The last time Jake Arrieta allowed as many as three earned runs in a start was all the way back on July 25 - 15 starts before this afternoon at Chase Field. So, I guess we should count the home-runs by Paul Goldschmidt and Socrates Brito, as well as the RBI single from Jake Lamb as a success. Particularly, as they pulled us back from a three-run deficit to briefly give us hope that the Diamondbacks would manage to do something else which hadn't happened in an equal long time - the Cubs losing an Arrieta start.
Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks pitching wasn't up to it. Shelby Miller, much like Zack Greinke yesterday, pitched better but not good enough: he was charged with four runs on seven hits and two walks, wish six strikeouts. He also allowed two home-runs, one a 442-foot blast to Arrieta which was apparently the longest hit by a pitcher in eight years. After we had tied things up, another home-run gave the Cubs the lead for good, and they added insurance off the clearly not suited for long relief Randall Delgado, and Jake Barrett. One bright moment of note: Matt Buschmann made his major-league debut after a decade in the minors, working a scoreless ninth.
since_98 will be along with the full recap in a bit.