Cin 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 3
ChiCub 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 3 X 7
Date of game: 6/24/2014

Recap: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Arrieta continued his recent dominance Tuesday night by taking a perfect game into the seventh inning, as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-3, in the second test of a three-game series.

Arrieta retired the first 18 batters he faced before Billy Hamilton singled up the middle to start the seventh. The right-hander went on to give up two runs in the inning before exiting.

Arrieta (4-1), who had nine strikeouts, is 3-0 over his last five starts and has tossed seven frames in each of his previous three outings.

"I knew that's kind of what was going on from the get-go, most guys do when you're in a situation like that," Arrieta said of the perfect-game bid. "But I just wanted to continue to execute pitches and try and pitch deep in the game.

"That was the only couple of thoughts going through my head."

A Cubs pitcher has never thrown a perfect game. The last Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Carlos Zambrano on Sept. 14, 2008.

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored for the Cubs, who snapped a three-game skid. Welington Castillo knocked in two runs.

Devin Mesoraco homered in his fifth straight game for the Reds, matching a franchise record. He finished with two RBI and two runs scored.

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (7-4) failed to continue his domination of the Cubs, giving up four runs on four hits with six strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. The Reds had won his previous 10 starts against Chicago, during which time Bailey went 7-0.

Both Arrieta and Bailey were in command early on, and neither team had a hit until Rizzo homered to right-center-field with two outs in the fourth.

Castillo hit an RBI double in the fifth to make it 2-0.

The Cubs tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Arrieta and Junior Lake walked and Rizzo singled to load the bases with one out. Bailey hit Starlin Castro on the right hand with a pitch to force in Arrieta. J.J. Hoover took over on the mound and Nate Schierholtz greeted him with a sacrifice fly.

After Hamilton singled to start the seventh, Arrieta retired the next two batters. Mesoraco's RBI single and Jay Bruce's run-scoring double cut the gap to 4-2. Ryan Ludwick struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs used four relievers to get through the eighth.

The home team followed with three insurance runs off Sam LeCure in the home half. With the bases loaded and one out, Schierholtz reached first on Joey Votto's fielding error that scored Lake and Rizzo. Castillo added a sacrifice fly.

Mesoraco hit a solo homer off Neil Ramirez in the ninth.

"It doesn't mean as much because we lost," Mesoraco said. "The other homers seemed to help us win. It was late in the game and really didn't mean anything. It's nice to be in that company."

Game Notes

The start of the game was delayed 53 minutes by rain ... Bailey fell to 8-3 lifetime against the Cubs.

Expect points galore when Marshall hosts FAU

Marshall's offense started slowly last Saturday, scoring just 14 points in the first half at Florida International. However, come the final whistle, the Thundering Herd had topped 40 points for the sixth consecutive time.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: NASCAR's elite eight move on

The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.

Polian, Wolf named Pro Football HOF finalists

Former NFL general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class under the newly-created contributors category.

Wild, Coyle agree to 5-year extension

The Minnesota Wild moved to lock up another of their young core on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with center Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.