Jake Arrieta gives the Cubs the outing they needed
If that was Jake Arrieta last start for the Cubs https://www.shopteamcubs.com/Koji_Uehara_Jersey, let me say thisI don know if any other player ever will wear that No. 49, but nobody will fill that jersey the way Arrieta did.Arrieta already had written a brilliant chapter in Cubs history when he took the mound to a standing ovation before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night.That Cubs fans delivering for a decorated pitcher who had delivered for them so many times, even if the ovation likely was borne of equal parts appreciation for a stud starter who headed for free agency and desperation in trailing the Dodgers three games to none.It was win or walk when Arrieta stepped on the rubber, which is not an unfamiliar assignment for the right-hander with Popeye arms and a beard that could hide a family of four. The owner of a Cy Young Award and two elimination-game victories the last three years was taking the ball in another elimination game, one that might mark his last performance as a Cub.And what a performance he gave.Arrieta fired 111 pitches, allowing one earned run on three hits while striking out nine and walking five. He left with the Cubs up 3-1 after his 6 2 3 innings. That last number was the key, and not because it was the longest outing by a Cubs starter in this series.e needed to pitch as deeply as he did for us to get the win tonight https://www.shopteamcubs.com,Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.