The cubs had a wild win Wednesday night, after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the 2015 National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park. Lead by pitcher, Jake Arrieta, who struck out 11 players in his first ever playoff game, Chicago fans went home overzealous with joy. Tonight, the Cubs will continue in the playoffs, facing the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
According to a recent article published by SB Nation, “Cubs manager Joe Maddon put what he called the team’s best offensive lineup up against Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, and it paid off to the tune of four runs in five innings,” (Stephen, Cubs vs. Pirates 2015 Final Score). Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber proved to be leading players in Wednesday’s game, with major plays on top of their home runs. The article explains both players’ remarkable impact during the game: “The center fielder Fowler had three hits on the night and scored three runs from the leadoff position while Schwarber, playing in right field and batting second, drove home three runs,” (Stephen, Cubs vs. Pirates 2015 Final Score).
Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta, has been showing strength since June 16th, during a game that started his reputation for not allowing more than three runs during a game. Wednesday night was no exception, as the four-run lead did not show any worry on Arrieta’s face whatsoever.
The game as a whole, however, kept tension high until the end, when Arrieta was hit by a pitch while batting after hitting a pair of Pirates earlier on in the game. The teams proved to be evenly matched, with a combination of 195 wins during the regular season, but Arrieta proved to be the leader in bringing the Cubs home with a win. The Cubs will play on Friday in St. Louis.