Jake Arrieta strikes out 11 as Cubs defeat Marlins 6-1
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Sports Reporter June 18, 2014 10:46PM
MIAMI – The closer Jake Arrieta gets to the trading deadline, the more he seems to be trying to remind the Cubs of the untold treasures that can be mined from desperate teams’ talent stores.
He did it again Wednesday afternoon in Miami, with hit third consecutive dominant start, this time striking out a career-high 11 over seven innings to beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 at Marlins Park.
Arrieta improved to 7-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 18 starts since the Cubs acquired him in a July trade from Baltimore last year.
His gem Wednesday gave the Cubs’ consecutive series victories on the road for the first time since late June last year as they finished a 10-game, three-city trip at 5-5.
Arrieta (3-1) extended his personal scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings by retiring the first two batters he faced Wednesday. But the streak ended when the third batter, Giancarlo Stanton, homered to right-center.
And that was it against Arrieta, who allowed just four singles and a walk the rest of the way.
Starlin Castro delivered a pair of run-scoring doubles for the Cubs, including a go-ahead drive to center in a four-run sixth inning that Nate Schierholtz capped with a three-run homer.
Stanton, who suffered a bruised left wrist on a third-strike swing against Arrieta in the fifth, was forced to leave the game. The Marlins said his status will be evaluated daily.