Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Armed Again Arrieta Proves to Be Too Tough as Pirates Go Quietly with 3 Hits in Loss Cubs 7, Pirates 1

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Armed Again Arrieta Proves to Be Too Tough as Pirates Go Quietly with 3 Hits in Loss Cubs 7, Pirates 1

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The Chicago Cubs spent April on a rampage through the National League, bludgeoning opponents with deluge after deluge of runs. So far, they haven't needed much help. They'll take it when they get it, though, and Tuesday night, Jon Niese gave it to them.

Jake Arrieta, meanwhile, almost never helps his opponents. Teams must pounce on the few opportunities they see. The Pirates got one early Tuesday night. They missed. They did not get another.

A 7-1 loss Tuesday night to the Cubs was the second of a weeklong litmus test. If the Pirates have playoff aspirations, they'll need to stand their ground against the Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, who the Pirates travel to face this weekend. If the Pirates want to guarantee themselves a division series rather than another wild-card game, these are the two teams they need to beat for the division title.

"There's going to be emotion in this division with teams like the Pirates all year," Arrieta said. "We're trying to accomplish the same goals. We know there's a couple teams standing in our way."

It will be challenging. The Cubs now are 19-6. After the Pirates swept the Cardinals in the season's opening series, St. Louis' offense awoke. The Cubs and Cardinals rank first and second in MLB in runs per game.

They did plenty of scoring against Niese Tuesday night. Niese recorded 15 outs and allowed 15 baserunners. He walked five, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. In five innings, he allowed six runs and nine hits.

"He wasn't able to get the ball where he needed to get the ball," manager Clint Hurdle said.

Niese began the second inning by hitting Anthony Rizzo. Ben Zobrist doubled, and Javier Baez's grounder drove in a run. Niese then walked Addison Russell and Tim Federowicz to load the bases for Arrieta, who singled home another run.

The issues intensified in a nine-batter, four-run fourth. …

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