Sunday, April 10, 2016

Arrieta will put scoreless streak on line vs. D-backs

In Jake Arrieta's first start of the season, the Cubs' right-hander threw seven shutout innings, and he heads into his second start on Sunday having not given up a run in 29 consecutive innings, dating back to Sept. 16.
The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner will face the D-backs' Shelby Miller in the series finale Sunday at Chase Field. The Cubs lead the series, 2-1.
The Cubs aren't expecting Arrieta to compile the same stellar numbers he did in the second half last season.
"Just understand, it will be very difficult to do what he did last year," manager Joe Maddon said. "I still expect that he'll pitch extremely well but that was unworldly in the second half of the year."
It certainly was. Arrieta went 12-1 with an 0.75 ERA in 15 starts after the All-Star break, including a no-hitter against the Dodgers.
In Miller's first start of the season, he gave up six runs on eight hits -- including three home runs -- in an 11-6 win over the Rockies. The right-hander did not get a decision. He has made six career starts against the Cubs, and is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA. The only win came on June 17, 2013.
Things to know about this game
• Arizona's Jean Segura entered Saturday's game riding a streak of five straight multi-hit games to start the season, but went 0-for-4. The last player with six straight multi-hit games to open the season was Alfonso Soriano, who did so in 2003.
• Brad Ziegler, who pitched a scoreless inning Friday while recording the win, hasn't blown a save in 28 straight save opportunities, dating back to May 27, 2015. He is one save away from setting the D-backs' record, which was previously held by J.J. Putz (28 saves).
• Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has 10 RBIs in five games. Last season, he didn't get his 10th RBI until May 1, driving in nine in 20 games in April.

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