.
"It's not what any of us were looking for. He had trouble finding the release
point for his sinker," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said about Westbrook.
"He just couldn't find the feel for it."
The right-hander struggled with his command at the onset of the game, issuing
three consecutive walks to load the bases with no outs. Schierholtz then
plated a pair with a single to center field and a two-out base hit by Murphy
brought home Anthony Rizzo.
Chicago added to its lead by scoring in three straight frames, beginning with
a Schierholtz sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Barney hit an RBI double in the sixth and scored later in the inning on an
Arrieta bunt before a second wild pitch by reliever Sam Freeman enabled Rizzo
to scurry home in the seventh.
Chicago optioned pitcher Eduardo Sanchez to Iowa to clear room on the roster
for Arrieta, who made his Cubs debut on July 30 ... Cubs reliever Matt
Guerrier had surgery Friday to repair the flexor mass in his right arm
and will be sidelined 6-to-8 months ... St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong
made his major league debut, going 0-for-3. Wong, the team's first-round pick
in 2011, became the first Hawaiian to play for the Cardinals since Joe DeSa in
1980 ... St. Louis left fielder Matt Holliday went 0-for-4 to halt his hitting
streak at 12 games.
08/16 19:11:51 ET