Written by Liz Charre, Staff Writer
What a year for the Chicago Cubs. Not only did they receive great coaching and better players, but they are now in the postseason for the first time since 2008. With ace Jake Arrieta taking the mound on Wednesday, having won his last 11 starts, Pittsburgh would have had their work cut out for them.
The Cubs started out strong with a home run in the first inning by Dexter Fowler and had Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run blast that gave the Cubs a 4-0 start. Having that sufficient lead was all it took for Jake Arrieta to receive his twelfth win in a row. Arrieta, with another dominant performance, struck out 11 pirates and did not allow a walk in nine innings. However, it wouldn’t be a wildcard division rivalry game without some benches clearing. In the top of the seventh inning, pitcher Jake Arrieta was up to bat and was struck by a pitch thrown by Tony Watson. With Arrieta having hit two Pirates before that, it was enough to exchange some harsh words between them and benches cleared between both teams soon after. Tense moments started to arise between both teams until Sean Rodriguez, infielder for the pirates, was ejected from the game. Regardless of the hit by pitch and benches clearing, it did not break Jake Arrieta’s momentum. He continued his dominant pitching that led the Cubs to win the game. It broke the record of postseason losses since 2003.
Now, with this win the Cubs will face the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday evening. Therefore, all teams are set and ready to go. Games start Thursday with the Kansas City facing the Astros and Toronto facing the Rangers. Postseason is officially underway, let the run for the World Series begin. Stay Tuned for more updates on this year’s postseason.