Jake Arrieta gave up an enormous homer in the first inning to Seth Smith (one of the hottest hitters in baseball). Otherwise, he was pretty much nails. He showed a great fastball and a crisp curveball, striking out seven Padres hitters in six innings. He managed to go 94 pitches, which is a good sign, as he continues to stretch out a bit. The Cubs skipped him the last time through the rotation so that he could work on his mechanics, and it seems to have paid off.
Speaking of enormous homers, Anthony Rizzo sent one of his own into the seats in right, and, with a runner on, that was all the Cubs needed, thanks to Arrieta’s outing, and Carlos Villanueva’s solid three innings of relief.
Junior Lake’s hot streak continued, with another two hits (including a double), and no strikeouts.