Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Challenge Ahead: Jake Arrieta's Second-Half Roll

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Challenge Ahead: Jake Arrieta's Second-Half Roll

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The pitcher the Pirates must beat tonight enters off one of the best -- if not the best -- second halves in history. Jake Arrieta had a 0.75 ERA after the All-Star break -- the lowest ever -- and he won his final 11 decisions to finish 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA. His starts since the break:

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July 19

4-1 vs. Braves

IP__ H__ R__ ER__ K__ BB

7__ 3__ 0__ 0__ 10__ 3

It was said:

"He's just figuring everything out right now ... And I hate to tell you, but there's actually some more in the tank there. There's another level of him."

-- Joe Maddon

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July 25

5-0 vs. Phillies

IP__ H__ R__ ER__ K__ BB

6__ 6__ 3__ 3__ 8__ 3

It was said:

In retrospect, the only thing that could derail Arrieta's second half was a no-hitter, and that's what Cole Hamels fashioned -- the first no-hitter against the Cubs since 1965.

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July 30

5-2 vs. Brewers

IP__ H__ R__ ER__ K__ BB

6__ 5__ 2__ 2__ 6__ 3

It was said:

"When everything's crisp and all your pitches are working, those are easy. Tonight was just one of those ones where things weren't as crisp ..."

-- Jake Arrieta

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Aug. 4

5-0 vs. Pirates

IP__ H__ R__ ER__ K__ BB

7__ 2__ 0__ 0__ 5__ 3

It was said:

"He's an interesting pitcher. I will say it again, he's not there yet. He's still learning how to utilize all his weapons. There's another level of Arrieta."

-- Joe Maddon

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Aug. 9

2-0 vs. Giants

IP__ H__ R__ ER__ K__ BB

72/34__ 0__ 0__ 6__ 2

It was said:

"What we have to do now is just continue to make it difficult for the guys ahead of us and continue to show we're going to put pressure on and not let up."

-- Jake Arrieta

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Aug. 15

6-3 vs. White Sox

IP__ H__ R__ ER__ K__ BB

62/35__ 3__ 2__ 5__ 2

It was written

The Cubs matched their longest win streak since they reeled off nine in a row during the 2008 NL Central title season and made it 15 wins in 16 games.

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Aug. 20

7-1 vs. Braves

IP__ H__ R__ ER__ K__ BB

6__ 4__ 0__ 0__ 7__ 1

It was said:

Asked after the game why he pulled Arrieta after 6 strong innings, manager Joe Maddon freely admitted: The postseason. "I want him to be well for that moment."

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