Update (9:59 PM EDT): Well, that didn’t take long. Arrieta gave up a leadoff single to Gregory Polanco to start the seventh inning.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been perfect against the Pirates through the first six innings of Sunday’s start at Wrigley Field, retiring all 18 batters he’s faced. The right-hander has struck out eight while throwing 75 pitches.
Arrieta helped his own cause by hitting a solo home run — his second of the year — in the second inning off of opposing starter A.J. Burnett.
We’ll keep you posted as Arrieta attempts to complete the final three innings in perfect fashion.
Arrieta is arguably the front-runner for the NL Cy Young Award. He entered Sunday’s start with a 20-6 record, a 1.88 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and a 220/48 K/BB ratio over 216 innings.