For all intents and purposes the game ended when Chicago scored two unearned runs in the second. Jace Peterson made a poor throw to Andrelton Simmons. Braves didn’t get the double play or the force. Then with two outs, Jonathan Herrera drove in two. Ball game.
Jorge Soler got an earned run for the Cubbies with a homer in the third, and A.J. Pierzynski broke up another Chicago no-hitter wannabe, this time with a fourth inning double. The Cubs added a fourth run in the top of the ninth, and Andrelton spoiled the shutout with an RBI double in the bottom.
Shelby Miller pitched well. He went six; gave up three runs, one of which was earned, and struck out eight.
Jake Arrieta pitched better, if you don’t consider how bad the Braves are with bats in their hands. He pitched seven innings, gave up only
two three hits and struck out ten hapless Braves.
It could have been worse. It was good to see Murph, but he’s too old to play anymore. The Braves really miss Freddie Freeman. Bring on the Bums.