CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta planned to take part in a "spoxing" charity event at Wrigley Field on Thursday, then do his regular workout and maybe go for a bike ride along the lakefront with his wife, Brittany, and their two children. It's back to routine for the Cubs right-hander after the best pitching performance of his career.
Arrieta capped a stellar August with a no-hitter Sunday night against the Dodgers, striking out 12 to help the Cubs post a 2-0 win. He finished the month 6-0 with an 0.43 ERA in six starts, giving up two earned runs over 42 1/3 innings. Arrieta struck out 43, walked 10 and held batters to a .130 average. On Thursday, he was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for August.
Bryant, 23, had a slash line of .330/.422/.620 with a 1.042 OPS in 28 August games, launching seven home runs and driving in 20 runs to help the Cubs go 19-9 in August and open a 6 1/2-game lead for the second NL Wild Card spot.
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Arrieta named NL Pitcher of the Month
Right-hander goes 6-0 with 0.43 ERA in August, capping month with no-hitter
By Spencer Fordin
Jake Arrieta won't forget August anytime soon. Arrieta was named the National League's Pitcher of the Month for August on Thursday in recognition of a month that saw him go 6-0 with an 0.43 ERA and a no-hitter to his credit. Chicago's ace currently leads all NL pitchers with 17 victories.
The right-hander held opposing hitters to a .130 batting average and a .196 on-base percentage last month, and he struck out 43 batters while walking just 10 in his six starts.
CHICAGO -- Joey Votto crushed a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to power the Reds to a 7-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Chicago had tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on Kris Bryant's two-run home run, but Bryant's error helped keep Cincinnati's ninth alive.
Votto connected off Hector Rondon after Jason Bourgeois reached on an infield single and Jay Bruce was safe on a ball that went through Bryant's legs. With the win, the Reds won their first series since July 27-29 against the Cardinals.
The D-backs and Cubs open a three-game weekend series Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field with a former Chicago farmhand on the mound for Arizona against Jon Lester.
Zack Godley, who was acquired by the D-backs in a deal last December that sent Miguel Montero to the Cubs, will be recalled from Double-A Mobile to make the start. Godley started three games for the D-backs in late July and early August before being demoted due to innings concerns. He was recalled a second time to make a pair of relief appearances.
CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant was ready when J.J. Hoover threw a curveball on the first pitch to him in the eighth inning Wednesday, connecting on his 22nd home run. And the Cubs rookie third baseman also was ready when the Reds' Jay Bruce rifled a ball at him with two outs and one on in the ninth, but the end result wasn't as good.
Bryant's homer tied the game, but he was charged with an error on Bruce's grounder, setting up Joey Votto's three-run go-ahead homer in the ninth in the Cubs' 7-4 loss to the Reds.
CHICAGO -- Rookie Kyle Schwarber was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with right rib soreness, which he felt while hitting in the batting cage prior to the game. He was to undergo an MRI as a precaution.
On Tuesday, Schwarber hit his 12th home run since being called up on July 17, which is second in the National League since the All-Star break. He was batting .255 since the break, with five doubles and 32 RBIs.
CHICAGO -- If all goes well, Jorge Soler could resume swinging a bat on Friday in hopes of returning to action before the Cubs' season ends.
The rookie outfielder went on the disabled list Aug. 24 with a left oblique strain, which he actually injured two days earlier. Soler said he felt something on his left side on Aug. 22, when he made a throw to second base in the sixth after the Braves' Andrelton Simmons had singled to right. But the pain wasn't enough for Soler to come out of the game.
CHICAGO -- Rookie Kyle Schwarber belted a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh and Kris Bryant drove in two runs to lead the Cubs to a 5-4 victory Tuesday night over the Reds for their second win in the last seven games.
"It was a really big win for us tonight," Chicago starter Dan Haren said. "We're down to 30 or so games left and every one is so important. It was really important to get that win."
CHICAGO -- Kyle Schwarber's two-run home run in the seventh inning was the game-winner for the Cubs in Tuesday night's 5-4 win over the Reds, but it was the rookie's walk in the fourth that got manager Joe Maddon excited.
Schwarber was 3-for-18 in five games on the Cubs' West Coast road trip, and Maddon had noticed the rookie was struggling. It's been his first funk.
Time stops for no one, but it can't stop baseball. The fact that baseball operates outside the normal constructs of the space-time continuum is what prompted MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred to implement new pace-of-play measures at various levels of the game. It's also what makes an 18-inning postseason game so incredible.
CHICAGO -- Newly acquired outfielder Austin Jackson joined the Cubs at Wrigley Field for Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Reds, along with four players from Triple-A Iowa, including infielder Javier Baez.
Baez and left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada were recalled from Iowa, and the Cubs selected the contracts of outfielder Quintin Berry and right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill. Jackson was acquired from the Mariners on Monday. Baez started at second base and went 0-for-4, while Jackson entered as a pinch-hitter and went 0-for-2.
CHICAGO -- The Cubs will have eight players take part in the Arizona Fall League, including three top 20 prospects, according to MLBPipeline.com -- pitchers Corey Black and Pierce Johnson and highly-regarded catcher Willson Contreras.
Other Cubs prospects who will play for the Mesa Solar Sox include pitchers David Garner and Rob Zastryzny, catcher Cael Brockmeyer, infielder Jeimer Candelario and outfielder Mark Zagunis. Brockmeyer was named to the taxi squad.
The Reds used five different pitchers in relief of starter Michael Lorenzen, who allowed five runs on six hits while striking five in a no-decision. Brandon Phillips and Ivan De Jesus each smacked RBI singles to back Lorenzen before he gave up four runs on four hits in the fifth inning.
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Johnson among Cubs headed to Arizona Fall League
Phillies' Crawford, Cardinals' Reyes among Top 100 Prospects headed to desert
Teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros are hoping to play deep into October. Regardless of their big league postseason fortunes, however, a group of select players from those organizations, as well as the other 28 in baseball, are guaranteed to be playing this fall.
That opportunity comes courtesy of the Arizona Fall League, which on Tuesday announced its preliminary rosters for the 2015 season. The campaign, the league's 24th, begins on Oct. 13 and runs through the championship game on Nov. 21. With all 30 organizations sending players to fill the six AFL teams' rosters, the league is once again providing one-stop shopping for prospect fans.
CHICAGO -- Looking for bench help for their postseason push, the Cubs have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and a cash consideration from the Mariners for a player to be named later and international signing bonus slot No. 4, worth about $210,000. To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt has been designated for assignment.
A right-handed hitter, Jackson was batting .272 in 107 games with the Mariners and had 15 stolen bases. The five-year veteran has heated up over the last month, hitting .314 with a .339 on-base percentage across August. After finishing a double shy of the cycle in his last game on Sunday, Jackson now has 16 hits over his nine-game hitting streak.
Pregame ceremony for righty a night after tossing no-hitter
By Greg Garno
CHICAGO -- Nearly 24 hours after he threw his first career no-hitter, Jake Arrieta said the feeling still hadn't set in. About 300 text messages and a seemingly endless number of tweets later, the 29-year old was still processing his night in Los Angeles.
He was welcomed back to Chicago with a special ceremony to begin Monday's game against the Reds, receiving a framed jersey and pictures from his outing. Arrieta was there with his wife and two kids, before he tipped his cap to a standing ovation from the crowd.
LOS ANGELES -- Seven times in his final 18 starts of 2014, Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but it wasn't until Sunday night against the Dodgers that the Cubs right-hander finished the job. And it was deja vu for the Dodgers.
Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter to win his Major League-leading 17th game, and Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer to power the Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers, snapping a four-game Chicago losing streak. Arrieta struck out 12 in his 14th consecutive quality start and finished the month of August with a perfect 6-0 mark.
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LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant found a Ninja Turtle onesie. Addison Russell has a bright green one. Starlin Castro was wearing a Mario Bros. pajama top and pants that match his son's. Dexter Fowler had a matching navy print top and bottom. A few players found camouflage-colored fleece onesies.
It's all part of Cubs manager Joe Maddon's "onesies" trip home. Players were encouraged to wear onesies or pajamas on the overnight flight from Los Angeles to Chicago Sunday night, and Maddon guessed he had 100 percent participation. Naturally, Maddon is prepared, too.
The Cubs right-hander, who fired his first career no-hitter on Sunday night, was named the National League's Player of the Week on Monday, after going 2-0 with an MLB-high 20 strikeouts from Aug. 23-30. He also didn't allow an earned run over 15 innings.
They've got the biggest payroll in baseball history, acquired through so many complicated financial transactions that it's difficult to even add it all up. The total is somewhere around $315 million, and on Sunday night, that allowed the Dodgers to load their lineup with seven All-Stars, including three hitters who were in Cincinnati for this year's All-Star Game.
Those seven hitters, with more than 100 World Series at-bats among them, all batted left-handed in a lineup that had been put together carefully. Enrique Hernandez, who hit eighth, and pitcher Alex Wood were the only right-handed hitters.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
A.J. Reed is at it again. The Astros first-base prospect homered three more times and drove in seven more runs last week at Double-A Corpus Christi, earning Prospect Team of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2015. That ties Reed with Kyle Schwarber for the most recognition this year.
LOS ANGELES -- Jake Arrieta took the end of his no-hitter on Sunday night into his own hands. His fastball touching 96 mph, his breaking balls snapping under the Dodgers' bats, the Cubs right-hander struck out the side in the ninth inning as the sun set on Chavez Ravine.
But for one key moment in the third inning of Arrieta's 2-0 masterpiece, everything depended on the official scorer. With one out, Kiké Hernandez smoked a slider from Arrieta straight at Starlin Castro at second base. The short-hop ate up Castro, and Hernandez reached safely.