Jake Arrieta Shows His Upside in Extra Inning Battle vs. Albuquerque (UPDATES)

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July 14, 2013 by Ryan S

Jake Arrieta made his first home start for the Iowa Cubs today against the Albuquerque Isotopes, and he did not disappoint.

He allowed just one run on three hits and one walk over six innings.  He also struck out nine

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in the I-Cubs 1-1 tie that is still going on, now in the 17th inning.  It’s actually been a very suspenseful game, and the pitching has been phenomenal for the Cubs (and the Isotopes too, I suppose).

Arrieta has been one of the more frustrating players in the Orioles organization for the past few years.  He was ranked in the top-100 prospects by Baseball America in 2009 and 2010, and started opening day for the O’s in 2012.

He always lacked consistency though, and wound up getting shipped to Chicago with reliever Pedro Strop a few weeks ago in a deal for pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger.

Assuming Garza gets dealt in the next few weeks, Arrieta will likely be the primary candidate to take his spot in the rotation.  Once they deal Garza, any chance (if there were any before) of making a run will likely have ended, and giving Arrieta a chance to succeed in the bigs couldn’t hurt.

That’s it for now folks, back to watching the I-Cubs take on the Isotopes.  Go Cubs! And Go Iowa Cubs!

UPDATE 1, 6:16 PM CT: End of the 17th, still tied 1-1.  Rules dictate that a new inning may not be started after 6:25 PM, so this game may be suspended shortly.

UPDATE 2, 6:25 PM CT: The 18th will be the last inning by league curfew rules.  The Isotopes just scored the go ahead run on a fielders choice and throwing error by Casey Coleman.  2-1 Isotopes, second and third nobody out in the top of the 18th.

UPDATE 3, 6:35 PM CT: The Isotopes have put up a four spot in the top of the 18th and now have a 5-1 lead over the I-Cubs.

UPDATE 4, 7:40 PM CT: The Cubs lose 5-1 in 18 innings to the Isotopes.  Casey Coleman allows three earned runs on three hits and a walk and takes the loss.

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