Cubs starter Jake Arrieta entered Thursday’s start against the Brewers looking not only to follow up last week’s no-hitter with another one, but to extend two personal streaks. He had thrown 24 consecutive quality starts (at least six innings and three or fewer runs allowed) and hadn’t allowed a run at home since the third inning on July 25 last season against the Phillies — the day Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter.
Arrieta was somewhat human on a damp Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The right-hander yielded an RBI double to Alex Presley in the fifth inning, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 5-1 at the time. It would be the only run Arrieta would allow in five innings. His home scoreless streak ended at 52 2/3 innings, the second-longest such streak since 1900. His quality start streak ended at 24, the third-longest since 1900. One streak did continue: Arrieta has now won his last 16 decisions.
The Cubs rode on to another victory, 7-2, improving to 16-5 on the season. They will finish off a brief homestand with three games against the lowly Braves starting on Friday.