It’s Lucky No. 11 for Jake Arrieta…
The 28-year-old Latino-American professional baseball player, a Chicago Cubs right-hander, had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings on Wednesday to beat the Miami Marlins 6-1.
Arrieta (3-1) lowered his ERA to 1.98, and he has 55 strikeouts in 50 innings.
“I’m not doing anything different,” he said. “I’m just commanding everything down in the strike zone and trying to force early contact. Strikeouts are just a byproduct of throwing several plus pitches for strikes.”
Arrieta has become one of the few bright spots for the last-place Cubs, although they have been playing better lately. By taking the rubber game of the three-game set, they won consecutive road series for the first time since June 2013.
Chicago went 5-5 on a three-city swing.
“We had a nice trip,” manager Rick Renteria said. “That’s big. We’re playing some consistent baseball.”
Arrieta allowed five hits and one walk. He also doubled for his first career extra-base hit, but Renteria was more impressed with his pitching.
Arrieta has 27 strikeouts in 20 innings over his past three starts.
“I think he is commanding his fastball better, and his breaking ball is starting to get some bite and location,” Renteria said. “He’s got great stuff, and he’s very composed.”
The Marlins agreed.
“He was using his cutter in good spots and staying on the corners,” Stanton said. “He did a good job.”