They don’t call it HotAtlanta for nothing! Jake Arrieta would take on 23 year old Matt Wisler. In the top of the first with one out, former Brave Jason Heyward would take a 1 and 1 fast ball deep to right field for his fourth home run of the season. Cubs 1-0. Jake would put a base runner on because of a missed catch by Jake. The second inning would see both men having a quick 1-2-3 inning. Addison Russell and Jake would both get singles and advance on a wild pitch but no runs would score. Jake would give up a single in the bottom half but no runs for the Braves.
Anthony Rizzo would lead off the fourth with his 14th home run of the season. Ben Zobrist and Chris Coughlan would hit back to back singles. No outs, Miguel Montero gets into a pitchers count, 1 ball and 2 strikes, he takes Wisler deep to right field for a 3 run homer. In the bottom half, Jake would give up a 1 out double to Nick Markakis who scores on Adonis Garcia’s line drive to center. After 4, Cubs are up 5-1.
Eric O’Flaherty enters the game for the Chop Squad but gives up a lead off single to Heyward. With no outs, Kris Bryant sends a line drive to left field for his 15th home run of the year. Jake leads off with a strikeout but hits Ender Inciarte before getting out of the inning. Cubs up 7-1.
Eric is able to get the first two outs of the sixth but gives up a single to Arrieta who scores on Fowler’s double to center. The Braves get a base runner on a fielding error by Bryant but the inning ends on AJ Pierzynski’s 1-6-3 double play. Cubs 8, Braves 1.
Ian Krol enters the game for the Braves giving up a lead off double to Bryant but gets out of the inning. Arrieta gives up a leadoff walk to Jace Peterson. He gets the next two outs but gives up a triple to Inciarte scoring Jace. After 7, Cubs 8, Braves 2.
Alexi Ogando enters the game in the 8th making it a quick 1-2-3 inning. Arreita was pulled from the game and Travis Wood making it a quick 1-2-3 top of the eighth.
Hunter Cervenka comes into hold the Cubs from scoring any more runs by getting Fowler to strike out. Heyward doubles them intentionally walks Bryant but would strike out both Rizzo and Zobrist to end the inning. Trevor Cahill enters the game putting two men on but gets out of the inning with out adding more runs to the Braves board and ending the game.
Jake was seemingly in a slump but whatever the issue was, The Great One is back scoring his 10th win of the season. The series wraps up tomorrow before the Cubs head to Washington for a 3 game series.