Game two of three Jake Arrieta vs Christian Bergman! Both men were able to get through the first inning 1-2-3, only Jake would strike out the side, Christian would strikeout two. Both would see four men in the second and third inning, but would both get out the innings with out any damage. Carlos Gonzalez would lead off the fourth with a single continuing his hot streak to 21 games. Nolan Arenado would line out to Fowler in center field. With two strikes, Gerardo Parra would go down swinging, while David Ross would throw out Cargo attempting to steal second base.
Bergman would confidently go into the bottom of the fourth but give up back to back home runs to Anthony Rizzo & Jorge Soler. He would get past Baez, Russell and Szczur.
In the 5th, both pitchers would battle for K’s, only Bergman would strikeout the side this time including Arrieta, would get two K’s. Brandon Barnes would pinch for Bergman, shutting the door for him after 5. Jake would get through the top 6, 1-2-3. David Hale would come into the bottom of the sixth walking Rizzo and he would steal his first base of the season. Arrieta would get through the the bottom of the seventh giving up a hit and stolen base to Parra. Hale would stay in the game and give up a single to Matt Szczur and walk Ross, setting up leadoff man Dexter Fowler to launch his second homer of the season, putting the Cubs up 5-0. Kris Bryant would single forcing the Rox to make a pitching change. Jason Gurka would close out the inning, striking out Rizzo.
In the top of the eighth, Jake would give a leadoff walk but get through the inning with a double play and a fly out. Gurka would stay in for the eighth getting the first out but then giving up a double to Baez would move over to third on a throwing error by the pitcher. Russell & Szczur would walk loading the bases for David Ross, who would send a fly ball to right field scoring Baez. Arrieta would go down swinging to end the eighth but not come out for the ninth to close out the game. Kind of a head scratcher but as we say here at Sports Time Radio, #ItsOnlyApril.
Travis Wood starts off the ninth with a ground out but would give up a double to Trevor Story and then a big two run home run to Cargo. Pedro Strop would come into the game to finish the ninth for Wood with a strikeout and a ground out! One more game until it’s down to St Louis but before that Lester will take on Chatwood at 1:20 in the Freindly confines.