"There's a reason he wiggled out of it, though. He's got good stuff. Probably the most dominating guy we've faced all year. We knew before, going into it, looking at video, that his stuff is as good as anybody in the league this year. He's obviously on a good run after the no-hitter. He was very good and he's a horse. He went eight innings, 100-something pitches. Those are the guys you look for. Very impressive."
- Chip Hale on Jake Arrieta
"It's exciting, obviously. It's good to be back, too. Everything went smoothly. He's doing great, Amy is doing great, they're at home now. I'll be here for a couple of days and then get back."
- Paul Goldschmidt
Arrieta, who was coming off a no-hitter in his last start against the Dodgers, found himself in a jam with runners on second and third and two outs with Jarrod Saltalamacchia strolling to the plate. Saltalamacchia worked the count full before Arrieta struck him out swinging on a nasty slider. It would prove to be the best -- and really, the last -- chance the D-backs would have to break the game open as the Cubs cruised to a 2-0 win.
Arrieta might have thoroughly throttled the Diamondbacks on Saturday afternoon, marching through eight shutout innings of a 2-0 win, but he served as an ideal case study for how pitching dominance doesn’t always manifest itself overnight, a prime example for the visiting team’s fledgling pitching staff.
The front office of the Arizona Diamondbacks has done an excellent job in clearing off player salaries for 2016. Gone are Trevor Cahill, Martin Prado, Addison Reed and Bronson Arroyo, guys that would have counted roughly $25 million dollars toward next year’s payroll. All of this clearing out means the D-backs can pursue a big free agent or two in the offseason and perhaps revisit the trade for Aroldis Chapman. This makes me wonder how the best player on the team feels about all of these dollars.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt returned to the D-backs on Saturday after missing two games to be with his wife, Amy, as she gave birth to the couple's first child, Jake.
The D-backs and Cubs wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon with a battle between right-handers Rubby De La Rosa (12-6, 4.46 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 4.15) at Wrigley Field.