Jake Arrieta impressive in debut; Gregg blows save in Cubs’ 3-2 Game 2 loss
By GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com July 30, 2013 10:38PM
Updated: July 30, 2013 10:59PM
Welcome to the final stretch of the Cubs’ season. Welcome to another two months of beachcombing for half-covered trinkets of value and potential during another long August walk toward nothing but a short pier.
On this night, it was Jake Arrieta providing the consolation in another loss to the last-place Milwaukee Brewers.
Whether Jake Arrieta is back for another turn five days from now, the Cubs at least got a good first impression Tuesday from the power-pitching right-hander they acquired July 2 from Baltimore in the Scott Feldman trade.
Arrieta, who was added for one day as a 26th man to the roster for Tuesday’s doubleheader, pitched well enough to win in his Cubs debut, allowing only one run on two hits – including Juan Francisco’s leadoff homer in the fifth – before closer Kevin Gregg blew a save in the ninth of the Cubs’ 3-2 loss to the Brewers in the second game of a doubleheader.
The Cubs were swept in the doubleheader, blowing a 5-2 lead in the opener and losing 6-5 – falling to 3-7 against a Brewers team that already was mired in last place in the NL Central before losing Ryan Braun last week to a season-ending drug-related suspension.
The Cubs try to avoid getting swept in the four-game series when they close it out tonight at Wrigley.
David DeJesus drove a one-out, two-run double to center in the seventh to put the Cubs ahead 2-1 in the nightcap.
But with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, Jeff Bianchi fouled of a pair of two-strike pitches, then lined a two-run single off lunging shortstop Starlin Castro’s glove to put the Brewers up 3-2.
Arrieta, who said Monday he planned to pitch well enough to stay with the big club after Tuesday’s start, is headed back to AAA Iowa – at least short-term – regardless, manager Dale Sveum said before opener of the twinbill.
Arrieta is in the Cubs’ plans for a return to the rotation before the season is out.