Rapid Reaction: Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2

July, 20, 2014
By Ron Matejko
PHOENIX -- The Chicago Cubs (40-57) saw their losing streak extend to five games after a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks (40-57) on Sunday at Chase Field. The loss completed a three-game sweep by the Diamondbacks.

Here's a quick look at the game:

How it happened: Arizona scored a pair of runs off Jake Arrieta in the sixth inning and added another in the seventh to account for their scoring. Arrieta took the hard-luck loss, as he was nasty for most of his start, until Arizona got more aggressive at the plate. He lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on four hits with three walks while striking out eight.

What it means: The Cubs look to snap their losing streak on Tuesday, when they return to Wrigley Field to face the San Diego Padres in the opener of a 10-game homestand. The team is off on Monday.

Double threat: Not only did Anthony Rizzo continue his hot hitting by tying his career high with his 23rd home run of the season in the top of the sixth, but he also made an amazing catch in the bottom of the inning. Aaron Hill hit a high foul ball that drifted toward the Cubs dugout. Rizzo gave chase and reached to make the catch just as he reached the waist-high fence. His momentum carried his 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame over the fence into the sunken photographers' pit. However, Arizona took a 2-1 lead as the ball was ruled to have been brought out of play after the catch, and David Peralta was allowed to advance one base from third. Rizzo emerged from the pit uninjured on the play.

Reversal of fortune: Replay reversed a call in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mark Trumbo originally was called out at second on an attempted steal; it was immediately challenged by Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. Upon review, it was clear Trumbo beat the tag, and the call was corrected.

What's next: Chicago opens a three-game series against the Padres at 7:05 p.m. CT Tuesday at Wrigley Field. RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for Chicago. LHP Eric Stults (3-11, 4.98 ERA) is expected to start for San Diego.



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Jake Arrieta
10 2.53 167 156
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167